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This page lists the Steam achievements available in Civilization V, listed in alphabetical order.


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The following is a list of the achievements in Civilization V and its DLCs.


Steam achievement A Magnificent Victory (Civ5)
A Magnificent Victory
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Suleiman.
A reference to Suleiman I being nicknamed "the Magnificent" in the West.
Steam achievement A Woman's Work (Civ5)
A Woman's Work
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Wu Zetian.
A reference to the common expression "a woman's work is never done."
Steam achievement Age of Empire (Civ5)
Age of Empire
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Darius.
Likely a reference to the Age of Empires video game series, and the fact that Darius was the ruler of the Persian Empire at the time of its peak in the 5th century BC.
Steam achievement All-Achieving Zeus (Civ5)
All-Achieving Zeus
Win on Deity in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
Steam achievement All Aboard the Orient Express (Civ5)
All Aboard the Orient Express
Discover a route to the Orient.
Discovering China in the New World DLC. The Orient Express was a famous train line that ran from Paris to Istanbul from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.
Steam achievement All Roads Lead to Rome (Civ5)
All Roads Lead to Rome
Build a road with a Roman legion.
A proverb meaning "Different paths can take one to the same goal." Modern wording of medieval sentiment; apparently originally a reference to Roman roads generally and the Milliarium Aureum (Golden Milestone) specifically.
Steam achievement Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (Civ5)
Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Ramesses II.
A quote from The Outsider, a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. In Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, Nephren-Ka was an Egyptian pharaoh whose unspeakable cult worship led him to be stricken from almost all Egyptian records.
"Now I ride with mocking and friendly ghouls on the night wind, and play by day amongst the catacombs of Nephren-Ka in the sealed and unknown valley of Haddoth by the Nile." -The Outsider, H.P. Lovecraft
Steam achievement Arab Trader (Civ5)
Arab Trader
Trade a luxury resource to another Civ that you earned through a city with a Bazaar.
Arab traders were active throughout the known world in medieval times, and sailed to India and beyond in their quest for spices and other exotic products that could be sold in Europe for a hefty profit - and spreading Islam to the locals along the way.
Steam achievement Arabian Knights (Civ5)
Arabian Knights
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Harun al-Rashid.
Probably a pun on the name of the story collection called Arabian Nights in English, also known as the One Thousand and One Nights - and the fact that the Arabs can build Camel archers instead of Knights.
Steam achievement Au in the EU (Civ5)
Au in the EU
Return a Treasure to Europe.
Applies to the DLC scenario Conquest of the New World. Au is the chemical symbol for Gold. EU is, of course, a reference to the European Union.
Steam achievement Baby Steps (Civ5)
Baby Steps
Beat the game on the Settler difficulty level.
A reference to the fact that the settler difficulty is the easiest one in the game.
Steam achievement Barbarian Warlord (Civ5)
Barbarian Warlord
As Germany, convert the Barbarians from 10 camps to your side.
Steam achievement Barbary Pirate (Civ5)
Barbary Pirate
As Suleiman, accumulate a navy with 10 Barbarian naval units.
The Barbary Pirates were Muslim pirates based in North Africa active from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Best known in the West as the enemy in the United States' first foreign war.
Steam achievement Battlefield Earth (Civ5)
Battlefield Earth
Beat the game on an Earth-type Map.
Battlefield Earth is a novel and subsequent film written by the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard.
Steam achievement Blood and Iron (Civ5)
Blood and Iron
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Bismarck.
Blood and Iron (German: Blut und Eisen) is the title of a speech by German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck given in 1862 about the unification of the German territories. It is also a transposed phrase that Bismarck uttered near the end of the speech that has become one of his most widely known quotations.
Steam achievement Book 'em Danno! (Civ5)
Book 'em Danno!
Find Hawaii in a random map game.
"Book 'em Danno" is the catchphrase from Hawaii Five-0.
Steam achievement Bollywood (Civ5)
Bollywood
As India, win a cultural victory with 3 or fewer cities in your empire.
A colloquial name for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, India.
Steam achievement Bolt and Arrow (Civ5)
Bolt and Arrow
Build Statue of Zeus and Temple of Artemis in the same city.
In Greek mythology, the god Zeus used thunderbolts as weapons, and the goddess Artemis used a bow and arrow.
Steam achievement Bright-Eyed Athena (Civ5)
Bright-Eyed Athena
Win on Immortal in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
Steam achievement By the Waters of Babylon (Civ5)
By the Waters of Babylon
Beat the game on any difficultly setting as Babylon.
"By the rivers of Babylon" or "By the waters of Babylon", is a phrase from Psalm 137, one of the best-known psalms in the Judeo-Christian Bible, telling about the yearning of the Jewish people to one day return home from their captivity in Babylon. It is also the title of a short story written by Stephen Vincent Benet.
Steam achievement Charming. Really. (Civ5)
Charming. Really.
Beat the game on the Prince difficulty level.
Prince Charming in the Shrek movie franchise refers to himself in this manner in the second film, when introduced as "my son, the Prince".
Steam achievement City of Gold (Civ5)
City of Gold
Develop a city to produce more than 100 gold per turn.
The "City of Gold" refers to El Dorado, the legendary city claimed to be made completely out of gold.
Steam achievement City of Lights (Civ5)
City of Lights
Develop a city to produce more than 100 culture per turn.
"The City of Light(s)" is a nickname of Paris, France.
Steam achievement City of Science (Civ5)
City of Science
Develop a city to produce more than 100 science per turn.
Steam achievement Connoisseur (Civ5)
Connoisseur
Rate a Mod.
A connoisseur is a specialist of a given field whose opinion is valued; especially in one of the fine arts, or in a matter of taste.
Steam achievement Conquest of the World (Civ5)
Conquest of the World
As Alexander, defeat every known player by 350 BC.
Alexander the Great achieved something similar during his lifetime, having created an empire stretching from Macedonia in northern Greece to the Indus River on the border with India, although he died in 323 BC and not 350.
Steam achievement Death Before Shame (Civ5)
Death Before Shame
Fully Explore the Honor Policy Track.
A common warrior's code is to strive to uphold one's honor at any cost, and if you fail, to rather die than submit to a humiliating defeat. Exemplified in the Bushido code of the Japanese samurai and their obligation to commit ritual suicide, seppuku, if they failed in any serious way to uphold its obligations and tenets.
Steam achievement Diplomacy by Other Means (Civ5)
Diplomacy by Other Means
Fully Explore the Autocracy Policy Track.
The German general and tactician Carl von Clausewitz in his most famous work On War, asserted that "war is merely the continuation of policy by other means". Although not intended to be taken literally, it has nevertheless become a famous quotation across the world today. This achievement is not working with Brave New World.
Steam achievement Do You Want to Super Size That? (Civ5)
Do You Want to Super Size That?
Beat the game on a Large Map.
"Super Size" referred to the largest size of French fries (7-ounce) and soft drinks (42-ounce) available after the large size at a McDonald's restaurant. After taking a customer's order, McDonald's employees would ask customers "Would you like that Supersized?" or "Would you like to Supersize that?" McDonald's began phasing out the Super Size option from their menu in March 2004, eliminating it by the end of the year.
Steam achievement Dr. Heidegger's Experiment (Civ5)
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
Find the Fountain of Youth.
Applies to the DLC scenario The New World.
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment refers to a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne in which a group of scientists drink water from the legendary Fountain of Youth.
