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Explorer is one of the two rewards you can choose after you have upgraded a level 1 city to level 2 (the other

A Quetzali Explorer

being Workshop). Explorers can also be found in ruins. Explorers are translucent and explore the surrounding fog of war. They change in color based on the tribe that used them.

Each Explorer moves 15 times. Explorers will only move towards the fog of war if there is only one tile between where the Explorer is and the fog of war; otherwise, the Explorer will move randomly. (Because of this, Ruins two or more tiles away from the fog of war, including those on Mountains, never grant Explorers.)

Sailing gives the Explorer the ability to move in water, and Navigation lets it move in oceans. Climbing gives them the ability to move on mountains, but they don’t get the visibility bonus. Explorers can use techs for movement they pick up as they explore.

Every tile explored gives 5 points. (Note that this is true for tiles explored through all means, not just tiles explored with Explorers.)


  • It has a nearly identical sprite to the Scout, a removed unit, with the sole difference being the lack of the hand holding the staff.


Ruin Rewards
Battleship, Crab, Explorer, Giant, Population, Population Growth, Stars, Super Unit, Technology
City Upgrades
Border Growth, City Wall, Explorer, Park, Population, Population Growth, Stars, Super Unit, Workshop
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