Town Hall 9 in Clash of Clans, the recommended order in which to
build and upgrade buildings shifts dramatically. While previous
upgrade orders tended to focus on improving offensive strength
as a main objective and defensive strength as a secondary
objective, this is no longer the case at Town Hall 9.
reason for this change is two-fold. First, many upgrades and new
structures available at Town Hall 9 are very expensive. A lot of
times you will be better off just getting what you can afford in
order to keep your builders active rather than attempting to
save resources for the “best” upgrade.
second reason for changing upgrade priorities is due to the fact
that at Town Hall 9, you will be attacked by much stronger
armies and players than at Town Hall 8. High level TH9 and TH10
players will attack you with high regularity (even with an
exposed Town Hall) if you get close to the resource cap (which
only requires about 3 million gold/elixir or ~20,000 Dark
Elixir). Given that most upgrades cost more than the resource
cap, you get hit hard all the time if your defense is not up to
High Priority Task List
mentioned above, this is a rough guideline for how to upgrade
your base at Town Hall 9. Based on resource constraints, you may
need to move out of order when upgrading or pause briefly while
you gather additional resources.
> Spell Factory
first builder should start upgrading the Laboratory as a top
priority. The most important upgrade to start as soon is this
finishes is Barbarian level 6. It is not only cheaper than many
of the other upgrades, but it also results in a solid increase
in the Barbarian’s stats. Given that the best way to farm at
early TH9 is via Barbarians and Archers, getting level 6
Barbarians quickly is very useful.
may need to undertake a few raids in between starting the
research on Barbarians level 6 and starting the upgrade on the
Spell Factory given the high Elixir cost of both items. If there
is something small you can upgrade in between (such as one of
the new towers), go ahead and stick it in here in order to keep
your builders occupied.
#2 New Walls > New X-Bow #1 > New X-Bow #2
second builder should add the 25 new walls available at Town
Hall 9 and then start constructing an X-Bow. If you did not come
into Town Hall 9 with a lot of resources saved (which you should
have), it may take a little time to start this X-Bow. As soon as
the first X-Bow finishes, you should have been able to save
enough gold to not only start the second X-Bow, but also upgrade
the new walls to level 5 (which is good enough for now).
#3 Archer Queen > Dark Elixir Drill > Army Camp
Upgrades > Task #7.
you came into Town Hall 9 with enough Dark Elixir saved to buy
an Archer Queen. If not, you can skip starting with the Archer
Queen and just add it when you get the 40,000 Dark Elixir you
Builder #3, we are going to start building the Dark Elixir
Drill. Not only is Dark Elixir a very tight resource at Town
Hall 9, but you should have some extra Elixir coming into Town
Hall 9 (since the only other starting Elixir-Based building is
builder should then focus on upgrading the 4 existing Army
Camps. No other builders will be used for Army Camps (even
though Army Camps are important) because you will need to save
your Elixir for research at the Laboratory.
soon as you finish upgrading all of your Army Camps, have this
builder jump to Task #7 on the priority list, regardless of how
far you have proceeded on the previous tasks.
#4 & #5 New Archer Tower > New Air Defense Tower >
New Wizard Tower > New Gold & Elixir Storage > Switch
Base Set-Up > Upgrade Storage Structures > New Hidden
players will have 4 builders at TH9, some players will have 5
builders. It depends how many achievements you worked on and how
diligently you saved your gems up until this point. Whether you
have 4 or 5 builders, it does not matter too much, as these
builders will work through these upgrades in order, whether it
is with one builder or two.
by adding all three new towers (aside from the Hidden Tesla
tower). Next, add the new Gold Storage and Elixir Storage
building. This whole process should not take very long (less
than a day). After placing these two new storage structures, you
can swap your defense to an appropriate Town Hall 9 base.
you are sitting on a good TH9 base layout, you can then upgrade
your storage structures to level 11 and add the new Hidden Tesla
Priority Tasks at Town Hall 9
builders finish their tasks above, they can start working
through these second priority tasks in order. If you do not farm
aggressively, you likely are going to have builders resting at
some point. Many building upgrades cost 4,000,000+ gold, while
maxing out Dark Elixir Drills and completing high end research
can cost as much as 6,000,000 Elixir per upgrade.
list below highlights a rough order of importance. You may want
or even need to skip around based on the amount of resources you
have and your builder timings.
that if you ever have enough Dark Elixir to upgrade the Archer
Queen or Barbarian King, you should make that your next upgrade.
Sitting on 20,000+ Dark Elixir at Town Hall 9 is a good way to
get raided by a high-level army.
Task #1 Complete Early Tower Upgrades
first task after completing the high priority upgrades, work on
getting your new Archer Tower, Air Defense tower, and Wizard
Tower up to a respectable level. Taking them up to the Town Hall
7 or 8 cap is about right before we move on from here (level
9-10 for the Archer Tower, level 5-6 for the Air Defense tower,
and level 5-6 for the Wizard Tower).
Task #2 Upgrade Air Defense Towers One At A Time
Defense towers take a long time to upgrade and upgrading more
than one at a time leaves you very vulnerable to attacks. You
can upgrade one tower at a time without significantly impairing
your air defense. With the introduction of the Lava Hound and
popularity of Balloonion attacks at Town Hall 9, upgrading your
Air Defense is a fairly high priority.
Upgrade Mortars One at a Time
like with the Air Defense tower, upgrading the Mortar results in
a large increase in defensive capabilities, but upgrading more
than one at a time leaves you susceptible to attacks. Mortars
are also a fairly cheap upgrade for Town Hall 9, costing just
3.2 million gold to take from level 6 to level 7.
