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Clans are an optional feature in Clash of Clans, but it is strongly recommended that every player join a clan. Collaboration is a very important and helpful aspect of this game.

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Clash of Clans Beginner's Guide - 12 Clan Tips

  • Clan Castle Level 1
  • Clan Castle Level 2
  • Clan Castle Level 3
  • Clan Castle Level 4
  • Clan Castle Level 5
  • Clan Castle Level 6

What is a Clan?

Clans are groups of players that pool their trophies in order to compete with other clans in a battle to collect the most trophies and to win a Clan War in order to gain the most loot. Members of clans have a private chat for socializing with each other and are able to donate troops to each other. Within a clan there are four ranks, member, elderco-leader, and leader. Including the leader, you can have up to 50 members in a clan.

Clan Castle

To join a clan you must first repair your Clan Castle. To do this you will need 10,000 gold. Once your Clan Castle has been repaired you have the option of joining a clan.

Joining a Clan

To be a member of a clan you must first repair your Clan Castle. To do this will cost you 10,000 gold. Once your Clan Castle has been repaired you have the option of joining a clan/creating a clan. There are various ways to join a clan. Below are some examples:

  • View a clan that has the status 'anyone can join' and tap the 'join' button.
  • Send a request to join a clan that has the status 'invite only'.
  • Go on global chat and watch for people recruiting members to join their clan.

Note: Some clans have a minimum trophy requirement to join their clan; you cannot join nor send a request to join if you do not meet the trophy requirement (you can, however, be invited and accept the invite). The trophy requirement is set by the clan leader and can vary from from 0 to 3600.

Clan Ranks

(Not to be confused with Clan Rankings)


Clan leaders are the ones who have the big responsibility of managing their clan. In order to create a brand-new clan, it costs an additional 40,000 gold, whereupon the player will immediately become the first member and leader of the new clan. The leader has the administrative authority to invite players to join their clan, accept or decline requests to join, start wars, and promote/demote members to and from eldership or co-leader. The Leader can kick out co-leaders, elders, and members.

Additionally, a clan leader has the ability to demote themselves and promote another player to leader. This move is generally only made in particular circumstances and should be exercised with extreme caution, as once another member is made leader the former leader no longer holds the same administrative powers. Typically a clan leader should only do this if the person they promoted was entirely trusted. If the clan leader leaves without promoting someone else to leader, the highest-ranked (by trophy count) co-leader will automatically become leader. If there are no co-leaders, the highest-ranked elder will take the position, and if there are no elders the highest-ranked normal member in the clan will automatically become leader. If the leader is the only one in the clan when he leaves, the clan will close.

The main difference between the clan leader and an co-leader is that only the leader has the authority to bestow (and withdraw) the title of co-leader on another player. Don't give away free leader to anyone, as this will result in your clan being ruined and you have no control over it. There can only be one Leader at a time.

Clan Messages

Clan Leader Messages
As of April 20, 2013, Clan Leaders/Co-Leaders may now send messages to the whole clan. You may type up to 256 characters. However, there is a 12 hour cool-down period after sending a message, so consider carefully what you are going to send. If the leader changes, the new leader is able to send messages without waiting the 12 hours. The message will be sent to all clan members and viewed in their inbox. The message remains in the inbox after being viewed. After a certain number of new messages are sent, it will be deleted.


Co-leader is the title for a clan member that has earned the utmost trust of the clan leader. The co-leader has the administrative authority to invite and accept join requests from players, promote/demote clan elders, start wars, and can also edit the clan information (Symbol, Description, Type, Required trophies).

Clan Co-leaders have the ability of sending messages to the whole clan. They may type 128 characters. However there is a 12 hour recharge period after sending a message so consider carefully what you are going to send. The message will be sent to all clan members and viewed in their inbox. The message remains in the inbox after being viewed and it is yet to be seen they will be deleted.

When starting your own clan a player should be very wary of who they promote to be a co-leader because of their ability to kick out clan members and promote players to eldership. Players should always choose their co-leaders wisely. You can advertise your clan be giving out free Co-leader but it is not recommended. You can have multiple co-leaders at a time.

NOTE: Both the Leader and the Co-leader(s) can start a war and choose who participates in it.


Elder rights

Elder is the title for a clan member with a higher reputation and level of respect than regular clan members. An elder has the administrative authority to invite and accept join requests from players and kick out regular clan members (but, unlike co-leaders, they have to wait 20 minutes after kicking a member to kick another one). They can no longer promote other members to the rank of elder due to the addition of co-leader. There can be multiple Elders.


A member is an ordinary part of the clan and has no additional rights. This is the rank you start at when you join a clan. Members cannot invite or promote and may be kicked by elders, co-leader, or the leader.

Note: You will start as a member in any clan, even when re-joining a clan in which you once were an elder, co- leader, or leader. There can be multiple members.

