Best Clan Castle Troops for dealing with Poison Spell

Due to the new update, when Poison Spell doesn’t affect idle clan troops anymore, I am here to show you the new best Clan Castle Troop combinations, which can easily survive the Poison Spell and ruins your opponent’s attacks.

Best Clan Castle Troops for dealing with Poison Spells

Which troops can survive a Poison Spell?

The table below shows you how much damage a Poison Spell at each level can deal to the enemy troops:

Poison Spell LevelTotal Damage
Troops that can't survive a level 1 Poison Spell
Troops that can survive a level 1 but not a level 2 Poison Spell
Troops that can survive a level 2 but not a level 3 Poison Spell
Troops that can survive a level 3 but not a level 4 Poison Spell
Troops that can survive a level 4 Poison Spell

Best Clan Troops to survive in the Poison Spell Era

Tips: You can predict what attack strategies the enemy Clan will use in Clan War by scouting their profiles (of course players normally use their best troops) so we can decide which troops we should donate to our Clan Castles. For example, If your Clan War is  10 Vs. 10 and the enemy Clan has 10 Town Hall 9 villages with good GoWiPe troops and level 5 Hog Riders, we should use troops to target ground attack strategies.

As the Dark Spell Factory can only be unlocked from Town Hall 8, I will just talk about TH8 and above in this guide.

Clan troops for Town Hall 8 with 25 housing spaces

As we all know, Mass Dragon, Dragloon and other variations are still dominating at early Town Hall 8 and most TH8 players use them in Clan Wars. The best troops to use in our Clan Castle should be 1 Dragon + anything.

From mid Town Hall 8, because of high level Air Defenses and decent Anti-Dragon war bases, Dragon variations are not able to achieve 3-star wins anymore. This is the time for variants of Golem based attacks and Mass Valkyries. Here are some good Clan troop combos for mid-late Town Hall 8!

witch val balloon

Although the attack can kill your Witch and her Skeletons easily by using the Poison Spell but If he lures these Clan troops to the corner, he will have a hard time because of the difference in moving speed of these troops. It will be pretty hard for inexperienced attackers to group this combination and use the Poison Spell. He will need to spend a lot of time as well as troops to deal with these troops.

dragon wizard Archer

You should only use this defensive Clan troop composition at early Town Hall 8 as most players use Dragons for Clan Wars.

balloon giant val hog minion

In this Clan troop composition, only Minion will be killed by the Poison Spell. Because of the movement speed, Valkyrie and Hog will go to the corner at first and the attackers will need to spend a decent number of troops to deal with them. Giant is faster than Balloon, he can soaks a decent amount of damage so Balloon will have enough time to drop 1-2 bombs. This composition works pretty well against ground attacks but it obviously does nothing against air attacks. You mustn’t use it for dealing with early TH8 bases.

For example: If the attacker uses 38 Hog Riders, 4 Wizards and 21 Archers to attack your base, he needs to spend all those Archers, Wizards and up to 1 minute to deal with this composition. After couples of Wars, I can see that some players even lost their Kings because of this squad and most players don’t have enough time to attack the whole base in time.
If the attacker uses GoWiPe and don’t lure these troops out, a Golem will always lose more than 90% HP.

healer 2xwizard 3xBarbarian/Archer

I am sure that most players don’t care about Healer’s HP and think she can be taken down by a Poison Spell. In fact, as I have mentioned above, a Poison spell can’t kill her and she even heals much faster can a level 4 Poison Spell’s hit. Other troops can definitely survive.
Once the Wizards and Barbarians/Archers die, the Healer will move and start healing your Barbarian King, it will be a bit harder to kill your King.

Note: Air units can’t lure the Healer out. You shouldn’t use this composition at early Town Hall 8.

Clan troops for Town Hall 9 with 30 housing spaces

Most attacking strategies at Town Hall 9 evolving around Hog Riders, Valkyries and Lava Hounds.

1 dragon 2xhog

This composition is pretty useful in order to prevent the attackers from killing our Archer Queen and does serious damage.

1 dragon 2xballoon

Dragon will act as a tanker while Balloons dropping bombs. This squad is not good at all against air attacks but it works perfectly against Golem based ground attacks. The enemy Golem will lose a decent amount of HP.

Clan troops for Town Hall 10 and above

Please take a look at here for more details!


  • Never use just only tier 1 troops in your Clan Castle. The attackers can kill take easily with just a level 1 Poison Spell.
  • Never use pekka as a defensive troop because she just can hit 1 target at a time and her attack speed is really bad.
  • Never use lava as a defensive troop. It means nothing. The attackers can lure it out, kills it and drop the Poison Spell on Lava Pups as well as it can’t do much damage to enemy troops.
  • Have centralized Clan Castle, you can take a look at the Base Designs box and refer outstanding base layouts there. The attackers will face it hard and waste time to lure the Clan troops out and waste a lot of time.

Above are just some Clan troop squads for dealing with the new Poison Spell in Clash of Clans. I am going to update more in the future. If you have a great composition, don’t hesitate to comment!

