Civ 6: All Victory Types [Strategy & Leaders]

Learn all the different ways to get victory in Civilization 6!

Like quite a few other games, your goal is to get one of the five different Victory types in Civ 6. That can be difficult if you don’t know how to do it. Although the names of the Victories might seem straightforward, at times, they can be a bit confusing. For instance, the Culture Victory requires you to have Tourists from other nations, and similarly, other Victory types have different requirements.

Key Takeaways

Civilization 6 Victory Types:

  • Culture Victory: Have more foreign tourists than other players’ Domestic Tourists.
  • Diplomatic Victory: Accumulate 20 Diplomatic points before all other players.
  • Domination Victory: Conquer the capitals of other civilizations.
  • Religious Victory: Make your religion predominant in over 50% of other players’ cities.
  • Science Victory: Launch the Exoplanet Expedition and arrive there before other players.

Victory Types

Here’s a brief look at all the Victory Types in Civilization 6:

Types of Victory StrategyBest Civilizations for VictoryBest Leaders
CultureGenerate high amounts of Culture and TourismGreece, Persia, Mapuche, Sweden, Ethiopia Petter, Tedy, Kupe
DiplomaticReach a certain threshold of Diplomatic Victory pointsAmerica, Cree, Hungary, Canada Teddy Roosevelt, Matthias Corvinus, Kristina
DominationConquer the original Capital of every other civilization Scythia, Macedon, Zulus, Ottomans, Gran Colombia Shaka, Simon Bolivar, Suleiman
ReligiousGenerate high amounts of Faith and Predominante your Religion Russia, Mali, Georgia, Māori, Byzantium Saladin, Gandhi, Dyah Gitarja
Science Generate high amounts of Science and have a high Production potential Arabia, Australia, Korea, Scotland, GermanyJohn Curtin, Saladin, Seondeok

There are Five Victory types in Civilization 6. Each of these is unique in its objectives. It is possible to get these victories with each civilization and its leaders. But to get the victory easily, we have listed each of the Victory types with their Strategy and Best Leaders.

Culture

  • Build tourism-boosting buildings like wonders and Theatre Squares.
  • Achieve a higher number of foreign tourists than your rivals have domestically to win.
  • The concept becomes clearer as you advance through the game.
Culture Victory.
To get Culture Victory, you need to have more Foreign Tourists than Domestic Tourists.

Strategy

Early Game:

  • Seek coastal tiles with flat land for easy Seaside Resorts.
  • Establish multiple cities and acquire more tiles for future Tourists.

Mid-Game:

  • Focus on Culture development, beginning with Theatre Squares.
  • Consider Holy Sites for long-term benefits.

Late Game (Modern Era):

  • Emphasize tile appeal for increased tourists.
  • Prioritize National Parks, Seaside Resorts, or Wonders for tourism boosts.
rock bands culture victory.
Rock bands improve Tourism.

Lastly, you will have to get Rock bands using Faith that you acquired from the Holy Sites. Then, use the Rock Bands to tour other players’ wonders. That will attract a hefty number of tourists.

Best Leaders

With tons of Civs and their leaders, it will become hard to choose ‘The Best’ leader in the game. To help you ease with it, we have a few of the best leaders for Culture Victory.

Peter

  • Peter has the unique district Lavra that allows him to have Artists, Musicians, and Writers.
  • All of those help in early Tourism. And in turn, it will be great for beginners.

Teddy

  • The perfect Culture leader for hardened players is Teddy Roosevelt.
  • He has Film Studio and National Parks.
  • They will greatly improve your Culture output which will eventually help you get Tourists.

Kupe

  • Another great leader for Culture Victory is Kupe.
  • He gets +2 Culture per turn before you build the first City.
  • That will give you the option to get early Culture which will, in turn, help you get tons of Tourism. 

Diplomatic

Now the Diplomatic Victory is straightforward. To get the Diplomatic Victory, you only need to gain 20 Diplomatic Points. These points are attained through different means, such as Voting among all players, building Wonders, or getting other such achievements in the game.

Strategy

Diplomatic Victory.
Diplomatic Victory is acquired by getting 20 Diplomatic Points.
  1. Prioritize peace to avoid conflicts.
  2. Donate during disasters for Diplomatic Points.
  3. Build Diplomatic Point-boosting Wonders.
  4. Gain Points in World Leader elections.
  5. Research Seasteads, Global Warming Mitigation for more Points.
  6. Counter rivals with votes or military action.

Best Leaders

If you want to do things peacefully, here are all of the best Diplomatic leaders.

Teddy Roosevelt

  • Teddy has the Founding Fathers bonus that allows you to convert Diplomatic Policy Slots to Wildcard Policy Slots.
  • Apart from that, you will get +1 Diplomatic Favor per turn.

Matthias Corvinus

  • The early aggression allows you to get your hands on a few of the enemy cities.
  • From those cities, you can get 2 Envoys that later on help you with Suzerain.

Kristina

  • With Sweden, you will get +50 Diplomatic Favor for every Great Person you get.
  • You can then use those Diplomatic Favors to get the Diplomatic Victory.

