This is a basic guide to Clan War, it explains the following:
- what is a clan war?
- how does my clan start a war?
- how do I prepare for clan war?
- how do I take part in clan war?
- how do you win a clan war how?
- how do I get my war bonus?
- what happens to my base in clan war?
- what does my clan get for winning a clan war?
- how many members needed and clan member level required for war?
- what if you draw or lose in clan war?
- can I chose who you wage war against?
- can I cancel a warm?
- why can’t I find an enemy to fight
- my clan is in war, why can’t I fight with them
- I’m trying to start a clan war but I can’t
- my new building is not on the war map
- what happens to inactive members during clan war
- an enemy War Base shows zero war win bonus
- can leaders choose who participates in a Clan War?
- how are clans matched up in Clan Wars?
- I upgraded my Clan Castle but it’s not reflected in Clan Wars
- what is Clan XP for and what are perks?
- what is a Tiebreaker?
Preparation Day in Clan Wars reduced to 23 hrs
Supercell provides this comprehensive guide on their support site. The original can be found here. This guide is reproduced here for ease of reading, to avoid the laborious task of opening and closing multiple pages, there are 26!
What is a Clan War?
Clan Wars gives you and your Clan a chance to show the entire game community who rules the battlefields once and for all.
A Clan War is a strategic battle between two randomly matched Clans. Both clans need to have the same amount of members in their clan and be of comparable strength.
There are two phases in a Clan War:
1) Preparation Day
Once a Clan War has been announced, after being initiated by its leaders, you and your Clan will have 23 hours to prepare for the battles ahead. During this time, you can make adjustments before the fighting begins. This gives you the chance to change your War Base layout and donate troops to your Clan members.
Changes you perform on your War Base during the Clan War will not affect your village outside of the war. This also means that any troops donated to your War Base will not be available in your regular village, and vice versa.
2) Battle Day
When the 23 hours of Preparation day have passed, your clan should be prepared and hungry for victory! Each participant can attack twice during Battle day, so make each attack count. At the end of the war, the Clan that earns the most stars from attacking wins the clan war.
Clan Wars are free to start and participate in, and unlike normal multiplayer battles, Clans get to choose if and when they would like to go to war. Clans do not have to participate in Clan Wars.
How does my clan start a Clan War?
Leaders and Co-leaders can take their Clan to War by opening the Clan War screen and pressing the “Start War” button. Please note, you must have 10 members or over to begin.
This will start the search for an opposing clan. The matchmaking system will ensure your Clan is paired up with a Clan of equal Strength (both attack and defense) and a similar number of Clan members. The Clan War will start immediately after a suitable opponent has been found.
Finding an opposing Clan can take several minutes, but there is no need to wait in the matchmaking screen. Just press the ‘Return Home’ button to continue playing, and you will be notified when an opponent has been found.
How do I prepare for a Clan War?
Preparation is so important to Clan Wars that we’ve dedicated the first whole day of the war to it. Preparation Day starts as soon as a worthy opponent has been found through the matchmaking system.
To begin with, make sure that your War Base is optimized for defense. Defense is important because the more of a user’s base you destroy, the more stars you get, and only stars count towards victory in Clan Wars. In fact, just knocking down a user’s Town Hall will grant you a one-star victory, so optimize your War Base’s layout using the War Base edit tool. Remember that you can only edit your War Base during Preparation Day. After that, its layout will be locked for Battle Day and saved in the state you left it until your next Preparation Day in your next Clan War.
Your War Base will contain the same buildings as your regular village. However, every time you add a new building to your village, you have to go to your War Base’s inventory to “deploy” that building in your War Base. The game will not choose a random spot in your War Base for any new constructions — you get to decide where everything goes. If you leave a new building in your inventory, it won’t appear in your War Base during Battle Day.
Note that you cannot train troops in your War Base. All troops that you use for attacking come from your regular village. Train and request your troops in your village as if it were for a regular attack, either during Preparation Day or Battle Day — it doesn’t matter.
Another important step is troop donation. The Clan Castle in your War Base is different from the Clan Castle in your village, and must be filled separately. The troops donated to a War Base will be used to defend it against all attacks during the day, so be sure to make those donations count. You cannot use troops donated to your War Base for your own attacks.
Finally, it’s imperative that you use your opportunity to scout enemy bases before going to war. This will help you specify your attack strategies, army load outs, and donation needs. Use reconnaissance to zero in on the best opponent for you, so you can do your part in defeating them later.
How do I take part in Clan Wars?
