Ultimate Town Hall 8 Guide: No Grind, No Shine!

Whether you are a Town Hall 8 player or not, I think that this awesome guide will be extremely useful for you!

First off, You should also max all your farming troop upgrades and also key defenses (Mortars, Wizar Towers,…) before going to Town Hall 8. If you are upgrading your Town Hall to level 8, try to farm Gold and Elixir during this time as you will need to use them a lot after getting to Town Hall 8. Then, If you are looking for a good TH8 Farming Base, please give this base a try.

Town Hall 8 Clash of Clans

TH8 Building Upgrade Order

I started Town Hall 8 with 4 builders. The fifth builder is great but I think 4 guys are enough at TH8, truly you really need the last one when you reach Town Hall 9 in the future. I prefer boosting Barracks/Spell Factory to buying the 5th builder.

Don’t use all those builders to upgrade defensive buildings at a time otherwise your village will be very weak! Also, you shouldn’t upgrade more than 1 building of a defense type at a time.

clash of clans buildings

What should be upgraded first?

  • Laboratory: New troop upgrades are always the most interesting thing we care about after upgrading Town Hall. By upgrading your Laboratory at first, you can farm much easier. This is the most important building you need to care about at all TH levels.
  • Dark Spell Factory: I am pretty sure that most Town Hall 7 players really want to get the Poison Spell because of its use. It’s extremely useful in both farming and Clan Wars. 1 Poison Spell is enough to protect from most Clan Castle troops. You will also should upgrade this to level 2 as soon as possible to get the Earthquake Spell and dominate with your the combo ZapQuake.
  • Clan Castle: The higher level your Clan Castle is, the more Treasure Loot and Clan troops you can hold. A lot of players like upgrading Army Camps before this, that’s not always great. Upgrading 1 Army Camp gives you 5 more housing spaces, upgrading the Clan Castle can give you 5 more housing spaces, more loot space and you can use that 5 housing spaces in defense. It’s much better, right?
  • Dark Elixir Drill: Having an extra Dark Elixir Drill is one of the best things at this level. With 2 maxed Drills, you can earn 1,080 DE everyday. That’s so sweet.
  • New Defenses: After upgrading to Town Hall 8, you can buy some new defensive buildings (Archer Tower, Wizard Tower, Mortar, Tesla, Air Defense,…). Don’t leave them at level 1, keep upgrading them to at least level 5 as they will increase the overall strength of your base in both Clan Wars and normal matchmaking system.
  • Others: Barbarian King to level 10 -> Dark Barrack to level 4 (optional) -> Skeleton Traps -> Air Defenses -> Wizard Towers -> Hidden Teslas -> Air Sweeper -> Archer Towers -> Mortars -> Cannons -> Giant Bombs and Small Bombs -> Walls. I have posted a detailed guide for TH8 Upgrade Order. You can take a look at here for more details.

Tips:

  1. Upgrading Tesla: Tesla is one of the most important defenses in Town Hall 9. You should upgrade them all to level 6 before upgrading to hit level 9.  You need to have at least 1 builder working on them most of the time since they take a very long time to upgrade.
  2. Level 10 Barbarian King: Upgrading your Barbarian King to at least level 5 is the most important task you should do with your Dark Elixir first before upgrading your Hogs or Minions. He and his special ability will  help you skyrocket your farming speed. You can see why this is so important in my Barbarian King Guide.
  3. Walls: Upgrade them when you have nothing to build with your builders or when you are upgrading more than 3 defenses and don’t want anybody touch your loot.

Laboratory Upgrades:

Always be sure that you always have enough Elixir to use in Laboratory to keep it working. A fun fact for you: The time you need for upgrading troops/spells is much longer than the time 4 Buildings need to finish all building upgrades at Town Hall 8.

How should I upgrade my troops?

At this time, I recommend using this order

Archer dragon hog Barbarian wizard Wall Breaker pekka golem rage spell healing spell pekka balloon then your favorite troops.

Why? You will definitely need either Archer or Goblin (If you like the Milking Strategy) for farming. Dragon attack strategies are still very over-powered at early-mid Town Hall 8 with the ZapQuake combo. After upgrading the Dragons, you will have enough Dark Elixir to upgrade your Hogs (keep working on your Barbarian King at this time). You should get them to level 4 as soon as possible. With level 4 Hogs and level 2 Golem, you can 3 star most Town Hall 8 War Bases at the late TH8 game. The most popular Army Compositions at this time are GoWiPe and GoHogs.

If your Clan are at level 5 or above, level 5 Balloons and level 4 Hog Riders will be very useful for donating.

Town Hall 8 Army Composition

Farming: There are a dozen of good farming strategies for Town Hall 8.

  • If you don’t mind to spend hours for farming, you definitely should try the Milking farming strategy. It’s one of the best strategies you can use at any Town Hall level.
  • GiBAM is another great choice. It’s one of the fastest-to-train army compositions in Clash of Clans, and very effective of course. With this farming army, you just need about 15 minutes to train a full army (while Barch takes up to 20 minutes). Less time = more loot. At Town Hall 8, I can easily make 2 million loot every hour with this army composition. Why don’t give it a try? Take a look at this guide for more details.
  • B.A.M is the fastest-to-train farming army in game. With this strategy, you can easily get the Dark Elixir Storage of most TH8 farming bases. You can take a look at here for more information.

