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"It ascends from the earth to the heaven, and it again descends to the earth and receives the force of the things superior and inferior."
–Hermes Trismegistus

Smart Materials is a Future Era technology in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm.

Strategy Edit

Researching Smart Materials allows the Exoplanet Expedition project, the fourth step toward winning a Science Victory, to be undertaken. It also unlocks Reinforced Armor Plating, an upgrade for Giant Death Robots that increases their Civ6StrengthIcon Combat Strength when defending against land and naval attacks.

Civilopedia entry Edit

Materials are usually selected for use on the basis of a single quality. A brick, for instance, should not be flexible if it is to be a good basis for construction. Smart materials are materials which can assume different properties on command, in response to different situations. An analogy would be a brick that is solid when used as a building material, but which could be flat and flexible for easy storage and portability otherwise. These are becoming more and more common as material science advances. Ferrofluids, and dielectric and self-healing elastomers are representative examples of current smart materials.

The term “programmable matter” is used to describe a hypothetical substance which could be given any property on command, and represents something of the Holy Grail of the smart material research program.

Science Victory Steps
Vanilla Civilization VI and Rise and Fall Gathering Storm
Launch Earth Satellite (Civ6) Launch a satellite
Launch Moon Landing (Civ6) Land a human on the Moon
Launch Mars Habitation (Civ6) Establish a Martian Colony Mars Colony (Civ6) Establish a Martian Colony
Exoplanet Expedition (Civ6) Launch an Exoplanet Expedition
Terrestrial Laser Station (Civ6) Reach the exoplanet
Civilization VI Technologies

PotteryAnimal HusbandryMiningSailingAstrologyIrrigationWritingArcheryMasonryBronze WorkingWheel


Celestial NavigationCurrencyHorseback RidingIron WorkingShipbuildingMathematicsConstructionEngineering


Military TacticsButtress GS-OnlyApprenticeshipStirrupsMachineryEducationMilitary EngineeringCastles


CartographyMass ProductionBankingGunpowderPrintingSquare RiggingAstronomyMetal CastingSiege Tactics


IndustrializationScientific TheoryBallisticsMilitary ScienceSteam PowerSanitationEconomicsRifling


FlightReplaceable PartsSteelRefining GS-OnlyElectricityRadioChemistryCombustion


Advanced FlightRocketryAdvanced BallisticsCombined ArmsPlasticsComputersNuclear FissionSynthetic Materials


TelecommunicationsSatellitesGuidance SystemsLasersCompositesStealth TechnologyRoboticsNuclear FusionNanotechnology

Future GS-Only

Advanced AIAdvanced Power CellsCyberneticsFuture Tech*Offworld MissionPredictive SystemsSeasteadsSmart Materials

* Future Tech is an Information Era technology until the Gathering Storm expansion.
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