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WARLOAD's Key Points: Farm, Plan and BAM!

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  • Feb 21, 2014 (43 months ago)
Hi there everyone, I am WARLOAD, Co-founder and Co-leader of the Unknown Genesis Clan and The Unknown Family.

I'm currently a level 91 player, TH9 and as any experienced player I have made mistakes, errors and I have my regrets. Based on that it's time that I made a guide on how NOT to mess up and cause yourself problems in the long run.

I'm not aware if anyone has made a guide exactly like this and if they have then I apologize. AS you can probably imagine it is near enough impossible to cover all topics and give examples to help you with every scenario. But this guide has been created in the hopes that my experience with Clash of Clans can help others understand where I have gone wrong and what I have learnt in order to improve and move forward.

I will be covering:
-The basic rules to abide by
-Army styles to help you with resources (not trophy pushes)
-Base Designs (Planning and Research)
-At the end some general tips and facts to help you along

Step 1: A rule you must never break, no matter how tempting and no matter how hard you find the game. I have been told this and I have never taken this advice and I now realise just how important it is, I tell everyone I meet to follow this basic and simple yet crucial step to help make a successful player.

-Do not upgrade your Town Hall to the next level until EVERYTHING is maxed out for that Town Hall level. I mean EVERYTHING. Make sure all buildings you can build are built. Collector and Mines, storages, defenses, walls, army camps, troop levels, the spell factory and the lab, make sure everything in your village is upgraded to its maximum level! I'm sure there are guides explaining that loot is harder to come by the more you upgrade your town hall and that people can steal more from you the higher your Town Hall, so take my advice and max it all! Even though walls seem expensive and tedious to upgrade, you are going to need them. Walls are the main thing protecting your resources from enemies!

Ask any experienced player, this step is the one you do not want to skip!

Step 2: Do some research, it will help you more than you realise!

This step is a three part process, Base Design and Army Composition and Attacking.

-The second most important thing is to plan and research. If it weren't for the endless amount of base designs and attack strategies available online then I would still be stuck making 100K raids at TH8/TH9. Go find a base design that suits your TH level and that best matches a design you like! (it is more important for the design to be functional than look nice!) Farming* is the quickest and most efficient way to level up, upgrade buildings, steal loot and keep it safe. (I will detail more about farming later on although I encourage you to find out more and take your own spin on it). The only way to find out if a base is successful is to try it out, for lower Town Hall players this is key! You are in the earliest stages and therefore the easiest to experiment in without huge losses occuring. (also it shouldn't take half as long for you to re-arrange your base).

The second part of planning is your army composition and the fan-favorite army composition is either BA (for lower TH levels) or BAM (for Th7+).

BA: Barbarians and Archers, typically I used them on a ratio of 1:1, although peoples opinions differ. So use them how you feel appropriate. A ratio of 100:100 for a 200 troop capacity is recommended.

BAM: Barbarians, Archers and Minions. Otherwise known as base wreckers and ultimately the best known composition for stealing loot. Use these troops in a ratio of 8:8:2 (for example a troop capacity of 200 should consist of 80 barbarians, 80 archers and 20 minions, because minions take up 2 space each).

The third part is attacking.

So what base do you choose? Which will give you the best loot or the most profit? Should I farm for Elixir or Gold or Dark Elixir?

Well here's my opinion and what I've found to be the most effective for your progress:

Train up your troops and after you are ready, top up your barracks again before you go to attack, that way your army could be atleast half done before you return! With the BA and BAM army you can raid fairly quick and it is very cheap!

Attack a base that has most, if not all, of it's available loot in its collectors and mines (visual levels can tell you how much is in either storages or collectors/mines). If the collectors/mines are empty and the storages are behind one or two layers of walls, move on to the next battle. Don't panic if you are searching for atleast 5 or so minutes, the perfect raid will appear! Some research has indicated that quitting searches and trying again later opens up tracks to easier raids. I'm not 100% sure about it but give it a go!

If you can see a large volume of available loot is easy to reach, it's time to start planning your attack. Keep an eye out for Mortars and Wizard Towers (these splash damage defenses will wipe out your barbarians and archers before you even make a dent into the defenders loot. It is recommended that if you have a spell factory and level 3/4 lightning spell that you take a few along to your raids (personally spells take too long and after the update they cost elixir not gold, which makes it harder to make more elixir from raids).

Make sure that you keep analysing the battle, if there is less than a few thousand of each resource and you have over half your army left, keep your remaining troops for the next battle, this makes your next attack sooner and you don't waste time/resources on raids.

