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The Inquisitor is a Civilian unit available through Faith purchase.


Inquisitors were widely utilized throughout Europe as part of a broad effort to eliminate enemies of the Catholic Church. Those branded as heretics by the Inquisition were oftentimes tortured and executed for their alleged crimes, and there was typically little room for defense against the inquisitor's accusations.


Inquisitors are your defense from other religions. They can be placed inside a city to protect it from Missionariesand Prophets trying to spread other religions into that city, or they can remove other religions from only your cities (expending the Inquisitor). This will leave only the followers of your religion in the city, if there were some before the act, and may cause a few other citizens to convert as well.

Note that an Inquisitor doesn't stop religious pressure from converting your citizens.

A useful tactic for Inquisitors is to allow a player to permanently remove a competing religion from the game. This can only be done after capturing the Holy City for the religion. Once it is captured, move the Inquisitor to the city and remove the religion. This will permanently destroy this religion and allow you to replace the religion in other cities without having to worry about the constant pressure from the Holy City.

Unique Unit Replacements[]

Icon Unit Civilization Abilities
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Battle Priest
The Zapotecs (Cosijoeza)
  • May convert adjacent enemy units under 50% Health into Barbarians
Confessor Vatican City (Pius XIII)
  • Converts CultureIcon Culture into Tourism Tourism while stationed in a city following your main religion.
Khwaja Chagatai (Tughluq Tömür)
  • Does not purge the city of other religions, but generates Goldenage Golden Age Points from existing followers and increases Religion Religious pressure coming to and from the city's Traderoute Trade Routes.
  • May cross and found Holy Sites on mountains.
Krstjani Bosnia (Tvrtko I) (JFD)
  • Causes a city to claim a new tile when expended, and an additional tile for every Stecak worked by the city.
  • Receive a Krstjani with every Missionary purchased, and two if purchased as an Inquisitor.
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The Anishinaabe (Pontiac)
  • May be used to cause City-States to join you in attacking other Civilizations

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Thangadaw Myanmar (Aung San Suu Kyi)
  • While in a city, yields a burst of Production Unit Production when a Great Person is expended within city limits.
  • May perform weaker Trade Missions in city-states following your main religion.
Vicarius Western Rome (Majorian)
  • While stationed in a city, unit Production Production is boosted and the unit gains Strength Combat Strength dependent on the number of Religion Followers in the city.
  • Can merge with a Greatperson Great Person after entering allied territory or territory formerly owned by Western Rome.
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