The TH13 patch notes have been revealed along with a video, the only thing missing right now is the final release date. Because all the stats and prices of the new stuff has been released, we can now make an informed decision on how to prioritize our upgrades.

Link to dev video + patch notes:

Fortunately or unfortunately, most upgrades in TH13 are not significant so we can easily narrow down which upgrades give the most bang for your buck. Almost all strength increase for TH13 will come from the royal champ and scattershot, so it is crucial to focus on these new buildings/hero. Upgrading old stuff on the other hand, is very lackluster and should be done much later.

On the offensive front, Royal Champion is going to carry all the weight because there aren’t any upgrades, so upgrading her should be paramount. On the defense side, upgrading your old stuff except for giga inferno would provide minimal value in the beginning so that leaves us with some easy optimization. One lvl1 scattershot for example, will give you 150 dps straight up for a small cost of 15mil. To gain 150 dps otherwise, you will need to upgrade all 7 cannons, all 5 teslas and 2 xbows to get the same dps without splash.

An important thing to take note in the beginning of TH13 is that you get zero extra storage space. Lvl13 (TH12) storages have been buffed to store 14mil/14mil loot but that is not enough to do almost any TH13 upgrade, so you will need to focus on gold/elixir storage if you want to do any new TH13 building (unless you have the gold pass discount *wink wink*). Even the scattershot would require at least one gold storage upgraded before you can build it. If you have the gold pass, you can finish all TH13 upgrades with just one gold/elixir storage upgrade and you don’t even need to upgrade your DE storage.

The town hall itself will cost 12mil gold to upgrade and will take 18 days. If you want to join the hype train and use a book, read on. If you don’t plan to use a book and intend to wait the 18 days, please come back later for me to update the guide once I play TH13 for 18 days. Using a book means that you will have 0 gold going into TH13 and you will need to plan around that.

Due to the effect of the gold pass, this guide will be split accordingly.

First priority upgrades: (gold pass on)

  1. Royal champion lvl1 > royal champion lvl 2 > RC lvl3 > … > RC 20
    • This will cost 200k DE straight up and you will need to farm another 112k in 24 hours before she wakes up. This is actually not too hard especially if you still have the season bank reward from Nov.
    • After lvl3, her cost/day drops dramatically and you can work on other heroes.
  2. Siege workshop so that you can at least train and upgrade the siege barracks. 11.6mil elixir + 11.2 days. If your clan is short of siege machines, using a book here is a good idea.
  3. Place your new seeking air mine and mini bomb. I wouldn’t worry about upgrading them yet because you have better things to do with your builder time.
  4. Your gold/elixir and DE will be depleted now so you will need to farm hard to refill. If you are in legends, then you will need to wait another 3 days before you can start your next builder, unless you are keen on upgrading traps/storages or using some runes.
  5. Now its time to upgrade the lab otherwise you cannot upgrade any TH13 troop. This will cost 8mil elixir and 8 days.
  6. Scattershot lvl1 will only cost 12mil (12 days) with the gold pass, allowing you to pick it up pretty easily with some farming.
  7. With some additional farming or using a rune, you can start your clan castle upgrade here. 12.8mil gold + 14.4 days. Its a good idea to use a hammer here.
  8. If you have the master builder/OTTO, farm up and upgrade your DE storage for early Jan when you lose your 20% discount. 7.2mil elixir + 8 days
  9. After this, all your upgrades beside the Royal Champ will require another week, so spend your first week in TH13 just upgrading the RC and dumping your gold/elixir into walls. After 8 days of TH13, you should have a lvl6 RC who is upgrading to lvl7. Her cost should be very manageable by now. Your lab and DE storage should complete.
    • Depending on the meta, there are a few troops that you may want to upgrade. Healers, yeti, electro come to mind as good early upgrades. Be cognizant and watch Youtube to see which troops become meta otherwise you might lose out in Jan during CWL.
    • If yeti becomes the meta, I suggest using a book of building on a barracks and starting your yeti upgrade shortly afterwards. You may even use a book/hammer of fighting to immediately get lvl3.
  10. Even if yeti is not the meta, I think it is still a wise decision to invest a book to unlock the yeti. Whenever you have an extra book of building, consider spending it to upgrade one of your barracks.
  11. You will need one gold storage upgrade now to work on lvl2 scattershot. 3.6mil elixir + 7.2 days
  12. Build your second scattershot now to improve your defenses.
  13. Your siege workshop and first scattershot should be done shortly afterwards so you can finally upgrade your giga inferno to max.
  14. You have two choices here with your spare builder. You can either work on the warden or some more storages. You can get 10% discount on the first day of the season so your most expensive upgrade will cost 16.2mil. You can also choose to do cheaper upgrades after losing the discount so that you don’t need to upgrade more storages.
  15. After your clan castle is done, your RC’s cost should be really low now and you can work on AQ to lvl70.
  16. If you have extra book/hammer of buildings, use them to skip the timer for lvl2 scattershot before you lose the 20% discount.
  17. Your remaining spare builder can work on whatever upgrade. If you want to push heroes quickly, then BK is a good choice. Otherwise upgrading gold/elixir storage will always be a safe bet for when you lose the 20% discount. If you really want to max out your defense power, you can choose to upgrade your Eagle or Xbows here.


