the trader in clash of clans

The Trader Guide & Trader Deal Cycle

Here I have an overview of all deals you can get from the Trader inlcuding my recommendation what deals are worth it and which ones are not – plus the full cycle so you know what your next Trader deals will be.

The Trader is the freshest spawn in your Clash of Clans village and he offers daily deals – with deals it’s always the same, they can be rather good or bad so I did take all the deals the Trader offers and tell you which ones you should get and which ones you shouldn’t take plus in what situations a deal becomes a good deal for you.

Updated! I updated the cycle with the new Clock Tower Potions

The Trader General Info

The Trader does do exactly two things – selling magical items for Gems and from time to time also giving away a free magical item for you. After the June 2018 Update, the Trader also offers Runes! You will also find an updated version of the full deal cycle below 🙂

The first thing you should make sure is to check the deals every day, so you don’t miss the free item when it becomes available.

clash of clans the trader deals & free items

All deals in there are completely random, also the free magical items – there’s no global list of deals so checking daily is important to not miss anything 🙂

Another important thing to know is that magical items you get from the Trader are not exceeding your limit in the Clan Castle like magical items from events & Value Packs do.

Trader Deal Cycle

The deals you see at the Trader follow a fixed 40-day-cycle, so you can plan ahead when you know what deals will show up in the future.

Thanks to Chief Badwolf 52 for the chart and for tracking the trader deals! Here’s the updated 40-day cycle for the trader’s daily discounts.

Please note: The free Training Potions are not in a 7-day schedule anymore (e.g. you always had it Tuesdays, so you could just remember it)

 

Day Slot #1 Slot #2 Slot #3
Day 1 Clock Tower Potion (FREE) Resource Potion Builder Potion
Day 2 Training Potion Resource Potion Rune of Elixir
Day 3 Training Potion Resource Potion Book of Fighting
Day 4 Training Potion (FREE) Resource Potion Wall Rings (x5)
Day 5 Training Potion Resource Potion Power Potion
Day 6 Training Potion Resource Potion Builder Potion (x2)
Day 7 Training Potion Resource Potion Wall Rings (x10)
Day 8 Training Potion Resource Potion Book of Spells
Day 9 Training Potion Resource Potion Wall Rings (x5)
Day 10 Clock Tower Potion (FREE) Resource Potion Book of Heroes
Day 11 Training Potion Resource Potion Builder Potion
Day 12 Training Potion Resource Potion Wall Rings (x5)
Day 13 Training Potion Resource Potion Power Potion
Day 14 Training Potion Resource Potion Rune of Builder Gold
Day 15 Training Potion Resource Potion Wall Rings (x10)
Day 16 Training Potion Resource Potion Builder Potion
Day 17 Training Potion Resource Potion Wall Rings (x5)
Day 18 Training Potion Resource Potion Book of Building
Day 19 Training Potion Resource Potion Wall Rings (x5)
Day 20 Training Potion Resource Potion Power Potion
Day 21 Training Potion Resource Potion Book of Spells
Day 22 Training Potion Resource Potion Wall Rings (x10)
Day 23 Training Potion Resource Potion Wall Rings (x5)
Day 24 Training Potion Resource Potion Power Potion
Day 25 Training Potion Resource Potion Builder Potion
Day 26 Training Potion Resource Potion Rune of Builder Elixir
Day 27 Training Potion Resource Potion Book of Fighting
Day 28 Training Potion (FREE) Resource Potion Wall Ring (x10)
Day 29 Training Potion Resource Potion Power Potion
Day 30 Training Potion Resource Potion Builder Potion (x2)
Day 31 Clock Tower Potion (FREE) Resource Potion Book of Heroes
Day 32 Training Potion Resource Potion Book of Spells
Day 33 Training Potion (FREE) Resource Potion Wall Ring (x5)
Day 34 Training Potion Resource Potion Rune of Gold
Day 35 Training Potion Resource Potion Builder Potion
Day 36 Training Potion Resource Potion Wall Ring (x10)
Day 37 Training Potion Resource Potion Book of Building
Day 38 Training Potion Resource Potion Wall Rings (x5)
Day 39 Training Potion Resource Potion Power Potion

As every rune is only appearing once within every cycle, you can easily find where you are in the cycle once you see a rune appearing at the trader in your village.

Trader Prices

Now I’ve been wrapping up all prices and also give you an advice which deals are good and which ones aren’t.

