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A Great Work is an exceptional item in the world of Civilization VI. It may appear as an object created by an artist, an ancient artifact that serves as a reminder of the world's glorious past, or a holy relic left behind by a person of faith. Great Works are essential to players pursuing a Cultural Victory in the game.

Mechanics

The Great Work system has been expanded and tweaked considerably in relation to Civilization V: Brave New World; however, its main purpose remains the same. Great Works are the main source of Tourism6 Tourism in the game, and consequently the main path to a Cultural Victory.

After they are created, both Great Works and Artifact6 Artifact items exist as physical items in the game. As such, they need a space to be stored in by their owning civilizations. If no such space exists, the item cannot be acquired by the civilization in question. Players looking to acquire Great Works or Artifact6 Artifacts must prepare space ahead of time, via storage and exhibition spots, to be able to house these items. A special interface button for these items is found in the upper left corner of the UI; it will open into a dialogue window for the player if pressed, showing both their available Great Works and the player's empty slots, allowing the player to manage them.

Types of Great Works

In comparison to Civilization V: Brave New World, Civilization VI brings greater variety to the various classes of Great Works, as well as one brand new class.

Great Works of Art

These are the true cultural staples of your civilization: exceptional creations of human genius in the most varied of forms. All of them are the work of Great People, more specifically the Great Writers, Great Artists, and Great Musicians. There are three main types of Great Works of Art, according to their type of Person:

  • GreatWorkWriting6 Great Work of Writing, created by a Great Writer. These consist of collections of poetry, prose, and even political treatises.
  • GreatWorkMusic6 Great Work of Music, created by a Great Musician. These are musical or operatic pieces written by ingenious composers and left for future generations to perform and admire.
  • Great Work of Art, created by a Great Artist. These are further divided into four subcategories:
    • Portrait6 Portrait - a painting of a person
    • GreatWorkArt6 Landscape - a painting of a natural scene
    • ReligiousArt6 Religious - a work of painting relating to religion
    • Sculpture6 Sculpture - a work of carved three-dimensional art

All of these divisions are important for the purposes of activating Theming Bonuses (see below). Even without themes, all Great Works produce both Civ6Culture Culture and Tourism6 Tourism after being placed in their relevant Great Work slots.

Artifacts

Artifact6 Artifacts are remnants of the past that hold historical importance in some way, be it an ancient mask, a rusty sword of the Classical Era, or a flintlock pistol of the Industrial Era. Unlike Great Works of Art, Artifact6 Artifacts may only be accessed later in the game, after unlocking the Natural History and/or Cultural Heritage civics, and by performing archaeological expeditions all over the world at Antiquity Sites and Shipwrecks. In this, you will be competing against other civilizations, so take care to reach these locations first.

Relics

Civilization VI introduces a brand new type of Great Work: the religious Relic6 Relic. This may be a piece of the True Cross, or the Tablet of the Prophet, or a similar item filled with sacred significance. In the world of Civilization VI, more pious than ever, these Relic6 Relics are powerful tools of both religious and cultural dominance. Their sources are unique, and so are the places they may be stored. Unlike Great Works of Art or Artifact6 Artifacts, Relic6 Relics may be earned throughout the entire game, and they produce Civ6Faith Faith and Tourism6 Tourism, but no Civ6Culture Culture (unless they are owned by Jadwiga).

Creating Great Works

The three main types of Great Works differ substantially in the methods that must be used to create and/or acquire them.

Creating Great Works of Art

As mentioned above, Great Works, as objects of art, are created by certain types of Great People. In order to attract them to your civilization, you'll need first to accumulate respective Great Person Points (for more information on how to do this, head to the Great People article).

Once acquired, these exceptional humans have to get activated. This, however, may only be done on a tile containing a building with free slots for the respective type of Art (such as an Art Museum). Most of the time this will happen in a Theater Square district, since it holds the common buildings which have these slots. However, many Wonders also have Great Work slots; make sure to check their descriptions beforehand to be sure. Additionally, the Palace in your Capital6 Capital Capital has 1 slot which can hold any type of Great Work, Artifact6 Artifact, or Relic6 Relic.