Hopper (Unofficial)

Some players "hop" in and out of clans (hence the name). There are 9 types of "hoppers":

  1. A player who jumps from clan to clan. This person will usually join, ask for troops and then leave. This type of hopper is generally disliked by members of a close knit, loyal clan.
  2. A player who has friends in more than one clan and moves between the clans to visit those friends. This is usually a player who has been playing for some time and has developed friendships with many players who for various reasons end up in different clans. This type of hopper is always welcomed by the clans they visit.
  3. A player who jumps from clan to clan for the sole purpose of increasing his/her level or just trying to complete 'Friend in Need' achievement. This person will usually join a clan, donate troops to all pending requests, and then leave and move on to another clan. This kind of hopper is usually appreciated by a clan.
  4. A player who joins a clan with malicious intent. Firstly, this player will request to be an elder, co-leader, or leader of the clan. They may do this by asking for it immediately, trying to amaze new start-up clan with their high level, by giving out expensive troop donation or even just by acting friendly and trying to gain the trust of the other clan members for a day or two. However, once this person gains elder/co-leader/leader status, they will start kicking out all the lower members from the clan. This is a prime reason of why the elder and co-leader rank should be chosen carefully. However, in the August 27th update, Supercell added a "Cooldown" to the time in between kicking other players in order to combat this from wiping out entire clans.
  5. A player who joins to annoy and upset the players of the clan by spamming, swearing etc. This type of hopper may be rare, but they do this for the laughs, or if they're particularly angry at the clan.
  6. A player who joins and advertises another clan to join and either leaves or is kicked.
  7. A player who joins and leaves repeatedly to annoy clan members. This can only be done if the clan has the "Anyone can join" option on. If this is happening in your clan, have your leader change the clan to 'closed' or 'invite only' right away.
  8. A player who joins to level or to complete the 'Friend in Need' achievement while annoying people. This person will join a clan, donate Wall Breakers to all open requests and then leave. This type of hopper is disliked by most clans.
  9. A player who will leave their clan join an enemy clan during the preparation period of a clan war between the two. The player will then take pictures of the clans bases and locations of their traps, then return to their original clan to help them in the war. These players are generally disliked in the clans they mess up.

Clan Ranking

(Not to be confused with Clan Ranks

Top clans

Clan Ranking is based on the number of trophies of its members. As you have probably noticed, Clan trophies are way less than if you add up all of your members trophies combined. This value is weighted according to the following table.

Rank in Clan (Members) % of Trophies that Count Towards Score
1-10 50%
11-20 25%
21-30 12%
31-40 10%
41-50 3%

Clan Info Page

Tapping the InfoButton at the top of the clan chat window will show the clan info page. The clan info page shows details about the clan including total trophy count, clan motto/description and a list of the members. For each player it will show if they are a member, elder or leader, their trophies and a weekly troop donation count. Also it will show NEW if the player just joined though the NEW icon will disappear if the player is promoted to elder or leader.

If players aren't in a clan, the InfoButton button just shows the 'Join Clan', 'Create Clan' & 'Search Clan' pages. From here players are able to join clans that were picked for you in the game. You can make a new clan, search for a certain clan or join a random one.

Clan Chat

Once you join a clan, you also get access to its private chat. Unlimited amounts of recent messages are seen. You can also see who are being promoted/demoted/kicked including invite requests and those whom have left the clan. If a leader or co-leader starts a clan war, a message is sent out in the chat to let everyone know. You cannot report anyone in Clan Chat. More info

Making a new Clan


To make a clan, the player must do the following:

  1. Rebuild their Clan Castle.
  2. Choose the badge and name of the clan.
  3. Make a description of your clan to let know others what you're all about (optional)!
  4. Select the status of the clan/clan type. i.e.; Anyone can join, invite only or closed.
  5. Set the amount of trophies required to join the clan (this field can be left blank and the default will be 0).
  6. Select the war frequency of the clan.
  7. Choose out the Clan Location of your clan.
  8. Pay the required gold (40,000 gold).

Editing Your Clan

Leader or Co-Leader(s) of the clan may edit the Badge, Clan Type, Minimum trophy requirement and Clan Description of the Clan. It is not possible to change the name of a clan.

Clan Types


You are not allowed to join the clan at this time, even if there is room and you fit the requirements.

Invite only

You can apply to join this clan if you have more than the minimal number of trophies required. Your message will pop up in the clan chat then a Clan Elder, Co-Leader  or a Clan Leader can accept you (you will be able to join the clan ) or reject you (you won't be able to join the clan). If you have been rejected you will have to wait 6–8 hours until you can apply again for the same clan. You will receive a message after you are rejected. Members cannot invite or accept pending invites. You can accept or decline an invite sent by the Elder , Co-Leader and Leader of a clan.

Anyone can join

This is a type of clan where anyone can join. Even if anyone is able to join, you have to have the number of trophies that the clan requires.

Minimum Trophy Requirement

This may be adjusted from 0-3600.  It will stop players of a lower trophy count from joining, but will hopefully attract higher levels. A player of a lower trophy count may join if invited by an elder or leader of the clan. The minimum trophy requirement can be increased by increments of 200 from 0 to 1000 and by increments of 100 from 1000-3600. Anyone without the required amount of trophies cannot join the clan but clan members or elders which are below the trophy requirement will not be kicked from the clan (unless a leader or co-leader does so). An elder cannot kick an elder, nor a co-leader kick a co-leader.

