TH8 Upgrade Priority Guide

Hey guys, this is going to be my guide on upgrade priorities for Town Hall 8 players. What the most important upgrades are and what you should focus on upgrading the most. I also have another upgrade priority video for TH9 players as well, so if you’re ready to move on to TH9 and are wondering what upgrades to focus on, I’ll have the link to that video in the descriptions below. I will rank each upgrade and also give you a brief explanation as to why I believe it to to be important.

TH8 Upgrade Priority Guide

TH8 Upgrade Priority Guide

Lab to Lvl 6

The first and most important upgrade is the Laboratory, so make sure you have a builder ready to upgrade the Lab immediately when you upgrade to TH8. This is because you really don’t want to delay your troop lab upgrades. It take a very long time to complete all your lab upgrades at TH8, longer than your defensive upgrades. Now before you upgrade the lab, you should start a troop upgrade. It takes 4 days for your Lab to complete its upgrade. So if you have a troop that still needs to be upgraded, it’s a good idea to start that upgrade in your lab and then upgrade the laboratory.

Dark Spell Factory

Dark Spell Factory is definitely one of the first things you should get immediately after upgrading to Town Hall 8. The Poison is extremely helpful from now on, which can helps you remove most defensive troops in both farming and Clan Wars. Also, you will want to upgrade it as soon as possible to get the Earthquake Spell. The simple ZapQuake combo (2 Lightning Spells + 1 EQ Spell) can take down any Air Defense and you can dominate at early-mid Town Hall 8 with just Dragons!

Clan Castle to Lv4

I know a lot of people prioritize Army Camps over the Clan Castle, but the extra space in your Clan Castle is very important. An Army Camp upgrade gets you 5 extra camp space. While a Clan Castle upgrade also gets you 5 more space, but there’s a big difference. The Clan Castle can also be used for defense. The Clan Castle is just overall better than 1 Army Camp.

Dark Elixir Drills to Lvl 3

At Town Hall 8, you’re able to upgrade your drills to level 3, which is a big upgrade. Lv 3 Drills produce 45 DE per hour, so with 2 of them, you can make 1,080 Dark Elixir per day for free, so that helps significantly for upgrading your Barbarian King and your Dark Elixir troops that are important for wars.

Barbarian King to Lvl 10

Your Barbarian King is your best troop and he’ll help you a lot in wars and farming, so you shouldn’y delay his upgrade. Focus on farming Dark Elixir and upgrade him to level 10 as soon as possible because that’s when you unlock his level 2 Iron Fist. And there’s a very significant difference in power between a level 1 Iron Fist and a level 2 Iron Fist.

New Defenses to Lvl 5 (Archer Tower, Wizard Tower, Mortar, Tesla)

At TH8 you are given a a couple of new defenses, so don’t leave them at level 1, but upgrade them to level 5 (Archer Tower, Wizard Tower, Mortar, Tesla) as they will still be able increase the overall strength of your base. Defenses get the biggest increase in DPS at lower levels. So upgrading these new defenses to level 5 quickly will help substantially in defending both in wars and when you don’t have a shield.

Dark Barracks to Lvl 4 (Optional)

With level 4 Dark Barracks, you get to unlock one of the most fearsome troop in the game, the Golem. However, you don’t really need the Golem at TH8, just because Hog Rider and Dragon attacks are much more effective in wars. So it’s up to you if you want to upgrade your Dark Barracks to level 4 this early for the Golem and additional training space. Otherwise, you can simply do the Dark Barracks at the end of TH8.


Skeleton Traps

Skeleton Traps are very good defenses as they can distract the Archer Queen or Barbarian King while your core defenses are able to deal more damage. They are also a very important defense for stopping Hog Riders in wars. They can also be set to air and distract Dragons, allowing your Air Defenses to deal more damage or even pull the Dragons away from your core. These traps only take 6 hours to upgrade to level 2 and they make a very big difference in raids. So it’s definitely worth it to get them to lvl 2 immediately.

Air Defense to Lv6

Your Air Defenses are the most important defense at TH8 simply because a mass Dragon attack is among the deadliest war attacks at TH8, and also doesn’t require much skill to easily annihilate a TH8. So your best defense against these Dragons are your Air Defenses. Level 6 Air Defenses make a very big difference compared to level 5 Air Defenses, so if you’re serious about wars, then you should upgrade your Air Defenses as soon as possible.

Wizard Towers to Lvl 6

If you’re looking to protect your loot against some of the most common attacks such as Barch, BAM, or GiBarch, then the Wizard Tower is a very important defense for that. Unlike the Mortar, the Wizard Tower has less range, but inflict splash damage much quicker and also be able to target air.

