Ultimate Guide to Hog Rider Attack at TH8

Hi guys! Today I am going to give you the ultimate guide to attacking with Hogs. This guide will just focus on explaining everything you should, must and need to know when playing with Hog Riders at Town Hall 8. This guide is from Fireteamsarefun. If you are at a higher Town Hall level, you can read the quick guide for Mass Hog Riders.

TH8 Hog Rider Guide

Town Hall 8 and Hog Riders

Hog Rider Army Composition

There isn’t the best army composition. After reading this guide, based on your favorite attack styles and the base you are going to attack, you can pick the best composition yourself.
Here is my favorite army when I play with Hogs:

4xArcher 5xBarbarian 4xwizard 35xhog king 3xhealing spell poison spell

Scouting Step

If you are looking for a base to attack with Hog Riders, the most important thing you must consider always be Double Giant Bomb locations so you can prepare and focus on that place when attacking. A base is perfect for attack with Hogs If that location doesn’t make sense (outside the base, not between defenses,…).

The second thing you must look at is other traps/Hidden Teslas and how they will affect your attack. A base with well-placed Spring Traps and trap Hidden Teslas can even take out a half of a Hog Rider army. If you see small empty spaces in the base and think those can be Teslas, regard them as other defensive buildings and predict how they will affect the pathing. Spring traps usually be placed between defenses. Always watch out for those spots and see how your Hog Riders will be lured so you can attack from where the funnel ends, trigger the traps at first.

Does that base have exposed Barbarian King? If yes, drop your Barbarian King and some troops to kill him at first then you can save a lot of Hogs further.

Does that base have any exposed defenses which are not protected by Air Defenses? Couples of Balloons from Clan Castle can do the job.

Lure out then kill Clan troops

Although this step is pretty easy but you should always optimize it for the best results of all attacks.

There are 3 options for you to do at this step

  1. Use 1 Giant/Hog Rider to pull troops If the Clan Castle are not placed deep inside the base and doesn’t require a long time to be pulled.
  2. Sending 3-4 Hogs to destroy a defense and lure out Clan troops at the same time. Normally 4 Hog Riders can always destroy a defense but sometimes with low level defense 3 Hogs are enough. I usually use this method to lure Clan troops out because It can also aid pathing of the main Hog army.
  3. Sending 6-8 Hog Riders into the base to lure, take down 1-2 defenses and accomplish eliminating Giant Bobs at the same time. The ideal base to do this is the one which has 2 side compartments, 1 has 1 GB and the another side has 1 DGB. If you go with this method, you should bring clean up troops to deal with the time.

Clan troops Vs. Clan troops


The Witches can be very useful with Hog attacks but you must know how to use them correctly. You should drop them at the corner so the Witches will have space and time for calling Skeletons to distract the enemy Clan troops and your Wizards will not be hurt when attacking from the back. You can bring couples of Barbarians and drop them right after the Skeletons. Once the Skeletons are all die, the enemy Clan troops will attack the Barbarians behind and your Witches will have time for calling their babies again as well as your Wizards will be still safe. 4 Wizards are always sufficient to protect the Witches.

Clan Castle Troops in Hog Attacks

After luring out the Clan troops, drop some Barbarian to distract them and drop your Clan Castle and then couples of Barbarians right after the Skeletons. Spread your Wizards/Archers when your Barbarians and Skeletons start attacking the enemy Clan troops. Don’t forget to drop a poison spell to slow down and drain their health.

You can see all details in the video below

Hog Rider Attack Styles

There are plenty of attack styles with Hog Riders out there but here are 3 most popular ones that I have known:

1-2 finger style: Holding 1 or 2 fingers to sending Hogs into the base. The advantage of this style is pretty simple If you are new with Hogs and you can heal a large number of Hog Riders at once since they always stick together. The disadvantage of this style is it takes pretty much time to go through the base as well as very vulnerable to Double Giant Bomb and Spring Traps

Asian Wall: Drag your Hogs in a line and then attack from a side. The advantage of this style is that it can take down all initial line of defensive buildings quickly so you can drop your Healing Spells inside the base to cover the whole base and reduce the risk when facing Spring Traps. The disadvantage of this style is that it is pretty difficult for beginners to track the Hogs during the attack and choose the best place for drop Healing Spells since they are all spread out.

