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 "Upon the head of the god was an olive crown; in his right hand he bore a winged figure of Victory."
– Samuel Augustus Mitchell

The Statue of Zeus is a Classical Era wonder in Civilization VI. It must be built on flat land adjacent to an Encampment with a Barracks.


The most useful benefit of the Statue of Zeus is 50% Production Production towards anti-cavalry units anywhere in your empire for the rest of the game. Additionally, it saves you 40 total Production Production on the Archers, Spearmen, and Battering Ram (400 versus 440 for all 7). The wonder makes anti-cavalry units more appealing by making them a lot cheaper, especially when you can stack the Production Production bonus with policy cards, so it goes well with aggressive leaders/civilizations that favor the use of anti-cavalry or have a strong preference for quantity over quality - most notably Gorgo, Shaka, Ambiorix, and Macedon.

When playing as Gorgo, you instantly gain three Hoplites and halve the Production Production cost of all future Hoplites when you build the Statue of Zeus, allowing you to begin swarming your neighbors. Keep in mind, though, that the Hoplite is the weakest link in the Greek arsenal, and Hoplites/Spearmen lose relevance very quickly. Once this happens, Gorgo has absolutely no incentive to use anti-cavalry units over melee units, so this wonder isn't a great long-term investment for Gorgo.

Shaka is probably the only leader who would want to go out of their way to build the Statue of Zeus, with which he can produce his already-cheap Impi even faster. This bonus also applies to producing the Corps and Armies the Zulus can access long before anyone else.

Ambiorix's Strength Combat Strength bonus applies to anti-cavalry units and he generally prefers quantity to quality, so cheap units equal good units in his book. Besides, the seven free units granted upon completing the Statue of Zeus grant Ambiorix 88 Culture Culture, which is about two-thirds of a free civic in this era.

Macedon's Basilikoi Paides will give you a burst of 110 Science Science when the Statue of Zeus is completed. Furthermore, if you want to take Macedon down a Science Science-focused route on the back of the Basilikoi Paides, this wonder is quite valuable. The extra Production Production from the wonder combined with the appropriate policy cards can make anti-cavalry units incredibly cheap, and Macedon can produce them en masse and delete the units right after for the sole purpose of generating huge bursts of Science Science. This may be a bit less useful if you're playing a highly militaristic game as Macedon since they don't have a strong preference for anti-cavalry units, but cheap Science Science is always lovely.

Civilopedia entry[]

Phidias, the master sculptor who supervised the construction of the Parthenon, saw the statue of Athena within, and said, “Yes, but make it bigger.” Zeus would have been pleased by that statement, no doubt, and even happier by the outcome of his monument. The final statue featured Zeus seated on a throne and sat a massive 40 feet (he would have hit his head on the temple’s roof if he’d stood up). Gold and ivory were molded over a wooden core to create the god in all of his glory. Other precious materials like silver, ebony, and jewels were etched in to make fine details. On top of the god’s head was a wreath of olive branches and in his right hand the goddess Nike. An eagle perched on his scepter. For all of the statue (and Zeus’s) power, the statue was eventually removed and destroyed by either fire or natural disaster.


  • With the introduction of the Statue of Zeus, all Seven Wonders of the Ancient World now feature in Civilization VI. Four were introduced in the base game, one in the Persia and Macedon Civilization & Scenario Pack, and one in Rise and Fall.
  • There are two unused quotes for this wonder in the game files:
    •  "So did he speak, and, at pausing, he sign'd with his shadowy eyebrows, And the ambrosial curls from the Head Everlasting were shaken, And at the nod of the King deep-trembled the lofty Olympus."
      – Homer
    •  "This is some hapless wanderer that has come hither. Him must we now tend, for all strangers and beggars are from Zeus."
      – Homer


See also[]

Civilization VI Wonders [edit]
Wonders AlhambraAmundsen-Scott Research Station R&F-OnlyAngkor Wat1Apadana1Big BenBiosphère1Bolshoi TheatreBroadwayCasa de Contratación R&F-OnlyChichen ItzaColosseumColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerEstádio do MaracanãEtemenanki1Forbidden CityGolden Gate Bridge GS-OnlyGreat Bath GS-OnlyGreat LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat ZimbabweHagia SophiaHanging GardensHermitageHuey TeocalliJebel Barkal1Kilwa Kisiwani R&F-OnlyKotoku-in R&F-OnlyMachu Picchu GS-OnlyMahabodhi TempleMausoleum at Halicarnassus1Meenakshi Temple GS-OnlyMont St. MichelOracleOrszágház GS-OnlyOxford UniversityPanama Canal GS-OnlyPetraPotala PalacePyramidsRuhr ValleyStatue of Liberty R&F-OnlyStatue of Zeus1St. Basil's Cathedral R&F-OnlyStonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj Mahal R&F-OnlyTemple of Artemis R&F-OnlyTerracotta ArmyTorre de Belém1University of Sankore GS-OnlyVenetian Arsenal
Natural wonders Bermuda Triangle1Chocolate Hills GS-OnlyCliffs of DoverCrater LakeDead SeaDelicate Arch R&F-OnlyEye of the Sahara R&F-OnlyEyjafjallajökull1Fountain of Youth1Galápagos IslandsGiant's Causeway1Gobustan GS-OnlyGreat Barrier ReefHạ Long Bay1Ik-Kil GS-OnlyKakadu2Lake Retba R&F-OnlyLysefjord1Mato Tipila GS-OnlyMatterhorn R&F-OnlyMount EverestMount KilimanjaroMount Roraima R&F-OnlyMount Vesuvius GS-OnlyPaïtiti1Pamukkale GS-OnlyPantanalPinnacles2PiopiotahiSahara el Beyda GS-OnlyTorres del PaineTsingy de BemarahaUbsunur Hollow R&F-OnlyUluru1Vinland2YosemiteZhangye Danxia R&F-Only
1 Requires DLC2 Specific scenarios only

R&F-Only Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.