Gathering Storm

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm is an expansion for Civilization VI, to be released on February 14, 2019. It is the second expansion after Civilization VI: Rise and Fall. Gathering Storm was announced in a Firaxis livestream on November 20, 2018.


Full list of features, as taken from the Steam announcement:

  • Environmental effects: Volcanoes, storms (blizzards, sand storms, tornadoes, hurricanes), climate change, floods, and droughts.
  • Power and consumable resources: Strategic resources play an additional role in Gathering Storm. These resources are now consumed in power plants to generate electricity for your cities. Initially you'll be powering your most advanced buildings by burning carbon-based resources like Coal (Civ6)Coal and Oil (Civ6)Oil, but renewable energy sources also unlock as you progress to current-day technologies. Your choices about resource usage will directly affect the world's temperature and can cause melting ice caps and rising sea levels.
  • Engineering projects: Shape the world around your empire to overcome unfavorable land conditions by making improvements like canals, dams, tunnels and railroads. When settling cities, consider the flood risk to coastal lowland areas, but keep in mind that in the late-game, new technologies like Flood Barriers can be used to protect these tiles.
  • World congress: Make your voice heard among the other leaders of the world. Earn Diplomatic Favor through Alliances, influencing city-states, competing in World Games, and more. Use Diplomatic Favor to extract promises from other leaders, vote on Resolutions, call a Special Session to address an emergency, and increase the weight of your votes in your quest to achieve the new Diplomatic Victory.
  • 21st Century technologies & civics: A new era has been added to the Technology and Civics trees. Combat new environmental effects with speculative ideas such as relocating your population out to seasteads and developing technologies to recapture carbon emissions.
  • New leaders and civs: Nine new leaders from eight new civilizations are introduced. Each brings unique bonuses and gameplay, as well as a total of nine unique units, four unique buildings, three unique improvements, two unique districts and one unique governor.
  • New scenarios:
    • The Black Death: The Black Death ravaged Europe and western Asia in the mid-14th century, killing a greater share of the population than any other event in world history. The pandemic killed millions, ruined economies, upended political dynasties and transformed the face of the Western world. Your task is to lead your nation through the calamity: keep your population alive, your economy strong, and your faith unshaken amidst a world of terror and desperation.
    • War Machine: At the outset of WWI, the German Imperial Army had a daring plan: invade neutral Belgium and then rush the French heartland before they could mobilize to resist. If successful, the German forces would capture Paris within a month and end their resistance forever. In counter, the French command prepared Plan 17, an all-out onslaught designed to meet and stop a German offensive. When war was declared, both armies swung into motion and set up one of the most incredible and shocking military campaigns in world history. In this scenario, players take the side of one of these two great powers at this same precipice. As Germany, your task is to capture Paris. As France, your task is to prevent its capture. The clock is ticking, and the enemy is moving. Advance!
  • More new content: Seven new world wonders, seven natural wonders, 18 new units, 15 new improvements, 9 new buildings, 5 new districts, 2 new city sets, 9 new techs and 10 new civics have been added.
    • Some wonders include:
      • Great Bath, an ancient-era floodplains wonder that grants bonus amenities and housing, as well as immunity to flood damage in city tiles, and faith where flood damage was prevented.
      • Országház, an industrial-era river-tile wonder that provides culture and diplomatic favour each turn when suzerain of a city state.
      • Machu Picchu, which provides gold, as well as adjacency bonuses for commercial, industrial, and theatre districts next to mountains.
      • Golden Gate Bridge, which is a modern-era wonder that must be built between two coasts, boosts tourism from national parks and tile improvements, as well as granting amenities and tile appeal.
      • Panama Canal, which, in addition to functioning as a canal, provides bonus gold for trade units that pass through.
      • University Sankore, a desert / desert hills medieval wonder that adds faith and science to domestic trade routes, and trade routes from other civilisations provide extra science and gold.
  • Improved gameplay systems: The Espionage system has been enhanced with new options, the Culture and Science Victories have been updated, new Historic Moments have been added, and additional improvements have been made to other existing systems. In addition, Warmonger score has been replaced with Grievances.

