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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.

Science Edit

CIVILIZATION VI - Science Win (Victory Movies)

CIVILIZATION VI - Science Win (Victory Movies)

To achieve a Science Victory, you must accomplish these major milestones, depending on which version of the game you have:

Science Victory Steps
Vanilla Civilization VI and Rise and Fall Gathering Storm
Launch Earth Satellite (Civ6) Launch a satellite
Launch Moon Landing (Civ6) Land a human on the Moon
Launch Mars Habitation (Civ6) Establish a Martian Colony Mars Colony (Civ6) Establish a Martian Colony
Exoplanet Expedition (Civ6) Launch an Exoplanet Expedition
Terrestrial Laser Station (Civ6) Reach the exoplanet

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 Exoplanet Expedition 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 Civ6Science Science to obtain the necessary tech, the amount of Civ6Production Production required for the Science Victory projects can be really massive, so it's advisable to have two or three cities with Spaceports and high Civ6Production 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:

Culture Edit

CIVILIZATION VI - Culture Win (Victory Movies)

CIVILIZATION VI - Culture Win (Victory Movies)

To achieve a Cultural Victory, you must attract visiting tourists by generating high amounts of Civ6Culture Culture and Tourism6 Tourism. Victory is achieved when you attract more visiting tourists from every single civilization than they have domestic tourists at home.

Your domestic tourists represent the tourists from your civilization that are currently happily vacationing within your borders. Your visiting tourists represent the number of citizens you've attracted from the domestic tourist pools of other civilizations.

Notable ways to increase Tourism6 Tourism:

There are also ways to increase your Tourism6 Tourism output towards specific civilizations, such as having TradeRoute6 Trade Routes with them or sharing the same government type.

Domination Edit

CIVILIZATION VI - Domination Win (Victory Movies)

CIVILIZATION VI - Domination Win (Victory Movies)

To achieve a Domination Victory, you must conquer the original Capital6 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 (or Grievances (Civ6) Grievance) penalties. Additionally, conquering the last city of any civilization will give you a humongous 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 Amenities6 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.

Religion Edit

CIVILIZATION VI - Religion Win (Victory Movies)

CIVILIZATION VI - Religion Win (Victory Movies)

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. This process is dependent on the size of the religious population, and applies for both majority and minority religions. 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 combat unit into the same tile as the religious unit, then use the Condemn Heretic action. Much like plundering a TradeRoute6 Trade Route, this kills the religious unit and inflicts no damage on the combat 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 just 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.

Notable ways to make this victory type easier:

  • Picking the Founder Beliefs Itinerant Preachers or Scripture will increase the pressure of your city's religion, allowing them to win the pressure race against evenly sized cities.
  • Picking the religious building Mosque will grant your Missionaries and Apostles an additional charge, increasing their effectiveness by 50% for purposes of spreading the religion.
  • Possessing the Hagia Sophia gives your Missionaries and Apostles an additional charge.
  • Being the Suzerain of Jerusalem will automatically convert it to your religion and cause it to radiate pressure as if it was a Holy City of your religion.
    • R&F-Only Your cities with Holy Sites exert pressure as if they were Holy Cities (4x Religion pressure in all cities within 10 tiles).
  • Picking the Proselytizer promotion for an Apostle will make the unit's "Spread Religion" charges remove all other religions in the target city. This is an extremely effective way to convert a city, particularly combined with another Apostle with the Translator promotion.
  • Having the Theocracy government reduces the cost of purchasing religious units, and for that matter everything else as well.

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.

Mvemba a Nzinga is notable for loving your efforts to convert his cities, though he himself cannot win a Religious Victory.

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.

Diplomacy Edit

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

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

Exclusive to the Gathering Storm expansion, Diplomatic Victory is achieved by reaching a certain threshold of Diplomatic Victory points (20 on Standard speed). 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 (Civ6) Diplomatic Favor to vote for one player to either gain 2 Diplomatic Victory points or lose 3 Diplomatic Victory points.

The first player to earn the requisite number 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 him or her 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.

Score/Time Edit

Time Win (Victory Movies)

Time Win (Victory Movies)

A Score Victory occurs when no civilization has achieved any other victory by 2050 AD. In this case, the civilization with the highest overall score will win.

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

  • 5 points for each city owned.
  • 15 points for each wonder owned.
  • 2 points for each district owned (4 points if it is a unique district).
  • 1 point for each building (including the Palace).
  • 5 points for each GreatPerson6 Great Person earned.
  • 3 points for each civic researched.
  • 10 points for founding a religion.
  • 2 points for each foreign city following the player's religion.
  • 2 points for each technology researched.
  • 1 point for each Citizen6 Citizen in the player's empire.
  • Era Score points.

If two or more players have the same score, civics are the highest-priority tiebreaker, followed by cities, districts, Citizen6 Population, GreatPerson6 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 Edit



A defeat occurs either when you have no cities and no Settlers, or when a player who is not on your team achieves one of the victory conditions.

Ranking Edit

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

Rank Leader (Vanilla) Leader (Rise and Fall) Leader (Gathering Storm) Score
1 Augustus Caesar Augustus Caesar Augustus Caesar 2,500+
2 Hammurabi Hammurabi Hammurabi 2,250-2,499
3 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln 2,000-2,249
4 Charlemagne Winston Churchill Winston Churchill 1,900-1,999
5 Winston Churchill Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela 1,800-1,899
6 Nelson Mandela Catherine the Great Catherine the Great 1,700-1,799
7 Marcus Aurelius Ashoka Ashoka 1,600-1,699
8 Joan of Arc Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius 1,500-1,599
9 Charles de Gaulle Lech Wałęsa Lech Wałęsa 1,400-1,499
10 Simón Bolívar Hatshepsut Hatshepsut 1,300-1,399
11 Lech Wałęsa Charles de Gaulle Charles de Gaulle 1,200-1,299
12 Ivan the Terrible Eleanor of Aquitaine Louis XV 1,100-1,199
13 Henry VIII Ivan the Terrible Ivan the Terrible 1,000-1,099
14 Herbert Hoover Herbert Hoover Herbert Hoover 900-999
15 Louis XVI Louis XVI Louis XVI 800-899
16 Neville Chamberlain Neville Chamberlain Neville Chamberlain 700-799
17 Andrew Jackson Nero Nero 600-699
18 Nero Warren G. Harding Warren G. Harding 500-599
19 Warren G. Harding Ethelred the Unready Ethelred the Unready 400-499
20 Ethelred the Unready Mary Tudor Mary Tudor 300-399
21 Dan Quayle Dan Quayle Dan Quayle < 300


Related achievementsEdit

Just by victory typeEdit

Steam achievement Buying Your Blue Jeans and Listening to Your Pop Music (Civ6)
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.
Steam achievement Mission to Mars (Civ6)
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. May be a reference to the 2000 film Mission to Mars.
Steam achievement Nirvana (Civ6)
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.
Steam achievement Veni, vidi, vici (Civ6)
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.
Steam achievement The Art of Telling Plain Truths (Civ6)
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 twistEdit

Steam achievement Buying your Deels and Listening to Your Throat Singing (Civ6)
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.
Steam achievement Island Hopping (Civ6)
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.
Steam achievement Man on the Moon (Civ6)
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.
Steam achievement Selfie (Civ6)
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.
Steam achievement We Are The Champions (Civ6)
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.
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