  • [TIX]

    I’m sorry but none of these worked for me

    • Will Potter

      You faced smart attackers!

      I have been using couples of compositions here and everything is perfect so far.

  • [TIX]

    Did anybody know that maxed healer has almost equivalent HP as a maxed giant?

    • Will Potter

      Ya you are right, she is pretty strong!

  • Marcin Jarząbek

    Why in th9 cc drake with hogs can help your queen survive? I dont understand explanation :/

    • Will Potter

      Hog Riders with good movement speed will lure the enemy clan troops while Dragon is slower will come later. You should place the Archer Queen and your Clan Castle quite close.

      • Marcin Jarząbek

        Thx 🙂

  • Lethal TasTe

    Does poison spell afect on air defence?
    I mean, can i use archers with poison spell rather than wizard alone to take down the air defence?

    • Will Potter

      I am sorry, It doesn’t affect on any buildings in game!

      • Lethal TasTe


        So how about, earthquake spell,does it take affect on air defence?

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  • Jaxon Rose

    I think you should take another look at max gobbies. Their movement speed/hp/dps combo makes them pretty lethal against a ground attack. You only get the element of surprise once but they will defend your base because they can move out of the area of the poison and it is as hard to pull a cc full of 30 gobbies as it was to pull a cc full of 30 archers. We are almost lvl 7 and are using (all max) drag/valk/loon/gobbie in 35 war castles, drag/valk/gobbie in 30 or hound/loon – which works very well – drag/loon or valk/loon in 25 (depending on whether they are coming by ground or air) and then in the 20’s we are using drag for our late th7’s that the other clans th8’s have to come down the 3 star and then whatever for the early th7’s that won’t normally get subjected to poison. Hope this helps. Jax 🙂

    • Will Potter

      Hmm I didn’t think about it before.
      Thanks for sharing Jax, gonna try it today!

      • Jake Lawrence

        Will if you read this I just wanted to say that your guides have been really helpful. You also do a great job with the comments. People just keep saying ‘you need to update this’ and you handle it really well. I’d just scream at them read the darn comments you egg.

    • Jake Lawrence

      Gobs re really bad at defending for townhall 9, first of all, they don’t do anything in air attacks and second of all, people use gowiva 24/7 all the time, so the gobs will get wrecked by the wizards with their splash damage or the valks who can take them out without a sweat.

  • Andrew Norgauer

    I been using in my 30/30. 3 max valks and minions in my war cc. I had very good luck with it since max valk can take a beating and dish out to. Like the gob idea might try that over minions.

    • Will Potter

      Hmm not bad. Thanks for sharing Andrew. Gonna try this today!

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  • Vincent D. (PhantasmX)

    Healer, 2 Wiz, 3 Arch is my favorite for my mid th8 now. I am confidently anti-drag with ad666 and have dgb for hogs… But my teslas and overall design seem too weak for defending gowipes. I was using 1 Drag 1 Loon (and frankly that is the *only* th8 cc combo I’ve seen in war lately) but the troops are too slow and easy to lure for almost all attackers. Even a gowipe can start without lure and time the wiz behind golem right to zap the drag and loon safely… I find Healer, 2 Wiz, 3 Arch respond faster, have higher DPS output than 1 Drag 1 Loon, and the healer is downright confusing for enemies who aren’t used to seeing her play defense! Many I’ve chatted still think she heals buildings or only floats after the other troops die… So little of her defense info is up-to-date on the web right now. Imagine how distracted they must be to see her retreat and start healing the King who is still full health.

    • Will Potter

      The CC combo with Healer is always very annoying lol.
      Thanks for your great sharing buddy!

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  • Toddy Belafonte Taylor Jr.

    Lava hounds are perfect for defense idk what you’re talking about lol. They draw a lot of attention while your defenses go to work on those troops… Also u can

    • JohnnyMac

      I love seeing hounds for def when I attack. If I use lavaloon, they ignore the hound and destroy the base, ground attacks don’t take another damage and wizards wipe the hound in seconds.the pups may take out a wizard or 2 but don’t do anything significant other than a temporary distraction.

      • Will Potter

        That’s right. I don’t recommend using him at all!

        • Michael Williams

          I couldnt disagree more. Lavas dont deal damage but they are the perfect distraction troop for th9 – 11. That is enough time for defenses to punish troops targeting the lava hound. Lavas are used in war constantly by very good war clans, so that fact speaks for itself. The bases we use them in are too strong to be hit by lavaloonion, which negates the fact they do not defend against air attacks.

          • Will Potter

            Hi Michael,
            With the new game meta, yes, the Lava Hound is pretty useful in Clan Wars, not like before.

          • Sasuke

            Lava hounds cant even do 2% damage to golem and after all they dont target air Such a waste of 30 space.

          • R.Paladin Lott

            Simply not true. Hounds will follow the golems till they die and ignore other troops tryingbti catch up. I’ve seen it too many times

    • Coleman Trebor

      Lavahound is only good against dragon attacks and witch attacks.

