3 Star TH9 with GoHo (Golems & Hogs)

One of the most powerful attack troops in the game is the Hogs. Why? Simple. Walls do not matter and it goes right for the defenses. Almost perfect. What’s the problem? It ignores clan castle troops and the royals (Barbarian King and Archer Queen). Is there another weakness? Yep. Sure is. It is the Giant Bombs. Before the update in early 2015, Hogs were ripping through bases with ease. So they increased the damage caused by Giant bombs to Hogs. This slowed down hog attacks tremendously. Before, anyone could do it without a problem. Now, it takes careful planning.

Watch the video below and see how it is done.

3 star TH8 with central giant bombs using hogs.

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Hogs are the strongest attack true for Town Hall 8. When using hogs, the first thing you must worried about are the clan castle troops. If you do not kill the clan castle troops, even one will destroy all of your hogs. Second, you must figure out where the giant bombs are. Giant bombs will do a lot of damage to your hogs, but a double set of giant bombs, (i.e. when 2  are next to each other) will wipe them out.

When Giants bombs are on the outer portion of the base, they are very easy to manage. One can send in a few hogs to trip them. But, when they are in the center of the base, they become a more of a problem.

There are several ways to deal with this problem. One can use golems, wizards, and hogs. Most people use one or two golems, up to 10 Wizards, wallbreakers if needed, and the rest hogs. As with every other attack, you must kill the clan castle troops before releasing hogs. One can use the Golem and wizards to do so, often with a rage spell. With the new clan castle that allows one to bring a dark spell, one can bring a poison spell in the clan castle and a poison spell of their own. Level one spells will not be enough. One should bring level 2 spells or a level one and a level 3. The key is with this attack, is to get the golems to trigger the giant bombs. One could use this strategy to trigger giant bombs that are not in the center, but there are easier ways to do so–i.e. with hogs. The GoHo is an extremely effective attack at both TH8 and TH9 that most should become familiar with if they want to 3 star bases.

Alternatively, one could use Surgical hogs to go in and trigger at least one of the giant bombs in the center of the base. This requires careful planning and one must know the path at the hogs will take to ensure that they will get there. It is most important to trigger at least one of the bombs that are next to another bomb (a giant double bomb set). See the attached video to see how this works. It is essential to master surgical hog attacks if you want to 3 star TH9s. Studying hog pathing is essential.

Another method is to use surgical hogs. They can be used to take out certain defenses, such as air defenses, when using hogs with dragons. This is not a commonly seen attack, but it is very effective. See the attached video as a demonstration. One could use other troops instead of dragons as a clean up troop, such as wizards. Essentially, with surgical hogs one must ensure that a large mass of hogs do not run across double Giant bomb sets.

3 star hog attacks using 4 dragons and hogs

3 star GoWipe for TH8’s – maybe the most foolproof plan yet?

With the recent updates in clash of clans, the all dragon attacks are getting harder and harder, especially for maxed TH8s. I have seen some of the best dragon attackers fail on multiple occasions. They had successfully changed the game, for the better. Although the recent earthquake addition has helped. At TH8, we must sometimes rely on other ways of getting 3 stars.

I have never been a big fan of GoWiPe.  Mostly because Pekkas never seem to do what you want. They are unpredictable, or more accurately they are predictably unpredictable. In one of our recent wars, I saw some of the best GoWiPe attacks that I have seen. All for 3 stars. Here is how it works.

Troops:

  • 2 Golems
  • 5 Wallbreakers
  • 3 Pekkas (one can be in cc)
  • 20 Wizards
  • 2 Heal Spells, 1 Rage (you can use 2 Rage, 1 Heal, but the former is recommended)

Strategy:

  1. Keep Golems alive with heal. They must remain throughout the entire attack.
  2. Drop 2 Golems close together to break through wall.
  3. Drop Wizards (only 5-10) behind Golems, not too spread out.
  4. Use wallbreakers to get through walls into core
  5. Then, follow with wizards-so wizards go into the core with the Golems. You can use wizards to help kill cc troops.
  6. You can drop a Pekka to go into core, but they will may not follow Golem
  7. Use Pekkas to clean up outside of base

 

Base design – Anti-dragon base design tips and attack stratagies

TH7 and early to mid level TH8s are almost always attacked in war with dragons. Designing one’s base with that in mind is paramount. For TH7s, one is most limited as they only have 2 air defenses. With the ability to take out one with lightening spells immediately, one is just not enough to protect the base. A well-thought out base can fool some people, but good players will 3 star every TH7 with ease. For TH8s, base design is critical.

It is important to create you base so that dragons path away from the air defense, but stay within its range. Watch the video below to see how.

Video 1: Dragon Pathing – click to watch

Lavaloonion 3 star war attack on TH8

This is a really strong attack that can take out TH8s with ring shaped defenses. This is a perfect example of this attack.

This attack has 3 components;

  1. Lure and kill the clan castle troops
    1. You can use Royals (BK and AQ), balloons, and/or minions to do so
  2. Release one lava hound to attack one air defense, and another Lava hound against another
  3. Release balloons BEHIND the lava hounds. I like to spread them out and surgically strike defenses (2-3 per defense).

