The Clash of Clans Updates in autumn have quite a big tradition in Clash of Clans in the fast few years – one reason is that it includes the stuff for the Halloween Event that takes part every year plus with the lack of updates in summer (or the summer update often being more kind of a balancing update), it’s also sure that this update is a content update.
In this update article, I will put up all important things (rumors, my opinion and of course official statements) together to give you guys a good overview what’s coming – especially those of you who don’t spend hours in the official forum and Reddit.
Clash of Clans October 2017 Update
Please note, the order is from the bottom (old) to top (most recent). If you’re visiting this page for the first time and want to get the whole story, you’ll need to start from the bottom.
Win with Giant Skeleton & Pumpkin Barbarians (October 30th, 2017)
250 free Gems for using the seasonal troops is quite nice, but are they able to make good raids? I have been trying around a bit and found out that using 50 Pumpkin Barbarians & 4 Giant Skeletons along with Bowlers for making quite successful raids – here’s one that I was able to record earlier:
You will make a funnel and then send in all of your troops along with your Heroes to go for the core – normally you get at least 1 Star and get your 250 free Gems quite easily 🙂
Clash-O-Ween Starsts on October 28th! (October 26th, 2017)
On Saturday the new seasonal troops, Pumpkin Barbarian and Giant Skeleton, will appear in the Barracks and are ready to be used. GEt ready for Halloween 🙂
Maintenance Break & Halloween Theme (October 23rd, 2017)
Just one hour ago, we had a Maintanance Break which also unlocked an optional update that will give you the Halloween Theme in Clash of Clans – this means your obstacles will get a little more spooky but the Halloween Event is still not activated (seasonal troops and obstacle are still not available).
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) October 23, 2017
New Halloween Troops (October 18th, 2017)
Halloween will feature the Pumpkin Barbarian and the Giant Skeleton for use – see here all details plus gameplay of these seasonal troops :
Fix Update Problems (October 12th, 2017)
If you have problems updating, please refer to this guide I just wrote:
Bugfix Maintenance Break Now (October 12th, 2017)
The incoming Maintenance Break will fix the known issues and bugs that have been reported yesterday:
Maintenance break coming soon! List of bugs fixed: https://t.co/nMonI1Td9Q
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) October 12, 2017
**UPDATE** Builder Base Event Bug & More (October 11th, 2017)
The Builder Base Event has a bug that will show the reset timer at 7 hours and 59 minutes every time you log back in.
I think this is a rather small thing to solve so I expect a Maintenance Break very soon that will fix it.
UPDATE: Here’s a list of the known issues:
- Clan names with the word “Adult” having search/Bookmark issues – We are looking into getting this resolved in the next maintenance.
- Builder Base loot timer reset display issue – This is just a display issue and not actually stuck at 7 hours and 59 minutes. We are working to get this fixed in an upcoming maintenance. The display will be stuck at 7 hrs 59 minutes when the timer is over 8 hours. Once it drops below 8 hours it will display correctly.
- Golem lvl 1-6/Valk lvl 1-5 costs – We’re discussing the possibility of lowering the costs for the previous level upgrades to put it in-line with the Golem lvl 7/Valk lvl 6 costs.
- Battles not ending when only Healers are left – This is tied to the AI fix of the match not ending until the last projectile reaches its target, only no targets are shot at when only Healers are left.
Builder Base Event (October 11th, 2017)
In case you didn’t see the new Builder Base Event – the next 7 days the loot reward resets every 8 hours instead of 22 hours 🙂
Update Incoming (October 11th, 2017)
Maintenance Break for the update will start in a few moments 🙂
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) October 11, 2017
Update Delay (October 10th, 2017)
Update will not come today due to last minute problems:
We're still working on the final tweaks to make sure everything goes smoothly – we'll release this update ASAP, hang in there Chiefs! 💪
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) October 10, 2017
Update Today (October 10th, 2017)
Here are the final patch notes – the Maintenance Break for the update will start soon:
Home Village Updates:
New level limits and visual changes for Town Hall 11 troops and buildings
- Valkyries – Can now be upgraded to level 6
- Upgrade Cost: 150,000 Dark Elixir
- Upgrade Time: 14 days
- DPS: 163
- HP: 1200
- Training Cost: 220 Dark Elixir
- Golems – Can now be upgraded to level 7
- Upgrade Cost: 200,000 Dark Elixir
- Upgrade Time: 14 days
- DPS: 62
- HP: 6900
- Training Cost: 900 Dark Elixir
- Bomb Tower – Can now be upgraded to level 6
- Upgrade Cost: 10,000,000 Gold
- Upgrade Time: 14 days
- DPS: 48
- Damage when destroyed: 340
- HP: 1200
- Air Sweeper – Can now be upgraded to level 7
- Upgrade Cost: 9,600,000 Gold
- Upgrade Time: 10 days
- Push Strength: 4.0 tiles
- HP: 1050
- Walls – 25 more segments can be upgraded to level 12
Home Village Balance:
P.E.K.K.A. level 6: adds +100 HP and +10 DPS
- Searching for Clans becomes even easier with the new Clan Suggestions function. The Suggestions will prioritize Clans by activity such as Clan War activity, Troop donation activity, etc. An icon will also highlight suggested Clans that has a member from your Friends List.
