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How to use traps effectively (Bombs, Spring Traps, Mines)

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  • Jul 17, 2013 (53 months ago)
I never really thought that traps would be very helpful, especially while farming. I always overlooked them and didn't think they were worth investing in. Even to this day I am still skeptical about the cost/effectiveness of giant bombs, so I have decided to look into it and do some testing within my base. Now I shall present my results to the clash community. Keep in mind that this is my personal experience/luck with the traps, and if you have better ideas please comment.

#1 Bombs
The classic bomb. Everyone has bought one before expecting a "BOOOOOM!" and receiving a tiny little explosion dealing 12 damage over a radius of 3 tiles. Bombs are practically useless, unless you group 3-6 of them together. When grouped together they can effectively take out a group of goblins or archers running by. Otherwise bombs will just slightly weaken enemy troops making the clean up for your defenses slightly easier, which could be the difference in an intense battle. Despite being by far the worst trap in the game, bombs, if used correctly, can be helpful.

#2 Spring Traps
Everyone loves spring traps, myself included. These used to be the only traps that I thought were effective enough for their cost. Spring traps cost 2,000 gold where the bombs only cost 400, so you expect more from them, right? Other than their poor activation radius and the fact that goblins can run right over them spring traps are far better than bombs. Bombs damage existing units and leave them for your defenses to finish off while spring traps literally throw units off the map. This leaves nothing for your defenses to shoot at letting them focus on the other advancing units, potentially saving your base. Unlike bombs spring traps are better spread out around or in your base. If your farming they are good to put near your town hall in defense. Spring traps are almost impossible to use incorrectly and will usually get the job done, therefor I would say that spring traps are cost effective anywhere.

#3 Giant Bombs
Giant bombs crush units with a massive force of 110 damage, but they come with a price that will hurt your wallet. 50,000 for a one time only explosion. Really?
I have never been a huge fan of giant bombs because I am farming, so they hurt my gold levels a lot. Not only are they expensive but they are commonly misused. I'll start to attack someone with a few archers on the side when "BOOOM!" a giant bomb goes off killing all 2 of the archers there. I start laughing and thinking in my mind...WHAT A DUMB ___ (you know the word). NEVER EVER put giant bombs on the outside of your base unless you would like to waste your 50k gold. Giant bombs need to have a little place to chill inside your base in a heavily traveled attacking path. They are great for covering weak spots INSIDE your base. Even inside occasionally they will go off on a wall breaker or 5 goblins and you will question the profitability of the bomb. So you just have to know whether or not its worth it to spend 50k to protect the 200k that attackers can take. The best way to find out if it is worth it on your base is to try it when you don't have a lot of money. Giant bombs aren't very cost effective in my opinion, but I think that this is one of the most controversial traps in the game.

#4 Air Bombs
Air bombs are basically the flying version of bombs. They deal 100 damage in a radius of 5 tiles and cost 4,000. I like the air mines, they shred up balloons like wizard towers do and they will hit clumps of minions/healers/dragons as well. They will only be devastating to balloons/minions, but they can certainly slow down other units, leaving them weakened for your air defenses. I like to put them in clumps of 2 outside my walls or just inside them. They are decent traps, however I think that they are over priced for what they do. If they were 3,000 instead of 4,000 then I think that they would be totally worth it. In conclusion they will preform well and can be very useful against clumped flying units.

#5 Seeking Air Mine
This is the granddaddy of traps. This air mine will take out almost any flying unit in one shot. It deals a massive 1,500 damage and is only incapable of taking out dragons in one hit. The seeking mine does not do splash damage and will not target minions even if they are the only flying unit in range. It costs 600 dark elixir so I don't recommend buying them constantly until after you buy your barb king. There is not much else to say other than DO NOT put these right on top of your air defense, they are expensive and you want to maximize their ability to destroy air units. They are very cost effective as well, they can basically stop a dragon dead in its tracks.

