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Advanced late-game strategic resource. Used for building nuclear weapons and Nuclear Plants.


Uranium Uranium is the last strategic resource in the game, discovered with the Atomic Theory technology. Its use comes in the Atomic Era - it allows you to build Atomic Bombs and Nuclear Missiles. Uranium Uranium also allows construction of the Nuclear Plant, a building which helps speed up city Production Production.

Finally, it allows you to build Giant Death Robots, which are the most powerful direct combat units in the game. So, you can choose to either guard your Uranium Uranium for military purposes, or construct Nuclear Plants to greatly improve Production Production in your cities if your civilization isn't particularly warlike.

Uranium Uranium is a rare resource, but it's found on a great variety of terrains. It's improved by a Mine.

Upon discovering Atomic Theory - and especially if you are the first to discover it - you should try to ensure that you and your allies control the majority of the Uranium on the map, as the ability to produce nuclear weapons has the potential to dramatically affect the game to the point of crippling entire civilizations. Likewise, if you have strained relations with AI leaders, you should either try to befriend them or deprive them of their Uranium Uranium before it can be used to make nuclear weapons.

City-states cannot complete the Manhattan Project, so those that have access to Uranium Uranium will never use it to make nuclear weapons. Other civilizations, however, can gain access to a city-state's Uranium Uranium by conquering it or becoming its ally.

Civilopedia entry[]

Uranium is a radioactive natural mineral that, once processed and enriched, can be used to generate enormous energy or blow things up. Discovered in the 18th century, it wasn't until the 20th, during the terrible crucible of World War II, that American scientists learned how to craft the mildly dangerous material into the most deadly explosive that history has ever seen. When used to power nuclear generators, uranium is seen as a "clean" energy, since it doesn't release the huge amounts of air pollution created by coal or petroleum. On the other hand, used nuclear fuel is incredibly toxic and poisons land, air, water, and/or any living organisms that encounter it for hundreds of years, so this is a problem too. Remember that uranium is a strategic resource, and thus it is consumed as you construct the associated units and buildings.

Civilization V Resources [edit]
Bonus BananasBison BNW-only.pngCattleDeerFishSheepStoneWheat
Strategic AluminumCoalHorsesIronOilUranium
Luxury Citrus GodsKings5 clear.pngCloves BNW-only.pngCocoa BNW-only.pngCopper GodsKings5 clear.pngCottonCrab GodsKings5 clear.pngDyesFursGemsGoldIncenseIvoryJewelry GodsKings5 clear.pngMarbleNutmeg BNW-only.pngPearlsPepper BNW-only.pngPorcelain GodsKings5 clear.pngSalt GodsKings5 clear.pngSilkSilverSpicesSugarTruffles GodsKings5 clear.pngWhalesWine

GodsKings5 clear.png Valid only in the Gods & Kings expansion pack.
BNW-only.png Valid only in the Brave New World expansion pack.