Clash of Clans: TH9 Upgrade Order (Updated)

TH9 Upgrade Order coc

TH9 is an exciting Town Hall level that unlocks the Archer Queen and X-Bow. As a new TH9 player, you might wonder what to upgrade first. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with this upgrade priority guide for Town Hall 9.

By following this guide, you’ll know the best order to upgrade your base and speed up your progress. If you’re looking to upgrade your base efficiently, an upgrade priority guide is your best friend.

It helps you determine the correct order to upgrade your buildings, and for all my priority guides, offensive buildings are the starting point.

Prioritizing your offense is crucial for your base’s success. Certain buildings take lead over others due to their statistics, which is why it’s important to follow a well-researched upgrade order.

This guide has the following purpose:

  • To help you speed things up as a new TH9.
  • To help you in upgrading important buildings first.

Note: We will consider that you have five builders as most players have the fifth builder at TH9. You can still follow the guide if you don’t have the fifth builder.

Getting the new buildings (Two Builders)

You get the following new buildings after upgrading your TH9:

  • 2x X-Bows
  • 1x Archer Queen
  • 1x Elixir Collector
  • 1x Elixir Storage
  • 1x Gold Mine
  • 1x Gold Storage
  • 1x Archer Tower
  • 25x Walls
  • 1x Wizard Tower
  • 1x Air Defense
  • 1x Hidden Tesla
  • 1x Dark Elixir Drill
  • 1x Air Sweeper
  • 1x Giant Bomb
  • 2x Seeking Air Mines

That’s a big list of new buildings, so it’s recommended to use two builders on all of these buildings and make them the same level as the older buildings.

One of the first things you should do as a new TH9 player is to build the Archer Queen. You’ll receive a special 5-day boost that will increase her level to 6, so take advantage of this bonus and get her up and running right away.

Once the boost ends, it’s recommended that you prioritize upgrading the Archer Queen to level 5.


As a TH9 player, upgrading your Laboratory to level 7 should be one of your top priorities. The Laboratory is a critical building because it enables you to upgrade your troops, making them stronger and more effective in battle.

Upgrading your troops is essential for taking down other TH9 bases and achieving three-star victories.

Laboratory to level 7 upgrade cost: 800,000 Elixirs

Laboratory to level 7 upgrade time: 1 day

Clan Castle

A level 5 Clan Castle can hold up to 30 troops, which means you can now request powerful units like the Golem, Lava Hound, and Electro Dragon. These troops can make a huge difference in the outcome of your attacks and give you a significant advantage over your opponents.

Clan Castle troops play a major role in both defense and offense. You can’t launch an effective attack without first considering the enemy Clan Castle troops.

Therefore, upgrading your Clan Castle should always be a high priority due to its many perks. Make sure to invest time and effort into upgrading your Clan Castle whenever you advance to a new Town Hall level.

Clan Castle to level 5 upgrade cost: 2,500,000 Elixirs

Clan Castle to level 5 upgrade time: 2 day

Army Camps

At TH9, upgrading your Army Camps to level 7 is necessary. Doing so will increase your total troop housing capacity to 220, which means you can hold a larger army.

To make the most of this upgrade, it’s recommended that you assign as many builders as possible to upgrade your Army Camps. This will ensure that the upgrade is completed quickly and you can start using the extra housing space as soon as possible.

Having an additional housing space of 20 can make a huge difference in your ability to take on other TH9 players. A fully upgraded TH9 base can be challenging to attack if you lack the necessary troop housing space.

Army Camp to level 7 upgrade cost: 1,500,000 Elixirs

Army Camp to level 7 upgrade time: 2 days

Dark Elixir Storage

At TH9, your Dark Elixir storage gets two new levels, increasing its total capacity to 180,000. This is a significant upgrade because Dark Elixir is essential for upgrading your heroes, dark troops, and spells.

As you progress through TH9, you’ll need to store more and more Dark Elixir, making Dark Elixir storage a high-priority upgrade.

Without adequate Dark Elixir storage, you won’t be able to upgrade your heroes and dark troops efficiently.

