In civ 5 brave new world, if I build an academy, and then several turns later, I research oil, does the academy automatically grant me that oil if the oil is underneath it?

In one game I was playing, it appeared to be the case, because when I removed the academy to put in my oil rig, I kept the same amount of oil. But I might have been getting oil from the city-states, they were so in flux that I couldnt keep track of what I was getting from them all the time.

  • I believe this is the case for all Great People tiles.
    – Affine
    Jul 15, 2014 at 0:06

2 Answers 2


Yes, you'll gain the oil.

Great Person improvements count as improving strategic resources. This is so players don't have to replace them (wasting a great person) if they unknowingly put them on a strategic resource.

  • Yay I wasted my great person :D Good to know for next time
    – Ben Craig
    Jul 15, 2014 at 2:48
  • Actually I said the exact opposite- you get to keep your academy and now it's on an even better tile. Jul 15, 2014 at 12:33
  • No I know, I had already replaced the academy not knowing that I had gotten the oil from it
    – Ben Craig
    Jul 15, 2014 at 12:45
  • I think this applies to all resources--not just strategic ones. And you can do it even after discovering the tech that exposes the resource. However, you don't gain the same additional yields (food, production, and gold) that the regular improvement provides. Jul 17, 2014 at 2:34
  • @DavidHarkness Afaik, you don't get happiness from luxury resources
    – Andreas
    Jul 25, 2014 at 7:31

Great People tiles will always give you strategic resources as long as you meet the prerequisites for accessing that strategic resource.

The reason for this is that strategic resources don't show up on the map until certain technologies have been unlocked. If you pop a Great Person to make a tile improvement, and then later you realize you have to build something else there, that'd be a huge bummer.

Thus, the game counts it as having built the special tile improvement on top.

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