Clash of Clans Town Hall 5 Farming Defense: Best Base Layout for TH5

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In this guide to farming defenses in Clash of Clans at Town Hall 5, I will provide what I believe is the best base layout to use at this level. I will provide both a picture detailing the base as well as a video guide demonstrating the recommended base in action.

Town Hall 5 is good level for defense. Town Hall 6 does not give an extra Army Camp nor does it contain upgrades for the Barbarian or Archer, the most common attacking units at this level range. Your TH5 structures and walls will stand up well against other Town Hall 5 players and even against Town Hall 6 players.

With a good base layout, you are only susceptible to armies which incorporate healing spells and healers. While there is nothing you can do if a TH6 enemy drops 20 Giants and a healing spell to take down your Air Defense then uses a Healer, this level of attack is both expensive and rare.

What About Trophy Bases?

At Town Hall 5, do not worry about trophy farming bases. There is nothing you can do against a Town Hall 7 player if you are TH5 – they can take you out with just Barbarians and Archers. TH7 players will attack you for trophies even at just 1000 trophies – well short of the 1250 trophy achievement.

It is a fruitless exercise to try and defend your way to a trophy-based achievement at TH5. Instead, if you want to push trophies at TH5 (particularly for the 1250 trophy achievement which yields 450 gems) you just need to attack at least 4-5 times in a row before taking a break.

CoC Town Hall 5 Farming Defense Base Layout Video Demo

The video below demonstrates the best Town Hall 5 defensive set up and shows how well it works against the typical attacks you will experience at this level.


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Best CoC TH5 Farming Base Setup: Layout and Strategy Discussion

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To minimize the effectiveness of healer-based attacks, it is important to centralize your Air Defense tower to make it difficult to get to for the enemy. Note how every tower in the defensive setup is within range of the Air Defense tower in order to lend it support.

Note the staggered joints in the wall. The way the walls are set, it is very difficult to access either central compartment with Wall Breakers. Instead, players will need to take down one of the outside wall units first in order to gain access to either central chamber. Both central chambers cannot be accessed by removing a single wall with the wall layout pictured above.

The Mortar should also be centralized, and a wall should be placed between the Air Defense and the Mortar to make sure the enemy has to take down three walls to get access to both valuable buildings. Note that the Mortar is paired with two storage points, making it a more enticing area of the base for the enemy to attack (we want to try to coax the enemy to not take out the air defense).

The way this base is set up, you will often lose some (or all) of the resources within the exposed Elixir Storage in the bottom right or alternatively two of the units in the center of the base. This is okay at this level; it is much better to lose 1 or 2 storage buildings than it is to lose all four. This is one of the most important aspects of Clash of Clans and one I wish I learned earlier.

If you can lose 1 storage unit and get a shield (note the Town Hall is placed intentionally by the exposed Elixir Storage), that is a great raid. After all, if you only lose 1 storage (or 1/4 of your available resources outside of collectors) per attack and with each raid you take out all 4 of your enemy storages, you will end up keeping most of the resources you gather from raiding.

Note at this level, we still keep the Clan Castle on the outside of the base. Placing the Clan Castle centrally is a waste at this level, as your base is so small that players will be able to easily lure out units. It is better to save that premium central real estate for your Air Defense, Mortar, and storage units.

85 thoughts on “Clash of Clans Town Hall 5 Farming Defense: Best Base Layout for TH5

  1. Joe Blow

    Nice design and good theory behind it as well. I have an inactive TH4 account that I think I will upgrade and test out this base. Thanks for the post!

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  2. Madsoft

    Great guide with some interesting points 🙂

    I’m fiddling around with my TH-5 layout and came up with this sofar: http://postimg.org/image/3q7mwow7n/
    Reading through the guide there are some changes I might implement (townhall and air defense placement). But if you have any other suggestions, feedback would be appreciated.

