We all need Dark Elixir in Clash of Clans, especially when every new update gives us new troops to upgrade or even additional Hero levels to grind. Unfortunately, Dark Elixir is the rarest and most precious resource. In this post, I want to show you some ways to farm Dark Elixir to gather the needed Dark Elixir for your upgrades.
The most important thing about farming Dark Elixir is not finding bases and defending it, it’s about the attacking strategies you use that will make a crazy difference.
Dark Elixir Farming Strategies
It’s a common mistake that many think Dark Elixir farming is something they can do during regular attacks, but Dark Elixir has become so precious that this is not enough anymore – in fact, you’ll need to focus on farming Dark Elixir and just forget about everything else.
First of all, you will need an army that costs no or almost no Dark Elixir! This makes so much difference, so let me give you a brief example here:
As you can see, we have two armies here and one costs only 155 Dark Elixir and the other costs 1,595 Dark Elixir.
Each of those armies is able to get the Dark Elixir Storage and the League Bonus, but one simply costs almost 1,500 Dark Elixir more. If you make 10 attacks per day, that’s a whopping 15k in Dark Elixir plus the fact that you will need longer to save up enough Dark Elixir for your upgrade will make more attackers take more Dark Elixir from you.
Bottom line you lose like 15-20k Dark Elixir with the one strategy, even it “only” costs 1,500 Dark Elixir.
That was just one example and I know there are armies out there that cost a lot more than that.
Even if you always get more Dark Elixir than your army costs, doesn’t mean you can use an army that costs Dark Elixir!
Secondly, you will focus only on getting the Dark Elixir Storage and the 50% for the League Bonus.
If you see a base, you will check where the Dark Elixir is (Drills or Storage?) and then make a plan how you get the Dark Elixir! That’s all you need to focus, not where the defenses are, if you could 3-Star the base, etc… Just the Dark Elixir!
Here’s, by the way, a guide that will help you finding out where you will find the loot:
So, in the next section I have been making you an overview what army compositions will work best for farming Dark Elixir and also linked you the guides so you can see how they work.
A penny saved is a penny earned, so here you will find some additional tips that will save you some Dark Elixir and also make you more Dark Elixir:
Dark Elixir Farming For All Town Hall Level
The times where you find Dark Elixir Storages in the corner or easily accessible are over. Dark Elixir gets well-protected these days and you will need to be prepared.
You’ll need an army that is able to crush as deep as necessary into your opponents base to get the Dark Elixir needed and here they are.
Dark Elixir Farming TH7
The best way for Town Hall 7 is using a strategy called “Goblin Knife”.
Basically, you will use Giants as tanks and then funnel in all your Goblins to overrun the defenses and get the Dark Elixir.
At TH7, you don’t have to face crazy large bases with many compartments, so I’d recommend you to take this strategy. You will find a full guide about it here:
Dark Elixir Farming TH8
There are 3 strategies that work for farming Dark Elixir for Town Hall 8, but I can only recommend you using two of them (the 4rd is mass Dragon and that’s just insanely expensive and you might run out of Elixir).
The first one is, like for TH7, the Goblin Knife strategy that also works great on Town Hall 8:
The second strategy is Balloons with Minions.
You take 24 Balloons and fill up with Minions (no worries that’s just a little bit of Dark Elixir) along with 2 Healing Spells & 1 Rage Spell.
One word of caution first, you will need to upgrade your Balloons to Level 5 because they are insanely useless at lower levels.
Then you simply deploy all of them in a row and the Minions behind and drop your Healing Spells & Rage Spell and watch the Dark Elixir going to your pocket.
Dark Elixir Farming TH9
Goblin Knife is also working well for Town Hall 9, so I can recommend you using this here as well:
Also, the above-mentioned Balloons & Minions are doing a great job for Town Hall 9 as well.
Another alternative strategy is using Giants along with Wizards and 4 Earthquake Spells. You will use 24 Giants, 20 Wizards and a couple of Wall Breakers along with 2 Healing Spells, 1 Rage Spell, and the above mentioned 4 Earthquake Spells.
You have to search for a base where you can crack open a large part of the base with almost the whole path to the Dark Elixir Storage with your Earthquake Spells and then send in your Giants and Wizards and keep them alive with Healing Spells.
Dark Elixir Farming TH10
The most popular and also recommended Dark Elixir farming strategey for Town Hall 10 is indeed BabyLoon. You can easily go after all kinds of TH10 bases and get the League bonus as well.
I’ve written a whole guide on BabyLoon here:
Alternatively, you can also use mass Miner which is also working great for farming DE.
Simply take as many Miners as you can and 2 Rage, 2 Heal & 1 Freeze Spell.
There’s not much of a tactic, simply make a chinese wall deployment on one side (not in the corner!) and then use your Rage Spells & healing Spells to keep them wrecking the base.
Your first attacks will be a little bit messy until you get where your Miners are as they are a little hard to spot in the beginning when they are underground and there’s much defense and spell action going on.
You can use your Heroes to build a funnel into the base or for cleaning up, depending on the base of course 🙂
Dark Elixir Farming TH11
I have two favorite strategies I use for farming Dark Elixir myself and that’s BabyLoon on one hand and Queen Charge Mass Miner on the other.
It’s easy to use and I have written two guides you should check out: