Farming Dark Elixir at Town Hall 7 in-depth Guide

From Town Hall 7, you can earn and use new resource in Clash of Clans, which is called Dark Elixir, which is for training new dark troops and buy your first Hero, the Barbarian King. Getting Dark Elixir is one of the highest priority at not only Town Hall 7 but also all other higher levels.

Farming Dark Elixir at Town Hall 7 is much harder than higher Town Hall levels because you can’t take much from other TH7 villages, TH6 is easy to raid but they don’t have DE and it is pretty hard to raid DE from TH8s. Moreover, TH7 players still don’t have much experience to break inside a Town Hall 8 base. I have noticed that most TH7 players have troubles with farming DE so I’ve just decided to write this small guide for you guys!

Farming Dark Elixir at Town Hall 7

Farming Dark Elixir at Town Hall 7

Method #1 – Easiest

This farming army is the weakest but also the cheapest and quires just a little time for training troops. The main targets of this farming army composition are inactive bases with uncollected Gold Mines, Collectors and Dark Elixir Drills outside.

100xArcher 70xBarbarian 30xgoblin

As I said above, this army composition is just useful for farming Dark Elixir in uncollected DE Drills outside the bases. Of course that you can break inside but with TH7 troops, it is be a hard job unless the base you attack has at least 2 Mortars being upgraded.

Before starting with this method, you should read this post to learn recognizing inactive bases with uncollected mines/collectors.

If you are at Bronze/Silver leagues, give it a try to go to either Gold II or I league to find DE easier. You also should read this guide to see when is the best time for farming in game, when you can find inactive bases easily. For searching easier, you can use Xmodgames and set the minimum Gold and Elixir to 150k(inactive bases usually have more than this).

Method #2 – Most effective

10xgiant 2xhealer 7xWall Breaker 13xwizard 34xArcher 16xBarbarian 3xhealing spell

This is the best army composition for farming Dark Elixir at Town Hall 7 IMO. It is not too cheap and not too expensive, consumes a decent amount of time for training troops but very fun and effective. To use this strategy, you must upgrade your Giants and Healers to their maximum levels at Town Hall 7 to increase the chance of surviving and winning.

Giants, Healers and Wizards are 3 main troops of this strategy. Deploy your Giants at first and followed by 2 Healers. While Giants are taking damage and being healed buy the Healer, your Wizards and other troops are taking down nearby buildings without being hurt. You can replace all Archers and Barbarians with Wizards but that will cost more Elixir and training time.


  • Always check the enemy Clan Castle at first. Most TH7 and newer players usually miss this important step. If you don’t check and kill the enemy Clan castle, they can ruin your attacks anytime.
  • If the enemy Barbarian King is outside, kill him with your Archers and Barbarians.
  • If you have Barbarian King, always use him to skyrocket your farming speed.
  • If you see any Air Defense that can be destroyed by your Archers and Barbarians, destroy it to protect your Healers later.
  • Attack from the sides which is not protected by Air Defenses. If that base has symmetrical Air Defense placements, attack from the side which is the closest to the Dark Elixir Storage.
  • If the Mortars and Wizard Towers are at outer ring, wait your Giants destroy them before deploying your Wizards and Archers.
  • Always place Giants before Wall Breakers and don’t massively send your Wall Breakers at a time, 2-3 Wall Breakers are enough.
  • If your Giants’ healthbar turn to red, don’t hesitate to drop your Healing Spells. Without Giants, your attack will be end within seconds.
  • This strategy is a mini GoWiPe (a popular strong army composition at higher TH levels) . By using this farming strategy, you will have a decent experience of using GoWiPe.

By using the farming strategy above, there is no reason to can’t get inside any TH7 and 8 base. Basically, even with just the number of Giants and Wizards above, you can farm DE easily.

Method #3 – Before sleeping

10xdragon 3xlightning spell

Before sleeping, train Dragons in all of your Barracks and 3 Lightning Spells.

This strategy takes a lot of time for training troops so train troops when you are busy and at mid-late Town Hall 7, when you don’t need much Elixir for upgrading buildings and troops.

By dropping 3 Lightning Spells on a Air Defense to destroy it, you can take down all other TH7 bases. An Dragon army is the most powerful composition at Town Hall 7.
Moreover, by using this strategy, you will know how Dragons work better, understand their moves and prepare for your attacks with Dragons in Clan Wars in the future. Maybe this guide about Dragons will be helpful for you!


Farming well is not enough, you need to also protect your resources well. Take a look at the Base Layouts section for the best farming base layouts for Town Hall 7.
I hope after reading this guide, you can choose the best time, the best league and best strategy for farming Dark Elixir and I hope you can get the level 5 Barbarian King after a week.

Don’t hesitate to ask me any question, I will try my best to help you!


      • Hey will I think I have an another attack strategy that also work well. At least it did damage 80 percentage and we get to the core and most of DE storage are in the core.
        That is I don’t use healers .
        And I use
        18 x ghaints
        15x wizards
        And 8-10 wall breaker
        2 heal
        One rage
        And rest are barch
        That’s all
        If u want to know more plz replay

        And we all love you will???

