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For the Obstacles in the Builder Base, see Obstacles/Builder Base.
For the Obstacles in the Clan Capital, see Decorations/Clan Capital.
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Obstacles are trees, logs, rocks, and other foliage that is randomly placed in your village. You start with about 40 obstacles around your village. You can remove them if you have an available Builder and a small amount of Gold or Elixir.

Summary

  • Obstacles are structures that obstruct the placement of a village's Buildings.
  • While a player can still build villages without being hindered by obstacles (by building around them or choosing a relatively clear location), it is significantly harder to do so at higher levels. To free up space for buildings to be placed, the player must either remove the obstacles with a Builder or relocate it elsewhere with a Shovel of Obstacles.
  • If a Shovel of Obstacles is used on an obstacle, that obstacle will be permanently movable like any other building. The obstacle can also be stashed in Village Edit Mode similar to Decorations. The obstacle can also be removed normally afterwards, though this does not provide further compensation beyond the standard rewards for removal.
  • If you accidentally set a Builder to remove an obstacle, you can cancel it if the button is tapped before the Builder is finished.
  • Canceling the removal of an obstacle will refund you 100% of the resources spent, compared to the 50% refund on all other upgrades.
  • Your village can have a maximum of 45 obstacles at one time - if this limit is reached or exceeded, regular obstacles will no longer spawn until obstacles are removed. Gem Boxes and holiday-themed obstacles ignore this limit when spawning and can spawn even if more than 45 obstacles are present on the village.
    • Obstacles stashed in Village Edit Mode will still count towards this limit.
  • There is an achievement called "Nice and Tidy" which gives players Experience and Gems for removing obstacles.
  • Troops can be spawned beside and/or on top of obstacles that are not 3x3 in size.
  • After the Halloween 2014 update, the required time to remove all obstacles except Mushrooms was reduced.

Undecorated Obstacles

  • Each obstacle that is removed can contain anywhere from 0 to 6 Gems.
  • There are two cycles governing the number of Gems you receive by removing obstacles in your Home Village. These cycles all occur concurrently and are independent of each other, including those for Obstacles in the Builder Base. This means that clearing an obstacle advances only one of the below cycles and has no effect on the position of the other cycles.
    • The first cycle applies to original obstacles in the Home Village (those that spawned when you first created your Home Village). This cycle has no 4, 5 or 6 gem rewards. The cycle is 3, 0 ,1 ,2 ,0 ,1 ,1 ,0 ,0 ,3 ,1 ,0 ,2 ,2 ,0 ,0 ,3 ,0 ,1 ,0 for initial obstacles.
    • The second cycle governs the number of Gems you receive from spawned obstacles in your Home Village. It advances when you remove an obstacle in the Home Village. The cycle is 6, 0, 4, 5, 1, 3, 2, 0, 0, 5, 1, 0, 3, 4, 0, 0, 5, 0, 1, 0 for spawned obstacles.
  • On average, each obstacle cleared has 2 Gems. This pattern does not include the 25 Gems held from the Gem Box.

Vegetation

  • Vegetation respawns at a rate of one item per eight hours, except if all the spaces in your village are totally filled, or the 45-obstacle limit has been reached.
  • With the exception of the Gem Box, an obstacle will only spawn if there is a 1-tile buffer zone between the spaces in which it will spawn and another building or obstacle.
  • Since vegetation respawns and removing one may have Gems, removing vegetation regularly can be an unlimited (although sometimes slow) source of Gems.
Obstacle Size Removal Cost Removal Time Experience Gained Respawn Weight
Mushroom
Mushroom Normal
2x2 100 Elixir 10s 3 Experience 10%
Bush
Bush Normal
2x2 250 Elixir 10s 3 Experience 20%
Trunk (1)
Trunk1 Normal
2x2 1,000 Elixir 10s 3 Experience 10%
Trunk (2)
Trunk2 Normal
2x2 1,000 Elixir 10s 3 Experience 10%
Fallen Trunk
Trunk1 Fallen Normal
2x2 1,000 Elixir 10s 3 Experience 20%
Small Tree
Tree1 Normal
2x2 2,000 Elixir 10s 3 Experience 20%
Medium Tree
Tree2 Normal
3x3 7,500 Elixir 15s 3 Experience 5%
Large Tree
Tree3 Normal
3x3 10,000 Elixir 15s 3 Experience 5%