Upgrading your Dark Elixir storage will enable you to store a significant amount of Dark Elixir, ensuring that you have enough resources to upgrade your heroes and troops whenever you need to.

LevelUpgrade CostUpgrade Time
52,000,0002 days
63,000,0003 days


Upgrading your Barracks to level 9 at TH9 unlocks the Baby Dragon, a powerful flying unit that can be used in a variety of attack strategies. Baby Dragons are particularly effective for creating funnels for Queen Charge attacks.

When used correctly, Baby Dragons can be a powerful addition to your army. They perform best when left to their own, as they can become enraged when left alone.

Barracks to level 11 upgrade cost: 2,600,000 Elixirs

Barracks to level 11 upgrade time: 4 days

Dark Barracks

Upgrading your Dark Barracks at TH9 will unlock two powerful troops: the Witch and the Lava Hound. These troops are essential for any TH9 player looking to dominate well-designed bases.

The Witch is a good addition to your army, as her unique attack style can help you achieve 3-star victories against even the most carefully designed war bases.

With the Witch by your side, you’ll be able to improve the effectiveness of your current attack strategies and develop new, even more powerful attack combinations.

The second upgrade to your Dark Barracks will give you access to the Lava Hound. This popular dark troop is a staple of air attack strategies, which are highly effective for 3-starring other TH9 bases.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Elixirs)Upgrade Time
52,200,0003 days, 12 hours
62,900,0004 days, 12 hours

Spell Factory

At TH9, upgrading your Spell Factory to level 4 is important for any attacking strategy. With the Jump Spell, you can now bypass walls and enter the heart of the enemy’s base.

This spell is especially useful in ground-based attacks, allowing your heroes and troops to jump over walls that would have otherwise blocked their path.

The Freeze Spell is another must-have for any serious attacker. It can be used to temporarily freeze enemy defenses, Clan Castle troops, or heroes. Upgrade your Spell Factory to level 4 as soon as possible to unlock these two powerful spells.

Spell Factory to level 4 upgrade cost: 1,200,000 Elixirs

Spell Factory to level 4 upgrade time: 3 days, 12 hours

Dark Spell Factory

Your Dark Spell Factory gets two new levels at TH9, giving you access to Haste and Skeleton Spell. Haste Spell can prove itself useful in LavaLoon attacks. Haste Spell can be used to speed up troops that have a slow speed like Balloons.

The Skeleton Spell can spawn Skeletons that can be used as a distraction for enemy heroes or defenses.

Sometimes depending on the placement of heroes, you can use the Skeleton Spell to kill heroes at the start of the battle.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Elixirs)Upgrade Time
3600,0002 days
41,200,0004 days

Archer Queen

If you followed the guide, your Archer Queen would be level 5 by now, as mentioned at the start of the article. We need to get her to level 30 now.

Well-upgraded Archer Queen is extremely necessary at TH9. Otherwise, you will have a hard time attacking well-designed and maxed-out TH9 bases.

A high-level Archer Queen can easily create a good funnel for other troops by coupling her up with a few Healers. The famous Queen Walk strategy is fun and necessary to learn because it is used at every Town Hall level.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Dark Elixir)Upgrade Time
616,00012 hours
717,00014 hours
818,00016 hours
919,00018 hours
1020,00020 hours
1122,00022 hours 
1224,0001 day
1326,0001 day, 8 hours
1428,0001 day, 16 hours
1530,0002 days 
1632,0002 days
1734,0002 days
1836,0002 days 
1938,0002 days 
2040,0002 days,12 hours
2142,0002 days,12 hours
2244,0002 days,12 hours
2346,0002 days,12 hours
2448,0002 days,12 hours
2550,0003 days
2652,0003 days
2754,0003 days
2856,0003 days
2958,0003 days
3060,0004 days

Barbarian King

If you max out your TH8, you will have a level 10 Barbarian King. We get 20 new levels on Barbarian King as a TH9. We need to take him to level 30 to get better with our war attacks.

A level 30 Barbarian King is an absolute menace for enemy defenses and takes a lot of firepower to kill.

It is highly recommended to upgrade Archer Queen and Barbarian King together. It might look hard, but it isn’t.

