Resource hexes are five specialized hex tiles that provide resource cards to their adjacent settlements, cities and metropoli. The five resource hexes are:

In Catan: Seafarers, Gold Field hexes are considered a resource hex because they allow a player to select which resource they wish to receive. However, in Catan: Explorers & Pirates Gold Fields are not resource hexes as they produce gold coins, which are not considered resources.

All other hex tiles from the official expansions are not considered resource hexes. Many fan expansions, however, add new resource hexes or variants of official ones.