Clash of Clans Raiding: A Beginner's Guide

In our Clash of Clans guide to raiding, we'll cover strategies for getting the most out of your troops when you're on the offensive. This is the third part to our Clash of Clans beginner's guide series! Now that we've covered basic resource management and defensive strategies in Clash of Clans, it's time to turn the tables and get out there and steal other people's junk!

Raising an Army

Once you've built the Barracks, you can train units. Units you train are sent to your Army Camps. The more Army Camps you have, and the more they are upgraded, the more units you can have for a single raid.

The Barracks has its own training queue that is separate from the Army Camp capacity. Thus, you can queue up units to train even after you've hit your maximum in the Army Camp. This has two benefits:

Learning to Raid

The first thing you should do when learning how to effectively raid is play the Clash of Clans single player campaign. The point of the campaign is to teach you how to raid effectively. If you haven't started it, play it a bit! There's no need to 3-star everything early on, as your resources are probably going to be limited. Once you've stolen the resources and gotten one star on a particular level, I'd suggest moving on to the next one.

Once you've picked a single-player level or attacked someone, it's time to deploy your troops. Once you pick a troop type, just tap or hold anywhere to deploy. What you deploy when and where makes a big difference, though. Here are some Clash of Clans raiding tips to get you started:

Pro Tip It's tempting to just dump all your troops on the enemy and watch them lay waste, but remember that there's a maximum amount of loot you can get from any particular attack or single player level. Any troops you deploy are used up, whether they survive or not. Think about how much loot you're raiding versus the cost of the troops to deploy!

Picking Targets

Our resident Clash of Clans raiding expert EBongo said in his Top 10 best kept secrets in Clash of Clans article that "Revenge is a dish best served often." So true! Check your "Defense Log" and see who has attacked you - these guys are ripe for the picking.

There's a few ways you can use the info in your Defense Log to your advantage:

The tl;dr is that revenge gives you many advantages when raiding, so use them!

In-Depth Raiding Guides

If you need more help with raiding in Clash of Clans, we have a number of useful resources.

EBongo put together a quick tips guide that lists our best quick strategies for improving your raid yields. You can read his 5 quick tips for Clash of Clans raiding guide to learn more.

If you're getting into the late stages of Town Hall 6 and into Town Hall 7 through early Town Hall 8, you'll need to adopt some advanced strategies for raiding to stay profitable. I put together an guide for gold and elixir raiding around Town Hall 7 that you might find interesting.

If you're having trouble winning trophies or helping your clan win Clan Wars, you'll want to focus on a more heavy-duty set of troops for training. I have another guide for raiding for stars and trophies that will help you and your clan clean up!