Resource Potion (115 Gems)

When boosting all your collectors manually, you would pay (depending on the number of available ones per Town Hall Level):

  • Town Hall 10-12: 230 Gems
  • Town Hall 9: 200 Gems
  • Town Hall 8: 180 Gems
  • Town Hall 7: 150 Gems
  • Town Hall 6 & lower: 120 Gems & less

As you can see, this deal is getting better & better the higher your Town Hall Level is – well, as long as you have all the collectors available at your Town Hall Level. When looking above, you see why it makes sense that the Trader is not available before Town Hall 8…

Actually, you should never buy resources with Gems as this is the worst value, so I don’t compare the boost price now to the price when buying the resources with Gems – but I will give you how much you will get from the boost (maxed out collectors):

  • TH 10 & 11: 706k Gold & Elixir + 7,200 Dark Elixir
  • TH 9: 706k Gold & Elixir + 4,800 Dark Elixir
  • TH 8: 605k Gold & Elixir + 1,160 Dark Elixir

When looking at these numbers, you can see that the Training Potion itself doesn’t offer that much value except for TH10+ with the Dark Elixir.

Check your recent logs and you see how many raids you need to make that much resources and you will see that the Training Potion makes a lot more sense to you, especially when you’re lower than Town Hall 10.

This makes it an OK DEAL FOR TH10+ (IF YOU DON’T RAID MUCH YOURSELF)

Power Potion (300 Gems)

Getting maxed troops for 1 hour for 300 Gems… I don’t even think I need to say anything here. The Power Potion itself hasn’t that much use anyway (except for some extreme engineers), but paying 300 Gems for it makes it a no-brainer.

This makes it A REALLY BAD DEAL

Builder Potion (285 Gems)

The Builder Potion will give your Builders 10 times the speed for 1 hour – so every Builder will finish an upgrade 9 hours earlier (10 hours boost minus the 1 hour it’s running).

If you gem upgrade times, you will pay 103 Gems for 9 hours, It’s only 367 Gems for 45 hours, but I can’t use this because the Builder Potion only makes every Builder 9 hours faster.

Now looking at the amount of busy Builders, you will have:

  • 1 Builder: 103 Gems
  • 2 Builder: 206 Gems
  • 3 Builder: 309 Gems
  • 4 Builder: 412 Gems
  • 5 Builder: 515 Gems

You see that the Builder Potion is only having a positive effect if you have more than 3 Builders busy with upgrades that will run for longer than 10 hours.

This makes it A GOOD DEAL FOR 4+ BUSY BUILDERS.

Training Potion (25 Gems)

One hour of boosting for 25 Gems, sounds like a good deal? Let’s see how much boosting costs depending on the amount of Barracks, Spell Factories & Heroes:

  • Town Hall 11 & 12: 55 Gems
  • Town Hall 9 &10: 50 Gems
  • Town Hall 8: 45 Gems
  • Town Hall 7: 35 Gems

Boosting your army for one hour is the best value you can get for Gems as it allows you to make at least 5-6 attacks that will give you a huge reward.

This makes it A NICE DEAL FOR ALL TOWN HALLS that can use the Trader!

Clock Tower Potion (only free)

The Clock Tower Potion is not available to purchase with Gems, the only way to get it outside of events or Clan Games is by getting it in the free cycles (s. above).

I recommend you to get it, especially in Clan Games it is very valuable when you have the 30 minutes boost you can do plenty of the 1 hour tasks that give a ton of points.

Book of Heroes (500 Gems)

The Trader also offers the Book of Heroes for 500 Gems, so it’s 50% the price of skipping the hero upgrade of 7 days which costs 999 Gems.

Especially if you’re going to war a lot, consider having a Book of Heroes at you availability since we only get them every 2 Clan Games.

Looking over to the Builder Base, where you can use the BoH as well, you can save some Gems:

  • Battle Machine LVL 10+: 750 Gems
  • Battle Machine LVL 20+: 1000 Gems

This makes this A SWEET DEAL FOR EVERYONE when using it in your Home Village or Battle Machine Lvl 10+!

