10 Clash of Clans Tips to Help Win Clan Wars

The recent arrival of Clan Wars is arguably the biggest change to ever hit the Clash of Clans community. Here at LootChaser we’ve been battling against rival clans in Clan Wars for around a month now, so we like to think that we’ve picked up a few pointers along the way. So if you are new to Clan Wars, or are simply struggling to achieve victory, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 great Clan Wars tips to help bring your clan honor, glory, and most importantly… loot! For general Clash of Clans hints you can check out our Top 10 Clash of Clans Tips here. Let’s get started shall we?

10. Optimize your base layout for war

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Winning in Clan Wars is all about which side finishes with the most stars, so your primary focus should be to defend your Town Hall at all costs. Even if an enemy wipes out every building BUT your Town Hall they will only get one out of three possible stars, meaning a strong defense is crucial. Your second priority should be to protect your castle. Leaving it unprotected will allow attackers to draw out your castle troops (see tip #7) to destroy them before commencing with the full attack. By placing your castle near the middle of the base, your castle troops can come out later in the battle to defend your Town Hall against a weakened enemy. At the end of Preparation Day, your town layout is ‘locked-in’ for the duration of the war. Feel free to move your Town Hall and castle into the middle of the base at the last minute, and then go straight back to a farming layout once the war has begun. Just make sure you don’t forget to change your base before Preparation Day ends to avoid misery.

9. Forget about your loot, trophies and shield

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Your approach to defense in Clan Wars should be similar to your usual strategy, however there are a few key differences to consider. First of all, your resources, trophies and shield aren’t at risk during Clan War attacks, so don’t bother trying to protect them. Something else to keep in mind is the fact that any defenses in the process of being upgraded will be fully functional during Clan Wars, so be sure to place them where you normally would want them for defense.

8. Make sure you are 100% battle ready

It may sound like an extremely basic tip, but it doesn’t hurt to double check that your heroes are awake, your camps are completely full of troops, and your spells are all finished before starting an attack. No matter how much experience you have, it can be all too easy to get a little carried away and jump straight into a fight, but you only get two chances to attack during each war so make sure that they count. Not to mention it will be extremely embarrassing to explain to your clan that you got zero stars because you went into battle completely unprepared.

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7. Scout enemy bases and watch replays

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If you’ve read this far, then it should be clear by now that key to success in Clan Wars is careful preparation. Once Preparation Day has ended, you’ll have a further 24 hours to perform your attacks. This is plenty of time to carefully choose an opponent using the ‘scout’ feature. Unlike in regular Clash of Clans battles where you are only given 30 seconds to plan your attack, here you can scout for as long as you like. Use this to your advantage to come up with the best possible plan of attack. If you choose an opponent who has already been attacked by another member of your clan, make sure to watch the replay first. You may pick up valuable information including what castle troops to expect, as well as the location of traps.

6. Only high ranking members should donate

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To ensure victory in Clan Wars you’ll need all the help you can get, meaning only the very best troops will do. It’s common sense that your fellow clan members will stand a much better chance with high level wizards or dragons as opposed to say, level 1 barbarians. This may leave some lower level players feeling excluded, but by donating they are potentially doing more harm than good. If possible, come to an arrangement with your clan that only the top members will donate during wartime battles, while everyone else can still donate as usual during regular play.

5. Exploit your opponent’s weaknesses

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Once you have scouted out a suitable opponent, it’s a great idea to create a custom army specifically designed to exploit their strengths and weaknesses. If your enemy has high level walls for example, you might want to bring along a few extra wall breakers. Or if your opponent has particularly weak air defense then it would be a good time to stock up on flying troops. Also remember to create a balanced army with a good range of skills that compliment each other. It may be tempting to stock up on the strongest troops, but don’t forget to bring a few weaker troops along too for springing traps or creating decoys.

4. Draw out your enemies castle troops

Assuming your opponent hasn’t also read this article, there’s a good chance that their castle won’t be in a central position. In this case, drop a few weaker troops nearby at the start of the battle to clear out the castle. This will allow you to see what you are up against and react accordingly. It will also provide an opportunity to engage the defending troops on the edge of town, away from defenses and distractions. Your opponent will likely have particularly strong castle troops during Clan Wars. Therefore it’s vital to eliminate them as soon as possible, just as it is crucial to protect your own castle for the same reason. A good strategy against castle troops can be to lead with ‘tanking’ troops like giants, followed up by some ranged troops to rain fiery death on the defenders.

