In this thread we will be documenting all the new additions for Civilization VI in their New Frontier Pass.
This Features Thread is being complied for Civfanatics, head on over to the forums for all your Civilization discussions both for and also for games past.
TL;DR: There will be 6 packs of content, some of it will be paid DLC and some of it will be free content for players. Some of the new content will need to you have Rise and Fall installed, and some will need you to have Gathering Storm installed.
To jump to the different packs go to Maya and Gran Colombia Pack, June Update, Ethiopia Pack, August Update, Byzantium and Gaul Pack, October Update, Babylon Pack, December Update, Vietnam Pack, February Update, Portugal Update & April Update.
Throughout this thread, I will put links to Wikipedia articles about the different features, if you would like to know more.
Maya and Gran Colombia Pack
Out on May 21st 2020
Civilization Leader: Simón Bolívar
Leader Agenda: Carabobo – He favours civs with highly promoted units, dislikes civs with unpromoted units, and prefers to build Encampments.
Civilization Capital: Bogotá
Civilization Bonus: Ejército Patriota – ALL units get +1 movement, Promoting a unit does not end its turn.
Leader Bonus: Campaña Admirable – Grants the Comandante General – A special Great Person that you get at the start of each era that has multiple abilities, that can be used in military (damaging surrounding units), and in cities (extra Trade Route)
Unique Unit: Llanero – Replaces Cavalry. Low maintenance, plus combat bonus for Adjacent Llaneros,
Unique Tile Improvement: Haciendas – plus Gold, Production, Housing, Plus food for adjacent Plantations, Plus production for adjacent Haciendas
Rivers: Arauca River, Apure River, Caroní River, Cauca River, Magdalena River, Meta River, Río Negro, Amazon River & Orinoco River
Mountains: Cordillera Central, Cordillera Occidental, Cordillera Oriental, Guiana Highlands, Cordillera de Mérida, Cordillera de la Costa & Andes
Volcanoes: Chimborazo, Volcán Puracé, Nevado del Tolima, Volcán Cotopaxi, Guagua Pichincha, Tungurahua, Nevado del Ruiz and Galeras
Deserts: La Guajira Desert, Tatacoa Desert & Médanos de Coro
Lakes: Lake Leopoldo, Lake Valencia, Lake Tota, Laguna de la Cocha & Lake Herrera
Seas: Gulf of Darién, Gulf of Venezuela, Gulf of Paria, Gulf of Panama, Caribbean Sea, Lake Maracaibo & Gulf of Guayaquil
Cities – Caracas, Quito, Guayaquil, Maracaibo, Cartagena de Indias, Panamá, Popayán, Cuenca, Cumaná, Barinas, Cali, Valencia de Carabobo, Santa Marta, Loja, Angostura, Pasto, Nueva Barcelona, Neiva, Mérida, Portoviejo, Riobamba, Ibarra, Riohacha, Quibdó, Nueva Pamplona, Santiago de Veraguas, La Asunción, Achaguas, Honda, Socorro, Mompós, Trujillo, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Pore, Cúcuta, Mariquita, San Fernando de Apure, Medellín & Barquisimeto
- Antonio Jose de Sucre – Passive Effect: +5 Combat to units within 2 tiles. Retirement Effect:Instantly creates the strongest unit you can build. This unit receives a free promotion. This unit requires no resource maintenance.
- Francisco de Paula Santander – +5 Combat to units within 2 tiles. Retirement Effect: Gives a Governor Title. Retirement Effect: +4 Combat Strength to all Heavy and Light Cavalry units within 2 tiles.
- Santiago Mariño – Passive Effect: +5 Combat to units within 2 tiles. Retirement Effect: +4 Combat Strength to all Melee and Anti-Cavalry units within two tiles.
- Manuel Piar – Passive Effect: +5 Combat to units within 2 tiles. Retirement Effect: +7 Combat Strength to a unit.
- Mariano Montilla – Passive Effect: +5 Combat to units within 2 tiles. Retirement Effect: Units within 2 tiles gain +4 Combat Strength vs. District Defenses.
- José Antonio Páez – Passive Effect: +5 Combat to units within 2 tiles. Retirement Effect: +4 Combat Strength to all Heavy and Light Cavalry units within 2 tiles.
- Antonio Nariño – Passive Effect: +5 Combat to units within 2 tiles. Retirement Effect: Increase trade route capacity by 1. Grants a trader unit in the nearest city.
- Gregor MacGregor – Passive Effect: +5 Combat to units within 2 tiles. Retirement Effect: Grants 1 promotion level to a military land unit and Gold equal to the 50% of the purchase cost of the unit.
- José Félix Ribas – Passive Effect: +5 Combat to units within 2 tiles. Retirement Effect: Opposing units within 2 tiles lose 30 HP.
- Rafael Urdaneta – Passive Effect: +5 Combat to units within 2 tiles.Retirement Effect: All your units within 2 tiles regain all their Movement and can attack as if they had not made attacks this turn.
Civilization Leader: Lady Six Sky
Leader Agenda: Solitary – She dislikes encroaching civs and she tries to keep her cities in a cluster near the capital.
Civilization Capital: Wak Kab’nal
Civilization Bonus: Mayab – No extra housing from Fresh Water/Coast but Farms provide more housing and gold, Amenities for each Luxury resource adjacent to the City Centre
Leader Bonus: Ix Mutal Ajaw – Cities within 6 tiles of the Capital get a boost to all yearlings, other cities away from this limit get a penalty to yields. Bonus combat strength for units within 6 tiles of the Capital
Unique Unit: Hul’che – Ranged replacement for Archer, Stronger and gets bonus against wounded opponents
Unique District: Observatory – A campus replacement that gets an adjacency bonus from Plantations and Farms.
