- The Lava Hound is like a flying fiery Golem, except its favorite target is specifically Air Defenses.
- The Lava Hound is a pyrotechnic hound-like creature with wings.
- Like the Golem, the Lava Hound deals additional splash damage when it dies, before splitting into Lava Pups.
- When the Lava Hound attacks buildings, it bounces up and down slightly while shooting little fireballs at it like a Minion.
- Lava Hounds prioritize Air Defenses above all other targets, and will bypass all other enemy buildings and troops while any Air Defenses remain on the battlefield. This is true even if they are under attack by enemy Clan Castle troops, heroes or Skeleton Trap skeletons. Once all Air Defenses are destroyed, they will continue to attack any other remaining defenses. Note that like all troops that prioritize defenses, Lava Hounds do not consider the Clan Castle to be a defense regardless of whether or not it contains enemy troops, but do consider the defending Grand Warden and the level 12 or 13 Town Hall (if its Giga Tesla or Giga Inferno has been triggered) to be defensive buildings.
Once all remaining defenses are destroyed, Lava Hounds become like any other troop with no preferred target; they will attack the nearest building to them regardless of type, and will turn and attack enemy units if they become aware of any nearby.