Holo Strategy for Town Hall 8

Hey guys, especially Town Hall 8 fellows. It has been a long time to see a new strategy guide for Town Hall 8 right? Today I am going to show you a pretty easy-to-use strategy called HoLo, a combination of Balloons and Hog Riders.

A big thanks to Rob P from Holder Clash for giving me the ideas to complete this guide.

HoLo Attack Strategy

HoLo Attack Strategy

Your HoLo army can easily crush the enemy bases If you know how to identify the correct base to attack with this strategy. HoLo is definitely not a strategy you can use with every base layout.

Depending on the enemy base, you can device which type of HoLo should be used. There are 2 types of HoLo attack in game are Traditional HoLo and Reverse HoLo:

  • Traditional HoLo = Deploying Balloons first to take down all outside defenses then sending Hog Rirders into the core.
  • Reverse Holo = Creating funnel, sending the Hog Riders into the enemy core to take down Air Defense then deploying Balloons to take down the remaining defenses.

You can see more details in this video:

HoLo Army Composition

Based on the enemy base and your attack style, you can adjust the number of each troop. Normally I’d like to use this HoLo army composition at Town Hall 8:

5xBarbarian 2xArcher 7xwizard 18xballoon 15xhog

Clan Castle: 5xhog

king 3xhealing spell 1xpoison spell

Note:

  • Let’s assume that you have 200 housing spaces.
  • Barbarians and Wizards are for dealing with Balloons and Dragons in the Clan Castle.
  • Due to the slow movement speed of Balloons, Archers and Wizard work as cleanup troops.
  • I highly recommend using this strategy with level 4 Hogs and level 5 Balloons.
  • You can use Goblins instead of Archers If there are a lot of Storages outside the base.

How to HoLo at Town Hall 8

Killing Clan Troops

Regardless of your attack strategies, If you want to use Hogs, you always need to kill the enemy Clan troops at first. With the emergence of Poison Spell, nowadays we just can see Dragon and Balloons in the defensive Clan Castle.

With just couples of Barbarians, Wizards and some easy deployments, you can easily take them down:

  1. Luring the Clan Castle out. If the Clan Castle is centralized, deploy 1-2 Balloons or Hogs to lure them out.
  2. Deploy 1 Archer/Barbarian on unprotected building to lure them to the corner.
  3. When the Dragon starts attacking your bait -troop, deploy 1 Barbarian nearby and 2-3 Wizard right after your Barbarians. Keep sending Barbarian one-by-one before the Dragon kills your Barbarian. Don’t forget to drop your Poison Spell on Dragon to slow it down.
  4. The Dragon will be killed after just a few seconds. You can read more about this at Dealing with defensive Dragon at Town Hall 8.

killing-dragon-govalo

Why don’t use Archers in stead of Barbarians?

Because of the Wizard and Archer attack range, the Dragon may target your Wizards in stead of Archers.

Traditional HoLo

Below is the featured type of base you can easily crush with Traditional HoLo: Air Defenses are very centralized and most outside buildings are not covered by Air Defenses.

traditional-holo-base-type

As discussed above, we are going to use Balloons before Hog Riders.

By simultaneously sending Balloons, we can quickly overwhelm all outside defenses:

  • Use 1-2 Balloons to take down single Cannon/Mortar.
  • Use 2-3 Balloons to take down every Archer Tower and Wizard Tower.

We can see how amazing Balloons is at the screenshot above.

traditional-holo-strategy

Small note: If the Clan Castle is a bit far from the outer buildings and those defensive troops can’t affect your Balloons phase, you can kill them after the Balloons step.

Most outside defensive buildings get taken down and we still have a lot of Hog Riders + 3 Healing Spells. The job can’t be easier now. Just mass-send your Hogs Rider into the core and don’t forget to avoid open space where maybe have Double Giant Bomb.

traditional-holo-strategy-2

Place your Barbarian King and your remaining Archer/Wizard on unprotected buildings for cleaning up the base. Boom! Easy 3 stars even with max Town Hall 8!

Reverse HoLo

Here is a featured base that can be easily ravaged with Reverse HoLo, a pretty popular base:

reverse-holo

We can’t use the Traditional HoLo strategy on this base because all outer buildings are protected by the core Air Defenses. There is no point at all If we use Balloons without taking down those annoying Air Defenses, they can easily 1-shot your Balloon.

Due to the Balloon’s movement Speed, It is not a good idea If we try to use Balloons to take down the Air Defense. Using Hog Riders is much easier and more effective. We are going to find out a way to send your Hogs into the core.

