LightningLaLoon – Easy 3 Star Attack Strategy for TH9

Hey guys today I want to introduce to you guys a new 3 star TH9 war strategy. I call it the LightningLaLoon attack. You guys may have seen similar 3 star Lavaloon attack strategies with the Lightning Spell, but the strategy I’m going to share today is much different. It’s a very solid 3 star attack strategy that doesn’t need a kill squad! You don’t need a kill squad like every other solid TH9 3 star attacks.

LightningLaLoon Attack Strategy

I know what you’re thinking, how can you 3 star with Lavaloon if you don’t lure and kill the Archer Queen and Clan Castle Dragon? Well the strategy I’m going to share removes both key threats right from the start.

LightningLaLoon Army Composition

For the army composition, I like to train:

Troops: 2x healer  2xlava 20xballoon 2xhog 6xminion 5xArcher

Clan Castle: lava

Spells: 4xlightning spell poison spell

So when I said that you can use this strategy to kill the Clan Castle troops and the Archer Queen and an Air Defense all at once to start the raid, you might ask how is that possible when 4 Lightning Spells will not destroy the Clan Castle. Well allow me to demonstrate in this first attack. I have 3 very recent attacks against maxed TH9s to share in this guide.

How did I come up with this strategy?

LightningLaLoon – No Kill Squad – Easy 3 Star Strategy

Step 1 – Trigger the Clan Castle


The first step is to trigger the Clan Castle and pull out the troops in there. There are many ways to trigger a Clan Castle. Most of the time you can simply use Hog Riders to do so. So here I pulled out the Dragon and 2 Balloons with 2 Hog Riders.

Step 2 – Position CC Dragon with Air Defense and Archer Queen

Next, you need to position the Dragon next to the Air Defense and where Archer Queen will walk to. Basically where you want to drop all 4 of Lightning Spells and the Poison Spell. To correctly position the Dragon, you need to pull it will Archers on the outside of the base. In this raid, the Dragon is already flying on top of the Air Defense, so I don’t have to move it in this raid, but I’ll show you how the Archer-pull is done in the second raid.

Step 3 – Poison and Lightning to knock out Archer Queen, Dragon, and Air Defense


Next, you want to place your Poison Spell on the Dragon and rapidly drop your Lightning Spells on the Archer Queen, along with the Air Defense and Dragon in range to knock everything out. You must do this precisely. The Archer Queen’s movement is predictable. What I mean by that is that she makes the same movements by walking clockwise every time. So when you’re scouting the base and planning your attack, you should plan out the exact moment to drop the Lightning Spells on the Archer Queen along with the Air Defense and Dragon. Also, keep in mind that you can view the position of the Dragon by its shadow on the ground. To deal the most damage damage on the Dragon, you must drop your Lightning Spells as close as possible to that shadow. Also, you need to rapidly drop all 4 Lightning Spells at once. Keep in mind that the Archer Queen is always moving every 2 seconds.

Step 4 – Archer Queen + Healers on backside


With three huge threats gone, you can now use your Archer Queen with your Healers on the backside for her to clear up those backside defenses.

Step 5 – Deploy your Lava Hounds and Balloons, don’t delay!

One thing to keep in mind that this attack isn’t very time-friendly. You’re only given 3 minutes, so you need to use your time wisely. But that’s not so hard to do with this attack because you’ve already used up your spells. While you have your Archer Queen and Healers placed on the backside, you should immediately deploy your Lava Hounds and Balloons. Spread your Lava Hounds as much as you can to not only shield your Balloons but also possibly trigger red Air Bombs so they don’t harm your Balloons. You want to deploy 2 or 3 Balloons per defense while your Balloons are shielded. Proper deployment of Balloons is very important.


Step 6 – Minions to funnel the Archer Queen

With your Lava Hounds and Balloons deployed, you can put your focus back on your Archer Queen. With Balloons deployed, you should deploy your Minions right behind them to where you want your Archer Queen to be funneled. Here I sent out my Minions to remove these structures so instead of my Archer Queen being pulled down by them, she can focus on moving up north to remove the defensive threats on the back.

Step 7 – Use the Barbarian King as shield

Another thing to keep in mind is that even when you’ve removed the key threats to Lavaloon, it will still be difficult to fully destroy a maxed TH9 base with just Lavaloon and without Rage or Haste Spells. So you must use your Heroes to clean up the backside. The Barbarian King is excellent at tanking. So you can use him to shield both your Archer Queen and your Balloons, and here you can see that I used my King to shield the Queen as she removes the defensive threats over the Walls. I didn’t even have to use her ability against this maxed out base.

Make sure to watch my video. I have 3 very good examples of this attack! As well as how to counteract a Lava Hound in the CC.