Steam achievement Eighty-Eight Miles per Hour (Civ5)
Eighty-Eight Miles per Hour
Fully Explore the Rationalism Policy Track.
88 mph was the speed the DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future film series needed to achieve in order to travel through time.
Steam achievement Empire of the East (Civ5)
Empire of the East
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Ramkhamhaeng.
Steam achievement Engineer (Civ5)
Engineer
Build a Wonder.
An engineer is someone who, amongst other things, designs and oversees the construction of large buildings and projects.
Steam achievement Enlightened Ruler (Civ5)
Enlightened Ruler
Unlock all Social Policies, across any number of playthroughs.
Steam achievement Epic Gilgamesh (Civ5)
Epic Gilgamesh
Win as Gilgamesh in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
References the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Mesopotamian epic poem.
Steam achievement Expansionist (Civ5)
Expansionist
Download a Mod.
Steam achievement Experimenter (Civ5)
Experimenter
Play a game with a Mod.
Steam achievement Exterminate! Exterminate! (Civ5)
Exterminate! Exterminate!
Win a Domination Victory.
A phrase of the Daleks from the BBC Series Doctor Who.
Steam achievement Far-Shooting Apollo (Civ5)
Far-Shooting Apollo
Win on Emperor in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
Steam achievement First in the Hearts of Your Countrymen (Civ5)
First in the Hearts of Your Countrymen
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Washington.
A phrase from Henry Lee III's euology of George Washington: "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
Steam achievement First of the Mohicans (Civ5)
First of the Mohicans
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Hiawatha.
A reference to The Last of the Mohicans, an 1826 novel by James Fenimore Cooper and a 1992 movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
Steam achievement Flawless Strategy (Civ5)
Flawless Strategy
Beat the game on the Deity difficulty level.
Steam achievement Flying Fortress (Civ5)
Flying Fortress
Bomb an enemy city with a B-17.
Steam achievement Forty-Niner (Civ5)
Forty-Niner
Build 1000 mines, across any number of playthroughs.
This is a colloquial name for a miner, referring to the California Gold Rush of 1849.
Steam achievement Freedom Isn't Free (Civ5)
Freedom Isn't Free
Fully Explore the Freedom Policy Track.
A common jingoistic American saying, referring to the necessity of the military to uphold social and political freedoms.
This achievement is not working with Brave New World.
Steam achievement From Archaemennid to Safavid (Civ5)
From Archaemennid to Safavid
As Darius, start 5 Golden Ages in a single game.
Refers to the line of Persian empires stretching from the Classical period (the Achaemenid Empire, founded 550 BCE) to the early Modern (the Safavid dynasty, ended 1732 AD). Note that "Achaemenid" is misspelled in the achievement's name.
Steam achievement Gardens of Lake Texcoco (Civ5)
Gardens of Lake Texcoco
Build a Floating Garden a city with a lake tile in its radius.
The original floating gardens were grown in and around Lake Texcoco in the Aztec Empire.
Steam achievement Genghis Khan (Civ5)
Genghis Khan
Beat the Mongol Scenario on the Deity difficulty level.
Steam achievement Give Peace a Chance (Civ5)
Give Peace a Chance
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Gandhi.
"Give Peace A Chance" is a song by the ex-Beatle John Lennon.
Steam achievement Go Boldly Where No Man Has Gone Before (Civ5)
Go Boldly Where No Man Has Gone Before
Win a Science Victory.
A reference to the Star Trek TV series (and to the Science victory condition, launching a starship), in which the words "To boldly go where no man has gone before" are spoken to reference the vast unexplored galaxy in the opening scene of every episode.  ("Go Boldly" is the somewhat more grammatically correct version of the quote.)
Steam achievement God Is Great (Civ5)
God Is Great
Construct 1000 Temples, across any number of playthroughs.
Steam achievement Going It Old School (Civ5)
Going It Old School
Beat the game on a Pangaea-type Map.
Steam achievement Gotta Catch 'Em All (Civ5)
Gotta Catch 'Em All
Beat the game on all standard map types and sizes.
A reference to the Pokémon slogan.
Steam achievement Great Khan (Civ5)
Great Khan
Beat the Mongol scenario on the King or harder difficulty level.
Steam achievement Grecian Formula (Civ5)
Grecian Formula
Win as Alexander in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
Steam achievement Hands Free to Victory! (Civ5)
Hands Free to Victory!
Beat the game as Harald Bluetooth.
Wordplay conflating the name of the historical king of Denmark with modern "hands-free" wireless Bluetooth devices.
Steam achievement Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Civ5)
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Upgrade a Unit.
Refers to the title of a Daft Punk song.
Steam achievement He Threw a Car at My Head! (Civ5)
He Threw a Car at My Head!
Have any city ransomed by Barbarians.
A quote from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Dr. Horrible claims his arch-nemesis, Captain Hammer, has done this after returning from a foiled scheme.
Steam achievement Here Ends the Noble Savage (Civ5)
Here Ends the Noble Savage
Raze 100 Barbarian camps, across any number of playthroughs.
Steam achievement Holy Father (Civ5)
Holy Father
Select the Papal Primacy Belief and Ally with 12 city-states.
Steam achievement Huitzilopochtli's Arrow (Civ5)
Huitzilopochtli's Arrow
Win the New World Scenario as the Aztecs.
A reference to a myth surrounding Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of war, the sun, human sacrifice and the patron of Tenochtitlan.
Steam achievement I'm on a Boat! (Civ5)
I'm on a Boat!
Embark a Unit.
A reference to the popular song of the same name by the band The Lonely Island.
Steam achievement I Can Has Nukes? (Civ5)
I Can Has Nukes?
Drop a nuke on another Civ.
A reference to the Lolcats meme - specifically, the "I Can Has Cheezeburger?" macro.
Steam achievement I Need More Elbow Room (Civ5)
I Need More Elbow Room
Beat the game on a Tiny Map.
Steam achievement Island Hopping (Civ5)
Island Hopping
Beat the game on an Archipelago-type Map.
Steam achievement It's Just You and Me, Kid (Civ5)
It's Just You and Me, Kid
Beat the game on a Duel Map.
The namesake title comes from a 1979 film, Just You and Me, Kid starring George Burns and Brooke Shields.
Steam achievement It's Standard Issue (Civ5)
It's Standard Issue
Beat the game on a Standard Map.
Steam achievement It's Super Effective (Civ5)
It's Super Effective
Destroy an enemy unit in just one hit.
A reference to the Pokémon franchise. This is said whenever one Pokémon uses a move against which the targeted Pokémon is weak (e.g. water against fire).
Steam achievement It satrap! (Civ5)
It satrap!
Win as Darius I in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
A pun on "It's a trap!", famously exclaimed by Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi, and the word "satrap", a governor of a province in the ancient Median and Achaemenid Empires, among others.
Steam achievement Kamikaze Attack (Civ5)
Kamikaze Attack
Kill an enemy unit attacking with a Japanese unit with just 1 HP remaining.
Refers to the act of "Suicide Bombing" by Japanese aircraft units in World War II. Unlike real life, your unit must survive the attack.
This achievement can be earned with G&K and/or BNW installed, but it is much more difficult to earn when units have 100 HP instead of 10.
Steam achievement Khaaan! (Civ5)
Khaaan!
Run out of time to beat the Mongol scenario.
A reference to the famous scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan when Captain James T. Kirk yells "Khaaan!" into a communicator when Khan leaves him to die on a planet.
Steam achievement Khan (Civ5)
Khan
Beat the Mongol Scenario on any difficulty.
Steam achievement King of the Mountain (Civ5)
King of the Mountain
Beat the game on any difficultly setting as The Inca..
Steam achievement Know Thy Enemy (Civ5)
Know Thy Enemy
Consult the Oracle 2 times in a single game in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
Steam achievement Kublai Khan (Civ5)
Kublai Khan
Beat the Mongol scenario on the Immortal or harder difficulty level.
References the grandson of Genghis Khan and subject of the eponymous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Steam achievement Land Baron (Civ5)
Land Baron
Purchase 1000 tiles, across any number of playthroughs.
Steam achievement Last Man Standing (Civ5)
Last Man Standing
Win any Multiplayer Match.
