Sid Meier's Civilization V

Sid Meier's Civilization V

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Basics - The Celts
By Ryan
Hello, this is a quick video guide of what to expect if you are to pick the Celts as your Civilization.
Video of how to play The Celts.
This will tell you what to expect out of the special units, what to expect out of the playstyle, and what victory conditions to expect to dominate with.

Victory Conditions
Hello, if you really didn't want to watch the video I'll give a quick rundown of what you probably should be thinking if you are randomly paired up with the Celtics or are just new to Civilization and think they would be fun to play.

Victory Conditions

  • Culture
    One of the various options to win with the Celtics. Chances are very high that you will start off in a very forested area and thus providing you the extra faith via your personality trait. With that said you are going to probably be the first one with a Pantheon and starting a religion. With that you should continue to persue faith and spread it like wildfire among other Civilizations. Once you do so it's up to you to pick the perks via religion - but the best would probably be cultural benefits. Through this you will gain allies via faith alongside culture benefits. Highly recommended.

  • Diplomacy
    Somewhat easy route to go. Again, use their personality trait which will generate tons of faith near forests. Through this get your religion and spread it like wildfire among neighboring Civilizations and City-States. Once you've done so you will have a lot of allies with you which should be maintained throughout your playthrough. So as long as you can hold on you'll win a Diplomatic Victory in a landslide. Recommended.

  • Science
    Depending on how you go about your playstyle you could win Scientifically. Again, go with faith and obtain a religion as you could pick scientific beliefs to aid you in getting the edge on everyone else. While you have that you could continue to spread your religion to gain allies and really decide whether or not it would be more feasible to win Scientifically or Diplomatically. Recommended.

  • Domination
    The Celts will really only be a one hit wonder if you are aiming to win through Domination. If you are playing on a small map with few Civilizations then the Celts would actually be a really good Civ to play to win Domination. Chances are you will not have those and on larger maps the Celts fade out very quickly. The AI Celts will act as if they are Atilla the Hun though and generally will attack very frequently in the beginning of the game. Nonetheless, Domination is something that could prove to be difficult to do. Not recommended.
Social Policies
Won't get into as depth as the Victory Conditions only because Social Policies can usually go anyway for any Civ and still win. Will only note those that are very important to each Civ.
  • Piety
    The Celts are clearly the most faith driven Civilization out there in the game. With that being said you should use Piety because it will give you a plethera of perks to help grow your religion. Really, in a nutshell, the Celts are about getting that religion to work and spread to as many people as you can because the playstyle aggressively wants you to do so. Faith will be used as a weapon with the Celts so make sure to use good use of it.
The rest are really up to you on how you're playstyle will be for policies, Tradition for hunkering down with few cities - Honor for cutting down enemies early on - Liberty for expanding like a mad-man but again, that goes for any Civ, not just the Celtics.
  • There were some minor regional differences between Celtic people. For example, houses in Britain and Ireland were typically round, while those in Gaul were rectangular.

  • The term "Celt" comes from Greek Keltoi or Galatae (Galatian), and Latin Celtae or Galli (Gaul). We do not known how thet called themselves, but it is likely to have been a word in between those, maybe resembling the modern word "Gael".

  • Though the Celts did not have their own writing system, Celtic-language inscriptions in Latin or Greek alphabets have been found on Celtic sites.

  • Contrarily to popular beliefs, Celtic languages were still spoken after the Roman conquest. Saint Jerome (347-420) notes that the language of the Anatolian Galatians in his day was still very similar to the language of the Treveri (from the region of Trier and the border of Germany and Luxembourg).
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Ryan  [author] Sep 5, 2013 @ 7:56am 
Haha pretty much, if you stick with their religion they tend to love you more than anything else. Although I've ran into encounters where they still try to fight even when I'm helping them spread the religion around. Either way, if you want to be friendly with them it's usually best to go with their religion (or convert them early if you somehow get a religion before them).
Surgically Enhanced Dolphin Sep 5, 2013 @ 7:18am 
I really want try the Celts out now.I always thought that the Ai was crazy and always wanted to stab me in the face,now I see they just want to give me a big cultured hug!
Bilal Chatman, Tomato Grower Aug 9, 2013 @ 6:33pm 
Okay, I'm not up to date with Celtic prununciation, but still, a (COU-kee) pronounced by any other name would surely taste as sweet.
Ryan  [author] Jul 29, 2013 @ 9:42am 
Thanks a bunch, pick on my pronunciation skills! I'll end up having to re-create this video just so that way I can get that off my back haha. Regardless, I'm glad you checked out the guide and hope you enjoyed it! Always appreciate the comments!
Azathoth Jul 29, 2013 @ 8:44am 
Wrong eaphillipson, it's pronounced Kay-Leigh. Just saying :)
Bilal Chatman, Tomato Grower Jul 25, 2013 @ 2:20pm 
Great guide, and I'll definitely use it in the future, but I think that Celhidh is pronounced "SELL-ih-dih" or "KEHL-ih-dih". Just saying.
Sindrei Jun 11, 2013 @ 7:32pm 
Awesome guides, gives me as a new player a lot of basic information on each civilization. I was just wondering with the Celts for cultural, what bonus would you choose at the "Found a Pantheon" screen. Thanks.
Jmba98 Jun 11, 2013 @ 3:28pm 
@ryan thanks man
Ryan  [author] Jun 11, 2013 @ 2:06pm 

Yes and no. It's Gods and Kings which is considered an expansion pack - but I usually consider expansion packs to be DLC's anyhow even though "technically" they are not.


Same here, pumped to see what other Civilizations they have.
Tap.Water Jun 11, 2013 @ 11:33am 
can't wait for BNW!