As an example, take the Pygmies. "Each time you lose a Pygmy token, roll a reinforcement die and receive as many new Pygmies from storage tray as you rolled pips on the die (up to the number of Pygmies left)."

So if you lose a Pygmy, it goes back to the storage tray and then if you roll a 1 or more you can get it back?

Does this work that way for all races/powers? they always go back to the storage tray (unless another rule says otherwise) and are available for any power/gift that brings them back?

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Yes. From the rules on conquering regions in the base game, on what to do if you have been conquered:

Permanently discard one Race token back into the Storage tray

And from the rules for Sorcerers, for example"

with one of your own taken from the storage tray.


When a territory containing a player's active race is conquered, one of the tokens goes back to the tray and that player gets back the rest of them.

That does mean that they could potentially come back via special powers. Of course, it doesn't really matter which of your tokens the special power gives you, and so if the race has plenty of extra tokens (like the Skeletons or Sorcerers), in practice it'll often be a moot point. It matters more for races like the Mudmen, which can easily run out of tokens.

For completeness, from the base game rules on conquering:

If Race tokens of another player occupied the Region prior to its conquest, that player must immediately take all of these Race tokens back in hand and:

  • Permanently discard one Race token back into the Storage tray;
  • Keep the other Race tokens in hand, and redeploy them in any other Region(s) still occupied by his race (if any) as the final action of the current player's turn.
  • I don't agree on it being a moot point. The number of available Skeleton and Sorcerer tokens is purposefully limited so that you can run out. If killed tokens were removed from the game instead, those races would be less powerful.
    – GendoIkari
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 14:58
  • @GendoIkari I've seen plenty of games with those races and I've never seen them get close to running out of tokens. It seems like the opponents would have to be playing incredibly poorly to let that happen, and by the time someone managed to get all the tokens out of the tray they'd already be winning so completely that the limited number of tokens wouldn't change anything.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 16:34
  • Mudmen might be a better example, they're constantly running up against their token limit.
    – bwarner
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 17:08
  • @bwarner Thanks, I haven't played Underground yet, that is indeed a good example. Edited to hopefully make everyone happy!
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 17:12
  • @Jefromi just because you haven't seen it happen doesn't mean that it doesn't happen. I have almost run out of skeletons before, and if they were permanently removed from the game I absolutely would have ran out of skeletons. The only reason why I didn't is because of the fact that killed skeletons return to the tray.
    – Nick
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 13:14

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