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The base Civilization VI features 129 Steam achievements that can be obtained through gameplay.[1] DLCs have, as of the Portugal Pack, added 90 additional achievements, and the Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm expansion packs have added 38 and 50 new achievements respectively, bringing the total number to 307.

Achievements in the base game[]

100th Anniversary
100th Anniversary
As America make a National Park of Crater Lake and both tiles of Yosemite in one game.
2016, the year that Civilization VI was released, was the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which manages national parks in the United States.
12 Labors of Hercules
12 Labors of Hercules
Win a regular game at Immortal difficulty or harder.
Hercules notoriously had to accomplish 12 seemingly impossible feats to regain his immortality, such as slaying the Hydra and capturing Cerberus alive.
12 Olympians
12 Olympians
Have 12 Policy Slots as Greece
The 12 Olympians were the major gods of Greek mythology who lived on Mount Olympus.
2016 Ready
2016 Ready
Playing as Brazil, complete both Estadio Do Maracana and Christo Redentor in one city.
Both sites are in Rio de Janeiro. Estadio Do Maracana is the venue of the opening and closing ceremony of 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
A Case for War
A Case for War
Declare a formal war.
The direct translation of casus belli.
A Revolution Without Dancing
A Revolution Without Dancing
Change your government
A reference to the quote, 'If I can't dance, I don't want to be a part of your revolution!', often attributed to Emma Goldman.
After Antiquity
After Antiquity
Win a regular game with a Classical Era start.
'Classical antiquity' is another name for the time period covering the ancient history of Greece and Rome, which are widely respected in the Western world.
Alfred Wegener's Legacy
Alfred Wegener's Legacy
Win a regular game on the Pangaea Map.
Alfred Wegener was the first to come up with the idea of plate tectonics and the theory of Pangaea.
Arabian Knights
Arabian Knights
Conquer a city with a Mamluk
A pun on the collection of stories, 1001 Arabian Nights.
Archimedes Bath
Archimedes Bath
Get 5 Tech boosts in 1 turn.
Legend tells that Archimedes, upon noticing the displacement of water in his bath, exclaimed 'Eureka!' as he realized it was directly proportional to the volume of his body as it was submerged.
Army of Cthulhu
Army of Cthulhu
Levy the military of Nan Madol
The excavations of Nan Madol are said to have influenced H. P. Lovecraft on his creation of the fictional city of R'lyeh, which was home of Cthulhu, a cosmic deity.
Be the Change You Wish to See In the World
Be the Change You Wish to See In the World
Win a regular game as Gandhi
The phrase is a famous quote by Gandhi.
Bronze Horseman
Bronze Horseman
Win a regular game as Peter the Great
This is reference to a statue of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg called the Bronze Horseman.
Buying Your Blue Jeans and Listening to Your Pop Music
Buying Your Blue Jeans and Listening to Your Pop Music
Win a regular game with a Culture victory on any difficulty with any leader.
Part of a quote used by AI leaders in Civilization V: Brave New World when the player achieved cultural dominance over their civilization.
Captain of Industry
Captain of Industry
Win a regular game with an Industrial Era start.
In the late 19th century, a captain of industry was a business leader whose means of earning wealth contributed positively to the country in some way (as opposed to a robber baron).
City of Kongo
City of Kongo
Playing as Kongo, have a capital city with a population of 30.
The direct translation of M'banza-Kongo.
Civ 6 Civets System
Civ 6 Civets System
Get 5 Civic boosts in 1 turn.
Possibly a reference to the CIVETS, a group of six favored emerging markets countries (Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa).
Crouching Tiger Hidden Cannon
Crouching Tiger Hidden Cannon
Playing as China, end a turn with 5 Crouching Tigers on Great Wall tiles.
A reference to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a 2000 martial arts film.
Crusader King
Crusader King
Win a regular game as Frederick Barbarossa
Barbarossa died en route to the Third Crusade. Could also refer to the game series Crusader Kings.
Daughter of Isis
Daughter of Isis
Win a regular game as Cleopatra
Cleopatra believed she was the reincarnation or daughter of the goddess Isis.
Dirty Dozen
Dirty Dozen
Win a regular game on a Huge Map.
A reference to The Dirty Dozen, a 1967 war film.
District 12
District 12
Build every district type in one city and the Colosseum
In the book series The Hunger Games, contestants from 12 districts compete in a televised fight to the death in a custom-made arena.
Eight is Enough
Eight is Enough
Win a regular game on a Standard Map.
A reference to the 1970s comedy-drama series Eight Is Enough.
Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of Immortality
Win a regular game as Qin Shi Huang
A reference to Qin Shi Huang's real life pursuit of eternal life, one attempt at which--pills of mercury--ultimately killed him.
Emperor of Brazil
Emperor of Brazil
Win a regular game as Pedro II
Pedro II was the second and last Emperor of Brasil.
Emperor's New Groove
Emperor's New Groove
Win a regular game at Emperor difficulty or harder.
A reference to The Emperor's New Groove, a 2000 Disney animated film.
Epic of Gilgamesh
Epic of Gilgamesh
As Sumeria, have the first Great Work of Writing
The Epic of Gilgamesh is considered the earliest piece of great literature still surviving.
Escort Service
Escort Service
Put two units into a formation.
An 'escort service' is another word for prostitution - by linking two units, you are effectively having one 'escort' the other.
Everything is Awesome!!!
Everything is Awesome!!!
At the start of the turn have an Ecstatic city.
A reference to the song of the same name from The Lego Movie.
First to Civilize
First to Civilize
Win a regular game as Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh's home of Sumer is considered to be one of the first civilizations in human history.
Flight Slingulator
Flight Slingulator
Airlift a level 3 Slinger
A pun on Flight Simulator.
For Queen and Country
For Queen and Country
Playing as England on a Huge map, have a city on every continent at the start of the turn.
'King and Country' is a phrase that appeared in William Shakespeare's play Henry IV, Part 1. It was later used (and sometimes with 'Queen' in place of 'King') to express loyalty to Britain.
For Sparta!!!
For Sparta!!!
Win a regular game as Gorgo
A reference to the aggressive, warlike temperament of the Spartans and the iconic scene from 300, a 2006 film.
Four Corners Offense
Four Corners Offense
Win a regular game on a Tiny Map.
Four corners offense is an offensive stalling tactic in basketball.
Game, Settler, Match
Game, Settler, Match
Win a regular game at Settler difficulty or harder.
A pun on the phrase used at the conclusion of a tennis match or another competition.
Gift From the Storm God
Gift From the Storm God
Receive a Strategic Resource from Hattusa
Storm gods were major figures in Hittite mythology.
Give Peace a Chance
Give Peace a Chance
Playing as India on a Huge map, receive +35 Faith in one turn from the Satyagraha ability.
'Give Peace a Chance' is the name of a song written by John Lennon, who was a known pacifist.
God-Like
God-Like
Win a regular game at Deity difficulty.
In the FPS game Unreal Tournament, 'God-like' was one of the largest killstreak ranks. The ranking names were popular, and set a precedent for many multiplayer video games to follow.
Here's Looking At You Kid
Here's Looking At You Kid
Win a regular game on a Duel Map.
A famous quote from Casablanca, a 1942 romantic drama film.
Huey Tlatoani
Huey Tlatoani
As Aztecs on a standard-sized map, attack an opponent while receiving a +16 Combat Strength bonus for having all of the luxuries.
Huey is the Nahuatl word for Great, and Tlatoani is a rank being roughly equivalent to king. This essentially translates as Great King.
I Am Amused
I Am Amused
Win a regular game as Victoria
A reference to the famous Queen Victoria quote 'We are not amused.'
If You Build It, They Will Come
If You Build It, They Will Come
Have 6 Improvements at one time.
A quote from Field of Dreams, a 1989 film in which a farmer builds a baseball diamond in his cornfield.
Investment Banking
Investment Banking
Put a city under siege.
Possible reference to Barbarians at the Gate, a 1989 book covering the hostile takeover of RJR Nabisco via a leveraged buyout.
Irish Heartbeat
Irish Heartbeat
Win a regular game at Chieftain difficulty or harder.
Irish Heartbeat is the name of an album by Van Morrison in collaboration with The Chieftains.
Island Hopping
Island Hopping
Win a regular game with a Domination victory on any difficulty with any leader on a Huge Island Plates map.
Tactic used by Douglas MacArthur against the Japanese during World War II.
Katsu!
Katsu!
Win a regular game as Hojo Tokimune
Legend has it that Hojo Tokimune, after meditating to deal with cowardice prior to a Mongol invasion, exclaimed this to his master as a show of courage.
Land Party
Land Party
Play a multiplayer game.
A play on the term 'LAN party'.
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Build a Colossal Head adjacent to a Holy Site with a Temple.
A reference to the gameshow of the same name and its mascot, a massive stone head named Olmec.
Let Teddy Win
Let Teddy Win
Win a regular game as Theodore Roosevelt
A reference to the Presidents Race, in which Teddy Roosevelt had a notorious losing streak, sparking the 'Let Teddy Win' campaign.
Loire Valley
Loire Valley
Create 5 Châteaux in one city with the Wine resource.
The Loire Valley in France is famous for its Châteaux and its vineyards.
Luftballons
Luftballons
Use a bomber class unit to detonate a nuclear device, as long as its base and 9 Observation Balloons are located on the continent of Nena at the time of detonation.
A reference to '99 Luftballons', an anti-war protest song by German artist Nena.
Machiavelli's Great Work
Machiavelli's Great Work
Win a regular game at Prince difficulty or harder.
The Prince is the name of Machiavelli's most famous work of writing.
Man on the Moon
Man on the Moon
