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Game Info[]

Unique improvement of the Polynesian civilization. Requires Construction.


Moai are excellent improvements for Polynesian players to build along the coastline of their territory. In addition to generating Culture Culture (and later Gold Gold), they help the Polynesians protect their territory by granting a 10% bonus to the Melee strength Combat Strength of any Polynesian military unit within two tiles. Furthermore, in the Brave New World expansion pack, Tourism Tourism can be generated based on the Culture Culture of Moai with a Hotel, Airport and/or a National Visitor Center.

Civilopedia entry[]

Perhaps better known as the "Easter Island Statues," the Moai are large, humanoid figures carved mostly from volcanic rocks like tuff. 887 of these statues dot Easter Island, and are believed to have been created sometime between 1250 and 1500 AD. Almost half still remain at the original quarry site, but the rest were transported and erected around the island's coastline. Easily recognizable by their large heads and elongated features, it is believed that they were individual depictions of deceased ancestors and powerful chiefs.

While most scholars agree on why and how the statues were created, the method of their transportation still remains a mystery. Weighing from 9 to 86 tons a piece, they would have required an amazing feat of engineering to move from quarry to final resting place.

In 1994, the Moai statues were given official protection on the UNESCO World Heritage site list.


Civilization V Improvements [edit]
Standard CampFarmFishing BoatsFortLumber MillMineOffshore PlatformOil WellPasturePlantationQuarryRailroadsRoadsTrading Post
Unique Brazilwood Camp BNW-only.pngChateau BNW-only.pngFeitoria BNW-only.pngKasbah BNW-only.pngMoai1Polder GodsKings5 clear.pngTerrace Farm1
Great People AcademyCitadelCustoms HouseHoly Site GodsKings5 clear.pngLandmarkManufactory
Scenario specific Hadrian's WallMotte and BaileyPontoon BridgeTipiWajo
1 Requires a DLC

GodsKings5 clear.png Valid only in the Gods & Kings expansion pack.
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