The final choice that you have to make before starting a new Civilization: Beyond Earth game is what cargo will you bring with you to the new planet. Although the choice is not as important as getting the right sponsor, colonists and even choosing the Spacecraft are, it still is a bonus that might matter in the long run. So why not make sure that you choose the best cargo in Civilization: Beyond Earth? So we’re here to talk just about that!

Before deciding which is the best Civilization Beyond Earth cargo to start with, let’s see what choices to we have:

Hydroponics (Begin with 1 extra population in your City)
Laboratory (Begin with Pioneering tech)
Raw Materials (Begin with a Clinic)
Weapon Arsenal (Start with a Soldier Unit)
Machinery (Begin with a Worker Unit)

All these bonuses are in my opinion extremely balanced and making a choice is really difficult – so choosing the “best” cargo in the game is probably a matter of personal preference. I usually go with Weapon Arsenal because the extra soldier gives me an exploration boost, so I can get to those Resource Pods easily and get some extra bonuses. Plus, I always seem to land in the most alien-crowded area on the map and my Explorer dies pretty soon.

But it might seem just as good to start with the extra population in your Capital (since this means faster production of troops and units), as well as getting the free technology. However, I usually choose the Soldier for the reasons mentioned above and I can’t complain. Unless I end up face to face with an aggressive Worm.

What do you think though? Which is the best cargo to start with in Civilization: Beyond Earth?