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Xbow Ground5

"The X-Bow shoots mystical bolts with terrifying power. Load it with Elixir and the X-Bow works automagically. You can set it to target ground units at long ranges, or all targets at reduced range."


Xbow Ground1 Xbow Ground2 Xbow Ground3 Xbow Ground4 Xbow Ground5
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Xbow Air1 Xbow Air2 Xbow Air3 Xbow Air4 Xbow Air5
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  • Summary
    • The X-Bow is a single target, rapid-firing turret.
    • The X-Bow has to be loaded with Elixir to work.
    • It can be configured to two modes - Ground Mode, where it can only target ground troops at a 14 tile range, or Ground and Air, where it can target both ground and air units at a 11 tile range.

  • Defensive Strategy
    • A well-placed and loaded X-Bow will dominate attacks, but to be most effective it should not be used as a front-line defense. With the second longest range of any damage-dealing defense, it is best placed behind all other defenses, typically in the center of a base.
    • Remember to refill your X-Bow with Elixir. An unloaded X-Bow is not only a waste of space, it is a good indicator that your base may be neglected, encouraging others to raid you.
    • Although the X-Bow shoots rapidly, each shot causes only a relatively small amount of damage. Support it with powerful defenses (such as Mortars) so it can quickly take out your enemies.
    • The dominance of Balloon and Minion oriented attacks at this level both in Clan Wars and regular raids make a strong case for keeping X-Bows set to Air and Ground in both farming and war bases.
    • X-Bows under construction act as if they are fully built during Clan Wars. This allows players to buy one before the war, but they cannot cancel its construction.
  • Offensive Strategy
    • The X-Bow has essentially no weaknesses unless it is set to ground-only mode, determinable by the way it is angled. If it is horizontal to the ground, it can target ground troops only. If it is tilted up, then it can attack air units as well.
    • The X-Bow can lock on to a unit for a very long time because of its long range. This means that placing the X-Bow neat the center can allow it to snipe at troops on the outer areas of your base. It also counteracts the effect of the Healer when set to Ground and Air mode. The X-Bow also counters the Queen Walk, a popular strategy consisting of the Archer Queen and Healers, with the help of other buildings.
    • In order to attack an X-Bow, treat it like a longer-ranged (and much stronger) Cannon or Archer Tower, but don't forget that many units can be mowed down very quickly by this defense. Distract it with high-health troops like Giants or P.E.K.K.As, and destroy it with a large group of attackers such as Archers or Barbarians.
      • Attacking players can see if the defender's X-Bow is loaded or not. Currently there is no way to tell exactly how much Elixir it has left, but a player can visually tell when it is empty. When it is loaded, you will see a small box containing what appears to be small Elixir bolts. An unloaded X-Bow will be lacking the box, and the bowstring will be missing (see image gallery below).
      • Attacking players can also see if the X-Bow is set to ground-only or both ground and air. Take advantage of ground-only X-Bows and send in air units to destroy it first.
      • An X-Bow that is empty is completely useless and will not fire. It still must be destroyed to achieve 100% destruction, and troops that preferentially attack defenses (Giants, Balloons, Hog Riders, and Golems) will still target an unloaded X-Bow if it is closer to them than an active defense.

  • Upgrade Differences
    • X-Bows undergo significant visual changes at levels 2, 3 and 4.
      • When initially constructed, the X-Bow consists of a huge crossbow-like structure mounted on a base made of light-colored wood. It has small black stones on the corners of the base.
      • At level 2, the X-Bow base gains gilded legs and rotational mount. It appears to have gold spikes on the corners.
      • At level 3, the X-Bow base becomes solid black with large black spikes on each corner.
      • At level 4, the X-Bow base becomes golden and the large spikes on each corner turn red, like they are glowing with heat.
      • At level 5, the X-Bow's golden circular rim becomes bigger and now extends all the way to the floor. The stone foundation is now covered with a red casing, complete with a metal band around it. The red spikes at the edges of the foundation turns darker and more pronounced, while the tips of the spikes becomes black. The rectangular ammunition cartridge at the top of the X-Bow turns from wooden to golden in colour. The barrel now comes with a small golden tip, with a small golden spike flanking both sides.

