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Gem's Guide


Gems are the premium in-game currency used to buy resources and skip timers on Clash of Clans.

On this tutorial we will find out how we can earn free Gems and the best way to spend them.

Earning Free Gems

Free Gems can be earned by completing Achievements or removing Obstacles. When trees, rocks and bushes are removed, players receive a small amount of XP (experience points) and sometimes earn between 1 - 6 Gems. When you complete challenges in the Achievements menu, for example, “Clear 50 obstacles”, players are rewarded with Gems. When you reach 1,250 Trophies, you receive 450 Gems. You can see the complete table on the Achievements page.

The Gem Box is the best obstacle, giving you 25 Gems every time they are removed. Always remove them as soon as possible since this is the only obstacle you can have only one at a time. If you don’t remove it, you will not get another one.

A further (although limited availability) way to earn gems is to be one in the top 10 players of the top 3 clans on the global ranking. At the end of each two-week period, the top 3 clans earn 20,000 gems for 1st, 10,000 Gems for 2nd and 6,000 Gems for 3rd; these totals are divided equally amongst the Top 10 players of the respective clans. This is no easy task.

Spending Gems

If you don’t want to spend real money on this game the first rule is: don’t use your Gems, save them. Don’t skip timers, EVER. Just wait. If you really want to improve your village you need to buy all 5 builders and for that you must save your Gems. Saving Gems, completing Achievements and removing obstacles will give you enough Gems to easily buy the 3rd builder (500 gems).

If you play for some time, you will get enough to buy the 4th builder as well (1,000 gems). They will make a HUGE difference on your game. Now the 5th worker will be a bit harder to buy without spending money, but it’s not impossible. Costing 2,000 gems, there are no more easy Achievements to complete that will give you that, but eventually you will get there by removing obstacles. It will take a while but it’s worth.

Now if you spend money on the game, just buy all builders as soon as possible and keep them busy. You need 3,500 gems to get them all. After that you can use Gems as you want, getting resources, skipping timers, etc.

Our recommendation? Boost Barracks, Dark Barracks and Spell Factories so you can attack non-stop for an hour. If you don’t play the game very much, boosting Mines, Collectors and Drills has a great value as well. Boosting a maxed Drill is definitely a great idea if you want to upgrade your Heroes.

Can I Have a Good Village Without Spending Money?

Yes, you can, but it will take a long time without extra Gems. Even if you raid and steal tons of resources, there is no way to build everything with only 3 or 4 workers, so you must save Gems for a long time to get all 5 builders. With 3 or 4 builders you will have a hard time only to catch up with the updates made by Supercell.

If you really like the game, you should definitely consider getting the Sack of Gems (2,500 gems, U$ 20.00). You need 3,500 gems to get all 5 workers, but you can easily get 1,000 gems completing Achievements.

With 5 builders and raiding for resources you can definitely have a very good village with maxed defenses. It will take some time, but it’s possible. The most difficult thing will be getting enough resources to upgrade the Walls, but you don’t need maxed Walls to have an amazing village.

Remember, with or without money, having a great village it’s not an easy task and will take years, but it’s possible and that’s what makes this game so great.