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Coast is a base terrain in Civilization VI. It is found on the continental shelves and everywhere where land meets water, extending up to 3 tiles away from land.


Compared to earlier Civilization games, coast tiles are less useful. The Harbor means a City Center can be further inland, and coast tiles do not provide much when worked unless a sea resource is present. As such, it's generally best to avoid settling with too many sea tiles in the city radius unless the city plans on quickly building a Harbor, which has buildings that improve the yields of Coast tiles.

Of course, coast tiles are the only place where early ships may move before researching Cartography. Thus, a nation which extends its territory to cover all coast in a certain location will effectively block all maritime movement there in the early game for all nations who don't have Open Borders with this nation! This may often have great strategic importance.

Note that some Wonders can only be built on the coastline, often next to a Harbor.

Founding a city on the coast unlocks the Eureka Eureka for Sailing.

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Coastal waters (unless, of course, it's a lake) beckoned early civilizations to venture out from land, where they found all sorts of riches and good things to eat. Thus, for millennia men had no need (or feared) to sail out of sight of land.


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

R&F-Only.png Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only.png Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.