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An Atoll is a type of terrain feature in Civilization V.

Game Info[]

Terrain feature found in coastal regions.


Coast tiles containing Atolls benefit from the Lighthouse's +1 Food Food bonus. Note, however, that they aren't considered a resource, so they don't get additional benefits!

In Brave New World, the unique ability of the Japanese gives them an additional bonus yield of +2 Culture Culture from Atolls.

Civilopedia entry[]

An atoll is a formation of coral which creates an island. Atolls are typically ring-shaped, encompassing a central shallow lagoon, and the islands are typically low and small. Atolls are one of the most common island types in the Pacific, the other being islands of volcanic origin. Atolls are akin to oases, in that they are often the only points of land in hundreds of square miles of pelagic expanse. Marine life and birds make ready use of atolls, and though humans have inhabited some, atolls are often hostile for larger land animals. Their low profile means that storms regularly engulf them, and there is often little shade from the powerful sun. As a result of his experiences and observations on the Beagle Voyage, Charles Darwin was the first Westerner to correctly hypothesize how atolls were formed.

Civilization V Terrains [edit]
Base Coast Desert Grassland Hill Mountain Ocean Plains Snow Tundra
Features Atoll Fallout Flood Plains Forest Ice Jungle Lakes Marsh Oasis Rivers
Other Ancient RuinsEncampment
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