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Zombie Defense (Civ6)

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Zombie Defense is the eighth game mode in Civilization VI, introduced in the Portugal Pack. It adds a survival minigame in the form of a zombie apocalypse: dead units will not stay dead forever, they will all resurrect as Zombies and attack civilizations. Players are equipped with new tools, together with modified tile improvements and city projects, to fend off the zombie threats.


In this optional game mode, the dead don’t stay dead for long and present an ever-growing threat to the world’s civilizations.

  • The Dead Don’t Rest: Every unit has a chance to respawn as a ravenous Zombie when it dies. Zombie units hunger after and attack the nearest non-Zombie unit; any units they slay succumb to the infection and respawn as Zombies themselves.
  • The Living Fight Back: An arsenal of new Trap and Barricade improvements deal damage to hostile units that pass through or near them and can be built in owned or neutral territory. Zombies’ obsession with brain-banquets and digestive-devastation means they can only fall victim to these improvements and never pillage them.
  • Humanity Takes Control: Two new projects allow civilizations to temporarily subjugate Zombie units within a city’s limits, putting them under player control. The “Holy Site: Turn Undead” project unlocks early, but controls Zombies only briefly. The “Campus: Dark Signal” project unlocks later in the game, but grants additional turns with which to command Zombies’ mindless mayhem. Meanwhile, the “Zombie Outbreak” spy operation attempts to spawn Zombies on worked tiles in another player’s city.


Base-game improvements changed[]

Related achievements[]

It's a Trap!!!
It's a Trap!!!
Deal 50 or more damage to a single unit from trap damage on a single tile in one turn.
A reference to Admiral Ackbar's exclamation in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
Control at least 20 Zombie units at the start of your turn.
Reanimation is the act of bringing the dead back to life. May also be a reference to Re-Animator, a 1985 comedy horror film based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft.
Well Hello Mr
Well Hello Mr. Fancypants
Destroy a Zombie unit that has +50 or more Mutation Strength
A quote from the 1992 film Army of Darkness.
Civilization VI Game modes [edit]
Apocalypse1Barbarian ClansDramatic Ages1Heroes & Legends1Monopolies and Corporations1Secret Societies1Tech and Civic ShuffleZombie Defense1
1 Requires DLC