Baby Dragons are some of the most adorable yet fiercest units in Clash of Clans. It may not seem so at first, but this beast can pack quite a punch. And to save you from taking too many punches, I’m going to walk you through all the important details about Baby Dragons, including all the ways you can use your Baby Dragon to finally end your losing streak.
- What is a Baby Dragon?
- Baby Dragon Upgrades
- How to Use Your Baby Dragon
- Offensive Tactics
- Defensive Tactics
- Don’t Be a Baby
What Is a Baby Dragon?
A Baby Dragon is a flying unit with a high-damage ranged attack and medium health. It can spew fire at troops 2.75 tiles away and its splash damage spans a tiny area of just 0.3 tiles. So no, you can’t use your Baby Dragons like catapults to smash enemies from halfway across the map.
Baby Dragon is a relatively small unit. Its housing space is 10, making it two times smaller than a regular Dragon. It also has about half as many hit points as normal-sized dragons and deals out around 50% less damage.
A fully upgraded Army Camp can hold up to 30 Baby Dragons at a time. The limit goes to 34 if the extra four dragons can be fitted into a Clan Castle level eight or higher. In battles, players can clone nine more Baby Dragons using a level five or higher Clone Spell.
But if your Baby Dragon is enraged (the way you get when a noob destroys your Town Hall), the damage is vastly increased. It can enter its rage mode if there are no allied air units within 4.5 fields of it. In this state, the damage is greater and the attacks are faster.
Even though the Baby Dragon’s splash damage only affects a small area, that’s enough to kill multiple Skeletons, Skeleton Traps, or Witches with just one hit. The splash damage is best noticed when your Baby Dragon is attacking a Clan Castle Troop. More specifically, and for instance, a wall will be damaged indirectly when a Baby Dragon is firing at enemy units standing over the wall.
The unit doesn’t have preferred targets and always fires at the closest structure. In this respect, it’s a bit one-dimensional, kind of like people only playing Clash of Clans in single-player mode.
But its attack system changes if it notices an enemy Clan Castle troop, Skeleton Trap, or a Hero (by being under attack or close to a friendly unit under assault). In this case, your Baby Dragon will abandon its previous target and start fighting those enemy units. Only after the nearby enemy units have been defeated will your Baby Dragon resume attacking the closest building.
Baby Dragon Upgrades
Initially, a Baby Dragon has lime-green skin with orange tips and spikes on its wings. The feet and arms are dark orange and fade back into its body.
As it levels up, the unit goes through several visual changes:
- Level three – The wings are now yellow.
- Level four – The tongue turns pink and the wings now have an orange-pink gradient.
- Level five – Your Baby Dragon receives a golden bracelet on its wrists.
- Level six – The tongue is now purple and the wings are blue.
- Level seven – The bracelets are now embellished with blue ornaments.
How to Use Your Baby Dragon
Due to the very nature of the Baby Dragon and its special ability (rage mode), your best bet is to use it alone as a support unit. Several Baby Dragons together aren’t that effective since they can’t enter rage mode with friendly Baby Dragons nearby.
Primarily, Baby Dragons are used to destroy buildings while flying outside enemy walls and make preparations for funneling. Another wise strategy is to use the Baby Dragon with the Queen Walk. Considering that it’s a flying unit, your Baby Dragon won’t steal the Queen’s healers. Instead, it’ll eliminate Air Mines and provide the Queen with some boost.
However, if you’re only looking to perform an aerial assault or clear the area for your healers, you’re much better off with Balloons. They take up half the housing space of a Baby Dragon and can do the job just as efficiently. So, don’t say that I didn’t warn you, numbskull, always use your resources as they’re intended!
While not as devastating as a full Dragon, a Baby Dragon can still hit like a truck. Its rage mode can overcome the damage gap and gives you more destructive power than a regular Dragon.
However, they are more vulnerable to AOE attacks carried out by Air Bombs or Wizard Towers. Regular Dragons are a better option against these troops since they are more durable and don’t come in masses that units with AOE damage can target more easily.
To mitigate splash damage to your Baby Dragons, healing spells can do the trick.
When funneling with your Baby Dragons, you might want to first locate any enemy Air Mines that can kill a Baby Dragon prematurely. The point is to use something less valuable than your Baby Dragons for that.
Moreover, analyze the position of enemy Air Defenses. If they are covering the edge, your Baby Dragon can die as quickly as your hopes of getting better at this game without me, your main man Mark.
Farming is another strong suit of Baby Dragons. This is because they can deal a lot of damage and have a solid amount of health. Their ability to get into rage mode can be used to quickly obliterate outside collectors. Also, since they have splash damage and immune to most ground units, Baby Dragons are ideal for destroying hordes of Goblins and Barbarians.
Still, make sure that your Baby Dragons aren’t in the initial offensive phase as enemy defenses can eliminate them pretty easily. Use an initial attack, such as a Lightning Spell, to wipe out Air Defenses so that your Baby Dragons don’t croak when their turn comes.
Finally, if enemy Archer Queens are a low-level sort, you can use Baby Dragons to kill them within seconds. This tactic can be used to eliminate the Queen, but only if you can get to her easily.
Now let’s talk about how best to defend against Baby Dragons. Again, they can be extremely powerful in rage mode, which is why high-level Air Defense units are crucial if the enemy is to storm your base with Baby Dragons.
To protect your Air Defenses, which a worthy opponent will try to take out first, you want to position multiple Seeking Air Mines nearby. They can one-shot a Baby Dragon up to a certain level. If somebody is dumb enough to engage you with Baby Dragons first, Seeking Air Mines can make light work of them.
Take advantage of the fact that Baby Dragons can go into rage mode only if they are alone. To that end, you can use Air Sweepers to group them in one place and eliminate that ability and threat.
Don’t Be a Baby
My work here is done. The main thing you need to worry about is preventing the enemy from rounding up your Baby Dragons and disabling rage mode. Never direct them at enemy defenses straight away but rather use Lightning Spells or something similar first.
Follow this advice and you can put a stop to your friends poking fun at you for sucking at Clash of Clans. Amaze them with your newfound Baby Dragon skills!
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