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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! On the other hand, it is possible for an island to belong to a nearby continent, even being fully separated by water.

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 Features Edit

As in previous titles, all terrain in the game consists of a combination of three elements:

  1. Base terrain, which denotes the basic soil type of the tile and comes with pre-determined qualities;
  2. Terrain features, which are special formations of some sort (vegetation, relief, etc.) that build upon the qualities of the base terrain and add new gameplay elements to it;
  3. Resources, which are special minerals or vegetation, important for your civilization in some way.

Unlike in Civilization V, terrain features do NOT completely overwrite the base terrain yield, but rather add to it some bonus; resources stack on top of both base terrain and features. Another major change is that Tile Improvements now do not remove terrain features, and their bonuses simply stack on top of these of base terrain + features + resources! So, for example, Hills on a Grassland terrain will have a total yield of 2 Civ6Food Food and 1 Civ6Production Production, while on a Plains terrain it will be 1 Civ6Food Food and 2 Civ6Production Production. When you build a Mine on it, the total yield (after all tech researched) will be 2 Civ6Food Food, 4 Civ6Production Production on Grassland, and 1 Civ6Food Food, 5 Civ6Production Production on Plains. As before, any additional resources stack with these base bonuses, and eventual Improvements.

Here follows a list of terrain types and features:

Base Terrain Edit

Base Yield Notes
Coast (Civ6) Coast 1 Civ6Food Food, 1 Civ6Gold Gold All water tiles next to land
Desert (Civ6) Desert None Can have some special features on it, such as Oasis
Grassland (Civ6) Grassland 2 Civ6Food Food
Lake (Civ6) Lake 1 Civ6Food Food, 1 Civ6Gold Gold Small expanse of water, surrounded by land. Provides Fresh water.
Ocean (Civ6) Ocean 1 Civ6Food Food Water tiles far from land. Impassable before Cartography is discovered.
Plains (Civ6) Plains 1 Civ6Food Food, 1 Civ6Production Production
Tundra (Civ6) Tundra 1 Civ6Food Food Extensive regions in the north/south parts of the map
Snow (Civ6) Snow None Extreme north/south of map, past tundra

Features Edit

Yield Modifiers Notes
Cataract (Civ6) Cataract None Exclusive to Gifts of the Nile. Found on Nile River tiles; takes 4 Civ6Movement movement to cross.
Cliffs None Found on Coastal Hills. Blocks embarkation and disembarkation; increases Appeal.
Floodplains (Civ6) Floodplains +3 Civ6Food Food Modify deserts. Found on flat land adjacent to rivers.
Grassland (Hills) (Civ6) Hills +1 Civ6Production Production Provide Defense bonus.
Ice (Civ6) Ice None Found on Ocean and Coast tiles in the extreme north/south of the map; Impassable.
Marsh (Civ6) Marsh +1 Civ6Food Food Modifies grasslands.

Removing Marsh provides one-time Civ6Food Food in the city (depending on era).

Mountains (Civ6) Mountains None Cannot be worked and is Impassable, but may boost certain districts. Increases Appeal; can be included in National Parks.
Oasis (Civ6) Oasis +3 Civ6Food Food, +1 Civ6Gold Gold Modifies deserts. Provides Fresh Water.
Rainforest (Civ6) Rainforest +1 Civ6Food Food Modifies Plains. Decreases Appeal to adjacent tiles.

Removing Rainforest provides one-time Civ6Food Food and Civ6Production Production in the city (depending on era).

Reef (Civ6) Reef R&F-Only +1 Civ6Food Food, +1 Civ6Production Production Modifies Coasts.
River None Increases Appeal. Provides Fresh Water.
Woods (Civ6) Woods +1 Civ6Production Production Increases Appeal to adjacent tiles.

Removing Woods provides one-time Civ6Production Production in the city (depending on era).

R&F-Only Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.

Terrain Appeal Edit

Main article: Appeal (Civ6)

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 Civ6Faith Faith, Tourism6 Tourism, and Housing6 Housing. For example, building Tourism6 Tourism-related buildings and improvements on or next to tiles with high Appeal will increase their effect! The Housing6 Housing output of Neighborhood districts also depends on the Appeal of the tile.

Natural WondersEdit

Main article: Natural Wonder (Civ6)

Natural Wonders are unique terrain features that may be found scattered throughout the map, typically in an environment resembling the real-life surroundings of the wonder. Natural wonders cover between 1 and 4 tiles, and provide powerful bonuses which are of great strategic importance to nearby civilizations. Though players cannot build districts or improvements on wonder tiles, the bonuses they provide to their surroundings make them attractive locations for constructing cities.

It is important to note that while some natural wonders behave as modified versions of basic terrain features, this is not always the case. For instance, Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro are considered mountains, while Eyjafjallajökull and Torres del Paine are not.

Bonuses and EffectsEdit

Natural wonder adjacency demo (Civ6)

An illustration of how adjacency bonuses stack with Mount Roraima. Wonder tiles are shown in brown.

