The best Settlers of Catan expansions 2024

The Settlers of Catan will be 25 years old in 2020. In this list we have picked out the best Catan expansions 2024 for you. With these expansions, every Settlers game will be different.

Order of the settlers expansions

  1. Seafarers
  2. Cities & Knights
  3. Traders & Barbarians
  4. Explorers & Pirates

In addition, there are some mini-expansions and so-called scenarios. But more about that below in our Catan top expansions list.

Extra 5-6 Player Catan Expansions

Catan is actually designed for 3-4 players. However, extra 5-6 player expansions exist for all major expansions as well as for the Catan Basic Game:

Looking for a completely standalone Settlers variant?

Not only are there expansions of Catan, there are also completely standalone Settlers games apart from the original. We have created an extra list for you: The best Settlers of Catan variants.

Which is the best Settlers expansion?

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List with the best Settlers of Catan expansions

Enclosed now our overview with the best Settlers of Catan expansions 2024:

This list was last updated on July 8, 2024. We compared 140 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. CATAN: 3D Edition

    All details for the board game CATAN: 3D Edition and similar games
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. CATAN

    All details for the board game CATAN and similar games

    CATAN, formerly known as The Settlers of Catan, is a highly acclaimed and award-winning strategy board game where players aim to become the dominant force on the island of Catan. The game is renowned for its appeal to both experienced gamers and newcomers to the board game hobby.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 8.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1995

    More details for CATAN
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Catan: Junior

    All details for the board game Catan: Junior and similar games

    Catan: Junior offers a captivating introduction to the world-renowned Catan series, specifically designed for younger players. This game simplifies the classic Settlers of Catan mechanics to create an accessible, engaging, and educational experience for children aged five and up.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Catan: Junior
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Catan: Das Duell – Finstere & Goldene Zeiten

    All details for the board game Catan: Das Duell – Finstere & Goldene Zeiten and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. CATAN: Seafarers

    All details for the board game CATAN: Seafarers and similar games

    Catan: Seafarers is an expansion to the popular board game CATAN, adding new elements and strategies to the base game. This expansion focuses on exploration and building across water, introducing shipping lanes and various water-based scenarios.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for CATAN: Seafarers
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for CATAN: Seafarers

    • YouTube Review for the game "CATAN: Seafarers" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Catan: Big Box

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Catan Dice Game Deluxe Edition

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  8. CATAN: Cities & Knights

    All details for the board game CATAN: Cities & Knights and similar games

    Embark on a strategic journey in CATAN: Cities & Knights, an expansion that enriches the classic Settlers of Catan experience. Two major additions elevate gameplay - the creation of knights to fend off barbarian invasions and the construction of city improvements providing unique benefits. As part of the Catan Series, this expansion introduces tactical complexity and extends the game length.

    More details for CATAN: Cities & Knights
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 150 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. Catan: Big Box

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. Rivals for Catan: Age of Enlightenment

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    • 2 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Catan: 5-6 Player Extension

    All details for the board game Catan: 5-6 Player Extension and similar games

    The Catan: 5-6 Player Extension is an expansion that allows you to add up to two additional players to the base game of The Settlers of Catan. This expansion broadens the scope of the original game, making it suitable for larger groups and family gatherings.

    More details for Catan: 5-6 Player Extension
    • 5 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. CATAN: Treasures, Dragons & Adventurers

    All details for the board game CATAN: Treasures, Dragons & Adventurers and similar games
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. CATAN 3D Collector's Edition

    All details for the board game CATAN 3D Collector's Edition and similar games
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  14. Rivals for Catan: Age of Darkness

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    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Catan Geographies: North Rhine – Westphalia

    All details for the board game Catan Geographies: North Rhine – Westphalia and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • Easy to learn
  16. Rivals for Catan

    All details for the board game Rivals for Catan and similar games

    Rivals for Catan reinvents the classic Catan Card Game for a new generation of players. Designed by Klaus Teuber, this card game was released in honor of the 15th anniversary of the original card game. It introduces players to the competitive world of Catan, where each player assumes the role of a prince, striving to develop their provinces and outshine their rivals. The game offers a fresh take on the original mechanics, making it more accessible to newcomers while retaining the essence of the beloved Catan universe.

