Civ 6 Rock Bands Comprehensive Guide (2023)

by barathrumobama

The ingame (and fandom) wikipedia entries on rock bands are somewhat vague, so I thought I’d take a closer look at the number of tourism generated from Rock bands.

First, let’s repeat what we probably already know:

GENERAL

  • Rock bands are unlocked with theCold Warcivic. This is a first tier atomic era civic and can be researched straight afterIdeologyat a 20% increased cost, bringing up its price from 2185 to a whopping 2622. Its inspiration is researchingNuclear Fission, a 2nd tier atomic era tech that requiresAdvanced BallisticsandCombined Arms, making it particularily difficult to rush – but taking the chance on theBolshoi Theaterto unlock it may be worth it!
  • Rock Bands can only be puchased with faith, starting at 600 faith, increasing by 100 with each increment. This can be decreased by 15% by having theTheocracygovernment
  • Rock Bands can pass through enemy territory even without open borders, but entry may be denied through theMusic Censorshippolicy card, unlocked at Space Race. Capturing a Rock Band will send it back to the owners nearest city, though you can hold concerts against civs you are at war with.
  • The Hallyu policy card (unlocked at Cultural Hegemony in the future era) will allow you to choose promotions for your rock bands). I will show later how powerful this is
  • Rock bands need to be named to perform concerts
  • Rock bands start at level 1 and can be promoted up to level 4, but they will gain only up to 3 promotions.

Furthermore, Rock Bands need a concert venue to perform – these can be either of the following:

(Video) Let's Talk Rock Bands - Civilization 6 Tutorial

VENUES

  • Entertainment complexes, theater squares and waterparks with T1 Buildings (+250 baseline tourism) and T3 buildings (+750 baseline tourism)
  • Campuses or Harbors with T2 buildings (+500 baseline tourism)
  • Wonders (+1000 baseline tourism)

PROMOTIONS

There are 12 available promotions for Rock bands, each with differing power levels. First of all, the weaker ones that don’t improve a rock bands performances:

  • Indie: Performing a concert causes that city to lose 40 Loyalty.

This is generally useless. Unless you can pop multiple of these or you’re already applying loyalty pressure, this does absolutely nothing since the city will just recover – and overall it’s very unlikely you will snipe a city from your opponent. It may have its situations, but it’s not contributing to the success of your rock band.

  • Roadies:+4 Civ6Movement Movement.

While certainly handy, this promotions effect is somewhat diminished by the point in time when rock bands roll around – railroads and modern streets should plaster most of the map by the atomic era, so getting around is rarely a problem (unless you started a game in a later era, but I doubt this is a common practice outside achievement hunting).

  • Religious Rock: Performs a concert that converts the majority religion of that city to the religion founded by the player.

If you planned on a religious victory and you’re in the atomic era, something must have gone sideways – but if that’s the situation you found yourself in, your rock bands are now infinite charge apostles that may only die to random chance. Also, there’s a surprise synrgy with theCrusadestenet. Who thought bringing Rock bands to a tank fight could be so effective? It also may bring back your dead religion, (in another civ..), which is an achievement and can be used to stop someone elses religious victory. None of this has any primary use for culture victories though.

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  • Music Festival: Performs at National Parks and Natural Wonders for expected 1000 Tourism Tourism and 1 level more experienced.

This one looks good on paper, but it’s fairly inconsistent – the AI rarely builds National Parks and you can’t enter many Natural Wonders (note to self: I need to check whether this works on districtnextto Natural Wonders.

  • Pop Star: Earn Civ6Gold Gold equal to 25% of the Tourism Tourism generated.

I will slot this in with the weaker ones as it doesn’t directly improve the bands performance – but man, can this generate a lot of gold. This is hindered by rock bands timing again – in the atomic era, everything is expensive, and you’re likely gunning to cut down the numbers of turns needed for culture victory , not to generate gold. If you have a faith surplus and lack of gold, this may be useful – but such instances are rare indeed.

Then there is one particular promotion that works perfectly on already good rock bands:

  • Goes to 11: Civilizations within 10 tiles receive 50% of the Tourism6 Tourism from this concert.