    Thx!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Madsoft, thanks for the comment! I don’t really see the point of keeping the Town Hall on the inside of the base at TH5, unless you are participating in a war. It’s too easy for higher level players to wipe you with just Barbarians and Archers to bother setting up a trophy base. Best to keep some of your resources and hope to get a free shield every now and then (you’ll actually lose less trophies that way – you only lose 1/3 of the trophies with a Town Hall snipe as compared to a full 100% wipe).

      As you noted already, you need to put the air defense in the center of your base, as 1 Healer + practically any ground unit support will take down your base with ease. At TH5, you will face TH6s using healers.

      I would also try to get the Mortar deeper into the center – too vulnerable to Archers in its current position.

      Finally, there’s no point in keeping the Clan Castle behind an external wall – as soon as the enemy drops units the Archers (or whatever is inside) are going to hop right over the wall and be completely exposed. The CC units need to be behind several layers of walls so they cannot be easily lured and so that they actually get some protection from walls (your base will not be big enough until TH7+).

      Hope this helps, good lucK!

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      1. Madsoft

        Hi …,

        Thanks for the fast and elaborate answer! I’ll start working on my layout, taking your comments into account and see where that gets me.
        No wars yet. I’ll focus on maxing out this level and the next one or two before I’ll give that a try.

        Did I already say this is a great site? 😉 I’ll make sure to check back here on a regular base.
        Looking forward to read more of your articles.

        Thx again.

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    1. admin Post author

      Let them destroy the Town Hall… that is the point. When someone takes down your town hall, you lose almost 0 resources and get a 12 hour shield. That is the entire point. At TH5 there is no point to collecting trophies unless you want gem achievements, at which point all you need to do is attack many times in a row without taking a break rather than setting up a good defense.

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  3. gooface

    Can you post this on this site please?

    http://clashofclansbuilder.com/

    I love your designs and I’d like to get the layout perfect. I find it hard with the screenshot that you posted because it’s cut off and some of the spaces I’m not sure about. Thanks!

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  4. jeebo

    To be honest, I lost interest in playing this because I couldn’t get the logic. But after reading your articles on TH4, it gave me a sense of direction. Now my moves are strategic and I lose minimal resources. Even before I upgraded my TH to 5, I made it a point to read your articles on TH5 for guidance and direction.

    I have one downside though. My wife gets mad at me because I played CoC more often that I used to before!

    Keep on keeping on!

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  5. azdragon/azslayer

    Can you look at my two bases in my clan.

    War dragons.

    Have to put the period on the end. EMAIL ME with suggestions I need help please.

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  6. Paul

    thanks for the info here…im due to finish upgrade to TH5 in few hours. after building my troops up i will try this out

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    1. admin Post author

      No such thing.. you will get hit if you push anywhere near anything. Better to keep TH on outside and have someone just snipe it rather than have them clear your whole base and lose 3x as much trophies

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  7. Jeff

    Nice layout and logic. I’ll give it a try. I am in wars every week or so, suggestions on where to place TH5 for wars would be appreciated.
    Thanks. I hope to be looking for TH6 advice soon.
    Jeff

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    1. admin Post author

      I wouldn’t worry about it too much. At TH5 other players can wipe you too easy no matter how you set up your base. Better to start worrying about war layouts at TH7. Before that, you are easy prey for any TH7+.

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  8. pasheh

    sir if i want go to war clan basiically i put my townhall inside a wall.. but no space at your base put th into a wall at war clan.. so how?

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    1. admin Post author

      Don’t worry about it.. at TH5, you cannot protect your Town Hall anyway from players who want to get it. Just go to war and have fun, and worry about protecting your TH once you hit TH7.

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      1. Maenard

        That’s bad advice. Whatever you can do to stop the other clans lowbies from getting stars is key.

        For clan wars, use wizards in your cc and put it in the middle next to your town hall.

        You are stopping the other teams lowbies.
        If their th7 people attack you, that’s great, because their th5 people won’t be able to get stars on your th7 people.

