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Golden Swamp is a semi-open, swampy area that feature Water Buffaloes as the main herdable animals near the Town Centers, and Rhinoceroses as the huntable ones. The center of the map features a large island rich with Gold and Stone Mines, surrounded by shallow water filled with logs. Some areas of the map may feature Jaguars that will hamper the player's progress if encountered.
Civilizations that do well on Gold Rush and Golden Pit will generally do well on Golden Swamp. However, the fact that there is a ring of water surrounding much of the gold on the map helps civilizations capable of working well on water-heavy maps, be it to get extra food from fishing, control early map control with Galleys, or to bombard the enemy in the late game with Cannon Galleons.
- Early aggressive civilizations: Aztecs, Celts, Goths, Huns, Japanese, Magyars, Malay, Malians, Mongols, Vikings, etc.
- Tower-rushing civilizations: Incas, Koreans, Sicilians, etc.
- Civilizations with Gold Bonuses: Portuguese, Indians, Spanish, Turks, etc.
- Strong trash unit civilizations: Berbers, Byzantines, Magyars, Persians, etc.