Civilizations Edit

Gathering Storm Leaders and Civilizations
Icon Civilization Leader(s) Civilization Ability Leader Ability Unique Unit Unique Infrastructure
Hungarian Matthias Corvinus Pearl of the Danube

+50% Civ6Production Production for districts and buildings built across a river from a City Center.

Raven King

Levied city-state units receive +2 Civ6Movement Movement and +5 Civ6StrengthIcon Combat Strength, and can be upgraded at no cost in Civ6Gold Gold or resources. Levying troops from a city-state grants 2 Envoy6 Envoys with that city-state. Gain the Black Army unique unit with Castles.

Huszár Thermal Bath
Māori Kupe Mana

Starts the game with Sailing and Shipbuilding unlocked and the ability to enter Ocean tiles. Embarked units gain +5 Civ6StrengthIcon Combat Strength and +2 Civ6Movement Movement. Unimproved Woods and Rainforest provide +1 Civ6Production Production, increased to +2 with Conservation. Fishing Boats provide +1 Civ6Food Food. Building a Fishing Boat triggers a Culture Bomb, claiming surrounding tiles. Resources cannot be harvested. Writer6 Great Writers cannot be earned.

Kupe's Voyage

Starts the game in the Ocean. +2 Civ6Science Science and +2 Civ6Culture Culture per turn before the first city is settled. Their first settled city receives a free Builder and +1 Citizen6 Population. The Palace grants +3 Housing6 Housing and +1 Amenities6 Amenity.

Toa Marae
Canadian Wilfrid Laurier Four Faces of Peace

Cannot declare Surprise Wars or war on City-States. Surprise Wars cannot be declared on Canada. For every 100 Tourism6 Tourism earned, gain 1 Diplomatic Favor. +100% Diplomatic Favor gained from successfully completing Emergencies or Scored Competitions.

The Last Best West

Can build Farms on Tundra tiles, and on Tundra Hills tiles with Civil Engineering. Purchasing Snow, Snow Hills, Tundra Hills, and Tundra tiles is 50% cheaper. +100% extraction rate of accumulated resources on Snow, Snow Hills, Tundra Hills, and Tundra tiles.

Mountie Ice Hockey Rink
Incan Pachacuti Mit'a

Citizens may work Mountain tiles. Mountain tiles provide +2 Civ6Production Production, and +1 Civ6Food Food for each adjacent Terrace Farm.

Qhapaq Nañ

Domestic TradeRoute6 Trade Routes gain +1 Civ6Food Food for every Mountain tile in the origin city. Gain the Qhapaq Ñan unique improvement with Foreign Trade.

Warak'aq Terrace Farm
Mali Mansa Musa Songs of the Jeli

City Centers receive +1 Civ6Faith Faith and +1 Civ6Food Food for every adjacent Desert and Desert Hills tiles. Mines receive +4 Civ6Gold Gold and -1 Civ6Production Production. May purchase Commercial Hub buildings with Civ6Faith Faith. -30% Civ6Production Production towards buildings and units.

Sahel Merchants

International Trade Routes gain +1 Civ6Gold Gold for every flat Desert tile in the origin city. Entering a Golden Age permanently grants +1 TradeRoute6 Trade Route capacity.

Mandekalu Cavalry Suguba
Sweden Kristina Nobel Prize

Gains 50 Diplomatic Favor whenever a Great Person is earned. +1 Engineer6 Great Engineer points from Factories and +1 Scientist6 Great Scientist points from Universities. Sweden's presence in the game adds three unique World Congress competitions in the Industrial Era.

Minerva of the North

Buildings with at least three Great Work slots and wonders with at least two Great Work slots are automatically themed when all slots are filled. Gains the Queen's Bibliotheque unique building in the Government Plaza.

Carolean Open-Air Museum



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