Stop window shopping and give your game the makeover it deserves!
As most gamers know, mods can make or break your game, sometimes literally!
With the Civ team releasing new content faster than a divine AI builds wonders, modders need to stay vigilant to avoid being outclassed. (no pun intended).
This top ten mods list has been updated for Gathering Storm, and you can check out my other mods lists for even more options to expand your Civ gameplay.*
10. World map
Time for some in-game sightseeing
I have always been a fan of any mod that gives the player a greater sense of immersion, which is why I like this mod.
Mappa Mundi adds over 15,000 place names to the game, mixing them up and adding some much-needed spice to the game's geographic vocabulary.
It's a simple mod that doesn't change anything about the game itself, but it is to keep the maps up to date for the player and is compatible with various other map mods for realistic names/locations.
How it helps:
- Adds many new names to the map name database, virtually guaranteeing a uniquely named map every time.
- It comes ready to install with other map mods and even includes colonial names that can be activated separately.
Discover the world maphere.
9. Royal Strategy
Turning up the heat: This AI will have you rethinking your moves in no time
If you've gotten too used to harassing, countering, and then crushing enemy AI, this mod is for you.
This mod helps the AI to think in a more goal-oriented manner and react to events accordingly.
The AI will actually use equipment like battering rams and planes like bombers, and the civilians will build their empire more in line with the terrain and work harder to catch up where they're falling behind.
Real Strategy AI is one of my favorite mods and one that I have grown to appreciate more over time.
How it helps:
- The AI reacts faster and more strategically to the movements of the players.
- Support units like the Ram and Medic are the most used by the AI.
- AI makes more attempts to use planes like bombers and fighters.
Get the real strategy modhere.
8. Jam Difficulty Mode
No More Gifting: The AI will no longer start with a true turn 1 army
Civ AI is a bit like fighting a boss in most video games, intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it, you'll realize it was all gibberish.
Jam Difficulty Mod removes the original AI unit advantage and replaces it with other performance bonuses that increase over time.
It also removes free technologies, civics, and combat boosts on higher difficulty that the AI would normally receive.
A great game mod that makes the beginning of the game smoother and the end of the game challenging.
How it helps:
- Removes extra starting units for the AI, balancing it out early on.
- Removes AI bonuses to combat strength to make battles more strategic.
- Grants AI bonuses that increase over time so it never seems too weak or too strong.
7. Extended Diplomacy Ribbon
Does passing the air show how someone feels about you? Now if only this mod would work irl...
If you've watched the PotatoMcWhiskey videos, you may have seen the hood tape showing rival civilian stats such as military strength and other forms of "cheating."
This mod improves the hood tape and also displays all diplomatic information such as active trade deals, diplomatic favors, and government access.
No more clicking through 4 menus trying to figure out exactly where you are on the love/hate spectrum of the world, the extended diplomacy track is a must have for all aspiring diplomats.
How it helps:
- Creates a tooltip window that displays all diplomatic information about any civilization.
Get the Extended Diplomacy Bannerhere.
6. Zee Strategic Resources Review
Resetting the cost of resources (shown here) is one of the biggest improvements this mod makes.
Have you ever noticed that knights cost iron but horses don't, or that "human" soldiers need oil, and you inevitably start to wonder if they've all been replaced by cyborgs and if you really are the last human player, as a species? The sci-fi B-list movie twist?
We have all been there. Well, Zee's ORS makes sense of all those paranoid delusions, so you don't have to; this mod rebalances strategic resources to make them more relevant and logical, such as the actual need for horses for units that require them.
Compatible with Steel and Thunder or Warfare Expanded, this is an excellent mod for anyone looking for a little more realism and balance.
How it helps:
- Unit resource costing is more logical and resource management is more important.
- Resources stay relevant longer (like horses being used in the industrial age).
5. Expanded War: Reloaded
Get familiar with the new and the old, like the field howitzer and armored infantry.
Similar to the Steel & Thunder mods, Warfare Expanded adds an even larger number of new ground, air, and naval units.
