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Whats the difference between the atomic bomb and a nucler missle on Civ 5?
I know for a fact that a nucler missle can cause a lot more damage than an atomic bomb, but in the game of civ, it seems like the only difference between the two bombs is the range and the amount of uranium it needs. Is that the only difference between the two bombs? Or does the nucler missle actually cause more damage?
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The Rock God Jan 2, 2013 @ 12:17pm 
Nuclear missile does more damage. Can also destroy a (non-capital) city.
Cato Heresy Jan 2, 2013 @ 1:33pm 
The Nuclear Missile has upgraded damage, which means that it has a higher percent chance to destroy units and deal heavier damage to cities within its blast radius. This effect is somewhat randomised, however, and I don't know what the formula is, except that the damage depends on the power of the units and cities that the weapon effects.

Another factor for your consideration is that atomic bombs are launched from carriers and friendly cities, while nuclear missiles are launched from cities, missile cruisers, and nuclear submarines. Depending on your enemy's technology level, you might have an easier time getting a sub or cruiser close to the launch site rather than a carrier. :-)
Last edited by Cato Heresy; Jan 2, 2013 @ 1:35pm
Espresso Jan 2, 2013 @ 11:19pm 
They both made the points I was going to make. Nuclear missiles do more damage, and can destroy cities, and they can be launched from carriers or nuclear submarines.

Of course, for most purposes, the atomic bomb suffices. A couple of those and you can just take a city without a fight.
Kubusta Jan 3, 2013 @ 2:24am 
IS there anything to get against nuclear missiles? Like anti-nuclear missile defending system?
Espresso Jan 3, 2013 @ 3:19am 
No. Bomb shelters will somewhat protect you from part of the damage, but there are no nuclear defenses in Civ V.
jedsuspect Jan 3, 2013 @ 11:24am 
Thank god! It's our god-given right to destroy all (or shoot all) I tink!!! But I could be wrong. :)
Nickelob Ultra Jan 3, 2013 @ 11:54am 
Nuclear missiles will absolutely destroy ALL units within a 2 tile radius, and can potentially destroy non-capital cities if the HP/population count is low enough.

Atomic bombs can't destroy cities, and are not guaranteed to destroy all units in a two tile radius but will surely damage them a lot.
⎠ That_Raider_✘αᏉier⎠ (Banned) Jan 3, 2013 @ 12:07pm 
Oh cool :D I had Civ 5 for years and never knew that nucler missles can blow up a city lol. I just never seen it happen.
Cato Heresy Jan 3, 2013 @ 12:15pm 
I have only ever had two global nuclear wars in the two years I have been playing. Many, many Cold Wars, quite a few individual Hiroshimas, but only two Apocalypses. They were memorable, one of them ending like a game of DEFCON. (Very Badly for all)
⎠ That_Raider_✘αᏉier⎠ (Banned) Jan 3, 2013 @ 12:22pm 
Sounds like you had fun c:
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Date Posted: Jan 2, 2013 @ 11:57am
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