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Kandy is a religious city-state in Civilization VI.


Kandy's Suzerain bonus can be helpful for players pursuing a Religious or Cultural Victory, as it allows players to find Relic Relics that give Faith Faith and Tourism Tourism once they discover a natural wonder. Under most circumstances, Kandy's bonuses are inconsequential, though some exceptions are explained below.

Kandy's first bonus to receive a Relic Relic when you find a natural wonder is most helpful if you find Kandy early, since by the mid-game you will have found most, if not all, of the natural wonders on the map. The 50% increase to Faith Faith output from Relic Relics will remain much more useful, if a bit situational depending on how many Relic Relics you have - if your only source of Relic Relics is natural wonders as mentioned above, the extra Faith Faith will probably be minuscule compared to what you are already generating.

However, Kandy has excellent synergy with Mont St. Michel, which allows religious units to generate Relic Relics in combat by giving them the Martyr Promotion Promotion. It also has good synergy with Jadwiga, whose leader ability boosts Relic Relics. Kongolese players also get a boost from Relic Relics, though without Holy Sites, they may run into issues storing them.

Some natural wonders provide bonuses to adjacent tiles. By toggling the yield icons, you can detect the presence of some natural wonders before actually discovering them. In those cases it is a decent time to send Envoy Envoys to Kandy to become Suzerain. However, this strategy is time-consuming because it requires you to move your units one tile at a time and to not use auto-explore. Another convenient time to send Kandy Envoy Envoys is just before completing Launch Earth Satellite, because that will reveal every natural wonder. Conversely, Kandy's Suzerain bonus becomes substantially weaker after Launch Earth Satellite is completed. Forming an Alliance with Poundmaker is also likely to reveal natural wonders, since he can expand his territory quickly and shares visibility with his allies.

Annoyingly, when you become Suzerain of Kandy, you gain shared vision with them before their Suzerain bonus kicks in. This means that if you discover a natural wonder thanks to this shared vision, you do not get the Relic Relic for it.

Civilopedia entry[]

Records – more-or-less historical – indicate that the Sri Lankan town of Kandy was established by the monarch Vikramabahu III of Gampola and originally named Senkadagalapura near the Watapuluwa (a lot of letters for such a small place). Around 1400 AD, Kandy became an independent kingdom under the rule of Sena Sammatha Wickramabahu of the royal Kotte family. The Kandyan Kingdom remained independent, and fairly prosperous and secure, until the British invaded. In the Second Kandyan War, British forces met no resistance and captured the city in February 1815.

Part of this may have been due to the inhabitants’ reluctance to see the city leveled, for it was home to several faiths – Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and even Christianity – and various holy shrines. For instance, the Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth, built in 1595, lay within the royal palace. The Buddhist community observed – and still does – the Poya Days once a month religiously. The Hindus (roughly 13%) and Muslims (about 10%) kept their own celebrations and holy days just as fervently.

Under the European leadership, Ceylon (as it was known) underwent rapid and drastic modernization. Save for a couple of rebellions – the Uva in 1818 and Matale in 1848 – Kandy was just a quiet corner of the British Empire. During the Second World War, it did serve as the home of the Allied South East Asia Command, but it was never threatened. The Donoughmore reforms in the 1930s, among them enforced religious tolerance, led eventually to Sri Lanka gaining independent Dominion status in 1948. Since then, the island has been troubled by political infighting, several assassinations, an intermittent insurgency, and a civil war (1983-2009).


  • Kandy's city-state symbol is based on a stupa.
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