Make sure to check back here to see the latest info about the upcoming update for Clash of Clans.
Note: Due to many requests I switched the order from bottom(old) to top(most recent). If you’re visiting this page the first time and want to get the whole story, you’ll need to start from the bottom.
This information will never be shared with third parties
Clash of Clans December Update
Optional Update Available!
There’s an optional update available which will remove the winter theme from the game. If you don’t install it, you can keep the winter theme until the next content update is released.
But keep in mind that this optional update also has some bugfixes:
- Correct troop capacity is now shown when holding the troop CC icon (ex: some CC would show 25/20 troops available due to “queued CC troops”
- Fixed Clan Castle Spell capacity display for CC levels 1-6
- Memory improvements and optimizations
- Freeze Trap no longer shown in the TH4>5 upgrade screen
- Fixed the following crash: open Player Profile when visiting, scouting or from chat/inbox – go to Clan tab – select the same Player profile from alliance menu – go to profile tab; at this point game would then crash.
- Events UI: upcoming events will now also display the hours.
Keep in mind that they will reward you 50,000 Gold, but if you leave them in your village you can keep them forever. No Christmas Tree in the future will look like this one ever again!
Here’s by the way a guide I’ve written how you can force them to spawn on the outside ring:
Winter Theme & Christmas Trees are over (January 16th, 2017)
Maintenance break soon! Server upkeep + disabling Winter theme (Clashmas trees 🎄 will stop spawning today!) pic.twitter.com/scJYQnVGpM
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) January 16, 2017
Clashmas is coming to an end (January 5th, 2017)
Well, it’s time to say goodbye to Clashmas, the Ice Wizard, the Freeze Trap and Santa’s Surprise.
Twas the night before the end of Clashmas! Make sure to use those Ice Wizards and Santa's spell before the event is over in a few hours!
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) January 6, 2017
I know some of you enjoyed using the Ice Wizard a lot and I will miss the Freeze Trap, but I’m sure they will come back one way or another – either permanently in the future or next Christmas.
Also, we’re heading to another event – the Dragon Event! Probably nothing crazy, but expect Dragons to be very cheap:
Attention! Right now there are some matching issues that Supercell is already checking out:
If it's taking you longer than usual to find a target (low/mid Leagues), try waiting a couple of seconds before nexting
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) December 29, 2016
Read here more about it:
Ice Wizard Released (December 30, 2016)
The last present from Clashmas is available and it’s the Ice Wizard (like we saw in the leaks right after the December Update release).
Chill your foes with this Legendary Troop, the Ice Wizard! pic.twitter.com/ynPWxEREvv
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) December 30, 2016
The Ice Wizard is available until January 5th, like the Freeze Trap and Santa’s Surprise Spell.
When we look at the stats, we see the Ice Wizard being at roundabout the same numbers as the Wizard, but a lot cheaper.
One very important difference is, that the Ice Wizard will go after defenses like a Golem or a Hog Rider.
This will not be overpowered since his freeze will slow down the fire rate of defenses. I recommend you check out this nice video to find out how the Ice Wizard works.
1 Gem Army Boost
The first boost, the 1 Gem Collector Boost, is finished and the second phase of boosting just started – which I like even more. Boost your Barracks, Spell Factories & Heroes for 1 Gem.
The One Gem Army Boost Special is here! For a limited-time only, boost your Barracks, Spell Factory and Heroes for one gem each! pic.twitter.com/LD79wxl6yG
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) December 29, 2016
That’s almost instant armies and raiding non-stop, so make sure to get a calm place and raid like never before!
Freeze Trap Released
The Freeze Trap is available until January 5th and I would love to keep it!
Stop attackers in their tracks with the Freeze Trap! pic.twitter.com/KzCsAIP7GV
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) December 27, 2016
Place it inside your base and freeze attacking enemies.
Clan Donations & Value Packs (December 23rd, 2016)
Well, you can’t complain to Supercell that this year’s Christmas Event is boring. Almost every day something is happening and I personally like that a lot and hope that special events like this happen more frequently in 2017.
If you checked the shop lately, you see a nice new additional gift – the value pack for Christmas offering up to 5 times the regular value.
Also, if you’re not buying gems yourself, you can benefit if one of your clanmates buy them – you can get up to 100 gems for 20 other clan members.
So check your gem balance and you might notice some nice extra gems from one of your clan members.
Present #1 – Santa’s Surprise (December 22nd, 2016)
Santa’s Surprise is back – those of you having played Clash of Clans back in 2013 might remember it. It’s a seasonal spell available for 19k Elixir and does double the damage of a Lightning Spell!
However, keep in mind that the dropped presents (=bombs) do choose the location randomly, so I’d recommend this just for fun in Friendly Challenges. It’s not that useful to use it in regular raids – unless you’re Town Hall 7 and lower.
Hog Rider Event Started (December 20th, 2016)
The Hog Rider event started today and is offering a nice discount on Hog Riders along with some free Gems and XP when using Hog Riders in 3 successful multiplayer battles:
Please keep in mind that the cost discount will be available after you have finished the challenge.