To participate in a Clan War, you must be part of a Clan when a leader or co-leader presses the “Start War” button. If you join the Clan after this point, you will become a spectator and will not be able to actively participate in the Clan War.
You are free to leave your Clan during a War, but your War Base will remain visible on the war map even if you leave. Leaving a clan will not affect an ongoing war.
However, you cannot join another Clan War by joining another Clan if your original Clan is still battling it out. Other players will be able to see that you are still part of an unfinished war by checking your profile. You will be marked as ineligible for war until the previous Clan War has concluded.
How do you win a Clan War?
The outcome of a Clan War is determined by which clan manages to get the most stars during the war. If more than one player raids a given base, only the strongest attack will be counted toward your clan’s final score. This means that if one of your clan members has already 3-starred an opponent’s war base, attacking the same base again will not increase your chances of winning the war.
Similarly, if you’re thinking about attacking a base that has already been 2-starred, it will only have one star left for the taking (and that’s only if you completely wipe it out).
Winning at Clan Wars requires planning and tactical resolve. It’s up to you to decide how to make the most of your clan member’s strengths. Chat with your clan mates, pinpoint optimal opponents, and make each of your attacks count. The game will help you find a suitable opponent by offering recommended targets for everyone.
Every clan member who makes successful attacks during a Clan War will earn some bonus loot at the end of the war, but only the winning clan will receive the full War Win Bonus.
How do I get my war win bonus?
For each Clan War battle that you win, you earn the chance to receive a war win bonus. The war win bonus can be collected from the Clan Castle when a Clan War has ended. The Clan Castle can hold only a limited amount of resources, so remember to collect your bonuses regularly. You will lose any bonuses that don’t fit into the castle’s coffers.
To get the bonus in full, your clan has to win the Clan War. If your clan loses or draws, your bonus will be heavily reduced. If you don’t win a single battle during a war, you don’t get any war win bonus for it either.
Resources stored in the Clan Castle are not fully protected from attacks from other players — a part of the uncollected bonus can still be raided. Also, remember that war win bonuses do not count towards the ’Spoils of War’ achievement until they have been collected from the Clan Castle.
In addition to the bonus, there’s also loot that you can raid immediately from your enemy’s War Base. This is usually only a small amount compared to the war win bonus, but it is immediately added to your regular storages regardless of whether you win the battle or the war.
What happens to my village during a Clan War?
Your village is always safe from Clan War attacks because these battles are fought in a different area than the regular game.
Even when the War Base is an almost identical copy of your village, it is important to remember that this War Base used during Clan Wars is a separate entity from your village.
Using our new Village Editor and layout keeper, you may have up to 3 regular Village layouts, and 3 War Bases simultaneously. That’s 6 layouts in total.
From their War Base, players prepare and attack War Bases instead of from their regular village. Your village’s resources, Trophies and Shield are never at risk during a Clan War.
What does my clan get for winning a Clan War?
Your clan will earn the glory of victory, the respect of the rest of the clans, and the celebration of a great power that will last into posterity.
Additionally, the clan will earn a shiny new point on its “Wars won” stat, visible from the clan description.
At an individual level, each participating member of the winning clan will immediately be awarded the full bonus loot they accrued from their victorious attacks. Remember that you can only accrue this bonus by attacking and defeating enemy War Bases.
Finally, winning Wars will give your Clan valuable Clan XP, good for bragging rights and treasured perks.
How many clan members and what level do you need for Clan Wars?
The only requirement is that a Clan must have at least 10 members eligible for war.
If you have left a Clan while at war, you will be ineligible for a new Clan’s War, until the previous one ends.
New Clan members cannot join a War while it is in progress.
What happens if our clan is defeated or draws?
After your clan loses, you will face the shame of overthrow and massacre, the memories of greater times will turn to ashes and your clan name will be unremembered. At least until the next Clan War.
The members of a clan that lost a war will suffer a stiff penalty to their war win bonus; this is the loot collected from the victorious attacks on enemy War Bases. A bonus will still be awarded, but only a fraction of the full sum.
If both clans have the same amount of stars by the end of Battle Day, the result of the War come down to a tiebreaker. Both clans’ members will still be awarded their War bonus loot, but it will come at a penalty since there was no actual victory. The penalty is not as big as for losing, but it’s still a heavy reduction.
Can I choose which clan to wage war against?
No, you cannot choose to attack a specific clan, like a friend’s clan.
We want to make sure that all Clan Wars are fought between clans that are at least more or less evenly matched. The selection will be entirely random from the pool of other war-waging clans that are similar in size and combined strength to yours.