Rivers: Belize River, Chixoy River, Motagua River, Grijalva River, Samalá River, Hondo River & Usumacinta River
Mountains: Maya Mountains, Guatemalan Highlands, Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, Sierra de las Minas
Volcanoes: Hunahpú, Volcán Atitlán, Volcán Tolimán, Pacaya, Chi’gag & Santa María Volcano
Lakes: Lake Izabal, Lake Petén Itzá, Lake Amatitlán & Lake Güjia
Seas: Amatique Bay, Gulf of Honduras, Términos Lagoon, Bay of Campeche & Caribbean Sea
Cities: Palenque, Tikal, Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Copán, Coba, El Mirador, Calakmul, Xunantunich, Yaxchilan, Yokib, Quirigua, Uaxactun, Toniná, Kaminaljuyu, Ucanal, Izapa, Comalcalco, Lamanai, Dzibilchaltun, Edzna, Sacul, Becan, Sayil, Mayapan, Dos Pilas, Bonampak, Kabah , Seibal, Izamal, Altar de Sacrificios, Rio Bec, Machaquila, Xtampak, Chinkultic & Xpuhil
Apocalypse Game Mode
New Disasters: A new game mode that includes new disasters like Comet Strikes, Forest Fires, Meteor Showers, Solar Flares, and bigger versions of existing disasters.
Comet Impact: Smashes into land tiles destroying improvements, units, districts, or even cities in the impact zone. Impacted tiles are replaced with an impassable Comet Lake.
Solar Flares: Affects the entire map. Pillages power-generating districts/buildings/improvements (except the Dam). Damages advanced units (GDRs especially).
New Unit: Soothsayer, can trigger Natural Disasters at the player’s command
New Competition: Appease the Gods: uses the Soothsayer to sacrifice friendly units to Volcanoes
The world enters an Apocalyptic state when climate change reaches its maximum level.
New City-States, Resources & More
3 New Natural Wonders
Bermuda Triangle – +5 Science to adjacent tiles; Naval units that pass through it receive a movement bonus and get teleported to another ocean tile.
Paititi – +# gold +2 Culture to adjacent tiles, Gold bonus on trade routes for the city that controls it, major adjacency bonus for Commercial Hubs and Theater Squares.
Fountain of Youth – +4 Faith + 4 Science, Grants units that pass it a healing buff.
2 New Resources
Maize – Bonus +gold
Honey – Luxury +food
7 New City States
Caguana – Cultural – Suzerain bonus: access to Batey improvement, which grants Culture based on its placement.
Hunza – Trade – Suzerain bonus: Gold bonus for trade route distance.
Lahore – Militaristic – Suzerain bonus: Access to a Faith-purchased combat unit – Nihang – with a unique promotion tree.
Singapore – Industrial – Suzerain bonus: Production bonus for each foreign trade route.
Taruga – Scientific – Suzerain bonus: Science bonus per strategic resource in cities.
Vatican City – Religious – Suzerain bonus: Religious pressure spread when activating Great People.
Mitla – Replaces Palenque
Forest Fires – Starts in a random Forest/Rainforest and spreads to adjacent Forest/Rainforest/improved plots every turn. Tiles on fire damage units and pillage improvements. Forest/Rainforests grow back with additional bonus yields.
Meteor Shower Pummels unowned land tiles pillaging improvements and damaging units. Exploring impact sites grants players a free Heavy Cavalry unit with no resource upkeep.
Diplomatic Victory gets an update, resolution change to be equal, Player lose favour for each Occupied Capital, Aid Request penalty for pollution is doubled, Increased Favor penalty for pollution to -1 Favor per 3 pollution more than average (Previously per 5 pollution, capped at -20 per turn from -10).
Anti-Air Combat Strength increased to +7 once formed into Corps and Armies (Fleets, Armadas).
Greatly reduced the chance that City-States will spawn adjacent to Natural Wonders or on top of resources.
Fixed an issue that was allowing aircraft based on Carriers as well as embarked units to count toward the Flanking bonus when attacking.
Unmet players now get a visible pie wedge in the CO2 chart.
Tweaked volcano spawn spread. Volcanoes will no longer spawn adjacent to each other. Large portions of the map are no longer skipped over. 1 volcano per continent is guaranteed. Tweaked mountain spawn locations for more intelligent placement.
Pantheon and other exploits are fixed
Red Death Season 2
Aliens – Get health regeneration – Power: Cloaking Ability (uses units from X-Com)
Zombies – Leader: Brain in a Jar; Power: When you kill a non-zombie unit, you gain more zombies, but all of your units take damage each turn
Cultists – Power – The Undying Eye: Cultists start the game with a crippled GDR. The GDR starts damaged and does not heal or gain experience normally. The GDR instead earns promotions when units sacrifice themselves to it. These promotions can then be used to return the GDR to full operation status.
Borderlords – Grieving Gift: Deploy a fake supply drop to a given location on the next turn. If another player pops the supply drop, it triggers an explosion at that location.
Jocks – Hail Mary: Small tactical nuke that can be launched from any combat unit. Has a smaller blast radius of 1 hex.
Mutants – Radiant Personalities: Mutants that start their turn in the Red Death absorb 8 Radiation Charges per turn. They spread Red Death to non-Red Death hexes automatically for 1 Radiation Charge per hex. Mutant units do not take fallout damage from mutant spread Red Death.
Preppers – Improvised Traps: Units can build the Improvised Trap that causes damage and the loss of a movement point to any unit that moves onto it. Preppers get 5 Improvised Traps per visit to an unexplored City Ruins, Raider Camp, and Supply Crate. Improvised Traps are invisible to non-Prepper factions.
