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Game Info[]

Basic strategic resource. Used by powerful early-game frontline units and midgame ships.


As the first strategic resource revealed on the map along with Horses Horses, Iron Iron is very important for planning your initial expansion. Research Iron Working (Bronze Working in Brave New World), then look for the newly revealed resources and try to settle near them.

Iron Iron is required for the strongest early-game frontline units and also for Frigates, an important midgame ship. This makes it a vital resource for all early-game expansionist civilizations, like the Huns.

Iron Iron is found practically everywhere, which makes it a relatively easy-to-access resource. Still, it's more common in out-of-the-way locations, such as Tundra and Snow terrain. Iron Iron is extracted via Mines, which makes it easy to access.

Like all strategic resources, it nets a good increase in Production Production for the tile. Its unique benefit is to allow construction of the Forge in a nearby city. This building grants a Production Production bonus for all land units (not only mounted units), which makes cities with access to Iron Iron natural military training centers. Take advantage of this by constructing military training buildings like the Barracks in the city, as well.

Civilopedia entry[]

Iron is one of the most important metals in human history. It is used for construction, for military weapons, and for tools. The first iron used came from pure deposits found in meteorites, and by the 2nd millennium BC some cultures had learned how to extract it from ores found in mines. Iron continues to be an extremely important material in the modern era, though it is most often used in its steel alloy form. Remember that iron is a strategic resource, and thus it is consumed as you construct the associated units and buildings.

See also[]

Civilization V Resources [edit]
Bonus BananasBison BNW-onlyCattleDeerFishSheepStoneWheat
Strategic AluminumCoalHorsesIronOilUranium
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GodsKings5 clear Added in the Gods & Kings expansion pack.
BNW-only Added in the Brave New World expansion pack.