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Time to Upgrade your Town Hall, or not!

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  • Sep 10, 2013 (49 months ago)
The most difficult decisions you are going to make in Clash of Clans is when to upgrade your town hall. I can't tell you the perfect time, because there is none! It is completely opinionated but in this article i will hopefully give you a better idea of when you should upgrade your town hall.

Here's a list of defenses and what i believe they should be upgraded to:

Cannons and Archer Towers- These should be maxed out even if they cost 3 million (cannon level 11 or archer tower level 10) because they are the main single target defenses. These sorts of defenses are very helpful because they destroy giants very quickly.

Mortars and Wizard Towers- These should be maxed out as well. These defenses can dominate minor troops, especially mortars. And given time they will destroy a pack of giants. Mortars and wizard towers are relatively cheap for the impact they can have on a defense.

Air defenses- These are important but they don't need to be maxed. 1 or 2 levels below max upgrade is still ok. This is because they aren't as vital as other defenses but they also take really long. It once took my brother 4 times to upgrade his air defense because he kept cancelling it for more important upgrades (barb king to level 5).At level 7 town hall it is fine to have level 4 air defenses, don't stress over max upgrading everything.

Hidden Teslas- These are another single target defense and their ability to appear out of nowhere is so useful, but yet again 1 or 2 levels below is respectable. The cost is hard and time again is an issue. If your teslas are having an effect on most battles like mine, upgrade them. Otherwise you don't have to bother.

Walls- These are very important! They repel the enemy. But they cost bucket loads! Unless you're a hardcore player i think that 1 level below is acceptable. 200k for level 7 walls or even 500k for level 8 walls is hugely expensive! I personally believe that your walls should be 2 levels above the wall breaker level that attack you. This way the 1 wall breaker can't destroy the wall by itself, they need more wall breakers or giants.

But just because you've maxed out your defenses doesn't mean you should be upgrading your town hall! You need to be able to attack as well. Troops in the lab should be maxed, clan castle should be maxed and army camps should be maxed because these improve your attacking potential.

Some things that don't need to be maxed though are spells in the lab, barracks and collectors and mines. These should all be high level but it is not crucial that they need to be upgraded. These sorts of things are perfect to be upgrading whilst your town hall upgrades because they are cheap (remember you need lots of money for when your town hall finishes upgrading for new defenses etc. Wizard Tower, Xbow, Inferno Tower). These upgrades also take quite a short time.

Also remember when you upgrade your town hall you will get new defenses and even possibly an extra army camp, barrack, storages etc. 'Is it worth upgrading your town hall for new items against a bigger loot penalty?' is the sort of question you should be asking yourself. Will your village advance? You should base your answers to these questions on how your village defends and how you attack.

All in all, If you think you are good enough to upgrade your town hall based on this article, you definitely should. It's your Clash, your decision, just enjoy the game!

*This is my first go at an article, hope you like!
    Posted 23 months ago

    MeikonFax

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    Posted 37 months ago

    da okolo hunter

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    amazing, i totally agree with you
    Posted 37 months ago

    paretooptimum

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    20/08/14
    Please don't upgrade all of your defenses and walls before upgrading your town hall... I am a farmer and will be glad for your easy loot. Thank you in advance.
    Posted 38 months ago

    Biggles

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    It has good points, you dont need maxed walls but it is quite easy when you find an effective strategy. An easy way of maxing your base is by farming, oddly when anybody looks at a farming base they only snipe the th; even if your base is bad and you have stacks of loot, but dont keep relying on it to help you you can be raided.
    Posted 40 months ago

    White 24

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    25/05/14
    Air defense is the most powerfull defense against air troops so u need maxed out them too I lvl 76 and my air defense all lvl 5 and got 3 but it isn't powerfull enough to hold 10 lvl 3 drags attack no spells
    Posted 40 months ago

    White 24

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    I think u must have at least lvl 7 wall on gold one till crystal 2 or 1 usually the attacker use lvl 6 wallbreaker in that case it booms lvl 6 walls in once! Btw good tutorial
    Posted 41 months ago

    REDRONIN

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    09/05/14
    Very informative nice job
    Posted 41 months ago

    NathanfromEpicbacon1

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    JUST BUY EVERYTHING AND MAX OUT EVERYTHING AND TO DO THAT SPEND LIKE 10K DOLLARS ON THIS GAME
    Posted 41 months ago

    misubisu

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    You should max out all troops, defences, spells, dark troops, collectors, mines before you upgrade your town hall. The only exception it heroes. But you should get heroes to level 5 as quickly as you can as they are much stronger for attacking when they have special abilities activated. Nothing looks more stupid than a level 10 town hall with level 5 or 6 walls... Level 1 teslas, level 2 wizard towers etc. and you see plenty of them! Plus these people have a lot of trouble hanging on to their resources.. and even more trouble obtaining resources to do their upgrades (that they desperately need). If you rush your town hall you are constantly chasing your tail playing catch-up.
    Posted 44 months ago

    not available

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    NICE tutorial
    Posted 46 months ago

