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Clash Royale Season 55 ‘Valhalla’ January 2024 Update and Balance Changes

Time for some Cannon mania!

A new season of Clash Royale has now arrived following the monthly tradition that fans eagerly await as Season 55 brings exciting rewards and content for players to enjoy. As part of the Card Evolutions, we have the Valkyrie Evolution card, along with a new Tower Troop in the form of The Cannoneer. So, in this article, let us look into what Clash Royale Season 55 January 2024 Update has to offer in terms of new skins, emotes, rewards, and more.

Clash Royale Season 55 Valhalla January 2024 Update Overview

New Tower Troop: The Cannoneer

Season 55 introduces the Cannoneer, the first Tower Troop set to replace the Tower Princess. As an Epic rarity Tower Troop, the Cannoneer boasts a massive metal cannon capable of targeting both air and ground troops. While it has a slower hit speed, its considerable damage output, almost four times that of a Tower Princess arrow, positions it as a formidable defender against large troops.

Clash Royale Cannoneer
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Comparing the Cannoneer directly with the Tower Princess, we observe a 14% reduction in hit points (HP). However, the increase in total damage per second (DPS) by 29% suggests it has more defensive capabilities. The slower hit speed, though, poses a challenge when facing swarmy troops, so he might be vulnerable against cards such as Bats, Skeleton Army, and a few similar ones.

New Card Evolution: Valkyrie

In Clash Royale, the 11th evolution card arrives in the form of the Valkyrie. Valkyrie needs two cycles to activate the evolution, meaning every third deployment results in an evolved Valkyrie. Also, it is the first Clash Royale as the first card with the ability to evolve which is not of common rarity. Valkyrie introduces rare evolution shards, slightly more valuable than their common counterparts but not significantly different in exchange value.

Clash Royale Valkyrie Evolution
Image via Supercell

Valkyrie’s evolved version introduces a unique ability called Spin Wind, adding a ‘captivating spinning‘ twist to its attacks. When the evolved Valkyrie swings her axe at a ground target, she creates a small tornado that draws opponent troops towards her while dealing additional damage. This tornado effect affects both ground and air troops, making Valkyrie’s evolved form versatile.

New Tower Skins

In this update, one new Tower Skin has been officially confirmed that can be acquired either through the Pass Royale. The Longboat tower skin is unlocked at Tier 48 of the Gold Tier in Pass Royale.

Emotes and Banners

Once again, six new emotes will be coming. All the new emotes will be based on the Cannoneer theme as well as the new Evolution Card. We will only have 2 Banners for Diamond Pass Royale owners, 8 in the Banner Box, 2 free from Community Challenges, and not any in the Season Shop.

Season Shop and Card Boosts

The Season Shop has a decent amount of rewards on offer, which can be obtained by exchanging season tokens. Along with the cards on offer, banners and emotes are also worthwhile investments, as we have cards in Valkyrie, Zappies, Three Musketeers, and Battle Healer available in the Season Shop for 500 tokens apiece. Wild Shards will also make an appearance in the shop for 6000 tokens.

Clash Royale Evolution Shards guide
Image via Supercell

Card Evolution enthusiasts can find Knight Shards in the Season Shop, which can be purchased thrice starting from 5,000 tokens which will add the same value to each purchase. Four cards have been picked for boost this time around Valkyrie, Zappies, Three Musketeers, and Battle Healer.

Balance Changes

Just as we thought there would be no balance changes for this season, the Little Prince Champion card along with some evolutions got to see some tweaks.

Buffs

Giant Skeleton

  • Hitpoints: +6%

The Giant Skeleton has fallen out of favor, and this Hitpoints buff is designed to make it more resilient, allowing it to reach the tower more frequently.

Guards

  • Shield Hitpoints: +7%

Guards are currently underutilized. With this adjustment, their shields will now withstand 2 volleys of arrows, making them more durable and appealing for strategic use.

Bomber

  • Damage: +3%

A slight boost to the Bomber’s damage, now capable of taking down Barbarians in just 3 hits instead of 4.

Golden Knight

  • Dashing Dash Damage: +8%

The Golden Boy has seen brighter times. Elevating his Dashing Dash damage should bring back some of his former glory, making him feel more like a true Champion.

The Cannoneer

  • Range: Increased

With a recent update, our guy got a buff, which means his range matches the Tower Princess now.

Archer Queen

  • Cloaking Cape Duration: 3 sec 3.5 sec (+17%)

The Archer Queen finds herself in a similar position as the Golden Knight, with a low usage rate. This Cloaking Cape buff aims to thrust her back into the spotlight.

Nerfs

Little Prince

  • Guardian Hitpoints: -11.00%
  • Damage: -9.00%

The mischievous nephew is still stirring up a lot of chaos in the Arena. These adjustments are geared towards dialing down their impact, especially in tandem with the Guardian.

Archer Evolution

  • Range: 6.5 6 (-8%)
  • Power Shot Range: 5 4.5 (-10%)

This adjustment decreases the Archer Evolution’s total range slightly, but the Powershot window remains unchanged.

Goblins

  • Deploy Time: 1 sec 1.2 sec (+20%)

Introducing a slight 0.2-second deploy time delay for Goblins to give opponents a brief window to counter them. Additionally, they’ll inflict less damage if targeted right away.

Rage

  • Duration: 6 sec 5.5 sec (-8%)

The Rage spell currently meshes seamlessly with many popular meta cards. This reduction in duration aims to reduce its impact in various combinations.

Royal Recruits Evolution

  • Charge Damage: -8%

Countering the Royale Recruits Evolution isn’t a walk in the park, and they often gain significant value from their charge. A slight reduction in charge damage is to balance things out.

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