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Ultimate Defense (Hybrid Layout)

Ultimate Defense Tactics part 2
In case anyone misses it, we would like you to check the Ultimate Defense as known as “Farming Layout” before reading this Tactic.

Okay, now let’s see what we have here;
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Notice the difference?
Yes, it’s the same village with a minor change in the layout…….with Town Hall inside.

What! You just teach me to put it outside so why put it inside now?
You put Town Hall outside when you want a quick and (almost) free shield. But you will notice that, between your attacks while you are waiting for the troops, you get attack more often and sometimes it gets a bit annoying.

At low trophy range (1200 – 1600), when your Town Hall is inside and you have strong enough defense, most attacker will definitely skip your village. This is good if you have continuous time to carry on with the farming session. Even you log off between attacking, nobody is going to attack your village or they just fail against your strong defense buildings.

Introducing “Hybrid Layout”
Somebody call “Hybrid Layout” for the layout that protects both Resource (Storages) and Trophy (Town Hall). We want to call “Hybrid layout” for any layout that can easily swap Town Hall between inside and outside with not much different in term of defense power.

Basically, you put Town Hall inside when you have time to play. Need to go to school? Work? Sleep? Just put Town Hall outside, swap few buildings and sets of Wall. Farming Layout then gives you a quick shield without scratch on your Resource Storages.

Here’s short summary for Hybrid Layout;

  • Make sure you have 4x4 spaces to properly swap your Town Hall inside
  • Try not to change much of the layout which makes the switch quick and easy
  • Effectively use of excess Walls for more box or funneling
Pro
  • Easy shield, Minimal loss of Resources when you want to take a break from the game
  • With Town Hall inside, sometimes, you get fun and interesting defense Replay.
  • No more players sniping on your Town Hall every time you wait for the troop training
Con
Notes that if you have lots of Dark Elixir in Storage, this tactics can lead to lots of Lightning Spell. So keep using Farming Layout if you have lots of Dark Elixir.

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Ultimate Defense (Farming Layout)

Ultimate Defense Tactics!
What is your Defense buildings level? What are your Walls? What is your village layout?
Here’s our village;
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Do you notice what the key component for Ultimate Defense is?

No, it’s not Clan Castle in the center.
No, it’s not dual X-Bow.
No, it’s not high level of Splash Defense.
No, it’s not Wall placement that can impede Wall Breakers.
No, it’s not Skull Walls level 8.

Yes, at the bottom right…….it is exposed & undefended Town Hall.

Surest ways to prevent your village from getting attacked are…….Stay online and Shield. Seriously, whether you are top player of the world or just playing for fun, stay online all the time or have a shield is 100% foolproof Defense Tactics. Let’s break these down;

1) Stay online
Yes, if you have free time. You can just stay online, keep attacking, gaining trophy and Resources. But I’m sure most of us have real life. This option seems not practical.

2) Shield
Ok, I have spare Gems; maybe I can just buy one-day Shield?
No, don’t buy Shield; it’s a waste of Gems for any player who is not interested in trophy.

Why don’t you just put Town Hall outside same as shown above…?

But attacker will easily destroy my Town Hall, and then I lose immediately?
Yes, that’s the whole point of putting Town Hall outside. You lose little Gold and Elixir in Town Hall and some Trophy in return of guarantee 12 hours shield. See more details here for Game Mechanics.

Town Hall outside as known as “Farming Layout” is the cheap and easy way to have shield as fast as possible after you log off. While the term “Farming” and “Farmer” is subjective and varied by persons, Farming is one of the most common tactics in various games. For example, in role playing game, players spend times staying in specific map or dungeon to collect more experience/resources, prepare their characters before advance to the next chapter in the storyline.

Same as Clash of Clans, due to loot penalty between Town Hall levels, players can stay Farming and try to max their Troops, Defense Buildings, and even Walls before proceed to the next Town Hall level. Basically, Farmers sacrifice short term gains (access to new upgrades/items at the next Town Hall level) for long term benefits (stronger Troops and Defense with less time played).

Here’s short summary for putting Town Hall outside;

Pro
Con
  • Loss of Trophy (Farmer don’t care about Trophy)
  • Boring defense Replay
  • No chance to test the strength of defense layout

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June Updates: Freeze Spell

Clash of Clans: June Updates V4.53 Freeze Spell & Japanese

High Level Magic
  • Freeze Spell: freeze enemy turrets and ground troops solid! While frozen, defensive structures will be disabled and troops immobilized
  • Master the arcane arts with level 5 Spell Factory
  • Let the sparks fly with level 6 Lightning Spell
  • Cure the most grievous damage with level 6 Heal Spell
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Spell Factory level 5: Upgrade cost = 4,000,000 Elixir // 6 days (Required Town Hall level 10)
Freeze Spell level 1: Cost = 35,000 Gold // Spell Duration = 4 sec (Required Spell Factory level 5)

Lightning Spell level 6: Damage = 450 // Cost = 24,000 Gold 
Upgrade cost = 8,000,000 Elixir // 14 days (Required Laboratory level 8)

Healing Spell level 6: Healing = 1,600 // Cost = 32,000 Gold 
Upgrade cost = 4,800,000 Elixir // 7 days (Required Laboratory level 7)

