Civilization Revolution – How to Win on Deity Mode

This is a run-down on how to get ahead in the most difficult strategy game of all time.

Without a doubt, Sid Meier’s Civilization has always been the utmost definition of the term ’strategy game’. It’s latest incarnation Civilization Revolution (sometimes known as Civ-Rev) has proven to be a real challenge for even the most hardened Civilization veterans.

The Deity difficulty mode isn’t just a harder version of the game, it also gives other nations an unfair advantage. This technically means that you’re fighting a losing battle whenever you play on Deity mode. Fear not though, there are ways to beat the game (without cheating), this tutorial will show you how.

Before You Begin

The first thing to consider is choosing your nationality. Each civilization has certain advantages over others that normally don’t impact the game very much in other modes. However in deity mode these traits can sometimes be the only thing to tip the balance in your favour. For example, the easiest civilization to use on deity is the Aztec. I would recommend using the Aztec because their units heal after every battle… something no other civilization does in the game. This means you can withstand an onslaught of enemies one after another (and believe me, you will) without your units taking on damage.

Next you should decide which type of victory to aim for. You should acknowledge that certain victories are easier to gain than others. These are:

  1. Economic Victory (easiest)

  2. Culture Victory (not so easy)

  3. Science Victory (very hard)

  4. Domination Victory (extremely hard)

I’d suggest trying for an economic victory first, that way you can at least get a taste for it. Once you’ve sorted this out, you’re ready to begin the game.

Starting the Game

  1. The placement for your first city is probably the most important step in the game. Make sure it is by the sea, as you’ll need these squares to produce science. You should have at least one production square, preferably two i.e. hills, or forest squares and you should also make use of any resources (gold is always a good resource regardless of whichever victory you’re aiming for).

  2. Build your first city.

  3. Your next step is to collect as much exploration cash as possible. You do this by plundering as many barbarian villages and artifacts as possible, before they’re taken by other civilizations. The best way to achieve this is to set your city to maximum production to produce three or four warriors quickly. Use there units to explore in different directions on the map. Occasionally, instead of gold, you’ll receive a spy unit or a horsemen unit. Don’t worry about keeping these units, just use them to explore the map, as they have better movement than your warriors. After creating your units, set your city to maximum science and start building Stonehenge.

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  1. Posted January 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    The mongolian civ is decent on diety, they convert barbarian tribes to cities, use the beta centauri scenerio(all techs unlocked), build tanks, rush to all the barbarian cities, and then follow the strategies above. You cant win tech this way, but the others arent too hard. especially economic. remember to build the manhattan project and take out an enemy that only has one city. this will make things much easier.

  2. Jim MD
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    One word:


    Healing after victory is an almost overwhelming advantage over your enemies, uh, I mean co-existing nations. Temples also produce science — which should keep your technologies competitive — and you get increased gold production later on, which comes in handy when it’s time build wonders before everybody else.

    I’ve won as Montezuma at Deity level in every category; haven’t been as productive (or lucky) with the other civs.

    Useful comments about scientific victory difficulty and use of Communism to maximize tank production.

  3. Posted February 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Ok, I’ve tried your method four times in a row… got killed by french, indian, arbab and indian again militarily. I must be getting dropped on some crappy maps. I do have to admit that your method does give one hope, until about midevil times, then i die. I think that you are all just lying. I don’t believe that deity IS beatable on XBOX360. As the sign says when you start… YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Seriously, I have whipped up on everybody in every way possible on all other levels but this one and I give up… anyone want to buy a used copy of CIV REV? I am DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    lol i’m sorry my tutorial has put you off, craig. in all fairness, yes it can be done, although the majority of times you play you will get a severe ass-kicking. if you don’t believe me, just look at some gamertags who have civ-rev. deity wins show in their achievements.

  5. Maniac76
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 10:28 am

    This start is all wrong. I mean seriously flawed. You can beat deity everytime with any civ.

    Expand expand and expand. Try to get as many cities as you can early. 10 cities by 0 AD and there is no way you wiull be caught. You will be so far ahead that the other civ will not attach you. Really.

