Civilization VI – Ditchdigging Simulator Achievement Guide

This achievement may sound easy, but finding a suitable location in a real game can be difficult, and no one wants to throw an entire game with horrible city placement just for a single achievement. This guide will show you the easiest way to unlock this achievement, save for modding.

How to Obtain Ditchdigging Simulator Achievement

Game Setup

  • Map: True Start Location Europe.
  • Civ: Russia.
  • Era: Information.
  • Speed: Online.
  • Disable Barbarians.
  • Remove every possible civ slot, fill the only AI slot with England.
  • Disable all win conditions except Domination.

Unlocking the Achievement

You can choose to play normally, but I recommend these steps:

Settle your capital where you spawn. Produce builders or military engineers to be able to chop forest in next two cities or contribute to canal production.

Delete your military; they bleed gold and won’t be needed.

You must settle your next two cities like so.

For the single Canal districts, use military engineers to boost production.

For the Panama Canal wonder, I recommend having the East city build it as there is forest to the East which can be chopped to boost production.


You should be able to complete it within 15 minutes only producing builders/military engineers in the capital and producing the district/wonder in the Southern cities.

Hope this helped, happy achievement hunting!

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  1. i would also recommend both cities to start one tile to the east, as it allows for easier chopping of the forest, while keeping this possible (at least i would assume its still possible)

  2. wouldnt it be better to start in the modern era, since steam power isnt automatically unlocked in the industrial era. it also gives you 3 settlers, instead of 2 in the industrial era.

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