Can I cancel a Clan War?
Before an opposing Clan has been found, you can cancel the matchmaking by pressing the “Cancel” button.
However, once an opponent has been found, the Clan War can no longer be cancelled. Preparation Day begins immediately. There is no option to forfeit (surrender).
Why can’t I find a Clan War?
Clans are paired using a matchmaking algorithm. This ensures that Clans of similar combined strength are pitted against one another. Because so many factors come into play, Clan War matchmaking takes longer than ordinary attacks.
If the matchmaking system has been searching for a while, it is best to leave it running in the background. You can still enjoy Clash of Clans in the meantime. Select the “Return Home” (1) icon in the bottom left corner of the matchmaking screen to return to your village without interrupting the matchmaking process.
Note: pressing “Cancel” (2) in Clan Wars matchmaking will dismiss the search altogether.
Once an opponent has been found, you will receive a notification on the Clan Wars icon. A 23-hour Preparation Day starts as soon as your match has been found.
My clan is in a war but I can’t participate. Why is that?
To join the fight in a Clan War, you must be part of a clan when a Leader or Co-leader presses the ‘Start War’ button. If you join the Clan after a war has begun, you’re able to spectate but not participate.
Also, if the two clans chosen are only roughly the same size, then clan members with the lowest trophy counts will be excluded from the fight. This is to make sure the war is fought between an even number of War Bases, and to balance out the odds.
I’m trying to start a Clan War but I can’t. What’s wrong?
The basic requirements for starting a Clan War are that you’re in a clan with at least 10 members and that you are a Co-leader or a Leader.
If you still can’t start a war because your Clan War icon is greyed out, or you are getting a message that says “Clan Wars are still loading, please try again”, you probably need more bandwidth. Loading a Clan War involves transferring a lot of data, so we recommend using a strong 3G/4G or WiFi connection with a reliable network.
My new building is not in my War Base
If you’ve added a new building to your village and you can’t find it in your War Base, it sounds like you probably haven’t taken that building out of the war base inventory yet.
As a rule, your War Base will contain the same buildings as your regular village. However, every time you add a new building to your village, you have to go to your War Base inventory to “deploy” that building during Preparation Day and save your War Base layout. The game will not choose a random spot in your War Base for any new buildings — you get to decide where everything goes. If you leave a new building in your War Base inventory, it won’t appear in the Base during Battle Day.
The only exception to this rule is if you have never used your War Base edit mode and saved your layout. If that’s the case, your War Base’s layout will continue to mirror whatever you have in your regular village.
What happens to inactive members during a Clan War?
Active and inactive Clan members are treated the same during Clan Wars.
They can still be the targeted by enemy bases, and may receive donated clan troops.
However, because inactive Clan mates will not use their attacks, they are a potential liability, and will in no away help your Clan toward victory. Additionally, if you leave your village inactive during a war, you will not receive any bonus loot following a win.
Thus, you should encourage your clan mates to be active Clashers for optimal results.
An opponent is spying on our clan! Isn’t that cheating?
While spying on your opponent’s clan isn’t what we would call sportsmanlike, it’s not a breach of any rules in Clash of Clans.
It’s understandable if you feel upset about players doing this, but Clan Wars is serious business. Some clans are prepared to go to surprising lengths for victory. Be careful about who you let into your clan because, as the saying goes, everything is fair in love and war. You can keep unwanted members out by setting your clan to ‘Invite only’ or ‘Closed’.
An enemy War Base shows zero war win bonus
If you’re checking out the opponent’s War Bases and see one with ‘0’ war win bonus, it simply means that the data has not yet finished syncing. Loading up a Clan War involves collecting a lot of data, and this sometimes takes a little while.
Try again later, and you should see the correct amount of bonus available if you win the battle — and the war.
Can leaders choose who participates in a Clan War?
Added by popular demand, Clan Leaders and Co-Leaders may select who participates in Clan Wars to set up the ultimate team.
Pressing the “Start War” button, brings up a list of all your Clan mates. On the right, you’ll see a button that says “In” or “Out”. When you use this team selection tool for the first time, the “In/Out” button indicates each member’s personal preference. As a Leader or Co-leader, you have the right to override this preference. The War selection screen will display each player’s preferences prior to each new Clan War. Toggle them with discretion and create your ideal fighting force.
Clan War match-ups can only be made in increments of 5 members, i.e. 10 vs. 10, 15 vs. 15 etc. In the Clan War selection tool, the villages that will ultimately participate in the war are shown in green (set to “In”). Furthermore, if your clan has 17 members with their preferences set to “In”, you must manually set 2 users to “Out”, in order to fairly match the opposing Clan. This means your clan will be matched in a 15 vs 15 Clan War. If you set all 20 to “In”, you will be matched up 20 vs 20.
