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There are five different victory conditions in Civilization VI: Science, Culture, Domination, Religion, and Score (with a sixth, Diplomacy, added in Gathering Storm). In order to win, you must reach one of these victory conditions (apart from Score Victory) before any other player.

Each player's ranking towards the different victory conditions can be tracked using the "World Rankings" panel on the top right. Unlike Civilization V, the game will not produce a notification of when other players have achieved major milestones towards a certain victory condition.



CIVILIZATION VI - Science Win (Victory Movies)

Science Victory (Civ6)

To achieve a Science Victory, you must accomplish these major milestones, depending on the ruleset with which you're playing:

Civilization VI Science Victory steps [edit]
All game versions
Launch Earth Satellite (Civ6) 1. Launch a satellite
Launch Moon Landing (Civ6) 2. Land a human on the Moon
Vanilla Civilization VI and Rise and Fall Gathering Storm
Launch Mars Habitation (Civ6) 3. Establish a Martian Colony Launch Mars Colony (Civ6) 3. Establish a Martian Colony
Exoplanet Expedition (Civ6) 4. Launch an Exoplanet Expedition
Terrestrial Laser Station (Civ6) 5. Help the Exoplanet Expedition travel 50 light years

All of the associated projects are accessed through the Spaceport district. Launch Earth Satellite must be completed before work on Launch Moon Landing can begin, and Launch Moon Landing must be completed before Launch Mars Habitation/Hydroponics/Reactor (collectively known as the Mars modules) can begin. These last three projects, however, may be completed in any order. Once you have produced all three Mars modules, you win the game.

In Gathering Storm, the conditions for winning a Science Victory change. The first two steps (completing Launch Earth Satellite and Launch Moon Landing) are the same, but the Mars modules are consolidated into a single project and followed by two new steps: launching an expedition to an exoplanet and reaching the exoplanet. Completing Exoplanet Expedition automatically initiates the fifth and final step as the spacecraft takes flight and begins its journey to the exoplanet. Its destination is 50 Light-Years away on Standard speed, and it travels at a base speed of 1 Light-Year per turn, though it can be expedited by completing the Lagrange Laser Station and Terrestrial Laser Station projects. Each of these projects becomes available after researching Offworld Mission, can be undertaken in multiple cities, and increases the spacecraft's speed by 1 Light-Year per turn when completed.

Much like in vanilla Civilization VI and Rise and Fall, each of the required projects must be undertaken in a city with a Spaceport. Once the spacecraft reaches its destination, the player wins the game.

While it obviously requires a lot of Science Science to obtain the necessary tech, the amount of Production Production required for the Science Victory projects can be massive, so it's advisable to have two or three cities with Spaceports and high Production Production potential. Furthermore, it is a very good idea to have Spies protecting your Spaceports, and perhaps your Industrial Zones, from sabotage.

Useful bonuses to look out for when accomplishing this goal:



CIVILIZATION VI - Culture Win (Victory Movies)

Culture Victory (Civ6)

To achieve a Cultural Victory, you must attract visiting tourists by generating high amounts of Culture Culture and Tourism Tourism. Victory is achieved when the combined total of visiting tourists in your civilization is greater than any other single civ's domestic tourists.

Your domestic tourists represent the tourists from your civilization that are currently happily vacationing within your borders, and function as your "defense" against Cultural Victories, raising the total number of visiting tourists other civilizations have to attract from you to become culturally dominant over you. They're calculated as the total amount of Culture Culture you've generated over the entire game (including "bonus" Culture Culture generated by cultural inspirations) divided by 100.

Your visiting tourists represent the number of citizens you've attracted from other civilizations, and function as your "offense" in Cultural Victories; when the combined total of your visiting tourists from all civilizations is higher than an opponent's domestic tourists, you become "culturally dominant" over them, and you win when you're culturally dominant over all opponents. The visiting tourists from each opponent are calculated as the total amount of Tourism Tourism you've sent to them over the entire game, divided by (150 * number of civs) in vanilla or (200 * number of civs) in the expansions. For example, in an 8-civ game with the vanilla ruleset, you earn 1 foreign tourist from a civ for each 1200 Tourism Tourism you send to them. This means that winning a Cultural Victory becomes easier when there are fewer civilizations in the game.

