Barbarian traditions

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The Barbarian traditions encompass the fighting styles of the peoples of Hispania, Gaul, Britannia, and Germania, among others. They mostly relied on large formations of lightly armored infantry equipped with spears or swords, supported by nimble chariot formations or light cavalry, and made extensive use of ambush tactics, especially in forests.

Availability and focus


The Barbarian traditions are available for countries with the following culture groups:

  • Baltic
  • Celt-Iberian
  • Gallic
  • Gaelic
  • Germanic
  • Iberian
  • Pre-Indo-European
  • Pretani

The traditions focus on strengthening the below unit types and possibly unlock some new abilities:

  • Enables Unit chariots.png Chariots
  • Strong Unit light infantry.png Light infantry
  • Good Unit archers.png Archers
  • Possible ability unlock: Raid City
  • Possible ability unlock: Raise Levies


Starting bonus
Chariot Culture icon
Chariot Culture

  • Allows Unit chariots.png Chariot units
The use of chariots in warfare stems back many thousands of years, and holds strong affiliations with nobility and class; chariot inhumations speak to the honor that can be won through battle. Chariots themselves were commonly used as mobile platforms with two to three occupants, from which javelins or other thrown weapons were used to break the ranks of their opponents.
Britannic path
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  • Scythed Chariots
  • (unrecognized string “offensive” for Template:Icon) +15% Chariots offensive
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  • Coming of Age
  • (unrecognized string “defensive” for Template:Icon) +15% Light infantry defensive
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  • Living off the Land
  • Attrition.png −15% Land unit attrition

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  • Word of Mouth
  • Manpower recovery speed.png +5% Manpower recovery speed
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  • Chariot Mastery
  • Morale.png +10% Chariots morale
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  • Selective Breeding
  • Cost −15% Light cavalry cost
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  • Take up Arms
  • Morale.png +10% Archers morale
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  • Bonus: Trained Cavalry
  • Discipline.png +10% Chariots discipline
  • Discipline.png +10% Light cavalry discipline
Germanic path
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  • Strike and Withdraw
  • Morale.png +10% Light infantry morale
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  • Natural Resources
  • Cost −15% Chariots cost
  • Cost −15% Light cavalry cost
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  • Ambush
  • Hit-and-Run Hit & run tactics enabled
  • Combat bonus +15% Archers combat bonus in forest
  • Combat bonus +15% Light infantry combat bonus in forest
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  • The Glory of the Hunt
  • Enslavement efficiency.png +20% Enslavement efficiency
  • National output +10% National slave output
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  • Shield Wall
  • (unrecognized string “defensive” for Template:Icon) +15% Heavy infantry defensive
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  • The Young Must Serve
  • Cost −15% Light infantry cost
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  • Hail of Stones
  • (unrecognized string “defensive” for Template:Icon) +15% Archers defensive
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  • Bonus: Adaptability
  • Discipline.png +10% Light infantry discipline
Gallic path
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  • Strike From Afar
  • (unrecognized string “offensive” for Template:Icon) +15% Archers offensive
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  • Confederations
  • Manpower.png +10% National manpower
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  • The Plains Fight With us
  • Combat bonus +15% Chariots combat bonus in plains
  • Combat bonus +15% Light infantry combat bonus in plains

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  • In Defense of our Home
  • Allows ‘Levies’
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  • A People on the Move
  • +25% Cohort recruit speed
  • Pop happy.png +10% Wrong culture happiness
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  • Strong Arm
  • (unrecognized string “offensive” for Template:Icon) +15% Heavy infantry offensive
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  • Scale the Walls!
  • Siege ability +10% Siege ability
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  • Bonus: Blow the Trumpet, in the New Moon!
  • Morale.png +10% Morale of armies


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