- The Clan Chat will now display the number of Clanmates currently online.
- The Friends List will now display which members of your Friends List are currently online.
- You can now spectate attacks your friends make via the Friends List.
- New 35v35 and 45v45 Friendly Wars
- Spectator slots for Clan Wars increased to 30, +10 extra slots for viewing via your Friends List
- Get notifications when a War Attack is happening, even while in Replay Mode.
- Clans can now set Builder Base trophy requirements in the Clan Settings.
- Clan Badge, Clan Troop drop stone, and Castle graphic update – The new Clan Badge border will change based on your Clans level.
- Clan Path – Donated troops will now travel through the Clan Path on the map.
Builder Base Friendly Challenge!
Practice your favorite attack strategies and test your layouts with these new Friendly Versus Battles!
- Battles will not finish until the projectile from the last unit lands on the target even if that unit is killed.
- Improvements on troop attack position selection.
Sneak Peek #3 & Halloween Obstacle (October 9th, 2017)
Actually, Sneak Peek #3 is about to get released in 4 hours, but the Italian Clash of Clans Twitter account released it by mistake and deleted it shortly after and it looks like the third Sneak Peek is Friendly Challenges for the Builder Base
To be honest I’m a little surprised because I thought this update will be about Home Village content exclusively. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like the feature but I hoped for something else for the Home Village.
Also, I can also show you how the Halloween Obstacle 2017 will look like:
It’s a skull that looks a lot like the head of a Dragon.
Also, here’s how the new Clan Badges will look like:
You can see how they adapt to the different Leagues and I’m really looking forward what Supercell has planned for adding there in the next update – like Darian said this is just the foundation layed down for what’s coming in the next not-to-far-away update.
In total this is really another small update again, but I have my hopes up for a bigger update coming hopefully before the December update.
Sneak Peek #2 Clan Changes (October 8th, 2017)
Here the second Sneak Peek announcement:
In this second Sneak Peek, we want to give you a glimpse of some Clan improvements we will be releasing in the next update. This update is just the beginning of laying down the groundwork for new content we will be introducing in the future. But one thing at a time…
The “Clan experience” is at the heart of Clash of Clans. Combining social, combat, and competitive facets into a collaborative experience has brought friends and rivals together for years. This is one of the core pillars of Clash of Clans we want to continue to evolve and grow.
Recently, the most visible of these updates has been our efforts to improve the Clan War matchmaking system. These updates are still ongoing and the feedback you have been providing us with has been absolutely invaluable. But, we also feel so much more can be done with other aspects of the Clan for players to truly have an amazing Clan experience.
In today’s Sneak Peek, we are sharing new Clan Improvements that will be introduced in this week’s update.
New Clan Features:
- New Friendly War sizes: 35v35 and 45v45
- Spectator slots for Clan Wars increased from 20 to 30 + your friends have 10 extra slots for viewing via your Friends List.
- Get notified when a War Attack is occurring even if you are in Replay mode.
- You can now set a Builder Base trophy requirement in your Clan Settings
New Clan Visuals:
The Clan Badge has been redesigned functionally and visually. With the new Clan Badges, Clans will no longer be able to customize the border of the badge. Your Clan’s XP level will display a predetermined border graphic.
New Badge vs Old Badge
Donated troops will now march to War and battles unknown via the new Clan Path. Donated troops will now move through this passage through the woods (and not off to some distant land of no return).
New Path vs Old Path
- Clan Suggestions – The Clan Search feature has been given an upgrade. Searching for a new Clan to call home? The new Clan Suggestion function will prioritize Clans by activity, including parameters like Clan War activity, active donations, and more.
- Want to find a Clan that is more competitive or more casual? The Clan Suggestions will be visible even if you are already in a Clan. It will even show your Friends’ Clans in the Suggestions and will denote them with a highlighted icon.
- The Clan Chat tab will now show how many Clanmates are currently online.
- The Friends List will denote which Friends are currently online.