Asian Wall Hog Attack

Surgical: Sending 3-4 Hog Riders for every single defense to quickly eliminate defenses. Surgical Hogs works much better than other ones because it can minimize the risk of losing troops when hit Spring Traps or Double Giant Bombs since Hogs don’t stick a lot together. Once you are pretty familiar to your Hogs, this is the best style for you. All bases with point defenses on the outer ring or spread out bases are ideal for this style because your Hogs will not need to deal with a lot of defenses at a time.

Surgical hog attack

The main attack with Hog Riders

Foremost, make sure that you have killed all Clan troops because they can ruin all Hog attacks anytime.

After scouting, find the best areas where you will drop all the Healing Spells or at least your first two spells. Once you deploy all your Hogs, the only thing you need to focus on is the placements to drop Healing Spells. Although Hogs are quite soft but they still have a decent amount of HP, don’t rush but also don’t hold the Healing Spells too long.
Watching replays are the best way to have important experience with Healing Spells. You can see how to drop them, which one works, which one doesn’t works via replays obviously. I have seen plenty of failed attacks and just because of an useless Healing Spell drop. Pay attention to every Healing Spell.

If a small Hog squad leaves your main army, just let them die. You shouldn’t care about some individuals and ruin the whole attack. Keeping the Healing Spells for the main group with 20+ Hog Riders is much more important.

If you can’t use your Barbarian King at the early of the attack such as killing the enemy Barbarian King, using him as a tanker for your Hogs is always a nice idea.

Hope you can bring lots of more 3 star wins for your Clan with Hog Riders!

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    • Will Potter

      Have you tried all bases here jay? 😀

      • jay

        Yess every single base buddy

        • Will Potter

          Okay sure. I will tell you once I post any new base!

          • Harjeet Mahal

            Anti hogs plus Dragon layout please link

      • Mirza Jatt

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  • Ali

    hi. i can say that this site is great. but your posts are for th8+. please write some posts for th7.

    • Will Potter

      Hi Ali.
      Thanks for visiting my blog. I accept your request and I will try to publish more guides for TH7 in the future. Currently you can visit this page to read all guides for TH7: http://cocland.com/tag/town-hall-7

  • andy

    nice hog war… I also use hog to war..but I also make golem for enemy cc troops then wizard will kill them all..after that my hog ready to down n make 3 stars of course..heheee

  • sumthing

    Can I do this with level 2 hogs?

    • Will Potter

      I think you should play with Hogs when they are at at least level 4. Level 3 and below Hogs are pretty soft. Just try to attack 1-2 times then you can see!

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  • Daniel M. Ramos

    Wow, when I maxed out my hogs to level 4 for TH 8 I was shocked at how effective they were. A gowipe can’t even come close! Quite a few times I have had an attack where most of the hogs are still alive at the end of the attack. It almost makes me think that I would have acheived three stars without using other troops. I haven’t tried surgical hog. I have got to give it a go and see how it works.

    • Will Potter

      Ya, they are awesome! Having level 5 Hogs and doing Surgical Hog Rider Attack is one of the coolest feelings at Town Hall 9!
      At TH9, we can use them with most ground attack strategies :D.

  • Can we have some video links?

    And btw, awesome site. Really makes CoC more vivid and enjoyable…

  • Dzeeko

    i dont get it, its all about th8 but when u see the vids they are attacking with hogs lvl 5 … what about the attack strategy’s of th 8 early-mid vs 3x lvl 6 AID’s ?

    • Will Potter

      The video just shows you how the playstyle is, I think that doesn’t matter at all!
      Hmm you mean lvl6 Air Defenses?

      • Dzeeko

        yeah lvl 6 air defenses, like what should i use here as an attack strategy?

        Edit : lvl 2 hogs / lvl 1 golems,pekka / lvl 3 drake

        • Will Potter

          You can using Zap Quake to take down the left AD + Wizard Tower: http://cocland.com/tricks-and-tips/zapquake-combo

          Using Dragons + Balloons in Clan Castle to attack from the right side. Take down the Army Camps at top and bottom with Archers or Wizards so your Dragons will go directly into the core.

          • Dzeeko

            Oh wauw ur very experienced player xD the main thing is to get always straight to the core by every attack? Cause im TH8 but im to much unknowd by many strategies

          • Will Potter

            You can imagine yourself buddy. It is not really hard. I recommend you take a look at this: http://cocland.com/strategies/dragon-attack-strategy-infographic

          • Dzeeko

            mmh okay, how long do u play CoC now alrdy? im very active but looks like im the only one in the clan thinking whats best to attack and how, so im only training myself with no help…

          • Will Potter

            I have been playing for about 2 years. And I am here to help you!