Note that domestic and visiting tourists are thus calculated completely separately; there's not a shared "pool" of tourists split between them, and despite the game text's misleading wording, you don't actually "take" visiting tourists from another civilization's domestic tourist count.

Notable ways to increase Tourism Tourism:

There are also ways to increase your Tourism Tourism output towards specific civilizations, such as having Trade Route Trade Routes with them or sharing the same government type.

Note that if you save the game on the turn just before winning a Cultural Victory, the victory won't trigger and you'll have to load a prior save.[1]

In Gathering Storm, cultural dominance also provides various benefits to the dominant civilization:

  • Trade Route Trade Routes to foreign cities you culturally dominate provide +4 Gold Gold.
  • Spy missions in foreign cities you culturally dominate are completed 50% faster.
  • Your Citizen Citizens exert 25% more Loyalty pressure on foreign cities you culturally dominate.



CIVILIZATION VI - Domination Win (Victory Movies)

Domination Victory (Civ6)

To achieve a Domination Victory, you must conquer the original Capital Capital of every other civilization, whether or not they are still in play. A strong military is obviously highly recommended, as are the necessary technologies to have up-to-date units.

It is advisable to use the appropriate Casus Belli to avoid the worst warmongering penalties (or Grievances Grievances in Gathering Storm). Additionally, conquering the last city of any civilization will result in a very large warmongering penalty, practically ensuring that every other civilization will hate you for the rest of the game.

Since waging war also carries a cumulative penalty to Amenities Amenities, it is useful to build Entertainment Complexes, gain access to more Luxury Resources or simply take a break in the fighting every now and then; otherwise your cities will sooner or later revolt and start mass-producing barbarians.

There is a sixth, related form of victory, identified simply as "Victory." This occurs when all other players have been defeated. This is usually only the case when a game is started without the Domination Victory condition and the player defeats all other players. In this case, the Domination Victory is shown.



CIVILIZATION VI - Religion Win (Victory Movies)

Religious Victory (Civ6)

To achieve a Religious Victory, your Religion must become the predominant Religion in every civilization in the game. A Religion is considered predominant in a civilization if it is followed by more than 50% of the cities in that civilization.

There are three ways to convert a city to your religion:

  • A city will naturally spread its religions towards cities within 10 tiles. This applies both to minority and majority religions, dependent on the size of the religious population. If two cities have different religions, they will both attempt to spread it to each other, often building up a minority religion in the other city. In general, it is not possible to solely rely on this method to win a Religious Victory.
  • Missionaries and Apostles can move adjacent to a city and spread its religion. This is much more effective if there is still a decent amount of the population that is not religious.
  • Whenever a religious unit is killed, any cities nearby will lose pressure from the "dead" unit's religion. If the unit was killed in theological combat, the pressure of the winning unit's religion will increase. If the unit was killed in regular combat, there will be no increased pressure.

In order to kill a religious unit in regular combat, you need to be at war with the enemy civilization and move any military unit into the same tile as the religious unit, then use the Condemn Heretic action. Much like plundering a Trade Route Trade Route, this kills the religious unit and inflicts no damage on the military unit. For this reason, it is important to escort your religious units whenever you are at war with a nearby civilization.

Barbarians can also kill religious units, but unlike enemy civilizations they never intentionally target those units. They will only kill them if they happen to move into the same tile for other reasons. In fact, most of the time it is perfectly safe to walk past a barbarian outpost with a religious unit, without being bothered.

After being converted, other civilizations may undertake Holy Wars against you, particularly if they no longer have a single city predominant with their own religion.