- You can also spectate attacks your friends make via the Friends List.
Looks like the wall in the forest is in fact just a small visual change and nothing we have to bother any further 🙂
Also, I expect that there will be a lot more changes to the whole clan surrounding on the next update, also because the new clan badges will exceed the levels we already know so far:
Also, the clan badges get some looks that remind me to the regular Trophy Leagues (Crystal, Gold, Champion etc.) so maybe there will be a clan ranking system soon that will reward clan a lot better than the current one with maybe seasonal rewards – I’m looking forward to it 🙂
Wall in the forest (October 7th, 2017)
Within the video material previewing the first Sneak Peek for the upcoming update, there’s a wall inside the forest:
First of all, I saw a picture of it and thought it’s photoshopped, but it’s appearing everywhere in the video material that the YouTubers who were in Finland are showing. You can see it yourself here in Powerbang’s Video about Sneak Peek #1 at Minute 2:34.
Now, the footage is from a developer build and it can also be something that Supercell is working on for a future update or simply a placeholder for something else – what I can tell pretty much for sure is that it’s very unlikely something we will see in this update because Darian already stated that this update in October will be rather small.
What can that be? Hard to tell, but I’m also sure it is not the often shown 3rd village that is clickbaiting on YouTube in the past weeks.
Sneak Peek #1 New Level Troops & Defenses (October 7th, 2017)
The first Sneak Peek is out and it tells us that we will get Golem Level 7, Valkyrie Level 6, Air Sweeper Level 7 and Bomb Tower Level 6:
Here’s how they will look inside the game:
They will fit into the TH11 scheme and there’s not that much more to say about it. I managed to also get the stats for you that are in a range that is pretty expectable (but they can also change a little bit as they are from a developer version):
It’s the first of 3 total Sneak Peeks we will get for this Home Village Update and as all new Level are now presented I assume that the 2nd Sneak Peek will show us some Halloween-Event-related stuff and the 3rd Sneak Peek hopefully has a surprise for us.
Expect the next Sneak Peek tomorrow 🙂
Sneak Peeks Tomorrow (October 6th, 2017)
Now also the official Twitter account released the statement that there will be a Sneak Peek tomorrow! This time “soon” means really “soon” in the Supercell dictionary 🙂
Want to know what's in the next update? Come back tomorrow for a first sneak peek! 😗
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) October 6, 2017
Also, Darian just confirmed minutes ago that there will be a couple of Sneak Peeks for this upcoming October Update:
I read it in that way that this update will not feature that much content but there will also be another one before the December Update (but that’s only my thinking here)
Update preview Soon! (October 6th, 2017)
The official Japanese Twitter Account just posted “Update Preview Soon!” on Twitter and often times they have been a little ahead of the other official accounts – looks like we will see/hear some fresh stuff soon.
Here’s the original tweet:
— クラッシュ・オブ・クラン【公式】 (@ClashofClansJP) October 6, 2017
And in case it gets deleted, here’s a screenshot of it:
Home Village Update(s) in pipeline (October 2nd, 2017)
In my last update here I was telling my own perspective on things and why I personally believe that there will be another update during October – now Darian posted something interesting just 1 hour ago in the official forum:
We now have it written in stone that Supercell did develop the Builder Hall content including BH8 during the beginning of the year until the release and it’s not very likely that there will be much new content to the Builder Base in the next months except the release of BH8 (which is already finally developed and inside our game files and only needs the activation from Supercell).
Considering the amount of time it took from BH6 to BH7 release, which was June to September this year, I do not expect Buider Hall 8 to come before the first quarter of 2018 – giving plenty of time to work on the stuff the “Clash of Clans dev team has been plowing ahead with a series of upcoming Town Hall updates”.
Wrapping it up, no new BB content (expect BH8 early 2018) but lots of Home Village stuff coming 🙂
It might happen that this forum thread gets even more interesting, so if you like to follow it, you can find it here.
Also the long-time delayed Q&A was released – please notice that this is titled the Episode #1, so obviously they stripped out the stuff where they specifically wanted to show/talk about specific upcoming stuff (probably because it’s simply not ready yet):
New Home Village Content… (September 28th, 2017)
The release of Builder Hall 7 did not make that many of us happy (including me myself) who waited for some fresh content for the Home Village and was also the update with the lowest hype in the history of Clash of Clans. I enjoy Night Mode myself, but the Home Village finally needs some fresh content.
Here’s now my theory that makes me pretty sure that some more stuff is coming during October:
The release of the Builder Hall 7 was made without an update through the AppStore/Play Store and it was activated on the server side in the Maintenance Break by Supercell – we didn’t need to install anything.
