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Offensive Strategies

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By far the most fun to be had in Boom Beach is from attacking enemy islands with your forces. However, there isn't much more infuriating than spending all your money and time training troops only to see them wiped out by the enemy's defenses.

There are a few great tips and strategies to ensure this is avoided at all costs.


First, and by far the most important, is to scout. Before every enemy encounter, you are able to spend a very reasonable amount of Coins to view the enemy base before committing to an attack. At this point you need to make the decision as to whether the attack is worthwhile - what is the risk of losing all of your troops but not getting the victory? You should also examine what strategy you hope to employ when it comes down to the attack. While you have a good amount of time to be able to plan during the attacking phase, there's no harm in doing so during the scouting as well.

Pay particular attention to the location of the enemy HQ, and the layout of their defenses. Often you will be able to move your troops round any defenses without taking many casualties if the enemy haven't planned their base very well.

You won't have too many problems with the early enemy bases
You won't have too many problems with the early enemy bases


The gunboat's Artillery strike is one of the most satisfying elements in attacking the enemy base. Picking out what to attack and how to use the Gunboat's power-ups does require a good deal of insight. Artillery and Barrage are the most popular and most common attacks. Use these to attack Cannons and Boom Cannons before they have a chance to fire on your troops.

If you have lower-level troops such as Riflemen and Zookas, however, you need to focus your Artillery and Barrage on different structures. Rocket Launchers pose the greatest threat, followed by Mortars and Flamethrowers. Sniper Towers, Boom Cannons and regular Cannons also shouldn't be ignored. Rocket Launchers are most dangerous due to their high splash damage and range - they will take out most of your units before they even come close.

With all this said, the gunboat has other ways to mitigate the threat of enemy defenses. Use flares to order your troops either to avoid specific defenses, or to attack one en masse - rather than waiting for them to pick the nearest target. You can also use them to send your troops directly to the HQ. When used with Shock Bombs to temporarily disable enemy defenses, many players have started using Warriors to rush the HQs.

Use Smoke Screens and Shock Bombs to protect your units while they are on the move - you can basically guarantee your army's safety up to a certain point by employing these tactics. Just be aware that you will have to decide whether to use Artillery/Barrage or save some Energy for troop directions.

Use Flares to direct your troops around the enemy defenses
Use Flares to direct your troops around the enemy defenses

Common Maneuvers

Rush the HQ

As mentioned above, HQ rushing is a great tactic for getting a quick end to the battle, though it will often result in high losses to your troops. Most players will choose Warriors for this tactic. Obviously the idea is to scout an enemy, then train lots of Warriors, before attacking. Use flares to designate the HQ as the target and, if necessary, a route around the most prominent enemy defenses to get there. Back this up with Shock Bombs and Smoke Screens to protect your attacking force while it destroys the HQ. With enough troops you should be able to complete the rush in most cases. Focus your Shock Bombs on Cannons, Boom Cannons and Sniper Towers that are in range of the HQ.

General Rushing

Similar to rushing the HQ, this technique relies on Building as many cheap troops as you can - generally Riflemen. With all the enemy defenses overwhelmed as to which units to target, your troops will often be able to make real progress - also gathering more Energy to support more gunboat attacks. The real threat with this tactic is if the enemy employs defenses with good area of effect attacks, as this can potentially take out much of your army with one stroke.


This involves sending your units around the back of the enemy base - to which most users are very vulnerable. Use Heavies and Riflemen directed by flares to reach the often undefended rear.


The key to this tactic is choosing units with high health to protect those with lower health - the units that typically can cause the most damage. Send the high-health troops (such as Heavies) a few seconds in front of the low-health ones (Zookas are the most common). The high-health troops soak up the enemy fire and allow the prized but weaker units a chance to get their shots away. This tactic works best with enemy bases that have just a few high damage defenses - if there are too many then the shield will not be able to protect all of your units.

