Updated 24/11/2018

Ideally, you’ll want to be here without maxing neither TH7 nor TH8. The earlier you come into TH9, the better. The hero grind takes so long that almost any maxer will inevitably have maxed defenses, idle builders before even halfway into heroes. Look into global and see most TH9s, you’ll find that they have maxed TH9 defenses yet not even lvl15 heroes. That is an example of a bad player and a liability in war, despite their maxed defenses they’re weak and bad examples. These are the players you want to laugh at, not the player with 15/15 royals at TH5 defenses.

This TH marks the start of heavy DE grinding. The problem here is your income isn’t too much and it easily doubles at TH10. Here is a good place to start grinding DE and have a solid start in TH10. No point maxing TH9 either because TH10 loot is far better.

It took me 30 days to reach TH9 and another 30 days to end this part of the journey reach TH10. While your TH8 is upgrading, save up at least 62.5k DE, 6mil elixir and 5mil gold. I’ll assume you have 4 builders in this stage, try to get the 5th before this stage ends.

First priority upgrades:

  1. AQ, AQ, AQ. Its so important that I need to repeat myself thrice. Unlock her and keep her upgrading. If you follow my TH9 journals, you know that the first few levels of AQ are the hardest, while lvl8-15 are the easiest AQ now requires 25k DE/day regardless of level until lvl40. So grind hard for her in the beginning, or just use her to farm for herself initially. 40k is just to buy half of your AQ, you need lvl5 before you get the full deal, so get her up asap. Check out my TH9 farming guide if you’re having difficulties. NEVER STOP UPGRADING AQ, SHE SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST AND ULTIMATE PRIORITY FOR TH9.
  2. Lab. You’ll want lvl6 giants barch upgraded immediately, they’re the only thing you need to crush any TH8 foolish enough to max the only thing you need to farm with. Barch now only takes 7 days to max, after 3.5 days of lab upgrade
  3. Spell factory. Get it up and out of the way, its tough but you’ll need to endure. You shouldn’t need to use spells for farming anyway
  4. Build all new walls, new lvl1 defenses, new traps and new storage buildings. Dump excess gold into walls until you have 5mil gold left, then use the 5mil to upgrade CC.
    • Scroll down to the bottom of this page, there is a base design there, copy that. Its called “the crows TH8.5 version”
    • Once you have xbows, find “The crows TH9 version” and copy that
  5. CC. Having 5 additional troops for offense and defense always help. The extra 5 spaces will allow you to have 1 baby drag and 2 valks in your defensive cc provided that you have a cooperative clan. Besides that, 1 extra giant/hog/miner/bowler in your raids can be very helpful.
  6. If you have an extra builder, start one of the second priority upgrades.

Second priority upgrades: (start these after lab and sf are done)

  1. Upgrade giants/goblins barbs/archer in lab. I prefer barbs first because their hp increase is more significant. Tried archers first for once and regretted it
  2. Since you used all your elixir into lab, you’ll need to farm more elixir but have 2 free builders. Upgrade your storages to spread your loot around more.
  3. While upgrading storages, once you attain 2.25mil, start upgrading your army campsย regardless of storage levels.
  4. This will be your CC builder coming free after doing both army camps. Upgrade your DE storage because 80k really isn’t enough for decent AQ levels.
  5. After your army camps are done, upgrade army camps again because 220 space is a big improvement from 200.
  6. If your AQ isn’t upgrading, better keep her going. To graduate this section of the guide, you’ll want a lvl15 AQ. So before you complete everything in the list, better get her to lvl15 and above.

In short:

  • Builder 1: AQ1 > AQ2 > AQ3 > …
  • Builder 2: lab > storages > army camp > army camp
  • Builder 3: SF > storages > army camp > army camp
  • Builder 4: New buildings/walls/storage/traps > CC > DE storage > DE drill/storage
  • If available, builder 5: Army camp > army camp > army camp > army camp (then builder 2 and 3 would be working on DE drills instead)
  • Lab: barb > arch > loons/wb if not lvl5

Third priority upgrades: (these will be after army camps have started, your first builder into this range will be the one working on your DE storage)

  1. DE drill. Start one builder on the drill and let him upgrade until all drills are maxed. Drills have better bang for buck at lower levels, so upgrade them evenly. They should be at lvl3 right now, so upgrade them one by one to lvl4 then lvl5 then lvl6. This should take 24 days in total if you only use 1 builder.
  2. Dark barracks. Likewise, after army camps are done do dark barracks. If you want to unlock troops, get 1 to lvl6 first; if not just upgrade them evenly.
  3. Gold and elixir storage. Max it out, storing 8mil is a good thing
  4. Dark spell factory. Just stick one builder here and upgrade both levels.
  5. DE storage. Max it out to store 190k DE when you have time to farm excess

