Units are used for combat and expansion in Polytopia.
There are various types of units in Polytopia. The most basic unit is the Warrior. Other types of units include the Rider, with extra movement, and the Archer, with a ranged attack. Different types of units are unlocked by researching the appropriate technologies: for example, the Riding technology unlocks the Rider. Each type of unit has unique stats and skills.Units are mostly obtained by training units in cities. The maximum number of units a city can support is equal to the number of population bars (shown below the city's name) it has. Dots in the population bars of a city represent the number of units supported by that city; if every population bar has a dot in it, no more units can be trained in that city until it is upgraded (which increases the number of population bars it has by one). If a unit captures a city or village, then it will be supported by that new city instead of the city it originally was supported by. You can see which city a certain unit belongs to by clicking first on the unit, then on its icon in the bottom-left corner.
Each tribe starts with one unit in their capital on turn 0. Most tribes start with a Warrior; however, tribes with a starting technology that unlocks a different type of that unit will start with a unit of that type. For example, Oumaji starts with the Riding technology and a Rider. (The exception to this rule is ∑∫ỹriȱŋ, who stars with the Forest Magic technology allowing it to enchant animals into Polytaur units. Despite that, Elyrion still starts with a Warrior unit in its capital.)
The aesthetics of each unit change depending on which tribe it belongs to. Each tribe has a unique color and helmet. Also, the animals mounted units such as the Rider and the Knight ride vary from tribe to tribe. (These animals are the same animals that appear as resources on each tribe's terrain.) Finally, Battleships have tribe-specific decorations.
Once most non-naval units have killed three enemy units (through attacks and/or retaliation), they can be promoted to a Veteran. Promoting a unit increases its maximum health by five and heals the unit completely (to the new, increased maximum health). Therefore, in many situations, players may choose not to immediately promote a unit that is not significantly damaged yet, saving the promotion to use it as a "heal."
Super units (such as the Giant), units with the carry skill (Boats, Ships, and Battleships), units that cannot kill other units (Mind Benders and Ice Archers), Polytaurs, and Navalons cannot be promoted to a Veteran.
Boats can be upgraded into Ships for 5 stars, and Ships can be upgraded into Battleships for 15 stars once Navigation is researched. (The total cost of upgrading a Boat into a Battleship is 20 stars.)Moving an upgraded naval unit onto land causes the unit to permanently lose its upgrade: if that unit is once again moved onto a Port, it will become a Boat.
List of Units
|Warrior||2||2||1||10||1||2 stars||Dash, Fortify|
|Rider||2||1||2||10||1||3 stars||Dash, Escape, Fortify|
|Swordsman||3||3||1||15||1||5 stars||Dash, Fortify|
|Archer||2||1||1||10||2||3 stars||Dash, Fortify|
|Knight||3.5||1||3||15||1||8 stars||Dash, Persist, Fortify|
|Mind Bender||0||1||1||10||1||5 stars||Heal, Convert|
(10 stars for Disbanding)
|Ship||2||2||3||Varies||2||5 stars to upgrade from a Boat||Dash, Carry|
|Battleship||4||3||3||Varies||2||15 stars to upgrade from a Ship (20 stars total from a Boat)||Dash, Scout, Carry|
- Aquarion: Amphibian, Tridention, Crab
- Elyrion: Polytaur, Navalon, Dragon (has three separate stages)
- Polaris: Mooni, Ice Archer, Battle Sled, Ice Fortress, Gaami
In addition, the Nature Bunny unit is an Easter Egg.
|Amphibian||2||1||2||10||1||3 stars||Dash, Escape, Swim, Fortify|
|Tridention||3||1||2||15||2||8 stars||Dash, Escape, Swim, Fortify|
|Polytaur||3||1||1||15||1||2 stars to enchant||Dash, Fortify|
|Navalon||4||4||2||30||1||5 stars to enchant||Dash, Navigate, Persist|
|Baby Dragon||3||3||2||15||1||N/A||Dash, Escape, Grow, Fly|
|Fire Dragon||4||3||3||20||2||N/A||Dash, Fly, Splash|
|Mooni||0||2||1||10||1||5||Skate, Freeze Area|
|Ice Archer||0.1||1||1||10||2||3||Dash, Freeze, Fortify|
|Battle Sled||3||2||2||15||1||5||Dash, Escape, Skate|
|Ice Fortress||4||3||1||20||2||15||Skate, Scout|
|Gaami||4||4||1||30||1||N/A||Auto Freeze, Freeze Area|
|Scout||0||0||2||5||N/A||2 stars||Scout, Sneak|
|Guard Tower||3||2||0||20||2||20 stars||Build|
|Warrior, Rider, Archer, Swordsman, Catapult, Knight, Defender, Giant, Boat, Ship, Battleship, Mind Bender, Amphibian, Tridention, Crab, Polytaur, Navalon, Dragon Egg, Baby Dragon, Fire Dragon, Mooni, Ice Archer, Battle Sled, Ice Fortress, Gaami, Nature Bunny, Scout (removed), Guard Tower (removed)|