Upgrade Heroes correctly

upgrading heroes in clash of clans

Upgrading your Heroes becomes a vital thing once you reach the late game in Clash of Clans. You will quickly realize that Heroes will, on the one hand, make your army much stronger but on the other, you’ll also see how weak and vulnerable your village is without them, especially when they’re not available while being upgraded to a higher level.  In this post, I’m hoping to show you how to coordinate the Hero Upgrades most efficiently and although there is no way to upgrade and still use them, there are however definitely some things to keep in mind before and during their enhancement.

How to upgrade Heroes

There are lots of questions when it comes to upgrading your Heroes, one of the most important is whether to maintain the Barbarian Kings and Archer Queens level closer together or focus on upgrading one of them individually first. Here are my simple rules for that.


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 participate in Clan Wars (quite enough unless you are in a hardcore War Clan)
  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.
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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 7, and your Barbarian King is Level 9, you should consider upgrading the Barbarian King first. Moving up to Level 10 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 8.

Keep Heroes Level Together

It’s always smart to keep your Heroes level closer together – if you have one higher level and one at a very low level, you won’t be able to do anything when the higher one is upgrading.


The Grand Warden

All we talked about in the prior chapters were the Archer Queen and the Barbarian King – but what about the Grand Warden?

Every one of us being at TH11 knows how vital the Grand Warden is.

Well, the Grand Warden is a little bit different in this context since he’s a supportive troop and his upgrades cost Elixir and not Dark Elixir.

I always like to upgrade him along with one of my other Heroes – my attacks aren’t that strong during that period anyway and staying away from Clan War is not that hard for me.


Replace Upgrading Heroes

The hardest point about upgrading Heroes is not the high costs, it’s the absence in your attacks. They are so powerful, especially Level 30+, that attacking is quite hard without them.

There are only 2 ways, depending on how you play the game:

  1. Clan War enthusiast: Upgrade all Heroes a quite the same time
  2. Everyone else: Upgrade one Hero at a time

The difference is Clan War. Those of you who love playing in Clan War and are in a War Clan want to reduce the downtime for the Heroes as much as possible. This is a pretty much a pain-and-gain situation, but if you’re that much into Clan War the only way.

To everyone else, don’t to this. It will take longer until you have your Heroes upgraded – but in return you’ll be able to still play the game at a decent level. I did upgrade my Heroes during the past year and always did upgrade the AQ for 5 Level and then the BK for 5 Level and managed to even push to Titan 1 League in the meantime with only 1 Hero available.

I will show you the strategy below.

Mythbuster! 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:

If you’d like to also push some trophies, go with this one here:

Farming Without Heroes / Low Heroes

I use it for months now.

If you’re not that much into trophies and go for hardcore farming attacks, I recommend using Goblin Knife:

Farming with Goblin Knife


And last but not least, here are some base layouts for you to use:

Dark Elixir Farming Tips and Base Designs


Upgrading your Heroes is the biggest challenge in Clash of Clans – this will take you so much, 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.

Also make sure to check out my in-depth guides for each single Hero here:

Big Barbarian King Guide
Big Archer Queen Guide
Big Grand Warden Guide

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