Clash-o-Ween Themed Appearances

  • Since 2012, most Vegetation obstacles have a special appearance during the Clash-o-Ween period.
  • Clash-o-Ween adds special textures and sounds to all Vegetation except the Small Tree. In 2012, the Mushroom had a different appearance to future years.
Mushroom Halloween 2012 Mushroom Halloween 2013 Bush Halloween 2013 Trunk1 Halloween 2013 Trunk2 Halloween 2013
Halloween Mushroom (2012) Halloween Mushroom (2013-Present) Halloween Bush Halloween Trunk (1) Halloween Trunk (2)
Trunk1 Fallen Halloween 2013 Tree2 Halloween 2013 Tree3 Halloween 2013 Headstone Halloween 2014 Cauldron Halloween 2015 Scary Pumpkin Halloween 2016
Halloween Trunk (Fallen) Halloween Tree (Medium) Halloween Tree (Large) Halloween Headstone (2014) Halloween Cauldron (2015) Scary Pumpkin (2016)
Obstacle Halloween 2017 Witchs Hat Halloween 2018 Spooky Tree 2019 Vacant Tomb 2020 Friendly Flower Trick or Treat?
Halloween Obstacle (2017) Witch's Hat (2018) Spooky Tree (2019) Vacant Tomb (2020) "Friendly" Flower (2021) Trick or Treat? (2022)
Sinister Sapling
Sinister Sapling (2023)

Winter Themed Appearances

  • Since 2012, Vegetation obstacles have a special appearance during the Clashmas period which often extends through Winter.
  • Obstacles have special textures with snow mixed into them. In 2012, the Large Tree had a different appearance to future years.
Mushroom Winter Bush Winter Trunk1 Winter Trunk2 Winter Trunk1 Fallen Winter Tree1 Winter
Winter Mushroom Winter Bush Winter Trunk (1) Winter Trunk (2) Winter Trunk (Fallen) Winter Tree (Small)
Tree2 Winter Tree3 Winter Tree4 Winter XMas Tree 2012 XMas Tree 2013
Winter Tree
(Medium)
Winter Tree
(Large 2012)
Winter Tree
(Large 2013)
Clashmas Tree
(2012)
Clashmas Tree
(2013)
XMas Tree 2014 XMas Tree 2015 XMas Tree 2016 XMas Tree 2017 XMas Tree 2018
Clashmas Tree (2014) Clashmas Tree (2015) Clashmas Tree (2016) Clashmas Tree (2017) Clashmas Tree (2018)
XMas Tree 2019 XMas Tree 2020 XMas Tree 2021 Clashmas tree 2022 Clashmas Tree 2023
Clashmas Tree (2019) Clashmas Tree (2020) Clashmas Tree (2021) Clashmas Tree (2022) Clashmas Tree (2023)

Rocks

Rocks do not respawn once they are removed.

Obstacle Size Removal Cost Removal Time Experience Gained
Stone (1)
Stone1 Normal
2x2 500 Gold 10s 3 Experience
Stone (2)
Stone2 Normal
2x2 500 Gold 10s 3 Experience
Stone (3)
Stone3 Normal
2x2 500 Gold 10s 3 Experience
Stone (4)
Stone4 Normal
2x2 500 Gold 10s 3 Experience
Stone (Pillar)
Stone5 Normal
2x2 10,000 Gold 15s 3 Experience
Stone (Large)
Stone6 Normal
3x3 20,000 Gold 15s 3 Experience

Rare Stone

Rare Stone
  • In very early versions of the game, an odd looking stone was able to appear in a newly created village. It became unobtainable soon after the game's release, and only a few players are known to still have it. A few examples of players who still have this stone: (#Y98CJG, #L9G9RL, #LLJUOO, #C2VY8G, #UPYJ, #8J88U, #V9CC8).
    • This stone made a new appearance in the 23rd October 2018 update, in the new Single Player Campaign maps "High Pressure" and "Burning Sensation."
    • It also appears in the first battle in the Builder Base, against Master Jimmy.
    • You can also see it in the playground for testing Super Troops if you are Town Hall 11 or above.
  • There was a player by the name of arl it has 2 variants of obstacles. it is no longer exist.

Gem Box

  • The Gem Box is a mysterious box containing 25 gems.
  • When the Gem Box was added it was quickly deleted due to a few glitches relating to how many Gems it gives. The Gem Box was added back into the game on April 9, 2014, the update that added Clan Wars.
  • You can only have 1 Gem Box at any time. Clearing the Gem Box costs 1,000 Elixir. It takes 30 seconds to clear one, and the removal of one will yield 25 gems. The gem box is rare, but in the April 2014 update, their spawn rate was increased.
Obstacle Size Removal Cost Removal Time Removal Reward Respawn Weight
Gem Box
Gem Box
2x2 1,000 Elixir 30s 25 Gems and 5 Experience 1%

Special Event Obstacles

  • These obstacles only appear for a limited time, and are usually created to commemorate holidays. After the period in which they spawn ends, players can continue to keep these obstacles.
  • Note that all special obstacles ignore the one-tile buffer zone rule that governs where normal vegetation can spawn. They can spawn in any 2x2 empty space within your village, though they tend toward spawning close to the outer edges of the field.

