Clash of Clans for Android: Tips and Tricks

Clash of Clans is popular because it's built to be simple enough for kids to play, with minimal yet consistent time requirements that leave you checking in on your village frequently. It's fun, if a little addictive, especially when you get friends together to join a clan and start wars as a group.

While most elements of the game are fairly straighforward, there's a couple of things you need to know if you want to quickly climb the ranks and prove that you are the best among your friends. With that in mind, we've assembled a couple of tips that will give you an edge over your opponents no matter what level you are currently at.

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Build as many resource collectors and storage units as possible

Clash of Clans Elixir

Clash of Clans is a resource-based strategy game, and like all good resource-based strategy games you need to quickly establish as many resource collectors as possible in order to get anywhere. Building an army and attacking other villages is a ton of fun, but every minute you spend waiting for resources is a minute you're not burning someone's village to the ground, so focus on resource collection first and do it right.

Make sure you build the maximum number of Gold and Elixir collectors allowed by your Town Hall, and level those collectors up as frequently as possible. The same goes for your resource storage collectors, especially if you want to level up your Town Hall quickly. You need to be able to store resources in vast quantities to afford Town Hall upgrades, and especially in the early stages of the game this is very important.

Know your resource cycles

Clash of Clans Gold

Your Gold and Elixir are produced at a constant, predictable rate. To optimize the number of times you are checking in on your clan, take a look at the information tab for your resource generators. You'll see the rate that each system produces Gold or Elixir, and the total amount of that resource each system can hold before you need to dump that resource into their storage containers. It's quick math, just divide the rate per hour by the total and the answer is how many hours you have until that collector is full.

If your resource collectors are all the same level, you can even set alarms on your phone to remind you to check every couple of hours. This ensures you aren't losing time where your collectors are full, and you'll be able to grow your village much faster.

Don't let your opponent spawn inside your village

Clash of Clans Perimeter

Leveling up your Town Hall gives you access to a whole new range of things, and that almost always means it's time to build yourself a bigger base. If you've decided to build your walls out bigger than you need so there's room for expansion inside your village, you've probably noticed that the enemy will sometimes spawn inside your base and start wreaking havok. Fixing this is easy, as you just move the walls or fill in the space behind the walls, but it's important to remember that any gap inside your village will leave an opening for your opponent to exploit.

To create a zero-gap base, move any building and pay attention to the white space that appears when you set the building down. As long as there are no gaps in that white space inside your base, your opponent will have to spawn from the outside and fight in to get to your village. This is also why you see people put buildings outside of their walls, as it increases the distance the enemy soldier has to travel in order to reach the base and leaves those soldiers open to be weakened by your defenses.

Don't work against your shields

Clash of Clans Shield

Clash of Clans allows users to purchase shield time, which makes it so other players can't attack you. It's a nice idea as features go, but there's another way to get shields and while it's a little less dignified you don't have to pay in-game currency to get it. After you've taken a beating, the game throws up a shield for set amounts of time to aid in the recovery effort. Both kinds of shield go away if you decide to launch an attack on another player, and if you were just 100% wiped out by another player you probably don't want to do that.

Pay attention to your shield time, and use that to adjust your village so you are able to defend better next time.

Gems are hidden all around your base

Clash of Clans Obstacles

It doesn't take long for you to outgrow whatever little patch of land you choose to settle in on your map in Clash of Clans, and that means you have to spend some resources clearing the landscape a bit. For lower level folk it's something of an expensive undertaking, but it must be done. Each map starts with 40 random obstacles on the map, with a couple of obstacles that respawn occasionally. As an incentive, clearing your map will earn your village both Gems and experience, so even if you've cleared everything you need to grow your village it doesn't hurt to knock a few more boulders and trees out of the way while you're waiting for something to upgrade.

You will also occasionally come across holiday themed obstacles as well as Gem boxes. These aren't the same as your regular obstacles, as the holiday gear will net you Gold and the Gem box will net you 25 Gems. Eventually, you'll reach milestone achievements for clearing 10, 50, and 100 obstacles. These achievements will earn you even more Gems, so keep clearing.

Play the single player missions

Clash of Clans Single player

Even when your shields are up, you can use your horde to attack Goblin villages in single player mode. While there are no trophies to be won for destroying a Goblin village, if you are smart about your attacks and don't just dump 100 warriors on the field it's not a bad way to make some quick cash in the game. You can also use the single player missions to unlock achievements, which earns you small amounts of Gems each time.

While Goblin villages are never designed the way human players set up their villages, due to the differences in building types and access to way more walls than humans have access to, these missions are a decent way to learn the best ways to take out defense turrets. Plus, you can replay the same mission over and over to try out new tactics, though you don't get any payout the second time.

