- Yields: Nothing
- Movement needed: 3 MPs to cross
- Defense provided: +5 bonus against melee attacks coming from across the river (Ranged attacks are unaffected)
- Additional traits:
- Provides Fresh Water to nearby tiles
- Can provide Fresh Water via an Aqueduct
- Cities near it can construct the Water Mill building
- The Lumber Mill Improvement receives a +1 Production bonus if next to a River
- +1 Appeal to nearby tiles
- Provides +2 Adjacency bonus to Commercial Hub Districts
- River Goddess Pantheon: +1 Amenity for cities which have a Holy Site District near a River.
Rivers are invaluable for city settlement, as they supply fresh water and enable the Water Mill (and various wonders) to be built. With it, any city may get a good start at growing and producing as early as the Ancient Era! An Aqueduct built next to it will also supply a nearby city with Fresh Water for Housing purposes.
But rivers do more than that. They provide a bulwark against invasions for any commander that knows how to use them; they turn Deserts into paradise by enabling the Floodplains feature; elsewhere they allow improved farming with the Civil Engineering Civic; they improve commerce thanks to the additional transport opportunities they provide for merchants.
Finally, you may use a River as means of finding the nearest sea in your early exploration. Every river flows from its source to either another river, or to a large body of water - just follow the flow direction.
|Amur River||Russia||The tenth longest river in the world. It flows through China and Russia.|
|Kawarau River||Maori||A fast-flowing river draining Lake Wakatipu in the South Island, and ending at Lake Dunstan. Maori followed the river to collect pounamu (greenstone), and European settlers sifted the waters for gold. Today it is famous for adventure tourism, as the setting for bungy jumping and kayaking.|
|Kawatiri River||Maori||A river flowing west from the Southern Alps to the Tasman Sea. Known today as the Buller River.|
|Mata-Au River||Maori||The second-longest river in New Zealand, flowing southeast from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. Once a focus of Otago's gold rush era, it is better known today as the Clutha River.|
|Okavango River||Kongo||A river in southwest Africa that begins in Angola where it has the Portuguese name Rio Cubango and flows into Botswana.|
|Saint Lawrence River||Canada|
|Sao Francisco River||Brazil|
|Syr Darya River||Scythia ?|
|Thames River||England||Thames is a river that flows through the south of England. It is the second longest river in the UK.|
|Waikato River||Maori||The longest river in New Zealand, flowing north from Mt Ruapehu to Port Waikato into the Tasman Sea. The Waikato Region is named after this river, translating as "flowing water".|
|Waitaki River||Maori||A braided river flowing from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, and traditionally used as a border between the provinces of Canterbury and Otago.|