Rare Card: Battle Ram
It’s not every day that you depend on a couple of brawny men holding a log. Let alone, brawny men with moustaches.The Battle Ram may seem like a strange unit but it is quickly becoming known as one of the most beloved units. The Battle Ram was added to Clash Royale in 2017 and adds method for sieging your opponents crown towers! The Battle Ram is a sturdy log held by two rowdy barbarians with a penchant for hacking things apart. They rush into battle toward the nearest building and upon arrival slam into all things built with the Log, causing a large amount of damage. The log is immediately discarded after slamming into a building, but lo and behold, two fine strapping barbarians are left in its place!
|Rarity||Elixir Cost||Speed||Target||Spawn Level|
|Rare||4||Medium||Buildings||Barbarians; Level 2 Higher|
Battle Ram is not a card to be deployed willy-nilly as without any strategy it is easily countered. While charging, Battle Ram can only attack buildings. It makes up for this with a burst of speed and double damage.The Ram is very open to attacks before it arrives at a building. Fortunately, this weakness can be used strategically. The Battle Ram also has the advantage of acting as a shield for the Barbarians. If the log is damaged enough, the barbarians will drop it, but they will be undamaged. This means that there is a possibility that even an intercepted Battle Ram could still destroy a few units. Ultimately though, the purpose is not to skate by, but rather to hit the Crown Tower with effective Charge damage.
With effective timing, you can absorb a modest amount of damage, hit a tower, and then spawn two Barbarians. At later levels the charge is a very powerful attack. As an added bonus, the Ram even resists the effects of the Tornado spell.
Using the Battle Ram is similar to the Hog Rider in that the purpose is to hit a Tower as hard as possible. Usually this is coupled with support cards to fend off threats or used in the lane opposite of all the action. A sneaky Battle Ram done right can turn the tide of a challenging battle.
Sneak in behind a human shield
Creatures such as Skeleton Giant and Royal Giant are useful for soaking up a ton of damage. When coupled with a card like Battle Ram, there is little threat to the Rams arrival. This means you can send in the Battle Ram past your heavies and tear up the crown tower while it attempts to kill the brutes. And if the Ram is stopped along the way, the barbarians help fight off whatever may be assaulting the Giants.
Sometimes a large creature such as P.E.K.K.A. is coming down your lane. When you find yourself in an unwinnable situation, the Battle Ram can be used to run by those creatures, get hit, and distract the enemy with Barbarians. This may buy the necessary time to offset a push by a hard to destroy enemy.
How to Defend against Battle Ram
Much like Barbarians in real life, the Battle Ram is easily distracted by other buildings. If you have a goblin hut, tombstone, or a defensive building, it is great for luring the Battle Ram away from those precious towers. Also, once the charge is over, the log disappears and you are only defending against two Barbarians.Another common defense is to use air support such as the Minion Horde to easily eliminate the Battle Ram and Barbarians without taking any casualties.
Should Battle Ram be in your deck?
Most decks can benefit from the varied use of Battle Ram. Granted as a card it does not carry huge defensive perks. In a tight spot, it is more of a Hail Mary play then a homebase guard. That being said, the Battle Ram is an incredible tool, complimenting decks that need a little more help in destroying crown towers. It is great for pushing and heavily compliments slower units that absorb a lot of damage. Also the Battle Ram is a great option for rushing to destroy defensive buildings before they distract bigger guys like Giant and Ballon.