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Harmony is one of the three affinities in Civilization: Beyond Earth. Instead of changing an alien world to suit them, the followers of this Affinity alter their own DNA with various traits from the local wildlife in order to be able to survive there. Ultimately, most Harmony purists seek to build a biotechnological construct which will, through the use of specialized nanites, eventually link all organisms with brains on the planet into one massive compound intelligence on par with a god. They are able to have alien creatures as units and specialize in rapid movement and the use of the planet's terrain and natural features in their military affairs. Their chosen resource specialization is Xenomass Xenomass.

Harmony appearance and typical traits[]

Harmony players are the ones that get the most 'in tune' with local wildlife. They use biology, genetics and nanotechnology exclusively to the end of altering the human body's biochemistry and physiology in order to adapt it for life on this alien planet. Their unique insight into biomechanics allows them not only to alter their own physique, but to also genetically engineer new cross-planetary species with unique abilities. This also extends to their favored technology and unique buildings, which most often are biology and genetics based. Finally, they seek to understand the local aliens, to 'domesticate' them, and ultimately to turn them into weapons against their enemies.

Visually, this means a style which uses many curves, various shades of green, and art which alludes to biological organs and natural features.

Militarily, Harmony players appear to make heavy use of poison-like substances in their munitions, likely militarized variants of the chemically degrading biological clouds of fungal spores dubbed Miasma by the colonists, only of course on a far more concentrated and magnified scale.

The Harmony army is a mixture of humans with their normal weapons, and alien creatures (both naturally appearing and bio-engineered).

Harmony Strategy[]

When playing as the Harmony affinity, Miasma is a resource that can be used offensively and defensively, as it produces many bonuses for your units and structures as well as negatively affecting the other affinities. Be sure to flood areas of interest with miasma to slow/stop enemy activity as well as give you a defensive bonus. Just remember, Miasma also affects other opposing Harmony Civilizations the same way it does you.

Harmony rewards a more defensive playstyle, which is completely in tune with the Transcendence victory. Fortify your lands, build up your technology until you construct the Mind Flower, and then defend it until you achieve the Cognitive link!

Harmony bonuses[]

Rising Tide[]

Points Unlocks
Harmony 2 Trade routes can be made through miasma.
Harmony 5 Each improved Xenomass Xenomass provides two more resources than normal.
Harmony 8 Units take no damage from Miasma
Harmony 12 +1 Science from Biowell improvements
Harmony 15[1] Allows for Harmony to construct the Mind Flower and its Mind Stems in order to prepare for ascension.

Base Beyond Earth[]

Points Unlocks
Harmony 1 Explorers Immune to Miasma
Harmony 3 Units take 5 less damage while standing in Miasma.
Harmony 6 Units heal by 5 points while standing in Miasma.
Harmony 8 4 free Xenomass Xenomass stockpiles.
Harmony 11 Allow for the use of the "Worm Caller" Covert Operation, summoning three Siege Worms into the vicinity of a chosen enemy city.
Harmony 13 Allows for Harmony to construct the Mind Flower and its Mind Stems in order to prepare for ascension.

Harmony Units[]

Unit Upgrade Names[]

Original Unit Tier 3 Tier 4
Soldier Brawler Marauder
Patrol Boat Screamer Reaver
Ranger Striker Shredder
Combat Rover Viper Cobra
Submarine Lurker Leviathan
Missile Rover Centaur Minotaur
Gunboat Triton Poseidon
Tacjet Locust Shrike

Tier Two Harmony Upgrades for units not on this list start with the term Evolved.

Hybrid Units[]

Harmony-Supremacy Harmony-Purity

Harmony-Supremacy Harmony-Supremacy

Harmony Buildings[]

Main article: List of Harmony buildings (CivBE)

Affinity Level quotes[]

Level Quote
Harmony1 I wonder what life was like on Earth when the whole atmosphere was still breathable.

— Unattributed personal log fragment, "Seeding Departure"

Harmony2 This morning I saw flocks in flight, herds moving about the plain, and listened to the sound of water mixing with the morning chorus, and I wept at the beauty of it all.

— Zhu Ruoji, "Poetry in the New Garden"

Harmony3 If you can, touch a Siege Worm as it moves by. That will teach you all you need to know about the insignificance of humanity.

— Pastor Jack's Homiletics

Harmony4 The best lesson the Raptor can teach you is to be grateful for the prey that sustains you. The worst lesson it can teach you is a practical demonstration of that point.

— Brasilian Corpo de Fuzilieros Colono Manual for Planetary Survival and Evasion

Harmony5 You only have to look at the ecosystems outside to get a master class in power systems, combat tactics, engineering, applied genetics, interpersonal relationships, and love.

— Lecture Note from Daoming Sochua's Syllabus for New Colonial Sciences

Harmony6 We discarded the booster rockets which got us off Earth. Why shouldn't we discard some of those Earth genes, now that better ones are available?

— Essays on the Promethean

Harmony7 It is inevitable that we will become part of this new world because you cannot participate in a system without being complicit in it. Embrace your complicity and move to acceptance.

— Li Smith, "The New Planetary Ethics"

Harmony8 If we don't focus on living on this world, right now, with the people that are here, then we are guilty of slothful spirits and passive wills.

— Fraear Francito, "Collected Sermons"

Harmony9 The day is coming when the Anthropocene Advent will be viewed as the inflection point for a new rate of evolution on this planet.

— Joao Wilson, "Neoconcilience"

Harmony10 The food of this planet passes through our bodies and enriches us, just as we pass through the body of this planet and enrich it.

— Inscription over the gate of Gethsemane Plantation

Harmony11 How marvelous it is to find cockroaches roaming on the floor! By our hands life thrives where it has not existed before, and thus richness multiplies!

— Zhuangzi's New Book

Harmony12 The wisdom of nature is that she is content to wait and iterate on her solutions, and because of this she always finds a way.

— Seven Lessons and 108 Observations From a Square Meter of Planet

Harmony13 We know that we are defined by the righteousness of our deeds and the content of our character, not the color of our skin, or the sequence of our genes.

— The Rapport Creed

Harmony14 We destroyed one planet when we moved against its rhythms, and brought ourselves to the brink of extinction. What great things will we accomplish as we dance with this world?

— Attributed to Kavitha Thakur

Harmony15 This world is a gift-garment that we wear upon ourselves and within ourselves in gratitude to the giver.

— From the Annunciation Rite of the Polymorphalists

Harmony16 The body finds infection, surrounds it, and neutralizes it, thus saving the host. This planet is our host. What do you suppose it thinks of you?

— Canto 2, "Still Pool Mirror Song"

Harmony17 The longer we have taken the life of the planet within ourselves, the more we feel the hand that has shaped this life.

— Soror Janla, "Exhortations on Fitra"

Harmony18 Chao dreamed he was a Siege Worm, and when he woke, he knew that he was as much a part of the world as the Siege Worm was.

— Sheng Gongsun, "The Rhapsody of Unification"

Assorted screenshots of harmony affinity influenced cities:


  1. Victory condition not mentioned in Civilopedia in Rising Tide
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