  • Trivia
    • The X-Bow is one of three defenses (the others being the Inferno Tower and the Eagle Artillery) that needs to be reloaded at the cost of resources.
    • In ground-only mode, the X-Bow has a range of 14 tiles, the second longest damaging defensive building (Eagle Artillery being the first) in the game (the Air Sweeper has a range of 15 tiles but it does no damage). When the X-Bow is in ground and air mode, however, it is tied with the Mortar with an 11-tile range (the Clan Castle, although not strictly a defense, has a trigger range of 12 tiles).
      • If measured by the area that its firepower can cover, a centered X-Bow covers approximately 616 tiles in ground-only mode and approximately 380 tiles in ground and air mode, beating the Air Sweeper's 234.57 (approximate) tiles and the Mortar's 330 tiles.
    • The X-Bow, at 7.8125 shots per second, is the fastest shooting turret in the game, along with the Inferno Tower.
    • The X-Bow was introduced in the Halloween 2012 update.
    • The name "X-Bow" is a play on the word "Crossbow", which the device resembles. The letter "X" resembles a cross (十), leading to this abbreviated name.
      • In the Japanese and Korean localizations of the game, the X-Bow is called the "Large Crossbow."
      • In both Chinese localizations of the game, the X-Bow is called the "X Crossbow."
    • The X-Bow is not unlocked until Town Hall level 9 due to its extremely high damage and long range.
    • Supercell posted a teaser video on their Facebook page prior to the X-Bow's release in October 2012: X-Bow Teaser Video
    • When the X-Bow is firing, you can see smoke coming out of it.
  • The X-Bow is similar to the ballista, an ancient Greek/Roman siege weapon resembling a crossbow.
  • The X-Bow will notify you when it is running low on ammunition with a bubble above it saying "Low Ammo".
  • When first built, the X-Bow is already fully loaded with Elixir. Upgrading a X-Bow will also fully load it.
  • X-Bows under construction also count towards the X-Bow Exterminator achievement.
  • As of the October 2016 update, X-Bows resemble unloaded ones during upgrading to indicate base weakness more clearly. The same change applied to the Inferno Tower, Eagle Artillery, Spring Trap, and even the Air Defense (which has unlimited ammo) as well.
    • Prior to the update, all Traps (except the Spring Trap), the Archer Tower and the Wizard Tower were already visually inactive when being upgraded.

