What do I need resources for in CoC?
There are four “main” resources in the game and they are necessary for different things in the game. These essential resources are Gold, Elixir, Dark Elixir and Gems. Find out more in our official guide.
Gold can be earned through Gold Mines or by attacking other players and it is stored in Gold Storages. It is used to improve your defense (also buildings and walls), build Elixir Collectors, build Elixir Storages and to level up the Town Hall. You also need it to build and improve traps and to find other players to attack.
Elixir: Like Gold, Elixir can be obtained by stealing it from other players or through Elixir Collectors and it is stored in Elixir Storages. Everything related to combats can be improved with Elixirs, such as units, spells, barracks, upgrades in the laboratory, etc. . Gold Mines, Gold Storages and Dark Elixir drills and storages need Elixir. Defensive walls can be upgraded with it from level 9.
Dark Elixir: This resource is unlocked at level 7 of the Town Hall and it is the only resource not available from level 1. Dark Elixir can be farmed with Dark Elixir drills or stolen from other players. It is very important for leveling up dark units and to buy or improve heroes.
Gems: Gems are a little different from the other resources. They cannot be obtained through Gem Mines or by attacking other players and they are not stored in any Storage. Gems are usually very rare and only awarded for achievements, in rare cases it is also possible to get a Gem after removing obstacles in your village. In the shop you can buy different amounts of Gems for real money.