Civilization 6 Governors- Ranked! (2022)

Faith? Science? Strength of Arms? What will you use to lead your empire to victory?

Choose up to seven different governors (8 for the Ottomans), withpowers ranging from religious, scientific, economic or political savvy.
Iranked every governor from my top to least favorite.

7. Moksha

Civilization 6 Governors- Ranked! (1)Moksha- the Miracle Monk!

For players who are pursuing a religious victory, Moksha is essential. Moksha strengthens religious units, increases religious pressure, and gains bonuses to faith and faith purchases.

While he has some strong religious bonuses, I find him to be the least useful overall unless you’re going for a religious victory.

Using Moksha to the max

  • Moksha’s tier 1 abilities are great for defending a city in a religious emergency or a war of reconquest.
  • Gaining bonus faith from construction is great for religious units or great people.
  • Apostles gaining an extra promotion is a huge boon for religious victory.
  • The ability to purchase districts with faith is good, but counterintuitive since you need faith to buy religious units.

Governor Promotions:

  • Base: Double religious pressure from the established city.
  • Tier 1: Governor’s units near the city gain bonus religious strength and heal fully in 1 turn.
  • Tier 2: City resists religious pressure from foreign religions and gains bonus faith from constructing buildings.
  • Tier 3: Apostles and Warrior Monks gain a bonus promotion; the city can buy districts with faith.

6. Amani the Diplomat

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Civilization 6 Governors- Ranked! (2)Amani has the gift of gab.

One of the less straightforward governors, Amani is the only governor who seems to have read the book “How to Make Friends and Influence People.”

With the ability to establish herself in city-states, Amani can use her influence to create envoys and exert loyalty pressure.

While she can be beneficial if a particular city-state is accessible, she is not usually my first choice.

Why Amani can be persuasive

  • Amani’s ability to act as two envoys can be great early game to establish suzerainty.
  • Her “Local informants” ability keeps pesky enemy spies away.
  • Her two tier-2 abilities give you bonus luxury and strategic resources.
  • The ability to double up on established Envoys is usually a guarantee to take control of any city-state.

Governor Promotions

  • Base: Can be established in city-states where she acts as 2 envoys.
  • Tier 1: Lowers operation levels of enemy spies in the city; exerts loyalty pressure on other cities.
  • Tier 2: When established in a city-state she procures its luxury resource (if any); she also gains its strategic resources, doubled if Suzerain.
  • Tier 3: Doubles your envoy count in a city-state she is established in.

5. Victor the Castellan

Civilization 6 Governors- Ranked! (3)Keeping your walls safe since 2000 BCE

  • Victor comes in at number 5. He is best in the early game when his promotions are the most practically applied.
  • Aside from Ibrahim (unique Ottoman governor), Victor is the only war-based governor, but living up to his name as Castellan (Castle Master) his promotions focus around defense.
  • He is best employed when playing against hyper-aggressive civs to turtle your way to a victory.

Governor Promotions:

  • Base: Increases the garrison strength of cities, and establishes faster than other governors.
  • Tier 1: City gains bonus strategic resources and becomes immune to sieges; defending units gain bonus combat strength and city exerts bonus loyalty pressure.
  • Tier 2: Allows city to attack twice, gives military units a free promotion.
  • Tier 3: Bonus production toward nuclear armament and bonus defense to anti-air units.

Can’t spell Victory with Victor!

  • Victor’s default ability “Redoubt” is essential if you are near aggressively expansive civs.
  • The ability to quickly move victor in and out of cities makes him especially useful for defending new frontiers.
  • His ability to accumulate bonus resources is especially useful if your sources are limited.
  • Aircraft can be difficult to defend against, but Victor cuts through that threat.
  • No shame in deterrence! Victor gives the ability to secure nukes before your enemies.

4. Reyna the Financier

Civilization 6 Governors- Ranked! (4)Reyna is ready to cook...the books!

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A governor who would make Jeff Bezos proud, Reyna the Financier increases the wealth growth of her established city.

While governor, she doubles adjacency bonuses from harbors and commercial hubs and increases the speed of tile acquisition.

She gains bonus gold from trade routes, citizens, and can be paired with civs like Mali for maximum money-making potential.

Governor Promotions:

  • Base: Acquires new tiles faster; gives bonus gold for passing foreign trade routes.
  • Tier 1: Doubles adjacency bonuses from Commercial hubs and harbors; bonus gold and appeal near/around unimproved features.
  • Tier 2: Gains bonus gold for citizens
  • Tier 3: Can purchase districts with gold; bonus gold and power for late-game improvements like solar farms and geothermal plants.

