Clash Royale – Lightning

lightning“Bolts of lightning hit up to 3 enemy troops or buildings with the most hitpoints in the target area. Reduced damage to Crown Towers.”



  • This card can be found from Arena 1, Goblin Stadium.
  • This card costs 6 Elixir.
  • When cast, the Lightning will summon three bolts of lightning to rain down from the heavens, striking a total of 3 troops/buildings with the highest hitpoints remaining within its AoE (Area of Effect).


  • This spell can be used to weaken or finish off towers and buildings.
  • Deals decent amount of damage, making it a good spell to soften up tanks like the Giant.
  • As Lightning can only strikes once on a target, it will call forth fewer than three bolts if there are only one or two enemy troops/buildings within its AoE, greatly reducing its effective damage.
  • Only use when there is 3 or more buildings/units within the AoE, if not it is a waste.
  • This spell is a counter to Witch. The spell has enough damage to kill the Witch. Coupled with its property of striking targets with highest hitpoints, players stand a 100% chance of striking the Witch among her spawns of Skeletons.
  • The Lightning is also good against Barbarians as it can destroy 3 of them leaving just 1, which your Tower can destroy without receiving any damage.
  • The Lightning can be used to steal a victory by destroying a tower that has low hitpoints remaining.


  • Versatility. Able to be used for both attacking and defending.
  • Great for taking a cheap shot at opponent’s Crown Towers.
  • Can be used to finish off a weaken Crown Tower and secure a victory.
  • Great spell to weaken tanks or finish off isolated glass cannons.
  • Can be used to significantly weaken the Prince.


  • Elixir cost is kind of high for a Spell which effectively only hits 3 targets.
  • Deals damage to the building/troop that has the highest hitpoint remaining, might not deal damage to the troop you intend to damage.
  • Most players prefer using the Zap as it is considered to be more elixir efficient as it deals damage to everyone in the AoE while also giving you a 1 second stun which can be maximized using some supporting troops that deals damage.


    Duration Radius Cost Targets Type Rarity
    1.5 sec 3.5 6 x3 Spell Epic


    Level Damage Crown Tower Damage
    1 650 260
    2 715 286
    3 786 315
    4 864 346
    5 949 380
    6 1,040 416
    7 1,144 458
    8 1,254 502



  • On 19/2/16, Lightning spell’s damage to Crown Tower is nerfed by 20%.
  • The Lightning’s animation is similar to that of its counterpart in Clash of Clans.
  • The Lightning Spell is the first spell you unlocked in Clash of Clans, however the Lightning is not the first spell you will unlock in Clash Royale.
  • Lightning in Clash Royale can only strike three targets per cast, unlike in Clash of Clans, it can hit any troops or buildings in its damage radius.
  • The Zap serves as a miniature version of the Lightning, with 1/3 of the spell’s Elixir cost, and approximately 1/3 of its damage. However, Zap is considered to be more efficient than the Lightning spell, as Zap deals damage in a determined AoE (Area of Effect) whereas the Lightning only targets up to 3 troops/buildings with the highest hitpoints in its radius.