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The Vampire is a melee unit in Civilization VI. It is exclusive to the Sanguine Pact secret society in the Secret Societies game mode, introduced in the Ethiopia Pack.

  • Attributes:
    • Cannot be trained with Production Production or bought with Faith Faith or Gold Gold.
    • Only up to four Vampires are available per game, each granted by unlocking a new title of the Sanguine Pact governor.
    • Has the same Strength Combat Strength as the strongest military unit the player has built.
    • Cannot form Corps or Armies by any means.
    • Cannot gain experience or Promotion Promotions.
    • Has reduced passive healing rate (-5 HP/turn).
  • Abilities:
    • Has up to 4 Build charges (Civ6).png build charges.
    • Can construct a Vampire Castle.
    • Gains 1 Strength Combat Strength when a unit dies in an adjacent tile.
    • Gains 1 Strength Combat Strength when a Barbarian dies in an adjacent tile (capped at 10 Strength Combat Strength).
    • Retreats back to the Capital Capital when brought down to 1 HP.
    • Heals 50 HP when pillaging.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Vampire is a strong military unit that comes in very limited numbers. Their base Strength Combat Strength is dynamically updated throughout the game based on the Strength Combat Strength of the strongest military unit you have built, starting at 20 Strength Combat Strength (considering that every civilization starts with a Warrior). Whenever you field a stronger military unit, the Strength Combat Strength of all Vampires you have will be adjusted to match that new Strength Combat Strength value within the same turn.

Vampires can copy Strength Combat Strength values of all land and naval units except Giant Death Robots. Note that they can copy the Strength Combat Strength of Corps/Armies and Fleets/Armadas, but not aircraft.

The bonus Strength Combat Strength gained from killed units and Barbarians is calculated separately for each individual Vampire and does not get transferred to others. This means that your strongest Vampire will most likely be the one you got first, since it has spent the most time in combat. You can name your Vampires in order to differentiate between them a little bit better.

The number of Vampire Castles you can build is always equal to the number of Build charges (Civ6).png build charges each and every Vampire of yours has. If one Vampire puts down a Vampire Castle, every Vampire will lose one Build charges (Civ6).png build charge; if a Vampire Castle gets removed, all Vampires will gain back a Build charges (Civ6).png build charge.

Although you can only have a maximum of four Vampires per game, they are notoriously hard to kill. Whenever they receive lethal damage, their HP will be brought down to 1 instead and they will instantly retreat to the nearest Vampire Castle or the Capital Capital, whichever is closer. Also, Vampires have a reduced innate healing rate, as they heal by 5 HP less than a normal unit in all cases: they heal 15 HP per turn in a City Center, 10 HP per turn in friendly territory, 5 HP per turn in neutral territory, and cannot heal in enemy territory. However, to make up for this, they will always heal 50 HP whenever they pillage anything. This also means that improvements which grant healing when pillaged (like Farms or Cahokia Mounds) will fully heal Vampires who pillage them. However, your Vampires can be a little bit less dependent on pillaging when paired up with abilities that grant them extra healing, like Tomyris' ability, the War Department, the Fountain of Youth or Abu Al-Qasim Al-Zahrawi.

Vampires are by no means immortal, however. There are three ways they can die:

  • Vampires can be killed when they are inside the Capital Capital. This also applies to attacks initiated by the Vampires themselves.
  • Vampires can be killed when they are on a Vampire Castle improvement. This is very similar to the situation mentioned above. Remember, in both of these situations, Vampires can only retreat once per turn, so a good tactic to use is to identify where the closest Vampire Castle is, set up an ambush there and kill them after they retreat.
  • Vampires can be killed by nukes and Comet Strikes in Apocalypse Mode. Vampires that get thrown into a Volcano by a Soothsayer during Appease the Gods competition in Apocalypse mode also do not regenerate.

Civilopedia entry[edit | edit source]

The myth of the vampire is one that has a particular resonance in a world where hereditary aristocracy is largely a thing of the past. Cruel masters, obsessed with eternal youth, who prey upon a populace to whom they imagine themselves to be superior, full of decadent but decayed culture, hold a fascination as monarchies worldwide have fallen one by one. They emerge as sometimes tragic, sometimes horrific villains or antiheroes to a population confined to normalcy. Of these, the quintessential real-life vampire would be the Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed, a Hungarian noblewoman who, according to legend, believed that she could preserve her youth and beauty through the blood of her victims – over 600 of them.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Civilization VI Secret Societies [edit]
Hermetic Order

Alchemical SocietyLey LineOccult Research

Owls of Minerva

Gilded Vault

Sanguine Pact

VampireVampire Castle


CultistDark SummoningOld God Obelisk

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