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Explorers are unarmed, non-combat units that treat all terrain as if it were a road. This makes them very adept at exploring the wilderness.

Before Civilization III: Conquests, they were made available with Navigation. This change makes it possible to scout foreign shores much earlier since both the Caravel and Explorer are made available at the same time. In either case, the Explorer is a unit of questionable value, since in most games it cannot be built until most of the map is already well-known.

The Spanish cannot recruit Explorers, building instead the Conquistador. These are proper military units with combat abilities that move just as fast as explorers.

Civilopedia entry[]

Throughout history there are those whose thirst for adventure led them from the safe confines of civilized lands. These explorers, frequently funded by government stipends, would then journey into the unknown, charting their progress all the way. These expeditions, and the maps they helped create, became blueprints for the conquest and domestication of the once uncharted regions of the world. See also: Scout

Civilization III Units
Land Ancient CavalryAnsar WarriorU PArcherArmyArtilleryBerserkU PBowmanUCannonCatapultCavalryChariotChasqui ScoutU CConquistadorU PCossackUCruise MissileCrusaderEnkidu WarriorU CExplorerFlakCGallic SwordsmanU PGuerillaHopliteUHorsemanHussarU CHwachaU PICBMImmortalsUImpiUInfantryJaguar WarriorUJavelin ThrowerU CKeshikU PKnightLeaderLegionaryULongbowmanMarineMech InfantryMedieval InfantryMobile SAMCModern ArmorModern ParatrooperMounted WarriorUMusketeerUMusketmanNumidian MercenaryU PPanzerUParatrooperCPikemanRadar ArtilleryRiderURiflemanSamuraiUScoutSettlerSipahiU PSpearmanSwiss MercenaryU CSwordsmanTactical NukeTankThree-Man ChariotU CTOW InfantryCTrebuchetCWar ChariotUWar ElephantUWarriorWorker
Sea AEGIS CruiserBattleshipCaravelCarrackU CCarrierCruiserCCurraghCDestroyerDromonU CFrigateGalleonGalleyIroncladMan-O-WarUNuclear SubmarinePrivateerSubmarineTransport
Air BomberF-15UFighterHelicopterJet FighterStealth BomberStealth Fighter
U: Unique unitP: Added in Play the World expansion • C: Added in Conquests expansion
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