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.
Halloween Decorated Obstacles
Winter Decorated Obstacles
Builder Base Obstacles
Other Special Event Obstacles
Obstacles are structures that obstruct 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.
Each obstacle that is removed can contain anywhere from 0 to 6 Gems.
There are three cycles governing the amount of Gems you receive by removing obstacles in your Home Village and Builder Base. All three cycles are identical to each other, occur concurrently and are independent of each other, meaning that clearing an obstacle advances only one of the below cycles and has no effect on the position of the other two cycles. These cycles repeat as follows: 6, 0, 4, 5, 1, 3, 2, 0, 0, 5, 1, 0, 3, 4, 0, 0, 5, 0, 1, 0.
The first cycle governs the amount of Gems you receive from an obstacle in your Home Village. It advances when you remove an obstacle in the Home Village.
The second cycle governs the amount of Gems you receive from the original obstacles in the Builder Base (i.e. the obstacles that are spawned when you first enter the Builder Base). It advances when you remove such an obstacle in the Builder Base.
The third cycle governs the amount of Gems you receive from spawned obstacles in the Builder Base (i.e. obstacles that spawned sometime after you enter the Builder Base). It advances when you remove such an obstacle in the Builder Base.
On average, each obstacle cleared has 2 Gems. This pattern does not include the 25 Gems held from the Gem Box, or the holiday themed Obstacles like the various Halloween Obstacles (2014-2016) which have Elixir; the X-Mas Trees (2012-2016) have Gold instead.
The most gems you can get from an average obstacle is 6.
Vegetation respawns at a rate of one item per eight hours, except if all the spaces in your village are totally filled. Furthermore, 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.
Rocks do not respawn once they are removed.
You can’t place buildings on obstacles (unless it is Tall Grass).
Since vegetation respawns, and removing one may have Gems, removing vegetation regularly can be an unlimited (although sometimes slow) source of Gems.
If you accidentally set a Builder to remove an obstacle, you can cancel it if the button is tapped before the Builder is finished.
Cancelling 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. Gem Box or holiday themed obstacles do not count toward this limit.
There is an achievement called “Nice and Tidy” which gives players Experience and Gems for removing [10/50/500] obstacles.
Troops can be spawned beside and/or on top of obstacles.
After the Halloween 2014 update the required time to remove all obstacles except Mushrooms was reduced.
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