  • Icon Descriptions
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Damage Per Second, Hitpoints, Range, Damage Type, Targets and Favorite Target.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Re-arm cost, Damage Type and Targets.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Damage Type and Targets.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Capacity, Production and Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Capacity, Production and Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Storage Capacity and Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays the Hut's Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Total Troop Capacity and Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays the Army Camp's Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Training Capacity and Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Spell Capacity and Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Elixir Storage Capacity, Gold Storage Capacity and Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Troop Capacity, Hitpoints and Troops inside.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the Wall, such as Level and Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the Wall, such as Level and Hitpoints.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Damage per Second, Hitpoints, Regeneration Time and Ability Level.
    Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the X-Bow, such as Level, Damage per Second, Hitpoints, Regeneration Time and Ability Level.
    Icon UpgradeTapping this icon begins upgrading the X-Bow to the next level, if you have enough resources and a free Builder. When the X-Bow is at maximum level, this icon is not shown.
    Icon FinishNowTapping this icon, which is displayed only while an upgrade is in progress, instantly finishes that upgrade at the cost of the displayed number of Gems.
    Icon CancelTapping this icon, which is displayed only while an upgrade is in progress, cancels the current upgrade and refunds half of the upgrade cost.
    Icon UpgradeTapping this icon begins upgrading the X-Bow to the next level, if you have enough resources and a free Master Builder. When the X-Bow is at maximum level, this icon is not shown.
    Icon FinishNowTapping this icon, which is displayed only while an upgrade is in progress, instantly finishes that upgrade at the cost of the displayed number of Gems.
    Icon CancelTapping this icon, which is displayed only while an upgrade is in progress, cancels the current upgrade and refunds half of the upgrade cost.
    Icon GroundTapping this icon switches the X-Bow attack mode to attack air units. This icon is only displayed while the X-Bow is in Ground mode.
    Icon AirTapping this icon switches the X-Bow attack mode to attack ground units. This icon is only displayed while the X-Bow is in Air mode.
    Icon GroundTapping this icon switches the X-Bow to be deployed as an air unit. This icon is only displayed while the X-Bow is at full health and in Ground mode.
    Icon AirTapping this icon switches the X-Bow to be deployed as a ground unit. This icon is only displayed while the X-Bow is at full health and in Air mode.
    Icon ReArmTapping this icon re-arms this X-Bow. This icon is only displayed after this X-Bow has been triggered during an enemy attack.
    Icon ReArmAllTapping this icon re-arms all Traps. This icon is only displayed when one or more of your Traps have been triggered in a previous enemy attack.
    IconAllTrapsArmedThis icon informs you that all Traps are armed. It is not tappable, and replaces the re-arm icons.
    IconLoadXBowTapping this icon reloads this X-Bow with Elixir. This icon only appears if this X-Bow is not fully loaded.
    IconLoadAllXBowsTapping this icon reloads all X-Bows with Elixir. This icon only appears if one or more X-Bows are not fully loaded.
    IconLoadEagleTapping this icon reloads the Eagle Artillery with Elixir. This icon only appears if the player owns the Eagle Artillery but not an X-Bow, and if the Eagle Artillery is not fully loaded.
    IconLoadXBowEagleTapping this icon reloads all X-Bows and the Eagle Artillery with Elixir. This icon only appears if at least one of these buildings is not fully loaded, and will replace the icons above if the player has both an X-Bow and the Eagle Artillery.
    IconFullyLoadedXBowsThis icon informs you that all X-Bows are fully loaded. It is not tappable, and replaces the Load icons.
    IconFullyLoadedEagleThis icon informs you that the Eagle Artillery is fully loaded. It is not tappable, and only appears if the player owns the Eagle Artillery but not an X-Bow.
    IconFullyLoadedXBowEagleThis icon informs you that all X-Bows and the Eagle Artillery are fully loaded. It is not tappable, and replaces the icon above if the player has both an X-Bow and the Eagle Artillery.
    Icon GroundTapping this icon switches the X-Bow attack mode to attack both ground and air units. This icon is only displayed while the X-Bow is in Ground mode.
