Civilizations are playable factions, each of which represents a historical nation, empire or cultural group. Each civilization in Civilization VI has a unique ability and two unique components: a unit and a piece of infrastructure, which may be a building, a district, or a tile improvement.
Civilization VI makes a distinction between a civilization and its leader, not unlike Civilization IV - each civilization can now have multiple leaders, and each leader comes with his or her own unique ability and pursues a specific agenda throughout the game (when controlled by AI). Some leader abilities also provide an additional unique unit. So, the civilization's unique unit, infrastructure and ability remain unchanged, while the leader ability and agenda are affected by the leader chosen. Thus the same civilization may behave quite differently throughout the game, depending on which leader leads it. A wise player will learn not only all different civilizations' special abilities and units, but also their leaders' special traits and agendas, which will allow him or her to anticipate the AI behavior during the game.
Vanilla Civilization VI included 18 different civilizations at the launch, with the Aztecs (19th) as a pre-order bonus that became available to everyone 90 days after the launch. The Poles, Australians, Persians, Macedonians, Nubians, Khmers, and Indonesians were later added as DLC. The Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm expansions added 8 new civilizations each, bringing the total number of playable civilizations to 42.
Originally there was only one civilization with multiple leaders: the Greeks, who may be led by either Pericles or Gorgo. The Rise and Fall expansion added Chandragupta as an alternative leader for the Indians alongside Gandhi. The Gathering Storm expansion added Eleanor of Aquitaine, who can lead either the English or the French.
List of CivilizationsEdit
|Icon||Civilization||Leader(s)||Civilization Ability||Unique Unit||Unique Infrastructure|
|American||Teddy Roosevelt||Founding Fathers
Government legacy bonuses accumulate in half the usual number of turns.
|P-51 Mustang||Film Studio|
|Arabian||Saladin||The Last Prophet||Mamluk||Madrasa|
|Australian||John Curtin||Land Down Under||Digger||Outback Station|
|Aztec||Montezuma||Legend of the Five Suns||Eagle Warrior||Tlachtli|
|Brazilian||Pedro II||Amazon||Minas Geraes||Street Carnival|
|Canadian||Wilfrid Laurier||Four Faces of Peace||Mountie||Ice Hockey Rink|
|Chinese||Qin Shi Huang||Dynastic Cycle||Crouching Tiger||Great Wall|
|Dutch||Wilhelmina||Grote Rivieren||De Zeven Provinciën||Polder|
|Egyptian||Cleopatra||Iteru||Maryannu Chariot Archer||Sphinx|
|English||Victoria||British Museum |
(Vanilla and )
Each Archaeological Museum can hold six Artifacts instead of three and can build two Archaeologists instead of one. Archaeological Museums are automatically themed when they have six Artifacts.
Workshop of the World ()
Iron and Coal Mines accumulate 1 more resource per turn. +100% Production towards Military Engineers. Military Engineers receive +2 charges. Buildings that provide additional yields when Powered receive +2 of that yield.
|Sea Dog||Royal Navy Dockyard|
|Eleanor of Aquitaine|
|French||Catherine de Medici||Grand Tour||Garde Impériale||Chateau|
|Eleanor of Aquitaine (French)|
|Georgian||Tamar||Strength in Unity||Khevsur||Tsikhe|
|German||Frederick Barbarossa||Free Imperial Cities||U-Boat||Hansa|
|Hungarian||Matthias Corvinus||Pearl of the Danube||Huszár||Thermal Bath|
|Japanese||Hojo Tokimune||Meiji Restoration
Districts recieve a +1 adjacency bonus for each adjacent district, instead of +0.5.
|Khmer||Jayavarman VII||Grand Barays||Domrey||Prasat|
|Kongolese||Mvemba a Nzinga||Nkisi||Ngao Mbeba||Mbanza|
|Macedonian||Alexander||Hellenistic Fusion||Hypaspist||Basilikoi Paides|
|Mali||Mansa Musa||Songs of the Jeli||Mandekalu Cavalry||Suguba|
Starts the game with Sailing and Shipbuilding unlocked and the ability to enter Ocean tiles. Embarked units gain +5 Combat Strength and +2 Movement. Unimproved Woods and Rainforest provide +1 Production, increased to +2 with Conservation. Fishing Boats provide +1 Food. Building a Fishing Boat triggers a Culture Bomb, claiming surrounding tiles. Resources cannot be harvested. Great Writers cannot be earned.
Sending a Trade Route immediately creates a Trading Post in the destination city, instead of when the Trade Route is finished. Gains an extra level of Diplomatic Visibility with civilizations they have a Trading Post with. Mongolian Units receive +6 Combat Strength for each level of Diplomatic Visibility they have over their opponents, instead of the usual +3.
|Norwegian||Harald Hardrada||Knarr||Berserker||Stave Church|
|Nubian||Amanitore||Ta-Seti||Pítati Archer||Nubian Pyramid|
|Ottoman||Suleiman||Great Turkish Bombard||Barbary Corsair||Grand Bazaar|
|Polish||Jadwiga||Golden Liberty||Winged Hussar||Sukiennice|
|Roman||Trajan||All Roads Lead to Rome||Legion||Bath|
|Scottish||Robert the Bruce||Scottish Enlightenment||Highlander||Golf Course|
|Scythian||Tomyris||People of the Steppe||Saka Horse Archer||Kurgan|
|Spanish||Philip II||Treasure Fleet
May form Fleets and Armadas with Mercantilism, instead of Nationalism and Mobilization. Trade Routes between cities on different continents gain +1 Food and +1 Production for domestic Trade Routes, and +6 Gold for international Trade Routes. +2 Loyalty per turn for cities outside their home continent if they have a Mission adjacent to the City Center.
|Swedish||Kristina||Nobel Prize||Carolean||Open-Air Museum|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Added in Australia Civilization & Scenario Pack (23 February 2017).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Preorder DLC. Became available for all players free of charge 90 days after the release of the game.
- ↑ The English in the vanilla game and the Rise and Fall expansion have the special ability British Museum while in the expansion Gathering Storm they have the ability Workshop of the World.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Eleanor of Aquitaine is both an English and a French leader.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Added in Khmer and Indonesia Civilization & Scenario Pack (19 October 2017).
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Added in Persia and Macedon Civilization & Scenario Pack (28 March 2017).
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Added in Nubia Civilization & Scenario Pack (27 July 2017).
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Added in Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack (20 December 2016).
|Civilization VI |
|Rise and Fall • Gathering Storm|