If you love playing Clash Royale Hog Rider deck or Graveyard deck, this is it, Hog Rider Graveyard Combo deck. We are gonna be talking about popular Hog Rider deck with Graveyard as majority card. This deck known as Hog Rider Graveyard deck, and so much players use this combo especially from higher arena.


Hello again, I’m JohnnyBoy here and so much ready to seize the day by giving you another article guide regarding Clash Royale. In today’s article, we are gonna be talking about a relatively popular deck consisting of Hog Rider and Graveyard as majority cards. This deck known as Hog Rider Graveyard combo, and so much players especially from higher arena playing with this. 

Alright, let’s see the deck matchups first. 

Hog Rider Graveyard deck


Average elixir cost : 3.9

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As you can see, we can actually combine Hog Rider with something else beside Graveyard. So, you don’t only have Hog Graveyard combo as the only one counter archetype. However, today we will talk specifically about countering with Hog and Graveyard.

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Speaking of the deck matchups, we have Minion Horde as a counter support for Hog Rider. This is common among players, combining Hog Rider and Minion Horde. And I believe you know this already.

Besides its function as counter support, Horde can be good for defense too. This one can shut any troops with high HP, even fast troops like Elite Barbarians.

As we also have Skeleton Army, we can create some kind of Arrows bait. If the enemy sees their attackers blocked by our Horde, they would quickly leash their Arrows (if they bring Arrows) to execute the Horde.

After they Arrows on the Horde, we send the Army as another troop for doing ambush. And the Army would probably succeed defending the lane because enemy spends their Arrows already. So, never deploy Army and Horde at the same time while you defending in order to prevent one Arrows death.

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Another defender is Mini Pekka. I primarily use this one to counter tankers and building targeting card such as Hog Rider or Battle Ram.

I believe Mini Pekka is an excellent troop to do this job. Having reliable HP and high damage could make him survive.

If you often play with Hog Rider, you’d probably know that Mini Pekka is great companion for the Hog. You can run countering with Hog Mini Pekka as an alternative counter. But remember to have Fire Spirits behind for area protection.

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Talking about area dealer, we have Fire Spirits and Bomber. I mostly use Bomber for defense against any incoming ground troops which more than one unit. So, if you defend against a counter where there is a Witch, send the Bomber to clear the skeletons and Witch.

Similar to Bomber, we have Fire Spirits too. Use this one to support Hog Rider in countering is a brilliant idea. This card is hybrid for they can strike air and ground units.

As I tell you earlier, we need at least one area dealer if we play with Hog Rider. And since we play with Hog Graveyard combo, don’t pick area dealer that costs you expensive elixir. Just go with the Fire Spirits.

goblin hut

Lastly, we have Goblin Hut. The hut functions to defend and give enemy distraction. I highly recommend you to build Goblin Hut when you have it on the list and while you are not in countering.

If you have Goblin Hut, you’d get some advantages. First, you can bait the enemy to deploy card first, because they won’t let the Spear Goblins continuously throw their spears on the tower.

Secondly, you can defend with distraction strategy. Whatever comes to your lane should go to the Hut that you build in the middle. When this happens, your tower would help delivering damage for extra defense. And you might just need to launch one more card to defend.

Alright, enough for the cards function, now let’s move on to the winning strategy.

What to do in early battle?

The first thing you can do is build the Goblin Hut right in the middle. This is a good stratup, and could bait the enemy to counter first.

If we succeed to bait the enemy, defend the tower with Bomber, Skeleton Army, or Mini Pekka. Pick one troop only, if the enemy doesn’t run a massive counter.


Defend the lane by building Goblins Hut first

After defending, you can continue counter push with survived defender. This time, you can play Graveyard as to counter push.

However, if the survive defender remains low HP, don’t counter push with Graveyard because you’ll fail. In early battle, you better play defensive and don’t deploy Hog Graveyard.

What to do in 2x elixir?

When you enter 2x elixir, this is Hog Graveyard time! To run this, we don’t plainly send the hog with graveyard.

There’s one strategy, we counter with Hog Minion Horde combo first. The enemy must have some troops to stop this. Then, we defend. That’ll be good if you get tower damage with Hog Horde counter.


Hog Horde combo before Hog Graveyard

In defending, we can use Skeleton Army. The army would have a big chance to succeed the defense. Then, you counter push with the Graveyard and survived skeleton.

After you have Graveyard, send Hog Rider right on the bridge. Don’t worry guys, your card would be rotated and you’d have Hog Rider this time.

In this moment, the skeletons from Army and Graveyard would be a great distraction for the enemy.

This is how you run Hog Graveyard combo

If they send area dealer to stop this, they won’t harm our Hog Rider significantly. And if they send single target card, the skeletons would pile up on the tower.

Don’t worry if enemy leashes Arrows in this counter, the Arrows would just execute Skeletons and Hog would continuously give more hits on the tower. That is the secret strategy guys.  

Card replacement


Substitute Bomber with Baby Dragon

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Substitute Mini Pekka with Pekka


In this deck, we counter with a specific strategy and of course that would trouble the enemy so much in 2x elixir. You also have alternative counter using Hog Rider Mini Pekka and Minion Horde. And remember to always build the Goblin Hut in defending.

What do you guys think about this Hog Graveyard combo? I hope you like this guide and can win more battles with this strategy.

See you again soon in another article guide, Good luck!