  1. RC 1 > max
  2. Siege workshop > grand warden lvl41-max
  3. Lab > Gold storage #1 > open-ended
  4. Scattershot #1 > Giga inferno lvl2-max
  5. Clan castle > AQ lvl65-70
  6. DE storage > Scattershot #2 > Elixir storage #1 > open-ended (you can safely put these upgrades at builder #2 or #3 if you don’t have the OTTO)

After your first priority upgrades, you’re basically done with your significant TH13 upgrades. From here, you can slowly max out your storages, defenses and walls. Upgrade BK to max after AQ is done. I would choose to max out your storages before touching your old defenses. Once that’s done, work on Eagle > xbow > inferno before touching WT, AD, cannons, tesla

Troop priority:

After learning the meta of TH13, there seems to be a few good upgrades to focus on initially.

  1. Yeti is probably the best troop as of now and they are extremely powerful.
  2. Electro dragon + loon is still powerful, but they are not much stronger compared to TH12.
  3. Siege barracks are under-used right now but things may change.
  4. Wall breakers are really good, allowing you to finally one shot TH9 walls.

First priority upgrades (no gold pass)

  1. Royal champion lvl1 > RC lvl2 > RC lvl3 > … > RC lvl20
    • Day one will be much harder for royal champ upgrading without the gold pass but if you can keep her upgrading from lvl1 to 3, then you can easily keep her upgrading all the way to lvl20
  2. Lab. This is the only elixir upgrade you can afford with your 14mil cap.
  3. Place your new seeking air mine and mini bomb. I wouldn’t worry about upgrading them yet because you have better things to do with your builder time.
  4. If you have a hammer of building, use it to upgrade your clan castle
  5. Gold storage. You need at least one upgrade done to build the scattershot. If you have a rune of gold and book of building ready, I recommend using gems here to start your scattershot immediately.
  6. (Gemmed storage) Scattershot lvl1. Otherwise do this upgrade after your first gold storage is done.
  7. Have a rune of gold? 2nd scattershot lvl1
  8. (No book/rune) Giga inferno lvl2. This is the only gold upgrade you can afford with your 14mil cap.
  9. At this point, you still have 1-2 idle builders. Use one to upgrade your elixir storage.
  10. If you have the master builder/OTTO, upgrade your DE storage because you will need this if you want to upgrade AQ/BK or the final levels of RC.
  11. After this, all your upgrades beside the Royal Champ will require another week, so spend your first week in TH13 just upgrading the RC and dumping your gold/elixir into walls. After 9 days of TH13, you should have a lvl6 RC approaching lvl7. Her cost should be very manageable by now. Your gold and elixir storage should complete around this time.
  12. After your elixir storage is done, upgrade your siege workshop to unlock the siege barracks.
  13. Once lab is done, your choices for troop upgrades will depend entirely on what you can afford. Fortunately, there are a few 14-15mil upgrades that you can pursue. Look through the meta and choose wisely. From here, you can use your builder to upgrade your second gold storage so that you can work on the clan castle.
  14. Once you have built both of your scattershots, you can dedicate two builders to work on storages full time. You’ll need that to max out your gold storage to max out giga inferno and scattershot. You’ll only need 2 elixir storage upgrades to finish all TH13 upgrades except for lvl50 warden which costs 16.5mil. I would focus on two elixir storage for now until your warden approaches lvl50.
  15. Once you have enough gold storage upgrades, upgrade your scattershots to lvl2 and giga inferno to lvl5.