Hidden Tesla to Lvl 6

Hidden Teslas are your strongest point defense at TH8, so they should definitely be at the top of your list as well. Now some people underrate the Tesla because of its low range and long upgrade time, but it’s definitely worth it to max out your Teslas before your Archer Towers. Hidden Teslas only occupy a 2×2 area, which means the total area they occupy is 4 square tiles. While a defense such as an Archer Tower occupies more than double, 9 square tile area. Why is this important? This is very important because this allows for Teslas to fit just about anywhere in your base. 2 Teslas occupy a total of 8 square tiles, which is still less than an Archer Tower.  While your core can be improved a lot on defense just by adding Teslas to it, which is very easy to do without having to use up so much space. Not only that, Hidden Teslas can sometimes be unpredictable, as they are hidden. They also fire rapidly, and are excellent for taking out heroes and tanks, especially Pekkas and also be coupled behind high HP Storages to deal a lot of damage to threats such as Dragons. So yea, don’t underrate Teslas, they are very important for successful defenses.

AS to Lvl 4

The Air Sweeper is actually a very important defense at TH8 because of how deadly mass Dragon attacks are at this Town Hall level. There’s also only one of them at TH8, and it makes a much bigger impact against Dragons compared to Archer Towers because of their ability to slow down the very slow Dragons, allowing your Air Defenses to deal additional damage. So if you’re serious about wars, then you should definitely max your Air Sweeper before your Archer Towers.

Archer Tower to Lvl 10

Unlike a Tesla, Archer Towers occupy 3×3 tile space, but have a 10 tile range. At TH8, you have a total of 5 Archer Towers, and they all make a very big concerted impact against aerial attacks and also ground attacks. However, they are usually place at the exterior parts of a TH8 base just because of the large space they occupy. They also have great range, so that allows them to protect the core areas while not having to be in it. Still, Hidden Teslas are just overall better and can fit inside your core better, so prioritize maxing Teslas first.

Mortar to Lvl 6

Mortars are very important to have at level 6 because unlike a Lv5 Mortar, a Lv6 Mortar can take out Lv6 Archers in 1 shot, which is very important for defending against TH9s. However, the reason I have Mortars ranked this low is because of their very low significance in wars, as they are horrible against Hog Riders and can’t target air troops like Dragons. While Wizard Towers are significantly better for dealing with Balloons and Hog Riders and can also help deter those TH9 Barch attackers.

Cannon to Lvl 10

Cannons are not useless, but they are simply the worst defense for a TH8. They only have a 9 tile range. They shoot twice as slow as an Archer Tower. They are unable to target air troops. All of this make Cannons the worst defense and so they are ranked this lowest. However, the great thing about Cannons are, they don’t take too long to upgrade and they still do a decent job against tanks, especially the opposing Barbarian King. But still, they should be at the bottom of your priority list.

Giant Bombs & Small Bombs

A level 3 Giant Bomb only gets a 25 damage increase from a level 2 Giant Bomb, and also no increase in range. This is a very small upgrade, and won’t really have a big impact against Hog Riders because 2 level 2 Giant Bombs will still be able to knock out the Hog Riders.

Walls to Level 8

The last thing on your list should be Walls. Now this does NOT mean that you should upgrade your walls last. I repeat, it does NOT mean that walls should be upgraded last. Walls require no time to upgrade, they only cost Gold. What this means is that all of your excess Gold should be used to upgrade your walls when you have a Builder freed.

That should conclude this guide. If you have any questions, ask below. Also, keep in mind that many players have different opinions on what to prioritize upgrading and it could differ based on the type of player you are. Such as if you’re a more war-oriented player than a farmer, then you may want to focus on the Air Sweeper and Hidden Teslas before the Wizard Tower.
Also, If you are going to upgrade to TH9 soon, you should take a look at this TH9 Upgrade Priority Guide, I am sure that It can help you a lot.

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  • Sai Deep

    dude, nice guide

    • Will Potter

      Thank you mate!

  • krunal

    Awesome guide already used to it bro. and walls are remaining for level 8.:)
    and everyday in morning i google cocland blog for update for my th 8 post..:-)

    • Will Potter

      Awesome. Thanks for visiting my blog everyday dude! I am very glad to hear that :).

    • Aaron

      Yeah i do that too 😀

      • Will Potter


  • Oupal

    but golem is important for gowipe and goho, after other elixir cost building upgraded dark barrack and normal barrack should be the next. and about wall you should upgrade the additional wall to level 7 ASAP.

    • Will Potter

      Yea that’s optional at the early game. You can use Dragons and ZapQuake in Clan Wars at early-mid Town Hall 8.

  • Xenon Ultimate

    Thank you will for putting my idea of guide in your website.

