Leaders are symbolic representatives of the playable civilizations in Civilization VI. They are based on historical figures who accomplished great things or successfully led their people through periods of adversity.
Each leader has both a unique ability (which gives him or her special bonuses and gameplay advantages) and an agenda (which affects how he or she plays the game and interacts with other players when controlled by the AI). Some leaders' unique abilities allow them to unlock unique units after researching specific technologies.
In vanilla Civilization VI, there is one leader for each civilization (except the Greeks). However, it has been confirmed that future downloadable content and eventual expansions for the game will include multiple leaders for each civilization.
List of LeadersEdit
|Leader||Civilization||Leader Ability||Leader Agenda|
|Alexander3||Macedonian3||To the World's End||Short Life of Glory
Likes civilizations at war with powers other than Macedon. Has disdain for civilizations at peace.
|Amanitore4||Nubian4||Kandake of Meroë||City Planner|
|Catherine de Medici||French||Catherine's Flying Squadron||Black Queen
Gains as many Spies and as much diplomatic access as possible. Dislikes civilizations that ignore these espionage activities.
Wants to expand his empire, and dislikes civilizations that have cities close to his borders. Likes civilizations that aren't close to his borders.
Your Trade Routes to other civilizations provide +4 Gold for Egypt. Other civilizations' Trade Routes to Egypt provide +2 Food for them and +2 Gold for Egypt.
|Queen of the Nile
Likes civilizations with powerful militaries, and dislikes civilizations with weak militaries.
|Cyrus3||Persian3||Fall of Babylon
+2 Movement for all units for the next 10 turns after declaring a Surprise War. Surprise Wars count as Formal Wars for the purposes of warmongering penalties and war weariness. Occupied cities have no penalties to their yields.
Likes leaders who have declared a Surprise War. Dismisses leaders who do not use Surprise War declarations.
|Frederick Barbarossa||German||Holy Roman Emperor
Additional Military policy slot. +7 Combat Strength when attacking city-states.
Will attempt to conquer as many city-states as possible. Dislikes city-state suzerains as well as leaders who have conquered city-states.
Will never declare wars for which he can be branded a warmonger, and will try to befriend those who maintain the peace. Hates warmongers.
|Genghis Khan||Mongolian||Mongol Horde
All cavalry class units gain +3 Combat Strength and a chance to capture defeated enemy cavalry class units.
Likes to build mounted units, dislikes Civilizations with more mounted units than him.
|Gilgamesh||Sumerian||Adventures of Enkidu
May declare war on anyone at war with their allies without warmonger penalties. When at war with a common foe, they and their allies share pillage rewards and share combat experience gains if within 5 tiles.
|Ally of Enkidu
Likes civilizations who are willing to form a long-term alliance. Dislikes anyone denouncing or attacking his friends and allies.
|Gitarja5||Indonesian5||Exalted Goddess of the Three Worlds||Archipelagic State
Likes civilizations who avoid settling or conquering cities on small landmasses. Hates anyone with numerous cities on such islands.
Combat victories provide Culture equal to 50% of the Combat Strength of the defeated unit.
|With Your Shield Or On It
Never gives up items in a peace deal. Likes civilizations that haven't yielded in a peace deal. Dislikes civilizations that have surrendered in a peace deal and civilizations that have never engaged in a war.
|Harald Hardrada||Norwegian||Thunderbolt of the North||Last Viking King
Likes leaders with strong navies. Dislikes leaders who neglect their navies.
|Hojo Tokimune||Japanese||Divine Wind||Bushido|
|Jayavarman VII5||Khmer5||Monasteries of the King||An End to Suffering|
|John Curtin2||Australian2||Citadel of Civilization||Perpetually on Guard|
|Lautaro||Mapuche||Swift Hawk||Spirit of Tucapel
Tries to maintain a high degree of cultural loyalty, and respects civilizations who do the same. Dislikes civilizations that fail to maintain the loyalty of their people.
|Montezuma||Aztec||Gifts for the Tlatoani||Tlatoani
Likes civilizations who have the same Luxury resources as he does, and will try to collect every Luxury resource available. Dislikes civilizations who have a new Luxury resource he has not yet collected.
|Mvemba a Nzinga||Kongolese||Religious Convert||Enthusiastic Disciple
Likes leaders whose religions have spread to his cities. Dislikes leaders who have founded a religion and not spread it to a Kongo city.
Recruiting or patronizing a Great Person refunds 20% of their point cost.
|Patron of the Arts
Likes civilizations who are not competing for Great People, and will recruit Great People whenever possible. Dislikes civilizations with more Great People than him.
|Pericles||Greek||Surrounded by Glory||Delian League
Likes civilizations that aren't competing for the same city-state allegiance. Dislikes civilizations that are directly competing for city-state allegiance.
|Peter||Russian||The Grand Embassy||Westernizer|
|Philip II||Spanish||El Escorial||Counter Reformer
Wants all of his cities to follow the same religion. Likes civilizations that follow his religion. Dislikes civilizations that spread other religions to his cities.
|Poundmaker||Cree||Favorable Terms||Iron Confederacy
Tries to establish as many Alliances as possible, and likes civilizations that do the same. Dislikes civilizations that don't establish Alliances.
|Qin Shi Huang||Chinese||The First Emperor||Wall of 10,000 Li
Builds wonders whenever possible, and likes civilizations not competing for wonders. Dislikes civilizations with more wonders than him.
|Robert the Bruce||Scottish||Bannockburn||Flower of Scotland
Will never attack his neighboring civilizations unless they break a promise to him, and dislikes anyone waging war on them. Likes civilizations not at war with his neighbors.
|Saladin||Arabian||Righteousness of the Faith||Ayyubid Dynasty|
|Shaka||Zulu||Amabutho||Horn, Chest, Loins
Tries to form as many Corps and Armies as possible. Dislikes civilizations who have few Corps and Armies.
|Tamar||Georgian||Glory of the World, Kingdom and Faith||Narikala Fortress|
|Teddy Roosevelt||American||Roosevelt Corollary||Big Stick Policy|
|Tomyris||Scythian||Killer of Cyrus
All units receive +5 Combat Strength when attacking wounded units. When they eliminate a unit, they heal up to 30 hit points.
Likes civilizations who are their declared friend. Hates civilizations who backstab and declare surprise wars.
|Trajan||Roman||Trajan's Column||Optimus Princeps
Tries to include as much territory as possible to his empire. Does not like civilizations which control little territory.
|Victoria||English||Pax Britannica||Sun Never Sets|
Likes civilizations that send Trade Routes to her cities frequently. Dislikes civilizations who refrain from sending her Trade Routes.
1 Added in Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack (20 December 2016).
2 Added in Australia Civilization & Scenario Pack (23 February 2017).
3 Added in Persia and Macedon Civilization & Scenario Pack (28 March 2017).
4 Added in Nubia Civilization & Scenario Pack (27 July 2017).
5 Added in Khmer and Indonesia Civilization & Scenario Pack (19 October 2017).
Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
|Civilization VI |
|Rise and Fall|
Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.