Hey commanders! Welcome to the Journal, your field guide to the powerful and varied Boom Beach Arsenal. We’re scoped this week on the Sniper Tower, the classic standby for defending your base.

Key Characteristics

Boom Beach HQ Wiki Sniper Tower
Unlocked at HQ Level 1
POWER RANKING
Damage
Survivability
Attack Range
EFFECTIVE RANGE
Boom Beach HQ Wiki HQ Sniper Tower Range

Offensive Application

Sniper Towers are everywhere. Makes sense, since it’s gotta be cheaper to put a guy with a rifle on top of a building than build some state of the art rocket system. Overlook them at your own peril though, as Sniper Towers remain useful well after you’ve unlocked the full extent of your armory.

How to assault Sniper Towers:

  • In the early game, Heavies are great against Sniper Towers because of their bulky HP pool. You can use this tanking strategy until your opponent reinforces with Machine Guns or Mortars, at which time you should consider using avoidance tactics or Artillery fire.
  • Sniper Towers shoot fairly slowly. Once you can load up 8 or more Riflemen in a single Landing Craft, you can almost ignore individual Sniper Towers by swarming them. Sure you’ll sustain a casualty or two, but the conserved Gunboat energy can give you an edge against tougher defenses.
  • Don’t rush your Warriors into Sniper Towers – the accuracy and spike damage of these defenses are good against your speed & heal strategies. Consider approaching the enemy base from a point more guarded by Mortars or Machine Guns instead.
  • Use Flares liberally. Most enemy commanders have figured out how to place their civilian buildings to bolster their defenses, so if you’re not careful your troops will be sitting ducks as they take down less-than-important targets. Confront the towers head on instead of trying to run past.

Defensive Application

A couple of tips:

  • Sniper Towers increase in damage output as you upgrade them, but not in firing rate. This makes them weaker and weaker against swarms of Riflemen over time, as your opponent can bring more and more troops to the fight but you can still only shoot a single target at the same slow pace.
  • Space out your Sniper Towers. Their range is potent, so your opponent will likely try to engage them with Shock Bombs or sheer unit numbers rather than avoiding them. Stop this counter by making your defenses stronger against Gunboat tactics.
  • Place Flamethrowers and Mortars behind your Sniper Towers to give them natural cover and ward off enemy Zookas.
  • Unlike Cannons and Flamethrowers, it’s not critical to put Sniper Towers right next to your HQ. Instead, garrison them near your front lines. The sight of a well-upgraded Sniper Tower between HQ stage 1 through 6 can ward off many attackers by itself.

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Best of luck storming those beaches!

Thanks to Commander Ngoc Lee for his base submission! He has asked us to try attacking his base so we’ll give it a shot and give him some feedback!

Level 23 Base Attack Strategy

At First Glance:

The first thing that strikes me, aside from the Sniper Tower, is that the defenses are very spread out. Also there are only two Cannons that are in position to defend the HQ, which is great since they are usually the hardest to deal with when using Heavies, Tanks, or Warriors. While spreading your defenses can be good to avoid shock bombs from disabling groups of buildings and barrage splash damage, it also means each of the defenses are very vulnerable. This is because most of the time, only 1 or maybe 2 defenses will be able to attack.

Ideal Troop Composition:

  • Tank Squadron
  • Heavy/Zooka
Attack Strategy:

If I were attacking his base with Heavy/Zooka, I would land my troops on the left side and artillery the Cannon there. The Heavies would be able to easily tank the Machine Gun, Mortar, and Sniper Tower while the Zookas destroy them. I would then Flare them to the left side of the base near the woods to avoid the middle Cannon. They should be able to destroy the remaining Sniper Tower and Mortar before taking out the HQ.

This base is also very weak to Tanks as they will only have to fight one defense at a time due to their long range and the large spacing between the defenses. I would follow a similar path by flaring to the left woods, avoiding the middle cannon, and then attacking towards the HQ.

Both of these strategies also use very little energy, and the extra energy could go towards making it easier to destroy other important defenses like the high level sniper towers or healing the troops.

