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Farming with Goblin Knife

Goblin Knife is one of the most effective farming techniques currently and is famous for farming Dark Elixir while upgrading Heroes. The name describes the attack pretty well – it’s a very fast attack that goes right into the heart of a base within seconds. When this technique came up, it was just a fast-stealing technique, but it can be used very viable today if used correctly.

How Goblin Knife Works

This farming strategy uses Giants and Wallbreakers to open up the base and then some Archers to make the funnel.
When this is set, the Goblins will be deployed, multiple-finger-style, and run for the Storages and the Town Hall in the core. To achieve this, you can use either Earthquake Spells or a Jump Spell.
goblin knife farming

Which Town Hall Levels does Goblin Knife Farming work for?

Town Hall 8 to Town Hall 11 (yes, you read that right!)

Main Purpose

Primarily Dark Elixir, but you will also get a load of Gold.

Pros of Goblin Knife:

+ Fast trained
+ Very high success rate & often also League Bonus
+ High Profit, also without Heroes

Cons of Goblin Knife Farming:

– Sometimes it takes some time to find a good base to use it against
– Expensive in Elixir

Goblin Knife Step by Step

First, I want to explain the basic mechanics of Goblin Knife farming.
If I break it down to the very basics, this farming strategy has 3 Steps:

  1. Scout the right base and the right location to start in the base
  2. Build a funnel and open the outside layer
  3. Get those Goblins in and drop the spells

Sounds too easy? Well, it is easy as long as you manage to create your funnel.
There are some things that are very important and if you do them wrong, you wasted the attack:

  • Scouting the right base!
  • Planning the path to the core!
  • Funneling!

I will give you the important things you need to consider below when I walk you through step-by-step. 🙂
Here’s the troop setup you should go with:

  • 8-12 Giants (depending on your Town Hall Level)
  • Golem Clan Castle
  • 6-8 Wallbreakers (you need to be sure to open up the wall!)
  • 20-30 Archers
  • Fill with Goblins (should be around 100 Goblins)
  • 1 Jump Spell
  • 1 Rage Spell
  • 1 Healing Spell

That’s all you need.

Alternatively, you can also take 4 Earthquake Spells instead of the Jump Spell. That costs some Dark Elixir, but is sometimes easier to use because you don’t have the timing pressure of the Jump Spell.

Step 1: Scouting

Scouting is the most important part of this strategy. You need to find a base you can use it on effectively and quickly plan your attack.
You’ll see that sometimes you just don’t notice something and your attack might fail. In this section, I’ll give you some valuable information that will help you with that.
You will need to look out for a base that:

  • Offers enough resources (3k+ Dark Elixir & 100k+ Elixir to make up your army costs)
  • A layout that can be “knifed”

You want to go for bases like this:plan goblin knife dark elixir farming attack
The important thing is that you can crack open 1 layer with your Wall Breakers (1) and then open up the core with your Jump Spell (or Earthquake Spells, depending what you prefer).
Don’t try bases like this:failed goblin knife farming attacks
Not because there is only a little Dark Elixir available, but because your Goblins will circle around the island after the Collectors are down.
There are plenty of TH11 bases that also work. I see bases like this in Titan League a lot:th11 goblin knife farming
You will get the 1 Star without using a single Hero on this base.

Step 1.1: Scouting Dark Elixir

The next step, once you have found a base with a layout that’s working for Goblin Knife and with enough Dark Elixir and resources, is to know where the Dark Elixir actually is located.
Check the Dark Elixir Drills; they can be taken with 5-8 Goblins and sometimes also offer a big load of Dark Elixir.
I recommend this article that will show you how to identify where the loot is:
[irp posts=”5427″ name=”Loot Scouting Tutorial (Visual Indication)”]

Step 1.2: Path Scouting

The next important step is to know the route your Goblins will take. The easy thing to remember is that they will always go for the Town Hall, Storages or Mines & Collectors first.
So all you have to do is to make sure that they won’t be running around following the Mines & Collectors. The initial base is a great example:goblin knife funneling
You will have to prevent your Goblins from following the outside route. This is why you need to build a funnel first.

