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Piety is a social policy tree in Civilization V. It is available at the start of the Classical Era and cannot be active at the same time as Rationalism in vanilla and Gods & Kings.

In Brave New World it is available from the Ancient Era and can be active simultaneously with Rationalism.

Game Info[]

Piety increases the Culture Culture (Vanilla and GodsKings5 clear.png) and Faith Faith (GodsKings5 clear.png and BNW-only.png) of empires.

Adopting Piety reduces the time to build:

Unlocks building the Great Mosque of Djenne (BNW-only.png only).

Adopting all Policies in the Piety tree:

  • will reduce the Culture Culture cost of future Policies by 10% (Vanilla)
  • will provide a 20% discount on all purchases of religious units and buildings with Faith Faith and Holy Sites provide +3 Gold Gold and +3 Culture Culture (GodsKings5 clear.png)
  • causes a Great Prophet to appear and Holy Sites provide +3 Culture Culture (BNW-only.png).
Policy Effect Requirement
Organized Religion Organized Religion +1 20xHappiness5.png Happiness from Monuments, Temples, and Monasteries (Vanilla).
+1 Faith Faith from Shrines and Temples (GodsKings5 clear.png and BNW-only.png).
Adopting Piety
Mandate of Heaven Mandate of Heaven 50% of excess 20xHappiness5.png Happiness added each turn to the amount of Culture Culture that may be spent on Social Policies (Vanilla and GodsKings5 clear.png).

20% discount on all purchases of religious units and buildings with Faith Faith (BNW-only.png; does NOT work for Great People, including Great Prophets).

Adopting Piety
Reformation Reformation Culture Culture increased by 33% in all cities which have built a World Wonder and the empire immediately enters a 20xGoldenAge5.png Golden Age (Vanilla and GodsKings5 clear.png)
If you founded a religion, gain a bonus Reformation belief (BNW-only.png).
Organized Religion (Vanilla and GodsKings5 clear.png)
Religious Tolerance (BNW-only.png)
Theocracy Theocracy Temples increase a cities Gold Gold output by 10% (25% in BNW-only.png).
Holy Sites provide +3 Gold Gold (BNW-only.png only).
Organized Religion
Free Religion Free Religion
(Vanilla only)
Gives 1 free Social Policy and +1 Culture Culture from Monuments, Temples, and Monasteries. Reformation & Mandate of Heaven
Religious Tolerance Religious Tolerance
(GodsKings5 clear.png and BNW-only.png only)
Reduces the Culture Culture cost of future Policies by 10% (GodsKings5 clear.png).
Cities with a majority religion also get the Pantheon belief bonus of the second most popular religion (BNW-only.png).
Reformation & Mandate of Heaven (GodsKings5 clear.png)
Organized Religion (BNW-only.png)


Main article: Social strategy (Civ5)#Piety

Civilopedia entry[]

Piety means the devotion to a specific religion or spiritual belief system. A "pious" person is generally considered to be (literally) "holier than thou," closely following his or her religion's practices and accepting most or all of its tenets without question.

Related achievements

Lux Perpetua Luceat Eis
Lux Perpetua Luceat Eis
Fully Explore the Piety Policy Track.
Civilization V Social Policies [edit]
Tradition AristocracyLanded EliteLegalismMonarchyOligarchy
Liberty CitizenshipCollective RuleMeritocracyRepresentationRepublic
Honor DisciplineMilitary CasteMilitary TraditionProfessional ArmyWarrior Code
Piety Free ReligionMandate of HeavenOrganized ReligionReformationReligious ToleranceTheocracy
Patronage AestheticsConsulatesCultural DiplomacyEducated EliteMerchant ConfederacyPhilanthropyScholasticism
Commerce EntrepreneurshipMercantilismMercenary ArmyMerchant NavyNaval TraditionProtectionismTrade Unions Wagon Trains
Rationalism Free ThoughtHumanismScientific RevolutionSecularismSovereignty
Aesthetics Artistic GeniusCultural CentersCultural Exchange Fine ArtsFlourishing of the Arts
Exploration Maritime InfrastructureMerchant NavyNaval TraditionNavigation SchoolTreasure Fleets
Freedom Civil SocietyConstitutionDemocracyFree SpeechUniversal Suffrage
Autocracy FascismMilitarismPolice StatePopulismTotal War
Order CommunismNationalismPlanned EconomySocialismUnited Front