Clash of Clans New Update

Advanced Warfare
Clash of Clans New Update
  • Crush your enemies with P.E.K.K.A level 4
  • Upgrade the Cannon to level 12 for awesome firepower
  • Make your village perimeter near-impenetrable with level 11 Walls
  • Clear you airspace with an additional Air Bomb and a Seeking Air Mine
  • Turn on the heat with a second Inferno Tower
  • Turn your foes into pincushions with a third X-Bow
  • Upgrade your Army Camps to level 8, and muster a truly epic fighting force!
P.E.K.K.A level 4: Damage per second = 330 // Hit point = 3,700
Upgrade cost = 8,000,000 Elixir // 14 days (Required Laboratory level 8)

Cannon level 12: Damage per second = 86 // Hit point = 1,080
Upgrade cost = 6,400,000 Gold // 6 days (Required Town Hall level 10)

Wall level 11: Hit point = 7,000 // Cost = 4,000,000 Gold (Required Town Hall level 10)

Army Camp level 8: Troop capacity = 60 // Hit point = 1,400
Upgrade cost = 6,750,000 Elixir // 10 days (Required Town Hall level 10)
Clash of Clans New Update

Interface improvements
  • Japanese language setting now available
  • Added speed up option to next Clan Castle troop request
  • Players can now attach a custom message to a clan troop request
  • Performance was increased with multiple optimizations
  • Text sharpness improved
  • Battle will not end automatically if player has unused Clan Castle troops or Lightning Spells
  • Improved profanity filter for many languages 
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Balance tweaks
  • Heal Spell is now more effective (all levels)
  • Dark Elixir Storage has increased hit points
  • Jump Spell now affects all troop types even at level 1
  • Level 2 Jump Spell duration doubled
  • Player level cap increased to 300
Jump Spell level 1: Spell Duration = 20 sec
Jump Spell level 2: Spell Duration = 40 sec

Also many small bugs fixed and tweaks!

Resource Buildings

What are Resources?
In Clash of Clans, there are 4 Resources in game you need to manage; Gems, Gold, Elixir and Dark Elixir. Outside the game, you can use your real life Resource (Money) to buy Gems.

Ultimately, there is another Resource which is arguably the most important thing to use in order to play and master Clash of Clans i.e. Time. Interestingly, each Resource can either directly or indirectly convert into another Resource. In this section, you will learn how to gain and utilize each Resource.
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Gems
Gems are basically a pseudo money currency in Clash of Clans. You can use Gems to buy Resources and anything including time i.e. instantly finish your training troops or finish any building upgrade.

Builder’s Hut
Builder’s Hut is the building that is most related to Gems. Learn Builder’s Hut tactics here.

Gold
Gold Resource is used to buy and upgrade Defense Buildings including Walls. It is also used to buy Traps and searching to attack other players.
Gold Mine
Gold Storage

Elixir
Elixir Resource is used to train and upgrade troops. It is also used to upgrade Barrack, Dark Barrack, Laboratory, Spell, Spell Factory, Army Camp and use as ammo for X-Bow.
Elixir Collector
Elixir Storage

Dark Elixir
Dark Elixir Resource is used to buy and upgrade Heroes. It is a powerful version of normal Elixir which can be used to train and upgrade Dark Elixir troops. It is also used to buy Seeking Air Mine Trap and fuel Inferno Tower.
Dark Elixir Drill
Dark Elixir Storage

Elixir Storage

What is Elixir, and what does it can be used for?
Elixir Resource is used to train and upgrade troops. It is also used to upgrade Barrack, Dark Barrack, Laboratory, Spell, Spell Factory, Army Camp and use as ammo for X-Bow.

How can I obtain Elixir?
There are 3 ways to obtain Elixir. First is using Gems to instantly buy it. Second is loot from other players or Goblin campaign. And the third is collecting from your own Elixir Collector.
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These storages contain the elixir pumped from underground. Upgrade them to increase the maximum amount of elixir you can store.
Elixir Storage Fact (level 1)
Capacity = 1500
Hit Points = 400
Available loot = 20% and capped at 198,000 (without any loot modifier)
Attacker can steal 20% of the amount in Elixir Storage but not more than total of 198,000 combined from all Elixir Storages.

Should I upgrade Elixir Storage to max level?
Yes, you should. More Storage capacity allow you to save lots of Elixir for the next upgrade, and also increase hit points of the Storage making it last longer from attack.

Should I build additional Elixir Storage as soon as the new one is available?
Not necessary, this depends on your play style and your village defense tactics.

At Town Hall level 8, should I have 2 or 3 Elixir Storages?
From Town Hall level 3 to level 7, you should have 2 Elixir Storages. When you upgrade Town Hall to level 8, you will have an option to build additional Elixir Storage.

Building third Elixir Storage allow you to store more Elixir, this is great for player who have lots of time to play enough to loot millions of Elixir from other players. 3 Elixir Storages also fit with separated compartment tactics. Attacker need to break more Walls or attack from different direction to get to all 3 Elixir Storages. And because available loot from Elixir Storage are capped at 198,000 Elixir, losing 1 from 3 Elixir Storages means losing only 66,000 Elixir (instead of 99,000 Elixir by losing 1 from 2 Elixir Storages).

