War Focused Upgrade Priority

A few days ago, I posted a quick guide about upgrade order for both farming and Clan Wars at a time but these days I also have received couples of questions about upgrade priority for players who are focusing on just Clan Wars. After reading the suggestion from wuxbustah8, I’ve just decided to write this little guide!

Clash of Clans War Focused Upgrade Priority

Upgrade Priority for Clan Wars

Small note: This guide is based on the Clan War matchmaking system in game and for optimizing your base weight, help you always can 3 stars the enemy base which has the same position as you (your mirror in Clan Wars).

Early and new progression Upgrades

Laboratory, Spell Factory and Dark Spell Factory:
I think we all know why we should upgrade these 3 buildings at first. Upgrading our current troops to their new max levels should always be the highest priority. By upgrading 2 Spell Factories, you can bring more and new spells into the attacks, especially very essential for Clan Wars, where just one more Spell can change everything. At Town Hall 8, you can get the Poison Spell, which helps you deal with the Clan troops much easier, and the Earthquake Spell, which helps you finish off most Town Hall 8 war base with the Zapquake Combo.

Upgrading Heroes to level 5 (TH7/9)
Who doesn’t like new impressive weapon for both farming and Clan Wars? Get the level 5 Queen If you are at TH9 and the level 5 Barbarian King If you are at TH7 as soon as possible. For TH7 players, we have an individual guide about farming DE at Town Hall 7 at here.

Army Camps
The more troops you have, the much stronger your army is. Get them done as soon as possible.

Clan Castle
Undoubtable, Clan Castle is the strongest defensive building in Clash of Clans. Moreover, with high level Clan Castle, you can bring more strong units for raiding, especially the troops you haven’t owned yet.

After upgrading all those above, I think you should start working on your Heroes. Because this is a long term job so just do it whenever you have the opportunity. Lots of players like upgrading Barbarian King before the Archer Queen and vice versa because he can take damage and protect the Archer Queen. Let’s discuss about this late. For now, just upgrade the Hero you like and follow this guide for upgrading your Heroes effectively.

Upgrading new Walls

You don’t need to upgrade your walls to their maximum level at the previous Town Hall, but you should upgrade them to a certain level which can’t be destroyed by just 1 Wall Breaker (see more at Wall Breakers Vs. Walls). Mix them up, upgrade your walls when you have loot and also want to keep your Builder free.

Build new Air Defense and Giant Bombs
Build these new stuffs If you’ve just hit Town Hall 8/9 and upgrade them to the level of other current ones. With the 3rd Air Defense at Town Hall 8, you don’t need to worry about Dragon attacks anymore. Giant Bombs are critical at all Town Hall levels for dealing with either Hog Rider attacks or Barch variations.

Normal buildings
Clash of Clans is not just about attacking and defending, non-defensive buildings also play a role in game.
IMO we should upgrade Dark Elixir Drills at first because the amount of DE we need it is unlimited. In addition, high level Dark Elixir Drills have an insane producing speed. By having them, you can upgrade your troops much easier. While your Drills are being upgraded, the next building you should upgrade is Barrack. With new troops, especially at TH7 (Dragons) and TH9 (Lava Hound), you can have new stronger attack strategies and have lots of advantages in both Clan Wars and farming.
After that, you can start working on Storages and other Collectors.

You can either upgrade trap to the level as other ones’ at last or mix them with the Collectors/Storages, which suits you the best. Upgrade them when you don’t want to hoard too much loot for a long time.

Upgrade new defensive buildings
Upgrade them to the max levels at the previous Town Hall, like other current defenses. You can do this and upgrade your traps at the same time. Remember: Just upgrade them to the previous TH max level.

Maxing defensive buildings and walls
This depends on what loot you focus on. Let’s assume that we are normal players and focus on both 3 resources at the same time.
If you want to get 3 stars from the base which has the same progression as you, you need to be maxed out your troops at first.
Based on the match making system, you should upgrade your walls until you max out all your War troops. With the same amount of Gold, If you work on defensive structures before walls, your defensive buildings will be maxed out before your War troops, for sure. Although all walls cost much war weight than defenses but you need less time to work on defenses than walls. If you focus on upgrading your troops at first, you will always face easier bases than If you focus on defensive building

Defensive upgrades

For the best results in Clan Wars, I recommend this upgrade order:

  1. Air Defenses: The best defensive building which help you survive all air attacks, which are always extremely strong at all Town Hall levels.
  2. Hidden Teslas: Undoubtable, Hidden Teslas work amazing against P.E.K.K.As and pretty nice against air attacks. Also, they can work as traps and give the enemies difficulty by luring their tankers for pathing. Because GoWiPe attacks are pretty popular, I’d like to place Hidden Teslas at the second position at this upgrade order.
  3. Archer Towers/Wizard Towers/Cannons: I’d like to recommend upgrading Archer Towers and Wizard Towers before Cannons as they have a nice attack range and also can hit flying units.
  4. X-Bows /Inferno Towers: Deal damage to the enemies with insane DPS and attack speed. The reason we shouldn’t upgrade them sooner because they can hurt your base weight so bad. Upgrading them while you are working one the last upgrade of your War troops.
  5. Mortars/Air Sweeper/Traps: Although Mortars are really great for farming but they are the worst choice for Clan Wars.

