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Clash Royale September Update: Everything You Need to Know



The hit mobile game Clash Royale is better than ever now that a major September update has been released. The developers recently confirmed some big changes were coming, and now that it’s here players need to know everything that’s new. Get ready for Challenges, improved Tournaments, more Legendary cards and other improvements.

After months and months of updates many users have been saying the game is broken, even if it’s still fun. This update is aiming to fix all of that by balancing out cards, fixing Tournaments and making the game more enjoyable for all players.

Read: Clash Royale Tournaments: What to Know

It’s one of the most popular and addicting mobile games available today, but it’s also so frustrating that thousands of players have sworn it off and deleted the app. The competitive nature of Clash Royale is what makes it good and bad. Read on to see all the changes from the September Clash Royale update.


Since the release in March the game has received at least one big update each and every month. Adding new features, extra troops, new cards, more legendary cards (that no one can get) and the Tournament mode. Sadly it has been almost two months since a big update surfaced, but now that it’s here players are more excited than ever.

Read: Clash Royale Update: 7 Things We Want Next

Tournaments were broken and overpriced, Legendary cards were nearly impossible to get, and the same few decks were used over and over again. That has all been fixed, along with many other improvements.

On August 28th Supercell changed the season reset to 4000 trophies. which should even out the battles across the board. High level players shouldn’t face people so much smaller, and beginners will have fair battles as well. That all said, here’s what’s new.

Clash Royale September Update

Below are the three big areas that the developers at Supercell wanted to focus on with this update. Now that it has been released, it’s safe to say they reworked all of this in a big way, and gamers should be mostly happy with what’s new.

– Improve tournaments a lot (we want to re-work them in a pretty big way)
– Make Legendary Cards more obtainable
– New cards & balance changes

What’s New in Clash Royale

The big September Clash Royale update was released on September 19th, and it’s full of changes. Everything mentioned above was addressed and Legendary cards should be easier to find, maybe even cheaper.


Tournaments received the biggest changes, and they needed it. For starters, players will no longer be able to search and try to join random Tournaments. They aren’t even shown anymore. Which is odd. Instead, the main Tournament tab has been replaced with “Challenges”. This are like mini-tournaments, but we can’t see who we’re fighting or who is in the lead.

It’s basically just like the regular battle button, but costs 10 (or 100) gems, and is a guarantee you’ll win something.

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Challenges cost 10 or 100 gems to enter and everyone wins something, even with zero wins. Win 12 battles and instantly get the top prize no matter what, but three losses and you’re out. If you win 6 and lose 3, you still get half the prizes. It goes up with each win. There is no leaderboard or anything, so it’s basically a pay a few gems for a different approach to Tournaments completely.

Then we still have the regular Tournaments which are now under a “custom” tab. This shows all clan-mates Tournaments, or we can search for others by entering the ID tag. No more finding random Tournaments that are full and can’t be entered. Personally I don’t like that change very much, but the Challenges make up for it. These custom Tournaments will work the same way as before.

Players can create Tournaments for as little as 10 Gems now, rather than 500 which was $5.

Game Balance

Supercell also made a bunch of changes to select cards that are too strong, too weak, or under-used inside the game. Here’s the changes, take note of the Rage and Lightning.

Giant: Damage decreased by 5%
– The Giant will still hit hard after this change – he has really big fists after all – we just wanted to take a little bit of power from his offensive capabilities, as his main role is to soak up damage.

Rage: Elixir cost decreased to 2 (from 3), effect decreased to 30% (from 40%), duration decreased by 2sec
– The Rage spell hasn’t seen much usage and is in need of a bigger change, especially with the introduction of the Lumberjack’s “free” Rage. Decreasing the Elixir cost to 2 should make Rage a really viable and exciting combo card!

Lumberjack: Rage effect decreased to 30% (from 40%), Rage duration decreased by 2sec
– For consistency with the Rage spell changes above.

Mirror: Mirrors cards 1 level higher than its own level
– We love the surprise element Mirror brings and we’ve been having a blast playtesting this new version! At Tournament Rules card levels, Mirror will bring a truly unique element to your deck, making your cards 1 level higher than the tournament cap! Also, a max level Mirror will create max level +1 cards!

Lightning: Stuns targets for 0.5sec
– Due to Lightning’s low use rate, and partly for consistency with Zap, we’re adding a brief stun effect to make it more unique and hopefully an interesting addition to some decks.

The Log: Knocks back ALL ground troops
– This change will make The Log feel like the Legendary Card it was born to be.