Domination

Domination Victory.
Conquer other players’ Capital to get a Diplomatic Victory.

One of the simplest Victory types in Civ 6 is the Domination victory. As the name suggests, you have to dominate everyone in the game to get the victory. Compared to the other victories like the Culture Victory or the Science Victory, it is straightforward. And the goal is as simple as it seems, capture the enemy Capitals.

 

Strategy

Get domination Victroy in Civ 6.
Use late-game units to directly attack the Capital.

Early Game:

  • Be aggressive from the start; declare war on nearby civilizations.
  • Use leaders with early-game advantages if possible.
  • If not, wait a few turns before launching attacks.

Mid Game: Exploit technological advantages, like Musketeers vs. Swordsmen, to gain the upper hand.

Late Game: Implement the Sniping method to directly target enemy capitals for a quicker victory.

City Management: Initially, keep conquered cities for resource benefits. Later, decide based on your progression in the game.

Best Leaders

There is a variety of leaders that you can choose from. But here are some of the best leaders you can have for Domination victory.

Shaka

  • He has a unique early-game unit Impi that is quite beneficial for you.
  • Not only that, Shaka’s Leader Ability ‘Amabutho’ allows you to gain a +5 Combat Strength bonus, among many other benefits.

Simon Bolivar

  • With Simon, your units will get an additional movement that will allow you to find and destroy enemy capitals quickly.
  • In addition to that, he will give your units bonus stats.

Suleiman

  • The Janissary that you get with Suleiman can be really dangerous to your opponents and can help you in the mid-game.
  • With Suleiman, you can quickly take down cities quite easily.

Religious

The Religious Victory is pretty straightforward too. In it, the Win Condition is simple; your religion should be the dominant religion in the game. It doesn’t mean that you will have to go and make every single one in the population follow your religion. Instead, it can be pretty simple.

victory type: religious.
Make your religion the dominating religion in other Civilizations to get Religious Victory.

Strategy

oracle of religious victory.
The Oracle improves Faith and reduces Faith costs for the Patronage of Great People. 
  1. Actively use Apostles and Missionaries to spread your religion.
  2. Consider adopting Theocracy government for advantages.
  3. Eliminate enemy religion efforts during wartime.
  4. Invest in Faith-boosting Wonders.
  5. If struggling, convert over 50% of enemy cities and raze the rest for victory.

Best Leaders

Following are some of the well-known religious leaders of History. You can use them to get your Religious victory in the game.

Saladin

  • With Saladin, you will get cheaper Worship Buildings.
  • They will, in turn, help you increase Science, Faith, and Culture.
  • You won’t only be good with Religion, but with other feats too.

Gandhi

  • Gandhi gets +5 Faith for every nation with religion and is at peace.
  • If you have any other belief followers, you will get their bonuses too.

Dyah Gitarja

  • She will gain +2 faith if cities are near Lakes or Coasts.
  • In addition to that, she has access to naval units, which she can buy using excess Faith.

Science

One of the best victory types in Civ 6 is the Science Victory. The goals of the Science Victory are simple and straightforward, get the best Technology before everyone else.

  • Once you have the Mars Colony, you will have to launch another Expedition.
  • It will be the Exoplanet Expedition.
  • The Expedition will take 50 Light Years or 50 years of in-game time.
  • Once it is completed, you will eventually get the Science Victory.
Science Victory type.
Launch Exoplanet expedition to get Science Victory.

Strategy

Science Victory governments.
Different Government types.

Government Choices:

  1. Tier I: Choose Classical Republic.
  2. Tier II: Opt for Merchant Republic for extra Gold.
  3. Tier III: Ideal government is Communism (+10% science).
  4. Tier IV: Consider Synthetic Technocracy, though you’ll likely win before reaching this stage.

City Planning:

  • Construct Campus Districts near Mountains for +1 Science Production.
  • Maintain housing to benefit from +1 Science per citizen.

Resource Focus: Prioritize Production and Science; avoid diversions that may slow progress.

Diplomacy: 8. Avoid unnecessary wars and aim to make allies to reduce potential threats and gain support.

Best Leaders

The Science Victory can be a lot more difficult than you’d think if you don’t have a proper Civilization with its leader. Here are some of the Best Leaders.

John Curtin

  • With John Curtin, every time you are declared war upon, you will get +100% production for 10 turns.
  • That will only help you get the Science victory earlier, considering the fact you can fight off the attackers.

Saladin

  • With Saladin, you will get +10% Science, Faith, and Culture.
  • And with Arabia, you will get +1 Science for other players’ cities following your religion.

Seondeok

  • Every city Governor promoted will have you get +3% Culture and +3% Science.
  • In addition to that, if you have Seowon adjacent to the Mines, you will get +1 Science.

Final Words

In Civ 6, these are the different Victory types. You can use different Nations to get the victory. For that, you can get help from our Civ VI tier list. They will make the game much easier for you. While you’re at it, you can check out the Age of Empire 2 Civilization Tier list.

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