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3. Shoot for the stars

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Just like with regular attacks, stars in Clan Wars are handed out as follows. You’ll get one star for knocking out a Town Hall, another for destroying 50% of a base, and a third star for wiping it out completely. Keep this in mind when searching for a target, and if you don’t think you can get two or three stars then it’s probably best to move on to someone else. You won’t get any bonus loot at all if you fail to get a single star, so there is no point in getting cocky and attacking an opponent that is out of your league. At the same time, it’s important not to attack an enemy that is too far below your level. Don’t waste your attacks on an opponent that a lower level player could have defeated.

2. Keep clan loot in your castle

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If you are saving up for something, then it pays to keep your Clan Wars bonus loot in your castle rather than collecting it straight away. Though it can still be plundered during standard raids, attackers will get less loot than if it was held in your regular storage. The fact that your castle can now hold a substantial amount of loot is just another reason to keep it well defended. But don’t forget to collect the loot from your castle before the end of the next war as it can only hold so much and you may miss out on your bonus if your castle can’t hold any more.

1. Don’t be greedy, unless victory is certain

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Your number one goal should be to help your clan win the war by getting as many stars as possible. But if your clan is clearly about to win and don’t need any more stars, you might as well attack the highest level opponent that you think you can ‘one-star’ to get the highest possible loot bonus. If the rival clan’s top player has left their Town Hall out in the open–however unlikely that may be–capitalize on this oversight to get a huge bonus. You can even do this if a member of your clan has already earned three stars against them, but just make sure you only do this once victory is absolutely certain. Your fellow clan members would be rightly annoyed if the war was lost as a result of your personal greed.

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  1. matthew on May 26, 2014

    Can you give me a attack and defense strategy for clan war please and what troop that balanced at clan war

  2. Dave on June 12, 2014

    Your point#2 stated that defenses being upgraded will be operational for clan wars. Does this go for upgrading heros as well?

    • Ryan on September 16, 2014

      They will be available as though you never started the upgrade in the first place. Example: i start upgrading my Archer tower to level 7 but it will not finish before the preparation day ends so on my war base it will still say level 6 and be available for use at that level on your war base so they will defend the war base, but will be unavailable for your attacks unless the upgrade finishes before you start attacking. If the upgrade finishes before the preparation day ends then it will be at that level on the war base. My level 6 Archer tower finishes the upgrade to level 7 1 minute before the preparation day ends it will be at level 7 during the war.

  3. Jerome on June 14, 2014

    great article.. thanks for the comprehensive guide/tips

  4. NIQUE on June 21, 2014

    This article is very helpful. Thanks. 🙂

  5. dean on July 28, 2014

    Have been playing for only a month and find if attacking
    anyone with air defences that balloons are not worth the price, unless
    you can upgrade a couple of times.

  6. Piseth on August 21, 2014


  7. IcarusZulu on August 24, 2014

    You forgot the most important rule! You and you clan must work as a team.
    In our game we start the war at 8pm the lower 2/3 are allowed to attack at will the top 1/3 may not attack until 2pm on attack day this gives the lower rankers opportunity to gain stars. After 2pm the top 1/3 does an attack then holds off until the final hour if needed to pick up stars got the outright win. Be ruthless and kick players who don’t attack out the clan and always communicate!

    • Tim Nightingale Author on August 24, 2014

      Nice suggestion! Communication and good teamwork is assumed as a few of the tips (#6, #1) imply, but you’re right, it’s definitely a good plan to let lower ranked players go first to give the top players more responsibility at the end to win the war.

  8. Attila on October 21, 2014

    I’m pretty new, so forgive a dumb question. How do I add my clan castle shield/emblem to an attack, and what does it do?

  9. Attila on October 21, 2014

    Great article too! It’s common sense stuff but people don’t think.

    Icaruszulu, I’d began thinking of something along those lines and your model is simple and elegant.

  10. Boss on November 6, 2014

    I am starting to make NEW x-bow (7days to complite) just befor the preparation day for a new war ! Dose it work in the war clane? Or should it finsh 1st?

  11. walker on January 22, 2015

    I really like clash of clans and I just started and I want to get better. how do I get better