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In Civilization VI, a unique unit is a special unit that is only available to a specific civilization. Some leaders also have unique abilities that give them access to unique units once they discover the appropriate technology or civic. Unique units do not require resources (prior to Gathering Storm) and have special attributes that make them superior to standard units.

Note that, unlike in Civilization V, unique units do not always replace standard units. When they do not, they are usually available at different technological levels than the respective standard unit, are typically stronger, and upgrade to a much later unit. Thus, they fill a niche for each player that no other civilization/leader can fill at the time, giving that player a distinct advantage over his or her rivals. Note also that unique units may belong to different eras than those they replace, which is important when considering era-specific Policies or the effect of Great Generals and Admirals.

Below is a list of unique units which currently appear in the game, sorted by era.

Ancient EraEdit

Unit Unique to Type Replaces
Bireme (Civ6) Bireme GS-Only Phoenician (Civ6) Phoenicia Naval Melee Galley
Eagle Warrior (Civ6) Eagle Warrior Aztec (Civ6) Aztec Melee Warrior
Hoplite (Civ6) Hoplite Greek (Civ6) Greece Anti-Cavalry Spearman
Hul'che (Civ6) Hul'che Mayan (Civ6) Maya Ranged Archer
Maryannu Chariot Archer (Civ6) Maryannu Chariot Archer Egyptian (Civ6) Egypt Ranged

Ranged Cavalry R&F-Only

Heavy Chariot (pre-GS-Only)

- GS-Only

Okihtcitaw (Civ6) Okihtcitaw R&F-Only Cree (Civ6) Cree Recon Scout
Pítati Archer (Civ6) Pítati Archer Nubian (Civ6) Nubia Ranged Archer
Viking Longship (Civ6) Viking Longship Harald Hardrada (Civ6) Harald Hardrada Naval Melee Galley
War-Cart (Civ6) War-Cart Sumerian (Civ6) Sumeria Heavy Cavalry -

Classical EraEdit

Unit Unique to Type Replaces
Hetairoi (Civ6) Hetairoi Alexander (Civ6) Alexander Heavy Cavalry Horseman
Hypaspist (Civ6) Hypaspist Macedonian (Civ6) Macedon Melee Swordsman
Immortal (Civ6) Immortal Persian (Civ6) Persia Melee Swordsman
Legion (Civ6) Legion Roman (Civ6) Rome Melee Swordsman
Ngao Mbeba (Civ6) Ngao Mbeba Kongolese (Civ6) Kongo Melee Swordsman
Saka Horse Archer (Civ6) Saka Horse Archer Scythian (Civ6) Scythia Ranged

Ranged Cavalry R&F-Only

Toa (Civ6) Toa GS-Only Māori (Civ6) Māori Melee Swordsman
Varu (Civ6) Varu Indian (Civ6) India Heavy Cavalry Horseman

Medieval EraEdit

Unit Unique to Type Replaces
Barbary Corsair (Civ6) Barbary Corsair GS-Only Ottoman (Civ6) Ottomans Naval Raider Privateer
Berserker (Civ6) Berserker Norwegian (Civ6) Norway Melee -
Black Army (Civ6) Black Army GS-Only Matthias Corvinus (Civ6) Matthias Corvinus Light Cavalry Courser GS-Only
Crouching Tiger (Civ6) Crouching Tiger Chinese (Civ6) China Ranged -
Domrey (Civ6) Domrey Khmer (Civ6) Khmer Siege -
Impi (Civ6) Impi R&F-Only Zulu (Civ6) Zulu Anti-Cavalry Pikeman
Jong (Civ6) Jong Indonesian (Civ6) Indonesia Naval Ranged Frigate
Keshig (Civ6) Keshig R&F-Only Mongolian (Civ6) Mongolia Ranged Cavalry -
Khevsur (Civ6) Khevsur R&F-Only Georgian (Civ6) Georgia Melee -
Mamluk (Civ6) Mamluk Arabian (Civ6) Arabia Heavy Cavalry Knight
Mandekalu Cavalry (Civ6) Mandekalu Cavalry GS-Only Malian (Civ6) Mali Heavy Cavalry Knight
Oromo Cavalry (Civ6) Oromo Cavalry Ethiopian (Civ6) Ethiopian Light Cavalry Courser GS-Only
Samurai (Civ6) Samurai Japanese (Civ6) Japan Melee -
Warak'aq (Civ6) Warak'aq GS-Only Incan (Civ6) Inca Recon Skirmisher GS-Only
Winged Hussar (Civ6) Winged Hussar Polish (Civ6) Poland Heavy Cavalry -

Renaissance EraEdit

Unit Unique to Type Replaces
Carolean (Civ6) Carolean GS-Only Swedish (Civ6) Sweden Anti-Cavalry Pike and Shot R&F-Only
Conquistador (Civ6) Conquistador Spanish (Civ6) Spain Melee Musketman
De Zeven Provinciën (Civ6) De Zeven Provinciën R&F-Only Dutch (Civ6) Netherlands Naval Ranged Frigate
Hwacha (Civ6) Hwacha R&F-Only Korean (Civ6) Korea Ranged Field Cannon
Janissary (Civ6) Janissary GS-Only Suleiman (Civ6) Suleiman Melee Musketman
Malón Raider (Civ6) Malón Raider R&F-Only Mapuche (Civ6) Mapuche Light Cavalry -
Sea Dog (Civ6) Sea Dog English (Civ6) England Naval Raider Privateer

Industrial EraEdit

Unit Unique to Type Replaces
Cossack (Civ6) Cossack Russian (Civ6) Russia Light Cavalry Cavalry
Garde Impériale (Civ6) Garde Imperiale French (Civ6) France Melee -
Highlander (Civ6) Highlander R&F-Only Scottish (Civ6) Scotland Recon Ranger
Huszár (Civ6) Huszár GS-Only Hungarian (Civ6) Hungary Light Cavalry Cavalry
Llanero (Civ6) Llanero Gran Colombian (Civ6) Gran Colombia Light Cavalry Cavalry
Minas Geraes (Civ6) Minas Geraes Brazilian (Civ6) Brazil Naval Ranged Battleship
Redcoat (Civ6) Redcoat Victoria (Civ6) Victoria Melee -
Rough Rider (Civ6) Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt (Civ6) Teddy Roosevelt Heavy Cavalry -

Modern EraEdit

Unit Unique to Type Replaces
Digger (Civ6) Digger Australian (Civ6) Australia Melee Infantry
Mountie (Civ6) Mountie GS-Only Canadian (Civ6) Canada Light Cavalry -
U-Boat (Civ6) U-Boat German (Civ6) Germany Naval Raider Submarine

Atomic EraEdit

Unit Unique to Type Replaces
P-51 Mustang (Civ6) P-51 Mustang American (Civ6) America Air Fighter Fighter

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

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