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Lava Hound

Lava Hound
4.9 - 23 votes

“These fiery beasts can’t resist chasing after Air Defenses, providing excellent protection for other troops. Once destroyed, they erupt into many smaller, weaker menaces.”

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Level 1 & 2 Level 3 Level 4


  • The Lava Hound is like a flying fiery Golem, except its favorite target is specifically Air Defenses.
  • The Lava Hound is a pyrotechnic (volcanic) hound-like creature with wings.
  • Like the Golem, the Lava Hound deals additional splash damage when it dies, before splitting into Lava Pups.
  • When the Lava Hound attacks buildings, it bounces up and down slightly while shooting little fireballs at it like a Minion.
  • Lava Hounds prioritize Air Defenses above all other targets, and will bypass all other enemy buildings and troops while anyAir Defenses remain on the battlefield. This is true even if they are under attack by enemy Clan Castle troops, heroes orSkeleton Trap skeletons. Once all Air Defenses are destroyed, they will continue to attack any other remaining defenses. Note that like all troops that prioritize defenses, Lava Hounds do not consider the Clan Castle to be a defense regardless of whether or not it contains enemy troops, but do consider the defending Grand Warden to be a defensive building.
    Once all remaining defenses are destroyed, Lava Hounds become like any other troop with no preferred target; they will attack the nearest building to them regardless of type, and will turn and attack enemy units if they become aware of any nearby.


  • Lava Hounds have a large amount of hitpoints. Much like Golems, they’re useful as an attack tank, but for air units. They protect Dragons, Minions, Healers and Balloons, much like Golems protect a group of Wizards or Witches.
  • They can distract Air Defenses, which prevents the Air Defenses from destroying a group of Dragons, Balloons or Minions.
  • Be sure to keep it away from a single targeting Inferno Tower which can kill it with ease.
  • It’s a good idea to send Lava Hounds in pairs so it can soak up twice the amount of damage and to longer distract defenses from other air troops. However, don’t use too many, as they are extremely weak offensive units and will be destroyed before they do too much damage to your enemy, even given their prodigious hitpoints.
  • Lava Hounds may make high-level Giant-Healer strategies more viable, as one of the major reasons it previously failed at high levels was Air Defense damage. A Lava Hound may be able to keep the Healer alive substantially longer, giving theGiants enough time to clear a path for the damage dealers.
    • However, at TH level 10, Giant-Healer is usually useless due to the presence of Inferno Towers which cancels any form of healing (via Healers or Healing Spells).


  • Spreading your Air Defenses out is a good idea. Also have Seeking Air Mines and Air Bombs close by.
  • Their weaknesses include Seeking Air Mines, which do significant damage against air troops.
  • Be sure to use a single-targeting Inferno Tower, which will destroy a Lava Hound with ease.
  • Lava Hounds are not very good Clan Castle troops considering they require a level 5 Clan Castle. They also do very little damage. However, they can be used to keep the attackers at bay as they can soak up a lot of damage.


  • At level 1 and 2, the Lava Hound looks like an overweight dog like creature, with a round head and lumpy body, made of rock with cracks filled with lava. A row of scales made of rocks are on its back.
  • At level 3, the spikes on its back turn into lava. Its eyes also become larger and more red. The lava under the skin of the forearms also disappear, and its wings grow in size. It’s glow changes a bit.
  • At level 4, the lava on its back turn red.


  • The Lava Hound was added in the 16 September 2014 update.
  • The Sneak Peek picture of the Lava Hound features its head, bearing the words “I smell fireworks…”
  • You can have a maximum of 8 Lava Hounds at one time in a complete set of fully upgraded Army Camps. This number increases to 9 if you include the 1 that can fit into a level 5 or higher Clan Castle. On the battlefield, you can clone an additional 2 Lava Hounds with two level 3 or higher Clone Spells.
  • If you have a Lava Hound in your Clan Castle and it splits into Lava Pups during a defense, it will turn back into a Lava Hound if at least one Lava Pup survives the attack.
  • The Lava Hound bears a strong resemblance to the Lava Dragon from DragonVale, another popular iOS game.
  • The Lava Hound is often compared to the Golem due to its similar statistics and concept (e.g. they have a lot of health but low damage, both taking 30 spaces, and once defeated, they do death damage and subtroops will continue to fight.)
  • When clicking on an Army Camp, the Lava Hound turns away from the screen.
  • Some refer the Lava Hound as the offspring of a Golem, Minion, or possibly an Inferno Tower because of the lava similarities.
    • In the Russian localization of the game, the Lava Hound is called “Hell Hound” literally, sharing the same adjective as the Inferno Tower.
  • The level 3 Lava Hound has the highest hitpoints among all troops; however, it has lower DPS per housing space (0.47) than any other troop, even lower than the level 1 Golem at 1.27 DPS per housing space.
  • The Lava Hound takes up the most space of any troop in the Army Camp, along with the Golem (30 housing spaces).
  • It Is rumored that they do not have any shadow but they do.
  • Part of the May 4th 2016 update, the Lava Hound’s training time has been decreased from 45 minutes to 15 minutes.
Preferred Target Attack Type Housing Space Training Time Movement Speed Attack Speed Dark Barracks Level Required Range
Air Defences Ground & Air 30 15m 20 2s 6 1 tile


Level Damage per Second Damage per Attack Damage Upon Death Lava Pups Spawned (After Death) Hitpoints Training Cost Research Cost Laboratory Level Required Research Time
1 10 20 100 8 5,700 390 N/A N/A N/A
2 12 24 150 10 6,200 450 60,000 7 10 days
3 14 28 200 12 6,700 510 70,000 8 12 days
4 16 32 250 14 7,200 570 150,000 9 14 days

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One comment

  1. Ok, you “guys” are not being consistent… Golem, Lava Hound, now the Witch… How many levels are available for the Witch? Hit Points dramatically changed on the Golem, which was originally close to the Lava Hound? If you guys are in the middle of a change, for each change (because it might be awhile before your back to finish the change), wouldn’t it make sense to at least label it’s in the middle of change… That would greatly help! Especially if it’s time-stamped, so we can fairly determine for ourselves the information is correct, or is currently in progress of being updated…

    According to your last update, there has been no update on the Golem, since April 13, 2014? None since September 14, 2014 on Lava Hound?

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