In The Battle of Polytopia, players choose one of fourteen tribes to lead. Four tribes (Bardur, Xin-Xi, Imperius, and Oumaji) are included in the game free of charge, and ten additional tribes (Kickoo, Hoodrick, Luxidoor, Vengir, Zebasi, Ai-Mo, Aquarion, Quetzali, Yădakk and ∑∫ỹriȱŋ) are available as in-app purchases.
The choice of a tribe has important consequences. Each tribe begins the game with a different technology unlocked by default, with the exception of the Luxidoor and Aquarion. Each tribe also has a mix of terrain and resources that they are likely to be surrounded with at the beginning of a new game which also depends on the selected tribe. See Research for more information.
In the Atlantis update, a section with 'special' tribes was added. They are non-human and have a modified tech tree. Two exist of now. The first is the Aquarion, who have a modified Chivalry branch, with two new special units; the Amphibian to replace their Rider, and the Tridention to replace their Knight. The second is the ∑∫ỹriȱŋ, who can see Ruins through clouds, have a modified Mathematics branch, turn Whales and game into Units and has a unique building, the Sanctuary.
Each tribe's terrain, resources, units, cities, and monuments are unique in appearance. These are cosmetic only and do not affect gameplay.
Each tribe has its own ambient soundtrack which plays in tiles and mountains of their "native" lands. For instance, a rattlesnake can be heard in the Oumaji terrains (amongst other things), in the Imperius terrain Flying buzzing insects and someone striking iron can be heard and in Bardur terrain howling wind and wolves are heard. These too are cosmetic and not affect actual gameplay.
|Tribe Image||Name||Starting Tech||Cost||Release Date (App Store)||Color|
|Xin-Xi||Climbing||Free||Free||Feb 4th, 2016||Red|
|Imperius||Organization||Free||Free||Feb 4th, 2016||Blue|
|Bardur||Hunting||Free||Free||Feb 4th, 2016||Black|
|Oumaji||Riding||Free||Free||Feb 4th, 2016||Yellow|
|Kickoo||Fishing||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||Feb 4th, 2016||Lime Green|
|Hoodrick||Archery||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||March 23rd, 2016||Brown|
|Luxidoor||None, starts with a level 3 city and a city wall||2.99 US$||3.99 CAD$||March 23rd, 2016||Purple|
|Vengir||Smithery||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||June 23rd, 2016||White|
|Zebasi||Farming||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||August 4th, 2016||Orange|
|Ai-Mo||Meditation||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||December 1st, 2016||Teal|
|Quetzali||Shields||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||October 19th, 2017||Dark Green|
|Yădakk||Roads||0.99 US$||1.39 CAD$||December 25th, 2018||Crimson|
These tribes have special tribe-specific modifications to their tech tree and units.
|Cost (US$)||Cost (CAD$)||Release Date (App Store)||Color|
|Aquarion||None, modified tech tree||1.99 USD$||2.79 CAD$||June 8th, 2017||Salmon|
|∑∫ỹriȱŋ||Forest Magic, modified tech tree||1.99 USD$||2.77 CAD$||May 24th, 2018||Hot Pink|
|Xin-Xi, Imperius, Bardur, Oumaji, Kickoo, Hoodrick, Luxidoor, Vengir, Zebasi, Ai-Mo, Quetzali, Yădakk, Aquarion, ∑∫ỹriȱŋ|