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The Stepwell is a unique tile improvement of the Indian civilization in Civilization VI. It must be built on a flat land tile

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Stepwells are most effective when adjacent to both a Farm and a Holy Site. A yield of +2 Food Food, +1 Faith Faith and +1 Housing Housing is a strong yield in the Ancient Era, when they first become available. Even with just Farm adjacency, +2 Food Food and +1 Housing Housing is exactly twice as good a bonus as offered by a Farm until Feudalism is researched.

The Housing Housing bonus is particularly helpful. Most tile improvements such as Farms and Camps only provide +0.5 Housing Housing; Stepwells providing +1 means you can grow cities to much larger sizes much sooner. Once you have Sanitation in the Industrial Era, they'll offer +2 Housing Housing - as much as a Sewer - reducing your need for Neighborhoods. They also make expansion into Desert, Tundra and Snow biomes more efficient.

By the time both Feudalism and Replaceable Parts are researched, the Food Food output of Farms will greatly surpass that of Stepwells. However, their far greater Housing Housing bonus means that you should still feel free to build them if you have the space. Additionally, in Gathering Storm, Stepwells will limit the impact of droughts, another plus over regular Farms.

Civilopedia entry[edit | edit source]

A “stepwell” is a well or pool that can be reached by a set of steps. Although found in other regions, stepwells (known by a variety of names) are prevalent in India and Southeast Asia. The first rock-cut stepwells in India date from around 200 BC, and by 600 AD they were common throughout the Gujarat region; scholars believe that “cylindrical brick-lined wells” were a product of the early Bronze Age Indus Valley civilization. Many of the ancient Indian settlements had stepwells, and the elaborate ornamentation – some as detailed as those of any Hindu temple – show they were highly thought of by the citizenry. Not surprising, given the scarcity of clean water in the area. Alas, the British overseers of the Raj found the hygiene of the wells less than desirable, and so installed pumps and pipes to replace the stepwells in their holdings. Far less picturesque, but certainly more efficient.

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Civilization VI Improvements [edit]
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Unique ChâteauChemamull R&F-Only.pngFeitoria1Golf Course R&F-Only.pngGreat WallHacienda1Ice Hockey Rink GS-Only.pngKampung1KurganMekewap R&F-Only.pngMissionNubian Pyramid1Open-Air Museum GS-Only.pngOutback Station1 GS-Only.pngPairidaeza1Polder R&F-Only.pngQhapaq Ñan GS-Only.pngRock-Hewn Church1Roman FortSphinxStepwellTerrace Farm GS-Only.pngZiggurat
City-state Alcázar1Batey1Cahokia Mounds GS-Only.pngColossal HeadsMahavihara1Moai GS-Only.pngMonastery1Nazca Line GS-Only.pngTrading Dome1
Governor R&F-Only.png City Park R&F-Only.pngFishery R&F-Only.png
Modes only Barricade4Corporation3Industry3Modernized Trap4Reinforced Barricade4Trap4Vampire Castle2
1 Requires a DLC2 Secret Societies mode only • 3 Monopolies and Corporations mode only • 4 Zombie Defense mode only

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

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