    • Will Potter

      You are very welcome dude!

  • Mustafa Ariwala

    When do I build the Dark Elixir spell factory?

    • Will Potter

      You should build it immediately to get the Poison Spell and Earthquake Spell later 🙂

      • llSmokyll

        Hi Will! Amazing article as always, good job! I’m sorry to bother you with this reply but i’d like your opinion on my comment on this topic ( It’s the last one, again excuse me 🙂


        • Will Potter

          Just answered your question mate :D.

          • llSmokyll

            I can’t see your answer :c
            Anyway the attack went bad.. Lv5 baloons got rekt by those lv11 AT and lv7 WT. LOL

          • Will Potter

            Good luck further buddy :(. Don’t give up!

  • Jonathan K.

    Great article, I have been looking for something like this.

    • Will Potter

      I’m very glad to hear that. Hope you found it helpful!

  • Eing

    In the clan caste part, you can add sentence or two about dark spell storage for attacks. One dark spell is good boost for new th8, even after the spell factory.

    • Will Potter

      Thank you very much dude! I’m gonna add that now :D.

      • Jiks

        Still not added XD

  • Wendell Lanphear

    in the de drill part u siad u get 2160 but de drill only hold 540 de at level 3

    • Will Potter

      Cool! Thank you very much dude :).

      • Wendell Lanphear


      • Indranil Chowdhury

        Although de drills hold 540 de but in a day you get a total of 2160 DE i. e. 90×24 not 1080 DE. Because I expect you to collect your DE before the collector is full. Will You were correct and this guy is wrong

        • Will Potter

          LOL That’s okay :D.

  • Wendell Lanphear

    also can u make a th8 lab research priority guide

  • Joseph P.

    hi im a th 8 so if you guys need help with attacks or defense just ask

  • Sai Deep

    thanks mate atlast u posted a full upgrade priority for th 8

    • Will Potter


  • sed

    I have maxed all my defence. Now only walls are remaining and I am falling short of gold. What attack strategy should i use and what league level should I join to get maximum gold. Recently I am in crystal 3 league

    • Will Potter

      Hello mate,
      If you want to focus on Gold only, push to higher league and use GoWiPe for farming xD.

      • sed

        Or should I just put my th to 9 without caring about walls?

        • Will Potter

          You can do that!

        • INTJ

          Let’s say you invest a ton of limited resources on walls instead of defense buildings and I do a GoWiVa on your base, but I replaced my WBs with extra Valkyries, I would drop four cheap EQ spells to reduce ANY level of your expensive wall to dust, maybe even multiple wall layers. I could walk in like I owned the place, bc your defenses weren’t prioritized.

  • Love Behl

    do i need to max all th8 to upgrade to th9

    • Will Potter

      No, you don’t need to do that mate. Just upgrade to Town Hall 9 once you have upgraded your farming troops, Army Camps and Clan Castle!

  • 2Gud4U

    I’m a th8 I’m bored of Th8 and I want to go to th9 but I don’t know if I’m ready or almost ready.Take a look.I feel Th9 is much more exciting and harder.Anyways do you think I’m ready?

  • Love Behl

    hi bro i am confused between ad and tesla what should be first priority

    • Will Potter

      If you often join Clan Wars, you should upgrade your Air Defense first mate!

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  • kungufgrip

    First off thanks. I have been reading your guides for a while now. Just hit TH8 what league should I farm in? Elixir has been kinda hard to come by. Also I assume I shouldn’t rearrange my walls until all new structures are built?

    • Will Potter

      Hello mate,
      As a Town Hall 8 player, I think Gold and Silver would be great!
      Yes, just keep your walls there until you get the new defensive buildings!

    • Oupal

      Just be patient to search dead base
      I don’t even need mod to find them lol just search in the golden hour

  • Moses You

    Where should I squeeze in barracks and storages? Or are they not a priority for TH8?

    • Lucy

      The new storages aren’t as important unless you farm heaps and need the extra storage. Barracks towards the end so you can focus on other troops before the PEKKA, unless you want it early.

      • Moses You

        Aren’t the storages important as a shield buffer before a defensive building though?

        • Lucy

          Yes, so build them and level them a few levels (it should only take like 6 hours) and they already have over 1000 health. The benefit you gain from upgrading other defenses is greater than the extra 2 seconds it takes to destroy a storage.

    • INTJ

      Go ahead and get the extra storages, but do NOT upgrade them. If you do not upgrade them, then you can use them as a shield or buffer. If you do upgrade, they become something else you have to defend. Just upgrade the ones you already have instead.

      • Will Potter

        LOL this is such a nice tip! Thank you a lot man!

      • mahirh

        Do you want the attacker to reach 50% easier?

