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A River is a type of terrain feature in Civilization VI. It exists almost everywhere in the world, and it is unique in that it doesn't occupy its own tile - instead it runs between tiles. Rivers always end in a body of Water, and many times they start in a Mountain..

  • Yields: Nothing
  • Movement needed: 3 Civ6Movement Movement MPs to cross
  • Defense provided: +5 bonus against melee attacks coming from across the river (Ranged attacks are unaffected)
  • Additional traits:


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 Housing6 Housing 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.

Gathering Storm brings a whole new level of strategy to rivers: they are now areas of one of the brand new disasters: the flood. Pay attention to the areas marked as Floodplains (they can appear now not only in deserts, but also in plains and grassland areas) - they are the ones which will flood during disasters! You can still develop them normally, but floods may damage, or even outright destroy your improvements and districts placed there! However, they will also enrich the soil, adding Civ6Food Food and/or Civ6Production Production to their base yields, and making them potentially even more useful than before! So, developing floodplains becomes a calculated risk which may bring lots of pain or rich rewards.

River Names

Gathering Storm introduced a new mechanic in which Rivers can have different names based on the first civilization that finds them. Below is a list of river names and, where applicable, the civilization/s they are assigned to.

River Civilization Notes
Abukuma River Japan The 2nd longest river in the Tōhoku region and the 6th longest river in Japan.
Achelous River Greece It formed the boundary between Acarnania and Aetolia. In ancient times its spirit was venerated as the river god Achelous.
Agno River None A river on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It is one of the largest river systems in the country.
Alazani River Georgia The main tributary of the Kura in eastern Georgia. Part of its path forms the border between Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Amazon River Brazil The largest river by discharge volume of water in the world, the longest river in Brazil as well as South America, and second longest in the world.
Amiskwasîpi Cree Cree name of Beaver River. Flows east through Alberta and Saskatchewan and north into Lac Île-à-la-Crosse on the Churchill River which flows into Hudson Bay.
Amnok River Korea AKA "Yalu River".  A river on the border between North Korea and China.
Amu Darya River None Historically known by its Latin name "Oxus". A major river in Central Asia. Darya is Persian for "River", so it is also known as the Amu or Amo River.
Amur River China, Russia The world's 10th longest river, forming the border between the Russian Far East and Manchuria.
Apurimaq Mayu Inca Quechua name of the Apurímac River. It flows generally northwest past Cusco and is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.
Aras River Ottomans The river that flows along the borders between Turkey and Armenia, Turkey and the Nakhchivan area of Azerbaijan, between Iran and both Azerbaijan and Armenia, and finally through Azerbaijan to the Kura River.
Arkansas River America A major tributary of the Mississippi River. The 6th longest river in the United States, the 2nd longest tributary in the Mississippi–Missouri system, and the 45th longest river in the world.
Arno River Rome A river in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is the most important river of central Italy after the Tiber.
Atbarah River Nubia A river in northeast Africa rises in northwest Ethiopia, north of Lake Tana and west of Gondar. Referred by ancient authors as the Astabaras River.
Athabasca River Canada A river that originates from the Columbia Glacier of the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.
Atoyac River Aztec One of two Mexican rivers. One flows into the Rio Verde, which empties into the Pacific near Laguna Chacahua, west of Puerto Escondido. The other forms part of the Río Balsas.
Awriq Mayu Inca Quechua name for the Marañón River. The principal or mainstem source of the Amazon River.
Ayung River Indonesia The longest river on the Indonesian island of Bali.
Bahr Yussef Egypt A canal which connects the Nile River with Fayyum in Egypt. In ancient times, it was known as Mer-Wer (the Great Canal). The Arabic name refers to the prophet Yusuf, the Quranic counterpart of the Biblical Joseph.