Watch the video of BeastyPro36 destroying this TH8:   TH8 3 starred in war using lavaloonion

Air Sweeper in Clash of Clans

A new defense was added for TH6 and up. The Air Sweeper. It is very interesting little defense. that blows a puff of air every 3-4 seconds. The radius is similar to a mortar–shoots pretty far.  But, it only covers 33% of the circle. To clarify, it will COVER approximately 120-degrees. i have put a picture below which is of a sprinkler–which has similar coverage.  It only shoots forward in the direction that it is aimed. Once set, it will cover the range that it is set for. When activated, it shoots a narrower puff of air, about 1/3 of the coverage area, to push back the air troops.

ATTACKING THOUGHTS:

  1. Balloons are affected most.
  2. Dragons are also fairly affected as are minions.
  3. Heavier flying troops are less affected.
  4. STRATEGY:
    1. For air attacks, you must attack outside of the range of this. Scout the direction that it is covering, then attack from another angle. If you don’t know the direction, use a minion to scout it out.
    2. Alternatively, the air sweeper will lock onto a target and its affected area is very small (maybe 20-degrees). Therefore, if you attack from different angles (outside portions of its coverage), one of your attackers will be unaffected as it focuses on one target in a narrow blast.

DEFENSE THOUGHTS:

  1. This will clearly change the way that bases are defended, especially in war.
  2. The idea in protecting against Dragon air attacks is to slow the progress of the Dragons. Previously we used high hitpoint buildings (i.e. storages) and placed them within the range of the air defenses, NOW, you will still probably do the same, but use the sweeper as an adjunct — to further slow troops.
  3. For TH 7s, I would put the blower such that it blows OVER the air defenses and TH–thus protecting them from all directions–no matter which way the Dragons come in to attack, it will get blown back.  I personally like to have the air sweeper blowing over the TH as well.

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Once a target gets locked on, the area that is blown is much smaller that the wide range that it has–maybe 1/3.

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3-starTH9 attack -HoLoWiWi Attack: for ring-shaped, anti-hog and anti-dragon bases

I am a TH 7, so I have no experience with these attacks, but I am always looking for different ways of attacking. This was a simple strategy that combines the many benefits of different troops. 

This combination seems to address common base problems that we are seeing today–bases that have central air-defenses with ring-shaped outer defenses to protect against hog attacks.

Using the benefits of different troops, Hulkified presents a great way to attack different portions of the base using different troops.


1. The Loon (Balloons):
The Loon is used for taking out every or close to every defense in the outer ring. This is achieved by getting as close to a 1v1 for each defense as possible. This depends on distance and timing but that is a skilled learned from practice. Additionally, the balloons will lure out the cc troops. Average 15-20 balloons.

2. The Wizards (and Archers can be used too with Wizards):
Once the clan castle troops are out of the clan castle, lure the clan castle troops to a place on the base where they can be killed. The wizards are the K in your Killers, they are there to take out clan castle troops and heroes first and foremost, if they survive long enough then they help your hogs clean up the base.

3. The Witch:
The witch is your hero killing tank as well as the clan castle meat shield producer–the skeletons are targets for the clan castle troops. Heroes and CC both have a flaw and that flaw is they only attack one target, CC can attack multiple targets if you do no gather them correctly. So by using that flaw against heroes and CC you can negate their effectiveness. Heroes doing 200 damage a hit can still only kill 1 skeleton at a time, so it negates their high hit-level damage completely.

4. The Hog:

The Hogs job is to take out any of the remaining ring then head for the core. You also need hogs to survive until every hostile defense is killed, as they are your clean up crew. As with any hog attack, heal spells are a necessity and rage can be used as an additional spell. 

Pearl 1: Again, this attack will not work on all bases, but is good for some bases as discussed. Additionally, one still should try to identify possible locations of Tesla Towers and, more importantly, Giant Bombs as they will take out your Hogs quickly. It is important to plan your hog attacks in a way that you can avoid the giant bombs altogether, or, when not possible, trigger it with the fewest number of hogs possible. Also, it is best to hit the bomb from the shorter side to trigger one, but not all bombs. Ensure that you pre-heal your hogs prior to them hitting bombs. 

Pearl 2: The archer queen can ruin your day quickly. If it is over 10, and really over 15 or even 20, it will take out the hogs quickly!! The hogs look at the archer like a building, not a defense. Therefore, it will take out the closest building and, if one is closer than the queen, it will avoid the Queen. So, be careful!

Pearl 3: As with any attack strategy, you can change your troop composition, just use the principles presented here: (1) Balloons to take out outer defenses; (2) Troops of YOUR choice to take out clan castle troops, help with Archer Queen if possible,. and the surviving troops can help the hogs to destroy the base; and (3) the hogs.

Pearl 4: Clan Castle troops-if someone has hogs that are higher level than yours or even the same, bring them along in your clan castle.

Click on the link here to watch Hulkified’s attacks using this strategy.

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