Clan Wars: I have mentioned couples of the best War strategies in the Laboratory Uprades section above, please take a look!

When you finish your buildings, troop upgrades and Walls, and you don’t want to stay at TH8 anymore, want bigger camps, bigger troops, want to own the X-bow and want to see the black castle. It’s time for Town Hall 9!

  • benjamin3290

    Good advice and all, but you need to proof-read and edit before publishing anything. There are way too many grammatical mistakes; in fact, I couldn’t even understand some of your sentences due to this.

    • Will Potter

      Thank you for your feedback, I will remember your words and do it better in the future!

    • TruthBeTold

      Shut up

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  • Jordan

    I think the troop upgrade order is all wrong. You actually mentioned goblins but yet never even mention Baloons? LVL 6 balloons is by far the most significant troop upgrade at TH9. You can farm just fine with lvl 5 barch, especially since you can now bring 20 more barch with you.

    • Will Potter

      Hi Jordan.
      I mentioned Balloons after the Lightning Spell. For players who aren’t fan of Goblin, you can upgrade Balloon or Dragon after Barbarian and Archer.
      By the way, thanks for your comment!

      • Shannon

        another great guide, thanks will!

        • Will Potter

          Thank you 😀

          • ali brock

            Will can you tell how to buy and sale accounts?

  • RJ

    What will be the startergy to get 3stars on a th8 base if u have just upgraded to th8….I have golems and pekka but they are lvl1…I have lvl5arc and barbs…gaints are lvl4….

    • Will Potter

      I think Dragons are the best choice!

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  • Jan Theo de Asis Capuno (Theos

    when should I start upgrading barracks, camps, and spell factories?

    • Will Potter

      IMO you should upgrade your Camps as soon as possible along with Spell Factory. Upgrade your Barracks so you can use Dragons in War. You can upgrade your Barracks at late TH8 to use P.E.K.K.As in Clan Wars.

      • Jan Theo de Asis Capuno (Theos

        im done with task laboratory, clan castle, and de drill. should i max the drill thou? i assume this guide is based when de drill is only available in th8? thats why you prioritized it, since then its already updated, i had the th7 de drill max(lvl3 in th7) out during my th7 and the new one level1. currently upgrading my new tesla to level3 as you have said it but only 1 builder(4d), and 1 in new ad to level4(1.5d), and last 2 builders on new new storage both gold and elix to level9(9.5hrs), could you help me properly order whats next to be upgraded after this?

        • Will Potter

          Absolutely YES. Drills are awesome, you should max them as soon as possible.

          Have you maxed your Wizard Towers?

          • Jan Theo de Asis Capuno (Theos

            i dont still have enough elixir for the de drill upgrade(2M), and im planning to upgrade my new WT(lvl3-lvl4) and Mortar(lvl4-lvl5) after the 2 builders working on the new storage(lvl8-lvl9) which is about 6hrs from now.

            im fresh from th7, and all my defenses is still th7 maxed out except the new AT(lvl6/lvl8), WT(lvl3/lvl4), AD(lvl3/lvl5), Mortar(lvl4/lvl5), Tesla(lvl2/lvl3)
            -***building(lvl of the new/lvl of the other old th7 maxed out)

            can you guide me on the upgrade priority order cause im totally out of track now

            my priority is the bk, as long as i have the enough de requirement to upgrade, i upgrade it immediately after a builder goes vacant

            like which goes first de drill? or the barracks? or the defenses? (in the defense upgrade order section can you note which tower first to maxed out, as you have said in this guide, always work on tesla, then mortar for barch then WT, then AD over AT? or vice versa? and of course lastly the Canons)

            Thank You so much! By far you are the most coolest tutor i found in the online world! Thanks a lot for responding my questions Mr. Potter 🙂

          • Jan Theo de Asis Capuno (Theos

            my village Mr. Will Potter and as you can see its very fresh from th7 to th8 upgrade

          • Will Potter

            It is my pleasure Jan. Very glad If I can help you.
            I think you should upgrade your defenses with this priority order: Mortar > Wizard Tower > Archer Tower > Air Defense > Cannon.
            Try to upgrade no more than 2 buildings of each type at a time.

            You don’t need to upgrade your Barracks so soon, Just upgrade them to train Dragons for Clan Wars. Upgrade Barracks when you are at late TH8, you will need to use P.E.K.K.As for Clan Wars at that tie.

          • Jan Theo de Asis Capuno (Theos

            Thanks Again Mr. Will Potter,
            I’am highly recommending your guide to my fellow clan mates and everyone else!

          • Will Potter

            You are very welcome buddy, glad that I can help you 😀

  • MDCC_Massive

    Guide needs updating.
    DE drill I had at th7
    Lightning spells no longer working on storages as part of june2015 update

    • Will Potter

      Thank for your comment MDCC.
      I am updating this guide and will release the new update for it soon!

  • Hunter

    Hi Will I went th8 a month ago. IMO my upgrade was new de drill Max lvl 3, DE storage Max lvl 4. Much needed at this lvl I think. On defence I think if you war alot AD lvl 6 is a priority then splash,archer,cannon etc. I have 1 builder on Tesla from day 1 all to lvl 3 then up grade them all to lvl 4,5,6. Thanks

    • Will Potter

      Hi Hunter.
      Ya you are right, the Dark Elixir Drills are really important, we need the passive loot everyday! As below I said we should upgrade them at first before other Elixir buildings.

