builder base upgrade guide for clash of clans

Builder Base Upgrade Guide

With the cap of resources and only one single Builder you can use in the Builder Base, it’s much more important to plan all the upgrades in a reasonable order.

I have here a lot of helpful information that should help you finding the best upgrade plan for your Builder Base.

Builder Base – General Mindset

Versus Battles don’t cost you any resources, neither in training troops nor by losing any loot that your opponent can take away from you.

On the other side, you’re limited to 3 victories per day that will give you Gold and Elixir that you can use to upgrade.

The most important thing is to be as high as possible in trophies in your Builder Base, because the higher you get, the more daily loot you can get from doing Versus Battles!

daily loot cap and upgrade priority in clash of clans

I often see people doing Versus Battles when their Battle Machine is upgrading or they have a very important defense upgrading, like the Roaster or Giant Cannon.

This is not the smartest decision as this will cause them dropping a lot of trophies that will result in lower daily loot in the future because they have to climb back the ladder.

So here’s you upgrade strategy for these kind of upgrades that are elementary for your defensive or attacking action (Battle Machine, Roaster, Giant Cannon and Air Bombs):

  1. Start the upgrade AFTER you have reached your daily loot cap
  2. Sit out 2 days to save up an additional loot cap
  3. As soon as the upgrade is finished, push back to your original trophy count although your daily cap is reached

You can always gather an additional daily loot period when not using it:

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In addition, you should ALWAYS use your Clock Tower Boost even if you don’t attack, as it will take a lot of time off the clock for your upgrades & lab research:

  • Builder Hall 3:  3.5 hours / day extra
  • Builder Hall 4:  4.2 hours/ day extra
  • Builder Hall 5:  4,9 hours / day extra
  • Builder Hall 6:  5,6 hours / day extra
  • Builder Hall 7:  6.3 hours / day extra
  • Builder Hall 8:  7.0 hours / day extra

BH8 Base Design 2018

Now let’s talk about upgrading your Builder Base.

Upgrading Your Builder Base Quick

First of all, upgrading your Builder Base is something that you can do, you don’t need to. Your Builder Base is not deeply connected to your Home Village, but you will gain the ability to gear up your defenses in your Home Village.

To learn more about the gear-ups, please check out my article here that shows that they are not that strong as they might appear:

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Rushing Or Not?

A very important thing is the question about rushing. Should you wait and max out every Builder Hall Level before you upgrade the Builder Hall?

We all learned from our Town Hall, that rushing is something that will take revenge on you later. In your Builder Base, it’s different!

upgrade locked in clash of clans

First of all, the Builder Hall won’t let you upgrade before you build all the buildings for that level.

If you rush your Town Hall in your Home Village, you will face loot penalties against bases with lower Town Halls and lose a lot more resources on defense, because your base is simply not strong enough to hold up against an attacker with properly upgraded troops and Heroes.

These penalties don’t apply to your Builder Base, since you don’t lose any resources on defense and the loot you gain is based on your Trophy count.

Also, the matchmaking is based primarily on the amount of Trophies, so having a higher Builder Hall Level will give you the advantage of having more attacking power plus additional defenses that will result in more victories.

An additional Army Camp or defenses like the Giant Cannon will boost your power so much that there’s no reason to max out each Builder Hall Level.

I recommend going to the next Builder Hall Level as soon as you have all defenses to your current Builder Hall Level -1 (e.g. go to BH6 if you have all defenses at Level 4).

Upgrade Priority

With every new Builder Hall Level you will see a lot of new buildings available, so let me help you finding the best order to get them.

TOP PRIORITY: Get Your Army Camps!

The first priority you should have is upgrading your Storages to have the ability to get enough Elixir to get all Army Camps available.

Each Army Camp will boost your attacking power a lot and give you a huge advantage in Versus Battles, so make sure to have as many of them complete as available.

IMPORTANT: Build New Defenses!

