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Zebasi thrive on the warm savannah, cultivating the rich soil to provide food for their mighty population.
-Tribe description

Zebasi is the ninth tribe in Polytopia. It is a regular tribe that starts with the Farming technology.

Zebasi is a strong tribe because it can upgrade its capital on turn 0. Zebasi can upgrade its city further than other tribes can with just its starting technology since Farms produce two population. However, Bardur has a stronger economic development in general because it can use Lumber Huts with powerful Sawmills, and Kickoo is stronger than Zebasi because Kickoo has early access to Sailing.


Zebasi has 0.5x forest, 0.5x mountain, and 0.5x fruit.

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Main article: Zebasi/Strategy

A lot can vary based on the number of farms/resources you have, and how your 2nd Turn looks. Having as much information as possible is crucial to deciding what to do. Move your first warrior before debating the merits of a 2nd warrior. With ruins, you can always get a 2nd warrior. If there is an unnatural abundance of forests, which happens from time to time, don't make a 2nd warrior and prepare to rush forestry/hunting. If you can afford all the tech/city upgrades you need in the upcoming turns, get a 2nd warrior.


Hailing from the land of Zeboya, the breadbasket of the Square, the Zebasi spend their days working their farms or leisurely watching the sun set on their serene savanna. A jovial and inquisitive folk, the Zebasi are always looking for new ways to understand the world around them.
-Zoythrus on Steam

Tribe Celebrations[]

  • The 2019 Zebasi Tribe Day poster

    2019 Tribe Day: The wily Leoon, often seen in Kickoo lands, were native to the Zebasi savannahs before the Zebasi hunted them to near extinction for their pelts. Most modern Zebasi have never seen a Leoon, so they use their textile skills to manufacture replicas to honor their ancestors.
  • The 2020 Zebasi Tribe Moon poster

    2020 Tribe Moon: M'basana Jerozi, aka the "Geroffy," was the first of many animals to be cataloged by Zebasi scholars in the Zuzanna Yaya, the Square's largest compendium of flora and fauna. Horticulture, zoology, botany, and biology are all fields of study for the curious inhabitants of Zeboya.
  • The 2021 Zebasi Tribe Moon poster

    2021 Tribe Moon: Zebasi architecture may seem simple, but is a perfect fit for the hot climate. Inspired by the mounds of Bolaza bugs, the ventilation in Zebasi structures was originally designed to keep the Royal Waongii Juice Storage cold, but now everyone can live in a naturally air-conditioned home!


  • Geroffies are one of the tallest land animals on the Square. They take great pride in their abnormally long necks and swing their heads around to look fancy. If you don't keep your eyes open, you might get your helmet bruised.[1]
  • No Zebasi would reject a cold, fresh cup of Waongii juice. The taste is very similar to watermelon, but with an even more refreshing and robust taste. Waongii plants can grow to become gigantic, and some are even large enough to provide shelter for Zebasi families after the juice has been depleted.[2]
  • Polytopians all over the square envy the exquisite craftsmanship of the Zebasi weavers. They make the most stunning carpets, helmets, and also[...] handy tusi pouches.[3]


The Zebasi are influenced by all of sub-Saharan Africa.[4] They are primarily based on southern African culture, as evidenced by the clay cities, multicolored tribal pattern, giraffes, and savannah environment with acacia trees.


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  • Fruit: Waongii (cantaloupe)
  • Animal: Geroffy (giraffe)
  • Field: Yellow-green savanna
  • Forest: Baocacia tree (acacia tree)
  • Mountain: Rounded, green at the bottom but blue on the top
  • City: Round clay huts with thatched roofs
  • Helmet: Leoon (Kickoo leopard) pelt replica

City Name Syllables[]

bo, co, la, mo, wa, ya, za, zan, zim, zu

City Buildings[]




  • All profits from the sale of the Zebasi tribe were invested in solar energy products through Trine.[5]
  • Zebasi "inherited" its trees from Oumaji: before Zebasi was released, Oumaji had the acacia trees.
  • The former Zebasi fruit

    The Zebasi fruit was changed from red watermelons to orange cantaloupes in late 2019. This was done to avoid potential concerns about racism.[6] This change was controversial, with some complaining that the old fruit were more aesthetically pleasing and thematically appropriate.[7]