New to Clash of Clans? This guide covers the basics of upgrading troops and offers advice on which troops to prioritize. Upgrading troops is a critical aspect of improving your army, increasing both their offensive and defensive powers. A well-upgraded troop can be the difference between a devastating victory and a crushing defeat.
Why Upgrade Troops?
There are several compelling reasons why upgrading troops in Clash of Clans is essential:
- Increased damage: Upgraded troops deal more damage per attack, taking down structures and enemy units faster.
- Improved durability: They get a boost to their hit points, giving them the edge to survive longer in battles.
- New abilities: Some troops acquire special skills at certain upgrade levels, unlocking new attack strategies.
- Overall progress: A powerful army with high-level troops is key to tackling challenging battles and climbing the leaderboards.
The Laboratory: Your Key to Upgrading Troops
- Town Hall Level 3: Once you reach this level, you can build your Laboratory.
- Elixir or Dark Elixir: This is the in-game currency required to fund troop upgrades.
- Available Builder: A free builder is needed to initiate an upgrade.
Step-by-Step Guide to Upgrading Troops
- Build your Laboratory: Find it under the ‘Shop’ menu and place it within your base.
- Tap the Laboratory: This will open a menu of available troop and spell upgrades.
- Select the Troop: Select the troop you want to enhance. Note that Laboratory levels limit what troops you can upgrade.
- Start the Research: If you have enough resources and a free builder, tap the ‘Research’ button to begin the upgrade.
- Wait for Completion: Each upgrade has a completion time. You can use in-game items like the Book of Fighting to instantly finish an upgrade.
Important Note: You cannot upgrade troops currently in use in your army camps. Make sure you have enough backup troops available before starting upgrades.
Optimizing the Upgrade Process
- Builder Prioritization: Use one or two builders exclusively for Laboratory upgrades to keep the process flowing steadily.
- Town Hall Upgrades: Upgrade your Town Hall to access higher Laboratory levels, unlocking higher levels of troop upgrades.
- Resource Management: Ensure a steady flow of elixir and dark elixir through raids, collectors, and mines.
- Clan Donations: High-level clan members can donate powerful troops, which can give you an edge while your upgrades are underway.
Troop Upgrade Priorities
- Farming Troops: Focus on troops that aid in efficient resource farming, such as Barbarians, Archers, and Goblins.
- Primary War Army Composition: Invest in upgrading the units that form the core of your most-used attack strategies.
- Versatile Troops: Upgrade troops that are usable in various attack strategies, like Wizards, Balloons, or P.E.K.K.As.
- Situational Troops: Leave troops with limited or niche use cases for later stages of upgrading.
Upgrading your troops is a fundamental aspect of progressing in Clash of Clans. It will give you a strong edge in both raiding and wars. With a solid understanding of the upgrade system and smart prioritization, you’ll transform your army into a formidable force that can stand its ground in any battle!