There is an alternate way to convert a civilization, if everything else fails: conquer and raze their heathen cities to the ground. Since you need at least half of any civilization's cities converted to your religion, by definition if you remove one of their non-converted cities, the converted cities now account for more of their total number of cities.

It is also possible to lose converted civilizations in the same way. If, for example, another civilization has only a single city (converted) and founds another (which by default is not religious), you no longer have the majority (> 50%) of their cities converted. Still, a minority of your religion will stay, making it easy to "reconvert" cities. You can avoid being quickly reconverted and losing your religion by using an Apostle's "Launch Inquisition" ability as early as possible, which will allow you to purchase Inquisitors.

Other important tips for a Religious Victory:

  • Pick the best Beliefs depending on your civilization of choice and your situation. The positives, negatives, and ideal use cases of each one is detailed in that page's Strategy section.
  • Build Wonders that help with a Religious Victory, like the Hagia Sophia.
  • Prioritize Apostles for cities that already have a Religion, while using Missionaries for cities that do not. Apostles may be more expensive, but their increased conversion power, powerful promotions, and ability to engage in theological combat ultimately makes them more efficient at converting your opponents. For cities that have not had a Religion yet, Missionaries are enough for conversion.
  • Pay attention to your military. If you have to break a lot of promises not to convert cities, you will probably make a lot of enemies, and you will likely have to defend yourself. Also, conquest is also a commonly used method to keep your Religion spreading, especially against other religious civilizations.
  • Start strong. A Religious Victory grows exponentially harder as the game progresses, since cities will grow in size and number and it will be easier for enemies to fight your religion. The earlier you can begin your push, the better.



Civilization VI- Gathering Storm - Diplomacy Win (Victory Movies)

Diplomatic Victory (Civ6)

Exclusive to the Gathering Storm expansion, Diplomatic Victory is achieved by earning 20 Diplomatic Victory points. There are multiple ways to gain and lose Diplomatic Victory points:

  • Voting for the winning Outcome/Target combo of a World Congress Resolution awards 1 Diplomatic Victory point.
  • Building the Mahabodhi Temple awards 2 Diplomatic Victory points.
  • Building the Potala Palace awards 1 Diplomatic Victory point.
  • Building the Statue of Liberty awards 4 Diplomatic Victory points.
  • Researching Seasteads, a technology of the Future Era, awards 1 Diplomatic Victory point.
  • Discovering Global Warming Mitigation, a civic of the Future Era, awards 1 Diplomatic Victory point.
  • Earning the highest score in an Aid Request (or Military Aid Request) competition awards 2 Diplomatic Victory points.
  • Winning the first place in a non-Emergency Scored Competition awards 1 Diplomatic Victory point.
  • Late in the game, World Leader elections will be held during regular sessions of the World Congress. Each player can spend Diplomatic Favor Diplomatic Favor to vote for one player to either gain or lose 2 Diplomatic Victory points.

The first player to reach or surpass the threshold of Diplomatic Victory points becomes the World Leader and wins the game. In team games, the entire team wins if one member becomes World Leader, so wise teams will pool their votes for one member and try to help them win every World Leader election.

The Diplomatic Victory movie is the only one that is not narrated by Sean Bean - it is narrated by Natasha Loring instead.

On occasion, a bug will prevent a Diplomatic Victory from triggering, which can be resolved by loading an older save.[2]



Time Win (Victory Movies)

Score Victory (Civ6)

A Score Victory occurs when no civilization has achieved any other victory when the turn counter runs out (2050 AD on Standard speed). In this case, the civilization with the highest overall score will win.

In a standard game with the vanilla ruleset, each player's score is calculated as follows:

  • 5 points for each city owned.
  • 5 points for each wonder owned.
  • 3 points for each district owned.
  • 3 points for each Great Person Great Person earned.
  • 2 points for each belief after founding a religion.
  • 2 points for each civic researched.
  • 2 points for each technology researched.
  • 1 point for each Citizen Citizen in the player's empire.