Win a regular game with a Science victory on any difficulty with any leader with a captured Egyptian city -- having also activated Newton and Darwin
The R.E.M. song 'Man on the Moon' mentions Egypt, Newton, and Darwin in one verse.
Mare Nostrum
Mare Nostrum
Win a regular game on the Inland Sea Map.
Latin for 'our sea', it was also a Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea.
Meiji Restoration
Meiji Restoration
Playing as Japan, have a district with 6 adjacent unpillaged districts.
The Meiji Restoration was when Japan embarked on industrialization after being visited by Europeans with superior technology.
Missed That Day in History Class
Missed That Day in History Class
Clear nuclear contamination with a Roman Legion
A common joke, typically used to refer to situations which seem directly contradictory to what would actually be taught in a history class.
Mission to Mars
Mission to Mars
Win a regular game with a Science victory on any difficulty with any leader.
The Science Victory is achieved after establishing a base on Mars. May be a reference to the 2000 film Mission to Mars.
Modern Major General
Modern Major General
Win a regular game with a Modern Era start.
Refers to the 'Major-General's Song' from the comic opera The Pirates of Penzance.
Montezuma's Revenge
Montezuma's Revenge
Win a regular game as Montezuma
A reference to a popular name for traveler's diarrhea.
Mwene Kongo
Mwene Kongo
Win a regular game as Mvemba a Nzinga
Mwene Kongo (or Manikongo) was the title given to rulers of the Kingdom of Kongo.
Naming Rights
Naming Rights
Name a unit.
This is probably a reference to the right to name something either by virtue of having discovered it or by paying the owners for the privilege. For instance, many stadiums and the like.
New Orleans Style Spanish Rice
New Orleans Style Spanish Rice
Become Suzerain of a City-State.
Refers to the New Orleans Style Spanish Rice product from the company Zatarain's.
Nirvana
Nirvana
Win a regular game with a Religious victory on any difficulty with any leader.
In Hinduism and Buddhism, Nirvana is the highest spiritual state that anyone can attain.
Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition
Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition
Launch an Inquisition as Spain
A reference to the catchphrase in the Monty Python skit 'The Spanish Inquisition'.
Non Sufficit Orbis
Non Sufficit Orbis
Win a regular game as Philip II
An inscription on medals given in Philip II's reign, meaning 'the world is not enough'.
Oneth By Land Twoeth By Sea
Oneth By Land Twoeth By Sea
Have an Army of land Units and 2 Armadas.
A reference to the phrase in the poem 'Paul Revere's Ride' that in turn referred to a code made by Paul Revere to communicate British troop choice of passage while advancing on Concord.
Oratorical Skills
Oratorical Skills
Win a regular game as Pericles
Pericles was a renowned public speaker (or orator), and is thought to have significantly refined the art of oration.
Out of the Dark Ages
Out of the Dark Ages
Win a regular game with a Medieval Era start.
Another name for the medieval era, or at least its earlier stage, was 'the Dark Ages', as it referred to the destruction of the organization of the Western Roman Empire.
Pizza Party!
Pizza Party!
Activate Leonardo da Vinci in New York with Great Works from Michelangelo and Donatello -- and a sewer -- all in that city.
A reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, comic superheroes who enjoyed pizza in New York City's sewers and were named after the famous Renaissance Italian artists.
Renaissance Man
Renaissance Man
Win a regular game with a Renaissance Era start.
A Renaissance Man is someone who is skilled at multiple different skillsets.
Repo Man
Repo Man
Steal a Great Work of Art and don't get caught.
A repossession agent that retrieves outstanding rented or leased objects. May also be a reference to the film Repo Man, which features a repossession agent that 'retrieves' objects from clients without their compliance or knowledge.
Riffle and Bridge
Riffle and Bridge
Win a regular game on the Shuffle Map.
The 'Riffle and Bridge' is a complex but impressive method of shuffling a deck of cards.
Rome If You Want To
Rome If You Want To
Win a regular game as Trajan
A reference to the The B-52's song 'Roam', which features the lyrics 'Roam if you want to'.
Scythian Horse Rush
Scythian Horse Rush
Playing as Scythia have 10 Saka Horse Archers in your army.
In the popular RTS video game StarCraft, there was a tactic called 'Zerg Rush', in which someone playing as the Zerg could quickly push out lots of units, similarly to the play style used by Scythia.
Secret Service
Secret Service
Have top secret access with five civilizations in one game at once.
The Five Eyes refer to an alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are bound by the multilateral UKUSA Agreement for joint cooperation in signals intelligence, military intelligence, and human intelligence.
Selfie
Selfie
Win a regular game with a Culture victory with your leader in the game as your opponent as well.
Selfies are when you take a picture of yourself, typically with a smart phone.
Seven Wonders of the Post-Apocalyptic World
Seven Wonders of the Post-Apocalyptic World
Launch a weapon of mass destruction with a unit and have it pillage seven wonders
There are many genres of seven wonders, including natural, modern and now, post-apocalyptic.
Silver Anniversary
Silver Anniversary
Possess 6 Silver luxury resources at the start of the turn.
The 25th anniversary of a marriage is often referred to as its silver anniversary.
Six Shooter
Six Shooter
Win a regular game on a Small Map.
A six shooter is a revolver with six cartridges.
Splitting the Atom
Splitting the Atom
Win a regular game with an Atomic Era start.
Splitting the atom was first discovered in 1917, the start of the atomic age.
Sultan of Egypt
Sultan of Egypt
Win a regular game as Saladin
Saladin was the founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty, which ruled over Egypt, Syria, upper Mesopotamia, the Hejaz, Yemen, and parts of North Africa.
Tectonic Shift
Tectonic Shift
Win a regular game on the Continents Map.
Tectonic shifts are phenomena related to continents.
Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments
Win a regular game on a Large Map.
The Ten Commandments are a set of biblical laws that play a fundamental role in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
The Divine Right of Kings
The Divine Right of Kings
Win a regular game at King difficulty or harder.
The divine right of kings is the idea that kings are not subject to earthly authority because they rule by the will of God.
The Origin of Species
The Origin of Species
Activate Darwin adjacent to the Galapagos Islands
On the Origin of Species is a book by Charles Darwin on the Galapagos Islands, and is considered the basis of evolutionary biology.
The Taste of Victory
The Taste of Victory
Win a regular game on the Island Plates Map.
A play on the meaning of 'plates', which are used to carry food.
The Test of Time
The Test of Time
Win a regular game with an Ancient Era start.
The Test of Time is a phrase that has been used in every Civilization game to denote the basic idea of the game's challenge.
Third Crusade
Third Crusade
Playing as Frederick Barbarossa, conquer the city-state of Jerusalem
The main goal of the Third Crusade was to capture Jerusalem, which it failed to do, and was largely commanded by Frederick Barbarossa, who died during the Crusade.
Through the Digital Age
Through the Digital Age
Win a regular game with an Information Era start.
The 'Digital Age' is another name for the time period represented by the Information Era, which involves the heavy usage and advancement of computers, and electronic machinery.
Trans-Siberian Railroad
Trans-Siberian Railroad
Playing as Russia, have a city that is at least 60 tiles away from your capital, connected by a Trade Route and road at the start of the turn.
The Trans-Siberian Railway is a network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East, and the longest railway line in the world.
Unique Snowflake
Unique Snowflake
Win a regular game on Fractal Map.
The Koch or 'snowflake' curve is a famous fractal shape first defined by the Swedish mathematician Helge von Koch.
Valois Dynasty
Valois Dynasty
Win a regular game as Catherine De Medici
A reference to the House of Valois, which ruled France from 1328 to 1589.
Varangian Guard
Varangian Guard
Win a regular game as Harald Hardrada
The Varangian Guard was as an elite unit of the Byzantine Army, from the 10th to the 14th centuries, whose members served as personal bodyguards to the Byzantine Emperors. These warriors were mostly Norsemen from Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
Veni, vidi, vici
Veni, vidi, vici
Win a regular game with a Domination victory on any difficulty with any leader.
"Veni, vidi, vici" ("I came; I saw; I conquered") is a Latin phrase popularly attributed to Julius Caesar.
Viking Raid
Viking Raid
Capture a settler with a Longship
The Vikings of the Norse countries of the Middle Ages were feared by the peoples of northern Europe for their raids against coastal settlements.
Voyage of the Mayflower
Voyage of the Mayflower
Found or conquer a city on a different continent
The Mayflower was the ship that transported the first English Separatists, known today as the Pilgrims, from Plymouth to the New World (America) in 1620.
Walk Like an Egyptian
Walk Like an Egyptian
As Egypt build a Sphinx adjacent to the Pyramids both on Floodplains
A reference to the song of the same title by The Bangles.
Warlording Over Others
Warlording Over Others
Win a regular game at Warlord difficulty or harder.
The phrase 'lording over others' refers to being in a dominant position over others.
Warrior Queen
Warrior Queen
Win a regular game as Tomyris
Tomyris led the Massagetae tribes into battle against Cyrus' Achaemenid Empire, and according to Herodotus she was said to have killed the Persian ruler Cyrus.
We Are The Champions
We Are The Champions
Win a regular game with a Religious victory with your dominant religion being Zoroastrianism and at the time of victory you are the Suzerain of Zanzibar
A reference to Freddie Mercury from the band Queen, who was born and raised in the Sultanate of Zanzibar and practised the Zoroastrian religion.