A nice discount, especially for TH9, if you farm with Hog Riders
Events Leaked!? (December 19th, 2016)
The update has been out for only a couple of hours and spAnser has already taken a look at the game files. He has found some interesting stuff and leaked the 3 hidden presents of Clashmas:
- X-Mas Spell
- Freeze Trap
- Ice Wizard
Now, before you get too excited about a new troop or spell – they will only be temporarily available for Christmas during the Clashmas Event!
Also, there is a ship-repair icon added in the game files and it looks pretty much like the ship wreck will be something we will see in the January 2017 Update (that Anoushka already kind-of confirmed).
Here’s the source: Reddit
Update Today & Upcoming Events
The update has just gone live. If you logged into the game you will find the new Event Section showing you 3 upcoming events:
The first to come is the Hog Rider Event, which will probably give us reduced training times and costs for the Hog Rider.
The second event is the 1 Gem Boost for Collectors & Mines, something we see every year for Christmas.
And finally, the mysterious 3 presents that Supercell promised us in the Sneak Peeks – the first will be revealed in 2 days on December 21st.
I assume number two will be opened on December 23rd and then the third one on December 25th – but that’s just my feeling and is not official.
Maintenance complete! The Winter Update is live! 🎄 pic.twitter.com/185VaTC3mv
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) December 19, 2016
Here’s the Livestream that will prepare you for the update:
Sneak Peak Over! (December 16th, 2016)
It seems like the Sneak Peek with the balancing, new levels and everything else is the only Sneak Peek we will get for this update – to be fair, it is very large compared to other Sneak Peeks in the past.
The first evidence was a post yesterday on the official Clash of Clans Twitter in Japan. It mentioned that there will only be one Sneak Peek for this update – now it’s officially confirmed in the forum:
So, that’s confusing but I’m sure that the three mentioned gifts will contain something for us:
Last but not least, be sure to check out the new Events button/tab. We’re immensely excited to start featuring in-game special events on a regular basis!
But wait! We still have three Clashmas gifts to share with you, Chief! What could be inside these boxes? Find out next week as we open the first present!
Heroes Level 45, new Levels, Balancing, Events etc. (December 16th, 2016)
So many things in the first Sneak Peek! Check out everything here:
PS: This year’s Christmas Tree will be the one you saw in the “Winter is coming…” announcement:
Still Waiting… (December 15th, 2016)
Balancing Info & Sneak Peeks will start tomorrow.
Come back tomorrow for update news & balancing info! ✌️
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) December 15, 2016
There’s nothing else I can tell you about right now, but I will keep an eye out for you. In the meantime, enjoy this article:
Sneak Peeks Later This Week! (December 14th, 2016)
Sneak Peeks This Week! (December 13th, 2016)
Not much more to say than this – Sneak Peeks are arriving hopefully tomorrow:
We'll have some sneak peeks ready for you soon! In the meantime, just letting you know that… pic.twitter.com/sOmeGM8pqP
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) December 13, 2016
Also the Town Hall in this picture looks a little bit different. This could be something related to this years Christmas Event or maybe all Town Halls will get a little update, maybe even related to a new gameplay feature?
Official Developer Statement (December 10th, 2016)
Supercell did finally break the silence and published an official statement regarding the next update(s) in a new Developer Q&A.
Here’s the original message:
Hope everyone is doing well! First of all let me apologize for the delay in getting these delivered to you, I know you’ve been asking for the Q&A answers for quite a while now. Between the December update and other projects going on, we haven’t had the time to share these yet. For this same reason we will also put these on hold until mid/late January so we can focus on the coming updates, and we hope to be in a better spot then to answer your questions in a timely manner. Big kudos to Lachlan for organizing these Q&As and posting all the “soons” on our behalf.
Will there be a new game mode soon?
Besides new upgrade levels, we do plan to bring you some new exciting content soon! No spoilers
What are the plans to bring balance back to Town Hall 10 & 11? Thoughts about the idea to bring the first 5 levels of the Grand Warden to Town Hall 10.
Balance is a continuous effort and we hope to bring another round of balancing changes with the December update.
We are not considering the idea of bringing the Grand Warden to TH10 as we want to keep TH10 gameplay distinct from TH11 gameplay, and feel bringing the GW to TH10 would blur that line too much. Our balancing efforts seek to tackle this issue in other ways than through Heroes. If you remember our “Design Values” blog post a while ago, we mentioned that “Meaningful Progression” is one of our guiding values and every new Town Hall level should feel like a new chapter in Clash. The Grand Warden is a perfect example of this meaningful progression once you get to TH11.
Back to TH10/TH11 balancing, here’s where our Playstyle Diversity and Depth values come into play. We realize that the War Community specifically is very vocal about their wish for more specific balance for TH10/TH11 (e.g. TH10 should be 3-starrable by other TH10, TH11 should be 3-starrable by other TH11) – but this is hard to balance with the normal multiplayer game, as the Leaderboards would lose its value if we make TH11 defenses too easy to star.
