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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 go Active at any moment, and vice-versa. The chances of this happening depend on the Disaster level 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 (like in real life)! 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! On the upside, 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.

Note that 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).

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. Note that Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Vesuvius are now both Natural wonders and 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, while Vesuvius causes devastating damage and lower yields, but it is also the only one which may confer Civ6Culture Culture bonus!

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


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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.

Volcano Civilization Notes
Ağrı Dağı Ottomans
Mount Agung Indonesia
Allarps Bjär Volcano Sweden
Ambrym Volcano
Mount Ararat
Arthur's Seat Scotland
Mount Asama Japan
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
Citlaltépetl Aztec
Volcán de Colima Aztec
Damavand Persia
Mount Elbrus Russia
Mount Erebus
Erta Ale
Mount Etna Rome
Frualid Volcano Sweden
Mount Fuji Japan
Gällabjer Volcano Sweden
Galunggung Indonesia
Håkon Mosby Volcano Norway
Haleakalā America
Hallasan Korea
Hamp'atu Inca
Harrat Khaybar Arabia
Waynaputina Inca
Mount Hudson
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
Mount Taranaki Māori
Mount Tibrogargan Australia
Mount Tongariro Māori
Nabro Volcano
Nemrut Ottomans
Nevado del Ruiz
Mount Ngauruhoe Māori
Nisyros Greece
Novarupta America
Mount Nyiragongo
Ojos del Salado Mapuche
Ostrzyca Volcano Poland
Mount Paektu Korea, China
Mount Pelée France
Phanom Rung Volcano Khmer
Phlegraean Fields Rome
Pico do Cabugi Brazil
Pihanga Māori
Pillañzegüñ Mapuche
Mount Pinatubo
Popōcatepētl Aztec
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
Santa María
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
Tseax Cone Canada
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. Volcanos 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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