Steam achievement Law of the Splintered Paddle (Civ5)
Law of the Splintered Paddle
Beat the game on any difficultly as Kamehameha.
Kānāwai Māmalahoe (transliterating as Law of the Splintered Paddle), a precept law used by Hawaiians from Kamehameha.
Steam achievement League of Extraordinary Hoyanehs (Civ5)
League of Extraordinary Hoyanehs
Win the New World scenario as the Iroquois.
A reference to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic book, the Iroquois League formed in the 16th century between the Iroquois and neighboring tribes, and the Iroquois tribal chieftains, called hoyanehs.
Steam achievement Living in Smallville (Civ5)
Living in Smallville
Beat the game on a Small Map.
Smallville is the hometown of Superman in comic books published by DC Comics. While growing up in Smallville, the young Clark Kent attended Smallville High with best friends Chloe Sullivan, Lana Lang and Pete Ross. Smallville was the setting of many
Steam achievement Lux Perpetua Luceat Eis (Civ5)
Lux Perpetua Luceat Eis
Fully Explore the Piety Policy Track.
Lux Aeterna is a piece for 16 solo singers, written by György Ligeti in 1966. It is most famous for its use in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The text (in Latin) is from the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass: Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es. Requiem aeternum dona eis, Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eis, which means "May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord, with thy saints in eternity, for thou art merciful. Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may everlasting light shine upon them."
Steam achievement Macho Picchu (Civ5)
Macho Picchu
Win the New World scenario as the Incas .
A pun on the Incan world wonder, Machu Picchu.
Steam achievement Magellan (Civ5)
Magellan
Prove that the world is round by uncovering a connected loop of tiles around the circumference of the world.
Ferdinand Magellan (Fernão de Magalhães), was a Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition around the world.
Steam achievement Marco Polo (Civ5)
Marco Polo
Be the first to explore and uncover 1000 tiles, across any number of playthroughs.
Steam achievement Master of the House (Civ5)
Master of the House
Fully Explore the Tradition Policy Track.
From the first stanza of the song "Tradition", from the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Also the title of a song from Les Misérables about a crooked innkeeper. Can also refer to a patriarch and his traditional role in governing a household.
Steam achievement Master of the Universe (Civ5)
Master of the Universe
Beat the game on any difficulty setting with each leader.
A reference to the children's cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Steam achievement Merchant King (Civ5)
Merchant King
Trade 100 resources, across any number of playthroughs.
Steam achievement Model of a Modern Major-General (Civ5)
Model of a Modern Major-General
Train all Units, across any number of playthroughs.
A satirical song from the comic opera The Pirates of Penzance about how a "modern Major-General" in the British Army should behave. The achievement is not working with Brave New World expansion pack as with the changes of Foreign Legion unit, which is now a special tenet. It can still be achieved by temporarily disabling BNW.
Steam achievement Money Doesn't Grow on Trees (Civ5)
Money Doesn't Grow on Trees
Fully Explore the Commerce Policy Track.
Steam achievement Montezuma's Revenge... (Civ5)
Montezuma's Revenge...
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Montezuma.
Montezuma's Revenge (var. Moctezuma's revenge) is the colloquial term for any cases of traveler's diarrhea contracted by tourists visiting Mexico. The name refers to Moctezuma II (1466-1520), the Tlatoani (ruler) of the Aztec civilization who was defeated by Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquistador.
Steam achievement Moving on Up (Civ5)
Moving on Up
Earn a Unit Promotion.
Steam achievement My Little Pony (Civ5)
My Little Pony
As Catherine, research Horseback Riding before any other Civ.
My Little Pony is a brand of toy ponies marketed primarily to young girls and produced by the toy manufacturer Hasbro. This is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the well known myth of Catherine the Great's sexual affinity for horses.
Steam achievement Neighborhood Bully (Civ5)
Neighborhood Bully
Annex a previously puppetted City-State.
Steam achievement Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition (Civ5)
Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition
Beat the game on any difficultly setting as Isabella.
A refrence to the popular "Spanish Inquisition" skits from the British comedy program "Monty Python's Flying Circus."
Steam achievement Odysseus the Great Tactician (Civ5)
Odysseus the Great Tactician
Win on King in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
Steam achievement One to Rule Them All (Civ5)
One to Rule Them All
Beat the game on any difficulty setting with only one city.
Likely referring to the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It contained an inscription describing it, with the lines "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."
Steam achievement Panzer "Shafernator" General (Civ5)
Panzer "Shafernator" General
Spawn over 100 Great Generals, build an army of over 100 standing units, and beat the game 100 times.
Panzer General was the name of a popular WWII strategy game from the 90's. Shafernator is clearly a reference to Civilization V lead programmer, Jon Shafer.
Steam achievement Party in hattUSA (Civ5)
Party in hattUSA
Win as Muwatallis in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
Wordplay conflating Hattusa, the capital of the Hittite Empire, with the Miley Cyrus song "Party in the U.S.A."
Steam achievement Paul Bunyan (Civ5)
Paul Bunyan
Chop down 1000 forest tiles, across any number of playthroughs.
Paul Bunyan was a folk-tale of a giant lumberjack who traveled with his pet, a large blue ox named Babe.
Steam achievement Peace and Prosperity (Civ5)
Peace and Prosperity
Begin a Golden Age.
Steam achievement People of the Longhouse (Civ5)
People of the Longhouse
Build a Longhouse in a city with at least 4 unchopped forests in its radius.
The Iroquois called themselves "Haudenosaunee", or "People of the Longhouse".
Steam achievement Plate Tectonics (Civ5)
Plate Tectonics
Beat the game on a Continents-type Map.
Steam achievement Ra's Mighty Truth (Civ5)
Ra's Mighty Truth
Win as Ramesses II in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
Steam achievement Raleigh's Road to Riches (Civ5)
Raleigh's Road to Riches
Discover El Dorado. Applies to the DLC scenario The New World.
Steam achievement Renaissance Man (Civ5)
Renaissance Man
Win the Into the Renaissance scenario.
Steam achievement Rest in Gold Pieces (Civ5)
Rest in Gold Pieces
Gain 1000 gold from expended Great People with the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus across any number of playthroughs.
Steam achievement Reverse Engineer (Civ5)
Reverse Engineer
Gain possession of 3 Wonders by conquering cities in a single game in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
Steam achievement Riddle of the Sphinx (Civ5)
Riddle of the Sphinx
Rush a wonder as Egypt with a Great Engineer.
In Greek mythology, the Sphinx would ask a riddle of anyone who passed by and if they answered incorrectly it would kill them. The riddle was: What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?
Steam achievement Rising Sun (Civ5)
Rising Sun
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Oda.
The Rising Sun is a component of the Imperial Japanese Flag.
Steam achievement Ruler of the Seas (Civ5)
Ruler of the Seas
As Elizabeth, sink and destroy 357 enemy naval units, across any number of playthroughs.
357 is the total number of ships engaged at the Battle of Gravelines (1588), in which the English navy defeated the invading Spanish Armada during the Anglo-Spanish War. Possibly also a reference to Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera, HMS Pinafore, in which Sir Joseph, the First Lord of the Admiralty, refers to himself both as the "monarch of the sea" and the "ruler of the Queen's navy".
Steam achievement Ruler of the Twelve Colonies (Civ5)
Ruler of the Twelve Colonies
Beat the game on a Huge Map.
Referring to Battlestar Galactica's Twelve Colonies of Kobol that were conquered by the Cylons.
Steam achievement Samurai Delicatessen (Civ5)
Samurai Delicatessen
Win as Japan.
Can only be obtained in the Samurai Invasion of Korea scenario.
Steam achievement Say Hello to My Little Friend (Civ5)
Say Hello to My Little Friend