Red Death scenario[]

Ashes of Time
Ashes of Time
Wanderers - Explore 30 city ruins across multiple games.
A reference to the 1980 David Bowie song from Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps).
Do Unto Others
Do Unto Others
Nuclear Strike another faction in the Red Death scenario.
The first half of Jesus' Golden Rule in his Sermon at the Mount.
Experience Is Everything
Experience Is Everything
Preppers - Have 5 units earn 5 promotions across multiple games.
A popular phrase attributing to experience being the best way for one to succeed.
From the Outer Darkness
From the Outer Darkness
Mutants - Attack a unit outside the Red Death while inside the Red Death 20 times.
A reference to a place mentioned 3 times in the Book of Matthew. The Outer Darkness is a place which a person may be cast out.
Getting Pruney
Getting Pruney
Pirates - Spend 50 turns in the water across multiple games.
A reference to 'pruney fingers' that happen after prolonged exposure to water.
Have Them Do Unto You
Have Them Do Unto You
Get nuked by another faction in the Red Death scenario.
The second half of Jesus' Golden Rule in his Sermon at the Mount.
Hope Springs Eternal
Hope Springs Eternal
Be defeated 5 times in the Red Death scenario.
A phrase attributed to the poem An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope.
It Hungers
It Hungers
Cultists - Kill 10 units with the Undying Eye.
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It's Alive!
It's Alive!
Mad Scientists - Heal 1000 health points across multiple games.
The famous exclamation of Dr. Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's novel when his creature rises from its bed.
NERDS!
NERDS!
Jocks - Use Hail Marys to wound, but not kill, 5 Civilians across multiple games.
A reference to the jocks' cry from Revenge of the Nerds and the stereotype that athletically gifted students (jocks) bully academically gifted students (nerds).
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Aliens - Attack while cloaked 20 times.
An English proverb, reinterpreted towards camouflage.
Reinforcements Have Arrived
Reinforcements Have Arrived
Claim a Supply Drop in the Red Death scenario.
A common EVA quote from Command & Conquer, a series of real-time strategy games.
The Good Die Young
The Good Die Young
Lose your last Civilian within the first ten turns in the Red Death scenario.
A phrase whose original version was coined by Greek historian Herodotus, meaning 'well-regarded people who are morally upright, kind, beneficent tend to die at a younger age than do most people'.
The Test of Royale
The Test of Royale
Win the Red Death scenario.
Probably a combination of the Test of Time and the game type of Red Death (i.e. Battle Royale).
They're coming to get you, Barbara
They're coming to get you, Barbara
Zombie Beastmasters - Spawn 30 Zombie Hordes through combat kills.
A quote from the zombie film Night of the Living Dead.
U mad, bro?
U mad, bro?
Borderlords - Trick enemy factions into triggering Grieving Gifts 5 times across multiple games.
A reference to a popular meme, associated with a grin that says it all.

