By: John Bedford August 14, 2012 0 Comments

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What happens to my troops after battle?

An important thing to consider whenever you head into battle is that every troop you take with you will be lost, even if an individual unit is undefeated by the end of the fighting. So think carefully before building up an over-powered army that's only going to be wasted on a weak enemy.

Which soldiers do I take into battle?

If you're just fighting against goblins in the single-player mode, it's not possible to view each level before commencing battle, so don't be afraid to throw a few troops at a first attempt to get a feel for the layout. Over time you'll unlock a soldier for every obstacle type, but in the early days you might want to just rely on the weight of numbers.

Getting three stars

If you want to take home a three star award from each goblin level, you're going to need to destroy absolutely everything they've got. Only then will you walk away with the maximum bonuses.

Defensive or offensive?

The short answer is: a little bit of both. There's no point having a marauding army that can decimate an entire enemy if the first player to show up on your home turf can rip you to pieces. Make sure that your town hall and resource collectors are both suitably guarded by cannon-fire, so the fight can carry on while you're away from home. Don't forget to upgrade these defensive units over time too.

Clearing new space

Think carefully about the land you need to clear out for expansion. The bigger the object, the more resources it will cost to destroy, and sometimes it's better to simply clear a few smaller items than just one large one. It all depends on what it is you want to expand into, so think about size and placement simultaneously.


Quests, missions, call them what you will, those icons that pop up in the corner of the screen are a great way of giving you direction if you're stuck for things to do. Use them to get some very handy rewards.

Getting ahead of the game

You know the old saying 'you've got to spend money to make money'? Well, it's never been truer than in Clash of Clans. If you want to minimize your down-time, without having to head to the in-app purchase store, make sure you upgrade your resource collectors as a priority. It may not be the most exciting way to start off your game, but the pay-off is huge in the long-run.

What can you purchase?

If you're feeling flush in or out of game, here's what you can pick up from the game store:


In this section, you can grab various bundles of gems for real world cash, which can then be transformed them into gold or elixirs. Prices vary depending on your region, so check via your device for local prices.


Item: Elixir Collector
Cost: 150 Gold

"Elixir is pumped from Ley lines coursing underneath your village. Upgrade your Elixir Collectors to maximize elixir production."

Item: Gold Mine
Cost: 150 Elixir

"The Gold Mine produces gold. Upgrade it to boost its production and gold storage capacity."

Item: Builder's Hut
Cost: 500 Gems

"Nothing gets done around here without Builders! You can hire more builders to start multiple construction projects, or speed up their work by using green gems."

Item: Elixir Storage
Cost: 300 Gold

"These storages contain the elixir pumped from underground. Upgrade them to increase the maximum amount of elixir you can store."

Item: Gold Storage
Cost: 300 Elixir

"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."


Here you can pick up a huge variety of flower-beds, flags, torches and ornaments to truly personalize your kingdom. Items are available in varying amounts of Gems, Gold, or Elixir juice.


Struggling to build a powerful army? Here's what you can pick up in the shop:

Item: Army Camp
Cost: 250 Elixir

"Your troops are stationed in Army Camps. Build more camps and upgrade them to muster a powerful army. If an Army Camp is destroyed, all troops inside will perish!"

Item: Laboratory
Cost: 25,000 Elixir

"What dark secrets do the Alchemists hide inside their Laboratory? Nobody has dared to look. All we know is that their potions make out troops harder, better, faster and stronger!"

Item: Barracks
Cost: 200 Elixir

"The Barracks allow you to train troops to attack your enemies. Upgrade the Barracks to unlock advanced units that can win epic battles."


Need to keep your kingdom safe? Here's what you can do to boost your defenses against goblins and other players!

Item: Cannon
Cost: 250 Gold

"Cannons are great for point defense. Upgrade cannons to increase their firepower, but beware that your defensive turrets cannot shoot while being upgraded."

Item: Wall
Cost: 200 Gold

"Walls are great for keeping your village safe and your enemies in the line of fire."

Item: Bomb
Cost: 400 Gold

"Nothing says 'Stay Out' quite like a good old fashioned hidden bomb."

Item: Spring Trap
Cost: 2,000 Gold

"This bouncy little number will toss unwanted visitors right off your property!"

Item: Giant Bomb
Cost: 50,000 Gold

"When you're looking for a Big Boom, you need the Giant Bomb."

Item: Archer Tower
Cost: 1,000 Gold

"Archer Towers have longer range than cannons, and unlike cannons they can attack flying enemies."

Item: Mortar
Cost: 8,000 Gold

"The Mortar can mow down hordes of enemies by the splash damage from its shell. Don't let enemies get too close to it!"

Item: Air Defense
Cost: 22,500 Gold

"This anti-air tower is deadly against flying enemies, but can't target foes on the ground. Place it wisely to cover as much airspace as possible."

Item: Wizard Tower
Cost: 180,000 Gold

"The ultimate arcane defense! Tower Wizards cast powerful area effect spells that target both flying and ground troops."


Item: One Day Shield
Cost: 100 Gems

"This shield will prevent all attacks on your village for a limited time. If you buy more than one shield their durations are added up."

Item: One Week Shield
Cost: 250 Gems

As above, but offers one week of protection.

Item: Two Day Shield
Cost: 150 Gems

As above, but offers two weeks of protection.

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