Bomber: Hitpoints decreased by 2%, Damage increased by 2%
– A small tweak to fix a couple of inconsistencies with card interactions at certain levels.

Four New Cards

There are four new cards, although only one has been revealed. It’s called the Mega Minion, and is like a flying Barbarian in terms of specs. Once every two weeks we’ll see a new card until all four are unveiled. Two are legendary, and one will likely be a graveyard spell that unearths skeletons anywhere on the map. See some of the new cards and changes in action below.

Legendary Cards

The most exciting news though, has to be Legendary cards. There will now be Legendary Chests available in the traditional cycle, as well as in the shops on occasion. It will give players one Legendary from any arena. They shouldn’t be as rare during chest cycles, and we’re hearing they cost 500 gems.

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Similarly they have also confirmed Epic chests, which is a great move we’re excited to see. These have been confirmed on the Clash Royale forum. And yes, Epic chests contain nothing but Epics.

The Clash Royale team is also adding special offer card stacks to the Shop for newly released cards, to help players get up and running faster when new cards are released. Meaning we can buy one entire stack of a card for upgrades, rather than slowly upgrading a new card like the Mega Minion.

Arena Packs

Every time a player reaches a new Arena there will be a one-time “Arena Pack” available for around $10. This gives players nearly $40 in cards, gold and cards for a low price, and will help players get new cards from new Arenas. This appear once a week, and most likely you are seeing one arena lower than your current level. Expect a new Arena pack to surface next week.

Training Camp

One of the main Supercell employees and moderator at the official forum also confirmed big changes are coming to the Training Camp. This is where players can test decks, play new cards and improve their skills against the computer, not real people. We’re noticing the Training Camp is much harder to beat now, and won’t make silly moves like Fireballing a single Minion. It still needs work, but they are harder to beat and will test your skills better than before.

Social Features

We said this was a big update, and it is. There are new social features for Clan members too. Users can see who is online, watch their battles live with a spectate feature, or initiate a friendly battle with a specific person, rather than to anyone in the clan. This will make those 1-on-1 battles with friends easier to initiate.


Other Changes

Emotes can now be muted on a per-battle basis. Crown wins will roll over to the next Crown Chest (if one is waiting) rather than being wasted. 3-Crown someone when you have 9 out of 10, and you’ll have two crowns towards your next chest.

There are also a lot of new Achievements in that tab users can complete to earn gold and gems. Most are around Tournaments, friendly challenges and other things, but every bit helps.

This is still an excellent mobile game with a lot of potential, and these are some of the changes we wanted to see happen. There still needs to be a better way to earn Legendary cards so battles can truly be 100% fair for real competition, and the Tournaments while improved, are still impossible to join unless you create one yourself or join a clan members Tournament. The Clash Royale September update is available now, so give it a try and let us know what you think in the comment section below.



  1. Vitor Calado

    08/04/2016 at 6:02 am

    Level 10 spend like 300 usd and no f#$%#& single legendary creature…

    • Drago SWTOR

      08/18/2016 at 6:03 am

      Level 9 spent like 0 usd and 3 legendaries, one of them lvl 2…

      • draconian

        09/01/2016 at 8:26 pm

        Nice name drago star wars the old rebublic

    • Rote

      09/02/2016 at 9:13 am

      That is a damn shame.. Though I seem to have been extremely lucky thus far, I’ve spent $20 so far and actually have found 9 legendary cards – in many different types of chests. Btw, the best way to spend gems is to open silver or gold chests as you play to replace them. They will cycle the chances of finding giant, magical, super magical more quickly. Never buy chests, I’d recommend against buying gold as well. It does take some time to acquire, but opening chests and winning battles (also donating) will gain gold as well as the main goal of finding premium chests through battle.

      I do hope they will add more free encouragement to keep playing. Like why would they limit the amount of gold you can obtain from winning per day? It’s only like 20 gold each time anway.

  2. Liquid Gold

    08/04/2016 at 6:17 am

    $50 to upgrade a legendary card to level 2 is a lie. It’s 5000 gold which is easily obtainable after a few days of opening chests, free chests, and your daily crown chest. If you wanted to, you could spend $5 dollars on gems and buy 10,000 gold and still have 5,000 leftover.

    • Tom Jackson

      09/01/2016 at 10:41 am

      You have to wait to get the card, or buy it in the shop. 40,000 gold costs about $20 USD. Then an extra 5000 to upgrade. So $25 to buy one. Definitely not $50, but still not cheap to acquire.