After taking a look, I can see that there are 2 gaps on the outer defense ring, where we can take advantage to create the funnel for our Hogs. Those gaps are the Gold Storage between the Archer Tower + the Mortar and the Elixir Storage between the Cannon + the Mortar. I can also easily predict that there is a Tesla between the Mortar and Wizard Tower at the top.

reverse-holo-strategy-2

To make sure that our Hogs can focus on the job, I will use 3 Hogs to take down the top right Cannon and then mass-send Hog Riders into the core by holding 2 fingers next to the top Mortar and Wizard Tower.

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We all want to save your Hogs so it is not a bad idea at all If we start sending Balloons once your Hogs are in the core. It is not a big deal at all since your Hogs just need couples of seconds to take down all of those Air Defenses:

reverse-holo-strategy-4

Once again, don’t forget to deploy your Barbarian King and remaining Wizards/Archers on unprotected buildings and spread them out to speed up the raid. A lot of players can’t get the final star just because of the slow Balloons.

Don’t hesitate to ask me any question! Keep practicing and you will see it is not hard at all to get 3 stars at Town Hall 8!

  • Emperor Eye

    i have lvl5 balloons and lvl3 hogs
    can i still use this strategy?
    thanks.

    • Will Potter

      If you want to use level 3 Hogs, I recommend using them to attack early-mid TH8s.

      • Mirza Jatt

        IMO
        Surigical GoHo is the best startgey I even seen in whole clashing life..
        ?

        • Will Potter

          You will see a lot of other amazing strategies at Town Hall 9 and 10 xD.

          • Mirza Jatt

            I would like to see startgey page here when I’ll be a th9

  • Krazynewf

    Nice strategy I’m going to pass this along to my th 8 players to test in war,,, some are having a hard time going from the typical mass drag 3 lightning attacks from th 7 into dealing with a decent th 8 base,,, thanks again cocland

    Cheers ?

    • Will Potter

      Actually I don’t like using Dragons much. Pretty boring lol.
      Using this strategy is not hard at all so I hope it can somehow help our TH8 fellows.

  • Madhawa Madushanka

    This is super cool. Thanks for making this post for th8s.
    Plus im now at master 2. I hope to push champions. Using dragons+2light+eq+rage
    . My base layout is farming (golden planet). Should i make a troll base?. I can see many youtube videos but could not find any base layout with traps.( In those videos they only show sheared replys only)
    I llbe very thankful if someone can give me a link or a screenshot. Or any other recommendations 🙂

    • Will Potter

      Troll Base is really helpful for pushing from Gold to Master. I don’t recommend using it at Master and above. Just place your Town Hall outside buddy!

      • Madhawa Madushanka

        Thank you very much will. ???

        • Will Potter

          You are very welcome buddy. Glad to help you!

          • Madhawa Madushanka

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        • Madhawa Madushanka

          I went champs yesterday 🙂 thanks for helping me again 🙂

          • Will Potter

            That’s awesome. Congrats buddy!

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    I’ll have to try this out in the war my clan is just about to start fighting and report back. Overall I love using hogs, but too many hogs tend to stink up the playing field, so you need to mix it up. In our last war I saw a TH 10 attack one of our top TH 9 players with 44 hogs. The poor dope lost all of his hogs so quickly that he ended up with only 8% damage and no other troops at all. I was laughing so hard after looking at that total fail. It would have been worth money to see the look on the guys face as all 44 of his hogs got smoked.

    • Will Potter

      Using just only Hogs is not smart at all unless you know exactly there is no perfect Double Giant Bomb placement.
      My favorite combos to use with Hog Rider are this one an GoHo.

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    Will, I tried GoHo and compared it to a GoWiPe with a few minions for clean up. The GoHo gave me an easy three star. The modified GoWiPe gave me a low “fifty percenter” two star.

    • Will Potter

      That’s it. You can achieve 3 stars with GoHo much easier than GoWiPe.

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    We are doing wars back to back now, so I am going to be able to try this out next hopefully. It depends on what I think of the other base designs of the opposing team.

    • Will Potter

      Good luck Daniel. Looking for your great results!

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    Our last war was totally bogus because three of our new players didn’t attack… GRRR! I had to make examples of them. They were warned after all.

  • Budder Derp

    hey i keep geting 3 stared by th9s and im at about 1600 cups and using the mountain lion farming base. What should i do to prevent all these th9 bullys. im at mid-late th8 so im full of elixer

    • Emperor Eye

      try dropping your league.
      i recommend gold III to silver II.

    • Will Potter

      If you are full of Elixir, why do you want to keep it buddy?
      There is no way to stop that unless you go down to Bronze league, for sure. Otherwise, try to attack 2-3 times before you really log off. I am so sorry Derp!

      • Budder Derp

        I dont want to keep it! i need to spend it in my lab but my pekkas are going and its like 14 days i think (somewhere around that) No builders, barracks maxed, DE drills max, only healer, goblin, giant, and heal to do in lab beside DE troops

        • Will Potter

          We have to deal with it, there is no way to stop that buddy, that’s the beauty of the game. I am so sorry!

