Castle Clash HBM Design
HBM A Through N
You can beat HBM A through N using a center base design with two entrances
and army camps at the four corners. Although 6 hero bases are helpful, 5
good heroes can beat all of these levels. For HBM I and J, load your army
camps with tons of guardians so that Spirit Mage's proc hits the guardians
instead of your heroes and base. Good center base designs can be found
with any web search.
A good base design has 4 towers and walls that cause the enemy waves to walk
around the walls in an attempt to reach your towers. They will ignore your
heroes until the tower is destroyed. If you design things well, the majority
of your heroes will converge upon each wave and destroy them before they
destroy a tower, or at least kill most of the wave before they destroy
a tower. Upon destroying the tower, they will target your nearest hero, which
is most likely a melee hero. If your only melee hero is pd, this means pd
is at risk, so please be aware of the danger.
Use Arrow Towers!
At this stage, you are unlikely to be strong enough to make useful use of
magic towers. Arrow towers are more durable and will help kill the enemy
HBM K through S
A corner base is definitely best for HBM O through S, but it works just fine
starting with wave K. I'm sure you can find corner base examples online, but I'd like
to share my specific design along with some (hopefully) very useful comments
that may aid your decisions. My goal is to provide enough useful comments to
work with your specific set of heroes. I am assuming you don't have 100%
of the heroes. If you do, you probably don't need my help anyway!
Notice This First
Notice the strategic bump out where base #1 is shifted to the right.
This is the signature difference between my design and most designs
you will likely find on the web. Assuming that your towers near your bases
are destroyed by the end of the 2nd or 3rd wave, waves 4 and 5 will likely
target the hero at base #1 (instead of heroes #2 and #3). If the hero at base
#1 is your best ranged
tank, you will do well. All non-flying heroes will be forced to walk around
the walls in their attempt to reach hero #1. They will ignore all of your
other heroes (therefore they get pummeled by your other heroes)
unless hero #1 is defeated. Just make sure hero #1 cannot possibly jump over
walls to the northeast or northwest. If he's a flying hero (like Vlad), you
can get away with a much smaller base (lower town hall level) because jumping
over walls won't be a concern.
|Base #||Suggested Hero||Explanation|
||Ghoulem or Vlad
else your best ranged tank (even Reaper or Druid)
|This must be your most durable hero, and he must have a ranged attack.
If not a flying hero, make sure he cannot possibly jump over the northeast
or northwest walls.
else Cupid or literally any other hero
|Absolutely the best place to place pumpkin duke. Anything else is a
compromise. Due to base #1's placement, this hero will usually fight without
being targeted by enemy mobs. The exception is when a tower is destroyed. At
that moment, pd might become vulnerable, but hopefully you are strong enough
to survive that event.
||Skull Knight or Dread Drake
else any solid melee hero
|Due to base #1's placement, this hero will usually fight without being
targeted by enemy mobs.
else a great melee tank, such as Dread Drake.
|If enemies attack from the South and your buildings to the South are
already destroyed, this hero will be targeted. A ranged attacker won't jump
over the walls, causing most of the mob to walk around the walls. This is
why a ranged attacker is preferred. If you have Ghoulem at base #1, consider
placing Vlad here. Also, Aries has very long range, so Aries is the most
likely hero to not jump over the south wall.
else any good hero, possibly Siren
|This hero is unlikely to be targeted by enemy mobs. Cupid is the clear
choice, but absent that, you can pick literally anybody.
|If you have a low town hall level (16 or less), ideally choose a flying
hero (same for base #1). Personally, I use Santa in this spot.
Very Few Buildings Inside
Whenever a mob kills a building, it immediately targets whatever is nearest.
Usually this means the mob will focus on one of your melee heroes. If you
add a bunch of buildings further out, the effect is that you are less likely
to fight as a big pack and you are more likely to lose a hero early. Most
players just cram as many buildings as they can because they don't understand
A few buildings at the very bottom
These buildings at the bottom have the potential to never be targeted. This
is good if your problem is losing all of your buildings. To add resilience,
make at least 2 of these magic towers. If you want, use 3 magic towers at
Specific Strategy for Waves O through Q
Equip multiple heroes with slowdown crests and/or use Siren. When the boss
arrives, he will usually target hero #1 and try to walk around the walls.
If you slow him down enough, he will walk so slowly that you can defeat him
before he manages to attack anybody! You can even use Ice Demon and be
very successful. This approach can help with waves K-N as well, by the way,
but generally players only hit a wall when they attempt O, P, and Q.
R and beyond
behaves differently because instead of a boss, you get a flying demon, which
of course won't be affected by your walls.
Hero Bombs Help Too
If you place hero bombs near your hero bases, it may be the case that a few
hero bombs will survive until the 5th wave. If you get lucky, perhaps your
heroes will all be dead, but a leftover hero bomb might be just enough to take
out the boss, allowing you to win. This works more often than you might
I claim no particular expertise with HBM T because I only beat it after I was
insanely powerful. I used double-evolved DD, Ghoulem, and Santa, and
single-evolved PD, Cupid, and SK. I felt that my luck in the past was bad
with a corner base, so based on somebody else's video, I tried a side base.
This was my side base that beat HBM T. Using my souped up heroes, I beat it
on the first try.
Due to Castle Clash upgrade bugs, my corner base was lost, so I don't
know if I could've beat it using my corner base and my team. Given that
I beat it with this side base, I didn't bother recreating my corner base.
The difference between side base vs corner base comes down to how the final
dragons converge upon your base. It *might* be the case that a side base
gives you a better chance at not losing all of your buildings because
the dragon procs hit your base differently. In all of my previous corner
base attempts at T (my team was not as strong at the time), I kept losing
all of buildings because the dragon procs always hit my remaining buildings.
In my winning round of T, I won with more than 1 building standing.
My Biggest Advice for T
If you keep losing all of your buildings, the truth is, you might not be
strong enough. Just sweep S while you get stronger. If you are blessed with
endgame talents, like 5/8 wargod or better, you can beat this sooner rather
than later. Use evolved Vlad if you have one available, because that will
help immensely. I beat T without Vlad, and I feel that I could've won sooner
if I had a good one. My hero base level was 23 when I beat T. If you have
endgame talents, maybe you can win much sooner.