With awesome attack range and pretty high damage, the Archer Queen is the most powerful tool which can help you farm Dark Elixir Dark Elixir much easier from Town Hall 9. I am sure that we all know how bad it is while farming without her and lots of players find it is extremely hard or even impossible for farming DE in this case.
No, it is not that hard. Currently I am upgrading my Heroes simultaneously and I am still farming Dark Elixir well with those attack strategies below.
Before starting, I’d like to recommend you stay at Gold/Silver leagues for farming If your Archer Queen is not available.
With this army composition, you can attack dead bases as well as break into the core flexibility. 10 Giants, 10 Wall Breakers and 1 Jump Spell are enough for reaching the core of most bases. Your 5 Wizards with their majestic damage can finish the job easily. You should avoid late TH9 bases as well as Anti-Barch/Giant Bases like this one. Your best targets should be TH8 with 1k-1k5 Dark Elixir and early-mid TH9 with 1k5-2k Dark Elixir. I’d like to recommend not using more than 2 spells each raid to minimize the training time (If you don’t want to boost your Spell Factory). Normally I just need to spend no more than 2 Healing Spells on attacking a TH8 base.
If you find farming with B.A.M is tough and requires lots of skills, this strategy should be the another great farming strategy for you! By using this strategy, I strongly recommend you boost at least 2 Barracks for the most effective.
With Town Hall 8 players, I think GiBarch should be the most effective DE farming strategy for you guys. You can increase the number of Giant to 12-15 so you can farm flexibility.