Goblin Knife Farming Strategy – Farming Without Heroes!

A few months above I did post a small effective farming strategy with Goblins and a lot of players have been using it since then. Although it is an extremely farming startgey (you can read more about it at here) but it’s pretty hard to get Dark Elixir, especially for late-TH9 players, people who just care about Dark Elixir after maxing everything with Gold and Elixir. That’s why today I am going to show you a brand new Dark Elixir farming strategy for Town Hall 9 and 10, which was shared by Atekihcan!


Goblin Knife Farming Strategy

Goblin Knife Summary:

  1. Efficient farming strategy with lots of Goblins.
  2. You can raid 2-3 times every hour without boosting Barracks.
  3. You can easily get both Dark Elixir Storage + Town Hall with this strategy. Somehow, you can use it as a trophy pushing strategy.
  4. You don’t need Heroes to use this strategy.
  5. This strategy is for Town Hall 9 and above because Jump Spell helps you funnel your Goblins easily and because of Goblins level 6.

Why should I use Goblins?

At level 6, Goblin has 68 HP and all splash damage defensive building (except maxed Wizard Towers at Town Hall 11) can’t 1-hit them. This is one more condition for you to rush to Town Hall 9!

Army Composition:

giant Archer Wall Breaker goblin rage spell jump spell

I recommend using your Barracks like this:

  • Train 3 Giants + 2 Wall Breakers each Barrack.
  • Train 34 Archers in 1 Barrack.
  • Train 30 Goblins in each of the rest 3 Barracks.

It takes about 25 minutes to finish but If you queued up, lots of troops will be ready when you back to your Home village after reading. If you want to train troops a bit faster, you can get 10 Minions for funneling.

You will want to queue your Spell Factory like this: Rage -> Jump -> Rage -> Jump. Because I usually just use 1 Rage and 1 Jump every raid, most of the time my spells are ready by the time my army training is finished.

That’s great If you can request Giants for the Clan Castle but that would be okay with any kind of troops.

It’s totally okay If your Heroes are being upgraded as they are purely optional in this strategy.

Which bases should I attack with this strategy?

  • Bases with 2000+ Dark Elixir. You can easily find them after a few Nexts.
  • Bases which have a clear path for Goblins to get DE Storage and Town Hall directly.
  • Don’t attack spread-out bases as it’s extremely hard to funnel your Goblins properly.
  • Don’t attack Town Hall 10 and 11 bases unless their Dark Elixir Drills and Dark Elixir Storage is easily accessible.

How to attack with this strategy?

  1. Choose a great side to attack, where your Goblins can easily access into the Dark Elixir compartment. Too many resource buildings in a patch will distract your Goblins badly and they all will be killed before getting into the Dark Elixir Storage compartment as we don’t use any Healing Spell. Ideally, after taking down outside collectors, there should be no more than 2 resource buildings before getting Dark Elixir Storage and Town Hall.
  2. Take down all outside Collectors nearby the chosen entry point with your Archers, Goblins, Minions,…  This is an important step, don’t skip this unless you want your Goblins go shopping around the base.
  3. If there are almost full Dark Elixir Drills, go and get them both! Normally I use no more than 1 Giant, 2 Wall Breakers and 10 Goblins to take down the farthest full DE Drill. After that, I select the entry point from the other side.
  4. Drop a few Giants on both side of the entry points (you can see in the video below). When your Giants are soaking damage, send Wall Breakers to the middle of Giants to open the first layer.
  5. Drop the rest of Giants -> Drop Archers in a line -> Place Clan Castle down -> Use your Heroes.
  6. Drop your Jump Spell where it opens a path to the Dark Elixir Storage and only the Elixir Storage. If you open too many compartments with resource buildings, your Goblins will not be able to get the sweet DE Storage. You will also place the Jump Spell to where has defensive buildings so your Giants can soak damage and protect Goblins.
  7. Drop Rage Spell in the core once Giants start soaking damage from core defensive buildings.
  8. Immediately send your Goblins into the core. I usually use 2 fingers to do this.

Some small notes:

  • Initially you will not get the Dark Elixir Storage in some raids because of not have the Healing Spell. Some players love adding a Healing Spell but personally I have found it’s better If you can time your troop and spell placement. Your raged Goblins can take out both DE Storage and Town Hall before splash damage buildings hit them the second time.
  • Funneling is extremely important and you must do it carefully.

Okay guys so that’s it! I hope you you farm a ton of Dark Elixir with this strategy! Don’t hesitate to ask If you need any question. Clash on!

  • Sajay Raj

    ”Don’t attack Town Hall 10 and 100 bases unless their Dark Elixir Drills and Dark Elixir Storage is easily accessible.”. This is a line written here…i think it should be 11 instead of 100 and yeah if there is a th 11 just inform me lol

    • Get Wrong

      “yeah if there is a th 11 just inform me lol” did you mean
      yeah if there is a th 100 inform me lol

      • Sajay Raj

        Yeah sorry it shld be th100

    • Will Potter

      xD Thank you very much mate!

