The Gallic people (sometimes Gaulish people or Gauls) represent a civilization in Civilization VI. They are led by Ambiorix, under whom their default colors are dark green and cyan. They are available with the Byzantium & Gaul Pack, which was released on September 24, 2020.
The Gauls' civilization ability is Hallstatt Culture, which makes Mines grant a minor adjacency bonus for all districts, gain extra Culture and Culture Bomb unowned surrounding tiles when built, at the cost of specialty districts not gaining adjacency bonuses from other districts and preventing them from being built next to the City Center. Their unique unit is the Gaesatae (which replaces the Warrior), and their unique District is the Oppidum (which replaces the Industrial Zone).
- 1 Strategy
- 1.1 Hallstatt Culture
- 1.2 King of the Eburones
- 1.3 Oppidum
- 1.4 Gaesatae
- 1.5 Victory Types
- 1.6 Counter Strategy
- 2 Civilopedia entry
- 3 Cities
- 4 Citizens
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Videos
- 8 Related achievements
- 9 External links
Strategy[edit | edit source]
With their first entry into the Civilization franchise, the Gauls can be a formidable early-game conqueror, a mid-game Production powerhouse, or a turtling late-game cultural and scientific empire; they can truly do it all. Highly versatile, the Gauls under Ambiorix employ a generalist approach to the game that can bring many surprises when playing as or against or them.
Hallstatt Culture[edit | edit source]
Mines receive extra Culture and trigger a Culture Bomb[edit | edit source]
Mines are of huge importance in Civilization VI, as they can be put down on any Hills or Volcanic Soil tile, scale incredibly well into late game and are an invaluable source of Production all game long. When playing as the Gauls, Mines are even more important than that, as they each give you 1 extra Culture and trigger a Culture Bomb. However, unlike other types of Culture Bomb, Gallic Culture Bombs cannot steal tiles from city-states and other civilizations (as it would be too overpowered otherwise). You have to rely on this ability to quickly claim land and compensate for the fact that the 6 tiles adjacent to your City Center cannot host any specialty Districts. Ideally, you would like to settle next to a lot of Hills or mineable resources and improve these tiles to expand your cities outward so that you can build Districts later. These Mines will even supply you with a valuable Culture each, allowing your cities to grab new tiles even faster. The extra Culture per Mine may not sound like a lot, but in the early game, this is a huge bonus that helps you unlock Civics and Policy cards at a much faster rate. Later, when you unlock Flight, these Mines can also contribute a bit of Tourism - not a whole lot where you can win a Cultural Victory just based on them alone, but it clearly does not hurt to have a bit more either.
In terms of terrains, the Gauls will perform better on Grassland than on Plains. The main problem with having so many Mines in your territory is the lack of Food and potential for growth. Gallic cities on Plains tend to grow at a really sluggish pace, which sometimes forces you to forgo Production tiles in favor of Food tiles so that your cities can grow a few more Population. Mines on Grassland Hills still have 2 Food each, which is decent enough for you to grow and benefit from the Production and Culture bonuses. If you spawn in an area with only Plains, seek out somewhere with more just Hills and mineable resources, like Plantation resources, Farm resources or Rainforests to provide you some Food, or else your cities will never be able to have enough Population to build Districts or to work your high Production Mine tiles. Also, as you would imagine, Gauls thrive in Volcanic Soil, since you have more flexibility in terms of answering the question of Farms or Mines, and you do not even need to unlock Civil Engineering to be able to build Farms on Hills, as long as that those tiles are covered with Volcanic Soil.
Mines provide minor adjacency bonus to Districts[edit | edit source]
With a bit of luck and planning, your District can easily produce an extra yield, with a max boost of 3. Obviously, the more hilly an area is, the more opportunities you will have to set up combos. An earlier and easy setup would be to use a 4 tile arrangement, with two mines being flanked by two Districts (with the District ideally placed to gain a boost from terrain features or from their specialized major bonuses). Overall, there is not much to say about this ability, the fact that this replaces the ability to gain minor adjacency bonus from other Districts is really a step down, since for most parts, you can choose to build a cluster of Districts but where you can put down Mines is totally map generation dependent. Getting +1 adjacency bonus from this ability is standard, +2 is pretty rare, +3 is borderline unthinkable since that one District will have to be completely surrounded by improved Hills or mineable resources. If you are lucky, maybe you get one District like that in your entire empire; however, surrounding that District completely with Mines means you have to forgo other more potent adjacency bonuses, so it is not even that good of a deal in that rare situation where you find a spot surrounded by mineable resources and Hills. This aspect is quite mediocre, so don't think or rely too much on it, get what you can out of it, there is no need to go out of your way for some minor adjacency bonuses.
