Development cards are build-able cards that have varying effects that come in The Settlers of Catan and some of its expansions. In the base game, Development cards are built using Wool Grain Ore and can not be played the turn they are drawn.

Base game card types Edit

In Seafarers Edit

Catan: Seafarers uses the base game development cards which function exactly the same except for the following exceptions:

  • Road Builder - a player can place 2 roads OR 2 ships OR 1 road and 1 ship

In Cities and Knights Edit

Catan: Cities & Knights does not use development cards but uses Progress cards. These are generated through a combination of city improvements and dice rolls but function much the same as regular development cards.

In Traders and Barbarians Edit

There are a couple of scenarios in Catan: Traders & Barbarians that use their own sets of development cards with varying abilities.

Barbarian Attack Edit

  • Knighthood - place 1 knight on one of the sides of the castle hex
  • Black Knight - place 1 knight anywhere on the board
  • Intrigue - move a barbarian from 1 hex to another of your choice
  • Treason - obtain 2 gold AND move 2 barbarians to another of your choice

Traders & Barbarians scenario Edit

In Explorers and Pirates Edit

Catan: Explorers & Pirates does not use development cards or anything similar.