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Dark Elixir farming/Hero leveling for Town Hall 10's (June 2014)

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  • Jul 09, 2014 (39 months ago)
Everyone knows that Dark Elixir is hard to come by. Of course their will be those who say it's easy just rob the drills, however this guide is for any town hall 10 who's had enough experience to count the cost of upgrading heroes. Combined, it takes about 450 building days and nearly 8 million Dark elixir to max them. Despite the fact that it's not 100% efficient to farm DE with DE troops, it decreases build time and if done right the profits are enormous. So haters beware, this system works.

It's just bloonion farming ladies and Gents.

Troops: 20 loons and 70 minions.
Spells: 2 Rage, 2 Heal, 1 Freeze

Try not to use all your spells in one raid. It will save you lots of elixir and allow you to raid roughly twice an hour if you set up your build right and can conserve even 4 balloons using 16 when possible.

Type of Base to raid:
Your'e looking for bases with only one inferno covering the DE. Your'e also looking for level 4-5 air defenses and X-bows pointed down. Maybe low level X-bow's pointed up.

All I do is:
1. Pick the side closest to the DE (duh) spread my balloons along that side and immediately drop all my minions behind. As per typical loonion raids, the balloons soak up most of the damage. Don't even worry about the enemy CC/heroes. The balloon's will soak up a bit of damage and the minions will kill the cc. Rarely will the CC ruin the raid. All archers are the worst. Larger troops like Drags, wizards etc will be taken out by your minions as they attack the balloons. I don't even worry about CC/AQ and I've had great success.
2. Close to the nearest inferno guarding the DE, drop the rage/rage's to speed their attack, one to two heals spells slightly ahead and over the inferno tower followed by the freeze spell to stop the damage and heal the partially damaged balloons.
At that point I think one maxed balloon with a rage dropping one bomb will destroy the inferno tower. (Don't quote me on that I read it somewhere and from my experience I think it is accurate). Again, only use the spells you need to, this all happens very quickly and it takes time to gain the skill of assessing the raid accurately and not wasting spells and troops.

Once you get into crystal 1 you will find town hall 10's holding 2500-3500 Dark Elixir easily. The league bonus gives you an additional 200-400 DE depending on what league you're in. If the balloons are building while you are raiding your build time is 32 minutes and with a boosted spell factory, your spells easily keep up. If you conserve troops/spells finding raids on inactive bases that's awesome. (yes haters, they are still their occasionally).

The reason why I put this for town hall 10's is because I believe the best Dark Elixir is in Crystal 1 & up. Most town hall 9's, although they might be skilled enough and raid often enough to get the DE, unless they spend it right away, they won't keep it. They become the food.

Town hall 10's can profit 1500-2500 per raid using this. It works well for farmers who raid every half an hour - 10 raids a day. Both will benefit. If you still have upgrades to do, you will find your elixir and gold will grow enough to afford an upgrade or two from each resource per week. It all depends on how much you raid. The point is it is constant and keeps you in the league's where the Dark Elixir is. You do use a small amount of DE per raid but you get so much back. I've easily farmed 14,000-60,000 in a day using this. 14,000 with under 10 raids and 60,000 with 25ish raids.

On top of that you should have maxed your drills which will bring in about 7,200 per day. I decided to buy $100 of gems and boost my drills and spell factory. That will put it up to 14,400 from collectors.

With the combined farming and collectors I can EASILY bring in 45,000 DE per day.

So why would you want to upgrade heroes so badly? For those young town hall 10's that have never been close to master one...at that level the heroes tip the scale and get you the two star victories. Once you've maxed your town hall you'll want those heroes up near 25 or greater. If you've neglected them there are many ways to get it done but I find this way the most effective. I hope this helps.
    Posted 21 months ago

    gemv3app

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    60
    09/12/15

    Posted 38 months ago

    Blueraspberry

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    73
    here
    25/07/14
    I'm th 8 i just use 2-5 drags 40-60 minions and the rest balloons i have 200 space it works for trophies too
    Posted 38 months ago

    -{GizmoPrison}-

    lvl 1: Loincloth
    5
    17/07/14
    I know another great way to get resources fast, BAGG, Barbarian, Arhcers, Goblens, Giants.
    Posted 38 months ago

    waspishframe

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    169
    here
    17/07/14
    That's great for town hall 7's if you can afford the elixir for lightning. Do it while you can, but when it becomes too costly and stops working at higher town hall levels remember this option.
    Posted 38 months ago

    oneshotsniper

    lvl 1: Loincloth
    16
    here
    17/07/14
    Iam TH7 all i do is BARCH and drop lightning spells on the DE storage that has 500 so i mostly get250-400 each raid ( also using BARCH on the drills)
    Posted 38 months ago

    waspishframe

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    169
    here
    16/07/14
    I'm still farming with loonions and am at 2806 trophies. Still getting two stars and am using the strat above. I have no heroes because they are both leveling up to 16. I am pretty happy with this because I'm gaining lots of gold and am making enough elixir to meet the demands of maxing pekka's, drags, breakers, etc. I'm finding lots of bases with 3,000 dark elixir and with my current league bonus of 500 DE it adds up quick.
    On another note, the reason I wrote this for town hall 10's is because really the only other bases you can get good loot from is sometimes a high town hall 9 or a town hall 10. If you have upgrades left, as I do, it's hard to build cost effective armies and still progress. I would recommend any town hall 10's who have pushed and don't have good defenses to push into crystal 2 and use this strat to farm any resource you want. It's very powerful and will get lots of resources.

