Clash Royale Decks - Meta Decks for December 2021

Looking for the best Clash Royale decks in the meta right now? With the release of the new champions, Archer Queen, Golden Knight, and Skeleton King, the established meta has well and truly been shaken up as players scramble to find out what they're good at and where they'll fit into pre-established decks. They are powerful units in their own right, each with a unique ability that can quite literally win you a battle.

The Archer Queen, for example, has invisibility that grants her a period of invulnerability. The Golden Knight can target units and chain-rush between them, gaining ground, and becoming an unstoppable force in the process. Our favourite of all, Skeleton King, can collect the souls of defeated units and use them to summon his very own skeleton mobs, which in a game with as many summons and chaff units as Clash Royale is pretty darn strong.

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With that in mind, we've created a list of the best Clash Royale decks utilising these powerful champions. If you enjoy freebies for mobile strategy games, we also have an Infinity Kingdom codes list and a Rise of Kingdoms codes list.


The Best Decks in Clash Royale

The Archer Queen standing in the arena in Clash Royale.
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Archer Queen Deck

The Archer Queen is one of Clash Royale's new champions, a powerful ranged unit that can use her Cloaking Cape to turn invisible and become untargetable by other units. Our favourite version of her deck pairs her with the fast and powerful Bandit unit and the invisible Royal Ghost. When you also add units capable of damaging multiple enemies, like the Mega Knight and Electro Spirit, as well as damage-dealing spells such as Lightning and Barbarian Barrel, you have a strong rush deck on your hands.

  • Archer Queen
  • Bandit
  • Barbarian Barrel
  • Electro Spirit
  • Royal Ghost
  • Lightning
  • Mega Knight
  • Ram Rider
The Golden Knight flexing in Clash Royale.
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Golden Knight Deck

The second of Clash Royale's new champions is the Golden Knight, a high hit-point unit that can use his Dashing Dash ability to chain dash between units, covering ground quickly while gaining invulnerability. A fun combo takes the classic Lavaloon deck but uses Golden Knight to replace the Guard unit. It's a very strong deck that doubles as a helpful intro to the new champion's abilities.

  • Lightning
  • Skeleton Dragons
  • Tombstone
  • Mega Minion
  • Fireball
  • Balloon
  • Lava Hound
  • Golden Knight
The Skeleton King clenching his fist in Clash Royale.
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Skeleton King Deck

Last but not least is the Skeleton King, a champion who can use a Soul Summoning ability to raise a small army of Skeletons to fight for you. How many skeletons get summoned depends on how many units die while he is deployed. For every loss, he gets a soul that summons an additional skeleton on top of the base six that the ability provides.

With this in mind, a good deck for Skeleton King utilises a lot of low-cost units so he can collect Souls, as well as other summoning units such as the graveyard in order to overwhelm enemies with your minions. You can also use Mother Witch to summon Royal Hogs based upon when troops die.

  • Mother Witch
  • Skeleton King
  • Graveyard
  • Goblin Cage
  • Guard
  • Inferno Dragon
  • Arrows
  • Poison

How Do I Get More Clash Royale Cards?

You can get Clash Royale cards by using gold or gems to purchase them in the shop, and by opening chests. It's also possible to unlock more cards by playing the game, advancing through different arenas, and earning trophies, which will eventually unlock legendary cards as part of your chest cycle.

Where Can I Find a Clash Royale Decks Builder?

If you're looking to play around with some deck compositions for yourself, then Deckshop is a good place to try stuff out and create your own decks to share with others.


And that's our list of some of the best Clash Royale decks in the meta right now. If you like Supercell-style arena games, be sure to check out our Boom Beach: Frontlines preview where we go hands-on with the publisher's latest.