We have to be careful about the changes we make to preserve Depth in TH11 multiplayer matchmaking – but in short, expect new balancing changes in the December update as usual.
How is Supercell working towards balancing Clan Wars matchmaking?
With every update there is the normal round of war matchmaking balance, and that will always shift things a bit. New troops/defenses/levels/stat changes get incorporated and weights are rebalanced according to troop usage and effectiveness.
In the last update we rolled out a couple of adjustments so that “lopsided” bases/clans don’t have that much advantage as before, and the more extreme cases of lopsided clans will have a harder time finding a match, and will be matched with tougher opponents. We firmly believe in a good balance and will continue to monitor things and to roll out small (or bigger) adjustments to war matchmaking with every update.
This is a lot of information, but unfortunately nothing 100% specific.
In my understanding, the “putting on hold until mid/end January” they are not referring to the update, they are talking about the next answers for the Developer Q&A. However, I read that there will be an update in January as well!
Whether or not the December Update will contain only new levels and the Christmas Event or also the “new content” (referring here to the shipwreck; please read below on this page) is something we will see when the Sneak Peeks hit, but I would be very disappointed if it does not. The last update was more than 2 month ago and only having a few new levels would be quite disappointing to all of us.
Right now the important YouTubers are again in Helsinki and I assume that they will be given the opportunity to gather their content for the coming Sneak Peeks – I still believe that they will start in the next few days.
Supercell Confirms Update Between December 19th – 23rd! (December 5th, 2016)
It has long been calm about the December Update from the official side, but now Anoushka has broken the silence and mentioned in the official forum that Supercell is planning to roll out the update the week between December 19th & December 23rd – the week before Christmas.
I personally hoped that they would push it out a little earlier since Supercell has Christmas Holiday and won’t roll out something between Christmas and New Year – let’s all hope they get everything together and nothing really bad will happen.
Prepare for Sneak Peeks next week
Halloween Obstacles (Scary Pumpkin) not spawning anymore! (November 30th, 2016)
In preparation of the Christmas Event, which comes along with the December 2016 update, the Scary Pumpkin will not spawn anymore
Product RED Confirmation (November 30th, 2016)
Today Apple’s Product RED event started like every year and the Barbarian King decoration has been showing up like spAnsers leaks below showed us.
The positive news is that the game file leaks seem to be true and hopefully, the shipwreck will finally be released in the December update.
Regarding the date of the update… Every year a lot of Clashers think that the end of the RED event (December 6th) will be also the date of the update, but Supercell has never been doing the update and the RED event together.
I strongly assume that we will see first Sneak Peeks starting next week, but that’s only my own opinion without any evidence.
Air Defense & Walls (October 26th, 2016)
Below I listed the new graphics for Air Defense and Air Sweeper from spAnsers game file leaks.
Now take a look at this graphic:
You can see that Air Sweeper, Air Defense & Walls are the only ones that haven’t gotten a new level for Town Hall 11.
I was already pretty sure about this when I saw spAnser’s leaked pictures (you can see them below), but it also makes perfect sense.
I just wonder what Supercell wants to do to buff air troops that much that we need them?!
Clash of Clans Shipwreck (Daily Quests) (October 18th, 2016)
Everyone has dreamed of some kind of use for the seaside of the Clash of Clans Villages since the game was released back in 2012. There are some interesting graphics included in the game files of the version we’re already playing – but it’s obviously not activated until a future update.
Check it out:
An annotation regarding what spAnser publishes: He has always been right so far. He is simply going through all the files in the game data that he extracts from the app and publishes. He has numerous leaks in the past, including the new troops and spells we saw this year and several hits on Clash Royale stuff.
I personally trust these things quite a bit. However, it can always happen that something is not released as intended. These things are not fakes!
The Shipwreck itself, according to the game files, is like the Clan Castle, a wreck, that can be repaired for 50k Gold starting at Town Hall 4.
I assume that this won’t be an element of attack or defense. Probably liken to the submarine in Boom Beach which you can send to explore and get resources or something else from it. However, I’m very sure this will have something to do with the daily quests that we have been waiting for.
This is how it could look when released:
New Air Defense Level 9 / Air Sweeper Level 7
Here are the new looks of the new levels that the aerial defenses might get.
From today’s perspective, this doesn’t make a lot of sense considering air attacks are still very slowly on their comeback to being a viable attacking composition in the late, end-game (these new levels would just be TH11 exclusive).
I’m however sure that if air isn’t that strong when the December Update gets released, Supercell will buff them up another time.
Barbarian King Decoration, New Troop Looks & RED
It also looks like we will get a Barbarian King decoration we can buy inside the game, which will cost 500 Gems.
Although it looks pretty cool, I would never spend that many Gems on a decoration. My personal opinion, of course.
Also the Heroes seem to get a new looks during the RED Event in December (it’s an iOS special event where all funds get donated to charity, in case you don’t remember it from the last years).
And we seem to get new looks for Golems, Hog Riders and Wall Breakers. Just new looks for certain level, NO new level as far as we know at this time.
Thanks for editing: EnchinsuOcha, James M.