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I've been playing the game a while, and as you get to higher levels there is a significant need to stockpile large quantities of resources before you can start the higher level upgrades (Town Hall level 9, Clan Castle Level 4, Barracks Dragons upgrade, etc). In order to accomplish this without racking up a huge credit card bill, it seems that you have to raid frequently and win big jackpots each time you do so. I have found this to be very challenging because:

  • I can usually only string together 2-3 attacks feasibly, due to the time it takes to train units.
  • Related to the previous point, I often spend almost my entire stock of units during a raid, in order to win.
  • Also related, I have the tough choice of training strong units which take forever to train and are very expensive, or weak ones which train quick and cheap but get wiped out rapidly.
  • I often find it hard to even find opponents with big stockpiles, and when I do I often can't beat them.

I see other folks climbing the ranks and getting the big upgrades, so I know there must be a better way. So what's the most effective unit loadout and/or strategy to get big resource payouts (sufficient to get the high level upgrades)?

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A strategy that works for me is the standard giant-healer attack. Find and take out the air defense close to you by distracting the defenses with a couple troops, use a few wall-breakers to break the wall. Then send as many giants as needed to take out the air defense. Then you can deploy the healer and the giants will destroy most of the defenses with nearly no trouble, provided no air defenses. However, problems can often arise with this strategy. The wall breakers could die, the giants could switch to a different target. In the event of this, I find a healing spell as a good way to keep the giants alive until it is safe to deploy the healer. Place it in the spot the giants will go, or in the center of them if there attacking. For clan castle troops, a few troops will do the job. Usually a lightning spell can quickly kill a mob of archers/barbarians. Even if the air defense is still there, deploy the healer as far from it as possible. YOU NEED THOSE GIANTS! Anyway, once the defenses somewhere are taken out, deploy archers or barbs to take out some stuff. If something is out of range of a defense, shoot it down. I have used this strategy for a month, and it is very effective. I have not lost one battle since I started doing this. Understand this works differently for everyone. Hope this helps.

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I find that using a barbarian-archer-goblin-barbarian king works the best. I have level 4 barbs level 3 archers and level 3 goblins but I find it really easy. I have 200 troop capacity and I use about 50 of each with the remaining 50 to use on 4 giants 5 wall breakers and 4 wizards. this works well and I usually get 100k-400k per raid gold and elixir combined.

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Hi @ConnorVanDerWerff, welcome to Arqade! I edited your answer to only include details related to the question. Arqade is a little different than forum sites, in that format is strictly question and answer. If you want to advertise for your clan, you could do so in chat, but I think you'll find there aren't that many folks that play CoC here anyway. As for your answer itself, I'm curious - do you deploy the whole group at once, or in a different arrangement? You can edit your answer to add detail if you'd like. –  EBongo Sep 24 '13 at 1:43
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This is funny because I just upgraded my town hall to level 9 and upgraded my barracks to dragons last night! I boosted my Barracks and then I made Barbarians, 180 of them. In that huge mass they can wipe out and destroy most of my opponents. Also I did some goblin missions and racked up LOADS of resources without deactivating my shield. So they may be weak separate But as one. Barbarians ROCK!

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Hi @LandenJohnson - Welcome to Arqade! So you would recommend filling your camps with Barbarians and sending them en masse? How do you deploy them (all in one spot, or distributed)? Also, what level are they? –  EBongo Mar 9 '13 at 14:48
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Using 250 gems to have a week shield is still the best way to earn guaranteed resources. You can set up a marathon raiding session. Once your resources are built up to a level that makes you nervous to lose, buy a shield for a week. This is the least expensive risk free way to build resources. When you get to day 6 and 23 hours, you can use those resources to upgrade your town hall or other expense structures that require gold or elixir.

This is assuming you've already maxed out your gold and elixir production (e.g. Level 11 as of my post).

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I have level 9 town hall and I'm usually in between 1500 and 2000 trophies. The giant and healer method works the best for me. I usually obtain all the villages resources which is sometimes as much as 400,000 each. Just remember take out those air defenses and make sure there are no clan castle troops and you're golden!

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I use 2 dragons and 8 giants which uses 80 space then i still have 110 space left so i will get 40 archers 5-10 wall breakers and the rest barbarians and wizards some times ill take out 5 giants and put in a pekka

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Could you edit to improve your answer by explaining why this is a good strategy? –  Rory Mar 27 at 23:45
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