      And yep, Dragons are quite dominating at Early and Mid Town Hall 8, maxing out Air Defenses before Archer Towers, Cannons and Air Sweepers is recommend.

  • Anand Kumar

    hi i am a fan of this website..hereafter Lightning spell cannot be used for dark elixir farming so remove that line from the post friend..

    • Will Potter

      Oops I just updated this guide yesterday and forgot that line.
      Thanks for your support Anand!

  • 8675309

    I think you should mention that lvl 5 loons are very important if you are a level 5 clan.

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for helping me improve the guide mate!

  • Brandon Vu

    I think somewhere in the lines you should add some tips on how to upgrade your walls when you also want to upgrade something else and you have more than enough gold/elixer/de

    • Will Potter

      I think almost players at Town Hall 8 know how to do that, but I will add it in the guide.

      Thanks for your suggestion Brandon!

  • joseph nwosibe

    Are level 5 mortars really worth it its not often that you get attacked by level 6 archers and why is all crystal wizard towers terrible?

    • Will Potter

      Terrible means awesome, amazing, and deadly buddy lol.
      Yep level 5 Mortars is always worth it because you also need to deal with level 5 Barbarians a lot, right?

  • SkilledNinja700

    Hey will thank you for posting this guide, I am almost max th8 thanks to this.I do have a question though.I am done all lab upgrades using elixir except for Pekkas lvl 3, I only have dark troops left to upgrade.Which order should I upgrade them in because I use them all equally and do not know which dark troop upgrades would help me more.Your opinion on this would be nice.

    • SkilledNinja700

      Oh and this would be a great add on to the guide too because all the troops you told to upgrade in the lab use elixir.Just a suggestion.

      • Will Potter

        Yep you are right, gonna update this soon.
        I think you can upgrade your Golem to level 2 now so you can use a decent GoWiPe army, then P.E.K.K.A 3 and Hog Riders!
        Thank you buddy!

        • SkilledNinja700

          No problem and thank you to you too for your suggestions!

  • VhiperOverLord999

    Hey Will bro. I think you should add “What should I build first?” guide for th7, th8, th9, and th10.

  • Randy Glenn

    Thanks for the guide! I’m a new TH8 member as of last night, and I’m feverishly upgrading! First off was Laboratory, adding my second DE drill, and all the new basic defense forces.

    I upgraded BK to level 5, and finished all other upgrades aside from 10 walls, and the two DE research troops before I moved to TH8. I plan on finishing all upgrades before moving to TH9.

    Best of luck raiding!

    • Will Potter

      Have a good time with Town Hall 8 buddy!

  • kareem sameh

    amazing

  • Dzeeko

    so building a canon,mortar at the same time is not a problem or 2 other types ? cause, their are more defences to build then anything else, and 1 by 1 is gonne take a long time :'(

    • Will Potter

      That’s right buddy.
      If you upgrade more than 2 Mortars at the same time, the attack can rip your base easily with just Barch.

      • Dzeeko

        Ok but then i know i can build 2 defences at once but not the same type 🙂

  • Castiel Lerman

    Great Guide man, I just hit TH8 today my Th7 is max out except for the Gold and elixir collector but I already have plans of what to upgrade long before I get to this TH. I have 4 Builders soon to be 5 because I manage to get to master league before Th8 hehe… What I did is just the same I upgraded laboratory and CC first but I also upgraded the DE storage aswell since my Bk is already lvl5 and the last builder I use him for AD. Anyway the only thing I can’t decide for now is what troops to upgrade first Dragoon or Barch?, we do war everytime, so what do you suggest? I was leaning more on the Dragoon just because I just wanted to get over it fast since its a 10 day up.

    • Castiel Lerman

      haha sorry I dont know why I always spell Dragon as Dragoon lol

      • Will Potter

        Maybe Dragoon = Dragon + Balloon? LOL

    • Will Potter

      I rarely can see TH7s at Master leagues. You should be the man!

      I always prefer upgrading farming troops to Clan War troops. But I think that’s Okay If you upgrade the Archer at first and then the Dragons + Balloons.

  • Aaron

    So I just went to TH8 last night and your guide has really helped me out with the most important things first. Thanks for taking the time to put it all together.

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for visiting my blog Aaron!

      • Tony MonThota

        I love you

  • Ryuzetsu19

    do I need to build the new buildings first ? like long to build structures like dark barracks and dark spell factory before going to matching them up with other buildings.

    • Will Potter

      Yep you should build them. One is always better than nothing.

      • Akachii

        Thanks Will! this guide is very helpful!

        • Will Potter

          You are very welcome buddy. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  • nadiah

    Hi, I just started th8 a few weeks ago, but I didnt see this guide yet, so I kinda messed up a bit? Well, I upgraded my air defense to level 6 first, and upgraded my drag(lvl3) and hogs(lvl3). I also maxed my de storage+drill. So what do u think I should farm for next?? My dark barracks is only level 2 cause i Dont really know how to gowipe in clan wars so yeah..