Specialty Districts have unique placement rules[edit | edit source]
When playing as the Gauls, you cannot place specialty Districts next to your City Center, so basically the six tiles in the first ring are reserved for tile improvements and Wonders only, making city planning a little bit harder as the Gauls. Note that this restriction is applied to specialty Districts only, which are Districts that have Population requirement, so basically all Districts are specialty districts except for Neighborhood, Dam, Canal, Aqueduct and Spaceport.
As mentioned above, Gallic Districts do not gain the typical minor adjacency bonus from other Districts, it is replaced by being adjacent to Mines. However, specialized major bonuses that certain Districts have can still apply if the condition is satisfied. They are:
- Theater Square next to Entertainment Complex and Water Park.
- Commercial Hub next to Harbor.
- Harbor next to City Center (by putting down cities next to Harbors of other cities).
- Standard adjacency from being next to the Government Plaza.
Note that, since the Oppidum is a unique District, it has its own adjacency rule, so it will not receive major adjacency bonus from Aqueduct, Dam and Canal. As clarified above, you can still put down cities next to a District of other cities in your empire or from other civilizations. However, considering the utmost priority of the Gauls is to settle cities far away from one another to quickly claim lands with their Culture Bomb ability, this practice should be discouraged. Therefore, you should avoid having coastal cities, since your Harbors will always be worse than those of other civilizations. They cannot be built adjacent to their respective City Centers, and the Lighthouse will not grant extra Housing as a consequence.
When conquering cities of other civilizations, the Gauls will keep whatever districts that may be built next to the City Center, but the adjacency bonuses of those districts will be updated according to the Gauls' bonus.
King of the Eburones[edit | edit source]
Extra Culture when training non-civilian units[edit | edit source]
This ability is the Culture equivalent of the Basilikoi Paides, only this ability applies empire-wide and the value is a little bit lower. Whenever Ambiorix trains a non-civilian unit, which means either a military unit or a support unit, he gains Culture equal to 20% of that unit's Production cost. This is quite impactful in the early game when you are trying to rush for key civics like Military Tradition (to unlock flanking and support bonus) and Political Philosophy (for Oligarchy), or just to complete Code of Laws quickly to deal with Barbarians more easily.
Bonuses that boost unit production synergize very well with this ability, since it allows you to crank out cheap units much faster while maintaining the same Culture you would receive. Agoge (unlocked with Craftsmanship) is especially helpful, since it boosts production of the Gaesatae and the Archer, bolstering the early military advantage of the Gauls, and only ranged, melee and anti-cavalry units can benefit from Ambiorix's extra Combat Strength bonus. The Statue of Zeus gives a burst of 88 Culture when completed, and a lifetime 50% Production bonus to the entire empire when training anti-cavalry units. Although Ambiorix does not have any preference for anti-cavalry over melee units, he likes cheap units so he can swarm the enemies with his horde, so this Wonder might be something you would want to consider. God of the Forge is a godlike Pantheon for the Gauls, although it is quite hard to get since this Pantheon is highly contested and Gauls do not have a good early game Faith generation.
Since the time window of Domination for the Gauls is very limited (read more below about the Gaesatae and their Victory Types), the faster you can get your army up and running, the better. Instead of starting with a standard Scout, you may want to start with a Slinger and then a Builder. Use the Slinger to travel with your starting Gaesatae, so that you can try to trigger the Eureka for Archery, and this Slinger will give you 7 Culture, which helps with completing Code of Laws early. The Builder is absolutely crucial to trigger Inspiration of Craftsmanship, which unlocks Agoge, your almighty Policy card. Afterward, you may want to get out a Settler for your second city, and then dedicate all your Production to train your army of Gaesataes and Archers. Remember, you need at least 3 Slingers (the more the better) before you unlock Archery. (Read more here.)