Recommended Base Improvements:

I would move your defenses closer together so that they overlap their area of attack – this way they can protect each other and multiple defenses will retaliate when they are attacked rather than getting picked off one-by-one.

I would also recommend moving the back-right cannon closer to your HQ, possibly beside it, as cannons are a very troublesome defense to deal with for many troop compositions, and a defense that can be avoided is as good as destroyed.

Hope that helps and best of luck!

Hey Commanders!

Welcome back to the one unit series, where feature the strengths and weaknesses of your Boom troops. We’re going back to boot camp this week, by turning our eye on the humbled Rifleman regiment. It’s a unit that everyone has experience using, but we’ll see if we can teach you a couple new tricks. Benefiting from both swarm tactics and the fact that they’re likely the first unit you’ll have upgraded, Riflemen are useful way into the long game.

Key Characteristics

Boom Beach Zooka Strategy
Unlocked at HQ Level 1
Damage
Survivability
Move Speed
Attack Range
Unit Size
EFFECTIVE RANGE
Boom Beach Rifleman HQ Wiki Range

Riflemen, in Depth

Usage

  • Boom Beach heavily encourages you to use the Heavy – Riflemen combo at the start of the game, and for good reason – Sniper Towers can almost be ignored if you have a tank at the helm. What you’ll need to do is stagger the timing on your beach landings just a little so that the faster Riflemen don’t stumble into Mortars meant for your Heavies.
  • However, as soon as you unlock the Shock Bomb, we recommend you get rid of the Heavies in your party and run nothing but Riflemen . Each of your Landing Crafts will be able to host 8-9 soldiers, making for an intensely strong assault. You forgo your tanking defenders, but the additional firepower can quickly end opponents unprepared for a blitz push.
  • Prioritize your Shock Bombs on clusters of enemy defenses centered around a Flamethrower or Machine Gun. You’ll certainly take a licking from roving Snipers, but prevent bulk casualties.
  • See if you can use a single Artillery shot to make a narrow path for your troops through minefields- about a building’s width worth. You’ll save a lot more energy than using multiple Flares or Medkits.
  • Riflemen are best for bases where you can use Flares to sneak behind the trees to get past defenses – you’ll be less punished for messing up slightly and getting in range of that Sniper Tower – and have great DPS to take down the enemy HQ.

Fighting Against Riflemen

  • Fortunately, everyone has experience scrapping against Riflemen, and most of your defensive structures are balanced around their range and firepower. What you’ll want to watch out for are swarms of troops attacking with Shock Bomb or Medkit support.
  • Shock Bombs can be countered by staggering your Sniper towers – place Snipers about three squares away from your front-most Flamethrower or Machine Gun to get maximum coverage.
  • Always place a Mortar just behind your HQ – you’ll force your enemies to spend some energy to beat it, and it’s a tactic that’s useful against Warriors as well.
  • Space out your Mines to avoid getting taken out by a single well-placed Artillery shot.
  • And of course, place your Rocket Launcher at the back of your base to entirely stymie Riflemen assaults. But honestly, if you’ve unlocked them, you probably don’t need our help in getting rid of Riflemen :]

Field Testing in Action

As always, we’ll wrap up with some in-game footage featuring our spotlit unit. Here’s Boom Beach Bonanza showing the power of the Rifleman!

Hope these tactics win you many battles to come! Until next we meet on the battlefield.

Hey commanders! Welcome to the Journal, your field guide to the powerful and varied Boom Beach Arsenal. We turn it up this week with the Flamethrower, the devastating short range burst defense.

Key Characteristics

Boom Beach HQ Wiki Flamethrower
Unlocked at HQ Level 9
POWER RANKING
Damage
Survivability
Attack Range
EFFECTIVE RANGE
Boom Beach HQ Wiki HQ Flamethrower Range

Offensive Application

Flamethrowers start peppering your opponents’ bases soon after you’ve unlocked Warriors as a natural counter. They deal a lot of damage in the initial spray and cause your units to burn over time. The fiery parting gift makes them much more potent against swarms than similar garrisons such as Mortars.