Pirates – Buried Treasure: Pirates start the game with a Treasure Map to a buried treasure location indicated on their minimap. When a pirate unit of that player reaches the treasure location, the pirate is granted a unit and a new treasure map.
Mad Scientists – Defensive Inertial Shielding: All units can deploy shielding that provides a +10 combat strength while defending. While shielded, the unit has immunity to WMD Blast, Red Death, and Water Poisoning Damage
Wanderers – Road Vision: Grants active visibility on all previously revealed terrain.
Added an Observer Mode and Kick voting
Additional quality of life and AI improvements implemented
Cross-Cultural Dialogue – Founder: +1 Science for every 4 followers. (Before +1 Science for every 5 followers of this Religion in other civilizations.)
Dar-E-Mehr – Worship: This building is no longer pillaged by Environmental Effects. Still provides +3 Faith and +1 additional Faith for each Era since constructed or last repaired.
Lady of the Reed and Marshes – Pantheon: +2 Production from Marsh, Oasis, and Desert Floodplains. (Before just +1 Production from Marsh, Oasis, and Desert Floodplains.)
Feed the World – Follower: Shrines and Temple provide +3 Food and +2 Housing each. (Before Shrines and Temples provided Food equal to their Faith output.)
Gurdwara – Worship: Grants +1 Housing, +3 Faith, and +2 Food. (Before just +3 Faith and +2 Food.)
Pagoda – Worship: +3 Faith and +1 Favor (Before +3 Faith and +1 Housing)
Pilgrimage – Founder: +2 Faith for each city following this Religion. (Before +2 Faith for every city following this religion in other civilizations and City-States.)
Religious Community – now International Trade Routes give +1 gold for every temple and shrine in the origin city
Tithe – Founder: +3 Gold for each city following the Religion. (Before +1 Gold for every 4 followers of this Religion.)
Warrior Monks – Follower: Spending Faith to train Warrior Monks. Also, Culture Bomb adjacent tiles when completing a Holy Site. (Before only allowed spending to train Warrior Monks.)
World Church – Founder: +1 Culture for every 4 followers of this Religion. (Before +1 Culture for every 5 followers of this Religion in other civilizations.)
Work Ethic – Follower: Holy Site district’s Faith adjacency bonus provides production as well. (Before just +1% Production for each follower up to 15%)
New Religion Features
Holy Waters – Enhancer: Increases Healing of your religious units by +10 in Holy Site districts belonging to cities with your majority religion, or any adjacent tiles.
Sacred Places – Founder: +2 Science, Culture, Gold and Faith for each city following this Religion that has a World Wonder.
Natural Wonder Changes
Cliffs of Dover – +4 Appeal to adjacent tiles and still provides +3 Culture and +2 Gold for land tiles. (Before just+2 Appeal.)
Eye of Sahara – +2 Production and +1 Science base yield while still providing +3 Science and +1 Production once the game reaches the Atomic Era.
Yosemite – Additional +1 Food while still providing +1 Gold, +1 Science, and +2 Appeal to adjacent tiles.
Ability to change text size of the Chat Panel
Added a Page History for the Civilopedia
Ability to re-size the offers and inventory panels during Diplomacy
Cities now show the actual cost for units not the base cost
Out in July 23
Civilization Leader: Menelik II
Leader Agenda: Ethiopian Highlands. Likes Civilizations who build cities away from Hills. Dislikes those who build near Hills.
Civilization Capital: Addis Ababa
Civilization Bonus: Aksumite Legacy Its cities earn +faith from resources boosted further from international trade routes from resource rich cities. Can purchase Archaeological Museums and Archaeologists with faith.
Leader Bonus: Council of Ministers extra culture and science based on the faith output on cities founded on hills, combat bonus on hills
Unique Unit: Oromo Cavalry +combat strength +sight, no movement penalties for hills, replaces the courser
Unique Improvement: Rock-Hewn Churches built on hills or volcanic soil, can’t be built next to each other + Faith, extra faith from adjacent mountains and hills. Will only ever be pillaged not destroyed by natural disasters. +Tourism with Flight
Rivers: Awash River, Baro River, Blue Nile River, Ganale Dorya River, Shebelle River
Mountains: Ahmar Mountains, Arsi Mountains,
Deserts: Danakil Desert
Cities: Axum, Harar, Gondar, Sodo, Dire Dawa,
Teddy Roosevelt (Rough Rider) – Leader Bonus: Roosevelt Corollary – Bonus unit strength on home continent, Bonus envoys to city states you have a trade route with, Rough Rider Unit (New Frontier Pass exclusive)
Teddy Roosevelt (Bull Moose) – Leader Bonus: Antiquities and Parks – Breathtaking tiles adjacent to either a Natural Wonder or a Mountain receive +2 Science. Breathtaking tiles adjacent to either a Wonder or Woods receive +2 Culture. All tiles in a city with a National Park are +1 Appeal.
Catherine De Medici – Leader Bonus: Magnificence Catherine – Improved luxury resources get bonus culture if next to Theatre Squares or Chateaux. May initiate the Court Festival project – Bonus culture and tourism based on bonus luxury resources.
Secret Societies Game Mode
When unlocked you will be a unique Governor with four bonuses. You can not change a Secret Society once you have chosen it. AI’s are friendlier to Civs of the same Secret Society.
If you don’t unlock a Secret Society first, you can unlock them through diplomatic levels with a Civ that has already unlocked it.
Any unique Secret Societies building will replace and Civ unique building.