What makes this mod unique is that, in addition to other unit classes like melee and siege, it adds the "fire support" class, which includes units like Javelineer and Arquebusier.
Medieval and Armored Assault expansion packs add many more historical units to medieval and modern armed forces to defend your home or conquer your rivals.
How it helps:
- Adds several new units to the existing upgrade paths, such as the Howitzer and Battleship.
- Adds several new unit types such as Naval Bombardment, Marines, and Fire Support; all complete with their own upgrade path.
Confira Warfare Expanded: Reloadedhere
medieval expansion packhere
Armored Assault Expansion Packhere
4. Steel and Thunder: Unit Expansion and Unique Units (Modlist)
Add a new flavor to your unit roster for each civilization!
I love the Civilization series for its depth, especially when it comes to the military, and the collective sequel to Moar Units, Steel and Thunder, goes a bit further. Together these mods add 11 universal units between upgrades like the machine gun and trebuchet and tons of new unique units like the Congolese medicine man and Khmer war canoe.
We also see the return of old favorites like African Forest Elephant and Warrior Kris.
If you love Civ VI but miss the units of yesteryear or just want a more diverse military experience, I highly recommend this duo of mods.
How it helps:
- Add new units to existing upgrade paths to create more realistic transitions in military technology.
- Using both mods adds a host of new and returning unique units, and the "All Enabled" extension mod further expands unique units, giving any civilization several.
Obtain C&T: Unit Expansionhere
Get S&T: Unique Unitshere
3. Improved report screen
It may seem like a lot of numbers, but this screen will soon be your best friend.
Ever thought a political card would be a huge boost to your economy, so you plug it in, press accept, and watch your empire crumble into complete chaos?
This mod organizes and categorizes lists of income and resources from all sources, including policy cards and city-states.
It even shows you exactly how much each policy provides or would provide if it were connected.
The improved report screen might sound a bit boring, but don't let the name fool you, it's actually a huge quality-of-life improvement to have a numerical representation of your empire's efficiency.
How it helps:
- Add Cities, Policies, and City-States tabs to the reporting canvas for easy access.
- The Resources, City Status, Units, and Yield menus have been revised and reorganized.
- The "Policies" report screen takes all the guesswork out of choosing your policies.
Get the best report canvashere.
2. Simple Sukritact UI Tweaks + Better Trade Screen + Production Queue
This simple mod tracks your subjects like a pocket census.
Tired of laying siege to the enemy capital for a century only to fail to capture it because you can't click the right unit on the stack? Anyone or just me?
This UI mod gives you more focus information like city yields and next frontier growth while cleaning up the cluttered icons (so you can click on the unit you need).
This is a great quality of life improvement mod and is recommended to be used with the Better Trade Screen and Production Queue mods that I am linking to here.
How it helps:
- Moves several of the icons around for clearer placement and easier access.
- Add more information on hover, like how much of a specific production that city is producing in an area.
Despite its simplicity, or perhaps because of it, it enhances the overall gaming experience.
Get the simple Sukritact UI tweakshere.
And don't forget the Better Trade screenhereand the production linehere.
1. CQUI (community quick user interface)
Less is More – Little things like color-coding another civ in the trade menu make this mod invaluable.
CQUI is a community supported UI mod that makes the game more accessible.
Similar to, but not compatible with, other UI mods, CQUI adds new and more informative tooltips for displaying income and information such as gold, food, and religion; The "city view" now condenses the city administration and production windows into one easy-to-read display.
This mod also incorporates many QoL mods such as Better Trade Screen and Simplified Gossip.
Overall, it's a mod that can completely change the way you play the game for the better, but I would recommend trying both the CQUI and the Sukritact UI mod to see which you prefer...
How it helps:
- CQUI drastically overhauls the user interface, giving you more information in a more organized way.
- CQUI is continually corrected and updated by members of the community.
- By combining multiple QoL mods into one, CQUI ends up having the best of all worlds.
Check out CQUIhere.
*As with any mod, it is always recommended and advisable to check and read the compatibility with other mods before downloading or installing them.