Extra Combat Strength from adjacent units[edit | edit source]
Whenever a Gallic ranged, melee or anti-cavalry unit attacks, it gains 2 Combat Strength for every adjacent military unit when the attack is initiated, whether they are allies, enemies or of a third neutral party. If it is fully surrounded, it can result in a maximum of 12 Combat Strength, which is huge, especially in the early game when Combat Strength bonus is rare to come by.
Keeping your army tightly packed should be a high priority in battle, as not only they gain this bonus from Ambiorix, they also benefit from flanking and support bonus, making them hard hitting on offense and very sturdy on defense. Think carefully when you are about to initiate an attack, since even when your units are not in range to deliver damage, they can still contribute a little bit extra Combat Strength if placed next to the units that perform the attack. Ideally, you would want a front line made up of anti-cavalry and melee units, a second line of ranged units and injured units that need to heal up at the back. Also, considering how reliant you are on melee and anti-cavalry units, Battering Rams and Siege Towers should be used up until Renaissance Walls are up, instead of siege units.
Oppidum[edit | edit source]
The Oppidum is one of the most interesting unique Districts in the game. Arguably its most powerful attribute is that it is unlocked at Iron Working instead of Apprenticeship. Iron Working only requires Mining and Bronze Working in order to research, making it very easy to rush. Contrast this to Apprenticeship which needs 6 other technologies to research. This lets The Gallic get a massive Production advantage in the early game, perfect for conquest, expansion, or competing for any Wonders you may desire.
Another powerful bonus is that building your first Oppidum immediately unlocks Apprenticeship. While this technology is no longer necessary for building your Industrial Zone, it does give +1 Production to all of your Mines. This synergizes extremely well with The Gallic's incentives to build a lot of Mines and piles on to their already very strong early game Production.
A more niché attribute of the Oppidum is that it gains Outer Defenses and a Ranged Strike like the Encampment. This is by no means weak, but considering you will want to prioritize spots that give the Oppidum a good adjacency bonus, you may not get as much use out of this compared to a strategically placed Encampment. Ideally, in core cities where you produce military units, you would like both of these districts, and you would like them to be placed in opposite sides of the City Center to shield it from invasion. However, since your Encampment placement is not dependent on adjacency bonuses, strategize where you would place the Oppidum first and then place the Encampment on the other side of the city.
Despite all of these bonuses, the Oppidum has a large disadvantage in its adjacency rules. The standard Industrial Zone's adjacency rules allow for very consistent high adjacency with use of well placed Dams and Aqueducts. The Oppidum on the other hand, relies much more on luck, requiring either Strategic Resources or Stone, Marble and Gypsum. This may work out in your favor, but considering you will only be able to see 2 Strategic Resources at the point you start making your Oppida, it may be difficult to find any locations that will give a higher adjacency than 4, while a standard Industrial Zone can easily reach this number by being flanked by well-placed engineering districts.
Overall, beside its defensive capability and the Production cost discount every unique district has, the Oppidum and its Production boosting ability does not scale too well into late game, compared to the standard version (and definitely you do not want to compare this to the almighty Hansa), as it is totally dependent on favorable map generation. Take advantage of your Production spike quickly (when you build the first Oppidum and unlock Apprenticeship), as other civilizations can quickly catch up with you in Production when they themselves research Apprenticeship.
Gaesatae[edit | edit source]
The Gaesatae is an extremely powerful replacement for the Warrior. Their combat bonus against District defenses makes them ideal for an early rush against a neighbor, and their bonus against stronger units will allow that conquest to be drawn out even in spite of a Science disadvantage. They are especially strong against Spearmen and Heavy Chariots, whose Combat Strength is high enough to activate their bonus but low enough to have lower Combat Strength after the bonus is factored in.
Gaesatae do, however, have a few drawbacks. Their Production cost is higher than the normal Warrior, but this can be offset pretty easily with the use of Agoge. A bigger weakness is that they cannot upgrade into Swordsmen, instead upgrading into Musketmen. Even with their bonus against stronger units, they will still be outmatched by Swordsmen and have to rely on Flanking and Ambiorix's bonus just to stand on equal footing. However, when the Medieval Era comes, this unit will truly feel obsolete against newly unlocked cavalry units, and the Gallic army will no longer have a strong front line of melee units. Of course, you can train cavalry units and use them as the front line, but they do not benefit from the extra Combat Strength supplied by Ambiorix.
