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Choosing My Religion: What is the Best Pantheon in Civ 6?

When it comes to games like Civilization 6, a lot of the fun comes from playing god. This mechanic is built directly into the game through the use of pantheons.

Pantheons are necessary for establishing a religion within the game. Different kinds of pantheons offer different kinds of bonuses. This leads to the natural question: what is the best pantheon in Civ 6?

Keep reading to discover our dive into which pantheons can really transform your game for the better.

Religious Settlements settle

We can debate the best way to play Civ 6 but one thing we can agree on is that expansion is the key to victory in this game.

That’s why Religious Settlements is one of the best pantheon choices. This pantheon boosts border expansion by 15% while giving you a bonus settler in your capital.

These both help you to expand your empire, which is why we recommend establishing Religious Settlements early in the game. Ultimately, this is a cornerstone strategy for any “wide” style gameplay.

Goddess of Festivals

Time to party!

The Goddess of Festivals sounds like a pretty chill deity. As it turns out, she makes for one of the best pantheons in the game. This is because GoF gives you +1 culture from your plantations.

Such a pantheon is great for the early game as well as the later game. The early culture production can help your empire expand faster after the game has started. The more plantations you build, the more culture you will have, giving you luxury capital that is handy for the mid-to-endgame.

God of Craftsmen

Very crafty

The choice of pantheon shows us what is valuable to any culture. The God of Craftsmen is a great pantheon for players that want to honor the builders and creators of the world.

With this pantheon, you get +1 extra production and +1 extra faith from your improved strategic resources. Because improved strategic resources become a part of your game early on, this pantheon lets you get a real jumpstart on resource production.
At the end of the day, we love any bonus that just keeps on giving as you play.

Earth Goddess

Not to be confused with "Earth Angel"

It’s true that Earth Goddess brings to mind the era of hippies and free love. You may soon find out why it pays for your pantheon to channel its inner “Woodstock.”

With the Earth Goddess pantheon, you get +2 bonus faith from any of your breathtaking tiles. Because such tiles are relatively common, this pantheon helps you generate a lot of extra faith without focusing on holy sites or complex improvements.

You can also improve individual tiles, which will let you constantly get more use out of this pantheon.

The Best Pantheon in Civ 6: What’s Next?

Now you know what the best pantheons in Civ 6 are. But do you know how to really boost your chances of victory?

Your forces are only really as good as their leader. Before your next game, check out our comprehensive guide to choosing the best leader in Civ 6!

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Chris Snellgrove is a professional nerd turned nerdy professional. After completing a PhD in English, he started teaching by day and writing by night. Despite the manic schedule, he finds plenty of time for books, comics, movies, and video games. Ultimately, he lives his life by the philosophy of the Rocky Horror Picture Show: "don't dream it!"

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