  • SirCreepus

    Giants are also a great way of distracting the defenses like golems but costs less and more time efficient!But giants don’t have as much health as golems so they won’t distract the defense for long.Your troops will have to be quick before those giants are down.I’m not an expert at this stuff but this might help some people.And well done on another successful post Will!

    • Will Potter

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

      • SirCreepus

        Your a genius Will!Ive been using this strategy(Goblin Knife) and it has proven successful.I got over 300k gold,over 300k elixer and over 1k dark elixer in one of my first raids using this troop composition.Its very good for such a cheap but efficient army.I recommend using this to everyone reading this right now!

        • Will Potter

          This is just awesome. You rock buddy!

      • Ultimit☆Cuest

        I’m going to unlock jump really son just to try this. Those raged goblins took down the town hall In a blink of an eye. That’s amazing. Im gonna try it, as I said I’m farming for AQ

  • Aashish Aggarwal

    what is the trophy range ??

    • Will Potter

      Hello mate,
      Trophy Range = a range of trophies??

      For example, trophy range 1000-1200 trophies.

      • Hefaestus

        He’s probably wondering what league is best to use this strategy in. 1000-1200, so like siliver 1-2?

  • MacArtee

    Lately, I had a lot of success with Goblin Barch, today I found a very juice base! I am th10, ~1920 trophies, I am searching for an attack max 5 minutes 😉

    • Will Potter

      xD Thank you very much for sharing this. Hope you can get a lot of more loot man!

  • Mr.Randomly Random

    Amazing guide unbelievable! Super awesome, i have goblins lvl 5 at th 9 could they do it?

    • MacArtee

      Yes, they can 😉

    • Will Potter

      As I mentioned in the guide above, you should use this strategy with Goblins level 6 because they can survive Mortar and Wizard Tower hits :D.

  • Eduardo

    Hi , I can upgrade my TH? (sorry for my bad english, i’m brazilian)

    • Will Potter

      That’s okay Eduardo!
      Yeap, just upgrade to Town Hall 9 and get Goblins level 6 mate!

    • Arnab Gharay

      nope , if you are war person , get valk done

  • Sajay Raj

    Will potter can u please help me to send a email for being a admin…..i have tried to send it from gmail and rediffmail but in vain…is there any website from where we would have to send the email

  • Yo Nik

    can u plz right a guide on funneling

  • Traktor

    great strategy….i’m a th9 with lv.6 goblin and it work well!! ..really quick raid and every time stole min 2k. And you don’t loose trophy because often gobs take down the town hall in few sec if it’s near De storage 😉

    • Will Potter

      Glad to hear that Traktor! Thank you very much! xD

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  • Mahmud Mitul

    AWesome Strategy for dark exlir

    • Will Potter

      Thank you. Good luck with it man!

  • Adam

    Yay, once I get home after reading I will have a lot of troops already trained!

    • Will Potter


  • Devaster07

    Hmm nice farming statergy love u r guides !!

    • Will Potter

      Thank you man and good luck!

  • Chi Shing Wan ☯

    I tot its for TH10 ? zzz

  • Jagjit Singh

    well this strategy is very gud for sure… My fav troop is goblins 😀
    ..But i Will suggest u that it will better if u attck with
    2heals+2jump..Rage will of no use when attcking a base with high lvl wiz
    towers …So heal will Help Goblins to stay long take all loot avaible
    here some screens of my loot using this strategy 😀 hope u like it

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for sharing this man! You rock! xD

  • Brandon Christensen

    Am i dumb? I made the suggested amount and it only adds up to 200 and I can hold 220 at TH9.

    • JADES

      I just noticed that too. I added the 10 minions to the army composition for extra funneling, and it came out to 220 then.

  • Yatin

    Is it impossible with lv5 goblins I am making them lv 6 in lab now but I am too impatient to try this that i don’t even want to wait 8 days to get lv 6 one? any tips for lv 5?

    • Will Potter

      You can do this with Level 5 Goblin but level 6 is recommendd!

      • Yatin

        Just geting a lot de with them love it! quite fast and effective but how to deal with square layer base which dont have direct access to core? also I guess its more effective on gold one and crystal than silver!

        • Will Potter

          If you face those bases, it’s better to just skip them buddy!

          • Yatin

            on such bases goblins go around and hard to penetrate them at core! so how can we do that? Again I also like to have few hogs like 8 gient 4 hog they are quite effective to get wiz tower many times

          • Will Potter

            Hey mate,
            As I said, It’s better to skip them!

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  • Arnab Gharay

    i did this with lvl 5 goblin too but you have to but more carefull ,and watch out for those core giant bomb ..

    • Will Potter

      Glad to hear that you are doing well with this strategy man!

    • Whiskey Diet

      a giant bomb would take out any level of goblin wouldn’t it?

      • Adam

        Dude if a goblin had like 3 times the normal health a giant bomb would take out any level. I think they meant in general you have to watch out for GBs, even with lvl 6 gobs.

  • Hefaestus

    Anybody do this with level 5 giants & archers? Goblins are 6 for me, but if I don’t have to upgrade giants/archers further for this strategy to work, that would be nice.

