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Your First Few Days

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Your first couple of days in the game, once you have got through the Tutorial, are some of the most important that you will face in Clash of Clans. The main reason behind this is that you have a Shield which protects you while you build up your defences. At its most basic, you should concentrate on upgrading your resource collectors, which at this stage will only be Gold Mines and Elixir Collectors. You want to make sure you have maxed out the number of each of these that you can build, however. Without adequate storage too, this won't come to anything, so you should also upgrade your Elixir Storage and your Gold Storage. You shouldn't build more Storage stations yet, rather concentrate on upgrading your existing ones.

Because you have a Shield, there is no point in spending your money on defenses such as Walls and Cannons. Your Shield will last for a total of 3 days, so during this time, until you get to the end at least, there's no need to worry about being attacked.

NOTE: If you attack someone in multiplayer, you will sacrifice your Shield. This is not recommended as it will put you open to attack by anyone - although the game itself doesn't make this clear.

When you are just starting out, don't feel you have to spend your Gems just because the game tells you to!
When you are just starting out, don't feel you have to spend your Gems just because the game tells you to!

Once you get through the first few days and begin to run out of time with your Shield, you should start on working out your defences. Check our guide to defensive units for picking the best to build, but at this early stage, you should try to build Mortars and Archer Towers, with Cannons being third choice at this stage. Upgrade your defences where resources permit, and build walls to channel enemies into a certain place, or protect crucial structures.

TIP: The absolute best thing to do at this stage is to participate in the single-player missions against the enemy Goblins. This gets you a ridiculous amount resources and will really make a difference to the quality of your base (if you attack sensibly, that is).

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27 comments, latest first.
Nov 13th 2015 Guest
Thank you for this guide now I am in silver3
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Sep 4th 2015 Guest
Hi all , can someone sensibly tell me the best town layout for beginners please eg centre town hall then place storage collector right next to it on left etc then surround with wall next put etc etc , there's lots of pics of high lvl nice city's but little for the starting player , many thx Aggro
ID #605274
Jul 31st 2015 Guest
When the shied runs out will I die?
I don't want to die
ID #591979
Jul 12th 2015 Guest
This is OK I know everything about coc .o am noted so I am looking for cheats!!!
ID #583239
Jun 25th 2015 Guest
This is article quite amusing. The author clearly does not know this game very well.
Break your shield straight away. Prioritize defense and troop upgrades. Do not upgrade collectors fully until late in the game. You will always get far more resources from raiding
others than from collecting.
ID #575442
Jun 9th 2015 Guest
Just started today. On android. When I exit the game, does it still run in the backround? And if so, will it stop when I leave a wifi area?
ID #567930
Jun 4th 2015 Guest
I am stuck on this game
ID #565746
Apr 26th 2015 Guest
Guys, 😜 just get the resource collectors! It's much better than raiding, and it give u power to get ur townhall up! THEN( when u reach th10), u do whatever u want! 😀
ID #548183
Jun 25th 2015 Guest
Just build the collectors. Don't max them. There is far more loot to be stolen than you
will ever get from them.
ID #575440
Apr 11th 2015 Guest
I had a question. I heard that if you want a shield, you can delete the game, and redownload it to get the beginner shield. Does that work?
ID #541365
Jun 1st 2015 Guest
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Apr 5th 2015 Guest
come to my clan dragon ghost ey I will donate dragons
ID #538039
Mar 31st 2015 Guest
thanks man
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Feb 20th 2015 Guest
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Feb 18th 2015 Guest
should I put my collectors outside my walls?
ID #518002
Jan 17th 2015 Guest
I downloaded the game today and I do not have any shield protection. Help me?
ID #502959
Jan 9th 2015 Guest
How do you attack someone in multiplayer? My Clan wants me to get a league and they said to attack some one in multiplayer but I don't know how.
ID #498873
Jan 4th 2015 Guest
To advance further in goblin missions you must accumulate more stars. Return to goblin levels that you haven't triple-starred
ID #496230
Dec 13th 2014 Guest
How do you get gold out of the gold storage bin???????????????????????????????????????????????????:(
ID #484226
Jun 17th 2014 Guest
During the first 3 day shield. If u attacked ur defense will open right? Can u attack first to save the shield for comming days?

ID #400995
Jan 27th 2014 Guest
I got up to the "fools gold" mission in single player and no other missions have unlocked since then. Why is that?
ID #348995
Jan 16th 2014 Guest
Do u have any tips to help me get my castle faster
ID #344547
Nov 5th 2013 Guest
There is an ulternate strategy. This would be for advanced players who are going second time round. Do NOT upgrade or buy and mines of collectors, rather get all your resources through raiding. This would save a huge amount of time and you would be able to progress very quickly through the game.
ID #318056
Jul 21st 2015 Guest
That's correct. It also discourage other players from attacking you that often because your collectors have little to offer. You collect less through collectors and need to constantly attack other players in multiplayer.
ID #587393
Oct 21st 2013 StraightCurve
Help me
ID #315695
Oct 21st 2013 Guest
I just started strAtigy for this wAlls?
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