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Kupe and the Maori are a great fit for Gathering Storm. It's a coastal civ with a conservationist bent.What are the best Civ 6 mods? ›
- City Lights. This mod aims to make city development more important in every playthrough. ...
- Extended Diplomacy Ribbon. Sometimes the best mods are the simpler ones and EDR is one of those. ...
- Perfect World 6. ...
- CQUI – Community Quick User Interface. ...
- Zegangani's: Real Allies. ...
- Quick Deals.
In an interview with PC Games Network, Civ 6 associate producer Sarah Darney argues that Scythia and its leader, Tomyris, is the best option for religious victory. That's mostly thanks to the Kurgan, a unique improvement for the civilization that lets you build up faith early in the game.Should I get Gathering Storm Civ 6? ›
So I'm going to just say that if you're looking for a better, more advanced, more complicated Civ 6, then Gathering Storm is just fine. But if you're looking for value, if you don't want to feel like you're being gouged and punished for being a fan, I'm inclined to suggest you wait for a price cut.Who is the easiest leader in Civ 6 Gathering Storm? ›
However, fans that want the absolute best leader for beginners in Civilization 6 need to look no further than Trajan of Rome. Updated on December 31st, 2021 by Hodey Johns: Civilization 6 has pulled in a shocking number of players during its time.Who is the most op character in Civ 6? ›
- Hojo Tokimune (Japan)
- Cyrus (Persia)
- Frederick Barbarossa (Germany)
- John Curtin (Australia)
- Peter (Russia)
- Seondeok (Korea)
- Trajan (Rome)
- Simón Bolívar (Gran Colombia)
Mansa Musa has been the top dog when it comes to Gold generation in Civilization 6 since his introduction in the Gathering Storm expansion - thanks to his Gold-printing mines and ever-growing Trade Route capacity.How good is all the mods 6? ›
Of course, the modpack All the Mods 6 doesn't really contain all mods that are available for Minecraft. Instead, you get an extensive and high-quality mix of well-known and great mods as well as lesser-known additions for an interesting gaming experience with many new design possibilities.Are nukes good Civ 6? ›
Nuclear weapons, or nukes for short, are immensely powerful, late-game area-of-effect weapons in Civilization VI. To be able to build and use them, players first need to research Nuclear Fission and complete the Manhattan Project (which unlocks the Build Nuclear Device project).Who is the best religious character in Civ 6? ›
Just like getting a religious victory in Civ 6, the key to spreading the true faith across the world lies in Faith generation and religious units. If there's one civilization that excels in both these areas, drawing huge faith and creating early, effective religious units, then it's Peter the Great's Russia.
- Hagia Sofia - Missionaries and Apostles can spread Religion 1 extra time. ...
- Mahabodhi Temple - Grants 2 Apostles. ...
- Mont St. ...
- Oracle - Patronage of Great People costs 25% less Faith. ...
- Potala Palace - +3 Faith, +3 Culture and +1 Diplomatic policy slot.
1 Tomyris (Scythia) (Civ 6)
Considered by many fans to be the best leader to learn on, Tomyris of Scythia affords players an insanely great early game. Her military focus and special unit (the Saka Horse Archer) that doesn't require horses is difficult to beat.
Each stack grants 8 ability power or 4. 8 attack damage (Adaptive). This stacks with no upper limit, for a total of 8 − ∞ (based on Minutes) AP or 5 − ∞ (based on Minutes) AD at 10 − ∞ (based on Stacks) minutes.Do I need both Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm? ›
Secret Societies requires either Rise & Fall or Gathering Storm. Dramatic Ages requires either Rise & Fall or Gathering Storm. NFP DLC 5 (Kublai Khan) requires Rise & Fall.Is Gathering Storm or Rise and Fall newer? ›
Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm is the second official expansion pack for the turn-based strategy video game Civilization VI. It was released on February 14, 2019, about a year after the release of the first expansion Civilization VI: Rise and Fall.What is the best government in Civ 6? ›
- Religious Victory - Theocracy.
