Rare Card: Ice Golem
Tanks are expensive in the world of Clash Royale. This pushes players to balance and budget the elixir produced and expected. Durable tanks take much time, which then means added advantage to the opposition offense-wise. Although players need those super tanks such as the Golem or P.E.K.K.A. to be able to defend against a strong push, other options do have to be considered as well. When it comes to pushing, players cannot simply send their offensive troops to march in and wreck havoc. Well, there is something new to look forward to, and this is the Ice Golem.
The Mechanics of the Ice Golem
The Ice Golem is a melee unit that has moderate hit points, similar to that of the Miner or Mini P.E.K.K.A. It targets structures, much like the Giant and Golem. What differs too much is the cost of it. The Ice Golem costs a mere 2 elixir, making it an awesome mini-tank cycle card. It works best on those small quick pushes after every successful defense. Players pair it up with mobs of low cost elixir cards to deal a significant amount of damage on to enemy buildings.
In addition to its affordability, the Ice Golem also explodes when killed, thus dealing an Area of Effect damage on a small radius (4-tiles) like the Golem. The puny damage is not the highlight of the explosion though but the slow effect that it does. Every unit affected by the Ice Golem’s death blast is slowed similar to the attack of the Ice Wizard (-35%). This crippling effect lasts for three seconds. Although that sounds great, it doesn’t stack with the attack of the Ice Wizard so don’t pair the two.
With the awesome advantages that the Ice Golem brings, there comes disadvantages as well. Compared to the Knight, the movement is slower. The damage is also 5X weaker than the Knight so it is not a substitute to it. With that, you can ignore a lone Ice Golem as it would not deal that much damage. It targets structures like the Giant and the Hog Rider but is not a threat by itself. With that being stated, the Ice Golem is not worth deploying without the heavy offense behind.
The Skeletons, being weak in nature, still cannot be taken down by the freeze explosion when killed. However, it does slow down air units as well. The Ice Golem has the weakest damage per second in the game, so the primary purpose of it is to tank and slow down units. A great tactic is to push the Golem towards the crown tower by deploying the Prince on its back. This also ensures that the frost nova death explosion will hit the crown tower.
A must try small yet rewarding push is placing an Ice Golem up front along with a set of goblins. This works mostly when a strong push has been released and elixirs are yet to be produced. With the low cost of the two cards, a quick effective push can be executed. The Explosion will slow both the weak enemy defensive unit/s including the crown tower. This would enable the goblins to inflict much damage.
Is the Ice Golem Worth Keeping?
Working solely as a cheap medium defensive troop, the Ice Golem can’t simply be underestimated. The Frost Nova it brings upon death makes it chillingly versatile so to speak. There are loads of ways to use the Ice Golem perfectly making it a fun card to use. Players can turn the tables with this supportive tank.
As long as the player reaches Arena 8 or the Frozen Peak, the Ice Golem can be acquired. It is highly recommended to level up because from 625 hit points, a maxed out Ice Golem has a staggering 1,600 hit points! Being a rare card, it is easy to improve. Players can request such cards on active clans that are willing to help. Saving up gold for upgrades is truly necessary in the game. So if you are planning to spend those gold, the Ice golem is definitely one that you need to consider.
Just remember not to deploy it against an Inferno Tower because the Frost Nova cannot even reach it due to the pure fiery flames the Inferno Tower emits.