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Natural wonders are unique terrain features, masterpieces of Mother Nature, which possess exceptional qualities that make them very different from the average terrain. They inspire awe in any civilization that finds them and provide various benefits to whoever controls them (that is, includes them in his or her empire's territory and works their tiles). These benefits take the form of various production capabilities, including Culture Culture, Science Science and Faith Faith, which aren't normally available on land tiles. Most of their bonuses apply only if they are worked by a city, and they only apply to that particular city; some bonuses, however, apply empire-wide, or to any unit that comes close to them (even if it doesn't belong to the civilization that controls the wonder).

Natural wonders provide a permanent boost to your empire-wide 20xHappiness5.png Happiness when discovered. Some of them also provide an additional boost when inside a territory.

Natural wonders are impassable, and cannot be improved in any way. They are created and placed automatically at the beginning of the game. There are a limited number of natural wonders to discover on each map, determined by the map's size.

Whilst playing on a huge Earth-type map, natural wonders are placed approximately in their real-world locations, making them much easier to find. (For example, The Great Barrier Reef is always off the northeast coast of Australia if it spawns.)

The Spanish civilization has a unique ability that greatly increases the benefits of discovering and working natural wonders.

Name Yield Notes
Barringer Crater Barringer Crater 2 Gold 3 Science May build Observatory in adjacent cities.?
Grand Mesa Grand Mesa 2 Production 3 Gold May build Observatory in adjacent cities.?
Great Barrier Reef Great Barrier Reef 2 Food 1 Production 1 Gold 2 Science Comes as a pair of tiles.
Krakatoa Krakatoa 5 Science May build Observatory in adjacent cities.?
Mt. Fuji Mt. Fuji Vanilla: 1 Gold 5 Culture May build Observatory in adjacent cities.
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2 Gold 3 Culture 3 Faith
Old Faithful Old Faithful

2 Science 3 20xHappiness5.png

May build Observatory in adjacent cities.
Rock of Gibraltar Rock of Gibraltar

2 Food 5 Gold

Cerro de Potosi Cerro de Potosi (DLC)

10 Gold

May build Observatory in adjacent cities.
El Dorado El Dorado (DLC) 5 Culture 500 Gold to the first civilization to discover it
Fountain of Youth Fountain of Youth (DLC)

10 20xHappiness5.png

Adjacent military land units heal at double rate for the rest of the game
Mt. Kailash Mt. Kailash GodsKings5 clear.png

6 Faith 2 20xHappiness5.png

May build Observatory in adjacent cities.
Mt. Sinai Mt. Sinai GodsKings5 clear.png

8 Faith

May build Observatory in adjacent cities.
Sri Pada Sri Pada GodsKings5 clear.png

2 Food 4 Faith 2 20xHappiness5.png

May build Observatory in adjacent cities.
Uluru Uluru GodsKings5 clear.png

2 Food 6 Faith

May build Observatory in adjacent cities.
King Solomon's Mines King Solomon's Mines BNW-only.png

6 Production

Lake Victoria Lake Victoria BNW-only.png

6 Food

Mt. Kilimanjaro Mt. Kilimanjaro BNW-only.png

3 Food 2 Culture

  • Adjacent military land units move at double speed through Hills and receive a combat bonus on Hills for the rest of the game
  • May build Observatory in adjacent cities.

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

BNW-only.png Valid only in the Brave New World expansion pack.

See also[]

Civilization V [edit]
Gods & KingsBrave New World

Lists
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† Only in vanilla Civ5
‡ Only in Gods & Kings and Brave New World

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