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The Caravan is a Civilian unit available from the Ancient Era.


Land trading unit.


  • Establish Trade Route (Route must run over land from one city to another.)
  • Change Home City (After selecting a city and waiting a turn, allows different trade routes to be made.)


The Caravan is the first trading unit in the game, appearing very early in the Ancient Era. Research Animal Husbandry to unlock it, along with your first Trade route option, then build a Caravan to establish trade with your neighbors. In Brave New World, Trade Routes are essential to keep your Gold balance positive.

Caravans may be based in any city, be it land or coastal, and can establish Trade Routes with other cities on the same landmass. So don't base a Caravan on a small island - it won't be able to trade with anyone! In such cities, use a Cargo Ship instead.

Note that you may only build (or purchase) trading units if you have free Trade Route slots available.

Starting in the Atomic Era, the Caravan will have the graphic of a truck.

Be warned that the Caravan, as a civilian unit, is defenseless and will be destroyed if any hostile force raids your Trade Route! Protect it as best you can, especially from the Barbarians! They move 2 tiles at the start of each turn, regardless of the presence of roads or railroads.

Unique Unit Replacements[]

Icon Unit Civilization Abilities
Chitrakar icon
Chitrakar Nepal (Pratap Malla)
  • May not be Produced, created whenever a Great Artist, Writer or Musician is born
  • +3 CultureIcon Culture when in foreign territory
  • Every third Chitrakar increases the number of available Traderoute Trade Routes by 1 (max. 3)
Lapis Camel-Cart Oxus (Frâda)
  • Crafts Lapis Lazuli, which can be transported for a sum of CultureIcon Culture and Gold Gold in another Civilization's territory.
  • Cities containing Lapis Lazuli celebrate longer WLTKDs and have increased (+30%) Traderoute Trade Route length.
Unit Types
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Classical Era
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Medieval Era
Renaissance Era
Industrial Era
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