Laboratory Upgrades

Laboratory Upgrades

Assuming that your troops are maxed from the previous TH level.

As this page is just for Clan Wars, so these recommendations is for the quickest way to get 3 stars in Clan Wars. Feel free to upgrade your farming troops at fist as needed.

Town Hall 7

dragon rage spell

Town Hall 8

dragon lightning spell hog healing spell wizard balloon giant golem pekka

Town Hall 9

hog balloon healing spell lava golem jump spell haste spell witch

Town Hall 10

freeze spell lava golem haste spell wizard

All troops above are mentioned as just for Clan Wars, after upgrading them, you can upgrade which troops you like.

If you have any suggestion/recommendation, don’t hesitate to show us your opinion!


  1. In my opinion when you get to at least Masters league actual farming becomes less of a priority due to the league bonus.

    It seems to me that raids outside of clan wars are treated as practice for clan wars. Of course you can still farm in Masters and greater, but there is less incentive to do so with something such as barch. Maxed TH 8 bases will start acting like TH 9 raiders as they get bolder.

    Take a Master II league bonus of 700 DE. It makes practicing with a 30x lvl 4 hog rider raid not a big deal because you only have to find a base that gives up 1040 DE to cover your cost. A DE offer of that amount is very common at that league level. In fact I would say it is downright difficult to find a DE offer much below that most of the time.

    So in the end I believe at a certain league level clashers exist in a clan war state of mind. Proof of this is how you see fewer and fewer clashers placing their town halls outside of their walls. It is all just a big war and the little guys get eaten by the sharks.

    • Thanks for sharing Daniel. I really appreciate it!
      Yep you are absolutely right and I totally agree with that. But the fact is not much players want to go there. I always recommend they going to higher leagues, the real game is there!

  2. Nice guide mate. Here my question, I’m done grinding legos, my wiztow, tesla, air defs has been maxed, what I should upgrade next. All other defs & traps still in th8 cap. Appreciated for your suggestion. =)

  3. Hey nice guide! I am planning on following the th8.75 route(everything except xbows) Do you think that is a viable strategy for a warring person? And do you have a farming/war base design for a th9 without xbows?

  4. Too bad I stumble on this post only now! 🙂
    I reached TH9 about 2 months ago and upgraded in that order : healer to L4 (to go the “Farming Queen” way 8) ), jump to L2, witches to L2, healing to L6, golems to L3, then to L4 (17 hours to go 😛 ). Although I do understand that hogs are powerful, I find them very difficult to manage, much more than GoWiPe/GoWiWi. OK, at least upgrading the hogs makes it so that they are useful, waiting for GoWiPe/GoWiWi to be truly efficient.
    Also, I was under the impression that Loons were much less interesting since the Air Sweepers came out… I saw very few attacks involving Loons in the CW my clan participated to, and their results varied a lot, ranging from 0 to 3 stars. So… is it really worth it, upgrading those that early?
    Lastly, with Dragon and Lightning Spell being upgradable at TH9 (to L4 and L6, since 01/07 and 17/09, respectively), is there any modification to your Lab upgrade order suggestions?

    Thanks a ton in advance for your answers!! 🙂

    • If you use Balloons for farming, just upgrade them. Otherwise, you can upgrade them at the late TH9, when LavaLoon is pretty effective.
      I’d like to upgrade the Lightning Spell and Dragon at last. We don’t use them really much at TH9.

  5. i am at TH8 now for only 1 week, and already undergo upgrades on BK lv6 . (labs and CC upgrade are done first of course as i’m now upgrading dragon lv3).

    now i am planning on upgrading BK all the way to lv10 first before the other DE troops upgrade, what do you think? is that a wrong move?

    or lv6 is just fine then i must upgrade hogs to level 4(?) my hog is still lv1
    thanks by the way

      • hey mate i just figured how to look at your answer since i got no emails xD.
        thanks by the way.

        but i modified the upgrade order, i want to have your advice for this wheter my order is right or wrong.