    Die hard

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    i think u need to max everything out and max your splash damage first then your single targets
    Posted 46 months ago

    TheRealPizzaBox

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    Nice tutorial bro but you forgot about getting your heros up because they play a big part in battles especially the archer queen
    Posted 46 months ago

    guitars12

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    Spot on
    Posted 47 months ago

    Werner Beroux

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    If you don't want to lose, ok, may be. Even though I'm not sure it'll help that much. I don't know how the matching system works if it cares about town hall level at all to match you with other players. For me, I'd do almost the exact opposite. TH is the key to get things done faster. A battle marked as lost in which I gained resources, is a win to me. My goal is to get the biggest, strongest townhold in least time. Winning battles is completely secondary.
    Posted 47 months ago

    :[Speedster!]:

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    It's better to max out everything that you can before you go ahead and upgrade your TH... You need to be as strong as you can be. Otherwise you'll be losing a lot of trophies.
    Posted 48 months ago

    Bobfred bob

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    10/10/13
    Fail. I'm sorry its just not good. You need to be hardcore man. Max those townhalls out. I admit it though, I didn't
    Posted 48 months ago

    Pres the killer

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    GOOD JOB I LIKED IT
    Posted 48 months ago

    Clash my Clan

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    I understand some of you love to max out your town hall, me too. But there are some people out there who aren't hard core players who want to just have fun. That's the idea of a game isn't it? I find it hard to max out all my walls and you need lots of patience.
    Keep the comments rolling!
    Thx
    Posted 48 months ago

    Clash my Clan

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    Thanks for the comments everyone.
    Posted 48 months ago

    Gongtree

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    29/09/13
    so basically my defense sucks and i really should hurry up and upgrade it
    Posted 48 months ago

    TexMcRae

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    28/09/13
    great guide this helped me a lot!
    Posted 48 months ago

    Pobre24t

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    Thx for the guide


    P:s pls join my clan at burning pinoys pls
    Posted 48 months ago

    Asura's Wrath

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    20/09/13
    I always max out everything, before upgrading my TH
    Posted 48 months ago

    Viper-power

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    19/09/13
    I always upgrade everything. The best way to do it is to farm...
    Posted 48 months ago

    rickJamesThe1st

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    Keep it classy there lolguy986...
    Posted 48 months ago

    ross is da boss

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    18/09/13
    Good guide.. But kind of a rip off of mine?

    Posted 48 months ago

    DoughnutClan

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    It's best to max everything including walls. I have succesfully done that to my TH 7 base. it just takes time and patience
    Posted 48 months ago

    rjessee

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    I disagree, It is unrealistic to have maxed out everything before upgrading your Town Hall (Except for TH1-TH4) but on the other hand it is very useful to have these. Upgrading your Town Hall based on defences is inefficient and takes to long, but upgrading based on league and trophies it is better to have a lot of level 7/8 defences then to have a limited amount of level 10 defences. Air Defences tend to be not cared about, which is bad. By the time your in high Silver Division, Dragons, Minions and other Air Attacks become a problem. Though Wizard towers and Archer Towers can attack them, they aren't as effective as Air Defences themselves. I recommend upgrading everything at an even pace, and upgrade your Town Hall based on your league/trophies, but while upgrading your defences, etc. keep your gold mines/elixr collector/dark elixr drill/baracks/walls at an even level too.
    Posted 48 months ago

    theangryryno

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    15/09/13
    good guide, unrealsitic for always active players like myself to be forced to upgrade EVERYTHING before Town Hall, for example, its great to get to Town Hall 8 because you get a 3rd air defence to protect against those pesky air troops!
    Posted 48 months ago

    MAXZ99

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    14/09/13
    it is best to max everything including walls before upgrading your town hall
    Posted 48 months ago

    FearceFighter

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    i i disagre to
    Posted 48 months ago

    the_man_p

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    14/09/13
    I disagree.

    Everything should be maxed.

    Walls, defences, barracks, collectors, mines, troop and spell upgrades (excluding dark elixir troops) and definately heroes up to TH8 (it is a bit much to expect anyone to max hero's at TH9 as there are 30 levels of each to upgrade).

    Oh yeah, and at TH9 you don't have to get level 10 walls, level 9s are fine.

    Because if you want to escape the wrath of the loot penalty, you want to be as good as possible.
    Posted 48 months ago

    Staylor

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    wilks i think that's a bit of an exaggeration... especially as, if you lose any trophies in an attack you get at least 12 hours of shield meaning you should never lose more than 35 trophies in a night... i do believe in getting to max myself, but for more casual players i think what is stated here is acceptable :) good guide
    Posted 48 months ago

    IceShard

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    13/09/13
    Great job on this
    Posted 48 months ago

    wilks

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    13/09/13
    i find this stupid, you should max out your village before upgrading your town hall to make yourself the strongest you can be, if you upgrade to early you can get ahead of yourself and with not be able to catch up as fast as your trophies go up, their for losing 50 or even more trophies over night.