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Ice is a type of terrain feature in Civilization V.

Game Info[]

Terrain feature found on Coast and Ocean tiles in the extreme north/south regions of the world.

  • Base yield: None


Ice is found in water tiles at the northernmost and southernmost edges of maps. It cannot be worked and prevents the passage of all naval units except Submarines and Nuclear Submarines.

If you found a coastal city near the poles, make sure that none of the surrounding Ice restricts your access to nearby naval resources. Also, keep in mind that if a water tile your city is built next to is completely surrounded by Ice, you shouldn't build any naval units there, since they will never be able to reach the open seas.

Note that Ice is treated like a special kind of water tile, so cities built next to Ice count as coastal for the purposes of constructing buildings like Harbors and Lighthouses.

Civilopedia entry[]

Ice is impassable, except to air and submarine units. It provides nothing to cities.

See also[]

  • Ice in other games
Civilization V Terrains [edit]
Base Coast Desert Grassland Hill Mountain Ocean Plains Snow Tundra
Features Atoll Fallout Flood Plains Forest Ice Jungle Lakes Marsh Oasis Rivers
Other Ancient RuinsEncampment
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