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For the Home Village counterpart, see Air Defense/Home Village.
Air Defense5C
"This anti-air tower is deadly against flying enemies, but can't target foes on the ground. Place it wisely to cover as much airspace as possible."

Air Defense Ruin Air Defense1C Air Defense2C Air Defense3C Air Defense4C Air Defense5C
Ruin Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5


  • Air Defenses are among the first defensive buildings unlocked in the Clan Capital, available at Clan Capital level 1.
  • They work similarly to their Home Village counterpart, being a powerful turret that exclusively targets aerial foes with very high DPS, good reach and decent hitpoints.
  • Air Defenses can only target and shoot one air troop at a time, until the troop is dead.
  • It cannot harm ground-based units, or interfere with them in any way other than potentially distracting them from attacking a more valuable target (e.g. the District/Capital Hall).


Defensive Strategy

  • The Air Defense has an excellent range and a very high damage per shot. As the in-game description states, it's best to position them so that they cover as much area as possible.
  • The Air Defense is a popular first-target for armies sporting ground troops, as they are one of only 3 defensive structures that cannot target them. Make sure they are defended well, and they will help to keep the skies clear from rampaging Air Troops. Air Defenses are there for when Spear Throwers just won't cut it or are distracted by ground units such as Super Giants, Super P.E.K.K.A.s, and the Mountain Golem.
  • If possible, keep your Air Defenses behind your first lines of defense (e.g. Cannons and Spear Throwers), preferably with Walls in between. This will prevent a large Super Giant or Mountain Golem assault from quickly destroying the Air Defense and allowing a Healing Spell to be deployed early in the battle. The longer it takes the Giants to destroy the Air Defense, the more time your turrets will have to thin out their ranks.
  • A good strategy placement for this defense is by placing it near a Super Wizard Tower (which would be near a Multi Mortar and another building of your choice, for maximum protection).
  • Spread out your Air Defenses, or else they could all be destroyed with Lightning Spells.

Offensive Strategy

  • The Air Defense is a natural target to attack first, as clearing them helps pave the way for an air assault. They are easily destroyed by any ground-based troop, as they do not attack ground troops.
  • You can use Lightning Spells to take down the Air Defenses, although it might take multiple of them to deploy on higher levels.
  • It is advisable to keep Rocket Balloons away from Air Defenses, as they are capable of destroying most Rocket Balloons in one or two hits from a great distance.
  • Although Air Defenses are quite effective against Super Dragons, it is possible to keep an Air Defense occupied with one or two Super Dragons for a fleet of Rocket Balloons to quickly destroy a majority of the ground defenses. Since Rocket Balloons have a target priority of defenses, send them close enough to the Air Defenses to increase the odds of the Air Defense being easily destroyed.
  • A great way to overwhelm the Air Defense is using multiple of Minion Hordes since Minions are fast, and the Air Defense can only take out one at a time. Beware of nearby AOE defenses and traps, though.

Upgrade Differences

  • Air Defenses undergo significant visual changes at all levels.
    • When initially rebuilt, the Air Defense consists of a single wooden launch tube with a single orange-and-yellow striped rocket. The launch tube is banded with metal. It is supported by a wooden foundation that is combined with a series of ropes to allow the launch tube to stand upright.
    • At level 2, a second launch tube with a rocket is added. The wooden foundation that sits against the ground is painted with an orange color.
    • At level 3, the two launch tubes merge into a bigger one and an additional rocket gets added again. The rockets change in color with a red and yellow-striped scheme and even appear to be slightly bigger. The launch tube receives thicker dark metal bands bolted with gold rivets. The supporting wooden foundation and rocket heads become thicker. The hinges are now replaced with bolted dark metal. The ropes on the base are replaced with red metal that is also bolted. Also, the foundation that sits against the ground is replaced with dark metal.
    • At level 4, a fourth rocket is added. The heads of the rockets receive a bolted metal cap and the gold rivets of the launch tube get shielded with gold metal bands. The hinges are painted with a red color and now extend down to the ground; the entire base and foundation supports that are made of wood are now replaced with metal.
    • At level 5, a fifth rocket gets added together, with thin metal rims surrounding the bottom of the rockets' heads. The hinges across the base and foundation are replaced with golden ones and the base is now reinforced with gold spiked fittings. The metal supports are now painted in red.


Capital Hall Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Number Available 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Size Size
Number Available District Hall Level
1 2 3 4 5
Barbarian Camp 4 4 6 7 7
Wizard Valley 3 4 5 6 6
Balloon Lagoon 2 2 3 3 3
Builder's Workshop 6 7 8 8 8
Dragon Cliffs 4 5 6 7 7
Golem Quarry 5 6 7 8 9
Skeleton Park 3 3 4 5
Goblin Mines 2 2 3 3
Damage per Second
Damage per Shot
Build Cost
Capital Gold
Capital Hall Level Required
Capital Hall
District Hall Level Required
District Hall
1 260 390 1,400 3,500 1 1
2 290 435 1,500 7,000 2 2
3 320 480 1,600 14,000 4 3
4 350 525 1,700 24,000 6 4
5 380 570 1,800 40,000 9 5
Range Range Attack Speed Attack Speed Damage Type Damage Type Unit Type Targeted Favorite Target
10 1.5s Single Target Air

Icon Descriptions

Icon InfoTapping this icon displays information about the Air Defense, such as Level, Damage Per Second, Hitpoints, Range, Damage Type and Targets.
Icon UpgradeTapping this icon contributes the Capital Gold you have into upgrading the Air Defense to the next level. When the Air Defense is at maximum level, this icon is not shown.
Icon PrioritizeTapping this icon marks the building's upgrade to the next level as a priority for the Clan, pinning it as a recommended upgrade for Clan members. This icon is only shown if the upgrade is possible, is not already prioritized and if the player is Leader or a Co-leader of their Clan.
Icon DeprioritizeTapping this icon stops marking the building's upgrade to the next level as a priority for the Clan. This icon is only shown if the upgrade is possible, is being prioritized and if the player is Leader or a Co-leader of their Clan.


  • The Air Defense was added with the release of the Clan Capital on 2 May, 2022.
  • On June 30, 2022, a balance change reduced the Air Defense's hit speed to 1.5s (from 1s), while leaving the DPS unchanged.
  • On September 14, 2023, a balance change reduced the Air Defense's DPS at level 5 (from 400 down to 380).


  • Strangely, the ruins of the Air Defense appears to be on Level 2, not level 1.
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