This doesn’t increase the rock bands chances at succeeding, but if it does, it can increase the tourism output by 100% or more. Incredibly useful as 3rd promotion, so-so as 1st promotion.

So what are we looking for as 1st promotion? The ones from the latter list:

  • Album Cover Art: Performs as if 1 level more experienced on wonder tiles.
  • Arena Rock: Performs as if 2 levels more experienced on Entertainment Complex district tiles.
  • Glam Rock: Performs as if 2 levels more experienced on Theater Square district tiles.
  • Reggae Rock: Performs as if 2 levels more experienced on Water Park district tiles.
  • Space Rock: Performs at Spaceports and Campuses for +500 Tourism Tourism (+1000 Tourism Tourism if Campus has a University) and 1 level more experienced.
  • Surf Band: Performs at Seaside Resorts and Harbors for +500 Tourism Tourism (+1000 Tourism Tourism if Harbor has a Shipyard) and 1 level more experienced.

The latter two belong in a tier on its own as they elevate Campuses and Harbors to prime destinations even over wonders as they require only T2 instead of T3 buildings to output 1000 baseline tourism and Universities/shipyards are much more common than the T3 buildings in Theater squares, Entertainment complexes and Waterparks. I’ve debated putting Arena and Reggae Rock here, but the AI seems to love their entertainment complexes, so you will get fairly consistent results with those.

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Note that Seaside Resorts and Spaceports are only accessible venues through these promotions, but are inferior targets compared to campuses and harbors respectively.

EXPERIENCE LEVELS

The aforementioned experience level is vital to a rock bands success – it determines the chance of a rock bands failing (to do: scatterplot of rock band level vs performance level). With the max base level being 4 and the maximum gained through promotions is 2 (assuming the NAtural wonder promotion works as I think it does), the chances for success (not dying) are as follows:

  • Level 1:50%
  • Level 2:63%
  • Level 3:74%
  • Level 4:84%
  • Level 5:91%
  • Level 6:96%

This shows how good the +2 exp level promotions are: losing 1 out of 4 vs losing 1 out of 2 rock bands is a huge difference, and if you find enough districts to perform in, your bands are sure to level up at some point, netting you promotions, flexibility and more tourism!

PERFORMANCE LEVELS AND TOURISM GAINED

There are 6 performance levels – even though it’s somewhat presented in a confusing manner ingame. The effects of the different levels are as follows

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  • Level 1: Unit lost, gain (3/4) x Baseline tourism + (Albums sold * Baseline tourism / 100)
  • Level 2: Unit lost, gain (2) x Baseline tourism + (Albums sold * Baseline tourism / 100)
  • Level 3: gain (3/4) x Baseline tourism + (Albums sold * Baseline tourism / 100), gain 50 albums sold
  • Level 4: gain (2,5) x Baseline tourism + (Albums sold * Baseline tourism / 100), gain 100 albums sold
  • Level 5: Unit promoted, gain (1) x Baseline tourism + (Albums sold * Baseline tourism / 100), gain 150 albums sold
  • Level 6: Unit promoted, gain (3) x Baseline tourism + (Albums sold * Baseline tourism / 100), gain 200 albums sold

Note that the # of albums sold used is the # when you press the button, not the one after the concert. As you can see, the rock band level doesn’t contribute to the number of tourism, just to the chance of survival (and thus of accruing more albums).

As you can see, performing at wonders, harbors with shipyards and universities with campuses with the right promotion can be incredibly lucrative – these can net you immense amount of tourists – but performing there carries a higher risk compared to theater squares etc. with the respective promotions. These net considerably less tourism without the T3 buildings, but are great opportunities for level 1 rock bands to scale up!

TO DO

I will further examine a few things – notably:

  • how Swedens Nobel prize for literature impacts things
  • how performance level lines up against rock band level
  • how the natural wonder promotion works exactly

That’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed reading.

FAQs

What is the best way to use rock bands in Civ 6? ›

Rock Bands must always perform in foreign lands. Tourism burst, each performance has a few possible outcomes: It could become the last performance for the Rock Band, after which it disbands and is lost. Tourism of its future performances.