Note that the Gaesatae's bonus against units with higher base Combat Strength applies on both offense and defense. Also, the comparison will always be drawn between the Gaesatae's base Combat Strength of 20 and the other unit's base Combat Strength, even when the Gaesatae is defending against a ranged or a siege unit. That is why you should not expect your Gaesatae to be sturdy against Archers' attacks, as they are not any better at defending against Archers than a regular Warrior.
Victory Types[edit | edit source]
The Gauls are generalist, truly, without seeming so at first glance. However, differing from other generalists, most notably the Cree, who does not skew towards any victory types, the Gauls do have skews towards a certain paths, but on every path they have bonuses for, they also have setbacks that put them at a disadvantage compared to civilizations who specialize on that path.
The only victory condition the Gauls do not have any significant bonus towards is Religious. They do not have an easier time in founding a Religion, a bonus towards generating Faith, spreading or defending their Religion. However, one may argue that their mid-game Production spike may help with constructing Religious Wonders and buildings, but to be fair, Production is the king of all the yields, high Production helps with anything.
A Science Victory is doable, especially with an emphasis on high Production, but since the Gauls do not have a method of efficiently generating Science and most likely will run into low Population issues, they will struggle if there is a pure Science civilization in the game.
In the early game, they can be conquerors, but their path to a Domination Victory will be incredibly difficult, especially if the map size is big or if the map contains significant bodies of waters. They have to rely on their strong Gaesatae and Ambiorix's unique horde-based ability, neither of which scales well into late game. The Gauls have an exploitable weak point in Medieval warfare since their Gaesatae upgrades into the Musketman, which means the Gallic Domination machine, instead of snowballing off their conquests, will most likely grind to a dead halt in mid game. And when the ability to build Corps and Armies are unlocked, the horde-based ability becomes clunky, to say the least, having to move so many units only causes only congestion, since you know they will block each other's path and cannot all perform meaningful actions in the same turn.
In terms of a Cultural Victory, while the Gauls have a nice Culture generation and high Production to build Wonders, their land Appeal will be so dreadful due to all the Mines and Oppida that founding National Parks is completely out of the question, even the almighty Eiffel Tower has little chance to save them. However, if you manage to get good Faith output, Rock Bands will be your Tourism agent of choice. Because of this, a preferred path for the Gauls may be Domination in the early game to claim land and decimate your neighbors, and then transition into a Cultural Victory or a Science Victory.
Counter Strategy[edit | edit source]
In the early game, a horde of Archers and Gaesatae may easily run over you if you do not prepare well for it. Here is the key to unravel Gaesatae: they fight other Warriors on equal footing, and just as vulnerable against Archers as a regular Warrior. Do not train Spearmen and Heavy Chariots, as they will be easy food for Gaesatae. Archers, overall, are the core to defend against the Gauls in general, as melee units tend to clump up around a Gallic unit, and that unit will receive a bonus in Combat Strength, making it a lot sturdier than normal. Of course, Ancient Walls should be erected early to thwart their advance, and if you spot a Battering Ram, focus fire the unit protecting it and kill the Ram as soon as possible. If the Ancient and Classical Era pass without a lot of success in conquest for the Gauls, they will naturally have to stop, as their power will not be the same when the Medieval Era comes.
Since the Gauls prefer quantity over quality when building their army, this preference will place a huge burden on their economy. Having no Gold generation bonuses, their investment into war must be met with some degrees of success within a short time frame in order to keep the Domination machine well-oiled. Send your Scouts and a few units to their territory and start plundering Trade Routes and pillaging Gold-generating improvements, similar to how you deal with Scythia, another civilization with the quantity preference. At least Scythia has the Kurgan to give them some much needed Gold, even though that is a largely terrible improvement; the Gauls have literally nothing, so every time you ruin their Gold sources, it adds a bit of extra pain.
At first glance, Gallic people represent the most defensive civilization in the game, each of their cities can have a total of 3 ranged strikes if it has both an Oppidum and an Encampment (6 strikes if that city has Victor with Embrasure), invading them sounds nearly impossible. However, they are surprisingly susceptible to Spies. A successful Sabotage Production mission can instantly pillage the Oppidum, and since they are de-incentivized to build specialty districts next to one another, counterespionage will be incredibly difficult for them. With the Oppidum pillaged, invading Gallic territory becomes much simpler, since now a huge layer of their defense is removed without any unit cost to your army.
