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Abandoned Base

An abandoned base or village is one whose owner has neglected to log into Clash of Clans for an extended period of time. It is characterized by many uncollected resources, empty storages, unarmed traps and multiple tombstones from previous attacks. Many abandoned bases are players who have quit the game entirely.

Ability

A special power exhibited by Heroes and Builder Base Troops when they are sufficiently upgraded. They vary depending on the troop type and may do anything from temporarily increasing a unit's damage output to making a unit invisible.

Achievement

Found in most modern video games, an achievement is a meta-goal defined outside of a game's parameters, typically an in-game task available to be completed by players. Successfully completing these tasks entitles the player to an in-game reward of experience and gems. Easier achievements typically have lower rewards, while more difficult achievements can have substantial rewards.

Admin

See Administrator.

Administrator

Administrators are the monitors and enforcers of the wiki. They have many powers that are unavailable to normal users such as deleting pages, editing and deleting page comments, and banning users. They are responsible for keeping the wiki running smoothly without disruption. Although not required by Wikia, all Bureaucrats on the Clash of Clans Wiki are also administrators.

AI

See Artificial Intelligence.

Air Bomb

The first aerial trap unlocked in the Home Village. Once triggered, it causes moderate damage to all air units in a small radius.

Air Bombs

An aerial defense in the Builder Base that launches balloons carrying explosives similar to how the Air Bomb in the Home Village works.

Air Defense

A defensive building in the Home Village that targets only air units. Has good range, very high DPS and an average attack rate. Sometimes the term 'air defense' is used to generically describe all defensive buildings that are able to attack air units, but the Air Defense itself is the most powerful of these.

Air Mine

Generally used to refer to the Air Bomb, but it is also (less often) used to refer to the Seeking Air Mine.

Air Sweeper

A defensive building in the Home Village that targets only air units similar to the Air Defense but uses gusts of air to push back troops, dealing no damage whatsoever. It is only able to aim in one general direction at any one time, so air troops attacking from a side it does not cover will not be affected by it.

Air Troop

Air troops are Troops that have the ability to fly. In game terms, they are unimpeded by Walls and can be targeted by Aerial Defenses and other anti-air units. Troops and Defenses that can only attack ground troops (such as Cannons and Mortars) cannot attack them.

Air Unit

See Air Troop.

Altar

An Altar is the anchor point for a hero, and it defines the hero's patrol area. Each hero has a corresponding Altar; the hero is automatically summoned when its Altar is first constructed. When damaged in combat, the hero will regenerate his/her hit points while sleeping on top of the Altar. Although it has no offensive or defensive capabilities, the Altar must be destroyed for an attacker to achieve three Stars. Destroying the Altar has no effect on the hero.

Anti-Air

Unlike Aerial Defense which refers strictly to Defensive Buildings, the Anti-Air category includes every entity that can attack air troops. All buildings, troops, traps and spells that can damage or destroy air troops are included in this category.

Archer

An inexpensive, ground-based, ranged unit in the Home Village that has low HP and low DPS. Archers can attack both air and ground troops.

Archer Queen

A ground-based, ranged Hero unit in the Home Village that has moderately high HP and very high DPS. She can attack both air and ground troops. See Hero for more details.

Archer Queen Altar

The place where the Archer Queen can be found either on or near when she isn't engaged in battle. See Altar.

Archer Tower

A defensive building present in both the Home Village and Builder Base that targets both ground and air units. Has good range, average DPS, and a fast attack rate. In the Builder Base or when geared up, it can be toggled to have twice the attack rate at the expense of range.

Army Camp

Place where your troops go when they're done training.

Artificial Intelligence

A computer system's ability to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, and decision making.

Attack Rate

The frequency that a unit or structure attacks, usually expressed in seconds.

Attack Strategy

A method of attacking in order to achieve a specific goal, usually farming, trophies, or both. An attack strategy consists of a specific complement of troops and spells, and a step-by-step guide to deploying those units in the most effective way.

B

Baby Dragon

An air unit that appears in both the Home Village and Builder Base. It has moderate health but low damage, with a special perk: when no other air units are nearby, it will be enraged, dealing extra damage.

Balloon

A slow moving, flying unit in the Home Village that drops bombs for high-DPS splash damage.

Balloonion

An attack strategy that makes use of a combination of Balloon and Minion units.

BAM

An attack strategy that makes use of a combination of Barbarian, Archer and Minion units.

Barb

See Barbarian.