  3. Gregory

    08/04/2016 at 6:59 am

    im lvl 9 in arena 8 and i never left teh game ! The game is rly good and annoying in the same way …. Cards such as Royale GG and miner (sparky is not a big problem) are rly strong in the META … Royale GG is broken and need health reduce and miner too ! …..I mean miner is legie but its basically a knight with half the dmg but can appear everywhere :P …. The most annoying thing is when U place Ur elixir collector and then the miner is destroying it :P ….. The game is in his bad times right now and need big changes ! Thx and lets hope for something big from Supercell!

  4. bronson

    08/04/2016 at 11:22 am

    Nerf the RG by reducing its range and damage. Leave the health alone. Its a Giant. Miner is fine the way its is. I don’t have one but I counter them successfully. increase my Hog riders damage though lvl 6 and 7 cannons crush my lvl 8 hog. increase Lava hounds damage as well but leave the lava pups where they are at. Sparky………if you cant counter a damn sparky then quit the game

    • Eric W. Shumway

      09/06/2016 at 8:13 pm

      ikr? i got sparky and log… 2 of the worst legendaries in the game. im f2p


        09/17/2016 at 11:04 am

        I had the same attitude about sparky but while being stuck at 2700 I made a sparky deck and got to legendary! Give her a shot

  5. Lucas

    08/04/2016 at 7:57 pm

    Spent 50 dollars on the game and didn’t get a single legendary from all that money. Only got one legendary from a giant chest which Im super happy about cause it kinda makes up for all the money I spent on it. Still, so glad for this coming update

  6. Umar

    08/05/2016 at 8:24 am

    Game anjing. aku udah lvl 11 tapi belum dapat kartu legend. Pelit ….

  7. Henry Johnson

    08/06/2016 at 12:06 am

    It looks like the person who wrote this has never played clash royale in their life.

    • Cory Gunther

      08/11/2016 at 10:02 am

      Why do you say that? I’m actually a level 9 with a legendary or two.. and over 3000 trophies.

  8. Deni

    08/06/2016 at 7:47 am

    Theyll just make legendaries appear in the shop occasionally for all arenas I think so they still get money but they are in fact easier for everyone to obtain then a cheap compromise if you ask me and the majority of players would agree I think. If that’s the direction supercell choose to go with the more obtainable legendary cards people will be pissed

  9. Dave

    08/08/2016 at 6:32 am

    Speaking from experience I can guarantee you that using legendary cards doesn’t make any difference because the matchmaking ensures that you’ll face opponents with at least 2-3 high level legendaries, so that you’re always at a disatvantage. I almost entered Arena 9 when I was a level 8 player (that means that I am not THAT bad at the game). My cards weren’t at a high level (level 6 raws, level 8 commons) and, additionally, I didn’t use epic cards.

    Recently I’ve got the Princess, the Ice Wiz, the Miner and even the Lava Hound. Now being at level 10 (just because I donate so much cards), I don’t have much more trophies than before (~3250). I use the following deck: Hog lvl. 7, Musketeer lvl. 7, Valkyrie lvl. 8, Zap lvl. 10, Guards lvl. 4, Princess and Miner lvl. 1, Ice Wiz lvl. 2. I don’t cry because I don’t care about my success in a virtual game. I’ve been playing this game for almost 6 months and didn’t spend more that 10 € cause it’s not worth it.

    Losing doesn’t mean that you’re a really bad player. The matchmaking system just wants to frustrate players in order to make them pay cash. Keep that in mind!


      08/21/2016 at 9:38 am

      very true. the matchmaking system is completely rigged in efforts to make raged players buy gems to get better cards

  10. Ahmad

    08/09/2016 at 9:38 am

    some times all you see in areana is one op card.
    Now all i battle against is royale gg.
    Remmeber the last op cards like xbow,mortar,bomb tower,spamers and double prince.
    They all get strang you buy them and upgrad them and then they get nerves and you should by new op cards in order to compite.

  11. Benjamin Gao

    08/10/2016 at 8:01 am

    If you’re not dumb, you can get legendary cards. You just have to have skill and battle for as many crown chests as possible. I’ve spent 0 dollars and 0 cents on the game, and I have a level 2 lava hound and a level 1 ice wizard.

    • Cory Gunther

      08/11/2016 at 10:01 am

      Even if you’re not dumb… it’s all in the luck of the random draw. I’ve done so many crown chests it’s ridiculous.

  12. Jd

    08/11/2016 at 1:30 am

    Not a single legendary.
    Played before the launch of clash royal.
    Miner and royal gaint are really annoying.
    There is no proper order to get cards in a sequence.
    Upgrade cost is very high. I have 33 cards that need to upgrade and out of 33 cards 25 cards need double and tripple upgrades. No gold no legendary.
    No balancing between legendary player and without legendary player.