        If you have that hall out, a th4 could 1 star you, saving an attack from their th7 to go after someone else more their size.

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        1. admin Post author

          I disagree for two main reasons. Firstly, the idea that setting up an optimal layout will help save stars is flawed as players get two attacks. The enemy attacks an equal-level opponent with his/her first attack, then goes for 3 stars on a lowbie with the 2nd attack. The top half of players in the clan war should be able to each attack their equal level enemy while 3 starring someone from the bottom half. If this scenario is not occurring, then it is because someone is not pulling their weight.

          However, the real reason I think TH5 wars are pointless is because you should only spend around 10 days at TH5 in the first place. I’d recommend spending time raiding for resources to power through TH5 rather than mucking around with low level wars and trading Wizards around. It is a waste of time. Players have many weeks of building and research at th7 and beyond to fight in wars.

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  9. king

    yup it worked i am using it but it take a long time to get the walls at this level nd keeping townhall at front is ok but ur layout is awsome i am not gotten beaten up by anyone thanks

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  10. Billy

    I also have a th5 but my th is really very rarely destroyed or even reached
    Would u take a look at my layout if I post it here?
    Thanks in advance

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  11. billy black

    Hi there!
    I actually love to see your clash of clans guides but i think that the all barbarian attack ( i agree that it takes less time) is not as effective as an all giant and about 10 goblins attack. as soon as the giants take down the mortar, the player can send in the goblins and while the giants deal with the rest of the resistance, the goblins can take the loot.
    Please tell me if I am wrong or there is a better strategy of attack for th5.
    Regards,
    BLACK
    P.S : SORRY FOR MY BAD ENGLISH.

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    1. admin Post author

      That attack is likely more effective, but it also costs more resources and takes longer to train. I’d rather attack more often at almost no cost by using all Barbarians.

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    1. admin Post author

      When you make it tough to get your Town Hall, eventually a high enough player will take down your TH. When your TH is in the center, and the enemy clears you, you lose all your resources. Better to just lose a TH to a sniper and keep your resources.

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  12. Denny

    Just want to say, what a great site this is.

    Start CoC a week ago and luckily found yr site in time for my progress.

    Kudos!

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  13. pipo

    Admin,
    in the war some players cannot destroy my TH when it is inside so i think we have to modify it a little bit to just swipe it on the war and return after

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    1. admin Post author

      If that’s what works for you, go for it. I didn’t bother with war at TH5 since I only was in that range for 10 days.

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    1. admin Post author

      As long as your TH is on the outside, it doesn’t matter. If you go up over 1000 though there will be less good bases to attack.

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  14. ken

    Hi! I love your set up. I just wanna know if it is better if we interchange the position of Wizard Tower and the Elixir Storage on the bottom. Thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      I actually prefer to protect the Wizard Tower versus the Storage. That storage is a throwaway; losing a Wizard Tower too easily could result in the enemy clearing the full base.

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  15. eliver

    Hey just finished up grading and looking for new set up I love the design…. my only frustration is losing resources from exposed mines etc. Especially over night when I am unable to collect frequently. Any ideas? I don’t really care about trophies and im not very good at attacking lol so its all about defense and resource protection.

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    1. admin Post author

      Make sure your TH is on the outside of the base, collect all your resources before bed, then attack someone and leave the match right away. This will drop your shield. Someone should attack you within a few hours to TH snipe and give you a shield. The problem is going to bed with less than 8 hours left on a shield – that is when your collectors miss out.

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      1. eliver

        Ok kinda what I have been doing anyway. My next issue dilemma is what to do next with upgrades my mortor is only lvl 2 and air defence lvl 1 all oyhers lvl 4 walls not finished upgrade to lvl 3 yet bout half way and trying to save up for wizard tower as ots part of your layout which I just completed so where to next? Wizzard walls mortor or other defenses order of priority would be super helpful

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    1. admin Post author

      I don’t understand the purpose of walling in the Town Hall or Clan Castle. Clan castle units will just go ahead and jump the wall as soon as they are triggered. If you really want to protect the Town Hall, it needs to be at the center of your base rather than inside a wall with no towers between it and enemy attacks.

