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:


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

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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