  13. Los

    08/12/2016 at 4:28 pm

    Legendary cards cost 5000 gold to go to level 2, which is the equivalent of $2.50. Please do more fact checking before posting.

    • Q

      08/14/2016 at 8:08 pm

      The author is correct, you need TWO legendary cards to even be able to upgrade it, so you’re looking at a minimum of 85k gold to get them and upgrade them.

  14. Tony

    08/13/2016 at 2:33 pm

    I have a problem with anything except legendary’s but please nerf the giant everyone is using it and it’s not fair how I want to make new ways to find new combos and more. Everytime I want to attack the first thing I see it’s THE GIANT or the witch then it makes the combos that I want to do turns out to be a fail. That’s why I DROPPED DOWN TO SPELL VALLEY FROM ROYAL ARENA. Then I stopped playing the game……

    Anyways thanks for reading

  15. Daniel

    08/13/2016 at 5:23 pm

    I made it to legendary arena without a legendary it was easy then 2 weeks later I get my first legendary I was so happy 1 month later I have lvl princess lvl 2 miner lvl 1 lava hound and lvl 1 sparky like I’m so lucky on getting legendarys

  16. Dustin Boshart (@DBroshark)

    08/15/2016 at 2:47 pm

    Still playing. Spent close to $100 Id say. Have every legendary besides log. Not that hard really, just got to stay in legendary arena, and spend $20 in shop to get what ya want.

  17. agriss15

    08/16/2016 at 9:35 am

    Legendary cards are fine the way they are. Everyone is talking about how op the cards are but they’re really not. Miner is really good but not op. Sparky is pretty easy to counter. Lava Hounds are also easy to counter. Princess is the one closest to op but just place something to kill it. Ice wizard is really annoying but easy to counter. The log and lumberjack are just bad compared to the others. I am in Ice Peaks right now peak around 2500. I got one legendary, the log. I spent 0$ on this game. And btw royal giant is common if u have and think it’s op then use it to ur advantage.

  18. Dave

    08/18/2016 at 10:49 am

    Playing since day one not one legendary card yet every opponent has at least ice wizard or princess or a combination of both. Makes sense for f2p they need to make the p2w players feel they got their value the game is now uninstalled. Game is so imbalanced with the way the drop rate works for legendary cards.

  19. Dragon™

    08/20/2016 at 8:32 am

    Ok first of all, you do not need a legendary or to spend money to do well at this game. I literally spent no money, had no legendaries, didn’t use the popular decks at the time such as the hog, and didn’t play the first month of the games release, but still hardly made it to legendary. IT’S A STRATEGY GAME AND YOU HAVE TO PUT LOTS OF EFFORT IN. However, those that do pay money to get a very unfair advantage nonetheless. My first legendary from a free let me gain 150 cups, and the next another 100. They are unfair say the least. And also high level cards trump other cards based raw damage, but once again, if you play more strategically the weak cards totally destroy. Your low level musketeer might suddenly have the upper hand. But everyone already knew that. However, I don’t think people are as inventive age strategic as they could be. In fact there will always be something that needs to be nerfed, so people need to learn to adapt and not just complain about the overpowered cards (which I still do agree are overpowered). Also, the game does need some nerfs, but as someone who hates to sandbag, I just build to counter those decks. You have to play to your strengths. Anyways, I think people need to do a lot of learning on how to the game before worrying about too many nerfs or changes (which do still matter tho don’t get me wrong!!) I’ll get off my soap box now… Clash on!

  20. NavySeal

    08/23/2016 at 4:29 am

    I’ve played Clash Royal since its Launch and Spent $0. It is a frustrating game at times but it truly requires a strategic mind and knowing how to counter every sort of attack. Every match will be different and you have to have the right balance to succeed. For some reason I’ve stuck with a noob deck for quite some time. Only because I’ve leveled them so high it does not feel right to drop them and start leveling up a new card. I’m currently in Arena 9 with 3037 Trophies & my deck (Lvl 4 Freeze, Lvl 4 Baby Dragon, Lvl 10 Knight, Lvl 10 Arrows, Lvl 8 Musketeer, Lvl 8 Mini Pekka, Lvl 8 Rocket, and almost Lvl 8 Tombstone). I have a Level 1 Miner, Lumberjack, Sparky, and have 2 Ice wizards that I can upgrade to a lvl 2. I hate competing against the Royal Giant because it takes so much for me to take it down (Tombstone distraction, Freeze and Mini Pekka (11 Elixir) and that’s only when I have the right cards available. Although I understood that the Royal Giant is overpowered I chose not to use it and I have 1590 Royal Giant cards available to use for upgrades. I’m just glad its getting Nerfed and Baby Drag & Tombstone get a slight boost.

