Clash of Clans Gems – Everything You Need to Know!

All free-to-play games have a way to suck the money out of your wallet. In Clash of Clans, gems are the primary way to spend money. We call these types of things “premium currencies” because they cost actual, real-life dollars. Every Clash of Clans player wonders “How do I get more free gems?” and “What should I spend my gems on?” In this article, we’ll give you the lowdown on the ways to get maximum free gems in Clash of Clans, and what you should spend your Clash of Clans gems on.

Acquiring Clash of Clans Gems

There are three major ways to get gems in Clash of Clans:

  1. Buy them. (duh)
  2. Remove landscape items from your base
  3. Get achievements

Buying Gems in Clash of Clans

The first one is obviously the fastest, but it costs you cash. If you like the game, though, dropping a few bucks can be a good way to show your support. After all, most games cost money up front, while Clash of Clans can be played for free for as long as you want. If you would normally drop $20 to play a 20 hour game, how much would you be willing to spend for a game as long as Clash of Clans? It depends on how much fun you’re getting out of the game, no doubt.

Clash of Clans Gems Guide: Buying Gems

Another thing to consider is if you’ve got credit to, say, the iTunes store, but you normally play on an Android phone or tablet, you could temporarily install Clash of Clans on an iOS device to use that credit to buy gems. Just be sure you trust the device (and its owner) before you do this.

Pro Tip Especially around the holidays, you can find discounted iTunes gift cards. This can be a cheap way to stretch your Clash of Clans gem funds a bit further.

Free Gems in Clash of Clans

A BIG FAT WARNING There are a TON of scams on the internet that claim to give you “free Clash of Clans gems!!!” Rest assured that there is no hack, glitch, cheat, etc that will give you free gems. These are all scams, to a one. They will either make you jump through hoops (for which the supposed “hack makers” get money) or they will steal your personal information. Do not, under any circumstances, trust any site that advertises free gems. If ANYONE posts “totally legit, not at all a scam” info about hacking/cheating/glitching this game on our site, I will remove it and immediately notify SuperCell with all the info I have about you so that you hopefully get banned from the game. You have been warned.

For whatever reason, though, you might not be inclined to buy Clash of Clans gems. I, myself, have a mental block about paying for anything I could just play to earn or wait around for. Thus, I stick to the free options myself. That leaves us with two choices.


The first is removing obstacles or “trimming the bushes” so to speak. Whenever you send a builder to remove a bush, tree, or any other misc object on your base, there’s a chance you’ll find gems. This means it pays to keep the lawn clean!

Clash of Clans Gems Guide:  Gem Box!

There’s one special obstacle item, and that’s the Gem Box. It gives a guaranteed, whopping 25 free gems whenever you find and remove one. They’re random, though, so you’ll just have to wait around and get lucky.

Pro Tip New obstacles will only spawn in your base if you have free space and there aren’t too many obstacles already. Make sure you occasionally invest time in removing obstacles, or you’ll miss out on your chance to free gems from gem boxes!


Besides removing obstacles, the other easy way to get free gems in Clash of Clans is via achievements. Most achievements award gems with every level of them you complete. Most achievements you’re going to get just through normal play, but there are a few that are worthy of noting:

Clash of Clans Gems Guide:  Achievements

  • Get Those Goblins – chances are you’ve neglected the single player campaign – I know I have. Once you’re powerful enough to just roll the single player levels, you might as well hit these levels for the gems. This is a good one to do while you’re upgrading walls and have no reason to hang onto your elixir.
  • Nice and Tidy – you get this for removing obstacles – which is the other major way to get gems. So, double win!
  • Union Buster – this achievement is for destroying builder’s huts. Many people stick these in the corners of their base, so while you’re raiding just drop an extra archer or barb nearby to earn points towards this.
  • Sweet Victory! – the third level of this achievement only requires 1,250 trophies. This is a piece of cake. Just make sure you protect your town hall, and get out there and raid, raid, raid!
  • League All-Star – the first level of this one requires you to get to Crystal League, which is 2,000 trophies. However, the reward is 250 gems, so it’s well worth the effort.

Make no mistake, the major gem profits are in obstacle removal. However, you can get a bit of a boost from these achievements if you make the time to unlock them!

Spending Clash of Clans Gems

People are always asking me, “what should I spend my gems on in Clash of Clans?” to which I usually reply, “uhhh, I don’t know you, but can I please have my vanilla shake now?” But they do have a valid question. Gems can be used for almost anything, so knowing what to prioritize can be tricky.

My suggestions for what to spend your Clash of Clans gems on are as follows:


If you have 3 or fewer builders, buy more builders. The fourth builder is a bit harder to justify. It can be useful when your Town Hall first levels up to have a 4th builder, or even a 5th. However, a lot of upgrades like walls and the lab upgrades just require a lot of resources and/or time, with little to no help from additional builders.

Clash of Clans Gems Guide:  5th Builder is Pricey!

