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

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


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 Strength Combat Strength when defending against land and naval attacks.

Civilopedia entry[]

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.

Civilization VI Science Victory steps [edit]
All game versions
Launch Earth Satellite (Civ6).png 1. Launch a satellite
Launch Moon Landing (Civ6).png 2. Land a human on the Moon
Vanilla Civilization VI and Rise and Fall Gathering Storm
Launch Mars Habitation (Civ6).png 3. Establish a Martian Colony Launch Mars Colony (Civ6).png 3. Establish a Martian Colony
Exoplanet Expedition (Civ6).png 4. Launch an Exoplanet Expedition
Terrestrial Laser Station (Civ6).png 5. Help the Exoplanet Expedition travel 50 light years

Civilization VI Technologies [edit]
Ancient Animal HusbandryArcheryAstrologyBronze WorkingIrrigationMasonryMiningPotterySailingWheelWriting
Classical Celestial NavigationConstructionCurrencyEngineeringHorseback RidingIron WorkingMathematicsShipbuilding
Medieval ApprenticeshipButtress GS-Only.pngCastlesEducationMachineryMilitary EngineeringMilitary TacticsStirrups
Renaissance AstronomyBankingCartographyGunpowderMass ProductionMetal CastingPrintingSiege TacticsSquare Rigging
Industrial BallisticsEconomicsIndustrializationMilitary ScienceRiflingSanitationScientific TheorySteam Power
Modern ChemistryCombustionElectricityFlightRadioRefining GS-Only.pngReplaceable PartsSteel
Atomic Advanced BallisticsAdvanced FlightCombined ArmsComputersNuclear FissionPlasticsRocketrySynthetic Materials
Information CompositesGuidance SystemsLasersNanotechnologyNuclear FusionRoboticsSatellitesStealth TechnologyTelecommunications
Future GS-Only.png Advanced AIAdvanced Power CellsCyberneticsFuture Tech*Offworld MissionPredictive SystemsSeasteadsSmart Materials
* Future Tech is an Information Era technology until the Gathering Storm expansion.