          • Dzeeko

            1 star, 62 % ….

          • Will Potter

            Did you use Zapquake?
            What is your Dragon level buddy?

  • Krazynewf

    Never got into using hogs really, upgrading barracks for hound and balloons in lab at the moment, but I think I’m going to do hogs next after reading this post.

    I think I took more away from the video showing how to use witches to deal with cc troops,, awesome idea,, hopefully I can make it work for me.

    Ps nice how in previous post you talk about how to place big bombs to target hogs now you show us how to attack with hogs,,, lol I like your style.

    Cheers ?

    • Will Potter

      Wow seems like you are a master of air attacks. Really want to see one of your guides in the future xD

      • Krazynewf

        Lol I’ve barely raided ever with balloons coming up through TH’s,,, but I see a huge benefit of max loons and lavahounds ,, few more days and I’ll have both I’ll keep you posted,,, have you done a lavaloon post? Going to look lol


  • DP

    I have been using lvl4 hogs on my 2nd account for a while now in clan wars.. Most of my clan at th8 still use drags on Anti Drag bases and fail… Hogs are a great alternative and fairly easy to do…. just pick the right base… My army comp is typically 32 Hogs, 8 wizz, 6 barbs, 2 archers. 3 heal 1 poison. lvl6 loons in CC

    Normally send in 1 or 2 Hogs to lure. find the spot where a single archer can go. drop a barb to bring the cc troops into a corner. then drop a couple of barbs followed by 4-5 wizz then when the barbs die just keep dropping the barbs as a distraction CC troops done… normally Asian wall my hogs the opposite side to where the few wizz are… use the heal spells in potential GB locations or generally by the wizz towers. use my king as a distraction use poison to kill skellie traps (useless against drags dont bother) Use the last 3-4 wizz as cleanup and drop CC loons once last AD has gone.

    Normally get 6 stars a war using that…… -Android.

  • markim187

    What should be the advisable level of heal for hog attacks?

    • Will Potter

      I think Healing Spells from level 3 are great for Hog Riders.

  • Dewott 2003

    Sometimes Pig Riders prove useless I never do this but recommend doing this: 25 Pig Riders(125 Space) Two Healing spells, One Rage Spell(And a Poison)6 Wizards(149 Space) 21 Archers(170 Space)A Lava Hound/Golem/6 Giants/6 Balloons/3 Valkyries with 3 Minions(That makes 200 space) If more than 200 than extra Meat Shields are recommended…As well as Witches. If more spell space, a Jump Spell is not required as Pigs jump the fence. Freeze Spells and Haste Spells or Extra Rage spells can help. Take your heroes too.

    “If” not yet 200 space, meat shields can be reduced. For Th7-10 there is an expected Level Three-Six Castle. What you should carry: EXTRA HOG RIDERS !!

    Please correct my mistakes(if any) Thank you to read(if you do) and hope this helps(if it does)

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for the great share buddy! Really appreciate it!

  • Bexx

    I’m pretty new to COC .. under a year — rushed my base initially (didn’t know what that meant until “kids” mentioned it. Now am on my way to pretty strong TH9 as I’ve caught up .. being new, drags seemed like most comfortable attack … but now realizing that can only go so far and so I’m going to give the surgical hog attack a whirl … will report back.

    • Will Potter

      Looking for your great results buddy!

  • Bexx

    Fail! As suspected, my support troops not high enough level … have lvl 5 hogs … and lvl 5 wizzards, and lvl 5 wall breakers … but just lvl 1 witch and lvl 1 golem (clan mate donated lvl 3 golem..) and then my king is lvl 7 and AQ lvl 5 … so, I’m going to practice the attack .. just to get comfortable, but will wait to war until I have upgraded witch, golem, AQ and King!

    • Will Potter

      Level 1 Golem is very weak at Town Hall 9, for sure :(.

  • tenzin woeser

    Thnx for this attack strategy, i can score 3 stars on every townhall 8 n th 9 rushed base

    • Will Potter

      That’s awesome. I am very glad to hear that!

  • Niraj Tamrakar

    Can I do this attack with lvl 3 hogs?

    • Will Potter

      It depends on the enemy base. With level 3 Hog Riders, I recommend you just attack new TH8 bases.

  • Clashing with sav

    What is the preferred army composition for this strategy (without golems).

