Religion is a returning feature in Civilization VI, but its role has been greatly expanded both in scope and in importance, becoming the focus of a new victory condition. Religion is primarily based around the Faith stat, which you can gain through various means including buildings, theological combat, and Wonders.
- Main article: Pantheons (Civ6)
As in Civilization V: Gods & Kings, Pantheons are the first manifestation of spiritual development in a civilization. Pantheons worship a number of minor gods, usually related to nature and natural phenomena, and provide minor bonuses, usually based on terrain. In a major departure from the previous game, a civilization's Pantheon will not get overwritten by foreign religions converting your cities.
You need to establish a Pantheon as a stepping stone towards founding a full Religion. For more detailed information, as well as list of Pantheon Beliefs, visit the main article.
Creating a Religion Edit
Once a Great Prophet is obtained, a civilization which has already adopted a Pantheon may use him to found a religion in any Holy Site District or the Stonehenge wonder, if it exists. Note that Great Prophets are not obtained through simple accumulation of Faith! You will need a source of Great Prophet Points, such as a Holy Site. The number of Religions possible is still limited, and is always less than the number of players on the map, so you will need to race the others if you want your own Religion.
As before, players must choose from available symbols for their new Religion; this time there are some custom symbols which may be assigned to custom Religion names. Two Beliefs are assigned initially, one of which is mandatory a Founder Belief, and the other may be either a Follower or a Worship Belief.
All Beliefs are chosen from a common pool, and belong to one Religion only; that is, later-founded Religions cannot choose the same Beliefs. Thus, the more Religions are founded, the less Beliefs there will be to choose from.
Later, you may add two additional Beliefs to your Religion using an Apostle's Evangelize Belief action. This will destroy the Apostle and let you choose one Founder Belief (so you'll need to sacrifice two Apostles to have the maximum number of Beliefs allowed). You may add these Beliefs whenever you wish - that is, there is no time limit to this possibility, and the limited number of Religions that can be created ensures that you will always have some Beliefs to choose from. But of course - the sooner you add the Beliefs, the greater the choice you will have.
Maximum Number Edit
The total number of religions that can be founded is determined by map size, by half the default amount of players plus one:
- Duel: 2
- Tiny: 3
- Small: 4
- Standard: 5
- Large: 6
- Huge: 7
Adding extra players via Advanced Setup will not increase the maximum number of religions. Once the limit is reached, no further Great Prophets may be recruited, and the Revelation policy card will become obsolete.
Special cases Edit
A Religion can only be founded after you have founded a Pantheon, even if you already have a Great Prophet! This is important in the event a player manages to build the Stonehenge wonder before accumulating enough Faith to adopt a Pantheon, or if he's lucky enough to earn enough Great Prophet Points without a Holy Site, and before the Religion limit is reached (this is possible, since the resource for obtaining a Pantheon is Faith, while the one for obtaining a Great Prophet is Great Prophet Points). In this case the player will have to work towards a Pantheon first, and only then will be able to use the Great Prophet.
There is a very special case which may occur with the Arabian civilization, or with any civilization which manages to attract a Prophet without having either a Holy Site or the Stonehenge wonder (yes, it's possible: all it takes is the Revelation Policy and other civs which are utterly uninterested in religion). Namely, they will be unable to Found a Religion! Although this will be extremely rare, it may happen; and you may see this Prophet wondering about, sad and wayward, while the maximum number of religions stays one short. Unfortunately, you can't do anything about it - the game won't let you capture that Prophet, no matter what; and it will be already impossible to attract another Prophet.
Spreading a ReligionEdit
Converting Citizens with Religious UnitsEdit
Religion can be spread with a Missionary or Apostle of that religion, both of which can spread their Religion three times per unit (without any special effects or promotions). A city of a given religion will only purchase religious units of that religion. You can easily tell how many charges they have left based on how many characters are visible on the unit's tile. The strength of the spread is equal to the current Religious strength of the unit x 2. Note that this strength diminishes if the unit is injured. Therefore, it is usually more sensible to heal an injured religious unit before using it to spread your religion.
Once more than 50% of the Citizens convert to a particular religion, it becomes the city's dominant religion.