Balsas River Aztec A major river of south-central Mexico. The basin flows through the states of Puebla, Morelos, Guerrero, and Mexico. The river flows through the Sierra Madre del Sur, and empties into the Pacific Ocean at Mangrove Point, adjacent to the city of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán.
Bani River Mali The pricipal tributary of the Niger River. Has three main tributaries: the Baoulé, the Bagoé River, and the Banifing-Lotio.
Barada River Arabia The main river found in the city of Damascus, the capital of Syria. The Barada is identified as 'Abana' in the Bible.
Barito River Indonesia A river of Borneo. This river is the location of the closest relative of the Malagasy language of Madagascar, the Ma'anyan language of Dayaks, from where settlers arrived in Madagascar from the 3rd to 10th century.
Bassac River Khmer The river starts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and flows southerly, crossing the border into Vietnam near Châu Đốc. In Vietnam it is known as the Hậu River.
Batanghari River Indonesia The longest river in the Jambi province, Sumatra island, Indonesia, about 600 km northwest of the capital of Jakarta.
Beirut River Phoenicia A river in Lebanon. According to popular legend, St. George slew the dragon in a spot near the mouth of the river. In antiquity, the river was known as Magoras, and it was the site of the worship of the god of Heliopolis.
Bengawan Solo River Indonesia The longest river in the Indonesian island of Java. it is a renowned region in paleoanthropology. Many discoveries of early hominid remains have been made at several sites in its valleys, including that of the first early human fossil found outside of Europe, the "Java Man" skull.
Bio-Bio River Mapuche The 2nd largest river in Chile. It originates from Icalma and Galletué lakes in the Andes and flows to the Gulf of Arauco on the Pacific Ocean.
Brahmaputra River India One of the major rivers of Asia, a trans-boundary river which flows through Tibet, India, and Bangladesh.
Brisbane River Australia The longest river in South East Queensland, Australia, and flows through the city of Brisbane, before emptying into Moreton Bay.
Bug River Poland A tributary of the Narew River, the Bug River forms a part of the border between Ukraine and Poland and the border between Belarus and Poland for and is the 4th longest Polish river.
Bukhan River Korea A tributary of the Han River that flows through both North and South Korea. It traverses Kangwon province in North Korea and Gangwon and Gyeonggi provinces in South Korea.
Chinchipe River Inca A river on the border between Ecuador and Peru. The river originates in Ecuador. In Ecuador and Peru, the river is also known as Canananbo, Chuquimayo, or Mayo. The river flows into the Maranon River.
Coatzacoalcos River Aztec A large river that feeds mainly the south part of the state of Veracruz; According to Mesoamerican legend, the god Quetzalcoatl was aboard a raft made of a serpent skin and navigated until getting lost into the horizon.
Colorado River America One of the principal rivers in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The river drains an expansive watershed that encompasses parts of 7 U.S. and 2 Mexican states.
Columbia River Canada, America The longest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.
Congo River Kongo Formerly known as the Zaire River, is the 2nd longest river in Africa, as well as the 2nd largest river in the world by discharge volume. It is also the world's deepest recorded river.
Cooper Creek Australia One of the most famous rivers in Australia because it was the site of the death of the explorers Burke and Wills in 1861. Also known as the Barcoo River from one of its tributaries and is 1 of 3 major Queensland river systems that flow into the Lake Eyre basin.
Dal River Sweden A river in central Sweden that flows from the north of Dalarna and runs into the sea in northern Uppland; it is commonly considered to be the southern border of Norrland.
Damietta River Egypt Also known as Damiata, or Domyat, is a port and the capital of the Damietta Governorate in Egypt, a former bishopric and present multiple Catholic titular see.
Danube River Hungary, Germany Europe's second longest river, after the Volga. It is located in Central and Eastern Europe. Originating in Germany, the Danube flows southeast passing through or bordering Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, 

Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine before draining into the Black Sea.

Darling River Australia The 3rd longest river in Australia. Including its longest contiguous tributaries, it is the longest river system in Australia.

The Darling River is also the outback's most famous waterway.

Daugava River Russia A river rising in the Valdai Hills, flowing through Russia, Belarus, and Latvia and into the Gulf of Riga.
Delaware River America A major river on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It flows through five U.S. states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania. It is most famous for when President George Washington crossed the river on Christmas to engage the British at the Battle of Trenton.
Diyala River Sumer A river and tributary of the Tigris. It is formed by the confluence of Sirwan river and Tanjero river in Darbandikhan Dam in the Sulaymaniyah Governorate of Northern Iraq.
Dnieper River Russia The fourth longest river in Europe, flowing from Russia southwards through Belarus and Ukraine before draining into the Black Sea. It is a well known cultural barrier, separating Ukraine in two.
Dniester River None
Don River Russia, Scythia
Douro River Spain
Dunajec River Poland
Ebro River Spain
Elbe River Germany
Enguri River Georgia
Euphrates River Arabia, Sumer Flowing southeast from its headwaters in Turkey through Syria and Iraq before draining into the Persian Gulf, the Euphrates, along with the Tigris, was one of the main rivers which Mesopotamian civilizations first rose up.
Eurotas River Greece
River Forth Scotland
Fraser River Canada
Gambia River Mali
Ganges River India A major river in northern India, flowing east from the Himalayas through India and Bangladesh before draining into the Bay of Bengal. Over 400,000,000 people live on the Ganges.
Geum River Korea
Glomma River Norway Norway's longest river (also known as Glåma north of Akershus), which flows for 621km from its source, the lake Aursund near Røros in Trøndelag, to its mouth at Fredrikstad in eastern Norway, where it flows into the Oslofjord. It also flows through the lake Øyeren, in which the river has created Northern Europe's largest inland delta, and one of its tributaries, Vorma, serves to drain Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake.
Godavari River India
Great Zab River Sumer
Guadalquivir River Spain
Guadiana River Spain
Gudbrandsdalslågen Norway Together with the river Vorma, which is a result of this river's discharge into the lake Mjøsa, Gudbrandsdalslågen is the fourth longest river in Norway. It flows through the valley of Gudbrandsdalen in Eastern Norway, from its source at the lake Lesjaskogsvatnet to its mouth at the aforementioned lake Mjøsa.
Hai River China
Haliacmon River Macedon, Greece
Han River Korea Fourth longest river in Korea. It is formed by two tributaries which converge near South Korea's capital, Seoul.
Hutt River Australia
IJssel River Netherlands
Imjin River Korea
Indal River Sweden
Indus River India The longest river in Pakistan and 19th in the world. It is most well known for being the birthplace of the Indus River valley civilization (which is represented in Civilization VI as the city-state Mohenjo Daro).
Inkisi River Kongo
Irrawaddy River None The longest and national river of Myanmar and 31st longest in the world.
Ishikari River Japan
Itata River Mapuche
Jājrūd River Persia
Jordan River Phoenicia, Arabia
Júcar River Spain
Kapuas River Indonesia
Karkheh River Persia
Karun River Persia
Kasai River Kongo
Kātēpwēwi-sīpī Cree
Kaveri River India
Kawarau River Māori
Kawatiri River Māori
Kerülen River Mongolia
Khabur River Sumer
Kisiskāciwani-sīpiy Cree, Canada
Kitakami River Japan
Kızılırmak River Ottomans
Klara River Sweden
Körös River Hungary
Kshipra River India
Kura River Georgia
Lek River Netherlands
Lena River Russia
Limpopo River Zulu
Litani River Phoenicia
Loire River France
Lule River Sweden
Mackenzie River Canada
Madeira River Brazil
Mahakam River Indonesia
Maipo River Mapuche, Inca
Mamberamo River Indonesia
Mantō-sīpiy Cree
Mapocho River Mapuche
Mareb River Nubia
Maritsa River Greece
Mata-Au River Māori
Maule River Mapuche, Inca
Medjerda River Phoenicia
Mekong River Khmer
Meuse River Netherlands, France
Mississippi River America The second longest river in North America, together with the Missouri River forms the third longest river in the world. It rises in Minnesota, flowing south, forming part of or all of the borders between US states Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana before draining into the Gulf of Mexico.
Missouri River America The longest tributary of the Mississippi River and the longest river in North America. It rises in Montana, flowing through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas before meeting the Mississippi River in Missouri.
Mixteco River Aztec
Mogami River Japan
Mtkvari River Georgia
Murat River Ottomans
Murray River Australia
Murrumbidgee River Australia
Musi River Indonesia
Nakdong River Korea
Narew River Poland
Narmada River India
Nestos River Greece
Niger River Mali
Nile River Nubia, Arabia, Egypt The longest river in Africa and the world, flowing from the African Great Lakes region northwards. Its drainage basin covers Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, and Egypt. It was where the Egyptian civilization, the first civilization in the world, rose to power.
Northern Dvina Russia
Noteć River Poland
Numedal River Norway Known as Numedalslågen in Norwegian and the third longest river in Norway. It flows from its source on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau in central southern Norway, to its mouth in the town of Larvik, where it flows into the Skagerrak.
