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Proper Upgrading Order GUIDE

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  • Apr 26, 2014 (41 months ago)
So I see a lot of people wondering what they should upgrade first (especially defenses) so i figured I'd see if I could assist in this. I'd like to emphasize that this is only a guide so in some scenarios and for some players this might be perfect and the order might be different but only slightly. I'm going to split this into 3 sections:
1) Overall breakdown
2) Gold
3) Elixir and Dark Elixir

Now I really want to hear your opinions and how you guys might do things differently. I always learn a lot with everything (inside and outside of clash) when I help with things like in this way plus others will read it as well so your feedback will be for everyone's gain.

1) Overall breakdown

This section should be obvious knowledge for clashers, however, I do see a lot of newer players and guys who still struggle with these concepts so I'm just going to run through them in this short section.
So with a limited number of buildings you're going to want to prioritize. You're also going to want to spend your resources fast and preferably drop a lot of them before your shield runs out so your not an easy target. You're also going to want to spend multiple resources at once so you''re not a target for someone who may be looking for a specific resource. You also don't want to upgrade multiple of the same building at the same time because they stop working so you don't want to train an army with 2/4 barracks or have all of the same defense down and be vulnerable to a specific type of attack.

2) Gold

To open this section I'm going to give a list of which defenses to upgrade first. Then I'll give an explanation. Being a Town Hall 8 myself, I don't know for sure how high x-bows may be on the list, especially because of cost purposes however when I do get to Town Hall 9 I do know that's the first thing I'm building new with maxed out gold storage's.

Wizard towers
Mortars
Air Defenses
Clan Castle
Walls (level before max level for town hall)
Archer Towers
Cannons
Hidden Tesla Tower
Walls (max level for town hall)
Traps

First thing you will want to prioritize in upgrading defensively is your splash defenses because they hit multiple targets at once. The wizard tower is overall a more important defensive building because it does damage to ground and air units. This helps when getting attacked by minions and in some cases even balloons because they sometimes all bunch up near defenses. Wizard towers also do more damage per second. Yes, the strength of the mortar is that since its wait time to fire is so high it'll tear out all tier 1 units in one strike, but it being slow also causes it to miss sometimes because troops run. A wizard tower shoots faster and can at least make a troop weaker for a point defense to take out. Wizard towers can really do quick damage to any goblins, minions, barbs and archers eating at your storage's. For defensive purposes you don't want multiple of the same defensive building down at once to weaken your for certain attacks. Now I'm a Town Hall level 8 with 4 builders so what I like to do is if I have the gold, upgrade a wizard tower, a mortar and an air defense all at the same time.

The air defense is next on the list because you don't want to be vulnerable to air raids. If you have low level air defenses, you're going to be getting hit by balloon-minion and dragon based raids at higher levels of game play, and healer-giant raids at lower levels. Heck, I'm a town hall 8 who pushed to crystal with healer-giant with an assistance of a dragon. I always hit a base with low level air defenses and get intimidated if I see level 5+ air defenses, so I think I know what I'm talking about with air defense. I see too many Town Hall 9 and 10's with level 3 and 4 air defenses (maybe I shouldn't be telling you this so I can attack you). Upgrade them or you're going to get wrecked!

I put walls for level before the point defenses because it is very important, not only a defensive factor but an intimidation factor. Not only do they make it harder for troops to get through but they intimidate players and make them skip your base. I can't tell you how many times I saw a Town Hall 8 with all level 8 walls, hit the next button and then attacked a Town Hall 9 with level 6 walls instead. I have the Clan Caste before the walls because it gives you more troops, not only for attack but defense too. I just upgraded my Clan Castle to level 4 and it is so awesome having 6 wizards running around taking out hogs attacking my base and saving me from a 3 star loss of all of my resources.

My placement of my point defenses and Tesla tower are more my personal preference so feel free to do it differently. With point defenses I prioritize my archer tower but because of the cost of both the tower and cannon being low I ended up doing them at the same time. I prioritize the archer tower because it does damage to ground and air defenses. They can really take out healers, balloons and minions.

The reason my tesla is after my point defenses is cost. It costs so much to upgrade telsas however they are SO important! They're basically a hidden archer tower that as a bonus does double damage to PEKKAs. I've seen some GOWIPEs ran in higher gameplay that their were 4 teslas around the town hall and the attacker ended up losing. Tesla's can also be really good for Giants and spring traps for funneling.

So the walls to max level are at the bottom because they're so hard to get done and the idea is to upgrade elixir buildings at the same time as your walls rather than the same time as your defenses. Also if you go on a trophy push, you can stop upgrading defenses so that they're all active and spend your gold on walls instead and when the push is over go back to defenses. Traps are the absolute last because they aren't so important as the defenses that do the main damage.

3) Elixir and Dark Elixir (my way for using elixir is completely opinionated and I've never seen before so I can't say for sure how it works for everyone so I'd love to hear your feedback on it).

What I personally like to do is upgrade troops in the lab before elixir buildings. This way my elixir building won't interfere with my defensive upgrades. If you do have a spare builder and spare elixir I recommend upgrading the dark elixir drill and storage before anything. Some may need the army space or may want to unlock a troop in the barracks or dark barracks so that may be prioritized.