Religious Pressure Edit
After converting to a particular religion, the city starts exerting religious pressure for this religion, and may use its Belief benefits. Thanks to this pressure, left on their own nearby cities will eventually also convert to this religion. The amount of Religious Pressure your cities exert decides how fast or how far your Religion will spread. If there is, however, another religion which also exerts pressure over these cities, the two will start competing, converting Citizens at the same time. Eventually, the religion with the stronger pressure will win and convert the other city.
The amount of religious pressure on a particular city for a particular religion depends mainly on the number of nearby cities exerting pressure for it.
Theological Combat Edit
The final, most dramatic way to spread a Religion is when the agents of two different religions clash in a contest of faith. For more information on this most interesting new feature in Civilization VI, check here.
There are twelve default religions in the game, and some leaders have a preferred religion that the AI will choose:
|Religion||Leaders that prefer this religion|
|Catholicism||Catherine, Frederick, Jadwiga, Pedro II, Philip II|
|Protestantism||Harald Hardrada, Teddy Roosevelt, Victoria|
|Taoism||Qin Shi Huang|
In addition to the above, there are also twelve icons for "custom religions" for which a player will be asked to type in a name. The AI will never found a custom religion; if they have no preferred or theirs is already taken, they will randomly choose from one of the default religions.
Beliefs are the practical expressions of the divine powers. Similarly to Pantheons, they take the form of gameplay bonuses. However, unlike Pantheons, they work only in the cities which follow their particular Religion!
There are four main types of Beliefs in the game. When founding a religion you must choose a follower belief, followed by a belief from one of the 3 remaining groups. Evangelizing your religion with an Apostle (up to 2 times) will allow you to pick again from the remaining group of beliefs.
Follower Beliefs Edit
These focus on bonuses for the cities that follow the religion, regardless of whether they belong to the founding civilization or not. So, even foreign cities will benefit from Follower Beliefs. These must be chosen upon founding.
|Divine Inspiration||All world wonders provide +4 Faith.|
|Feed the World||Shrines and Temples provide Food equal to their intrinsic Faith output.|
|Jesuit Education||May purchase Campus and Theater Square district buildings with Faith.|
|Reliquaries||Relics have triple yield of both Faith and Tourism.|
|Religious Community||Shrines and Temples each provide +1 Housing.|
|Work Ethic||+1% Production for each follower.|
|Zen Meditation||+1 Amenity in cities with 2 specialty districts.|
Worship Beliefs Edit
These allow for the construction of special buildings in Holy Site Districts of follower cities, which means that they can also be constructed in cities that do not belong to the founding civilization. These buildings may be purchased with Faith. Note that each Holy Site may contain only 1 Worship building, which stays there permanently! If the Dominant religion changes later, and the new one has a different Worship Belief, you won't be able to replace the Worship building already existing.
|Cathedral||+3 Faith; 1 slot for religious art|
|Gurdwara||+3 Faith; +2 Food|
|Meeting House||+3 Faith; +2 Production|
|Mosque||+3 Faith Missionaries and Apostles +1 Spread Religion charge|
|Pagoda||+3 Faith; +1 Housing|
|Wat||+3 Faith; +2 Science|
Founder Beliefs Edit
These bestow bonuses on the civilization that founded the religion. It doesn't matter whether it's your own cities or foreign cities that follow the religion; the bonuses will always benefit only the founding civilization.
Group 1 Edit
|Church Property||+2 Gold for each city following this Religion.|
|Lay Ministry||Each Holy Site or Theater Square district in a city following this Religion provides +1 Faith or +1 Culture respectively.|
|Papal Primacy||Type bonuses from City-States following your Religion 50% more powerful.|
|Pilgrimage||+2 Faith for every city following this Religion in other civilizations.|
|Stewardship||Each Campus or Commercial Hub district in a city following this Religion provides +1 Science or +1 Gold respectively.|
|Tithe||+1 Gold for every 4 followers of this Religion.|
|World Church||+1 Culture for every 5 followers of this Religion in other civilizations.|
Group 2 Edit
- Main article: Victory (Civ6)#Religion
It Civilization VI it is possible to win the game by becoming the most dominant Religion in the world. This is done by having 50% of every extant civilization's cities following your Religion. To clarify, you need to reach 50% of each civilization's cities, and each civilization that you do this with counts as one point towards the victory, so if you are playing a game with only four civilizations and one of them only has two cities, if you convert one of those cities, then you would be 1/3 of the way to achieving this victory, even if the other civilizations have several more cities.
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