Excavating Artifacts

Artifact6 Artifacts work very differently than Great Works of Art. The source of Artifact6 Artifacts is not Great People, but rather the history of the world itself! Artifact6 Artifacts are created by a hidden mechanic all the way until the Industrial Era, when the Natural History civic is able to be completed. At this point, the locations are revealed where Antiquity Sites all over the world hold hidden historical treasures, waiting for Archaeologists to dig them up. Later, during the Atomic Era, another source of Artifact6 Artifacts, Shipwrecks, are revealed via the Cultural Heritage civic, allowing further exploration of history.

In order to access these sources, your civilization needs a special civilian unit: the Archaeologist. Archaeologists may only be trained inside of a city containing an Archaeological Museum with at least one free Artifact6 Artifact slot. Then, they must be moved to the target Antiquity Site or Shipwreck, at which point one must activate its special ability. A dialogue window will appear, informing you of the era the Artifact6 Artifact belongs to. In most cases, you will also be prompted to select which civilization this Artifact6 Artifact would have been generated by. Pay attention to this, since this option is a way to achieve Theming Bonuses in your Museums!

Creating Relics

The third type of Great Works are created mainly through one of the most interesting novelties of Civilization VI: Theological Combat. Every Apostle with the special Martyr promotion will create a Relic6 Relic if he dies during Theological Combat. In this way, his sacrifice is remembered by a material remnant, which may be displayed in your religious institutions to inspire the faithful and draw tourists to your civilization.

Another way to gain a Relic6 Relic is by visiting a Tribal Village. If you are lucky, the locals will have a Relic6 Relic that has been passed from generation to generation, and they will deem you worthy to receive it!

Just like Great Works and Artifact6 Artifacts, Relic6 Relics must be placed in their relevant slots. The most common source of such slots are Temples, each of which has 1 Relic6 Relic slot.

Moving Great Works

After being produced or excavated, all Great Works are immediately placed in an appropriate slot in one of your buildings. In principle, you are able to move them at will, but there are some rules for this:

  • Artifact6 Artifacts cannot be removed from a Museum until all of the Museum's slots are full.
  • Great Works cannot be moved out of a Museum in the first 10 turns after being produced.

List of Great Works

Great Works of Writing

Main article: Great Writer (Civ6)
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The Great Writer is a type of GreatPerson6 Great Person in Civilization VI dedicated to the creation of GreatWorkWriting6 Great Works of Writing. Each Great Writer may be activated up to two times on a tile containing a free slot which accepts Great Works of Writing (such as a Theater Square district with an Amphitheater, a Palace, or suitable wonder), creating up to two Great Works of Writing.

Earning Great Writers

Great Writers may be claimed by any player who has earned enough Writer6 Great Writer points (except for those who play the Māori, for whom Great Writers are generally unavailable). Theater Squares generate +1 Writer6 Great Writer point per turn, and provide an additional point for the first two buildings completed in that district. (For example, a Theater Square with an Amphitheater, Archaeological Museum would generate +3 Writer6 Great Writer points per turn.) Further points may also be earned by completing the Theater Square Performances project in a city with a Theater Square. Players who do not have enough points may patronize a Writer by paying the difference using Civ6Faith Faith or Civ6Gold Gold.

The Bolshoi Theatre provides +2 Writer6 Great Writer points each turn, and the Broadway wonder provides +3 Writer6 Great Writer points every turn. In Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, the Great Library also provides +1 Writer6 Great Writer point per turn.

Players can also increase their Writer6 Great Writer point yields by using the Literary Tradition policy card, which generates +2 Writer6 Great Writer points per turn.

Great writer

The Divine Spark pantheon bonus and the Stockholm Suzerain bonus both increase the number of Writer6 Great Writer points generated from each Theater Square by +1. (Note that in Rise and Fall, Stockholm's bonus is only active if the Theater Square has a completed Amphitheater building.)

