Farming Dark Elixir at Town Hall 7 in-depth Guide

From Town Hall 7, you can earn and use new resource in Clash of Clans, which is called Dark Elixir, which is for training new dark troops and buy your first Hero, the Barbarian King. Getting Dark Elixir is one of the highest priority at not only Town Hall 7 but also all other higher levels.

Farming Dark Elixir at Town Hall 7 is much harder than higher Town Hall levels because you can’t take much from other TH7 villages, TH6 is easy to raid but they don’t have DE and it is pretty hard to raid DE from TH8s. Moreover, TH7 players still don’t have much experience to break inside a Town Hall 8 base. I have noticed that most TH7 players have troubles with farming DE so I’ve just decided to write this small guide for you guys!

Farming Dark Elixir at Town Hall 7

Farming Dark Elixir at Town Hall 7

Method #1 – Easiest

This farming army is the weakest but also the cheapest and quires just a little time for training troops. The main targets of this farming army composition are inactive bases with uncollected Gold Mines, Collectors and Dark Elixir Drills outside.

100xArcher 70xBarbarian 30xgoblin

As I said above, this army composition is just useful for farming Dark Elixir in uncollected DE Drills outside the bases. Of course that you can break inside but with TH7 troops, it is be a hard job unless the base you attack has at least 2 Mortars being upgraded.

Before starting with this method, you should read this post to learn recognizing inactive bases with uncollected mines/collectors.

If you are at Bronze/Silver leagues, give it a try to go to either Gold II or I league to find DE easier. You also should read this guide to see when is the best time for farming in game, when you can find inactive bases easily. For searching easier, you can use Xmodgames and set the minimum Gold and Elixir to 150k(inactive bases usually have more than this).

Method #2 – Most effective

10xgiant 2xhealer 7xWall Breaker 13xwizard 34xArcher 16xBarbarian 3xhealing spell

This is the best army composition for farming Dark Elixir at Town Hall 7 IMO. It is not too cheap and not too expensive, consumes a decent amount of time for training troops but very fun and effective. To use this strategy, you must upgrade your Giants and Healers to their maximum levels at Town Hall 7 to increase the chance of surviving and winning.

Giants, Healers and Wizards are 3 main troops of this strategy. Deploy your Giants at first and followed by 2 Healers. While Giants are taking damage and being healed buy the Healer, your Wizards and other troops are taking down nearby buildings without being hurt. You can replace all Archers and Barbarians with Wizards but that will cost more Elixir and training time.

Remember:

  • Always check the enemy Clan Castle at first. Most TH7 and newer players usually miss this important step. If you don’t check and kill the enemy Clan castle, they can ruin your attacks anytime.
  • If the enemy Barbarian King is outside, kill him with your Archers and Barbarians.
  • If you have Barbarian King, always use him to skyrocket your farming speed.
  • If you see any Air Defense that can be destroyed by your Archers and Barbarians, destroy it to protect your Healers later.
  • Attack from the sides which is not protected by Air Defenses. If that base has symmetrical Air Defense placements, attack from the side which is the closest to the Dark Elixir Storage.
  • If the Mortars and Wizard Towers are at outer ring, wait your Giants destroy them before deploying your Wizards and Archers.
  • Always place Giants before Wall Breakers and don’t massively send your Wall Breakers at a time, 2-3 Wall Breakers are enough.
  • If your Giants’ healthbar turn to red, don’t hesitate to drop your Healing Spells. Without Giants, your attack will be end within seconds.
  • This strategy is a mini GoWiPe (a popular strong army composition at higher TH levels) . By using this farming strategy, you will have a decent experience of using GoWiPe.

By using the farming strategy above, there is no reason to can’t get inside any TH7 and 8 base. Basically, even with just the number of Giants and Wizards above, you can farm DE easily.

Method #3 – Before sleeping

10xdragon 3xlightning spell

Before sleeping, train Dragons in all of your Barracks and 3 Lightning Spells.