Step 2: Building Your Funnel

This step will open up the base and clear the outside route.
You will deploy 2-3 packs of Giants (and your Clan Castle Golem) and then add your Wall Breakers and your Archers.funneling goblin knife farming dark elixir strategy
If you see that something went wrong (outside Hidden Tesla, lots of traps, etc.), you can also use 10 Goblins on each side to clear of the outside a little bit.

Step 3: Loot!

Now here’s the fun part.
Deploy your Rage Spell and send in your Goblins as fast as you can (use as many fingers as you can):
[irp posts=”12494″ name=”Fast Troop deployment with style”]
goblin knife farming
They will be so fast in the core and take down everything that you won’t even be able to follow it.
Make sure to drop your Healing Spell in the core as soon as they are all deployed! The Healing Spell will keep them up, no matter if there are Inferno Towers or anything else around.
goblin knife success
Here’s some live action for you to watch with some nice examples:


Goblin Knife is a great farming technique that will score you lots of resources and trophies.  The key factor is to pick your bases carefully.
Thanks for editing: EnchinsuOcha

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Has any th10 players tried this in Titan league? Currently fighting to stay alive in Titan 2, going from 4305-4475 trophies using bewitched and sometimes losing cause I stay up too late to attack and am tired on last raid causing a loss. But have the dark to upgrade AQ and need reliable strategy to keep me alive since I start with a Queen Walk and without queen that attack strat won’t be as solid using most of my BOWLERS to start with a bowler walk instead of queen walk. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I want to max heroes since I’ve almost completed all my th10 upgrades (less then a dozen remaining but heroes are 26/32. Happy clashing and happy holidays everyone!


And yes even using bewitched in Titan I’m still gaining profit on dark elixir, just having trouble determining if I should try lavaloon or goblin knife while a hero is in surgery


While Hero is upgrading I use Giants/Valky in Titan (still getting me 2 Stars most of the times)… (here’s the guide:
However, if you really want DE, I rather go with Goblin Knife in your case since LaLoon depends more on Heroes plus it also costs some DE to train


I use it as TH11 in Titan and get my results – I assume that it will also work for a Th10 🙂
Try some friendly challenges against your friends in your clan first and then you will see how you perform with it 🙂

yajit puri

Hey man ! I was in titans 3 and my strategy was – 18 Giants 18 archers 7 wall breakers 13 wiz 7 valks 5 minions ! 1 heal 1 Rage 1 freeze and 3 eq !!! This is the best strategy I have used so far and easily getting 2 stars on max th 11.MUST NOTE – Archers and minions are for the last cleanup for the second star so keep them till last. Give it a try ! I made this strategy on my on as it does not cost much on both and in fact brings you a lot of loot ! Be perfect with your eq’s and enjoy man ✌???

Juliano Freitas

It really works… I’m a th11 in titan3, and I’m willing to drop some trophies in order to max my king. I’ll upgrade my goblin to lv7 first (lab finishes tomorrow). Thank you Tim!


You’re welcome 🙂

Juney Windross

Always love d those greedy green goblins. Definitely giving this a go. Thanks for the inspiration.

Alvido Gomez

Hey tim, im always using Goblin Knife …
3 cheers for GobKnife ???


Thanks bro I used this start on th6 I don’t have jumps or eq but I used wallbreakers Thanks a lot


My hona got vanished




Mortars fault. Upgrade goblins higher.


I am beginner at th 9 with max th8 profile which strategy should I use queen lvl 5 all the troops lvl 5

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Does the goblin knife strategy still work even after the bomb tower update?


But is it still the most effective strategy for farming dark elixer?


I edited this compostion an bit and removes Golem Instead brought a pekka
Working Hell Good
Got loads of dark
Thanks for this article Tim
Always Keep It Up????????