ZapQuake Combo

Truly, the Lightning + Earthquake (or ZapQuake) combo is not a new strategy but I know that there are still various players that haven’t heard about it yes, moreover it is pretty overpowered If can be used at Town Hall 8 so I’ve decided to talk about this today.

ZapQuake Strategy

What is ZapQuake Strategy? How does it work?

This strategy is pretty simple. The goal of it is taking down as many Air Defenses as possible so you can get 3 stars easily with your Dragon army.

The main idea is either dropping 2 Lightning Spells on 1, 2 or 3 Air Defenses to reduce their HP to under a decent %HP (based on the below table). After that, drop the Earthquake to rip them off. Of course the Earthquake Spell can cover all those Air Defenses (4×4 tiles).

Spell LevelCostFirst Hit %
1125 Dark Elixir14%
2140 Dark Elixir17%
3160 Dark Elixir21%
4180 Dark Elixir25%

Some notes for you before using ZapQuake

  • Because of the Lightning Spell Patterns, this trick just works If the Air Defenses are placed either next to each other or in front of the Town Hall orientation. It also works If two ADs are in a line and have no more than 2 tiles distance.
  • Practice couples of times before doing the real attack in Clan Wars!
  • At Town Hall 10, Lightning Spell level 6 is good enough to do ZapQuake.

The chart below shows you the levels of 2 Lightning Spells you need to ravage each Air Defense level.

For example:

  • You need 2xΒ level 5 Lightning Spells and 1 level 3 Earthquake Spell in order to take down the level 7 Air Defenses at Town Hall 9.
  • You can use 2x level 6 Lightning Spells + 1 level 1 Earthquake Spell to ravage the level 8 Air Defenses at Town Hall 10.
Air DefenseHPEarthquake Spell
Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4
Level 1800Lvl. 3Lvl. 3Lvl. 3Lvl. 3
Level 2850Lvl. 4Lvl. 3Lvl. 3Lvl. 3
Level 3900Lvl. 4Lvl. 4Lvl. 3Lvl. 3
Level 4950Lvl. 5Lvl. 5Lvl. 4Lvl. 3
Level 51000Lvl. 5Lvl. 5Lvl. 5Lvl. 4
Level 61050Lvl. 5Lvl. 5Lvl. 5Lvl. 5
Level 71110Lvl. 6Lvl. 6Lvl. 5Lvl. 5
Level 81170Lvl. 6Lvl. 6Lvl. 6Lvl. 5

Below are some ideal bases that can be destroyed easily with ZapQuake:

ideal bases for zapquake

Here is a great old video about Zapquake

I haven’t tried all AD placements with Zapquake yet. If you have any idea, please do a comment!

  • adit

    which is better?
    earthquake first then 3 zaps, or 3 zaps first then earthquake?

    • Will Potter

      Hi adit.
      As I have mentioned in the post above, you need to use 3 zaps before to decrease the Air Defense’s HP to below 20%.

      Using earthquake first doesn’t work!

      • adit

        isn’t earthquake deal most damage while the buildings have 100% HP?

        • Will Potter

          Just try to test by dropping the Earthquake Spell first and you can see that buddy :D.

  • Taquitos

    wow! something new! a must try again πŸ™‚ thanks!

    • Will Potter

      Try it and let me know the result buddy!
      Don’t forget to practice outside Clan Wars at first :D.

      • Taquitos

        will do, as soon as i get my dragons to level4 – I’ll check if there’s a chance that a th9 would have all air defenses close to each other – 3 Lightning Spells, 1 Earthquake and 1 Rage might do the trick. but I guess it’s gonna be rare to see 3/4 AD(s) close to each other though.

        • Will Potter

          I am working on a Dragon strategy at TH9. If it is worth it to do, I will post a guide about it soon.

          • Taquitos

            Wow great! Looking forward to that, better to save on Dark Elixer. I’m Currently Doing HoGoWiWi, Consistently able to do 3stars on war, but War win bonus, isn’t enough to compensate for the DE consumption specially that I Donate golem lvl4 in our clan. T_T

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    Very interesting!!! Suddenly earthquake has become an AD killer, nice.

    • Will Potter

      I did couples of tests this morning and destroyed 3 Air Defenses of a bases then ripped it with Dragons. Pretty fun lol.

      • Daniel M. Ramos

        Excellent! I had given up on using dragons as a front line troop. This sounds like fun. Thanks for testing it out Will.

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    Of course everybody realizes that you have to take advantage of this quickly I hope. People will be redesigning to avoid this problem very quickly.

    • Will Potter

      Ya. I always can see couples of bases with 3 Air Defenses in the core in our Clan Wars.