This strategy takes a lot of time for training troops so train troops when you are busy and at mid-late Town Hall 7, when you don’t need much Elixir for upgrading buildings and troops.

By dropping 3 Lightning Spells on a Air Defense to destroy it, you can take down all other TH7 bases. An Dragon army is the most powerful composition at Town Hall 7.
Moreover, by using this strategy, you will know how Dragons work better, understand their moves and prepare for your attacks with Dragons in Clan Wars in the future. Maybe this guide about Dragons will be helpful for you!

Conclusion

Farming well is not enough, you need to also protect your resources well. Take a look at the Base Layouts section for the best farming base layouts for Town Hall 7.
I hope after reading this guide, you can choose the best time, the best league and best strategy for farming Dark Elixir and I hope you can get the level 5 Barbarian King after a week.

Don’t hesitate to ask me any question, I will try my best to help you!

  • Ali

    thanks for accepting my request now i use this tactic for my townhall 7 account to max my hero. thanks

    • Will Potter

      Best wishes for you buddy!

      • Harjeet Mahal

        Hey will I think I have an another attack strategy that also work well. At least it did damage 80 percentage and we get to the core and most of DE storage are in the core.
        That is I don’t use healers .
        And I use
        18 x ghaints
        15x wizards
        And 8-10 wall breaker
        2 heal
        One rage
        And rest are barch
        That’s all
        If u want to know more plz replay

        And we all love you will???

        • Will Potter

          This strategy is fine but it requires a lot of time for training and It is a variation of mine above!

          Thanks for sharing anyway Harjeet!

          • Harjeet Mahal

            No problem but Ghiant healer always got Damn ..
            BTW thanks

          • Will Potter

            ya I know that, some players really don’t like Healers. Not using Healers is Okay, but you need to drop the Healing Spell sometimes. The main point of us is reaching the core for the DE Storage so I think we don’t need a really strong army 😀

          • sAjjAd

            I farm DE with this army:
            8 wb and rest are barch and 2 healing spell and 1 rage
            it’s very effective for farming DE I go th8 6 days later and now I farming 100000 DE since I come th7

  • maaz

    good guide
    I really like it. thunder r u author

    • THUNDER

      No maaz. M not.. This is not my guide.. In my guide I focused only Giant wiz and balloonion strategy.. I don’t know why WILL haven’t posted it yet. ?

  • nitin kolmi

    what do you mean by skyocket?

  • THUNDER

    # Nitin this is fr u..
    He wants to say.. You can speed up your farming speed with barbarian king.. Having barbarian king while attacking makes a lot of difference.. U should use him in a best way.. What I do is.. After i Destroy all the defences in core… I send the king and behind him wizards.( u can use archers instead). Thats the best way to use him..

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  • adarsh baranwal

    I hv Th7 and my dark farming troops are 20Giants 8Wiz 4wb 20 barb 40Arch and in cc wiz or Giants

    first check enemy cc troops. then drop all your Giants near to DE Storage. drop your wb and then barb with king and then arch. After this drop your wizards

    one by one.

    One by one because sometimes you don’t need to use all of them and can save for next raid.

    this is most effective for farming against th7 and th8. I prefer 700de+ from th7 and 1200de+ with th8.

    • Will Potter

      That’s pretty nice and also a various of my composition above. I usually don’t use Giants that much.
      You also should drop 1-2 Giants at first for testing traps!
      Btw, thanks for sharing buddy!

    • Taquitos

      nice combination, from my experience fast farming with lest cost and 100% efficiency, go with BAM (barb arch minions)

      barracks 1 – 4 wallbreakers >> all barb
      barracks 2 – 4 wallbreakers >> all arch
      barracks 3 – all barb
      barracks 4 – all arc
      dbarracks – 20-25minions
      darkbarracks – healspell

      these would cost less than 30-40k elixir and less than 150 DE.
      lemme know your thoughts about this

  • adit

    will can i request an article contains a list of leagues?
    the leagues, range of trophies, and bonus loot

    • Will Potter

      Yep sure, gonna make a page for it soon!