How to fight against Mortars:

  • Flamethrowers are absolutely lethal against Riflemen and Warriors. The best strategy is non-conflict: avoid Flamethrowers if possible, even if it means walking into a stack of Sniper Towers. Thankfully, their short range will make this a much easier task.
  • When you absolutely must deal with one of these defenses head-on, such as in the case where it’s immediately next to the enemy HQ, use your Gunboat! Shock Bombs are a little more efficient for the energy cost, but don’t be afraid to bust out multiple Artillery shots.
  • Medkits can give your troops reprieve from the burning aftereffect, but not the direct spray – time your Medkit just ahead of your army so that your troops can heal while they walk to the next target.
  • Of course, all of this is moot if you’re fielding Tanks or Zookas. Their advanced range allow them to bombard Flamethrowers from afar with impunity.

Defensive Application

Flamethrowers unlock early and can be very powerful against initial opponents that rush with Heavies and Riflemen, forcing them to change their tactics entirely. Later on in the game, they’re excellent role-players, providing a good funnel for enemy troops that want to avoid their wrath and defending your HQ from Warriors.

A couple of tips:

  • Fortify your Headquarters with a Flamethrower, placing the defense on the side closest to the beach. This lets the flames reach all potential Warrior rushes, and ensuring if your enemy busts out a Shock Bomb, they’ll paralyze their Warriors as well.
  • Pair Flamethrowers with a Sniper Tower or two (spaced apart from each other) to give them some insurance against enemy Zookas.
  • Enemies focusing on your Flamethrowers with a huge swarm of Riflemen can win the fight with timely Medkits. Punish this strategy by putting Mortars just outside the burning range, allowing the bombs to hit the healing troops.
  • Flamethrowers are excellent buddies with Rocket Launchers. Because many opponents will try to sprint to the Rocket’s blind spot; make that a non-option by stationing a Flamethrower there. Your opponent will be forced to Shock Bomb or Artillery the defense, draining them of valuable energy that could be used on Flares and heals.

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Best of luck storming those beaches!

Shoutout to Commander Zynosaur for sending us his base!

Level 32 Base Defense Strategy

At First Glance:

Very strong front line and good spacing between buildings. Economy buildings also buy time for defenses and force attackers to use flares to concentrate on the right buildings. A large number of Flamethrowers also cover the HQ to stop Warrior rushes, and the base is placed at the back right corner costing attackers time and forcing them to trudge through the base or spend flares to navigate around it. The basics are covered well.

General Strategy:

The base has 2 Boom Cannons which can be difficult to deal with since most Gunboats will only have enough energy to destroy one of them. However, while the base has a strong front line, the defenses at the back are a bit lacking. Currently the majority of the defenses for the back portion of the base are the 2 Boom Cannons since all the other Cannons are near the front. If a column of Tanks were to be flared to furthest back edge of the base and the back Boom Cannon destroyed with Artillery, they would be able to move through the Machine Gun, Rocket Launcher, Sniper Tower, and Mortar – in that order – before hammering the HQ from out of range of the other defenses. Similar strategies might employ Heavy/Zooka or Heavy/Riflemen. Thus, I would recommend moving a Cannon or two closer to the HQ as they will also cover the back of the base.

The next topic is spacing and coverage. For example, the Boom Cannons are spaced very far apart from other defenses (presumably to avoid Barrage splash damage); however, this means if one of those Boom Cannons is destroyed, there will be a large gap in the defenses. I would shore this up by moving one of the Sniper Towers to near the back, moving the Boom Cannons so it fits between them (without touching). Even if there is splash damage on the tower, it will cover a lot of the space left vacant by the Boom Cannons if they are destroyed before the fighting starts. The Sniper Tower near the landing crafts might be the ideal candidate for this as currently it is only covering half its potential area.

Diversity is also important. While the front line is currently strong versus Tank and Heavy/Zooka lineups, there are not many ways to deal with massive numbers of troops like all Riflemen. The high level Mortar by the HQ for example might be better closer to the front line for this reason.

