Bellow are the basics to making a base design
The rules of attacking troops and heroes are fairly simple. Choose the nearest target, travel until it is in range, attack until it is destroyed. For destructive troops, the nearest target is the nearest tower if there is one. Attackers targeting a regular building, not a tower, will pause to counter attack then return to the same building.
The first basic principle of base design is ensuring that "choose the nearest target" is not a hero. Surround heroes by other buildings that will be targeted. Choose buildings with high HP. Towers are designed for this, and arrow towers have the highest HP.
The second basic principle of base design is using walls against ground attackers to make "travel until the target is in range" involve walking farther distances and through more damage. Flying units ignore walls and cannot be influenced. These bases all have openings in the walls, so the defender chooses where the attacker enters. Imagine the barbican of a castle. The castle wall has an opening, but the opening is heavily protected.
To prevent ranged attackers from shooting over walls, have at least 3 squares between the outer wall and any inner building. The inner squares will often have additional walls, flowers, or be empty.
To prevent walls from being attacked, increase the thickness of the wall the farther it is from an entrance. The level or damage of the attacker, the level of the wall, and the total distance to the target all affects the decision to go through or around a wall. A rough guideline is to increase the thickness by one for every 6 squares traveled.
TH level 8-11
Design Concept: Peon Clover
HBM wave: A
Description: It's a DeathClover modified base,where the vaults tank for you,and you have no towers due to the low might. It's very good if you want an account with very low might.
TH level 9
Design Concept: Circle of Death
HBM wave: A - F
Tower levels: 5 - 7
Heroes: Levels 60-80
Description: Monsters walk around the walls allowing all heroes and towers to target them simultaneously. Provides some raid protection of vaults as well as being good for HBM.
TH Level 10
HBM Wave: A-B (Depending on Heroes)Credit: SandSeven7 (YouTuber)
Archer Tower Levels: 1 Is Perfectly fine (Possible with normal towers level 8/9 depending on heroes)
Heroes Levels: 60+ For HBM Wave A, legends at 60+ for HBM B (One legend at 60+ and elites at 60+ is good enough for B)
Description: Monsters split at Corners and this allows towers to take advantage and peg off a few heroes/troops. Heroes in the middle will move into the corners next to the entrance and this will draw the remaining heroes/troops to target the towers so that they tank while your heroes attack them without getting damaged. This base also allows for protection of a gold/mana vault during raids, I chose gold for obvious reasons. No troops are required for HBM, I only have them here for faster raiding.
Note: The walls near where you start HBM and where the quest board is, is not included in the base design, I have them there because I just levelled to TH Level 11 and haven't decided on a base design for level 11 yet, don't include them at TH Level 10, you will run out of walls if you try to.
TH Level 10
Design Concept: Id_ONE
HBM wave: D
Tower levels: 4 - 7
Tower levels: 5 - 7
Heroes: Levels 60 (Legendary)
TH level 13
Design Concept: Maze
HBM wave: C
Credit: IGG Forums
Tower levels: 5 - 7
Heroes: Levels 60-100
Description: Monsters walk around in the maze giving your heroes and towers enough time to take them out before they reach their your towers.
Design Concept: Modified Deathbox
HBM Wave : D - E
Description: Tower based design. Monsters target your towers while your heroes take them out.
Towers can be interchanged with mana/gold vaults if your towers are low levels
Note: Monsters break through the walls on the east and wide a lot. Not recommended.
Design Concept: Modified CloverHBM wave: C
Credit: IGG Forums
Tower levels: 5 - 7
Heroes: Levels 80-100
Description: 4 entrances help spread monsters and reduces the number that can aggro on your heroes at a given time. Buildings outside the wall are arranged in such a way that the monsters cannot complete path around your walls. Monsters make an L shaped/ V shaped path from one entrance to the next.
Tower Levels: 2-4 (upgraded)
Heroes: 60-80 (60+ Druid necessary, others can be elite)
Description: Mix between 2 entrance diamond and a Maze layout. 4 corner spawns will be re-directed to top openings, placed in a way where some of the group will begin the maze as the rest continue around the base being taken out by towers. Minimum requirements are 20x lvl 9 walls (inner maze walls) and the rest lvl 8. 3 lvl 4 arrow towers able to complete wave B, just re-arrange so highest lvl vault is in the gap where the bottom tower is. Lower part of the base should be 2-3 walls thick (2 if one layer is lvl 9) to avoid south spawns from just breaking through bottom of base. Reliably completes wave B 95% of the time. all lvl 9 walls and lvl 80 heroes should complete HBM-C.
