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"Like to the apples on the Dead Sea's shore, all ashes to the taste."
–Lord Byron
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The Dead Sea is a two-tile passable Natural Wonder in Civilization VI. The Dead Sea appears as a Lake on Desert or Grassland tiles. Each Wonder tile provides 2 Civ6Culture Culture and 2 Civ6Faith Faith. Each Wonder tile also increases the Appeal of adjacent tiles by +2.

Like normal Lake tiles, the Dead Sea provides Fresh water to adjacent tiles. Land Units also suffer a Civ6Movement Movement penalty when they embark/disembark from the Sea's tiles onto dry land.

In Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, discovering the Dead Sea grants +1 Era Score, or +3 Score if the player is the first to do so.

In the Gathering Storm expansion, Dead Sea is treated as a Coast tile. It only provides 1 extra Housing6 Housing from settling nearby, its yields can be changed by the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and Seaside Resorts can be built next to it as long as the Appeal is high enough.


Each Dead Sea tile has a yield of 2 Civ6Culture Culture and 2 Civ6Faith Faith. Since Culture and Faith are often hard to generate early in the game, incorporating natural wonder tiles can provide a vital head start through the Civics tree, and can help a player found a Pantheon early on.

Like ordinary lake/coast tiles, the yields of the Dead Sea's tiles can be increased using certain bonuses. If the wonder tiles are owned by a city with a Lighthouse and Seaport, the yield of the tiles will increase by 1 Civ6Food Food and 2 Civ6Gold Gold respectively. The Suzerain bonus of the Auckland city-state also increases the tile yields by 1 Civ6Production Production, and a further 1 Civ6Production Production once the Industrial Era has been reached.

Unfortunately, as with all natural wonders, the Dead Sea tiles cannot be developed or improved. Because of this, natural wonders may be more of a hindrance than an asset later in the game - a natural wonder in the heart of a City can spoil adjacency bonuses for Farms and districts. In general, passable wonder tiles are significantly better than an unimproved tile of any kind, but are often less productive than an ordinary tile with an improvement or a district.

Note that the wonder tiles can be incorporated into National Parks - if a player wishes to found a Park, then it is often wise to include as many wonder tiles as possible within a city.

Civilopedia entryEdit

The Dead Sea – known to the Hebrews of antiquity as the “Sea of Salt” and the Arabs as the “Sea of Death,” both appropriate – is a salt lake in the Levant, and the lowest land elevation (420 meters below sea level) on Earth. With a salinity of 34.2 percent, it is one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet ... hardly a garden spot. But it was one of history’s first health resorts, much favored by Herod the Great, and was thought to offer putative therapies for the likes of psoriasis, rhinosinusitis, cystic fibrosis, and osteoarthritis. Mining the shore region has supplied all sorts of trade opportunities, from asphalt for mummification to potash for fertilizer. Mankind has a knack for finding the silver lining in anything ... even the Dead Sea.


  • In the base game, the Dead Sea paradoxically provides fresh water to adjacent tiles, despite being one of the saltiest lakes on Earth; Lake Retba used to have the same problem. The water from the Dead Sea is not suitable for human consumption, nor is it useful for irrigating farms or keeping livestock. This was changed in the Gathering Storm expansion; the Dead Sea no longer provides Fresh water now.
  • The Dead Sea can be found in its real-life location on the Gifts of the Nile Scenario map.
  • The maximum possible yield from the tiles of the Dead Sea is 2 Civ6Culture Culture, 2 Civ6Faith Faith, 2 Civ6Food Food, 2 Civ6Gold Gold, and 3 Civ6Production Production. This is possible if the tiles are in a city with a Seaport, if the player owns the Huey Teocalli wonder, if the player is the Suzerain of Auckland, and the game is in the Industrial Era or later.


Civilization VI Wonders [edit]

AlhambraAmundsen-Scott Research Station R&F-OnlyAngkor Wat1Apadana1Big BenBiosphère1Bolshoi TheatreBroadwayCasa de Contratación R&F-OnlyChichen ItzaColosseumColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerEstádio do MaracanãForbidden CityGolden Gate Bridge GS-OnlyGreat Bath GS-OnlyGreat LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat ZimbabweHagia SophiaHanging GardensHermitageHuey TeocalliJebel Barkal1Kilwa Kisiwani R&F-OnlyKotoku-in R&F-OnlyMachu Picchu GS-OnlyMahabodhi TempleMausoleum at Halicarnassus1Meenakshi Temple GS-OnlyMont St. MichelOracleOrszágház GS-OnlyOxford UniversityPanama Canal GS-OnlyPetraPotala PalacePyramidsRuhr ValleyStatue of Liberty R&F-OnlyStatue of Zeus1St. Basil's Cathedral R&F-OnlyStonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj Mahal R&F-OnlyTemple of Artemis R&F-OnlyTerracotta ArmyUniversity of Sankore GS-OnlyVenetian Arsenal

Natural Wonders

Bermuda Triangle1Chocolate Hills GS-OnlyCliffs of DoverCrater LakeDead SeaDelicate Arch R&F-OnlyEye of the Sahara R&F-OnlyEyjafjallajökull1Fountain of Youth1Galápagos IslandsGiant's Causeway1Gobustan GS-OnlyGreat Barrier ReefHạ Long Bay1Ik-Kil GS-OnlyKakadu2Lake Retba R&F-OnlyLysefjord1Mato Tipila GS-OnlyMatterhorn R&F-OnlyMount EverestMount KilimanjaroMount Roraima R&F-OnlyMount Vesuvius GS-OnlyPaïtiti1Pamukkale GS-OnlyPantanalPinnacles2PiopiotahiSahara el Beyda GS-OnlyTorres del PaineTsingy de BemarahaUbsunur Hollow R&F-OnlyUluru1Vinland2YosemiteZhangye Danxia R&F-Only

1 Requires DLC2 Specific scenario games only

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

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