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 for January 2019
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.
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.
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||Book of Fighting|
|Day 3||Clock Tower Potion||Resource Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 4||Training Potion||Resource Potion||Rune of Builder Elixir|
|Day 5||Clock Tower Potion||Hero Potion||Rune of Elixir|
|Day 6||Training Potion||Resource Potion||Book of Heroes|
|Day 7||Training Potion||Power Potion||Book of Spells|
|Day 8||Training Potion (FREE)||Resource Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 9||Wall Rings (x10)||Resource Potion||Book of Fighting|
|Day 10||Training Potion||Power Potion||Book of Building|
|Day 11||Clock Tower Potion||Hero Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 12||Training Potion (FREE)||Resource Potion||Rune of Builder Gold|
|Day 13||Clock Tower Potion||Power Potion||Rune of Builder Elixir|
|Day 14||Training Potion||Resource Potion||Book of Building|
|Day 15||Training Potion||Power Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 16||Clock Tower Potion||Resource Potion||Book of Spells|
|Day 17||Clock Tower Potion||Power Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 18||Clock Tower Potion||Resource Potion||Book of Fighting|
|Day 19||Wall Rings (x10)||Shovel of Obstacles||Builder Potion|
|Day 20||Training Potion||Resource Potion||Rune of Gold|
|Day 21||Clock Tower Potion (FREE)||Resource Potion||Book of Spells|
|Day 22||Clock Tower Potion||Resource Potion||Rune of Dark Elixir|
|Day 23||Wall Rings (x10)||Hero Potion||Book of Heroes|
|Day 24||Wall Rings (x5)||Resource Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 25||Clock Tower Potion||Hero Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 26||Training Potion||Power Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 27||Clock Tower Potion||Power Potion||Rune of Gold|
|Day 28||Wall Rings (x10)||Resource Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 29||Wall Rings (x5)||Resource Potion||Book of Heroes|
|Day 30||Training Potion||Resource Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 31||Clock Tower Potion (FREE)||Power Potion||Book of Spells|
|Day 32||Training Potion||Power Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 33||Wall Rings (x5)||Power Potion||Book of Heroes|
|Day 34||Clock Tower Potion||Hero Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 35||Training Potion (FREE)||Hero Potion||Book of Building|
|Day 36||Training Potion||Shovel of Obstacles||Builder Potion|
|Day 37||Training Potion||Resource Potion||Book of Spells|
|Day 38||Wall Rings (x5)||Resource Potion||Builder Potion|
|Day 39||Training Potion||Resource Potion||Book of Building|
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.
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.
Hero Potion (300 Gems)
I do understand that this potion can be very useful for those of you that have just gotten to a new Town Hall level and want to make a good performance in Clan War – but paying 300 Gems for it is ridiculous!
This makes it a HORRIBLE DEAL
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 (75 Gems)
The only real use of this potion is for finishing those Clan Game tasks that will require 900% destruction, 24 Stars or anything like that. What do you want to do with a 30 minute boost in Builder Base anyway? You only can get your 3 daily rewarded attacks and that’s it and you can do them most of the time within your 10 minute Clock Tower attack.
For buying it with Gems it’s a USELESS DEAL
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:
- 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
- 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:
- Wall Level 1-10: 1 Rings
- Wall Level 11: 2 Rings
- Wall Level 12: 4 Rings
- Wall Level 13: 5 Rings
- 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.
Shovel of Obstacles (500 Gems)
They are really useful as now you don’t need to run a crappy force-obstacles-to-spawn-outside base that just will let you drop and lose tons of resources.
However, 500 Gems for it?! Seriously, Supercell, you know how hard we love our seasonal obstacles but 500 Gems is a RIP OFF and you should only get them when they appear in Clan Games.
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.
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 🙂
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.