    Icon AirGroundTapping this icon switches the X-Bow attack mode to attack ground units only. This icon is only displayed while the X-Bow is in Air and Ground mode.
    IconLoadInfernoTapping this icon reloads this Inferno Tower with Dark Elixir. This icon only appears if this Inferno Tower is not fully loaded.
    IconLoadAllInfernosTapping this icon reloads all Inferno Towers with Dark Elixir. This icon only appears if one or more Inferno Towers are not fully loaded.
    Icon FullyLoadedDarkElixirThis icon informs you that all Inferno Towers are fully loaded. It is not tappable, and replaces the Load icons.
    Icon SingleTapping this icon switches the Inferno Tower attack mode to attack multiple enemies. This icon is only displayed while the Inferno Tower is in Single attack mode.
    Icon MultipleTapping this icon switches the Inferno Tower attack mode to attack a single enemy. This icon is only displayed while the Inferno Tower is in Multiple attack mode.
    IconLoadEagleTapping this icon reloads the Eagle Artillery with Elixir. This icon only appears if the Eagle Artillery is not fully loaded.
    IconFullyLoadedEagleThis icon informs you that the Eagle Artillery is fully loaded. It is not tappable, and replaces the Load icon.
    Icon Boost1Tapping this icon boosts your Gold production for 1 day at the cost of the displayed amount of Gems.
    Icon BoostAllTapping this icon boosts your Gold production of all the X-Bows for 1 day at the cost of the displayed amount of Gems.
    Icon CollectGoldTapping this icon collects the uncollected Gold from the X-Bow.
    Icon NoCollectGoldThis icon informs you that you don't have Gold to be collected from your X-Bow.
    Icon Boost1hTapping this icon boosts your troop training for 1 hour, reducing the time required to train troops by a factor of four for the duration of the boost.
    Icon TrainTroopsTapping this icon opens up the troop training interface, allowing you to train troops.
    Icon TrainTroopsTapping this icon opens up the troop training interface, allowing you to train troops.
    Icon ResearchTapping this icon opens up the Laboratory interface, allowing you to upgrade your troops' levels.
    Icon ResearchTapping this icon opens up the Star Laboratory interface, allowing you to upgrade your troops' levels.
    Icon Boost1hTapping this icon boosts your spell creation for 1 hour, reducing the time required to create spells by a factor of four for the duration of the boost.
    Icon BrewSpellsTapping this icon opens up the Spell Factory's interface, allowing you to brew spells.
    Icon GuardTapping this icon puts the X-Bow to sleep. This icon only appears when the X-Bow is at full health and is in Guard mode.
    Icon SleepTapping this icon awakens the X-Bow, whom will then help guard your village. This icon only appears when the X-Bow is at full health and is in Sleep mode.
    Icon HealTapping this icon instantly heals the X-Bow for the displayed amount of Gems. This icon only appears when the X-Bow is currently regenerating health on the Altar.
    Icon Boost1hTapping this icon boosts the X-Bow's regeneration speed for 1 hour, reducing the time required to regenerate the X-Bow by a factor of four for the duration of the boost.
    Icon HealTapping this icon instantly heals the X-Bow for the displayed amount of Gems. This icon only appears when the X-Bow is currently regenerating health on the Altar.
    Icon RequestTroopsTapping this icon requests troops from your fellow clan members. It will appear if your Clan Castle is not already full and the timer since your last request has elapsed.
    Icon RequestNowTapping this icon requests troops from your clan members without waiting for the timer at the cost of the displayed number of Gems. It will appear if your Clan Castle is not already full and the timer since your last request is still counting down.
    Icon CastleFullThis icon informs you that your Clan Castle is full of troops and spells. It will replace both Request icons if the Clan Castle is full.
    Icon ClanTapping this icon displays information about your current clan.
    Icon TreasuryTapping this icon displays information about your Treasury.
    Icon SelectRowTapping this icon selects a row of Walls to move or rotate instead of a single Wall. The longest contiguous row of Walls will be selected.
    Icon RotateRowTapping this icon rotates the selected row of Walls. This icon is only displayed while you have multiple Walls selected.
    IconUpgradeRowTapping this icon upgrades all the upgradable Walls in the selected row to the next level, if you have enough resources and a free Builder. This icon is only displayed while you have multiple Walls selected, and if all the Walls selected are upgradable.
    Icon RotateRowTapping this icon rotates the selected row of Walls.
