Rainforests (sometimes called jungles) are a terrain feature in Civilization VI. Rainforests appear on Plains and Plains Hills tiles near the equator of the map, often in thick belts which form an impenetrable barrier.
- Yields: +1 Food
- Movement needed: 2 MPs (3 if on Hills)
- Defense provided: +3 (+6 if on Hills)
- Additional traits:
Rainforests provide growth and protection for civilizations living within them, and provide adjacency bonuses to Campuses due to their rich biodiversity. They also house many useful resources, such as Bananas and Dyes. Note that in Civilization VI you do not need to cut down the Rainforest to access resources in it!
Originally, it was not possible to improve Rainforests. The June 2019 Update allowed Lumber Mill improvements to be built on Rainforest tiles after discovering the Mercantilism civic, greatly increasing their Production output.
Large patches of Rainforest can be chopped to force a city to grow, which is especially useful if the city was already at its Housing cap. The larger Population could also enable the city to build more districts. The player needs to strike a balance between the short term production and growth benefit of removing the Rainforest versus the production potential of a mid-game Lumber Mill. Note that removing features will anger any leaders you've met that follow the Environmentalist agenda.
The main drawback of Rainforests is that they decrease Appeal (unlike Woods), making them unsuitable for Neighborhoods or tourist attractions. They also differ from Woods in that they cannot be replanted once removed.
Rainforests are of limited use until Bronze Working has been researched. Once that has occurred each Rainforest can be:
- Harvested, which provides 50 Food and 50 Production (adjusted by game speed and difficulty) to the city which owns the tile. It becomes a Plains.
- The site of a Wonder or district as if it's a Plains.
Dark, forbidding, trackless, deadly – rainforests are only for those explorers with the skill and stamina to survive them … and natives with poisoned darts. Rainforests in Asia, Africa, and South America have provided all sorts of wealth and food, and now expensive pharmaceuticals to modern civilization.