This means, and it’s not a big secret, that the BH7 (and also the BH8 stuff) is already included in the game files in the Clash of Clans version we’re already using for quite a while now.
As far as my sources tell me, there’s absolutely nothing related to the Halloween Event 2017 inside the game files so far and that means that Supercell will need to make at least one “real” update before the Halloween Event will start (theme, seasonal obstacle…).In my opinion chances are good that we will also see some Home Village content in this update that will happen somewhere in October 🙂
In my opinion chances are good that we will also see some Home Village content in this update that will happen somewhere in October 🙂
Text Bug & More (September 27th, 2017)
Alright the update is not out more than 1 hour and many people have been shocked by this note when trying to upgrade to Builder Hall 7:
Now before you think that rushing will also be a negative thing in the Builder Base from now on, sty calm. This is just a text bug coming from the Town Hall and it will get removed soon – there is no such thing as loot penalty in the Builder Base! Your loot will only depend on the trophy count you have 🙂
Text bug, we'll fix soon!
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) September 27, 2017
Speaking of trophy count, the rewards have been raised to motivate you hitting 4,000 Trophies for a higher daily loot reward:
As you can see, the rewards itself didn’t get higher but the League Tiers have been adapted.
Last but not least, in case you have been checking the Giant Cannon for some more info how it works in detail, I have some more details for you that are not within the info card of the Giant Cannon. Especially when you watched the Livestream yesterday, you might have asked yourself how mighty the Giant Cannon really is (you saw all the troops flying through the air, right?), so here are some details
- Troops get only “pushed into the air” when the Giant Cannon kills them with one strike (basically just a different animation!)
- The bullet of the Giant Cannon striked through all targets and also hits troops behind them, so tanking is harder)
- The Battle Machine will suffer 7-10x the damage from the Giant Cannon!
- The Giant Cannon shoots every 5 seconds
UPDATE TODAY (September 27th, 2017)
The update will start in a few moments!
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) September 27, 2017
Here are the full release notes (I highlighted the important stuff):
In this newest update for the Builder Base, we are introducing a bevy of upgrades including two units: the Giant Cannon defense and the Drop Ship air unit. We’re also increasing the Versus Battle Rewards to 4000 trophies!
Here’s what you can expect to see in the Builder Hall 7 release, and make sure to scroll down to learn more about the latest round of War matchmaking improvements!
NEW: The Giant Cannon
What else says your base means serious business than a massive barrel capable of demolishing several troops in a single blast? The Giant Cannon is the ultimate deterrent against ground attacks. Its projectile is so effective, once released it will continue on clearing everything in its path until it reaches the end of the map! Watch Skeletons, Bombers, and Archers get tossed like confetti. Even the Battle Machine can only endure a couple hits before it’s taken out of commission.
Additional Defensive Buildings:
+1 Hidden Tesla
+1 Army Camp
+4 Wall segments (x20 wall pieces)
The addition of another Hidden Tesla and Firecrackers helps take care of those pesky Baby Dragon spam attacks and adding a fifth Army Camp gives you greater tactical flexibility as you advance your attack strategies with the new Drop Ship air unit. Along with the increased defenses, all of your buildings, traps (except for the Spring Traps), and walls can be upgraded to Level 7.
However, it’s the Giant Cannon that really makes your Builder Base defenses shine!
NEW: The Drop Ship
In your Town Hall, the Balloons drop explosives. However, in the Builder Base, these hot air attackers drop Skeletons in mass hordes to sow chaos and confusion among your opponent’s ground defenses. Use the Drop Ship to obfuscate your kill squads and ranged damage from ground defenses, or use them to clear ground defenses like the Giant Cannon to allow funneling.
New Offensive Levels:
Your offensive units gain benefits in the Builder Hall 7 update. Not only can your Troops be upgraded to level 14, but the Battle Machine can be upgraded to level 15 as well. Those upgrades come with a plethora of added bonuses too! Check out the perks you’ll receive when you upgrade your Troops and Battle Machine. And finally, enjoy the brand new Drop Ship air unit!
Level 14 Troop stats:
- Raged Barbarians: +5 units per Army Camp
- Sneaky Archers: +2 units per Army Camp
- Boxer Giants: Improves the Power Punch ability
- Beta Minion: Improves the Long Shot ability
- Bomber: Improves the Big Bomb ability
- Baby Dragon: Improves the Tantrum ability
- Cannon Cart: +20 damage per second
- Night Witch: +20% Bat spawning speed
Last but not least…
Clan War Matchmaking algorithm changes.
