The Great General is a Great Person acquired though combat.

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"Great Generals" are the supreme warriors of civilization. They create the weapons and train the soldiers. They plan the strategies to protect a civilization from its enemies, creating bold offensives, strong fortifications and cunning traps. They are the first out of the trench or onto the enemy's ship. They lead the charge into battle, carrying the fate of the people on their broad shoulders.


The Great General can construct the special Citadel improvement, which gives a big defensive bonus to any unit occupying it and damages enemy units that move adjacent to it. The Great General is consumed when it builds the Citadel. In Gods & Kings and Brave New World, this ability also has similar properties to the "Cultural Bomb" ability, adding all adjacent tiles into your territory. Be warned that stealing the territory of other civilizations can cause diplomatic incidents with the leaders.

The Great General provides a 15% combat bonus to all player-owned land units within 2 tiles. The Great General is NOT consumed when he provides this bonus. It should be noted that this buff to other units does not stack if you have multiple Great Generals.

The use of Great Generals, as well as Great Admirals, is much different than that of other Great People. They usually lay dormant until a war requires their abilities, at which point they should go immediately to the battlefield or sea. If you're fighting a lot, you may find yourself with more Generals/Admirals than you need - that's the time to construct Citadels in strategic locations (either to strengthen a weak point of the battlefield, or to conquer a tile with an important resource). Strictly speaking, unless you're pursuing a total war strategy on several battlefronts, you rarely need more than 1 Great General and Great Admiral.

Unique Unit Replacements

Icon Unit Civilization Abilities
Sparta (Leonidas)
  • Can be expended to join a unit, granting it +25% Strength Combat Strength and +15% Strength Combat Strength to nearby units.
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Novgorod (Aleksandr Nevsky)
  • Boosts building Production during peacetime
  • Boosts military unit production during war
  • May construct Customs Houses
Capo Las Vegas (Bugsy Siegel)
  • May puppet City-States
Carroccio The Papal States (Innocent III)
  • +1 Moves Movement.
  • Cannot build Citadels, found Colonies, or join the Advisory Council.
  • Receive a free Carrocio when a Civilization following your religion and with whom you are at peace spawns a Great General. That Civilization also receives a free Carrocio, but will lose it if they declare war on you.
  • Units beginning stacked or adjacent to this unit heals 5 damage, yield 5 Faith, and lose any city attacking penalties. 10 damage is inflicted upon this unit each time that it heals other units.
Algeria (Abdelkader El Djezeiri)
  • Defensive Buildings generate +2 Greatperson Dey Points
  • Constructs Qasrs instead of Citadels. Qasrs may be built outside of your borders and inflict more damage than Citadels, but may not be built upon Resources.
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Japan (Meiji)
  • When garrisoned, increases Production and Experience for Melee units
  • Can be expended for a Golden Age
Hetmanate (Bohdan Khmelnytsky)
  • Can build a Citadel without being expended.
  • Can be expended to cause 'Uprising' in an Allied City-State, granting you control of all their Units.
  • Can be expended to Liberate an Occupied City.
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Magyars (Árpád)
  • Shares movement points with a mounted unit on the same tile
  • All units within range may move after attacking
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Bulgaria (Krum)
  • +4 Sight
  • May perform a Trade Mission with halved effectiveness
  • Conquered Cities generate +2 Greatperson Kavhan Points
  • Cannot build Citadels
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Khagan Bek
Khazaria (Bulan)
  • Nearby enemy cities convert to your Religion
  • When garrisoned, trained units start with more Experience
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Mongolia (Genghis Khan)
  • Nearby units heal 15 HP per turn
  • +3 Movement
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Khlon The Khmers (Suryavarman II)
  • When garrisoned, increases land unit Production for each Farm and Plantation worked
  • During Golden Ages, +15% Food in adjacent cities
  • Chance to be born when constructing a National Wonder
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Gran Colombia (Simón Bolivar)
  • Grants nearby units +50% Strength vs cities
  • Can write a Political Treatise
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Armenia (Tiridates III)
  • Also replaces the Great Prophet
  • Cannot found a Religion
  • Nearby mounted units gain the Nakharar Promotion
    • 33% bonus vs cities
    • Additional Gold plundered from cities of different Religions
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France (Napoleon)

