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Unique building of the Zulu civilization. Replaces the Barracks.

  • Common traits:
    • +15 XP for all military units produced in this city.
    • +2 20xHappiness5.png Happiness with Militarism Autocracy tenet
  • Special traits:
    • Grants unique promotions to pre-gunpowder era melee units.


The Ikanda is the best unit-training building in the game. It provides a free Buffalo Horns promotion to every Warrior, Spearman, Swordsman, Impi, and Longswordsman produced in the city. For other units, the Ikanda functions like a normal Barracks. (Note that the in-game description is a little confusing, and supposes that cavalry units also get the unique promotions, which is not the case!)

In addition to the Movement Movement, attack, and defense bonuses Buffalo Horns confers, this promotion enables Zulu units to earn two more unique promotions as they advance in level, if desired. These promotions and the bonuses they grant are as follows:

  • Buffalo Horns: +1 Movement Movement, +25% flank attack bonus, +10% defense against ranged attacks (Granted automatically)
  • Buffalo Chest: +10% open terrain bonus, +25% flank attack bonus, +10% defense against ranged attacks (Requires Buffalo Horns)
  • Buffalo Loins: +10% combat strength, +25% flank attack bonus, +10% defense against ranged attacks (Requires Buffalo Chest)

If you manage to acquire all three promotions of the chain, you will get a very nice army!

Flank attack percentages given are based on the 10% normal bonus. Hence, all three promotions will raise the flank attack bonus to +17.5%.

Civilopedia entry[]

Ikanda were a form of military kraal or corral for the Zulu cattle and livestock. An amabutho, or "age-regiment," was comprised of youths or men of the same age who trained, lived and fought together in a single formation, each of which was lodged at one of the royal corrals - making it an Ikanda. Each Ikanda had a herd of royal cattle assigned to it, from which the warriors were supplied with meat. The hides of the cattle were used to provide the shields, with distinctive skin coloring for each amabutho. Ikanda followed the general layout of the traditional kraal, consisting of two concentric palisades of thorn brush, with the living huts located inside the outer ring and the cattle herd protected by the inner ring.

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As Zulu, have an Impi earn all of the special promotions.
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