The spending of your elixir is more of a personal thing for the player and what they need for their army. This is my personal list for myself at town hall 8:

Lab
Spell Factory (for other town hall levels, no spell factory upgrade at town hall 8)
Giants
Archers
Barbarians
Healers
Wallbreakers
Goblins
Wizards
Dragons
Balloons
Dark Elixir Drill
Dark Elixer Storage
Spells
Army Camps
Barracks
Dark Barracks
PEKKA

My list is based off of what troops I use. I use Healer-Giant so my giants were first and even though wallbreakers are important for me i picked healers over them. I don't use dark troops so i have no need to upgrade the dark barracks.

Now dark elixir is weird in that it's only use is heros and troops. So what I do is the cheapest upgrade first and prioritize heros over troops when tied cost. I don't use dark troops though so someone who does balloon-minion or hogs may want to prioritize differently. I recommend getting the heros to level 5 as soon as possible because the hero abilities are awesome.

I hope this helps! This is my first guide. I'd love to hear your feedback and what you guys do in upgrading order, especially with your elixir and really anything else you do.
    Posted 20 months ago

    ManKindz

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    Posted 21 months ago

    gemv3app

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    Posted 23 months ago

    happy minion

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    Easy way to get gold and elixir is by barch (barbarians and archers ). If collectors are filled or at least half way full on the person your attacking then use barch to attack the collectors and don't care about trophies or another way to do it is by town hall sniping. When you town hall snipe you are getting the loot bonus from whatever league your in. If you get in a higher league the loot bonus will get bigger and you can do that if you are worried about trophies

    Posted 25 months ago

    eagle6764

    lvl 1: Loincloth
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    24/08/15

    I would like to know how I can upgrade my troops because even with shield in place I can't make enough Elixer quick enough to do it. My Elixers are levelled to maximum but even with boost I'm not making enough to upgrade my troops beyond level 4 and some aren't even that. Once the shield is down I lose what I've saved up because someone bigger than me sees how much I've got and takes it and I have to start again. Also all that saving means I can't attack.

    Posted 27 months ago

    happy minion

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    MY UPGRADE PLAN IS

    1.COLLECTERS

    2.STORAGES MINES AND DRILLS

    3.TROOPS

    4.SPELLS

    5.BARRACKS

    6.DARK BARRACKS

    7.SPELL FACTORY

    8.LAB

    9.TROOPS

    10.SPELLS

    11.ARMY CAMPS

    12.CLAN CASTLE

    13.SPLASH DAMAGE

    14.AIR DEFENSES

    15.ARCHER TOWERS

    16.CANNONS

    17.HIDDEN TESLAS

    18.TRAPS

    19.WALLS

    Posted 34 months ago

    JeremyIsKing

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    @wapishframe, it would take a lot of thinking and graphing like you said to figure a plan like that out. What I've found best is just doing things in the order that is going to fit your real-life schedule; if you're not going to have enough playing time in a given week to keep up with shorter upgrades, you could opt to go with longer ones (6-10 day upgrades). Otherwise, you can prioritize in the sense of what units you use most and what defenses you feel defend the best for you specifically.
    Posted 34 months ago

    waspishframe

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    this guide is written from a defensive/offensive view. How to keep your loot and earn more. I'd be interested to see a graph made up on the most time efficient order to upgrade. I've done something like this for a town hall 7 with four builders. Generally it's wise to do one upgrade a day as a town hall 7 but as the game gets more complex and some things take way longer to upgrade others you have to start juggling upgrades so your not sitting on loot or have two expensive buildings to do at once etc. Anybody know of a resource like this?
    Posted 36 months ago

    StickyPancake

    lvl 1: Loincloth
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    26/09/14
    Sorry...
    Here is my upgrade plan

    1) Defenses that deal splash damage (If you dont have XBow or Inferno tower then they are top two)
    2) Archer Tower
    3) Air defense
    4) Cannon
    5) Walls. My rule is to have my walls at least one level lower than my townhall
    6) Traps
    Posted 36 months ago

    StickyPancake

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    26/09/14
    Ikhtiar you do know that the last goblin map has 800k gold and 800k elixer
    Posted 39 months ago

    Ikhtiar

    lvl 4: Noobsauce Bob
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    here
    06/07/14
    Hi guys today I am going to guide you how to get golds and elixirs fast, how to upgrade in the right manner.

    1. Saving Golds and Elixirs:- The first thing you need is your resources. Without them you cannot upgrade anything. When others attack you, most of your loots are lost from you. So I am telling you to place your town hall somewhere in the open, not in the middle where people will be forced to attack your town hall. You may lose trophies but don't worry, you can get them back. This process is called Farming.

    2. Getting gold and elixirs:- If you need some golds and elixirs, attack the goblins in the single player mission to get them. However, the goblins do not have much resources. So just train goblins and use them to attack others. They will get all the resources. As I have told, you earlier you will loose your trophies. But do not worry, you will get them back. A lot of people do farming and lose trophies.