(When LastSword's Revision is active)

  • +1 Sight
  • May be expended to permanently raise Happy Happiness by 5
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The Alans (Respendial)
  • Stacked units may pass through rival territory for 2 turns
  • +2 Happy Happiness for each city founded after the previous Nart's birth
  • Cities founded while stacked with a Nart may receive free ancient era buildings
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Francia (Charlemagne)
  • May build Siege units on Forest/Jungle tiles in neutral or friendly territory
  • Extra Movement
Pechin Ryukyu (Sho Hashi)
  • Can discover Technology.
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Cuba (Carlos Manuel de Céspedes)
  • May attack and defend
  • Ignores terrain costs and may move after attacking
  • Puts adjacent enemy cities into Resistance
  • May not conquer cities or build Citadels
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Carthage (Hannibal)
  • Embarks onto water tiles as a Great Admiral
  • Adjacent units heal 20 HP upon kills
  • Nearby enemy cities take extra damage
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Bohemia (Vaclav II)
  • Increases Defensive strength of stacked units
  • Stacked Ranged units can attack twice per turn
  • Does not have regular Great General benefits
  • May be purchased with Gold after Metal Casting
  • +1 Defense for adjacent cities
The Mapuche (Janequeo)
  • Reduces the Moves Movement and prevents the healing of nearby enemy units with less than 50HP.
  • May be expended to grant XP to nearby units (+30 for Ranged, +50 for Melee) and upgrade them if possible.
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The Mapuche (Lautaro)
  • May attack and defend, but loses 10 HP upon killing an enemy
  • May move after pillaging and attacking
  • May not build Citadels or capture cities
  • +3 Movement
  • Upgrades to Landship
Toyon Yakutia (Tygyn Darkhan)
  • Can build a Toyon's Estate on resources that require a Pasture or Camp
    • Claims surrounding territory
    • Yields +4 Gold
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The Seekers of Darkness (Xehanort)
  • Nearby friendly units gain FaithIcon Faith (with CP or VMC)/Goldenage Golden Age points (without) on kills
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Poland (Casimir III)

(When Sigismund II's Poland-Lithuania is installed)

  • Increases Food carried over when a new Citizen is born in occupied cities
  • Grants a Culture boost upon birth
  • May repair pillaged tiles
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Songstress Valla (Azura)
  • Gains Great Admiral abilities as well.
  • May refresh the movement points of adjacent units and give them +1 Attack for the turn. Other Songstresses and Divas are not affected.
  • Can upgrade to Divas after Acoustics. Divas are combat units.
  • Can be purchased with gold after Drama and Poetry is researched, which has a cooldown.
Niger Dominus Nigrafantasia (Van Darkholme)
  • When moving to a tile with a friendly military unit, causes the unit to gain 25% Strength Combat Strength for the duration of the turn.
  • Causes a nearby city to gain +3 Production Production and +2 Tourism Tourism (does not stack). If the Niger Dominus garrisons the building, provides the city with a +10% Production Production Modifier.
  • Can be used to Hurry Production, Conduct Trade Missions, or Concert Tour, but at 80% effectiveness when compared to a default Great Person of the respective type.
Priest Grand Pink Arad (Pink Priest)
  • Spawns for free when a Great Prophet is gained.
  • +5 FaithIcon Faith to the Capital as long as the unit is alive.
  • May be upgraded into the Crusader when Theology is discovered.
  • Increases healing rate of adjacent units by 15.
  • Starts with Vision 1.
  • Builds into the Chapter Barracks which loses the culture bomb but retains the other functions of a Citadel and gives Faith and Production yields.
Yuri Clone Yuri Army
  • Cannot build Citadels
  • Can puppet city-states

