the trader in clash of clans

The Trader Guide – Good & Bad Deals

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.

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.

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 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 & 11: 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: 588k Gold & Elixir + 7,200 Dark Elixir
  • TH 9: 588k Gold & Elixir + 4,800 Dark Elixir
  • TH 8: 504k 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+

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.


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: 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!

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 (200 Gems)

Depending what walls you upgrade, you will need more or less Rings to do it:

Home Village:

  • Wall Level 1-8: 1 Ring
  • Wall Level 9: 2 Rings
  • Wall Level 10: 3 Rings
  • Wall Level 11: 4 Rings
  • Wall Level 12: 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 about 500k-766k Gold for the Home Village or 300k-400k Gold in the Builder Base per Ring.

In my opinion, this makes it 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.


I haven’t seen anybody who had Runes offered by the trader yet, so please let me know if you got this deal or maybe the Trader doesn’t even offer Runes


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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.


  5. 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

  6. 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) 🙂

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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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