Pirates scenario[]

Forced Retirement
Forced Retirement
Lose the Pirates scenario due to mutiny.
A euphemism for, presumably, the death of your final captain after their ship mutinies.
I am a Pirate King!
I am a Pirate King!
Win the Pirates scenario.
A song from The Pirates of Penzance.
I am Kind of a Big Deal
I am Kind of a Big Deal
Win the Pirates scenario using mostly Infamous Pirate Points.
A quote from the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
I Want You to Hit Me as Hard as You Can
I Want You to Hit Me as Hard as You Can
Win the Pirates scenario using mostly Fightin' Points.
A quote from Fight Club (and the 1999 film adaptation).
Liquid Assets
Liquid Assets
Sink or capture a treasure ship.
A pun on assets that can be easily converted into cash without losing much value and ships moving over water (a liquid).
Love It When a Plan Comes Together
Love It When a Plan Comes Together
Hoarders - Sink or capture a treasure ship while a treasure escort is locked by a chainshot.
Catchphrase of John 'Hannibal' Smith of The A-Team.
Mine! Mine! Mine!
Mine! Mine! Mine!
Win the Pirates scenario using mostly Treasure Points.
Catchphrase of the seagulls from the 2003 animated film Finding Nemo.
Naval Supremacy
Naval Supremacy
Privateers - Ensure that your patron has a naval fleet twice the size of any other colonial power.
A reference to a famous British naval policy dictating that the Royal Navy had to be at least twice as large as the next two largest navies combined.
Port in Every Storm
Port in Every Storm
Swashbucklers - Visit the tavern of 10 ports in a single game.
A play on the phrase 'any port in a storm'.
The Abyss is Hungry
The Abyss is Hungry
Dread Pirates - Sink 10 ships while using Walk the Plank across multiple games.
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Barbarian Clans mode[]

Finder's Fee
Finder's Fee
Ransom 5 units from Barbarian Clans in a single game.
A finder's fee is a payment that's given to the person or the group facilitating the deal between two different people.
Frenemies
Frenemies
Hire, Bribe, Incite, and Raid the same Barbarian Clan.
'Frenemies' is the plural of 'frenemy', a portmanteau 'friend' and 'enemy' that refers a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.
Limited Edition
Limited Edition
Hire a unique unit from a Barbarian Clan.
A limited edition product is produced only for a short amount of time or in small quantities.

DLC achievements[]

Australia[]

A Smashing Victory
A Smashing Victory
Win a regular game as John Curtin
'Smashing' is Aussie slang meaing 'excellent'.
Attack of the Drop Bear
Attack of the Drop Bear
Lose a unit to the perils of Australia in the Outback Tycoon scenario.
A drop bear is a hoax, commonly said to be a fearsome, carnivorous variant of the koala.
Crow-eater Conquest
Crow-eater Conquest
Win Outback Tycoon as South Australia.
'Crow-eater' is a popular nickname for South Australians.
Gumsucker Punch
Gumsucker Punch
Win Outback Tycoon as Victoria.
'Gumsucker' is a popular nickname for Australians from Victoria.
Meanwhile, in Australia
Meanwhile, in Australia
Win Outback Tycoon at Deity difficulty.
A meme where a picture of Australia is shown, portraying something outrageously dangerous.
Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil
Build an Oil Well on the final turn of the Outback Tycoon scenario.
A reference to the phrase 'burning the midnight oil', and to the Australian rock band with the same name.
Quite a Crowded House
Quite a Crowded House
Complete an online multiplayer game of Outback Tycoon
Crowded House is an Australian rock band from the 80s and 90s.
Revenge of the Banana Benders
Revenge of the Banana Benders
Win Outback Tycoon as Queensland.
'Banana bender' is a popular nickname for Australians from Queensland.
Sandgroper Sweep
Sandgroper Sweep
Win Outback Tycoon as Western Australia.
'Sandgroper' is a popular nickname for West Australians.
Wood for Sheep
Wood for Sheep
Playing as Australia, build a Pasture over Sheep and steal an adjacent player's Lumbermill
Refers to common actions in Settlers of Catan.

Vikings[]

Absolutely Nothing Rotten in the State of Denmark
Absolutely Nothing Rotten in the State of Denmark
Win Vikings, Traders, and Raiders! as Canute.
A play on 'Something is rotten in the state of Denmark', a famous line from William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Even Our Castles Have Castles
Even Our Castles Have Castles
Build an Alcazar within 2 tiles of the Alhambra
This may be a reference to a fortification network formed by the Alcazar together with the Alhambra, the latter of which was a fortress built during Moorish rule over Spain.
Finn MacCool's Pipe Organ
Finn MacCool's Pipe Organ
Build a Monastery within 2 tiles of the Giant's Causeway
A reference to a mythical Irish hunter-warrior who the legends credit with creating the Giant's Causeway.
God of the Sea
God of the Sea
Win Vikings, Traders, and Raiders! at Deity difficulty.
A play on the highest difficulty level's name, and a reference to the Norse's seafaring voyages and wars.
Master of the Baltic
Master of the Baltic
Win Vikings, Traders, and Raiders! as Olof Skötkonung.
A reference to Sweden's westerly location from the Baltic Sea, and its later domination of Finland.
More Hacksilver For Harald
More Hacksilver For Harald
Win Vikings, Traders, and Raiders! as Harald Hardrada
A reference to a form of Viking currency and Harald Hardrada's accumulation of wealth during his service in the Byzantine Empire.
What Do You Mean, "Active Volcano?"
What Do You Mean, "Active Volcano?"
Build three Aerodromes within 2 tiles of Eyjafjallajökull
Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010, disrupting air travel in northwestern Europe for six days.

Poland[]

Always Bet On Black
Always Bet On Black
Win Jadwiga's Legacy as Mikolaj "the Black" Radziwill.
Mikolaj Krysztof Radziwill was a powerful noble who influenced the Grand Duchy of Lithuania to adopt Polish culture. Other than a play on his nickname, 'Always bet on black' is also a phrase from the film Passenger 57.
Armor of Faith
Armor of Faith
Win a regular game as Jadwiga
Jadwiga was remembered for her religious devotion and her contributions to the Catholic Church in Poland. She was also canonized as a saint in 1997.
You Are A Terrible Person
You Are A Terrible Person
Playing as Poland, destroy another civilization’s incomplete wonder by initiating a Culture Bomb.
The player has wasted the other civilization's resources by destroying their wonder.
God-Like Legacy
God-Like Legacy
Win Jadwiga's Legacy at Deity difficulty.
A reference to 'god' as a synonym for 'deity' as well as god-like being a common name for a winning streak in a game.
The Grandest of Hetmans
The Grandest of Hetmans
Win Jadwiga's Legacy as Konstanty Ostrogski.
Konstanty Ostrogsky was a magnate of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and later a Grand Hetman of Lithuania until his death. He was a commander of the Lithuanian-Polish forces to repel and launch counter-attacks against Muscovy and the Tatars.
Winged Hussar Mastery
Winged Hussar Mastery
Win Jadwiga's Legacy as Stanislaw Potocki.
Stanislaw Revera Potocki was a Polish military leader. Together with another hetman, Stefan Czarniecki, they defeated Swedish and Russian invasions from 1655 to 1660. The Winged Hussars were a famous cavalry unit of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, to which these two hetmans belonged.

Persia and Macedon[]

Envoy Convoy
Envoy Convoy
After building the Apadana wonder, construct 7 additional wonders in the same city.
A reference to the Apadana's ability, which is to grant two envoys for each wonder (including itself) built in the city starting with its construction. This would be using a somewhat figurative definition of convoy.
I Quenched Your Thirst For Blood
I Quenched Your Thirst For Blood
Playing as Scythia, recapture one of your founded cities from Persia
Possibly a reference to Tomyris' Declares War voice line and her famous feud with Cyrus. Another possible reference is Tomyris' supposed remarks upon killing Cyrus: 'See now, I fulfill my threat; you have your fill of blood'.
King of the Four Corners of the World
King of the Four Corners of the World
Win a regular game as Cyrus
A title commonly attributed to the Achaemenid kings of Persia.
Some Wine For Your Soldiers?
Some Wine For Your Soldiers?
Playing as Persia, conquer the original Scythian capital within 10 turns of declaring a surprise war on Scythia
During Cyrus' invasion of Scythia, he set up a trap where some of his soldiers set out a camp and drank wine. Scythians under Tomyris' son's command attacked the camp and drank all the wine there to celebrate. When Cyrus returned, he found little resistance in the drunk Scythians and slaughtered them.
Greatest Is As Greatest Does
Greatest Is As Greatest Does
Playing as Macedon, conquer a city containing both the Great Library and Great Lighthouse wonders.
A play on the phrase 'Stupid is as stupid does' from Forrest Gump, and a reference to both wonders having the epithet 'Great' and being built in a city that Alexander founded (Alexandria in Egypt).
He Named Them All After Himself?
He Named Them All After Himself?
Settle four cities in Conquests of Alexander on any difficulty.
Alexander notoriously founded numerous cities with the name 'Alexandria' during his campaign.
Never Lost a Battle
Never Lost a Battle
Win a regular game as Alexander
Alexander was famously undefeated on the battlefield.
No More Worlds To Conquer
No More Worlds To Conquer
Win Conquests of Alexander on any difficulty.
A quote by ancient Greek historian Plutarch in reference to Alexander: 'When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer'.
Resplendent Panoply
Resplendent Panoply
Possess all of the following after conquering a city in Conquests of Alexander: Hoplite, Saka Horse Archer, Maryannu Chariot Archer, Immortal, and Varu
'Panoply' is the ancient Greek word for 'armor'. In this case, the player has collected these units' different suits of armor by conquering their cities.
You're the Demonstrably Greatest
You're the Demonstrably Greatest
Achieve the highest possible rank in Conquests of Alexander at Deity difficulty.
A reference to Alexander the Great's greatness, either in building an empire, the difficulty of such an empire, or a reference to his self-proclaimed divinity.