TH level 14
Design Concept: Corner Base
HBM wave: A-G
Tower levels: Arrow levels 1+
Garrisons: Not necessary but it is up to you.
- A You need druid at least and 20+lvl heroes and TH lvl 7+
- B You need druid + Thunder God and 60+ lvl heroes
- C You need Druid + Thunder God and 80+ lvl heroes
- D You need Druid + Thunder God + any AoE hero and 80+ lvl heroes
- E You need Druid + Thunder God + any AoE hero and 80+ lvl heroes (druid must be at least 3/9) inscription is very welcome, but not nesesery
- F You need Druid + Thunder God + any AoE hero and 100+ lvl heroes (druid must be at least 4/9) and fully inscribed 60lvl
- G You need Druid + Thunder God + any AoE hero and 120+ lvl heroes (druid must be at least 5/9) and fully inscribed 80lvl.
This base will not work for H and and after. Good AoE heroes are Vlad, Santa, Immortep, Reaper and Dark Knight. Corner design makes the longest path to reach your base
TH level 15
Design Concept: Modified DiamondHBM wave: F
Tower levels: Arrow levels 7-8
Description:This set-up is tower based, your heroes must be capable of taking out all the enemies while they focus on the towers. Thunder god , Engineer and Atlanticore at 4/9 skill. Putting vaults or any other building inside your walls is counter-productive and will lead to failure. This is because enemies will target towers until they are destroyed but for other buildings your heroes can be targeted before the building is destroyed and the monsters will break through your wall to get to the buildings.. It is possible to beat D using two cannon towers with this setup. This setup is vulnerable to raids. Placing two buildings or decorations at the tips can resolve this. For Here Be Monsters the buildings have to be removed. Decorations can stay.
Note: Putting a very low HP building at the tip can be a good strategy as it would be destroyed by wave 3 by Griffins. Its a risky strategy as non flying ranged heroes and troops( Serpent Queen and Centaurs) will try breaking through your walls. Its also risky if it lasts past wave 3 as it can be targeted by the Dino and destroyed instantly and your heroes will not survive.
TH level 16
Design Concept: Modified Clover
HBM wave: D-F
Tower levels: 5-7
Heroes: Description: Beginning with Wave D, your base will be swarmed by packs of Griffins. As they completely fly over walls, you will need to have a base design that immediately attracts their attention toward buildings, while your towers and heroes kill them off. If you have been using Cannon Towers, which are great for A through C, you will need to exchange them for Arrow Towers , as the former are completely useless against flying troops. It is recommended that you keep at least one Cannon Tower to deal with the large amount of ground troops that can overwhlem other towers..
This base design is highly effective in drawing troops into the base and having them circle around the paths towards their target building, while heroes and towers pick off the invaders. Out of 100+ completed HBM runs, there are only rare instances losing due to a time out. (This may happen in D, but far less often in E and F.)
Design Concept: Modified Clover Zigzag
HBM wave: C-E
Tower levels: 7-10
Heroes: 80-180 :P Legendary
Description: Not sure if this has been done before but it's a simple modified clover that uses the zigzag to maximize damage and for your gold storages to tank while your heroes pick everything else off. The Arrow Towers can have optional garrisons for C and D but recommended for E. Cannon is to pick off large groups.
TH level 17
Design Concept: Fighting L's
HBM wave: E & F
Tower levels: Green and Pink garrisons in arrow towers to take out heroes quickly, Blue and Purple garrison in Cannon tower to maximize damage to ground units.
Description: Design focuses fire to single units to bring down enemies as quick as possible. Enemies run around the perimeter through wave E4 and reaches the center by E5 and die quickly afterwards.
Design Concept: Death Box
HBM wave: H
Tower: No need.
Hero Base: Level 14-15
Heroes: 8 star (150+ is recommended), 5/9 and 6/9, Thunder God, Immortep, Reaper and Druid are a must have.
- From HBM H, the appearance of Ornithopters make towers much more fragile than ever. Ornithopters can wipe out a high level tower in one second so placing high HP buildings (Heroes Altar and Guild Hall) in the inside corner instead of towers help avoid enemies changing aggro when a target is taken down.
- Don't place the inside corner buildings too far away from Hero Base. That would sometimes make Fairy Dragons get stuck at a building until the timer dies.