Initiation: Reveals Ley Lines on the map that give bonus adjacency to districts. (unlocked by finding a Natural Wonder)
Ritual: Allows you to build the Alchemical Society Building a replacement for the University +Great Engineer points, +Great Merchant points, +Production +Gold (unlocked by entering the Medieval Era)
Indoctrination: For every Great Person Ley Lines get +yield of that Great Person (Generals and Admirals give science) (unlocked by entering the Industrial Era)
Master Plan: Unlocks Occult Research, a city project that requires the Campus district. It provides Gold while active. When completed, it grants Great Merchant, Great Scientist, and Great Engineer points. It also grants Science for every Ley Line in the city (unlocked by entering the Atomic Age)
Owls of Minerva:
Initiation: +Economic Policy Slot, bonus envoy at the end of a trade route mission (unlocked by sending an envoy to a City State)
Ritual: Can build the Gilded Vault Building a replacement for the Bank, Give adjacency bonus in culture as well as gold and bonus trade route if you also have a Harbour (unlocked by entering the Medieval Era)
Indoctrination: +Wildcard Policy Slot, +Spies, +Loyalty, +Amenities spies are in home territory (unlocked by entering the Industrial Era)
Master Plan :Whenever an offensive spy mission is successful, you also gain half of the Gold, Faith, Culture, and Science that the targeted city earned that turn. Earn 3% of your Gold treasury as Gold per turn (up to 1000 Gold per turn). (unlocked by entering the Atomic Age)
Initiation: Can build the Old Gods Obelisk, Replaces the Monument, +Faith, +Great Works Slots (unlocked by finding a tribal village)
Ritual: Cities get +Gold, Science and Culture equal to 20% of their per-turn Faith Yield (unlocked by entering the Medieval Era)
Indoctrination: Unlocks the Cultist Unit, purchased with faith, can reduce loyalty in foreign cities with charges, generates Relics of the Void (unlocked by entering the Industrial Era)
Master Plan: Unlocks Dark Summoning a city project that provides lots of Faith while active and raises the power of Cultists on completion (unlocked by entering the Atomic Age)
Relics of the Void: A Journal of Next Year’s Dreams, Chorus of the Drowned, Foundation Stone, Fragment of Akkorokamui, Fungal Spore, Instructions for the Kumanthong, the Book of Dead Names, The Loveless Ones, Vessel of Nyarlathotep
Initiation: Grants a Vampire Unit in your Capital. (unlocked by destroying a Barbarian Camp)
Ritual: Grants a Vampire Unit in your Capital. Can build Vampire Castles (up to 4). Give defence, bonus yields (from surrounding tiles) and can teleport units between them in later eras. (unlocked by entering the Medieval Era)
Indoctrination: Grants a Vampire Unit in your Capital. Vampires intimidate adjacent units, lowers pillaging cost. (unlocked by entering the Industrial Era)
Master Plan: Grants a Vampire Unit in your Capital. Player can airlift between Vampire Castles. (unlocked by entering the Atomic Age)
Vampire: +combat strength from adjacent fallen enemies, don’t die but retreat with 1hp that needs to be healed (but if you kill them in their castles they die for good).
You can only have up to 4 Vampires and 4 Vampire Castles (unlocked with each Governor Bonus)
Diplomatic Quarter – Grants Diplomatic Favour from Delegations and Embassies, +1 Envoy if built next to the City Centre, Spies have reduced effectiveness on this and adjacent districts, can only build one per empire.
Consulate: +Influence Points per turn, reduces spies effectiveness in this city and cities with Encampments
Chancery: +Influence Points per turn, bonus science when you capture/kill an enemy spy
Envoy Bonuses Changes:
At 1 Envoy, you get +1 yield in your capital and on matching Tier 1 buildings. At 3 Envoys, you get +2 yield on the Consulate and matching Tier 2 buildings. At 6 Envoys, you get +3 yield on the Chancery and matching Tier 3 buildings.
Added information to the Espionage pop-up that calculates mission success probabilities.
Natural Wonder Picker – In the World Generation page you select which Natural Wonders can and can not appear.
Tech and Civic Shuffle Mode
This will hide the locations of each tech and civic as well as randomising the prerequisites.
Forest & Jungle Fires will burn longer.
Scotland – The Golf Course gives a bonus Amenity
Foreign Ministry gives 3 diplomatic favour/turn as well.
Grand Masters Chapel now also gives +5 faith/turn
Gains major adjacency from Entertainment District and Water Park
Naturalist: re-balanced in line with Rock Bands
Amenities System Changes
Revolt is now at -8 or less
Ecstatic is at +5 of more
Negative penalties are harsher (but revolt isn’t as harsh)
Free amenities for city are gone.Palace gives 1.
Byzantium and Gaul Pack
Out in September
Civilization Leader: Basil II
Leader Agenda: Divine Guardian Likes civs following the same religion
Civilization Capital: Constantinople
Civilization Bonus: Taxis Combat units and Religious units get a combat bonus for each Holy City Converted to Byzantium’s Religion. Byzantium’s Region is spread by defeating enemy units. Bonus Great Prophet points in cities with a Holy Site.
Leader Bonus: Porphyrogénnétos. Cavalry units do full damage against cities following the same religion as Byzantium.
Unique Unit: Dromon – bonus range and attack than the Quadrireme that it replaces
Unique Unit: Tagma – Bonus combat or religious attack to units next to it, replaces the knight.
Unique District: Hippodrome Replaces the Entertainment District and is cheaper to build. Bonus Heavy Cavalry unit for each district and building constructed.
Rivers: Meander River, Prut River
Cities: Thessalonica, Adrianople, Nicaea, Antioch, Nicomedia, Trebizond, Ancyra, Edessa, Sinope, Amaseia, Cherson, Dyrrachium, Nicopolis, Seleucia, Iconium, Melitene, Bari, Dorylaeum, Amorium, Koloneia, Tyana, Attalea, Sebasteia, Theodosiopolis, Mesembria, Arcadiopolis, Mount Athos, Dorystolon & Zara
Civilization Leader: Ambiorix
Leader Agenda: Scourge of Rome Likes civs with militaries with numerous units. Dislikes those with few units.