Nubia[]

gg nub
gg nub
Win a regular game as Amanitore
A pun on 'noob' as this is a common expression in online gaming communities meaning 'good game newbie' (mostly used sarcastically).
More Wind for the Wind God
More Wind for the Wind God
Win Gifts of the Nile on any difficulty.
A reference to the warcry 'Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne' from Warhammer 40K.
Overclocked Conviction
Overclocked Conviction
After building the Jebel Barkal wonder, earn 28 Faith per turn on its tile.
'Overclocking' is a way in which computer hardware is tweaked to perform faster. In this context, 'conviction' is in regards to the faith yield of the wonder and 'overclocking' is the big boost from it.
Pyramid Scheme
Pyramid Scheme
As Nubia, earn six different adjacency bonuses on a Nubian Pyramid
A pun on an actual marketing strategy with the same name where people are being recruited based on promises rather than investments.
Sea of the Bow
Sea of the Bow
Playing Gifts of the Nile as Nubia, found a coastal city on the Mediterranean Sea.
Alluding to the bordering region between Egypt and Nubia called 'Land of the Bow.'
That's Some Good Kerma
That's Some Good Kerma
Playing Gifts of the Nile as Nubia, win on Deity difficulty.
A pun on 'good karma', a belief based on the idea that doing good deeds will reward you with good fortune in the future.
The 25th Dynasty
The 25th Dynasty
Playing as Nubia, liberate the original Egyptian capital in a liberation war with the capital's conqueror.
The 25th dynasty of Egypt was in fact Nubian in origin after taking over from various foreign rulers in Egypt.
Total A-Nile-hilation
Total A-Nile-hilation
Playing Gifts of the Nile as Egypt, win on Deity difficulty.
A pun on the word 'annihilation', in itself a reference to the 1997 RTS game Total Annihilation.
Claim the Fourth Cataract
Claim the Fourth Cataract
Playing as Egypt in a regular game, conquer the original Nubian capital within 10 turns of declaring a formal war on Nubia
Cataracts are physical barriers in at some points in the river Nile. The fourth one is where Nubia was generally situated.
From Med to Red to the Land of the Dead
From Med to Red to the Land of the Dead
Playing Gifts of the Nile as Egypt, conquer Irem and Punt
'Med' is the Mediterranean Sea, 'Red' implies the Red Sea (where Punt is), and the 'Land of the Dead' is a reference to Irem's status as a mythical lost city.

Khmer and Indonesia[]

Thalassocratophile
Thalassocratophile
Have 5 cities on landmasses 5 or less tiles with Indonesia
Meaning 'one who loves thalassocracies' in Greek (thalassocracy itself meaning domination of the seas in Greek), it mirrors the strategy of settling many small islands.
Many Signs and Wonders
Many Signs and Wonders
Build all 3 Wonders in the Path to Nirvana scenario.
A pun on wonders as in the in-game buildings and a phrase found throughout the Bible.
Raid Healer
Raid Healer
With a Guru Heal 7 religious units with one action.
A reference to a popular MMORPG strategy during raids in which one player is dedicated to healing the rest of the team while they are doing most of the fighting.
Try To Snatch the Pebble From My Hand
Try To Snatch the Pebble From My Hand
Have a Warrior Monk with 4 Promotions
A famous quote from the 1972 TV series Kung Fu.
All Beneath the Wings of Garuda
All Beneath the Wings of Garuda
Win a regular game as Gitarja
Garuda is a mythical bird-like creature in Hindu mythology upon which the god Vishnu rides.
Wat is Love
Wat is Love
Build Angkor Wat and a Wat in Angkor Wat.
A pun on the popular meme/song 'What is love' by Haddaway.
What is Matter? Nevermind.
What is Matter? Nevermind.
Win the Path to Nirvana scenario on Deity.
The second half of the George Berkeley quote (see 'What is Mind? No Matter' achievement).
What is Mind? No Matter.
What is Mind? No Matter.
Win the Path to Nirvana scenario on any difficulty.
The first half of a well-known George Berkeley quote in regards to the 'mind-body' duality problem.
Cardamom and Mangos and Elephants
Cardamom and Mangos and Elephants
Win a regular game as Jayavarman VII
Most likely a reference to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, where the main characters enter the forest and say 'Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!'
Do You Have A Moment To Talk About Salvation?
Do You Have A Moment To Talk About Salvation?
Convert 3 opposing Holy Cities in the Path to Nirvana scenario.
A reference to the common Christian preacher line, 'Do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ?'. Often associated with Jehovah's Witnesses.

Maya and Gran Colombia[]

Court of Itzamna
Court of Itzamna
As the Maya found a settlement adjacent to 4 luxury resources.
Itzanma is a Mayan creator deity. He is said to reside in the sky and owns many treasures of Earth.
El Libertador
El Libertador
Win a regular game as Simón Bolívar
A title given to leaders of the revolutions during the Latin American wars of independence.
I'll melt with you
I'll melt with you
Win any Victory with Apocalypse mode enabled.
A reference to the song 'I Melt with You' by Modern English.
The accursed share
The accursed share
Use a max-promotions Soothsayer to sacrifice a max-promotions GDR
A reference to the The Accursed Share, a treatise by French philosopher Georges Bataille.
The end of the world as we know it
The end of the world as we know it
Be the last person standing after comets begin falling.
A reference to the song 'It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)' by R.E.M.
The stars are right
The stars are right
Win a regular game as Lady Six Sky
Probably a reference to a famous exchange from the 2000 animated film The Road to El Dorado.
To plow the sea
To plow the sea
As Simón Bolívar activate all the Comandante Generals across multiple games.
A reference to Bolívar lamenting the decline of Gran Colombia, saying 'all who served the revolution have plowed the sea'.

