Clash of Clans: TH12 Upgrade Order (Updated)

Town Hall 12 Upgrade Order

Many players are unsure of what to prioritize when upgrading their new TH12. In this article, we will guide you on how to upgrade your TH12 in the proper order, enabling you to progress faster.

Reaching Town Hall 12 is a major milestone in Clash of Clans, as it brings new levels of enjoyment to the game. By prioritizing your upgrades correctly, you can efficiently speed up your base’s progress.


Every time you move into a new Town Hall, the Laboratory should be at the top of your list of priorities. You will need stronger and better troops for farming, battle, and trophy pushing, which the Laboratory makes available.

Elixir troops are an excellent place to start, and you should reserve your Dark Elixir for hero upgrades.

Laboratory to level 10 upgrade cost: 3,800,000 Elixirs

Laboratory to level 10 upgrade time: 4 days

Elixir Storages

To upgrade your troops and the Grand Warden at TH12, you will need a large amount of Elixir. One of your builders should prioritize upgrading your Elixir Storages as soon as possible.

Additionally, Clan Castle upgrades now require Elixir, so it’s important to have sufficient Elixir storage. You will need Clan Castle troops for successful war attacks, making early upgrades of Elixir Storages essential.

Elixir Storage to level 13 upgrade cost: 1,800,000 Gold

Elixir Storage to level 13 upgrade time: 3 days, 12 hours

Army Camps

At TH12, your Army Camps can hold up to 280 troop housing spaces. It is crucial to upgrade them as soon as possible to increase your army’s size for attacks. The additional 20 housing spaces will make war attacks and farming easier, so prioritize Army Camp upgrades early on.

Army Camp to level 10 upgrade cost: 5,700,000 Elixir

Army Camp to level 10 upgrade time: 8 days, 18 hours

New Buildings

New buildings will add more damage per second value to your village than upgrading existing buildings. At TH12, you gain access to a brand new Workshop, Inferno Tower, Hidden Tesla, and a couple of traps.

It is recommended to prioritize upgrading the Inferno Tower and Hidden Tesla to the current level of your older buildings. Additionally, allocate at least two builders to work on new buildings to maximize your progress.

Gold Storages

Gold is a necessary resource in Clash of Clans, as several upgrades require a significant amount of it. To ensure you have enough gold storage space, allocate one builder to upgrade your Gold Storage buildings.

This upgrade allows you to store a more substantial amount of gold and use it to upgrade your defensive buildings. Prioritizing Gold Storage buildings early on can help prevent a shortage of gold during critical upgrades.

Gold Storage to level 13 upgrade cost: 1,800,000 Elixirs

Gold Storage to level 13 upgrade time: 3 days, 12 hours

Dark Elixir Storage

Upgrading your Dark Elixir Storage at TH12 should be a top priority since heroes and dark troops require a significant amount of Dark Elixir. As such, it is essential to upgrade your Dark Elixir Storage as early as possible to maximize your storage capacity.

This upgrade ensures that you have sufficient Dark Elixir reserves to upgrade your heroes and dark troops without any delays or shortages.

Dark Elixir Storage to level 7 upgrade cost: 3,800,000 Elixirs

Dark Elixir Storage to level 7 upgrade time: 3 days, 12 hours


The Workshop is a fantastic new building that unlocks at TH12, allowing you to unlock powerful Siege Machines. Upgrading your Workshop to level 3 unlocks the Wall Wrecker, Battle Blimp, and Stone Slammer.

However, if you have a generous clan, you may opt to skip this upgrade and request a Siege Machine donation instead. This can save you valuable resources and time, allowing you to focus on other critical upgrades.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Elixir)Upgrade Time
25,000,0005 days
37,000,0007 days

Clan Castle

The Clan Castle is one of the most important buildings in Clash of Clans. Upgrading your Clan Castle to level 8 increases the number of troop housing spaces from 35 to 40 which provides much-needed aid in both offense and defense.

This upgrade is particularly necessary for wars and defending your loot as a new TH12. Prioritizing your Clan Castle upgrade can help you strengthen your defense and offense.

Clan Castle to level 8 upgrade cost: 8,000,000 Elixirs

Clan Castle to level 8 upgrade time: 9 days


At TH12, upgrading your Barracks to level 14 unlocks the powerful Yeti troop, which is widely used in Clan Wars and is a vital component in many attack strategies. As an offensive building, upgrading your Barracks holds a higher upgrade priority.