Civilization Capital: Aduatuca
Civilization Bonus: Hallstatt Culture Mines provide a major adjacency to all districts, Mines give a culture bomb to unowned tiles and bonus culture. Districts do not receive a bonus for being next to each other and can not be built next to the City Centre
Leader Bonus: King of the Ebrones – Building Military units gives you a culture boost, bonus to melee combats strength for neighbouring units.
Unique Unit: Gaesatae – Replaces the Warrior, Bonus to combat strength when attacking higher tech units and district defences, costs more to build.
Unique District: Oppidum – An Industrial Zone replacement that comes earlier in the Tech Tree and has the ability to do a ranged attack. Unlocks Apprenticeship when the first is built.
Rivers: Aisne River
Lakes: Lake Neuchâtel
Mountains: Cévennes & Eifel Mountains
Cities: Bibrax, Noviodunum, Samarobriva, Durocorteron, Ratumacos, Tervanna, Bagacum, Divodurum, Alesia, Avaricum, Lisieux, Lutetia, Lugudunon, Cenabum, Meledunum, Turones, Autricum, Bibracte, Darioritum, Uxellodunum, Gergovia, Vesontio, Brenodurum, Crociatonum, Agedincum, Limonum, Andematunnum, Condate, Aregenua, Anicium & Ruscino
New Game Mode
Dramatic Ages – There is only Golden and Dark Ages. You get access to new policy cards that replace dedications. Bonus Era Score is add to Loyalty pressure it can also cause cities to immediately rebel. You will lose at least one city per Dark Age (never your capital) and they will work with those from the least loyalty pressure up.
Georgia – You can now use Dark Ages policy cards during a Golden Age, an extra Wildcard Slot
Biosphère – Increases appeal on Marsh and Rainforest tiles, [GS] Boosts power and Tourism. [Van & R&F] Bonus science for Marsh, Rainforest, or Woods tile.
Statue of Zeus – Grants 3 Archers, 3 Spearmen, and a Battering Ram. Bonus to production of Anti-Cavalry Unites. Must be built on flat land next to an Encampment with a Barracks. + Gold.
New Map Script
The Highlands – dominated by hills and mountain ranges with large lakes rather than oceans or seas
Venice Replaces Antioch, keeps its bonus
1-4 players and can be played on a custom built map, or a random map script over 60 turns
You play as one of 4 different Pirate Factions, each with an Active and Passive Ability:
Dread Pirate – Active: Walk the Plank – Immediately sinks a badly damaged ship +5 Movement +5 Combat strength for 5 turns; Passive: Fightn’ is what we do Best – +Gold when any unit engages in combat
Privateer – Active: Bring Her Home – You can capture a badly damaged ship and turn it over to your patron for +100 gold and +5 Infamy; Passive: Letter of Marque – you can see all ports owned by your patron and gives you a bonus to pillaging trade routes
Swashbuckler – Active: Tack Into the Wind – A significant temporary movement boost; Passive: Sailing the Open Seas – you get infamy for revealing more hexs of the map
Hoarder – Active: Chain Shot – Can temporarily anchor another unit in place; Passive Mine! Mine! Mine! – Lowers unit maintenance, gives bonus to buried treasure, and bonus interest on their gold reserves
There will be 4 civs battling along with you
British – Port Royal, Nassau, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Nevis,
Spanish – Nombre de Dios, Rio de la Hacha, Maracaibo,
French – Petit Goave, Tortuga, Florida Keys, Leogané,
Dutch – St. Martin, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius,
Treasure Fleets – every few turns a treasure fleet from one of the above will leave from a random port with great riches but also heavy defence
Buccaneers – Replace barbarians, spawn from Buccaneer Camps which can be pillaged but if you do they spawn an Infamous Pirate
You can find Relics in the game that can be used like policy slots to improve you Pirates
Blackbeard’s Short Fuse – Naval unit attacks reduce enemies movement
Captain William Kidd’s Journal – 50% chance of finding an additional Treasure Map when visiting a Tavern
Crates of Rum – +Gold Per Turn
Dowsing Rod – Every Ship can see the Closest Treasure in 20 Hexs
L’olonnais’ Cutlery – Gain gold based on the combat strength of your defeated units
Singing Topmen – Reduces maintenance
Ships Special Abilities:
These are used in lieu of being able to use cities like normal
Capture Boat – Consume Crew to capture a heavily damaged ship and add it to your fleet
Careening – uses up all available movement to heal the ship (the more movement points the more healing)
Visit Tavern – next to a port you can use this to recruit crew and discover a new quest
The winner of the scenario is the one with this highest score, which is based on how well you did Fighting and gaining treasure and infamy.
Recruit Partisans Espionage Mission – Now Pillages the Neighbourhood, and only spawns anti-cavalry
Game Speed Scaling – more features (like Favour cost) now scale with the speed
City Defences – Repairing City Defences is now more important to the AI
Diplomatic Favour – decreased its value to the AI
Districts – Civilizations without a Religion Focus will be discouraged from building Holy Sites over other districts first
Wonders – Increased the value of some world wonders (the Oracle and The Pyramids) for the AI to build
Civilization Leader: Hammurabi
Leader Agenda: Cradle of Civilization – Likes civs who build every type of district. Tries to build all of them himself.
Civilization Capital: Babylon
Civilization Bonus: Anuma Anu Enlil – Eurekas provide the full tech, but you only make 50% of the available Science each turn
Leader Bonus: Ninu Ilu Sirum – When you build a type of Specialty District for the first time it comes with the tier-1 building, all other Districts give a free envoy when built for the first time.