Ethiopia[]

Battle of Adwa
Battle of Adwa
Defeat an Infantry unit whose capital is on another continent with an Oromo Cavalry.
The Battle of Adwa in 1896 was a decisive Ethiopian victory over Italy that allowed Ethiopia to maintain its independence for another 40 years, unlike the rest of Africa.
Dead But Dreaming
Dead But Dreaming
Earn all Governor promotions for the Voidsingers Secret Society.
The Voidsingers are based on the cults from H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. One of the iconic lines from The Call of Cthulhu is 'In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.'
The Lion of Judah
The Lion of Judah
Win a regular game as Menelik II.
One of the titles of the Solomonic monarchs of Ethiopia, including Menelik II.
The Mask of Baphomet
The Mask of Baphomet
Earn all Governor promotions for the Owls of Minerva Secret Society.
Baphomet is a deity the Knights Templar were accused of worshipping. The latter were once speculated to be instrumental in the origin of Freemasonry, and contributed to the Freemasons' symbolisms and rituals.
This Blood is the Life
This Blood is the Life
Earn all Governor promotions for the Sanguine Pact Secret Society.
A reference to the opening scene in the 1992 vampire film Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Voice of Aiwass
Voice of Aiwass
Earn all Governor promotions for the Hermetic Order Secret Society.
Aleister Crowley claimed to have heard a voice of a non-corporeal intelligence who is then named 'Aiwass.'

Byzantium and Gaul[]

Crom Laughs at Your Tanks
Crom Laughs at Your Tanks
As Gaul, kill a Tank with a Gaesatae.
A reference to one of the characters from Conan the Barbarian.
Et tu, Gallia?
Et tu, Gallia?
Win a regular game as Ambiorix.
A rewording of the phrase said by Julius Caeser to Brutus at his untimely death.
No Light Without the Dark
No Light Without the Dark
In Dramatic Age Mode, as Georgia, have simultaneously a Golden and a Dark Policy active.
A quote from the book Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost.
One Eye in One Hundred
One Eye in One Hundred
Win a regular game as Basil II.
A reference to the Battle of Kleidion, after which Basil II blinded 99 out of every 100 captured Bulgarians, leaving only a man with one eye to guide them back home.
Rome is Where the Heart is
Rome is Where the Heart is
As Byzantium, take the original capital of Rome while it is following your founded religion.
A play on the phrase 'Home is where the heart is.' The Byzantine Empire was originally the Eastern Roman Empire, which was the last remaining remenant of the whole Roman Empire after the fall of the Western Empire.
The City Ever-Shining
The City Ever-Shining
In Dramatic Age Mode, enter a Golden Age with an excess 20 Era Score.
A reference to Ronald Reagan's famous Farewell Address.
Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart
In Dramatic Age Mode, lose 4 or more cities by entering a Dark Age.
The title of a book by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe.

Babylon[]

Babylon Rocker
Babylon Rocker
Win a regular game as Hammurabi.
A reference to the reggae band, the Babylon Rockers.
Clash of the Titans
Clash of the Titans
Kill an enemy Hero with your Hero.
The title of a famous 1981 film based on the life of Perseus, and a pun on two Titans (the Heroes) fighting one another.
Let's Do the Time Warp Again
Let's Do the Time Warp Again
As Babylon, earn 5 tech boosts for techs that are at least one era later than your current era.
A song from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Sing, O Muse
Sing, O Muse
Claim every Hero across multiple games.
The first part of a quote by Homer describing the great hero Achilles, which is the opening line to the Iliad.
Steel-Driving Man
Steel-Driving Man
Recall a Hero after the Industrial Era.
A title ascribed to John Henry, an American folk hero.
The Brave Live Forever
The Brave Live Forever
Recall a Hero 5 times in a single game.
A paraphrased quote from The 13th Warrior, a film based on the legend of Beowulf.
The Dream Team
The Dream Team
Claim 5 Heroes in a single game.
A nickname for the 1992 US Olympic men's basketball team.

Vietnam & Kublai Khan[]

For he on honey-dew hath fed
For he on honey-dew hath fed
Win a regular game as Kublai Khan.
A line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan, which he claimed to have written in an opium-induced fervor where he dreamt he was Kublai Khan.
I will not bend my back
I will not bend my back
Win a regular game as Bà Triệu.
A direct reference to the most famous quote attributed to Bà Triệu, which can be found in her Civilopedia entry.
Jack of all Trades, Master of None
Jack of all Trades, Master of None
Win a game on a Standard sized map or larger with 5 or more Industries, but no Corporations.
A figure of speech referring to someone who, instead of mastering one discipline, has become somewhat skilled in many.
Robber Baron
Robber Baron
Control 5 Luxury Resource Monopolies at once on a Standard sized map or larger.
A pejorative term applied to greedy American businessmen in the 1800s.
Top Hat and Monocle
Top Hat and Monocle
Control a 100% Monopoly on a given Luxury Resource on a Standard sized map or larger.
A reference to the mascot of the board game Monopoly, Rich Uncle Pennybags.

Portugal[]

It's a Trap!!!
It's a Trap!!!
Deal 50 or more damage to a single unit from trap damage on a single tile in one turn.
A reference to Admiral Ackbar's exclamation in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
Re-Animator
Re-Animator
Control at least 20 Zombie units at the start of your turn.
Reanimation is the act of bringing the dead back to life. May also be a reference to Re-Animator, a 1985 comedy horror film based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft.
The Spice Must Flow
The Spice Must Flow
Win a regular game as João III.
A quote from The Road to Dune.
Ultramar Português
Ultramar Português
As Portugal, have a Trading Post in cities belonging to Brazil, India, and Japan.
The term for the overseas territories of Portugal. In reality, Porugal had various degrees of control over all three of these nations.
Well Hello Mr. Fancypants
Well Hello Mr. Fancypants
Destroy a Zombie unit that has +50 or more Mutation Strength
A quote from the 1992 film Army of Darkness.

Rise and Fall achievements[]