Well that will be all of this new attack strategy that I really wanted to share with you guys. I’ve been having lots of success 3 starring with it. And it’s excellent against those really tough to lure anti-3 star bases that are very anti-GoLavaLoon. This is a great alternative to 3 starring those bases. So if you enjoyed this video, be sure to definitely subscribe because I’m gonna have a lot more great content for wars. Also definitely share this with your clan mates so you guys can learn a very effective way of 3 starring and winning wars.

Oh and I’m recruiting experienced war players for my war clan, Altar of War. We’re mainly looking for TH8 and TH9 players who can consistently 3 star their equal. We already have a bunch of TH10 players with lv40 Heroes. So if you’re looking for a great war clan, come join us.

  • DrayanoX

    Great strategy ! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

    • Will Potter

      Looking for your great results buddy!

  • cobain kucai | چوبين كچيو

    knock out Archer Queen 30 can with 4 of Lightning Spells ?

  • Rjay Ursal

    This an awsome strategy I try it and it works for me. Tho ir require’s high lvl hereos so im maxing my heroes at th9.

    • Will Potter

      Glad to hear that it could help you buddy!

  • Tobias Bucht

    Seems to be pretty nice and I want to use it in our current cw. I´m a th10 and so I have one spell more. Should I take 5 lightning spells (for being safe) or a rage / heal spell with me? I´ll fight against a th9.

    • Will Potter

      If you are going to attack a TH9, 4 Lightning Spells are enough. You can use Rage/Haste for the last slot.
      Looking for your great results buddy.

  • Chech0u

    Is your clan still recruiting?

    • Will Potter

      Of course. This guide is just 1 day old buddy.

      • Chech0u

        cool cool, i’m mid th8 with maxxed offense… i’m a strong attacker and plan on going to th8.5 whenever i get maxxed th8

      • Chech0u

        I have been denied 🙁

  • Chech0u

    cool cool, i’m mid-ish th8 with maxxed offense and plan on doing the th8.5. any use for that?

  • Huacaya

    Which strategy do you recommend for low level heroes? (11 king and 12 queen)

    • Will Potter
      • Huacaya

        Thanks a lot, love your website!

        • Will Potter

          You are very welcome buddy!

      • THUNDER

        GOHO Is awesome strategy.. I always get 6 stars for my clan.. Hogs r awesome.. And now m pushing to champions.

        • Will Potter

          Awesome. And I hope I could help you somehow lol.

          • THUNDER


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  • Abdul Rahim

    Good Strategy.. Let me try this one in my next attack. Hope you have an article about the ZapQuake strategy which would take out 2 AD’s if they are placed next to each other.

    • Will Potter

      Just drop your Lightning very between them. It is not hard Abdul!
      Looking for your great results with this strategy!

      • Adam

        You can actually use 4 Lightning Spells + 2 Earthquake and destroy 2 Air Defenses no matter where they are.

        • Will Potter

          Hi Adam,
          This strategy was introduced before the current update. Also, the point of this strategy is destroying both AD and AQ at a time xD.

          • Adam

            I know, I’m just saying if you were searching for villages on regular Multiplayer and you found a base where the AQ was upgrading. Then again, your Lava Hounds might not pop if 2 Air Defenses as well as the AQ were down.

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  • Daniel M. Ramos

    This is a really great strategy. There is one Achilles heel to this strategy that is kind of a strange one. If your attack is too good from the start you might overwhelm a weaker base and end up with a situation where the hounds don’t pop. The result of the hounds not popping may be a very high percentage two star victory. If you want an example of this problem take a look at the last video WiteLightningHWD posted on his youtube channel where he used his brother’s TH 9 account. It may be a rare thing, but it is a real possibility.

    • Will Potter

      That’s the thing we need to deal with all Lava Hound attacks. I faced this situation couples of times before. Sad.

  • Vũ Nguyễn

    hi Ash can i translate this to vietnamese and add to my sites ?

    • Will Potter

      Of course no problem at all. But please add the link of this guide into the article on your blog, okay?

  • Elvin Lim

    Do you have any attack with one hero for th9?

  • Hery

    can i replace the target AD with the XBOW?, i’m afraid if the lava don’t pop because the AD is destroyed by lightning

    • Will Potter

      The Air Defense and Archer Queen are the most important things you need to care. Don’t worry, your Lava Hound will explode. Just make sure that you practice couples of times before doing it in Clan Wars.