  • Arjun Joshi

    Hey i m pretty good with hogs but the problem i am facing is m a new th8,, i cn 3 star th8s with mid-low defenses with my level 2 hogs, but i m facing an opponent with almost maced defenses n its still 6 days before my hogs are level 3,, cn u help with this base and propose a good strategy,, m good almost all troops,, i have level 3 drags, level 5 wzads, level 1 golem n pekka,level 2 hogs, n level 4 spells and poison,, n with todays update i cn get a level 1 eq or level 1 haste in my clan castle.

    • Will Potter

      I think Dragons + Balloons can easily clear this base. Use your Balloons to take down the top right Air Defense.

      • Arjun Joshi

        so using dragons from southwest?? and three rages i presume??

        • Will Potter

          It’s better to use this: http://cocland.com/tricks-and-tips/zapquake-combo
          to take down 1 AD, you will also have 1 Rage to use!

          • Arjun Joshi

            i cnt zapquake i got level 4 lightning n level 1 eq even if i get it from my clanmates i cn still manage only a level 1 eq,,, so no zap quake, but i cn use a haste on loons, wud that b better?

          • Will Potter

            Wew, so use Rage + 1 Haste for the Balloons. I think it’s your best choice.

          • Arjun Joshi

            Lol i three starred him, used three lightning plus one haste from clan castle. Thanx for ur help. One more ques, if i m facing an opponent with ni possible giant bomb spaces inside and his cannons are level 10 but all other defense are th7 level, so cn level 2 hogs do the job??

          • Will Potter

            I don’t recommend using Hog Riders level 2 in Clan Wars Arjun,
            Just give Dragons this job. You can do that with Hogs level 3/4 later!

          • Arjun Joshi

            Ok,, but i like hog wars! ?

          • Will Potter

            If you don’t mind having a 1 star attack, just do it man lol xD.

          • Arjun Joshi

            Lol, i three starred using hogs!! 😛

          • Will Potter

            That’s awesome LOL.

          • Arjun Joshi

            And it was close lol, just 5 sec were left, thnx to supercell for adding 30 secs to battle time, lol

  • Ethan Paul

    hey guys how should I attack this base I’m a th8 with lvl 1 hogs lvl 5 barch and Giants and wizards and lvl 2 drags i want to 2-3 star

    • Alex Lee

      Save Dark Elixir for your hogs to be at least level 3, preferably level 4. Most people will say to save for 4, but 3 worked alright for me. Also, level 3 dragons would be preferred, but level two work alright, I guess. Seeing that this base is underlevel, I would go with maybe mass drag and 3 rage spells from the lower right side. This would guarantee a 1 star because of all the buildings there. If you are successful and take out both ADs, then you should have to two star ready. Just make sure the rage spells are for your drags to take out the ADs, and make sure each spell hits at least 4 dragons

      • cjmgames

        I’d wait for level 3 dragons at th 8. I destroyed bases at th 7 with dragons but they just can’t handle that extra air defense.

    • Will Potter

      Using Dragons is much easier. I don’t recommend using Hogs level 1 buddy!

  • Ethan Paul

    this 1

  • Akhilesh Ade

    sir… i have lvl 7 th at beginning stage… and my opponant in war is at 9th with archqeen and xbow…is complete hoggs (lvl 1x 25) with dragon lvl4 , barb king, and remaining arch will be enough???

    • Will Potter

      Just use Mass Dragons and try to get 1 Star Ade!

  • F.N

    Is it possible if my hog rider is still lvl 2?

  • Thunder Flash

    Shall I be able to take down th8 early stage with lvl 2 hogs??

    • Will Potter

      It’s much better to use Dragons. Level 2 Hogs are really really bad. Don’t use them in Clan Wars until they are at level 4.

  • Avik Biswas

    How does one handle skeletons? I am learning hog attacks at th8 now. My hogs are l4, all elixir based troops are maxed. In this base, even after I lured out and killed cc troops, and took out two giant bombs, my hogs died from the skeleton traps alone. My spell timing and troop deploy was impeccable, I followed the guide given below for this base –


    • Will Potter

      You will want to save a Poison Spell for those annoying guys :(.

  • Stark Groda

    Will, I’m at early th8 but I have lvl 3 dragon and lvl 3 hog, my enemy at the clan war is a very very maxed th8 (I wonder why he didn’t upgrade to th 9, lol), I doubt zapquake can 3-starred his base cause the airdef placement is very good, but i never tried mas hog rider strategy before.. which one is better, zapquake or mas hog?

    here it is the picture of my enemy base