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In The Battle of Polytopia, players choose one of ten tribes to lead. Four tribes (Bardur, Xin-Xi, Imperius, and Oumaji) are included in the game, free of charge, and six additional tribes (Kickoo, Hoodrick, Luxidoor, Vengir, Zebasi and Ai-mo) are currently available as in-app purchases.
The choice of a tribe has important consequences. Each tribe begins the game with a different technology unlocked by default, with the exception of the Luxidoor who begin instead with a size 3 capital. 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.
Each tribe's terrain, resources, units, cities, and monuments are unique in appearance. These are aesthetic only and do not affect gameplay.
An 11th tribe, the Aquarion, has been confirmed to be released in the next update. The Aquarion will begin with the Aquatism technology, will be the first tribe to have unique units, and will cost $1.99.
Available tribes: Edit
|Cost (US$)||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$||March 23rd, 2016||Brown|
|Luxidoor||Starts with level 3 city||2.99 US$||3.99 CAD$||March 23rd, 2016||Purple|
|Vengir||Smithery||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||June 23nd, 2016||Silver|
|Zebasi||Farming||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||August 3rd, 2016||Orange|
|Ai-Mo||Meditation||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||November 30th, 2016||Teal|