Supercell have just released a big update for Clash of Clans adding a new Dark Troop: The Lava Hound. The Lava hound is a flying tank capable of withstanding large amounts of damage, similar to the Golem.
The Lava Hound is the second flying dark elixir troop released after the Minion. At level 1 it starts out with an impressive 5,700 hitpoints (highest in the game), therefore capable of withstanding huge amounts of damage.
The Lava Hound will target air defenses first, this will be very useful when used in conjuncture with other high damage flying units. Their damage is fairly low starting at 10 damage per second for a level 1 Lava Hound, but similar to the Golem on destruction they split into smaller Lava Pups, capable of attacking individually.
At level 1 they cost 390 Dark Elixir to build and take up 30 spaces in the army camp.
In addition to the Lava Hound, there were several new upgrades released which includes:-
The dark barracks upgrade level 6 is necessary to unlock the Lava Hound.
There were also a few minor changes to the game including:-
Two new changes have been made to walls. The first will allow you to upgrade a whole row of walls in one go. This will save a significant amount of time when you unlock new walls at higher levels and have to go through the process of upgrading them individually through multiple levels.
More exciting is the second change to walls which allows you to upgrade them with Elixir from upgrade level 6 onwards. This is a great addition as upgrading walls in the later levels is a significant cost. This update will allow you to either upgrade your walls twice as quickly (using both gold and elixir), or save your gold to build up your defenses.
The Lava Hound will be added to the Clash of Clans Troops Page soon.