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Mountains are a base terrain in Civilization VI. They are found on all types of land tiles. Many Mountains stand alone, but they usually form ranges that cover up to several dozen tiles.

Mountains are an unusable terrain. They contain no resources or other features of any kind, though mountain ranges often appear at the head of a River. District Districts and wonders (except for Machu Picchu) cannot be placed on Mountains tiles.


Mountains are valuable terrains, as not only do they provide a defensive bulwark but also provide adjacency bonuses to the Campus and Holy Site districts. Building them in "valleys" surrounded by Mountains may boost their performance right from the start.

But even more importantly, Mountains may be used as a source of fresh water with the Aqueduct district! You just need to found your city close enough (within 2 tiles of a Mountain), and as soon as you manage to build the Aqueduct it will enjoy the full Housing Housing bonus provided by bodies of water such as Rivers and Lakes.

Mountains themselves are a base terrain that is neither land nor water, and all of them, despite differences in appearance depending on their surrounding terrain, are functionally identical. Therefore, a Mountain spawned in Desert areas is not counted as Desert and does not interact with Mali's civ ability, a Mountain in Tundra/Snow does not provide the Ice Hockey Rink extra Culture Culture, a Mountain in Snow does not count as a Snow tile for the purpose of doubling the Amundsen-Scott Research Station's bonuses, and a Mountain does not count as an adjacent land tile when building Polders as the Dutch. With similar logic, Mountains in Desert or Tundra areas only grant a +1 Faith Faith adjacency bonus to Holy Sites, even if you have the Desert Folklore or Dance of the Aurora pantheon, since the tile itself doesn't count as Desert or Tundra.

Finally, Mountains have a base Appeal of 4 and grant +1 Appeal to adjacent tiles, making them ideal to include in National Parks. Appeal bonuses or penalties from adjacent terrain, districts, and tile improvements (such as Woods, Entertainment Complexes, and Mines) do not affect Mountains, but the bonuses provided by the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Great Engineers Alvar Aalto and Charles Correa do serve to increase Mountains' Appeal. The Inca, being able to work Mountains, can make good use of their innate Appeal by choosing the Earth Goddess pantheon or building a Preserve next to them.

Mountain range names[]

Gathering Storm introduced a new mechanic in which Mountains can have different names based on the first civilization that finds them. Below is the list of the names and civilization of origin, all named after real mountain ranges.