Barbarian

An inexpensive, ground-based, melee unit in the Home Village that has average HP and average DPS.

Barbarian King

A ground-based, melee Hero unit in the Home Village that has extremely high HP and high DPS. See Hero for more details.

Barbarian King Altar

The place where the Barbarian King can be found either on or near when he isn't engaged in battle. See Altar.

Barracks

A building in the Home Village that allows you to train Elixir troops.

Base

This term can refer to both the Home Village and Builder Base.

Battle Day

The second phase of a Clan War, lasting 24 hours in which members from both participating Clans attack each other's bases in an attempt to win stars and the war.

Battle Machine

A Hero in the Builder Base. It has high HP and moderately high DPS, and is similar to the Barbarian King in this respect. Unlike Heroes in the Home Village, the Battle Machine possesses a rechargeable ability.

Beta Minion

An air unit in the Builder Base which works similarly to a regular Minion, but its passive ability allows it to attack a few times at a longer range than normal.

Boat

A mode of transport which you can repair at Town Hall level 4 in order to travel to and from the Builder Base.

Bomb

The first Trap unlocked in the Home Village. It affects ground troops in a small area.

Bomb Tower

A defense in the Home Village that deals splash damage to ground troops. It has rather low DPS as well as a shorter range than any other defense in the Home Village, but when it is destroyed, it reveals a large Bomb which does heavy damage to any ground units nearby when it explodes.

Bomber

A ground unit in the Builder Base that lobs bombs at walls and buildings. Its passive ability allows it to deal more damage on its first attack.

Boost

An action in the Home Village that allows something (such as the training of troops or collection of resources) to be sped up for a period of time at the cost of Gems.

Boxer Giant

A ground unit in the Builder Base that works similarly to a regular Giant, but its passive ability allows it to deal more damage on its first attack.

Bowler

A Dark Elixir troop in the Home Village that hurls boulders as projectiles, dealing splash damage twice in a straight line.

Builder

A builder upgrades and builds new buildings in the Home Village. He sleeps in a Builder's Hut when not actively building or upgrading anything.

Builder Barracks

A type of Barracks in the Builder Base that allows you to train Builder Base Troops.

Builder Base

A secondary controllable 44-by-44 area in Clash of Clans, unlocked by repairing the Boat in your Home Village. The Builder Base consists of the Builder Hall as well as associated buildings, walls and decorations.

Builder Base Troops

A unit created in the Builder Barracks. They are free to train and have their own special passive abilities.

Builder Boat

A boat that the Master Builder uses to travel to and from your Home Village in order to gear up defenses.

Builder Hall

The central building of the Builder Base, much like how the Town Hall is the central building of the Home Village.

Builder's Hut

A Builder's home. If a Builder is present, periodically a series of 'Z's will emanate from the doorway, indicating a sleeping Builder.

Building

Buildings are the generic term for the permanent structures in Clash of Clans. Although permanently placed, Traps and walls are usually not considered buildings.

Bureaucrat

The bureaucrat is the top-ranking staff member on the wiki. Bureaucrats can promote and demote admins, chat moderators, rollbacks. They can also promote other users to the rank of bureaucrat, but they cannot demote any bureaucrat (except themselves).

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Cannon

A defensive building found in both the Home Village and Builder Base that targets ground units only. It has average range, average DPS, and a higher than average attack rate. When geared up, it can be toggled to fire in bursts of four, at the cost of range and attack rate.

Cannon Cart

A ground unit in the Builder Base that has high DPS but low hitpoints. Its passive ability allows it to remain shooting in place with a small amount of hitpoints once its normal health bar is depleted.

CC

See Clan Castle.

Chat

A place where you can chat with other Clash of Clans players here on the Clash of Clans Wiki. Can also refer to the Global Chat or Clan Chat available within the Clash of Clans game itself.

Clan

An in-game group of players who join together both socially as well as from a gameplay perspective. Clans can compete with other clans by pooling their trophies to see which Clans have the highest overall trophies. In addition, clanmates can donate troops to each other using the Clan Castle, and talk to each other using a private Clan Chat. They can also compete in Clan Wars for bonus loot.

Clan Chat

An in-game chat room restricted to members of a particular Clan. The past 40 messages are visible to anyone in the Clan; this includes brand-new members.

Clan Castle

A structure in the Home Village that houses reinforcement troops and spells donated by your clanmates. It also stores war loot earned from Clan Wars.

