Bowlers are still a viable attacking composition. At this time it’s the most frequent I see against my base since Miners were nerfed to be useless. That’s why I decided to update this guide with some fresh things that work quite well for me defending against Bowlers.
How to Defend Against Bowler Attacks?
Let me start with the basics and show you how Bowler attacks work. Once this is understood, we will see their weaknesses.
How Bowler Attacks Work in General
Bowlers have a decent amount of health, deal proper damage, and can hit secondary targets with their ranged attack. Especially while under a Rage spell, they can wipe out sections of your base in seconds. A normal attack always works the same way:
- Funneling (most often with a Queen Walk or some Bowlers at the sides of the base).
- Sending in some Giants and Healers with the rest of the Bowlers and the Heroes.
- Rage Spells make them destroy the base faster and Freeze Spells and Jump Spells support.
- You will lose either 2 Stars or 3 Stars (which depends most of the times on the Heroes the attacker brought).
How to Defend Against Bowler Attacks
The Bowlers themselves run the whole show, so the only way to make the attack fail is by stopping them:
- Cut their lifeline; they won’t survive long without support
- Kill them very fast
I think you see where this is going – we can either kill them fast and/or get rid of the Healers that support them.
What I did over the past month was try out a new defensive mechanism. I start checking where most of the attacks against my base start from and then make this the hardest part with traps, etc. I only need to win 1 out of 4-5 defenses to break even. Read all about that technique including my research here:
When the Bomb Tower was introduced, many thought that this would slow down Bowler attacks. In fact, the real power of the Bomb Tower is the detonation when it gets destroyed.
The problem is, the Bowler is a ranged troop. The Bomb Tower doesn’t have many Hitpoints and gets hit often by the second hits of the Bowlers while they are still far from it.
In the last month since the Bomb Tower has been introduced, I haven’t seen it having a great effect against Bowlers – and 90% of all attacks against my Village in multiplayer have been mass Bowler attacks (TH11, 4k+ Trophies).
Trap Placement Against Bowlers
Traps are more efficient against Bowlers because they are triggered when a troop is in the radius and can’t be triggered from a distance of the Bomb Tower.
A Bowler has between 310-370 Hitpoints – but Level 3 Bowlers are attacking your Village in 95% of all cases, so we focus on the 370 hitpoints.
The best thing you can do is use packs of double Giant Bombs – in a perfect situation they can deal 500 damage to the Bowlers. Even if only one of your Giant Bombs hit, the Bowler is losing two-thirds of his health.
Another good feature is using Spring Traps where Bowlers walk. You should watch their path carefully during multiple defensive replays to find good spots.
You will find a spot where they always cross.
Here’s what I did in one of my base layouts:
Of course, you may be thinking – there will only be 25% of the attacks from that side and on the other sides you’re just losing big!!
Well, I checked it out and more than half of all attacks come from that side (due to psychological reasons – here’s why man attacks from the south without knowing their mind is tricking them).
I’m sure you can also determine the side where a majority of all attacks come from – simply check all of your defensive replays and note down from which side the attacks are coming from.
If you’re using a ring base I can guarantee you that most of them come from the south. 🙂 If you don’t believe me, check the article above where I explain the reason for this.
Now let’s talk about the real reason why I’m just focusing my traps. When I spread them out so they are even on all sides of the base, they are simply not strong enough to stand any chance against an attack – so I decided I would rather win some of the defenses than just watch all sides being insufficiently protected.
Sometimes you have to take risks to win, but when you’re losing anyway, there is no real risk in opening the other sides of your base.
Here’s what happens when a Bowler attacks that side, even with 6 Healers:
You see, it totally gets wiped out in seconds with the Giant Bombs and the Spring Traps – I’m sure the attacker just watches and thinks “WTF”! Another, less tactical addition, is that you will have a lot of fun watching these replays! 😉
Even if some Bowlers survive, there are no Healers left because they get killed by the Seeking Air Mines.
I’ll be honest with you; this setup has brought me great results in the past weeks:
I just highlighted the Bowler attacks, and you can see that I’m up quite a few trophies – and all the attackers are above 4K cups. I lost 40 trophies to Bowler attacks and made 100 in return – so I actually gained 60 trophies just by defending against Bowler attacks (I wasn’t very active during that period and just did maybe five attacks per day).
Clan Castle Troops
A good choice for Clan Castle troops you use for defense is the Golem. The Golem has two big features against Bowlers:
- Keep the Bowlers busy for quite some time while your defenses deal damage.
- Deals between 350 – 550 damage when it dies and spawns the Golemites – that can kill a group of Bowlers!
- It has so many Hitpoints that it will manage to walk directly to the Bowlers and can’t get killed from a distance
The second point is very nice, because there will be a lot of Bowlers directly around the Golem when it dies and they will get dealt the same damage as a double Giant Bomb arrangement if the Golem is Level 4 or higher.
Just request Golems for defense if you’re TH10+, you’ll see a huge boost
Before we take a look at the base designs, let’s rewind the important stuff:
- Check where a majority of the Bowler attacks against your base come from. There are one or two favorite spots, I promise. It’s most likely either where your Town Hall is closer to the outside or where your Eagle Artillery is most easily accessed.
- Harden that part and improve the trap setup on that side.
- Put a Golem in your defensive Clan Castle.
Always keep in mind, you will lose some attacks, but you will also win some.
Each attack that starts from your predicted position is an attack you have won – all you need to do is optimize your trap setup.
Anti Bowler Base Design
The good thing about these features is that you can include them in most bases without having a new and dedicated base design. Here are some nice Anti 3-Star Base Layouts where you can easily adapt these changes:
I also gathered some other base layouts that will work, in case you’re looking for a new base layout anyway.
Thanks for editing: EnchinsuOcha, JamesM.