• We don’t need no stinking flags – or do we?

    by  • November 7, 2012 • Strategy, Tips • 53 Comments

    National FlagsWhy would you buy a flag? National Flags cost 100K gold each in the Clash of Clans store, but what good are they? Besides the bling, what good are decorations?

    Let me give you a hint. In my village, I have every flag and decoration available. Am I out of control with the bling?

    Maybe, but here’s a little known fact about decorations: They’re not just pretty. They’re functional.

    Troops cannot be dropped on decorations.

    Drop hereAround the perimeter of every functional building, such as defenses, mines, and walls, is a buffer zone of one space. The buffer zone is shown to you temporarily as a white overlay that fades in and out whenever you move a building. Troops cannot be dropped in the buffer zone. If you have two units that are not more than two spaces apart, the buffer zone between them prevents troops from being dropped there.

    However, sometimes you need to set your walls more than two spaces apart because you’re just plumb out of walls, yet you need to keep those wall breakers outside of the outer wall.

    COC blocked with flagsThat’s where decorations come in. Simply place a decoration on any square where troops would normally be able to be dropped. The decoration stops them cold.

    Troops can run right past decorations, but troops cannot be dropped onto the square that a decoration occupies.

    Decorations can be sold for gold and elixir.

    Sell flag for 10KIn the latest Clash of Clans update through the App Store, Supercell removed the ability to sell functional buildings back to the store, however, you can still sell back decorations. Think of it as a pawn shop. Once you buy a decoration, if you’re strapped for cash, you can sell it back for 10% of the cost. So, a flag that costs 100K gold in the store can be sold back for 10K gold whenever you need it. Simply tap on the decoration that you want to sell back and tap the Sell button.

    Don’t burn your gold and elixir. Invest in decorations.

    Do you know what happens to looted gold that doesn’t fit in your gold storage? It evaporates into the ether, lost forever. So, if your gold storage is near max capacity (I know, a sad problem), consider buying some decorations that will yield a small 10% return rather than burning the overage as a libation to the Supercell gods. The Clash of Clans store has decorations that can be exchanged for elixir as well as gold, so there are investments for either resource.

    Ancient SkullThe ancient skull costs 500K gold and can be sold for 50K.

    What do you do once you’ve bought all the decorations available in the store, and you’ve used them strategically near your buffer zones, but you’re still overflowing with gold and elixir? Don’t worry. I’ll come relieve you of your woes.

    Thank you for the gold, and what pretty flags you have.


    Mediapluck is a full-time desktop and mobile software developer, a part-time writer and filmmaker, lead editor at COCBLOG.COM, and clan leader of "The Bullies".

    53 Responses to We don’t need no stinking flags – or do we?

    1. November 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Your idea is great but how do you reach a situation that you are overflowing in gold/elixir. As levels go up (i am currently on level 53 and town hall 8), you need millions of gold and elixir to do anything…It takes me 10 – 12 battles to win 1 million gold/elixir, and in between, someone attacks me and takes 300,000 away; I can spend like 25 million gold, if not 50 million; I wonder how you have so much excess gold that you can store gold at 10% value.

      • Mediapluck
        December 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

        Shardkaju, my walls are maxed out, so in between long upgrades, while my builders are busy, I’m often overflowing with gold.

        • TrojaN ClasheR
          May 25, 2017 at 6:06 pm

          usualy you get full when upgrading town hall or like my dad does upgrades 5 elixir/ gold mines at the same time( he’s a farmer so no deal their but it’s still a reason to buy flags/ decorations. Mediapluck has a great point and a smart one because its happened to me several times and never thought of buying decorations. thanks for the tip.
          ,TrojaN ClasherS

      • Keith
        October 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

        When you’re maxing out a th level a lot of times you don’t have anything to spend the loot on while things are upgrading. But you still want to play and practice.

    2. Retroduck
      January 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      This strat with the flags could work, if troops couldn’t still walk strait through the decorations without harming them, good job setting people up for you to take em down pluck 😛

      • Mediapluck
        January 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm

        Retroduck, to clarify, the strategy here is to force the troops to have to deploy further away, so your canons can rain down on them while they’re walking toward your village. The decorations will not stop the troops, just slow them down.

        • TrojaN ClasheR
          May 25, 2017 at 6:07 pm

          Very True

    3. Frodo
      January 24, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Hi there,

      I have a question for you that I haven’t seen anywhere on the web. If you were to start a new game and spent real money to upgrade everything- and I mean everything from level 1 right the way through- how much would you be looking at??

      Thought it might be an interesting topic to look at…


      Sithlords Clan

      • Oppi
        May 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

        Clash of clans wiki has your answer and its around 11,000 USD

    4. hobbit01
      February 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

      is it possible the flag from Israel ??

      • israfail
        November 30, 2014 at 12:38 am

        Used toilet paper should suffice

        • RaevinClaw
          January 24, 2015 at 9:06 am

          Or better yet, instead of a flag for Israel, an impenetrable shield dome..

          • israfail
            February 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm

            Like the oh so impenetrable iron dome that was used during the last war on Gaza???? LOL… maybe if israfail’s brilliant government invested in enough gems the makers of Clash of Clans can give israfail a year long shield BUT they have to make sure not to attack anyone while the shield is active otherwise they’ll lose the shield… NeVeR mInD we all know that won’t happen… it was a great idea though… would’ve made clash of clans a lot of money LOL!!!