Clan Co-Leader

A Clan Co-Leader is the second-highest rank within a Clan, below Clan Leader and above Clan Elder. Co-Leaders have all the power a Leader has, except the ability to: 1) Demote another Co-Leader, 2) Kick out another Co-Leader, or 3) Promote a Co-Leader to Leader. Co-Leaders can be demoted or kicked out by the Clan Leader.

Clan Elder

A Clan Elder is the third-highest rank within a Clan, below Clan Co-Leader and above Clan Member. Elders can promote or kick out Clan Members, and can be demoted or kicked out by the Clan Leader. They can also invite other players to become Clan Members.

Clan Leader

A Clan Leader is the highest-ranking member within a Clan. Clan Leaders can promote, demote or kick out any Clan Member, Clan Elder, or Clan Co-Leader within the Clan.

Clan Hopper

A player who jumps from clan to clan hence the name.

Clanmate

A person with whom you share clan membership. It can refer to any rank within the clan.

Clan Member

One of a possible 50 people within a clan. Typically this refers to someone who is not either a Clan Elder, Clan Co-Leader or Clan Leader, but can also be used for members of any rank in a general sense as well. When used as a rank title, a Member refers to the lowest possible rank within a Clan. A Member has no notable privileges within a Clan and can be promoted to Clan Elder or kicked out of a Clan by any higher rank.

Clan Perks

Special advantages that boost various aspects of clans. This includes shorter troop request wait times, higher donation limits, increased war loot bonuses, troop donation refunds, upgrades for donated troops, and extra war loot storage capacity. In order to attain these perks, clans must level up by obtaining Clan XP.

Clan Symbol

The shield-shaped flag of your clan. It is selected when the Clan is created by the Clan Leader.

Clan War

A Clan War is a competition between two clans. The eligible players fight head-to-head with opponents in an attempt to score more stars than the opponent. The clan with the most stars wins.

Clan XP

A special experience meter for each clan separate from each individual member. Clan XP can be accumulated by having the Clan participate in Clan Wars, and is required to level up Clans in order to obtain special Clan Perks.

Clock Tower

A building that functions as a boost in the Builder Base. Every few hours, the Clock Tower will make a free boost available that will speed up all actions in the Builder Base for a short period of time.

Clone Spell

A Spell that clones temporary copies of friendly troops that enter the spell's area of effect.

CoC

Abbreviation for Clash of Clans.

Collector

See Elixir Collector. Sometimes also used in the general sense to refer to Gold Mines and Dark Elixir Drills as well.

Co-Leader

See Clan Co-Leader.

Crusher

A defense in the Builder Base that can attack ground units. It slams into the ground, dealing high damage per hit to all ground units in its area. However, it has a very short range and can be outranged by ranged units.

Cup

A common alternative to the term Trophy.

D

Damage

A numerical representation of a loss in HP.

Damage Per Second

A unit or structure's Damage Per Shot divided by its Attack Rate in seconds.

Damage Per Shot

The amount of damage a unit or structure inflicts each time it attacks. Not to be confused with Damage Per Second or DPS. If (and only if) a unit attacks once per second, Damage Per Shot will equal Damage Per Second.

Dark Elixir

Rare resource that is used primarily to upgrade heroes and to produce and upgrade special Dark Elixir Troops.

Dark Barracks

A structure in the Home Village that allows you to train Dark Elixir Troops.

Dark Elixir Drill

A structure in the Home Village that collects Dark Elixir from an unlimited underground reserve.

Dark Elixir Storage

A structure in the Home Village that storages Dark Elixir.

Dark Elixir Troop

A unit created in the Dark Barracks that requires Dark Elixir to train.

Dark Spell Factory

An army building in the Home Village that allows you to brew compact Dark Spells using Dark Elixir. These spells take up half the space of an elixir Spell and have unique abilities that are able to assist in a player's attack.

Dark Spells

Offensive abilities that are able to be utilized in battle that require Dark Elixir to brew. Due to their compactness you can fit more of them into a battle. They can also be donated to Clan Castles that are at least level 4 and above.

DE

See Dark Elixir.

Decoration

Objects purely aesthetic to your village.

Defeat

The outcome when the attacker fails to earn any stars, or in the case of a Clan War or Versus Battle, scores less stars (or less overall destruction, if the number of stars are the same). The attacker will lose trophies which will be awarded to the defender. Loot bonuses (if any) will not be triggered, but the attacker keeps all the resources he/she raided from the village. In the case of a Clan War, a fraction of the war loot will still be awarded.