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      1. camille

        But what do u think is the most appropiate? Putting the town hall inside a wall or not? Im getting really frustrated because my resources always go down alot..

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        1. admin Post author

          Never put TH inside a wall until you are pushing for trophies or modding your base for war. You shouldn’t be trophy pushing before TH9 honestly.. not much point in it. You can get the gem achievements just by TH sniping and then fall back down in trophies.. no need to set up a trophy base to do so.

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  16. Spycrab

    Nice layout!
    But, at TH5, do I need to attack someone for resources or just focus upgrading?
    P/S: I played only 10 days and got a TH5 🙂

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    1. admin Post author

      Yes you will need to steal resources from other players unless you want to spend forever waiting on your collectors

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  17. Ev1L

    Hi! I usually don’t leave comments, but here i am making an exception to thank you for these very helpful guides. I have been following your guides since TH4 : http://i.imgur.com/uuVtFwM.jpg and now on TH5: http://i.imgur.com/7zJoY0v.jpg . The layout is really smart and so far has proven to be working fantastically. As you can see from my base, i am even following your farming guide of all barbarian armies. I am making way too much resource, too fast than i can use them. At present maxing out all the other buildings before upgrading my TH to lvl 6. already studying your guide on TH6. Good work man. I really appreciate it.

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  18. Anton

    Hi mate,

    Just trying out your defense strategy now. Nobody has attacked me as of yet so I will let you know an update.

    Also, in your vids are you playing on a comp? Can only play on my iPhone but it looks like it’s 1000x easier on a comp.

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    1. admin Post author

      I actually find it easier to play on the phone versus the PC.. but using PC for recording features. It is the Bluestacks emulator

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      1. Anton

        Ah I see.

        I’ve only been attacked once since the comment I posted which unfortunately I lost. The mortar was being upgraded so that was an issue otherwise I may have better news! But great defense strategy otherwise! Thanks for the help bro.

        If i was to use the emulator; would I have to start the game again?

        Last thing, could you take a look at my village and let me know what you think please mate?
        http://i.imgur.com/298E4W5.png

        Regards,
        Anton.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Anton,

          I’d probably take that little bit of wall shielding the Town Hall and use it to break up one of the center cells into more parts. I’d also move the air defense tower more centrally.

          You don’t have to start over if you use the emulator, just sync your account to Google + or Facebook, then when you log in to the emulator, you can sync to the same account and it will automatically load your village. That lets you use the same base on multiple devices – doesn’t have to be just the emulator. Could be a tablet, new phone, etc.

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          1. Anton

            I’ll give that a go and see what happens, thanks very much.

            Ah, that’s a bonus. It’s just so when it comes to battles etc it’s easier to use a mouse. Been doing a lot of attacks recently for the resources. Regarding that, my barracks is currently being upgraded so when it’s finished I have unlocked Wizards. Is it worth training a few wizards and using Archers & Barbs as pawns for the wizards to do damage? Let me know your thoughts please mate.

            Thanks for all your info!

            Regards,
            Anton.

          2. admin Post author

            Probably not worth it at your TH level for farming. but could be worth it at TH8+. Wizards get a huge stat bump at level 5 (Town Hall 8 required). I’ve been using Barbarian/Wizard instead of Barcher during this Wizard promotion (4 minute training times + 60% off training cost). They work great and I can 50-60% nearly all TH8s and some TH9s if I use my heroes or a spell or two. I’m going to go back to Barcher though once this promotion ends.. not worth it for farming if the cost was 2.5x as high and they had an 8 minute training time.

          3. Anton

            Ah yeah I see. I’m currently upgrading my wizards to level two. Building takes so long at these levels!