In a standard game with the Rise and Fall or Gathering Storm ruleset, each player's score is calculated as follows:

  • Civics
    • 3 points for each civic researched.
  • Empire
    • 5 points for each city owned.
    • 2 points for each district owned (4 points if it is a unique district).
    • 1 point for each building (including the Palace).
    • 1 point for each Citizen Citizen in the player's empire.
  • Great People
  • Religion
    • 10 points for founding a religion.
    • 2 points for each foreign city following the player's religion.
  • Technology
    • 2 points for each technology researched.
  • Wonders
    • 15 points for each wonder owned.
  • Era Score

If two or more players have the same score, civics are the highest-priority tiebreaker, followed by cities, districts, Citizen Population, Great Person Great People, religion, technologies, and wonders.

If this type of victory is not desirable, it may be turned off in the settings under Advanced Setup when starting a game.




Defeat (Civ6)

A defeat occurs either when you have no cities and no Settlers, when a player who is not on your team achieves one of the victory conditions, or when the turn counter runs out in a game with the Score Victory deactivated (in which case the game ends in defeat for all players). Retiring from any game also counts as a defeat.


Scores are also used to determine each player's Ranking, which compares them to one of the following historical figures at the end of the game:

Rank Leader Quote Score
1 Augustus Caesar I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble. 2,500+
2 Hammurabi The first duty of government is to protect the powerless from the powerful. 2,250-2,499
3 Abraham Lincoln Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today. 2,000-2,249
4 Winston Churchill Where there is great power there is great responsibility; where there is less power there is less responsibility; and where there is no power there can, I think, be no responsibility. 1,900-1,999
5 Nelson Mandela Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people. 1,800-1,899
6 Catherine the Great Power without a nation's confidence is nothing. 1,700-1,799
7 Ashoka It is forbidden to decry other sects; the true believer gives honor to whatever in them is worthy of honor. 1,600-1,699
8 Marcus Aurelius The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. 1,500-1,599
9 Lech Wałęsa As a nation, we have the right to decide our own affairs, to mold our own future. 1,400-1,499
10 Hatshepsut Hear ye, all persons! Ye people as many as ye are! I have done things according to the design of my heart. 1,300-1,399
11 Charles de Gaulle Let us be firm, pure and faithful; at the end of our sorrow, there is the greatest glory of the world, that of the men who did not give in. 1,200-1,299
12 Eleanor of Aquitaine (Vanilla and R&F-Only) Pitiful and pitied by no one, why have I come to the ignominy of this detestable old age, who was ruler of two kingdoms, mother of two kings? My guts are torn from me, my family is carried off and removed from me. 1,100-1,199
Louis XV (GS-Only) After me, the flood.
13 Ivan the Terrible To shave the beard is a sin that the blood of all martyrs cannot cleanse. It is to deface the image of God. 1,000-1,099
14 Herbert Hoover What the country needs is a good big laugh … if someone could get off a good joke every ten days, I think our troubles would be over. 900-999
15 Louis XVI Every time that I fill a high office, I create a hundred discontented men and an ingrate. 800-899
16 Neville Chamberlain Peace in our time. 700-799
17 Nero A man who is always ready to believe what is told him will never do well. 600-699
18 Warren G. Harding Our most dangerous tendency is to expect too much of government, and at the same time do for it too little. 500-599
19 Ethelred the Unready In the name of the Holy Trinity, three things do I promise to this Christian people, my subjects: first, that I will hold God's Church and all the Christian people of my realm in true peace; secondly, that I will forbid all rapine and injustice to men of all conditions; thirdly, that I promise and enjoin justice and mercy in all judgments. 400-499
20 Mary Tudor I In thee, O Lord, is my trust; let me never be confounded: if God be for us, who can be against us? 300-399
21 Dan Quayle We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur. < 300

Recommended civilizations for each victory[]

This section is intended for new players who look to improve their experience with all victory conditions. All civilizations recommended here all have significant bonuses towards their preferred victory paths, and these bonuses are focused, synergized, and can be easily leveraged by new players.

