- +1 Science
Aluminum is required for most air units in the game, with the exception of the most basic one (the Biplane). The resource itself is fairly common. It provides a nice boost to Production (though not as large as Oil and Coal), but this is thanks to its improvement, not the resource itself. Aluminum's bonus yield is Science, which at the moment of the game the resource appears is hardly useful.
In the Gathering Storm expansion, Aluminum - besides being used to build and maintain aircraft - is also indispensable for the reworked Scientific Victory, as it is used to build the Lagrange Laser Station.
The Future Era policy card Aerospace Contractors grants Aluminum for free! Sadly, it is unlocked very late, with Exodus Imperative, and it also requires an expensive Spaceport. Consider it a backup option in all cases - if you need Aluminum for building airplanes (or Helicopters in Gathering Storm), chances are your military is strong enough to "liberate" some.
The Greeks and Romans used aluminum salts as astringents and bath powders. For centuries, that’s all aluminum was good for, until in 1825 AD the Danish chemist Hans Orsted managed to create a lump of aluminum metal. In the 1850s, pure aluminum was so difficult to produce that bars of it were more valuable than gold and even exhibited as a curiosity at the Exposition Universelle in 1855. Scientists, of course, just had to find uses for it, and now aluminum is found in everything from spacecraft to skillets.
|Civilization VI Resources |
Amber • CinnamonS • Citrus • ClovesS • Cocoa • Coffee • CosmeticsG • Cotton • Diamonds • Dyes • Furs • Gold Ore3 • Gypsum • Honey1 • Incense • Ivory • Jade • JeansG • Marble • Mercury • Olives • Pearls • PerfumeG • Salt • Silk • Silver • Spices • Sugar • Tea • Tobacco • ToysG • Truffles • Turtles • Whales • Wine
|G: Accessed by Great Merchant • S: Suzerainty with Zanzibar|
1 Added in Maya & Gran Colombia Pack • 2 Secret Societies mode only • 3 Specific scenarios only
Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.