Unique Unit: Sabum Kibittum – Bonus movement, sight, and damage against Cavalry units, but weaker than a normal warrior in base melee strength. Unlocked from the start of the game.
Unique Building: Palgum – Bonus housing and production. All freshwater tiles gain bonus food, must be built next to a river. Unlocked at Irrigation.
Mountains: Zagos Mountains
Cities: Opis, Karkar, Mari, Malgium, Rapiqum, Kar-Shamash, Mashkan-Shapir,
Anshan – Science (replaces Babylon)
Ayutthaya – Cultural – Gain Culture equal to 10% of the construction cost when finishing buildings
Chinguetti – Religious – International and domestic Trade Routes receive Faith for every follower in this city, of your founded or majority religion.
Johannesburg – Industrial – Cities receive Production for every improved resource type. After researching Industrialization, it becomes Production.
Nalanda – Science – Can build the Mahavihara which gives bonus science and housing and must be built on flatland and not next to another Mahavihara. Gives bonus faith if next to a Holy Site, and bonus Science if next to a Campus
Samarkand – Economic – Can build the Trading Dome which gives extra gold, more gold if next to Luxury resources. Bonus gold on Trade Routes for each Trading Dome in a city. Can not be built next to another Trading Dome.
Wolin – Militaristic – Receive Great General points when a land unit defeats a civilization or City-State’s unit and receive Great Admiral points when a naval unit defeats a civilization or City-State’s unit
Beatrix Potter – Great Writer – Creates The Tale of Peter Rabbit & The Tailor of Gloucester
Dandara – Great General – +5 Combat Strength and +1 Movement to Industrial and Modern era land units within 2 tiles. Retire effect: Create Warrior Monk with 1 promotion.
Dimitrie Cantemir – Great Musician – Pesrev Adjem Yegiahi, Prince of Moldavia & Uzzusule Beresvan
Hanno the Navigator – Great Admiral – +5 Combat Strength and +1 Movement to Classical and Medieval era naval units within 2 tiles. Retire effect: Create a naval melee unit with +2 Movement.
Gabriela Mistral – Great Writer – Creates Lecturas Para Mujeres (Books for Women) & Sonetos de la Muerte (Sonnets of Death)
Hasegawa Tohaku – Great Artist – Creates Pine Trees, Maple Tree & Birds and Flowers
Himerios – Great Admiral – +5 Combat Strength and +1 Movement to Medieval and Renaissance era naval units within 2 tiles. Retire effect: Grants 1 promotion level and +25% combat experience to a military naval unit.
Ibn Fadlan – Great Merchant – +1 Trade Route. Trade Routes to City-States gain +2 Faith.
Ibn Khaldun – Great Scientist – Chosen Campus gains 2 Housing and 1 Amenity. Increases non-Food yield benefits of Happiness in your empire by 40%.
Imhotep – Great Engineer – Grants 175 production towards wonder construction, doubled if the wonder is from the Ancient or Classical Era.
Kamal ud-Din Behzad – Great Artist – Creates Battleground of Tumir and Egyptian King, Yusef and Zuleykha & Timur Granting Audience On The Occasion Of His Accession
Kenzo Tange – Great Engineer – Grants Tourism in each of this city’s Districts equal to its adjacency bonus (halved for Gold).
Margaret Mead – Great Scientist – Greats a large Science and Culture Bonus
Matthew Perry – Great Admiral – +5 Combat Strength and +1 Movement to Modern and Atomic era navel units within 2 tiles. Retire effect: Grants enough Envoys to become Suzerain at selected City-State. This removes all other Envoys.
Rumi – Great Writer – Creates Divani Shamsi Tabriz & Masnavi
Scott Joplin – Great Musician – Creates The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag & The Easy Winners
Shah Jahan – Great Engineer – Grants Production towards wonder construction, capped at half of your current treasury. Then reduces your Gold by twice the amount of purchased Production.
Stamford Raffles – Great Merchant – Activate in a City-State to absorb it into your empire. [+10 Loyalty in R&F + GS]
Trưng Trắc – Great General – +5 Combat Strength and +1 Movement to Classical and Medieval era land units within 2 tiles. Retire effect: Permanently reduces your empire’s War Weariness by 25%.
Tupac Amaru II – Great General – +5 Combat Strength and +1 Movement to Modern and Atomic era land units within 2 tiles. Retire effect: Grants a Musketman in each of the target city’s indefensible and undefended districts.
Valmiki – Great Writer – Creates The Ramayana and Yoga Vasistha
Wassily Kadinsky – Great Artist – Creates Composition 8, Blue Rider & Red Square
Zhang Heng – Great Scientist – Triggers Eureka for Celestial Navigation, Mathematics, and Engineering. If these Eurekas are already triggered, instead completes the techs.
Zhou Daguan – Great Merchant – Activate in a City-State to gain 3 Envoys there.
Heroes & Ledgends
Add new hero units that act like playable great people but much more powerful. You discover heroes by exploring the map, city state diplomacy, or undertake the Heroic Tails projects in one of your cities.
Heroes can then be recruited by performing the city project in any city with a monument, but you have to act quick because other civilization might be after the same hero. When a hero dies for the first time, they leave behind two great works that can be added to a monument.
Heroes have ‘life spans’ that when they run out the hero disappears, but they can be recalled by faith. You can only have one hero per-city. Heroes can jump from city to city.
Some buildings (shrine & temple) and wonders (Hanging Gardens & The Oracle) give bonuses for heroes.
Gilgamesh’s ability has been changed for this mode: 25% Production increase when claiming Heroes, and Heroes have 20% longer Lifespans.
Anansi – Anansi’s Tricks – Use when located on a Bonus or Luxury Resource. Anansi consumes the resource and generates 60 Science and 50 Culture. Costs 1 Charge and ends turn.; Agile: Ignores Movement penalties in Woods and Rainforest terrain.