    3. Upgrade Manner:- Do not go in a rush to upgrade your town hall! At first upgrade everything maximum and equal. For example, if your cannon is of level 6, upgrade it to level 7 which is maximum for level 6 Town Hall. When you had upgraded everything, then go to upgrade your town hall.

    4. Defense Upgrade:- Keep upgrading your defense. Never upgrade two or three mortars at a time. Upgrade a mortar along with a cannon or two. And a wizard tower with an archer tower or two etc.

    5. Offense Upgrade:- Upgrade your Barracks and Dark Barracks so that you can unlock other troops and increase the amount of training space to save time. Also upgrade you training camp to increase the number of troops for attacking.

    6. Upgrade Routine:- Make a routine. For example, this week you are going to upgrade defenses and the next week offenses.

    7. Join active clan:- Clans are very important. You can get Bonus loots from there after war. You can use the troops from your clan members to both attack and defend. Ask openly what you need. For this you need an open clan. You also need an active clan. This type of clan is my one named, Aussie Warfair.

    Thank you guys for taking time to read! Wish you people good luck!
    Posted 39 months ago

    Ikhtiar

    lvl 4: Noobsauce Bob
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    06/07/14
    I would have rather upgraded the Mortars before the Wizard Towers, Air Defenses after the Cannons and all kinds of wall in the second last. If you have Inferno Tower, it should be upgraded first.

    Anyways I don't know how to create a guide. It did not approved. Why? And how other guides get approved?
    Posted 41 months ago

    Kev13

    lvl 1: Loincloth
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    02/05/14
    Good guide, but I am quite keen on the Air defense because it takes the longest to upgrade, so I plan most of the time to do it last (LVL 5 Air defense = 6 days). Unless you have any tips on what to do/ best base setup for having only one Air defense working. Everything else is fine!
    Posted 41 months ago

    trudog

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    Nice guide man. I agree with upgrading giants first because they are not only great for healer-giant (which i also use) but they are great for donating to clanmates. The CC used to not be as important to upgrade, especially becuase some people like me are the best 3 in the clan and don't get too many good donations, but now with clan wars it has become more of a priority. However i think that 5 extra lvl 2-3 archers(which is what i usually get) won't help me too much so i think that upgrading other things first is the way to go.

    P.S. I'm a TH lvl 9 and I haven't upgraded my xbows yet at all bc of the expense.
    Posted 41 months ago

    Electral

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    This is basically a deeper version of my guide. Lol. Good job thought and keep it up! :)
    Posted 41 months ago

    Darqin'd

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    30/04/14
    Nice guide! Thanks for the insight!
    Posted 41 months ago

    master3547

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    lab depends on what strat u are using for farming or trophy pushing
    Posted 41 months ago

    IronicNinja

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    OK this is what I upgrade in my lab:
    Barbarian
    Archer
    Goblin
    Wall Breaker
    Giant
    Lightning Spell
    Minion
    Rage Spell
    Hog Rider
    Wizard
    Dragon
    Healing Spell
    Balloon
    Healer
    Golem
    P.E.K.K.A
    Valkyrie

    P.S. I am also a TH8 so yeah....
    Posted 41 months ago

    IronicNinja

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    OK I know how, but isn't this a guide for everyone to learn from and use.....so next time maybe think about the other possibilities people might have.
    Posted 41 months ago

    IronicNinja

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    how do you know she uses giant healer
    Posted 41 months ago

    Furgle

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    I agree with everything on this EXCEPT that the clan castle should ALWAYS be the first upgrade as it helps with attack, defense, and now is the most important building of clan wars.
    Posted 41 months ago

    njagga

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    Great Guide!
    @Baby Draggy,Antarctic Wombat,IronicNinja He/She has said that it is in his/her opinion because he/she uses Giant-Healer, no other strategy. I also upgrade Giants first because they are useful during farming (arch,gob,giant)
    Posted 41 months ago

    Baby Draggy

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    I think Barbarians should be upgraded first, so you could get tougher meat shield when you're using Barch. Using Barch would be better if you're going for elixir because they're cheap.
    Posted 41 months ago

    Antarctic Wombat

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    Who upgrade Barbarians first??? I upgrade archers first :)
    Posted 41 months ago

    haydenaa

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    IronicNinja, it is his opinion, as he states. Stop raging.
    Posted 41 months ago

    Keeks

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    Great tips, especially since I just got to TH 8
    Posted 41 months ago

    IronicNinja

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    BARBARIANS ARE FIRST. WHO UPGRADES GIANTS FIRST?????
    Posted 41 months ago

    AngryHenk

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    Totally agree on this one. Another good choice to leave your traps until last: it will cost you more to re-arm them at higher levels. So it's a money-saver as well ;)
    Posted 41 months ago

    Thunder Bolt

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    Never mind
    Posted 41 months ago

    Thunder Bolt

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
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    28/04/14
    What about X-bows and Inferno Towers?
    Posted 41 months ago

    Oh Great One

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    28/04/14
    great job man! this really helps!!!!
    Posted 41 months ago

    MrSllez

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    Nice guide man :)