  • OMGitsFIREphoenix

    I have Level 2 Dragons, what is a good training combination for them or should I do all drag raid? I know All drag for level 2 is really costly with 2 level 3 rages and a level 3 heal. (Im th7)

    • Will Potter

      I’d like to recommend you just use them in Clan Wars or training the while you are sleeping because they requires a pretty long time to train and also much Elixir.
      For farming Dark Elixir, I’d like to recommend those strategies above!

      • OMGitsFIREphoenix

        thanks for the tips!

        • Will Potter

          You are very welcome buddy!

  • MwAbonanza

    That’s how I get free trophies

  • jimil

    hi guys

  • jimil

    just one thing.what strategy do use for war and trophy push.?

  • jimil

    i asked here cus there are many experienced guys here.spcally will.and i am in gold 3. so can i join a clan. pls reply fast guys

  • Sai Deep

    I used all the three methods and farming dark elixir better than before. Thanks mate…

    • Will Potter

      Glad to hear that buddy!

  • Volkinater

    “Much more harder”

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  • max

    I find it hard to farm dark elixir. I tried to use barch but cannot get much dark elixir and it is hard to find any base with good amount of DE. Everytime i push my trophy to silver 1, i got attacked constantly and lose more DE than i earn. Please give me some tips about farming DE and when to actually farming it.

    • Will Potter

      You can start farming DE immediately after having the DE Storage. Silver 1 is good for you, for sure. It is a bit hard at Town Hall 7, but don’t give up my friend.
      You should also do Clan Wars for more DE bonus.

      • max

        Finally i have my barbarian king although i use 91 gem to complete it. Thanks for the tips. Now i can work on maxing my base.

        • Will Potter

          Nice, I can see that most TH7 players using Gems for filling up the DE Storage, that’s okay. Enjoy raiding with the King buddy!

  • Neander Devile

    I’ve been using the Barcher strategy ever since I upgraded to th7. Right now I am mid Th7 and this guide has helped me a lot in farming dark elixir. My king is finally a lvl3 and I owe it all to you Will. Thank you! Android

    • Will Potter

      You are very welcome Neander. Also, please just comment Android in the specific page. Thank you.

  • Aadi

    my strategy is almost the same but a little cheaper and just takes 30 minutes to train
    12 giants
    8 wallbreakers
    124 archers
    all heal spell
    i got my barbarian king in 1 day using this strategy, only attack th8 with dark storage 2 layers behind, or else skip the base
    i normally 2 starred and sometimes also 3 starred them, got a maximum of 1120 dark per raid, hope this helps!

    • Will Potter

      That’s very nice. Hope other players will find this one helpful. Thanks for sharing Aadi!

      • Josef Franz Cruz

        Hi will i noticed that the compostion of method 2 is only 193 units. Can you confirm that? Thanks

        • Will Potter

          You don’t need to care about it buddy. Just adjust the number of your troops and keep the main troops of the strategy.

  • I LOVE YOUR DRAGON LIGHTENING SPELL STRATEGY!! it got me 800 DE per raid.. Thanks

    • Will Potter

      You are very welcome Namra! Glad that it could help you!

    • Adam

      At Town Hall 8 I can get 1,200 DE per raid using Giants and Goblins. 🙂 It’s a lot easier as you get to a higher Town Hall level.

  • Agustama Ardika

    so the conclution for me is… i have to upgrade my army to max level first… i already try all this method but, only with dragon i can succes, but it cost too much elixir… my higest army is archer lvl 4, wizard 3, and giant 3… lol

  • Noelkenneth Cruzada

    THIS IS THE BEST XD

    • Will Potter

      xD

  • Srivatsan

    HI sir I’m srivatsan from India. I was playing coc but was frustuated by not getting loot for upgrades and the time for upgrade. Sir please tell me tiP’s to get 2lakh loot eveytime I raid even in tough villages. I entered th 7 yesterday only (16/1/16)

  • Rizky Hadi

    i use 8 giants, 8 wall breakers, and 72 barcher since i got 200 camp in TH7 until now my middle TH8. and its worth it.

