One of the reasons why Civ games are so popular is the presence of different ways you can achieve a victory. One of the most peaceful ways to win is achieving a science victory where you successfully build a ship and launch it towards Alpha Centaury. In Civilization 6 you must research ultimate technologies, allowing you to assemble the spaceship and send it to space. The main problem is that you must first research technologies placed on the end of the tech tree, after which you must build the five spaceship parts. It can be tough to win by science means, especially on harder difficulties, but it is achievable. Let’s see how science victory can be done.
Climb the Mountains
Firstly, you must start in an area rich with hills tiles, giving you a head start by building mines. Also, try building a Campus district early on the game; it will give you much needed Great Scientist points. Just don’t forget to gather a fair amount of soldiers early in the game, since Civilization 6 can be pretty tough early on, with all those aggressive barbarians. Natural wonders also give you Great Scientists points, so try building one first if you can.
Which Civs to Use
Since science victory is all about production and scientific points, the best Civilizations to use are Germany, Sumeria, and Japan. There’s no science-focused Civilization, but those three can help you to push up your production and earn some extra science points. Germany owns a special Industrial District called Hanse, bringing more Production when placed adjacent to other resources or districts. Sumeria has a Ziggurat tile improvement, offering flat Science tile yield values, handy during early-game. Japan and its Meiji Restoration passive bonus will help you in building a Campus district faster.
Space Race is a Difficult One
Spaceship parts are placed at the end of the game’s tech tree, meaning that you’ll have to wait before being able to start building them. Early on, it’s best to reside in an area rich with mountains, pushing up Production and Science points. This way, you’ll be able to build structures and improvements faster and to push up faster through the tech tree. Great People, like Scientists and Engineers, and boosts like Eureka system will make your climb towards the high branches of tech tree much easier.
Have lots of Spaceports
Spaceports take lots of time to build, and it is best to have one in every city with high Production yields since parts for the spaceship also take lots of time before they are finished. With multiple spaceports, you’ll be able to build a couple parts at the same time, greatly reducing the time needed for completing the spaceship. Start building a spaceship part as soon as you research it.
Espionage is Very Important
In Civilization 6, other Civs can greatly cripple your districts, including districts crucial for achieving Science Victory. Make sure to spy other Civs so you can know what they plan to do, and if their plans include a sabotage of your districts. Be ready to build a large army, in order to prevent other Civs from winning the game, since Science Victory takes very long to be achieved.
Science Victory is very difficult to achieve in Civilization 6, but with the right strategy, the spaceship will be launched.