Cities: Skylines II – Progression Guide

Progression in Cities: Skylines II takes three forms: Milestones, Development, and Map Tiles.


Each city will gain Experience Points (XP) both passively every 1.5 in-game hours from Population and Happiness and upon placing new buildings, roads and grid connections. Once enough XP has been accumulated a Milestone will be reached. Milestones grant an immediate bonus of Money, Development Points, and Expansion Permits, increase the loan limit, and unlock additional game features.

MilestoneMoneyDevelopment Points
Tiny Village+₡600,000+1
Small Village+₡700,000+2
Large Village+₡800,000+3
Grand Village+₡1,000,000+4
Tiny Town+₡1,200,000+5
Boom Town+₡1,400,000+6
Busy Town+₡1,600,000+7
Big Town+₡1,900,000+8
Great Town+₡2,200,000+9
Small City+₡2,500,000+10
Big City+₡2,800,000+11
Large City+₡3,200,000+12
Huge City+₡3,600,000+13
Grand City+₡4,000,000+14
Thriving Metropolis+₡4,900,000+17
Flourishing Metropolis+₡5,400,000+19
Expansive Metropolis+₡5,900,000+21
Massive Metropolis+₡6,400,000+25


Transportation development tree

When a new service in unlocked via a Milestone, only its basic buildings and features will be available. Additional buildings and features are unlocked via the Development Tree using Development Points. Unlocking all Milestones will grant enough points to ultimately unlock the entire Development Tree.

Each Development Tree is divided into different Tiers and has a varying number of Nodes to unlock. Tier 1 nodes cost 1 point, tier 2 nodes cost 2 points, tier 3 nodes cost 4 points and tier 4 nodes cost 8 points. The first Tier includes the basic buildings and functions of the service and this Node is automatically unlocked when you gain access to the service. As an example, when you first unlock Public Transportation, you have access to both Buses and Taxis as well as things like Stops and the Line Tool. The subsequent Tiers offer more advanced options which cost more Development Points to unlock, but provide you with new options.

Some services, such as Public Transportation, have multiple Branches with different options, and while you need to purchase the previous Nodes on a branch to unlock the next one, you do not need to purchase everything in a Tier to move on. For example, you can gain access to the International Airport without needing to unlock Water, Tram, or Subway transportation – as long as you have enough Development Points to afford it.

Map Tiles

Each map is made up of 441 tiles of 0.4km² each. When creating a new city only 9 tiles will start purchased and additional tiles can be purchased after the first milestone is reached. Each tile costs 1 Expansion Permits and Money that scales with the buildable area.

Multiple tiles can be selected at once for purchase by clicking on them or dragging a selection area. Selecting one or more tiles will list the total buildable area as well as natural resources. Newly purchased tiles do not have to be connected to each other.

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