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Travian - General Hints

Updated on October 11, 2010

The Travian Helper

Travian is a free browser war game where you can play one of three tribes: Romans, Gauls, or Teutons. You start with one village, which you'll build up and use to train your armies. The idea is to grow an empire that dominates the map. You'll be surrounded by other players with the same ambition, which means you can look forward to some fighting and raiding.

It can take weeks or even months to really get anywhere in this game. Sometimes hours will pass before you're allowed to make another move, so the game is best played by logging back in multiple times throughout the day. If you prefer games where you get lots of action all the time, this is not the game for you. However, if you like the idea of playing in a campaign that last for months, and you like planning long-term strategies, and the idea of raiding other players' villages doesn't make you flinch, Travian might be your cup of tea.

Thousands of people are looking for Travian cheats every day, but the truth is, there aren't any out there. Correction: There aren't any RELIABLE Travian cheats that won't get you banned. However, there are plenty of Travian tips and hints that will give you an edge.


Travian can be a ruthless game. If you're impatient, aren't willing to read strategy guides, and are easily frustrated, you should probably avoid this game.

Travian Tribes: Romans, Gauls, and Teutons

The Romans are the best choice for beginners, since they're well-rounded and are masters at building. They are good for offense and defense, although getting the troops trained is costly and time-consuming.

They can build strong city walls, have a legendary infantry, and can improve resource fields and construct buildings simultaneously.

If you want to play the Romans effectively, there is an excellent Roman guide on the Travian forum.

The Gauls are for players who prefer to play defensively. They are more peace-loving than the other tribes on Travian, and they have speed and protection bonuses. It's possible to use Gauls to attack and raid other villages, but they are ideal for defending yourself against the other players.

Gauls get bonuses such as extra protection for their resources, speed bonus, cheap settlers, and modest defense for palisades.

To get the most from playing the Gauls, read this Gaul guide posted on the Travian forums.

The Teutons are best for offensive play. They're weak on defense, but they are ideal for launching raids on other villages. The Teutons are feared by everyone because of their berserker tendencies: They seem not to fear death at all.

Unfortunately, they aren't as strong or fast as the other tribes. However, they do get pillaging bonuses and the ability to carry large loads. They also produce troops quickly and cheaply.

Since the Teutons are probably the most challenging to play, it seems appropriate that there are two Teuton guides posted on the Travian forum. Here's the quick & dirty version, and the more detailed guide.

Travian Terminology

Speak the Travian Lingo!

Travian has a whole bunch of new words you'll want to get acquainted with, especially if you plan on being active in the forums. Here's a list of the more common ones:

  • Bashing: Crushing the small, the weak, and the unprepared until they are writhing under your foot! In other words, attacking someone all the time so that they never really grow.
  • Catas: Short for "catapult." Most Travian users seem to refer to catapults as "catas." Catapults are nasty weapons that can destroy random buildings and troops in your village.
  • Cranny: This is a structure you can build in your village to hide some of your resources from raiders. Very important! You'll want to build one of these babies right away.
  • Farms: This refers to a village that someone else attacks and "farms" for resources. You don't want your village to be a farm! Usually the inactive villages are the most vulnerable to farming. Some players will repeatedly farm the same villages, sucking them dry.
  • IGM: In Game Message. That's right, you can contact other players. Which is often a good idea, so long as you can write politely and intelligently. Some guys have been known to ruthlessly farm people just for saying "lol," "u," and "ur."

Want more? Read this thread on the Travian forum.

The Importance of Building a Cranny

Build Crannies!

A cranny is a building where you can hide some of your resources from attackers. On the village layout, it looks like a pile of stones next to a tree.

When you're a new player, you're protected from attacks for a short period, which could be anywhere from three days to a week depending on how long the game has been going on. One of the best things you can during this time is build a cranny and upgrade it all the way to level 10. Two crannies are better if you're playing a Roman or a Teuton. Gauls can hide twice as many resources in their crannies.

How many resources can you hide?

That depends on the level of the cranny. A level 1 cranny will only hide 100 units of each resource (100 wood, 100 clay, 100 iron, 100 wheat). A level 10 cranny will conceal 1,000 units of each resource. The Travian Wiki has a cranny chart you can look at.

