Surgical Deployment Guide

surgical attacking guide

I’m sure everyone has heard of surgical attacking in Clash of Clans – some claim it’s the difference between a 2 Star and a 3 Star attack. I also featured it within certain attacking strategy posts, but I think it would be helpful to make a dedicated strategy guide on surgical attacking that you can build into your own attacks.

What Is Surgical Deployment?

In fact, there is no surgical attacking, it’s more a technique of deployment you use within your attacks. In general, the technique forms part of most classic 3 Star attack strategies and is used less often when farming. Before we take a deeper look into that difference, I want to show you the 3 different kinds of deployment strategies used in Clash of Clans.

The “All Out” Deployment

That’s when you send all troops of one kind by holding your finger on the same spot. They will most likely lock on the same target and then group together.

hog rider hit spring trap

Downside of this is that when your troops hit a trap you will have massive losses (like featured in the screenshot with the Spring Trap)

The Asian Wall Deployment

The same, but you will move your finger while deploying so your troops will move in a row and target different structures and group up less.

laloon balloon deployment guide

You basically create a wall of troops that move in on a wide side – the downside is that you might deploy too many troops  and overkill that side.

Surgical Attacking

Surgical deployment is when you deploy exactly as many troops necessary to reach your goal – most of the time taking down a certain defense on the outside. You deploy exactly what is needed and don’t waste troops.

goho surgical hog deployment

Surgical Deployment For 3 Star?

Now let’s come back to the initial point – why surgical deployment is featured in 3 Star attacks (mainly in Clan Wars). The reason is that you will need to plan your attack for 3 Stars thoroughly, so the 30 seconds of scouting are not enough in most cases. Surgical deployment needs a lot of finesse in timing and that requires a very good prepared attack.

Surgical attacking is mainly used with either Hog Riders or Balloons and then followed by the second part of the attack. Normal Balloon or Hog Rider attacks use them in the first wave to clean defenses and then other troops will clean the leftover structures behind.

When using them in the manner of surgical Hogs or surgical Loons, you will deploy them after the initial squad is in and clean up another side of the base.

Surgical Deployment doesn’t waste troops, limits your risk of getting blasted by traps, but requires patience and experience.

How To Do Surgical Attacks With Hogs / Balloons

Surgical attacking is a great way to clear up certain outside defenses. The best amount of troops to use are:

  • 3 (maxed) Balloons or Hog Riders on a point defense (like an Archer Tower);
  • 4 of them if you don’t have them max level; and
  • 4 (maxed) Balloons or Hog Riders on a splash defense (Wizard Tower) or multiple point defenses

That rule of thumb makes it a lot easier to apply in your attacks.

In general, there are many ways to use surgical deployment, so I have 2 great videos that will show you how you should use this strategy when attacking (videos describe it in this case way better than words with pictures).

Mainly you will use it in either LavaLoon attacks or in GoHo:

Extensive Guide!
3 Star Attacking Guide for LavaLoon / LaLoon
Extensive Guide!
3 Star Attacking Guide For GoHo

Here are the videos I was talking about:

I know they are quite long, but the technique is shown in great detail.


So why did I write this guide at all? Surgical deployment strategies have been around for quite some time, but I have received some emails lately where I discovered some confusion about how to best use this strategy when attacking – that’s why I wanted to wrap this topic up. When to do it, the reasons behind it and so on.

From my experience, when you start using this strategy you become a serious attacker.

Thanks for editing: EnchinsuOcha and Punchy

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