Black Death over the Holy Roman Empire (Civ6)

The Holy Roman Empire under a wave of plague

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The Black Death is a multi-player scenario in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm.


The Black Death ravaged Europe and Western Asia in the mid-14th century, killing a greater share of the population than any other event in world history. The pandemic killed millions, ruined economies, upended political dynasties and transformed the face of the Western world.

Your task is to lead your nation through the calamity: keep your population alive, your economy strong, and your faith unshaken amidst a world of terror and desperation.


The scenario is set in the medieval times during the Black Death. There is a multiplayer mode in this scenario. The scenario can be won by researching the final technology, Invention, or the final civic, The Middle Class, before 85 turns have passed.

In The Black Death, a plague regularly sweeps over the continent, originating from port cities of different nations. If a unit ends its turn on a tile with the plague, it loses 20 health. Cities with plague also have a high risk of losing population.

By default, plague-stricken tiles cannot be worked, which makes cities lose a lot more of their population and yields. The player is also regularly presented with events where one must usually choose between two bad choices, which usually have to do with cities losing yields.


One should focus on either producing enough Civ6Science Science or Civ6Culture Culture to research either the final technology or civic. While it may seem tempting to attack your neighboring nations who may be weakened by the plague, it is very difficult to keep your armies alive with the plague around, and it's equally difficult to produce more units with the cities crippled by the plague. So build either Campuses or Theater Squares early on while you still can -- remember that cities with too few citizens cannot build new districts. Fast units, namely Knights, are, however, useful in pillaging enemy districts and improvements, as pillaging Campuses yields Civ6Science Science, pillaging Theater Squares yields Civ6Culture Culture, and pillaging Farms yields Health. And while on the subject of combat, note that in this scenario Encampments and City Centers cannot perform ranged attacks. Finally, as the Civ6Production Production yields of your cities will inevitably be crippled in the course of the scenario, you should be prepared to acquire your new units and buildings by some other means: either purchase them with Civ6Gold Gold or by Civ6Faith Faith.


Special FeaturesEdit





The Black Death Technology Tree (Civ6)

The Black Death Technology Tree. Click to zoom.


The Black Death Civics Tree (Civ6)

The Black Death Civics Tree. Click to zoom.


Policy CardsEdit


Civilization VI Gathering Storm - Black Death Scenario (Pre-Launch Livestream VOD)

Civilization VI Gathering Storm - Black Death Scenario (Pre-Launch Livestream VOD)

Sarah Darney, Dave McDonough, and Carl Harrison play The Black Death in a pre-launch livestream of Gathering Storm.

Related achievementsEdit

Steam achievement Aggressive Strain (Civ6)
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.
Steam achievement Bendición (Civ6)
Win the Black Death as Castile
Spanish word for 'blessing', something like being favored by god
Steam achievement Danse Macabre (Civ6)
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.
Steam achievement Eat, Drink and Be Merry (Civ6)
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Win the Black Death as England
A refernce to Bible, found in Luke 12:19
Steam achievement Gesundheit (Civ6)
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.
Steam achievement I'm Not Dead Yet (Civ6)
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.
Steam achievement Medieval Medicine (Civ6)
Medieval Medicine
Train 25 Plague Doctors during the Black Death scenario
(Is this a reference to something in popular culture? Please add the information here!)
Steam achievement Santé Passe Richesse (Civ6)
Santé Passe Richesse
Win the Black Death as France
Santé passe richesse translates to health is worth more than wealth in French
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