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Ghandi (the cheeky bastard) just culture bombed my border near his capital, securing several important resources. However, I wasn't watching at the time and so am unsure how many culture bombs he used or how many tiles he grabbed.

I'd like to reclaim some of my resources, but I also want to use my bombs as effectively as possible. How many tiles can a culture bomb capture?

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A culture bomb will take all the tiles surrounding the tile bombed:

diagram

In other words, if you bomb the green tile, all the red ones would be taken. However, the bombed tile must be either owned by you or neutral and adjacent to a tile owned by you.

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    True, but keep in mind that you can't trigger the bomb in someone else's territory. So the green space has to belong to you or nobody, and as a result in practice you will generally end up only capturing 3 or 4 tiles.
    – bwarner
    Sep 15, 2011 at 18:54
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    To be more accurate: all the red ones plus the green one will be taken. This means the maximum tiles that can be captured from one bomb are 6 (since you can only activate the bomb in tiles inside of, or adjacent to, your territory).
    – Oak
    Sep 15, 2011 at 19:56
  • Isn't there some time-limit involved as well? I.e., you can't culture bomb consecutively, or something? Sep 16, 2011 at 5:24
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    @Raven correct, on "normal" settings I believe the limit is 10 turns between each usage.
    – DMA57361
    Sep 16, 2011 at 13:01
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According to the official Civ 5 wiki:

A Great Artist can "Culture Bomb" any tile inside or adjacent to your territory. That tile and all six surrounding it immediately become your territory.

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