CC troops are flawed: How to kill clan castle troops EASILY.

Since the late 2015 update, killing most cc troops is easy for TH8 and above. POISON. Two will usually do. Pull the cc troops out, drop a poison, then a second. Gone! This is the most efficient way as you lose the fewest number of troops possible, thus saving them for your attack. Otherwise, look at strategies below.

In clash of clans, the troops that come out of a clan castle to defend the village or war base are programmed to only attack one unit at a time. Well, that is if you gather them together. If you allow them to spread out, they will attack multiple targets. That is why it is critical, with some exceptions, to get them together and destroy them early. The same holds true for heroes, obviously.

So what is the best way to kill clan castle troops? Well, that depends upon your TH Level.

TH10 & TH 9: Two poison spells are the easiest way to kill CC troops. Witches are a great way to kill cc troops. Witches produce skeletons. ALL of the cc troops target ONE skeleton. What a waste, right? Most use witches in combination with barbarians, wizards, or archers. Minions work great too as they go right at the troops, keeping the witches back to let the skeletons do all of the work. The skeletons serve as a distraction. The CC troops attack the skeletons while your other troops can kill them.

TH8: Depending upon your troop availability, you can use the TH9-10 strategy or TH7.

TH7: Most attacks during war will be with dragons and I do not recommend even thinking about clan castle troops with an all dragon attack at this TH level. I’ll repeat that. If you are doing a dragon attack on a base, do not worry about the cc troops. Forget about it! Your dragons will take care of them. You can of course drop a poison on them, but you should not lure the cc troops out–just start your attack. For ground attacks, you can use barbarians or, better yet, a giant to soak up hits while wizards quickly wipe out the cc troops. Archers can be used or minions, which I don’t recommend if one suspects as air assault. To defend against air troops, such as dragons, minions, and balloons, a ring of archers works great, although wizards would work well too.

TH6: Many will lure out the cc troops and use to use a lightening spell  against ground troops. Well, no more since the early 2015 update as lightening does not work on troops any longer.  Usually barbs (cheapest and very durable) and archers is all that you will need, but one can use barbs and wizards as well. I never like to have wizards attacked as they have relatively low hitpoints. Archers do as well. I would rather a different troop soak up damage (i.e. let the cc troops target the stronger defense troop), while archers or wizards clean up. When the opponent has a clan castle that can hold 20 spaces, always have anti-air troops ready–i.e. archers and/or wizards. Have the dragons target tougher ground troops (barbs or even a giant), and use wizards or archers to take them out. In reality, nothing really hurts a dragon unless you have Level6 wizards.

TH5: Same as TH6, although you will rarely attack a base that has a clan castle that can hold a dragon, although minions are possible. Always have archers on hand for this reason, especially in war. Alternatively, wizards will do just fine.

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Defense against air attacks in clash of clans.

Air assaults are becoming more and more common since the update to big bombs which deal 1.5x damage to hog riders. Now, every upgraded big bomb pack will kill your hog rider pack, even if you are using healing spells. So now this is the era of mass Dragon or Balloon attacks. This also changes the use of the heroes, as the Barbarian King is not able to attack airborne troops. So now defending against aerial assault is more important than ever. If you want to win in clan wars, you must be able to defend against aerial attacks.

Offensive Aerial Troops

Three aerial units (Healers are supporting unit and not included)

  • Minions: Basically flying Barbarians-take some damage and attack closest building
  • Balloons: Airborne hogriders–fly over walls and attack defensive buildings, but are very slow moving.
  • Dragons: They have lots of hit points and deal good damage, but they are slow and attack closest building.

The Inner Core

  • contain your most important buildings (Storages/X-Bows if you do a more farming layout or Town Hall/X-Bows if you do more trophy hunting or a War Base) and your Clan Castle .
    • Keep archers, wizards, or dragon in clan castle to destroy aerial units.
  • You can also think about setting the Archer Queens platform in there but you will not need the Barbarian King. If you are lower than Town Hall 8 you will most likely not have more than two layers so just put them all inside.

The outside Web

  • Goal: Wipe out Minions and lots of Balloons
  • How?
    • Air Mines
      • Use in between Wizard towers to broaden coverage. One explosion can take out 10+ minions
    • Wizard Towers. The Wizard Towers themselves don’t make very much impact damage but they are very strong against groups of Minions or Balloons (last one especially because they are very slow). Your Wizard Towers should not be that much outside that Minions or Balloons can directly target them so just put some Mines/Collectors/Army Camps or anything like this in front of them – while the Minions attack them the Wizard Tower will attack them.