Why Reyna makes it rain

  • The +3 gpt (gold per turn) for each passing foreign trade route is a powerful boon, especially in the early game.
  • Double adjacency bonus for both harbors and commercial hubs can be stacked with policy cards to multiply your gpt by several times.
  • Bonus gold per citizen and per unimproved feature can easily double your gpt in a city.
  • Reyna’s ability to purchase districts outright can help a city with low production get established.

3. Liang the Surveyor

Civilization 6 Governors- Ranked! (5)Gettin' it done with Liang!

A governor who lands somewhere in the middle for me, Liang has some strong traits, but nothing immediately game-changing.

A strong choice for maritime civs, Liang can oversee unique improvements in and around water. While not my first choice, she can be extremely useful in in coastal cities.

Liang to the rescue

  • +1 charge to builders is a huge benefit and stacks with policy cards and the Pyramids bonus.
  • The fishery and city park makes any coastal city a hub of culture and/or growth.
  • The “reinforced materials” ability to prevent environmental is essential for those who didn’t learn from Pompeii.
  • Liang’s main advantage is constructing water improvements earlier than most other ones become available.

Governor Promotions:

  • Base: City’s builders gain an extra build charge
  • Tier 1: 20% bonus production toward districts; can construct the unique fishery improvement which provides extra food and production.
  • Tier 2: Protects the city’s property from environmental disasters; provides bonus housing and amenities for certain improvements.
  • Tier 3: Can construct the unique City Park improvement, which gives bonus appeal, culture and amenities.

2. Pingala the Educator

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Civilization 6 Governors- Ranked! (6)Pingala will polish your empire

One of my favorite governors, Pingala lives up to his name with huge bonuses to science and culture.

He can also increase tourism, great people points, and speed up space-programs in his established city. While not exactly versatile, Pingala is a must for mid or late game, and to secure a science or a culture victory.

Pingala’s perks

  • Half of Pingala’s promotions increase science and culture, making him great for unlocking new policy cards and techs.
  • +100% gpp generation in any city is one of Pingala’s best abilities and useful to any civ.
  • +30% production toward space-race projects is essential for a science victory.
  • The “Curator” ability is great to boost tourism and to achieve a cultural victory.

Governor Promotions:

  • Base: Science and culture are increased by 15% in the established city.
  • Tier 1: Gives bonus science and culture per each citizen on a 1/1 ratio.
  • Tier 2: Doubles gpp (great person points) in an established city.
  • Tier 3: Bonus production for space-race projects; double tourism for great works in the city.

Special Mention: Ibrahim

Civilization 6 Governors- Ranked! (7)A master of both the sword and the tongue.

Ibrahim the Grand Vizier is a truly unique governor; he is only attainable by the Ottomans, can enter foreign capitals, and is the only governor on the list who was executed by his own Sultan. Ibrahim’s promotions are split in half between military and diplomatic goals, making him an extremely useful and flexible governor.

While I would say he’s one of the better governors, it is difficult to rank him with the rest since he’s bound to the Ottomans.

Governor Promotions

  • Base: +20% production toward all military units trained in the city.
  • Tier 1: +5 bonus combat strength for defending units, +10 combat strength against districts for all units within 10 tiles of the city.
  • Tier 2: Free alliance level and accelerated grievance decay when established in foreign capitals.
  • Tier 3: Establishing him in a foreign capital disables all loyalty pressure from cities owned by that civ.

Why Ibrahim overpowers his rivals

  • Three promotions for combat units goes great with the Ottomans militaristic playstyle
  • The ability to enter other capitals and control both alliance and grievance points give the Ottomans amazing political control.
  • Ibrahim’s tier 3 promotion which negates loyalty pressure from rivals completely shuts down some civs like Eleanor of Aquitaine.

1. Magnus the Steward

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Civilization 6 Governors- Ranked! (8)Magnus is truly magnanimous.

If I had to give the number one spot to someone, it’s gotta be Magnus. Magnus has some of the best starting bonuses around.

His default ability gives 1.5x yields from harvesting resources, he gives bonuses to production and growth, makes settlers free, and gives a huge discount on a unit’s strategic resource cost.

Of all the governors, I find Magnus to be the most consistently useful in most situations.

