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Desert Folklore is a Pantheon in Civilization VI. It increases the Civ6Faith Faith output of Holy Site districts by 1 for each adjacent Desert tile.

Strategy Edit

Like all pantheons that rely on specific terrain types, Desert Folklore attempts to boost the desirability of an otherwise unappealing terrain. It requires an appropriate start and the player having more interest in Civ6Faith Faith than whatever other bonuses may be obtained (e.g. extra Civ6Culture Culture from Sheep Pastures through God of the Open Sky or Civ6Production Production from Oases through Lady of the Reeds and Marshes).

This pantheon makes deserts more viable places in which to found cities, especially when pursuing a Religious Victory or after adopting Theocracy or building the Grand Master's Chapel to enable Civ6Faith Faith purchasing of military units. It has good synergy with desert-biased civilizations such as Mali (with the Suguba further lowering Civ6Faith Faith costs), Egypt (who can build the Holy Sites cheaper next to a River, although River Goddess is also a reasonable choice there), and Nubia (whose Nubian Pyramid is particularly well-suited to being built next to Holy Sites).

Another side-effect of the pantheon to keep in mind is that almost all your Holy Sites built in Deserts will trigger a "Splendid Holy Site Completed" Historic Moment upon completion, which gives you +3 Era Score for the first time you achieve this.

Religions and Pantheons in Civilization VI [edit]
Default Religions

BuddhismCatholicismConfucianismEastern OrthodoxyHindu Dharma1HinduismIslamJudaismMahayana Buddhism1ProtestantismShaivism1ShintoSikhismTaoismTheravada Buddhism1Vajrayana Buddhism1Zoroastrianism


City Patron GoddessDance of the AuroraDesert FolkloreDivine SparkEarth GoddessFertility RitesFire Goddess GS-OnlyGod of Creation (Atum)1God of CraftsmenGod of HealingGod of the ForgeGod of the Open SkyGod of the SeaGod of WarGod of Watery Abyss (Nun)1Goddess of FestivalsGoddess of the HarvestGoddess of the HuntInitiation RitesLady of the Reeds and MarshesMonument to the GodsOdin1Oral TraditionReligious IdolsRiver GoddessReligious SettlementsSacred PathStone Circles

1: Scenario only

GS-Only Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.

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