Make your Mortar the hardest thing to get to

Clash of Clans Mortar

Whether your opponent is spamming your village with warriors or there's a handful of giants smashing your walls, Mortar turrets are your best friend if you use them right. Every turret has a clear advantage and disadvantage, but the Mortar's ability to deal area damage is a huge deal for everyone. Unfortunately, as is often the case with Mortars, there's a minimum range they can shoot to avoid dealing damage to itself.

You need to put your Mortar in a place that defends as much of your village as possible, but in order to keep it safe you need to make that location difficult to get to. Use whatever you think is best, including walls, traps, and even other defense turrets. The longer you can keep the enemy in that white ring, the greater your chances of success will be.

Always ask your clan for help

Your Clan Castle is a lot more than just a shining beacon that lets everyone know you are part of a team. It's also an outpost for soldiers from your other clansmen, and if you have troops in that clan castle they will spring to life and attack enemies that have come to lay waste to your village. Unfortunately, you can't just train troops and send them to your clan castle. You have to request troops from your clansmen, and whatever they provide you with is what you get.

Talk to your fellow clanners and form a plan for what troops get sent where. The number of troops you can hold depends on what level your Clan Castle is, so be sure to level up and make sure everyone in your clan requests troops as frequently as possible.

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

48 Comments
  • You guys getting paid to promote this or what? I mean.. Koo more people playing.. I been playing since it came out for android.. But I find it odd that your providing tips on a random app. My opinion, that's all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is another one of those "series" things we've been doing recently. I promise, we're not getting paid to promote the game. :)
  • I've got to admit I came to the comments section to ask if this is a paid promotion... I shall choose to believe its simply because a lot of people play this game and AC has its integrity ;)
  • You don't have to "choose to believe" anything. We'd be idiots to not cover a game played by so many millions of people it's ridiculous. I just don't get why folks have such a hard time with this, or with the fact that you can write a cohesive series without being paid for it. It's not a new phenomenon. In any event, I wrote about all this on Sunday.
  • Why is reading so hard for people? You guys are getting that same comment on almost every one of the series columns you are doing when all people need to do is read and they'd know what was up. It's a bit ridiculous. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • It is getting ridiculous. I came here because I saw all of the comments and thought there was a nice conversation going on, instead it's people arguing about nothing but b.s. again.
    I don't understand what the big issue is. I think they think all of the articles have to be catered around themselves. Why not move on if there's an article you don't care for? Posted via Android Central App
  • I see you wrote an article about Clash of Clans coming to Android once it was released. Where was the tips and tricks article then, or shortly thereafter? I choose to believe that it is funny that everyone suddenly jumps on the Super Bowl bandwagon and writes a tutorial about a game that has been out for a long time. Writing a cohesive series is cool and all but shouldn't that series have started awhile ago? You covered the game coming out, a clan wars update, and the lava hounds update. There have been a ton of other significant updates with no coverage. The timing is what people don't understand.
  • We were late. Period. And we didn't "cover" it so much as we wrote a couple disjointed stories. We're fixing that now. Welcome to 2015.
  • "We'd be idiots to not cover a game played by so many millions of people it's ridiculous." Cool. Let's see some more articles. Maybe someone who knows the terminology and is a little more advanced should write it.
  • The tone of the article is pretty clearly focused on the beginner crowd, so nerd language was intentionally avoided. Like any good game, once you get deep in the word soup it's hard to get onlookers to pay attention to you without eyes glazing over.
  • I wouldn't consider calling something by the correct name nerd language. It's a Clan Castle, not a Clan Hall. The rest of your article is good for beginners. I would also suggest adding something like another user posted where you should upgrade all units to their max before you upgrade your Town Hall. "Clansmen" is nerd language.
  • U should be ashamed of even considering writing an article about a blatant click bait company/game. I'm embarrassed for you.
  • Well except for the part where Phil announced they were gonna be doing this series before the Superbowl ad aired.
    But keep on posting your nonsense and looking foolish. It gives me something to laugh at. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • No problem. I can laugh at the article and you can laugh at my comments. Win Win!
  • As long as everybody's happy, that's what matters. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • There was a spike in interest after the superbowl. AC probably wants to ride on the search engine coattails for the ad money.
  • So explain why Phil said they'd be doing a series on this BEFORE the Superbowl Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Journos get previews. There in it with the aliens. Whaaaat?
  • Then why don't they have lasers that do cool shit? Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • I'd want to know how to jump into a higher level?
  • Supercell is making money hand over fist from CoC. It gets promoted regularly in Google Play's own feature sections. It gets self-promotion simply by continually being top of Google Play's app popularity lists. They have paid TV spots. They had a Superbowl ad featuring *Liam Neeson*, ffs. As much as we all love AC, paying them for a CoC article is hardly going to be on Supercell's advertising roadmap.
  • Sure seems like it. Or else the fact there was a Clash of Clans Super Bowl ad so every site better quickly write up a review about the game. Another Android site posted just about the same thing yesterday and now this. The advice is decent. If the pictures are from the reviewer it is easy to tell they have not been playing very long or do not play much. On slide 9 its called a Clan Castle not a Clan Hall.
