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The Great Writer is a type of Great Person Great Person in Civilization VI dedicated to the creation of Great Work of Writing 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.

The Māori cannot claim Great Writers.

Earning Great Writers[]

Great Writers may be claimed by any player who has earned enough Great Writer Great Writer points. Theater Squares generate +1 Great Writer Great Writer point per turn, +2 more if the city has built the Oracle, and provide an additional point for the first two buildings completed in that district. (For example, a Theater Square with an Amphitheater and Archaeological Museum would generate +3 Great Writer Great Writer points per turn.) The Russian Lavra also provides +1 Great Writer Great Writer point if there is a Shrine in it. Additional 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 Faith Faith or Gold Gold.

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

Great Writer badge (Civ6)

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

The Divine Spark pantheon bonus and the Stockholm Suzerain bonus (or Bologna in Gathering Storm) both increase the number of Great Writer 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.)

All Great Writer Great Writer point yields are doubled if Pingala with the Grants title is present in the city.

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
Valmiki[1] Classical The Ramayana, Yoga Vasistha
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
Rumi[1] Medieval Divani Shamsi Tabriz, Masnavi
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
Beatrix Potter[1] Modern The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tailor of Gloucester
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
Gabriela Mistral[1] Information Lecturas para mujeres (Books for Women) (Spanish Wikipedia), Sonetos de la Muerte (Sonnets of Death)
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Available with the Babylon Pack DLC. Great Works created by this Great Writer yield 2 additional Culture Culture and Tourism Tourism in Gathering Storm.

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[]


Great Writers will be among your earliest and most reliable sources of Culture Culture, as the Great Works they create can start filling slots in Amphitheaters from the Classical Era onward. The only wonders with slots specifically for Great Work of Writing 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.

In vanilla Civilization VI and Rise and Fall, each Great Work of Writing Great Work of Writing yields 4 Culture Culture and 4 Tourism Tourism; in Gathering Storm, most of them yield 2 Culture Culture and 2 Tourism Tourism instead. Great Work of Writing Great Works of Writing created by the Great Writers added in the Babylon Pack (Valmiki, Rumi, Beatrix Potter, and Gabriela Mistral) yield 4 Culture Culture and 4 Tourism Tourism under all rulesets. Researching Printing doubles the Tourism Tourism yields of all Great Work of Writing Great Works of Writing.

Being the Suzerain of Anshan provides +2 Science Science for each Great Work of Writing Great Work of Writing.

Civilopedia entry[]

Great writers are those men and women who express our desires, insights, fancies, foibles, fears, and joys in the written word. History has been marked by their voices; indeed, “history” is one of their voices. Whether in poetry, in novels and stories, for the stage or screen, these are the artists who have defined their civilizations and cultures. Some write prose and poetry about imaginary worlds; others write tracts of philosophy, politics, religion, and science about how our world is or should be. And let’s not forget those who put down facts on paper. Whatever their muse, whatever their intent, their words echo through time, binding us all together ... or sometimes setting us all apart.


Related achievements[]

Epic of Gilgamesh
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.

See also[]

Civilization VI Great People [edit]
AdmiralArtistEngineerGeneralComandante General1MerchantMusicianProphetScientistWriter
Great Works
Great Writers
Alexander PushkinBeatrix Potter1BhasaEdgar Allen PoeEmily DickinsonF. Scott FitzgeraldGabriela Mistral1Geoffrey ChaucerH. G. WellsHomerJames JoyceJane AustenJohann Wolfgang von GoetheKarel CapekLeo TolstoyLi BaiMargaret CavendishMarie-Catherine d'AulnoyMark TwainMary ShelleyMiguel de CervantesMurasaki ShikibuNiccolò MachiavelliOvidQu YuanRabindranath TagoreRumi1Valmiki1William Shakespeare
1 Requires DLC

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