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When to upgrade your town hall

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  • Aug 09, 2013 (50 months ago)
This is one of the most important, opinionated, and complicated decision in the game: when to upgrade your town hall. Many people regret upgrading so soon, and some wish they went sooner. Some max out their base before upgrading, some believe gemming (with real money) their town hall is smart to receive a new defense such as an inferno tower or the x-bow, and thousands of opinions in the middle of these. My goal here today is to not make you upgrade your town hall when I would, but to allow you a more expanded explanation of when it is smart to upgrade it.

The reason why the town hall upgrade is such a difficult decision of when to upgrade it is because when you upgrade your town hall, you get new: cannons, archer towers, other defenses, walls (except going to town hall 10), sometimes a new weapon (x bow or inferno tower), and being able to upgrade your buildings to a higher level. However, there is one thing that makes clashing very difficult for people who upgraded their town hall too fast: the loot penalty (for those of you who don't know what this is, it allows lower level town halls to steal more from higher town halls, and so that higher level town halls won't be able to steal as much from lower town halls). This is basically the only downfall to upgrading your town hall, but it definitely does hurt big time. I'm not exactly sure how much the loot penalty is for each upgrade, but I know it's enough to stay at a lower level town hall for a longer time.

In my opinion, you should upgrade your town hall when you are:
1.) Confident with your base (most people getting less than 50% on you, being able to keep a lot of resources without having opponents take it, not being 100% for a long time, etc.)
2.) DEFINITELY having the troops you use in battle maxed out (level 6 troops for town hall 9, level 5 troops for town hall 8, etc.)
3.) Being able to steal a lot from people on every raid (I would say try to shoot for 150k PROFIT before going to town hall 10, and probably a drop by 25k each for every lower town hall level. NOTE: this loot may be more or less depending on what you're saving for)
4.) Ask your clan mates whether they think you should upgrade your town hall (compare and contrast what they say with your own opinions to try to find the perfect time to upgrade it. I would advise to ask this to some of your higher level, more knowledgeable members)

All in all, this is YOUR CLASH. I can't give you the perfect answer of when to upgrade your town hall, YOU are the only person who attacks every time and sees all of your defensive replays. Granted it is almost impossible to know exactly when to upgrade it, you have to find the best estimate. I would again advise you to ask your clan mates that are high levels (if you don't have any, maybe even try to see if people will help you out on global chat). In addition, try to consider how the loot penalty would affect you. Are you willing to give up let's say 10% of your loot for better troops and better weapons? Can you afford it with ease? Are the new weapons going to be worth the loot penalty.

Keep in mind that you are going to have to upgrade your town hall to improve at some point, whether you max out everything or go sooner than that. Also, I would like to inform you that you will be your weakest right after your town hall is finished because it will be the first time the loot penalty will hit you before you have all your new defenses and more upgraded troops. Try to have most of your builders open when your town hall finishes and quite a bit of resources saved up to get the new defenses as soon as possible. I will be doing this in 10 days when my town hall finishes to level 10 (feel free to look out my base to see when I thought was a good time to upgrade my town hall.

Hope this guide helped and hope you liked it!

If you're interested in seeing my base, look at my profile and check out my bases. Currently I am using "Trophy Push of Summer 2013" (but I changed it a bit to make it a farming base), but I am looking forward to remodeling my base to try out my other setups. My favorite one now is "The Witch Repellent" (it's a town hall 10 trophy hunting base). If you are REALLY curious to see my base: Search up the clan "APOCALYPSE3" and find 'ross is da boss' (that's me). And if your good enough (level 5 Archers) and looking for a great, chill clan that LOVES to donate, feel free to join! And if your better than that and trophy hunting, feel free to join APOCALYPSE 1 or 2 (APOCALYPSE is in the top 50 right now!). I believe we are starting an APOCALYPSE4 soon so if your curious to see that check it out!

The next thing I would like to say has nothing to do with helping you with your clash, I just think it's some good ideas that Supercell should incorporate into Clash of Clans. First of all, I think it woud be a REALLY cool idea if Supercell allowed us to upgrade walls with elixir and gold because when you get higher up, there's a lot more things to spend on gold than elixir (I have had max or close to max elixir storage's for at least a week now). Also, it would be awesome if the time limit was pushed back to 4 minutes or 3 and a half minutes because some of my clan mates and I sometimes get frustrated that the time limit disallows us to get that one star or those extra resources. Lastly, if Supercell would drop the building times on some of the buildings it'd be cool because at level 85, I am happy with only a 5 day upgrade. I have 5 builder huts and its hard lots of times to upgrade things as I would like. Any of these changes wouldn't make me stop playing clash of clans, I still LOVE the game, but I just think there are some improvements that Supercell could make the game perfect :) Anyways, hope you liked!
    Posted 29 months ago

    addbro25

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    that was a nice guide

    Posted 38 months ago

    Mike1400a

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    im trying to get my th to th6 and i dont have enough gold yet but i do need people to join my clan please it fire blades every one gets co leader
    Posted 39 months ago

    willion

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    im trying to save up 150000 gold to update th
    Posted 43 months ago