- Domination Victory - Fascism.
- Culture Victory - Democracy.
- Science Victory - Communism.
The easiest victory condition to achieve for newer players and those playing on an easier difficulty setting is the Science Victory. Players can get the Science Victory in the vanilla game or with the Rise and Fall expansion by fulfilling three major scientific milestones.What is the slowest game speed in Civilization 6? ›
- Online (200% speed - 250 turns)
- Quick (150% speed - 330 turns)
- Standard (normal speed - 500 turns)
- Epic (66% speed - 750 turns)
- Marathon (33% speed - 1500 turns)
Warmongering penalties are represented as a negative score affecting diplomatic relations with each leader you've already met. These penalties are applied under the following circumstances: When you declare war. You receive this penalty only for initiating a war, not for being the target of one.Are armies worth forming Civ 6? ›
Forming corps (and eventually armies) allows the player to make stronger, singular units rather than multiple weaker ones, but if the player has enough resources to churn out corps then odds are they are already close to winning anyway.
One method is to propose a trade with an AI opponent, offering a strategic or luxury resource along with as much gold per turn as you can, then select the "What will you give me for this?" option. The AI will then offer you a massive amount of gold and gold per turn for just the resource.How much RAM should I use for all the mods 6? ›
All the Mods 6 - ATM6 Memory Requirements & Player Slots
To avoid lag or memory errors, order a minimum of 8GB of memory. If you are playing with friends or planning on hosting a public server consider ordering 9GB or more.
- Minecraft. It's no surprise that the most popular video game of all time is also the most heavily modded. ...
- Garry's Mod. Garry's Mod is another sandbox style game that was created with the intention of being heavily modded. ...
- Half-Life. ...
- Doom. ...
But a hydrogen bomb has the potential to be 1,000 times more powerful than an atomic bomb, according to several nuclear experts. The U.S. witnessed the magnitude of a hydrogen bomb when it tested one within the country in 1954, the New York Times reported.Do mobile Sams stop nukes Civ 6? ›
Nukes launched from Missile Silos and Nuclear Submarines have a chance of being shot down if they target a tile within a Mobile SAM's defensive radius, and if a bomber is delivering a nuke within 1 tile, the attack will fail if the Mobile SAM does at least 50% of the bomber's HP in damage.What civ is best for faith victory? ›
Basil II of Byzantium. With the ability to get combat bonuses from converting holy cities to the civ's own religion, as well as the ability to spread religion quickly by eliminating non-barbarian units, Byzantium is well suited for either a Domination or a Religious victory.Can you lose your religion in Civ 6? ›
Losing Your Religion
If another civilization's religion is the majority in one of your cities, you will not be able to purchase religious units of your own in that city. If you do not have a majority in any of your cities you will not be able to purchase ANY religious units.
Shinto is one of the twelve default religions in Civilization VI. Players who have founded a pantheon can found Shinto by using a Great Prophet at either a Holy Site or Stonehenge.How do you get the strongest faith? ›
Find prayers in the scripture and pray those on your own behalf. Praying will build your faith and help you to keep your eyes focused on the Lord, even in times of crisis. Meditation is powerful, especially for the Christian. Meditation is not some whimsical clearing of your mind.How do you get a pantheon fast? ›
The quickest way to found a pantheon is to either play a Civilization that can do so easily or to explore as much as possible with scouts in the chance that a source of faith is nearby.