Having said that, to play with only 2 Elixir Storages has its own benefit. Basically, needless to protect more Storage, your base will be more compact with better defense coverage. While it is against Advanced Defense Tactics, if you have enough splash damage against Goblins, it is viable to put all Storages together for all or nothing tactics.

This tactics can be applied to Town Hall level 9 which ask whether they should build forth Elixir Storages or not.

Elixir Storage Tactics
Defense Tactics
1) Separate Elixir Storages in different compartment. Make attacker to destroy more Walls in order to get to all Storages.

2) When your Elixir Storages are empty, you can put Elixir Storage outside as a buffer to slow down attacker.

On the other hand, at some point, you may encounter Elixir overflow which is you have full Elixir Storages with nothing to upgrade using Elixir. You may put Elixir Storage outside as a buffer to slow down attacker, or as a bait to lure attackers then revenge them later.

3) At high trophy range where you prefer trophy over Resource, because Elixir Storage has high hit point (2,016 at level 11), you can use Elixir Storage as a buffer to slow down attacker.

Attack Tactics
1) Take into account how many Elixir Storages you will be able to destroy. When you see available loot of 198,000 Elixir but your troop can get to only 2 of 4 Elixir Storages, it means your loot will be only 99,000 Elixir. Therefore, it may be better to attack village with less loot but guarantee to get to all Storages.

2) Don’t get so hasty when you see Elixir Storage exposed outside Walls. It may be empty and Elixir is actually in the Elixir Collectors instead, so don’t forget to check whether it is Abandoned Village.

3) Carry few Minions. Sometimes Minion can destroy free Elixir Storage without Air Defense or Archer Tower around. Or after big wave of your attack, Elixir Storage may exposed to your Minion allow for easy grab.

June Updates Sneak Peeks

It’s that time of the month again…….UPDATE time!

Custom Troop Request Message
Clashers, it’s sneak peek # 1, meaning an UPDATE is on the way! We heard you: Introducing customizable troop requests – now you can include a message with your donation request!
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Level 6 Spell
Clashers, it’s time for another Sneak Peek: Deal epic damage, and heal it too! Introducing the new MAXED OUT level 6 Lightning and Healing Spell, plus increased Dark Elixir Storage hit points!
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Army Camp Level 8
Chief, get ready to lead more troops into battle!!! Level 8 Army Camp coming soon!
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Wall level 11 & Cannon level 12
Chief, upgrade the Cannon to level 12 for awesome firepower and make your village perimeter near-impenetrable with level 11 Walls!!!
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Sneek Peeks end here: Read full details about June Updates from below links
http://www.clashofclanstactics.com/2013/06/june-updates-freeze-spell.html

Gold Storage

What is Gold, and what does it can be used for?
Gold Resource is used to buy and upgrade Defense Buildings including Walls. It is also used to buy Traps and searching to attack other players.

How can I obtain Gold?
There are 3 ways to obtain Gold. First is using Gems to instantly buy it. Second is loot from other players or Goblin campaign. And the third is collecting from your own Gold Mine.
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All your precious gold is stored here. Don’t let sneaky goblins anywhere near! Upgrade the storage to increase its capacity and durability against attack.
Gold Storage Fact (level 1)
Capacity = 1500
Hit Points = 400
Available loot = 20% and capped at 198,000 (without any loot modifier)
Attacker can steal 20% of the amount in Gold Storage but not more than total of 198,000 combined from all Storages.

Should I upgrade Gold Storage to max level?
Yes, you should. More Storage capacity allow you to save lots of Gold for the next upgrade, and also increase hit points of the Storage making it last longer from attack.

Should I build additional Gold Storage as soon as the new one is available?
Not necessary, this depends on your play style and your village defense tactics.

At Town Hall level 8, should I have 2 or 3 Gold Storages?
From Town Hall level 3 to level 7, you should have 2 Gold Storages. When you upgrade Town Hall to level 8, you will have an option to build additional Gold Storage.

Building third Gold Storage allow you to store more Gold, this is great for player who have lots of time to play enough to loot millions of Gold from other players. 3 Gold Storages also fit with separated compartment tactics. Attacker need to break more Walls or attack from different direction to get to all 3 Gold Storages. And because available loot from Gold Storage are capped at 198,000 Gold, losing 1 from 3 Gold Storages means losing only 66,000 Gold (instead of 99,000 Gold by losing 1 from 2 Gold Storages).

Having said that, to play with only 2 Gold Storages has its own benefit. Basically, needless to protect more Storage, your base will be more compact with better defense coverage. While it is against Advanced Defense Tactics, if you have enough splash damage against Goblins, it is viable to put all Storages together for all or nothing tactics.

Similarly, this tactics can be applied to Town Hall level 9 which ask whether they should build forth Gold Storages or not.

Gold Storage Tactics
Defense Tactics
1) Separate Gold Storages in different compartment. Make attacker to destroy more Walls in order to get to all Storages.

2) When your Gold Storages are empty, you can put Gold Storage outside as a buffer to slow down attacker.

3) At high trophy range where you prefer trophy over Resource, because Gold Storage has high hit point (2,016 at level 11), you can use Gold Storage as a buffer to slow down attacker.