However, Teutons have a bonus that allows them to raid 1/3 of your crannied resources. This is assuming your cranny is filled to the max. If your cranny is only 2/3rds full, the Teutons can't touch it.

How big should the cranny be?

As big as possible! But in all seriousness, it depends on how often you're being attacked, who's attacking you, and how often you'll be able to spend your resources.

If you're only being attacked by Romans or Gauls, your cranny should protect the same amount of resources you can store in your warehouse. If you're being attacked by Teutons, your crannies should hold the maximum amount of resources your warehouse can hold, plus an extra 50%.

Are You Getting "Farmed?"

Travian Farming and Attacks

Oh no, someone keeps attacking your village and stealing your resources! Your village is officially a farm. What do you do about it?

The easiest way to resolve this is to prevent it from ever becoming a problem in the first place. If you build up a high-level cranny and/or spend most of your resources, attacking you won't be profitable. Sensible players will eventually move on and target more vulnerable villages.

Another thing you can do is politely ask your attacker to stop. You can mention that you're new and still trying to learn the ropes, so you'd appreciate it if he'd lay off for a while. If need be, you could offer some resources as a tribute.

Whatever you do, don't taunt your attacker, cuss him out, or send him badly worded messages! Many players will increase their attacks if you provoke them. Now they're just interested in getting revenge and "teaching you a lesson."

There's a really good thread on the Travian forum that will give you more details on what to do if you're being farmed.

Forming Alliances

Travian Alliance Tips

It's a good idea to join an alliance, especially if you want to make your village less attractive to farmers. People will attack you less often if you're part of a big, powerful alliance.

However, be careful of the alliance you join. Some of them have very definite agendas, favoring only very active players who regularly attack other villages. Many are easy-going, but may not do anything for you if you get in trouble.

Consider location, too. Small alliances might not be intimidating, but even a big alliance won't do you much good if all the players are located far away from your village.

While other alliance members might be open to the idea of doing trade with you, do not beg them for resources. It's not going to make them respect you, and at best they'll just tell you to make your own troops and raid other villages to get what you need. That's how they did it, and that's what they'll expect you to do.

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      Katarzyna Aleksandrzak 18 months ago from Lodz, Poland

      Good hub :) for begginers of course. Travian is a really nice game if You have irregular work hours or You are student. I woke up 4:45 AM every day to send troops on one server :)

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      MacPharlain 5 years ago

      I started playing Travian last month. It's a fun game. Thanks for the tips and links to the tribe guides.

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      waheedjalil 5 years ago


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      edda0199 5 years ago

      It is a good game i think!!

      To start with, we need to choose from the three races, listed as Roman, Gaul and Teuton. Donât pick up one randomly, for each is bestowed with its own strong and weak points in terms of resource production, military units type and many other stats. Take Romans for instance. Good at both offense and defense, they have the most powerful infantry and cavalry and they are the only one that can simultaneously develop resource field and city buildings; but they need the longest time to update their military units, so they gain upper hands gradually as delving deeper into the gameplay. Once chosen, it can not be changed any more.

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      sunny saib 5 years ago

      first time seeing a real person talking about Travian.. now will surely try..

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      ernad18 5 years ago


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great lens!

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      PrincipallyKevin 6 years ago

      yep playing travian right now woo hoo thanks for the tips.

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      vicnyy 6 years ago

      Open beta of War of the Immortals just kicked off five days ago. Still consider whether to play or not? You may first look at this brief introduction and several screenshots before making decision.

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      vicnyy 6 years ago

      Open beta of War of the Immortals just kicked off five days ago. Still consider whether to play or not? You may first look at this brief introduction and several screenshots before making decision.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      This sounds similar to the Civ games, I played those a long time ago, but alas no longer have much spare time for gaming.

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      wolfie10 6 years ago

      Hi i have played it and it is very addictive and time consuming, but i loved it. it is very challenging, because it plays around the clock for month.

      good job on your lens

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      Seeds Of Future 6 years ago

      Anybody is playing the new version?