Can I opt out or in when my clan goes to war?
Each Clasher can indicate whether or not they’d like to join in Clan Wars by following these steps:
- Access your Player Profile page by tapping the “i” button next to the XP bar in your village view
- Tap the “In/Out” button to select your Clan War preference.
Note that this preference indicator is more of a suggestion for your Clan Leader and Co-leaders. Whoever starts the Clan War is still ultimately responsible for choosing who joins the Clan War team. You can be sent to war even if your personal preference is set to “Out”.
The War selection screen will automatically display each player’s preferences prior to each new Clan War. Leaders and Co-leaders may toggle them with discretion, creating an ideal fighting force.
If your Clan Leaders persistently take you into war against your wishes, please use the Clan Chat to reach out to them and talk things through.
How are clans matched up in Clan Wars?
Clans will be matched up based on the overall strength of its members. Strength is based on each member’s attacking power (troops, army camp capacity, spells and heroes) and defensive strength (defense buildings, walls, traps and heroes).
Matchmaking will prioritize defensive capabilities in pairing Clans. Powerful, late-game defenses and troops like Inferno Towers, Eagle Artillery and Grand Warden will have much greater matchmaking impact.
Unlike the Multiplayer mode, trophies do not factor in when clans are matched.
Different layouts and base designs do not affect strength. The only way a member’s strength can be changed is if they upgrade their troops, defenses, spells, etc.
Finally, matchmaking will factor in Win/Loss records. This ensures that your opponents are worthy adversaries.
I upgraded my Clan Castle but it’s not reflected in Clan Wars!
If you’ve entered a Clan War, and would like to upgrade a building before the fighting begins, you must do so before Preparation day is over.
However, there’s an exception to the rule with: The Clan Castle. For technical reasons, the amount of troops your War Base’s Clan Castle can hold must be locked down at the beginning of preparation day.
If your Castle is at level 5 with a troop capacity of 30 at the start of preparation day, it will stay at 30 for the duration of the War, even if you’ve upgraded the Castle to level 6 before Preparation Day has ended.
What is Clan XP for and what are perks?
Clan XP is gained by successfully competing in Clan Wars. Every Clan, regardless of past experience will begin at XP Level 1. XP is unlocked as follows:
Defeat an enemy War Base to earn 2-5 XP: 5 XP for top 5 bases; 4 XP for bases ranked 6-15; 3 XP for bases ranked 16-25; 2 XP for bases ranked 26-50.
XP rewards are calculated based on the amount of Stars won from opponents. Winning Stars is good, it will give you XP — winning Stars AND winning the War is even better. The more Stars, the more wins, the bigger the XP reward, the more cool perks.
These features not only make Clash of Clans more competitive, but more awesome altogether. A comprehensive list of Perks can be found in the “My Clan” section of your profile.
Other important information:
-Perks apply only to your Clan, as if you leave you cannot take them with you.
-Perks are cumulative , i.e. they are not replaced as you level up. You simply collect more.
-Perks apply outside of Clan Wars as well. Enjoy them in your day to day Clashing!
-The “Donated Troop Upgrade” Perk will not affect donated troops that have already been maxed out.
-If your Clan has unlocked a Perk, you will not be notified every time it works. For example, if Elixir is returned to you following a troop donation, it will happen automatically, without a pop-up.
Please visit our forums for even more detailed info regarding how Perks affect your clan: http://forum.supercell.net/showthread.php/567168-Full-information-on-Clan-Levels-and-Perks
What is a Tiebreaker?
If each Clan has equal stars at the end of a War, the winner is decided depending on a clan’s ‘total destruction percentage’ aka the tiebreaker:
– The ‘total destruction percentage’ is taken from each side’s players’ best attack.
Keep in mind, total destruction is now shown in the War’s results screen, and in War Stats.
On the other hand, ‘Average destruction’ simply calculates the average amount of destruction from each clan’s attacks completely and does not determine who wins the war.
Preparation Day in Clan Wars reduced to 23 hrs
Yes, we know there are 24 hours in a day, but Preparation Day now has only 23. This is to make the wait for Battle Day’s epic action shorter, letting clans declare Clan Wars at the same hour every two days, if they so choose.
A lot of players are asking for an ever shorter preparation period, and in many case we agree. At the same time, we know that several clans operate across time zones, with a variety of schedules and urgency levels.