    • Will Potter

      Just follow the rest of the guide above buddy. And get the Golem. He is one of the most important troops in game. With Golems, you always can get easy 3 stars at the late TH8.

      • nadiah

        Okay thanks for the tips man ^.^

  • JADES

    I am getting really confused. I try to follow the advice in this blog, The “Upgrade Order for Buildings” blog, and the “Troop and Spell Upgrade Orders Quick guide”, but they all say something different.
    I try not to upgrade more than 2 defenses (of any kind) at a time (unless I have one that is just about to be done), and just recently switched to the Golden Planet layout after repeatedly getting raided by TH9’s for my DE with my own design.
    As you can see by the image I’ve included, I also bank as much elixir and DE as I possibly can.
    For troops and spells, I have the following:
    BK going to level 10 (as you recommended)
    Dark Troops:
    (3) Minions, (3) Hogs, (1) Valkyrie
    Troops:
    (5) Barbs, (5) Arch, (4) Giants, (4) Goblins, (4) WB, (3) Loons, (5) Wizards, (3) HF, (3) Dragon, (1) P.E.K.K.A,
    Spells:
    (4) L, (4) H, (5) R, (1) Poison, (1) EQ

    So I have a few questions if you don’t mind.
    1. Since my mortars are all now maxed out, should I only be working on wizard towers and Teslas until they are maxed out then move on to other things as I think the guides suggest?
    2. Should I unlock the Golem first then upgrade either my WB or P.E.K.K.As,(My next goal for my DE is to upgrade my Hogs to level 4 since my BK is maxed.), or upgrade then unlock?
    3. I get really confused with this one. Should I upgrade my Air Defense to level 6 before continuing to work on my archers towers, or the other way around? My clan is mainly a farming clan and we rarely go to war. The blogs both say something different here.
    One last question.
    4. One of my sons will be going to TH8 soon, and we have not upgraded his Hogs yet. His BK is maxed at level 5 and almost all of his other troops and spells are maxed as well as defenses. Should he wait to upgrade the hogs till after he gets to TH8 since level 6 BK is 22,500 DE and hogs are 20,000, or should he upgrade them now? None of us really use the hogs right now (Most of my clan mainly uses B.A.M)

    Sorry for the long post and so many questions. I just want to make sure that I am doing everything right so that when my clan ask for advice I don’t advise them wrong and so that it doesn’t take forever to get to the next TH level.
    I’m totally a fan of your blogs and think what you do is awesome! Keep up the great work! 🙂

    • Will Potter

      Hi JADES,
      I confirm that they are slightly different, but based on your playstyle, you can choose the best one to fit.
      1. I recommend you do that.
      2. IMO Hogs + Golems based attacks are always much easier to get 3 stars than GoWiPe. You should get the Golem.
      3. If your Clan don’t play Wars much, just upgrade the Archer Towers!
      4. Just upgrade what you use most JADES. You can upgrade the Hogs later.

      Thanks for visiting my blog again :D.

      • Arnab Gharay

        yup, upgrade what u need don’t blindly follow ,i did not update pekka , i mostly do goho,mass hog, where i can snipe 1 ad mass drag.belive me after doing goho u wont want to do any other attack again , i even 3 star new th9 with goho , 2 golem,1 pekka in cc

    • Shafkat Rafim

      What should I upgrade first hogs or golem

      • Will Potter

        I think you should upgrade your Golem first mate!

  • jj

    Have any tips for TH7

  • joseph

    Is it okay to upgrade dragon first before Archer, and air defense before mortars?

    • Will Potter

      That’s okay If you want to focus on Clan Wars buddy 😀

      • joseph

        Thank you, hehe, after air defense what is the best to upgrade next?

        • Will Potter

          If you focus on Wars, I think you should upgrade the Wizard Towers then Mortars and Archers Towers.

          • joseph

            How about the barracks? When will i open pekka and golem?

          • joseph

            Thanks a lot will

          • joseph

            Thanks will,

          • Will Potter

            You are very welcome buddy!

          • joseph

            Will, who create the 813 attack? That attack is great

          • Will Potter

            LOL truly I really don’t know who buddy but JTJ named for it!

          • Will Potter

            Open them when you think you can’t 3 stars with Dragons anymore buddy!

  • nick

    Thanks

  • gowtham goel

    Hi will I am being raided always wat to do??

    • Will Potter

      Try to change your league buddy!

      • Emperor Eye

        what leagues do you recommend that is safe for th8’s will?

        • Will Potter

          I think Silver I and Gold III are pretty nice for Town Hall 8 at this time!

          • Emperor Eye

            Thanks will!

  • rai

    Hi Will, I have a max th 7 and I’m planning to use drag+light+eq for war on the early until mid th 8 so can you please suggest me in what order should I upgrade my troops & spell? I was thinking about upgrading archer first before dragon for the sake of easier raiding but I’m worried it will take too long because my clan is focusing on war.
    I’m using android btw. Thank you for this awesome site 🙂

    • Will Potter

      HI, I think you should upgrade your Archers at first for farming easier. And please comment Android just in the Giveaway page. Thank you buddy!

