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The Foreign Legion is a Gunpowder unit available in the Modern era.


They are available in limited amounts through the Volunteer Army ideological tenet, or from allied Militaristic City-States who offer it as their bonus troop once you have the ability to build Great War Infantry. Also appears in Scramble for Africa as France's unique unit.

Special abilities:

  • Foreign Lands Bonus: Combat Bonus outside Friendly Territory (20)


In vanilla Civilization V and Gods & Kings, the Foreign Legion gives the French the ability to continue on the offensive in the dawn of the Modern Era. The Foreign Lands Bonus transfers to the later Infantry and Mechanized Infantry units, so they can turn into an offensive civilization in the end game.

In Brave New World, the Foreign Legion is a special unit, only available through the Volunteer Army tenet of the Freedom Ideology, or gifted by Militaristic City-States. It is slightly less powerful than a Great War Infantry, but it has a Foreign Lands Combat Bonus promotion (which transfers on upgrade), making it an excellent unit to use on the offensive. A nation which adopts the Volunteer Army tenet receives six of these immediately, maintenance-free, which in many cases could confer an immediate military advantage over its neighbors.

Unique Unit Replacements[]

Icon Unit Civilization Abilities
Force Publique Belgium (Leopold II)
  • Can be purchased with Gold Gold after Steam Power.
  • +20% Strength Combat Strength while inside Friendly Borders.
  • Ignores Terrain Costs when moving.
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