List of Names

Great General Names
  1. Ahuitzotl
  2. Akbar
  3. Arminius
  4. Belisarius
  5. Cao Cao
  6. Chandragupta Maurya
  7. Hernan Cortez
  8. Oliver Cromwell
  9. El Cid
  10. Epaminondas
  11. Eugene of Savoy
  12. Gaius Marius
  13. Geronimo
  14. Heinz Guderian
  15. Hamilcar Barca
  16. Hannibal Barca
  17. Ivan the Terrible
  18. Jeanne d'Arc
  19. Khaled ibn al-Walid
  20. Robert E. Lee
  21. Leonidas
  22. Lysander
  23. Charles Martel
  24. Maurice of Nassau
  25. Bernard Montgomery
  26. George Patton
  27. Francisco Pizzaro
  28. Pompey
  29. Pyrrhus
  30. Erwin Rommel
  31. Sargon
  32. Scipio Africanus
  33. Winfield Scott
  34. Sitting Bull
  35. William Slim
  36. Spartacus
  37. Subutai
  38. Sun Tzu
  39. Timur
  40. Johann Tserclaes
  41. Vercingetorix
  42. Albrecht von Wallenstein
  43. William the Conqueror
  44. Zhuge Liang
  45. Georgy Zhukov
Boyar Names
  1. Vsevolod Mstislavich
  2. Yaroslav of Vladimir
  3. Mstislav of Chernigov
  4. Izyaslav of Polotsk
  5. Yuri Dolgorukiy
  6. Stepan Tverdislavich
  7. Tverdislav
  8. Ontsifor Lukinich
  9. Yan Vyshatich
  10. Vyshata
  11. Konstantin Dobrynich
  12. Dobrynya
  13. Putyata
  14. Ivan Kalita
  15. Svyatoslav
  16. Konstantin of Rostov
  17. Vassily of Kostroma
  18. Svyatoslav Olgovich
  19. Vladimir Monomakh
  20. Vsevolod Bolshoye Gnyezdo
Daimyo Names
  1. Shimazu Nariakira
  2. Abe Tadaaki
  3. Kamei Korenori
  4. Itakura Shigenori
  5. Ōmura Sumitada
  6. Fudai daimyo
  7. Fukushima Masanori
  8. Gamō Ujisato
  9. Hayashi Tadataka
  10. Date Tsunamura
  11. Dodo Kuranosuke
  12. Chōsokabe Motochika
  13. Bessho Nagaharu
  14. Ichijō Kanesada
  15. Mimura Iechika
  16. Ii Naotaka
  17. Maeda Nariyasu
  18. Mōri Takachika
  19. Tokugawa Akitake
  20. Tokugawa Nariaki
  21. Niwa Nagashige
  22. Oda Nobunaga
  23. Nabeshima Naotora
  24. Murakami Yoshikiyo
  25. Mōri Motonari
  26. Kikkawa Motoharu
  27. Katagiri Katsumoto
  28. Makino Tadayuki
  29. Wakisaka Yasuharu
  30. Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu
  31. Ukita Hideie
  32. Toyotomi Hideyoshi
  33. Uesugi Harunori
  34. Ōuchi Yoshitaka
  35. Ōoka Tadasuke
  36. Rokkaku Yoshikata
  37. Matsudaira Sadanobu
  38. Sengoku Hidehisa
  39. Tōdō Takatora
  40. Takeda Katsuyori
Khagan Bek Names
  1. Ibris
  2. Busir
  3. Bihar
  4. Parsbit
  5. Zachariah
  6. Bulan
  7. Benjamin
  8. Aaron II
  9. Joseph ben Aaron
  10. David of Taman
  11. Georgius Tzul
  12. Balgitzin
  13. Barjik
  14. Lebedias
  15. Serach
  16. Obadiah
Khan Names
  1. Batu
  2. Berke
  3. Genghis
  4. Guyuk
  5. Hulegu
  6. Kublai
  7. Möngke
  8. Möngke Temür
  9. Ogedei
  10. Temür
Libertador Names
  1. Jose de San Martín
  2. Ramón Castilla
  3. Andrés de Santa Cruz
  4. Manuel Belgrano
  5. Francisco de Miranda
  6. Mariano Moreno
  7. Bernardo O'Higgins
  8. Antonio Jose de Sucre