  1. RC lvl1 > max
  2. Lab > 2nd gold storage > clan castle > Warden to lvl50
  3. Gold storage > Scattershot > 3rd gold storage > 2nd elixir storage/scattershot lvl2
  4. Giga inferno/Scattershot #2 > vice versa > 4th gold storage > scattershot lvl2
  5. Elixir storage > Siege workshop > giga inferno to max
  6. DE storage > AQ lvl66-70 > BK lvl66-70

From here, its the same as with the gold pass. You’ve completed all important upgrades and now you can slowly max out your other defenses.

SinOfDusk’s upgrade priority: (hero-centric)

Just going to share what I’m going to upgrade in TH13. I have prepared 30mil gold, 25mil elixir and 400k DE

First week:

  1. Royal Champion lvl1 > RC lvl6
  2. AQ lvl66
  3. Siege workshop lvl4
  4. Lab > book+rune > warden lvl41
  5. Clan castle
  6. Scattershot #1 > book+rune > Scattershot #2
  7. Troop: Electro drag lvl4 (hammer) > heal (hammer) > miner (book) > yeti

Week 2-4

  1. RC lvl6 > RC lvl11
  2. AQ lvl67 (+gem to skip timer) > AQ 70 > giga inferno to max
  3. Gold storage > DE storage > elixir storage
  4. Warden lvl42 (+gem to skip timer) > lvl50
  5. BK lvl66 > lvl70
  6. Scattershot lvl2 > 2nd scattershot lvl2
  7. Troop: yeti lvl3 > jump (book) > loon

My aim will be to max out all heroes including the royal champ within 2 months of the update so that I can start crushing in war and not worry about them anymore. The first week will be a little tough as RC costs a ludicrous amount of DE upfront but her cost/day drops significantly after lvl4. After that I will gem AQ whenever I get enough DE for her next level and I should be able to finish her within 10 days of the update so I don’t need to worry about losing the season pass discount.


  1. Would you still recommend the upgrade to TH13 for any non maxed TH12 with rushed defense and 30/65/40 bk/aq/warden? Especially because farming gets harder the first month of the new update?


    • I don’t recommend that early on because TH13 will be really weak in the beginning. We’ll need to see if RC and scattershot are OP or not, if they aren’t then TH13 is almost never worth it


  2. Hi Dusk,

    Do you have a discord or something where we can easily chat with you?

    Also, did you ever create and post that barch guide? Can’t find it on here if you have for some reason


  3. Hi Sin,
    I have 65/65/28 heroes, 219 out of 300 level 13 walls, but rushed defenses (42% done) and lab (57% done according to

    Basically I am sitting on max dark elixir storages, except for a day or 2 after I spent some in the lab.

    Do you recommend delaying the upgrade to th13 (until when?), or should I stop wasting dark elixir and go to 13 now?

    My progress is here:


  4. Sin, once again a great guide for early th13. Always love your farming strategies. Your upgrade priority guide for each TH is best when compared to others. I think people should come here rather than checking some crap YouTube videos. Yesterday, Itzu did a video debating whether we should farm in legends or titan. And today I laughed out loud when I saw posts in reddit saying clouds in titan.


  5. Hi Sin,
    What hero levels are recommended for th13?

    The ones already at 13 in our clan have maxed 12 heros so thats the easy answer. But what about the non maxed ones?

    They like to do normal wars and cwl, but currently their KQ are around 50-60 and wardens are anything from 24-30 currently, maxed war troops they use. Most of their walls are white so no problem with overflowing loot for them.

    I know its a no brainer that staying 12 at their current state is better for normal wars. But is it a good idea to stay 12 for cwl and work on heros or get the new hero at 13 and catchup?

    I think some of them kinda overstayed th11 but idk if thats good or bad lol.

    P.S any good farming ranges for th12 and 13? The 13s are in champions or low titans right now, 12s are currently in masters or low champions.

    Thanks in advance for your answer


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