In The Battle of Polytopia, players choose one of twelve tribes to lead. Four tribes (Bardur, Xin-Xi, Imperius, and Oumaji) are included in the game free of charge, and eight additional tribes (Kickoo, Hoodrick, Luxidoor, Vengir, Zebasi, Ai-Mo, Aquarion, and Quetzali) are 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 has a mix of terrain and resources that they are likely to be surrounded with at the beginning of a new game which also depends on the selected trbe. See Research for more information.
In the 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.
A 13th tribe, the Polaris, was teased first on Midjiwan's instagram account and was later confirmed on discord. It is likely now in development.
Each tribe's terrain, resources, units, cities, and monuments are unique in appearance. These are cosmetic only and do not affect gameplay.
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 a level 3 city and a 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|
|October 19th, 2017||Dark
Special Tribes Edit
|Tribe Image||Name||Unlocked Tech||Cost (US$)||Cost (CAD$)||Cost
|Aquarion||None, modified tech tree||1.99
|2.79 CAD$||2.99 AU$||June 8, 2017||Salmon|
Polytopia Gaming Youtube Channel: Ranking the Ten Tribes (outdated since the "Atlantis" update)
|Xin-Xi, Imperius, Bardur, Oumaji, Kickoo, Hoodrick, Luxidoor, Vengir, Zebasi, Ai-Mo, Quetzali, Aquarion|