Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Will Let The Inca Build Another Lofty Empire

Nathan Birch

Civilization VI recently announced its second full expansion, Gathering Storm, which focuses on the environment and diplomacy, and now they’ve revealed another new civilization – the Inca led by Pachacuti. The Inca are a series mainstay, appearing in every game since Civilization III. You can check out a video overview of the Inca, below.

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Pachacuti was responsible for growing the small Kingdom of Cusco into the Incan Empire, as well as building the famous Machu Picchu. The Inca are great for isolationist Civ players, as they gain more from internal trade routes and can take advantage of impassible mountain tiles. Here’s a complete rundown of what the Inca bring to Civilization VI:

Unique Improvement – Terrace Farm

These improvements can be placed on Grassland, Desert, or Plains Hills and provide Food; however, their adjacency bonuses make them an even stronger improvement. When next to a Mountain, Terrace Farms provide even more Food, and when placed next to an Aqueduct, they provide additional Production.

Unique Ability – Mit’a

This unique ability allows Inca citizens to actively work mountain tiles. These tiles provide Production to the City and, for each adjacent Terrace Farm, they also grant Food.

Unique Unit – Warak’aq

The Warak’aq is a medieval recon unit unique to Inca. This unit can attack twice in a single turn, so long as all of its movement points have not been spent in that turn.

Pachacuti Unique Ability – Qhapaq Ñan

Domestic trade routes are quite strong with Pachacuti, whose unique ability grants additional Food for each mountain tile that exists in the borders of the origin city. Unlock several trade routes between cities with multiple mountains and watch your population grow!

Pachacuti Unique Improvement – Qhapaq Ñan

In addition to his trade route bonus, Pachacuti also gains access to an early mountain tile improvement of the same name. This improvement is an early version of the new Mountain Tunnel, unlockable after discovering the Foreign Trade civic. These allow players to create links between tiles along mountain ranges, letting units traverse them quickly.

As someone who prefers to go the defensive route in Civ, the Inca seem like a solid addition. I also like that the usually-useless mountain tiles are finally being put to use. Firaxis has also announced Hungary, the Maori, and Canada will be part of the Gathering Storm expansion.

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, will include a total of nine new leaders representing eight civilizations. The $30 expansion comes to PC on February 14, 2019.

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