With the recent changes implemented to the Clan War matchmaking algorithm, based on the feedback we have been receiving and also after reviewing our data, we felt further changes needed to be implemented. These changes will reflect a more accurate measurement of a player’s and clan’s offensive power. Furthermore, we are also adjusting the search time required to find a better War match. This will increase the search duration in some cases but not all, and allows the system longer to find a more even match.
Builder Hall 7 Livestream Starts (September 26th, 2017)
The official Livestrwam on YouTube has recently finished and it was very informative and also entertaining to watch the new Builder Hall Level 7 in action with maxed troops and defenses.
Now I don’t want to overrate this whole thing before having hand on this update myself, but there are some things that we could clearly see from this stream:
- The Giant Cannon is a beast and deals massive damage, like a Crusher that will go after your troops so ground attacks will have to deal with an extra hard ground defense (although it will take months until you face a maxed Giant Cannon in the game)
- The Drop Ship have been, frankly spoken, underwhelming as they are. Some players in the stream are very skilled and even they didn’t turn any Drop Ship attack into something close to 50% destruction
- Unlike the first footage, there won’t be a second Guard Post – but there will be an additional Army Camp, Hidden Tesla & Firecracker
- There will be a new upgrade level to all structures
- Even with the additional troops the 5th Army Camp will grant you, the possibility to 3-Star at Builder Hall 7 will get even smaller. However, those who will upgrade very soon will have the full advantage of the extra troops before the defenses get higher leveled up.
- Troops will get to Level 14 & Battle Machine to Level 15
I understand if you have mixed feelings about Builder Hall Level 7 with the strong defenses and the new troop looking quite weak, but keep in mind that Supercell did reduce the amount of Night Witches available by 33% shortly before the update for Builder Hall 6 was released so it can also be possible that they will buff the Drop Ship and other troops a little bit more to make 2-Star attacks easier achievable.
Also, there was not a single word regarding the update date but I honestly didn’t expect that to happen anyway – will Supercell release BH7 prior to the Home Village part of the update? Darian did already say that “there will also be stuff for the Home Village that they are not ready to showcase yet”
You can watch the replay of the whole Livestream right here:
Builder Hall 7 Coming Soon (September 25th, 2017)
Here we go with the official confirmation of the Builder Hall Level 7, bringing new level of defenses to the Builder Base but also the brand new Drop Ship and Giant Cannon.
Look up and look out! Builder Hall 7 update is on the way! pic.twitter.com/jkON0DLFqt
— Clash of Clans (@ClashofClans) September 25, 2017
It’s not that big of a surprise that it’s coming and with the new defense and troop already being available in the developer builds, there’s already a lot of video material out there about it.
Basically, the Drop Ship is a Balloon that will spawn Skeletons so balancing air defenses will become more interesting in Builder Hall 7 – also because the Giant Cannon will shoot straight through troops and pushing them off the battefield!
Bottom line, I think the new level look pretty cool, especially the Mines.
Q&A Video & New Content (September 21st, 2017)
The official forum is pretty much heating up in the past days and for those of you who are not spending time regularly there, I’d like to wrap everything up for you.
A couple weeks ago, Darian (the new Community Manager at Supercell), told us that the guys over at Supercell are working o a video that will answer some questions about future content and also about the current Matchmaking in Clan Wars.
Well, those of you who are familiar with the mood that heats up in the official forum can already see that this lead to several false information created by the word of mouth. Without knowing that much about what really this video will show us, many now think this video will show some insights to the future and state of Matchmaking (which is not working anywhere near good) and also the content of the next update.
3 Weeks ago, Darian stated that the video needs some more time to get edited. After that, there was no real official information to that so the community over there was starting to get impatient and also angry.
3 days ago, Darian then turned directions and also revealed that they plan to actually include stuff from the new update in this video and due to that stuff not being final enough, the video is delayed.
If you now visit the official forum, you see more and more threads pop up that want to know about the next update – and the fact that the YouTubers are in Finland right now makes rumors get spread more and more. In fact, the YouTubers are in Finland, but there’s also a big update for Clash Royale coming in October and Brawl Stars also seems to get released sooner or later can be the reason.
The only thing that’s very likely to be included in the next update is Builder Hall Level 7 (which is already finished months ago) and some more adjustments to Clan War Matchmaking as the current algorithm still produces crazy mismatches (read here more).
I know some will now post in the comments that this article here shows nothing, but I felt that I should put some things straigth when more and more people expected a new update getting releaed very soon – which could be possible but is, in my opinion, more unlikely than likely to happen.
Please share your thoughts in the comments below 🙂