Why Magnus is magnificent:

  • Default ability is immediately beneficial and can be used to rush projects, buildings, units, etc.
  • Has many bonuses to production, which is useful in almost all situations.
  • Has great growth potential for starting civs or newly founded cities.
  • Allows any city to become a mega-hub of production with his Tier III Vertical Integration.

Governor Promotions:

  • Base: +50% yield from harvesting features, resources, etc.
  • Tier 1: Bonus growth in the base city and bonus food in any city trading with it; settlers are free for the city.
  • Tier 2: Power plants provide bonus power and production; units get an 80% discount on strategic resource requirements.
  • Tier 3: Magnus’ city receives production bonus effects from all industrial zones within 6 tiles.

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FAQs

Which governor should I start with in Civ 6? ›

Civilization 6 Governor - Liang

Liang also stands out for her versatility and low barrier to entry. Arguably her best ability is her starting one, which provides builders trained in her city with one extra build charge. This is great for conserving production and for getting districts built quick early on.

Which governor is best for Loyalty Civ 6? ›

Amani, the Diplomat - a Loyalty- and City-State-focused Governor, Amani has two promotions in particular that come in handy for affecting loyalty. One increases the Loyalty pressure of your own cities nearby, and the other decreases the Loyalty pressure of rival cities nearby.

Who is the most op leader in Civ 6? ›

Mansa Musa of Mali can basically do it all and is fittingly led by who many historians believe to be the richest man of all time when adjusted properly. His focus on gold in game then comes as no surprise, and Mansa's wealth alone changes how Civilization 6 is played with him on the map or as him for victory.

What are warmonger penalties? ›

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.

Can you have multiple governors Civ 6? ›

Then you can recruit new governors and assign him or her to one of your cities. You can only have one Governor in each city, you may use all 7 Governors or less if you wish. Governors can be moved from city to city in your Civilization depending on where you need their abilities the most.

Will there be a Civ 7? ›

The game is now set to launch December 2022, which is far better than fans first fears that the game could be pushed back as far as March 2023. It's still obviously later than the October release date we had been hoping for, but at least it's coming out before the end of the year.

What is the best Civ in civilization 6? ›

Hojo Tokimune (Japan) continues to hold the top spot as the most well-rounded civ in the game. Japan's military receives bonuses for land units adjacent to water tiles and naval units in shallow water. Furthermore, Japan's specialty unit, Samurai, doesn't suffer combat penalties upon losing health.

How do you reassign a Governor? ›

Appointing a Governor

Governors and their promotions are obtained by using Governor Titles. Governor Titles are unlocked throughout the game, primarily through the Civics tree, but also through building the Government Plaza district and its buildings, and building Casa de Contratación Wonder.

Can you peacefully take over a city state in Civ 6? ›

While it is possible to turn a city-state into your empire peacefully via exerting Loyalty, to do so is extremely difficult, as the city-state has a large counter against foreign pressure.

Is it better to keep or raze cities in Civ 6? ›

In general, fans should almost always try to keep the cities that they capture in Civilization 6, as they are worth, at the very least, the Production associated with building a Settler.

How much loyalty do governors give? ›

Governors provide +2 Loyalty per turn to their city.

What is the easiest victory in Civ 6? ›

The easiest victory to get as an experienced player or while playing against experienced players in Civ 6 is the Domination Victory. This victory is achieved by conquering the original capital city of every other civilization in the world.

Which civilization is the strongest? ›

The 5 Most Powerful Empires in History
  • The (First) Persian Empire. The Achaemenid Persian Empire was founded by Cyrus the Great around 550 B.C.E., who went by the title of King of Kings (Shahanshah). ...
  • The Roman Empire. This one should be obvious. ...
  • The Caliphate. ...
  • The Mongol Empire.
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How do you win every time in Civ 6? ›

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  1. Be smart about founding your capital. ...
  2. Go small on your first game. ...
  3. Keep moving at all times. ...
  4. Always kill barbarians. ...
  5. Make food production an early priority. ...
  6. Be very careful about going to war. ...
  7. Stay on the good side of city states. ...
  8. Focus government on production and barbarians.
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How do you avoid warmonger penalty in Civ 6? ›

For Civ 6:
  1. Do not capture cities if you get attacked first. ...
  2. Wait until they capture a City State or any other city(shouldn't be long)
  3. Take most of their cities.
  4. Liberate the city.
  5. Reduce them to 1 city, but don't finish them off.
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How can I reduce my warmonger status? ›

If you just can't wait for your warmonger points to decay, you can reduce your Warmonger Score by liberating cities or city-states that have been captured by other civilizations.