Barracks to level 14 upgrade cost: 8,000,000 Elixirs

Barracks to level 14 upgrade time: 9 days

Dark Barracks

At TH12, upgrading your Dark Barracks to level 9 unlocks the Headhunter, a highly effective troop used in nearly all attack strategies. With its unique abilities, the Headhunter is especially helpful in eliminating enemy heroes and troops.

Headhunters can jump over walls and throw poison cards that create a similar effect to the Poison Spell.

Prioritizing the upgrade of your Dark Barracks to level 9 can provide a significant boost to your offensive capabilities, making attacks easier and more successful.

Dark Barracks to level 9 upgrade cost: 9,000,000 Elixirs

Dark Barracks to level 9 upgrade time: 10 days

Grand Warden

Grand Warden receives a significant boost of 20 levels, making him even more powerful.

It’s recommended to allocate at least one builder to upgrade your Grand Warden as soon as possible, taking him to level 40 quickly, as he is key to winning attacks at TH12.

With his unique ability that makes troops invulnerable for a few seconds, the Grand Warden is one of the strongest heroes in the game.

Maximizing his potential by prioritizing his upgrades can greatly improve your attack strategies, making them more successful and effective.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Elixirs)Upgrade Time
218,800,0006 days, 6 hours
228,900,0006 days, 6 hours
239,000,0006 days, 6 hours
249,100,0006 days, 6 hours
259,200,0006 days, 6 hours
269,300,0006 days, 6 hours
279,400,0006 days, 6 hours
289,500,0006 days, 6 hours
299,600,0006 days, 6 hours
309,700,0006 days, 6 hours
319,800,0006 days, 6 hours
329,900,0006 days, 6 hours
3310,000,0006 days, 6 hours
3410,100,0006 days, 6 hours
3510,200,0006 days, 6 hours
3610,300,0006 days, 6 hours
3710,400,0006 days, 6 hours
3810,500,0006 days, 6 hours
3910,600,0006 days, 6 hours
4010,700,0006 days, 6 hours

Archer Queen

Archer Queen receives a significant boost of 15 levels at TH12, making her an unstoppable force in both offense and defense.

With Town Hall 12 bases becoming increasingly tougher, having a well-upgraded Archer Queen is important for achieving three-star in clan wars and regular attacks.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Dark Elixirs)Upgrade Time
51138,0006 days, 6 hours
52143,0006 days, 6 hours
53148,0006 days, 6 hours
54154,0006 days, 6 hours
55159,0006 days, 6 hours
56166,0006 days, 6 hours
57172,0006 days, 6 hours
58179,0006 days, 6 hours
59186,0006 days, 6 hours
60192,0006 days, 6 hours
61198,0006 days, 6 hours
62203,0006 days, 6 hours
63208,0006 days, 6 hours
64213,0006 days, 6 hours
65219,0006 days, 6 hours

Barbarian King

Barbarian King also gets a boost of 15 levels at TH12, making him no less than a tank on the enemy village. I would highly recommend assigning a builder to max out your Barbarian King as soon as possible.

The Barbarian King plays a major role in your attacks, and without upgrading him, you will have a hard time taking on other Town Hall 12 bases.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Dark Elixirs)Upgrade Time
51130,0006 days, 6 hours
52135,0006 days, 6 hours
53140,0006 days, 6 hours
54146,0006 days, 6 hours
55151,0006 days, 6 hours
56158,0006 days, 6 hours
57165,0006 days, 6 hours
58172,0006 days, 6 hours
59180,0006 days, 6 hours
60187,0006 days, 6 hours
61193,0006 days, 6 hours
62200,0006 days, 6 hours
63206,0006 days, 6 hours
64211,0006 days, 6 hours
65216,0006 days, 6 hours

Giga Tesla

TH12 has a destructive weapon of its own named Giga Tesla. Giga Tesla can wipe out chunks of enemy troops in seconds and deals a huge amount of death damage when destroyed.

It is best to specify a builder to Giga Tesla so it can be upgraded to level 5 as early as possible.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Gold)Upgrade Time
23,000,0001 day, 12 hours
34,200,0002 days, 18 hours
45,600,0004 days, 6 hours
57,000,0005 days, 12 hours

Eagle Artillery

The Eagle Artillery is an extremely powerful defensive building that has a massive range and can take out entire groups of troops in seconds. Despite having a blind spot, it remains the strongest defensive building in the game.

It is essential to take the Eagle Artillery into account when planning attacks, as it can easily decimate attacking troops. Therefore, upgrading the Eagle Artillery should be a top priority when it comes to defensive upgrades at TH12.

