June 8, 2015

Dark Elixir Farming Tips and Base Designs


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You can find tons of posts here at AllClash in the Farming Section if you want to keep your resources in our pocket – in this post I want to specifically talk about the resource that most of us consider as the most precious one: Dark Elixir! You come across Dark Elixir the first time when you become Town Hall 7 and want to build the Barbarian King or build the first Dark Barrack. However it became more easy for Town Hall 7 to get the Dark Elixir as Dark Elixir Drills now are available but you will very fast recognize that the little Drill can’t produce enough for what you need. If you think this will get better when you become Town Hall 8 or 9 I have some bad news for you – the investments getting higher and higher and the Drills are not even closely producing enough, even when maxed. Farming Dark Elixir therefore will be a challenge you’ll have to face sooner or later and this is exactly what i want to show in this post.

The Secrets of farming Dark Elixir

I have to split this Guide into 3 parts so in the first part I will handle actually collecting Dark Elixir and how you can get the most, the second part will focus on protecting the Dark Elixir which can sometimes be frustrating when you see that you lost exactly what you earned while saving a larger amount and the third part will show you some Dark Elixir Base Designs that will provide the best possible protection.

Dark Elixir Farming

The most popular way of farming Dark Elixir is using Lightning Spells, called zapping Dark Elixir Storages. The good thing is that it’s foolproof as you only have to find a filled Dark Elixir Storage and then drop Lightning Spells on it. There’s practically no way to defend against Dark Elixir Zappers. There’s only one big problem with this method (not saying it’s not working!) but it’s very slow (Lightning Spells take quite a while until they’re created), pretty expensive (Lightning Spells costs Elixir and the dozens of Next’s until you find a proper target will add up and last but not least you maybe have to deal with merciless Revenger that want their Dark Elixir back.

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Using a Lightning Spell on a Dark Elixir Storage

Speaking of finding proper targets to farm Dark Elixir I recommend you being somewhere around 1500-1800 Trophies when being TH7 and TH8.
Anyway you can’t rely on only using some Lightning Spells to get you Dark Elixir together so you’ll have to earn a big part of your Dark Elixir through raiding. In this case you should not use any kind of Troop Composition with Dark Elixir Troops. I know it is tempting to mix in some Minions just to get your army on track faster but just calculate that 20 Minions cost, depending on their Level, between 100 and 220 Dark Elixir so you can easily see that this will make about 20% of what you probably earn in a solid attack for Dark Elixir.
The cheapest and fastest way is using BARCH because the Troops will train quite fast – in this case you have to find bases with filled Dark Elixir Drills because the Dark Elixir Storages are probably deep inside the base and not reachable for BARCH attacks. Please mind that you can use any other kind of Troop Composition you feel safe with as long as they don’t involve Dark Elixir Troops.

Protecting your Dark Elixir

So we just learned that Dark Elixir Farming can get frustrating and takes quite a while plus quite an investment in other resources so you should do what it takes to protect it.

Protect Dark Elixir from Lightning Spells Clash of Clans protect Dark Elixir against Lightning Spells
Check your Defense Log to revenge people taking your Dark Elixir with Lightning Spells

I have 3 Tips that will help you to protect your Dark Elixir so your Defense Log hopefully doesn’t look like shown in the screenshot:
  • Make Dark Elixir Farming hard by placing the Dark Elixir Storage in the core (maybe check out some of the Base Designs at the end of the page)
  • Constantly revenge, especially if someone took Dark Elixir with a Lightning Spell. Remember you can scout them for free and if someone zapped your Dark Elixir Storages it’s very likely he’s holding a bigger amount of Dark Elixir because he’s probably farming Dark Elixir as well.
  • Hide Dark Elixir so nobody can even take it from you – see this Guide from KyleClashes on hiding Dark Elixir for more details if you don’t know the technique yet

10 Base Designs to protect Dark Elixir optimally in 2015

I have gathered here some nice Base Layouts that will offer the best possible Dark Elixir protection. Actually you can also take any base that fits the Dark Elixir Storage within the core.

Town Hall 7 Dark Elixir Farming Base


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Town Hall 7 Farming Base with a double ring protection from Wall Breaker
Town Hall 7 Farming Base with Dark Elixir Storage Clash of Clans Town Hall 7 Farming Base
Town Hall 7 Farming Base with strong Storage protection

Town Hall 8 Farming Base for Dark Elixir

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Strong funneling Town Hall 8 Farming Base with 4 Mortars Clash of Clans Town Hall 8 Farming Base 4 Mortars 2
My favorite Town Hall 8 Farming Base with 4 Mortars because it has very strong funneling

Dark Elixir Farming Base Designs Town Hall 9

TH9 Farming Base BARCH Clash of Clans Town Hall 9 Farming Base AllClash Featured full

Town Hall 9 Farming Base showing with buildings and Traps Clash of Clans Town Hall 9 Farming Base 4 Mortars
AllClash Featured TH9 Farming Base with Storage Switch capabilities
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This Town Hall 9 Farming Base Design is very good for Farming Dark Elixir
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This Town Hall 9 Farming Base is like a labyrinth where the Troops basically get lot in

Town Hall 10 Farming Base Designs for Dark Elixir


Town Hall 10 Farming Base 4 Mortars Clash of Clans Town Hall 10 Farming AllClash Featured the cubes complete
AllClash Featured Farming Base for Town Hall 10 Farming
TH10 Anti Dragon anti balloon farming base design Clash of Clans Town Hall 10 Anti Air Farming Base
Town Hall 10 Anti Air Farming Base


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