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  • Rafael

    hi ash, this is some new good looking strategy. My clanmate dont have lavahound, can I possibly use 3 lavahound and filled up my cc with balloon instead.
    think it work? Because I think it is still the same.
    Going with Gowipe sometimes it is really hard to get 2 stars, since my dark barrack has already finished for my hound, I think i’m gonna go with this. Thanks

    • Will Potter

      Yea, you can train the troops like that If you don’t have any choice. It’s much easier to control your Balloons which aren’t from the Clan Castle.

  • John Do

    What level poison and lightning are required?

    • Will Potter

      It depends on the level of the Archer Queen. I recommend using at least level 2 Poison Spell and level 5 Lightning Spell.

  • Jose V Sebastian

    Can i join at “Altar of War”??
    I’m a maxed th9 (except walls{ all lvl9[mostly], lvl8[many], lvl7[less than 40] and few lvl10 walls} and lvl14 heroes).
    I’ve been playing since august 2014…

  • senpaiashley


    gems plzz…

  • Deezy

    Will, any advice on TH10s attacking TH11s?

    • Will Potter

      For farming or for Clan Wars mate?
      If it’s for farming, I think you should press the Next button. LOL

  • Deezy

    LOL, no Will for Clan Wars. I seem to be getting quite a few TH11 matches for my TH10 guy.

    • Indranil Chowdhury

      well for attacking higher level th than yours valkries are awesome. Specially if you’ve maxed them, mass valkries can work wonders. Although 3 starring is hard but you’ll get easy 2 stars. One of my clanmates even got a 3 star on th10 being th9 using 18-20 valkries and golem and a few wiz for funnel.

  • Sean Manning

    Hey, I’ve been using this attack with great effect recently so thanks a million for sharing. I’ve come across an opponent whose AQ is nowhere near any of the ADs. Any suggestions when it comes to this? Rethink the strategy entirely?

  • Wendell Lanphear

    what level do lightning spells have to be

    • Will Potter

      I recommend using the Lightning Spell maxed level.

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    Hey Will, I now have lava hounds and max loons available to me. Do any of the lavaloon type of strategies work with level 1 hounds. Most of the guys in my clan are quite skeptical about mounting an air attack with level 1 hounds. Any suggestions?

    • Will Potter

      Hi Daniel,
      If your Hound is still at level 1, I recommend you just attack bases which have non-maxed ADs. Level 1 Hound is pretty strong, trust me!

  • Prakhar Dwivedi

    Does this work after the bowler update??

    • Will Potter

      Yes of course. There is no change in this strategy so far!

      • Palladin Warior

        it’s quiete hard when we drop the poison and cc get move,. sometimes cc still exist and it must use AQ for it,.

  • Sai Deep

    drop poison on idle cc troops make them move away from spell naa, then what do i do?

    • Will Potter

      At this update, you should deal with them by using your Kill Squad. That’s all I can say so far buddy!

      • JoeBar

        Great advice when you say in the article that you don’t need and have a Kill Squad…
        “It’s a very solid 3 star attack strategy that doesn’t need a kill squad! You don’t need a kill squad like every other solid TH9 3 star attacks.”

        Is it a joke ?


    Hey Will. Can TH 7 players reach master league. Please design trophy base for th7. Dragon attack is so costly.

  • Gaurav Kamath

    works perfect!!! but after poison spell update what i do is lure cc then drop the lightning spells then start queen walk once the cc troops comes near queen i drop the poison as the cc troops will be weakened by lightning spells so wont do much to queen

    • Will Potter

      Thank you very much for sharing this mate!

  • Haadiy Rozzaq

    Clan castle is unlureable, 60% chance it’s a lava hound, but i don’t want to waste my attack, what should i do

    • Haadiy Rozzaq

      It’s dragon plus 5 minion, i can’t lure it, please help

      • Roman

        Use more hogs to lure

    • Will Potter

      If it’s a Lava Hound, Just Ignore it. Right? Otherwise you shouldn’t use this strategy If you can’t deal with the Clan troops!

  • DavidOne

    ash make xmodgames to this tutorial ?

  • Roberto Kartoredjo

    Hey Will,
    Will it work on this base? I have lvl5 lightning and lvl1 lavahound. The enemy has a lvl8 AQ and lvl6 AD. Could 4 lightning take out the AQ?

    • Will Potter

      Yea you can give this a try. Good luck man!
      So sorry because of my late reply!

  • Louis Anciaux

    Clan is invite only… how can I contact someone about joining?

    I’m TH9.. love to game and looking for a good war family to join 🙂

  • Jett Knives Malazarte Ampoloqu

    Hello Will,
    Can you show us a warbase for anti lavaloon?
    other players mostly used this strategy on clanwar.

  • Saad Kashif

    Hey Will, Can You Tell That If This Strategy Will Work Now Or Not As We Need To Kill The CC Troops With Surrounding Some Troops Around It