Task #4 Upgrade Clan Castle
about this time in your progress through Town Hall 9, you likely
will be able to take out tough enough opponents in Clan Wars
that you will need to upgrade your Clan Castle by necessity in
order to hold more loot. Increasing the unit capacity of this
structure also offers a nice offensive and defensive boost.
the Clan Castle is an important upgrade, it is also difficult to
save 5,000,000 gold if you have a weak defense, so the upgrade
priority for this building was placed a little lower than it
otherwise might be on this task list. If you are a dedicated
player and play enough to attack several times in a row, you may
be able to get the Clan Castle earlier. If you can save up the
gold, go ahead and move this task to priority 3.
Upgrade Wizard Towers One at a Time
like the Mortar, upgrading the Wizard Tower results in a large
increase in defensive strength. However, upgrading the Wizard
Tower costs more gold than the Mortar, so it is easier to
upgrade the Mortar first.
Wizard Towers one at a time. If you are upgrading too many
Wizard Towers, you will be susceptible to both Barbarian/Archer
and Minion-based attacks.
Task #6 Upgrade X-Bows One at a Time
the X-Bow itself does not do a massive amount of damage, its
very long range and capacity to hit air and ground units means
that in the average raid it will contribute more to your overall
damage than any other single-target tower (Cannons, Archer
Towers, and Hidden Teslas).
provide a solid amount of anti-air defense, so hopefully you
will be finished upgrading your Air Defense towers (or at least
have 2 Air Defense towers at level 7) by the time you reach this
step. X-Bows are particularly good at handling Minions, which
can otherwise overwhelm Air Defense towers.
Task #7 Assign One Builder to Upgrade Dark Elixir Drills, Dark
Barracks, and Dark Elixir Storage
upgrading all of your Army Camps to level 7, the builder
assigned to formerly assigned to upgrading the Army Camps should
begin focusing on other Elixir-based upgrades. It is good to
permanently assign one builder to Elixir-based buildings in
order to prevent Elixir from getting building up too high. Much
of your Elixir will go towards research, but if you are farming
enough to support all the other tower upgrades on this list, you
should have spare Elixir for these tasks.
highest priority structure to upgrade at this point would be the
Dark Elixir Drill. Getting this upgraded fairly early on in the
Town Hall 9 lifecycle will pay dividends. A level 6 Dark Elixir
drill produces 2,400 Dark Elixir a day; two of them will produce
4,800 a day! That is 33,600 Dark Elixir a week and nearly 150k
Dark Elixir per month. This means several (early) Hero levels
per month just from Dark Elixir Drill production.
the Dark Elixir Drills are maxed, have this builder focus on
upgrading the Dark Barracks. This will give you access to both
the Witch and Lava Hound. Both units may prove interesting at
this mid-way point through Town Hall 9 as you can use them as
part of a War army composition to 3-star other TH9 players.
you are not likely to approach the Dark Elixir cap, it is useful
to upgrade this storage structure to reduce the amount of Dark
Elixir stolen via zapping (Lightning Spells). Upgrading the DE
storage increases the health of this structure and hence reduces
the effectiveness of zapping.
your Elixir is still building up too much even with research and
this builder spending it on structure upgrades, you can always
spend spare Elixir on Wall upgrades.
Task #8 Upgrade Archer Towers, Cannons, and Hidden Tesla Towers
are you will reach this step while some of your builders are
still stuck on previous steps. You will have one builder still
working on the Dark Barracks, another builder still working on
X-Bows, and possibly a third builder still working on Wizard
Towers. The fourth and fifth builders can then start to work on
upgrading the Archer Towers, Cannons, and Hidden Tesla towers to
their new maximum level.
order in which you upgrade these structures is not terribly
important. Instead, you should focus on the amount of time it
takes to complete each upgrade. When you are dealing with
upgrades that take 6-12 days to complete, it is important to try
and stagger your builders so that a builder is available for
dumping resources (either on walls or hero upgrades) every 2
example, if you have 5 builders, and the first 3 builders have 2
days, 4 days, and 6 days left on their current assignments, the
last thing you would want to do would be to upgrade the Archer
Tower from level 10 to level 11. This upgrade finishes in 6
days, meaning that the builder assigned to this task would
finish its task at the exact same time as a previously assigned
builder. Instead, you would want to upgrade a Cannon (5 day
build time) with builder #4 and, if you have a 5th builder,
assign it to a very long upgrade (Hidden Tesla).
the advantages of staggering your builders in this manner, there
is no hard set priority when it comes to upgrade order between
Cannons, Archer Towers, and Hidden Teslas.
Task #9 Research, Upgrading Heroes and Walls
after you finish all of your tower upgrades at Town Hall 9, it
can be useful to hang out at TH9 for awhile before going up to
Town Hall 10. You should focus primarily on farming Dark Elixir
so that you can upgrade your heroes and complete Dark Barracks
research, while spare gold and Elixir can be used to upgrade
is a limit to how long you should stay at Town Hall 9 however.
You do not want to sit around and max out all your walls or even
try to upgrade your heroes to their maximum level. Instead, once
you complete all the research available to you at TH9, it is
time to move on to the next level. Hopefully you will have both
of your heroes to level 20 by the time all of your research is
finished. Even if they are both only level 15, that should be
adequate. If your heroes are lower than level 15 each, I would
hang out at TH9 for awhile and try to push them to a higher
general rule, once you have nothing left to upgrade at the
Laboratory and all of your buildings (aside from walls) are at
the max level, it is time to upgrade to the next Town Hall
level. Even if most of your walls are level 7 or 8, go for TH10.
There is no point sitting at TH9 with 5 builders idle and
nothing to research while you gather resources for walls. It is
better to move up where it will be easier to get Dark Elixir so
that you can focus on something that will really improve your
raiding strength (extra hero levels, new tiers of research,
larger Army Camps, new tower levels, etc).