Final Thoughts: (TL;DR)

  1. Cover the back of your base by moving more defenses like Cannons and Sniper Towers there. They will also help deal with high health units.
  2. A Sniper Tower covering the Boom Cannons and the back of the base would be great.
  3. Diversify your front line defenses by moving the high level Mortar closer to deal with mass unit strategies like all Riflemen.

Hope that helps and best of luck!

Hey Commanders!

Welcome back to the one unit series, where feature the strengths and weaknesses of your Boom troops. This week, we’ll be examining the curious Zooka battalion. Although it may seem like a strong gust of wind can knock these units over, their damage potential is incredibly high. If you master their use, you will be well on your way to claiming enough resources for the late game.

Key Characteristics

Boom Beach Zooka Strategy
Unlocked at HQ Level 5
Damage
Survivability
Move Speed
Attack Range
Unit Size
EFFECTIVE RANGE
Boom Beach Zooka Range

Zookas, in Depth

Usage

  • Zookas will the be highest maintenance unit on your team. Snipers, Mortars, motion sickness, earthworms, mild sunlight… Seems like just about anything will kill these troops. Make sure to guard them with Heavies or swarms of other targets.
  • You’ll want to time your Zooka deployment a few seconds behind your main army so they’re not walking directly into the Mortars or Rockets fired at your first line. You can afford to be patient in battle as high firepower will ensure that, if they are left alive, they will clear the stage in the time limit.
  • Thankfully, the range and firepower of the Zookas can definitely make up for their fragile nature. Zookas are particularly great at taking down Flamethrowers and getting you energy from quickly destroying neutral buildings.
  • Good use of Flare is essential to keeping our offense alive. Zookas can’t take advantage of MedKits very well, so use that extra Gunboat energy in destroying the buildings that would threaten your Zookas’ entourage.
  • A Zooka and Heavy strategy will serve you well before you load up on Warriors and Shock Bombs.

Fighting Against Zookas

  • The best defensive strategy is to test your opponents’ micromanagement skills. Place your neutral buildings in a staggered fashion in front of defensive structures like Sniper Towers. If your opponent is going to field Zookas, they’ll need great Flare and positioning play. Punish them for any lapses in concentration with decoy buildings and ranged attacks.
  • Stacking anti-Heavy weapons next to your Sniper Towers will allow you to have an easier time against opponents that want to absorb your hits and shoot from long range.
  • Mines are also great at punishing swarms of Zookas. Place mines slightly to the left or right of the direct path to your base – that way, enemy Heavies are less likely to absorb them and they can hit Zookas as they spread out to fire.

Field Testing in Action

As always, we’ll wrap up with some in-game footage featuring our spotlit unit. Here’s some top notch footage by Boom Beach General!

Hope these tactics win you many battles to come! Until next we meet on the battlefield.

Hey commanders! Welcome to the Journal, your field guide to the powerful and varied Boom Beach Arsenal. Up on the roster Mortar, a slow-arming but much needed area attack defense.

Key Characteristics

Boom Beach  Mortar
Unlocked at HQ Level 3
POWER RANKING
Damage
Survivability
Attack Range
EFFECTIVE RANGE
Boom Beach HQ Wiki Mortar Range

Offensive Application

Opposing Mortars start showing up in enemy bases at the way beginning of your command, and can be a problem for early-on full Riflemen assaults. Later in the game they mostly act as a movement deterrent – a base structure that can be easily countered but require you to spend Gunboat energy to evade or approach an enemy base from a forced angle.

How to fight against Mortars:

  • Mortars reload extremely slowly. Use this fact to move your troops either into their blindspots or evade them entirely. Be careful when using Flares – we recommend you zoom in your view to the farthest level to make sure you tap on the ground just before the Mortar, and not on it.
  • At the way beginning of the game, when you’re fielding just Riflemen and a Heavy or two, prioritize destroying enemy Mortars with your Gunboat to have an easier time with the attack.
  • Medkits can allow your troops to completely ignore the damage from a single Mortar structure. Keep this in mind if you don’t want additional movement from using a Flare.
  • Warriors against exceptional against Mortars. Warriors move fast, and can either get into blindspots quickly or leave the defenses in the dust entirely. Warriors can also outheal the damage output of a single Mortar with the regenerative properties of their hammers.