    • Rizky Hadi

      the spell is rather 2 heal 1 rage or 3 heals

  • JetFire

    Best strategy

    Send 2 giants and then Goblins behind them at mines or storages behing only one wall(7-8 wallbreaker)

    Just the giants are going to die use other 2 giants (don’t let a single mortar shot gobs)

    This works on th8/9

    • Will Potter

      I don’t use Giants with Goblins much because they take a decent time for training. Only Goblins is much better IMO.

      • JetFire

        But I tell you that giants will save you goblins—–seriiuslya sending two giants will give enough time to gobs

        • Will Potter

          Yes I can see that. But normally I just drop 5-7 Goblins for each Collectors. Giants will slow down the training time a lot.

  • Prathmesh Bojalwar

    I will be th 7 in some hours till th6 I mostly used 150 archers n went for in active bases n I was very successful will this technique be useful for th 7

  • Umais Bin Sajjad

    Hey Will!
    I just moved to TH7. My TH6 buildings are all maxed up. I have full Gold storage (2M). What should be my first priority builds?

    • MTBajsoni Alco

      Labaratory, spell fact, army camps, dark storage, king dbarracks then max deff and after walls

      • Umais Bin Sajjad

        Thanks man!!

        • Jay Foster

          Start with lab then spell factory and then upgrade 2 barracks to drags and them max your camps. once you do that get level 2 drags and start your troop upgrades. your next priority should be your dark elixir drill. get your drill to lvl 3 and DE storage to lvl 2. this will help you (get your drill first then storage). Next is your king (leave dark troops for later), a tip of mine would be to upgrade (GOLD) 2-3 structures and do like 3 walls per every structure you upgrade. don’t leave walls for last because it will hurt your process.

    • MTBajsoni Alco

      for troops if u are war person i would upgrade hogs to lvl 2 and do full hogs attacks they are over powered, if u are farmin the upgrade first farmin trops

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  • KingOfGames

    Is there another way to farm DE? I use barch with Giants to distract and wall breakers to get in. What is the best way to attack with this strategy?

    • Will Potter

      Hello dude,
      You mean GiBarch? I have posted some nice guides about GiBarch on cocland. You probably should give them a try mate!

      • KingOfGames

        I think I might integrate it with dragons. Can you send me the link?

      • Could you tell me? I can’t find any GiBarch posts.

  • STM

    Dear Will Potter,
    Is there a way that i can post tutorialsin this site? I ama th7 almmost maxed (the walls take so much time 😛 )…i always have six star wars(even three star th8’s)….and i am pretty gud at raid….so is there a way i can share my knowledge?

    • Will Potter

      Hello STM, you can send me the guide directly via the Facebook Fanpage :D.

  • Zurn

    hey will,
    are you going to make this guide for the th8? since th7 and th9 have their own DE farming guide…if there is already on im sorry i just didint find it yet hehe too many good guide to read!

    keep up the good work

    • Will Potter

      Hello mate,
      Truly farming DE at TH8 is the same as farming at TH7, just a bit easier. I have posted a lot of guides about farming DE at Town Hall 9 on cocland. You can give them a try!

  • Leiko

    Hey, nice guide!

    I have been using something similar (1/3 barbarians and 2/3 archers + 6-8 wall breakers) and usually go for bases with around 300-500DE (sometimes I get lucky with inactive TH9 with full collectors. Majority of the farming occured in silver 1 where there is enough inactive bases or it’s relatively easy to get to the DE storage.
    Still got around 25 days worth of upgrades to go but already got LV5 Barb king and sitting on 20k DE at the moment waiting for lab upgrade to finish in few hrs. Barch is the most effective method out of all 3 found here if you have the time – the thing is to don’t be scared to lose some trophies.
    Mass dragons with either lightning or rage is a solid strategy too if you don’t have many elixir upgrades to do anymore (aside of lab) as has been said in the guide and want to get some extra trophies.