Attack Tactics
1) Take into account how many Gold Storages you will be able to destroy. When you see available loot of 198,000 Gold but your troop can get to only 2 of 4 Gold Storages, it means you gain only 99,000 Gold. Therefore, it may be better to attack village with less loot but guarantee to get to all Storages.

2) Don’t get so hasty when you see Gold Storage exposed outside Walls. It may be empty and Gold is actually in the Gold Mines instead, so don’t forget to check whether it is Abandoned Village.

3) Carry few Minions. Sometimes Minion can destroy free Gold Storage without Air Defense or Archer Tower around. Or after big wave of your attack, Gold Storage may exposed to your Minion allow for easy grab.

Elixir Collector

What is Elixir, and what does it can be used for?
Elixir Resource is used to train and upgrade troops. It is also used to upgrade Barrack, Dark Barrack, Laboratory, Spell, Spell Factory, Army Camp and use as an ammo for X-Bow.

How can I obtain Elixir?
There are 3 ways to obtain Elixir. First is using Gems to instantly buy it. Second is loot from other players or Goblin campaign. And the third is collecting from your own Elixir Collector.
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Elixir is pumped from the Ley Lines coursing underneath your village. Upgrade your Elixir Collectors to maximize Elixir production.
Elixir Collector Fact (level 1)
Capacity = 500
Production Rate = 200 per hour
Hit Points = 400
Time to max capacity = 2 hours 30 minutes
Available loot = 50% i.e. Attacker can steal 50% of the amount in Elixir Collector

Should I upgrade Elixir Collector, and to what level?
Because Elixir Collector does not function while it is being upgraded, therefore, players always question of when and how to upgrade Elixir Collector. Also, the cost of upgrade is very low, when you don’t have time to loot the Resources for another upgrade, it is better to upgrade Elixir Collectors than let your builder sleep.

1) Upgrade all to level 5
At level 5, Elixir Collector has significant increase in Storage capacity to 10,000 which takes 10 hours to accumulate until it is full. Upgrade all Elixir Collectors to at least level 5 allow you to stay offline for a long time. Otherwise, you have to log in very often to collect the Resources, or losing the opportunity to accumulate more.

2) Upgrade all to level 8
Time to upgrade Elixir Collector increase in each level; it takes 1 day to upgrade Elixir Collector from level 7 to level 8. By not spending too much time of the Builders, this is another level to consider upgrading Elixir Collectors to. Beyond this level, it takes 2 – 4 days to upgrade.

3) Upgrade all to max level
It takes over 60 days to get a return from upgrading Elixir Collector to max level. Simple answer is that if you play more than 60 days, you will eventually make a profit from fully upgraded Elixir Collector. Also, in high trophy range, cost of making troops is much more than you can get in return by looting from another player; therefore you need to heavily rely on Elixir Collectors.

Elixir Collector Tactics
Defense Tactics
1) If you often collect Resources, you don’t have to worry about losing Elixir from Elixir Collectors. Place all Elixir Collectors outside as a buffer.

2) Spread out Elixir Collectors outside Walls around the village. Make attacking Goblins run in circle before going straight to the Storages.

3) Place some Elixir Collectors inside Walls before Storages. When attacker break the Walls and send Goblins in, they will be distracted by Elixir Collectors which allow your Defense Buildings to take them down before they can steal Resources from Storages.

Attack Tactics
1) Look for Abandoned Village, 50% available loot in Elixir Collectors is like bonus mission. Few Goblins or Archers can quickly grab 100,000+ Elixir.

2) Upgrading Elixir Collector contains zero Gold. Don’t bother attacking it unless you need to.

Gold Mine

What is Gold, and what does it can be used for?
Gold Resource is used to buy and upgrade Defense Buildings including Walls. It is also used to buy Traps and searching cost to attack other players.

How can I obtain Gold?
There are 3 ways to obtain Gold. First is using Gems to instantly buy it. Second is loot from other players or Goblin campaign. And the third is collecting from your own Gold Mine.
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The Gold Mine produces gold. Upgrade it to boost its production and gold storage capacity.
Gold Mine Fact (level 1)
Capacity = 500
Production Rate = 200 per hour
Hit Points = 400
Time to max capacity = 2 hours 30 minutes
Available loot = 50% i.e. Attacker can steal 50% of the amount in Gold Mine

Should I upgrade Gold Mine, and to what level?
Because Gold Mine does not function while it is being upgraded. Therefore, players always question of when and how to upgrade Gold Mine. Also, the cost of upgrade is very low, when you don’t have time to loot the Resources for another upgrade, it is better to upgrade Gold Mines than let your builder sleep.

1) Upgrade all to level 5
At level 5, Gold Mine has significant increase in Storage capacity to 10,000 which takes 10 hours to accumulate until it is full. Upgrade all Gold Mines to at least level 5 allow you to stay offline for a long time. Otherwise, you have to log in very often to collect the Resources, or losing the opportunity to accumulate more.

2) Upgrade all to level 8
Time to upgrade Gold Mine increase in each level; it takes 1 day to upgrade Gold Mine from level 7 to level 8. By not spending too much time of the Builders, this is another level to consider upgrading Gold Mines to. Beyond this level, it takes 2 – 4 days to upgrade.

