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Clash of Clans Optional Update Arrives to Fix Problems



Earlier this month Clash of Clans received a huge game-changing update. It was shown off and talked about for nearly two months, and now that it’s here its causing more harm than good. Countless problems surfaced, people aren’t playing, there’s no money to be made and more. And while we’re still waiting for more fixes or tweaks, this weekend an optional update was released for Apple users and on the Google Play Store.

Last week a quick update was released aimed at fixing a few of the problems users were facing, but it didn’t fix the core problem, which is all the changes to the actual game. They extended the timer so users can play for four hours at a time, made a few other tweaks, but that isn’t all. Read on for more details regarding this new optional update.

Read: Clash of Clans Update Problems Frustrate Players

Since the update arrived the official Clash of Clans forum has been covered in complaints. People can’t play, selecting the Town Hall crashes the game, Clan War donations were broken and more. We know the developers, Supercell, have been working on some fixes, and those arrived this weekend along with a holiday theme with snow and more. Here’s what you need to know.

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The big December Clash of Clans update was aimed at getting rid of cheaters, and adding new content for maxed players who’ve enjoyed the game for three years. As a result there’s now a Town Hall 11, tons of new defensive stuff, a 3rd hero, and much much more. At the same time, the developers made some game-changing tweaks to everything.

They took away shields from Town Halls being destroyed, so users can’t just sit a Town Hall outside of walls and get a cheap shield to protect their Gold and Elixir. It sounded like a good idea, but now people are losing more than they gain, and can’t upgrade anything. The developers also added a 3-hour play limit (yes, limiting how long people can play their game) to get rid of those “always online” bots which were players cheating.

After the update people were getting kicked for no reason, even before the three hour limit, and tons of additional problems as mentioned above surfaced. Clash of Clans has since changed that timer to four hours, rather than three, changed a few other things, added snow and Christmas trees for the holiday season, and now we have one more update to discuss.


This weekend an optional update arrived that everyone should go and download. It fixes multiple problems we mentioned above, adds an option to remove the snowfall from the holiday theme, and other things. Here’s the full changelog:

  •  Added Winter theme along with an option to disable snowfall in Settings
  • Added an info screen when tapping the Shield icon that shows exact Personal Break timer status
  • Added a Clan badge icon for donated Spells in the deployment bar
  • Fixed a crash when trying to tap the Town Hall while all elixir-recharged defenses are under upgrade
  • Fixed a crash when fighting Lava Hound and Pups near the edge of the map
  • Fixed a crash when trying to donate to the war map while a troop or spell production building is under upgrade
  • Fixed the request/full/timer tips not showing correctly above the Clan Castle in certain situations
  • Fixed player profile bug where Level 1 Grand Warden could be incorrectly shown as unlocked
  • Various UI cleanup and fixes

Above is everything that was added with this option update, and most of the changes will be pushed out in a mandatory update at a later date. The winter theme can somewhat be removed, but more importantly there is now a “timer” showing how much of the “total” four hours of gameplay you’ve used. Players can Clash for four hours total without getting attacked or getting a shield, before they have to take a break.

After four hours of playing you need to get attacked and get a shield, or stop playing for 15 minutes. If you keep getting kicked for playing too long, take a 15 minute break, and the four hour limit will reset. This is better than how it was before, but is only a band-aid, and still doesn’t solve the problem.

The problem is players are used to leaving the Town Hall out for an easy shield, and now they can’t. The Town Hall holds 1/5 of their money, so they need to protect it. Which means people are getting attacked by huge War armies, losing 100-200k each attack, and can’t save up enough money for upgrades. Slowing down the game for many.

Read: Clash of Clans December Update: Everything You Need to Know

As you can see above the Town Hall crash bug has been fixed, which is a huge problem many were facing. They fixed a problem where the game would crash of Lava Hound (pups) were on the edges of the map, fixed the war donation bug, and cleaned up the user interface in terms of design with some of the new additions. Users weren’t able to see if their Clan Castle was full or not, and that has also been fixed.

Overall this is a much needed update, one that should be mandatory and not optional, as it fixes a slew of bugs with the game. That said, there are still a lot of tweaks that need to be made to balance out the game, make it easier to save or earn Gold and Elixir, and much more. We’re still getting a lot of complaints about overall gameplay, so hopefully in early 2016 some major changes come to fix some of the problems introduced in this latest update. Get the optional Clash update now from the App Store, or Google Play.

As an added bonus users should be getting a rather dark and gloomy Christmass tree in their village this week, and a 1 Gem mine boost is coming this week too, so stay tuned for more details.



  1. keith

    12/21/2015 at 2:57 pm

    Ya,the biggest issue still remains about saving for loot,good luck with anyone trying to upgrade anything especially with dark elixir. I’m only holding 40,000 and when someone wants to raid me there is 2,000 available which seems to be the main number to get attacked. When you need 80,000 or more for an upgrade it’s impossible to save that much without suprise,suprise buying shields with gems. The only way to progress in this game now is to spend lots of real money. That’s what was great about this game and why it became the most popular game on the app store. It was because u could progress even if u spent no money at all,it took amazing patience but it could be done,now forget about it. It was a game that no matter the amount of money you spent you could move forward,the more you spend the faster you move, has completly ruined the game.

  2. Anoy ed

    12/22/2015 at 2:37 am

    I have invested over 2 years in this game, and after this update I just want to give it all up, it is so hard to save at town hall 10 it’s impossible , farming is a joke and telling you, you can’t play for 15 mins is just crazy, all to stop cheats!! Great thanks for that, I’m sure the 99% of people who don’t cheat will be enjoying that feature!!! But I’m sure supercell can squeeze a few more pounds out of us all when we are forced to buy shields to save up for a piece of wall!!!

