Civ 6 Tier List: Civs, Leaders, Pantheons, Wonders (November 2021)

Civ 6 Tier List: All Pantheons Ranked

Do not underestimate the value of Pantheons. This is one of the most important considerations of early game. One consideration is doing the Shrine Rush, where you get Pottery first, then build A Scout and Shrine. This will allow you a greater choice of Pantheons, which is critically important, as these benefits last you the entirety of the game.

God of the Open Sky+1  Culture from Pastures. Especially Australia/Scythia.A
Divine Spark+1  Great Person Points from Holy Sites (Prophet), Campuses with a Library (Scientist), and Theater Squares with an Amphitheater (Writer).A
God of the Forge+25%  Production toward Ancient and Classical military units.A
Goddess of Festivals+1  Culture from Plantations.A
Religious SettlementsWhen chosen receive a Settler in your capital. Border expansion rate is 15% faster. Especially Russia.A
Fertility RitesWhen chosen receive a Builder in your capital. City growth rate is 10% higher. Especially China.A
Earth Goddess+2  Faith from tiles with Breathtaking Appeal. Especially Inca.B
God of the Sea+1  Production from Fishing Boats. Especially Indonesia/Norway/Maori.B
Goddess of the Hunt+1  Food and +1  Production from Camps. Especially Canada.B
God of Craftsmen+1  Production and +1  Faith from improved Strategic resources. Especially Mongolia.B
Desert FolkloreHoly Site districts get +1  Faith from adjacent Desert tiles. Especially Mali.B
Dance of the AuroraHoly Site districts get +1  Faith from adjacent Tundra tiles. Especially Russia.B
City Patron Goddess+25%  Production toward districts in cities without a specialty district.C
Religious Idols+2  Faith from Mines over Luxury and Bonus resources. Especially Nubia.C
Fire Goddess+2  Faith from Geothermal Fissures and Volcanic Soil. Especially Hungary.C
Monument to the Gods+15%  Production to Ancient and Classical era Wonders. Especially China.C
Sacred PathHoly Site districts get +1  Faith from adjacent Rainforest tiles. Especially Brazil.C
Lady of the Reeds and Marshes+2  Production from Marsh, Oasis, and Desert Floodplains. Especially Egypt.C
Initiation Rites+50  Faith for each Barbarian Outpost cleared. The unit that cleared the Barbarian Outpost heals +100 HP. Especially Sumeria.D
River Goddess+2  Amenities and +2  Housing to cities if they have a Holy Site district adjacent to a River. Especially KhmerD
God of HealingIncreases Healing by +30 in your Holy Site district, or any adjacent tiles.D
God of WarBonus  Faith equal to 50% of the strength of each enemy unit killed within 8 tiles of a Holy Site district you own.D
Stone Circles+2  Faith from Quarries.D

Which Pantheon in Civ 6 is the best?

When choosing a Pantheon, it is best to select one that has an ongoing benefit regardless of your location or what geographical benefits are within your vicinity. The best Pantheon in Civ 6 is “Religious Settlements” because you are able to capture more ground with fewer cities. This enables more flexible location selection for new Cities and allows you to grab vital strategic resources more easily (horses, iron). Fertility Rites is a close second, but growing indefinitely isn’t necessary in Civ 6, as many of the benefits are capped at specific population numbers (ie, you need 7 population for a successful City, and no more than 10 is necessary).


Civ 6 Tier List: Best Places of Worship

Just a friendly reminder that this is purely game-related! We are not judging anyone’s religion! The Mosque takes the cake. The additional spread by Missionaries and Apostles can add up significantly if you are actively spreading your faith across the world.

MosqueWorship+3  Faith; Missionaries and Apostles +1 Spread Religion chargeS
SynagogueWorship+5  FaithA
Meeting HouseWorship+3  Faith; +2  ProductionA
WatWorship+3  Faith; +2  ScienceA
PagodaWorship+3  Faith; +1 Diplomatic FavorB
StupaWorship+3  Faith; +1  AmenityB
GurdwaraWorship+3  Faith, +2  Food, +1 housingB
Dar-e MehrWorship+3  Faith; +1 additional  Faith for each era since constructed or last repaired. Immune to environmental effectsC
CathedralWorship+3  Faith; 1 slot for religious artC

Civ 6 Tier List: Best Founder Beliefs

If you founded a religion, you are privy to some additional benefits. More specifically, you receive perks from all followers of your religion, even if they’re not part of your Civ.

