Monday, June 8, 2015

Master the Lightning Spell

In this first episode of the new series, Master the Spells in Clash of Clans, I want to start with the very first Spell you see in Clash of Clans – the Lightning Spell. You can destroy things with the Lightning Spell for sure, but I want to show you how you can destroy things more effectively with it.

What the Lightning Spell is Used For

You can either use the Lightning Spell to destroy enemy Troops from the Clan Castle, or certain buildings (Mortar, Air Defense). You can even destroy a Builder’s Hut with it if you need to get that final percent for your victory (see here a list of buildings you can destroy with the Lightning Spell) and you can also use it on full Dark Elixir Storages to farm Dark Elixir very fast.
The interesting fact is not what you can do with the Lightning Spell – the secret of becoming a Master of the Lightning Spell is behind the placement and timing of the Spell correctly, and this is what the next part of this post is all about.

Placing the Lightning Spell Correctly

I have to divide this into the part about when you want to kill enemy Troops (Skeleton Traps or defending Clan Castle Troops) and destroying buildings. Even if there are different ways of doing it perfect, there is one very important thing you should never forget: the Lightning Spell does not deal area damage, it deals the full damage at the very point you place it and gets weaker closer to the outside! Knowing this may win you not only fights, maybe even Clan Wars. You have to place it correctly to become successful with it. Here is how you can do this:
Killing Troops with the Lightning Spell: It’s important that you only fire your Lightning Spell if the Clan Castle troops are grouped up. They exit the Clan Castle one by one and you need them to make a group:

Clash-of-Clans-grouping-troops-for-Lightning-Spell Clash of Clans grouping troops for Lightning Spell

How do you do that? They will always go after any troop on the battle ground, so you have to deploy single troops, one by one, until they are in a group. The smaller the group, the better, but don’t waste too much time. In this case, I did it with Hog Riders, but you can also do it with Barbarians or Archers:

Grouped Troops for Lightning Spell Clash of Clans grouping troops

It’s important that you don’t use your Golems, Dragons or anything like that with high health because they really drop in health when they get in the radius of the defending Clan Castle troops. When you have grouped them, you have to put the Lightning Spell EXACTLY on the very point they are standing to get the full damage. You can see here that the Wizards got the full damage of the Lightning Spell but the Archers next to them didn’t get any:

Lightning Spell did not kill all troops Clash of Clans Lightning Spell survivor takedown

I had to use my second Lightning Spell. In this case, no problem, because the Lightning Spell I brought wasn’t good enough to kill Wizards level 5+ so I knew I had to take two of them. Would I have double-dropped them in between those two groups, I probably would have had some Wizard survivors and my Hog Rider would have had a big problem later in the attack.
Destroying Defenses with the Lightning Spell: First of all, you have to know how many Lightning Spells to bring into a raid. If you’re going after a Mortar or a Wizard Tower you’ll need 2 Lightning Spells and for an Air Defense you will have to bring 3 Lightning Spells. Like we have seen above, you also have to place the Lightning Spell directly in the middle of the building to have the full damage. The damage outside is dealt randomly – it might not be enough:

Clash-of-Clans-Lightning-Spell-destroy-Mortar-placement Clash of Clans Lightning Spell destroy Mortar placement

Also, if there are two buildings next to each other that you want to destroy, you can place the Lightning Spell right in the place where they touch each other and you can destroy both of them:

destroy 2 mortars with same Lightning Spell Clash of Clans Lightning Spell multi Mortar destruction

This will need a lot of practice and I recommend you to completely zoom in on your device for placing the Spell. I have managed to do this on my iPad Mini, but always fail on my iPhone because the screen is simply not big enough.

What Troops are Supported by Lightning Spells

You can use them very well with Hog Riders to clear the Clan Castle Troops or with all Dragons to destroy an Air Defense or also what I can really recommend is BARCH, because you can clear out one to two Mortars and maybe even another Wizard Tower if they are close together.
Edited by: StTroyIII

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