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Cataracts are a terrain feature in the Gifts of the Nile scenario in Civilization VI. Cataracts are found in six predetermined locations on Nile River tiles.

Cataract tiles have a +3  Movement Movement modifier. Like Lake and Coast tiles, Cataract tiles have a yield of 1 Food Food and 1 Gold Gold, and provide fresh water to their surroundings.


There are six Cataract in set locations on the Gifts of the Nile map. Except for their movement penalty, Cataracts are identical to their surrounding river tiles. Though the movement modifier may occasionally play a role in slowing enemy naval units, they are more frequently a hindrance to nearby cities.

Civilopedia entry[]

The six cataracts of the Nile river vary between shallows and rapids. Depending on the water level, it was possible to cross the cataracts by fording or by boat. Traditionally, Egypt claimed the portion of the Nile north of the First Cataract, while Nubia claimed the portion to the south.


Civilization VI Terrains [edit]
Base CoastDesertDesert (Hills)GrasslandGrassland (Hills)HillsLakeMountainsNile River3OceanPlainsPlains (Hills)SnowSnow (Hills)TundraTundra (Hills)
Features Cataract3CliffsFloodplainsDesert FloodplainsGrassland FloodplainsPlains FloodplainsGeothermal Fissure GS-Only.pngIceImpact Zone1 2MarshOasisRainforestBurning Rainforest1Burnt Rainforest1Reef R&F-Only.pngRiverVolcanic Soil GS-Only.pngVolcano GS-Only.pngWoodsBurning Woods1Burnt Woods1
Other Barbarian OutpostMeteor Site1Tribal Village
See also ImprovementNatural WonderResource
1 Requires a DLC2 Apocalypse mode only • 3 Specific Scenarios only

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