Reach Ally Status with a City-State.
An oft-repeated line spoken by Tony Montana in the film Scarface to the invaders of his compound. His "little friend" is his very big gun.
Steam achievement Second City (Civ5)
Second City
Found a second city.
Reference comes from a Chicago-based comedy club of the same name.
Steam achievement Seriously?!? (Civ5)
Seriously?!?
Have another Civ beat you to completing a Wonder 10 times.
Steam achievement Siglo de Oro (Civ5)
Siglo de Oro
Win the New World Scenario as Spain.
Translates to "Golden Age", referring specifically to the Spanish Golden Age from the 15th to 17th centuries.
Steam achievement Star of the North (Civ5)
Star of the North
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Catherine.
A title given to Catherine the Great by her friend Voltaire.
Steam achievement Sun Tzu's Art of War (Civ5)
Sun Tzu's Art of War
As Wu Zetian, earn a Great General through battle.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu was the quintessential military manual used by Chinese emperors for generations. It was held in secret for hundreds of years until a copy was smuggled to Japan.
Steam achievement Supreme Khan (Civ5)
Supreme Khan
Beat the Mongol scenario on the Emperor or harder difficulty level.
Each Mongol warlord was called Khan, so when Temujin united all the Mongols under his rule a new title had to be invented and given to him, Genghis Khan. "Genghis" does not translate to "supreme" but it is a good description of the fact.
Steam achievement Taekwon-DOH! (Civ5)
Taekwon-DOH!
Lose as Korea.
Wordplay conflating the Korean martial art with Homer Simpson's iconic catchphrase.
Can only be obtained in the Samurai Invasion of Korea scenario.
Steam achievement Taking off the Training Wheels (Civ5)
Taking off the Training Wheels
Beat the game on the Chieftain difficulty level.
Referring to removing the training wheels from a child's bike. In America, it is also symbolic of a child growing up.
Steam achievement Tea and Crumpets for Everyone (Civ5)
Tea and Crumpets for Everyone
Win the New World scenario as England. Tea and crumpets are traditional English fare from Elizabethan times to today.
Steam achievement Team Player (Civ5)
Team Player
Fully Explore the Patronage Policy Track.
Steam achievement The African King (Civ5)
The African King
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Askia.
Steam achievement The Alexman (Civ5)
The Alexman
Beat the game on the Warlord difficulty level.
Steam achievement The Appian Way (Civ5)
The Appian Way
Build 1000 roads, across any number of playthroughs.
The Appian Way was one of Rome's earliest roads connecting Rome to Brindisi. Called the "queen of the long roads" by Roman poet Statius.
Steam achievement The Best State of a Republic (Civ5)
The Best State of a Republic
Win a Cultural Victory.
Steam achievement The Choson One (Civ5)
The Choson One
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Sejong.
A pun on "The Chosen One". Also, Sejong is the Korean leader in Civ V, and was a king of the Choson dynasty.
Steam achievement The Explorer (Civ5)
The Explorer
Discover 100 Natural Wonders.
Steam achievement The Golden Horde (Civ5)
The Golden Horde
Beat the game on any difficultly setting as Genghis Khan.
Refers to the vast 13th-century Mongol successor empire, and its army.
Steam achievement The Golden Path (Civ5)
The Golden Path
Beat the game on the Emperor difficulty level.
A reference to the Dune series, the Golden Path was the path through time God Emperor Leto Atreides led humanity to ensure it could never be ruled or contained again.
Steam achievement The Man Who Would Be King (Civ5)
The Man Who Would Be King
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Alexander.
Steam achievement The Once and Future King (Civ5)
The Once and Future King
Beat the game on the King difficulty level.
Steam achievement The Pen is Mightier (Civ5)
The Pen is Mightier
Win a Diplomatic Victory.
Half of the now-common saying "The pen is mightier than the sword." Originally coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy in 1839.
Steam achievement The Wonder Years (Civ5)
The Wonder Years
Build all the Wonders, across any number of playthroughs.
A reference to the 80's television show "The Wonder Years".
This achievement is not working with Brave New World. Disable it on the DLC menu when the United Nations is built.
Steam achievement The World Is a Mess, and I Just Need to Rule It (Civ5)
The World Is a Mess, and I Just Need to Rule It
Beat the game on the Immortal difficulty level.
A quote from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
Steam achievement Thoughtful Telemachus (Civ5)
Thoughtful Telemachus
Win on Prince in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
Steam achievement Three Musketeers (Civ5)
Three Musketeers
Kill a unit with a French Musketeer when two other Musketeers are providing flanking bonuses.
A reference to the classic novel The Three Musketeers.
Steam achievement To Stand the Test of Time (Civ5)
To Stand the Test of Time
Beat the game with all victory conditions.
Steam achievement Tomb Raider (Civ5)
Tomb Raider
Pillage gold from an Egyptian city with a burial tomb in it.
A reference to the Tomb Raider series of games.
Steam achievement Tout le Monde Francophone? (Civ5)
Tout le Monde Francophone?
Win the New World Scenario as France.
Translates to "All the world French-speaking?"
Steam achievement Treasure Hunter (Civ5)
Treasure Hunter
Discover an ancient ruin.
Steam achievement Turtle Power (Civ5)
Turtle Power
As Korea, sink an Ironclad with a Turtle Ship.
Taken from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise.
This is a difficult achievement in 'normal' play as the Ironclad is only available for a short time and requires the player to have both Iron and Coal, therefore the AI doesn't build many Ironclads. Also, the achievement is not available in multi player mode. One recommended 'shortcut' is to build an Ironclad yourself and 'gift' it to a City State and then declare war on that City State.
Steam achievement Two Men Enter, One Man Leave (Civ5)
Two Men Enter, One Man Leave
Completely defeat another Civ and remove them from the game.
From the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. This line was chanted by the Thunderdome audience as the two men inside fought to the death.
Steam achievement Veni, Vidi, Vici (Civ5)
Veni, Vidi, Vici
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Caesar.
Famous quote reportedly spoken by Caeser when asked about his recent war victory. He responded "I came, I saw, I conquered."
Steam achievement Video et Taceo (Civ5)
Video et Taceo
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Elizabeth.
A common phrase said by Elizabeth of her advisors, translating to "I see and say nothing." This means she would listen to the thoughts of her advisors but would not commit herself, politically or any other way.
Steam achievement Vivre La Revolution (Civ5)
Vivre La Revolution
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Napoleon.
Translates as "to live the revolution". A pun on the battle cry "vive la Révolution" ("long live the Revolution") during the French Revolution that enabled Napoleon's rise to power.
Steam achievement War Canoe Attack (Civ5)
War Canoe Attack
As Askia, conquer a city on another continent.
Steam achievement We Have the Technology (Civ5)
We Have the Technology
Fully explore the Tech Tree.
A refrence to the opening of "The Six Million Dollar Man." A scientist, Oscar Goldman, utters this famous phrase when presented with the challenge of saving the life of Steve Austin, a fighter pilot who was in a deadly crash.
Steam achievement Where's the Biathlon? (Civ5)
Where's the Biathlon?
Enter a snow tile with the Norwegian ski infantry.
Biathlon refers to the winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting and that originates from Norway.
Steam achievement With an Iron Fist (Civ5)
With an Iron Fist
Fully Explore the Order Policy Track.
This is not working with Brave New World expansion pack due to changes with this policy track is now an ideology.
Steam achievement With Liberty and Justice for All (Civ5)
With Liberty and Justice for All
Fully Explore the Liberty Policy Track.
The final line of the Pledge of Allegiance, an American oath to the flag commonly recited in public schools.
Steam achievement Wonderwall (Civ5)
Wonderwall
Build 3 Wonders in the same city in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
A reference to the song of the same name by the band Oasis.
Steam achievement Yow Ming! (Civ5)
Yow Ming!
Win as China.
Can only be obtained in the Samurai Invasion of Korea scenario.
The name is a pun on Chinese basketball star Yao Ming.

