All Clash of Clan players know that upgrading town hall 8 is one of the most important aspects of the game. There are many new structures and defenses introduced at this stage and you need to use your builders wisely to get the maximum use out of them. Building up the defenses of your main resources should be the highest priority right now. Once this is done, go ahead with upgrades to towers, mortars, cannons and other weapons. Here is step-by-step guide to achieving this in the most effective manner.
1. Upgrade Laboratory and Clan Castle
This is the first task that must be completed. Assign one of the builders to these tasks. It is only by upgrading the laboratory to Level 6 that you will be able to get all upgrades for Archer, Barbarian, Goblin and other characters.
The Clan Castle upgrades are essential in order to improve your defensive strength. Apart from that, you can also store greater quantity of loot.
2. Build Extra Walls for Improving Defense
The first thing you will need to decide is how many layers of walls need to be created. This depends a lot on how you upgrade your major resources. There are two methods you can follow for this:
a. Strictly speaking, at this stage of the game, it is enough to have just two storage points for your main resources (Gold Storage, Elixir Storage, Town Hall and Dark Elixir Storage). This is because no building at this stage needs more resources than what are provided by two points of storage. If you decide to follow this strategy, then all you need to upgrade is three layers of wall to protect these resources. However, there is another method you can employ.
b. Some players prefer using three points of storage instead of the usual two. While it may seem like a waste, there is one big advantage with this. What happens with three storage point is that it becomes much harder for opponents to loot your resources. This is because of the loot cap system that prevents the opponent form taking more than 300k of Gold and Elixir. If it spread out over two points, then the enemy will get only 150k and if it is over three points, then only 100k.
As you can see, both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages. Choose the one that best suits your style of play. If you follow the first strategy then three layers of wall should be enough to protect your resources. For the second method, you will need to build more walls.
3. Add new defensive structures like Archer Tower, Defense Tower and Wizard Tower
You can use two builders to accomplish these tasks, as they will require a little more effort. Once you have got all the new structures, rearrange the entire base to make it defensively as strong as possible.
4. Make all dark-elixir updates
The drill needs to be built and upgraded immediately. While this may seem counterintuitive, remember that Dark elixir is easily your best resource when it comes to Town Hall 8. And the drill will help in producing a sizable amount of it. Generally it take you about 2-3 months to get all your upgrades in Town Hall 8. So if the drill is up and ready early, then you will be produce more than 65,000 dark elixir.
The first step is to build and upgrade the dark elixir drill. After that make sure that you upgrade the Dark elixir storage structure. Again this may seem unnecessary because there is no way that you will reach the maximum Dark elixir storage cap. But this upgrade is to ensure that your Dark Elixir resource is kept safe. After all, you are going to be hit by lightning spells on a regular basis. A higher level of the storage structure will ensure that you do not end up losing as much elixir.
5. Upgrading Walls to Crystal Type
This upgrade will only be possible during the last stages of Town Hall Level 8. By now you would have more than enough resources and should be able to upgrade all your walls to the crystal type. Start from the inner wall and slowly keep the upgrades going outwards. If possible, surround the Wizard Towers with crystal type walls as this benefit you a lot during raids and attacks.