Eagle Artillery to level 3 upgrade cost: 10,000,000 Gold

Eagle Artillery to level 3 upgrade time: 10 days

Inferno Towers

Inferno Tower is a key defensive building in Clash of Clans due to its high damage output. At TH12, you can upgrade each of your three Inferno Towers to level 6.

It is recommended that you prioritize the upgrade of Inferno Towers to better ward off invaders. Make sure to allocate builders to upgrade your Inferno Towers whenever they are available.

Inferno Tower to level 6 upgrade cost: 6,500,000 Gold

Inferno Tower to level 6 upgrade time: 9 days


X-Bows are an essential defensive building in Clash of Clans, especially at TH12. With their long range and high damage per second, X-Bows can be incredibly effective at defending your base against a variety of attacks, including those with Siege Machines, Queen Charge, and all types of enemy troops.

X-Bow to level 6 upgrade cost: 6,800,000 Gold

X-Bow to level 6 upgrade time: 9 days

Air Defenses

Air Defense is a powerful defensive building for defending against air troops. It can deal a massive amount of damage to flying units, making it a nightmare for aerial attackers.

Air Defenses are especially effective against Electro Dragons, which are very common at Town Hall 12. Upgrading your Air Defenses should be a top priority as you progress through TH12, as they will play a critical role in defending against air-based attacks.

Air Defenses to level 10 upgrade cost: 5,800,000 Gold

Air Defenses to level 10 upgrade time: 8 days, 18 hours

Archer Towers

Archer Towers are multi-purpose defensive buildings that can target both air and ground units from a long range. It is recommended to upgrade Archer Towers right after the Air Defenses, as they can help protect your base against different types of attacks.

At TH12, Archer Towers can be upgraded twice to further increase their damage output and hitpoints.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Gold)Upgrade Time
164,700,0005 days, 12 hours
176,100,0007 days, 12 hours

Hidden Teslas

Hidden Teslas are the deadliest trap in Clash of Clans. Hidden Teslas can surprise both air and ground troops with their monstrous damage.

You should work on your Hidden Teslas so that your base can defend better against attackers.

Hidden Tesla to level 10 upgrade cost: 5,000,000 Gold

Hidden Tesla to level 10 upgrade time: 8 days, 18 hours

Wizard Towers

The Wizards on the top of Wizard Towers can attack both air and ground units and are particularly effective against large groups of troops.

Upgrading Wizard Towers is important to improve your defense against ground and air attacks.

Wizard Tower to level 11 upgrade cost: 7,200,000 Gold

Wizard Tower to level 11 upgrade time: 9 days

Bomb Towers

Bomb Towers are one of the most effective defensive buildings in Clash of Clans. They deal splash damage to groups of troops, making them ideal for defending against Hog Rider and Miner attacks.

When destroyed, Bomb Towers explode, causing additional damage to enemy troops.

Bomb Tower to level 7 upgrade cost: 6,300,000 Gold

Bomb Tower to level 7 upgrade time: 9 days


Cannons are an essential defense building to defend against ground attacks. They can deal high damage to ground troops and are effective in defending against ground-based strategies such as Hog Riders and Miners.

At Town Hall 12, you can upgrade your Cannons twice, increasing their damage output and making them even more effective in defending your base.

Don’t overlook the importance of Cannons and make sure to prioritize their upgrades to strengthen your defense against ground attacks.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Gold)Upgrade Time
164,400,0005 days, 12 hours
175,600,0007 days, 12 hours


The Mortar’s splash damage can be a nightmare for large groups of low-hitpoint troops. Although it is on the bottom of the priority list, upgrading Mortars can still be a good defense strategy.

Mortars can help defend against Witch-Slap armies and some Siege Machines. At Town Hall 12, Mortars can be upgraded with two new levels, increasing their damage output significantly.

LevelUpgrade CostUpgrade Time
115,800,0007 days, 12 hours
126,500,0008 days, 18 hours

Gold Mines, Elixir Collectors, and Dark Elixir Drills

Gold Mines, Elixir Collectors, and Dark Elixir Drills are crucial in maintaining a steady flow of resources for your base. It is important to upgrade them as they will provide an extra amount of resources every few hours.

Once you have finished upgrading all your defense buildings, you should focus on upgrading these resource buildings.

Traps and Walls

At this point in TH12, you should prioritize upgrading your traps and walls to their maximum levels. Upgraded walls can withstand more damage, while upgraded traps deal more damage.

Once you have finished upgrading your traps and walls, you will be ready to move on to TH13 and face even more challenging attacks.

Wall to level 13 upgrade cost: 2,000,000 Gold or Elixir

Wall to level 13 upgrade time: None

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