Clashmas Trees

  • Clashmas Trees are a prominent special obstacle, with different versions of them appearing in every winter period since the game's launch in 2012.
  • Each Clashmas tree takes 30s Time to remove and gives 5 Experience Experience.
  • Clashmas trees were originally named "X-Mas Tree", which was later changed to "Clashmas Tree"
Obstacle Size Removal Cost Removal Time Removal Reward Respawn Weight
Clashmas Tree (2012)
XMas Tree 2012
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 30,000 Gold and 5 Experience (Initially)
50,000 Gold and 5 Experience
2%
Clashmas Tree (2013)
XMas Tree 2013
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience 2%
Clashmas Tree (2014)
XMas Tree 2014
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience 2%
Clashmas Tree (2015)
XMas Tree 2015
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience 2%
Clashmas Tree (2016)
XMas Tree 2016
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience 2%
Clashmas Tree (2017)
XMas Tree 2017
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience 2%
Clashmas Tree (2018)
XMas Tree 2018
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience 2%
Clashmas Tree (2019)
XMas Tree 2019
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience 2%
Clashmas Tree (2020)
XMas Tree 2020
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience 2%
Clashmas Tree (2021)
XMas Tree 2021
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience 2%
Clashmas Tree (2022)
XMas Tree 2022
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience 2%
Clashmas Tree (2023)
Clashmas Tree 2023
2x2 25,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience 2%

Clash-o-Ween Obstacles

Obstacle Size Removal Cost Removal Time Removal Reward Respawn Weight
Halloween Headstone (2014)
Headstone Halloween 2014
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir and 5 Experience 2%
Halloween Cauldron (2015)
Cauldron Halloween 2015
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir and 5 Experience 2%
Scary Pumpkin (2016)
Scary Pumpkin
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir and 5 Experience 2%
Halloween Obstacle (2017)
Obstacle Halloween 2017
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir and 5 Experience 2%
Witchs Hat (2018)
Witchs Hat Halloween 2018
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir and 5 Experience 2%
Spooky Tree (2019)
Spooky Tree 2019
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir and 5 Experience 2%
Vacant Tomb (2020)
Vacant Tomb 2020
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir and 5 Experience 2%
"Friendly" Flower (2021)
Friendly Flower
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir 2%
Trick or Treat? (2022)
Trick or Treat?
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir 2%
Sinister Sapling (2023)
Sinister Sapling
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir 2%

Anniversary Obstacles

Obstacle Size Removal Cost Removal Time Removal Reward Respawn Weight
5th Anniversary Cake (2017)
Anniversary Cake 2017
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir and 5 Experience 2%
6th Anniversary Cake (2018)
Anniversary Cake 2018
2x2 25,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Elixir and 5 Experience 2%
7th Birthday Surprise (2019)
Anniversary Surprise 2019
2x2 7,777 Elixir 30s 77,777 Elixir and 5 Experience N/A
8th Anniversary Cake (2020)
Anniversary Cake 2020
2x2 8,888 Gold 30s 88,888 Gold and 5 Experience N/A
9th Anniversary Cake (2021)
9th Anniversary Cake
2x2 9,999 Gold 30s 99,999 Gold and 5 Experience N/A
10th Anniversary Cake (2022)
10th Anniversary Cake
2x2 10,000 Gold 30s 101,010 Gold and 5 Experience N/A
11th Anniversary Cake (2023)
11th Anniversary Cake
2x2 10,000 Gold 30s 101,010 Gold and 5 Experience N/A

Lunar New Year Obstacles

Obstacle Size Removal Cost Removal Time Removal Reward Respawn Weight
Fireworks Stash (2018)
Fireworks Stash
2x2 500 Gold 30s 25,000 Gold and 2 Experience N/A
Fortune Tree (2018)
Fortune Tree
2x2 1,000 Gold 30s 75,000 Gold and 2 Experience N/A
Glowy Lantern (2020)
Glowy Lantern HV
2x2 7,777 Elixir 30s 77,777 Elixir and 5 Experience N/A
Lucky Shrub (2021)
Lucky Shrub
2x2 7,777 Elixir 30s 77,777 Elixir and 5 Experience N/A
Rabbit Lantern (2023)
Rabbit Lantern
2x2 7,777 Elixir 30s 77,777 Elixir and 5 Experience N/A
Lucky Letterbox (2024)
Lucky Letterbox
2x2 8,888 Elixir 30s 88,888 Elixir and 5 Experience N/A

Other Event Obstacles

  • The Spike-y Cactus was released in celebration of Supercell's highly anticipated game, Brawl Stars. It resembles the Brawler Spike.
  • The Mysterious Object started spawning on April 26, 2024 and appears as a spherical ball used for association football. When selected, it bounces into the air.
Obstacle Size Removal Cost Removal Time Removal Reward Respawn Weight
Spike-y Cactus
Spike-y Cactus
2x2 1,000 Elixir 30s 75,000 Gold and 5 Experience N/A
Mysterious Object
Mysterious Object
2x2 3,600 Gold 9s 9 Gems and 3 Experience N/A

Immovable Obstacles

These Obstacles cannot be made moveable by the Shovel of Obstacles and are immediately removed when tapped.