    I'll consider making a guide for town hall 9 but it would be very similar to this. Troop deployment would be the same. Spells would be 2 heal and two rage. You probably shouldn't engage town hall 10's unless you know you can rage your balloons in there quickly and then heal them. That takes practice and focus to quickly follow the path of defenses to make an educated guess where the balloons will go. Town hall 9's might use 60 minions and 20 balloons. If you chose fights for 2000 elixer with a league bonus of 200 you'd profit 1600 elixir per raid. it might not seem like a lot but you'd be gaining other resources at the same time and with two maxed collectors you'd collect DE fast enough.
    Posted 38 months ago

    Jesta1126

    lvl 1: Loincloth
    41
    here
    16/07/14
    Check WiteLightningHwd the loon beast on utube good guide tho but the minions cost a bit much..make one for townhall 9 loonion
    Posted 39 months ago

    dan13

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    144
    here
    13/07/14
    I prefer 24 balloons with 40 minions for th 8. My loons r level 5, with level 2 minions
    Posted 39 months ago

    johnsterrex

    lvl 1: Loincloth
    none yet
    13/07/14
    Would this guide work for th9?
    Posted 39 months ago

    waspishframe

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    169
    here
    11/07/14
    Also, if you rate this guide and give it a poor rating, please say why in order to help those reading it learn from something I've missed. Thanks
    Posted 39 months ago

    waspishframe

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    169
    here
    11/07/14
    Zac, my balloons are level 6. I use two fingers to drop my balloons and two to drop my minions. It puts them out way faster and allows you to use spells sooner if needed.
    Posted 39 months ago

    Zac man

    lvl 1: Loincloth
    1
    here
    11/07/14
    My first attack my minions went the wrong way
    Posted 39 months ago

    Zac man

    lvl 1: Loincloth
    1
    here
    11/07/14
    Will lvl 4 work? Ive been neglecting my balloons
    Posted 39 months ago

    Zac man

    lvl 1: Loincloth
    1
    here
    11/07/14
    I think i shall try that! Wat lvl r ur balloons?
    Posted 39 months ago

    dan13

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    144
    here
    10/07/14
    I am a level 75 th8, and i like using 20 giants, 44 archers, 4 wallbreakers, and 12 wiz at c2, it works really well for de, with my profits at about 1k to 2k per raid.
    Posted 39 months ago

    waspishframe

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    169
    here
    10/07/14
    Ferdaus Mohd, or other Th8's, can you weigh in with your tactics and more detail on doing this? I know this guide is for town hall 10's but there are a lot of Town hall 8's that need slightly different spells and troop composition.
    Posted 39 months ago

    waspishframe

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    169
    here
    10/07/14
    one more thing about using more balloons, it also increases your build time to about 45 minutes. On the bright side, if you use all your spells every raid they also take 45 minutes to complete when boosting your spell factory. So that could work really well as long as you are good enough to take the big raids and win them consistently.
    Posted 39 months ago

    waspishframe

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    169
    here
    10/07/14
    Thanks for all the feedback guys. Siu" Hang, thanks for the suggestion, I'll try it. Right now I'm finding the ration 60% minions to 40% balloons always pays for itself including spells. If I use more balloons my cost would go up above 250,000 elixir per raid, assuming I use all my spells. Ideally I chose this ratio because It's just cheap enough that I can gain around 100,000 elixir on a raid where 300,000 elixir is available. My primary goal is dark elixir but I also still have troop upgrades and need to slowly gain elixir. Good feedback though and when I'm sitting on several million elixir I'll give it a go and post the results here.
    Posted 39 months ago

    Ferdaus Mohd

    lvl 1: Loincloth
    8
    here
    10/07/14
    I also farm DE with Loonions if I have time to farm with them. I am maxed TH8 and already completed my HH before I upgrading my TH. I farm with Loonions at C3-C1. Mostly attacked bases with 1.5K DE and single-target IT and pointed down X-bows.
    Posted 39 months ago

    chux72vette

    lvl 1: Loincloth
    1
    10/07/14
    Thanx WASP as am gonna try this for a bit and see what comes of it as have seen a few ideas but I like this guide best all around!!! I just hope everyone don'the try it out at the same time,,, lol. Cheers~
    Posted 39 months ago

    Siu' Hang

    lvl 3: Teslafried Chicken
    366
    here
    10/07/14
    I think you need to lower the minions and upper the balloons so you use less DE while farming DE,otherwise pretty good guide
    Posted 39 months ago

    GodOfSwag

    lvl 4: Noobsauce Bob
    526
    here
    09/07/14
    This is actually a great guide on gaining DE. I have big problems on getting DE but I think this can convince me to go back and use the Balloonion strategy... Awesome guide!
    Posted 39 months ago

    waspishframe

    lvl 2: Hog "Rider"
    169
    here
    09/07/14
    Honestly I have no clue. I think it's too early for you to expect to farm large amounts of it. But, attack town hall 9's, you might have to trophy up a bit depending where you are. Then try and punch in with drags from the easiest side. Perhaps lightning an air defense and bring 5 hogs for another. let minions follow the drags. Same concept as above. It'll be expensive but might keep you in a high enough trophy range to find what you're looking for. Hope that helps.
    Posted 39 months ago

    Damion

    lvl 3: Teslafried Chicken
    212
    here
    09/07/14
    @Archer22 Well then you shouldn't be TH8! You should of have waited to get your Barb king then upgrade to TH8
    Posted 39 months ago

    archer22

    lvl 1: Loincloth
    12
    09/07/14
    Could you do a DE guide for TH8? I still don't have my barb king!