3) Upgrade all to max level
It takes over 60 days to get a return from upgrading Gold Mine to max level. Simple answer is that if you play more than 60 days, you will eventually make a profit from fully upgraded Gold Mine.

Gold Mine Tactics
Defense Tactics
1) If you often collect Resources, you don’t have to worry about losing Gold from Gold Mines. Place all Gold Mines outside as a buffer.

2) Spread out Gold Mines outside Walls around the village. Make attacking Goblins run in circle before going straight to the Storages.

3) Place some Gold Mines inside Walls before Storages. When attacker break the Walls and send Goblins in, they will be distracted by Gold Mines which allow your Defense Buildings to take them down before they can steal Resources from Storages.

Attack Tactics
1) Look for Abandoned Village, 50% available loot in Gold Mines is like bonus mission. Few Goblins or Archers can quickly grab 100,000+ Gold.

2) Upgrading Gold Mine contains zero Gold. Don’t bother attacking it unless you need to.

Dark Elixir Storage

What is Dark Elixir, and what does it can be used for?
Dark Elixir Resource is used to buy and upgrade Heroes. It is a powerful version of normal Elixir which can be used to train and upgrade Dark Elixir troops. It is also used to buy Seeking Air Mine Trap and fuel Inferno Tower.

How can I obtain Dark Elixir?
There are 3 ways to obtain Dark Elixir. First is using Gems to instantly buy it. Second is loot from other players. And the third is collecting from your own Dark Elixir Drill. Whichever method you use, you need Dark Elixir Storage to store this powerful substance.

What is Dark Elixir Storage?
Dark Elixir Storage is similar to Gold and Elixir Storage.  However, the loot percentage on Dark Elixir Storage is 5% and capped at 2,000 Dark Elixir (without any loot modifier). Because there is only one Dark Elixir Storage for each village, it is all or nothing for you to put it in the middle of the base or else.
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The power of Dark Elixir could not be contained in a regularly shaped Elixir vat. As it’s three times as powerful, we had to invent a cubical form of storage!
Dark Elixir Storage Fact (level 1)
Capacity = 10,000
Hit Points = 1,500
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Lightning Spell on Dark Elixir Storage
Whether you are the one who use it or the receiving end, you should know what the calculation of Lightning Spell on Dark Elixir Storage is.

Town Hall 7 can access up to 3 Lightning Spell level 4; Damage = 390, 780, 1170
Dark Elixir Storage level 1 has 1,500 hit points
Lightning Spell level 4 can deal damage equal to 26%, 52%, 78%

Dark Elixir Storage level 4 has 2,200 hit points
Lightning Spell level 4 can deal damage equal to 18%, 36%, 54%

Town Hall 8 can access up to 3 Lightning Spell level 5; Damage = 420, 840, 1260
Dark Elixir Storage level 1 has 1,500 hit points
Lightning Spell level 5 can deal damage equal to 28%, 56%, 84%

Dark Elixir Storage level 4 has 2,200 hit points
Lightning Spell level 5 can deal damage equal to 19%, 38%, 57%

If you rely on Lightning Spell to steal Dark Elixir, try upgrading it to max level.
If you want to protect Dark Elixir from Lightning Spell, try upgrading Dark Elixir Storage as much as possible.

Dark Elixir Storage Tactics
Defense Tactics
1) As calculation shown above, you better upgrade Dark Elixir Storage to higher level even if you don’t need the Storage capacity. This is to prevent loss from Lightning Spell.

2) Try not to place Gold/Elixir Storage next to Dark Elixir Storage; otherwise, Lightning Spell on Dark Elixir Storage will also steal some amount of Gold/Elixir.

3) Put Dark Elixir Storage in the middle when you are saving for the next upgrade. After you spent Dark Elixir, you can move the Storage back outside and replace with more important building.

Attack Tactics
1) Dark Elixir Storage is available to Town Hall 7 and above. You should build it early to start collecting Dark Elixir for Barbarian King. Without Dark Elixir Storage, your loot has nowhere to store and disappear into thin air.

2) Dark Elixir Storage is usually placed in the middle and heavily protected. If you are aiming to get enough Dark Elixir for specific buy or upgrade, you should consider expending your whole army with few Spells. Using 1 or 2 Rage Spell is worth 2,000 Dark Elixir in return.

Dark Elixir Drill

What is Dark Elixir, and what does it can be used for?
Dark Elixir Resource is used to buy and upgrade Heroes. It is a powerful version of normal Elixir which can be used to train and upgrade Dark Elixir troops. It is also used to buy Seeking Air Mine Trap and fuel Inferno Tower.

How can I obtain Dark Elixir?
There are 3 ways to obtain Dark Elixir. First is using Gems to instantly buy it. Second is loot from other players. And the third is collecting from your own Dark Elixir Drill.

So Dark Elixir Drill is similar to Elixir Collector?
Yes, it is. The Drill is basically accumulating Dark Elixir Resource for you over time; you can collect it by tapping on it. Dark Elixir Drill can be looted by attacking player at the percentage up to 75%. This should be noted as when you are seeing large quantity of available Dark Elixir to loot, if it is abandoned village, you can easily grab Dark Elixir by destroying the Drill and don’t have to bother with Dark Elixir Storage.
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Our Alchemists have finally figured a way to extract pure Dark Elixir, the rarest form of the magical substance.
Dark Elixir Drill Fact (level 1)
Capacity = 120
Production Rate = 20
Hit Points = 400
Time to max capacity = 6 hours
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Dark Elixir Drill Tactics
Resource Tactics
1) If you do not usually log in and collect Resources every 6 hours, you better upgrade Dark Elixir Drill to level 2 or 3. Otherwise, you will lose the chance to get more Dark Elixir due to full Drill.