Great Writers

Name Era Great Works of Writing
Homer Classical Odyssey, Iliad
Bhasa Classical The Madhyama Vyayoga, Pratima-nataka
Qu Yuan Classical Chu Ci, Lament for Ying
Ovid Classical Metamorphoses, Heroides
Geoffrey Chaucer Medieval The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde
Li Bai Medieval Drinking Alone by Moonlight (Wikisource), In the Mountains on a Summer Day (Wikisource)
Murasaki Shikibu Medieval The Diary of Lady Murasaki, The Tale of Genji
Miguel de Cervantes Renaissance Don Quixote, Novelas Ejemplares (Exemplary Novels)
William Shakespeare Renaissance Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet
Niccolò Machiavelli Renaissance Discourses on Livy, The Prince
Margaret Cavendish Renaissance The Blazing World, Observations upon Experimental Philosophy
Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy Renaissance Fair Goldilocks, The Dolphin
Jane Austen Industrial Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility
Edgar Allen Poe Industrial The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven
Alexander Pushkin Industrial Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Industrial Faust, The Sorrows of Young Werther
Mary Shelley Industrial Frankenstein, The Last Man
James Joyce Modern Ulysses, Dubliners
Emily Dickinson Modern A Bird Came Down the Walk, Success is Counted Sweetest
Leo Tolstoy Modern War and Peace, Anna Karenina
Mark Twain Modern The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
F. Scott Fitzgerald Modern This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned
Rabindranath Tagore Atomic The Home and the World, The Gardener
H. G. Wells Atomic The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine
Karel Capek Information Rossum's Universal Robots (R.U.R), War with the Newts

Also note that the Great Work of Writing The Art of War is created by Great General Sun Tzu, using his special ability.

Scenario-Specific Great Writers

Jadwiga's Legacy

Strategy

Great Writers will be among your earliest and most reliable sources of Civ6Culture Culture, as the Great Works they produce can start filling slots in Amphitheaters from the Classical Era onward. The only wonders with slots specifically for GreatWorkWriting6 Great Works of Writing are the Bolshoi Theatre, Broadway, the Great Library, and Oxford University, so if you build these wonders, try to attract some Great Writers to fill their slots as well.

Civilopedia entry

Great Works (Civ6)/Civilopedia

Related achievements

Steam achievement Epic of Gilgamesh (Civ6)
Epic of Gilgamesh
As Sumeria, have the first Great Work of Writing
The Epic of Gilgamesh is considered the earliest piece of great literature still surviving.
GreatPerson6 Civilization VI Great People
ArtistAdmiralEngineerGeneralComandante General1MerchantMusicianProphetScientistWriter
Great Works
1: Added in Maya & Gran Colombia Pack


Great Works of Music

Main article: Great Musician (Civ6)
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The Great Musician is a type of GreatPerson6 Great Person in Civilization VI dedicated to the creation of GreatWorkMusic6 Great Works of Music. Each Great Musician may be activated up to two times on a tile containing an empty slot which accepts Great Works of Music (such as a Theater Square district with a Broadcast Center, a Palace, or suitable wonder), creating up to two Great Works of Music.

Earning Great Musicians

Great Musicians may be claimed by any player who has earned enough Musician6 Great Musician points. Theater Squares generate +1 Musician6 Great Musician point per turn, and Broadcast Centers generate an additional +2 Musician6 Great Musician points per turn. Further points may also be earned by completing the Theater Square Performances project in a city with a Theater Square. Players who do not have enough points may patronize a Musician by paying the difference using Civ6Faith Faith or Civ6Gold Gold.

Several wonders also provide Musician6 Great Musician points. The Bolshoi Theatre provides +2 Musician6 Great Musician points, the Broadway wonder provides +3 Musician6 Great Musician points, and the Sydney Opera House provides +5 Musician6 Great Musician points each turn.

Players can also increase their Musician6 Great Musician point yields by using the Symphonies policy card, which generates +4 Musician6 Great Musician points per turn.

