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A Volcano is a type of terrain feature in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. There are two kinds of Volcanoes: Dormant and Active. A Dormant volcano cannot erupt and is generally safer to settle next to. However, a Dormant volcano may become Active at any moment, and vice-versa. The chances of this happening depend on the Disaster Intensity setting, which the player chooses in the beginning of the game. In general, higher settings always have a greater percentage of active volcanoes; on Disaster level 4 almost all volcanoes are always active.

Volcanic Eruptions Edit

An active volcano may cause a devastating eruption, which is one of the types of natural disasters. Compared to other disasters, this is maybe the most devastating. It will affect tiles surrounding the volcano (or, on Disaster Intensity settings 3 and 4, tiles up to 2 away from the volcano), and besides the usual disaster damage the eruption may remove features and even bonus resources. Affected tiles will then acquire the Volcanic Soil feature, which receives more potent yields from future eruptions and also yields which aren't available from other disaster types, like Civ6Science Science and Civ6Culture Culture.

Volcanic eruptions are the only type of Disaster unaffected by climate change.

A volcano is a type of Mountain, and it will confer all relevant bonuses and opportunities (such as the possibility to build an Aqueduct near it).

Volcanic eruptions can be summoned by a Soothsayer standing next to an active volcano in the Apocalypse Game Mode.

Eruption effectsEdit

Below is a table of the different damage types that each level of eruption causes. The numbers are the percentage chances each damage may occur. Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Vesuvius and Eyjafjallajökull are all Natural wonders and now count as volcanoes which are always active. Mount Kilimanjaro erupts on two different severity levels (Gentle and Catastrophic), while Mount Vesuvius always erupts on Megacolossal level. In general, Kilimanjaro gives slightly better yields while causing less damage, Vesuvius causes devastating damage and lower yields, and Eyjafjallajökull does a moderate amount of both. Eyjafjallajökull and Vesuvius are the only volcanoes which can confer a Civ6Culture Culture bonus to the nearby tiles. Eyjafjallajökull is both the only multiple-tile volcano (with two tiles) and the volcano that can affect the most nearby tiles (it has 8 tiles within 1 tile of itself, and 14 in the ring two tiles away). Eyjafjallajökull is usually surrounded only or mostly by tundra, and as such provides useful food to nearby tiles.

Severity Range Damages
Improvement District Building Population Civilians killed Units Garrison
Gentle 1 Pillaged: 100 0 100 0 0 0 none
Catastrophic 1 Pillaged: 100

Destroyed: 75

75 100 20 20 40-60 HP 40-60 HP
Megacolossal 1 Pillaged: 100 Destroyed: 80 80 100 35 35 60-80 HP 60-80 HP
2 Pillaged: 30 Destroyed: 30 30 30 30 30 30 chance, 60-80 HP 30 chance, 60-80 HP
Kilimanjaro Gentle 1 Pillaged: 100 0 100 0 0 0 0
Kilimanjaro Catastrophic 1 Pillaged: 100

Destroyed: 80

80 100 20 20 40-60 HP 40-60 HP
2 Pillaged: 50

Destroyed: 50

50 50 50 50 50% chance;

40-60 HP

50% chance;

40-60 HP

Vesuvius Megacolossal 1 Pillaged: 100

Destroyed: 80

80 100 100 100 70-90 HP 70-90 HP
2 Pillaged: 50

Destroyed: 50

50 50 50 50 50% chance;

70-90 HP

50% chance;

70-90 HP

Compared to other disaster types yields from eruptions are the best. Of course, this comes with higher devastation, as mentioned above. The table below shows the chance of a tile to gain +1 of the given yield per eruption.

Volcano type Severity Civ6Food Food yield Civ6Production Production yield Civ6Science Science yield Civ6Culture Culture yield
Normal volcano Gentle 35 15 0 0
Catastrophic 50 25 10 0
Megacolossal 75 35 15 0
Mount Kilimanjaro Gentle 50 25 0 0
Catastrophic 50 35 15 0
Mount Vesuvius Megacolossal 25 25 25 50


"High risk, high reward" sums up living near a volcano. Towards the end of a game, volcanic tiles can easily be your most productive tiles. The risk will be linked to the Disaster level and Volcano you discover, with Mount Vesuvius at Level 4 being the most risky. Liang's Reinforced Materials title will provide protection to all tile improvements, districts, and buildings within the city. Other ways to limit damage are to build cities at least two tiles away from a Volcano, while tiles around the volcano itself should be limited to tile improvements (especially Moai). It's easier to repair or replace a tile improvement than to do the same for a building. The first time you establish a city near a volcano or improve Volcanic Soil will also net an Era Score bonus. 