  • JADES

    I just had to give this blog post some love. I have been using the Golden Planet design for quite a while now, and I guess you could say that I am currently mid TH8. The most DE I have lost in an attack with this layout is 640 against a TH9. I managed to get through the 40,000 hog upgrade with it, and I was very happy! 🙂 I am now currently upgrading my P.E.K.K.A to level 2 and almost at the 60,000DE for the Golem upgrade. Two days ago, I decided to try a new layout, and after reading a lot of the reviews, I decided to try “The Nerd”. Within the first attack, again by a TH9, I lost over 1,800DE, so I immediately switched back to the Golden Planet layout, and so far, I have not had anymore problems with losing large amounts of DE. Thanks for giving us such a great layout! 🙂

    • Will Potter

      The Golden Planet is such a Golden layout, just like its name.
      You are very welcome buddy. Glad to help you!

      • Emperor Eye

        I’m using Oregon 13 layout, is it on par with golden planet ? Just asking.

        • Will Potter

          Both of them are great. I have no idea about this at all. So sorry buddy!

          • Emperor Eye

            thanks will
            i have both of them into my layout editor.
            I’ll try and post a screenshot soon. for results.
            btw great base. i like the separate storages on oregon 13 and golden planet.

          • Will Potter

            Nice, looking for your great results Emperor!

          • Raku

            using golden planet

          • Will Potter

            That’s awesome!

  • Ugyen Namgay

    Hi Will I have just recently upgraded to th8. Why is that am always facing maxed th8 in war when I am just at early th8? The best troop I got for clan wars are lvl2 drags which are not effective against maxed th8.Plus it’s becoming really hard to get loots while farming. Please give me some tips which troops to take for clan wars and a war base for early th8. I got lvl 2 drags and hogs, lvl 4 loons and wiz. Thank you.

    • Will Potter

      Hi buddy,
      What is your positions in Clan Wars? Is your mirror having maxed troops?

      • Ugyen Namgay

        Yes Will his troops are maxed.

        • Will Potter

          Does your Clan have rushed players?

          • Ugyen Namgay

            Yes we have rushed th8 and a rushed th9.

  • Emperor Eye

    I’m upgrading my lightning to lvl5 and nxt wallbreaker then what’s next? Rage spell or Hogs to lvl4? Thanks
    Btw I got delayed with the WB because of my hogs and dragon. Because I’m planning to use zapquake and dragrider in my next wars.

  • aqil

    hi will my townhall 8 defence and walls are maxed, and i am upgrading my troops but i want to move to th9 so i can buy queen, and my king is level 10, i will upgrade my troops on th8. i am in champion league 2.

    • Will Potter

      You can farm much better with the Archer Queen. Good luck further buddy!

      • aqil

        thanks will that what i was thinking! 🙂

        • Will Potter

          Good luck with Town Hall 9 buddy!

          • aqil

            🙂

  • Ray Revis

    I recently hit th eight it says to upgrade your barb king to higer lvl rather than getting fifth builder is this what y’all recommend also? I don’t have enough to do both so please tell me what y’all think will benefit me the most?

    • Adam

      Well you SHOULD NOT use any gems until you have all 5 builders, definitely. I mean like really. Don’t. It will be a lot easier with 5 builders, and you can buy just about everything else using elixir and gold. Once you have 5 builders, I recommend boosting your barracks.

  • Mustafa Ariwala

    Nice guide put my th on upgrade yesterday.

    • Will Potter

      Nice. Good luck with Town Hall 8 Mustafa!

  • Really awesome guide I love it 🙂 I kept townhall to upgrade to level 8 yesterday

    • Will Potter

      You are very welcome buddy! Good luck with Town Hall 8!

  • atharva barge

    Guys I m not able to get my 4 builder hut as i m the leader of clan so i have to fulfill all the req and i lose my my many gems in that and also my almost all achievements all completed so no chance of getting extra gems so plsss help me to give a cool soluton and also my drag attack is always failing in the war though my drags are lvl3 so plss help me

    • Will Potter

      What is your Town Hall level buddy?
      Also, If you don’t have enough Gems, just don’t be a leader!

  • Dhanush Athikari

    Will iam new to th8 wen do u think i shud put dark spell factory…?

    • Will Potter

      I mate,
      I think you should buy the Dark Spell Factory right after upgrading your current Spell Factory!

      • Dhanush Athikari

        Thnks bro!!!!!!!! ??

  • Rajesh Karekkat

    i upgrading all my buildings to max on th8, and my troops bars(5), archers(5), wizards (5), balloons (5), dragons (3), pekka (3),goblins (4), wallbreakers (3),healer (2), minions (3), hogs (3), walkyrie (1), golem (2), barb king(10)…i prefer to stay on th8 unless all my walls will be of lev 8…and too hv to upgrade my hogs to lev 4, healing spell to 5, minions to lev 4, both de spells to lev 2,,,will it be wise for me to wait till all these to be upgraded or shd i go for th9..i always want all my stuff to be max before i jump to th9, need ur opinion guys…thanks will for the great page…love it

  • Mirza Medanovic

    Is it smart to collect all loot in your clan castle if your clan is active and then use it when you really need it for an expensive upgrade???And i just cant farm,i know i need to raid but i farm elixir and i cant use potions,even if i find base with 300k loot i get about 100-150,i know im looking for bases where loot is in collectors,but anyways its so hard to farm elixir,can you help me??? 🙁

  • Wendell Lanphear

    thank you will fro showing me this. i needed it.