Great musician

The Stockholm Suzerain bonus increases the number of Musician6 Great Musician points generated from each Theater Square district by +1. (Note that in Rise and Fall, this bonus is only active if the Theater Square has a completed Amphitheater building.)

Great Musicians

Name Era Great Works of Music
Ludwig van Beethoven Industrial Ode to Joy (Symphony #9), Symphony #3 (Eroica Symphony) Mvt. 1
Johann Sebastian Bach Industrial "Little" Fugue in G minor, Cello Suite No. 1
Yatsuhashi Kengyo Industrial Rokudan no Shirabe, Hachidan no Shirabe
Antonio Vivaldi Industrial Four Seasons: Winter, La Notte Concerto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Industrial Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Symphony 40 Mvt. 1
Franz Liszt Modern Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1, The Dance in the Village Inn
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Modern "1812 Overture" (Music), "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture" (Music)
Antônio Carlos Gomes Modern Fosca - Mvt. 1 (Abertura), Antônio Carlos Gome
Liu Tianhua Modern Liang Xiao (Chinese Wikipedia), Kong Shan Niao Yu (Chinese Wikipedia)
Frédéric Chopin Modern Nocturne in E Flat Major, Grande Valse Brillante, Op. 18
Juventino Rosas Atomic Sobre las Olas, Vals Carmen
Antonín Dvořák Atomic New World Symphony, Serenade No. 22
Lili'uokalani Atomic Lili'uokalani's Prayer, Sanoe
Clara Schumann Atomic Prelude and Fugue Op 16 No. 3, Toccatina in A minor
Mykola Leontovych Information Carol of the Bells, Prelude for Choir
Gauhar Jaan Information Raga Kharnaj Jogiya, Raga Bhairavi

Strategy

Great Musicians are very valuable to players pursuing a Cultural Victory, though this value becomes apparent later than the other Civ6Culture Culture-oriented Great People. Wonders with slots for GreatWorkMusic6 Great Works of Music do not become available until the Industrial Era (with the exceptions of the Palace and the Apadana, which can hold Great Works of any kind), and there are only three of them: the Bolshoi Theatre, Broadway, and the Sydney Opera House. Apart from these, the Broadcast Center is the only regular building that can hold GreatWorkMusic6 Great Works of Music. However, if you can attract enough Great Musicians to fill these three wonders and all of your Broadcast Centers with GreatWorkMusic6 Great Works of Music, the Satellite Broadcasts Policy Card will reward you with a huge output of Tourism6 Tourism.

Civilopedia entry

Great Works (Civ6)/Civilopedia

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Great Works
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Great Works of Art

