Civilization 6 Gran Colombia: Simón Bolívar leader bonuses, unique units and buildings detailed

Gran Colombia is one of the first two new civilizations added to Civ 6 as part of the New Frontier pass. Completely new to the Civ series, the leader of Gran Colombia is Simón Bolívar, who brings some useful new units and bonuses to the game.

Here, on this page, we will detail all the essential information about Simón Bolívar and his Grancolombian civilization, including all the unique units, buildings and bonuses it brings. For more information like this, it’s worth taking a look at our guide to Maya and Lady Six Sky, who were introduced at the same time.

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Civ 6 Gran Colombia: Bonuses, Unique Units, and Simón Bolívar Buildings Explained

Simón Bolívar is a leader of Greater Columbia totally focused on the military. Here’s a rundown of the key information about the new Civ from him before we get into some playstyle tips below.

Simón Bolívar’s Unique Ability: Admirable Campaign

  • Earn a Commandante Generale, a unique Grand General unit, every time the game enters a new era.

Gran Colombia Unique Ability: Patriot Army

  • +1 Movement to all units.
  • The promotion of a unit does not end with the units turn.

Gran Colombia Single Unit: General Commander

  • A special type of Great Person exclusive to Bolívar.
  • Each has a unique ability, as well as a passive and a retreat ability.

Gran Colombia Single Unit: Llanero

  • Unique Industrial Age unit that replaces the Cavalry unit, with low maintenance cost.
  • +4 Combat Strength for each adjacent Llanero.
  • If a Commander General activates his retreat ability within range, the Llanero is fully healed.

Gran Colombia Singular Building: Hacienda

  • The single building built per construction unit can only be built in Plains, Plains Hills, Grassland, and Grassland Hills.
  • Provides +2 gold, +1 production, and +1 housing.
  • +1 Food for every two adjacent Plantations. Spare parts increase this to +1 food for each adjacent plantation.
  • +1 Production for every two adjacent Haciendas. Rapid Deployment increases this to +1 Production for each adjacent Estate.

Tips for playing as Gran Colombia with Simón Bolívar in Civ 6

Simón Bolívar’s Gran Colombia civilization is focused entirely on military success, supported by additional resources gained from its unique Haciendas.

What you should look for are open, grassy areas, which allow you to stack several Haciendas next to each other or any Plantations you can make nearby.

From the beginning, you should try to speed up the irrigation technology to unlock Plantations. Get as many estates and plantations up and running as you can and then focus on building a strong army with plenty of cavalry.

Tactically, you’ll want to make the most of Simón Bolívar’s various adjacency bonuses. Get a good horde of plainsmen going as soon as you can and keep a General Commander nearby. Together they should be very difficult to kill, especially since your general can retreat to fully heal all nearby rangers if you get caught.

Keeping your cavalry alive as long as possible should be the backbone of your strategy. Adding in their adjacency bonuses along with the fact that they can get free healing from a Promotion without sacrificing an action, and perhaps rush through the Oligarchy policy (more details in our Civ 6 Governments and Policies list) to take advantage of the maximum additional experience. It should form a proper rolling cavalry front line that is very difficult to stop on your way to victory by domination!

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