The best time to use the Barbarian King’s Ability

We see the King and use him for farming/raiding in Clan War everyday but have you ever thought about the best time to use his ability, the Iron Fist? Let’s discuss about this special topic today. I’m pretty sure that you are very interesting in this topic!

The Barbarian King

Sometimes we all get distracted because dozens of things are going on in the raid and forgot our Heroes but in general I see a lot of players just use the Ability when he is nearly dead, and of course that is a big waste.

Let’s take a look at this Barbarian King for example:

By activating the Iron Fist ability, your Barbarian King can recover 899HP, summon 12 Barbarians and boost 195 damage and 21 movement speed for not only himself but also all Barbarians nearby, within 10 seconds. Undoubtedly the power of his ability is really large but how to exploit this advantage fully?
As I mentioned above, lots of players just active his Iron Fist ability when his HP bar turns to red and he just can lasts for 4-5 more seconds. That was completely wasted because the ability duration is up to 10 seconds.

Basically when your King has lost one-third of his HP, that’s the best time to use the ability and take the advantage of the bonus power as much as possible.


The screenshot above represents for a great example. As we can see, once the Golem got exploded, all those point defenses including the defensive Archer Queen started attacking the Barbarian King, he could be killed quickly. The attacker just activated the ability when the Barbarian King was nearly dead. He just could live for 4 more seconds. If the attacker had used the ability a bit sooner, the King could have attacked a few more hits. He just wasted 6 seconds in the raged form.


How about strategies which have lots of Barbarians?

When you farm with numerous Barbarians (Barch, GiBarch, BAM,…), the best time to use the Barbarian King’s ability is when he has lost one-fourth of the HP, just like above but you can active the ability a bit sooner or later If there are lots of Barbarians nearby.

Thanks Jake from OneHive for helping my finish this small guide.

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  1. Galadon had a pretty interesting video where he discussed this question. I believe that he came to a conclusion that activating the King’s ability before you get to a flame tower can sometimes act as a shield that will allow the King to accomplish his task before he is melted. I’m not saying that the above theory is invalis; rather, there are reasons to activate the ability at a time that might seem too early, but is just right for the occasion.

  2. Actually if you activate the ability of a high level BK when he has lost one fourth of his HP, you end up wasting recoverable HP. BK in level 30 let’s say can recover one third of his overall HP (more or less); if you activate the ability when one fourth of his HP is lost as you suggest, then you end up wasting HP that could be recovered.

  3. Hey Will, shall I upgrade my th to 8 I m 7 and nearly max..only minion and hogs are left and 100 walls are left to lvl 7.and brb king to 5..if no then what to upgrade and go to 8? And I also want to push to crystal to get the 4th and 5th builder. Can u tell me an base which will help me plss. Reply soon.
    Thank u

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