Hello, everyone! I’m Doc Holliday from Clash Kings 2™ and I’m your huckleberry for all things Weight in Clash of Clans. Our understanding of Weight has allowed our Clan to win over 86% of all our Wars, with 300 wins and counting at the time of this writing.
Controlling your War Weight is how to get a good matchup in Clan Wars. Since Supercell just changed the way it calculates War Weight, it’s a good time to revisit the issue and share with you all the new data.
Up to date with the March 8th, 2017 Balancing Update
War Weight and Clan War Matchmaking Basics
Weight is simply the number value assigned by Supercell to all Troops, Spells, Heroes, Traps, Walls, and Defenses in Clash of Clans. Upgrading any of these items increases their Weight.
All Weight is not assigned equally. Each type of item has a different Weight, and the Weight of upgrading each item can change at each level.
The added Weight of every Troop, Spell, Hero, Trap, Wall and Defense in your Base is your Base Weight.
During War Search, Supercell adds up the Base Weight of everyone in your Clan who is participating in the War. This total is the War Weight. Supercell matches Clans against others of similar overall War Weight. This means the lower your Clan War Weight, the easier your War opponents will be.
Certain upgrades carry more added Weight than others. Upgrade a Freeze Spell once, and it will add more Weight than a possible 10 other upgrades combined.
Knowing the Weights allows us to choose which upgrades to make, and when, based off the added Weight of each item.
By choosing to upgrade items with lower Weight first, your Base continues to grow strong without adding too much Weight until it is absolutely needed. Keeping your War Weight down prevents you from getting harder opponents during Clan Wars.
There are hardcore ways to engineer a Base like MiniMax or Defenseless Bases, but Supercell has recently made changes to counteract their effect. For a full discussion on that subject, check out this page.
Item Weights and Base Weight Calculator
In the following tables, you will see how much additional War Weight each upgrade adds to your Village (and also the cumulative worth of a Defense).
Important! Please note that these numbers are extracted from the game files, but they are also getting calculated in the War matchmaking algorithm (not known by us how), so these numbers only give you an idea how the different things weigh.
The numbers in the chart below is the CUMULATIVE War Weight.
Defenses War Weight
Traps War Weight
War Weight of Troops
You can find a complete list of each item’s weight here.
We are also providing a Weight Calculator here that you can use to quickly enter your items and find out your total individual Base Weight.
Every item’s Weight is 100% accurate at the time of this writing. However, Supercell is constantly working to balance the game and the numbers may change unexpectedly. We will post any updates as soon as they are available.
Weighing Barracks and Spell Factories
Notice that the Spell Factory, Dark Spell Factory, Barracks, and Dark Barracks buildings carry no Weight.
However, any upgrade that unlocks a new Troop, Dark Troop, Spell, or Dark Spell will carry a Weight increase because of the new item unlocked.
The only time your Weight will not increase when you upgrade or add one of these items is when you don’t also unlock a new Troop, Dark Troop, Spell, or Dark Spell.
Quick Tips for Proper Upgrade Order in Clan Wars
- Your Army Camps, Laboratory, and Clan Castle have no Weight. Upgrading these as early as possible at each Town Hall level is common sense.
- The best value for the Weight added per upgrade is a tie between the Air Defense and the Air Sweeper. Bombs, Spring Traps, and Skeleton Traps are also superb values. Keep them all upgraded ASAP.
- Upgrade Point Defenses (Hidden Tesla, Archer Towers, etc.) over Splash Damage upgrades at all times. Often you can upgrade 6 or 7 Point Defenses for the same Weight added as 1 Splash Damage upgrade.
- The Freeze Spell, Witch, X-Bow, Inferno Towers, and Eagle Artillery are the 5 cautionary upgrades. Any purchase or upgrade of these 5 items will increase your Weight by a truly massive amount. They should never be purchased or upgraded until absolutely necessary.
Be smart about your upgrades! There is no point upgrading the Witch or the Freeze Spell if you don’t plan on using them yet. This is how you determine the upgrade priority for Clan Wars. Feel free to post any questions you may have and I will do my best to answer them promptly.