Clash Royale Tier List (Season 42): Best cards for January 2023

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If you’re looking for an updated Clash Royale tier list featuring all character cards that will help you climb through the leaderboards in Season 42, we have you covered.

Clash Royale currently features a total of 104 regular character cards  — and 5 champions  — for you to choose from, so creating those perfect decks can be incredibly time-consuming. If you’re aware of the best-performing characters at any given point in time, however, you’ll be able to gain an edge over your opponents.

After the Clashmas update was released in December 2022, several character cards have shifted position, landing them in an entirely different place within our tier list. When utilizing the best characters from the higher-tier cards of our Clash Royale rankings, the game’s strategic, high-octane gameplay will be kicked up a notch as you work towards making it into the Legendary Arena.

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Updated January 13, 2023, to update the tier list according to the Clashmas meta.


cover art for the Halloween update in Clash RoyaleSeason 42 and Path of Legends are now underway in the game.

Clash Royale Tier List (Season 42)

Our Clash Royale tier list has been divided into four separate tiers. Character cards listed in the A Tier are ones that should be used as often as you can in play, whereas those in D Tier should be avoided as much as possible.

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  • A Tier: Character cards in this tier are undoubtedly the best ones to use in Clash Fest.
  • B Tier: Although not the strongest character cards, they can still be devastating in multiple scenarios to help change the course of a match.
  • C Tier: While these character cards can be overlooked in most situations, they are still capable of doing a decent job in specific scenarios.
  • D Tier: These characters should be avoided as much as you can. On top of being fairly impactless cards, they also waste a notable amount of elixir during battles.

Without further ado, let’s dive in and check out the Clash Royale tier list for Clash Fest.

Clash Royale Tier List – A Tier

Card Name Card Rarity Elixir Cost
Hog Rider Rare 4
Mega Knight Legendary 7
Valkyrie Rare 4
P.E.K.K.A. Epic 7
Lumberjack Legendary 4
Wizard Rare 5
Princess Legendary 3
Night Witch Legendary 4
Musketeer Rare 4
Bats Common 2
Baby Dragon Epic 4
Miner Legendary 3
Balloon Epic 5
Fire Spirits Common 2
The Log Legendary 2
Mini P.E.K.K.A. Rare 4
Electro Wizard Legendary 4
Executioner Epic 5
Minion Horde Common 5
Ram Rider Legendary 5
Bandit Legendary 3
Magic Archer Legendary 4
Ice Wizard Legendary 3
Hunter Epic 4
Goblin Giant Epic 6
Zap Common 2
Ice Golem Rare 2
Royal Giant Common 6
Arrows Common 3
Knight Common 3
Spear Goblins Common 2

Clash Royale Tier List – B Tier

Card Name Card Rarity Elixir Cost
Inferno Dragon Legendary 4
Royal Ghost Legendary 3
Bomber Common 3
Minions Common 3
Tornado Epic 3
Poison Epic 4
Sparky Legendary 6
Bowler Epic 5
Skeleton Army Epic 3
Prince Epic 5
Dart Goblin Rare 3
Archers Common 3
Phoenix Legendary 4
Firecracker Common 3
Mega Minion Rare 3
Elite Barbarians Common 6
Giant Skeleton Epic 6
Rage Epic 2
Lava Hound Legendary 7
Electro Dragon Epic 5
Snowball Common 2
Xbow Epic 6
Golem Epic 8
Graveyard Legendary 5
Mother Witch Legendary 4
Guards Epic 3
Witch Epic 5
Furnace Rare 4
Lightning Epic 6
Freeze Epic 4
Ice Spirit Common 1
Elixir Golem Rare 3
Dark Prince Epic 4
Barbarians Common 5

Clash Royale Tier List – C Tier

Card Name Card Rarity Elixir Cost
Mirror Epic +1 Elixir of last played card
Goblin Barrel Epic 3
Royal Hogs Rare 5
Rocket Rare 6
Skeletons Common 1
Canon Common 3
Goblins Common 2
Rascals Common 5
Flying Machine Rare 4
Canon Cart Epic 5
Inferno Tower Rare 5
Tombstone Rare 3
Clone Epic 3
Skeleton Barrel Common 3
Goblin Gang Common 3
Barbarian Barrel Epic 2
Electro Giant Epic 8
Fisherman Legendary 3
Bomb Tower Rare 4
Goblin Cage Rare 4
Tesla Common 4
Battle Ram Rare 4

Clash Royale Tier List – D Tier

Card Name Card Rarity Elixir Cost
Fireball Rare 4
Mortar Common 4
Goblin Hut Rare 4
Elixir Collector Rare 6
Barbarian Hut Rare 7
Skeleton Dragons Common 4
Royal Recruits Common 7
Electro Spirit Common 1
Three Musketeers Rare 9
Zappies Rare 4
Heal Spirit Rare 1
Battle Healer Rare 4
Wall Breakers Epic 2
Goblin Drill Epic 4
Royal Delivery Common 3
Earthquake Rare 3
poster of clash royale featuring the kingBuild your strongest decks in Clash Royale to make it to the top of the leaderboards in Season 42.

Best Clash Royale decks from the Tier List

After the recent changes made to decks at the start of Clash Fest in September, some of the strongest Clash Royale character cards in the current meta belong to the offensive category. To stand the best chance at taking down your foes, we’d recommend that you try to make your deck from the A and B tier lists.

However, it is extremely important to have a good balance between offense and defense in your decks. After all, you can never know your opponent’s equipped character cards before the match begins. Therefore, here are a few decks that you can try out for your next battles:

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  • Va-Ho-Witch: Fireball, Furnace, Hog Rider, Ice Spirit, Inferno Dragon, Valkyrie, Witch, and Zap.
  • Go-Bandit-Night Witch rush: Archers, Baby Dragon, Bandit, Golem, Lightning, The Log, Night Witch, and Bats.
  • Monk-Phoenix-Ice-Grave: Barbarian Barrel, Monk, Phoenix, Poison, Tornado, Tombstone, Graveyard, Ice Wizard.

So, there you have it – that’s everything you need to about the Clash Royale tier list for Season 42.

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