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The Great General is a civilian unit in Civilization VI, a GreatPerson6 Great Person specialized in land warfare. It can be attracted once enough General6 Great General points are earned (and can be rushed with Civ6Gold Gold or Civ6Faith Faith through Patronage). General6 Great General points are primarily earned through Encampment districts and buildings.

All Great Generals provide +5 Civ6StrengthIcon Combat Strength and +1 Civ6Movement Movement to all land units within 2 tiles. This bonus, however, is valid only for units of the General's era and the following era. Great Generals can be expended at any point to activate their Bonus Ability, which varies depending on the specific General.

Great GeneralsEdit

Name Era Bonus Ability
Boudicca Classical Convert adjacent barbarian units
Hannibal Barca Classical Grants one promotion level to a military unit
Sun Tzu Classical Creates the Art of War Great Work of Writing (+4 Civ6Culture Culture, +4 Tourism6 Tourism)
Æthelflæd Medieval Instantly creates Knight unit
El Cid Medieval Forms a corps out of a military land unit
Genghis Khan Medieval Grants a free promotion level, +25% combat bonus for mounted units
Ana Nzinga Renaissance Gain a free Envoy6 Envoy
Gustavus Adolphus Renaissance Instantly creates a Bombard unit
Jeanne d'Arc Renaissance Creates a Relic6 Relic
Napoleon Bonaparte Industrial Creates an army out of a land unit
Rani Lakshmibai Industrial Instantly creates a Cavalry unit with one promotion
Simón Bolívar Industrial Gain 2 free Envoy6 Envoys
Douglas MacArthur Atomic Turns a Heavy Cavalry unit into a Tank and provides 1 free promotion.
Dwight Eisenhower Atomic +5% Civ6Production Production towards military units.
Georgy Zhukov Atomic +50% Flanking bonus for all land military units.
Sudirman Atomic Grants 1 promotion level and +100% combat experience to a military unit.
John Monash Modern Grant 1 promotion level and +75% combat experience to a military unit.
Marina Raskova Modern Gain +1 Air unit slot in this district.
Samori Touré Modern Instantly creates an Infantry unit with one promotion level.
Ahmad Shah Massoud Information Turns itself into Modern AT units with 1 free promotion.
Vijaya Wimalaratne Information Grants 1 promotion level and +100% combat experience to a military land unit

StrategyEdit

Unsurprisingly, most Great Generals' abilities have direct military applications - some create units, some allow units to acquire XP more easily, some grant free promotions, some form a single unit into a corps or army, and some provide permanent bonuses to the abilities, production, or storage capacity of military units. They also provide Civ6StrengthIcon Combat Strength and Civ6Movement Movement bonuses to nearby units, allowing you to strike at your enemies harder and faster. However, since warfare is constantly changing with the development of new weapons and technology, a Great General's military knowledge eventually becomes antiquated, and the General ceases to provide Civ6StrengthIcon Combat Strength and Civ6Movement Movement bonuses to units that are two eras more advanced than he or she is. When it comes time to upgrade your army, be sure to retire any Great Generals whose bonuses have become obsolete.

Historical ContextEdit

Every age of civilization has had its “great” generals, those who change the course of history by being cleverer, braver, or simply luckier than their peers across the battlefield. These are the men who can convince other men to follow them into hell … and perhaps out the other side. They are innovators in the ways of death, inventing new weapons, formations, tactics and strategies to win wars. Or finding new benefits in the old ways of killing. Every person reading this can name dozens of great generals, for their names echo down to us in legends, histories and monuments. Some are leaders of their people, warrior-kings and president-generals; if not already the head of the government while becoming “great,” they are often awarded (or cursed with) that mantle afterward. And then they write their memoirs, provided they survive their wars.

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