Your base design is extremely important. It will be the difference between several thousand resources, trophies, or being 3-starred in a war. You’ll want to choose the right one for your situation

IMO, there are really only two base designs to bother with – the trophy or war base and the hybrid base. I’ll talk only about those here.

Trophy (War) Base Design

This base design doesn’t put any priority on resources at all. Typically you’ll find the center covered in defensive structures while the resource storages are sometimes placed towards the outside of the base.

This base design is what you’ll want to use for war to reduce the possibility of giving stars to the opponent.

Below is an example of a war base. Review it and take notice of it:

Resources towards the outside, defenses towards in the inside to ensure full defense of stars
  • The center has a strong concentration of defenses including heroes, town hall, air sweepers, tesla coils, and more.
  • Wizard towers and air defenses are more towards the center.
  • Resource storages are more towards the outside of the base.
  • All non-essential items like collectors and other items that are non-defensive are on the outside of the walls.

This design maximizes defensive structures and focuses on the ensuring trophies are maintained and it’s very difficult to be 3-starred in a war.

Hybrid Base Design

This base design is the best of both worlds because it does a reasonable job of protecting both resources and trophies. This base design is what you want to achieve for typical play.

Farming Base Design

Farming bases are great if you want to save resources. They prioritize the protection of your storages and typically do not focus on protecting the town hall because trophies are not the priority.

Farming bases are critical if you are trying to fix your base after upgrading the Town Hall too much without upgrading other items.

Example Base Designs

Below are examples of base designs that are recommended to give you a solid, balanced base design. However, you’ll need to choose war, hybrid or farming based on your situation.

Town Hall 11

Good hybrid base, strong defense in the center, resources spread out
Solid farming base. Great for anyone who needs to save resources

Town Hall 10

Resources are along the outside, but they’re all very compartmentalized
Farming base, solid defense of all resources, upgrade quicker

Town Hall 9

Town Hall 9 Hybrid
A true hybrid base that has strong protections for both stars and resources

Town Hall 8

Town Hall 8 Hybrid
This design takes full advantage of the clan castle, compartmentalized resources
Again, great clan castle placement and compartmentalized resources for protection

Town Hall 7

Town Hall 7 Hybrid
Solid defensive base. Optionally switch the clan castle for the barbarian

Town Hall 6

Town Hall 6 Hybrid
Nice symmetrical design. However notice the missing wall to the left – extra one is up top

Town Hall 5

Strong defense for level 5. You can’t go wrong with this one.
  • The center has a strong concentration of defenses including heroes, town hall, air sweepers, tesla coils, and more.
  • Air defenses are more towards the center, but wizard towers are moved further outside so that resource storages are harder to get to.
  • Resource storages are further towards the inside of the base.
  • All non-essential items like collectors and other items that are non-defensive are on the outside of the walls.

This isn’t extremely different than the trophy (war) base, but it’s different enough to save you quite a bit of source by simply moving the storage a little further towards the middle of the base.