    You need to look on the 2k foirum for proper starts from proper players. Sorry brandeberger – maybe you should as well.

  6. keeplyp
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Just practice. You can’t just skip directly to diety without doing some other level. I finished deity with all civs except Spanish and English. Their bonus sucks.

  7. dbright
    Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

    i found that making a gallay and sending 5 settelers out to the smallest islands is the best way to produce science this way mainland cities can focus on production also you will need gold since the island cities dont produce mutch of anything else

  8. Posted July 31, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I know what you mean keeplyp, took me ages to win as spanish.

  9. James438
    Posted August 21, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I believe it’s best to gradually get to diety, otherwords, practice.
    I won after building up my own stategy after playing on many different MAPS. Different strategies work for different people as much as different civs and maps work for different victories. The more you play, the more knowledge of the game is brought to you. For instance, i’ve leaned that saving the game before every battle begins works, the odds can supprize you. I’ve also learned that overruns can be a great target before you head for the harder troops. Did you know an attack at least 7 times as much as the defence can overrun the defender? Ideas help create stategies. Consider using your ideas to detemine if it is okay. You got to ask yourself… Will this work for every map or situation (other civilizations can stall you from different victories).
    In conclusion, develope a plan that works after the knowledge you kave of the map and the game. I would save in the begining and explore and get to know the others. Then go back to the save at the start and play in the fastest way.

  10. Henk
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 7:04 am

    dudes, for real,
    deity is super easy if you play the beta centauri scenario.
    Cultural and economic victories are almost guaranteed unless you really mess up.

    Domination victory you can get by training your troops (artillery and modern infantery) against the barbarian villages then cramming them in a battleship fleet and go taking out capitals. What also works is choosing a starting position close to mountains, building iron mines and factories and just start ramming out units.

    good luck!

  11. digitalmenges
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    any suggestions for a civilization and/or scenario combo to help me towards the technology deity victory? Easiest way to win the other three is the Mongols on Beta Centauri. There are barbarians everywhere and you can conquer the entire planet with ease just explore and conquer everywhere you go. Modern Infantry usually take every one in one try and you never ever lose. It makes it almost disgustingly easy.

    Posted October 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    You are all wrong. LOL I laugh at your system. The best way to win the game is to do this.
    1. Save the game right off the start.
    2. roam around with your settlers until you find a village (not a barbarian village) that gives you 25 gold.
    3. Make sure you can collect this money on your way to another capital city.
    4. reload the saved game from the begining.
    5. run to village and collect gold assuming it is on the way to another capital
    6. settler settlers as close as possible to another capital and put all your city management on a wonder production (nothing on gold or science or food)
    7. rush a warrior right away with the 25 gold
    8. if you get to a capital by 3600 bc they will not have anyone to defend it.
    9. Put this new city on science and study horseback riding
    10. when you have studied horseback riding succesfully change your original capital from whatever wonder you previously had it on and change it over to horses.
    11. However you can you should try and get a horse army and go for the third capital.
    12. By now you are so far ahead the game is yours.
    13. I have won domination at 2000 BC before!!!!!!!
    14. My technique is flawless
    15 culture record 1400 ad
    16. tech record 1325 ad
    17. economic record 1425 ad
    Bow down and respect the CIV MASTER!!

  13. ●█▀█▄
    Posted May 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    That strategy is awesome. It works.
    I bow down and respect the CIV MATSTER ●█▀█▄ ●█▀█▄ ●█▀█▄ ●█▀█▄ ●█▀█▄ ●█▀█▄ ●█▀█▄ ●█▀█▄

  14. Posted July 18, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Except, “Civ Master”, it’s cheating to save the game at all. Do you think real world leaders could go back in time and re-enact scenarios to explore better, or determine battle outcomes?

  15. Omid
    Posted September 30, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Ha Ha Ha! I’ve beated the civ III with egyptians on deity level with domination victory! (no cheating)
    not so hard! :)

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