Main article: Great Artist (Civ6)
Name Era Great Works of Art
Andrei Rublev Renaissance Annunciation (ReligiousArt6 Religious), Saviour in Glory (ReligiousArt6 Religious), Ascension (ReligiousArt6 Religious)
Michelangelo Renaissance Sistine Chapel Ceiling (ReligiousArt6 Religious Art), Pieta (Sculpture6 Sculpture), David (Sculpture6 Sculpture)
Donatello Renaissance Saint Mark (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Gattamelata (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Judith Slaying Holofernes (Sculpture6 Sculpture)
Hieronymus Bosch Renaissance The Garden of Earthly Delights (ReligiousArt6 Religious), The Last Judgement (ReligiousArt6 Religious), The Haywain Triptych (ReligiousArt6 Religious)
Rembrandt van Rijn Industrial Andries de Graeff (Portrait6 Portrait), Agatha Bas (Portrait6 Portrait), Abraham and Isaac (ReligiousArt6 Religious).
El Greco Industrial Adoration of the Magi (ReligiousArt6 Religious), The Assumption of the Virgin (ReligiousArt6 Religious), View of Toledo (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Qiu Ying Industrial Spring Morning in the Han Palace (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Fisherman in Reclusion Among the Lotus Stream (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Red Cliff (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Titian Industrial Assunta (ReligiousArt6 Religious), Salome with the Head of John the Baptist (ReligiousArt6 Religious), Equestrian Portrait of Charles V (Portrait6 Portrait)
Jang Seung-eop Modern "Saminmunnyeondo" (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), "Rooster" (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), "Ssangma Immuldo"(GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Sofonisba Anguissola Modern Three Sisters Playing Chess (Portrait6 Portrait), Phillip II of Spain (Portrait6 Portrait), A Monk (Portrait6 Portrait)
Angelica Kauffman Modern Ana Maria Jenkins and Thomas Jefferson (Portrait6 Portrait), Portrait of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (Portrait6 Portrait), Sarah Harrop as a Muse (Portrait6 Portrait)
Katsushika Hokusai Modern "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa" (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), "Lake Suwa in Shinano" (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), "Fuji Mountains in Clear Weather" (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape).
Edmonia Lewis Atomic The Death of Cleopatra (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Marriage of Hiawatha (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Pompeiian Girl (Sculpture6 Sculpture)
Claude Monet Atomic Water Lillies (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Sunrise Impression (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Haystack at Giverny (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Marie-Anne Collot Atomic Portrait of Pierre Etienne Falconet (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Portrait of Catherine II (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Portrait of Marie Cathcart (Sculpture6 Sculpture)
Vincent van Gogh Atomic Starry Night (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Café Terrace at Night (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), The Night Cafe (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Amrita Sher-Gil Information Three Girls (Portrait6 Portrait), Bride's Toilet (Portrait6 Portrait), Self Portrait (Portrait6 Portrait)
Boris Orlovsky Information Mikhail Kutuzov (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Alexander Victory Column (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Bust of Tsar Alexander (Sculpture6 Sculpture)
Gustav Klimt Information The Kiss (Portrait6 Portrait), Avenue of Schloss Kammer Park (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Sunflower (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Mary Cassatt Information Lydia Leaning on Her Arms (Portrait6 Portrait), The Child's Bath (Portrait6 Portrait), The Cup of Tea (Portrait6 Portrait)

Artifacts

Artifacts are assigned to a specific era. In order for an Archaeological Museum to be themed, all artifacts must be from the same era. An Archaeologist can only excavate artifacts from at least 4 eras behind the current era.

Ancient Era

  • Javelin
  • Mask
  • Mummy
  • Scroll
  • Stone Tablet

Classical Era

  • Amphora
  • Apsis
  • Axe
  • Bracelet
  • Mosaic

Medieval Era

  • Breastplate
  • Chalice
  • Signet Ring
  • Silver Coin
  • Longsword

Renaissance Era

  • Astrolabe
  • Dubloon
  • Earring
  • Fresco
  • Halberd

Industrial Era

  • Broadsheet
  • Clock
  • Flintlock Pistol
  • Map
  • Necklace

Relics

  • Blood of the Martyr
  • Sandals of the Prophet
  • Stone of Scone
  • Ark of the Covenant
  • Shroud of Turin
  • Grass-cutting Sword
  • Robes of the Guru
  • Splinter of the True Cross
  • Philosopher's Stone
  • Holy Grail
  • Saint Aubert's Skull
  • Silk Texts
  • Tooth of the Prophet
  • Book of Thoth
  • Footprint of the Apostle
  • Beard of the Evangelist

Related achievements

Steam achievement Epic of Gilgamesh (Civ6)
Epic of Gilgamesh
As Sumeria, have the first Great Work of Writing
The Epic of Gilgamesh is considered the earliest piece of great literature still surviving.
Steam achievement Pizza Party! (Civ6)
Pizza Party!
Activate Leonardo da Vinci in New York with Great Works from Michelangelo and Donatello -- and a sewer -- all in that city
A reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, comic superheroes who enjoyed pizza in New York City's sewers and were named after the famous Renaissance Italian artists.
Steam achievement Repo Man (Civ6)
Repo Man
Steal a Great Work of Art and don't get caught
A repossession agent that retrieves outstanding rented or leased objects. May also refer to the film Repo Man, which features a repossession agent that 'retrieves' objects from clients without their compliance or knowledge.
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