Defense

Depending on context, refers either to defensive buildings (see Defensive Building) or defensive raids (see Raid).

Defensive Building

A group of structures designed to safeguard your village. They are able to destroy the attacking forces that otherwise would take your resources and trophies.

Defensive Structure

See Defensive Building.

Double Cannon

A defensive building in the Builder Base that fires a burst of four shots at a time. It can target ground troops and has a high DPS but a rather short range.

DPS

See Damage Per Second.

Draw

An outcome in Clan Wars or Versus Battles that occurs when both sides score an equal number of stars and has equal amounts of overall destruction. In the case of a Clan War, a fraction of the war loot will be awarded, but this fraction is slightly higher than if the Clan lost. In the case of a Versus Battle, neither player gains or loses any trophies or loot.

Dragon

A mighty flying unit in the Home Village, that has high health and DPS.

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Eagle Artillery

A Defensive Building in the Home Village that has a massive range covering practically the entire village. It only activates upon deployment of a large amount of Troops, and fires three shots in 10-second volleys, dealing moderately high damage.

Earthquake Spell

A Dark Spell that is used to damage buildings by taking away a portion of their remaining Hit Points. Due to the fact that it damages buildings a percentage of their remaining hitpoints, it is much more effective on stronger structures such as the Town Hall. Its effect is better on Walls, and it can also cause buildings with a low percentage of hitpoints to collapse instantly.

Elder

See Clan Elder.

Elixir

A resource used primarily for constructing and upgrading offensive structures and units. It is also used to create spells.
There are two different types of Elixir that are used; one each for the Home Village and Builder Base. Elixir of one type cannot be used to replace Elixir of the other type (e.g. Elixir from the Builder Base cannot be used to conduct research in the Laboratory in the Home Village).

Elixir Collector

A structure that collects Elixir from an unlimited underground reserve.

Elixir Pump

See Elixir Collector.

Elixir Storage

A structure that stores Elixir.

Elixir Troops

A unit trained in the Barracks using Elixir.

Event

A feature that impacts some part of gameplay in the Home Village for a limited time, such as reducing the training cost of a particular troop(s) or spell(s), or increasing the Clan XP earned from Clan Wars.

Experience

A numeric value that increases based on performing a variety of different activities in game. Experience level has no in-game impact other than unlocking various Decorations.

F

Farmer

A player who primarily engages in farming.

Farming

Method of gameplay where the player focuses on acquiring resources instead of Trophies.

Friendly Challenge

A feature within clans that allow clanmates to perform attacks on one another without loss of trophies, resources or army.

Friendly War

A feature that allows two clans to arrange a Clan War with each order. Unlike normal Clan Wars, the length of the war can be adjusted, no part of the army is lost (with the exception of Clan Castle troops and spells), and no Clan XP or war loot is awarded at the conclusion of the war.

Freeze Spell

A spell capable of temporarily disabling defenses and/or enemy ground troops.

Fractional Damage

The concept where the damage that a unit causes does not have to be represented as a whole number. Within the Home Village, several units and defenses can cause fractional damage per attack, particularly those whose attack rates are not a whole number of seconds. According to Supercell, Hit points are kept to two significant digits. In the Builder Base, units and defenses do not cause fractional damage (instead the DPS is fractional).

Freemium

Business model where an app is given away for free, and then its users are encouraged to make In-App Purchases. Clash of Clans is a freemium game.

G

Gemmer

A player who regularly buys and uses large quantities of Gems.

Gems

Special resource obtained primarily through In-App Purchases that can be exchanged for other resources or used to speed up build times or upgrade times.

Giant

A strong, ground-based melee unit in the Home Village that has low movement speed, high HP and low to medium DPS. It preferentially targets defensive buildings.

Giant Bomb

A more powerful version of the Bomb trap, found in the Home Village.

Gob

See Goblin.

Goblin

A cheap, ground-based melee unit in the Home Village that has high movement speed, low HP and low to medium DPS. It preferentially targets resource buildings and causes double damage to them.

GoHo

An Attack Strategy making use of a combination of primarily Golems, Hog Riders, and usually Wizards in a two-phase attack normally used to 3-star Town Hall 8 and Town Hall 9 opponents in Clan Wars.

Gold

Resource used primarily for building and upgrading defensive structures. Gold is also used to find a Multiplayer Match in the Home Village.
There are two types of Gold, one used in the Home Village and the other used in the Builder Base. Gold of one type cannot replace Gold of the other type (e.g. Gold in the Home Village cannot be used to upgrade a defense in the Builder Base).