- The hardest part of HBM H is not the Dino but instead the Fairy Dragons in the fifth wave. Those Fairy Dragons coming at a number of approximately 40 units can kill a hero in two seconds. Keeping Immortep in a safe place is very important because his proc can solve the problem of massive dragons. Immortep is recommended to be placed next to a Heroes Altar or Guild Hall in the corner, not in the centre to avoid Ninja's proc.
Design Concept: Rounded Box
HBM I wave: H-J and HBM II wave K-N
Tower: Arrow 1+
Hero Base: Level 13+
Heroes: 8 star, with skill lvl 5/9 or more. Thunder God, Immortep, Druid are essential for this build.
My Hero F2P recommendation: Tunder God, Immortep, Druid, Grizzly Reaper, Siren
- Placing hero is the key to win. You should put ranged Hero on corners and same for Mass killing hero's like Imortep.
- Placing a hero bombs between hero base will help with tought monster or dino boss.
- For wave I and J you should fill your camps with guardians, to prevent Spirit Mage and Tunder God proc in your heroes or builings.
Design Concept: Corner Base
HBM wave: challenge 1 A-J and challenge 2 K-Q
Tower: 5 lvl 10 magic towers Carrisons in the picture ->
Hero Base: 6x lvl 15-16
Placing hero is the key to win. Put ranged heroes with fast ATK SPD in those 3 hero bases close to town hall, so they can kill Ornithopters fast.
TH level 18-19
Design Concept: Modified and enlarged Deathbox
HBM wave: I
Credit: YouTube contributors
Tower Levels: L10 Arrow Towers with garrisons of your choice depending on your needs.
- Purple garrisons are not recommended since enemy heroes have such high hit points towers will have little affect on them.
- Green garrisons are not recommended since they prioritize targeting to heroes and that will not help you in high levels.
- Blue garrisons are probably the best choice since they raise the hit points of the towers substantially at high levels. Your towers and other buildings are in your centre base for one purpose - distracting enemy heroes and soaking up damage. High hit points equals survival.
Heroes: 140-160 depending on line-up. Druid/TG/PD are mandatory and ranged/AOE with high hit points are recommended in addition to these.
Description: Base design focuses on control of enemy hero multi-targeting. This includes SM and TG and is accomplished using the "4 corner" design and placing Guardian troops in all Barracks. This increases the chance enemy heroes will not target your heroes dramatically. As in wave H, you must protect your towers from the Ornithopters and increase their pathing time by placing them closer to the centre of your base. Use your highest hit point buildings on the outside centre of your base. Hero base levels should be 18 plus depending on your hero level. If using TH 18 the zig-zag entry on each side of the death box is optional. I recommend bomb placement around both entrances.
Note: This base has a weakness that the inside corner buildings are too far from Hero Bases. This results in SM attacking the corner buildings without anyone killing her, makes SM procs continuously until the whole base is destroyed.
Design Concept: The BIG Deathbox
HBM wave: I-J
HBM II wave: K-N
Tower Levels: L1+ Arrow Towers
- 2x God AoE(like Vlad, Santa, Immortep,TG, DK)
- 2x buffer (like PD, Cupid)
- 1x debuffer (like Aries, Orc, Siren, Harpy, Pixie, Molt)
Hero base levels should be 14+ depending on your hero level.
Upgrade for TH19 & TH20
Design Concept: TH19 Modified Deathbox
HBM wave: Farm I, beat J
Tower: Level 8+, full garrison will be easier to farm both.
Hero Base: Level 17+
Heroes: Level 155+ (9 star is recommended). Ranger heroes must be placed at the corners.
- Full garrison: Only needs a f2p team. Druid, Thunder God, Reaper and Immortep are required.
- No garrison: Needs strong gem-only heroes like Pumpkin Duke, Cupid, Minotaur, Aries or Vlad Dracula.
- HBM I and J have Spirit Mage and Thunder God (global procing heroes). Have Guardians in Army Camps to take Spirit Mage's proc, that will keep Heroes safe. Thunder God will only proc about once before reaching the inside buildings and that's not enough to kill all Heroes.
- Spirit Mage will most likely to target the inside corner base so having level 17 Hero Base (max range) and ranger heroes at the corner will help you kill Spirit Mage before she procs. Note that if Hero Base is under level 17, it will not have enough range to reach Spirit Mage.
- Centre heroes will most likely to take Ninja's aggro so it's highly recommended that a high HP or Revive hero should be placed in the centre.
