Almost all selectable promotions in civ5 (meaning, the ones you select when a unit gains a level) have other promotions as requirements. The Civilopedia already lists the requirement for each promotion, but only its immediate ones; is there any chart or diagram summarizing this promotion prerequisite hierarchy?

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Well I managed to produce one myself, though it took a few tries until I got the layout right. Click the image to see it full-sized. Explanation and notes below.

promotion chart Notes:

  • On the left are the unit types. An archer signifies all regular ranged units, a cannon all siege units, etc.

  • The promotions appear in black rectangles. A promotion with more than one rank lists all the ranks with their effects. Acquiring a higher rank requires the rank before it first.

  • The leftmost promotions are the basic promotions - those do not require anything except for themselves. The rest of the promotions are either blue - unlocked from rank 1 of any of the base promotions; yellow - unlocked from rank 2; or red - unlocked from rank 3. For example, unlocking the Sortie promotion requires either Dogfighting rank 2 or Interception rank 2.

  • Some of the "melee promotions" are limited to a subset of melee unit types - in those case a small icon signifying the allowed unit types appears above the promotion. For example, Charge is only available for mounted units (horseman / knight / lancer etc.) and tank units (Panzer, Tank, Modern armor, Giant Death Robot). If no icon appears, it means the promotion is available to any unit types appearing on the left. The Rifleman icon is for units without a ranged attack but that use gunpowder technology, such as a Rifleman or an Anti-Tank Gun.

  • All images and text copyright of Firaxis. Also, yes, the diagram is missing the woodsman image :(

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    The diagram could probably be simplified a lot if you just stacked multiple levels of the same upgrade on top of each other, since clearly they have a sequential requirement.
    – bwarner
    Commented Feb 2, 2011 at 22:39
  • @bwarner thanks for the idea, I used it for the newer version above.
    – Oak
    Commented Feb 11, 2011 at 16:24
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    Some things might have changed since this image was made. E.g. I have BnW, and Logistics on bombers require all 3 base promotions.
    – misiu_mp
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 16:31

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