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Nader Shah (August 1688 – 19 June 1747) was the founder and first shah of the Afsharid dynasty of Iran. His strategic brilliance and extensive military campaigns greatly expanded the Iranian empire, which earned him epithets such as "the second Alexander" and "the Napoleon of Persia." He leads the Persians in Civilization VI.

Fight opposing Civilizations with Nader Shah’s combat bonus against full Health units and bask in the wealth from Persia’s Domestic Trade Route Trade Routes.


Shah of Shahs, who rose from bondage to become the wealthiest king in the world, we call to you! Sweep your forces across the land, and, with fire and steel, set the world alight once more, that we may better see the gold’s shine by the flames’ glow.


Nader Shah's unique agenda is Jazayerchi. He likes civilizations with a high number of land units and dislikes civilizations with a low number of land units.

His leader ability is Sword of Persia. His military units receive +5 Strength Combat Strength when attacking full health enemy units and conquered cities yield +2 Faith Faith and +3 Gold Gold on domestic Trade Route Trade Routes sent from them.

Detailed Approach[]

Nader Shah should go for Iron Working and Political Philosophy right out of the gate. Iron Working gives him access to his powerful Immortals. These Immortals can crush their opponents with their Ranged Attack and the +5 Strength Combat Strength against full Health opponents. On the way towards Political Philosophy, you will unlock Foreign Trade and Early Empire. The first of these, Foreign Trade, will give you access to Trade Route Trade Routes which receive benefits from both Nader Shah and Persia’s abilities. After Foreign Trade you will unlock the Pairidaeza improvements which are great for Gold Gold and Culture Culture. Once you unlock Political Philosophy, an extra Trade Route Trade Route is your reward. The two victories Persia is best at are Culture with their Pairidaezas or Domination with their Immortals.


Nader Shah is voiced by Arian Risbaf. He speaks New Persian with an Iranian accent. This is most evident in how he pronounces نیست ("is not") in his Civilopedia quote as nist, while the word is pronounced nest in Classical Persian and other Persian dialects.


Codename Quote (English translation) Quote (Persian) Notes
Agenda-based Approval I would love to speak to you of the beauty of horses. می‌خواهم دربارهٔ زیبایی اسبان با تو سخن بگویم

Mi-khâham darbâre-ye zibâyi asbân bâ to sokhan beguyam.

Agenda-based Disapproval You should never seek a land war on my continent. (lit. "Don't think of war and land conquest in my territory.") حتی فکر جنگ و تسخیر سرزمین را در قلمرو من نکن

Hattâ fekr jang o taskhir sarzamin râ dar qalamrow-e man nakon.

This references a military aphorism related to Asia, the continent on which Persia is located.
Attacked I yearn for this war. (lit. "I am looking forward to this war.") من چشم انتظار این جنگ هستم

Man češm entezâr in jang hastam.

Declares War The whispers of your nobles and courtiers will disappear in the roar of my troops. نجوای‌ بزرگان و درباریان تو در غریو سپاهیان من محو خواهد شد

Najvâ-ye buzurgân o darbâriyân to dar ghariv sepâhiyân man mahv khâhad šod.

Defeated How shall a man escape from what is written? How can I flee from my destiny? چگونه می‌توان از تقدیر فرار کرد؟ چطور می‌شود از سرنوشت گریخت؟

Čegune mi-tavân az taqdir farâr kard? Četowr mi-šavad az sarnevešt gorikht?

This is a quote from the Shahnameh ("Book of Kings") by Persian author and poet Abul-Qâsem Ferdowsi Tusi.[1]
Greeting Hoofbeats tremble the plain yet again, and the world holds its breath at the name of Nader Shah. سم اسبان بار دیگر زمین را می‌لرزاند، و جهان از شنیدن نام نادر نفس در سینه حبس می‌کند

Som-e asbân bâr digar zamin râ mi-larzânad, va jahân az šenidan-e nâm-e Nâder nafas dar sine habs mi-konad.

Quote from Civilopedia If there is no war in Paradise, how can there be any delights there? اگر در بهشت جنگی نیست، پس چگونه خوشی ممکن است؟

Agar dar behešt jangi nist, pas čegune khoši momken ast?

This is a quote from a conversation Nader Shah once had with a holy man about paradise. The shah asked: "Are there such things as war and victory over the enemy in paradise?" When the man answered negatively, Nader replied: "How can there be any pleasure then?"[2]


Delegation: The wonders of the Persian Empire: lavash and koresh, kabab and kufte, with rosewater-flavored noodles for afterwards.