      It has more features, but I am still stucking because people from other countries keep attacking me=.=

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      Heather Weaver 7 years ago from Colorado

      I've never tried Travian, but I do love games. Thanks for the information!

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      legitalk 7 years ago

      hi, you can use world-wide-known legal helper for building World Wonder - check

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      legitalk 7 years ago

      hi, to help with building World Wonder try to use .. world-wide-known legal helper for Travian..

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      CeleryStalker LM 7 years ago

      Hi, just letting you know you have spam in the comments here & the link plexo. Feel free to delete this message afterwards - nice lens other than that ^^

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      Dantplayer 8 years ago

      Ruthless, yes...very. Hehe.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Fabulous lens. You really do deserve your Giant Squid award. Possibly I can get you to critic my a few of my lenses? I aspire to be a Giant Squid one day but since I have only been here less than two months....I'm still working on lens # 5. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us on Squidoo.

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      RobinForlongePa 9 years ago

      Very good lens. A couple of minor inaccuracies, I think! One defends with palisades, not against them. And when I was still active (five games at once at one stage - insane) the time for newbie protection depended on the age of the game - just 3 days for a new game, if I recall aright (the logic being that there would be few really powerful players so you would need less preparation).

      I've added a link to the free Travian Wiki, where I wrote some of the advice to newbies and where I hope some of your readers will go to learn and eventually contribute.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      [in reply to TimKessler] no you can't

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      TimKessler 9 years ago

      Hope someone can answer this question:

      If I'm already a member of an alliance, and my Embassy is Lvl 3, can I form an alliance myself without leaving my present alliance?

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      josiespencer 9 years ago

      Anybody got an End Game strategy guide of any kind?

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      I'd prolly go menopausal on ya if I played this! Congrats on 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination...woot! (

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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      steve866 9 years ago

      Wow, thanks for introducing this game. Very much fun, but definitely a time hog!

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      VictoriaNeely1 9 years ago

      Hi Book Garden,

      Yes, it's very time consuming... I actually haven't played in a while, so I bet my village was torn to shreds.

      Right above the guestbook is a link plexo you can use. :)

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      TheBookGarden1 9 years ago

      Just thought I'd report back! Of the 3 servers I started playing I'm having a ball on one, with a very good ranking, lots of troops & villages and am luckyto be in an alliance that's ranked in the top 20. The other server I'm doing ok, but the alliance I'm in is pretty poor, and as it's now in the end game period it's quite boring. The 3rd server I was unlucky and ended up in a hostile area and still haven't got past 1 village!

      It can be a very time consuming game once you get past a few villages and if you want to be an active player and rise up the rankings.

      Any chance of adding a links plexo? I've got lots of 'tool' sites that can make playing a lot easier, especially to the beginner!

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      violatoroger 9 years ago

      I have played travian once, But as the game gets older , it feels boring to continue. But it would be good if your new to it.

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      linhuck lm 9 years ago

      Great lens, great warning at the top!

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      TheBookGarden1 9 years ago

      been playing this for a few weeks now on s6 and s7. It can be pretty tough work too, but fun! It's a longgame that requires plenty of patience, usually you only need log on a couple of times a day, if away for longer finder a sitter or come back to a trashed and raided village!

      For those interested a new round of Travian is starting on may 30th, this is the best time to register and get involved! Good Luck!

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      N376 10 years ago

      This looks like fun!

      I'll have to have a closer look.

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      Grasshoppa 10 years ago

      First I've heard of it. I don't usually care for games that make you waste a gazillion turns farming resources before you do anything fun (hence why I don't play too many RTS games), but I'll probably check it out now. :)

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      TheBookGarden1 10 years ago

      Cool looking game! Wil have to see if I have the patience to turn it into an obsession! :)

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      GypsyPirate LM 10 years ago

      Wow - this is so thorough, and easy to read and digest. I feel ready to go to battle right now. Excellent job (as usual!).

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      Loyalis LM 10 years ago

      This sort of game is just the kind of game I love! I'm going to swing by and sign up as well!

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      fluffanutta 10 years ago from UK

      I've never heard of this game, but I'm going to check it out now...