    • Will Potter

      Awesome. Thanks for sharing this buddy! I really appreciate it!

  • mike

    will which th r u in ========= can u also mention about a cheap and strong stat to get loot in the storages

  • Hefaestus

    It seems like method #2 (giant healer) would take such a long time to train that it would not be effective- around 50 mins without boost. And you are probably only going to get bases with 800-1000 DE right? So maybe this method is good if you have only sporadic farming time and a well developed base to defend your dark elixir so it doesnt keep getting stolen each time you break your shield?

    • Will Potter

      It’s one of the best strategies for farming DE at Town Hall 7 so far. I think everyone can use it mate!

      • Hefaestus

        Cool good to know. Are gold leagues currently still best to find DE? I would be attempting this as a new TH8. I know the guide says gold I & II for method 1, but the guide was also written a while ago so I wasn’t sure.

        • Will Potter

          Silver and Crystal leagues are better for farming DE IMO :D, at least at this time :D.

  • Or you can use Ash’s barch strat(gonna stick with that since i just have th6 troops and housing space)

    But once I get a little further into TH7, I’ll use these :D.

  • Everyone is hyped about de and bk when they reach th7, and then they realize how hard it is to get it.

    • Will Potter

      Poor Town Hall 9 players who are trying to grind their Heroes to level 30 LOL

  • Optimus

    This strategy is cool!
    4 gaints
    5 wallbreaks
    90 goblins
    50 archers
    And 30 Barbarians
    You will get loots without losing trophies!

  • Now that I’m a TH8 and farmed max DE troops and king at TH7, I’d like to share my comp. for farming DE –

    12 Giants
    60 barbs
    10 wall breakers
    60 archers
    Max giants in CC(New level 8 giants willl make it easier to farm DE now 🙂 )
    King(if possible)
    2 heals and 1 rage

    1. Find a TH7/easy TH8 base with 1000+DE and offset DE storage.

    2. Lure and kill clan castle. If it is a dragon, surround it with archers and put down barbs one by one to distract. Be sure to bring it to the corner!

    3. Put a giant to tank then time wall breakers

    4. Put down rest of the giants followed by cc giants.

    5. Put down a row of barch to clear junk buildings. Meanwhile, heal giants whenever they reach yellow health.

    6. Place some more wallies to open the path to core.

    7. Put a few test barbs to see if they go to core, then swarm with all your barbs, archers and king and then put down a rage so that they sweep the core and get the TH and de.

    Then don’t do anything and just let your troops get as much more percentage as they can. However, you can choose to end the battle after the de and TH have been taken to save your king’s health.

    I farmed in Gold III. I rarely lost trophies, but even if I did, it made no difference as this comp. earned me more.

    Also, every night I would train #3 mentioned above and get a guaranteed 1000+ DE every morning.

    Good luck! 😀

  • Coc_NeedHelp

    hi
    can u give me a farming startegy for th7 with 180 hosing space pls

    • Will Potter

      For Gold/Elixir or for DE buddy?

  • Дмитрий Горбунов

    its my stradegy –
    18 giants
    2 hog riders
    6 wall breakers
    6 wizards
    and archers
    3 heal spells
    Barbarin’s King
    in Clan Castle 5 wizars or Dragon or 4 giants or 4 hog riders
    30 mins to train
    first, second and third barracs – 6 giants, 2 bombers and 2 wizards
    fourth barrack – all archers
    dark barrack – 2 hogs

  • my name dosen’t matter

    Isn’t there something for TH7 and SILVER LEAGUE 1 AND 175 Troop capacity?