February 2, 2023

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How Civilization 6 prevents Portugal’s unique new ability from being incredibly annoying

On 25th March, Civilization 6’s New Frontier Pass releases its final premium DLC: the Portugal pack – and it’s going out on a high. This eye-catching, naval exploration-based new civ has a unique ability we’ve not seen before: it can put a building on another civ’s tile. And when it does, there’s nothing you can do to get rid of it.

Here’s how it works: Portugal has the Nau, a unique naval melee unit that replaces the Caravel. It starts with one free promotion, requires less maintenance than the Caravel and has two charges to build Feitorias – special shipping ports unique to Portugal. A Feitoria can only be built by a Nau unit on a foreign city’s coastal tile next to a luxury or bonus resource.

This hugely exciting new mechanic has certainly set the cat among the pigeons within the Civilization community. Will players be able to abuse it in multiplayer? Will AI Portugal be aggressive in coming over and plonking down the Feitoria on a single-player’s coastal tile? How do players mitigate against it? Will they even want to?

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