Niter is a mid-game resource that is often found in rather cumbersome locations (such as Tundra regions), but it is essential for furthering military progress in the game. It is a requirement for producing the major siege and melee units of its era, and since its influence can reach even into the Modern Era, it can be considered highly valuable for warfare.
Niter, being such a useful ingredient in gunpowder production and fertilizers, additionally offers the same bonuses to Production and Food that Horses do, so it is generally recommended to take advantage of its appearance.
Better known as saltpeter, niter is the mineral form of potassium nitrate. Although known for millennia, it didn’t become important until the Chinese figured out it could be combined with sulfur to make gunpowder in the mid-1st century AD. And gunpowder is really good for making fireworks and blowing things up. Niter is also useful as a fertilizer and food preservative, but few people remember that.
|Civilization VI Resources |
Amber • CinnamonS • Citrus • ClovesS • Cocoa • Coffee • CosmeticsG • Cotton • Diamonds • Dyes • Furs • Gold Ore3 • Gypsum • Honey1 • Incense • Ivory • Jade • JeansG • Marble • Mercury • Olives • Pearls • PerfumeG • Salt • Silk • Silver • Spices • Sugar • Tea • Tobacco • ToysG • Truffles • Turtles • Whales • Wine
|G: Accessed by Great Merchant • S: Suzerainty with Zanzibar|
1 Added in Maya & Gran Colombia Pack • 2 Secret Societies mode only • 3 Specific scenarios only
Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.