How to Hack Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans tips, tricks, cheats, exploits, and more

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Clash of Clans is a mobile game that you can play for free on both Android and iOS. It's free to download, and you can play through the entire thing without paying a single penny or even watching any ads. The developer, Supercell, is able to support this type of free-to-play game format by selling a currency called gems for cash.

Gems are pretty useful in Clash of Clans, so the most important cheats, exploits, hacks, and legitimate tips and tricks for playing the game are all centered around getting this elusive currency without paying a bunch of money.

A screenshot of Clash of Clans.

Whether you're just getting started out in the game, or you've been playing for a while and you're wondering how to get ahead, we've assembled some of the best information out there about how to get your hands on free gems and come out on top.

Hacking Clash of Clans

Patience is a virtue when you play a game like Clash of Clans, unless you have a huge wallet and don't mind forking over piles of cash. There are a ton of apps and online key-generators that promise Clash of Clans hacks and free gems, but if you don't want to lose all of your hard work, and open yourself up to malwarephishing scams, and all sorts of nasty stuff, it's best to steer clear.

There are no legitimate sources of Clash of Clans cheat codes, free gems, hacks, or anything of the kind.

Many of these services want you to download a program, or fill out an online survey, and promise to provide you with free gems as a reward.

These are almost uniformly scams, and even if they weren't, Supercell would quickly ban your account upon detecting hacked gems.

It may be tough to delay your gratification in a game like Clash of Clans, but it will pay off in the end.

Unlock Clash of Clans Achievements for Free Gems

The best way to get free gems in Clash of Clans is through achievements, which you will earn as you play the game. Just playing as you normally would will unlock most of these achievements, but if you know what you're going after, you can earn them much more quickly and grab those free gems without forking over any cold, hard cash.

A screenshot of free achievement gems in Clash of Clans.

Most of the achievements in Clash of Clans have three tiers. For example, the Bigger Coffers achievement rewards you with two gems when you upgrade your gold storage to level two, five gems when you upgrade to level five, and 10 gems when you upgrade to level 10.

The exception is the Keep Your Village Safe achievement, which awards a whopping 50 gems for connecting your game to Google Play or Game Center. Make sure to grab this one right away for a nice head start.

If you manage to earn every achievement, you'll net a total of 13,000 gems, which would cost you over $100 to purchase from the in-app shop.

After earning an achievement, you must tap on the level icon next to your name in the top left corner of the screen. You can then tap Claim Rewards next to an achievement to get your free gems.

Here are all the achievements you can earn in Clash of Clans, and the free gems you'll get for unlocking each tier:

