Here’s how to get max gold and elixir without being mean.
From the start you should try to have as many gems as you can. Spend them wisely and work your way up to 1250 trophies so that you can get a third builder. (edit: You can get many more gems by removing rocks, trees, logs and mushrooms. With the exception of rocks they grow back so you can collect more gems.)
Once you get 1250 trophies there’s no point in staying at that level. In normal game play, the battles that you are matched with are based on your number of trophies you have. As you start out, keeping up with other players seems very difficult to move on, but hang in there and I will tell you how you can compete. You will need many millions of gold and elixir to advance and make your village stronger. There’s a flaw in the game logic that we can use to our advantage.
You may have noticed that other players occasionally attack you with one soldier and then lose. They are getting ready for some serious “farming”. What they are doing is letting themselves be demoted by intentionally losing trophies. That way when they get down to a level where they are matched better they can go for maximum gold and elixir.
I was at the bottom of the Gold III league (1400 trophies) but couldn’t advance or win many battles and I needed 1,200,000 gold to upgrade my town hall to level 8. So I started farming. I dropped down to 900 trophies. Then I was able to compete with players that matched me or were better. I don’t pick on players who are just starting out, in fact that is a waste of your own elixir and time. I only pick battles with players with more than 125,000 gold. Keep in mind that they also dropped down to become farmers as well. Since I first started farming, in a week I was able to earn over 10,000,000 gold and 10,000,000 elixir. I’m currently upgrading my town hall to level 8, building crystal walls, building a dark barracks and upgrading my other resources and defences.
So here’s the strategy:
Earn 1250 trophies to get the 400 crystals.
Then buy the third builder. You will need him.
Also removing trees and rocks will earn crystals (they re-spawn after a day so remove them all)
Then start a battle with one Barbarian and let him lose.
End the battle as soon as he is defeated and you will lose trophies.
After you have been demoted you can start looking for good battles. Remember to pick battles where you can win at least 100,000 gold. Even if you get half of the available resources you win. Farming is about getting resources, not kicking butt. If you do lose a battle (pretty rare) you get demoted and that’s not such a bad thing. Also when you are about to finish playing spend as much as you can, so you don’t lose what you have earned. (Don’t worry you only lose 10%)
Remember don’t be mean, be smart.