    • Whiskey Diet

      I am upgrading giants now but have been using it with lvl 5 archers and giants for weeks. Works fine for me, but I look in silver/gold leagues so sometimes i next a lot and end up just going for 1500+ dark elixer bases. Either way, it works on th9 bases.
      Leveled up giants will make it much nicer though. I do get rushed and not always able to get my giants near the core before sending goblins because of giants dying quicker. Higher level giants will allow me to take a few more seconds to let the giants tank the core defenses before sending in gobs. Either way, lvl 5 giants and archers works fine, but obviously leveling up the tanks in your comp will make things easier. Good luck

      • Hefaestus

        I’ve been doing this for a bit now. Waited until giants were 6, which has been nice. However, I’m noticing that my level 4 wallbreakers really aren’t cutting it. Level 5s are on the way tomorrow, which should be much nicer for taking out skull and Lego walls.

        • Whiskey Diet

          skulls will go down with 2 wallbreakers (lvl 5), but anything higher than that i believe you still need 3 wallbreakers, but it might be two levels higher that skulls that need 3. Either way, i know im running into bases where i need 3 level 5 wbs which is a bummer cause i always send out two out of habit, then have to send in more giants and redo it all again.

  • Yatin

    Can any body who can guide me about queen walk with lv 6 goblin statergy I didnt found any good documentation or proper video of it!
    I am using goblin knife as i shifted to 9.5 and amazingly with only my de spell and no heroes i am takin de of th 10!

    • Will Potter

      I will write a guide about this soon! Stay tunned man!

      • Yatin

        If you write new guide where could I find it? means how could I know that u writed! where you going to post it!

        • Will Potter

          You will see it on the homage mate :D.

  • nanno

    This strategy is simply great, thanks, man.
    I’m trying it while my both heroes are upgrading but I’m sure I’ll keep using it when they’ll level up, too.
    It’s really versatile, you can farm dark elixir whithout losing trophies but also attack dead bases.

    • Will Potter

      Thank you so much for the feedback man! You rock!

  • Yatin

    Can we farm using this on opp having ting or box base at th 10? if yes what should be troop combo? will it able to go to core with 2 jump 2 heal and rage with 240 lv 6 / lv 7 goblins? and cc as tanking hogs? Or would you like to suggest any other army?

    • Will Potter

      Hey Yatin
      I showed the way to pull your Goblins into the core in the guide above. I think it’s better to give it a try yourself!

  • SeanK808

    What are your thoughts on using this strategy in masters?

    • Will Potter

      It works on most leagues, as long as you don’t care about your trophies “a lot” since getting Town Hall is not always guaranteed!

  • Ha ha, what did you update this time?

    • Will Potter

      Just want to bump it for new players :D.

      • Well, there have been a lot of comments on this lately! 😀

        • Will Potter


  • opurahman

    it is nice strategy of goblin.. but i don not use goblin to loot


  • Fulioso skys

    Any update ?

  • RyanOD93

    Used this while my queen was upgrading. Its good but you really need the right kind of base for it and even when you find that right kind of base its rare they have a worthwhile amount of loot

    • Will Potter

      I don’t know how are you doing but lots of players are still farming well with this strategies, in almost every league!

  • Hadipurnama Ktp88

    This strategy working well at th9, awesome

    • Will Potter

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing this mate! You rock!

  • SgtTrojan

    Does anyone share my suspicions that goblins have received a hidden nerf in the latest maintenance break? Their right hook seems to be slower, even movement speed seems slower. The stats have not changed however.

  • Harsh Gulati

    As a defender’s point of view.. this is really bad stuff!! We won’t get shield if we’re being attacked.. coz it’s less likely to do 30%damage.. but as a atacker is awesome??

  • Salman Hossain Sajib

    Give me a suggestion for TH-8 to loot drk…..

  • Smarf

    Shouldn’t it be 4 x Giants and 36 archers? Otherwise you’re sure a lot of troop space.

  • Red Med Drakon

    cool ,sur i will try it, its so good and fast dark elixir farming love it thx

  • Mj Mahedi

    What is the instrumetal’s name

  • Mohsin Asif

    Will I’m th 10 and have th 9 max defences lvl 3 inferno and lvl 8 walls I’m in champ 2 but I’m not getting profits in loots can u tell me best farm strategy for me

  • Ultimit☆Cuest

    watching the video again…whats the name of the base at 8:44? I know its like other bases on the site, but this one seems perfect for double giant bombs, and great DE protection (you know, besides against this strat) Looking at it again, I see that the walls around the core are too close together, the AQ could probably hit the inside without problem…

    I think I just like the fact that there’s a wide space inbetween the outside and the core. lol 😉

  • Saahil Mehta

    is there any other cheap attack strategy for loot and trophy for th9? and in which league i will get loot? please tell me…

  • Dibyajyoti Parida

    hey bro I am in th7 and is lokking for DE loot so how much of troops should i take?

  • Hari

    Oh Man … The video was too damn awesome! Thanks for the share