  • Payman

    Has to be the number 1 tip post update for me. Thanks a lot for giving us such informative guides! Keep going!

    • Will Potter

      Thank you Payman.
      Now we can attack late Town Hall 8 bases which have bad layouts with just Dragons :D.

  • Vincent D. (PhantasmX)

    Caveats: Best used on AD parallel with the southeast map edge, due to lightning strike patterns. Also, when dealing with a 3-tile gap between two AD lvl6 or above and lvl5 Lightning, the destruction of both AD consistently seems much more difficult than if the tile gap was 0-2. Working on the best placement, but so far light #1 dead center, #2 up and to the left of center a tiny bit, #3 down and to the right of center a tiny bit works. Be sure to zoom in all the way and preferably use a stylus with a large screen device lol.

  • Arthur Pezelet

    Would this work on two ad set apart a wall as in the picture?

    • Will Potter

      Yep I think it works buddy!

      • Protoman

        Cool have a war about to start will post results tomo. Amazing tip hope I can pull it off πŸ™‚

        • Will Potter

          Good luck buddy!

  • Umar Umar

    Awesome using of spell i will surely try this in clan war if 2 ad are placed near each other

    • Will Potter

      Looking for your great results buddy! xD

  • markim187

    I hope the update for lightning spell won’t ruin this combo. πŸ™
    I am about to try this one.

    • Will Potter

      The bolts are a bit closer now. I think this strategy just works If 2-3 ADs are placed close together.

      • markim187

        I was able to kill max giants using a lvl 1 poison spell. LOL >_<

  • Kapil Vaidya

    Will 3 lvl 4 Lightning + 1 quake work for this combo?

    • Will Potter

      Yep, it works Kapil!

  • Ivasik

    Can anyone tell me: 2 lightnings 5 lvl and eq 2 lvl will destroy ad 6 lvl?
    It should be great having extra normal spell (rage) in mass drago attack on weakened th8 πŸ™‚

    • Will Potter

      Of course it works Ivasik. You can see that in the table above!

    • Johan Bengtsson

      Surprisingly, 2 lvl5 zaps and 1 lvl1 quake spell can take down a lvl6 air defence. The math does not seem to add up though,but maybe rounding makes 1047 hits take down a 1050 strong structure.

      • Will Potter

        This is a special case :D.

  • Taquitos

    They did some major changes with spells on the update, specially for the earthquake spell – any thoughts on this will?

    • Will Potter

      I updated this guide yesterday, after the update. It works even better now Taquitos!

      • Taquitos

        yah, saw the percentage damage of earthquake spell – they improved it! now all we have to think of right now is how to make it work for th9 hahaha! Save more Dark Elixirs yah? haha

        • Will Potter

          The EQ Spell level 4 is pretty awesome lol.

          • Taquitos

            as Soon as I get to upgrade all of my troops, after Haste Spell, EQ spell will be the next on my list. Is it really necessary to use 4 spells to destroy walls, or is there a certain level of wall and level of earthquake spell that you’ll only have to use 3 spells?

  • shrey

    hey will, any TH7 trophy pushing base??

    • Will Potter

      Hi shrey,
      If you want to do trophy pushing at TH7, just place your Town Hall outside and use a normal farming base. TH8/9 can always rip your base at higher leagues. Placing your TH outside is the best idea!

      • shrey

        okaay thankss!! πŸ™‚

        • shrey

          right now i am using deciever farming base posted by u a while ago… great result hardly got three starred and excellent loot protection

          • Will Potter

            Thank for the great review shrey! Really appreciate it :D.

  • Aung

    Hi! I think 1 AD down with 2 Zap+1 Quake plus extra rage spell is enough to get 3 star in th8.Is possible with lvl 4 zap and lvl1 Quake to down one AD6?

    • Will Potter

      It depends on lots of things Aung!
      If you just can take down 1 AD, I’d like to recommend you just use Dragons at early-mid TH8.

      You can take a deep look in the guide above, to take down the Air Defense level 6, you always need 2level 5 Zaps.

      • Aung

        Thank Will.I am early th8 my troops are mostly TH7 troops.What is your recommendation troop upgrade for War.

        • Will Potter

          Hi Aung,
          As I mentioned, Dragons are over-powered at early Town Hall 8. You can upgrade them right now.

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  • Vanjo Ayo Apuradz

    i just use this trategy and it was so ,.,. ugh,!! I guess im gonna use this again ill try to screenshot my attack soon, tnx to this #cocland

    • Will Potter

      Looking for the great results from you Vanjo!