    • INTJ

      Honestly, upgrading multiple barracks is a convenience to save time, once you can train farming troops quickly, don’t waste your resources on overly upgrading barracks. Wars last 24hours, plenty of time to get troops trained with one or two barracks.

  • Lucy

    With 2 level 3 dark drills isn’t it 2160 DE per day? 45/h * 24h = 1080 * 2 drills = 2160.

    • Wendell D’souza

      Each de drill max cap is 540 so 540×2 is 1080

      • Lucy

        Well yeah, if you don’t play the game at least once in 12/24 hours then yeah. But if you check once or twice a day you would have 2160 as they wouldn’t be capping.

        I figured anyone going to the lengths of searching for and reading guides for the game would at least check their town once a day.

        • Avik Bhattacharjee

          well.. i don’t think u get 3 dark drills in th8..ryt?

          • kdk22

            no but you get 2 drills that each can be level 3

  • Chara

    The last thing you don’t have about Town Hall 8 is a Troll Base. Could you make one?

    • Will Potter

      Troll base doesn’t work well at Town Hall 8 but I will give it a try for sure :D.

  • You say that people prioritize army camps over cc, but you can’t upgrade your camps at th8.

    • emy


    • Will Potter

      But you can buy a new Army Camp at level 8, right?

      • Wait, you can? Can’t you only upgrade all camps once at TH9, increasing space to 220, and then once again at TH 10, maxing it out at 240?

        • Love Behl

          sajo plz tell should i ready to go for th9 with barbs ,arch and giant level 5 and dragon level3 or lightining level 5 and also hogs level 4 i will upgrade wix to level 5 during th upgrade

      • Lucy

        No you get the 4th camp at TH7 now.

        • Will Potter

          So sorry my bad!

  • Sahil Kumar

    Its a good guide william

  • Sahil Kumar

    Hey william please make a guide for townhalls like 5 6 7 please

    • Will Potter

      I will try to do that soon buddy!

  • SgtTrojan

    Hi, King only goes to 6 unless you upgrade your DE storage. Once the lab is underway:

    With Pink
    1) Max all mines 12. Anything that pulls in resources is priority.
    2) New DE drill to max 12. for reason above.
    3) Once you have 1,800,000 then DE storage to 3. So you can get the King to 10.
    4) One troop level up then one spell. Second troop then second spell. Most used first.
    5) Dark Barracks for valks and then golems.

    With DE
    1) King to 6 then to 10 once DE storage is to 3.
    2) One troop level up then one spell. Second troop then second spell. Most used first.

    With Gold
    1) Clan castle
    2) Wiz towers – air and ground defence with splash
    3) Air def for drag swarms like you said
    4) Teslas, highly under rated defence
    5) Archer Towers – air and ground defence
    6) Then new defences to take village from 7.5 to 8.

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for sharing this buddy! I really appreciate it!

    • Jaskaran

      No,you were wrong at some points. Th8 gives an opportunity to upgrade clan castle wherein you have the cc spell and 5 extra troop spaces. And first new defenses should be upgraded to a particular level so that your village does not become vulnerable to attacks while your old defenses are upgrading.

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    If i am, then which host?

  • Jishu

    I am a new wiz lvl is lvl5..& i am upgrading drag in lab…what should i upgrade next..pekka to lvl2 or hog to lvl3 ????

  • kamrantahir

    Will Potter Will u Please Post Some th8. 5 bases. MY MINI IS MOVING TO 9 IN SOME DAYS

    • Will Potter

      I will try to do that, as long as I see something great!

  • Lovepreet Channay

    relly its to good

  • Lovepreet Channay

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  • David D

    Hi, note that LAB upgrades take 153 days to complete and BUILDING upgrades take 469d (divide by # of builders). This means if you have 3 or more builders lab is a huge limiting factor. So, before spending any elixir on buildings, make sure your lab is working

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for the great share mate!

  • Åsmund Wego

    With only one air sweeper, it is only useful for leading the attacker to go from the sweeper blind side. If the attacker sends dragons in front of air sweeper, he is doomed – even if sweeper is not maxed. So for me, this is low priority until TH9 where I will get the second and cover both sides.

  • Zeeshan Sayed

    my way of upgrading bring all out from shop, lab, spell,BK, castle, barracks& dark barracks, single def(tesla,arch, cannon),traps,splash def(mortar, wiz tower, bomb tower). leave some splash def to go along with th upgrade. this is best if u r continously participating in clan wars to maintain weight. walls and research as u go along. every th is different so be careful not to bring xbows or infernos out fast in th9, th10, th11. Drills, collectors, mines r useless if u can farm better so need to waste time on them. they r useless