Civilopedia entry[edit | edit source]
There was never a single king who ruled all of Gaul. Instead, the Gauls were a people unified by their language, religion, and social structure. The Gauls tried the patience of Caesar and the Romans, causing them to come down on them with an iron fist. Ultimately though, the Gauls came to blend their culture with the Romans to create a unique identity during and after Roman occupation, and laying the foundation for France.
The Gauls (according to the completely accurate accounts of Caesar) allegedly didn’t initially call themselves “Gauls,” but rather “Celtae,” to which the Romans shrugged and said, “Sure, Gallia it is.” Before meeting Caesar—a thousand or so years before—the tribes that would come to form Gaul resided in Central France around the Rhine River valley. They migrated south towards the Mediterranean coast around the 5th century BC and established themselves in northern Italy. The Gauls didn’t stop there. They pushed down further into the Italian Peninsula and sacked Rome in 390 BC under the command of a man named Brennus (not to be confused with another leader named Brennos, who helped invade Greece around 278 BC). The Gauls were a fearsome and respected force. They allied with Hannibal Barca during the Second Punic War, between Rome and Carthage. Between this alliance and the sacking and subsequent plundering of Rome, the Romans were understandably upset. They pushed back against the invading Gauls and were able to eventually gain some ground against them, ultimately conquering them during the Gallic Wars.
By 51 BC, Julius Caesar and his allies controlled Gaul. The conquest of Gaul was exactly what Caesar needed to establish himself: gold to pay off his debts (the Gauls had plenty) and a successful military campaign against a thorn in Rome’s side. Some tribes rebelled against the Roman occupation, notable among those being Vercingetorix’s tribe, the Arverni, and Ambiorix’s tribe, the Eburones. Both rebellions were ended not because of a lack of skill or determination, but a lack of resources and unity.
Gaul was divided into three territories under the Roman Empire around 27 to 12 BC. Surprisingly, Emperor Augustus attempted to maintain the boundaries that were already in place using accounts from Caesar. Peace was (relatively) preserved in the region until the area was assimilated by both the new Gallo-Roman culture and invading Germanic tribes in the 3rd century AD.
Before Roman occupation, Gaul was a rich, distinct society despite its multitude of separate tribes. They maintained numerous gold mines (which certainly drew Caesar’s attention), and the wealth was such that, following Caesar’s intervention, the price of gold dropped because so much was looted from Gaul. The craftsmen of Gaul used the gold to create elegant and practical works. Helmets were plated in gold. Necklaces known as “torcs,” which were horseshoe-shaped, were worn by women with matching bracelets.
Gallic political and social organization was complex. The druids were among the highest standing citizens, and they acted as both spiritual and political leaders. They were not, contrary to popular belief and propaganda by the Romans, known for their human sacrifices. Instead, they were the lore keepers and healers for their tribes. They gave religious and political advice and, where needed, judged their people in trials. The Romans (particularly Emperor Claudius I) worked to suppress their practices and knowledge because of the influence they had over their followers. This, along with the introduction of the monotheistic religion of Christianity, utterly crushed the Druidic “Celtic” religion, leaving only a patchwork for historians to try to decipher later.
Other than the druids, the Gauls were also led by a council of elders and their king, leading to co-ruled tribes in some instances. The tribes were largely autonomous, and this very division facilitated Caesar’s invasion. Under Roman rule, class divisions were exacerbated and solidified, as richer Gauls took on Roman cultural attributes—they dressed in the Roman style and spoke a mixture of their native Gaulish combined with Latin (something that was – eventually – to become French). They started building their homes and villages to mimic the Romans.
The descendants of the Gauls – the Celts – live today in Great Britain, Germany, the Balkans, Turkey, Spain, and, of course, France. Their legacy has been mixed with that of others: in addition to the Gauls, France was created out of the Franks (a Germanic tribe), invading Goths who settled during the later Roman Empire, and groups of invading Norsemen, as well as the Romans themselves!
Cities[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Gallic cities (Civ6)
Citizens[edit | edit source]
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Gallic civilization's symbol is a Celtic shield.
- The Gallic civilization ability is named after the archaeological culture that dominated Western and Central Europe from the late Bronze Age to the early Iron Age and was heavily associated with the Celtic peoples.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
Related achievements[edit | edit source]
Et tu, Gallia?
Win a regular game as Ambiorix.
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