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How to spread religion?

Discussion in 'Civ6 - General Discussions' started by Rudolf Maister, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Rudolf Maister

    Rudolf Maister Chieftain

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    Civ 6 is my first game of civilization and I'm a complete newbie.How do you spread your religion?I've seen other civilizations spreading their religion with apostoles and missionares (I don't know how to spell that, english is my second language).Hope it isn't a stupid question.Thanks.
     
  2. ShinigamiKenji

    ShinigamiKenji Chieftain

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    Don't worry, there's no stupid question when you're beginning.

    First, you must either found a religion or adopt an existing one. Adopting merely means letting a Missionary convert one of your cities, and spread the religion from there. If you adopt a religion, be careful not to grant the founder a Religious Victory. Keep track of it using the World Ranking button (just beside you leader portrait, in the upper-right corner), under the Religion tab.

    To found a religion, you need to build at least one Holy Site and wait for the Great Prophet Points to accumulate. Keep track of it in the Great People tab (just above the research progress bar, in the upper left corner), and be aware that there's a limited number of them (half the number of civs, including you). You can also try to build Stonehenge (but it's risky because the AI likes to build it too), or play as Arabia due to their ability. After you earn your Great Prophet, move him to a Holy Site and make him found a religion there.

    After that, you need to build a Shrine in your Holy Site in order to buy Missionaries, and a Temple to buy Apostles, and then you're finally able to spread your religion. You can't build them, only purchase them with faith. After you bought them, just send them to a tile adjacent to a city and use their "Spread Religion" ability.

    As a tip, Missionaries are good to convert cities without a religion. If they have another religion, you need an Apostle with Proselytizer promotion (which removes other religions) or Translator (triple conversion strength in foreign cities). To remove a religion from a city you own, spend an Apostle to "Launch Inquisition" and buy Inquisitors. Then just use its "Remove Heresy" ablity to remove all religion except yours from a city you own.
     
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  3. greygamer

    greygamer Feudal Lord

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    You might find this thread useful
     
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    There is a "passive" spread mechanism in the game, where a city with a religion slowly "pressures" a neighboring city to convert to its religion, but it is quite slow. Far more effective are missionaries (cheaper) and apostles (more expensive, but with certain promotions, much more powerful). You can only buy missionaries and apostles with faith (you can't purchase them for gold or build them, like other units) and only in a city that (a) has a religion and (b) for missionaries, has a Shrine, and (c) for apostles, has a Temple. You can get two free apostles if you build Mahabodhi Temple (a world wonder) or, if you are playing as the Kongo (who cannot found a religion), if you build a Mbanza or a Theater Square in one of your cities that has an imported religion, you get one free apostle of that religion.

    To use a missionary or apostle to spread your religion, walk the missionary or apostle to a target city and, once they are standing in a tile adjacent to that city's center tile, choose the spread religion action button. That hits the city with a burst of religious pressure, converting some number of citizens to your religion. You may have to "zap" a city multiple times to convert it to your religion (having a majority of its citizens following your religion), depending on its size and whether there are other embedded religions in that city already.

    Civ VI also has a concept of religious (or theological) combat, where religious units of different religions do "combat" to determine who gets to sway the hearts and minds of citizens of neighboring cities. Apostles can both attack and defend, while missionaries can only defend. A third type of religious unit, the inquisitor, can both attack and defend as well, but it cannot spread religion to new cities - it is used to defend your religion in your own cities (it gets a significant theological combat bonus when in your own territory) and can be used to "purge" other religions from your cities. When a religious unit is defeated in combat, two things happen: (1) the victorious unit emanates a surge of pressure for its religion that affects all nearby cities and (2) the defeated unit emits a surge of "negative" pressure, reducing the influence of its religion in the same nearby cities.
     
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    Thank you all for your responses.Really appreciate that.It was really frustrating because the Kongo really disliked me beacuse i didn't spread my religion.
     
  6. shaglio

    shaglio The Prince of Dorkness

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    Get used to that from him. If Kongo is in the game, as soon as you found your religion and hit "Next Turn" he'll start whining about how you haven't spread it to him yet :crazyeye:
     
  7. WileyWilson

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    Don't worry about the AI whining. They are like toddlers in that respect. "You did this... WAHHHH". "You didn't do this.. GHHAHHH". "I want that.... GAHWAHAAA" etc.

    Just do what you need to do and don't worry about the AI. They'll get over it.
     
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    And they aren't always consistent. Gorgo hates me because I'm not declaring wars against people. I declare war. She now hates me because I'm a warmonger.
    France hates me because I'm not spying on people. My spy gets caught in her land. She hates me because I'm spying on her.
     
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    France doesn't literally mean you must send spies though. Keep your visibility of other civs high (via delegations, trade routes etc.) and she'll be your friend.
     
  10. Victoria

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    I used to be frustrated by the religion game but I had a couple of games lately where i just conquered and used inquisitors. Really cheap way of doing it.
     
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    And when you get to the last civ you can spend your faith points on converting them. So RV is a bit of conquest and a bit of converting.
     
  12. Victoria

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    Global inquisition I call it. It is 95% conquering amd 5% converting whic means its a nicer play IMO
    You can always give their cities back which is great.
     

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