In The Battle of Polytopia, players choose one of eleven tribes to lead. Four tribes (Bardur, Xin-Xi, Imperius, and Oumaji) are included in the game, free of charge, and seven additional tribes (Kickoo, Hoodrick, Luxidoor, Vengir, Zebasi, Ai-Mo and Aquarion) are currently available as in-app purchases.
The choice of a tribe has important consequences. Each human tribe begins the game with a different technology unlocked by default, with the exception of the Luxidoor and Aquarion. Each tribe also seems to have a mix of terrain and resources that they are likely to be surrounded with at the beginning of a new game; see Research for more information.
In the latest "Atlantis" update, a section with 'special' tribes was added. They are non-human and have a modified tech tree. Only one exists of now, the Aquarion. They have a modified Chivalry branch, with two new special units: The Amphibian to replace their Rider, and the Tridention to replace their Knight.
Each tribe's terrain, resources, units, cities, and monuments are unique in appearance. These are aesthetic only and do not affect gameplay.
A tribe with unicorns as game as well as a tribe that appears to take inspiration from the Inuit and Yupik peoples (Polaris) have also been teased.
Available Tribes Edit
Human Tribes Edit
|Cost (US$)||Cost (CAD$)||Release Date (App Store)||Color|
|Xin-Xi||Climbing||Free||Free||Feb 4th, 2016||Red|
|Imperius||Organization||Free||Free||Feb 4th, 2016||Blue|
|Bardur||Hunting||Free||Free||Feb 4th, 2016||Black|
|Oumaji||Riding||Free||Free||Feb 4th, 2016||Yellow|
|Kickoo||Fishing||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||Feb 4th, 2016||Light Green|
|Hoodrick||Archery||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||March 23rd, 2016||Brown|
|Luxidoor||None, Starts with level 3 city and city wall||2.99 US$||3.99 CAD$||March 23rd, 2016||Purple|
|Vengir||Smithery||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||June 23nd, 2016||White|
|Zebasi||Farming||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||August 4th, 2016||Orange|
|Ai-Mo||Meditation||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||December 1st, 2016||Teal|
Special Tribes Edit
|Tribe Image||Name||Unlocked Tech||Cost (US$)||Cost (CAD$)||Release Date||Color|
|Aquarion||None||1.99 US$||2.79 CAD$||June 8, 2017||Salmon Pink|
Polytopia Gaming Youtube Channel: Ranking the Ten Tribes (outdated since the "Atlantis" update)