How do rock bands work Civ VI? ›

A rock band performance only gives tourism generated towards the civ you perform in (unless you have the promotion that spreads it to nearby civs) and every time you generate an extra foreign tourist to yourself it takes it away from their total domestic ones.

How do you get a rock band in Civ 6? ›

Rock bands are unlocked with the Cold War civic. This is a first tier atomic era civic and can be researched straight after Ideology at a 20% increased cost, bringing up its price from 2185 to a whopping 2622.

How do you keep rock band alive in Civ 6? ›

Keep them away from the booze, and give them a therapist to help work through their issues. It is also advisable to keep the bassist away from the lead singer's girlfriend. Make sure to play them only on the tiles they have their promotion for.

How do you destroy a rock band in Civ 6? ›

Rock Bands have a religious strength of 125 -- stronger than an Apostle with no bonuses, but able to be overcome by fervent prayer, fasting, and proper use of wonders and policies.

How do rock bands work? ›

A rock band is a small ensemble of musicians who perform rock music. Rock bands may include a variety of instruments, but the most common configuration is a 4-part band consisting of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and drums. The lead vocalist may just sing, or play an instrument as well.

How do you win a cultural victory in Civ 6? ›

To win a Culture Victory, you must have more visiting Foreign Tourists than any other Civ has Domestic Tourists of their own.

How do you get the science victory in gathering storm in Civ 6? ›

To achieve a Science victory, players must accomplish 3 major milestones:
  1. Launch a satellite.
  2. Land a human on the Moon.
  3. Establish a Martian Colony. This particular milestone requires launching three separate components unlocked through three separate research items.

How do you get a diplomatic victory in Civ 6? ›

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  1. 14/14 Earn The Highest Score In An Aid Request.
  2. 13/14 Passively Encourage Civs To Declare War On Each Other.
  3. 12/14 Don't Ignore Culture And Religion.
  4. 11/14 Maintain A Respectable Army.
  5. 10/14 Pick The Right Leader.
  6. 9/14 Make Friends Early.
  7. 8/14 Declare War Sparingly.
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How do you build seaside resorts in Civ 6? ›

It can only be built on flat coastal Grassland, Plains, and Desert tiles with a minimum Appeal rating of Breathtaking (4+). In Gathering Storm, it can also be built on any coastal Volcanic Soil tile that has Breathtaking Appeal, regardless of its terrain or relief.

How do you get offshore wind farms in Civ 6? ›

You have to get to the Future Era Technologies and complete Predictive Systems, then the builder can complete the offshore wind farm. Only certain tiles are vulnerable to being submerged. You can see which ones by turning on the settler lens and looking for the wave icons.

How do you use naturalist in Civ 6? ›

The Naturalist is a special unit which scours the countryside to look for places of preserved natural beauty. When she is selected, valid locations to establish National Parks will be outlined in white. The Naturalist can create a single National Park once she moves onto a valid tile, and is consumed upon doing so.

What are some good new rock bands? ›

And did so in a piece titled tilled “15 recent rock bands to know besides Greta Van Fleet.” Those bands included: Joyous Wolf, The Damn Truth, Bishop Gunn, Classless Act, Starcrawler, The Struts, Sheer Mag, Scorpion Child, White Reaper, Dorothy, Dirty Honey, True Villains, The Shelters, Power Trip and Tyler Bryant & ...

Where does Radiohead rank all time? ›

The best album credited to Radiohead is OK Computer which is ranked number 1 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 89,353. Radiohead is ranked number 2 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 297,583.

Is Radiohead a good band? ›

Radiohead is a band full of surprises. You never know what their next album is going to sound like, but you do know it's going to be amazing. 3. Radiohead is one of rock and roll's most influential bands of the last 20 years, having developed a futuristic sound that helped rock evolve into the 21st century.

Who is considered punk rock? ›

There, bands like the Ramones, Blondie, Television, Patti Smith, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and the New York Dolls packed crowds into now-legendary punk venues like CBGB on the Bowery in Manhattan. 3.

