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Pontus led by Mithridates VI is a custom Civilization by Grant and Tpangolin, with contributions from Gatoutak, Chrisy_15, and William Howard.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The Kingdom of Pontus was a state founded by the Persian Mithridatic dynasty, directly related to Darius the Great and the Achaemenid dynasty. The kingdom was founded by Mithridates I in 281 BCE and lasted until its conquest by the Roman Republic in 63 BCE. It reached its largest extent under Mithridates VI the Great, who conquered Colchis, Cappadocia, Bithynia, the Greek colonies of the Tauric Chersonesos, and for a brief time the Roman province of Asia, known today as Anatolia. After a long struggle with Rome in the Mithridatic Wars, Pontus was defeated; part of it was incorporated into the Roman Republic as the province Bithynia et Pontus, and the eastern half survived as a client kingdom.

Mithridates VI[]

Mithridates VI was the king of Pontus and Armenia Minor in northern Anatolia from about 120–63 BC. Mithridates is remembered as one of the Roman Republic’s most formidable and successful enemies, who engaged three of the prominent generals from the late Roman Republic in the Mithridatic Wars: Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Lucius Licinius Lucullus, and Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus. He has been called the greatest ruler of the Kingdom of Pontus.

Dawn of Man[]

"All hail Mithridates VI of the Pontic Empire, heir to Alexander and child of Mithras! From the ashes of the diadochi and Persion dominion, your fledgling kingdom grew to dominate the Anatolian Peninsula, a shining beacon of the orient and of the legacy of Greece. This was not to last long, however, as the bloodthirsty Roman dictators marched upon and extinguished the light of Hellenic Greece. By the time you rose to power, the once mighty empires of the east and west were falling under Latin control. It was you, Eupator, who struck back at the gathering menace; establishing an empire stretching from the highlands of Persia to the shores of the Crimea, enacting resounding victories upon the red legions. You were respected, worshipped and feared, bringing the Pontic people to the height of prosperity. But it was not to last, and with the arc of history you and your people were slain.

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art by Tpangolin

King of Kings, your people are once again enslaved by foreign empires, their legacy consigned to darkness. They know it will take a Herculean figure to free them from their misery. Great Mithridates, can you use your divine wisdom to break the shackles that surround Pontus, to become the envy of the west and the east? Can you summon forth an empire that will rival that of Rome? Can you build a Civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "I am Mithridates VI Eupator Dionysius, ruler of the divine Kingdom of Pontus. Do you seek Mithras's blessing, or are you here to challenge me?"

Introduction (to Tigranes II's Armenia): "Welcome to Pontus, Tigranes! I hope we can forge a great empire together."

Introduction (to Pompey's Rome): "Hail Gnaeus Pompeius, wise Consul. I hope we can combat the barbarians of the northern plains and the seas as allies."

Introduction (to Paerisades's Bosphoros): "Greetings Paerisades, noble ruler of the Euxine Cimmerians. I hope you grant me assistance, as a brother of Hellenism."

Defeat: "Pontus is no more. May my body be buried with the ancients kings of Asia."

Unique Attributes[]

Pontus (Mithridates VI)
Asiatic Vespers

Defeating enemy units may generate Resistance Resistance in the enemy's cities, increased by training Great Generals. Melee Units in city-state territory are instantly upgraded when the Citystate City State becomes your Ally.

Chalkaspides small
Chalkaspides (Pikeman)
  • Unlocked at Currency
  • +15% Production Production Cost, decreased from the total of your merchant specialists.
  • May convert enemy and allied city-state workers (Peasants with JFDLC) to Chalkaspides - who have -1 Moves moves, but all units trained in a city adjacent to them gain an extra level and Drill I.
Scythed Chariot small
Scythed Chariot (Chariot Archer)
  • Requires Iron to train
  • Has a melee attack instead of a ranged attack
  • Passively damages adjacent enemy units with lower levels
  • +6 Combat Strength than the Chariot Archer (12 vs 6) and -1 less Movement (3 vs 4)
City List
  1. Amáseia
  2. Sinope
  3. Amisos
  4. Pharnacia
  5. Amastris
  6. Trapezus
  7. Gaziura
  8. Talaura
  9. Cabira
  10. Eupatoria
  11. Themiscyra
  12. Dioscurias
  13. Polemonion
  14. Laodíkeia
  15. Andrapa
  16. Athenai
  17. Zela
  18. Olbia
  19. Mersyphòn
  20. Gizenenica
  21. Gangra
  22. Ameria
  23. Kainon Chorion
  24. Culupene
  25. Cimiata
  26. Oinoe
  27. Ionopolis
  28. Pimolisa
  29. Karousa
  30. Comana
  31. Caenon
  32. Thermai Phazemoniton
  33. Patara
  34. Ischopolis
  35. Sagylium
  36. Olotoedariza
  37. Gozalena
  38. Cotyora
  39. Basgoedariza
  40. Odeinius
  41. Sidene
Spy List
  • Monima
  • Stratonice
  • Machares
  • Dorylaeus
  • Neoptolemus
  • Archelaus
  • Asclepiodorus
  • Diophantus
  • Pythodorida
  • Laodice
  • Arcathias


Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence
Wish for the World

Events and Decisions[]

Promote City Coinage
Our land is rich in precious metals, and it would be a waste not to foster the economy by promoting the independent minting of new currencies in large cities, rewarding them for their unquestionable loyalty.
  • Player must be Pontus
  • Must have a Mint in your Capital Capital City.
  • Must be in the Classical Era or later.
  • Must have researched Currency.
  • 1_iGold Gold Gold.
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrate.
  • Cities with a Temple receive a Mint regardless of resource or building prerequisites.
  • These cities enter a WLKTD if they have gold or silver resources in their territory.
Develop the Mithridate
Your experiments with poisons and remedies have made you resilient from all but the deadliest of elements. It would be useful to procure a similar antidote to make our people free of disease.
  • Player must be Pontus
  • Must have an Aqueduct and a Market (Aqueduct and a Herbalist with JFDLC) in one of your Cities.
  • Must have a source of Porcelain or Jewelry.
  • Must be in the Classical Era or Later.
  • 1_iGold Gold Gold.
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrates.
  • Injured Units in cities with an Aqueduct or Market are healed instantly.
  • Gain Great Scientist Points (Great Doctor Points with JFDLC) in all cities from Porcelain and Plantation resources.


Unique Cultural Influence[]

“Our people are now visiting your royal tombs and creating powerful antidotes! We're worried the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture.”

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop Downloader
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 14 February 2019


  • grant: Design, Code, Art (Civ Icon, UU Icons), Text, Mod Support
  • Tpangolin: Art (Leaderscene, Leader Icon)
  • Chrisy15: Lua snippets
  • Danrell: Chalkaspides + Scythed Chariot Models
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