Gold Mine

A structure that collects Gold from an unlimited underground reserve.

Gold Storage

A structure that stores Gold.

Golem

A very powerful, high HP and low DPS unit in the Home Village that preferentially targets defenses. It explodes (causing splash damage) and splits into two Golemites when destroyed.

Golemite

A weaker version of a Golem that is formed (in a pair) when a Golem dies. When it dies, it will explode, dealing a final damage, similar to the Golem.

GoWiPe

An attack strategy that makes use of a combination of GOlem, WIzard and PE.K.K.A units.

GoWiWi

An attack strategy that makes use of a combination of GOlem, WIzard and WItch units.

Grand Warden

A supporting Hero in the Home Village able to buff the Hit Points of nearby troops, as well as make them invincible with his Eternal Tome ability.

Ground Troop

Ground troops are troops that travel on ground only. In game terms, they must destroy or go around walls (unless they can jump over them innately like Hog Riders or are under the effect of the Jump Spell and will tend to walk around buildings and decorations unless there is no other path. They can be targeted by Troops and Defenses that can attack ground troops, but not by those that can only attack air troops.

Ground Unit

See Ground Troop.

Guard Post

A defense that does not do any direct damage but instead houses defensive Raged Barbarians and Sneaky Archers to both damage and distract enemies, similar to how the Clan Castle can house defensive troops.

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Haste Spell

A Dark Spell that is used to speed up troops that enter its area of effect. It is very effective on slower troops like Balloons.

Healer

A medium-cost air unit in the Home Village that heals friendly ground units on the battlefield. It has average HP and has no offensive capabilities. It preferentially heals the nearest injured ground troop, and will remain stationary until a ground troop is damaged. When it is deployed on defense in the Clan Castle, the Healer will heal damaged buildings as well as friendly ground troops.

Healing Spell

A spell capable of temporarily healing friendly troops within a small radius. When placed, the Healing Spell causes a golden ring of healing to appear, healing any friendly troops that are within the ring.

Health

See Hit Points.

Hero

Very powerful units that are immortal, but must rest for a period of time whenever they take damage. They don't take any space in the Army Camp. Instead, altars are needed for each hero. When a hero is brought to zero health on the battlefield, they are 'stunned' and unusable for the remainder of the battle. Once damaged, heroes must regenerate their health fully before they can again be used in battle.
When a Hero is upgraded to level 5, its ability is unlocked; this ability is improved every fifth level afterwards.

Hidden Tesla

A defensive building in both the Home Village and Builder Base that targets both ground units and air units. It has short range, average DPS, and a higher than average attack rate. It preferentially attacks P.E.K.K.As for double damage.
The Hidden Tesla is hidden from the attacker until an attacking troop comes within its trigger range, at which point it pops up out of the ground and begins attacking. Once the attacker reaches 51% destruction, any Hidden Teslas that have not already been triggered will automatically appear.

Hit Points

A numerical representation of how much health a unit or structure has. When a unit or structure takes damage, its hit points are lowered. When it reaches 0 hit points, it is destroyed.

Hog Rider

A fast, ground-based melee unit in the Home Village that has high movement speed, medium HP and medium DPS. It preferentially targets defensive buildings and can jump over Walls.

Home Village

The primary controllable 44-by-44 area in Clash of Clans. It consists of the Town Hall, as well as associated buildings, walls and decorations.

Housing Space

A measure of how much room a troop requires in either an Army Camp or a Clan Castle in the Home Village. An Clan Castle or Army Camp that has a capacity of 20 housing units can hold 20 Archers (1 housing unit each), 4 Giants (5 housing units each), one Dragon or another combination of troops that does not exceed 20 housing units.
In the Builder Base, this concept is not used as the Army Camps in the Builder Base cannot be upgraded; instead the Builder Base Troops can be upgraded to particular levels to fit more of them.

Housing Unit

See Housing Space.

HP

See Hit Points.

I

IAP

See In-App Purchases.

IGN

Standing for 'in-game name', this is the name of your village.

In-App Purchase

Items that can be bought with real money while playing the game. Currently, the only in-app purchases available within Clash of Clans are varying quantities of Gems.

Inferno Tower

A defensive building in the Home Village that targets both ground units and air units. It has long range and higher than average attack rate. It also has two modes: single-target, which attacks a single unit for progressively higher DPS, and multi-target, which attacks up to five units for moderate DPS.

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