An Altar.

The Altar is a structure in Black and White 2. It is available to build after progressing through the tutorial lands.

The Altar is necessary to perform miracles. As worshippers use the Altar, mana is produced and stored. Additionally, the player may sacrifice people at the Altar by dropping them in the pyre at the top of the Altar, which will instantly produce mana, as well as shift his/her alignment towards evil and gives you 2.000 mana. Each miracle has a mana cost.

There are six miracles that, once obtained, can be produced from the Altar

The expansion Black and White 2: Battle of the Gods introduces an additional four miracles.

When adult villagers are placed at the altar, they become Disciple Worshippers.

Building an Altar has no effect on alignment.


The Altar in different alignments


Your population worships you here. Their devotion increases your power and magnificence.


Black and White
One / Two Scaffolds Small Abode / Large Abode
Three Scaffolds Creche / Graveyard / Village Store / Workshop
4 to 8 Scaffolds Field / Village Center / Miracle Dispenser / Wonder / Football Field
Other Temple / Worship Site
Black And White 2 + BOTG
Dwellings Creature Pen / House / Hovel / Manor / Mansion / Skyscraper / Villa
Civic Buildings Altar / Amphitheater / Baths / Graveyard / Nursery / Prison / Rest Home / Tavern / Temple / Hospital
Industrial Buildings Field / Granary / Lumber Mill / Plant Market / Pot Market / Smelter / Statue Market / Storehouse / University / Abattoir
Walls and Roads Fortified Wall / Road / Wall / Wall Gatehouse
Embellishments Column / Fertility Statue / Lamp / Meadow / Naming Fountain / Punishment Spike / Torture Pit / Well / Single Signpost / Double Signpost / Crossroads Signpost / Small Animal Pen / Dovecote / Pig Sty / Large Animal Pen / Flagpole
Military Armory / Ranged Armory / Siege Workshop / Blacksmith
Wonders Earthquake Wonder / Hurricane Wonder / Siren Wonder / Volcano Wonder
Non Greek Buildings Aztec Fountain / Aztec Statue / Japanese Fountain / Japanese Garden / Japanese Shrine / Norse Fountain / Norse Statue