Concluding this guide I would like to thank those who read it and feel free to comment. I would also like to thank http://clashofclans.wikia.com/wiki/Traps for actual bomb radius/damage data. Hope it was helpful, check out my bases and feel free to ask me questions and most importantly check out my clan APOCALYPSE3

    Posted 37 months ago

    golemboom

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    sadly, some incorrect info
    Posted 40 months ago

    38924

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    Seeking air bombs don't use dark elixer anymore so you don't need to worry about wasting dark elixer on that. They are expensive to rearm still (I'm not sure how much).
    Posted 41 months ago

    willion

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    oop I reported myself
    Posted 41 months ago

    willion

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    spring traps are good for funnelling which is putting them between defences
    Posted 41 months ago

    willion

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    cool
    Posted 45 months ago

    Timmy Cai

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    awsome any other guides:)
    Posted 48 months ago

    Flaco

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    How do I remove giant bombs and other traps that have been placed... I want to "re-arm all" without re-arming those expensive bombs.. Can't for the life of me figure out how to remove them.. Thanks
    Posted 49 months ago

    B-team53

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    I love giant bombs because of the price decrease! So helpful!
    Posted 50 months ago

    sunnyday

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    Giant bombs price was reduced to 20,000. This means they are much more cost efficient than before :D
    Posted 51 months ago

    doggydudu

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    wow i place my traps so they are very effective (i was in crystal 1 by the way) then when i went to sleep then in the morning.....
    I WAS IN CHAMPION!!!!!!
    Posted 51 months ago

    mlee4962

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    I love I havnt lost a raid since i started this. I am now in Crystal 1
    Posted 51 months ago

    rspwnr99

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    Seeking air mines should be placed in the center. You want to at least give the air defenses a chance to shoot down the drags. Would you rather have an air defense kill a drag for free or use a seeking air mine that costs 600 DE?
    Posted 52 months ago

    Bryson earner

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    Just a tip, use traps, they r very helpful and honestly, thats not a lot of money
    Posted 52 months ago

    Gongtree

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    I can see myself in the giant bomb review... thanks for the guide it was great and helpful
    Posted 52 months ago

    Undercover

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    Cool guide, Thanks!
    Posted 52 months ago

    FinnyBoy3264

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    brb
    Posted 52 months ago

    DanLeSword

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    Extra : Seeking Air Mines Are Good only on the OUTSIDE, you want the air unit to be mowed down quickly, not later on. Air Bombs are good INSIDE your base, like in the center, since by the time they reach it, thats when all the troops are usually deployed.
    Posted 52 months ago

    Dan e boy

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    I have no doubt that I have made a lot of people very angry using this tactic lol.
    Posted 52 months ago

    Dan e boy

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    Also big bombs can be affective out side you walls. Going on my last post while upgrading my defences on one side of my base I will cluster all my traps there. I will also put my barbarian king, archer queen and clan castle outside my walls in front of the side I'm upgrading. Attackers always want rid of these right away so they won't be a problem later on in the attack and will always rush them with a horde of barbarians and archers. I put my big bombs directly in front of my clan castle, barbarian slab and archer queen slab so when the attacking horde knocks them out they run strait into them.
    Posted 52 months ago

    Dan e boy

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    One tactic I use and its very effective is clustering traps on one side of your base. When I'm upgrading my defences I rotate them to have my defences upgrading on one side to lure attackers to attack there which they fall for 90% of the time. I never upgrade more than two defences at a time as I find it weakens my defences to much.
    Posted 52 months ago

    Dan e boy

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    I find that spring traps can be useful if you cluster them in an area where someone is most Likely to drop a group of giants.
    Posted 52 months ago

    chegs27

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    who r u to say 4000 is alot i wouldnt even call that a fraction of how much i have now(1000000 gold) and once u actually get to the higher lvls 50000 is nothing really either
    Posted 52 months ago

    rifle25

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    i wish there was a like button for guides like this or at least an add to favs
    Posted 52 months ago

    rifle25

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    someone was raiding me with a lot of giants i got my spring traps to take out almost half of them then my mortars got them down to red then BOOM my giant bomb wiped them out the guy ended the raid, i think he wanted to take out my air defenses so he could deploy a healer/balloons/dragons
    Posted 52 months ago

