Civilization 6 Science Victory – how to win the Scientific Victory Space Race in Civ 6

Civilization’s scientific victories have become the most popular of all, probably due, first, to the frighteningly compulsive feeling you get from progressing along that tech tree, and also to the wonderfully predictive nature of those final steps. towards the imminent world of Future Tech.

In Civilization 6, scientific victory works in much the same way as before. You still have to reach almost to the end of the technology tree, and you still assemble multiple components for space travel, although with the caveat that, this time, your final destination is the colonization of Mars.

However, before you dive in here, make sure you’ve read our guides dedicated to general Civilization 6 tips and tricks in our guide hub, a detailed overview of districts and the most optimal district locations, a walkthrough of profiles and agendas for Civ 6 leaders, our Civ 6 early, mid-, and late-game strategies, and our guide to earning and spending gold.

A quick note: We’ve updated the Civ 6 guides for the game’s release on Nintendo Switch, but keep in mind that they contain information about the Rise and Fall DLC as well as the base game, which means some things only apply if you have that DLC! Otherwise… keep going!

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Scientific victory conditions

Assuming you’ve already thoroughly read our guides to Religious Victory and Victory by Military Domination (failing to prepare and preparing to fail, and all that), it’s time to delve into the specifics of the science. Scientific victory is divided into three components, although each of them requires several steps to compete. The three key milestones to achieve are:

  • Launch a satellite.
  • Take a human to the Moon.
  • Establish a Martian colony.

To launch a satellite, you must first:

  1. Research rockets in the tech tree, which in turn allows you…
  2. Build a spaceport district in your cities.
  3. Once the spaceport is built, you can build a satellite project from the Production menu in any city with that district.

To put a human being on the Moon, you must first:

  1. Research satellites in the technology tree, which in turn allows you…
  2. Start a moon landing launch project from any city with a spaceport.

To establish a Martian colony, you must first:

  1. Research nuclear fusion in the technology tree, which in turn allows you…
  2. Start the Launch Mars Reactor project from any city with a spaceport.
  3. Research Robotics in the Tech Tree, which in turn allows you…
  4. Start the Launch Mars Habitation project from any city with a spaceport.
  5. Research Nanotechnology in the Technology Tree, which in turn allows you…
  6. Start the Launch Mars Hydroponics project from any city with a spaceport.

As you can probably see, achieving a science victory is actually harder than it seems, particularly because you not only have to accumulate a large amount of science to reach the end of the technology tree, but also because you will need to shift focus from science to production once it comes to completing the space race projects. You can track your progress towards a Science victory from the Science tab in the World Rankings menu, while we’ve also compiled all the methods for obtaining Science in Civ 6 in our dedicated Science explainer, as an accompaniment to this victory. guide.

If your desire for Civilization 6 knowledge is still strong, expansion owners should take a look at our Civ 6 Rise and Fall guide hub, which takes you through the basics of everything new, while we have pages dedicated to Governors and Loyalty, plus how to earn Golden Ages, Era Points and Era Score through Historic Moments, and a full list of new Civs in Civ 6 Rise and Fall and other DLC. Otherwise, our Civilization 6 guide, tips and tricks cover the essentials before you master early, mid- and late-game strategies. We also have tips on the new Districts feature, a list of Leaders with their Traits and Agendas, plus the best ways to get Gold, Science and Faith, how to win through Religious Victory and how to get the elusive Scientific Victory and Military Domination. victory. Finally, Cultural Victory, Foreign Tourism and National Tourism are explained in depth here.

How to win the space race: the best way to achieve a scientific victory

As any Civ player will tell you, there is simply no single way to beat the game through any type of victory. Instead, winning a scientific victory is about adapting to the world around you, with all its complexities of diplomacy, war, religion, and natural resources.

However, there are some defining principles that will generally be valid at all times:

  • When locating districts, prioritize your campuses above all others, aside perhaps from your industrial zone, which will help with building projects for the space race, and think not only about the campus but also about the positioning of scientific wonders. You’ll want land next to an Oxford University campus, for example, but you should also keep an eye out for mountain ranges and jungle tiles that you can also use to your advantage. We’ve explained the surprisingly deep intricacies of District placement in our dedicated District placement guide, if you’d like more details.
  • Don’t neglect your other resources like Culture and Religion: while you can and should specialize to have a better chance of winning, you’ll also suffer a lot if you don’t advance your Civics tree, for example, at a decent pace. The Great Library, for example, is a scientific marvel locked behind civic progress, while religious beliefs like Wat allow you to build science-generating Wats by spending Faith, which could make all the difference.
  • Aim for at least one scientific wonder: the second is probably too many and extremely difficult to achieve when one is locked in the technology tree (Oxford University) and two (Oracle and Great Library) in the civics tree. You’ll be very lucky to have the strength of Culture and Science income to run down both trees before all the other Civilizations, and likewise, you won’t be so far behind without all the Wonders that you can’t win the game. . Your priority is actually to prevent another civilization from getting two or more of the three, so pick one and run to it first.
  • Watch your home and amenities like a hawk: They may seem minor, but in reality both your home and amenities play a huge role in your success. With a Housing deficiency, your cities will slow and eventually stop their growth, which you can’t afford to lose with almost +1 Science per citizen. Likewise, the happiness of your population is measured by amenities in Civ 6, and that happiness dictates the bonuses or restrictions to non-food outputs (like science) in each city. Try to get that happiness bonus as often as possible.
  • When you have researched the necessary technologies, put everything into production. Unless you need to win through Score Victory or acquire some essential nuclear technology, there is no point in accumulating science after unlocking the technologies needed for the space race projects. Instead, put every city you have into a production focus, choose Trade Routes with the highest possible production output, cut down any forest tiles you have left, and rush those projects to completion. For us, even with a full tech tree unlocked, those projects usually took 20+ turns each, so anything you can clear could end up making a difference.
  • Don’t be afraid to go nuclear: In addition to being tremendously fun to watch, nuclear weapons can win you a scientific victory with surprising efficiency. Keep an eye on the victory progress menu and explore the lands of your nearest opponents in search of spaceports and, less importantly, industrial zones. If you can hit more than one with a nuke, you will significantly slow down their progress in the space race. Just be prepared for a little diplomatic slap on the wrist…

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