  • Justin Haas

    this needs to be updated to reflect the September 2015 update to the poison spell.

    • Will Potter

      Thank you Justin.
      I am still working on this one to choose the best combos. Currently we just use Dragon and Balloons right? xD

  • Phoumi Xayasone

    Lavahound works great if your defenses are strong. Troops focus on it and get wrecked by your defenses. Even the lava pups are distracting!

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  • alexcunning

    The Healer just comes out and sticks to the heroes right away. We’ve tried this several times and I’ve never seen her do anything but heal the heroes, she totally ignores the other CC troops.

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for the share buddy.

  • Torquist

    Hi Will,

    What TH10 clan castle troops are the best for wars at the moment?

    • Will Potter

      Hi Torquist,
      I think it’s either of these: Lava Hound; Dragon; Balloons.

      • Torquist

        Thanks for the reply, I only saw this now.

        Is Lavahound + Balloon better than Lavahound + wizard + archer? If so, why is that? Wizards and Balloons both die to 1 poison spell so I thought a wizard would be better as it targets air troops too, unlike Balloons. Is there a reason Balloons are preferred?

        • Will Potter

          It’s because of the movement speed. If your troop movement speeds are totally different, the attacker will face it hard to group them.

          • Torquist

            Great, thanks

          • Will Potter

            You are very welcome dude.

  • Sam

    Will u should also be updating this post

  • Cj Williams

    Can we bump this with the new poison update I’m sure some better troops for CC is now viable?

    • Will Potter

      Hello buddy,
      I am working on new Clan troops and I will update this guide as soon as possible. Thank you man!

  • Gaurav Kamath

    works again after the bowler update

    • Will Potter


  • Hey, howcome there’re no tips for troops to be put in lower level clan castles – levels 1-3

  • ‘Tis alright, but from TH8 attackers become smart and know how to keep the troops inside the poison radius.

  • insan fahmi

    i believe this post is outdated…

    idk about th9 below, but in my experience.

    there are 2 important things about th9-10-11

    1. Most of them, is using queen walk as starter, luring and killing cc is thing in the past, u will lost much of TIME using old method.
    2. nowadays, most of them are using unlurable cc base, if you still use lurable cc base, its mean u are old-fashioned type.

    Anyway, we can conclude that todays is very important to use CC troops that works better inside your base, and i could divide it into 3 type

    Tanking type : this one may underestimate a lot, but while the attacker main troops progress dive inside this base, this one could hold damage dealers(DD) enough type for the defenses to kill their tanker, or even kill the DD

    example : Lava Hound (it could stall archer queen n wiz to progress, while busy killing lava, their front troops uncovered from firing defenses)
    Golem (its for countering valks in high lvl th, surrounded by inferno + golem blast would kill even maxed lvl valks.

    Distracting type : this works like a tanking type, the only different is they could kill enemy troops too, because, sometimes atkers choose to use quadquake and not to bring poison, even if it is only 1st tier troops but it may works awesome

    example : Mass minions (if enemy doesnt bring poison, it sure will distract ranged DD like wiz or archer queen, and imagine what will happen, if queen circling outside, and wizard gone from giant bomb. trust me those ground troops in the core will be gone by it)

    mass arch/bar/gob fused with damage dealer like baby dragon, or 2 loons. (Just imagine that, what will the troops do against 20 archer, poison couldnt instant kill them, because when some archers reach war zone, some archers still queued coming out. archer queen or even wiz may kill archer in 1 shot, so imagine them wasted like 20 atks on cc when they could take 2 x-bow instead. and practically, if u had baby or 2 loon. basically they protected by those 1st tier troops to do some damage)

    Damage Dealer Type : i don’t think i need to explain about this.

    Just remember, use base that atkers must use 20-30 housing space for luring & killing cc.

    because no matter what your composition are, it will be useless if its can easily be killed outside your base.

    • Will Potter

      Thank you a lot for sharing this buddy, as always. This post is being updated xD

  • Deddy Romnan

    Hey Will, what is the best clan troops composition for th 6 with 20 housing spaces?

    • Ishmam

      Dragon is always a good one…..even wizards or 2 baby dragons (if ur clanmates have them)

    • Will Potter

      Dragon xD

  • Indranil Chowdhury

    presently for th8 baby drag with valkrie and rest trash has been working well. for high th9 3 valks with goblins been great against qw

    • Will Potter

      Yeap this is a pretty new stunning combo! Thank you so much for sharing this mate!

  • Adam

    Could you add the Baby Dragon and the lvl 3 Witch? Also maybe the Bowler and Miner I guess.

    • Will Potter

      I am working on that right now buddy xD

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  • R.Paladin Lott

    You’re wrong about lava hounds. They are devastating and blend in with the scenery. Gob-witch- works very well in the 20 cc’s too. I killed 4 pekkas with this combo. Level 2 witch tossed skeletons so fast and the gobs run out very quickly

  • R.Paladin Lott

    I’ve also used 2 baby drags, 2 Wiz’s and minion to wreck war attack troops. The babies are enraged and are fast

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