Obstacle Size Removal Benefit Removal Type Spawning Event
Tombstone
Tombstone Common
1x1 20 Elixir All Tombstones are cleared upon being tapped, including Dark Tombstones. Attacking or defending Elixir troop is killed.
Dark Tombstone
Tombstone Dark
1x1 1 Dark Elixir All Dark Tombstones are cleared upon being tapped, including normal Tombstones. Attacking or defending Dark Elixir troop is killed.
Present
Santa Strike1
1x1 5,000 Elixir Each Present can be removed separately. Presents spawned by the 2014 Clashmas tree.
Present
Santa Strike1
1x1 5,000 Elixir All Presents generated from the Spell are cleared upon being tapped. Presents left behind from the Santa's Surprise spell.
Present
Tombstone Birthday
1x1 5000 Elixir All Presents generatd from the Spell are cleared upon being tapped Presents left behind from the Birthday Boom spell.
Sour Elixir Tombstone
Tombstone Sour Elixir
1x1 1 Sour Elixir All Sour Elixir Tombstones are cleared upon being tapped. Attacking Mashup Troop is killed.
Sweet Elixir Tombstone
Tombstone Sweet Elixir
1x1 1 Sweet Elixir All Sweet Elixir Tombstones are cleared upon being tapped. Attacking Cookie Rumble Troop is killed.


Trivia

  • The rainbow effect on the Gem Box is a reference to the saying "There's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow." However, in this case, the pot of gold is a pot of gems.
  • The Gem Box may have squashed a patch of mushrooms when falling out of the sky. Mushrooms are visible underneath it.
  • If no gems are purchased, earned through achievements or spent on various purposes, 1623 obstacles (not including gem boxes) are needed to clear to buy the 3rd, 4th and 5th Builder Huts which cost 3500 gems in total, which roughly translates to 528 days (counting from the first obstacle removed and assuming that the village always contain less than 45 obstacles, in order for new obstacles to spawn).
  • Aside from the Gem Box, the Spike-y Cactus and the Glowy Lantern (from the Builder Base) are the only obstacles that give a different resource than used to remove it.
  • For a 2015 April fools prank Supercell said that Gem Boxes would be affected by Lightning Spell as well as other pranks.
    XmasTreeTotalCount
  • On 13 December 2019, Clash of Clans Community Manager Darian made this Reddit post with a graph, seen on the right, with data on the number of players who had an Clashmas Tree from each year.
  • The Gem Box was temporarily removed from the game in the January 29 2014 maintenance break, however, it reappeared again in the April 2014 update, after its bugs were fixed.

Icon Descriptions

Icon RemoveGoldTapping this icon removes this obstacle using Gold, if you have enough Gold and a free Builder. This icon only appears if the obstacle is in the Home Village and requires Gold to remove.
Icon RemoveElixirTapping this icon removes this obstacle using Elixir, if you have enough Elixir and a free Builder (or B.O.B). This icon only appears if the obstacle is in the Home Village and requires Elixir to remove.
Icon CancelTapping this icon, which is displayed while the selected obstacle is being removed, cancels the removal of this obstacle and refunds the full cost.
Icon ShovelMoveTapping this icon allows this Obstacle to be permanently movable, at the cost of one Shovel of Obstacles. This icon is only shown if you have at least one Shovel of Obstacles.
Home Village Buildings
Defensive Buildings CannonArcher TowerMortarAir DefenseWizard TowerAir SweeperHidden TeslaBomb TowerX-BowInferno TowerEagle ArtilleryScattershotBuilder's HutSpell TowerMonolithRicochet CannonMulti-Archer TowerGiga TeslaGiga Inferno (TH13TH14TH15TH16) • Wall
Traps: BombSpring TrapAir BombGiant BombSeeking Air MineSkeleton TrapTornado Trap
Resource Buildings Town Hall (Magic Items) • Gold MineElixir CollectorDark Elixir DrillGold StorageElixir StorageDark Elixir StorageClan Castle (Treasury)
Army Buildings Army CampBarracksDark BarracksLaboratorySpell FactoryDark Spell FactoryBlacksmithWorkshopBarbarian King AltarArcher Queen AltarGrand Warden AltarRoyal Champion AltarPet House
Other Buildings BoatAirshipForgeDecorationsObstaclesLoot CartStrongman's CaravanSuper SaunaBuilder's HutB.O.B's Hut
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