Who was the first punk band? ›

Traditionally, there are three records that are cited as the “first” punk rock releases: the first Ramones album (April 1976), the “New Rose” 45 by the Damned (October '76), and the Saints debut album, (I'm) Stranded (September '76).

Who started punk rock? ›

Bands such as the Velvet Underground, the Stooges, MC5, and The Dictators, coupled with shock rock acts like Alice Cooper, laid the foundation for punk in the US.

Can a band have 5 members? ›

Five members

Five-piece bands have existed in rock music since the development of the genre. The Beach Boys, Aerosmith, AC/DC and Oasis are examples of the common lineup of vocalist, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, and drums.

Can a band have 3 members? ›

Most bands have more than three members but these 10 trios prove that you can make a big bang with only three members. Beastie Boys were originally a four-piece punk band before transitioning to hip hop.

How do you manage a rock band? ›

These six tips can help artists take on the challenge of managing their own band:
  1. Write Down Goals. Work with your bandmates to develop short, medium, and long-term goals. ...
  2. Carefully Spend Money. ...
  3. Look at the Data and Adjust Accordingly. ...
  4. Intelligent Networking. ...
  5. Make Great Music.
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Which civ is best for cultural victory? ›

For a Culture Victory, picking the France variant of Eleanor is probably the way to go. She will gain access to France's Civilization Ability: Grand Tour. This grants France a 20% to Production of Medieval, Renaissance, and Industrial Wonders, while also granting double Tourism from all Wonders.

Will there be a civ 7? ›

The game is now set to launch December 2022, which is far better than fans first fears that the game could be pushed back as far as March 2023. It's still obviously later than the October release date we had been hoping for, but at least it's coming out before the end of the year.

How do you get lifetime Tourism Civ 6? ›

The main key to cultural victories are Great Works. These are pieces created by Great Writers, Great Artists, Great Musicians, Archaeologists, and Martyrs. Having these creations on display will be the main way for players to get tourism.

What is the hardest way to win in Civ 6? ›

It's generally accepted that to win on Deity Civ 6 you should go for the Domination victory. You'll need a large army and to go on the offensive just to survive anyway so committing to Domination makes sense. But it's also viable to go for either the Science of Diplomacy victories as well.

Which victory is easiest Civ 6? ›

The easiest victory condition to achieve for newer players and those playing on an easier difficulty setting is the Science Victory. Players can get the Science Victory in the vanilla game or with the Rise and Fall expansion by fulfilling three major scientific milestones.

How many cities should I have in Civ 6? ›

Specifically, players should work to have around 10 cities by turn 100, and those cities can be obtained both by settlement and declaring early war in Civilization 6.

Can you lose diplomatic victory points Civ 6? ›

When you get a sizable diplomatic victory lead (5+ points) or close to a diplomatic victory, invariably all of the AI players will gang up on you so you lose two points.

What wonders give diplomatic victory points? ›

Diplomacy
  • Voting for the winning Outcome/Target combo of a World Congress Resolution awards 1 Diplomatic Victory point.
  • Building the Mahabodhi Temple awards 2 Diplomatic Victory points.
  • Building the Potala Palace awards 1 Diplomatic Victory point.
  • Building the Statue of Liberty awards 4 Diplomatic Victory points.

Can you win multiple victories in Civ 6? ›

Essentially, you must be the last "survivor," not necessarily the conqueror. If you end up losing your original capital but not your other cities, you can still win in every other victory condition. However, unless you recapture your capital, you are disqualified from a Domination Victory.

Why can't I build a national park Civ 6? ›

National Parks can only be established on four connecting hexes that are on land; contain Natural Wonders, Mountains, or have an appeal of charming, at least; must be owned by 1 city (so it can't cross with others); and HAS to be in the shape of a vertical diamond.

What are the disadvantages of offshore wind farms? ›

Disadvantages of offshore wind
  • Higher cost. Creating the infrastructure for offshore wind farms can be expensive and complex, especially over deeper waters.
  • Maintenance & repairs. ...
  • Noise & visibility. ...
  • Less local jobs.
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Why is offshore wind better than onshore? ›

Offshore wind farms generate electricity from wind blowing across the sea. They are considered more efficient than onshore wind farms, thanks to the higher speed of winds, greater consistency and lack of physical interference that the land or human-made objects can present.

