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Game Info[]

Mid-game strategic resource. Used by Factories and Ironclads.


Coal Coal is the first new strategic resource to become available after a long time with only Horses Horses and Iron Iron. 20xCoal5 Coal is accessed with a Mine and used for two very specific things: Ironclads, which are a transition between ships with sails and modern engine-based ships; and the construction of Factories.

Of these, the second is much more important, firstly because Factories are a major Production Production booster for a city, and what's more, they're required for a civilization to adopt an Ideology early. Since each Factory consumes 1 Coal Coal, you will need at least 3 Coal Coal to be among the first to adopt an Ideology and reap the free bonus Tenets.

Along with Uranium Uranium, Coal Coal is perhaps the rarest of all strategic resources - it is found in locations that are difficult to access, like Jungles, and its sources are much fewer than Horses Horses or Iron Iron. You will often realize that you have practically no Coal Coal that you can easily access, or that the sources within your reach are much closer to another empire, and you will have to expand further to get it. You should be prepared for that come the Industrial Era, or you will be forced to trade for Coal Coal for the rest of the game. Luckily, once you build a Factory, there doesn't seem to be any negative effect if you start consuming more Coal Coal than you produce.

Its second use, the Ironclads, are only a temporary drain - when you replace them with the later Destroyer you will liberate the Coal Coal they used for more Factories.

In vanilla Civilization V, Coal Coal is revealed by Scientific Theory.

Civilopedia entry[]

Coal is ancient plant matter that has decomposed and compressed over the millennia into a highly combustible black compound. Found in substantial quantities across virtually the entire planet, coal has been one of the most important sources of energy to mankind throughout history. Coal is not a clean fuel and its extraction and burning is a major source of pollution around the world. Scientists are frantically looking for the elusive "clean coal" technology, but that remains as of yet undiscovered. Remember that coal is a strategic resource, and thus it is consumed as you construct the associated units and buildings.

See also[]

Civilization V Resources [edit]
Bonus BananasBison BNW-onlyCattleDeerFishSheepStoneWheat
Strategic AluminumCoalHorsesIronOilUranium
Luxury Citrus GodsKings5 clearCloves BNW-onlyCocoa BNW-onlyCopper GodsKings5 clearCottonCrab GodsKings5 clearDyesFursGemsGoldIncenseIvoryJewelry GodsKings5 clearMarbleNutmeg BNW-onlyPearlsPepper BNW-onlyPorcelain GodsKings5 clearSalt GodsKings5 clearSilkSilverSpicesSugarTruffles GodsKings5 clearWhalesWine

GodsKings5 clear Added in the Gods & Kings expansion pack.
BNW-only Added in the Brave New World expansion pack.