How to avoid loosing to religious victory while going for domination?

Discussion in 'Civ6 - Strategy & Tips' started by Konfuchie, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Konfuchie

    Konfuchie Chieftain

    Oct 25, 2016
    Is it advisable to found your own religion and defend against other religions or is there some other way?

    What beliefs and panteons are good in this case?

    Is it possible to ignore religion and still stay safe from religious victory?
  2. EgonSpengler

    EgonSpengler Deity

    Jun 26, 2014
    You don't need to have founded a religion to spread one, you just need the Faith to produce the units.

    Or you could just roll them up like a carpet.
  3. WackenOpenAir

    WackenOpenAir Deity

    Sep 16, 2003
    Eindhoven, the Netherlands
    It is not only possible, but common practice to ignore religion when going for domination.
    On high difficulty levels, getting a religion of your own can be a very expensive investment, only done for religious victory. (on Deity, you usually have until about turn 50 to get yourself a prophet. Building holy sites and doing holy site prayers sets you back a lot in your expansion phase)

    If you are relatively successful with your domination, you generally don't need to even think about it at all. The AI simply won't win earlier than you do. Even on deity, i don't think the AI is ever likely to achieve any VC before turn 200.
    If you are a bit slow on your conquests and it seems the AI might be able to compete for another victory condition before you win you could do some of these things:
    -Attack the strongest civ's first.
    -Probably only possible in early game: ally some civ's make them fight with others. War slows down their progress. They also can't very well convert cities from civs they are at war with.
    -Use the world council to get stuff happen that slows down the AI that may be a threat to achieve victory or simply the strongest
    -Be at war with a civ that threathens to win by religion so that your military units can keep their religious units out of your country. (If you are already converted, maybe you can try get a competing religion to come convert you by not being at war with them)
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2019
  4. Monthar

    Monthar Deity

    Mar 28, 2004
    Elmendorf, Tx
    As long as most of your cities are not following the religion that's winning you should be fine. That means if you capture a city following that religion and you're the only civ they haven't converted you should raise the city. At the same time keep founding new cities of your own that aren't following that religion. Before capturing a city following the winning religion, even if you intend to raise it, make sure doing so won't cause you to have at least half your cities following the religion, because if that capture tips the scales you'll lose to religion as soon as you capture it.

    I watched this very thing happen in this guy's video.
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  5. tetley

    tetley Head tea leaf

    Nov 8, 2001
    Can you start an inquisition if you don't found a religion? That seems like the simplest safety net.

    Or, even simpler: buy missionaries of the winning religion. Go and tell the apostles of other religions hello.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2019
  6. Galvatron

    Galvatron Prince

    Jul 28, 2017
    Don't bother, unless you want to, or it synergises with your faction/situation.

    God helps those who help themselves.

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