In Civilization 5 discovering natural wonders had a powerful effect (+1 to global happiness). In Civilization 6, when I discovered a natural wonder, I also seemed to receive a religious relic. That leads me to wonder if the effects of discovering natural wonders is different in civ 6 than civ 5.

What are all of the effects of discovering a natural wonder in Civilization 6?

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    You received Relics because you are/were Suzerain of Kandy
    – Dallium
    Nov 12, 2016 at 10:09
  • ah, Kandy was involved, that could explain that. Nov 12, 2016 at 15:36

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There are 12 Natural Wonders in the game.
The discovery of a natural wonder gives Scouts bonus experience. Natural Wonders also give an adjacency bonus to Holy Site Districts in which all adjacent tiles receive +2 Appeal.

Cliffs of Dover
It appears with Cliffs adjacent to water and provides a bonus of +3 Culture and +2 Gold.enter image description here

Crater Lake
It appears as a Lake and provides a bonus of +1 Science and +4 faith. enter image description here

Dead Sea
It appears as a Lake and provides +2 Faith and +2 Culture. Additionally Units heal completely if rest and heal for one turn adjacent to the Dead Sea.

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Galapagos Island
It appears on Coastal Terrain and provides +2 Science to each adjacent Tile.

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The Great Barrier Reef
The Reef provides a bonus of +3 Food and +2 Science.

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Mount Kilimanjaro
It appears as a Mountain and provides a bonus of +2 Food to each adjacent Tile.

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Mount Everest
It appears as a Mountain and provides a bonus of +1 Faith to each adjacent Tile. Additionally Missionaries, Inquisitors, and Apostles who move next to Mount Everest will ignore Hills movement cost for the rest of the game.

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It appears as Marsh and provides +2 Food and +2 Culture.

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Provides a bonus of +1 Culture and +1 Gold to each adjacent Tile.

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Torres Del Paine
Doubles the bonus yield of each adjacent Tiles.

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Tsingy De Bemaraha
Provides a bonus of +1 Culture and +1 Science to each adjacent Tile.

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Provides a bonus of +1 Gold and +1 Science to each adjacent Tile.

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    So the only effect of discovering a wonder is a scout bonus, I guess? Nov 12, 2016 at 15:36
  • Yes unless you try for the adjacency bonus.
    – Auditore
    Nov 12, 2016 at 15:56
  • I guess the side-effect of finding natural wonders is that it is often a city-state quest. Nov 12, 2016 at 15:59
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    There is also a boost that requires the discovery of Natural Wonders.
    – Eric
    Nov 12, 2016 at 20:53
  • It would be great to add these other facts to the answer, I don't know the specifics. How much bonus experience? Which boost? Nov 14, 2016 at 12:05

Natural wonders don't directly provide a boost to amenities/happiness as they did in Civ5. As Auditore notes the immediate effect is an experience boost to the scout.

Natural wonders are also important if you are playing for Religous Victory because there is an Apostle promotion called Pilgrim that gives 3 extra spreads once the Apostle stands next to the natural wonder for the first time. It can be hard to find them on the map when you need to do this, but the trick is to use Strategic View, where the Natural Wonder will look exactly as in the icons Auditore posted!

Natural Wonders also come into play for at least one Great Person. Charles Darwin (Great Scientist) has a bonus that grants 500 science for each adjacent natural wonder. There are some natural wonders that extend over many tiles so you can multiply that by 6 or 7.

Natural wonders are also one of the possible locations for a National Park (which is unlocked by Conservation and provides extra tourism and amenities). National Parks must be designated on squares which are mountains, natural wonders, or have an appeal of charming or better. I don't think you have to be able to move a unit onto the square to do this given that mountains also count, so I don't think you need to worry if you can't walk on top of the natural wonder (need to confirm).

In summary, Natural Wonders don't play one specific role in the game, but they come into play for lots of specific situations. I'm sure there are many situations beyond just the three I mentioned here.

I am not sure if they also increase appeal for neighborhoods or not, but in any case that factor would already be set.

  • For finding Natural Wonders on the map, it's also very helpful to untoggle everything in the Map Options menu. It really unclutters the map. Jan 29, 2019 at 7:10

Very good summary, there is also the fact that sometimes it comes a city state mission (to discover a natural wonder to get an envoy) There is also a random bonus xp to apostles - it basically says that when you lead him beside a natural wonder it gives +3 spreads I reckon

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