Though the bonuses provided by wonders differ in nature, all natural wonders have a few things in common. Players cannot build districts, found cities, construct wonders, or make tile improvements on natural wonder tiles. All natural wonders provide +2 Appeal to adjacent tiles, which makes them ideal spots for Neighborhoods and National Parks.

Natural wonders can be broadly categorized into "passable" and "impassable" wonders (depending on whether or not units can move on the wonder tiles). As a rule, passable wonders provide bonuses on the wonder tiles themselves, while impassable wonders provide bonuses to the surrounding landscape.

Passable wonders are usually modified forms of ordinary terrain features that provide extra Civ6Culture Culture, Civ6Science Science, Civ6Gold Gold, or Civ6Faith Faith in addition to the normal yields from a tile of their type. Passable wonder tiles share some traits with terrain: Marsh wonders (such as Pantanal and Ubsunur Hollow) have a higher Civ6Movement Movement cost, and Lake wonders (such as Crater Lake and the Dead Sea) provide fresh water to adjacent tiles. Passable wonders are most effective when incorporated into a city, as their tiles do not provide an adjacency bonus. Passable wonder tiles are significantly better than an unimproved tile of any kind, but are often less productive than an ordinary tile with an improvement or a district.

Most impassable wonders are modified forms of impassable terrain such as mountains and rock formations. Their bonuses extend to adjacent tiles, often providing extra Civ6Culture Culture, Civ6Science Science, or Civ6Faith Faith to their surroundings. (Note that these bonuses stack for each adjacent tile - see diagram for a visual explanation.) Many impassable wonders also grant units a one-time bonus, such as a free promotion. Impassable wonders are most effective when near the borders of a city, such that their adjacency bonus extends onto city tiles without wasting valuable space.

In Rise and Fall, each natural wonder grants +1 Era Score when it is discovered, or +3 Score if the player is the first to do so.

List of Natural wondersEdit

Icon Wonder Description Size
Cliffs of Dover (Civ6) Cliffs of Dover

3 Civ6Culture Culture and 2 Civ6Gold Gold on wonder tiles.

Only found on coastal Grassland and Plains Hills tiles, sometimes next to normal Cliffs.

2 tiles,


"Under the White Cliff's battlemented crown, Hushed to a depth of more than Sabbath peace." -William Wordsworth
Crater Lake (Civ6) Crater Lake

1 Civ6Science Science and 4 Civ6Faith Faith on wonder tile.

Acts as a Lake, providing adjacent tiles with fresh water.

1 tile,


"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 (Civ6) Dead Sea

2 Civ6Faith Faith and 2 Civ6Culture Culture on wonder tiles. Units healing on adjacent tiles are healed completely.

Acts as a Lake, providing adjacent tiles with fresh water.

2 tiles,


"Like to the apples on the Dead Sea's shore, all ashes to the taste." -Lord Byron
Delicate Arch (Civ6) Delicate Arch R&F-Only

+2 Civ6Faith Faith and +1 Civ6Gold Gold to adjacent tiles.

Appears in Desert regions.

1 tile, impassable
"If Delicate Arch has any significance it lies, I will venture, in the power of the odd and unexpected to startle senses and surprise the mind out of their ruts of habit." -Edward Abbey
Eye of the Sahara (Civ6) Eye of the Sahara R&F-Only

1 Civ6Production Production on wonder tiles. Additional 1 Civ6Production Production and 3 Civ6Science Science on wonder tiles after the game reaches the Atomic Era.

Appears in Desert regions.

3 tiles, passable
"Oddly, it appears not to be the scar of a meteorite but a deeply eroded dome, with a rainbow-inspired color scheme" -Chris Hadfield
Eyjafjallajökull (Civ6) Eyjafjallajökull1

+1 Civ6Culture Culture and +2 Civ6Food Food to adjacent tiles.

Not considered a Mountain in-game. Found standing alone.

2 tiles,


"A number of stones rolled down the mountain, followed by an enormous and lofty column of flame, which allowed people in Holt to read as perfectly at night as if it had been day." -Liverpool Mercury
Galápagos Islands (Civ6) Galápagos Islands

+2 Civ6Science Science to adjacent tiles.

Appears on Coast tiles.

2 tiles, impassable
"The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable: it seems to be a little world within itself." -Charles Darwin
Giant's Causeway (Civ6) Giant's Causeway1

Grants a permanent +5 Civ6StrengthIcon Combat Strength bonus to land units when they move adjacent to the wonder for the first time. The bonus is reset when the unit is upgraded.

Appears on Coasts, with one land and one water tile.

2 tiles,


"The remains of some mighty fabric, hurled into desolation by a tremendous earthquake, or some other equally terrible convulsion of nature." -Philip Dixon Hardy
Great Barrier Reef (Civ6) Great Barrier Reef

3 Civ6Food Food and 2 Civ6Science Science on wonder tiles.

Appears on Coast tiles.

2 tiles,


"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
Hạ Long Bay (Civ6) Hạ Long Bay3

3 Civ6Food Food, 1 Civ6Production Production, and 1 Civ6Culture Culture on wonder tiles.

+15 Civ6StrengthIcon Combat Strength when defending on wonder tiles.

