Civilization – Does a resource have to be within the fat plus to use


In Civilization IV, can I connect to a resource outside of the "fat plus" as long as it is inside my civilization boundaries?

For instance, could I build a road and pasture to horses three tiles away from a city and then be able to produce horse archers?

.......    C: city
H...C..    H: horses
.......    .: other tile

Best Answer

  • You can train horse req. units when the horses are within your borders, and your workers have build on it.
  • You cannot train horse req. units when the horses are outside your borders, and have not been build by your workers.

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From GameFAQs:

Once improved, the resource is not accessible until you have connected it with your settled areas. The resource will be available to any city that is CONNECTED to it -- your cities will not automatically gain the resource unless it is part of your empire's network. That means by road, railroad, river, harbour or airport. If that confuses you, consider the following scenario:

  • Beijing is connected by road to a Horse pasture (i.e. improved tile).
  • Shanghai is not connected to Beijing.

In this scenario, if the player wanted to create Horse Archers, they can only do so in Beijing -- Shanghai CANNOT train Horse Archers because it does not have access to the necessary resource. In order for Shanghai to train Horse Archers, it must be connected to Beijing. Rivers count as transportation networks, so cities located on the same river automatically share the resource. Settlements on different continents must be connected by a Harbor. Researching Flight and building Airports will also distribute the resource. Offshore resources (e.g. Fish, Whale) will be connected to coastal cities, but those cities will need land or air connections to share the resource with inland cities.