Gods and KingsEdit

The Gods and Kings expansion pack adds 52 new achievements.


Steam achievement Access Denied (Civ5)
Access Denied
Construct the Great Firewall wonder.
A catch phrase on giving a failed attempt to enter or try one thing.
Steam achievement Apocalypse Now (Civ5)
Apocalypse Now
As the Maya, nuke a city in the year 2012.
A reference of a 1979 namesake film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The Mayans predicted that the year 2012 is going to end for the 12th cycle of the Mayan calendar.
Steam achievement Austrian Succession (Civ5)
Austrian Succession
Beat the game on any difficulty as Maria Theresa.
A reference of a 18th century conflict enraged on a battle between Europe, North America and India.
Steam achievement Baktun the Future (Civ5)
Baktun the Future
Beat the game on any difficulty as Pacal.
A reference to the movie Back to the Future. Baktun is a form of 20 cycles in the ancient Mayan long count calendar and turns every 394 years.
Steam achievement Capture of Brielle (Civ5)
Capture of Brielle
Capture a Spanish Coastal City with a Dutch Sea Beggar.
A reference of an uprising of Capture of Brielle during Eighty Years' War revolting a conflict of Spain and Dutch Republic. Brielle (Dutch: Den Briel) is a small town in present-day Netherlands.
Steam achievement Celtic Thunder (Civ5)
Celtic Thunder
Beat the game on any difficulty as Boudicca.
Celtic Thunder is an Irish singing and performing group.
Steam achievement Colonize This! (Civ5)
Colonize This!
Beat the game on any difficulty as Haile Selassie.
A pun on the movie "Analyze This".
Ethiopia is one of two African countries (the other is Liberia) that had avoided colonization by European strong powers.
Steam achievement Dancer, Actress, Empress, Victor (Civ5)
Dancer, Actress, Empress, Victor
Beat the game on any difficulty as Empress Theodora.
Steam achievement Defender of the Faith (Civ5)
Defender of the Faith
Beat the game on any difficulty as Gustavus Adolphus.
Steam achievement Double KO (Civ5)
Double KO
Capture both Rome and Constantinople in the same game in the Fall of Rome scenario.
Steam achievement Et tu, Brute (Civ5)
Et tu, Brute
Win the Fall of Rome scenario.
Dying words of the title character in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Steam achievement From Russia with Love (Civ5)
From Russia with Love
As Russia, kill an English spy.
Given a reference from From Russia, with Love, a novel by Ian Fleming, a 5th book of James Bond series.
Steam achievement Gad Zeus (Civ5)
Gad Zeus
Found a Pantheon.
Steam achievement Gentlemen's Agreement (Civ5)
Gentlemen's Agreement
Share intrigue with another player in the Empires of the Smoky Skies scenario.
Steam achievement Gimme Your Lunch Money! (Civ5)
Gimme Your Lunch Money!
Bully 3000 gold from city-states across any number of playthroughs.
Steam achievement Greek Fire (Civ5)
Greek Fire
As Byzantines, sink 10 Greek ships with a dromon.
Steam achievement Hannibal's Crossing (Civ5)
Hannibal's Crossing
As Carthage, Attack a Roman Unit with an African Forest Elephant from a mountain tile.
Steam achievement Holier Than Thou (Civ5)
Holier Than Thou
Become the dominant religion in an opponent's holy city.
Steam achievement Holy Father (Civ5)
Holy Father
Select the Papal Primacy Belief and Ally with 12 city-states.
Steam achievement I Missed That Day in History Class (Civ5)
I Missed That Day in History Class
Capture any Sassanid city as the Celts in the Fall of Rome scenario.
Steam achievement I Sunk Your Imperial Capital! (Civ5)
I Sunk Your Imperial Capital!
Capture Rome as the Vandals using a boat in the Fall of Rome scenario.
Steam achievement Indoctrinated! (Civ5)
Indoctrinated!
Lose dominant status in your holy city to an opponent's religion.
Steam achievement Intelligence Network (Civ5)
Intelligence Network
Share intrigue with a player who previously shared intrigue with you.
Steam achievement Junta for Red October (Civ5)
Junta for Red October
Use a spy to successfully stage a city-state coup.
Taken from The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. A namesake paraphrase during the Russian Revolution of 1917 following the February Revolution earlier that year, which the Bolsheviks dominated the provisional government and establishing the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic later that year.
Steam achievement Longest. Name. Ever. (Civ5)
Longest. Name. Ever.
Have the city of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll in your empire.
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is well known as the longest place name in Europe and also is one of the longest in the world, having 58 letters.
Building this city must be done without the "Rename" function because "Llanfairpwllgwyngyll" is larger than the name field. It can take up to 33 cities founded to get it. However, you can rename captured cities with Celtic names, and newly settled Celtic cities will take the next Celtic name on the list. This will allow you to capture up to 32 cities and have the 33rd founded with a Celtic Settler to receive the achievement.
Steam achievement Lion of the North (Civ5)
Lion of the North
As Sweden, start a turn with your great general stacked with a Hakkapeliitta.
Steam achievement Mehmet the Conqueror (Civ5)
Mehmet the Conqueror
As the Turks, conquer Istanbul on Deity in Into the Renaissance scenario.
Steam achievement Missionary Man (Civ5)
Missionary Man
Spread your religion to an opponent with a missionary.
Steam achievement Modern Major-General (Civ5)
Modern Major-General
Win the Empires of the Smoky Skies scenario.
Steam achievement Never take our freedom! (Civ5)
Never take our freedom!
Win as the Celts on Emperor or Above in Into the Renaissance scenario.
Closing words of a speech by William Wallace in Braveheart.
Steam achievement No White Flag Here (Civ5)
No White Flag Here
Beat the game on any difficulty as Dido.
Given from White Flag by British singer Dido (no relation with the Carthaginian leader).
Steam achievement Nobody expects... (Civ5)
Nobody expects...
As Spain, Use an Inquisitor to remove another religion.
Steam achievement Pax Romana Aeternum (Civ5)
Pax Romana Aeternum
Win the game as Eastern or Western Rome on Deity and have all your original cities under your control in the Fall of Rome scenario.
Steam achievement Propheteering (Civ5)
Propheteering
Found a Religion.
Steam achievement Quite Accomplished (Civ5)
Quite Accomplished
Retain control of the same honorable title for the entire length of the game it is available in the Empires of the Smoky Skies scenario.
Steam achievement RAM Usage (Civ5)
RAM Usage
Research Satellites while playing as Attila on a huge map.
A pun on computer RAM used (huge map) and the Hunnic Battering ram.
Steam achievement Rastafari Messiah (Civ5)
Rastafari Messiah
As Ethiopia, earn 5 great prophets.
Reference from a Rastafari movement spiritual ideology in Afro-Carribean culture started in the 1930s, mostly in the former British colony of Jamaica.
Steam achievement Reconquista Who? (Civ5)
Reconquista Who?
Win as Almohads on Emperor or Above in Into the Renaissance scenario.
Steam achievement Renaissance Man (Civ5)
Renaissance Man
Win the Into the Renaissance scenario.
Steam achievement Richard the Lionheart (Civ5)
Richard the Lionheart
As England, conquer Jerusalem on Emperor or Above in Into the Renaissance scenario.
Steam achievement Scourge of Everyone (Civ5)
Scourge of Everyone
Beat the game on any difficulty as Attila.
Steam achievement Silent No More (Civ5)
Silent No More
Beat the game on any difficulty as William of Orange.
A reference to "William the Silent," one of William's sobriquets.
Steam achievement Sky Admiral (Civ5)
Sky Admiral
Destroy an enemy unit with a flier based at a sky fortress in the Empires of the Smoky Skies scenario.
Steam achievement Smooth Talking (Civ5)
Smooth Talking
Use a spy to gain influence with a city-state.
Steam achievement Sticky Fingers (Civ5)
Sticky Fingers
Use a spy to steal technology from a competitor.
Steam achievement The Last Crusade (Civ5)
The Last Crusade
Capture the city that built Petra using a Landship.
References the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which was filmed in Jordan and includes a battle with a tank.
Steam achievement The Yokes on the Mongols (Civ5)
The Yokes on the Mongols
Win as Russia on Emperor or Above in Into the Renaissance scenario.
Steam achievement Turks Shmurks! (Civ5)
Turks Shmurks!
Capture Constantinople as any enemy power in the Fall of Rome scenario.
Steam achievement We are Family (Civ5)
We are Family
Become the dominant religion in every capital city on a standard-size or larger map.
Taken from a song famous by Sister Sledge in the late 1970s.
Currently bugged. Look to this post for possible solution.
Steam achievement Whack a Mole (Civ5)
Whack a Mole
Find and kill an enemy spy.
A reference of a longest popular arcade game, Whac-A-Mole.
Steam achievement Yoink! (Civ5)
Yoink!
As Austria, acquire a City-State with 15 or more units through Diplomatic Marriage.
An exclamation made when snatching, stealing, or pretending to steal something, popularized by The Simpsons.

