Clash of Clans: TH12 Upgrade Order (Updated)

Town Hall 12 Upgrade Order

Many folks are unsure of what to upgrade first on their brand-new TH12. This article will teach you how to upgrade your TH12 properly, allowing you to advance more quickly. Town Hall 12 is a pleasant milestone to achieve, bringing much more fun to the game, and with the proper upgrade order, you can speed things up in your base.


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, which we will discuss in the guide.

Laboratory to level 10 upgrade cost: 4,200,000 Elixirs

Laboratory to level 10 upgrade time: 4 days, 6 hours

Elixir Storages

You will require plenty of elixir for your troops and the Grand Warden at TH12. Upgrade your Elixir Storages as early as possible by using one of your builders. Clan Castle also needs elixir to upgrade as per the recent update. You will require Clan Castle troops for successful war attacks; therefore, you should work on your Elixir Storages as early as possible.

Elixir Storage to level 13 upgrade cost: 2,000,000 Gold

Elixir Storage to level 13 upgrade time: 4 days

Army Camps

At TH12, you can have troop housing space of 280 in your Army camps. Upgrade your Army Camps as early as possible so that you have a larger army when attacking. You are going to need those extra 20 housing spaces for easier war attacks and farming.

Army Camp to level 10 upgrade cost: 6,300,000 Elixir

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

New Buildings

New buildings will add more damage per second value to your village than upgrading the existing buildings. At TH12, you get a brand new Workshop, Inferno Tower, Hidden Tesla, and a couple of traps. I would recommend upgrading the Inferno Tower and Hidden Tesla to the current level of your older buildings. You should at least use two builders on new buildings. 

Gold Storages

Gold is an important part of Clash of Clans. Some upgrades are going to need a lot of gold to upgrade. Use one builder to work on your Gold Storages so you can store a large amount of gold plus you are going to need them for upgrading defensive buildings.

Gold Storage to level 13 upgrade cost: 2,000,000 Elixirs

Gold Storage to level 13 upgrade time: 4 days

Dark Elixir Storage

You should upgrade your Dark Elixir Storage at TH12 as soon as you can because heroes and dark troops require a hefty amount of Dark Elixir at Town Hall 12.

Dark Elixir Storage to level 7 upgrade cost: 4,200,000 Elixirs

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


The Workshop is a fantastic new building that unlocks at TH12. You can upgrade your workshop to level 3 to unlock Wall Wrecker, Battle Blimp, and Stone Slammer. If you have a generous clan, you might want to skip this upgrade and get one of those Siege Machines donated to you instead.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Elixir)Upgrade Time
25,500,0005 days, 12 hours
37,500,0007 days

Clan Castle

One of the most crucial offensive buildings in Clash of Clans is the Clan Castle. Your Clan Castle can be upgraded to level 8, which will increase the number of troop housing spaces from 35 to 40.

Clan Castle offers significant aid in both offense and defense. You are going to need the next-level Clan Castle for both wars, and for defending your loot as a new TH12.

Clan Castle to level 8 upgrade cost: 8,500,000 Elixirs

Clan Castle to level 8 upgrade time: 9 days, 18 hours


As a TH12, upgrading Barracks to level 14 will unleash Yeti. Yetis are widely used in Clan Wars and they are a vital troop in numerous attack strategies. Offense upgrades always hold higher upgrade priority points.

Barracks to level 14 upgrade cost: 9,000,000 Elixirs

Barracks to level 14 upgrade time: 10 days

Dark Barracks

You can upgrade your Dark Barracks to level 9 at TH12 which will unlock Headhunter. The Headhunter is incredibly helpful and is utilized in nearly all attack strategies. Headhunter just has one task: eliminating enemy heroes and troops. She can jump over the walls and throw poison cards that create a similar effect to the Poison Spell.

Dark Barracks to level 9 upgrade cost: 10,000,000 Elixirs

Dark Barracks to level 9 upgrade time: 10 days, 12 hours

Grand Warden

Grand Warden gets a boost of 20 levels at TH12. You must specify one builder to your Grand Warden and take him to level 40 quickly as he is the key to winning attacks at TH12. Grand Warden is one of the strongest heroes in the game because of his ability that makes troops invulnerable for a few seconds.

