In this post, I want to talk specifically about the resource that many among us consider as the most precious: Dark Elixir! You come across Dark Elixir for the first time when you become Town Hall 7 and want to build the Barbarian King or build the first Dark Barracks.
The times where Dark Elixir is lying around on the streets – I mean where Dark Elixir Storages are not well-protected – are over and everyone pays close attention to Dark Elixir. The good news is, you can still make a load of Dark Elixir every day when you know what to do and this is what this article here is all about.
The Secrets Of Farming Dark Elixir
Farming is often times understood as a term that describes the part how to get it, but for me it’s much more:
- Get as much Dark Elixir as possible from raiding
- Collect as much Dark Elixir as possible
- Protect your Dark Elixir! A drop saved is a drop earned 🙂
I split this Guide into 3 parts – in the first part I will handle raiding & collecting Dark Elixir and how you can get the most possible.The second part will focus on
The second part will focus on protecting the Dark Elixir, which can sometimes be frustrating when you see that you lost exactly what you earned. The third part will show you some Dark Elixir Base Designs that will provide an excellent protection for your Dark Elixir.
Dark Elixir Farming
On that point here I could already spend enough words for one dedicated guide.
The important thing:
- Choose the right army
- Choose the right target; and
- offer the correct surrounding
Let’s talk about each point individually.
The right army for Dark Elixir Farming is an army that costs zero to almost zero Dark Elixir. When you choose your normal army that, let’s say, costs 1,500 Dark Elixir, you will spend 15,000 Dark Elixir on just making 10 attacks. If you use an army that costs no Dark Elixir, you will have after those 10 attacks 15,000 Dark Elixir more in your storage, easy as that.
I have just updated my guide about the right armies for Dark Elixir Farming here, I recommend you to check it out:
The right target is, on one hand, a target that offers you plenty of Dark Elixir, but also, on the other hand, a target that you can hit with your army in a way where you have a chance to get the Dark Elixir.
This also makes again clear why you shouldn’t hit with an army that costs Dark Elixir – if you fail to hit it, you will not risk to lose the Dark Elixir that your army costs.
The right surroundings are obviously to be in a higher League because the League Bonus will add up. Don’t think that you will get hit by easier attacks or find bases with more loot when you are in a low League, even as a Town Hall 11 you will see in Crystal league the same conditions as in Titan League – the only difference is that one League offers 200 Dark Elixir League Bonus per raid, the higher League 2,000 Dark Elixir.
After 10 raids, this is a difference of 18,000 Dark Elixir.
So by using the right army and being in the right League will simply earn you 30,000 Dark Elixir over 10 raids!
Use The Events!
We all know that some events in Clash of Clans are not that useful for us. That’s wrong! They all will give you a nice profit, even if you don’t use the troops involved. Here one example:
Normally during the event, the specific event troop(s) are discounted by 90% – in the above case you can train (as a TH11) 8 Golems for 424 Dark Elixir shortly before the event ends – after the event ended, you can untrain it from your army queue for the full refund of 4,200 Dark Elixir – that’s 3,800 Dark Elixir for doing nothing than hitting a button 🙂
Attention! This only works when they are queued up and not already in your Army Camp, so pay attention to untrain them in time!
Ok, now we have all the things covered that belongs to earning Dark Elixir.
Protecting your Dark Elixir
A penny saved is a penny earned, I know I use that term a lot but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.
You can raid as much Dark Elixir as you want, but when you don’t care about protecting it you will see a big part of it getting taken away from you.
Below I have some fresh bases that do exactly that – protecting your Dark Elixir. Before we get to that, I want to point you toward an old trick that helps you protecting some more Dark Elixir.
It uses the same method as making Dark Elixir with events and means you should load up as much Dark Elixir troops in your army queue as possible because that Dark Elixir can’t be taken from your base when it gets attacked.
Bowler, Valkyries, Golems or Witches work great here as they will count as 30 Dark Elixir per housing space and mean more than 4,000 Dark Elixir in total where attacker can’t take. Depending on your Town Hall, that’s 10% to 18% of that an attacker can’t take – in this case 400 to 720 Dark Elixir that the attacker simply can’t take.
This might not sound much, but when you get attacked 3-4 times a day, it will be 1,600 to 2,800 Dark Elixir a day you will save.
Keep your loot in your Treasury as long as possible!
An attacker can only take 3% of what’s in your Treasury when they destroy your Clan Castle, in your Storage & Town Hall it’s 10-18%!
It’s also just a couple hundred Dark Elixir, but this will also add up over a long time.
10 Base Designs to protect Dark Elixir 2018
I have gathered some nice Base Layouts that will offer the best possible Dark Elixir protection. Actually, you can also take any base that fits the Dark Elixir Storage plus your Town Hall within the core.
Town Hall 7 Dark Elixir Farming Base
This TH7 Farming Base protects the Dark Elixir very good. The semi-exposed Town Hall works like a honeypot and the core design makes it hard to funnel troops to the Dark Elixir Storage.
Town Hall 8 Farming Base for Dark Elixir
This is the TH8 version of the Dark Elixir protection base design above for TH7. Ultimate Dark Elixir protection core with a semi-exposed Town Hall.
If you don’t want to semi-expose your Town Hall you can also use this base layout. Be aware that you will see more full attacks that will get your Dark Elixir, while the above TH8 Farming Base helps protect the Dark Elixir a little bit better.
Dark Elixir Farming Base Layout TH9
This TH9 Farming Base for Dark Elixir protection features an extra core compartment for the Dark Elixir – no matter what side the attacker comes it will be hard for him to get your Dark Elixir.
TH10 Farming Base Layout for Dark Elixir
This first TH10 Farming Base utilizes a semi-exposed Town Hall to honeypot attackers – and your Dark Elixir Storage is the best-protected structure.
If you’re about to push a little bit at TH10 and don’t want to constantly lose cups, you might want to try this Dark Elixir base. The thing here is that you will lose more Dark Elixir than with the first base layout because more attackers will go for the Town Hall and then automatically get your Dark Elixir Storage as well (but there is no easy way to get it).
TH11 Dark Elixir protecting Farming Base with Eagle Artillery
This is the TH11 Farming Base that I use right now for Dark Elixir protection and it works pretty good. Almost all attackers come from the top and go for the Town Hall but don’t get through to the Dark Elixir Storage.
Farming Dark Elixir can be hard sometimes and you won’t be very successful if you’re not able to protect it. Especially when you store a large amount you’ll lose a lot when the attacker is able to get your Dark Elixir Storage. You will need to have a base design setup with a centralized Dark Elixir Storage.
Unfortunately, this will make it easier for the attacker to get Gold, Elixir and also Trophies.
Make sure to keep on track once you start farming Dark Elixir, especially when you have more than 30k Dark Elixir stored in your storage. Each attack might get a large amount taken and kill the progress of a farming day. More so when you’re not farming for a day or longer.