Achievement How to Unlock It Number of Gems
Bigger Coffers Upgrade gold storage to level two, five, and finally 10. 2/5/10
Get Those Goblins! Win 10 stars, 50 stars, and then 150 stars on the campaign map. 5/10/20
Bigger and Better Upgrade your Town Hall to level three, five, and then eight. 5/10/20
Nice and Tidy Remove five, 50 and finally 500 obstacles. 5/10/20
Release the Beasts Upgrade your Barracks to level two, five, and finally nine. 5/10/20
Gold Grab Loot a total of 20,000, 1,000,000, and finally 100,000,000 gold. 5/10/20
Elixir Escapade Loot a total of 20,000, 1,000,000, and finally 100,000,000 elixir. 5/10/20
Sweet Victory! Earn 75, 750, and finally 1,250 trophies. 5/10/450
Empire Builder Reach a Clan Castle level of one, two, and finally four. 5/10/20
Wall Buster Destroy a total of 10, 100, and finally 2,000 walls in multiplayer battles. 5/10/20
Humiliator Destroy a total of 10, 100, and finally 2,000 town halls in multiplayer battles. 5/10/50
Union Buster Destroy a total of 25, 250, and 2,500 Builder's Huts in multiplayer battles. 5/10/30
Conqueror Win a total of 25, 250, and finally 5,000 multiplayer battles. 5/10/20
Unbreakable Win a total of 20, 250, and finally 5,000 defensive victories in multiplayer battles. 5/50/100
Friend in Need Donate a total house space of 100, 5,000, and finally 25,000 troops. 5/25/250
Mortar Mauler Destroy a total of 25, 500, and finally 5,000 mortars in multiplayer battles. 5/10/20
Heroic Heist Loot a total of 20,000, 250,000, and finally 1,000,000 dark elixir. 5/10/20
League All-Star Reach a total of 2,000, 2,600, and finally 3,200 trophies. 250/1,000/2,000
X-Bow Exterminator Destroy a total of one, 250, and finally 2,500 X-Bows in multiplayer battles. 50/100/200
Firefighter Destroy a total of 10, 250, and finally 5,000 Inferno Towers in multiplayer battles. 100/200/1,000
War Hero Gain a total of 10, 150, and finally 1,000 stars in clan wars. 50/200/1,000
Treasurer Collect a total of 800,000, 15,000,000, and finally 100,000,000 gold in your treasury. 25/100/500
Anti-Artillery Destroy a total of 20, 200, and 2,000 Eagle Artilleries in multiplayer battles. 150/300/1,000
Sharing is Caring Donate a total housing space of 100, 2,000, and finally 10,000 spells. 20/100/500
Keep your village safe Connect your game to Game Center or Google Play 50
Games Champion Score a total of 10,000, 50,000 and finally 100,000 points in Clan Games. 50/100/250
Get those other goblins! Gain 175, 200, and finally 225 stars in the single player campaign. 20/50/100
Dragon Slayer Slay the giant dragon. 20
War League Legend Earn 20, 100, and finally 250 stars in Clan War Leagues. 20/100/250
Master Engineering Reach a Builder Hall level of three, five and finally eight. 10/30/50
Next Generation Model Reach a Builder Barracks level of 2, 7, and finally ten. 10/30/50
Un-Build It Destroy a total of five, 100, and finally 2,000 Builder Halls in versus battles. 10/30/50
Champion Builder Reach a total number of 200, 1,000, and finally 3,000 versus trophies from versus battles. 10/100/1,000
High Gear Gear up a total of one, two, and finally three buildings with the master builder. 10/30/50
Hidden Treasures Rebuild the Gem Mine, Clock Tower, and Battle Machine in the Builder Base. 10/30/50

How to Get Free Gems in Clash of Clans

If you want gems without having to pay for them, an unlimited source comes in the form of removing obstacles like rocks and vegetation. It costs a small amount of elixir or gold to remove these obstacles, but you'll get up to six gems each time you remove one. 

Removing most objects will also grant a small amount of experience. However, removing special objects that appear during events can also present you with free gold and elixir.

Special objects and rocks do not respawn, but vegetation respawns once every eight hours if there is enough open space. So clearing all the obstacles in your village is a good way to grab some easy gems, and then make sure to check back regularly for more obstacles to clear. It isn't fast, but it is an unlimited source of free gems.

Free Gems From the Gem Mine

The Gem Mine is a building that you unlock in the Builder's Base by upgrading your Builder Hall to level three. It costs a bunch of elixir, but after you build it, you'll get at least two free gems every day whether you play or not. Upgrading the mine increases the gem production rate and the number of gems it can store.

Gem Mine Level Gem Capacity Gem Production (Per Day)
1 10 2.16
2 11 2.4
3 12 2.64
4 13 2.88
5 14 3.12
6 16 3.36
7 18 3.84

Clash of Clans Tips and Tricks

Clash of Clans is all about resource management and deciding when, and how, to spend your most valuable assets. There are four currencies in the game: gold, elixir, dark elixir, and gems, and gems are the hardest to come by. We've discussed a number of ways to get them for free already, but the game encourages you to purchase them to make it easier, and faster, to accomplish your goals.

A screenshot of Clash of Clans.

Here are some of the most important tips and tricks to get you started:

  • Don't spend your free gems during the tutorial: The game gives you free gems when you start, and then it encourages you to spend them during the tutorial. Save these gems for later.
  • Spend your first gems on builders: Don't spend gems on anything else until you have five builders. Resist the urge to speed up production on smaller things and save those gems.
  • Don't place your Town Hall outside your defenses: An old strategy involved placing your Town Hall in a defenseless location to bait attacks. This no longer works, and you'll end up losing a bunch of resources.
  • Don't break your shield: Shields allow you some breathing room, since they prevent other players from invading. If you attack another village while your shield is up, it will break, and you'll be vulnerable.
  • Join a Clan: Clans provide access to troops donated by other clan members, and you can gain experience points by donating troops yourself.
  • Stay Active: You can only be attacked when you aren't playing the game, and the game automatically times out after you haven't done anything for a while.