Appears on Coast tiles.

2 tiles,


"Behold the wonders of the Heavens and Earth. The clear aqua blue serves as a looking glass, thousands of turquoise crows tinged with a touch of black." -Nguyễn Trãi
Lake Retba (Civ6) Lake Retba R&F-Only

1 Civ6Production Production, 2 Civ6Gold Gold and 2 Civ6Culture Culture on wonder tiles.

Acts as a Lake, providing adjacent tiles with fresh water.

2 tiles, passable
"Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink" -Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Ancient Mariner
Lysefjord (Civ6) Lysefjord1

Naval units are granted a free promotion when they move adjacent to the wonder for the first time.

Appears on land tiles by the Coast.

3 tiles,


"The water is black and heavy, and subject to intermitting storms. In this sea, and in the midst of this solitude, rises a great sombre street---a street for no human footsteps. None ever pass through there; no ship ever ventures in." -Victor Hugo
Matterhorn (Civ6) Matterhorn R&F-Only

+1 Civ6Culture Culture to adjacent tiles.

Land units are given a permanent bonus when they move adjacent to Matterhorn wonder for the first time - this bonus lets them move more quickly on Hill tiles, and grants +3 Civ6StrengthIcon Combat Strength when fighting in hills.

Acts as a Mountain.

1 tile, impassable
"Let me ask leave, then, to pay a tribute of respect and admiration to the once desired Matterhorn, before his head has lost the last rays of a sun departing to gild loftier and more deitant ranges." -F. Crauford Grove
Mount Everest (Civ6) Mount Everest

+1 Civ6Faith Faith to adjacent tiles.

Religious units are given a permanent bonus whem they move adjacent to Mount Everest for the first time - this bonus lets them move on hills more quickly.

Acts as a Mountain. Found in mountain ranges.

3 tiles, impassable
"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." -Sir Edmund Hillary
Mount Kilimanjaro (Civ6) Mount Kilimanjaro

+2 Civ6Food Food to adjacent tiles.

Acts as a Mountain. Found standing alone.

1 tile, impassable
"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
Mount Roraima (Civ6) Mount Roraima R&F-Only

+1 Civ6Faith Faith and +1 Civ6Science Science to adjacent tiles.

Acts as a Mountain. Found standing alone.

4 tile, impassable
"It was a fantastic landscape, for all around were rocks of the weirdest forms standing in apparently impossible positions, some placed on or next to others, in ways that seemed to defy every law of gravity." -Goldthwaite's Geographical Magazine
Pantanal (Civ6) Pantanal

2 Civ6Food Food, 2 Civ6Culture Culture on wonder tiles.

Acts as a Marsh.

Does not actually count as a Marsh in-game.

4 tiles,


"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 (Civ6) Piopiotahi +1 Civ6Gold Gold and +1 Civ6Culture Culture to adjacent tiles.

Appears on Coast tiles.

3 tiles; impassable
"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 (Civ6) Torres del Paine Doubles the base terrain yields of all adjacent tiles. Tile feature bonuses (such as Forest, Rainforest, and Marsh yields) are not modified.

Not considered a Mountain in-game. Found standing alone.

2 tiles, impassable
"Several closely situated granite peaks resembling tiger's teeth dramatically soar about a kilometer into the sky." -Howard Hillman
Tsingy de Bemaraha (Civ6) Tsingy de Bemaraha

+1 Civ6Culture Culture and +1 Civ6Science Science to adjacent tiles.

Found standing alone.

1 tile, impassable
"Tsingy 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
Ubsunur Hollow (Civ6) Ubsunur Hollow R&F-Only

2 Civ6Faith Faith, 1 Civ6Food Food and 1 Civ6Production Production on wonder tiles.

Acts as a Marsh.

4 tiles, passable
"The rising world of waters dark and deep, won from the void and formless infinte." -John Milton
Uluru (Civ6) Uluru2 +2 Civ6Culture Culture and +2 Civ6Faith Faith to adjacent tiles.

+4 Appeal to adjacent tiles (instead of the usual +2)

Not considered a Mountain in-game. Appears in Desert regions.

1 tile, impassable
"What a grand sight this must present in the wet season; waterfalls in every direction!" -William Gosse
Yosemite (Civ6) Yosemite +1 Civ6Gold Gold, +1 Civ6Science Science to adjacent tiles

Not considered a Mountain in-game. Found standing alone.

2 tiles, impassable
"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
Zhangye Danxia (Civ6) Zhangye Danxia R&F-Only

+2 General6 Great General and +2 Merchant6 Great Merchant points if you own at least one of the tiles.

Acts as a Mountain. Found in mountain ranges.

3 tiles, impassable
"With the sun shining brightly, then dusk's mists falling, at every turn, the scenery changes like magic." -Fan Zhongyan

1 Available with the Vikings Scenario Pack DLC
2 Available with the Australia Civilization & Scenario Pack DLC
3 Available with the Khmer and Indonesia Civilization & Scenario Pack DLC
R&F-Only Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.

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