Civilization VI – Gilgamesh and Sumeria

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 by
Sawyer Scherbenske

The demi-god and legendary king of Sumeria, Gilgamesh, is leading his country to victory in Sid Meir’s Civilization VI. Unlike the other civs, nobody is sure whether Gilgamesh was a real person or just a character that was made up, but his myth has encouraged leaders and tales alike.

Sumeria’s special ability is “epic quest,” which lets them gain a tribal reward (the same thing that exploring ruins gave you in Civ V) upon capturing a barbarian outpost. The ziggurat is their unique improvement and provides both science and culture when built next to a river and not on a hill.

Gilgamesh’s legend has him commanding war carts to defeat his foes, which is why they’re Sumeria’s unique unit. They’re an early game cavalry unit that doesn’t suffer penalties against spearmen and gains extra movement when starting its turn on open terrain. War carts go into Gilgamesh’s other trait, “adventures with Enkidu,” which shares the experience points any of Sumerian military unit with the nearest allied unit.

Gilgamesh is a good friend to have. He climbs the culture and science trees extremely early on in the game with ziggurats and shares any experience gained from battle with allies fighting by his sides. Both a partner in war and advancement, he’s a diplomatic powerhouse as well as a force to be reckoned with early on. You’ll want him on your side when taking on world leaders.

Gilgamesh and Sumeria brings the total confirmed civ count up to 17 so far. Civilization VI will release for PC on October 21st.

Official Press Release

2K and Firaxis Games today revealed that Gilgamesh will lead Sumeria in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, launching on Oct 21st for Windows PC.

Little is known about the real Gilgamesh, the main character in the Epic of Gilgamesh and other Sumerian poems. In the epic, Gilgamesh, king of the city of Uruk, is described as part god and part man, and has several run-ins with various gods as well as a sage who is said to have survived the Great Flood depicted in the Bible.

Scholars generally concur that Gilgamesh was in fact a real person, as several individuals referenced in the epic are confirmed to have lived in the region at the time, between 2800 and 2500 BC. An ancient manuscript, called the Sumerian King List, posits that Gilgamesh ruled over the city of Uruk for 126 years.

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