You set your enemy’s path

They will attack where your Air Defenses are, because if not they will just kill all units while they attack other buildings. This is very useful for you because now you know where he/she will start and also where the troops will go. You remember I compared the Balloons to the Hog Riders? They have the exactly same routing system so you should always try to have a defensive building in your outside layer more close to the next than to the inside layer. While they go round and round your inside Air Defense will deal with them very quickly.

The Dragons are more complicated because they make much more damage and also move faster than the Balloons. The only real fear they have is stepping into a Seeking Air Mine. Seeking Air Mines will NOT get triggered by Minions so don’t be afraid to put them near your outside Air Defenses so you can kill one Dragon right away. You know what does more damage than 9 dragons? 10 dragons. That’s right: try to get the kill the Dragons as fast as possible.

Avoid common mistake

Don’t put too much inside. Seeking Air Mines are expensive, but they are not triggered by Minions.  Use these units to kill units that you definitely don’t want anywhere near your base–Dragons and also Healers.

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Clash of clans: What troops to request for your clan castle for attacking in war (troop composition)

Going to war? Need to know what troops you should request for your village clan castle for attack? The simple answer is: the best troops possible. Now, all kidding aside, you should request specific troops from your clan as based on your target, your ability, and what your clan has available, you may have different needs. Based on the size of the clan castle, here are my recommendations for troop requests.

cc of 10:

  • Two balloons
    • Great for bases that one can take out air defense and archer towers easily. Then deploy balloons and game over.
    • Balloons travel over walls and target defenses, keeping your troops alive longer. They have good splash damage.
    • They kill cc troops quickly, although are susceptible to archer attack if they have no ground targets.
    • For larger villages, or those with centrally located defenses (especially Mortars), balloons work great.
    • If you can get high level balloons, go for it!!! They are fantastic. But, you have to use them properly!!! Take out air defense, if any, before releasing them AND have archer- or wizard towers engaged with a giant before releasing the balloons. Alternatively,a barb can be used to distract the towers.
  • One balloon, one wizard, and one archer.
    • Good safe blend that works for any occasion.
    • If you are unsure what to bring, this is always great way to go.
    • Most players at this level don’t know how to handle balloons.
  • Two wizards and two archers
    • Good for most conditions. Wizards cause high splash damage, but are not the strongest in terms of taking hits. Both wizards and archers can shoot over walls. This combination causes much damage fast and can quickly destroy a village.
    • Great for attacking villages with targets adjacent to walls, which these troops can shoot over.
    • These troops are not the strongest in terms of taking hits, so use them in areas with poor defenses (i.e not subject to mortar attack)

cc of 15:

  • One Healer and One Archer
    • My recommendation if one cannot train a Healer. The rest are great if you have a healer.
  • Three Wizards, Three Archers
  • One Witch (if  you know how to use), Three Archers
  • One Valkyrie, One Wizard, Three Archers
  • One Valkyrie, Seven Archers
  • Three high level balloons
    • Great to have, but you must use them properly!. Use heal spells to keep them alive if needed.

cc of 20:

  • One Dragon
    • The best option if you know how to use them–keep them alive.
  • 4 Balloons (high level only) is my favorite option for those who are attacking with dragons. Unbeatable!
  • Balloons/Wizard/Archer combo
  • 5 Wizards (if very high level). Again, have to use them properly–have defenses engage another target then put Wizards behind–you don’t want the wizards targeted by defenses.

cc of 25:

This really depends upon HOW one is attacking: by ground, using what troops, etc.

  • One Dragon (if high level), One Wizard, One archer
  • 5 High Level Balloons
  • One P.E.E.K.A.
  • High level Hogs.
  • Witch, Wizards, Archers


The clan castle affords one the opportunity to use troops that they don’t have access to from their own barracks. The problem is, one usually has little experience in using these troops effectively. So, know the weaknesses of the troops and the strengths. In most cases, your clan castle troops will be your most effective troop in battle, when used correctly. So, when planning your attack, one should take great consideration in what troops to request and how to use them during the attack.

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