Brave New WorldEdit

The Brave New World expansion pack adds sixty new achievements.


Steam achievement Artistic License (Civ5)
Artistic License
Fully explore the Aesthetics Policy track.
Steam achievement Axis Powered (Civ5)
Axis Powered
Win a Diplomatic Victory using the Autocracy Ideology.
A reference to the alliance of fascist powers during World War II.
Steam achievement Better Red Than Dead (Civ5)
Better Red Than Dead
Win a Conquest Victory using the Order Ideology.
Reference comes from "Better dead than red", an anti-Communist slogan had been popular in the U.S. for to attempt to make peace with the Eastern Bloc allies in the 1950s.
Steam achievement British Invasion (Civ5)
British Invasion
Perform a Concert Tour with an English Great Musician in American Territory.
A reference from British Invasion, a phenomenon where British music was influential in the U.S. during the 1960s to 1970s.
Steam achievement Built in (Almost) a Day (Civ5)
Built in (Almost) a Day
Complete a Wonder in a city with three Trade Routes supplying production to it.
Referencing "Rome wasn't built in a day", the popular expression meaning "great things take time".
Steam achievement Dark Horse (Civ5)
Dark Horse
Win a Diplomatic Victory without ever being the host of the World Congress.
Steam achievement Discoverer (Civ5)
Discoverer
Playing as Italy in Scramble for Africa, earn the VP for finding two Natural Wonders.
Steam achievement Dr Livingstone I presume? (Civ5)
Dr Livingstone I presume?
Playing as Belgium, move your Stanley Explorer to within a tile of England's Livingstone Explorer.
References H. M. Stanley's first words after finding the missing David Livingstone.
Steam achievement Enemy Blade No More (Civ5)
Enemy Blade No More
As Indonesia, capture an enemy capital with a Kris Swordsman with the Enemy Blade promotion.
Steam achievement Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Civ5)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Win a Conquest Victory using the Autocracy Ideology.
A reference of the titled namesake song by Tears For Fears.
Steam achievement Flip-Flop (Civ5)
Flip-Flop
Propose to repeal an active Resolution which you had originally proposed to enact.
Steam achievement Games Without Frontiers (Civ5)
Games Without Frontiers
Win a Diplomatic Victory using the Freedom Ideology.
Steam achievement Glory, glory, hallelujah! (Civ5)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Win the Civil War scenario playing as the Union.
Refers to the chorus of the song "The Battle Hymn of the Republic".
Steam achievement Greed is Good (Civ5)
Greed is Good
Have a city with the Colossus, Petra, a Caravansary, and a Harbor.
A famous quote made by Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the film Wall Street.
Steam achievement Herculean Effort (Civ5)
Herculean Effort
Complete all International Projects in a single game as the highest contributor.
Steam achievement Here's Looking at You, Kid (Civ5)
Here's Looking at You, Kid
As Morocco, airlift a civilian unit from Casablanca to Portugal's original capital.
Reference of a classic film of the namesake title, a quote where Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) touches his heart to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman).
Steam achievement Highway Robbery (Civ5)
Highway Robbery
Plunder a Caravan Trade Route.
A catch phrase given to a crime on the streets.
Steam achievement I Prefer my Africa Scrambled (Civ5)
I Prefer my Africa Scrambled
Win the Scramble for Africa scenario as any civ on any difficulty.
Steam achievement In Hoc Signo Vinces (Civ5)
In Hoc Signo Vinces
Beat the game on any difficulty as Maria I.
Translates as "In this sign you will conquer" in Latin. A reference used as a motto in Portuguese monarchy.
Steam achievement It Belongs in a Museum (Civ5)
It Belongs in a Museum
Have Artifacts from 10 different City-States in the Museums and Wonders in your civilization.
Stock phrase, popularized by its use in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", amongst others.
Steam achievement King of the Wisent (Civ5)
King of the Wisent
Beat the game on any difficulty as Casimir
Steam achievement Knowledge is Power (Civ5)
Knowledge is Power
As Assyria, use a Royal Library filled with a Great Work to train a unit that begins with a promotion.
Steam achievement Legends of the Hidden Temple (Civ5)
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Fully explore the Exploration Policy track.
A reference of Legends of the Hidden Temple, a popular children's game show.
Steam achievement Lingua Franca (Civ5)
Lingua Franca
Found the World Congress and remain its host for the entire game.
Steam achievement Losing My Marbles (Civ5)
Losing My Marbles
Extract 5 Artifacts from the territory of another major civilization.
Steam achievement Merchant Prince (Civ5)
Merchant Prince
Generate 200 gold per turn via Trade Routes
Steam achievement Nigerian Bank Account (Civ5)
Nigerian Bank Account
In Scramble for Africa, marry Sokoto or Bornu.
Steam achievement One Small Step (Civ5)
One Small Step
Win a Space Victory using the Freedom Ideology
Taken from "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for a mankind", a famous word by Neil Armstrong set down to the moon and walked on it.
Steam achievement Ottoman Carpentry (Civ5)
Ottoman Carpentry
Win the Scramble for Africa playing as the Ottomans on Deity.
Steam achievement Pedro's Party People (Civ5)
Pedro's Party People
Beat the game on any difficulty as Pedro II.
Steam achievement Pickett's Recharge (Civ5)
Pickett's Recharge
Capture Gettysburg with a Confederate Infantry unit possessing the George Pickett promotion.
Steam achievement Poland Can into Space (Civ5)
Poland Can into Space
As Poland, win a Space Victory.
A reference to the popular internet cartoon polandball, in which it is joked that "Poland cannot into space."
Steam achievement Praise the Victories (Civ5)
Praise the Victories
Win the Scramble for Africa playing as the Boers on Deity.
Steam achievement Pyramid Scheme (Civ5)
Pyramid Scheme
Playing as France, get the Louvre to the maximum theming bonus of 16.