4th priority upgrades: (do these as fillers and if you cannot to afford necessary higher priority upgrades)

  1. Traps. Skeleton traps and giant bombs give good value and they’re probably low leveled if you rushed previously.
  2. Collectors. Stick some builders into your rushed collectors as you farm enough for more upgrades. Once all first to third priority upgrades are done but AQ still isn’t lvl15 yet, upgrade collectors with 2-4 builders.
  3. Teslas/AT/WT. Good cheap upgrades particularly if you’re rushed.
  4. Xbows. Good to build as they are the cornerstone of your crows base, but certainly much less important than at least #3 (storages) of the 3rd priority upgrades. If you have 5 builders and don’t like war, this can be done early on during your second priority upgrades.


Notice how almost every upgrade costs elixir. While farming, dump all excess gold into walls and make them nearly full skulls. The above parts combined are around 70-90mil elixir, so you can easily do 140-200 skulls with that price range. This is why I say its dumb to stay in TH8 working on walls while you’re supposed to be in TH9 working on offenses. End result of TH8 grinding skulls? Maxed skulls, 200 army space, 10/0 heroes. End result of rushed TH9? Maxed skulls, 220 army space, 15/15 heroes.

Lab: There are 2 good paths here, so I’ll outline them

Goblins to lvl6 > giants > jump > arch

Giants > barb > arch > goblin/heal

For lab, it should be: barb > arch. If wb if below lvl5, do them next, otherwise do loons till lvl6. You can upgrade giants/goblins after that but not necessary really. Barch lvl7 trumps both of them

After the first 4-5, whatever comes next doesn’t matter for a farmer anymore because you’ve maxed all farming troops


TH9 farming guide

Recommended stay time: 30 days ideally. This is the time it takes to get your AQ to lvl15 while finishing all first to third priority upgrades, but 30-60 days are all good. If your builders have completed all first to third priority upgrades but AQ isn’t lvl15 yet, start working and maxing out all collectors. Put at least 2 builders into collectors, 1 builder into AQ and the rest can catch up defenses.

I strongly recommend you to jump to TH10 as soon as you reach here, there is no point in staying in TH9 anymore, jump skip the mid and late TH9 parts, go straight to TH10. Lvl10 AQ is fine enough, she will be upgrading 24/7 anyways so having lvl30 or lvl1 doesn’t matter because upgrading AQ = lvl0 AQ

Pre-requisites for TH10:

  1. Maxed barch
  2. Maxed storages (can store 8mil/8mil/190k)
  3. Maxed dark drills
  4. Maxed offenses (lab, sf, cc, army camps)
  5. Built all defenses

Next guide:

TH10 guide




  1. LOL. I loved your opening paragraph. I resemble that remark. TH9 – Maxed Def, Maxed troops, but only halfway to lego walls, with 15/15 heroes. I just followed the advice of the people who said max everything before you level your TH.

    I would love to see some of your attack replays, to see how I can improve on BARCH attacks, as I just can’t seem to find the ripe collector bases and if I do, they are too strong for a BARCH. I am working on getting Goblin knife to work for me, even though it works better at TH10 than 9, due to one more elixir spell.

    Where do you have a your TH9 parked now? I would love to visit and say hi.


    • Yeap, that’s my experience with many maxers as well. But rushers who are guided well will usually have much higher heroes and are able to farm much more efficiently.

      Yeap, writing out the farming guide right now, but you can still look at my TH9 attack log (which is far less impressive than my TH10 one). My account currently in nightmareguild2, a FWAL clan


  2. I’ve been reading your guide with great interest, having started and got to TH8 by maxing I decided with my alt account to rush instead. Well, my little alt is TH7 now and my TH8 made the brave decision to go up to TH9 on the back of these guides too!