Book of Spells, Fighting, Building (925 Gems)

The other Books, except the Book of Everything, will cost 925 Gems and can be a good deal or not – let’s have a look at the costs skipping an upgrade depending on the time:

Home Village:

  • 14 days: 1863 Gems
  • 13 days: 1740 Gems
  • 12 days: 1616 Gems
  • 11 days: 1493 Gems
  • 10 days: 1370 Gems
  • 9 days: 1246 Gems
  • 8 days: 1123 Gems
  • 7 days: 1000 Gems
  • 6 days 9 hours 35 minutes: 925 Gems

Builder Base:

  • 6 days: 1750 Gems
  • 5 days: 1500 Gems
  • 4 days: 1250 Gems
  • 3 days: 1000 Gems
  • 2 days 16 hours 53 minutes: 925 Gems

As you can see, the Books are expensive, but can still save you a ton of Gems if you have the Gems to skip upgrade times.

It’s a SOLID DEAL if you’re spending gems to skip upgrades or have tons of loot during boost times, however it’s still pretty expensive.

Ring of Walls (100 Gems)

Depending what walls you upgrade, you will need more or fewer Rings to do it. After the June 2018 Update, the prices and value of the Wall Rings drastically changed:

Home Village:

  • Wall Level 1-10: 1 Rings
  • Wall Level 11: 2 Rings
  • Wall Level 12: 4 Rings
  • Wall Level 13: 5 Rings

Builder Base:

  • Wall Level 1-4: 1 Ring
  • Wall Level 5: 2 Rings
  • Wall Level 6: 4 Rings
  • Wall Level 7: 6 Rings
  • Wall Level 8: 8 Rings

If you translate it, it’s 1 million Gold/Elixir worth for a ring.

In my opinion, this makes it still a BAD DEAL as you can use the Training Potion to farm the Gold easily and the walls in the Builder Base are not that powerful to waste Gems for it anyway. With the 100 Gems I can get 4 Training Potions and farm 4 hours straight that will reward me with at least 10x as much loot as the single Wall Ring offers.

Runes

With the June 2018 Update, the Trader also offers Runes:

  • Rune of Home Village Gold/Elixir: 1,400 Gems
  • Rune of Builder Gold/Elixir: 1,500 Gems
  • Rune of Dark Elixir is not available at the Trader

If you take a look that filling them up with Gems for 3,867 Gems, that’s a nice discount but still quite expensive – the deal is an OK DEAL simply because the discount is high but only worth for those who don’t farm frequently. With several attacks every day, you can have your Builders busy all the time easily.

trader offers runes

I personally only store Runes only along with a book to skip a critical upgrade – for example upgrading my Eagle Artillery I save up the Gold for the upgrade and start the upgrade, use the book to skip the upgrade and then use the Rune of Gold to make the next upgrade so I have no downtime in Builder and no painful time while the Eagle Artillery is upgrading 🙂

Conclusion

I know many out there think the Trader is a cash grab, but in fact he just offers the magical items we can get from the Clan Games for free with a 50% discount to the regular Gem prices. If you’re not buying Gems, I’d recommend you to daily check him for the free offers and also purchase the 25 Gems Training Potion that is indeed a nice value.

The Ring of Walls are in my opinion, next to the Power Potion, the worst deal you can get and you shouldn’t waste Gems on them.

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  1. So the book of hero are the only worthed one. I have about 5000gem from the king offer. Hahaha, i will buy that book once I get th 8

  2. Hey guys i am here because i have from my google rewards over 200$ or more in my reards balance at my google play account.. i do not play this game i am trying to sell or exchange for google play credit or gift cards …i can allow the person to use my google play logg in and take the rewards… we can figure something… i will sell for half of the price… i can show u i have over 40 rewards all from 10$ to 60$… i had gotten these rewards because am allways buying gift cards and they been giving me rewards for this game wich i do not play this..i will like my credit on my games of choice.

  3. Hi Tim,
    A pleasant day!
    I hope there will be an updated trader deal cycle to include the Clock Tower Potion.
    I got this item for free this morning.

    Anyway, thank you for this wonderful guide!

    Cheers

  4. Power Potion is my saviour once. I am th9 and my clan is losing in current war. We need to 3stars to th10 in order to win the war. I got low level troops and spell. So i tried using power potion and attacking th 10 then I got 3 stars 😂.

  5. Thanks Tim for this woonderful guide!

    I agree that a training potion is an amszing deal as I am in th8. I once made an army of my own design that takes about 30 minutes to train. As it’s a trophy pushing one I used a training potion and over 1 hr of the boost and pushed from bottom silver 1 to gold 3 in just half an hour. Normally for boosting I would need 30 gems for barracks + 30gems for spell factories + a few gems for barb king. As you can see, training potion does the same thing at less than 50% of the cost

  6. Yea it’s like I skipped day 27 all together, I got my second account on a cycle a day behind my main so I’ll double check there too in a few hours time

  7. The Training Potion is actually worth 85 gems for TH12s that have a Siege Workshop. 30 games each for Siege Workshop and Barracks, 10 gems for Spell Factories, and 5 gems each for the three Heroes.