    Jimmy D

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    If you never get attacked or raid should you max out Town Hall?
    Posted 44 months ago

    not available

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    great post I'm currently maxing my town hall 8 and all i have left is my walls and teslas...read the whole thing and when i saw your name i noticed we are Game Center friends i'm rhinothathon (;
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    Im currently upgrading my town hall to lvl 9 and my timing was when I finished the elixir in the lab. Clan member at LAHERMANDADPRO lvl 75 username seba
    Posted 45 months ago

    scoutsniper25

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    Good read thanks for the info. From my own personal experience I would max everything out before jumping up to the next TH. It's basically playing catch up if you don't. I know you want all of the stuff that goes with the next TH, the more defenses,walls,cannons...ect. But in reality if you haven't already upgrade what you already have to it's max then your kind of running around in circles. And when you jumped to a new level it just opened up for more higher level players to attack you.
    Posted 46 months ago

    Gaurdians

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    not bad bro not bad
    Posted 49 months ago

    Yopyip

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    No it is not trust me i am on th 7 too
    Posted 49 months ago

    Clash my Clan

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    Ross great guide. Ive maxed out all my defenses for th7 but my walls r only lvl 6. Is it worth upgrading them to lvl 7 or should i upgrade my town hall to lvl 8? Thx
    Posted 49 months ago

    Finalayo

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    That was the best description of when to upgrade you're town hall
    Posted 49 months ago

    Allen

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    my guides never go up but i make it
    Posted 49 months ago

    wow

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    nice guide
    Posted 49 months ago

    !sf13!

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    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ check out Menace2societY !! red and white flag!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Posted 49 months ago

    ScarGaming15

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    This Might be spam but i have started a clan and we have a member with pekkas and witches! the clan is called Legacy Throne. Feel free to join 9( im not forcing you lol ) bye :)
    Posted 49 months ago

    Gmoneymccain

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    Thanks helped alot!!!
    Posted 49 months ago

    Dragon.master.

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    Nice guide! Helps a lot. Plz look at some of my bases. And rate and comment. Just give them a chance and i bet you will like some of them. :)
    Posted 49 months ago

    Nicotjuuh

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    I think SC should make spells elixir cost and not a gold cost since they're part of your army
    Posted 49 months ago

    John8214

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    Nice Ross
    Posted 49 months ago

    gerd

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    the loot penalty from what I remember is 25percent so if I have a level 9 town hall I'll only be able to get 75 percent of the normal 33 percent I'd get from a level 8 town hall, 50 percent for a level 7 etc
    Posted 49 months ago

    Mohah2000

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    I'm maxing everything all I need to max is my exlixer and gold collected s then ill upgrade to th 6
    Posted 49 months ago

    ross is da boss

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    Thanks all for your comments! Sorry i haven't been able to respond because i have been on vacation. Joshgroves, its ok. Just dont do that again, you insult all of the guide makers by doing this (including me). You guys have inspired me to write another guide! Any suggestions on what it should be on? We are farming in apoc3 as of now and love active players! I would also like to inform everyone that APOCALYPSE4 is now up and running! Thanks all for reading!
    Posted 49 months ago

    cowbell277

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    so true

    i am going to MAX everything so when i upgrade my town hall, it will be much easier
    Posted 49 months ago

    JoshGroves

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    Ross is da boss very very nice guide, i was wondering when should i upgrade my town hall for lvl 7, can you plz have a look a my base, Josh im 19 in the clan called Bangers. Thanks man also i think that the thing about that that donations camp thanks Ross is da Boss
    Posted 49 months ago

    SDSxMrChaos

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    Nice guide, I'm one of those people who doesn't upgrade their town hall until its next to completely maxed out. Are you guys currently farming in Apocalypse 3? Because I do meet the requirements and am a super active player.
    Posted 49 months ago

    williamm

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    This was a great guide i hope that you do more. I think this will help me so much thanks. i will comet again if it helps me.
    Posted 49 months ago

    andi4132

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    thanks
    Posted 49 months ago

    ugo the valiant

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    thanks great guide
    Posted 49 months ago