2) While the Drill has very low production rate compared to looting, it is advisable to build and upgrade the Drill. This small amount can help the overall community and offset Dark Elixir you lose when gets attacked.

Attack Tactics
1) You can use Dark Elixir Drill as an indicator of Abandoned Village or how long that player is inactive. For example, 90 Dark Elixir is 75% of 120 Dark Elixir from full Dark Elixir Drill level 1, which means that player is inactive for at least 6 hours.

2) Dark Elixir Drill is usually placed at the position that you can easily reach. If you are aiming to get enough Dark Elixir for specific buy or upgrade, you can use only few troops to just destroy the Drill and surrender.

Spells

What is Spell?
From the Spell Factory, you can create powerful spells that can be used when attacking enemy villages. Spells requires Elixir to create.

Do we need to use spell in the battle?
You don’t have to use spell in the battle. But at the expense of some Elixir, you can use these powerful Attack Spells to turn the tide of battle in your favor! Practice and you shall master!
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This section gives you all details and insights of the best utilization and counter tactics against each Spell.

Lightning Spell
Direct damage area effect
Good for destroying Archers from Clan Castle
Good for destroying key defense building such as Mortar or Air Defense

Healing Spell
Heal support to your Giants, Wizards or Dragons

Rage Spell
Rage your Dragons against heavy Air Defense
Raging Goblins to destroy Storages in a blink of an eye!

Jump Spell
Jump your troops over high level Walls
Jumping Goblins directly to the Storages

Freeze Spell
Inferno Tower is too hot? Just cool them down with Freeze Spell.
Freeze key defense buildings and march your army to victory!

Jump Spell

What is Spell?
From the Spell Factory, you can create powerful spells that can be used when attacking enemy villages. Spells requires Elixir to create.

Do we need to use spell in the battle?
You don’t have to use spell in the battle. But at the expense of some Elixir, you can use these powerful Attack Spells to turn the tide of battle in your favor! Practice and you shall master!
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The Alchemists’ newest invention, the Jump Spell, has been brewing in many Spell Factories! Have you cast the Jump Spell in combat yet, or have enemies been Jumping over your walls?
Here’s a preview video showing off Jump Spell;

Trouble with Walls?
Vault over them with *Jump Spell*

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When you upgrade Spell Factory to level 4, you gain access to the fourth spell of the game: Jump Spell. Unlike other Spells, Jump Spell modifies your troop movement. Your troop will move as though Walls in the Jump Spell area don’t exist.

Jump Spell Fact (at level 1)
Size limit = 4
Cost = 30,000 Elixir
Effect type = Area Splash
Time to create = 45 mins
Targets = Ground

Upgrade Jump Spell to level 2 increases size limit to 30 which allows all ground troops including Giant, P.E.K.K.A, Golem and Heroes to jump over the Walls.

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Attack Tactics for Jump Spell
1) Moat base
The base with separated 2-3 layers of Walls in all direction can be hard to conquer. Your troops may be diverted/funnel through the corridor which cripple your troop movement especially Giants.

No need to rely on Wall Breakers deployment, Jump Spell allows you to unleash all troops directly to the center of the base, whether you are aiming for Town Hall or Resources.

2) Jumping Goblins!!!
Use Jump Spell to bypass the Walls and have your Goblins make a short work on those Storages. While Rage Spell is better to crack through one layer of Walls, Jump Spell is superior when you are facing 2-3 layers of Walls or the segmentation where each Storages has each own compartment.

Defense Tactics for Jump Spell
1) Strong Defense Buildings
Jump Spell just nullifies your hard built Walls. While it is possible to create a layout to counter Jump Spell, it is very rare to get attack by Jump Spell. You better rely on strong defense and simply try to upgrade your defense buildings.

2) Storage Separation
Separate each Storage in each compartment and far away from each other as much as possible. This tactics makes Jump Spell less effective.

Defense Buildings

Defense Tactics is the important aspect of Clash of Clans.
Learn how to build, upgrade and position Defense Buildings are very crucial process.