    Your article above only has it as offsetting 55 gems (guessing you left out the Siege Workshop).

  8. you made a mistake with the gold and elixir the resource potion gives because high level mines and collectors have been buffed, TH9+ produces 705600 gold and elixir extra

  9. What’s up Tim,
    Great site love all the content & greatly appreciate the time & effort to provide us hard core clashes all the useful tidbits. That being said I think you may need a revision on this article or maybe I’m mistaken on what you wrote here:
    “Another important thing to know is that magical items you get from the Trader are not exceeding your limit in the Clan Castle like magical items from events & Value Packs do.”
    I’m taking this as you can go over your CC hosing storage space of potions etc. but if you are at 5/5 it won’t let u purchase it. As I stated maybe I’m reading it wrong & hoping for some clarification. Keep up the great work & know you have a loyal follower to the site.

  10. Nope, Trader still need improvement Per day Trader give us same Deals Power Potion, Training Potion, wall rigs they are gona so boaring now. After june update Books, and runes Are good but when books and runes we most need that time they are not available just like right now my i don’t know how?? But My book of everything lost i don’t know how it is but I don’t used yet by myself but it gona lost and right now I want to upgrade my TH12 and it not possible until 7days That not enough
    That Time I thought Trader still need improvement, and according to my suggestion about trader need update like this ->

    Supercell Should Give Letter Box Too Trader With 3 Blanks Where Players Can Post Witch Deals They Need Tomorrow so by players Letter Deals Traded Will Show That Resources Tomorrow And Players Can use tham quickly This update Will also Improve Traders Value in game Yes That it.

    According too my survey Many Players Thing That Trader Is worst update right now he show same Deals daily even we don’t use tham Trader us useless line this so by me and also billion user trader still need improvement current trader update is not enough.
    HOPE You Will think About my idea please timmy send this letter too supercell.
    Thank You.

  11. Anyone else think the daily discount character is racist or at least culturally insensitive? Especially juxtaposed with the clash games character and his surroundings.

    • C because in this totally political world anything and everything must be disected to an infinite degree and anything found that is of the very least questionable….must be made into a huge deal….sad, sad, times it is and the one escape I had was Clash of Clan and Allclash.com…..erase these post Tim, you do an outstanding job and there is nothing in the world that says anyone can have freedom of speech….on YOUR website! Just me writing this is wrong…..erase it, erase it, erase it….b4 Im attacked and it turns into another one of today’s fiascos on social media. Keep up the good work!

      • I was actually prepared for a more deep discussion where I would point out that the hog rider is not driving a golden Mercedes but rides a hog without somebody pointing that out… but yeah I think this is done here 😀
        PS: thanks for your nice words about allclash Tony 🙂

  12. Hi Tim, Thanks for sharing as always! I only have have 4 months playing this game and I am a th8.
    Even I was a very active player I was unable to find a good clan until I find out your page. In my clan are only th10 and th11 but they accept me because I update them with all the news you publish and I become a Co-leader. Now I am really happy as we always get all the prizes in the clan games.

  13. Quick question Tim, does the trader offer the books for free?? I know one thing they will be incredibly rare so will it be for free though?

    • Well… what do you guess? 😜
      No honestly, I didn’t write the code but I think only Training Potions will be for free in there (for now) and I don’t think that any books will be for free at all

  14. Timmy,
    Really enjoy all the useful information you publish. I appreciate all the time you must put into getting everything together for the rest of us. Probably do not get thanked enough, but again thanks for the time and effort you put into your updates.

  15. HELLO TIM, I AM A REGULAR READER OF YOUR SITE, SUPERB SITE. COMING TO THE POINT, I GOT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FREE POTION THROUGH YOUR SITE, STILL DIDN’T GOT ONE, DOES IT NEEDS SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS?

