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You can get a max of 6-7 spies in Civ 5. Here’s the progression of how to max out your spies:
- All civilizations (civs) get their first spy simultaneously. This happens after any civ reaches the Renaissance Era. England gets an extra one here from their civ ability.
- Every era after that adds another spy to your roster. This time, you must actually progress through the eras on your own. That’s four more spies from the remaining four eras:
- Industrial Era
- Modern Era
- Atomic Era
- Information Era
- You get an extra spy by building the National Intelligence Agency project. This becomes available after researching the “Radio” tech and building police stations in all of your cities.
To give your spies an assignment, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the Espionage Overview by pressing its button at the top-right of the screen.
Step 2: Press the “Move” button next to the agent that you want reassigned.
Step 3: Select a city where you want to send your agent.
Your spy’s assigned location determines their mission:
|Mission||Target||Actions / Results|
|Counter-intelligence||One of your own cities||Your spy passively adds a +33% chance of capturing enemy spies in their assigned city.|
|Establish surveillance||A city-state or another civ’s city||After 5 turns, you can open up the target’s City Management Screen.|
|Become diplomats||Another civ’s capital||
The spy will become your ambassador to their assigned civ.
You’ll also have expanded options with that civ during World Congress sessions.
|Steal technology||Another civ’s city||
You can steal tech from another civ if they have one that:
The number of turns this takes depends on:
Note: There’s a high chance of your spy getting discovered, especially on the turn they successfully steal a tech.
|Rig elections||Non-aligned city-states||Every 12 turns, your spy will increase your influence with the target while decreasing that of other civs’.|
|Stage coup-d’etat||City-states allied with another civ||Your spy will attempt to replace the reigning regime with one that’s friendly to you. This results in the city-state becoming your ally.|
Spies come in three skill levels:
- Secret Agent
Higher levels increase their success chance and speed in completing missions.
They gain a level if they’re successful in these tasks:
- Stealing tech
- Countering enemy spies
Tip: Catching enemy spies is a much faster way of leveling up your spies than stealing tech. It’s also much safer, since your spies can’t be killed while doing counter-intelligence.
Spies have a chance of getting “Killed in Action”.
This only happens in either of these cases:
- Getting caught stealing tech from another civ, or
- Unsuccessfully staging a coup-d’etat in a city-state
If one dies, they’ll automatically be replaced by a new recruit around 5 turns or less.
Spy-related tenets are available at the first level of all three ideologies:
|Order||Double Agents||Double effectiveness of counter-intelligence against spies trying to steal your tech|
|Freedom||Covert Action||Double the chance of successfully rigging city-state elections|
|Autocracy||Industrial Espionage||Double the speed of stealing tech|