With the collectors on the outside, place down your barbarians first, in a circle formation around the base (or mainly around the areas where the collectors are), this prevents the splash damage towers from being able to take out large volumes of your army quickly. Leave roughly half your barbarians and switch to archers and do the same, leaving roughly half again. Then swap back to barbarians and use the rest focusing on spreading them around areas where you haven't stolen a lot of available loot. Once again finish of your archers in the same fashion. By now you should have completely taken any and all loot from collectors/mines.

For players using a BAM army follow the same instructions but use the minions between your first half of your army and the second half in the same fashion, half after your first half of archers and the second half at the end. Keep an eye out for Air Defenses for minions as well as wizard towers, these two will eradicate any amount of minions you group together.

Okay, what is next?

Defenses Guide: Most Effective, Most Important and Most Expensive
Base Design Guide: For all TH levels (assumes maximum level for all buildings and walls)
Troop Upgrade Guide: Who, Why and How?
Building a Clan Guide: Success, Team Players and Trophy Pushes

I plan to make all of these guides when I can, this general guide took me well over 2 hours just to type up so please be patient for the other guides.

If you are interested in being notified when the new guides are available, please email me at theunknownfamily@gmail.com

Other than that, if any of my tips don't work for you, I'm sorry, this guide is purely based on my particular experience with the game and all the knowledge I have gained and is purely a General Guide. If you have any other questions please email me and if you have the time please check out my site for my clan www.unknownfamily.weebly.com

Thanks for reading,
-WARLOAD
    Posted 21 months ago

    *Meinsl

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    Posted 42 months ago

    ALEX2014

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    A guide
    Posted 42 months ago

    Pureness

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    I like the idea of BA and BAM thanks. I'm a town hall 7 and its working fairly well for me so far thanks WARLORD. :)
    Posted 42 months ago

    OnlyAFleshWound

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    Hey guys join my fairly new clan (Evolution Xl), we just finished pushing and we got to 10000th in the world and the clan has only existed for a week! We're farming now so feel free to join if you are a high level player (50 ) or are in silver 1 !!!
    Posted 42 months ago

    King Ronin II

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    Dont max everything before you upgrade before you upgrade you TH, As the upgrade itself takes several days, and in thta time you can finish up.
    Posted 42 months ago

    King Ronin II

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    Nice guid
    Posted 43 months ago

    !T I T!

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    I just maxed my town hall level 5 last night and i just started upgrading my town hall today. Definitely a helpful guide for new and old players, but keep up the good work and can't wait to see them new guides !!
    Posted 43 months ago

    thelion123456778

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    this a coc bible thank you
    Posted 43 months ago

    Ethan the boss 199

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    11/03/14
    Thxs for guide I upgraded my town hall to 9 to early and I am just getting everything maxed out.
    Posted 43 months ago

    bour

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    I completely maxed out my thlv7 (other than my barbarian king) and currently upgrading th to 8. I can't help getting a th9 after getting a th8 straight away because I've about 3mill of gold.
    Posted 43 months ago

    bour

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    BAM is harder for me to use cause of the lack of DE.
    Posted 43 months ago

    Alaeth

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    Very well written, I actually do not have anything to add which has not been added thus far. It is nice to know that a lot of players don't visit this site, because it makes it much easier for the people in the community to get stronger and those others, well ehhhh...lol

    Looking forward to the other guides you plan on writing.
    Posted 43 months ago

    Peter5461

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    Very nice one. Thanks !
    Posted 43 months ago

    Tomohawk Chop

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    i love to GOWIPE, so that i can steal enough to make up for the fact that the army is expensive, plus i just love to watch wizards and pekkas wreck a base
    Posted 43 months ago

    Josh7

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    should I use my dark elixir for my heroes or my troops?
    Posted 43 months ago

    jbot123

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    how could invade on here
    Posted 43 months ago

    dragontamer74pe

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    Well I seriously doubt even a well played barch army could 100% a well designed th7-8 base. Also as innactive players get pushed to the back of the searching queue a lot more, you will either have to search for a long time and go for around 100 nexts or switch to try and get some gold from storages. For this you'd need an army more powerful than barch or bam as those can both be taken out easily by wizard towers and well placed bombs/mines. As you submitted this guide 8 days ago in the new loot system where there is no loot this is outdated. I guess however I am th9 so I won't get loot as easily as the th7-8s but you are too so I don't get why we'd raid like this. Also quitting searches and trying again later loses your shield and sometimes doesn't work on top of making you sometimes play at an inpracticle time and not raiding when you have the time.

