Finding Dead (Abandoned) Bases

Finding and raiding an abandoned base is the holy grail in Clash of Clans. It’s easier to raid and you will be able to grab tons of loot very easily. In fact, there are several myths around abandoned bases that made me write this guide – how to find dead bases, how they behave in the matchup algorithm, etc.

What Are Abandoned Bases & Dead Bases?

I know most of you know what they are, but I want to start at the beginning. An abandoned base is a base that is not played actively – this means the owner of the account just didn’t play for quite some time:

  1. Collectors & Mines still generate loot and are filled;
  2. Traps are not re-armed; and
  3. Inferno Tower, X-Bows and Eagle Artillery are not re-filled;

It is stated that a base that hasn’t been played for more than 57 hours is flagged abandoned in the system, but that’s something we will look at more closely in the last part about the matchup algorithm.

How To Identify A Dead Base?

There are several things you should look out for that indicate whether a base is dead or not:

  1. No league badge;
  2. Player is not in a clan;
  3. Collectors & Mines are completely filled (or filled almost completely); and
  4. Inactive defences.

These four indicators will show you that this is an abandoned base, or let’s just call it a lucky punch!

The Mines & Collectors can be spotted very easily:

visual loot

I posted a complete guide about scouting loot here, worth a read:

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If you’re raiding TH10 and TH11 bases, you also might want to take a look at the Inferno Towers. If it looks like this you’re good to go:

abandoned base not loaded inferno tower

How To Raid Abandoned Bases?

The easiest answer is sniping the Mines and Collectors with Archers, but in the end, you will need to use the troops you have in your pocket. If you’re not BARCHing right now, you might have totally different troops – and just farming abandoned bases is not a good idea (read more about that in the next chapter).

The best way is using your Heroes to get the outside Collectors and Mines easily and after a short regeneration time you will be able to continue raiding as usual.

If you’re pushing trophies right now you can count yourself lucky, because raiding a Dead Base will not only give you tons of loot but will also be easy to win:

  1. No defending Clan Castle Troops;
  2. No (or almost no) armed Traps; and
  3. Hard defenses are not active.

Simply go for the base as you normally would.


How To Find Dead Bases in Clash of Clans?

Now let’s have a look at the matchup algorithm and how we can find abandoned bases. I wrote at the beginning of this guide, that a base that is not active for more than 57 hours will be flagged as abandoned in the system.

Abandoned bases get removed from the matchup. Otherwise there would be so many of them that the whole economy would collapse due to too much loot. That’s why Supercell removes them.

However, we still see them from time to time and that’s because the matchup algorithm will put some back to balance the economy – it’s nothing more than throwing in some extra loot from a global perspective. After the removal of exposed Town Halls, Supercell decided to raise the number of abandoned bases in the system to keep the global economy more balanced.

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The Fairytale About The Leagues

I’ve had this discussion a dozen times that there are more abandoned bases in lower leagues than in higher leagues. The general thought behind this seems logical – abandoned bases will constantly lose trophies, whenever they are raided. So this means that most of them are in lower leagues.

It’s right that the percentage of abandoned bases in lower leagues is higher, but that is not changing anything for you because Supercell decides how many of them get thrown back into the active matchup algorithm. When they say they throw in 1%* of all bases to be abandoned bases, it doesn’t matter if there are a thousand or a billion abandoned bases – only 1% of the bases shown will be abandoned ones.

*The 1% is just a figurative number and not representing any fact – nobody knows the exact amount of abandoned bases.

The only thing that’s true about the lower leagues is that you will find bases there that have probably been abandoned for a longer time in total, but when the Mines & Collectors are filled that doesn’t matter at all, right?

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I hope you understood why the often claimed “dropping trophies” is not helping you to find more abandoned bases – it’s simply luck to find them. The only thing you do when dropping trophies is making your League Bonus lower and I doubt that will raise your profit.

Straight searching for abandoned bases exclusively is also not a good idea. Imagine you have to make 100-150 nexts before you find one of them, you spend up to 150,000 Gold just for that and I believe the number is even higher in reality. Just enjoy coming across one of them and take the extra loot, but don’t expect or plan to find them and you’ll be good and less frustrated.

Thanks for editing: EnchinsuOcha and Punchy

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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. go in crystal league to farm. what i do is barch just for dead bases collectors only and lose trophies to crystal 3. once at the border of crystal 3 and gold 1 i then switch my army to lavaloonion and raid basses and keep doing that over and over, usually maxing my storages ever 3 days.

    • Use minions and archers to attack outside Town halls every time you can, to increase trophies..
      next time you come accross a TH that has not been collected, an all loot is in the mines, use 5 arcvhers 5 minions and 5 goblins max, note that..
      It takes 2 minutes for 4 archers to be created along with 3 minions if you are a TH 8 and maxed out, this in summary, means you can attack infintely using this strategy, you will gather half a 300K+ of each resource every 10 minutes = 5 attacks
      Within an hour you will be close to a million, playing constantly for 5 hours will max out your storages

  2. not true, I got hardly any abandoned bases in master, when I dropped to gold, I get one every 20 searches at most -> huge profit (I am new th9)

    • I am new to th 10 and mine spell factory is on upgrade so I decided to drop my league from titan and found that dead bases started coming from master1 league.

  3. My village was lost one year ago or so. And now, I was in some clan and they have kicked me out then how to loacte my village just with my name , coz I don’t have any other stats of my village like XP and no clan name too… Please help.! Actually I migrated from one device to another and then that device was formatted after some time and then when I logged in it showed me a TH1 village instead of TH7 VILLAGE which was mine in the name of Sanyam .. and everything was connected with Google play and all. Please help !!

  4. All are bull shit. What we ask I think you didn’t get ? The thing you explained everyone knows that. So funny web planner. Better stay away from this.

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