Design Concept: TH19 Coleoptera
HBM wave: Farm I, J
Tower: Level 9+
Hero Base: Level 17+
Heroes: 9 star, high skill level (6+, 7 is recommended). Need at least cupid or PD to farm easily.
Description: Longer path compared to Death box. Placing Town Hall outside the walls to avoid enemy Thunder God procing on heroes.
Credit to Nathan Blezek.
Design Concept: TH19 Modified Coleoptera
Same requirements as Original Coleoptera.
Description: Change the south entrance to be zig zag shape. Move the top buildings to be seperate and closer to the Town Hall.
Explanation: Seperate top buildings apart to avoid Thunder God procing too many times when Town Hall is accidentally destroyed. Moving them closer to Town Hall to avoid enemies changing their direction when destroying top buildings (leaving enemy Thunder God alone hitting buildings while Town Hall is already destroyed).
TH Level 20 Cordi's Base
HBM Levels: HBM Challenge I and II
Waves: Challenge I ( H,I and J) Challenge II (K-T)
Credits: Cordi's HBM Base
Towers Used: Arrow Tower
Heroes: Depending upon the wave but minimum levels 100-180 heroes.
The base works by increasing the time it takes for HBMs to get to the inner walls giving your heroes more time to take them out, but more importantly it gives your heroes more time to do as much damage as they can to the Boss before he reaches his first target - which is the closest hero to him from where he spawned. Most importantly, if you lose your heroes the Hero Traps should finish him off.
To optimise this you should use the standard 2112 formation, and have Ranged Heroes or Mass Removal (Immortep) on the outside bases with PD and Close Range Heroes (Thundergod, Death Knight, Aries ect.(Or Cupid)) in the middle. Note: Heroes are just given sample.
Source: Cordi's HBM Base for other levels as provided on the same page for referrences.
Design Concept: TH20 Corner Base
HBM Levels: HBM Challenge II
Waves: Challenge II (O-T)
Heroes: 160-180 heroes.
- This build is more luck depending than box builds.
- Works perfectly with end-game heroes team.
- All heroes must be 9-star and at least 7/9
Design Concept: TH21 Condensed Deathbox
HBM Levels: HBM Challenge II
Waves: Challenge II (N-Q)
Towers Used: Magic Tower
Heroes: 150-175 heroes.
- So if you have faced challenges like me with the normal deathbox setup your front hero's separate from each other and the boss after O picks them off one by one. This set up is built to help your hero's attack together, and gives a line of walls between your hero's and the end boss allowing them to pick him off before he even touches you.
- Keep ranged hero's on both sides, leaving a healer and PD in the center.
- A couple ranged hero's need slow down talent crest and I recommend revive crest on PD.
- For this base I highly recommend Siren. The built in slow along with damage buff really helps with the final boss.
Recommended Heroes For Free to Play
Here are the lists of possible Heroes which Free to Play players may use on Here Be Monsters.
Druid - His ability and strength is a mark-up choice in HBM. He acts as a one man army but very useful since he heals and attacks at the same time even and during the game play. Probably one of the best Hero to use in HBM. Druid should be placed at the center, and one ranged hero paired with a melee hero..
Immortep - One of the best hero you can come up with. His skills and added talents can clear up attacking troops from A-J depending upon his levels.
Thunder God - one of the best AoE and multiple target hero in HBM. He is one of the key player, the other one is Druid and Immortep. With his multiple Target attacks he can manage to wipe out troops on every waves.
Grizzly Reaper - one of the best AoE and multiple target hero in HBM. His atack speed is very fast. When he proc, he heal himself.
Siren - a multitarget Hero. Build in Slow down 5/5, helps with tought monsters and boss, she provides extra damge buff when she proc.
Paladin - Because of his high hitpoints that makes him second invincible blocker of the game. Able to hold attacking troops and monsters.
Pain-Da - His procs prove him almost same with Immortep giving an area of attack a best play in HBM.
Cyclops - He has decent damage and with his skill he can take out many enemies at once
Serpent Queen - Although her skill damage isn't very high, she can be very useful in the early hbm challenges, where tier1 or tier2 troops attack
Engineer - out from Ordinary Hero List He is one of the best Heroes proven useful in Raids and HBM. His capability upon HBM has been proven to be powerful in regards with multiple target attacks.
The difference between almost completing and completing a Here Be Monsters letter could be the addition of a multiple target skill hero.