Abandoned bases are a rare “treat” in the Clash of Clans realm. They have the opportunity to serve as an oasis of easy Gold and Elixir with other bases seemingly devoid of loot. A base/village is considered abandoned after 50 hours of not playing, which is the amount of time needed to fill Level 11 Gold Mines and Elixir Collectors.
Abandoned bases are easily identified by having any combination of the following:
- Available loot up to 450,000 Gold and Elixir in Gold Mines and Elixir Collectors, or 525,000 Gold and Elixir for players who already have 7 Gold Mines and Elixir Collectors (avaliable only for players with Town Hall level 10)
- Gold Mines and Elixir Collectors that are visibly filled with Gold and Elixir. The Gold Mine has a small box collector that fills up and the Elixir Collector’s glass will be full.
- Loot might be a round number, indicating that the Gold Mines and Elixir Collectors have reached their capacity. Example: Gold: 45,000 and Elixir: 30,000.
- If the collectors and mines are the same level, the amount of gold and elixir should also be the same, but if the gold mines are a higher level than the elixir collectors, there would be more gold than elixir, and vice versa.
- All builders are found in their huts sleeping (Floating ZZZ…. indicates a sleeping builder).
- No league badge, indicating a lack of involvement with the game.
- No Clan, as indicated by a missing Clan Symbol on the Clan Castle.
- Any X-Bows present are without a bowstrings (indicating that it is unloaded). Similarly, if the base has an Inferno Tower, it appears dark and lifeless.
- Abundant tombstones from previous deaths of Troops. Keep in mind, some people leave the tombstones on purpose to make it look like an abandoned base, when it really isn’t.
- Gold and Elixir Storages usually appear empty, as they have been raided repeatedly.
- Often a terrible Wall design or randomly placed Defenses. The player was able to advance in levels, but finally gave up due to the poor strategy.
- Usually a lack of Bombs, Spring Traps and Air Bombs, as repeated attacks have triggered them. (Note: These items are hidden until the battle begins, and therefore cannot be used to determine the abandonment status of the base.)
- Many Obstacles, indicating the player has not been online to clear them.
- Sometimes the base may have a relatively small number of Trophies with respect to the level of the Town Hall, which would indicate a number of unsuccessful defenses. However, even a base a relatively highTrophy count may still be long-abandoned if attackers are content with simply raiding the full collectors.
Abandoned bases are easy to attack, mainly because there are:
- No Troops in the Clan Castle, due to them being previously used to defend earlier raids.
- No re-armed Traps or reloaded X-Bows, Inferno Towers or Eagle Artillery due to previous attacks.
- Resources are mainly in collectors (which are unlikely to be protected) rather than storages.
Attacking strategies are slightly different when attacking abandoned bases. There is really no need to beware of funneling, as there are no traps to be funneled toward. Also disregard unloaded X-Bows, Inferno Towers or the Eagle Artillery, as these will be unloaded and inoperative. Finally, as abandoned bases are usually attacked for resources, use more Goblins than you usually would. Expect to not get 50%, as troops in farming strategies are usually not powerful enough to get 50%.