          • ya I know that, some players really don’t like Healers. Not using Healers is Okay, but you need to drop the Healing Spell sometimes. The main point of us is reaching the core for the DE Storage so I think we don’t need a really strong army ๐Ÿ˜€

          • I farm DE with this army:
            8 wb and rest are barch and 2 healing spell and 1 rage
            it’s very effective for farming DE I go th8 6 days later and now I farming 100000 DE since I come th7

  1. # Nitin this is fr u..
    He wants to say.. You can speed up your farming speed with barbarian king.. Having barbarian king while attacking makes a lot of difference.. U should use him in a best way.. What I do is.. After i Destroy all the defences in core… I send the king and behind him wizards.( u can use archers instead). Thats the best way to use him..

  2. I hv Th7 and my dark farming troops are 20Giants 8Wiz 4wb 20 barb 40Arch and in cc wiz or Giants

    first check enemy cc troops. then drop all your Giants near to DE Storage. drop your wb and then barb with king and then arch. After this drop your wizards

    one by one.

    One by one because sometimes you don’t need to use all of them and can save for next raid.

    this is most effective for farming against th7 and th8. I prefer 700de+ from th7 and 1200de+ with th8.

    • nice combination, from my experience fast farming with lest cost and 100% efficiency, go with BAM (barb arch minions)

      barracks 1 – 4 wallbreakers >> all barb
      barracks 2 – 4 wallbreakers >> all arch
      barracks 3 – all barb
      barracks 4 – all arc
      dbarracks – 20-25minions
      darkbarracks – healspell

      these would cost less than 30-40k elixir and less than 150 DE.
      lemme know your thoughts about this

  3. I have Level 2 Dragons, what is a good training combination for them or should I do all drag raid? I know All drag for level 2 is really costly with 2 level 3 rages and a level 3 heal. (Im th7)

  4. I find it hard to farm dark elixir. I tried to use barch but cannot get much dark elixir and it is hard to find any base with good amount of DE. Everytime i push my trophy to silver 1, i got attacked constantly and lose more DE than i earn. Please give me some tips about farming DE and when to actually farming it.

  5. I’ve been using the Barcher strategy ever since I upgraded to th7. Right now I am mid Th7 and this guide has helped me a lot in farming dark elixir. My king is finally a lvl3 and I owe it all to you Will. Thank you! Android

  6. my strategy is almost the same but a little cheaper and just takes 30 minutes to train
    12 giants
    8 wallbreakers
    124 archers
    all heal spell
    i got my barbarian king in 1 day using this strategy, only attack th8 with dark storage 2 layers behind, or else skip the base
    i normally 2 starred and sometimes also 3 starred them, got a maximum of 1120 dark per raid, hope this helps!

  7. so the conclution for me is… i have to upgrade my army to max level first… i already try all this method but, only with dragon i can succes, but it cost too much elixir… my higest army is archer lvl 4, wizard 3, and giant 3… lol

  8. HI sir I’m srivatsan from India. I was playing coc but was frustuated by not getting loot for upgrades and the time for upgrade. Sir please tell me tiP’s to get 2lakh loot eveytime I raid even in tough villages. I entered th 7 yesterday only (16/1/16)

  9. Best strategy

    Send 2 giants and then Goblins behind them at mines or storages behing only one wall(7-8 wallbreaker)

    Just the giants are going to die use other 2 giants (don’t let a single mortar shot gobs)

    This works on th8/9

        • Start with lab then spell factory and then upgrade 2 barracks to drags and them max your camps. once you do that get level 2 drags and start your troop upgrades. your next priority should be your dark elixir drill. get your drill to lvl 3 and DE storage to lvl 2. this will help you (get your drill first then storage). Next is your king (leave dark troops for later), a tip of mine would be to upgrade (GOLD) 2-3 structures and do like 3 walls per every structure you upgrade. don’t leave walls for last because it will hurt your process.

  10. Dear Will Potter,
    Is there a way that i can post tutorialsin this site? I ama th7 almmost maxed (the walls take so much time ๐Ÿ˜› )…i always have six star wars(even three star th8’s)….and i am pretty gud at raid….so is there a way i can share my knowledge?

  11. hey will,
    are you going to make this guide for the th8? since th7 and th9 have their own DE farming guide…if there is already on im sorry i just didint find it yet hehe too many good guide to read!

    keep up the good work

  12. Hey, nice guide!

    I have been using something similar (1/3 barbarians and 2/3 archers + 6-8 wall breakers) and usually go for bases with around 300-500DE (sometimes I get lucky with inactive TH9 with full collectors. Majority of the farming occured in silver 1 where there is enough inactive bases or it’s relatively easy to get to the DE storage.
    Still got around 25 days worth of upgrades to go but already got LV5 Barb king and sitting on 20k DE at the moment waiting for lab upgrade to finish in few hrs. Barch is the most effective method out of all 3 found here if you have the time – the thing is to don’t be scared to lose some trophies.
    Mass dragons with either lightning or rage is a solid strategy too if you don’t have many elixir upgrades to do anymore (aside of lab) as has been said in the guide and want to get some extra trophies.