New defenses are always better than upgrading for multiple reasons:

  1. You get the same damage boost for a lot less resources
  2. A lot shorter building time
  3. Adds more structures so every destroyed building in your base will give your opponent less percentage points

builder base nightmode clash upgrading guide

Here you can see the Archer Tower stats – for 12k Gold you get 35 DPS  and upgrading only boost by 4-5 DPS for a lot more resources.

Especially the strong unique defenses like Roaster, Giant Cannon, Mega Tesla will give your base a lot more defensive power.

Mines & Collectors

Mines & Collectors are cheap and fast to upgrade and the sooner you do it the higher your profit will be.

Every new level gives you up to 36k Gold or Elixir per day additionally – so that’s 1 million per month extra and will help you with upgrading your other buildings.

Combine Lab Upgrade

If possible, you should combine a lab upgrade with an ongoing troop upgrade.

It might now be something you can see, but if you start an lab upgrade when you have an ongoing troop upgrade going on it will both continue upgrading.

There are some additional days you can save by doing that 🙂

LOW: Clock Tower & Gem Mine Upgrade

It takes up to 68 days until a new level of Clock Tower returns the investment in time & resources, I have been writing this in my full guide about the boosts in Clash of Clans that you can read here:

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So this is nothing you should focus on early at a new Builder Hall Level.

The same for the Gem Mine, the additional little amount of more Gems you get is simply not worth it.

By the way, if you always collect the Gems from your Gem Mine when available, you will lose a lot of Gems from it (as described here):

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So if your Gem Mine did produce for let’s say 15 hours, so (if it’s lvl 1) it generated 1.3 Gems but you will collect only 1 gem from it. In this case the production got reset and you wasted 0.3 Gems (every day!) which will add up.

Defense Upgrade Priority

I always follow a basic rule when upgrading my defenses,depending what the defense can target and how much the damage depends on DPS.

As an example, a Cannon can only target ground units so the Archer Tower or Hidden Tesla is a better choice – the Giant Cannon overkills anyway so the Roaster is a better choice with the constant damage as it will deal more constantly.

Here’s my priority:

  1. Archer Tower
  2. Hidden Tesla
  3. Roaster
  4. Cannon / Firecracker
  5. Double Cannon
  6. Giant Cannon / Air Bombs / Mega Tesla / Mortar
  7. Traps

Here are by the way up to date base designs you can use:

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Troop Upgrade Priority

Always upgrade the supporting troop first, as you can use them with multiple setups. You can combine Barbarians with Bomber, Giants, Cannon Carts etc.

The same with Minions as they work With Drop Ships, Night Witches or Baby Dragons.

The new troop available at a Builder Hall Level is something I always upgrade last – e.g. the Night Witch, Drop Ship or Super PEKKA are new troops and it takes a long time to mac them out and use them properly, so I always stick to the attacking combinations I used at the past Builder Hall Level and when I maxed them I start maxing out the new one.

Here are also some well-working attacking strategies for you:

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Written by TimmyEatWorld

I love to play Clash of Clans since 2013 and write here about latest strategies, news and base designs. While my troops are training, batteries are loading I like to keep myself busy with skydiving.
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  1. OK. All upgrades are complete in the builder base and now all the elixir and gold storage is capped out at max. What can I do with the money now; anything?.

    • It’s an annoying defense but not top priority. Level 3, Level 5 and Level 7 are important steps to get the additional troop in there, the others are more just for fun after you did the other upgrades.

  2. Hey Timmy,

    As a builder hall 6 trying to rush to 7 and 8 asap you are saying only upgrade one troop to max, should I upgrade barbarians only? I want to be efficient in my upgrades so the troops are useful when I get to bb 8 and I don’t have wasted troops

    • Yap Barbarians are the only troop that are helpful accross all levels, but you will also need to add more troops (boxer giants and bomber).
      My personal rule is to upgrade when all defenses are your current bh level max levels lower (go to BH7 when you have all defenses at least at lvl 4)

  3. How high of a priority is upgrading the crusher compared to other defenses? I noticed it wasn’t listed in the list, just curious. Thanks for the guides!