This section gives you all details and insights of the best utilization and counter tactics against each Defense Building.
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Cannon
First accessible defense building in the game
Cheap and fast to build and upgrade
Backbone of your village since the beginning until the high-end level village

Archer Tower
First accessible defense building against air troop
Shoots a little bit slower than Cannon, but more range
Another backbone of your village

Mortar
First accessible splash defense building, slow but long range
Most important defense building in the early to mid-stage of the game
Good against group of Barbarians and Archers

Air Defense
Specifically designed to be powerful defense building against air troops
Weak point: cannot attack ground troops

Wizard Tower
Second accessible splash defense building
Short range but more damage than Mortar
Important in the mid-stage of the game against group of Barbarians, Archers and Goblins

Hidden Tesla
Tricky defense building
Only building in the game that stays hidden until attacking enemy comes close

X-Bow
Fastest shot rate and longest range defense building in the game
Can be adjusted to target both Ground & Air troops with shorter range

Inferno Tower
Progressive and very high damage output
Good against high hit point troop like P.E.K.K.A, Golem and Heroes

Wall Breaker

What is Wall Breaker?
This little and fragile skeleton is arguably the hardest troop to use effectively. This is due to the complicated Wall Breaker A.I. and game mechanic. However, Wall Breaker is very important troop to help quickly destroy the Walls leading your army to the middle of the base. Notes that it is the only unit in the game that destroy itself when use (one time use only).
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Nothing warms a Wall Breaker’s cold and undead heart like blowing up Walls. A squad of them will make way for your ground units, and they will do it with a BANG!
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March 2013 update introduces improved A.I. which allows Wall Breaker to ignore wall “spikes”. Since then, the game is improved and achieves the balance of Wall Breaker usage on both attack and defense. Here’s the preview video showing off improved Wall Breaker A.I.


Disappointed in the standard Wall Breaker?
Confused at how easily foiled they are?
Introducing Wall Breaker’s improved A.I.
Wall Breakers ignores wall “spikes” and targets actual fortifications!
Once the gap is open they will attack deeper into your enemies’ stronghold.

Wall Breaker A.I. & Game Mechanic
How does Wall Breaker choose its target?
  • It will look for nearest building that is trapped (enclosed by Walls).
  • It will choose the shortest path, with the least amount of Walls to break through, towards that building and blow up Walls that are in its way.
  • After the wall is blown up, other Wall Breakers will choose the next building that is still trapped by Walls, run towards it, and blow up Walls that are in its way.
  • If the path (distance) towards building is too long, it will just run toward the nearest Wall and explode. This explains why sometimes wall breaker target partially enclosed building.
  • Wall Breaker will ignore “spikes” and other Wall pieces in front of the main Walls.
So Wall Breakers don’t target Walls anymore?
No. Instead of targeting Walls, they aim at the building that is trapped by Walls. However, they don’t attack the building, and just blow up the Walls that are in their path.

Do Wall Breakers favorite junctions?
No. Wall Breakers will run in a straight line towards the nearest building. When it encounters a Wall, it blows it up.

Wall Breaker Fact (at level 1)
Damage per sec = 12
Hit points = 20
Training Cost = 1,000 Elixir
Favorite target = Walls (Damage x 40)
Damage type = Area Splash (Splash radius = 2 tiles)
Housing Space = 2
Training Time = 2 minutes
Movement speed = 24
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Wall Breaker – one hit destroy – Walls
Wall Breaker level 1 deals 480 damage, thus destroy Walls level 1.
Wall Breaker level 2 deals 640 damage, thus destroy Walls level 2.
Wall Breaker level 3 and 4 deals 960 and 1280 damage, thus destroy Walls level 4.
Wall Breaker level 5 deals 1840 damage, thus destroy Walls level 5.

2 Wall Breakers level 5 can destroy Walls level 6 – 8.
3 Wall Breakers level 5 can destroy Walls level 9 – 10.

Why spend Gold to upgrade Walls beyond level 6?
There are a lot of arguments to just stop upgrading Walls at only level 6, because Wall level 6 – 8 need the same amount of 2 Wall Breakers level 5 to destroy.

This is true for Wall Breaker but higher level of Walls can sustain more damage from Giants or P.E.K.K.A. And looking from the trend, Wall Breaker level 6 will eventually be released in the future.

Attack Tactics for Wall Breaker
1) Always carrying some Wall Breakers when attacking.
Wall Breakers are dedicated at destroying Walls and can easily destroy Walls in the blink of an eye. Always use them to open up the path for your army to advance into the middle of the base.

One Wall Breaker level 5 can deal 1840 damage, instantly destroy Wall level 5.
Five Giants level 5 deal total of 31*5 = 155 damage per sec which takes 10 seconds to destroy Wall level 5.

2) Distraction/Decoy
Deploy few Barbarians or Giants to distract enemy defense building. Then deploy Wall Breakers to destroy the Walls.

3) Multiple deployments
You can increase the success rate to destroy the Walls by deploy multiple Wall Breakers at once.
  • Deploy two Wall Breakers at the same time; in case one gets shot down by Cannon, Archer Tower or Hidden Tesla.
  • Deploy two Wall Breakers consecutively at least 1 second apart; in case one gets smashed by Mortar or Wizard Tower shot.
  • Deploy multiple Wall Breakers; this tactics help penetrate deep into the base.  After first Wall Breaker destroy 1st layer of Walls, following Wall Breakers will set new target to the next layer of Walls and continue to destroy 2nd layer of Walls.
Defense Tactics for Wall Breaker
1) No double layer of Walls
Area splash damage of 2 radius tiles can easily destroy double layers of Wall at once.

2) No T and X junctions 
To avoid the area splash damage, making each junction at least 2 tiles apart to force Wall breakers to open up each compartment before proceeding further inside the base.
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3) Funneling by forcing Wall Breaker to run in longer path towards its target
Intentionally place Walls in long segment but not join them as a compartment. Wall Breakers will ignore that Wall segment and run pass to other Walls, thus diverting Wall Breaker from intended path.

