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Governors as seen in the New Features Explained video (Civ6)

There are seven unlockable Governors in the game, each with their own abilities.

Governors are a feature added to Civilization VI in the Rise and Fall expansion pack. They are agents of your government which may be recruited and assigned to cities in order to boost their Loyalty and enhance gameplay elements.

What is a Governor? Edit

A Governor is similar to a Spy in that it is a "hidden agent" (it doesn't really move on the map, like a Great Person) which is assigned directly to cities. However, the similarities end there. A Governor's main job is to ensure the Loyalty of your cities - each city with a Governor receives +8 Loyalty per turn, which is a significant boost, and is usually enough to keep it from rebelling and declaring Independence. But beyond that, Governors have additional abilities which vary from Governor to Governor - more on that later.

Unlike Spies (which, despite having distinct names, are all the same and have the same promotions) or Great People (which are distinct, with distinct abilities, but they are also numerous and quickly expendable), there are only seven Governors. Each one has distinct qualities and unique promotions (called "abilities" or "titles"), and will stay with you throughout the game. You may choose to use all seven (but you will be unable to promote each one of them to the highest level), or you may choose to use just some of them (in which case you'll be able to use their most powerful abilities).

The same seven types of Governors are available to all players, and (unlike Great People) you do not have to compete with other players to attract them - they are always waiting for you.

How to use Governors Edit

Governors are used by assigning them to your cities. Each will need some turns to establish himself or herself in a city (assigning agents, establishing connections, consolidating power, etc.), after which the Governor will start applying his or her bonus effects to that city.

You may always reassign a Governor to a different city - just bear in mind that you'll spend some turns without being able to use his or her benefits.

Amani (the Diplomat) is also the only Governor who may be assigned not only to your own cities, but also to City-States, where she will act as a sort of super-Envoy.

Different Governors have widely differing abilities, which enhance different parts of the game. Their descriptive names (e.g. "The Cardinal," "The Financier") give you a general idea of their specialization, but none of them is constrained strictly to this specialization (maybe save Victor, who is completely defense-oriented). The slew of different Governor abilities rivals the many options for Policies you may choose at any given moment of the game, in order to emphasize different aspects of development for your empire. It is up to you and your particular strategy to make the best use of these options!

How to assign and promote Governors Edit

In order to start using a particular Governor, you first need to acquire Governor Titles by progressing through the Civic Tree, or by constructing certain buildings and structures in your empire. With each Governor Title you may either hire a new Governor or promote an existing Governor, selecting a new ability for him or her.

Each Governor starts with one active ability. Also (as stated above), each Governor increases Loyalty for its parent city.

List of GovernorsEdit

Governor Descriptive Names Default Title Additional Titles
Reyna (Financier) (Civ6) Reyna The Financier Land Acquisition Level 1:

Level 2:

Level 3:

Victor (Castellan) (Civ6) Victor The Castellan Redoubt Level 1:

Level 2:

Level 3:

Amani (Diplomat) (Civ6) Amani The Diplomat Messenger Level 1:

Level 2:

Level 3:

Magnus (Steward) (Civ6) Magnus The Steward Groundbreaker Level 1:

Level 2:

Level 3:

Moksha (Cardinal) (Civ6) Moksha The Cardinal Bishop Level 1:

Level 2:

Level 3:

Liang (Surveyor) (Civ6) Liang The Surveyor Guildmaster Level 1:

Level 2:

Level 3:

Pingala (Educator) (Civ6) Pingala The Educator Librarian Level 1:

Level 2:

Level 3:


Here's the lead designer Anton Strenger on the subject:[1]

In previous versions of Civilization, “governor” often referred to the AI behavior you could set for a city to act on your behalf. In this expansion, though, they are the opposite. Sending a Governor to a city is a way for the player to make an active decision about the development of one of their cities, and grow in a specific direction. Much like how districts operate in the base game, Governors are a way to specialize your cities. The difference: Governors have their own set of unique powerful bonuses and can move between controlled cities.

During a game, players can earn up to seven Governors. Each Governor has a different skill tree of promotions. We bent a lot of existing game rules to give them the power to make a difference in your cities.

Here’s how it works: You earn points (Governor Titles) through gameplay. Then you must choose whether to spend those points on appointing a new Governor or promoting an existing one. How you choose to manage your Governors will impact your overall strategy. Go wide by covering more cities, or go tall by promoting only a few powerful governors.

As for the Governors themselves, they have unique personalities – even before you start choosing which ones to upgrade. Some thrive in taking an already established city to the next level, building Wonders and powering up trade routes. Others are more suited to new cities that are constructing their first districts and claiming their first bits of land. One can be a savior during a city siege, and can make or break a city’s defense against a powerful attacking army. Though normally Governors can only work in your own cities, there is one that can be assigned to city-states, affecting the Envoys you have there. That said, none of the Governors are easily distilled into a single function.


Civilization VI- Rise and Fall - Devs Play India (Governors Deep Dive)

Civilization VI- Rise and Fall - Devs Play India (Governors Deep Dive)

Sarah Darney and Brian Feldges demonstrate the Governors system.


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