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The tribe selection menu

Tribes are civilizations that players play as. Different tribes start with different technologies and have different terrain and resource spawn rates. There are 16 tribes, including 12 regular tribes that share the same technologies, units, and buildings and four special tribes with unique technologies, units, and buildings.

Tribes can be purchased through microtransactions. On mobile, four tribes are available for free (Xin-xi, Imperius, Bardur, and Oumaji), and the other 12 are available as in-app purchases. The Steam version of Polytopia includes all regular tribes, and special tribes are available as DLC. Purchases can help pay for game development, keep servers active, and keep the game free of advertisements.[1]

Each tribe has its own unique cosmetic design for terrain, fruits (and etc), units, cities, and monuments. More visual differences can be seen in special tribes. These cosmetic differences do not impact gameplay. Each tribe also has its own ambience that plays on tiles of their "native lands." For instance, a rattlesnake is heard in Oumaji terrain, and howling wind and wolves are heard in Bardur terrain. Each tribe also has its own music, which can be heard while in the tech branches and other areas.

More tribes will continue to be added in the future; however, all future tribes will be special tribes. (Yădakk is the final regular tribe.)[2] The latest tribe added has been the Cymanti.

List of Tribes[]

Regular Tribes[]

Regular tribes, formerly known as human tribes, share the same technologies, units, and buildings.

On mobile, all paid regular tribes cost $0.99 USD, except Luxidoor, which costs $3.99 USD. The Steam version includes all regular tribes.

Image Name Starting Technology Release Date Color
Xin-xi Climbing February 4, 2016 Red
Imperius 2018.png
Imperius Organization February 4, 2016 Blue
Bardur Hunting February 4, 2016 Dark brown
Oumaji 2021.png
Oumaji Riding February 4, 2016 Yellow
Kickoo Fishing February 4, 2016 Bright green
Hoodrick Archery March 23, 2016 Brown


Starts with a level 2 city

March 23, 2016 Purple
Vengir Head Moonrise.png
Vengir Smithery June 23, 2016 White
Zebasi Farming August 4, 2016 Orange
Ai-Mo Meditation December 1, 2016 Turquoise
Quetzali Shields October 19, 2017 Dark green
Yădakk Roads December 25, 2018 Maroon

Special Tribes[]

Special tribes have unique technologies, units, and buildings.

All special tribes cost $1.99 USD on mobile and $2.99 USD on Steam.

Image Name Starting Technology Release Date Color
Aquarion None June 8, 2017 Salmon pink

Forest Magic

(Replaces Hunting)

May 24, 2018 Hot pink


(Replaces Sailing)

June 14, 2019 Light tan
Cymanti Farming (modified) February 17, 2021 Lemon-lime

Disabled Tribes[]

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

Disabled tribes cannot be used by opponents. Tribes can be disabled in the tribe picker menu; long-pressing a tribe head disables (or enables) all other tribes. Players might commonly disable tribes that are difficult to play against.

Disabled tribes do not decrease the maximum number of opponents in singleplayer; rather, multiple opponents will play the same tribe.

Tribe Name Pronunciations[]

The official pronunciations[3] for the tribe names are:

  • Xin-xi: Chin-chee
  • Imperius: Im-peer-ee-us
  • Bardur: Bar-dur
  • Oumaji: Oo-mah-zhee
  • Kickoo: Ki-koo
  • Hoodrick: Hoo-drick
  • Luxidoor: Lux-ih-door
  • Zebasi: Zeh-bah-see
  • Vengir: Ven-geer (with a hard G)
  • Ai-Mo: I-mo
  • Quetzali: Ket-zah-lee (mirroring the Spanish pronunciation)
  • Yadakk: Yad-ak
  • Aquarion: Ah-quar-ee-on
  • Elyrion: Eee-leer-ee-on
  • Polaris: Po-lar-is
  • Cymanti: Sih-mahn-tee

See also[]


  1. Support. The Battle of Polytopia. “We have chosen to create a game that is free from ads. This means that we need to have in-app purchases so we can keep developing the game.”
  2. Zoythrus on Reddit
  3. Zoythrus on Discord.