How do you reduce war weariness in Civ 6? ›

War weariness can be reduced if the war is declared using a Casus Belli. Amenities at the end of the turn, and the leftover WWP will be reset to 0 when the next turn starts. For every battle you fight, there is a base WWP you will get based on the era and whether or not you use a Casus Belli.

Is Oracle a good wonder? ›

Overall, this is a solid wonder in the base game and an absolute powerhouse in the expansions, since its power suits every civilization for every victory path.

What does the red fist in Civ 6 mean? ›

Click on the tab to bring out a detailed breakdown of the different groups of factors affecting Loyalty - this will make it clear what influences the city negatively, causing its Loyalty to slide. Additionally, if a city is losing Loyalty, you will see a big red fist flashing under it - the symbol of Independence.

What happens if you raze a city Civ 6? ›

When a city is razed, all improvements and districts that belong to this city are removed. Capital of a civilization cannot be razed.

Is Civ 6 better than humankind? ›

Humankind is a slightly more challenging game, with massive lore and complex mechanics that can tire during longer gameplay. However, the possibility of creating your own leader, changing nation, and extensive combat are features that you will not find in Civilization 6.

Why is Civ 5 better than 6? ›

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What are 4X strategy games? ›

4X (abbreviation of Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate) is a subgenre of strategy-based computer and board games, and include both turn-based and real-time strategy titles. The gameplay involves building an empire.

Who is the weakest leader in Civ 6? ›

Tamar of Georgia is considered by fans to be the worst leader in the game.

Which civ is best for cultural victory? ›

For a Culture Victory, picking the France variant of Eleanor is probably the way to go. She will gain access to France's Civilization Ability: Grand Tour. This grants France a 20% to Production of Medieval, Renaissance, and Industrial Wonders, while also granting double Tourism from all Wonders.

What is the best strategy in Civ 6? ›

The best strategy is to go hard, straight out of the gate. Conquer your early neighbors, including city-states, unless those city-states have a particularly useful bonus you want to preserve. This has two benefits.

How many governors can you have Civ 6? ›

During a game, players can earn up to seven Governors. Each Governor has a different skill tree of promotions. We bent a lot of existing game rules to give them the power to make a difference in your cities.

How do I send Governor to another city Civ 6? ›

Simply go to the Governor tab located in the top left section of the UI next to Great Works, and follow the same instructions above. Each governor has certain things that they are proficient in such as diplomacy, economics, science, military, etc.

Do parent governors get paid? ›

No. Governors are volunteers and do not get paid.

Is it worth conquering city states Civ 6? ›

In summary, if a City-State in Civilization 6 provides good general bonuses and a powerful Suzerian bonus for a player's desired Victory Condition then they should heavily consider keeping it.

Can you convert city states to your religion Civ 6? ›

A very important city-state in your way to achieve religious victory. If send enough missionaries and apostles then a city will converts to your religion and will exert pressure on other cities in 10 tiles radius which, in greater perspective, allows you to automatically get new believers.

Can you raze city states in Civ 6? ›

You can raze city states forever. If you choose to capture them they will not be occupied and will behave as a normal city. Liberation is a third option if you are recapturing a city state from another player.

Can you raze a free city? ›

If it is a FREE city, you can raze it. Generally there is no warmonger penalty. You can see if you will have it or not when the option window pops up after conquest. But if it is the last city of another civ., the warmonger penalty follows.

How do you win a free city in Civilization 6? ›

First you need to exert enough Loyalty pressure on a nearby foreign city to force it to become a Free City, then make sure no one else exerts more pressure on it until you flip it to your empire. This is, in practice, a way to conquer enemy cities without firing a single shot.

Can I destroy my own city in Civ 6? ›

One thing you can do, if you don't need the territory, is to give or trade away the cities you don't want. If you don't want the cities but do want the territory they cover then choose a recipient that you don't like, declare war on them, and then raze those cities as you capture them.

Can city states join your Civ? ›

City States can be a big help

Once you have developed a relationship with a city state by sending enough envoys to it and completing its quests you can become Suzerain of that city state. Once you have earned an envoy the game will prompt you to send your envoy to a city state.

Is there a way to turn off loyalty Civ 6? ›

You can turn off the entire DLC in the menu. the guy pay 30$ and dont use the game feature. There is actually a mod which disables it. Just search in the workshop and you'll find it.

