So far I've only an option to be able to trade them back to the civilisation I captured them from. I have two questions really:

  • Is there anything else I can do with a captured spy?
  • Does my captured spy have a number of turns until they're released/returned?
  • Torture them to give you more information.
    – CodeCamper
    Nov 24, 2016 at 14:50

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As far as I can tell (doesn't appear to be any other options in game), the only thing you can do is trade them back to the civilization they belong too. There does not seem to be a limit on how long you can hold them, however if you are playing against AI opponents, they will usually ask for them back pretty quickly and give some decent stuff in trade.

My strategy is to always run a couple counterspies in my capital, or to keep all my districts adjacent so I only need 1 counterspy, and then let them attempt to spy on me. Then when I capture the spies that are eventually sent, I get free stuff, give them their spy back, and repeat.


The important thing is that there is a limited number of spies you can have, if you have a spy captured its like loosing 1 capacity slot. In early stages you have 1 or 2 spies so loosign one really hurts.

The best thing is to keep them so you block their capacity of spying, if you trade them it should be a VERY GOOD deal like plutonium OR trading them for one of your own captured spies.

Thats the thing,

  • About to say the same thing. Captured spies still counts towards the limited spy slot. Thus if you manage to capture all of the enemy spies, you can literally disables his spying capability. This is a very deadly move. Feb 22, 2019 at 7:34

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