Mountain Range Names Civilization Notes
Ahmar Mountains Ethiopia
Akaishi Mountains Japan
Aladagh Mountains Ottomans, Persia
Aladağlar Mountains
Alaskan Range America
Alay Mountains Scythia
Alborz Mountains Persia
Aleutian Range America
Alps France, Gaul, Germany, Rome A range of mountains in Central Europe.
Altai Mountains Mongolia
Amaro Mountains Ethiopia
Andes Gran Colombia, Inca, Mapuche
Annamite Mountains Khmer, Vietnam
Antilibanus Mountains Phoenicia
Apennine Mountains Rome
Appalachian Mountains America A range of mountains in the Eastern United States.
Arakan Mountains
Aravalli Range India
Arrochar Alps Scotland
Arsi Mountains Ethiopia
Asir Mountains Arabia
Atlas Mountains Phoenicia
Ba Vì Mountains Vietnam
Baekdudaegan Korea
Baikal Mountains Russia
Bale Mountains Ethiopia
Baleles Mountains Zulu
Balkan Mountains Byzantium
Bambouk Mountains Mali
Bandiagara Escarpment Mali
Bargylus Mountains Phoenicia
Barisan Mountains Indonesia
Bảy Núi Range Vietnam
Beskidy Mountains Poland
Bieszczady Mountains Poland
Black Forest Mountains Germany
Blue Mountains Australia
Bükk Mountains Hungary
Cairngorms Scotland
Cantabrian Mountains Spain
Carpathian Mountains Hungary, Poland
Cascade Range America, Canada
Caucasus Mountains Byzantium, Georgia, Ottomans, Russia A range of mountains in Eastern Europe that stretches into Western Asia.
Cévennes Gaul
Chersky Range Russia
Cheviot Hills England
Chianti Mountains Rome
Coast Mountains America, Canada
Cordillera Central Gran Colombia
Cordillera de la Costa Gran Colombia
Cordillera de Mérida Gran Colombia
Cordillera de Queule Mapuche
Cordillera del Cóndor Inca
Cordillera del Mahuidanche Mapuche
Cordillera Occidental Gran Colombia
Cordillera Oriental Gran Colombia
Cordilleras Béticas Spain
Crystal Mountains Kongo
Cuillin Scotland
Cumbrian Fells England
Dâmrei Mountains Khmer
Dângrêk Mountains Khmer
Dinaric Alps Rome
Dolomites Rome
Dongdae Mountains Korea
Dovrefjell Norway
Drakensberg Zulu
Eifel Mountains Gaul
Espinhaço Mountains Brazil
Gagra Range Georgia
Galician Massif Spain
Gebel al-Ain Nubia
Ghats India
Gissar Range Scythia
Grampian Mountains Scotland
Great Dividing Range Australia
Guatemalan Highlands Maya
Guiana Highlands Gran Colombia
Gwazhał America, Canada
Hamersley Range Australia
Hamrin Mountains Babylon, Sumer
Hardangervidda Norway
Harz Germany
Hengduan Mountains China
Hida Mountains Japan
Hijaz Mountains Arabia
Himalayas China, India A range of mountains spanning through India, China, and Nepal. The thirty-six tallest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, are found inside the Himalayan-Karakorum ranges.
Hindu Kush China A section of the Himalayan-Karakorum range.
Hoggar Mountains
Hombori Mountains Mali
Hondsrug Netherlands
Huiarau Range Māori
Iyang-Argapura Mountains Indonesia
Jabal Haraz Arabia
Jebel Abyad Plateau Nubia
Jebel Nagashush Nubia
Jotunheimen Norway
Jura Mountains France, Gaul
Kaçkar Mountains Byzantium, Ottomans
Kaikoura Range Māori
Kaimai Range Māori
Kamikōchi Japan
Kananaskis Range Cree
Karakoram Range China, India
Karkas Mountains Persia
Karkonosze Mountains Poland
Kebnekaise Massif Sweden
Khangai Mountains Mongolia
Khentii Mountains Mongolia
Khingan Mountains China
Kiso Mountains Japan
Kopet Dag Range Persia
Kőszeg Mountains Hungary
Köýtendag Range Scythia
Krâvanh Mountains Khmer
Kunlun Mountains China
Lebanon Mountains Phoenicia
Lebombo Mountains Zulu
Lefka Ori Greece
Likhi Range Georgia
Lower Rhine Heights Netherlands
MacDonnell Range Australia
Mackenzie Mountains Canada
Manding Mountains Mali
Mantiqueira Mountains Brazil
Massif Central Brazil
Mátra Mountains Hungary
Maya Mountains Maya
Meratus Mountains Indonesia
Meskheti Range Georgia
Monadh Liath Scotland
Mont Blanc Massif France
Montes de Toledo Portugal, Spain
Nahuelbuta Range Mapuche
Neblina Massif France
Ngũ Hành Mountains Vietnam
Nikanassin Range Cree
Norra Storfjället Sweden
North York Moors England
Nuba Mountains Nubia
Nur Mountains Byzantium, Ottomans
Ore Mountains Germany
Owen Stanley Range
Pacaraima Mountains Brazil
Pamir Mountains China, Scythia
Patkai Range India
Pelion Range Australia
Pennines England
Pindus Mountains Greece, Macedon
Pir Panjal Range India
Pontic Alps Byzantium, Ottomans
Purvanchal Range India
Putorana Plateau Russia
Pyrenees France, Gaul, Spain
Qandil Mountains Babylon, Sumer
Qinling China
Raukumara Range Māori
Red Sea Hills Egypt
Rhodope Mountains Greece, Macedon
Rimutaka Range Māori
Rocky Mountains America, Canada, Cree A range of mountains spanning across North America.
Rondane Massif Norway
Rwenzori Mountains
Sallandse Hill Ridge Netherlands
Sarawat Mountains Arabia
Satpura Range India
Sayan Mountains Mongolia, Russia
Scandes Norway, Sweden
Semien Mountains Ethiopia
Serra da Chela Kongo
Serra da Estrela Portugal
Serra da Leba Kongo
Serra de Monchique Portugal
Serra do Mar Brazil
Serra do Môco Kongo
Serra dos Órgãos Brazil
Serra Londanuima Kongo
Shropshire Hills England
Sibillini Mountains Rome
Sierra Chichinautzin Aztec
Sierra de las Minas Maya
Sierra de los Cuchumatanes Maya
Sierra de Los Tuxtlas Aztec
Sierra de Tamaulipas Aztec
Sierra Madre America, Aztec
Sierra Madre de Chiapas Maya
Sierra Nevada America, Spain
Sinai High Mountains Egypt
Sinjar Mountains Babylon, Sumer
Snowy Mountains Australia
Sobaek Mountains Korea
Stanovoy Mountains Russia
Sylan Norway, Sweden
Taebaek Mountains Korea
Talysh Mountains Persia
Tararua Range Māori
Tatra Mountains Poland
Taurus Mountains Byzantium, Ottomans
Taygetus Massif Greece
Tengger Massif Indonesia
Thuringian Forest Mountains Germany
Tibesti Mountains
Tian Shan China
Tiritiri-o-te-moana Māori
Titiwangsa Mountains
Trialeti Range Georgia
Ural Mountains Russia A range of mountains in Western Russia.
Urupampa Range Inca
Utrecht Hill Ridge Netherlands
Veluwe Netherlands
Verkhoyansk Khrebet Russia
Vermilion Range Cree
Vermio Mountains Macedon
Vindhaya Range India
Voras Mountain Range Macedon
Vosges France, Gaul
Waytapallana Walla Inca
Waywash Walla Inca
Willkanuta Range Inca
Willkapampa Range Inca
Wollo Highlands Ethiopia
Yana Walla Inca
Yeongnam Alps Korea
Yuraq Walla Inca
Zagros Mountains Babylon, Persia, Sumer
Zarafshan Range Scythia
Zempoaltépetl Aztec

Civilopedia entry[]

As far as history is concerned, mountains are inhospitable obstacles to movement, and provide little to no benefit to a civilization ... other than as barriers against invasion. Thus, they are appealing only to photographers, hermits, and mountain-climber sorts.


See also[]

Civilization VI Terrains [edit]
Base CoastDesertDesert (Hills)GrasslandGrassland (Hills)HillsLakeMountainsNile River3OceanPlainsPlains (Hills)SnowSnow (Hills)TundraTundra (Hills)
Features Cataract3CliffsFloodplainsDesert FloodplainsGrassland FloodplainsPlains FloodplainsGeothermal Fissure GS-OnlyIceImpact Zone1 2MarshOasisRainforestBurning Rainforest1Burnt Rainforest1Reef R&F-OnlyRiverVolcanic Soil GS-OnlyVolcano GS-OnlyWoodsBurning Woods1Burnt Woods1
Other Barbarian OutpostMeteor Site1Tribal Village
See also ImprovementNatural WonderResource
1 Requires DLC2 Apocalypse mode only • 3 Specific Scenarios only

R&F-Only Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.