Civilization 6 Byzantium (Basil II) Guide: Unique Units, District, Leader Ability

Civilization 6 Byzantium

Basil II leads the Byzantium in Civilization 6 and this is the new Civilization that is part of the Frontier Pass. Byzantium has a couple of unique leader abilities, districts and units that you should know about and this guide we are going to go over all of them.

Civilization 6 Byzantium (Basil II) Unique Attributes

The following is everything that is unique about Byzantium in Civilization 6:

Basil II’s leader ability

Basil II’s leader ability is called Porphyrogénnētos which means born in purple. With this ability heavy and light cavalry units do full damage against cities following Byzantium’s religion. Once you have discovered Divine Right Civic, you will gain the Tagma Unique unit.

Byzantium’s Unique Ability

The unique ability of Byzantium is called Taxis. This provides +3 combat or religious strength for each holy city that follows Byzantium’s religion. This includes the holy city of Byzantium. It also spreads Byzantium’s religion when a civilization or city-state unit is killed in action. You also get +1 great prophet points for each city with a holy site district.

Unique Unit

The unique unit that Byzantium has is called Tagma which is a replacement for the Knight. It provides +4 combat or religious strength for land units that tare within one tile of the Tagma.

Another unique unit that the civilization has is the Dromom, this is the replacement for the Quadrireme. It has +10 combat strength versus units along with additional range.

Unique district

The district that is unique to the Byzantium is called Hippodrome. This replaces the Entertainment Complex. It provides +3 amenities and is cheaper to build. This will give you free heavy cavalry whenever the district or any of its buildings are constructed. The free unit does not have any production or maintenance costs. Note that while these free units do not cost any resources they are still going to cost you gold to maintain.

These are all the unique attributes of Byzantium in Civilization 6. If you are interested in learning more about the game then you can check out our guide on Gaul (Ambiorix).