  3. Shalondajburke

    12/22/2015 at 6:09 am

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  4. Wallum Butchar

    12/22/2015 at 7:05 am

    This new update with “fixes” is bogus. Nice winter theme, but NONE of the important issues have been fixed. New shield system still sucks. Looting is sparse. Saving up for upgrades is gone by way of the Dodo bird. The entire mess still reeks of the stench of Supercell’s greed and lack of gratitude towards the players who helped them become so successful. This “so-called” update is nothing more than a failed attempt at placating the disgruntled masses. And where is this 1 gem boost so many have announced? I am up to date & do not have it. None of my clan members have it. None of us have even seen the one that was rumoured to be included with the Halloween update either. No wonder so many have left this game. No wonder so many refuse to spend another dime on it. The same with my clan. Sometimes I wonder why I waste my time. The only reason this is taking so long to fix is because of simple greed. A grateful company would have fixed this mess long ago.

  5. Ldj Pachanguero

    12/22/2015 at 7:49 am

    Thank you you are the first ones who point out the real problem with Clash of Clans everyone is not mentioning just the PTB which for normal players doe not matter because almost everyone in my clan don’t play for 3 hours straight. The real problem is that there is no loot anywhere and it is super hard to get strong troops and upgrades so only the ones who pay are the only ones who can get those upgrades.

  6. shortydoggg

    12/22/2015 at 10:47 am

    Supercell seems to have killed the dead bases from the search so you won’t find them at all, almost eliminating farming completely. Maybe someone who hasn’t played yet that day, and that’s about it, not played in months, no. So for those who say go ahead and quit and leave your base for me to attack, well if 50% of us quit, guess what, there will be 50% less bases to attack.

    So Supercell wants to rid farming completely now. You can’t get snipped anymore for free shield, and you cannot find dead bases either I see. I agree that under the old system you could make progress no matter how much you spent or not, although it might have been slow at higher levels without gems. Now you need to play several hours a day, everyday, to make any progress. I might be wrong, but it seems that the ones who have that much time to play are the main ones besides the new TH11s who don’t have a problem with the update.

    • Wallum Butchar

      12/22/2015 at 2:55 pm

      Totally agree with you. Been wondering why I haven’t been able to find dead bases the past few days.
      (FYI,… A news webline from Finland has written a very negative article about Supercell. Also, the flood of complaints re: this new update has been the largest in Supercell history. A global boycott to stop puchasing gems has been circulating on global chats & on line. Many, like myself, have decided to stop raiding & upgrading and simply have fun at wars. Many have quit the game entirely. Maybe some day SC will realize that greed is NOT your friend.)

  7. Wallum Butchar

    12/22/2015 at 2:45 pm

    Sorry, apparently the PTB or whatever is fixed and the war matching system tweaked. That’s nice. Important issues. Now all they have to do is fix the remaining EQUALLY IMPORTANT issues such as revamping this crappy looting, bonus, shield, no-farming systems. Again, do they not realize that THIS IS A PHONE GAME!!! It is NOT meant to be played for several hours each day for people who actually wish to have a life. So, Supercell, PLEASE STOP TRYING TO (subtly) FORCE US TO EITHER SPEND REAL MONEY OR ALL OUR WAKING HOURS ON A GAME!! (For you Supercell sympathizers who like to say “deal with it or walk away”, I’d like to point it out that many of us have paid real money one time or another on what USED to be a good game. We have the right to voice our complaint. If you don’t like it, YOU can deal with it or walk away.) Thank you.

  8. Eriz

    12/22/2015 at 6:12 pm

    Where the devil can I find that update?! it is not in Play Store, and in Settings there is no Update button either. Weird!

  9. Komi

    12/23/2015 at 3:59 pm

    If you unit the game like me, don’t forget to give 1 star in your app store :) I have only walls and few levels on heroes left to max my th10, but it’s impossible, only wars bring some loot. And it’s ridiculous. 2 years spend, but I’m ready to quit. It was hard before to max, now is just impossible :)
    Ex maxed th10 Chief

  10. Moondog.

    12/23/2015 at 10:11 pm

    I would like to thank supercell for this update. I have spent 2k on gems and now I see how big of a waste it has been. All the fun has been removed because of this update. Getting attacked constantly makes non gem upgrades impossible. War defenses for higher players are over the top. Go ahead and give gems to your top players the middle players like me are no longer enjoying it.

  11. steve

    12/24/2015 at 11:03 am

    Worst update ever!!! I can’t donate in war. Save for upgrades… way to go supercell.

  12. manish

    01/03/2016 at 1:54 pm

    i can’t donate in war..and earlier the loot can be easily found but when this game upgrade came i did’nt found loot for few hrs….

  13. Adil

    01/12/2016 at 10:50 am

    Super Cell; I know you do not want cheats in your… (Under-rated?) Game and i know no one wants cheaters but how often is someone going to get attacked by “always online” bots, you might as well ban their accounts altogether, But just because of some hackers doesn’t mean you have to ruin this once-populated game for the hundreds of thousands that play.

    Super Cell, if you played a game with no tweaks and unfair fair to innocent players with unfair earnings for beginners and overall players you would not like it and this is the problem for COC
    so do not be greedy just because you make around £1,000,000 a day DOESN’T MEAN YOU NEED MORE MONEY, that is a millionTH of the worlds total of £60 TRILLION

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