A Burning Splendor
A Burning Splendor
Win a regular game as Chandragupta
Part of an inscription praising Chandragupta II on the iron pillar of Delhi.
A small Country, a great people, so sorely tried
A small Country, a great people, so sorely tried
Win a regular game as Queen Wilhelmina
The title of a poem describing the reign of Queen Wilhelmina. A printed copy made in 1945 is preserved in the National Library of the Netherlands.
Adamantine Confederacy
Adamantine Confederacy
As Poundmaker, have an active Alliance of every type.
Phrase that directly means 'unbreakable alliance'.
Advanced Seminar in Astrophysics
Advanced Seminar in Astrophysics
As Seondeok, build a Spaceport district next to a Seowon
A reference to Cheomseongdae, a star-gazing tower in Gyeongju, South Korea.
Blackest Queen
Blackest Queen
As France, build an Intelligence Agency
A reference to Catherine's leader agenda, Black Queen, which focuses heavily on espionage.
Bromance
Bromance
Achieve the maximum Alliance level with Gilgamesh
A term used to refer to a close friendship between two guys.
Buying your Deels and Listening to Your Throat Singing
Buying your Deels and Listening to Your Throat Singing
As Genghis, win a Cultural Victory
A reference to 'Buying Your Blue Jeans and Listening to Your Pop Music' (q.v.), with deels and throat singing being traditional parts of Mongolian culture.
Circle of Life
Circle of Life
Build a Fishery adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef
A reference to the popular song of the same name from The Lion King, a 1994 Disney animated film.
Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!
Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!
Join a Betrayal Emergency
A reference to the TV show Firefly.
Dark Horse
Dark Horse
Win the game while in a Dark Age
An idiomatic phrase referring to someone who comes from behind or a disadvantageous position to win.
Deeds of a Monarch-Scorning People
Deeds of a Monarch-Scorning People
Win a regular game as Lautaro
Part of La Araucana, an epic poem written by Alonso de Ercilla, about the Spanish Conquest of Chile. The translation was done by Charles Maxwell Lancaster and Paul Thomas Manchester.
Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures
Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures
Assign a Dark Policy to your Government
In adverse circumstances, actions that might have been rejected under other circumstances may become the best choice.
Die Another Day
Die Another Day
Neutralize a Governor with a Spy
A reference to the 2002 James Bond film of the same name.
Drama Queen
Drama Queen
Join or be the target of 3 Emergencies in a single game.
A term used for a person (of either gender) who responds to situations in a melodramatic way, often in a bid for attention.
Elcano's Revenge
Elcano's Revenge
Be the first player to circumnavigate the world after Ferdinand Magellan has been recruited by another player.
Juan Sebastián Elcano was the first person complete a full circumnavigation of the Earth after the death of Ferdinand Magellan.
Extend the Olive Branch
Extend the Olive Branch
Make a peace deal which includes you giving or receiving an Olives resource.
The olive branch was a symbol of peace or victory in ancient Greece.
Frenemy
Frenemy
Gain control of an Ally's city after it becomes disloyal, and choose to keep it.
'Frenemy' is a combination of the words 'friend' and 'enemy', used to refer a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.
From Peonies to Doricheon
From Peonies to Doricheon
Win a regular game as Queen Seondeok
A reference to Korean tales of Queen Seondeok, one involving a peony, which depicted the qualities of Seondeok being queen, and another of her foretelling her death and being buried in the Buddhist heaven of Doricheon.
Getting the Band Back Together
Getting the Band Back Together
Unlock every Governor, and have them established at the same time before the game reaches the Industrial Era
A reference to Gettin' the Band Back Together, a musical by Ken Davenport.
Holy Righteous Queen Tamar
Holy Righteous Queen Tamar
As Tamar, have every city-state in the game following the religion you founded.
The title given to Tamar by the Georgian Orthodox Church.
I Thought We'd Moved Past This Joke
I Thought We'd Moved Past This Joke
As Chandragupta, launch a nuclear weapon.
A reference to the Civilization fanbase's inside joke of Gandhi's tendency to use nuclear weapons.
I'm going to break the wheel
I'm going to break the wheel
Earn three Golden Ages in a row.
A reference to a quote by Daenerys Targaryen, a major character from A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones.
Ibutho
Ibutho
As Shaka, train a Corps of Impi using the Ikanda district.
A reference to the actual Zulu term for an impi regiment.
Justice and Lasting Peace
Justice and Lasting Peace
Win a regular game as Poundmaker
A reference to Poundmaker's attempts to have peace between the Cree and the Canadian government.
Let gentle blood shew generous might
Let gentle blood shew generous might
Win a regular game as Robert the Bruce
A reference to The Lord of the Isles, a narrative poem by Sir Walter Scott.
Lord of All Who Live in Felt Tents
Lord of All Who Live in Felt Tents
Win a regular game as Genghis Khan
A reference to the title given to Genghis Khan by the Kuriltai, a political and military council of ancient Mongol and some Turkic chiefs and khans.
Master and Commander
Master and Commander
Win a regular game on the Archipelago Map.
Refers to the Aubrey-Maturin series film of the same name, about combat during the Age of Sail - relevant to the islands present on an Archipelago map.
Metroplex
Metroplex
Completely surround your Government Plaza with districts or wonders you own at the start of the turn.
A metroplex, also called a conurbation, is a region of multiple cities that have grown into one contiguous mass.
Mulligan
Mulligan
Build a Golf Course in a tile where you had previously attempted to build a Wonder, but got beaten to the Wonder by another Civ.
A reference to the call in golf to redo a poor shot and not have it count on the score card.
Radiant Deeds, Bright as Sunshine
Radiant Deeds, Bright as Sunshine
Win a regular game as Tamar
A reference to a quote about Queen Tamar from 'The Knight in the Tiger Skin' by Rustaveli: "Her deeds, like her radiance, are revealed bright as sunshine." The poem is considered a masterpiece of the Georgian literature.
Reverse Colonialism
Reverse Colonialism
As Lautaro, capture Philip II's original capital city.
A reference to a term when the natives of an area take back their land that was stolen from them.
Shopping Spree
Shopping Spree
Have 10 Shopping Malls in your civilization at the same time.
A shopping spree is a short period of time during which someone buys a lot.
Subject Matter Expert
Subject Matter Expert
Have a Governor with every promotion.
A term used for a person who is an authority in a particular area or topic. Often called a domain expert, used in expert software systems development.
Taxation Without Representation
Taxation Without Representation
As England, lose a city to disloyalty which has an established Financier Governor
A reference to the famous anti-British slogan used by the colonists prior to the events of the American Revolution.
Triple Seven
Triple Seven
As Wilhelmina, have seven cities and seven Zeven de Provincien at the start of the turn.
A reference to a famous taxi service in Valkenswaard, Netherlands.
uSuthu! uSuthu!
uSuthu! uSuthu!
Win a regular game as Shaka
A reference to a a powerful army of young Zulu fighters led by a man named Cetshwayo. Named after their war cry, 'uSuthu'.
Victory Belongs to the Most Persevering
Victory Belongs to the Most Persevering
Achieve a Heroic Age
A quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Have an improved Amber resource in a city with a Zoo and an Archaeological Museum at the start of the turn.
A reference to the Jurassic Park franchise, where dinosaurs are brought back from the dead through the extraction of dinosaur DNA from fossilized mosquitos in amber and put in a 'zoo' of sorts.

Gathering Storm achievements[]