Arthur – Arthur’s Accolade: Transforms an adjacent military unit to a Questing Knight unit (Time Limited)
Beowulf – Beowulf’s Challenge: Target an adjacent enemy unit with Combat Strength less than Beowulf’s. Beowulf immediately destroys the target. Costs 1 Charge, 1 Movement.; Rugged: Ignores Movement penalties in Hills terrain.
Hercules – Hercules’ Labour: Use when located on a friendly District under construction. Hercules immediately completes construction of the District. Costs 2 Charges and ends turn.; Rugged: Ignores Movement penalties in Hills terrain; Hercules’ Rage: Use when located on an enemy District. Hercules destroys all buildings present and pillages the District. Costs 1 Charge and ends turn.
Himiko – Himiko’s Rule: Can instantly levy a City-States military if you are a Suzerain; Inspiring: +10 Combat Strength to all units within 2 tiles; Himiko’s Charm: Target any adjacent City-State. Himiko immediately places 1 free Envoy in the City-State. If you are already the Suzerain there, Himiko also earns 50 Faith. Costs 1 Charge and ends turn.
Hippolyta – Rugged: Ignores Movement penalties in Hills terrain; Hippolyta’s Favor: Hippolyta automatically heals 20 HP each turn; Hippolyta’s Command: Target any adjacent friendly unit that has moved or attacked this turn. Hippolyta immediately restores the unit’s moves and attacks. Useable once per turn.
Hunahpu & Xbalanque – The Twins’ Resurrection: Any ordinary land unit killed by Hunahpu & Xbalanque is resurrected under your control with full HP and movement; Agile: Ignores Movement penalties in Woods and Rainforest terrain
Maui – Maui’s Inventions: Can create a random luxury or bonus resource on an unowned empty tile; Agile: Ignores Movement penalties in Woods and Rainforest terrain.
Mulan – Mulan’s Devotion: Mulan gains 1 Combat Strength every turn; Mulan’s Defiance: Mulan fully fortifies automatically at the end of every turn.
Oya – Oya’s Storm: Damages all adjacent enemy units while healing all adjacent friendly units; Swift: Ignores all terrain Movement penalties.
Sinbad the Sailor – Navigator: Can enter Ocean tiles; Sinbad’s Journeys: Sinbad earn 500 Gold whenever he discovers a Continent or Natural Wonder; Sinbad’s Fortunes: Target any adjacent enemy naval unit or Barbarian Camp. The target is either cleared or damaged by 50%, and Sinbad immediately earns 300 Gold. Costs 1 Charge.
Sun Wukong – Swift: Ignores all terrain Movement penalties; Sun Wukong’s Disguise: Sun Wukong is hidden unless adjacent to an enemy unit; Sun Wukong’s Immortality: Sun Wukong has significantly increased Lifespan.
City-States Picker – Allows you to pick which city-states are in your game. you can sort by name or by type
Secret Societies – An update to the Lay lines
Byzantium – A fix to stop it getting bonus cavalry units from buildings it did not build
Social Policy Cards – Great People points, adjacency bonuses, and population requirements have been updated.
Technologies – Professional Sports, Capitalism, Industrialisation, Refining, electricity, Advanced Flight, and Advanced Ballistics have all have their requirements for their Eureka boosts reduced
Combat – Melee Units bonus against Anti-cavalry Units reduced, the combat of teir-1 promotions is reduced.
Great People –
Leonardo Da Vinci – Increases the culture bonus he gives workshops
Albert Einstein – Science bonus now applies to the Research Lab
AI – Leaders will be less likely to give demands if they are doing badly in a war or you are stronger. Have a better sense as to when to raise a captured city.
Diplomacy – Added a “Stop Asking Me” button
Out in January
Civilization Leader: Bà Triệu (Lady Triệu)
Leader Agenda: Defender of the Homeland – Like Civilizations that have not declared war on her, dislikes those who have.
Preferred Religion: None
Civilization Capital: Thăng Long
Civilization Bonus: Nine Dragon River Delta – All land Specialty Districts (like Holy Site) can only be built on Woods (bonus Culture), Rainforest (bonus Science), or Marsh (bonus Production). Can plant woods when you unlock Medieval Fairs.
Leader Bonus: Drive Out The Aggressors – bonus combat strength when fighting on Rainforest, Marsh, or Woods, bonus movement if you start your turn on one of these tiles. This is doubled if the tile is in your territory.
Unique Unit: Voi Chién – A War Elephant that replaces the crossbowman, bonus movement and can move after attacking
Unique District: Thành – An unique Encampment replacement bonus culture for each adjacent District. Bonus Tourism after Flight is researched.
Cities: Huế, Đồng Hới, Trà Kiệu, Đà Nẵng, Con Cuông, Mỹ Tho, Quy Nhơn,
Leads Both China and Mongolia
Leader Bonus: Gerege – You gain a bonus Economic Policy Card Slot, When creating a Trading Post in a Civilization for the first time you get a random Eureka and Inspiration
Leader Agenda: Pax Mongolica – Likes civilizations with strong military and high gold-per-turn, dislikes civilizations with a poor military or gold-per-turn
Preferred Religion: Buddhism
New Game Mode
Monopolies and Corporations Game Mode
You can create entire industries around owning multiple copies of the same resource (like Diamonds or Ivory)
This is first done by building Industries, a new tile improvement built by the Builder. This gives you bonuses to the home city of the resource including Great Merchant points.
The next level is Corporations, after controlling a certain amount of a single resource you can use a Great Merchant to create a Corporation. These increase bonuses and create products which work as great works that you can add to Stock Exchanges and Seaports.
