Honor now grants culture when barbarians are killed and grants gold per unit killed later on. The Aztec (BLAST YOU AND YOUR SHINY GODS...ahem...) unique ability grants culture when a unit is killed. What determines the amount of culture/gold gained after each kill?

Just from playing I seem to earn more from the more advanced units but I was hoping for a formula.

  • I know that honor grants the exact same amount that the Aztec get... but I don't remember how much they get :( I'm pretty sure it depended on the killed unit strength / cost / era.
    – Oak
    Commented Jun 28, 2011 at 19:26
  • @Oak I've been reading civfanatics looking for a formula but no luck yet. The closest I've gotten is the unit strength / turn are involved, but wasn't any sort of confirmation beyond that.
    – Rapida
    Commented Jun 28, 2011 at 19:36
  • @Oak and Honor + Aztec = doubled bonus Commented Jun 28, 2011 at 20:15

1 Answer 1


According to my testing:

Aztec culture from kills =
Honor culture from barbarians =
Honor finisher gold from kills =

So killing a Pikeman (strength 10) as Aztec with full honor tree gives 10 culture and 10 gold.


  • Ranged units provide culture/gold according to their regular strength, not ranged strength.
  • Only the base strength is considered, bonuses (terrain / great general / promotions etc.) do not matter.
  • Killing a unit with a city does not generate culture or gold (or xp).
  • If you're supposed to get both culture and gold from a kill, only one of the floating numbers will appear, either purple or yellow; but both values are correctly awarded.
  • Culture awards from Aztec UA and from the Honor opener stack, so barbarian units provide 2 x strength culture per kill in that case.
  • The culture is only credited to your civ total. It does not get credited to any city and therefore does not help increase your borders.

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