    IconUpgradeRowTapping this icon upgrades the selected Walls to the next level, if you have enough resources and a free Master Builder. When the selected Walls are at maximum level, this icon is not shown.
    Icon RotateTapping this icon rotates the Air Sweeper 45 degrees clockwise.
    Icon GearUpTapping this icon gears up the X-Bow, if you have upgraded it enough to do so, have enough resources and a free Master Builder. If any X-Bow is already geared up, this icon will not appear.
    Icon NoGearUpThis icon informs you that the X-Bow cannot be geared up because it is insufficiently upgraded. Tapping this icon will tell you the required level to gear up this X-Bow. If any X-Bow is already geared up, this icon will not appear.
    Icon NormalTapping this icon switches the X-Bow to Burst mode. This icon only appears when the X-Bow is geared up, and is in Normal mode.
    Icon BurstTapping this icon switches the X-Bow to Normal mode. This icon only appears when the X-Bow is geared up, and is in Burst mode.
    Icon LongRangeTapping this icon switches the Archer Tower to Fast Attack mode. This icon only appears when the Archer Tower is geared up, and is in Long Range mode.
    Icon FastAttackTapping this icon switches the Archer Tower to Long Range mode. This icon only appears when the Archer Tower is geared up, and is in Fast Attack mode.
    Icon LongRangeTapping this icon switches the Archer Tower to Fast Attack mode. This icon only appears when the Archer Tower is in Long Range mode.
    Icon FastAttackTapping this icon switches the Archer Tower to Long Range mode. This icon only appears when the Archer Tower is in Fast Attack mode.
    Icon RotateTapping this icon rotates the Push Trap 90 degrees clockwise.
    Icon LootCartTapping this icon collects the loot from the Loot Cart.
    Boat iconTapping this icon switches between the Home Village and the Builder Base.
    Icon FreeBoostTapping this icon boosts timers in the Builder Base, by a factor of eight for a duration determined by the level of the Clock Tower. This icon is only displayed when a free boost is available.
    Icon BoostNowTapping this icon allows you to boost the Clock Tower before its free boost is available, at the cost of the displayed amount of Gems. This icon is only displayed when the Clock Tower's free boost is in cooldown.
    Icon RemoveGoldTapping this icon removes this obstacle using Gold, if you have enough Gold and a free Builder. This icon only appears if the obstacle is in the Home Village and requires Gold to remove.
    Icon RemoveElixirTapping this icon removes this obstacle using Elixir, if you have enough Elixir and a free Builder. This icon only appears if the obstacle is in the Home Village and requires Elixir to remove.
    Icon RemoveGoldBTapping this icon removes this obstacle using Gold, if you have enough Gold and a free Master Builder. This icon only appears if the obstacle is in the Builder Base and requires Gold to remove.
    Icon RemoveElixirBTapping this icon removes this obstacle using Elixir, if you have enough Elixir and a free Master Builder. This icon only appears if the obstacle is in the Builder Base and requires Elixir to remove.
    Icon CancelTapping this icon, which is displayed while the selected obstacle is being removed, cancels the removal of this obstacle and refunds the full cost.
    Icon SellTapping this icon sells the selected decoration for one-tenth of their price.
    Town Hall Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Number Available 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 4
    Size Size
    3x3
    Level Level Damage per Second Damage Damage per Shot Damage Hitpoints Hitpoint Cost to Load Elixir Cost Gold Build Time Stopwatch Experience Gained XP Town Hall Level Required Town Hall 11 Shot Color Color
    1 50 6.4 1,500 16,000 3,000,000 7 days 777 9 Purple 
    2 70 8.96 1,900 19,000 4,000,000 8 days 831 9 Gold
    3 90 11.52 2,300 22,000 5,000,000 10 days 929 9 Dark Blue
    4 100 12.8 2,700 24,000 7,000,000 12 days 1,018 10 Orange
    5 110 14.08 3,100 26,000 9,500,000 14 days 1,099 11 Dark Orange
    Range (Ground Mode) Range Range (Ground & Air Mode) Range Attack Speed Attackspeed Damage Type Damagetype Number of Rounds Number
    14 11 0.128s Single Target 1,500

    For additional statistics and information, see the Unit Calculators page.

    Loaded Empty
    Xbow full Xbow empty
    Home Village Buildings
    Defensive Buildings CannonArcher TowerMortarAir DefenseWizard TowerAir SweeperHidden TeslaBomb TowerX-BowInferno TowerEagle ArtilleryWalls

    Traps: BombSpring TrapAir BombGiant BombSeeking Air MineSkeleton Trap

    Resource Buildings Town HallGold MineElixir CollectorDark Elixir DrillGold StorageElixir StorageDark Elixir StorageBuilder's HutClan Castle (Treasury)
    Army Buildings Army CampBarracksDark BarracksLaboratorySpell FactoryDark Spell FactoryBarbarian King AltarArcher Queen AltarGrand Warden Altar
    Other Buildings BoatDecorationsObstaclesLoot Cart

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