    • Will Potter

      You are very welcome mate!

  • binayak

    i am a th 7 can u plzz tell me what should i do to go to crystal and i also want to collect loot with it can u plzz help

    • Will Potter

      You can go to Crystal easily by finding bases with TH outside at this time. You should use Dragon armies for pushing. Otherwise, you should only target other TH7 players for easy wins.

  • binayak

    i have another th7 max id going to be th8 i need help for war so what should i do

    up clan castle
    unlock peeka
    unlock dark spll
    up lab
    plzzz reply i will be waiting for ur answer bro

    • Will Potter

      You should upgrade your Dragons when you hit Town Hall 8, after that, you should start working on your Golems and Hogs.

      • binayak

        thank u so much bro

        • Will Potter

          You are very welcome mate!

  • binayak

    hii your previous advice was nice i am now upgrading my lab bt i need 1 more advice in my clan wars i recieve max th 8 bases i am th 7 max yesterday got to th8 can u help how should i attack them i have drag lvl 2 and hog lvl 2

    • Will Potter

      I think you shouldn’t attack him. Just tell your Clan about that.
      Also, If you have to do that, just use Dragons!

  • binayak

    HI I WANT TO ATTACK A WAR BASE ITS OF TH8 ALMOST MAX THE KING IS INSIDE BUT THERE ARE NO GIANT BOMBS INSIDE IT BUT THERE ARE HIDDEN TESLAS INSIDE IT CAN I TAKE 3 STAR WITH HOG LVL 2

    • Will Potter

      Can you post that base here?

      • binayak

        i already attacked and got 2 sstars

        • Will Potter

          Thanks for the update mate!

  • Ben Chapman

    Hi. I’m a Town Hall 8 with nearly maxed defenses, all maxed walls, with 5 builders. the only upgrades left are one Tesla Level 5, 3 Archer Towers Level 9, 2 Cannons Level 9, 3 Level 11 collectors, the rest Level 10 collectors.

    At the moment I got 1 builder working on Archer Tower, 1 on Cannon, 2 on Tesla. Should I have the last builder working on the final Tesla so that all of my Teslas are upgrading at the same time or work on the collectors?

    I meant to use it on the Tesla, then when there’s one builder free after finishing one of the Teslas I would upgrade to Town Hall 9. What do you think of this?

    • Will Potter

      Hey Ben,
      I think you should upgrade your Collectors at this time. If you upgrade your last Tesla, your village will be very weak on defense.
      But If you want to upgrade to Town Hall 9, just go ahead, you can absolutely upgrade your Tesla later then!

      • Ben Chapman

        Well thanks but I’ve already started the Tesla upgrade about 6 hours ago Will, as I hate idle builders. Apparently I don’t care too much on defense. At least that’d be an excuse for me to do some raid.

        At this moment of writing my storages are all full again, so I guess by rushing to Town Hall 9 after getting one free builder next, it’d be a challenge again. Farming is the life man.

        • Will Potter

          Wow, your farming skill is insane man! Good luck with Town Hall 9!

        • insan fahmi

          with your farming speed, you should rushed to th9, 2 or 3 months ago.

          In another dimension, there are another you who rushed to th9, and today, he is the same, dont care about defense, maybe his defense may weaker from you today, but today, he already got 220 army camp, 2 maxed drill, 2 lvl 6 dark barracks, lvl 15 Archer Queen

          • Ben Chapman

            I stopped clashing midway through TH8 a few months ago. Started playing back after the new year, so I took my time to set my pace. It was only after my walls are all maxed out and my storages are getting full always all the time that I realize I’m farming quite okay. I’ll be a Town Hall 9 tonight anyway.

          • insan fahmi

            i see.. good luck with th9, its the most fun place to play.

            A little advice, just focus on farm dark, its better if you could upgrade both of your heroes in the same time continously, by the time your building and lab maxed, you will have 30/30 heroes too.

  • binayak

    hii bro thnx for ur site it helps me a lot to know more about coc attack stratergies and defence layouts and different plannings thnx for ur work

    • Will Potter

      You are very welcome mate! It is my pleasure and I am very glad to hear that you really like my site!

  • Unfinished Sentenc

    Hi
    I’m a town Wall 8 trying to push to champions league. What army strategy should i use?
    People recomend me to use full drags, gowipe…. but im not sure if it is the best strategy to face tw 9/10. And about the spells? Should i use 3 rages and a poison or should i use 3 lightings and an earthquake to destroy an AD?

    • Will Potter

      Hi mate,
      The best strategies for you are GoWiPe and Mass Dragons, for sure. I think you should bring 2 Rages + 1 Healing, but it depends on the enemy bases also, and aim for 1 star Win.

      • Oni

        I use 20 giants 21 wizards 8 wallbreakers 3 healing. 1 hour training time. so far i only lost 1 attack. I’m now at crystal I and still use this

        • Indranil Chowdhury

          giwi is really great if you can do it perfectly. One of my clanmates reached master 2 using giwi

    • insan fahmi

      if you use mass drags, get your Lightning to lvl5.

      so you may bring 2 LS, 1 Earth, 1 Rage

      Just Aim for Th9 that still have lvl6 Air Defense, Destroy 1 with 2LS+eq.