This tactics allow your defense building more time to shoot down Wall Breakers and also can be used in conjunction with funneling tactics i.e. predetermine the walking path of enemy Wall Breakers then placing Spring Trap in the funneling path.

4) Hidden Tesla in empty Wall compartment
Place Hidden Tesla in 2x2 space compartment. Firstly, Wall Breaker will see no building and ignore that compartment and try to blow up other Walls. Later, after Hidden Tesla pops up, Wall Breakers will see the Tesla and run toward that compartment try to destroy the Walls.

This tactics give Hidden Tesla a chance to freely kill Wall Breaker and can mess up the sequence of troop deployment resulting in defense advantage.
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Archer Queen

What are Heroes?
Heroes can attack enemy villages or guard your village. Heroes can be injured, but are immortal. Heal them by letting them sleep or using the Heal button (using Gems). Heroes won’t defend the village while sleeping.

Who is Archer Queen?
She is deadly accurate! She wields an X-Bow! She has great fashion sense!

The Archer Queen is believed to be an Archer consuming Dark Elixir and became bigger. She is strong enough to carry an X-Bow, also wearing tiara as a queen.
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The Archer Queen is an eagle-eyed warrior, whose weapon of choice is a modified X-Bow that few men could dream of wielding. She can attack enemy villages or guard your village.
Is Archer Queen worth the initial cost of 40,000 Dark Elixir? 
While initial cost of Archer Queen is four times more expensive than Barbarian King. She is worth every drop of Dark Elixir you spent to recruit her. She has ranged attack which offsets her low hit point compared to Barbarian King.

The best recommendation is saving at least 40,000 Dark Elixir while your Town Hall is being upgraded to Town Hall level 9. When Town Hall upgrade is finished, instantly buy Archer Queen with available builder.
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Nothing can beat instant buy of Archer Queen after reaching Town Hall level 9!
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Archer Queen Strong Points
1) Long range (5 tiles)
She has attack range of 5 tiles which is the longest attack range of all troops in the game. This long range makes her a very effective damage dealer and allows her to avoid becoming target of defense buildings. When deployed properly, she will be unharmed which allow you to use her in every combat for free!

2) Can hit both Ground & Air target
Similar to Archer, she can hit any targets including Dragons. This makes her very important piece to defend the village in high trophy range.

Archer Queen Fact (at level 1)
Damage per sec = 120
Hit points = 675
Regeneration time = 60 minutes
Favorite target = Any
Damage type = Single Target
Targets = Ground & Air
Movement speed = 24
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Archer Queen attacks at the speed of 0.75 second per shot. Therefore, at level 1, she deals 90 damages per shot. For example, on attack;
Archer Queen level 1 alone can destroy Mortar level 6 in 7 shots (5.25 seconds).
Archer Queen level 1 alone can destroy Wizard Tower level 6 in 9 shots (6.75 seconds).

For example, on defense;
Archer Queen level 1 alone can kill one Giant level 6 in 9 shots (6.75 seconds).
Archer Queen level 1 alone can kill one Dragon level 3 in 26 shots (19.50 seconds).

Attack Tactics for Archer Queen
1) Damage Dealer/Sniper support
Deploy Archer Queen after your main troops. Use other troops such as Giants to receive damage while she deals lots of damage. Notes that she has longer range than your other troops so she is easily to walk and attack unusual target, or stop to attack far building behind the Wall. To avoid this, you can try to deploy troops to destroy buildings in linear plane, so that Archer Queen will continue to focus and attack directly to the middle of the base.

2) Spare Reinforcement, Building pick-off
To ensure of zero received damage to be able to use Archer Queen in every battle, you need to wait and deploy her only if you are certain that there is no defense building in that area to attack her.

Sometime, after the dust settle, Storage is exposed out of defense building range. Just deploy her to pick off that Storage or leftover buildings.

Defense Tactics for Archer Queen
1) Duo with Clan Castle
Place Archer Queen deep in the middle of the base next to Clan Castle. This prevent attacker to easily lure her out of the base. She is good on taking down incoming Giants and other troops by shooting over Walls without chance to be retaliated.

2) Sleep Zzzz
If you are a farmer and stay at low trophy range, you may prefer to use her on attack only. So it’s better to always have her on sleep mode which allows you to use her any time you login.

Heroes

What are Heroes?
Heroes can attack enemy villages or guard your village. Heroes can be injured, but are immortal. Heal them by letting them sleep or using the Heal button (using Gems). Heroes won’t defend the village while sleeping.
Two Heroes: Barbarian King and Archer Queen were introduced on Jun 2013 (Heroes updates). Barbarian King is available at Town Hall level 7, while Archer Queen is available at Town Hall level 9. Originally, they can be upgraded to level 30. Later, Town Hall level 10 update on May 2013 allow both to be at level 40 maximum.
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Mighty Barbarian King & Deadly Archer Queen!
Here’s the preview video showing off 2 Heroes: Barbarian King and Archer Queen.


Having Heroes in your army provides lots of advantage.
  • Heroes are not count into your Army Camp space. You can have the same number of troops available in Army Camp with Heroes as extra troops.
  • After spend some Dark Elixir to recruit them to your village, no more resource is needed to use them.