Ob River Russia
Ochekwi-Sipi Cree
Oder River Poland, Germany
Ofanto River Rome
Ohio River America The largest tributary of the Mississippi River, flowing west from the US state of Pennsylvania, forming the borders between Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois before meeting the Mississippi River at the borders of Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri.
Okavango River None
Orange River None
Orinoco River None
Orkhon River Mongolia
Orontes River Phoenicia
Otra River Norway The ninth longest river in Norway and the longest in the country's Sørlandet region. Begins in the mountains known as Setesdalsheiene, at the lake Breidvatnet, and ends at the town of Kristiansand, flowing into the Skagerrak.
Papaloapan River Aztec
Paraguay River None
Paraná River Brazil
Paroo River Australia
Pearl River China The third longest river in China and second largest by volume after the Yangtze. It is most well known for its delta, where Cantonese culture rose up.
Po River Rome A major river in northern Italy, its drainage basin services 1/3 of all of Italy's population.
Potomac River America
Powinigow Sipi Cree, Canada
Putumayu Inca
Rába River Hungary
Rakaia River Māori
Rangatikei River Māori
Rauma River Norway A river that flows through the valley of Romsdalen in Western and Eastern Norway. It begins at the lake Lesjaskogsvatnet and flows into the Romsdalsfjord, its mouth lying between the villages Åndalsnes and Veblungsnes in Møre og Romsdal county.
Red River None
Rhine River Netherlands, Germany, France The eleventh longest river in Europe, rising in Switzerland and flowing mostly northwards through Liechtenstein, Austria, France, Germany, and draining the Netherlands. It was the northern boundary of the Roman Empire, as well as the desired boundary against Germany for France in medieval times.
Rhone River France
Rio Grande America
Río Negro Brazil
Rioni River Georgia
River Avon England
River Clyde Scotland
River Dee Scotland
River Eden England
River Great Ouse England
River Severn England The longest river in the United Kingdom.
River Spey Scotland
River Tay Scotland
River Tees England
River Trent England
River Welland England
Rosetta River Egypt
Rubicon River Rome A small river in Italy known for its association with the Latin phrase 'Alea iacta est', uttered by Julius Caesar in 49 BC as he crossed the Rubicon with his troops against Roman general Pompey. The phrase, meaning 'the die is cast', has been transliterated into English as 'crossing the Rubicon', another phrase with an identical meaning.
Saint Lawrence River Canada, America A river that connects the Great Lakes of North America to the Atlantic Ocean. It forms part of the international boundary between Canada and the United States east of Lake Ontario, between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York. It is also the primary river in Quebec, where it ultimately drains.
Sakarya River Ottomans
Salween River China
San River Poland
Sankarani River Mali
Sankuru River Kongo
São Francisco River Brazil
Saraswati River India
Scheldt River Netherlands
Se Kong River Khmer
Sefīd River Persia
Seine River France
Senegal River Mali
Seomjin River Korea
Shinano River Japan
Songhua River China
Srepok River Khmer
Struma River Macedon, Greece
Susquehanna River America
Syr Darya River Scythia
Tagus River Spain
Tapiskwan Sipi Cree
Tarim River China
Te Awakairangi Māori
Tehuantepec River Aztec
Tenryu River Japan
Teshio River Japan
River Thames England The second longest river in Great Britain, it is most known for being the river which flows through London.
Tiber River Rome The third longest river in Italy, it is most known for being the river which flows through Rome.
Tigris River Sumer, Arabia Flowing southeast from its headwaters in Turkey through Syria and Iraq before draining into the Persian Gulf, the Tigris, along with the Euphrates, was one of the main rivers which Mesopotamian civilizations first rose up.
Tisza River Hungary
Tocantins River Brazil
Toltén River Mapuche
Tonalá River Aztec
Tone River Japan
Tongariro River Māori
Tonlé San River Khmer
Tonlé Sap River Khmer
Torne River Sweden
Truful-Truful River Mapuche
Tshuapa River Kongo
Tugela River Zulu
Tuul River Mongolia
Ucayali River Inca
Umfolozi River Zulu
Umzimkulu River Zulu
uMzinyathi River Zulu
Ural River Russia, Scythia
Vardar River Macedon
Vistula River Poland
Volga River Russia, Scythia
Waal River Netherlands
Wadi Al-Batin Arabia
Wadi al-Rummah Arabia
Wadi Hanifa Arabia
Waiapu River Māori
Waiau River Māori
Waikato River Māori
Waimakariri River Māori
Waitaki River Māori
Wallaqa Mayu Inca
Warrego River Australia
Warta River Poland
Wazalafken River Mapuche
Wei River China
Weser River Germany
Whanganui River Māori
Willkamayu Inca
Wisłoka River Poland
Wuskwi Sipi Cree
Yamuna River India
Yangtze River China The longest river in China and the third longest in the world. It flows east from the Tibetan Plateau to the East China Sea, its drainage basin covering 1/5 of all of China, with 1/3 of China's population living within its basin. It is culturally known as the line that divides north China from south China.
Yellow River China The second longest river in China and the sixth longest in the world. It rises in the Bayan Har mountains in Qinghai Province, flowing east to the Bohai Sea. It is the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Yenisei River Mongolia, Russia
Yeşilırmak River Ottomans
Yukon River Canada, America
Zagyva River Hungary
Zambezi River None
Zavkhan River Mongolia
Zāyandé River Persia
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