  • ross

    Very good guide. What does in “front of townhall” orientation mean.

    • Will Potter

      Hi, thank you ross!
      After the new update, you jut need to remember that “ADs are in a line and have no more than 2 tiles distance”

  • Jay Gibson

    Can you provide any information on what impact the earthquake spell has on baseweight?

    • Will Potter

      Currently I dont’ have any exact information about this. Gonna update it as soon as possible buddy!

      • Jay Gibson

        Cool. There is a th8 trend using two lightning and an earthquake on an air defense and then having a rage spell. I am using a 7.5 base pretty effectively and don’t want to add to much weight, but the strategy is intriguing. You have any guesses on quake weight? Freeze spell numbers would be devastating.

        • Will Potter

          As I can see Dark Elixirs don’t affect my weight much and TH 8 is not a hard stage so yeah I recommend you play as a normal TH8.

  • Reynaldo Alvin

    Can 2x lv 6 Lightning Spells take out 1 air defense lv 6? WITHOUT Earthquake spell?

    • Claude

      If you look at the AD hp abd then see how much damage a lightning spell does then multiple it by 2.

    • Will Potter

      No, they can’t buddy. I have mentioned all situations in the guide above.

  • Jay

    2 level 5 lightning spell + 1 EQ level 1 … work really well !!!

    • Will Potter

      So you are doing fine with it. Nice xD

      • kick

        when do i get gems! help me please! thank you for giving gems to many help needed guys! you are good gem humanity guy in helping others for their needed builders! tell me how do i get also please

  • Yahya Alhaj Hussein

    this is an experiment that shows 2 diagonally placed air defenses

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBxvO0QxbyA

  • Jepoy Tan

    gud day guys… i want to ask if 2x L6 diagonally placed air defenses can be taken down with 3x L5 lightning + 1x L1 quake? thnx in advance!

    http://i66.tinypic.com/29m9n2u.jpg

    • Will Potter

      This seems to work! Just try it man!

      • Jepoy Tan

        ty for ur reply bro πŸ™‚

        • Will Potter

          You are very welcome mate!

      • Jepoy Tan

        Update: the outcome was unexpected, lightning was able to take down both of them w/ out the quake! and the quake just dropped by itself while i’m zooming out the map πŸ˜€ (using bluestack). Thnx bro

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  • Cali Cukka

    to be honest,
    I still use this method until this moment,
    very helpful and successful in a clan war.
    im th8 great job bro

    • Will Potter

      Why not buddy? This strategy is still pretty new xD and it’s even very useful for some TH9 and 10 attacks.

  • au docpel

    i have 9 spells capacity
    Level 5 lightning and level 1 eq
    how many Lightning? and how many EQ?

    • Will Potter

      You always just need to use 2xLightning Spells to do the job. You can practice at here buddy: http://cocland.com/tricks-and-tips/practicing-zapquake-with-goblin-maps

      • Al

        Using only 2 lighting and 1 eq is more appealing. I’ll give it a go. Thx Will.

        • Will Potter

          You are very welcome mate!

    • Sathya Narayanan

      I have 11 spell capacity. I am th11 maxed player. Till this time I don’t know this strategy.

  • Stefan Nussbaum

    this strategy is totally OP. Gonna use it in the next CW and the 8 13 dragon strategy.

  • Plot Enforcer

    for all th9s you can now destroy 2 ADs with 4 lightning, 2 earthquake(get donated an earthquake)

    • Will Potter

      Yea, thanks for sharing Plot!

  • Rahul Suresh

    Is it possible to take out these 2 lvl 6 AD at a time with 2 earthquake spells and 3 lightning spells ?

    http://imgur.com/3a36amI

    • Will Potter

      You just need 2 Lightning Spells Rahul.
      Also, please use the Goblin maps as I mentioned in the guide above for practicing.

      • pXBenZo

        Hello,

        Wondering if in the same position, 2x lvl 7 AD could be down with : 3 lvl5 Lightning + 1 Quake.

        No possibility to test on the goblin map, and I searched toooo long in multiplayer match (don’t find the same layout)

        Thx for your help!

        • Will Potter

          That only works If you have level 3 Earthquake Spell mate.

  • Kartik Katiyar

    Can 2 lvl 4 lightning + lvl 1 earthquake take down a lvl 5 air defense…??

  • Andrew

    Can 2 level 4 lightening and 2 earthquake spells take down a level 6 ad? It didn’t work for me with level one eq deployed 2 lightning then 2 eq. Would like to try with one higher eq in the donated spell slot. Thanks.