  4. Timmy Great Guide, I Just Want To Ask You That Do You Also Visit And Is Yes, Are You A Member?

  5. Hey bro I got bh6 and I am doing my defense strong , so my question is “ should I carry on or upgrade my bh to lvl7″

  6. I’m in two clans with 3 accounts. No one likes BB. I’m glad you are giving info and I really enjoy your news. Please don’t spend much time on BB. Thx!

  7. Well, personally, I think you should upgrade one unit to max level as soon as possible (like baby dragon or archers) Since a max level unit can do significant damage. Spend all elixirs to the laboratory for upgrading troops, don’t spend them on the battle machines if they are already lv5. Further levels of battle machine is worth nothing. For example, upgrade one level increases 65 hitpoints, but one canon shot is 105 lol……

  8. How do i upgrade to buildes hall lvl 8? Gold wise, you need 2800000 but to get that much gold you need.. well, to upgrade to lvl 8 ….

  9. I have 6 question about builder base on my current position. 1: My battle machine is currently in level 11, You have told that, level 20 is only 20% stronger than level 10. So if I don’t upgrade him on my whole bh7 journey Does It affect anything to my aggresive attacking? 2: In next 10 days my cannon cart will be max out and 1-7 all troops will be max out then, my night witch and drop ship both level 1, So what should I max out; Night witch or Drop ship, What will help to become a aggresive attacker on next clashing journey. I personaly think drop ship. 3: What is best ground unit attacking strategy for max bh7? Does barbarian cannon cart(3 camp barbarian 2 camp cc) is the best option? My old fasion BomBarian getting too much trouble on max bh7 or anti barbarian bases around 4k trophy range. So What is the best ground unit option and air could be. 4: I recently ask you a question about resetting trophy range around 4k trophy range. You have told that It reset every month. So how this throphy reset syestem work? Is it reset to 4000 for every player who is around 4800/5600 or high-less. For example: a player reach 4500 before reset, So will he demoted to 4400 or 4000, what realy happend? 5: Does walls effect a lot on builder base, if I upgrade my builder hall without upgrading walls does it effect a lot on defending and which level wall is good. 6: I missed this guide for 5 months, I have max out my bh 5 even 6 wall to level 5 on lower trophy range, when I upgrade my BH to level6 bh7 arrived then I found this guide and decided to upgrade my bh to level 7 .So, how ever upgrade after maxing is totaly stupidity on builder base( If anyone say maxing is right on builder base tell him I expariance it) and painful. However, rushing was right then because new bh was announcing after 1/2 months. But what happened after announcing bh8? Then rushing will give pain like home village. Does maxing building and walls then will be the best option or rushing….Nobody ask like this important questions so I have to, I used to ask all my question to my teacher because without problem there is no solution. So why don’t you become our ‘Clash Teacher’. I suggest and request you a Idea what could make your wedsite to top #10 Clasing site. That is, “There will be a option on bottom name as ‘Clash Teacher’ where everyone ask there question and you give Idea/News about clash of clans.”Even SupErcEll reacieve fan ideas,I also give you a Idea.Don’t forget to answer Please…..Kindly Yours Musanna Burhan.

    • Ok let me help you out 🙂
      Question 1: I mean you shouldn’t prioritize getting it to LVL 20 if you’re above LVL 10 – at some point you should/need to do it to keep up with the big guys and the 20% can win you matches but it’s something you can do later.
      Question 2: Go for Night Witch, Drop Ship is still a little guessing game and luck dependant
      Question 3: 1 Army Camp Bomber & 4 Army Camps Barbarians or Barbarians/Bomber/Cannon Cart are the two that work at BH7-> with maxed Night Witch/Minion you can destroy the Anti Barbarian bases easily
      Question 4: Everybody >4000 will get reset to 4000 🙂
      Question 5: Walls are not important at all, do them after you have done all other upgrades that charge Gold
      Question 6: Every new BH Level will give a great advantage (BH5 gives BM, BH7 additional Army Camp) that will boost your attacking power – you should still try to keep it balanced so going to BH8 with BH4 defenses is a bad idea, but having defenses LVL 5-6 when going to BH7 is ok 🙂
      Hope this helps Chief 🙂