    Also mines are important to max as otherwise there is no loot in the community. Mines will help with the loot you get from them but also the stolen loot will find it's way round to get back to you. I get around 180k from mines which is a lot more than the average raid I get and for what? Waiting. Also the loot that gets stolen from them will come back to you.

    1-3 million a day? Of what? Just 1 of these is good I guess but them combined is awful. Also you haven't said how active you are and 1-3 million a day could be great, 2-3 hours playing, or awful, 6-8 hours playing. Just saying a day doesn't give anyone an idea on how good the strategy is.

    Also wouldn't it be wise to save a few archers/barbs for the final buildings on the 50% so you can keep your trophy range?
    Posted 43 months ago

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    nice guide, brother
    Posted 43 months ago

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    dang i can use neither of the strategies i cant even do the BA army thats because i am TH 6
    Posted 43 months ago

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    Very good base plan. But I have a few things to add to make things a tiny bit easier.

    Definitely max out buildings and things at your level, BUT don't worry about having everything maxed. I recommend maxing out things like cannons, archer towers, and mortars as far as they can go at your TH level, but you can save wizard towers, air defenses, and traps for later. Walls-Upgrade to 1 wall level at a time, don't have a base with 20 Level 6 Walls, 100 Level 5 walls, and the rest level 4 Walls because you want the big walls fast. I honestly suggest keep moving along (while maxing out things listed above while you can) until Town Hall level 7, because you get lots of new things, and a few new levels are added to each building. Few things at a un-maxed level will cost you a loss in a defense.

    For raiding, first, choose what you need. That way, when you find the right base, you can single out the storages or collectors of the resource you need. Ex: Dont break into a heavily fortified base for the 50-60k Gold and 50-60k Elixir if you really need Dark Elixir, and the storage is in the outer level of walls.
    Find the raid style that suits you, which means, train big fairly costly armies and spells that WILL win a raid and get the loot from a better base (with enough loot for profit) or do something like BAM for smaller, quickly raids, that don't always yield as much loot.

    Thats about all I can think of here, and that's all MY opinion, many of you will have differing opinions, so it might not matter what I say. But, thanks for reading my comment anyway if you did, Clash On! -EthanM
    Posted 43 months ago

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    I personally am an almost maxed th 7 player, playing from 2014, and I disagree to some points.

    -You do not have to max EVERYTHING. Yes, your defenses, are a must. I am sure that the gold mines and elixer pumps aren't required to be maxed. The else should. I am currently at 4 mill gold and elixer, waiting 3 hours till my next worker is available. I make about 5 million gold a day, due to farming alot (apart from my builder huts I have gemmed nothing), and I get more than required to max my walls (got lvl 7 walls) and keep up with 5 workers to keep maxing my defences. What would I need pumps for? Just delays the time taken to max everything out.

    - I use BA aswell. Yesterday I calculated getting an average of a big 210k gold per raid, at town hall 7. How? I'm at 1050-1100 trophys, and I don't use 1:1 barb archer. I use about 0,95:1,05, a little more archers, but yeah you could get that to 1:1, but more importantly, I bring ~6 wallbreakers. I break into the walls, and often just take out the whole base. I get to the storages of th 8-9 bases quite alot, even getting 100% on alot of those bases. If you spread them out well, and place them correctly, you don't have to search for stuff JUST in pumps. That's for noobs that aren't good enough with barch. You don't have to use the wallbreakers, I use them in 1/3rd of the fights, but they're still a very good backup.

    - You forgot to mention that always having a backup (ALWAYS) from your clan castle is required to be an effecient CoC player.

    Other than that it does cover quite a bit about farming. Good guide, you just used your common knowledge. If you found this site I do suppose you already have it though; most noobs in CoC don't visit this site.
    Posted 43 months ago

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    great guide and great advice! you can easily get 1-3 millions of each resource in a day with the BA strategy!
    Posted 43 months ago

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    great guide
    Posted 43 months ago

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    Well I can imagine lvl 7/8 because that's when you have 200 housing space
    Posted 43 months ago

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    Um what TH levels do u recommend for the 100 barb and 100 archer army?
    Posted 43 months ago

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    I actually created an account so I could comment on this. I am really looking forward for the rest of your guides. Seems like some great information coming our way. I'm currently a TH7. Just about everything is maxed for my level, but I am rushing 8 a little bit.... I know that's a no go. It's just so annoying having Dark Elixer storage and no drill.