  13. It seems like method #2 (giant healer) would take such a long time to train that it would not be effective- around 50 mins without boost. And you are probably only going to get bases with 800-1000 DE right? So maybe this method is good if you have only sporadic farming time and a well developed base to defend your dark elixir so it doesnt keep getting stolen each time you break your shield?

  14. Now that I’m a TH8 and farmed max DE troops and king at TH7, I’d like to share my comp. for farming DE –

    12 Giants
    60 barbs
    10 wall breakers
    60 archers
    Max giants in CC(New level 8 giants willl make it easier to farm DE now ๐Ÿ™‚ )
    King(if possible)
    2 heals and 1 rage

    1. Find a TH7/easy TH8 base with 1000+DE and offset DE storage.

    2. Lure and kill clan castle. If it is a dragon, surround it with archers and put down barbs one by one to distract. Be sure to bring it to the corner!

    3. Put a giant to tank then time wall breakers

    4. Put down rest of the giants followed by cc giants.

    5. Put down a row of barch to clear junk buildings. Meanwhile, heal giants whenever they reach yellow health.

    6. Place some more wallies to open the path to core.

    7. Put a few test barbs to see if they go to core, then swarm with all your barbs, archers and king and then put down a rage so that they sweep the core and get the TH and de.

    Then don’t do anything and just let your troops get as much more percentage as they can. However, you can choose to end the battle after the de and TH have been taken to save your king’s health.

    I farmed in Gold III. I rarely lost trophies, but even if I did, it made no difference as this comp. earned me more.

    Also, every night I would train #3 mentioned above and get a guaranteed 1000+ DE every morning.

    Good luck! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. its my stradegy –
    18 giants
    2 hog riders
    6 wall breakers
    6 wizards
    and archers
    3 heal spells
    Barbarin’s King
    in Clan Castle 5 wizars or Dragon or 4 giants or 4 hog riders
    30 mins to train
    first, second and third barracs – 6 giants, 2 bombers and 2 wizards
    fourth barrack – all archers
    dark barrack – 2 hogs

  16. Go to gold 2 ,and use 20 giants,20 wiz some archers and minionsand 3 healing spells,(NB:healers are waste troops when u have healing spells)Always look forward bases with 200k +elixer as u spent150k elixer on ur army ..And *FUNNEL correctly to the centre that means get ur wizards giants and king to the centre by first destroying the distractions on the outside of the base..and enjoy..
    Edit:in gold 1 u will find dark elixer but not so frequently,and elixer will be less so gold 2 and 1 are best for dark elixer farming by profiting elixer also medium scale.I normally get 1-2k dark frm a single attack although my troops are only th7s

  17. Hey this is my strategy to farm elixir and Dark elixir
    1- 18 giants
    2-10 barbs and archers
    3-5 WB
    4- 20 Wizards
    spells 3 heal
    total cost 158,500 elixir
    lure enemy cc
    in your cc wizards, dragons or giants
    put all giants where more splash damage…. wiz tower, mrtar etc..
    wiz and barbs and arch and barb king beside giants some of them around the builder huts in corner
    lure out dark storage and elixir using barb king and wiz
    easy attack strategy for th7 and good for push to crystal (I recommend you to go to crystal, make a high score and reduce to gold 3 or gold 1 or silver 1 for inactive base for me gold 3 is best)

  18. Use this and I bet you will be having barb king, perfect5 attack strategy for those who do not have dragons or hogs
    23 archers
    21 giants
    5 WBs (Wall breaker)
    16 wiz
    spells- 2 heal 1 rage (if youare also wanting to trophy push otherwise only a heal and rage is enough)
    Tactics- first lure cc, then take it out with wiz and archers. deploy giants near storage and wiz tower (if it is guarding the de storage). use heal on giants if needed and then once you have broken in to the base and destroyed outside buildings, deploy your king, and then put rage when king is taking out storages and then town hall, deploy wizards for support and get minimum 2 star (Really WORKS)
    I have king level 4 because of this strategy and gigoWI strategy

  19. TH [6-7-8] :
    Let me be honest. I’m Gold 2 and I use 80+ Archers 80+ Goblins both lvl3 and in cc 3 hog riders with focus on getting out mortars and wiz towers using hogs and heal spells so that archers take out archer towers and cannons and goblins loot at lightning speed. Worked for me so far. I have used numerous variants with Dragon, Giants and Wizards but this one is the fastest, cheapest and easiest to train and deploy. Also feel free to swap some amount of Archers or Gobs with Wiz that will work too. Keep in mind this is for farming and not war army.
    For war I suggest 3 Healers to back up your BK at end, few Giants, 70+ Archers to take out CC and enemy BK, maybe 1-2 ballons in case AD is gone but a mortar is fkin everyrhing up, Hogs in your CC with Heal Spell to take out AD/WizTower/Mortars and rest Dragons/Wizards with additional Rage/Heal.

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