      • Thank you for answering them all. That will help me a lot. Don’t forget to judge ‘Clash teacher’ idea. It is much more easier than answering via email or comment on another subject. But i personaly ask it for me. If you add this option i will ask you question everyday…he he he

  10. I focus on Builder Hall as opposed to main base, and my advice would be to not only Max everything before leveling up, but also that when you do level up max your existing defenses before adding on new ones. This is an unfavorable strategy but when you are in the 2400 range and just getting to bh6 like me adding on a level 1 defense such as a new crusher is just giving the enemy an extra 3-4% on his attack total.

  11. I have been in BH5 for almost over a month now playing arnd 2100 to 2200 trophy range all this time – I have rarely got an opponent who is a BH5. Almost always I end up getting BH6 with maxed defs, and now recently have started getting paired against BH7’s also. I suggest – rush – rush as hard as you can and upgrade once you reach BH7. Just keep the units you attack most with upgraded to their max. Otherwise there is no fun my friend, someone with superior army and base will keep on handing out defeats and disappointments to you!

    • Jap I’m afraid I have to agree…maxing is not popular at BB. Also, the extra army camp you get is extremely valuable to not get it by maxing out. Also every extra defense you can get is as valuable for defense as an extra level on an existing defense but only costs a small part of the upgrade

  12. I can’t upgrade new buildings because it says “All builders are busy!” “Complete the previous building and free up the Master Builder?” Then it says it will cost 994 gems. I am not building anything, and I can’t figure out what the problem is. Any ideas?

  13. Why is it that I can attack a base in vs and get 100% one time and attack the exact same base with same level everything using the same troop deployment as I did the first time yet I only get 65% or less.can someone please explain this.

    • The thing is that not just the deployment position is taken into account, also the smalles differences in timing lead to a defense targeting a little different and so much more that this happens.
      Use surgical deploying to respond to the situation that is coming and not only work down your Plan A 🙂

  14. This battle system sucks, I am working through level 4 and every fight I get put against a much more advanced level 5 usually with the battle machine. How is this fair supercell? Can’t stay above 1800 trophies long enough to get the bonus, getting fed up with this new update already!

    • Agree. I am in the same position as you. The problem is that we have made the mistake of “properly” maxing out our bases while everyone else has just rushed onwards for the next lot of toys. Having stronger units (including walls and everything) doesn’t stack up against the next opponent who has OP next-level weapons. In our case, the advice above of “I have 3 words for you – push, push, push!” is wrong advice, as the wins are only one in several. The game is fast becoming a mockery of it’s old self. I suggest rushing the next base where hopefully the current upgrades might pay off more, giving your base a better core.

    • All things are only two simple parts;

      1. For your Attacks, first be patient and see the opponent map that have been offered you before starting your attack . Select efficient troops and find which sides of the map is better than other for starting.
      One thing is important , that you must not deploy all of your troops just in a place together .
      2. For your base,it is so important , number stars has been taken from your map ? even more than number of stars that you have gotten when attacking to your opponent base. It will gaurantee your win.

    • Jay you should be feeling lucky that you reached 1800 trophies, when I was a BH4, The highest I could go is 1600, not more than that. But if you want to go really higher, you ought to try Bdrag attacking strategy, It is worth it. Hope you will get benefited by it.????

  15. i cant upgrade my builders base anymore nor can i upgrade my barracks. what should i do to upgrade my builders hall 5 to 6?