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 gets 15 extra level upgrades at TH12 making her an absolute monster in both attacking and defending. Town Hall 12 bases are pretty strong and without a well-upgraded Archer Queen, your chances of three-starring them are slim.

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 recommend specifying a builder for maxing out your Barbarian King as soon as possible. Barbarian King plays a major role in your attacks and without upgrading them you will have a hard time taking on other Town Hall 12s. 

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

Although it has a radius that almost completely includes the entire map, the Eagle Artillery has a blind spot, much like the Mortar but it is still the strongest defensive building in the game. You cannot plan a good attack without thinking about the Eagle Artillery. You must upgrade Eagle Artillery before working on other defense buildings.

Eagle Artillery to level 3 upgrade cost: 11,000,000 Gold

Eagle Artillery to level 3 upgrade time: 11 days

Inferno Towers

Another effective defensive building in the game’s primary defense is the Inferno Tower. When in single-target mode, Inferno Tower has the most damage output per second. You can upgrade each of your three Inferno Towers to level 6 at TH12. To better ward off invaders, level up your Inferno Towers whenever a builder is free.

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

Inferno Tower to level 6 upgrade time: 9 days, 18 hours


X-Bows have a high number of priority points because of their range and damage per second. X-Bows are extremely good for defending your base against Siege Machines, Queen Charge, and other ground and air-based attacks.

X-Bow to level 6 upgrade cost: 7,400,000 Gold

X-Bow to level 6 upgrade time: 9 days, 18 hours

Air Defenses

Air Defense is extremely lethal for air troops. Air Defenses have always been a nightmare for aerial attackers. Air Defenses can help you defend against Electro Dragons which are very common at Town Hall 12.

Air Defenses to level 10 upgrade cost: 6,500,000 Gold

Air Defenses to level 10 upgrade time: 9 days, 18 hours

Archer Towers

Archer Towers can target both air and ground units with a long range. Archer Towers can deal a lot of damage so they should be upgraded right after the Air Defenses. Archer Towers can be upgraded twice at TH12.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Gold)Upgrade Time
165,300,0006 days, 6 hours
176,800,0008 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: 5,600,000 Gold

Hidden Tesla to level 10 upgrade time: 9 days, 18 hours

Wizard Towers

The Wizards on the top of Wizard Towers can attack both air and ground units and are extremely potent to a large chunk of troops. Put some effort into your Wizard Towers and they will help you defend better.

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

Wizard Tower to level 11 upgrade time: 9 days, 18 hours

Bomb Towers

Bomb Towers can do splash damage to groups of troops and they explode when destroyed. Bomb Towers can help in defending against Hog and Miner attacks. Get them done and they will make a difference in the battle.

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

Bomb Tower to level 7 upgrade time: 9 days, 18 hours


Cannons are an excellent tool for defending against ground attacks. Upgrade cannons to boost their firepower to get rid of ground units faster. Cannons get two levels at Town Hall 12.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Gold)Upgrade Time
164,900,0006 days, 6 hours
176,300,0008 days, 12 hours


The splash damage from the Mortar’s shell allows it to decimate massive numbers of attackers. Although, on the bottom of the priority list; Mortars are still a good defense. Mortars can help defend against Witch-Slap armies and some Siege Machines. Mortars get two new level upgrades at Town Hall 12.

LevelUpgrade CostUpgrade Time
116,500,0008 days, 12 hours
127,200,0009 days, 18 hours

Gold Mines, Elixir Collectors, and Dark Elixir Drills

Gold mines, elixir collectors, and dark elixir drills can provide an extra amount of resources every few hours. You should work on them when you are done with all the defense upgrades on your base. All of the resource buildings can be maxed out at TH12.

Traps and Walls

At this phase, you have come a long way. It’s time to finish off the last few upgrades and then we can move on to TH13. Traps can help keep unwanted visitors off your lawn while walls can help in slowing down the enemy.

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

Wall to level 13 upgrade time: None

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