Do barbarians affect the AI in Civ VI? It doesn't seem so to me. I've found that regardless of if I play with Barbarians on or off the AI still performs basically the same. Even with barbarians on, the AI still seems to expand like crazy to me. Don't get me wrong, I can deal with the barbarians but from what I've seen, they just don't seem to affect the AI that much. The AI still founds a bunch of cities, builds a bunch of units and spams religion even with barbarians on. Maybe its just me? I don't know. But from what I've seen the barbarians don't seem to go as hard on the AI Civs.