The icon for the Tech Tree

Technology refers to skills that can be researched using resources that unlock new abilities, units and buildings. All tribes except for the Luxidoor and Aquarion tribes start with a technology that is already unlocked.

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The Xin-xi tech tree

The cost to research a new technology increases as more cities are added to a tribe's empire. Tier One technologies start at 5 resources, Tier Two technologies at 6, and Tier Three at 7. For each city, the cost of Tier One technologies increases by 1, Tier Two by 2, and Tier Three by 3. It also states at the bottom of the tech tree: "Tech costs increase for each city in your empire", and "Literacy reduce the price of technologies by 20%!" if Philosophy has been researched.

To access the Tech Tree to research technology, tap the blue beaker at the bottom of the screen. If you can currently afford a technology, the button will glow blue. If not, it will be black.

Tier One Technologies

Tier One technologies are the first ones that players can research, and cost 5 resources at one city.

Tier Two Technologies

Tier Two technologies can be researched after the Tier One technology of the branch is researched, and cost 6 resources at one city.

Tier Three Technologies

Tier Three technologies are the last that players can research, and cost 7 resources at one city.


There are 3 orientations, or categories, of techs: Exploration, Economy, and Military.

Exploration: A tech with the Exploration orientation helps the player explore the Square.

Economy: A tech with the Economy orientation helps the player build up their cities and increase star production.

Military: A tech with the Military orientation unlocks new units and helps the player in combat (such as Defence bonuses).

Some techs can have more than one orientation.


Tech Unlocks Native to Tier
Climbing Movement on mountain tiles, allows players to see mountains with ore, allows explorers to move on mountain tiles Xin-Xi 1
Fishing Fishing, allows players to see whales Kickoo 1
Hunting Hunting Bardur 1
Organization Gathering fruit, allows players to see fields with crop Imperius 1
Riding Rider, movement on shallow water tiles (Aquarion) Oumaji 1
Archery Archer, Defence bonus on forest tiles Hoodrick 2
Farming Farm Zebasi 2
Forestry Lumber Hut, Clear Forest none 2
Free Spirit Temple, Disband, movement on ocean tiles (Aquarion) none 2
Meditation Mountain Temple, defence bonus on mountain tiles, Pacifist task Ai-Mo 2
Mining Mine none 2
Roads Roads, Network task none 2
Sailing Ports, Boat, Ship, allows explorers to move on shallow water tiles none 2
Shields Defender Quetzali 2
Whaling Whale Hunting none 2
Aquatism Water Temple, defence bonus on ocean and shallow water tiles Aquarion (removed in BETA) 3
Chivalry Knight, Burn Forest none 3
Construction Windmill, Destroy none 3
Mathematics Sawmill, Catapult 3
Navigation Battleship, movement on shallow water tiles (units with carry), Explorer task, allows explorers to move on ocean tiles none 3
Smithery Forge, Swordsman Vengir 3
Spiritualism Forest Temple, Grow Forest none 3
Trade Customs House, Wealth task none 3
Philosophy Mind Bender, Literacy Bonus, Genius task none 3
Ruin Rewards
Battleship, Crab, Explorer, Giant, Population, Population Growth, Stars, Super Unit, Technology
Game Mechanics
AI Relationships, Combat, Population, Stars, Technology, Terrain, Unit Skills

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