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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Cheats & Cheat Codes for PC

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Cheats & Cheat Codes for PC

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is a game that blends strategy, exploration, and nation-building. Developed by the legendary Firaxis Games, this turn-based strategy game has become one of the most popular games in its genre. After all, the franchise is considered the epitome of turn-based, or 4X strategy, and should always make the list of the most influential strategy games of all time.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Premise

Initially, in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, players start with a small town. The goal is to grow this town into a powerful civilization. That is, players can explore the world, start new cities, build them up, use their military, and research new things. They can win in different ways, like by being the strongest military power, having the most advanced in technology, or the most influential culture.

This game has some civilizations that weren’t in the older games. Also, some of the civilizations that were in the older games now have new leaders. In addition, there are new things to build outside of the city center. For example, players need to build a campus district to make science buildings.

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One of the new features in the game is a technology tree that changes based on the nearby land. There’s also a similar technology tree for cultural improvements. The government civics structure is improved, especially for players who want to win with their culture. Among the new additions, the computer-controlled opponents have an improved AI with secret goals.

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Main Characters in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

The main characters in the game of Civilization, including this latest one, are historical leaders of nations. To sum up, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI base game includes eighteen leaders total from seventeen different civilizations. However, expansions have added many more leaders after the release. Here’s a list of the default ones, each with their Leader Ability and Leader Agenda.

  • America – Teddy Roosevelt: Roosevelt Corollary (Leader Ability), Big Stick Policy (Leader Agenda)
  • Arabia – Saladin: Righteousness of the Faith (Leader Ability), Ayyubid Dynasty (Leader Agenda)
  • Brazil – Pedro II: Magnanimous (Leader Ability), Patron of the Arts (Leader Agenda)
  • Egypt – Cleopatra: Mediterranean’s Bride (Leader Ability), Queen of the Nile (Leader Agenda)
  • England – Victoria: Pax Britannica (Leader Ability), Sun Never Sets (Leader Agenda)
  • France – Catherine de Medici: Catherine’s Flying Squadron (Leader Ability), Black Queen (Leader Agenda)
  • Germany – Frederick Barbarossa: Holy Roman Emperor (Leader Ability), Iron Crown (Leader Agenda)
  • Greece – Gorgo: Thermopylae (Leader Ability), With Your Shield Or On It (Leader Agenda)
  • Greece – Pericles: Surrounded by Glory (Leader Ability), Delian League (Leader Agenda)
  • India – Gandhi: Satyagraha (Leader Ability), Peacekeeper (Leader Agenda)
  • Japan – Hojo Tokimune: Divine Wind (Leader Ability), Bushido (Leader Agenda)
  • Kongo – Mvemba a Nzinga: Religious Convert (Leader Ability), Enthusiastic Disciple (Leader Agenda)
  • Norway – Harald Hardrada: Thunderbolt of the North (Leader Ability), Last Viking King (Leader Agenda)
  • Rome – Trajan: Trajan’s Column (Leader Ability), Optimus Princeps (Leader Agenda)
  • Russia – Peter: The Grand Embassy (Leader Ability), Westernizer (Leader Agenda)
  • Scythia – Tomyris: Killer of Cyrus (Leader Ability), Backstab Averse (Leader Agenda)
  • Spain – Philip II: El Escorial (Leader Ability), Counter Reformer (Leader Agenda)
  • Sumer – Gilgamesh: Adventures of Enkidu (Leader Ability), Ally of Enkidu (Leader Agenda)
Egyptian settlements and wonders in Civilization 6
Egyptian settlements and wonders in Civilization 6

Games in the Series

One of the most popular game franchises, especially in the turn-based strategy genre, Sid Meier’s Civilization started in 1991. Developed and published by MicroProse and lead-designed by Sid Meier, it was an immediate success. Since its inception, the game has been re-released in new iterations five times, with the latest being Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. Along the way, and after the latest full game. There have also been numerous expansions and add-ons to the games, that have provided added value.

Other games that are outside the core Civilization series, but are related include the likes of Colonization, Civilization Revolution, and Civilization: Beyond Earth.

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  • Sid Meier’s Civilization (1991)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization II (1996)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization III (2001)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization IV (2005)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization V (2010)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (2016)

Enabling Cheats in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI includes cheats that can enhance player capabilities beyond those typically provided in the game. These cheats are not enabled by default, so players cannot simply enter cheat codes in the game. However, a relatively easy method exists to enable them. Follow these steps and you’ll be accessing the cheats in no time.

  1. First, close Sid Meier’s Civilization VI if you have it running. 
  2. Open the File Explorer on your PC. 
  3. Head to This PC > Documents > MyGames > Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
  4. In the folder, there is a file called AppOptions.txt. Open it with Notepad.
  5. In the file, search for a line containing “EnableDebugMenu.” This can be done from the Edit menu and selecting Find, or with shortcut Ctrl + F.
  6. Once you find the “EnableDebugMenu,” change the value from 0 to 1. This enables the debugging system, which in turn enables cheats in the game.
  7. Now save the file and close it. You can do this from the File menu by selecting Save (or Ctrl + S) and then Exit. 
Screenshot showing how to enable cheats in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.
Edit the value EnableDebugMenu according to the directions.

Cheats in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

After this is done, you are ready to use the cheats in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. Go ahead and launch the game and continue or start your preferred game. Then, you can open up the debug console using the tilde key (~), often found above the Tab button.

Now that you’ve accessed the debug console, you are ready to enter the cheats. Additionally, you can use this console in ways that are not cheats, such as changing visual settings and modifying the game. There is a gear icon (with a text dialog “Show Panel”) that shows several debug options. These options are not necessarily cheats but can offer some important insight to players. Here is the complete list of options to enable.

  • Show Frame Statistics: This shows a lot of information about frame rates, graphics cards, settings, and more.
  • Show Frame Graph: Draws a graph on frame creation in milliseconds.
  • Show VFX Statistics: Technical details on visual effects.
  • Show Time of Day: Players can change the time of day visualized in the game.
  • Show Camera: Shows the camera state with location, zoom level, tilt, and height.
  • Show Lua Statistics: Displays information about Lua memory allocation.
  • Show UI Statistics: Show statistics on draw counts, font cache usage, and items pointed with the cursor.
  • Show Memory: Shows memory allocation information.
  • Show Game Core Statistics: Statistics on player profiles.
  • Show VRS Demo Panel: Shows VRS settings and frame rate stats.

Now to the actual cheats, which there are only a few of but some of them are extremely powerful.

  • Explore all: This cheat does what the command suggests. It explores the entire map at once, including exploring the natural wonders. No need to worry about civilizations blocking your way, or barbarians attacking while scouting.
  • Reveal all: With this command, you can reveal the entire map for yourself. No more fog of war, no more guessing what the opponent does, you can see it all! Great against both barbarians and other civilizations.
  • Tod set [x]: Set the time of day using x as the 24-hour clock. You can achieve the same from the Show Time of Day option we discussed earlier. Example: “tod set 12” sets the time to noon and “tod set 16” to 4 pm.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI FAQ

How do you win in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI?

In Civilization VI, there are multiple ways to win the game, each requiring a different strategic approach. These include Domination Victory, Science Victory, Cultural Victory, Religious Victory, Score Victory, and Diplomatic Victory.

What should you build first in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI?

There is no one right answer to this question, as it depends on the strategy of the player. Exploring and expanding the civilization is a good option in the beginning, allowing players to access more resources early.

What is the best leader in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI?

This depends on what type of strategy the player chooses. For example, Victoria of England is powerful in terms of production and beginners might like Hojo Tokimune of Japan best for its Meiji Restoration ability.

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