Also, the cost of each builder in Clash of Clans increases significantly, making the cost of that fifth builder kind of unreasonable compared to the other things you can spend gems on.

Dark Elixir

Once you have 3 or 4 Clash of Clans builders, the next priority is probably buying Dark Elixir. There are two major things you want to buy Dark Elixir for:

Your Hero units – the Barbarian King and Archer Queen. You can buy the Barbarian King at TH7, as long as you’ve built the Dark Elixir storage. Raiding for Dark Elixir is tricky at Town Hall 7 though. It can be done, if you are very patient. Chances are you will have a tough time protecting any raided Dark Elixir as well. Thus, I suggest saving your gems to rush the Barbarian King at Town Hall 7. Having him around means you’ve got an extra powerful unit that doesn’t take any camp space.

Clash of Clans Gems Guide:  Buying Dark Elixir

Now, there are upgrades to these Hero units as well, and taking them can be quite helpful. Once these units get to level 5, they also gain a special ability. I suggest prioritizing your gems for these upgrades whenever you can.

Lab upgrades for your Dark Elixir troops. Dark Elixir troops unlock at Town Hall 7. They are super powerful game changing units, but without leveling them up, they’re not particularly useful. Increasing the level of your Dark Elixir troops takes… wait for it… Dark Elixir. Hog riders in particular have been overpowered recently, and you see them a lot in raids at the higher levels. Get those riders upgraded, with gems, if needed!


Boosting your Barracks, Dark Barracks, and/or Spell Factory can be a viable strategy if you plan to sit down and play Clash of Clans for extended periods at a time. If you run fast-training troops (like, say BARCH or something similar), boosting your Barracks can let you raid over and over again with minimal downtime.

This means you can accumulate resources and trophies super quick. It also means that you’re probably playing the game continuously, which will keep enemy raiders at bay.

Bottom line – if you’ve got a couple of solid hours to play and need a lot of resources to keep your builders/lab busy, it can pay to boost your army production and raid constantly with gems.

Wrapping Up Prep Day Upgrades

If you’re a hardcore Clan Wars combatant, chances are your clan is warring when you’re upgrading.

The thing to know about base upgrades and Clan Wars is that any building upgrade in progress is “rolled back” in your war base. Thus, if you’re upgrading a mortar from 5 to 6, but it’s not done upgrading to 6 by the end of prep day, the mortar will be level 5 during the war.

Thus, it can be a good idea to wrap up upgrades that are close to being finished when prep day ends. Say that mortar upgrade has only a couple of hours left – just drop the gems, and enjoy the benefits of that shiny new mortar throughout the war!

Some upgrades matter more than others, and it’s somewhat unlikely that just one defense upgrade will change the tide of an entire war. Still, if it’s cheap, why not give yourself every advantage you can?

Upgrades that require completely full storages

If you’ve got gems laying around and aren’t sure what to do with them at this point, or you just don’t want to listen to the advice I’ve given in the previous sections, this is the third and final thing I’d suggest using your gems on in Clash of Clans.

As you approach the most powerful upgrades you can get at a given Town Hall level, you’ll come across upgrades that require you to max out your gold, dark elixir, or elixir storages in order to afford them. This is hard to do, for several reasons:

  1. You generally have to spend this stuff in order to make it, so maxing it out is tricky.
  2. The more of a resource you have, the more likely it is you’re going to get attacked.
  3. The more full your storages are, the more enemies will take each time they hit it. Even a lone archer that survives your defenses can take a toll on your stockpiles.

For this reason, I’d suggest getting as close as possible to maxing your storages out, and then spend a few gems to push you the rest of the way. It is a lot less frustrating than the alternatives.

However, as I said, there are other, better ways to spend your gems.

Other Stuff

Beyond this point, I’d highly suggest you just hold onto your gems. No doubt SuperCell is going to add new stuff to the game. If you have a small stockpile of gems, you can be the first kid on your block (or player in your clan) to get it. This can create a small tactical advantage for a while.

Occasionally Supercell will run a Clash of Clans event where you can get extra stuff for your gems. For instance, recently there was an event where you could boost your collectors for an entire week at a cost of 1 gem. Many people took advantage of this. I kind of felt it was a good time to raid, and I probably would suggest boosting Dark Elixir drills during these events.

I personally don’t like to skip wait times in the game with gems, as the game is essentially one enormous wait time. If you’re buying gems with money regularly, you can kind of spend them however you like. However, if you’ve got a lot, feel free to use them this way if it makes you happy!


That’s it, that’s everything I know about gems in Clash of Clans. In this article, I showed you how to maximize your free gems by clearing obstacles and focusing on achievements. Then I gave you the rundown on the best ways to spend the gems you’ve stockpiled.

It’s my aim to make this the best freakin’ guide to Clash of Clans gems on the internet. If you know something I don’t, leave a comment! I really appreciate any corrections or suggestions other players have.