    🔥 Deal: 6% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Rivals for Catan
    • 2 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. CATAN: Starfarers Duel

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    • 2 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Catan Junior Madagascar

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. CATAN: Starfarers

    All details for the board game CATAN: Starfarers and similar games
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  20. Star Trek: Catan

    All details for the board game Star Trek: Catan and similar games

    Star Trek: Catan transports players into the vast universe of Star Trek, combining the strategic gameplay of Klaus Teuber's classic Catan with the iconic characters and settings of the Star Trek series. This game offers a unique twist on the familiar formula of building and trading, set against the backdrop of the Final Frontier. Players work to expand their influence through building Outposts and Starbases, trading resources like dilithium and tritanium, all while navigating the challenges posed by the Klingon ship on a roll of 7.

    More details for Star Trek: Catan
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Catan: Seafarers Scenario – Legend of the Sea Robbers

    All details for the board game Catan: Seafarers Scenario – Legend of the Sea Robbers and similar games
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Catan: Seafarers – 5-6 Player Extension

    All details for the board game Catan: Seafarers – 5-6 Player Extension and similar games

    The Catan: Seafarers – 5-6 Player Extension expands the possibilities of the original Seafarers of Catan game, allowing for 1-2 additional players to join in. This extension maintains the ease of play of the original game while introducing ten new scenarios, designed to enhance the experience of seafaring, exploration, and trade in the world of Catan. With this expansion, 5-6 players can now engage in the strategy and adventure of settling mysterious islands near Catan.

    More details for Catan: Seafarers – 5-6 Player Extension
    • 5 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. Die Siedler von Catan: Junior

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    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Die Siedler von Catan: Der Schokoladenmarkt

    All details for the board game Die Siedler von Catan: Der Schokoladenmarkt and similar games
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. CATAN: Traders & Barbarians

    All details for the board game CATAN: Traders & Barbarians and similar games

    CATAN: Traders & Barbarians is the third major expansion for The Settlers of Catan, offering a collection of various small expansions and scenarios. This expansion adds new dimensions to the base game, providing players with more variety and strategic options. It is compatible with the base game and can be combined with other expansions like Seafarers and Cities & Knights.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for CATAN: Traders & Barbarians
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  26. Catan Dice Game

    All details for the board game Catan Dice Game and similar games

    Catan Dice Game is a dice-driven adaptation of the classic board game series "Settlers of Catan". In this version, players focus on building settlements, roads, cities, and hiring knights, similar to the original game, but without the use of a physical board. Instead, players have their own score card, or "building sheet," to track their progress and developments in their mini version of Catan.

    More details for Catan Dice Game
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. Catan Card Game

    All details for the board game Catan Card Game and similar games

    The Catan Card Game offers a distinct experience from its predecessor, The Settlers of Catan, focusing on strategic card play and resource management in the familiar Catan universe.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Catan Card Game
    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. Starship Catan

    All details for the board game Starship Catan and similar games

    Starship Catan takes you on an interstellar adventure for two players, blending the thematic elements of Starfarers of Catan with a unique gameplay experience. This card-based game focuses on exploration, strategy, and resource management. Players explore shuffled decks to find new colonies, engage in trade, assist planets, and face off against pirates. The game's depth comes from upgrading your starship's various systems - weapons for combating pirates, thrusters for deeper space exploration, scanners to foresee upcoming challenges, and more. Victory is achieved by earning points through colonies, upgraded systems, friendship, and heroism, with the goal to reach 10 VP first.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Starship Catan
    • 2 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Catan: Traveler – Compact Edition

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Struggle for Catan

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    The Struggle for Catan is a dynamic, multi-player card game that captures the essence of the Catan universe, offering a new way to experience the classic resource management and development strategies familiar to fans of the original The Settlers of Catan board game. Designed by Klaus Teuber and released by Kosmos and Mayfair Games in 2011, this game introduces a streamlined, dice-less gameplay that emphasizes strategic planning over luck.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    🔥 Deal: 18% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Struggle for Catan
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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