Wordplay conflating the Louvre Pyramid and the unsustainable business model.
Steam achievement Queen of the Adriatic (Civ5)
Queen of the Adriatic
Beat the game on any difficulty as Enrico Dandolo.
"Queen of the Adriatic" is the nickname of the city of Venice for being famous with trade routes across neighboring republics and other nations in the Mediterranean sea.
Steam achievement Radio Free Europe (Civ5)
Radio Free Europe
Adopt the Freedom Ideology and fill 10 Broadcast Towers with Great Works.
Steam achievement Raiders of the Lost Ark (Civ5)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Have your American Archaeologist extract an Artifact from Egypt with a German Archaeologist within 2 tiles.
A reference from the first Indiana Jones film of the same title.
Steam achievement Red Badge of Courage (Civ5)
Red Badge of Courage
Win the Civil War scenario on Deity.
A reference to the Stephen Crane novel set during the American Civil War.
Steam achievement Rock the Kasbah (Civ5)
Rock the Kasbah
Perform a Concert Tour with a Great Musician on a Moroccan Kasbah improvement.
A pun of the 1982 song Rock the Casbah by English punk rock band The Clash.
Steam achievement Rocking in the Free World (Civ5)
Rocking in the Free World
Win a Cultural Victory using the Freedom Ideology.
A reference to the Neil Young song of the same name.
Steam achievement Run 50 Miles and Fight a Battle (Civ5)
Run 50 Miles and Fight a Battle
As Zulu, have an Impi earn all of the special promotions.
A quote from the 1964 film of the namesake title. In which British soldiers had fought with the Zulus in the Anglo-Zulu war.
Steam achievement Sacagawea's Legacy (Civ5)
Sacagawea's Legacy
As the Shoshone, discover 5 ancient ruins with the same Shoshone Pathfinder.
Sacagawea was a Lehmi Shoshone woman explored from North Dakota to Pacific Ocean during an expedition with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
Steam achievement Sheridan's Valley Campaign (Civ5)
Sheridan's Valley Campaign
As Union, control Winchester, Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Staunton, and Lynchburg.
Steam achievement Silk Road (Civ5)
Silk Road
Connect to the Arabs, China, India, the Mongols, and Persia at the same time using Caravans.
A reference of a real trade communication in the Asian continent connecting with east and west between trades within Middle East and Europe.
Steam achievement Soma Tablets for Everyone (Civ5)
Soma Tablets for Everyone
Reach a Happiness level of over 100 for your civ.
This references Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World, in which the population was kept placated through the use of soma, a powerful drug.
Steam achievement Standing like a Stone Wall (Civ5)
Standing like a Stone Wall
Win the Civil War scenario playing as the Confederates.
References Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, a Confederate general during the American Civil War.
Steam achievement Strength Through Joy (Civ5)
Strength Through Joy
Win a Cultural Victory using the Autocracy Ideology.
"Kraft durch Freude" (Strength Through Joy) was an organisation dedicated to leisure activities and tourism for Germans under the totalitarian, fascist Nazi regime. The world wonder unlocked by choosing the Autocracy ideology, Prora, was a Strength Through Joy project.
Steam achievement Tablet Tech Pioneer (Civ5)
Tablet Tech Pioneer
Beat the game on any difficulty as Ashurbanipal.
Wordplay conflating the ancient Assyrians' preferred method of keeping written records with modern "tablet" computer devices.
Steam achievement Tear Down this Wall! (Civ5)
Tear Down this Wall!
Force an AI player with the Order Ideology to switch to Freedom.
A reference of Tear down this wall!, a famous speech by American President Ronald Reagan in Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987 given a support to end communism in Eastern Europe (including Soviet Union and its allies).
Steam achievement That's XCOM baby! (Civ5)
That's XCOM baby!
Have your XCOM Squad go from 100 health to 0 in a single AI turn.
Reference for a popular strategy game, "XCOM: Enemy Unknown". It was developed by the same companies as "Civilization": 2K Games and Firaxis.
Steam achievement The Great Betrayal (Civ5)
The Great Betrayal
As Venice, capture the Holy City of the religion that the city of Venice follows.
Steam achievement The Great Spirit (Civ5)
The Great Spirit
Beat the game on any difficulty as Pocatello.
Steam achievement The Java Script (Civ5)
The Java Script
Beat the game on any difficulty as Gajah Mada.
Java is the one of the main islands of Indonesia and the world's most populous island. Java Script is a programming language.
Steam achievement The Rhodes Colossus (Civ5)
The Rhodes Colossus
Playing as England in Scramble for Africa, complete a railroad from Cairo to Capetown.
A reference to the political comic of the same name, in which Cecil Rhodes, an English/South-African Mining Magnate/Politician/Imperialist strides over Africa; with a foot in Cairo and another in Cape Town.
Steam achievement This Desert Life (Civ5)
This Desert Life
Beat the game on any difficulty as Ahmad Al'Mansur.
Steam achievement Vote for Pedro (Civ5)
Vote for Pedro
As Brazil, win a Diplomatic Victory.
A reference to the 2004 comedy movie "Napoleon Dynamite", in which the titular character's friend Pedro runs for class president. 'Vote for Pedro' is the inscription of a T-shirt worn by Napoleon Dynamite.
Steam achievement Wanna Be the King of the Zulus (Civ5)
Wanna Be the King of the Zulus
Beat the game on any difficulty as Shaka.
Steam achievement What's Yours is Mine (Civ5)
What's Yours is Mine
As Portugal, construct a Feitoria in a City-State that is allied to another civilization.
Steam achievement Workers of the World - Unite! (Civ5)
Workers of the World - Unite!
Win a Cultural Victory using the Order Ideology.
References the rallying cry from The Communist Manifesto, a political pamphlet by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
Steam achievement Yuri-ka! (Civ5)
Yuri-ka!
Win a Space Victory using the Order Ideology.
A pun of "Eureka" and "Yuri", named after the first human to journey into outer space, Yuri Gagarin.