Clan Badge

Clan Badge

All clans have a set badge. This is determined when the leader creates the clan. He/she can customize the badge using the preset patterns, colors and borders that Supercell has provided. There are approximately 79 patterns, 12 colors and 20 borders to choose from and create your unique badge.

Since the February 2015 update, clans have perks (ie. Less donation wait time between donations, upgraded donated troop levels, etc...) and Clan XP.

Clan XP

Apart from the Clan members themselves, the Clan as a whole has an experience level ranging from 1 to 10. As the Clan levels up through earning enough Clan XP (shown below), the Clan earns perks, game-changers that improve various aspects of the Clan (e.g. higher troop donation limit, increased war loot). In addition, the Clan banner will change looks as Clans level up.

Clan XP is a recent addition to the game; earning enough for the clan will level up the clan and unlock new things for the clan. It is earned through participation in Clan Wars. There are a few ways to earn Clan XP:

  • Defeat enemy War Bases: this will earn a small amount of XP. Note that only the first successful attack gives XP, after that the base doesn't give any more XP.
    • Bases 1-5: 5 XP
    • Bases 6-15: 4 XP
    • Bases 16-25: 3 XP
    • Bases 26-50: 2 XP
  • Accumulate enough Stars in the War: this earns more XP than simply defeating War Bases.
    • Getting 40% of all stars: +10 XP
    • Getting 60% of all stars: +25 XP
  • Win the War: This earns 50 Clan XP for the clan, which is a lot.

Clan Perks

Clan Perks are a recent addition to the game. Listed below are the current Perks.

Update Clan Perks
  • Troop request wait time: This perk reduces the wait time for the members to request troops. This perk is improved twice, at Clan level 2 and Clan level 7, and both decrease the wait time by 5 minutes each.
  • Donation limit: This perk increases the amount of troops that can be donated from one player to another. This perk is improved twice, at Clan level 4 (where the limit increases by 1), and at Clan level 8 (where the limit increases by 2).
  • Donation refund: This perk allows the donator to receive a refund when their troop is donated (?). This perk is improved three times, at Clan levels 3, 6 and 9.
  • Donated troop upgrade: This perk will automatically upgrade troops that are donated (?). This perk is improved twice, at Clan levels 5 and 10, and both increase the upgrade amount by 1 level.
  • War loot extra storage: This perk increases the storage capacity of the Clan Castle of members in the Clan. This perk is improved five times, at Clan levels 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10, and each upgrade increases the extra storage by 10%.
  • War bonus extra loot: This perk increases the bonus loot earned from a Clan War. This perk is improved four times,  at Clan levels 3, 5, 7 and 9.

See here for more info.

Clan Tips

  • Choose players that suit the clan's goals i.e.; social, gaining trophies, top 50, troop donation etc.
  • Choose elders with caution, don't be too hasty to promote members. Remember, elders can kick out members!
  • Respect all members of the clan, including yourself!
  • Be prepared to donate troops, it is an integral part of belonging to a clan.
  • Find out which troops your fellow clan members prefer and do your best to oblige.
  • Choose players with the same timezones to prevent an inactive guild in such time.
  • Nurture the lower level members of your clan, give them advice and help them to develop as a player.
  • Kick disruptive/offensive members, sure give them a chance to see what they are about but if they constantly go against the grain of the clan and upset valued clan members, kick them out!!!
  • Thank your clan members for the troops that they donate to you and when you donate to them and they say thanks just say no problem, after all it's just common courtesy!
  • Don't use elder promotion as a recruiting tool, you'll more than likely only attract players you'd rather avoid.
  • Make your clan description clear and to the point, it's all potential members have to gauge what your clan is about when looking to join.
  • To increase your member numbers consider using the 'anyone can join' status for your clan and the 'invite only' or 'closed' status if your clan is full or nearing 50 members.
  • Add your friends into your own clan to help increase the amount of members in your clan.
  • If your clan is on 'Anyone can Join' and has reached 45 members, your clan won't be able to be advertised on the 'Join Clan' tab, so it's best to turn your clan to 'Invite Only' when your clan turns into 45 members.
  • You cannot kick anyone from your clan while you are visiting a village.
  • Chose your co-leaders with caution, as they can change almost everything in your clan info and kick out elders and members.
  • Ask high-ranking members to advertise for your clan, as these players are desirable clanmates and will tend to encourage more people to join your clan.

Clan Trivia

  • It is believed that the name Clash of Clans symbolizes that the game's point is about finding/creating clans and waging war on on another. 
  • When Clash of Clans was first released there was no way for players to battle or "clash" other clans, the clan war update was april 2014 

Start a Discussion Discussions about Clans

  • "Striders" Variety/War clan, TH 1-10.

    2 messages
    • Join Striders, we accept mostly everyone. Good donations and lots of war. However, if you fail to succeed in clan wars you should expect to be kicked.
    • Do I sensse a HL2 Reference?
  • Dark Dragons - war once a week

    • We are Dark Dragons, black and white shield, with clan tag #8QL808Q9. Please read through all of this to be sure you are accepted if you decide...

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