Clash of Clans May Update: 3 Things You Need to Know – Friendly Challenges, New Troop Levels and More

Clash of Clans is scheduled to get another update before the month is out, and this one will be adding an interesting new feature, a new spell as well as a number of troop changes. We run down everything that Supercell has revealed about the update so far about the May 2016 Update for the game. Keep in mind that the update is not out, and so these features might see further changes before it is.

Clash of Clans Friendly Challenges

#1 Friendly Challenges

Friendly Challenges are the big addition to the game in this update. You will now be able to attack your clanmates in a no-risk-no-reward kind of battle. You don’t have to stake any resources, gold, troops, spells, heroes or traps, but conversely, you will not get any rewards for winning either. They are, essentially, purely for practice and a bit of fun.

Friendly Challenges will be available in the form of a new “Challenge” button available in Clan chat. The defender gets to choose the layout that the attacker will have to face. Replays of the battle will also be available in clan chat, and others can tune in to watch you play live as well. Since the announcement of Friendly Challenges, Supercell received quite a bit of feedback and made two tweaks to the system.

If you are Town Hall 9 or above, you will no longer be able to use layouts that have been modified within the previous 24 hours. This was done to prevent the possibility of grinding for Clan Wars. The other change is that during Preparation Day, you will no longer see the opponent’s War Base layout, instead getting access to their active Village layout. Scouting remains as is when Battle Day dawns.

#2 The Skeleton Spell

The Skeleton Spell in Clash of Clans does what it says on the box: it summons skeletons. It will be available once you hit Town Hall 9 and build a Level 4 Dark Factory. It costs one Dark Elixir and can be upgraded up to level 4, with each upgrade seeing an increase in the number of skeletons. Skeletons will also not trigger traps as of this update, making them very handy. According to most analysts, this makes them particularly suited to acting as distractions and luring out enemies.

Clash of Clans Skeleton Spell

#3 New Troop Levels and Changes

At Town Hall 11, the Cannon will now go up to level 7, while the Lava Hound will go to level 4 and the Balloon to level 7. Down to Town Hall 7, Spring Traps will go up to level 4. The Bowler will now take up 6 housing units, instead of the previous 8.

Apart from these, there will be new Edit Mode tools, improved gestures and more menu options. You will also be able to donate fully-trained troops and spells from your production queue, even if you have a full army. There might be even more changes that Supercell is hiding from us, so keep checking back to find out what we’ve learned.

There is no fixed release date for the Clash of Clans update just yet, but we do know for sure that it is coming in May. Seeing as May ends in almost a week, that’s not a very long time at all. Let us know what addition you’re most excited about in the comments below.