    Baby Draggy

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    Sorry for commenting twice. I know that my comment below was not about the TH upgrades but please make a guide for the first thing to upgrade. Thank again
    Posted 49 months ago

    Baby Draggy

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    Thank you so much! But i have a request. Can you please help me to know whats the first things to upgrade?
    Thanks :)
    Posted 49 months ago

    nanu

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    thank you so much! it was so helpful!
    Posted 49 months ago

    JoshGroves

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    ross is da boss this is a very good guide, i wreckon that an idea would be to that army camp as you said,
    Im sorry for copying that guide of who every it was i was lazy, i wasnt thinking alright i wont do it again i promise you.
    Thanks JoshGroves
    Posted 49 months ago

    Tricks a hoy

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    This advice was good . People said i was a gemmer but im not i just had low level walls
    Posted 49 months ago

    Tricks a hoy

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    Im just kidding
    Posted 49 months ago

    Tricks a hoy

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    Bad advice
    Posted 49 months ago

    clash of clans aweso

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    i agree this is really good my brother has enough for a TH7 but does not get it cause he got everything except builder huts,colllecters,and mines.Amazing guide anyways. Awesome!!!!
    Posted 49 months ago

    ross is da boss

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    Thanks all! Phatt taco: I just feel if you max out everything you don't grow as much as you could because if you max out everything, then that holds you back to the old defenses and worse level troops. I feel like you can grow more if you don't max out everything before you upgrade your town hall. Thanks Professor_Razor! Glad they helped! lomasbomb: I think the donation camp would be cheap if it could defend your village, but still a good idea!
    Posted 50 months ago

    lomasbomb

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    And the donation camp could defend you village like clan troops? But then I guess people would just give themselves a drag every time...
    Posted 50 months ago

    Professor_Razor

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    Sorry I meant great guide and I accidentally clicked comment and it sent twice
    Posted 50 months ago

    Professor_Razor

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    Great Plan!! I love how you don't give out what you would do, but only advise others that they should work out their own plan. Again, GREAT PLAN!!!! P.S Check out some of my plans
    Posted 50 months ago

    Phatt taco

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    also check out my base!! my clan: Marshmallo clan, and my name: Phatt taco
    Posted 50 months ago

    Phatt taco

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    i read it i liked it andi looked at ur base...
    since ur th9 going to th10 i think u should have at least mostly lvl8 walls otherwise, nice base.
    also i usually max out my base because it gives u that time to get full storages also all ur builders will be free exept for one so i usually leave 10 or 12 walls to upgrade during the upgrade. also u talked about being vulnerable, well if u were maxed out u would be the least vulnerable then ever.
    Posted 50 months ago

    Blkpanthr

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    Good guide.
    Posted 50 months ago

    ross is da boss

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    lol. Thx guys for reading!
    Posted 50 months ago

    Xx$oft_Pill0wxX

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    ross ur no boss.. no joking :P nice guide
    Posted 50 months ago

    Noonaa

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    This guide helps a lot. I wish i read it earlier, cuz now im a level 51 just switching to TH7 :/ Thanks for all your helpful guides;D
    Posted 50 months ago

    ross is da boss

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    Thanks EpicChris, The Lady Anne, and The Sunnard! Love all the support and you guys are the reason I make these guides! The Lady Anne, to make a guide, you click "Guides" on the top menus, then click the green button "create". I bet your guide will be awesome! The Sunnard, your guide was really helpful as well. Although I like never trophy push, it helped when I did! I actually didn't realize that all you guys liked them! I really have only one more idea for a guide on trophy hunting (I'll add some new stuff from the other guides on trophy hunting). If you guys have any topics you want me to write a guide on, feel free to comment and I'll be sure to keep ideas into consideration!
    Posted 50 months ago

    The Sunnard

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    You always make such good guides, I hop mine os as helpful as yours are! Really good work mate :)
    Posted 50 months ago

    The Lady Anne

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    Another great guide ross! I enjoy reading all your guides :) I'm thinking about writing a guide. How do you go about submitting one to this site?
    Posted 50 months ago

    EpicChris

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    Ross, this is a good idea..
    And a great guide
    Posted 50 months ago

    ross is da boss

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    I also have one more idea for an update that I forgot to add in there: having a "donation camp". Sometimes I train dragons and wizards to donate for my clan mates, but end up either waiting a long time for someone to request them, making me wait to attack, or dumping them on a goblin mission. The donation camp would allow clan mates to receive more good troops, without having to wait to donate them to people. Maybe it would have 3 levels, it could hold 25 housing space at level 1, 35 for level 2, and 50 for level 3. This will not ruin game play for people nor would everyone buy it, but it would help some people (like me) a lot to help their clans! Anyways, thanks for reading!