- Base yields: None
- With Petra: +2 Food, +1 Production, +2 Gold (does not apply to Floodplains)
- +1 Faith Adjacency bonus for Holy Site Districts with Desert Folklore Pantheon
- May cause the formation of dust storms, which will bring destruction but also may fertilize affected tiles, giving them Food and/or Production base yield.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Without any oases or floodplains, desert tiles are not suited for settlement (except for Australia and Nubia, which can build their unique tile improvements there, and Mali, which gains a great number of bonuses to desert tiles). For any city within or near a desert, the bare desert tiles should be reserved for districts or wonders unless a resource is found there. Thankfully, there are a few resources - such as Salt, Incense, and the all-important Aluminum (without which there are no modern airplanes!) - that are found mostly or only in deserts.
The Petra wonder can make deserts far more useful: it increases the base yield of desert tiles to be comparable to grassland hills or rainforest plains, and extends the bonus to oases (but not floodplains). An oasis in range of Petra will have the outstanding yield of 5 Food, 1 Production, and 3 Gold!
Desert Names[edit | edit source]
|Atacama Desert||Mapuche, Inca|
|Błędowska Desert||Poland||The desert lies mainly on the Silesian Highlands in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. The Błędów Desert is Central Europe's largest accumulation of loose sand in an area away from any sea.|
|Colorado Plateau Desert||America|
|Gobi Desert||Mongolia, China|
|Great Basin Desert||America|
|Great Sand Sea||Egypt|
|Great Sandy Desert||Australia|
|Great Victoria Desert||Australia|
|Hamad Desert||Phoenicia, Ottomans|
|Karapınar Desert||Byzantium, Ottomans|
|La Guajira Desert||Gran Colombia|
|Médanos de Coro||Gran Colombia|
|Qoz Abu Dulu||Nubia|
|Rangipo Desert||Māori||Not a true desert with regards to rainfall, but frequent strong winds, loose, poor soil and harsh winters mean that only tussock grasses can grow there.|
|Rub' al Khali||Arabia|
|Tatacoa Desert||Gran Colombia|
|Tengger Sand Sea||Indonesia|
Civilopedia entry[edit | edit source]
In general, deserts are remarkably useless, except to those creatures and man who have learned to live there. The true deserts of the world – the Sahara, Gobi, Mojave, Great Victoria, and such – have been swallowing men and civilizations since history began.