    Adamgo83

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    Very good guide. Cheers!
    Posted 52 months ago

    ClashFarm123

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    Nice job
    Posted 52 months ago

    Death Leppard

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    thanks everyone for liking my guide
    Posted 52 months ago

    vanhoenackere99

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    Nice guide!!!
    Posted 52 months ago

    Nick g2

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    That's really good
    Posted 52 months ago

    Jelly_Beanie

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    cool
    Posted 52 months ago

    Ranga77777

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    i dont know how to read :)
    Posted 52 months ago

    MaxTownsend

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    Awesome guide
    Posted 52 months ago

    Zoned & Jared

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    cool guide
    Posted 52 months ago

    Death Leppard

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    Isn't that just a paraphrase of what I already said above grrjrr
    Posted 52 months ago

    Grrjrr

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    Giant Bombs and bombs can be useful when placed correctly. Though they may seem weak, bombs can be far more efficient than spring traps when dealing with tier 1 units, a bomb can make the difference between one or two mortar/wizard shots to take out a horde of barbs and archers. Simply look for high traffic areas that appear when attacked an place a bomb there. Giant bombs are a different story as they are much harder to use and are effective with tier 2 units as well, namely giants. A good way to use them is to leave a spot open for a tesla than instead put a giant bomb. If the compartment is opened, the time it takes for the bomb to blow up is just enough for a bunch of units to clump together, potentially killing any tier 1 unit. One time the trap killed 50 archers and damaged an archer queen stopping the attacker from getting any storage.
    Posted 52 months ago

    Death Leppard

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    yes is agree guywithat2
    Posted 52 months ago

    Guywithat2

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    At townhall 7 if your base is symmetrical, like it should be (Im OCD about that), then you should have either 2 or 4, 2x2 squares inside of your base where your hidden teslas are. now if you have 4 this leaves 2 spots open, this is where giant bombs should go.
    Posted 52 months ago

    pancho284

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    Thanks for your guide, I always apreciate guys who take time to help people in clash of clans... :)
    Posted 52 months ago

    G.o.D

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    Once, I use the giant bomb killed 40 units. ,,,good enough for me! _ !
    Posted 52 months ago

    Tf3

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    i put air mines near my air defences cause they send units to destroy them they think its safe to put down air units but as soon as a healer or drag or minnions or balloons come down air mines come out
    Posted 52 months ago

    ross is da boss

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    You done good death! Me and death will soon make a guide together. If you guys have any ideas on what you think it should be on, comment and we'll be sure to put it into consideration!
    Posted 52 months ago

    Death Leppard

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    Thanks for all the feedback. Adam i am now pushing towards 2200 trophies and i have realized the significance of the giant bomb. Don's use them while farming tho
    Posted 52 months ago

    Adam 20

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    This is a very useful guide. Also giant bombs can be worth the 50k if you are trophy hunting, in the 2500 area, someone attacked me with barbs, archers and wb. This giant bomb took out all of the barbs winning me the battle as my mortars finished off the archers.
    Posted 52 months ago

    creeves

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    i always use seeking air mines because i usually have lots of spare dark elixir because i nearly have lvl 9 town hall in 9 days
    Posted 52 months ago

    jojo123456

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    check out my th 8 base by typing in jojo th 8
    Posted 52 months ago

    parkerthygreat

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    not bad
    Posted 52 months ago

    ChelseaFC3000

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    ty for information and i am making a new base plan
    Posted 52 months ago

    Death Leppard

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    Ross and I will work together to create the next guide within the next 2 weeks
    Posted 52 months ago

    ross is da boss

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    Ok, i will make another guide sometime in the next 2 weeks.
    Posted 52 months ago

    Baby Draggy

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    cool and very helpful guide. specially about the bomb. keep up the good work and please make more guides
    Posted 52 months ago

    The_Stich_Stich

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    wen 10 giants steps on Spring Trap only 4 Flying away :(