In order to create a proper religion, players first need to create a pantheon belief. This can be done after players obtain at least 25 faith. The benefits of the pantheon will automatically go to every city within the player's civilization.Who is the female voice in Civ 6? ›
Natasha Loring is a South African actress whose film career began in 2008, when she played the role of Julie Saunders in Hitchhiker. She provided the voice of the advisor in Civilization VI and narrated the Diplomatic Victory movie in Gathering Storm.What is better scorch or Gathering Storm? ›
guys is gathering storm actually better than scorch.. Depends on what you're going for. Scorch is probably better in soloq if you're trying to look for kills early.Is Gathering Storm faster in Aram? ›
Ultimate Hunter, Presence of Mind, Guardian, and Dark Harvest get more use of the constant action while scaling runes like Gathering Storm, Conditioning, and Overgrowth stack faster in ARAM than on Summoners Rift.Is Gathering Storm worth it in Aram? ›
Gathering storm is worth 1k gold at 18 min, an incredible amount given how hard actual gold leads are to secure. I think gathering storm plus guardians item is stronger at all stages of the game than non scaling runes and no guardian item.Can you combine Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm? ›
Sid Meier's Civilization VI Expansion Bundle, which combines both Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm expansions, takes the turn-based strategy classic to new heights.What leaders come with Gathering Storm? ›
- Hungary, Leader, Matthias Corvinus.
- Maori, Leader, Kupe.
- Canada, Leader, Wilfrid Laurier.
- Inca, Leader, Pachacuti.
- Mali, Leader, Mansa Musa.
- Sweden, Leader, Kristina.
The expected final book was split into three volumes: The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight, and A Memory of Light.Who is the best Civ 6 beginner leader? ›
It's generally agreed that Emperor Qin is the more beginner-friendly of the two Chinese leaders, largely because his is among the best leader abilities in the game. Not only do his builders come with an additional charge, but they can use those charges to speed along the production of wonders.Do both players need Gathering Storm? ›
As you discovered, for the minor DLC only the host requires them. For both expansions, all players need those to be able to play that in MP.
The absolute best starting point for any player is ultimately next to a Natural Wonder. These tiles provide powerful bonuses to cities settled nearby and the benefits are almost endless. Additional appeal, extra science, culture, tourism, or production are all perks to having a natural wonder within a civilization.Which is the best Sid Meier's civilization? ›
- 1 Civilization IV. After the success of Civilization III, Civ IV went all-out in a way we haven't seen in the franchise since.
- 2 Civilization VI. ...
- 3 Civilization III. ...
- 4 Civilization V. ...
- 5 Call to Power 2. ...
- 6 Civilization. ...
- 7 Civilization: Beyond Earth. ...
- 8 Civilization II. ...
China is the best civilization for all new players because: The 5% building speed boost is probably the best nation buff as you want to rush to City Hall lvl. 22 as soon as possible. Most of the power you have comes from buildings.Which commander excels at gathering resources? ›
The beautiful queen Cleopatra of Egypt is a new legendary commander who excels at gathering resources and providing support to friendly forces.What civilization is best for KvK? ›
Best civilization after KvK
Troop training speed is amazingly good, action point recovery is even better, the cavalry unit is good and will remain solid throughout the entire time…all of it making Germany the best civilization for between the KvK phases.
2K Games officially confirms the development of Civilization 7, the latest release in the popular turn-based strategy 4X series. 2K has officially announced that Civilization 7, the next game in its popular turn-based strategy 4X franchise, is in development.Are Goths a good Civ? ›
However, Goths remain a very strong civilization for new players in post-Imperial matches. Goths maintain overall a high win-rate in most ELO ranges, but some high-level players still consider them a bad civilization.Which Civ makes the most money Civ 6? ›
Mansa Musa has been the top dog when it comes to Gold generation in Civilization 6 since his introduction in the Gathering Storm expansion - thanks to his Gold-printing mines and ever-growing Trade Route capacity.What is the oldest Civ? ›
The oldest recorded civilization in the world is the Mesopotamia civilization. Overall, the 4 oldest civilizations of the world are Mesopotamia Civilization, Egyptian Civilization, Indus Valley Civilization, and Chinese Civilization.What is Yi Seong-Gye an expert in? ›
Yi Seong-Gye (YSG) is a Legendary Archer commander, one of the best commanders in Rise of Kingdoms.
Barbarossa, (Italian: “Redbeard”) byname of Khayr al-Dīn, original name Khiḍr, (died 1546), Barbary pirate and later admiral of the Ottoman fleet, by whose initiative Algeria and Tunisia became part of the Ottoman Empire.How many times is the character 1 used from 1 to 99? ›
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