I dislike the "Advanced weaponry" ruins perk that upgrades your unit. Is there anyway via a mod or custom configuration to disable it and leave the other ruin perks intact?

  • Personally, I love having archers that can move two hexes through forests. They can mow down barbs with ease. – FreeAsInBeer Oct 13 '14 at 13:25

You can edit the game files to remove this specific Ancient Ruins reward.

The data for the rewards is in a file called CIV5GoodyHuts.xml in:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Sid Meier's Civilization V\Assets\Gameplay\XML\GameInfo

Before making any edits, I suggest you make a backup. Then open the file in notepad/other text editor and remove the following values:

<Column name="UpgradeUnit" type="boolean" default="false"/>


  • Seemed like a good plan, but did not work. – Fr33dan Sep 19 '14 at 20:11
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    Separate from the other answer, I have only recommend against removing the <Column> definition since code may try to read it, and I don't know how forgiving of removed columns the system is. The rest should be okay. – David Harkness Sep 20 '14 at 1:59

shanondin's answer was helpful but didn't fully solve the problem. Starting from their solution I was able to find other places where the upgrade was referenced.

Rather than delete the reference in the XML file I opted to learn the mod tools and alter the game that way.

The mod I created is available in the steam workshop here. The zip file for the mod is attached to this forum post.

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