How long does it take to build an offshore wind farm? ›

It typically takes 6-10 years to develop and build an offshore wind project.

What does warmonger penalty do Civ 6? ›

Warmongering penalties are represented as a negative score affecting diplomatic relations with each leader you've already met. These penalties are applied under the following circumstances: When you declare war. You receive this penalty only for initiating a war, not for being the target of one.

Can National Parks be built on mountains Civ 6? ›

Requirements. National Parks can be built on a cluster of any four contiguous hexes that meet the following requirements: The tiles must be natural wonders, Mountains, or a tile with an Appeal of Charming or better. All four of the tiles must be owned by the same city.

What does launch inquisition do in Civ 6? ›

They let you remove the influence of foreign religions from your cities. The game doesn't explain this very well, but it isn't too complicated.

How do you win a cultural victory in Civ 6? ›

To win a Culture Victory, you must have more visiting Foreign Tourists than any other Civ has Domestic Tourists of their own.

How do you get a diplomatic victory in Civ 6? ›

Civ 6: 14 Tips On How To Get A Diplomacy Victory
  1. 14/14 Earn The Highest Score In An Aid Request.
  2. 13/14 Passively Encourage Civs To Declare War On Each Other.
  3. 12/14 Don't Ignore Culture And Religion.
  4. 11/14 Maintain A Respectable Army.
  5. 10/14 Pick The Right Leader.
  6. 9/14 Make Friends Early.
  7. 8/14 Declare War Sparingly.
5 May 2021

How do you use naturalist in Civ 6? ›

The Naturalist is a special unit which scours the countryside to look for places of preserved natural beauty. When she is selected, valid locations to establish National Parks will be outlined in white. The Naturalist can create a single National Park once she moves onto a valid tile, and is consumed upon doing so.

Which civ is best for cultural victory? ›

For a Culture Victory, picking the France variant of Eleanor is probably the way to go. She will gain access to France's Civilization Ability: Grand Tour. This grants France a 20% to Production of Medieval, Renaissance, and Industrial Wonders, while also granting double Tourism from all Wonders.

Will there be a civ 7? ›

The game is now set to launch December 2022, which is far better than fans first fears that the game could be pushed back as far as March 2023. It's still obviously later than the October release date we had been hoping for, but at least it's coming out before the end of the year.

How do you get lifetime Tourism Civ 6? ›

The main key to cultural victories are Great Works. These are pieces created by Great Writers, Great Artists, Great Musicians, Archaeologists, and Martyrs. Having these creations on display will be the main way for players to get tourism.

What is the hardest way to win in Civ 6? ›

It's generally accepted that to win on Deity Civ 6 you should go for the Domination victory. You'll need a large army and to go on the offensive just to survive anyway so committing to Domination makes sense. But it's also viable to go for either the Science of Diplomacy victories as well.

Which victory is easiest Civ 6? ›

The easiest victory condition to achieve for newer players and those playing on an easier difficulty setting is the Science Victory. Players can get the Science Victory in the vanilla game or with the Rise and Fall expansion by fulfilling three major scientific milestones.

Can you lose diplomatic victory points Civ 6? ›

When you get a sizable diplomatic victory lead (5+ points) or close to a diplomatic victory, invariably all of the AI players will gang up on you so you lose two points.

What does warmonger penalty do Civ 6? ›

Warmongering penalties are represented as a negative score affecting diplomatic relations with each leader you've already met. These penalties are applied under the following circumstances: When you declare war. You receive this penalty only for initiating a war, not for being the target of one.

Can National Parks be built on mountains Civ 6? ›

Requirements. National Parks can be built on a cluster of any four contiguous hexes that meet the following requirements: The tiles must be natural wonders, Mountains, or a tile with an Appeal of Charming or better. All four of the tiles must be owned by the same city.

What does launch inquisition do in Civ 6? ›

They let you remove the influence of foreign religions from your cities. The game doesn't explain this very well, but it isn't too complicated.

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