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Destroy is an ability that removes a building or ruin at no cost. The ability is unlocked by the Chivalry technology.

Destroying a building also removes any population or points provided by the building. Destroyed monuments and ice banks cannot be rebuilt.

Destroy can be used in "scorched-earth" tactics before a city is captured by an enemy.


The Cymanti tribe has the Decompose ability instead of Destroy. The two abilities are identical except that the Decompose ability removes the building or ruin at the end of the turn (instead of immediately) and returns a building's full cost.


The Decompose icon