Trophies are the basis upon which status is earned. You gain or lose trophies by either winning or losing Multiplayer Battles. Trophies can also be won or lost when your village is raided. If your defense wins, you gain trophies; if your attacker wins, you lose trophies. There are three reasons for collecting or controlling your trophy count:
- To gain rank on the various leader boards.
- To control which relative trophy level players you can attack.
- To control which relative level trophy can attack you.
When choosing a village to raid, you will be matched with who have about the same number of trophies as you.
A very common tactic is for high level players to deliberately keep their trophy counts low, so that they can be matched with weaker opponents. This is called farming.
- It is impossible for players to have a negative trophy count. However, players with zero trophies will still give successful attackers trophies, adding more total trophies to the game and causing inflation.