  • Rob P

    I appreciate the credit at the end of the post for linking my video but I would appreciate if you gave me credit at the beginning of the post as you’ve written the blog in a way that seems like you came up with the idea whereas almost all of the content from the post is from my video. You even removed our clan name and attacker name from the screenshots.

    Totally cool with using my video, just give proper credit instead of a side shoutout.

    • Will Potter

      I removed the attacker and Clan name from for smaller and better screenshots. I just moved the credit to the beginning of the guide.
      Thank you for the great video!

      • Rob P

        Can you please move the video up top as well? Thank you for understanding man!

        • Will Potter

          Done buddy! That’s great If you can also add the link of this blog into the video description. Thank you!

          • Derpity Derp

            Should I use GoHo in this one?If not,What is the best attack for me?.Ive got all my elixir troops upgraded.Minions lvl 3 and hogs are lvl 2…Otherbdark troops are lvl 1

          • Will Potter

            HoLo is good for this base! Otherwise, yes, you can use GoHo.

          • Derpity Derp

            Thanks.2 starred it with GoHo:/

          • Will Potter

            That’s pretty nice with Golem level 1 and Hog level 2 IMO!

          • Derpity Derp

            Pls help

  • Marco Delafe Orozco

    Wow. Thanks! I will pass this to my “Viking Clan!” . cheers!

    • Will Potter

      Looking for your great results buddy!

  • Chech0u

    you just denied me to your clan after will gave me approval 🙁 le sigh, can’t reapply due to “banned” any help? great vid btw, i like the strat

  • Hery

    seeing those kind of base many times, but most of my clanmates failed to 3 star it using dragon. I will share this strategy to my clan, hope can get 3 star.

    • Will Potter

      These kinds of bases are pretty popular at Town hall 8.
      Hope this strategy can help you and your friends Hery!

  • Pee Joe

    I tried this at our war yesterday and got 91%. how do i get rid of those pesky skeleton air traps?

    • Will Potter

      Hi Pee Joe,
      You can save your Poison Spell for dealing with them. There is no way to avoid those Air Traps at all!

      • Pee Joe

        didnt know poison spells work with them!!! thought only clan castle troops. thnx

        • Will Potter

          You are very welcome mate!

  • Zurn

    hogs with dragon not better? until i have ballon lvl5 at least

    • Will Potter

      Dragon and Balloon are totally different buddy.
      If you can take down more than 2 Air Defenses with Hog Riders, go with Hog Riders and Dragons!

  • The Assassin™

    Nice video guide and tips for holo strategy … Because this is important for attacking in my clan war… Thanks for creating this.

    • Will Potter

      Hopefully you will have great attacks with it!

  • Lori Chandra

    i’ve tried this strategy and i like it!but i got 91% 1star in war because no more time…how can i fix it?

  • Lori Chandra

    i’ve tried this strategy and i like it..!but i got 91% 1star in previous war..how can i fix it?

    • Will Potter

      If you can post the replay video, we can help you Lori!

  • Arrow

    I have a TH8 account and these are the bases I think of attacking in this war:

    Which strategy should I use for any of this bases?

  • Ultimit☆Cuest

    Th8 beating a th9. Impressive. I only have all th7 troops, except lv1 hogs and lv5 barb. If i use this on a maxed enemy th7, will it work? I will post the base soon…

    • Will Potter

      Hogs level 1 are really really weak. I don’t recommend using them at all buddy!

      • Ultimit☆Cuest

        lol i 3 stared it, but it was pretty crazy. I ended up with four balloons my king, some wiz, and my clan castle dragon. I think I need to practice a bit more. But, it DID work after all.

        • Will Potter

          Awesome xD

  • Brayden Mossey

    Getting hogs at th7 tomorrow, then I will have all troops, level 3 balloons, and everything else but giants (level 4) are level 3. Is this possible at th7?

    • Brayden Mossey

      And by everything else being level 3 I mean one level away from max.

    • Will Potter

      Hogs level 1 are very weak. You should go with Dragons. It will be much easier mate!

  • binayak

    this attack stratergy is awesome it is awsm stratergy for th8 beggners i recently attacked th8 base with 3 ad max and got 3 stars thnx for ur help guys

  • llSmokyll

    Sup guys! I want to try this strategy vs this th9 base. I’m th9 too. Just want to ask you if you think (like i hope, lol) destroyng that archer tower with few hogs, will send the rest of them straight to the core after taking down the mortar and the cannon 🙂

    I was thinking about taking down the queen and the cc troops with a light kill squad before sending hogs. Any tips on composition too? Thank you!

    PS. lv4 hogs lv5 loons lv10 king.. Queen under upgrade 🙁