  9. Jose Miguel Lanza
  10. Manuel Ascencio Padilla
  11. Eustaquio Mendez
  12. Manuel Piar
  13. Jose Felix Ribas
  14. Santander
  15. Arenales
Mamikonian Names
  1. Saint Vardan
  2. Hamazasp
  3. Saint Shushanik
  4. Hmayeak
  5. Vahan
  6. Vard
  7. Vasak
  8. Enmanuel
  9. Gaghik
  10. Mamak
  11. Hamazaspian
  12. Artaches
  13. Grigor
  14. Smbat the Valiant
  15. Kahan Gail
  16. Musel
Marshal of the Empire Names
  1. Louis Alexandre Berthier
  2. Joachim Murat
  3. Bon Adrien Jeannot de Moncey
  4. Jean-Baptiste Jourdan
  5. André Masséna
  6. Pierre François Charles Augereau
  7. Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte
  8. Guillaume Marie Anne Brune
  9. Jean de Dieu Soult
  10. Jean Lannes
  11. Michel Ney
  12. Louis Nicolas Davout
  13. Jean-Baptiste Bessières
  14. Édouard Adolphe Casimir Joseph Mortier
Paladin Names
  1. Roland
  2. Oliver
  3. Gérin
  4. Gérier
  5. Bérengier
  6. Otton
  7. Samson
  8. Engelier
  9. Ivon
  10. Ivoire
  11. Anséis
  12. Girard
  13. Tupin
  14. Ogier the Dane
  15. Huon of Bordeaux
  16. Fierabras
  17. Renaud de Montauban
  18. Ganelon
Revolucionario Names
  1. Fidel Castro
  2. Ernesto Guevara
  3. Camilo Cienfuegos
  4. Celia Sánchez Manduley
  5. Carlos Manuel de Cespedes
  6. Juan Prim
  7. Vicente Aguilera
  8. Pedro Figueredo
  9. José Fornaris
  10. Francisco Maceo Osorio
  11. Isaías Masó
  12. Juan Acosta
  13. Donato Mármol
  14. Modesto Díaz
  15. Eutimio Mambí
  16. Máximo Gómez
  17. Antonio Maceo
  18. Guillermo Moncada
  19. Manuel Antonio de Varona
  20. José Martí Pérez
  21. Carlos Roloff Mialosky
  22. Jesús Sablón Moreno
  23. Serafín Sánchez Valdivia
  24. Julio Sanguily y Garrite
  25. Manuel Suárez Delgado
  26. Francisco Varona González
Shophet Names
  1. Bomilcar
  2. Hamilcar Barca
  3. Hannibal
  4. Hannibal Barca
  5. Hasdrubal II
  6. Hasdrubal Gisco
  7. Hasdrubal the Boetharch
  8. Mago I Justin
  9. Mago II
  10. Mago III
  11. Himilco I
  12. Himilco II
  13. Hasdrubal the Fair
  14. Ad Herbal
  15. Carthalo
  16. Hannibal Monomachus
  17. Hannibal the Rhodian
  18. Hanno the Elder
  19. Hanno the Great
  20. Maharbal
  21. Sophonisba
  22. Aderbaal
  23. Bodashtart
  24. Philosir
  25. Abdmelqart
Toqui (Janequeo) Names
  1. Malloquete
  2. Lincoyan
  3. Lautaro
  4. Cayancaru
  5. Cadeguala
  6. Loble
  7. Paillaeco
  8. Caupolicán
  9. Millalelmo
  10. Misqui
Voivode Names
  1. Jan z Tarnowa
  2. Goworek
  3. Piotr Bogoria
  4. Piotr Kmita
  5. Spytko z Melsztyna
  6. Jerzy Mniszech
  7. Skarbimir
  8. Sieciech
  9. Wojslaw Powala
  10. Piotr Kmita
  11. Piotr Firlej
  12. Spytek Jaroslawski
  13. Piotr Odrowaz
  14. Jakub Koniecpolski
  15. Dobrogost z Szamotul
  16. Przedpelek
  17. Przybyslaw
  18. Maciej Borkowic
  19. Stanislaw Ostrorog
  20. Wszebor
  21. Jan Ciolek
  22. Wawrzyniec Zaremba
  23. Dzierslaw Rytwianski