Civilization 6 Troubleshooting Rise And Fall DLC Startup Crashes & Bug Fixes
Your winning strategy just got obliterated in Civilization 6 as the Rise And Fall DLC arrives, adding in additional alliances, special events, ages, governors, and even whole new civs with completely different play styles!
As a long-overdue update that changes how civilizations interact with each other, any fan of the base game will want to try out the Civ 6 Rise and Fall expansion as soon as possible.
Sadly, many are unable to do so, as players keep experiencing Civilization 6 crashes as soon as the game loads, while others can get into the game but can't actually play with any of the new Rise And Fall content. If you've been experiencing Rise And Fall startup errors or bugs, follow the steps below to get up and running!
Civilization 6 Rise And Fall Startup Troubleshooting
Unfortunately, the Civ 6 Rise And Fall DLC is not currently supported on Mac or Linux systems -- sorry folks, this one's Windows only for the time being! For some reason, the store page still allows you to buy the DLC, but you can't actually use it yet.
If you are using Windows and still can't get the game to load after downloading the DLC, there are some basic troubleshooting measures to try out first before getting into the more complicated possibilities.
Completely shut down and restart Steam, then click on the Civilization VI entry in your library. Scroll down to the DLC section on the right side of the frame and look for the "Rise And Fall" entry. If it isn't checked, click the checkbox.
Next up, as with any Steam game, it's time to verify integrity of the files and re-download if necessary. Right-click the Civilization VI entry in your library and choose "Properties," then navigate to the "Local Files" tab at the top of the screen.
Select the option to "Verify Integrity of Game Files" and then follow the prompts. You may get an all-clear message, or you may have to re-download the game files if something is corrupt or missing. If everything was verified, there are more options to check next.
For those who can get into the game but can't get to any of the Rise And Fall content, choose the option to create a new game.
Open the "rule set" drop-down menu, and make sure "Expansion: Rise and Fall" is selected. If you don't see it there at all, then the DLC either hasn't been purchased through Steam, or you are using an OS that isn't supported yet.
After the basic Civilization 6 error troubleshooting, it's time to move on to more specific fixes. In most cases, the Rise And Fall DLC won't work properly due to a conflict with an installed mod. All those old mods need to be updated to work with the new content.
If you aren't able to load the game at all, you will need to manually uninstall any mods. If you can get to the main menu, open up the "Additional Content" section and ensure only the "Community Created Content" option is checked, then select the option to "Disable All" to turn off all mods simultaneously. Restart the game and, in most cases, you should be good to go.
Delete mods.sqllite File
For those still experiencing issues, a specific older mod file may be the culprit. Close down Civ 6 entirely, then open up a window explorer menu and navigate to the file path "My Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization VI."
Look in the folder for a file either named "mods.sqllite" or, in some cases, it may just be named "mods" (with no obvious extension or ending). Delete that file and restart Civilization VI to try again.
If you've found any other potential Rise And Fall expansion troubleshooting steps, let us know, and we'll get them added.
Finally able to play the game and ready to try out the new content? Check out our guide to playing Scotland the Brave in the Rise And Fall DLC!