            Also, what would you personally say the quickest way to get XP is? I’m only 26 and it seems like forever. Been donating as much as i can etc.

          4. admin Post author

            You’ll get levels as you build more structures. Only way to get XP outside of that is mass donations and achievements. Mass donations is really the only way to make a significant impact on your level.

          5. Anton

            Ah I see.

            Someone said something about Clan jumping but don’t really want to do that xD!

            Thanks for your help

    1. admin Post author

      Any th5 is an easy star.. I wouldn’t worry about it too much. You only spend about a week total at Town Hall 5 if you keep your builders busy.

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  19. benokzs

    Hi, im a fan of this site andcurrently using your TH4 defense layout!

    35 defense won! You rock man.

    12 of those are just give away victories.

    Now that i’m at TH5 should i max everything here on this level im thinking if its possible to get to TH6 in 10days?

    Thank you and more power.

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  20. Joshua Yeoh

    Hello guys this a very good base with the walls and all but players will just use some giants, later use wall breakers and then put wizards… I always get a 100% damage in my base. Any help?

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    1. admin Post author

      Not much you can do about a player using Giants, Wall Breakers, and Wizards. If they want to burn through their elixir on expensive troops you won’t fare well. Consider dropping trophies. Getting burned with expensive units should only happen once in awhile.

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  21. Prat

    hi’
    i want to know if the town hall is set out side then the attacker will first target the town hall and gain one start, then there will be loss of the tropies!! Help Me!!

    Thx!

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    1. admin Post author

      Yes, but that is okay. If you want trophies, go attack and get them. It is better to lose a couple trophies than it is to lose your whole base and all of the resources along with it. It is much better to trade a few trophies for a shield at this trophy range.

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  22. ironmish

    Hello. First of all, thank you for the guide… I’ve been searching for an excellent guides for quite sometime and finally I met yours as a practical guide according to current level.
    I already in a TH5 level and I stuck here for quite awhile.

    My first question is, after some player attack me and I lost structures including TH and resources, I got few hours to 12 Hours shield. Should I wait for the 12 Hours to finish and start raiding for resources??

    Previously I followed some bad guide layout for TH 5 plus my own thinking, I lost my defense so many times. *I can’t sleep tonight because researching for good guide*

    Second question, should I keep builder busy and let they upgrade important structure (which may take days and my resources will accumulate eventually vulnerable to attacks) OR I keep one builder free to upgrade simple structure (such as walls and low level structure)?
    *currently I got 3 builder but many of my structures still in low level including walls*

    I never read any guide before as I think upgrading TH is the only solution to advance in CoC.. haha

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    1. admin Post author

      To answer your first question, no, you should almost never wait for your shield to finish before attacking. There is an exception to this rule at higher levels, but in unusual circumstances. At TH5, you really can’t lose enough loot in a single battle to worry about your shield. You can get back anything you lose in a raid.

      To answer your second question, you should try to keep your builders busy at all times. To upgrade walls, you should try and stagger when your builders are free. For example, imagine if you had 3 builders and builder #1 was occupied for the next 12 hours and builder #2 was occupied for the next 2 days. When choosing your upgrade for Builder #3, you would want to try to find an upgrade that would finish in 24 hours or in 3 days. That way, Builder #3 is coming free at a time that is not exactly the same as your other builders. During this time, you want to try to farm as much resources as you can. That way, when your builders become available, you can dump spare resources into walls, then start your next upgrade.

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  23. Andrew

    Hey, love the site!

    Quick question, are these builds still relevant with the recent patch changes? Perhaps at this level they are, but not the higher level builds?

    Cheers

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  24. maarten

    nice site, read it alot ! shame to see that people sometimes waste your time with pointless questions about losing the TH 🙂
    i pushed to the 1250 in about 1.5 day, from 700 trophy’s to 1250 with ease !

    i just wander how do you get to 1000 gems now, i have about 650, bu the rest of the achievements are quite difficult…

    greetings

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