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Max Your Heroes Guide (Upgrade Strategy & Tips)

Upgrading your Heroes is, on one hand, the most important thing to do in Clash of Clans and on the other hand also the most frustrating and annoying thing as well. Suit yourself because you will have to do it and there’s no way to avoid it if you want to have fun in Clash of Clans and the longer you wait, the more painful it will get for you. In this post, I’m hoping to show you how to coordinate the Hero Upgrades most efficiently to get them to max level faster with less pain for you plus some additional hero upgrading tips.

Upgrading Heroes… Pain & Gain

Upgrading heroes is important, I already mentioned that – the longer you wait doing it, the more pain it will be to upgrade them.
You will have downtimes, but with the right strategy you can still get them upgraded without missing out that much.
I have below some well-working techniques that you can use to still enjoy the game while upgrading your royals (also if you’re a war player) plus one for the Battle Machine at the very end of this guide.
First of all, let’s jump into some general advice.

Keep your Heroes Level close together

Why should you keep your ‘Heroes’ Level on par with each other? Well, there are several things that make doing this the better strategy:

  1. Always keep one Hero active, so there is at least either a gallant King or Queen available to do your daily attacks, even if you probably won’t participate in Clan War
  2. Your attacking and defending will not be too unbalanced as would be when one of them is far ahead in Level. Imagine your AQ is Level 30 and your BK Level 10 – when you upgrade your AQ, your BK is much lower that you won’t be able to do attacks on the same level as with your AQ active.

Additionally, always bear in mind the significance of the ‘Level 5’ steps; each of your Heros will be enhanced either with the Barbarians Kings Iron Fist or the Archer Queens Royal Cloak boosting their potential damage a lot.
upgrade hero corectly graph iron fist dps
You can see the steps the Heroes take above. When for example your Archer Queen is at let’s say Level 17, and your Barbarian King is Level 19, you should consider upgrading the Barbarian King first. Moving up to Level 20 he will obtain the stronger Iron Fist and therefore the bigger boost thus offsetting the alternative value of what the Archer Queen would get moving onto Level 18.
[irp posts=”15963″ name=”Big Barbarian King Guide”]
[irp posts=”15957″ name=”Big Archer Queen Guide”]

Hero Upgrading Technique (War & Non-War Related)

The main technique depends on what you position in Clan Wars is:

  • Do you HAVE TO participate in Clan War?
  • Do you NEED ALL heroes active in Clan War?
  • Casual Player, you can skip Clan War or participate without all heroes active?

For each of these cases, I have a great strategy here 🙂

Attention! Keep in mind that all these strategies require you to get the Book of Heroes every two Clan Games when it becomes available

Upgrade your Heroes while participating in EVERY CLAN WAR

If you’re a very serious war player who has to take part in every Clan War and is not allowed to come with one hero missing, you will upgrade the slowest (if you do not want to use a lot of Gems).
Obviously, you can only do a hero upgrade when you have a Book of Heroes that will let you skip the upgrade, so you can expect to make one level upgrade every 2 weeks.
If your clan allows you to come with an upgrading hero to war, you can upgrade a lot more.
The Archer Queen is your mightiest hero and you always want to have her available – so you will always use your Book of Heroes on her. In the meantime, you need to farm enough Dark Elixir to keep your Barbarian King upgrading.
The Barbarian King is not that central element of your attack and you can perform well without him (if you are allowed to do that).
=> That’s 2 Barbarian King Level & 1 Archer Queen Level in 2 weeks

Skipping War

If you need all your heroes active in war, you probably have to skip a week of Clan War here and there – but try to make the best out of it!
With the right timing, you can get 3 hero upgrades done during that time!
You farm the Elixir for your Grand Warden upgrade plus all the Dark Elixir you can get (possibly fill your Storage completely).
On day 1, you will start your Grand Warden & Barbarian King upgrade so you now have 7 days of time to get the Archer Queen upgrade done (that you will skip with a Book of Heroes at the end of the 7 days).
You can perfectly farm with only your Archer Queen available (like I have written here in my guide):
[irp posts=”14599″ name=”Farming Without Heroes / Low Heroes”]
Again, you have 7 days time to get the Dark Elixir together that you need and at the end you will instantly skip the Archer Queen upgrade so you have her upgraded by the time the Barbarian King & Grand Warden upgrade end.
This will help you not skipping more Clan Wars than needed and you get a whopping 3 level upgrade in total – and you can theoretically do that every 2 weeks when you get a new Book of Heroes (well, as long as you are active enough to farm the resources needed for the upgrades).

Remember! The Archer Queen is your most valuable hero, so use the Book of Heroes exclusively on her

[irp posts=”43891″ name=”All Magical Items & How To Get Them”]

Upgrading the Battle Machine

New base, new Hero. I think most of us rolled their eyes when just hearing about a new Hero that will start an upgrading grind all over again.
battle machine tanking
Well, the Battle Machine is so far a relatively easy to upgrade Hero and upgrading it to Level 5 will be enough as the damage boost from Level 10 is not that big at all – all you need is the ability for now.
Also, if you reached BH7 you will see that a Battle Machine Level 20 is not really that much stronger than a Battle Machine Level 15 due to the Giant Cannon.-
The Battle Machine has another big advantage when it comes to upgrading it – it will not be available during Versus Battles but the upgrading time with 2 days will let you get your full daily reward.
The daily reward will stack up to 2 days as well so you can just stop attacking during the upgrading time and get the reward on the next day. Read here all about the cooldowns:
[irp posts=”42959″ name=”Star Bonus & Versus Battle Rewards Cooldown Guide”]
[irp posts=”43098″ name=”Big Battle Machine Guide”]

Myth about using Upgrading Heroes in War

Before every update, there are tons of rumors that Supercell will let us use upgrading Heroes in Clan War, but they have been fake every single time.
In fact, gemming the Hero upgrade time because of Clan War is one of the biggest income streams for Supercell, so chances that they will allow us to use upgrading Heroes is less than 1%
Don’t wait with the Hero upgrades, every one has to do it at one point!

Farming the Dark Elixir!

Farming the Dark Elixir is not only a lot of work, but it is also hard because most of you will have some Hero upgrade running right now – so you’ll need:

  1. An attacking strategy that doesn’t cost a lot of Dark Elixir
  2. This attacking strategy need to get you at least 1 & 2 Star attacks with only 1 Hero available
  3. A base that protects Dark Elixir

I have two great attacking strategies for you:
[irp posts=”6437″ name=”Dark Elixir Farming Strategies”]

If you’re looking for some base designs to use, always check out if they are having the Dark Elixir Storage in the core and well-protected. You can find some here along with some more Dark Elixir defending tips:
[irp posts=”11447″ name=”Dark Elixir Farming Tips and Base Designs”]


Upgrading your Heroes is the biggest challenge in Clash of Clans – this will take you so much time and effort, but with some structure and endurance, you’ll be able to do it. Don’t lose your goal and I’ll promise you after a couple of weeks you’ll get used to it.
PS: Before hating in the comments that Heroes should be available during Clan War, please mind that I would love to see that but it’s Supercell’s decision to not do it…

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