However, it is also recommended to be aware that the lists below are a few examples, not the whole, because many civilizations have synergies to more than two kinds of victories. Germany, for instance, is listed in Science Victory due to their unique district's Production Production boost, but this yield is also crucial when aiming for a Domination Victory. America is mentioned in the Diplomatic Victory below, but thanks to their unique building, a Cultural Victory can also be easily attained. In conclusion, you can refer to the lists below, but you’re not required to follow them.

Science Victory[]

Cultural Victory[]

Religious Victory[]

Domination Victory[]

  • Mongolia receives massive bonuses to cavalry, especially when led by Genghis Khan, along with bonus Strength Combat Strength from Visibility Diplomatic Visibility.
  • Macedon has amazing military bonuses as well as two good unique units.
  • The Zulus can increase their units' Strength Combat Strength with formations and hold on to captured cities very well.
  • The Ottomans can siege down cities quickly, keep them happy with Amenities Amenities, and use their unique Governor to great effect.
  • Gran Colombia has faster units at the baseline and two great unique units.

Diplomatic Victory[]


Related achievements[]

Just by victory type[]

Buying Your Blue Jeans and Listening to Your Pop Music
Buying Your Blue Jeans and Listening to Your Pop Music
Win a regular game with a Culture victory on any difficulty with any leader.
Part of a quote used by AI leaders in Civilization V: Brave New World when the player achieved cultural dominance over their civilization.
Mission to Mars
Mission to Mars
Win a regular game with a Science victory on any difficulty with any leader.
The Science Victory is achieved after establishing a base on Mars. Possibly a reference to the 2000 film Mission to Mars.
Win a regular game with a Religious victory on any difficulty with any leader.
In Hinduism and Buddhism, Nirvana is the highest spiritual state that anyone can attain.
Veni, vidi, vici
Veni, vidi, vici
Win a regular game with a Domination victory on any difficulty with any leader.
"Veni, vidi, vici" ("I came; I saw; I conquered") is a Latin phrase popularly attributed to Julius Caesar.
The Art of Telling Plain Truths
The Art of Telling Plain Truths
Win a Diplomatic Victory
A Winston Churchill quote: "Diplomacy is the art of telling plain truths."

By victory type with a twist[]

Buying your Deels and Listening to Your Throat Singing
Buying your Deels and Listening to Your Throat Singing
As Genghis, win a Cultural Victory
A reference to 'Buying Your Blue Jeans and Listening to Your Pop Music' (q.v.), with deels and throat singing being traditional parts of Mongolian culture. This could also be a reference to 'Unique Cultural Influence', a popular mod for Civilization V which, rather than the generic 'blue jeans and pop music' line, gave every civilization in the game a unique response line upon becoming culturally influential with an AI.
Island Hopping
Island Hopping
Win a regular game with a Domination victory on any difficulty with any leader on a Huge Island Plates map.
Tactic used by Douglas MacArthur against the Japanese during World War II.
Man on the Moon
Man on the Moon
Win a regular game with a Science victory on any difficulty with any leader with a captured Egyptian city -- having also activated Newton and Darwin
The R.E.M. song 'Man on the Moon' mentions Egypt, Newton, and Darwin in one verse.
Win a regular game with a Culture victory with your leader in the game as your opponent as well.
Selfies are when you take a picture of yourself, typically with a smart phone.
We Are The Champions
We Are The Champions
Win a regular game with a Religious victory with your dominant religion being Zoroastrianism and at the time of victory you are the Suzerain of Zanzibar
A reference to Freddie Mercury from the band Queen, who was born and raised in the Sultanate of Zanzibar and practised the Zoroastrian religion.


See also[]

Civilization VI [edit]
Rise and FallGathering StormNew Frontier PassLeader Pass
R&F-Only Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.