Defensive Application

Because Mortars are one of the first to unlock in the game, it is important to master their placement early. In the early game, Mortars are excellent against the Riflemen swarms that most of your opponents will use, and can be an excellent deterrent.

A couple of tips:

  • Definitely plan around your Mortars’ blind spots. We recommend pairing each Mortar with a Sniper Tower to prevent any easy holes in your defensive line. Make sure you don’t space them next to each other so enemies can’t nail multiple turrets with Gunboat fire.
  • Keep your Mortars behind the front lines. Because the bomb is slow-moving, you’ll want them to fire just as the enemy’s forces are clumped up. Putting Mortars close to the beach is a bad idea as they’ll likely target (and miss) single units.
  • Mortars should be used to defend structures that are strong against single-targets, but weak against swarms, such as Boom Cannons.
  • It is imperative for any base to hold its own against Warriors. Keep your Mortar in range of your Headquarters to ensure that you can handle clumps of melee attackers.

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Best of luck storming those beaches!

Happy Friday! We’ve received reports of a great deal of new Android commanders joining our ranks in the recent weeks and that’s amazing! This article series, Back to Basics, is for those just starting out. For our more advanced players, we recommend checking out more in-depth articles like our Offense Boot Camp.

Without further ado, let’s dive into an early base: here is an HQ level 5 build from Commander Thx Ms!

Boom Beach HQ Wiki Level 5 Base Headquarters

What this Commander Did Right

  • Good instinct on surrounding your base at the docks. This ensures that your potential enemies get only one path to your HQ – the less options you give them, the better.
  • It is definitely a good idea to use your Residences and non-defense buildings at the front of your base – there’s no penalty for losing them in combat, and they serve as great distractions while your Sniper Towers pummel invaders.
  • All of the base defenses currently cover the Headquarters building. This is really good, as we often see players protect unnecessary parts of their base as their enemies march straight for the HQ.

What this Commander Could Work On

  • The biggest issue is that all of the buildings are clumped together – right now, an enemy can shoot a single Artillery shot and hit all of your defenses! Put at least one space of terrain between all of your buildings, and especially between your Sniper Towers and Mortar.
  • The Machine Gun can be placed closer to the front lines – at this point in the game, your enemies are trying to use Heavies to soak up Sniper fire while their riflemen do the dirty work. Punish them with the area damage of the Machine Gun.
  • Don’t move all of your defenses forward however – remember that enemy units can walk through trees. Your current foes shouldn’t have too much Gunboat energy for Flares, but they can use them to neatly sidestep your defenses.

Hope you enjoyed this short guide! Keep at it and you’ll get that base up to invincible status in no time!

Good luck commanders! And check out our Beginner Guide and Wiki if you have any more questions.

Hey Commanders!

We’re putting the spotlight on the power of the Tank. These powerhouses, although late to unlock, are daunting behemoths on the battlefield. They’re certainly not impervious to a crafty opponent, but can bring a lot of long-range firepower. Get excited to make the most out of your tanks!

Key Characteristics

Boom Beach Tank Strategy
Unlocked at HQ Level 11
POWER RANKING
Damage
Survivability
Move Speed
Attack Range
Unit Size
EFFECTIVE RANGE
Boom Beach Tank Range

Tanks, in Depth

Preparation (pre-unlock)

  • Tanks require 2 extra Gunboat energy to deploy, so make sure you’ve done the requisite upgrades. In particular, you’ll want to have at least 25 energy – this ensures that you can immediately field 4 Tanks, kill off an enemy cannon with Artillery, and fire off a Flare (to dodge mines).
  • Tanks take a while to build, so at the time of their unlock you might be running with a mixed-troop party. In this case, we recommend pairing your Tanks with Riflemen, followed by Heavies. (Zookas occupy a similar role to Tanks as ranged damage dealers, and don’t complement them well).
  • Try to pick out the enemy bases with easily disrupt-able Cannons while you wait for your shipment of tanks. Cannons are Tanks’ natural predators – if you can crush them with Gunboat fire or neatly evade their range, your metal legion will have a much easier path.