      THats mean, you had 10 drags with 1 Rage for getting 1 air defense, townhall, and Dark Storage, its not that hard right?? should be easy 2 stars or minimum 1 stars

      And another thing is, Gowipe is harder to play than mass drags. So if u choose the easy one, use mass drags. But if you bored, you may try gowipe and polish your ground troops skill.

      • Mr. Timm

        Clash Tutor has a great video on GoWiPe. One of the most important things is to time your rage spell so that your wallbreakers are raged along with your tanks (Golems, Pekkas, BK). This blows open huge holes in even the highest walls, and your wizards will do the rest! Good luck!

  • insan fahmi

    Or, Ultimate Town Hall Guide for th8 is, to combine th8 and th9

    Most of people, when they stay too long in th8, the problem they are facing is, having maxed elixir storage, because there is not much elixir building in th8, even they can’t dumpt it to the wall. And the problem for th9, usually, they need very much elixir, there are a lot of elixir upgrade there !!! so why not combining it??? getting gold building and elixir building upgraded at the same time

    And the benefit of rushed to th9 is, you may get archer queen / grind your hero faster !!!!

    Lets imagine this way, there are 3 players, Player A, Player B, Player C

    Player A choose to maxed th8, so after 4 months, he move to th9, with 200 army camp, probably lvl 10 King and lvl 2 Queen, with maxed th8 defense.

    Player B, that choose to jump to th9 after completing farming troops in labs. After 4 months, he will have 220 army camp, 15 King / 15 Queen, with half maxed th8 defense, 4 lvl 7 tesla, 2 lvl 1 or 2 x-bow, lvl 6 loon, lvl 5 hogs.

    Player C, have same move with th9, but choose not to build any th9 defenses, or in another words going th8.5. After 4 months, he will have 220 army camp, 15King 15 Queen, with almost maxed th8 defense, lvl 6 loon, lvl 5 hogs.

    in 4 months, players A have slower progress that other 2. And if i could turn back the time, i will choose to play like player B, because player B, in the end of the day, have faster progress than the other 2

    And for your information, farming at th9 is faster than farming at th8, especially farming dark elixir.

    Actually, i regret that i had to stay in th8 for long time, My friend which is in th9 always exaggerating and scaring me that farming in th9 is hard, everything is so expensive. So i hesitate to rushed to th9. But you know what? after i experience it staying in th9, penalty loot is not really gave impact, in fact th9 may farm faster than th8, because they may found inactive base of th10 more frequently than th8. 7 maxed mines, 7 maxed collectors, 3 maxed drill…. manytimes worth up to 500k/500k/4k for th9

    • Will Potter

      I always recommend rush to Town Hall 9. It’s definitely the best place for farming, especially with the Archer Queen!

      • Love Behl

        i maxed all farming troops except goblins and wall breaker should i go to th 9

  • Dr.GHõ_ØST

    I loved this guide…,,,awesome one mate….this a great guide which helps every player to get a head start before going to th8 or 9 and I thank you guys for taking time out of ur schedule to help me as well as other clashes I thank u guys very much God Bless You All ???

  • max

    Hi will. I am a new th8 with a lot of upgrades to go. I am wondering when is the time to upgrade my king. Do i have to focus on farming gold and elixir or dark elixir. I only have level 4 archer,giant,goblin and others while my barbarian will be lvl 5 in another few days. I mostly do war and i hope you can advice me on what should i do,what should i upgrade and what strategy should i use.

    • Will Potter

      Hello max,
      After the Barbarians, you should upgrade your Archers. They will help you farm much better. If you want to join the Clan Wars, after Archers, you can upgrade your Dragons immediately.
      You can focus on the King after upgrading your Dragons.

  • Indranil Chowdhury

    I would personally prefer to upgrade my lightning after my drags so that i can carry that extra rage as 2 lvl5 lightning and a quake can clear 1 lvl 6 ad. Also if 2 ad’s are close bye zapquake with lvl5 light is better.

  • Andrew

    Is there a th9 priority list? I’m a maxed th8 upgrading to th9 and I’m trying to get my base and troops ready for war as fast as possible.

  • Shubham Pal

    should i upgrade pekka lvl 3 first or others troops in laboratory

    • Will Potter

      What are other troops mate?

  • Eyeballs9990

    Do you think I should upgrade my healing spells to level 5 or rage spells to level 5 first? I would appreciate your help. Thanks!

    • Will Potter

      It depends on what strategies you use buddy? If you use Hogs, upgrade your Healing Spell first :D.

      • Eyeballs9990

        Hey Will. I am using mass dragons at the moment, 2 zap 1 quake 1 rage, but I am upgrading my hogs to level 4 currently. I think I will go with rage as I use it nearly every raid

        • Will Potter

          Cool! You can work on your Healing Spell later. Good luck with your raids mate!

  • Paul maarti

    how about 2nd dark barracks should build that for the last? if not what step in your guide should add that?

    • Will Potter

      You can buy the second Dark Barracks anytime after finishing your farming troop upgrades :D.

  • Indignatodentro

    Nice guide but there is one terrible advice here: “walls: Upgrade them when you have nothing to build with your builders” NO WAY! Walls should be done BEFORE most of the defences or your war weight will increase for no reason! more defences means stronger opponent! You first upgrade walls and you will find yourself with easier opponents in war: simple!

