Clash of Clans has always been a game of balance sometimes troops and spells are underwhelming, while other times they become overwhelmingly powerful.
This dynamic nature keeps the game exciting and it’s not unusual for troops to shift from being hardly used to hilariously broken after a few balance changes.
In this article, we’ll delve into eight troops, spells, or units that were once overpowered in Clash of Clans.
Uncovering Overpowered Troops in COC
The Mighty Yeti
- The Yeti was introduced in December 2019 and immediately stood out with its robust stats.
- It affected the game’s balance more than anticipated, creating some unintended consequences.
- Yeti Mites spawned upon the Yeti’s defeat, caused disruptions. They distracted Heroes and defenses, like the eagle artillery.
- They were like an unintentional protective shield for your other troops.
- It even triggered the Clan Castle and dealt excessive damage to specific buildings, thanks to the Mites’ 4X multiplier on defenses.
- Yeti Smash, a new strategy that emerged, was exceptionally powerful, but it didn’t last long.
- In March 2020, a significant nerf hit the Yeti Mites, reducing their damage to Town Halls and resource buildings by 50%.
- This Nerf effectively ended the Yeti Smash strategy, although it might not be a memorable one for all players.
The Battle Blimp: A Giant Air Taxi
- The Battle Blimp had been around since June 2018 but wasn’t initially problematic.
- It received a significant boost in June 2019 when its hit points were increased, and it was given a death damage feature in December of the same year.
- Things changed in late 2020 with the introduction of the Super Wizard Blimp strategy.
- The Battle Blimp wasn’t nerfed quickly because the main issues were related to the troops inside and the spell combinations used.
- However, in February 2022, the Battle Blimp’s death damage was reduced by approximately 30% at all levels.
- Then, in June 2023, it received another nerf, not directly to the Battle Blimp, but to all Siege machines.
- This nerf sped up the troop deployment, which made them more vulnerable to traps.
- While the Super Blimp strategy isn’t a death strategy, it’s not as foolproof as it used to be.
The Poison Spell and the Era of Lazy Clan Castle Luring
- The Poison Spell, introduced in July 2015, quickly became a favorite for dealing with Clan Castle defending troops.
- It provided a simpler and cost-effective method compared to the previous, more complex ways of luring out defending troops.
- In March 2016, defending troops were tweaked to flee from the Poison Spell if they were standing idle, reducing its effectiveness.
- This change addressed the problem without killing the spell, which could have happened if its damage or duration was directly nerfed.
The Battle Ram: A Temporary Troop Turned Problematic
- The Battle Ram made a temporary appearance in August 2017 and later returned permanently in May 2022.
- Initially, it wasn’t very popular, but it became problematic when used in conjunction with the Graveyard spell.
- The Graveyard spell spawned skeletons upon troop defeats, and the multi-stage Battle Ram allowed it to generate tons of skeletons quickly.
- The Battle Ram also dealt excessive damage and had splash damage against buildings.
- This made it challenging for defenses, especially when combined with the Graveyard spell.
- An update in May 2022 hit the Battle Ram, reducing its damage by 50% and slightly decreasing its hit points.
Super Minion: Defensive Nightmare
- Introduced in October 2020, Super Minions were a versatile troop but didn’t raise many concerns.
- Their time to shine came when players realized their defensive potential when placed in Clan Castles.
- They outranged every other troop, did substantial damage, and could disrupt Hero Walks without getting close.
- In April 2021, they received a Nerf, reducing their damage by 50% and slightly increasing their hit points.
- However, this didn’t deter their popularity due to their long-range capabilities.
- It took until October 2022 for a substantial Nerf to arrive, reducing their long shot attacks from 5 to 3 when used defensively.
The Unbelievable LavaLoon Strategy
- LavaLoon, a combination of Lava Hounds and Balloons, became a dominant strategy in Clash of Clans.
- This strategy, known for being powerful and easy to use, was once capable of destroying bases effortlessly.
- LavaLoon units damaged everything beneath them, regardless of their targeting.
- In October 2023, LavaLoon saw a 10% reduction in hit points at all levels, making strategic deployment essential.
The Transformation of Lightning Spells
- Lightning Spells underwent a significant transformation from their early versions.
- In the past, one Lightning Spell occupied two housing spaces and zapped a large radius six times.
- The unpredictability of the six zaps led to issues in effectively using the spell.
- In June 2020, a much-needed rework turned Lightning Spells into one-space spells with a smaller damage radius, dealing their damage in a single powerful zap.
- This change opened doors for various strategies, but it also created problems when it came to destroying Clan Castles.
- In December 2020, Clan Castles received immunity to damage spells, resolving the issue.
The Curious Case of Night Witches
- Night Witches caused concerns even before their official release.
- They initially spawned an excessive number of bats, which made them incredibly powerful.
- The bats served as meat shields while dealing substantial damage.
- However, soon after their release, players realized they were too potent.
- Players resorted to spamming Night Witches to secure victories easily.
- The introduction of the Lava Launcher in Boulder Hall 6 indicated that Night Witches were supposed to be targeted due to their dominance.
- Fast forward to 2023, Night Witches have undergone significant changes.
To sum it up Clash of Clans is a game that constantly evolves, and overpowered troops and spells eventually face the balancing hammer. It’s essential for the game’s health and the enjoyment of players.
Whether you’ve experienced these troops in their overpowered states or not the journey of balance changes is an integral part of the Clash of Clans experience.
Keep clashing, and always adapt to the evolving strategies and metas.