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The Great Admiral is a civilian unit in Civilization VI, a Great Person specialized in naval warfare. It appears once enough Great Admiral points are earned (and can be rushed with Gold or Faith through Patronage). Great Admiral points are primarily obtained through the Harbor district and buildings.
All Great Admirals provide +5 Combat Strength and +1 Movement for all naval units within 2 tiles. This bonus is only valid for units of the Admiral's era and the following era, but no further. Great Admirals can be expended at any point to activate their Bonus Ability, which varies depending on the specific Admiral.
|Artemisia||Classical||Grants 1 promotion level to a military naval unit.|
|Gaius Duilius||Classical||Forms a Fleet (Corps) out of a military naval unit.|
|Themistocles||Classical||Instantly creates a Quadrireme unit.|
|Leif Erikson||Medieval||Allows all naval units to move over ocean tiles without the required technology.|
|Rajendra Chola||Medieval||Gain 50 Gold. Military units get +40% rewards to looting.|
|Zheng He||Medieval||Get an Envoy.|
|Francis Drake||Renaissance||Gain 75 Gold (on Standard speed).|
|Santa Cruz||Renaissance||Forms an Armada out of a military naval unit.|
|Yi Sun-Sin||Renaissance||Instantly creates an Ironclad unit with 1 promotion level.|
|Ching Shih||Industrial||Gain 100 Gold. Military units get +60% rewards for plundering sea Trade Routes.|
|Horatio Nelson||Industrial||+50% flanking bonus for all naval units.|
|Laskarina Bouboulina||Industrial||Grants 1 promotion level and +50% combat experience to a military.|
|Franz von Hipper||Modern||Instantly creates a battleship with 1 promotion level.|
|Joaquim Marques Lisboa||Modern||Accumulate 25% less war weariness than usual.|
|Togo Heihachiro||Modern||Grants 1 promotion level and +75% combat experience to a military naval unit.|
|Chester Nimitz||Atomic||+20% Production towards units of the Naval Raider promotion class.|
|Grace Hopper||Atomic||Unlocks a random technology of the information era.|
|Sergei Gorshkov||Atomic||Gives 1 free promotion to naval units and 100% combat experience.|
|Clancy Fernando||Information||Gives 1 free promotion to naval units and 200% combat experience.|
Some are born with salt water in their veins, and so take to a life at sea. In the past, these were the “great” admirals, leading voyages of exploration, trading shots across the bow with other warships, and terrorizing innocent merchant vessels. Once men found that they could sail across open water and not (usually) drown, ships of all sorts took to the shallow and deep seas. Yi Sun Shin, Cristoforo Colombo, Horatio Nelson, Isoroku Yamamoto, David Farragut, and the list goes on of those who made a name for themselves at sea. Thanks in large part to their efforts, the world shrank and civilization expanded. But, maybe they had no choice. As Jacques Yves Cousteau (who would have been a heck of an admiral if he were so inclined) wrote: “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”