    • Will Potter

      1 war doesn’t cost much weight but a lot of walls will significantly increase your War Weight for sure. I recommend working on your troops first If you want to focus on Clan Wars!

      • Indignatodentro

        Sorry my comma button doesn’t work! Troops sfirst for sure! ALWAYS! Walls generate less weight than defences and this applies also to muliplayer; not only in war! Walls weigh nothing until lvl 4 and when maxxed they all together weigh considerably less than all defences. In my clan there’s a guy with my same level and I remember when we turned th7 together; both VERY active and both pretty decent clashers! He privileged upgrading defences as you say and I privileged walls storages collectors etc: he always was 3 (3!!!) positions higher than me in war and always got tougher opponents! I won more war stars than him and helped the clan much more than he did! When we both switched to th8 (I upgraded 10 days earlier) he was short of resources whilst I was loaded because once u finish the walls/storages etc resources come out of you ears so when we upgraded the TH I could immediately rush my upgrades iwhilst he had to wait a good while to get things going! Ever since he’s been following my strategy too!
        What I say doesn”t apply to all levels! At th9 and above things are a bit different; walls are not so essential when you switch to th 10 so no need to max them at all cost! Your guide is a precious tool! Cheers!

        • Will Potter

          Thanks for the great share buddy! I appreciate it!

  • Hefaestus

    Is the troop upgrade order here still recommended? Or should valks be prioritized more now?

    • Will Potter

      Hog Riders are still better than Valkyries for sure!

      • Hefaestus

        Thanks Will. Upgrading to TH8 now… gonna be a long time in 8 I’m sure…!

        • Will Potter

          Actually you can upgrade to Town Hall 9 whenever you want, just upgrade your farming troops and you will be fine man!

          • Hefaestus

            Really? Hmmm. Farming has definitely never been a problem for me, since I use the milking strat. So I might go to 9 fast-ish!

          • Hefaestus

            Alright so here’s a question then: currently my defenses are TH7 level, max TH7 walls, and almost all troops are TH7 upgraded. TH8 will be done in 7 days. What should I work on upgrading prior to rushing TH9? I would assume lab, clan castle, camps, and some troops?

          • Will Potter

            Hello, after upgrading your farming troops and Clan Castle, Army Camps, Spell Factory, you can go to Town Hall 9!

          • Hefaestus

            Great! Thanks again Will. I find this website to be the best COC resource out there. Keep up the good work!

          • Will Potter

            Thank you very much buddy! It’s my pleasure!

  • Yash Samtani

    I rushed to th8, is there any ez way to recover

    • Will Potter

      Just keep farming. That’s all I can say buddy. Focus on upgrading your troops first. You may also want to give this a try: http://cocland.com/guides/fix-your-rushed-village-with-ash

      • Yash Samtani

        I’m solid and not rushed as a th7 offense(I just upgraded to th8 but am stuck 1-3 levels behind on defences(2/3 mortars Max for th7 though). Should I continue offensive farming or try to upgrade defenses. Also I use the milking strategy.

        • Will Potter

          You even can rush to Town Hall 9 If you want. Just take it easy buddy!

  • Raswanth

    Will,so should we first build all new structures(including walls)and upgrade it to before th7 level or vice versa and start lab upgrade??I need to know this as my alt account is reaching th8

    • Will Potter

      Hello! I recommending working on your troops first If you do Clan War. Otherwise, just buy the new buildings!

  • Raswanth

    thx Will!!

  • Raswanth

    Will so at the beginning of th8 we should not build the new walls or structures,instead we should start lab,cc and so on right???

    • Will Potter

      That’s right buddy!

  • Raswanth

    thx will!!!

    • Will Potter

      You are very welcome mate!

  • David Rustoff

    TH8 Building Upgrade Order is very good i like it… thanks

    • Will Potter

      You are very welcome mate!

  • Pratyush K

    I use a troop composition which is not entirely sure farming or trophy pushing but it gets me decent loot and save a ton of resources 20 giants 4wbs 60 archers 32 barbs 4eq (3eq+1 in cc) 1heal and rage (both heal and rage optional)gets me 2★every time

    • Will Potter

      Nice! Thanks a lot for sharing this buddy! Your rock!

  • Atharv Tare

    hey will, i m confused i currently have 4 builder working on 1.dark storage 2.tesla lvl3 3.ad to lvl5 4.wiz tower to lvl4…. i am currently upgrading wall breaker to lvl5.. now what should i upgrade next.. plz give me some advice… sorry for bad english

    • Will Potter

      Can you show me the screenshot of your base and troops buddy?

      • Atharv Tare

        ok bro i have send it.. can u plz tell me now

        • Will Potter

          Upgrade your Archer Towers then rush to Town Hall 9, seriously!

  • Love Behl

    see mine base screenshot balloons is going to level5 and i have 65000 de .what should now i have to max in troops and buildings

  • Love Behl

    plz help me should i rush to th9

  • hari

    i am in th8 do i really need update all my troop and even after my defence updated

  • Swastik Raghav

    Hi.
    I am rushed th8. Please help my in my upgrading order.

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  • leVinchy

    I got my 5th builder on TH 7 by try-harding my way to Masters League. And now I have to wait for an eternity to finish all my Lab Research… the… hell… was the reason for my 5th builder!!!