The term Terrain encompasses the geographical features of the map in Civilization VI. As in recent Civilization titles, it consists of hexagonal tiles, each of which possesses certain properties and gameplay effects. At the most basic level, terrain is divided into Land, which forms the inhabitable parts of the map, where most of the gameplay happens, and Water, which envelops the Land and completes the map.
Geographical organization Edit
In Civilization VI all landmass is separated into continents, but Continents are not necessarily always separated by water. As per game rules, when each map is initially formed, even if it joins all land into a single continuous landmass, the engine will still separate it logically into several continents. So, it is possible to see two land tiles next to each other which belong to different continents!
The reason for this is because some gameplay effects involve different continents. So, for these to remain possible, on every map there is need for different continents, even if the land was created as a single, continuous landmass.
Terrain Appeal Edit
In Civilization VI, there is a brand new attribute associated with Terrain - Appeal. Each tile receives an appeal rating based on a combination of factors including the tile's base terrain and the features on and adjacent to it. Some Wonders and Great People also increase the appeal rating of tiles.
The Appeal of a tile has some important gameplay effects, mainly related to Faith, Tourism, and Housing. For example, building Tourism-related Buildings and Improvements on or next to tiles with high Appeal will increase their effect! The Housing output of Neighborhood districts also depend on the Appeal of the tile.
Terrain Features Edit
As in previous titles, all Terrain in the game consists of a combination of two elements: Base terrain, which is the basic type of the tile and comes with pre-determined qualities, and Terrain Features, which build upon the qualities of the Base terrain and add new gameplay elements to it, such as Resources.
Here follows a list of terrain types and features:
Base Terrain Edit
|Coast||1 Food, 1 Gold|
|Mountain||-||Impassable, but boosts certain districts|
|Plains||1 Food, 1 Production|
|Cliffs||-||Cannot embark, increases Appeal.|
|Floodplains||+3 Food||Modifies deserts.|
|Hills||+1 Production||Defense bonus|
|Marsh||+1 Food||Modifies grasslands.|
|Oasis||+3 Food, +1 Gold||Modifies deserts.|
|Rainforest||+1 Food||Modifies Plains. Decreases Appeal to adjacent tiles.|
|Woods||+1 Production||Increases Appeal to adjacent tiles.|
|Cliffs of Dover||Two tile natural wonder. It appears with Cliffs adjacent to water and provides +3 Culture and +2 Gold.
(Looks like Grassland, but cannot be improved and provides no food)
|"Under the White Cliff's battlemented crown, Hushed to a depth of more than Sabbath peace." -William Wordsworth|
|Crater Lake||One tile natural wonder. It appears as a Lake and provides +4 Faith, +1 Science, and Fresh Water.||"Never again can I gaze upon the beauty spots of the Earth and enjoy them as being the finest thing I have ever seen. Crater lake is above them all." -Jack London|
|Dead Sea||Two tile natural wonder. It appears as a Lake and provides +2 Faith, +2 Culture, and Fresh Water. Units heal completely if they heal for one turn adjacent to the Dead Sea.||"Like to the apples on the Dead Sea's shore, all ashes to the taste." -Lord Byron|
|Galapagos Islands||Two tile impassable natural wonder. It appears on coastal terrain and provides +2 Science to adjacent tiles.||"The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable: it seems to be a little world within itself." -Charles Darwin|
|Great Barrier Reef||Two tile natural wonder that can be found on coastal terrain and provides +3 Food and +2 Science.||"Organisms don't think of CO2 as a poison. Plants and organisms that make shells, coral, think of it as a building block." -Janine Benyus|
|Mount Everest||Three tile impassible natural wonder. It appears as a Mountain and provides +1 Faith to adjacent tiles. Missionaries, Inquisitors, and Apostles who move next to Mount Everest ignore Hills for the rest of the game.||"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." -Sir Edmund Hillary|
|Mount Kilimanjaro||One tile impassable natural wonder. It appears as a Mountain and provides +2 Food to adjacent tiles.||"As it turns out, Mount Kilimanjaro is not wi-fi enabled, so I had to spend two weeks in Tanzania talking to the people on my trip." -Nancy Bonds|
|Pantanal||Four tile natural wonder. It appears as Marsh and provides +2 Food and +2 Culture.||"The Pantanal is the most complex intertropical alluvional plain of the planet and perhaps the least known area of the world." -Aziz Ab'Saber|
|Piopiotahi||Three tile impassible natural wonder. Provides +1 Culture and +1 Gold to adjacent tiles.
(Three of the nine effected tiles gain +2/+2 - possibly a bug)
|"But as I headed into the heart of New Zealand's fiordland that same child-like feeling, long lost, of pure unadulterated awe came rushing back. I knew the road to Milford Sound was good - but this good?" -Darroch Donald|
|Torres del Paine||Two tile impassible natural wonder. Doubles the (base) terrain yields of all adjacent tiles. (Forest, Rainforest and Marsh bonus is unchanged)||"Several closely situated granite peaks resembling tiger's teeth dramatically soar about a kilometer into the sky." -Howard Hillman|
|Tsingy de Bemaraha||One tile impassable natural wonder. Provides +1 Culture and +1 Science to adjacent tiles.||"Tsigny is a 250-square-mile tiger trap made up on massive obelisks riddled with jagged spears. And yes, they will cut your pretty face." -Budd Erickson|
|Yosemite||Two tile impassable natural wonder. Provides +1 Gold and +1 Science to adjacent tiles.||Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space." -Ansel Adams|
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