Volcano Names Edit

Volcanoes can have different names based on the first civilization that first finds them. Below is the list of the names and civilization of origin. (If a volcano is discovered by a civilization with no volcano names on the list, or the civilization's list of volcanoes is exhausted, then volcano names will be taken from other civilizations or from volcanoes names that aren't connected to a civilization.)

Volcano Civilization Notes
Ağrı Dağı Ottomans
Mount Agung Indonesia
Allarps Bjär Volcano Sweden
Ambrym Volcano
Mount Ararat
Arthur's Seat Scotland
Mount Asama Japan
Volcán Atitlán Mayan
Avachinsky Russia
Ball's Pyramid Australia
Mount Barren India
Bayuda Volcanic Field Nubia
Beerenberg Norway
Bezymianny Russia
Budj Bim Australia
Catoca Volcano Kongo
Chhachani Inca
Chimborazo Gran Colombian
Citlaltépetl Aztec
Chi'gag Mayan
Volcán de Colima Aztec
Volcán Cotopaxi Gran Colombian
Damavand Persia
Mount Elbrus Russia
Mount Erebus
Erta Ale
Mount Etna Rome
Frualid Volcano Sweden
Mount Fuji Japan
Galeras Gran Colombian
Gällabjer Volcano Sweden
Galunggung Indonesia
Guagua Pichincha Gran Colombian
Håkon Mosby Volcano Norway
Haleakalā America
Hallasan Korea
Hamp'atu Inca
Harrat Khaybar Arabia
Waynaputina Inca
Mount Hudson
Hunahpú Mayan
Ilopango Volcano
Mount Kazbek Georgia
Kelud Indonesia
Khorgo Mongolia
Kīlauea America
Koryaksky Russia
Krakatoa Indonesia
Laacher See Germany
Larderello Volcano Rome
Lautaro Volcano Mapuche
Lillö Volcano Sweden
Llaima Volcano Mapuche
Lonquimay Volcano Mapuche
Mauna Loa America
Mawson Peak Australia
Mount Merapi Indonesia
Methana Volcano Greece
Mount Erciyes Ottomans
Mount Hasan Ottomans
Mount Hypipamee Australia
Mount Napier Australia
Mount Sabalan Persia
Taranaki Maunga Māori
Mount Tibrogargan Australia
Mount Tongariro Māori
Nabro Volcano
Nemrut Ottomans
Nevado del Ruiz Gran Colombian
Nevado del Tolima Gran Colombian
Mount Ngauruhoe Māori
Nisyros Greece
Novarupta America
Mount Nyiragongo
Ojos del Salado Mapuche
Ostrzyca Volcano Poland
Mount Paektu Korea, China
Mount Pelée France
Pacaya Mayan
Phanom Rung Volcano Khmer
Phlegraean Fields Rome
Pico do Cabugi Brazil
Pihanga Māori
Pillañzegüñ Mapuche
Mount Pinatubo
Popōcatepētl Aztec
Volcán Puracé Gran Colombian
Puy de Dôme France
Qurupuna Inca
Mount Rainier America
Rallate Volcano Sweden
Rangitoto Māori
Mount Ruapehu Māori
Rucapillan Mapuche
Sahand Persia
Mount Saint Helens America
Sakurajima Japan
Gagxanul Mayan
Sawanqaya Inca
Mount Scenery Netherlands
Mount Semeru Indonesia
Shiveluch Russia
Sollipulli Mapuche
Soufrière Hills Volcano England
Stromboli Rome
Taal Volcano
Mount Tambora Indonesia
Mount Tarawera Māori
Taupo Volcano Māori
Teide Spain
Thera Greece
Volcán Tolimán Mayan
Tseax Cone Canada
Tungurahua Gran Colombian
Undara Volcano Australia
Mount Unzen Japan
Uwinas Inca
Vulsini Rome
Whakaari Māori
Yeak Laom Volcano Khmer
Yellowstone Caldera America
Zuidwal Volcano Netherlands

Civilopedia entryEdit

Volcanoes form when the earth's crust is ruptured by an upwelling of hot gas, and magma. This can occur both above ground and below the surface of the ocean. Volcanoes are most common at the edges of tectonic plates, with the “ring of fire” in the Pacific being an excellent example.

Volcanic eruptions can have disruptive impacts on the climate, with exceptionally vigorous volcanic activity having distinct patterns in the geological record of the world. Fortunately, these events are relatively infrequent. Unfortunately, when they do occur, they have profound and serious effects on human civilizations, sometimes affecting the course of history.



  • Mount Vesuvius, Kilimanjaro, and Eyjafjallajökull are also volcanoes, but are represented as Natural Wonders.
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