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Vijayanagara, led by Krishnadevaraya, is a custom civilization mod by More Civilisations, with contributions from Alga, DarthKyofu, DuskJockey, Regalman, TopHatPaladin, and Zharques.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The Vijayanagara Empire, also sometimes called the Karnata Kingdom was a Hindu empire that coverered much of the region of South India, controlling the lands of the modern states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Goa and some parts of Telangana and Maharashtra. It was established in 1336 by the brothers Harihara I and Bukka Raya I of the Sangama dynasty, members of a pastoralist cowherd community that claimed Yadava lineage. The empire rose to prominence as a culmination of attempts by the southern powers to ward off Perso-Turkic Islamic invasions by the end of the 13th century. At its peak, it subjugated almost all of South India's ruling families and pushed the sultans of the Deccan beyond the Tungabhadra-Krishna river doab region. It lasted until 1646, although its power declined after a major military defeat in the Battle of Talikota in 1565 by the combined armies of the Deccan sultanates.


Krishnadevaraya ruled ancient India’s Vijayanagara Empire for only about two decades, however his power, skills, and personality were made known in that short amount of time and so it seemed much longer. His military campaigns expanded the empire and made it a seat of power, his artistic and architectural interests withstood the passing of time and influenced others, and his diplomatic skills had an impact on how the Portuguese viewed and interacted with the subcontinent.

Dawn of Man[]

Hail, Emperor Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara, third monarch of the Tuluva dynasty, Karnatakaratna Simhasanadeeshwara, Gaubrahmana Pratipalaka, and Mooru Rayara Ganda. An able administatot and an excellent general, your reign was marked by expansion and consolidation, defeating the Sultans of Bijapur and Golconda, among others. Your people loved you and you ruled efficiently and justly, abolishing the marriage fee while increasing revenue by cultivating new areas and conducting large-scale irrigation works. Literature of all languages flourished, as Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil poets were patronised, while you yourself were fluent in all these languages. You were also a merchant king, trading with the Portuguese in Goa for both guns and Arabian horses for your city and empire. You eventually fell ill and died, your enemies unable to bring you to heed.


Oh magnificent Krishnadevaraya, Lord of the Jewelled Throne of Karnataka, there are works yet to be created, kingdoms to be conquered, and works to be built. You must stand firm and be the best king you can; for your people, for your kingdom. Can you provide exemplary leadership in a time of renewal and great uncertainty, to build again a great empire? Will you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Welcome to the realm of the Vijayanagara Empire! I am Krishnadevaraya, Lord of the Jewelled Throne of Karnataka, you will be welcome here."

Defeat: "I have no passion left to give. My body is a husk. My kingdom has fallen."

Unique Attributes[]

Vijayanagara (Krishnadevaraya)
Rajyas of the Deccan

Cities on hill tiles train units 5% faster and exert +5% religious pressure for each wonder present. Military units within two tiles of an enemy city following your religion cause it to take 4 damage per turn.

Kaijeeta (Crossbowman)
  • -30% Strength Combat Strength when defending.
  • +20% Ranged Strength while attacking, doubled to +40% against Cavalry units.
  • +1 Production Production.
  • +50% defensive Strength Combat Strength for the unit on this tile.
  • Spawns a forest on this tile if one does not already exist.
  • When worked by a city following your religion, boosts wonder Production Production in that city by +5%.
  • May only be built on Hills, and may not be built next to another Durga.
City List
  1. Vijayanagara
  2. Penukonda
  3. Chandragiri
  4. Vellore
  5. Mangalapura
  6. Gingee
  7. Belgaum
  8. Gadag
  9. Pulicat
  10. Kalyanapura
  11. Hospet
  12. Bellary
  13. Koppal
  14. Gooty
  15. Nellore
  16. Siddhavattam
  17. Tirupati
  18. Hassan
  19. Vijaydurg
  20. Gokak
  21. Kadur
  22. Chittoor
  23. Halebid
  24. Mysore
  25. Kanchi
  26. Kozhikade
  27. Madurai
  28. Kollam
  29. Tondi
  30. Tinnevelli
  31. Thalassery
  32. Ooty
  33. Salem
  34. Tiruvannamalai
  35. Cuddalore
  36. Ahobilam
  37. Raichur
  38. Dindigal
  39. Kanyakumari
Spy List
  • Harihara
  • Bukka
  • Devaraya
  • Gajabetekara
  • Mallikarjuna
  • Tuluva
  • Achyuta
  • Sadashiva
  • Rama
  • Tirumala




Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now practicing Haridasa and incorporating Chalukya, Hoysala, Pandya and Chola architectural styles. I worry the rest of the world will succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 25 May 2023
  • Alga: Art
  • Darth: Art
  • DuskJockey: Text
  • Pouakai: Design, Code
  • Regalman: Art
  • TopHatPaladin: Code
  • Typhlomence: Unit Model
  • Zharques: Text

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