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.

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

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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How to 3 star EVERY TH9 The Hogs are back, with Golems

Our high TH8s and TH9s have had trouble with TH9s–with good reason. They are really tough. Rarely, we encounter a clan that has tough TH9s that are able to destroy our TH9s. This is not common, and the successful ones are likely using xmod and practicing attacks. This has become more and more common, especially with overseas clans. Rarely, we just get matched with a great clan.

We have always tried different strategies against the maxed TH8s and TH9s with no consistent 3 star success. Once I saw a clan 3 star every TH9 with GoHo. Here is how to do it.

One thing that is clear using any ground attack:

1. kill the cc troops; and

2. kill the Queen.

Period.

With hogs, you must know where the giant bombs are and, especially, any double giant bomb sets (when 2 giant bombs are next to each other).

The cc troops can mess up any ground attack. A high level Queen can be rip through hordes of hogs super fast and even one wizard not killed from the cc will wipe out all of one’s hogs.

Are high level Hogs back in? You bet they are!!! Before the giant bomb upgrade, they would destroy almost every TH8 and 9 base, easily. Watch this youtube video, although it is a TH10 attacking, and see a different strategy using hogs that relies on Golem, PEKKA, balloons, and, of course, many hogs, in addition to other troops. But the basic premise is Hogs and Golems with other troops to destroy the cc and Queen.

What’s the key to this attack? Let’s simplify the attack in steps.

  1. Kill the cc troops. Lure them out, and use whatever your preference is as a kill squad–witch(es) and wizards, wizards and archers, etc.
    1. Kill the Queen. If you kill the queen, you will likely 3 star the base. Figure out what you need to do to get to her as easily as possible with the fewest number of troops. If only a few wallbreakers will do it, then use em. If not, use a jump spell. Use Golem to get queen to attack. Use your Royals (King and/or Queen) to kill the Queen. It is a huge benefit if you can get the xbows to attack the golem while your hogs do them in.
  2. Hogs:
    1. Do not release them all in one place. Use at least a two finger drop.
    2. Avoid going across two giant bombs (when together), trip them, or path your hogs around them.

https://youtu.be/E7yWH9R8j5Y

This attack used 30 Level 5 hogriders, 1 PEKKA, 1 Golem, 4 balloons, 7 wizards, 7 barbs, 7 archers, 4 wallbreakers, 3 heal and 2 rage spells.

Yes this is a TH10 versus 9.  No big deal, right? I agree. But, will it work for TH9-versus-TH9.

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TH8 versus TH9.  Hogriders x 20, Golem x 2, ….  Hogriders are still the king.

https://youtu.be/ALK-T-Curr4

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BONUS: TH10 attack

Try this one out – TH9 versus TH10  Lavahound with Balloons. Interesting combo that seems to work. Lavahounds seem to get the balloons going around and then to center.

https://youtu.be/7gq9UV4ubN4

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When should I upgrade my TH? In short, don’t rush!

When is the best time to upgrade your town hall? This is a commonly asked question.

I believe that it is best to upgrade your town hall after everything (or nearly everything) has been completely upgraded. What do I mean? Everything means everything. This includes all walls, all the defenses, all buildings, all spells, troop upgrades (except ones that you will never use, like Goblins), etc. In short, I find many players advance their TH prematurely thinking that it will improve their game. In every instance, it has the opposite effect.

Why wait? Why not just upgrade and get better troops in the next TH? Let’s look at the two scenarios.

For one’s village, you get less loot when advancing TH because if you as attack lower TH levels, you get less. In my experience, if a player is not doing so well at their current TH, advancing to the next, thinking that better troops and defenses will help them, only makes things worse! Defensively, you lose more loot when getting attacked by, what was previously higher TH levels.

In war, clash of clans in the past did  not weigh the Town Hall itself to match up opponents, but does weigh what defenses and offenses one has. Some believe that the level carries less weight than having the offense or defense. I can assure you, rushed bases hurt the clan in war! How often? Always!  An unfair match will usually result, especially if walls are weak, defenses are weak, camps not fully upgraded, etc. I see this time and time again. The rushed player will usually be unable to take on bases that are of similar TH level,and often resorts to attacking lower level THs, which is usually not helpful to the clan.

I can only tell you from co-running a clan, that it is extremely frustrating when you get a bad matchup as result of those who have rushed their Town Hall–upgraded their TH prematurely.

So to put it in simple terms, when you rush your TH upgrade, you will pay for it and your clan will pay dearly for it. Instead, improve your game at your current TH level, if not your shortcomings will be carried on and magnified at higher TH levels.

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Tip: Max out your gold and elixir when upgrading because it will be more difficult to get once you upgrade. Also, leave your loot in your clan castle. Fill it up as much as possible because when you upgrade, you will need it.

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