Setting up the correct base layout in Boom Beach is essential to protect your resources and victory points. A successful player attack on your base will steal any resources which are not protected by your Vault.
Your Headquarters placement is the most important out of all the buildings, as losing your Headquarters results in a defeat. It’s usually best to place this in one of the far corners of the map, that way attacks can only come from two directions. You should leave room for at least one row of defenses directly behind your HQ and to the side.
Some players like to place the HQ on the water side of the map, leaving the other side to grow a forrest of trees, which can act as a deterrent resulting in players attacking from the front only.
You should place some boom mines and mines directly surrounding your HQ to stop the warrior/smoke bomb attack strategy from easily taking down your HQ.
Once you have your Headquarters placed, it’s a good idea to build your base up by working outwards from your HQ in equal directions. You want to spread the different types of defenses out equally, so that there is no weak side to your base. This way which ever direction you are attacked from, the attack will face equal resistance.
You should also leave a single space between each defense and building structure. This stops attackers from being able to take out multiple buildings in a single Artillery shot and helps reduce damage to surrounding buildings from Barrage attacks. Mines and Boom mines can be placed between buildings to stop warriors from running straight to your HQ.
If you tap a defense building it will highlight a circular perimeter indicating its range. Ideally you want as many of these perimeters overlapping the immediate vicinity to your HQ.
Flamethrowers and Machine Guns have the shortest range out of all of your defenses, but they cause good area damage to multiple attacking troops. For this reason a good strategy is to place them directly surrounding your Headquarters.
This has two advantages; the first is that by the time the attacking troops get near your HQ, they are going to be densely compact and therefore your flamethrower and machine guns will be at their most effective.
The second advantage is against warriors that storm you HQ ignoring all other defenses. Flamethrowers and machine guns are very effective at taking out multiple warriors.
Next you should spread out your boom cannons and mortars surrounding HQ in an arch. Remember to keep a space between each building. This is one of the optimal positions for these long range and high damage defenses, as they should be able to cover most of your base.
By keeping these near your Headquarters they should also last a relatively long time allowing them to do maximum damage to the attacking force. Don’t be afraid to scatter some mines between your boom cannons and mortars to add an extra line of defense.
Rocket launchers have the longest range in the game and can wipe out large numbers of low health troops quickly. Due to their range it is useful to put one right in the far corner of your base near your HQ. This means that unless your opponent takes it out with barrage or artillery, they will have to work through all your defenses to get to the rocket launcher, whilst it continuously fires at your opponent.
Once you get two rocket launchers, it’s also useful to put one near the front of your base. A central position will mean as your attacker lands their troops on the beach they will be subject to a barrage of missiles, hopefully taking out some of the low health troops.
Once you unlock the shock launcher at Headquarters 17, you will want to place this fairly central in your base. This way it can reach all edges of your defenses, stunning attacking troops just as they reach your front line of defense.
Everything else should be spread out around the edges of your base. You should try and get a good balance of rifle towers and cannons surrounding the edge of your base. At this point it is also a good idea to spread out all your other buildings in between.
You should avoid putting large areas of non defensive buildings on the edge of your base, as it will allow attackers to pick up easy gun boat energy points, resulting in more power ups to be used against your base.
Don’t overlook defense statues (the Ice section under your sculptor) as these can significantly increase your buildings defenses and your attack power.
The most useful statue is the building heath boost, which increases your buildings hitpoints. A single Masterpiece hit point statue can make a huge difference for your buildings survivability.
The above layouts should go a long way to protecting your headquarters and in turn help you to build up a decent amount of resources to progress in Boom Beach.
It is also very important to view replays of attacks on your base, especially when your HQ is destroyed. This way you can identify weak points and rearrange your layout accordingly.
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