    Hopefully by the time I get to TH10 my team mates will cotton on to the benefits of rushing ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Hi Sin !
    Was having a few questions regarding th9

    My mini is now 60 days old, currently th8, planning on beginning my th9 upgrade in 8 days, so that’s gonna be quite a bit more than what you did on your own account… I guess you were always using all the builders, while I had 1 constantly left for walls.
    So I’m gonna end up with all 6 barracks up to max, and all skulls walls done ( prob gonna finish those in the the next few days ๐Ÿ™‚
    In the meantime I’ve also planned to upgrade loons up to 5, rage and minions for a bit. Only having king 7 tho :/

    There come my few questions ๐Ÿ˜€

    – I’m having a lot of trouble with getting more than 40k DE, as each time I leave coc, i’m getting raided for almost 2.5k. Farming in the 700-900 trophies range hardly makes it for those huge losses. Would you recommend me to get higher in trophies and maybe start attacking with pekkas or stuff?

    – As for the th9 part, I think I’ll upgrade loons 6, then barch 6, do you think that I’ll be ok doing that?
    I’m currently farming with laloonion on my main account, so I think I’ll do the same on the mini, super effective for both gold/eli and DE farming imo.

    – Lastly, you did rush to th10 with 20/20 heroes? Was that harder than going 30/30 or it’s like kind of the same? (considering i’m just rushing, not interested by wars at all )

    Thanks in advance and good luck for your semester ๐Ÿ˜€


    • The plan looks ok, I wouldn’t stress about walls until mid TH9 onwards because your farming capacity is really low before that.

      Definitely go higher because TH9 has been DE a little higher (G3 upwards). Do not worry about DE for now, once you are at TH9 and better league then DE will be much easier.

      Yup, no problems starting with loons first. C2-3 is good if you like using loons, target >3k DE per raid if you want to farm DE. However, elixir will be very slow so begin with barching to complete all your necessary elixir upgrades.

      I rushed with 22/25 heroes, but they were upgrading from day 3 of TH10 onwards so they were effectively 0/0 all the time. Hero levels do not matter for farming because dead bases do not need heroes.

      Try joining FWA if you are no interested with wars, decent loot bonus would cut down on your farming


      • Alright ๐Ÿ™‚

        Finished my walls yesterday so i’m done with all that extreme farming for a while. Feels good :p
        I’ve been able to get up to 65k DE with that drag event so for the end of my th8 journey I guess I’ll just have to farm a little bit to make up for the losses

        Do you think the th9 value pack is worth it ?
        ( Archer Queen, X-Bow Level 2, 2500 Gems ($19.99)


      • If you can afford it then sure it is good. But the TH10 and TH11 ones are even better, if you only want 1-2 get those instead. If you can spend then no problem getting all 3


    • Great guide, TH9 upgrade gonna complete on Wednesday, this is going to help me a lot.

      You said to upgrade to TH10 by the time your heroes are level 15. Why 15 though? Since TH10 loot is better, why wait for your heroes to get just slightly better stats? Just wondering.



  4. hey! I wanted to know how many times a day you need to attack If you are rushing. I usually do 6-8 raids a day will that be enough in TH9 to keep your lab going


    • It depends on the quality of raids you do. 6-8 raids is enough if every raid is 300/300/2.5k with barch. I do recommend doing more raids, almost 20 per day for the first few days of TH9 because it will seem tough initially


  5. hi man, so I followed your guides and about to be done all second priority upgrade. only storages to go. I’m planning on 3rd priority upgrade but I don’t know if I should wait to max barracks + Dark barracks + Dark SF before getting to TH 10? current stage: 3 level 8 barracks, 1 level 9 barracks, 2 level 3 Dark Barracks, Dark SF is level 2.


  6. Hey dude, just wondering if you do any wars at all while you do your strategic rushing? Especially at TH9. I’m brand new to TH9 and like you said, your AQ is going to be down for the majority of the time so is it worth it to go to war or just keep farming like a mad man? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚


    • If you rushed correctly (weak defenses) and have not dropped xbows yet, you can easily war without AQ as a TH9.

      I generally find that its too much hassle and too little reward to participate in wars. Many maxers reach this same Catch 22, they can’t war without heroes and can’t progress without upgrading heroes.

      So many players choose instant gratification and war first while neglecting heroes. Then afterwards they are “maxed TH9”, except having lvl10/10 heroes.


  7. I think this guide could be updated. All one needs to be ready for TH10 is maxed barch. I remember you even said that spending 5 weeks at TH9 was a waste and that you should’ve moved up after 2 weeks.

    1. Maxed barch
    2. Maxed storages (can store 8mil/8mil/190k)
    3. Maxed dark drills
    4. Maxed offenses (lab, sf, cc, army camps)
    5. Built all defenses

    All of these can and should just be done at TH10 except maxed barch and building all defenses (which is now required).


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