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What happens to a resource when I build a city on its tile? For example if I build a city on top of sheep is the sheep lost?

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For reference, the same question exists for Civ V:… – user19220 Dec 16 '12 at 14:21
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  • you get access to that resource if you have the right tech (so it can be a good idea to build a city on strategically important resources like iron, oil, etc. - they will be better protected from spies and enemy units).

  • you don't need to wait several turns until the worker builds the improvement.

  • in fact resources DO give some kind of tile bonus if you build a city on them. This means +1 Commerce for Commerce Resources (Dye, Gold, etc.), +1 Food for Food Resources (Pig, Wheat, etc., but only on plain terrain, not hills), +1 Hammer for Production Resources (Iron, Ivory, etc. BUT +2 on hills). Even though these numbers seem to be small, in the beginning it can still be a big boost to a new city.


  • you cannot build improvements on the resource, so in the long run you lose the huge hammer/commerce/food bonuses that would result from the improvement.
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You get the resource (assuming you have the technology to get it), but you don't get the bonus food/production/money that you would normally get from building its associated improvement.

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