        2 months after i post my last question, my progress is = all maxed TH8 traps,all maxed TH8 air defenses, 3 level 4 teslas, still 2 lv9 archer towers and planned to upgrade them to level 10 first then i moved to tesla again until lv6, next i maxed the cannon to level 10, maxed the mortars, and last wizard tower to level 6 and walls to level 8. i dont loot very often, but my clan is having war everyday so that is my upgrade priority.

        for the troops = lv8 BK, already opened golem and pekkas, level 5 archer, wizard, baloon, and rage, level 2 hogs, and level 3 minion, opened earthquake spell. already going on lv2 poison spell and planned to upgrade wall breakers, giants, heal, pekka, and golem consecutively.

        i am eager to see your answer, thank you very much !

        sorry for the long post ! xD

        • i am concerned if i should get all level 9 archer tower and cannon first with maxed mortar then i progress to level 10 archer tower and cannon? with tesla and wizard tower to level 6 at the last order of upgrades.

          or should i maxed the tesla first since my war opponent often use gowipe instead of mass drags

  6. im a really new th8 player.. my first lab upgradeis the lightning spell to lvl5.. and i build my dark spell fact to lvl2.. and now, even with my lvl2 dragon I still can get 3 star on mid th8 base.. 2lightning spell and 1 earthquake on 1 air defense and still get 1 spell slot.. I usually take heal spell and fill my cc with hog to destroy 1 other air defense.. and the other air defense will destroyed by my dragon..

    • Alright, first you need to know how will you attack. Do you prefer ground or air? Next, what troops should you make? Can you do a hybrid attack? Remember that hybrid attacks are risky but it will reward you immensely with a 3 star if you pull it off. After determining what troops you will bring, what levels are your troops. Sometimes, bringing the correct troops might not be enough if your troops can’t kill defenses quick;y or die too easily.

      With that, I can suggest you some strategies that might work on that base.
      Goho: There’s little to no 4×2 spots that might be hiding double bombs. Infernos are set to sing target which is not a threat to hogs. It is symmetrical and defenses are sufficiently close together that you can predict the pathing of the hogs.

      Logowipe/Govalo: Now you’re bringing high hp troops, so the inferno might roast them, pun intended. However, if you can bring a freeze spell and a rage and a heal to the core, the pekkas/valkyries might be able to destroy everything before they take too much damage. Also, since air defenses are in core or near the core, you can destroy them and drop the loons for easy clean up. You can also replace the golem with giants so you can exploit the inferno.

      Golava/Lavaloon: He has weak air defenses and wiz towers are close to air defense so your lava can tank for your balloons for a while The only problem is the inferno and eagle artillery that can quickly kill your hound so i suggest bringing a freeze.

      Whatever your attack will be, always have a well thought out plan before you actually attack. Things like priority, order of troop drop, timing of spells can go a long way.

  7. i m in
    silver 2
    mortar maxed
    cannons maxed
    wiz tower max
    storage max
    camp max
    BK 1
    i get very less loot and abandoned bases
    while my friend wolf legend is 2 days to th8 gold 3 maxed out gets 6 00 000 loot

  8. Will. I just upgrade to th8 and now i am facing a problem. Most of the time i just do war but now i have to face th8 player. Now it is hard to farm elixir to upgrade my troops. Can you give me advise for new th8 players.

  9. For me I prioritize loons over hogs simply because loons cost only elixer while hogs cost de. That way I won’t slow down hero upgrade (until I get my queen to lvl5). Also your jump is way too late. 20 seconds more for jump is better than 200 hp for heal. It’s not that significant now since the earthquake spell can be unlocked in th8 but back then 20 seconds more for jump seemed like forever. Also lvl4 golem > lvl 2 hound. Since ground attacks are more versatile (in a sense that there are more variations)and therefore golems are used more, the 1k increase in hp for golems is better than the 500 hp increase for hounds. Honorary mention to the witch, since lvl3 witches now exist upgrading them to lvl2 makes your clan happy 😀

  10. Hi all, I’m considering moving to th 8 but.. As much as it may sound crazy I’m thinking of so called th7.5. plan is to upgrade/build following: lab, dark spell factory, tesla (max all three), max air def, upgrade existing dark barracks to golem lvl, upgrade one barrack to pekka lvl, max walls. It’s a war only base (3rd account) does it make any sense or will I just stay maxed th7? Would appreciate your suggestions.
    Ps. Would be maxing my troops there too

  11. will I’m 7 days old th8.5. When is the right time to unlock witch and lava hound? sooner or later I will face th9 and I need lava hound (the most reliable 3 stars strategy imo), but I’m afraid my war weight increasing.

  12. hii will.. i have th 7 base with archer towers(lvl 7), canons(lvl 7), wizard towers(lvl3) and mortars(lvl 4) with teslas and air defenses maxed to th 7… Should I move on to th 8 or consider maxing out the defensive buildings? Armies are to their maximum level..

  13. great guide. for th8 i’d suggest valk level 2 (50k de) at the 3rd spot before hogs, as hogs to lvl 3 then lvl 4 (30 + 40k de) is needed before hogs are a serious threat at th8, and valk lvl 2 opens up the govawi, govaho and govalo strats which can 3 star most max th8s and low th9s.

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  16. Hi Will, I am currently upgrading to th9. I have completely filled my storages and I’m wondering what to upgrade as soon as I reach th9. Pls help me out on what to get first. P.S. My dark elixir storage is also filled. So tell me ASAP what to get pls. Thank u in advance!

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