How do you win a religious victory in Civ 6? ›

To achieve a Religious Victory, your Religion must be the 'predominant' religion in every other civilization in the game. A Religion is the predominant one for a civ when it is followed by more than 50% of the cities in that civilization.

What is the best Civ in civilization 6? ›

Hojo Tokimune (Japan) continues to hold the top spot as the most well-rounded civ in the game. Japan's military receives bonuses for land units adjacent to water tiles and naval units in shallow water. Furthermore, Japan's specialty unit, Samurai, doesn't suffer combat penalties upon losing health.

What is the best Pantheon in Civ 6? ›

Best Pantheons For A Religion Victory
  • God of War: Bonus Faith equal to 50% of the strength of each combat unit killed within 8 tiles of a Holy Site district.
  • Initiation Rites: +50 Faith for each Barbarian Outpost cleared. ...
  • Religious Idols: +2 Faith from Mines over Luxury and Bonus resources.
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How do I get more governors in Civ 6? ›

Appointing a Governor

Governors and their promotions are obtained by using Governor Titles. Governor Titles are unlocked throughout the game, primarily through the Civics tree, but also through building the Government Plaza district and its buildings, and building Casa de Contratación Wonder.

What does harvesting do in Civ 6? ›

One option players can take in Civilization 6 regarding bonus resources is to harvest the resources with builders. This will completely get rid of the bonus resource from the tile, but will give players 25 times the resource's normal yield at once (at normal game speed).

Who is the weakest leader in Civ 6? ›

Tamar of Georgia is considered by fans to be the worst leader in the game.

Which civilization is the strongest? ›

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  • The (First) Persian Empire. The Achaemenid Persian Empire was founded by Cyrus the Great around 550 B.C.E., who went by the title of King of Kings (Shahanshah). ...
  • The Roman Empire. This one should be obvious. ...
  • The Caliphate. ...
  • The Mongol Empire.
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What is the easiest victory in Civ 6? ›

The easiest victory to get as an experienced player or while playing against experienced players in Civ 6 is the Domination Victory. This victory is achieved by conquering the original capital city of every other civilization in the world.

How far away should cities be in Civ 6? ›

The Four Tile Rule

In general, it is recommended that players settle their cities quite close to one another in Civilization 6, and four tiles in between City Centers is a reasonable rule of thumb.

Which pantheon is the strongest? ›

The Pantheon of Elders actually takes some of the most powerful beings from other Pantheons, as they were really responsible for the beginning.

Who is the best pantheon player? ›

Best Pantheon Players in the World
  • Farmer and snake. KR. GM / 638 LP. 74% / 58 games. Farmer and snake. GM / 638 LP. 74% / 58 g.
  • aristootle. NA. GM / 778 LP. 57% / 283 games. aristootle. GM / 778 LP. 57% / 283 g.
  • 개 같은 망나니 KR. GM / 547 LP. 57% / 156 games. 개 같은 망나니 GM / 547 LP. ...
  • 의문의판테온장인 KR. GM / 467 LP. 59% / 165 games. 의문의판테온장인 GM / 467 LP.

Can you peacefully take over a city state in Civ 6? ›

While it is possible to turn a city-state into your empire peacefully via exerting Loyalty, to do so is extremely difficult, as the city-state has a large counter against foreign pressure.

Will there be a Civ 7? ›

The game is now set to launch December 2022, which is far better than fans first fears that the game could be pushed back as far as March 2023. It's still obviously later than the October release date we had been hoping for, but at least it's coming out before the end of the year.

What does the red fist in Civ 6 mean? ›

Click on the tab to bring out a detailed breakdown of the different groups of factors affecting Loyalty - this will make it clear what influences the city negatively, causing its Loyalty to slide. Additionally, if a city is losing Loyalty, you will see a big red fist flashing under it - the symbol of Independence.

Should I cut down Woods Civ 6? ›

If a player is going for a Culture Victory in Civilization 6 then removing Rainforests becomes more desirable, as they give adjacent tiles -1 Appeal. Indeed, this can interfere with building both National Parks and Seaside Resorts, which are great sources of Tourism in Civ 6's late-game.

When should you chop in Civ 6? ›

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What's the point of luxury resources Civ 6? ›

What do Luxury Resources do, and why do you need them? As mentioned above, one of the primary benefits of having Luxury Resources is to gain Amenities. Amenities are a mechanic introduced in Civ 6, and it works a bit like the Happiness mechanic used in previous versions of the series.

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