            • easternstar
              March 15, 2015 at 12:54 pm

              Brilliant reply. A+ 😀

    5. willwillok
      February 3, 2013 at 5:42 am

      Hey media, I also had the pawn shop idea a while back. But I thought other players would think I was crazy with the 10% return :) nice post – and the site looks great. Nice work.

    6. Tomas
      March 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

      How do yu get loads of gems

      • bossslayer47
        October 25, 2014 at 6:32 am

        The easiest way to get gems Is by taking down shrubbery and gem box’s

    7. Meg
      May 10, 2013 at 11:02 am

      is it possible to space everything out to the point theres nowhere for troops to be dropped in

      • Mediapluck
        May 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm

        Meg, no, it’s not possible, especially since the last major update (the one where they added golems, hog riders, and valkyries), troops can now be dropped on decorations.

        • @twosetsofteeth
          August 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

          I did just use my excess walls spaced out evenly to create distance between my clan and the enemy. I even left my town hall unprotected my wall. This has saved me tons of gold because after people are done thinking about why the hell I did it, it takes so long to destroy my town hall (thanks to traps) that they don’t have time left to raid my gold.

          • Debo
            March 18, 2016 at 10:45 pm

            Can you post a pic of your set up…

    8. $wag bo$$
      May 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Well in the update of April 2013 you may place troops on decorations , would u still use this stratagey now??because now you can only do the save for later part

      • Mediapluck
        May 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        I still use decorations to bank extra money. Also, it seems like not all players know they can drop on decorations, so using decorations is still better than leaving a space wide open.

    9. The people
      June 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      What did the point flag do?

    10. Will Ingman
      June 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Flags are totally worth it.Not just because of troop buffering. Why? I can make myself Swedish in game!

    11. GamingFC
      March 17, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Which decorations bought for gold can be sold for elixir?

    12. sodoo
      April 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Mongolia flag pls pls pls my phone 99615998 I’m Mongolia Mongolia flag pls pls pls pls pls pls pls please pls

    13. Pieter
      May 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Please load the SOUTH AFRICAN flag asap. We are you100’s of players. THANX

    14. death
      May 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      We need a South African flag please

    15. June 25, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      We need a iran flag
      I fuking hate this

    16. July 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      I wish they would add a Ukraine flag to Clash of Clans decorations!

    17. Chris
      July 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Add to the flag request list Scotland and Ireland….PLEASE!!!!!

    18. HebeHater
      July 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

      you have one … it is called the Union Jack

      • El Bren
        September 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm

        Ireland is an independent country and not part of the United Kingdom, troll boy…

    19. simon brookman
      July 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      Wales Scotland and Ireland and the other place have their own flags the union flag is used mainly by the supporter of the other place

      • December Summers
        August 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

        Its not called other place it is England. You sound really disrespectful to us english.

        • james
          January 23, 2015 at 11:03 am

          Maybe because your country has done nothing but reign misery and death on half the world for centuries especially those mentioned? And forced other countries including mine (usa) to pay dues through central banking schemes? Your country is terrible if you understand history. Not that I’m happy with mine either… Just a thought.

      • Óran
        February 22, 2015 at 6:16 am

        Ireland isn’t apart of the Union Jack

    20. Draknoz
      July 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      add belgium flag

    21. jl
      August 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

      “Union Flag” unless it’s used in a maritime context. Anyway do you actually know that Ireland got independence from the UK a Long time ago? I wonder what the English welsh and northern Irish well do with the remains of the flash if Scotland votes to leave the union next month!? It will look pretty sad without the blue cross of St Andrews.

      • A
        March 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm

        But they didn’t lol

    22. August 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      England has it’s own flag it’s called the flag of Saint George, shame we are all forced to share the (shaky) Union one.

    23. Rob
      August 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      The Union Jack (Union Flag) is not an English flag it is a united flag, we all have our own independant local flags but fly the united one when representing the entire United Kindom. Sadly Some people erroneously think of the Union Jack as anti Welsh or anti Scottish.

    24. cleverboy
      December 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm


      • Peter17$
        July 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm

        Well some say it’s 12,000. There is a COC YouTuber named Galadon who did a video on Richie Macs,the guy who spent 12,700$.

    25. cleverboy
      December 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Hogriders ate awesome (they jump over walls) but how do you destroy a decoration

      • cleverboy
        December 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

        If it’s not yours

    26. Uvanga
      May 18, 2015 at 12:09 am

      I wish they could Add Nunavut Flag!!

    27. Aaron
      June 22, 2015 at 4:26 am

      what can i get benefits for buy a pirate flag…..or nothing…just a decoration only…tq for you answering

    28. July 28, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      In a new update I thought that Decor could no longer funnel.Oh well lol I still like the P.E.K.K.A. Statue in my base it looks nice.I even got the Mighty Statue from extra gems because I have all 5 builders.The Pekka and Barb look cool next to each other.

    29. Master
      September 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      im town hall 8 should i max my walls or go to town hall 9

    30. Collin Lively
      October 7, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Lol guys people can put troops on decorations…..

    31. Phred
      April 21, 2016 at 9:07 am

      They need a Texas flag, but I’ll settle for a Confederate flag

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