  • Actually it doesn't seem like it at all. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • And spot freaking on. What was the last game they wrote a tips n tricks for? Or was it "hey its a new year let's change what what we do at Android Central." either way = stupid.
  • Actually they did announce they would be doing new things this year. Sadly people don't like to read and just want to comment.
    If you think is stupid...oh well, lots of people like and appreciate it Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Do you not take a stand in anything? I thought this was the comments section, not the facts section. Keep on just looking the other way. My best friends check me when I'm doing something stupid. I feel especially sorry for people who don't have people around them like that. Understand that your comments take away any respect and actually add to the disgust I gave for folks like you. Just bending over and taking it. Follow that lemming.
  • I just started about a week a half ago and focused on defenses. Already have about 600 trophies from people failing at attacking me properly lol. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Go to Settings, Apps, then select Uninstall. Best advice I could give regarding this piece of sht game.
  • It would be nice if you took that advice and applied it to your account here as well. The game is great. If you don't think so, that's fine, go pick a story you like and read that instead. Simple. Posted via Android Central App
  • The tip you should have given was upgrade everything you can at the current Town Hall level before you upgrade the TH. Every freaking time!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • +5845288863358774258741489634 Posted via Android Central App
  • Sometimes it is just so hard to wait on that TH upgrade when you have other things not fully updated. My wizard towers and walls are still not upgraded to max.
  • Dang they get accused of getting paid by Samsung if they write more then one pro Samsung article in a row, they get accused of getting paid by HTC if they write more then one pro HTC article in a row. Now they get accused of getting paid by a game DEV for writing about a game.
    I'm thinking the AC staff has better morals then that.
    Some people need to come up with better things to do. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Like be their attorney spokesperson? :p
  • To bad I'm not an attorney, with all this bank AC is supposed to be pulling down... LOL Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is this thread of comments all about whose dick is bigger? Seriously? Russell Holly has been a writer for years and writes about whatever interests him. He got bitched at because he wrote an article about an Apple product because "you're an Android guy... You selling out???" No, he's a TECH guy. As for this article, maybe he's played the game for a while, but started over to show beginners how to play. Maybe he's a beginner who started playing because he saw the super bowl commercial (though he doesn't strike me as the sort of meathead who watches football). Maybe someone else at Android Central asked him to add the game to his list of topics to write about. Either way, why the fuck do you care? If you don't like the article, don't read it. People who spend hours trolling "teh intarwebz" to harass people for invalid reasons need to grow the fuck up. Btw, Hi Russell! Nice article :)
  • Why do you have to be a meat head to like football. Also when you are calling out other people for posting their unfair judgments on someone you prob shouldn't do the same.... From your meathead COC playing football fan.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love the CoC Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would add a few beginning tips. 1) Use any extra gold you have sitting around to upgrade your walls. Is is essential for slowing down troops which makes them take more damage. Better to upgrade your walls, than let someone else have that loot when you log off. Start with key areas of weakness or things you are trying to protect more. And don't bother doing a noob thing like doubling up on walls. Wall breakers splash damage will blow right through that. 2) Don't be afraid to swap things around. If you are saving up gold, but your elixr is the most protected, swap them! Don't be afraid to swap entire bases out. You can have three separate ones now. So don't stick with what is not working. It's also a good idea to swap your town hall in and outside your walls if you want to go up or down in troops. It's usually worth the hit in trophies to get an (almost) free shield for your base. So don't be afraid to move it out! (Almost) free shields are a very good thing! 3. When it comes to filling clan castles, send and ask for troops that do both air and ground attacks. A clan castle full of giants will be useless against a balloon or dragon attack. Also, your clan castle troops can be used to attack another base if you need! Posted via Android Central App
  • My best tip is to watch the replays to find out where you are weak and find out about other attack strategies. I don't think collectors are a big deal, upgrade defenses first. Most of my gold and elixer comes from raids. I don't really use dark elixer yet so I leave that outside my base as bait to raise my trophies since more advanced people take it and leave. Went up 400 trophies doing that. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm happy that AC finally wrote an article or 2 articles dedicated to my favorite mobile game for the past 2 years. I know there are many haters of the game due to it being freemium, but I'm pretty sure millions of people out there enjoy this game, or else it wouldn't be the #1 Top grossing app on the Play Store.
  • Love this game... OGAMAWAB
  • Biggest tip I can give to phone users: get a stylus with a precise tip. Once you start making carefully engineered attacks (especially in wars) rather than just mindlessly spamming and swarming troops, a fingertip won't cut it on a small screen. I won't direct link because that feels shady, but if you search Amazon for "bargains depot high precision" (0.18" tip diameter) you can get a pack of 3 for $7 or less: home, office, and jacket pocket! It makes a BIG difference to precisely dropping troops.