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Nazca is a religious city-state in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm.


Using this city-state effectively is hard, but possible with good planning. Their unique improvement, the Nazca Line, acts as an adjacency bonus to nearby tiles; however, the tile itself cannot be worked by a Citizen Citizen! This means that rarely should you build two Nazca Lines next to each other. The only exception to this is when you have a large desert city which has expanded to the fourth tile ring and beyond, you can put Nazca Lines on the tiles belonging to the fourth ring and farther, since they improve the yields of other workable tiles and do not cost you anything. Also, look for those great expanses of flat Desert (the Nazca Line can only be built on a flat tile) which have resources on them, then build a couple of Nazca Lines around the resources. This will enhance the resource tiles' yields at the cost of the other tiles being unworkable; however, most Desert tiles have no yields anyway so you won't lose anything.

Nazca Lines are even better in mixed terrain, where flat Desert tiles are mixed with other terrains (Plains, Grassland), or with Rivers with Floodplains. Even water tiles benefit from Nazca Lines, so you could get Faith Faith generation from the sea!

If you have a desert city with a lot of Hills and you plan to build Petra in it, you should not use this improvement in combination, as the yields from Petra are so much more substantial than yields from the Nazca Line. This improvement should only be used when you have a city settled in sub-optimal desert areas with low Food Food yield and you tried to rush for Petra but failed, as this improvement can work as a backup plan to keep that city going. Don't go and settle new desert cities just because you are the Suzerain of Nazca when Petra is already built elsewhere, as Nazca Lines are not strong or impactful enough to create a bustling desert city for you.

With favorable terrain and some planning, the Mapuche civilization can use Nazca Lines to boost the Appeal of their Chemamull improvements, in turn providing higher Culture Culture. Districts for Australia can also get a yield boost for each adjacent Nazca Line, and Alcázars and Seaside Resorts will enjoy a boost in Science Science and Gold Gold yields respectively.

Civilopedia entry[]

Nazca is the name of a city, a region, and a culture along the southern coast of Peru. The area is famous for a series of enormous geoglyphs carved into the desert called (creatively enough) the Nazca Lines.

Nazca culture predates the Inca, from about 100 BCE to 800 CE, rising in the arid coastal lands. The Nazca created beautiful pottery and elaborately-decorated textiles, but their most remarkable engineering achievements were the puquios – a system of underground aqueducts used to bring water to the city. The puquio network is largely intact and still used to carry water today. The history of the Nazca Lines is covered under their entry in the Civilopedia.

The ceremonial center of Nazca culture was the complex at Cahuachi – a system of mounds and adobe structures including burial sites. Modern interpretation of the site is that it was not a city or palace, but a ceremonial center which probably lacked a large full-time population. Changes in climate and deforestation of the huarango tree appear to have preceded abandonment of Cahuachi and the decline of the Nazca culture. There were a series of floods which would have inundated the region and made habitation difficult. The Nazca were eventually conquered by the Wari.

Spanish colonists settled Nazca in the 16th Century. The region became prominent for its viticulture and wineries. The Jesuit Order controlled many properties in the Nazca region until their expulsion from Spain, at which time the lands were confiscated by the crown.

Today, tourism around the Nazca Lines is the major industry in the region, as people flock from around the world to see the UNESCO Heritage site and contemplate the purpose of these enigmatic gylphs. The dry land around them remains silent and yields no secrets.


  • Nazca's city-state symbol is based on the Nazca Spider, one of the several geoglyphs that are a part of the Nazca Lines.
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