Finally, if you control all the sources of a particular luxury resource, you can create a Monopoly. This gives you bonus Gold and also Tourism.
Industry Bonuses & Products
Amber – +Faith
Citrus – +Production towards Military Units
Cocoa – +Growth & +Housing
Coffee – +Culture – Game Designer Full Coffee
Cotton – +Production towards Military Units
Diamonds – +Gold
Dyes – +Faith
Furs – +Production towards Civilians Units
Gypsum – +Production to Buildings
Honey – +Growth & +Housing
Incense – +Faith
Ivory – +Production towards Military Units
Jade – +Gold
Marble – +Production to Buildings
Mercury – +Science
Olives – +Production towards Civilians Units
Pearls – +Faith
Salt – +Growth & +Housing
Silk – +Culture
Silver – +Gold
Spices – +Science
Sugar – +Growth & +Housing
Tea – +Science – Sun-Never-Sets Tea
Tobacco – +Production towards Military Units
Truffles – +Gold
Turtles – +Science
Whales – +Production towards Military Units
Wine – +Culture
Preserves are a new specialty district, That grants housing based on tile appeal, culture bombs surrounding unclaimed tiles, and increases the appeal of tiles next to it. It can not be built next to a City Centre but bonus from multiple overlapping Preserves can stack. Unlocks with Mysticism.
Grove: + Food & Faith to surrounding unimproved Charming tiles, +Food, Faith & Culture if the tiles are Breathtaking. Unlocks with Mysticism.
Sanctuary: + Science & Gold to unimproved Charming tiles, + Science, Gold & Production if the tiles are Breathtaking. Unlocks with Conservation.
Barbarian Clans Game Mode
Barbarians can now build Unique Units from Civilizations not in the game
There are Six Clans
Hills Clans – Near Hills
Rover Clans – Near Horse Resources
Every Turn Clans gain points towards a conversion into a City State
When you occupy a Clan Outpost you can Disperse it (remove it from the game and gain XP) or Raid (gain gold and they lose progression towards City State conversion)
You can also interact with clans diplomatically: (all options boosts their conversion speed)
Bribe – Spend Gold to stop them from attacking you for a time
Hire – Spend Gold to buy one of their Unique Units
Incite – Spend Gold to get the Clan to attack someone else
Ransom – Spend Gold to get a captured civilian unit back (this reduced progression to conversion)
Leader Selection Pool
You can customise the selection of leaders used in the game, this can be used to make sure certain leaders … looking at you Alexander … are not in the game. Or conversely to make sure a leader dose appear in the game.
This can be used in multiplayer to create ban lists so players can’t pick certain leaders.
AI – The AI is more likely to use anti-air as well as Air Units
Policy Slots – Government Policy Slots has been updated
Great Barrier Reef – Now gives a Major Campus Adjacency Bonus
Cliffs of Dover – now provide 3 Culture, 3 Gold, & 2 Food
Out in March
Civilization Leader: João III
Civilization Capital: Lisbon
Civilization Bonus: Casa Da Índia – International Trade Routes can only reach cities on the coast or with a Harbour, +Yields on International Trade Routes. Trader units get +range on Water and can embark from the start of the game.
Leader Bonus: Porta Do Cerco – All units get bonus sight, bonus trade route when you meet a civilization for the first time, Open Borders with all City-States.
Unique Unit: Nau – Cheaper maintenance, Starts with one free promotion, has two charges to build Feitorias.
Unique Tile Improvement: Feitoria – +Gold, +Production, Portugal gains +Gold, +Production to all trade routes to a city with one. Must be built in a foreign city that you have Open Borders with on the coast next to a bonus or luxury resource. Cannot be removed.
Unique Building: Navigation School – Replaces the University, +construction of Naval units, +science for every two Coast or Lake tiles in the city, +Great Admiral Points.
Cities: Viseu, Évora, Faro, Guimarães,
New World Wonders
Torre de Belém – +Gold, + Great Admiral Points, +Gold for International Trade Routes based on the Luxury resources at the destination. On construction each city not on your home continent gets a free building. Must be on a coastal tile next to a Harbour.
Etemenanki – +Science & +Production on Marsh tiles in your empire, +Science & +Production on Flood Plains in this city. Must be built on a Marsh or Flood Plain.
Wetlands Map – A new map script dominated by marshes
Zombie Defense Game Mode
Every unit killed in the game has a chance to turn into a Zombie unit. These units focus on nearby units and if they kill a unit it creates another Zombie unit.
You can build two new tile improvements to help you against the Zombies, with the Trap and Barricade.
You can use a city project to ‘Turn Undead’ to temporarily take control of Zombies in your city limits, there is also a ‘Zombie Outbreak’ spy mission.
True Start Location Mediterranean
True Start Location Earth Huge
Update to the AI’s use of naval vessels
Canada – Building Camps, Mines, Lumber Mills & Farms in snow or tundra give extra bonuses. Increase bonuses to Mounties.
China – When you complete a Wonder you get a random Eureka and Inspiration from that Wonder’s Era.
Georgia – All victories now provide the faith bonus,
Khmer – Bonus Faith per population, Bonus Amenities for cities with Aqueducts, Farms get bonus food if next to an Aqueduct and faith if next to a Holy Site, Holy Sites get a major Adjacency bonus from Rivers as well as food equal to its faith adjacency bonus.
Mapuche – Cities with an established Governor get +culture, production & combat experience. These bonuses are increased if the city was not founded by Mapuche. Bonus loyalty from Governors for cities within 9 tiles
Spain – Can form fleets and armadas with Mercantilism, +Gold, Faith & Production from Trade Routes [Boosted by travel of multiple continents], Cities not on the main continent get a boost to production and get a free settler when founded.