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Tribe Selection Menu

The tribe selection menu showing all 15 tribes and the "random tribe" button

There currently are 15 tribes in Polytopia, including 12 regular tribes and three special tribes. Different tribes have different resource spawn rates (see "Terrain") and start with different technologies. Of the 15 tribes, four are available for free (Xin-xi, Bardur, Imperius, and Oumaji), and the other 11 are available as in-app purchases. In-app purchases help support the development team and cover the costs of running the multiplayer server.

Each tribe has its own unique cosmetic design for terrain, resources, units, cities, and monuments (these cosmetic differences do not impact gameplay). Also, each tribe has its own ambience that plays on tiles of their "native lands." For instance, a rattlesnake is heard in the Oumaji terrain, and howling wind and wolves are heard in the Bardur terrain.

Midjiwan has confirmed that there will be more tribes added in the future; however, all future tribes will be special tribes. (Yădakk is the final regular tribe in the game.) In addition, according to Midjiwan, all Polytopians are genderless and reproduce by laying eggs.

Regular Tribes

Regular tribes, formerly known as "human tribes," share the same standard technologies and units. Each tribe has its own unique starting technology, except for Luxidoor, which instead starts with a level 3 city and a city wall. The four free tribes, Xin-xi, Imperius, Bardur, and Oumaji, are all regular tribes.

Luxidoor costs $3.99 USD, $5.29 CAD(?), or $5.99 AUD. All other paid regular tribes cost $0.99 USD, $1.39 CAD, or $1.49 AUD.

Tribe Image Name Starting Technology Release Date Color
Xin-Xi
Xin-xi Climbing February 4th, 2016 Red
Large 2 1
Imperius Organization February 4th, 2016 Blue
Bardur
Bardur Hunting February 4th, 2016 Black
Oumaji
Oumaji Riding February 4th, 2016 Yellow
Kickoo
Kickoo Fishing February 4th, 2016 Lime Green
Hoodrick
Hoodrick Archery March 23rd, 2016 Brown
Luxidoor
Luxidoor None, starts with a level 3 city and a city wall March 23rd, 2016 Purple
Large 8
Vengir Smithery June 23rd, 2016 White
Large 9
Zebasi Farming August 4th, 2016 Orange
Large 10
Ai-Mo Meditation December 1st, 2016 Teal
Large 12
Quetzali Shields October 19th, 2017 Dark Green
Yadakk
Yădakk Roads December 25th, 2018 Crimson

Special Tribes

Special tribes have unique, tribe-specific modifications to their technologies and units, such as unique Super Units in place of the Giant. There are currently three special tribes: Aquarion, ∑∫ỹriȱŋ, and Polaris. Aquarion, based on Atlantis, has a modified Chivalry branch with two unique units: the Amphibian, replacing the Rider, and the Tridention, replacing the Knight. ∑∫ỹriȱŋ, based on "nature magic," can enchant animals into powerful special units, build a unique building (the Sanctuary), and see Ruins through clouds. Finally, Polaris can freeze water into Ice and freeze enemy units.

All special tribes cost $1.99 USD.

Tribe Image Name Starting Technology Release Date Color
Large 11
Aquarion None June 8th, 2017 Salmon
Large 13
∑∫ỹriȱŋ Forest Magic (which replaces Hunting) May 24th, 2018 Hot Pink
Polaris
Polaris Frostwork (which replaces Sailing) June 14, 2019 Light Tan

Disabling Tribes

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The Xin-Xi tribe has been disabled, as seen by its greyed-out tribe head.

"Tribe disabled; it cannot be used by you or the AI."
-In-game description
Disabling a tribe prevents it from appearing as an opponent in single-player games. In multiplayer games, players cannot pick a tribe they have disabled, but disabling a tribe does not prevent opponents from choosing that tribe.

Disabling and un-disabling tribes is done in the tribe selection screen (starting a new game), selecting the tribe to be disabled, and clicking "disable" (or "enable") in the upper right corner. 

Disabling tribes is most commonly done to force the opponents to be tribes that are easier to play against (notably Quetzali for 1v1 Domination).

See also

Tribes
Regular Tribes: Xin-Xi, Imperius, Bardur, Oumaji, Kickoo, Hoodrick, Luxidoor, Vengir, Zebasi, Ai-Mo, Quetzali, Yădakk

Special Tribes: Aquarion, ∑∫ỹriȱŋ, Polaris

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