Usage

  • Barrage can be an invaluable asset as a cheap way to get rid of multiple Mines or Boom Mines at once, especially on the later Hammerman levels where it seems like the Lieutenant orders them by the truckload.
  • Tanks grow in power pretty linearly as they upgrade, so we recommend updating your other Armory options evenly as opposed to say, rushing for level 5. For the exact promotion charts, check out this page.
  • Because Tanks move slower than most of the other units, be very careful with Flare use as they may lead to unpredictable results until you’re a more practiced hand – don’t expect those Riflemen to coordinate perfectly with their beefier allies!
  • Keep in mind that the simple Medic can heal the Tank in combat! While this may seem counter-intuitive, the two actually form one of the best combos in the game.

Field Testing in Action

To illustrate the power of these war machines in action, check out this montage of resource base rampage by Boom Beach Bonanza!

Hope these tactics win you many battles to come! Until next we meet on the battlefield.

Hey commanders! Welcome to the Journal, your field guide to the powerful and varied Boom Beach Arsenal. Today we’ll take a look at the Rocket Launcher, a devastating long range bombardment defense.

Key Characteristics

Boom Beach Rocket Launcher
Unlocked at HQ Level 13
POWER RANKING
Damage
Survivability
Attack Range
EFFECTIVE RANGE
Boom Beach Rocket Launcher Range

Offensive Application

You’re going to face off against Rocket Launchers early on in your campaign, primarily in NPC levels and opponents’ Resource Bases. Sometimes it’ll even be at a point in the game where your only troops are Riflemen or Heavies – units that Rockets eat for breakfast. However, with concentration and a liberal use of Flares, you can make the best of a dangerous situation.

Here are a couple of specific combat tips when attacking:

  • Maneuvering into the Rocket’s blind spot is by far the most efficient way to take them down. Flare your troops into the zone just in front of the Rocket, even if it means taking sporadic fire from Machine Guns or Mortars along the way.
  • Shock Bombs once unlocked are a top asset against Rockets if you’re fielding a swarm of foot soldiers. Figure out the earliest range that you need to shield your troops!
  • Rockets have a long and potentially predictable reload time. You’ll quickly get used to the timing after facing them a couple of times – use that knowledge to time your Shock Bombs and Flares, and get a crucial few seconds of reprieve in combat.
  • Don’t use Zookas against rockets. Not only will they be quickly mowed down by the barrage of rockets, their range is greater than the rockets’ blind spot, meaning they’ll foolishly remain in danger territory.
  • Rockets are extremely accurate against slow-moving or stationary targets, meaning Heavies are at a disadvantage. Warriors, if assisted by Shock Bombs or Smoke (to shield them from roving Flamethrowers or Cannons), can be extremely effective at getting inside the Rockets’ blind spot and wrecking havoc.

Defensive Application

Good work on getting to a high enough clearance to acquire these missile batteries for your main base! As the penultimate defense to unlock, you’ve certainly had to deal with plenty of these in your quest to HQ level 13 – and now you can use them against your enemies!

Here’s our recommendations on getting the most out of your shiny new toys:

  • Take particular advantage of the extreme range. Position your launcher way behind your base, such that the enemy needs to fight through your entire gauntlet of defenses before reaching it. This also effective against Shock Bomb tactics.
  • If you have two Rocket Launchers, make sure their blind spots don’t overlap. In fact, we recommend putting a building or two worth of distance between the blind spots to ensure an extra salvo of rockets hit the enemy while they march over to your next one.
  • The Rocket Launcher is at its best when covering for other defenses’ weaknesses – Boom Cannons, for example, are weak to swarms of riflemen. Pair them to improve your base survivability.
  • If you’re having trouble hitting nimble moving Warriors, use your non-essential buildings like Residences as a distraction to get them stationary or blocked off. Your opponent will need to use Flares to prevent the slaughter, expending their Energy.

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Best of luck storming those beaches!