Accepts Player's Declaration of Friendship: May your breath be warm!

Rejects Player's Declaration of Friendship: I cannot stand social climbers that rise via sycophancy.

Requests Declaration of Friendship: We must unite in friendship, lest we be destroyed in division.

Player Accepts Declaration of Friendship: In a world beset with enemies, to find a friend is the best good.

Player Rejects Declaration of Friendship: I see your plots and plans, and will have no part of them.

Denounced by Player: Clever. Let us see what answer you will give to fire and steel.

Denounces Player: I delight in a worthy foe. I will have to settle for you.

Too Many Troops Near His Border: Do you hunger for war in the same way that I do? Tell me plainly.

Invitation to Capital: All the riches of the world pour into my cities. Come, see them.

Invitation to City: Come and see the breadth of our empire, and tell us of yours.

Civilopedia entry[]

Nader Shah, the King of Kings, the Shah of Shahs, emerged in the 18th century to re-establish Persia (as it is called in Greek, the locals always called their state Iran) in Central Asia. His rise was brutal but decisive, carving independence out for Iran away from Ottoman domination. In a chain from Genghis Khan to Timur, Nader Shah is the final link.

Safavid Iran was a powerful state, emerging in the 1500s to rule for 200 years as a Shi’ia redoubt in the midst of a Sunni-controlled area and also an area with powerful and long-lasting Christian influences. But while the Safavids could contain the old threats of Central Asian warlords, they could not contain the rise of the Ottomans and the rise of Russia pressing in on two sides. Further, the growth of European sea trade networks cut off a vital source of income for Central Asian states – this was the point of early colonialism, to remove middlemen from trade with China. The fall of the bankrupt Safavids came from all fronts – from Russia, Turkey, and, finally, from a rising Afghan power.

Nader was a slave, a Turkic-speaking nomad who achieved fame for his military skill. When the Safavids fell, Nader took his musket and went into rebellion. He defeated the Afghans first, then turned to the Ottomans and the Russians. After killing the Ottoman general and signing a peace treaty with Russia, Nader declared himself Shah. In this, he echoed Timur and Genghis Khan, both personal idols of his.

Whereas the Safavids were a Shi’ia exclusive group, under Nader, Iran became multi-religious and more tolerant. It was a selling point to the Sunni Ottomans with whom, after they fought to a stalemate, Nader Shah sought closer ties. This tolerance in terms of religion is in part owing to his own background – as a former slave and present-day military commander, he cared little for religion and, in his own life, moved between Sunni and Shi’ia as was convenient. Better to invest in the army than in priests, as the former would secure peace. Elsewhere in the empire, Nader Shah created a standardized coinage pegged to the Mughal rupee and resettled nomadic tribes in the area.

Nader embarked on a reign of terror across Central Asia after solidifying his reign. He invaded India and seized Delhi, as the Mughals had become weak – they would, in coming decades, become weaker still as the British invaded via Bengal. He seized the Peacock Throne and, while he could not hold it, used the occupation to plunder that realm’s wealth. The campaign was marked with Nader’s trademark military acumen, forcing his soldiers to outflank the enemy both strategically in the realm as well as tactically on the battlefield. Later campaigns against the Ottoman Arabian possessions were likewise successful, though not nearly as daring.

Towards the end of his life, Nader Shah became increasingly unhinged. He ordered his own son blinded, then regretted it. He built towers of skulls of his enemies. At the end of his conquests, he was the richest man in the world. But he had made enemies – he was assassinated by conspirators, including his nephew, and the empire crumbled.


  • Nader Shah's voice artist, Arian Risbaf, also voices Cyrus.
  • Nader Shah's leader ability is one of his epithets, while his leader agenda is named after his army's elite musketeers.




Leader Spotlight- Nader Shah - Civilization VI- Leader Pass

Leader Spotlight: Nader Shah

Related achievements[]

Claimants of the Peacock Throne
Claimants of the Peacock Throne
Win a regular game as Nader Shah.
The Peacock Throne was the throne room for both Mughal and Afsharid kings.
Some Wine For Your Soldiers?
Some Wine For Your Soldiers?
Playing as Persia, conquer the original Scythian capital within 10 turns of declaring a surprise war on Scythia
During Cyrus' invasion of Scythia, he set up a trap where some of his soldiers set out a camp and drank wine. Scythians under Tomyris' son's command attacked the camp and drank all the wine there to celebrate. When Cyrus returned, he found little resistance in the drunk Scythians and slaughtered them.


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