Make an attack or two whenever you have free time, and you will have plenty of Dark Elixir to fund both of your heroes.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Dark Elixirs)Upgrade Time
1117,00022 hours
1219,0001 day
1321,0001 day, 8 hours
1423,0001 day, 16 hours
1525,0002 days
1627,0002 days
1729,0002 days
1831,0002 days
1933,0002 days
2035,0002 days, 12 hours
2137,0002 days, 12 hours
2239,0002 days, 12 hours
2341,0002 days, 12 hours
2443,0002 days, 12 hours
2545,0003 days
2647,0003 days
2749,0003 days
2851,0003 days
2953,0003 days
3055,0004 days


X-Bows get unlocked at Town Hall 9 boosting your defense by a significant amount. If you follow the upgrade order properly, you will have level 1 X-Bows in your village built already.

Now it is time to take them to level 3. Level 3 X-Bow will make your village’s defense a lot stronger.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Gold)Upgrade Time
21,600,0004 days
32,400,0005 days

Air Defenses

Dragon and Lava Hound attacks are pretty common at TH9. Level 7 Air Defenses can help you in defending against these attacks.

Air Defense has high priority over other defense buildings because aerial attacks are extremely powerful and Air Defenses are your best chance against them.

Air Defense to level 7 upgrade cost: 1,750,000 Gold

Air Defense to level 7 upgrade time: 3 days

Air Sweepers

To effectively combat air attacks, you will also require well-upgraded Air Sweepers in addition to Air Defense. Put some effort into your Air Sweepers to defend better against air attacks.

Air Sweeper to level 5 upgrade cost: 2,000,000 Gold

Air Sweeper to level 5 upgrade time: 2 days

Archer Towers

Archer Towers are a good first line of defense against both air and ground units. They have the ability to target any type of troop with a very good range and high fire rate.

Archer Tower to level 11 upgrade cost: 1,200,000 Gold

Archer Tower to level 11 upgrade time: 1 day

Hidden Teslas

Hidden Teslas are traps that deal a fair amount of damage with their high fire rate. They can make a bunch of troops disappear in seconds.

Hidden Teslas can target both air and ground units giving them a higher priority than other defenses.

Hidden Tesla to level 7 upgrade cost: 1,800,000 Gold

Hidden Tesla to level 7 upgrade time: 3 days

Wizard Towers

The wizard on a Wizard Tower can target both air and ground units with splash damage making this defense a higher priority defense than other ground attacking defenses.

Wizard Tower to level 7 upgrade cost: 2,200,000 Gold

Wizard Tower to level 7 upgrade time: 2 days

Bomb Towers

Bomb Towers are an absolute nightmare for Hog Rider attacks. Put some effort into your Bomb Towers to defend against those Hog Riders.

Bomb Tower to level 3 upgrade cost: 1,800,000 Gold

Bomb Tower to level 3 upgrade time: 2 days


Cannons can only target ground units with no special perks making them a lesser important defense building. However, you cannot ignore their part in defending your village against ground attacks.

Cannon to level 11 upgrade cost: 1,000,000 Gold

Cannon to level 11 upgrade time: 1 day


Mortars are extremely effective against Witch attacks. Try placing your Mortars closer to walls to eliminate resource-stealing Goblins or Witch’s Skeletons.

Mortar to level 7 upgrade cost: 1,500,000 Gold

Mortar to level 7 upgrade time: 3 days

Dark Elixir Drills

Dark Elixir Drills can give a small amount of Dark Elixirs every hour. It won’t be much, but it’s free, so work on your Dark Elixir drills for a few extra Dark Elixirs.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Elixirs)Upgrade Time
41,200,0003 days
51,500,0004 days, 12 hours
61,800,0008 days


Traps can get rid of intruders in the blink of an eye. I would recommend starting with Seeking Air Mines and Air Bombs.


You will get two new levels of walls as TH9. The major function of the Walls is to delay advancing ground troops, allowing defenses to inflict damage and kill attackers as they try to break the Walls.

LevelUpgrade Cost (Gold and Elixirs)Upgrade Time

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