Clash of Clans is an immensely popular game available on all Google and Apple devices.  I am sure you have seen the commercial for it by now.  It is free to download and is actually quite fun to play.  You start with a small village and collect resources for upgrades on your buildings. As you progress in the game you can visit other random villages and raid them for resources. You have to create your own army and defense system to protect your village from other players.  It can be a quite complex strategy game involving tons of possible outcomes, or it can just be a relaxing game to play to kill some time...or enemies.

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I will give you guys a few tips on the game and how to make your village the best it can be.

Save Your Gems

In Clash of Clans, when you first start out, there are three forms of currency:  Gold, Elixir, and Gems.  Gems are the premium currency in this game.  You can buy more gold or elixir with them or speed up on of your upgrades that it on a timer.  They are limited though, unlike gold and elixir.  The only other way of getting more gems is by removing obstacles, like trees and rocks, or completing achievements.  They are precious and meant to be saved for something important, so make sure and evaluate what you will be spending them on.

You can actually purchase gems in the games' store in exchange for actual, real-world money. I would advise against this though.  Just play the game for free and your Gems will pile up after playing for a week or so.  

Focus on a Great Defense

In this game, you are at the mercy of enemy players at just about any time.  Sometimes I will get raided 3 or 4 times within an hour.  You must have a strategically built defense in order to protect your resources from being stolen.  Walls are often your first line of defense, so they will need to be upgraded when you have extra gold.  There are attacking towers and cannons available as well that will fire at opponents that are within their range.  This is where you need to do some planning.  Place your offensive towers and cannons within your walls so that they can cover everything you own.  Once they get attacked and go down, the enemy soldiers will be able to take everything they can grab.  It is a good strategy to have inner walls within your base in order to help protect your defensive systems.

As you advance in the game, more defense structures are unlocked that you can build to further your fortifications.  

What Should I Keep Inside My Walls?

Not everything belongs inside of your protective walls.  Some buildings can be destroyed and have no effect on resources lost.  

-Things that DON'T belong on the inside of your walls:  Barracks, Army Camps, Builder's Huts, Laboratory, and Spells Factory.  

-Things that DO belong on the inside of your walls:  Town Hall, Gold/Elixir Storage Centers, and all Defensive Structures.  

Now you are probably wondering about Gold Mines and Elixir Collectors.  Those are the types of things that if you can fit them comfortably inside of your walls, then you should.  But they will be okay on the outsides as long as you make sure to collect from them a few times a day. Just make sure they are within range of your towers and cannons.

Join a Clan

Joining a clan can be very beneficial to your base.  After a couple town hall upgrades you can build up your Clan Castle.  There you can join a clan with buddies or other players.  When in the clan you can advance your rank by donating soldiers to clanmates.  This gains you experience and trophies.  You can also request troops that will be stored in your Clan Castle. While in there, they will automatically deploy when your base is being attacked to help defend. They can also be used as soldiers when you are performing a raid on another player.  

You can upgrade your castle further to house more donated soldiers.  The Clan Castle is categorized as a defensive building, so it has a range on it.  Anything that comes inside of its limits will be attacked by the stored soldiers, so make sure to place it in a good spot.

Dont Be a Target/Attack Good Targets 

Having a ton of resources in your base can be a liability because it makes you very tempting to attack for opposing players. If you can, try to spend resources as you acquire them unless you are saving for something expensive.

This strategy goes the opposite way as well.  Don't waste your soldiers attacking a base with nothing to gain from it.  You have 30 seconds to assess the enemy base if it is worth attacking. Making your soldiers costs you elixir, so expending them should be worth it for you.  It is okay to skip a few until you find a base that is going to turn out to be an overall gain for you.


I hope you enjoyed!  If you have any tips of your own, please leave them in the comments!