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:

  • Allows Unit chariots.png Chariot units
  • Unit focus:
    • Strong Unit light infantry.png Light infantry
    • Good Unit archers.png Archers
    • Good Unit chariots.png Chariots
  • Possible ability unlocks:
    • Raid City
    • 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
  • Offense +15% Chariots offense
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  • Coming of Age
  • Defense +15% Light infantry defense
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  • Living off the Land
  • Army weight modifier.png −15% Army weight modifier

Celtic britannic path 4.png
  • 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% Chariot discipline
  • Discipline.png +10% Light cavalry discipline
Germanic path
Celtic germanic path 1.png
  • Strike and Withdraw
  • Morale.png +10% Light infantry morale
Celtic germanic path 2.png
  • Natural Resources
  • Cost −15% Chariots cost
  • Cost −15% Light cavalry cost
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  • Ambush
  • Hit-and-Run Enable "Hit-and-Run" tactic
  • 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
  • Defense +15% Heavy infantry defense
Celtic germanic path 6.png
  • The Young Must Serve
  • Cost −15% Light infantry cost
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  • Hail of Stones
  • Defense +15% Archers defense
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  • Bonus: Adaptability
  • Discipline.png +10% Light infantry discipline
Gallic path
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  • Strike From Afar
  • Offense +15% Archers offense
Celtic gallic path 2.png
  • Confederations
  • Manpower.png +10% National manpower
Celtic gallic path 3.png
  • 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
  • Yes Enable "Raise Levies" ability
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  • A People on the Move
  • Local cohort recruit speed.png +25% Cohort recruit speed
  • Unintegrated culture happiness +10% Wrong culture happiness
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  • Strong Arm
  • Offense +15% Heavy infantry offense
Celtic gallic path 7.png
  • 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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