Most players' defenses are weak at the rear
Most players' defenses are weak at the rear
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Sep 7th 2015 Guest
ID #606211
Aug 15th 2015 Guest
That dude who can't figure out how to attack is so playing you guys!!!
ID #598489
Aug 11th 2015 Guest
I'm in need of some good players vicious vipers.. Please need help
ID #596936
Jul 22nd 2015 Guest
To attack.
touch compass in lower right of screen
you should see the map with islands
tap an island with a base on it, then tap "scout"
look it over and work out a strategy if you can
Tap on the troop icon on the lower left of the screen to select it if it is not already selected
touch the beach to land the troops. if you start by selecting the bottom left troop icon, each tap will automatically select the next untill they are all deployed
ID #587663
Jun 9th 2015 Guest
What levels(upgrade level) do I get to carry more heavies?
ID #567954
Aug 12th 2015 Guest
you have to upgrade your landing crafts to carry more troops
ID #597177
Jul 11th 2015 Guest
Go to your armory and look at each type of troop. It will tell you how many spaces on the landing craft that particular troop takes up.
ID #582807
Jun 9th 2015 Guest
Last comment..."above the artillery".
ID #567888
Jun 9th 2015 Guest
What is the thing on the lower right about the artillery?? It has a number in it...can't find any info what it is or what it does.
ID #567887
Jun 14th 2015 Guest
It's how much gun boat energy or gbe u have
ID #570033
Mar 17th 2015 Guest
Recruiting "Willy Hammer" come join us.
ID #529859
Mar 13th 2015 Guest
Auto magically sent out the gun boat
ID #528011
Mar 10th 2015 Guest
If you haven't figure a way how to attack in the last four months, it's best you find another game to play. Smh
ID #526834
Feb 21st 2015 Guest
1. Click on compass
2. Select an island, try lowest numbers first.
3. Choose scout.
4. If you decide to attack, just click on "attack" with the amount of gold it costs you to attack.
5. You can choose a weapon from thebottom right , and then you point at a target.
6. You can point your troops to a specific landing spot, and they will be launched on the beach.
7. You can retreat if you feel you will loose, so you can save on training....
ID #518964
Feb 15th 2015 Guest
hey now
ID #516530
Feb 7th 2015 Guest
et force
ID #512891
Feb 3rd 2015 Guest
Why can't you decide your forces to go two different directios using two flare?
ID #511381
Feb 1st 2015 Guest
ID #510559
Jan 28th 2015 Guest
join my task force. SAS Task Force Reubs888 is leader
ID #508473
Jan 26th 2015 Guest
Join my task force DABxKUDH
ID #507758
Jan 21st 2015 Guest
Love the game problem is it takes to long to build anything without spending a lot of money.
ID #505094
Jan 18th 2015 Guest
4 months and you haven't attacked WTF
ID #503360
Jan 18th 2015 Guest
ID #503270
Jan 6th 2015 Guest
Is there anyway to stop troops like Zookas, so they can fire from longer range?
ID #497184
Jan 5th 2015 Guest
tanks are wicked i use them every time only lose one they are expensive though
ID #496667
Jan 4th 2015 Guest
To attack you press the compass in the lower right of the screen. When you see the area on the screen it will show places with numbers. Click on the occupied place and hit scout. Then attacking when ready. If you decide not to attack just hit the compass again.
ID #495994
Dec 31st 2014 Guest
How do I send my gunboat?
ID #493533
Dec 18th 2014
Hi Team,

I have a query like what to select to send the army for attacking the enemy.
Tell me step by step.

I have been playing this game since 4 months but unable to attack the enemy as i don`t know that what to select to send my army.
ID #486394
Jul 20th 2015 Guest
Click on each one of your boats and you'll see 3 symbols-click on the one that looks like a person. Then you'll see what troops you can choose from. Choose troop you want. Then do same for rest of your boats. Then click on compass and choose who you want to attack. Then click scout to see enemy base layout. Then if you want press attack and attack
ID #586877
Dec 2nd 2014 Guest
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