PilgrimageFounder+2  Faith for every city following this Religion.A
TitheFounder+3 gold for each city following this religionA
Sacred PlacesFounder+2 Science, Culture, Gold and Faith for each city following this religion that has a world wonderA
Cross-Cultural DialogueFounder+1  Science for every 4 followers of this Religion in other civilizations.B
World ChurchFounder+1  Culture for every 4 followers of this Religion in other civilizations.B
Lay MinistryFounderEach Holy Site or Theater Square district in a city following this Religion provides +1  Faith or +1  Culture respectively.C
StewardshipFounderEach Campus or Commercial Hub district in a city following this Religion provides +1  Science or +1  Gold respectively.C
Papal PrimacyFounderWhen you send an  Envoy to a City-State it adds 200 Religious pressure to that City-State.D
Religious UnityFounder+1  Envoy at each city-state when it first adopts this religion, in addition to any envoy from a city-state quest.D

Civ 6 Tier List: Best Follower Beliefs

Much less potent than the Founder beliefs, the Follower beliefs can still add a boost to your gameplay.

Work EthicFollowerHoly site district’s faith adjacency provides equal productionS
Choral MusicFollowerShrines and Temples provide  Culture equal to their intrinsic  Faith output.A
Divine InspirationFollowerAll world wonders provide +4  Faith.A
Jesuit EducationFollowerMay purchase Campus and Theater Square district buildings with  Faith.B
ReliquariesFollowerRelics have triple yield of both  Faith and  Tourism.B
Warrior MonksFollowerAllows spending  Faith to train Warrior Monks, medieval land combat units with a unique promotion tree. May only be purchased in a city with a Temple in its Holy Site. Holy sites culture bomb adjacent tilesC
Feed the WorldFollowerShrines and Temples provide +3 food and +3 housing eachC
Zen MeditationFollower+1  Amenity in cities with 2 specialty districts.C
Religious CommunityFollowerInternational trade routes provide +1 gold for every Temple and Shrine in the origin cityD

Civ 6 Tier List: Best Enhancer Beliefs

Wrapping up our section on Religion, Enhancer Beliefs come later in game and has mostly to do with combat and spreading your religion further.

Religious ColonizationEnhancerCities start with this religion in place if founded by a player who has this as their majority religion.S
ScriptureEnhancerReligious spread from adjacent city pressure is 25% stronger. Boosted to 50% once Printing Press is researched.S
Itinerant PreachersEnhancerReligion spreads to cities 30% further away.A
Missionary ZealEnhancerReligious units ignore movement costs of terrain and features.B
Monastic IsolationEnhancerYour Religion’s pressure never drops due to losses in Theological Combat.B
Defender of the FaithEnhancerCombat units gain +5  Combat Strength near friendly cities that follow this Religion.B
Holy WatersEnhancerIncreases healing of your religious units by +10 in Holy Site districts belonging to cities with your majority religion, or any adjacent tilesC
CrusadeEnhancerCombat units gain +10 Combat Strength near foreign cities that follow this Religion.C
Holy OrderEnhancerMissionaries and Apostles are 30% cheaper to Purchase.C


On the next page, we will rank governments, wonders and natural wonders and name the best ones. Alternatively, jump back to the Table of Contents to go to a different section. 

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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Austin COD
10 months ago

Wow you guys went all out. This Civ 6 Tier List is incredible… actually its more like 10 tier lists. How long did this take you?? geeze

7 months ago

Poundmaker is one of my favourites…. Maybe im just a sucker for punishment but here are my reasons: Strong scout that can assist in early capital taking (doesn’t get bonus versus arrows so you still want atleast a couple of warrior variants for later in the game). This scout lets you pick the reward from huts meaning you can sneak in a weapons upgrade and get an archer with double sight bonus or heaps of extra defence and heal. The scouts also can take more hits and less likely to get one shot prior to tech upgrade, meaning more of… Read more »