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Colossal Heads are a special tile improvement in Civilization VI. They can be built by a player that is the Suzerain of the La Venta city-state.

Vanilla and Rise and Fall[]

Gathering Storm[]


Improving tiles with Colossal Heads may be a wise strategy for those who are seeking a Religious Victory. With a large number of these improvements being worked, you will generate a lot of Faith Faith per turn.

In Gathering Storm, one single Colossal Head can provide up to 8 Tourism Tourism (as well as Faith Faith) after the Flight technology is researched, making it a helpful addition to any civilization seeking a Cultural Victory, especially those favoring dense forest or rainforest areas, such as Brazil, Kongo or Maori. The Kongolese most notably benefit from this improvement, since their Faith Faith generation (which in turn leads to Natural Parks and Rock Bands in pursuit of a Cultural Victory) is pretty low considering they cannot build Holy Sites.

Civilopedia entry[]

The colossal “Olmec Heads,” 17 stone sculptures dating to before 900 BC, are the best known remnants (at least, by tourists) of the once flourishing Mesoamerican Olmec civilization. Carved from a single boulder and then transported many miles, each depicts the head and face of a mature man, likely that of a powerful Olmec ruler, or as some theories would have it, famous ball players (if so, not much has changed). The massive heads weigh between six (the smallest) and 50 tons (the largest, but unfinished), made from basalt from quarries in the Sierra de los Tuxtlas range near Veracruz. Given that the Olmec had no metal tools, the effort to scatter these sculptures across the countryside was immense … yet another instance of mankind’s desire to leave their mark on the world.


Related achievements[]

Legends of the Hidden Temple
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Build a Colossal Head adjacent to a Holy Site with a Temple.
A reference to the gameshow of the same name and its mascot, a massive stone head named Olmec.
Civilization VI Improvements [edit]
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Unique ChâteauChemamull R&F-Only.pngFeitoria1Golf Course R&F-Only.pngGreat WallHacienda1Ice Hockey Rink GS-Only.pngKampung1KurganMekewap R&F-Only.pngMissionNubian Pyramid1Open-Air Museum GS-Only.pngOutback Station1 GS-Only.pngPairidaeza1Polder R&F-Only.pngQhapaq Ñan GS-Only.pngRock-Hewn Church1Roman FortSphinxStepwellTerrace Farm GS-Only.pngZiggurat
City-state Alcázar1Batey1Cahokia Mounds GS-Only.pngColossal HeadsMahavihara1Moai GS-Only.pngMonastery1Nazca Line GS-Only.pngTrading Dome1
Governor R&F-Only.png City Park R&F-Only.pngFishery R&F-Only.png
Modes only Barricade4Corporation3Industry3Modernized Trap4Reinforced Barricade4Trap4Vampire Castle2
1 Requires a DLC2 Secret Societies mode only • 3 Monopolies and Corporations mode only • 4 Zombie Defense mode only

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