Unimplemented achievementsEdit

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All for All Super Brawl
Have every civ declare war on you at the same time.
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Can't We All Just Get Along?
Play and win a game without ever declaring war on another Civ (does not preclude them from declaring war against you).

After a video of police officers beating Rodney King sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots, King famously uttered this plea for peace on national television, and it has since become a common phrase.

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Cat Fight
As a female leader, defeat all other present female leaders in a single game.

A cat fight is a common term for a fight between two or more women, without the involvement of men.

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Diplomat
Hold a Defensive Pact with another civilization for at least 50 turns.

A diplomat is the official representative of a state, sent to another state to act on its behalf in matters of policy.

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Hundred Years' War
Be engaged in a single war for 100 or more consecutive turns.


The Hundred Years' War was a war lasting a little over 110 years. It pitted the French against the English.

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I Have the Power
Win 20 battles with a single unit.
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Inconceivable!
Lose a Game to someone not on your friend's list.


This is a reference to the movie The Princess Bride, where Vizzini made a habit of saying "Inconceivable!"

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Knowledge Is Good
Hold a Research Pact with another civilization for at least 50 turns.
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Manifest Destiny
Completely control and have contiguous borders around your starting continent.
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Six Degrees to Sid
Play a multiplayer match with another player who has this achievement (starting with Sid).
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The Elephant Battle
Destroy another Civ's unique unit with a Naresuan's Elephant.
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The Paul Murphy Award for Excellence and Attractiveness
Read 500 articles in the Civilopedia.
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