    • Will Potter

      That will never work. You will always need to follow the table above.
      Earthquake Spell works based on the % remaining HP so you always need to drop it at last.

      • Andrew

        There is no table for using more than one earthquake spell…

        • Will Potter

          Because they will never work mate!

      • jaz

        Actually, earthquake works based on the maximum hp, not remaining.

        • Will Potter

          Oh yea. Thank you very much! I have no idea why I said that LOL.

  • Andrew

    Can 2 level 4 lightening and 2 earthquake spells take down a level 6 ad? It didn’t work for me with level one eq deployed 2 lightning then 2 eq. Would like to try with one higher eq in the donated spell slot. Thanks.

  • Sam

    Does the order at which the spells are deployed matter?

    • Will Potter

      Yes, you need to drop 2 Lightning Spells at first mate.

      • Sam

        Well the max damage to the very tile its placed is same right?
        Or does it vary ?
        So y does the order matter?

  • jrg2782

    Can 2 lv 6 lightning and 1 lv 1 quake take out 2 diagonally adjacent lv 7 air defense?

    • Will Potter

      Hi mate,
      As long as the distance between them is less than 6 tiles, you can do that!

  • Oleg

    Hi Guys. Can anyone suggest if 2x 5lvl lightning spells and 2x 2lvl earthquake spells cand destroy 2x lvl7 AD standing next to each other? Thank you

    • Will Potter

      Hi mate,
      You always need to level 3 EQ to do this with Lightning Level 5.

  • max

    I am a new th8. Can I use this stratergy aginst other th8 even the distance between the ad is far. I only have level 4 lightning spell and the earthquake spell I can receive from my clanmates.

    • Will Potter

      You can use this to destroy 1 AD, that’s okay. Just make sure you can destroy that base with Dragons + 1 Rage.

  • Daniel

    Will it work if the AD are diagonal with one square of space between the corners? That is, they aren’t actually touching, but are still close. The ADs are level 6, with 3 L4 lightning and an L3 quake.

  • Wendy

    Can I take out 2 x L6 AD with 3 x L5 lightening and 1 x L2 earthquake? The Tiles of the AD’s are not touching each other, so not sure if it’ll work (see image)

    • Will Potter

      Hello Wendy,
      You can take down 2 ADs If you can take down 1 AD. That’s that. It’s just about the distance between them!

  • Patel Preet

    Hey will,I’m newly th8 nd using 2x lvl 4 lighting and 1 lvl 4 eq nd 1 lvl 1 eq. Is this sufficient?

  • Eyeballs9990

    Hey guys. I was just wondering if it is possible to kill a level 3 air defense with just 1 lightning and 1 (any level from my cc) quake. Because then I can knock out the other air defence with 2 lightning and 1 quake. Thanks! Please reply quickly as it is preparation day today.

    • Will Potter

      Hello mate. I didn’t try this before. You should give it a try in the Goblin Campaign!

  • Shahil Shrestha

    Can anyone plz tell me, can i break down the two lvl 6 ad with 3 lvl 5 lighting and 1 eq spell with some gaps shown as per in the image…..if yes how should i drop the lighting ?? Like all of them in middle??

  • anoop

    Will potter bro…
    can I destroy 2 lvl 5 ad with 3 lvl 4 lightning spell ?
    Both ad are close. I added a screen shot of that

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  • Hefaestus

    Is this table correct? By my math: level 1 EQ = 14% damage. Level 6 AD = 1050 hp. 14% of 1050 = 147 damage. Level 5 lightning = 450 damage. 2 level 5 lightning spells = 900 damage. 900 + 147 = 1047, which would not kill a level 6 AD. Is that right? You’d be 3 hp short of killing it?

  • David

    Hi I’m just wondering can you take out a lvl 5 ad with 2 lvl4 Lightning and a lvl1 earthquake?

    • Will Potter

      Everything you want is in the table in the guide above mate!
      AD level 5 can’t be taken down by them!

  • I don’t completely understand the chart above, so I’ll ask you this question –

    If I have 2 level 4 lightnings and a max eq in the cc, up til which ad can i destroy?

    • DarthPat 1977

      Level 5 AD. Max air defense at TH7.

      • Thanks. And if I have level 5 lightnings?

        • DarthPat 1977

          With Level 5 lightning and level 4 quake you can destroy any level AD.

  • jake003

    I have lvl 5 lightning, how can i take two lvl 7 air def that are horizontally placed that their corners are touching each other?
    I wany to take out into the minimum spell used..

  • biswamohan mishra

    Can I take out these 2 air defences with lvl 5 lightening spells( 3) and one lvl 1 earthquake spell….plz reply war tomorrow