There are a total of 15 tribes in Polytopia, including 12 regular tribes and three special tribes. Different tribes have different resource spawn rates (terrain) and start with different technologies. Of the 15 tribes, four are available for free and 11 are available as in-app purchases. In-app purchases help support Midjiwan and the development team in addition to the costs of the multiplayer server.
Furthermore, the different tribes have cosmetic differences (that do not impact gameplay). For example, each tribe's terrain, resources, units, cities, and monuments are unique in appearance. Also, each tribe has its own ambient soundtrack that plays in tiles of their "native" lands. For instance, a rattlesnake can be heard in the Oumaji terrain, and howling wind and wolves are heard in the Bardur terrain.
Regular tribes, formerly known as "human tribes," share the same, standard technologies and units. Each has its own unique starting technology, except for Luxidoor, which starts with a level 3 city and a city wall instead. Four regular tribes are free (Xin-Xi, Bardur, Imperius, and Oumaji), while eight are available as in-app purchases (Kickoo, Hoodrick, Luxidoor, Vengir, Zebasi, Ai-Mo, Quetzali, and Yădakk).
Special tribes have unique, tribe-specific modifications to their technologies and units (including unique Super Units in place of the Giant). The three special tribes currently in the game are 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.
Midjiwan has confirmed that there will be more tribes added in the future; however, all future tribes will be special tribes (Yadakk will be the last regular tribe added to the game). In addition, according to Midjiwan, all Polytopians are genderless and reproduce by laying eggs.
|Tribe Image||Name||Starting Tech||Cost||Release Date||Color|
|Xin-Xi||Climbing||Free||Free||February 4th, 2016||Red|
|Imperius||Organization||Free||Free||February 4th, 2016||Blue|
|Bardur||Hunting||Free||Free||February 4th, 2016||Black|
|Oumaji||Riding||Free||Free||February 4th, 2016||Yellow|
|Kickoo||Fishing||$0.99 USD||$1.39 CAD||February 4th, 2016||Lime Green|
|Hoodrick||Archery||$0.99 USD||$1.39 CAD||March 23rd, 2016||Brown|
|Luxidoor||None, starts with a level 3 city and a city wall||$3.99 USD||$5.29 CAD (?)||March 23rd, 2016||Purple|
|Vengir||Smithery||$0.99 USD||$1.39 CAD||June 23rd, 2016||White|
|Zebasi||Farming||$0.99 USD||$1.39 CAD||August 4th, 2016||Orange|
|Ai-Mo||Meditation||$0.99 USD||$1.39 CAD||December 1st, 2016||Teal|
|Quetzali||Shields||$0.99 USD||$1.39 CAD||October 19th, 2017||Dark Green|
|Yădakk||Roads||$0.99 USD||$1.39 CAD||December 25th, 2018||Crimson|
|Aquarion||None||June 8th, 2017||Salmon|
|∑∫ỹriȱŋ||Forest Magic (Hunting)||May 24th, 2018||Hot Pink|
|Polaris||Frostwork (Sailing)||June 14, 2019||Light Tan|
|Regular Tribes: Xin-Xi, Imperius, Bardur, Oumaji, Kickoo, Hoodrick, Luxidoor, Vengir, Zebasi, Ai-Mo, Quetzali, Yădakk|