A Man A Plan A Canal Panama
A Man A Plan A Canal Panama
Build the Panama Canal as Teddy Roosevelt
A palindromic phrase used in homage to President Theodore Roosevelt, whose pet project the canal was.
Aggressive Strain
Aggressive Strain
Win the Black Death after conquering five cities.
An aggressive strain is a variant of a microorganism which is more contagious than the common one; the territorial expansion is here compared to the spread of a disease.
Airing Your Grievances
Airing Your Grievances
Win a Diplomatic Victory Resolution and use it to reduce another player's progress toward that victory.
A phrase to describe someone who complains in public.
An Engineer's Dream
An Engineer's Dream
Have a Canal, Dam, Aqueduct, Railroad, Golden Gate Bridge, and Mountain Tunnel in a city.
All of the above are related to the discipline of civil engineering, with the Military Engineer being able to contribute to all except the Golden Gate Bridge.
And the Walls Kept Tumbling Down
And the Walls Kept Tumbling Down
Have your Roman city lose 6 population from one Vesuvius eruption.
Lyrics from the song 'Pompeii' by Bastille, which is about the titular city getting destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted.
Auftragstaktik
Auftragstaktik
Win War Machine as Germany.
Auftragstaktik was a military doctrine developed by the Prussians following their losses to Napoleon.
Bendición
Bendición
Win the Black Death as Castile.
The Spanish word for 'blessing'.
Big Bertha
Big Bertha
In War Machine, reduce and capture a full-health city in a single turn.
Big Bertha was the name of a siege weapon used by the German army from 1914 to 1918. It is one of the biggest siege weapons ever fielded.
Croix de Lorraine
Croix de Lorraine
In War Machine, as France, conquer Metz within 5 turns.
The Croix de Lorraine is a symbol representing the province of the same name, in which Metz is located.
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre
Win the Black Death scenario on Deity difficulty.
Danse Macabre is a genre of art about how death comes for everyone eventually, regardless of who they are.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Win the Black Death as England.
A reference to several Bible passages (Isaiah 22:13, Ecclesiastes 8:15, 1 Corinthians 15:32, and Luke 12:19).
Élan
Élan
Win War Machine as France.
A French word for vigorous spirit or enthusiasm.
Future is Now
Future is Now
Be the first to complete all the technologies in the Future Era in a game with 8 or more players.
A reference to either Non Phixion's studio album or a line spoken by Dewey in Malcolm in the Middle (S3E10).
Gesundheit
Gesundheit
Win the Black Death as the Holy Roman Empire.
A German word that is used to wish good health to a person who has just sneezed.
Hajj
Hajj
As Mansa Musa, send a Trade Route to Mecca that gives the sending player at least 30 gold.
The Hajj, a mandatory pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Mansa Musa did this during his reign, and almost crashed the economy of Egypt during a rest in Cairo.
Hello Cleveland!
Hello Cleveland!
Perform a Rock Concert in Cleveland.
A reference to the rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.
I'm Not Dead Yet
I'm Not Dead Yet
Win the Black Death after turn 80.
A quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail during the famous 'Bring out your dead!' sequence.
Literally Playable
Literally Playable
Win a game as Kristina
The achievement was changed from Take On Me, possibly a reference to the song of the same name by A-ha, although they are a Norwegian band and not a Swedish one. Hence, it was "literally unplayable", a common meme for when a completely minute issue is raised over a game, like in this case the reference being to something Norwegian and not Swedish. Now that it is fixed, it is now "literally playable". May also reference to Kristina's focus on Great Works (including works of literature).
Let Our Powers Combine – Wait Heart is Missing!
Let Our Powers Combine – Wait Heart is Missing!
Have a city with a Wind Farm, Solar Farm, Hydroelectric Dam, and Geothermal Plant
A reference to the Captain Planet TV series.
Lord of Tahuantinsuyo
Lord of Tahuantinsuyo
Win a game as Pachacuti
Tahuantinsuyo was the Quechuan word used by the Incans for their empire.
Majestrix of the Court of Love
Majestrix of the Court of Love
Win a game as Eleanor of Aquitaine
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Medieval Medicine
Medieval Medicine
Train 25 Plague Doctors during the Black Death scenario.
Plague doctors tended to victims of the bubonic plague, which ravaged Europe in the 14th century.
Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss
Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss
As Eleanor, gain a city to loyalty that was owned by a different civilization with Eleanor as its leader.
Lyrics from the song 'Won't Get Fooled Again' by The Who.
Nobel-er than the Noblest
Nobel-er than the Noblest
Achieve first place in all three Nobel Prizes in the same game.
Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel left $9 million to begin the Nobel Prize.
Nobody's Business But the Turks
Nobody's Business But the Turks
As the Ottomans, capture another Civilization's capital and then rename it.
Lyrics from the song Istanbul (Not Constantinople), originally by The Four Lads.
One does not simply walk into Ngauruhoe
One does not simply walk into Ngauruhoe
As the Maori, have a Maori Toa discover the Ngauruhoe volcano.
A reference to the "One does not simply walk into Mordor" meme that originated from the 2001 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring film. Mount Ngauruhoe was used in that film to represent Mount Doom, which is located in Mordor.
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill
Have one of your Rock Band units perform a concert adjacent to a Maori Pa unique improvement.
A song by Irish rock band U2, which took its name from a volcanic peak in Auckland, New Zealand that is an important memorial place for Māori people.
Padishah Efendim
Padishah Efendim
Win a game as Suleiman The Magnificent
'Padişah efendim' means 'my master emperor', and was used during Ottoman times to address the Sultan.
Peacekeeper
Peacekeeper
As Wilfrid Laurier, successfully complete an Emergency
A reference to Canada's establishment of the UN Peacekeeping force in reaction to the Suez Crisis in 1956, which led to the UN being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988.
Po-tay-toes!
Po-tay-toes!
As Pachacuti, construct a Terrace Farm that is adjacent to 2 Aqueducts and 4 Mountains
A reference to Samwise Gamgee's enunciation of 'potatoes' from the 2002 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers film. The Inca were the first civilization in the world to cultivate potatoes.
Purple Reign
Purple Reign
As Dido, complete the Move Capital project on 4 different continents.
A reference to the album and song by Prince, and Phoenicia's name meaning 'land of purple'.
Queen of the Byrsa
Queen of the Byrsa
Win a game as Dido
Byrsa is where Dido hid after fleeing her home of Tyre.
Real Estate Disclosures Required
Real Estate Disclosures Required
Have a district be pillaged by 3 different random events.
Real estate disclosures are documents detailing the history of a piece of property. A history of natural disasters is something that would be included on a real estate disclosure form, as it would increase the insurance premium for the property.
Rivals on Ice
Rivals on Ice
Playing as Russia, conquer a city with an Ice Hockey rink
Ice hockey is immensely popular in both Russia and Canada, and both countries consider each other to be their biggest rivals in the sport.
Rock God
Rock God
Have no cities following your religion then convert a city to your religion using a Rock Band unit.
A term for a musician talented and popular enough to have a cult-like following.
Santé Passe Richesse
Santé Passe Richesse
Win the Black Death as France.
'Santé passe richesse' translates to 'health is worth more than wealth' in French.
Seahenge
Seahenge
Have Stonehenge become submerged due to Coastal Flooding.
Seahenge is a Bronze Age timber circle that was discovered and named in 1998. May also be a reference to a skit by the YouTube comedy channel Door Monster.
Shield of Christianity
Shield of Christianity
As Hungary, have Christianity as your dominant religion and defeat a unit who's Civilization's dominant religion is not Christianity.
Hungary was one of the countries that stopped the Ottomans' advance in the Battle of Vienna.
Sid Meier's Ditchdigging Simulator
Sid Meier's Ditchdigging Simulator
Use two cities and the Panama Canal to make 7 contiguous land tiles passable by ships.
Possibly a reference to Sid Meier's simulation games. Sid Meier is also the creator of the Civilization franchise as a whole.
Smörgåsbord
Smörgåsbord
As Kristina, at the start of a turn have cities in five different terrain types (Snow, Tundra, Desert, Plains and Grassland) and have Open Air Museums in all of them.
A smörgåsbord is similar to a buffet, but offers a wider variety of hot and cold meats, salads, hors d'oeuvres, and more.
Surprise Attack
Surprise Attack
Move a military unit into an enemy's owned tile using a Mountain Tunnel (or Qhapaq Nan)
(Is this a reference to something in popular culture? Please add the information here!)
The Art of Telling Plain Truths
The Art of Telling Plain Truths
Win a Diplomatic Victory
A Winston Churchill quote: "Diplomacy is the art of telling plain truths."
The Laurels of Virtues and Letters
The Laurels of Virtues and Letters
Win a game as Matthias Corvinus
Possible translation of this Matthias quote: "Scholars, how happy are you! You strive not after blood-stained glory nor monarchs' crowns, but for the laurels of poetry and virtue."
The Sunny Way
The Sunny Way
Win a game as Wilfrid Laurier
A reference to Wilfrid Laurier's famous 1895 'Sunny Way' speech.
Toward Carbon Neutrality
Toward Carbon Neutrality
Complete the Carbon Recapture project 10 times during a single game.
A reference to the environmentalist group 'Carbon Neutrality Coalition'.
Treasures of Heaven and Earth
Treasures of Heaven and Earth
Win a game as Mansa Musa
A reference to a Bible passage (Matthew 6:19-20).
Tu Meke
Tu Meke
Win a game as Kupe
The Maori word for 'Good job.'
Vernichtungsstrategie
Vernichtungsstrategie
As Germany, win War Machine within 25 turns.
Vernichtungsstrategie translates to 'destruction strategy' in German.
When Diplomacy Fails
When Diplomacy Fails
Have a fully upgraded Giant Death Robot capture a city.
A reference to the podcast about history, diplomacy, and war, and the phrase's implication that overwhelming military force is the next option.
With The Army You Have
With The Army You Have
Win War Machine without training any units.
A quote by American politician Donald Rumsfeld.

Notes[]

  1. Originally the base game featured exactly one hundred achievements, but the number was increased by five with the Red Death achievements added in the September 2019 Update, by eleven with the June 2020 Update, by ten with the October 2020 Update and by 3 with the February 2021 Update.

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