  16. Hello Tim, tanks for this guide !

    What is your advice concerning the second mine and elixir drill at bh5 ? If you forgot extra ressources by not adding them, you basically have two less building to defend which could be an upside during battle… I would be happy to know your advice on this.

    • You should build and upgrade them as soon as possible though. The resources you will make with them adds up a lot and it’s the only way to get them when you used your daily attack rewards.
      I’m at BH5 now and many opponents get like 30-40% only so winning is not that difficult that you need to mind the 2 extra buildings.
      You can also put them in the corners so many attackers don’t recognize them – wirks most of the times for me

    • There’s no way, you only have 1 Master Builder – Supercell made these limitation so they don’t had to raise the prices and building times to make a grind out of the Builder Base.
      Maybe they might add another builder but I don’t think they will make that soon :/

  17. I was leaning to rush for the next level base and your post helped confirming the same! Makes it easy when an experts opinion matches yours!!!

    Great post, thanks.

  18. I can’t upgrade my builder hall until I have my 3rd army camp but I didn’t upgrade my elixir storage- it says I need BH4. It won’t let me use gems to supplement my army camp purchase and when I try to upgrade elixir storage it says I need BH4. Help! I’m in a loop

  19. I have a doubt plz help me. Just now i started upgrading bh to 4. I am left with one 3 – win bonus but my elixir storage is full and everything is maxed out so if i will do my third attack my elixir will be wasted. So i wanted to know if i save my attack for 24 hour and do it after my bh constructed , will another daily win bonus would be available right after i do my third attack or i will have to wait another​ 22 hours. Plz help

    • Just like in your normal TH or the CR Daily chest, the challenge from the next day will start immediately after completing the first one.

    • Yes it will (as far as I can tell). The daily reset is (from what I dicovered) determined when you did the first of the 3 attacks, so saving it will give you a way smaller cooldown.
      I once had 4 hours cooldown after the 3rd attack when I did 2 attacks in the morning.

  20. Good post Tim, as usual, enjoying the new info and new update, don’t know if you remember but I was on a push to legend with my th10, greatly appreciate having builder base to pass time in my village while I wait for heroes to regen. Just wanted to add your builder hall could get matched against higher level halls if your higher in trophies. But it’s based on who’s available to attack as you hit search. And because supercell wanted to avoid clouds during vs battles it will be slightly mismatched at times. I’ve faced BH4 guys with my BH3 at around 1500 trophies quite a bit. But usually that person had bought needed defenses and hadn’t upgraded everything yet so it was still a fairly matched battle even though they had 4th army camp and I won most of those for getting 1 star and having a nice trap base for defense ????

    • Of course I remember 🙂
      I think this will all sort out when people start pushing up in trophies (and there’s nothing to gain to stay in lower ranges). I think the whole mismatching will be gone in a couple weeks.
      If you then face someone with a much higher base, you can be sure he’s probably a bad player since he should be higher in trophies 🙂

      • Yeah my builder base push is slower going and my main push with my th10 is almost at legend, about 150 cups out. Builder base I’m sitting at 1500 or so to complete my walls before going builder hall 4. I agree with your upgrade recommendation of 4th camp but everyone needs to keep in mind the storage needs to be upgraded to house the needed elixir for the fourth army camp.

      • You’re right, storages are also very important – nothings more frustrating that a versus battle that won’t give you any rewards because your storages are full

  21. I’ve been matched against people that had a crusher and I didn’t a lot of times. The same happened for the guard post and the air bombs.
    Since I have my 4th camp, I’ve met a lot of matchup that had only 3 camps.
    I don’t think the buildings you have matter in the matchmaking. Only your throphy count matters.
    I could be mistaking, but experience points towards that.

    • Interesting feedback – I will pay close attention how matchmaking for versus battles is made and if BH level and defenses is counted towards it. Hope to be able to share some results soon

  22. how works the matchmaking ? it’s depends of BH level ? troops level ? defenses level ?

    how can you do a guide without these answers ?

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