  21. cyclix

    08/23/2016 at 9:29 am

    How to counter hog and pekka

  22. Tadeicious

    08/24/2016 at 8:43 am

    check out my ebay store for 250K tournament. placements available for purchase.

  23. Mark Jones

    08/30/2016 at 4:06 am

    I love this game! There is a great review on with other cool stragety games to play!

  24. James Swiney

    08/30/2016 at 8:21 pm

    Just ban rg evreyone hates him bk he freaken cheats

  25. synthomz

    08/30/2016 at 8:50 pm

    love this game.. but without legendary card its not a fair play game and only have 25% chance to win the battle.. i hope the next update you give to everyone the legendary card so it can be a fair play game and for the upgrade players must spend money for it.. thats worth it.. you can check my account.. (synthomz).. thats my username.. i only dont have legendary card but all common, rare and epic already have it.. but all my friend already obtain legendary card without a single gems.. but why me doesnt get that legendary card?? why me……????? but i’m still not give up on clash royale because this is the best game on mobile i ever played.. so please supercell, please be more reasonable.. thanks you..

  26. Alex Siedlok

    08/31/2016 at 12:03 pm

    I got a ice wizerd after half a year wich is way too long i mean finaly that magical chest wasent bad but half a year? Anyway since i got the ice wiz i have been wining lots more battles so yeah legendarys are a ticket to Victory, so i hope everyone will one day have at lest 1 LEGENDARY.

  27. Jerard

    08/31/2016 at 4:19 pm

    i have 4 leggys
    2 lave hounds
    1 ice wiz
    1 sparky

  28. Kunjan KD

    08/31/2016 at 11:24 pm

    in tournament i mostly faced players from legendary arena who has level 2/3 legendaries
    and m here from arena 8 and i cant win against them
    they all get powerful troops (level 10 and 11) they really need to do something about it ..

  29. Eric

    09/02/2016 at 11:28 am

    I’m lvl 9 with lvl 1 lumberjack, miner, and lava hound, I’ve been playing for 5 months and spent zero dollars. I have 2900 trophys. It isn’t that hard, stop complaining

  30. Dave

    09/03/2016 at 8:51 am

    Been playing since beta only one legendary card obtained sparky which I don’t even use. Have quit the game will be back once they make legendary cars a little more obtainable. Have over 2k wins and 1k three crown wins and hovering at just above 3k trophies. I have not spent one cent on the game if the game is pay to win supercell should just be honest and say hey players you want legendary cards? You have to spend a lot of money. And yes the game is pay to win not skill if you face someone with a rg, miner, sparky, princess and ice wizard at the same time youe chances are really low to win.

  31. Shawn

    09/12/2016 at 11:05 pm

    I am a lvl 9 in arena 8. I was lucky to obtain the ice wizard in an arena 5 silver chest, but now its nearly impossible to get one. That is why I am wondering when the new update is because they said they will make legendary cards more obtainable.

  32. Adrian

    09/13/2016 at 3:01 am

    Lvl 8 arena 7 NOT ONE LEGENDARY

  33. Clash royale

    09/14/2016 at 5:46 pm

    Lvl 10 with 4 legend.. but rarely use any of my legendary.. i can with easily without using legendary.. legendary is not that strong

  34. Josh

    09/17/2016 at 4:32 pm

    So will we have to get the legendary chest using gems? If so that’s stupid cause I’m a kid and I haven’t put 1 cent into the game and I won’t be able to get that many chest. I just want a bloody legendary.

  35. Josh

    09/17/2016 at 4:34 pm

    And what’s the drop rate now after the update

  36. oiufdfgh gcvhjkml

    09/18/2016 at 9:35 am

    level 5 in n arena 8 not one legendary

  37. underc0pz

    09/20/2016 at 9:32 am

    basically i was having a battle today. a normal battle thingy where u win/lose trophies (draw too). anyway i saw that there was 3 spectators that joined after when our battle already begun. anyway the guy was someone random from around the world. it wasnt a tournament or any other and what i wanted to know is that is there any way so that i can watch my clan mates battle with others people around the world and these battles can be other than the tournaments too ?. cause i saw one today which happened with me and if there is, please guide me a bit. and this update is super amazing thanks once again

  38. John

    01/11/2017 at 7:06 am

    Thanks for the update.

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