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New Clash of Clans Troop Revealed: the Headhunter!


Clash of Clans |  Headhunter | Official Banner

Get ready Clashers, a brand new Clash of Clans Troop has just been revealed, the Headhunter!


  1. 1. Introducing the Headhunter
  2. 2. Special Abilities: Poison, Walls, Heroes
  3. 3. Using the Headhunter
  4. 4. Attacking the Grand Warden
  5. 5. Unlocking the Headhunter
  6. 6. Upgrading the Headhunter
  7. 7. Stats

Introducing the Headhunter

Clash of Clans | Headhunter Art

This sinister unit is cloaked in a shroud of poisons of her own making with Heroes being her favorite target to test out her assassination skills. Heroes of the village may just tremble in fear when the Headhunter is loosed on the battlefield.

The Headhunter is a female assassin with a very specific task on the game: kill Heroes!

Clash of Clans | Headhunter Gameplay

Using 6 Housing Spaces, she is a mid-health Dark Elixir troop that throws deadly cards on her a ranged attack, capable of targeting ground and air units.

Special Abilities: Poison, Walls, Heroes

The Headhunter features some special abilities that will make her very special:

  • Poison: her deadly cards decrease movement speed and attack speed from her targets. While infected, the Heroes will turn red.
Clash of Clans | Headhunter | Jump Over Walls Art
  • Jump Over Walls: similar to Hog Riders and the Royal Champion, she doesn't care about walls at all, being able to jump over them without issues to keep her personal pursuit of the Heroes!
Clash of Clans |  Headhunter | Jump Over Walls Gameplay
  • Damage to Heroes: not only she has a target of Heroes, but she also deals 4x damage on them!

Using the Headhunter

Clash of Clans |  Headhunter | Poison Effect on Heroes

The Headhunter is a support troop that should not be used alone. With 440 Hitpoints, she will be easily killed by the defenses if unprotected by stronger troops.

Since she targets Heroes, she will skip all other buildings, including defenses, and run to the nearest Hero. This makes her deployment very different from all other troops: before releasing her on the battlefield, search for the Heroes.

On 1vs1 against Heroes, she will have a hard time killing them even though she makes 4x damage on them. You need around 5 or more Headhunter to kill each Hero, not the best deal.

Clash of Clans | Headhunter Gameplay
Headhunter supporting the Queen Walk by poisoning the enemy Queen

This leaves us with a very specific use: support your current army in killing the Heroes. Her Poison skill with the ability to decrease the attack and movement speed are what really matters here. As long the Headhunter stays alive, she will make a huge effect on enemy Heroes helping your army to kill them.

Attacking the Grand Warden

Clash of Clans | Headhunter vs Grand Warde
Headhunter ignoring Grand Warden Statue

The Grand Warden is a Hero troop on the attack, but while defending he turns into a statue that is considered a defense building.

He is targeted by troops with a preferred target of buildings, such as Golems, Balloons and Giants.

For this reason, the Headhunters will ignore the Grand Warden until all other Heroes have been killed when attacking it.

If you are using Headhunters as a Clan Castle troop to protect your village, they will target the Grand Warden on both Air or Ground Mode.

Unlocking the Headhunter

Clash of Clans |  Headhunter | Dark Barrack

The Headhunter is available on Town Hall 12 and higher.

To unlock it you must upgrade your Dark Barrack to level 9.

Upgrading the Headhunter

Clash of Clans | Upgrading Differences

Upgrading this troop increases DPS and Hitpoints, but whats really matters is the Speed Decrease and Attack Rate Decrease.

As you upgrade her poison deadly cards get even better. A level 3 Headhunter (currently the max level) can decrease to speed movement of Heroes by 44% and the attack speed by 65%. This is a huge deal.


  • Type: Ground Troop
  • Housing Space: 6
  • Movement Speed: 24
  • Range: 3 tiles
  • Jumps over walls
  • Targets: Ground & Air
  • Damage Type: Single Target
  • Favorite Target: Heroes
  • Deals 4x damage against Heroes
  • Adds Poison Spell effect when dealing damage to Heroes or Troops
LevelUpgrade CostUpgrade TimeDPSHPTraining CostTraining TimePoison Effect*
1NANA108360100 DE1 Min40%/55%
2180K DE14 Days120400120 DE1 Min42%/60%
3240K DE16 Days132440140 DE1 Min44%/65%

*Movement Speed Decreased/Attack Speed Decreased