  16. Hi Timmy, thanks for all content here
    Your website is my daily source of clash news!
    I think you didnt calculate the Builder Potion very well. Lets see
    Upgrade Times
    0-1 day (260gems), all other days (123-124gems, roughly 5 gems hour)
    Even with 5 Builders thats 9x5x5= 225 gems, the only way to get 515 gems is using the Potion with all 5 Builders with 1 day remaining, thats usually dont happen(because of farming you usually put builders to finish on different days). Even so, gemming on last day is not a smart decision imo, and gemming on buildings (except if you need lab or something) isnt too
    And you want to spend gems on heroes, so you would never buy this when for 500 gems you can upgrade hero without waiting. Just wait the book of Heroes or even the other 925gems books
    For 925 gems you can finish up to 14(336hours) upgrade days, and for 285gems you can finish 45 upgrade hours.
    Book of Heroes 500/168= 2,97gems/hour
    Book Of Building 925/336= 2,74 gems/hour
    Builder Potion 285/45 = 6.33 gems/hour
    For free(like the Wizard event) is good, but I highly dont recommend this item. Hope it helped, Cheers from Brazil!

    • Thanks Tiago, really good point you got 🙂
      You’re right, I used the Gem Calculator and Gems at the end get more expensive as at the beginning.
      And yeah the Books offer a bigger advantage

  17. I think this is not a good update…What Uh think @tim..IS now some other balancing update coming…What Uh think ?

    • I like the update, but I’m also one of the few who are in the position to have maxed TH11 and BH7 so new content was coming right for me.
      The new magical items are great and there will come more and I like that development – still, I would have hoped for the war tools to make their appearance in the update.
      The next update will be the “big” mysterious summer update Supercell is rumoring about, already confirmed that (will post on that later) 🙂

  18. Great post. Just one mention on the power potion. Right now in BH8 you can get good value for money using the power potion.

    For example, my base was laid to waste by some lvl 16 pekkas. Which will take a lot of money/gems to have for real now, but easy to have using the power potion.

    In short its an easy way to get to the higher trophy brackets right now.

    • Thanks 🙂 Still I don’t really see a relevant use in the Power Potion for 300 Gems – I can do boosted like 10 attacks in that hour and I can also get as many victories in without using the new PEKKAs and use other compositions instead…
      I don’t recommend focusing on upgrading PEKKA right away and rather upgrade the troop composition you used at BH7 first and see how the meta around the PEKKA evolves

  19. Ring of walls is the first thing i buy from traders with 400 (2x). It dissopoint me lot, it only upgrade a segment of wall on my builder base to level 5. I thought that it will upgrade 2 segments. How ever, books which costs 925 gems are not for f2p players. Talking about free magical item they only offer traning portion. The great advantage of traders is traning portion right. I hope they will reduse the cost of books and also give 1/2 books ( is it possible)or give them at a cheaper price. And you are right, they won’t offer runes, because if they make it expensive nobody will buy and if they make cheaper it will a loss somehow. This guide will help me to take advantage from traders and not to fool again… So once again I say,Thank you very much.

  20. I agree with some of the others, should be able to *trade* not just buy with gems. I mean I have a full stock of training potions and power potions always and it would be great if we could trade them for something else. Yes I know I could sell them for a couple of gems. Maybe SC could look at letting us trade within our own clan. Just a thought.

    • Yap I also would have hoped that (despite the fact they are giving away everything for half their value), some more “deals” would be nice maybe also with resources

  21. Personally, I think the wall ring is the worst deal ever. I have seen that in my village 2 wall rings are sold for 400 gems. You know 2 rings will ONLY let you upgrade a wall to lv9, which costs 1,000,000 gold. This means you are going to spend 400 gems just for 1,000,000 gold! You can farm 1000k gold easily in like just 2 raids! No need to spend 400 gems for it!
    And also, I think the name “trader shop” should be considered as actual “trading”. Like you can buy a book of building with 5 power potion something like that, not only with gems. If you can only purchase things with gems, it can be called as a normal “shop”, not actually a “trader shop”. I hope supercell could make this better.

    Keep clashing!

    • Yes they are, rather buy Training Potions and farm the resources for the upgrade in a few attacks than wasting gems on the wall ring – the wall ring is nice when you can get it from Clan Games for free but not for 200 Gems each…

      • Exactly agreed, I only buy training potions so far, since other ones are too expensive like over 100 gems for a resource potion? And I think upgrading any level of wall should only use one ring each since you can’t really get that much

      • The problem with rings is actually not that they don’t offer a good value, actually they do when keeping in mind how ridiculous the real costs of upgrading walls are… walls got a huge ripoff and many attacks in air or miners don’t even get slowed down at any point by walls

  22. bro nice post but I did not understand that ting of walls and is trader available for th7? if not then what was that those items are Solid for th7 may be its new items but u said for it as trader and for th7 resource potion!

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