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  • EBongo

    I’d just thought I’d comment that I’m TH9, I’ve played the game for years, and I still do not have the 5th builder. I do very occasionally have all 4 busy, but that is only on the really long upgrades. I’m much more satisfied with my BK and especially with my Queen. I partially gemmed both of those, and the Lv 5 upgrade, and they make much more of a difference to me than even the 4th builder.

  • Thanks for your tips..Im so excited to play this game!

  • Randy Alvarez

    I’ve played Clash of clans for years, and I’m TH10 the best thing to do is have up to 4 builders, max out your resources and boost them every once in a while when trying to save up for an expensive building, save half of the loot then get a shield and boost your resources, For example: recently I was saving to upgrade the inferno tower to lvl3, for those who don’t know it cost 8mil to make, I saved 4 to 5 mil on my own and then got a week shield due to the amount that gets raided when holding so much loot and boosted my resources to increase the rate of resource coming in, what I least expected I had Inuff to make it with a few mils left

  • ezio v gamings

    What do I do I am only th5 and have been playing for 3 years

    • James Ball

      You suck

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  • J S

    Then you probably, almost definitely, rushed your TH. Slow down, upgrade patiently – or you will end up regretting it.

    • Crazy Dude Nine

      Can’t judge if he has a rushed TH… Rush TH pre-TH6 is okay, especially if you know how to farm. I’m playing for about a month (26 days) as of today, and I’m 3 days away from TH7. Currently, I have:

      -maxed walls (the purple crystal design) -maxed wiz towers -all L6 archer and cannon -army camp 2 lvl6 and 1 lvl4 -barracks 2 lvl6 and 1 lvl 7 -gold collector 4 lvl 8, 2 lvl 4 -elixir collector 1 lvl 7, 3 lvl 6, 2 lvl 4 -gold storages maxed -elixir storage 1 lvl 10, 1 lvl 5 -CC maxed -1 mortar maxed -air def maxed -traps maxed -acad and spell maxed

      So all i’m missing is the air sweeper and one mortar, as well as some researches and small upgrades on the offense, which doesn’t hinder me much from progressing. Probably I’m just lucky to get frequent 200k+ of each resource raids from inactives.

      Downside: I have low trophy count (after getting the 1250 achievement, trophy plummeted to 900+. My TH always in the corner and I don’t aim for 1-starring my raids: after getting the loot, I surrender.

      • Adee Melkov

        Th6 with purple crystal walls? I call bs.

        • Crazy Dude Nine

          ah sorry, i meant PINK walls. dang I always interchange them.

          • Prashant Pradhan

            Even I’m in TH6 and my canons and archers is at lvl 7 max so how come ur archer and canon is max when u r telling that ur canon abd archers is in lvl 6

          • Prashant Pradhan

            I’m playing in th6 for over a month still my army camp spells mines and collectir s hasn’t been max till now

          • Crazy Dude Nine

            i dunno what ur trying to say, but as far as i know my archer and cannon towers weren’t maxed at that time i posted this…

  • Prashant Pradhan

    I just want to say to all the coc players who have just started or who all r thinking of playing this game please don’t rush into upgrading ur townhall…

  • Christian young

    i have a TH11 and only 2 builders, but full maxed walls and my storages full, including 2 level 3 dark elixer storages, yet the level 20 BK and level 20 AQ and level 20 GW are so much more important than builders

    • spazinvader

      with 2 builders? How much time it took for you to reach TH11? :-)

  • spazinvader

    In case you are th8, you can get 1250 gems by completing the League All Star. If you always use few troops for attack, upgrade them first and try to get 100+ trophies every day and in no time, you can see than you ended up in Master League and get that 1000 gems.

    For 100+ trophies, you should hit out at town halls that are easier to get 2 stars AND keep the storages outside the parameters so that the farmers who never mind about their trophies will hit the storages and end the battle, earning you good number of trophies.

    Just push for trophies when you deplete your resources for say a week(upgrading the air defences or air sweeper, dark barracks level 2 or 3). If all your builders are busy for 4 or 5 days, just go crazy on trophy pushing and earn that 1k gems. Just attack 7 or 8 times a day for trophies(battles that will earn 25+ for 3 stars, keep the storages outside so that you will not be raided and lose your trophies). In no time, you will reach crystal league for 250 gems.

    Once all the builder huts are up, time to celebrate by spending whatever gems you got on whatever you want.

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  • The Loud Hawk

    Get all builders, and always spend your gems in longer skips, the shorter the skip, the more you pay per hour skipped, 7 day skip costs 1000 gems while 1 day skips cost around 260, if you spend the largest chest in the wisest way you can skip forward up to 110+ days. Just do the math and don’t be lazy to research or impatient, never spend gems when it prompts you to free up a builder, it always shows you the one closest to finish, and while it might be the cheapest option it sets you back, taking the gems at a higher gem count per time skipped. You’re welcome. -godsick