Leaders are symbolic representatives of the playable civilizations in Civilization VI. They are based on historical figures who accomplished great things or successfully led their people through periods of adversity.
Each leader has both a unique ability (which gives him or her special bonuses and gameplay advantages) and an agenda (which affects how he or she plays the game and interacts with other players when controlled by the AI). Some leaders' unique abilities allow them to unlock unique units after researching specific technologies.
In vanilla Civilization VI, there is one leader for each civilization (except the Greeks). However, it has been confirmed that future downloadable content and eventual expansions for the game will include multiple leaders for each civilization.
List of Leaders
|Alexander†||Macedonian†||To the World's End||Short Life of Glory
Likes civilizations at war with powers other than Macedon. Has disdain for civilizations at peace.
|Amanitore†||Nubian†||Kandake of Meroë||City Planner|
|Catherine de Medici||French||Catherine's Flying Squadron||Black Queen
Gains as many Spies and as much diplomatic access as possible. Dislikes civilizations that ignore these espionage activities.
|Cleopatra||Egyptian||Mediterranean's Bride||Queen of the Nile
Likes civilizations with powerful militaries, and dislikes civilizations with weak militaries.
|Cyrus†||Persian†||Fall of Babylon||Opportunist
Likes leaders who have declared a Surprise War. Dismisses leaders who do not use Surprise War declarations.
|Frederick Barbarossa||German||Holy Roman Emperor||Iron Crown
Will attempt to conquer as many city-states as possible. Dislikes city-state suzerains as well as leaders who have conquered city-states.
Will never declares wars for which he can be branded a warmonger, and will try to befriend those who maintain the peace. Hates warmongers.
|Genghis Khan||Mongolian||Mongol Horde
All cavalry class units gain +3 to combat strength and a chance to capture defeated enemy cavalry class units.
|Gilgamesh||Sumerian||Adventures with Enkidu||Ally of Enkidu
Likes civilizations who are willing to form a long-term alliance. Dislikes anyone denouncing or attacking his friends and allies.
|Gitarja†||Indonesian†||Exalted Goddess of the Three Worlds||Archipelagic State
Likes civilizations who avoid settling or conquering cities on small landmasses. Hates anyone with numerous cities on such islands.
Gain Culture whenever a military unit defeats an enemy unit.
|With Your Shield or On It
Never gives up items in a peace deal. Likes civilizations that haven't yielded in a peace deal. Dislikes civilizations that have surrendered in a peace deal and civilizations that have never engaged in a war.
|Harald Hardrada||Norwegian||Thunderbolt of the North||Last Viking King
Likes leaders with strong navies. Dislikes leaders who neglect their navies.
|Hojo Tokimune||Japanese||Divine Wind||Bushido|
|Jayavarman VII†||Khmer†||Monasteries of the King||An End to Suffering|
|John Curtin†||Australian†||Citadel of Civilization||Perpetually on Guard
Forms Defensive Pacts with friends and likes civilizations that liberate cities. Dislikes civilizations in a war that are occupying enemy cities.
|Montezuma||Aztec||Gifts for the Tlatoani||Tlatoani
Likes civilizations who have the same Luxury resources as he does, and will try to collect every Luxury resource available. Dislikes civilizations who have a new Luxury resource he has not yet collected.
|Mvemba a Nzinga||Kongolese||Religious Convert||Enthusiastic Disciple
Likes leaders whose religions have spread to his cities. Dislikes leaders who have founded a religion and not spread it to a Kongo city.
After recruiting or patronizing a Great Person, 20% of its Great Person point cost is refunded.
|Patron of the Arts
Dislikes civilizations which compete with him for Great People, and likes those with weaker Great Person recruitment efforts.
|Pericles||Greek||Surrounded by Glory||Delian League
Likes civilizations that aren't competing for the same city-state allegiance. Dislikes civilizations that are directly competing for city-state allegiance.
|Peter||Russian||The Grand Embassy||Westernizer|
|Philip II||Spanish||El Escorial||Defender of the Faith
Wants all of his cities to follow the same religion. Likes civilizations that follow his religion. Dislikes civilizations that spread other religions to his cities.
|Qin Shi Huang||Chinese||The First Emperor||Wall of 10,000 Li
Likes leaders who do not compete with him for Wonders. Dislikes leaders who build more wonders than he does.
|Saladin||Arabian||Righteousness of the Faith||Ayyubid Dynasty
Wants to have his worship building in many cities, and likes a civilization with it. Dislikes civilizations following other Religions, or civilizations waging war on followers of his Religion.
|Teddy Roosevelt||American||Roosevelt Corollary||Big Stick Policy
Dislikes wars on his own continent, as well as wars against city-states.
|Tomyris||Scythian||Killer of Cyrus||Backstab Averse
Likes civilizations who are their declared friend. Hates civilizations who backstab and declare surprise wars.
|Trajan||Roman||Trajan's Column||Optimus Princepes
Tries to include as much territory as possible to his empire. Does not like civilizations which control little territory.
|Victoria||English||Pax Britannica||Sun Never Sets|
† Only available as DLC.