Oil is one of the most valuable resources in Victoria 3. Our guide will show you all oil locations and help you extract it.

Victoria 3: All Oil Locations Guide

Oil is one of the most valuable resources in Victoria 3. Our guide will show you all oil locations and help you extract it.

Oil is one of the most important resources in Victoria 3. Many industries depend on oil, and having a steady source of this valuable material can significantly increase your economic development.

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Our guide will provide you with a list of all oil locations in Victoria 3, as well as tips on how to extract and use oil.

All Oil Locations List

There are many nations in Victoria 3 that possess oil, some in greater quantities and some in smaller. But players should definitely reach out to all of them in order to consider either seizing their sources of oil or set up import routes.

Countries and states with the largest amount of oil (60 points) in Victoria 3 are:

  • Azerbaijan.
  • Basra.
  • California.
  • East Borneo.
  • Fars.
  • Perm.
  • Saratov.
  • Uralsk.
  • Wallachia.
  • Zulia.

Here is a list of locations with medium amounts of oil (40-50 points):

  • Alberta.
  • Mosul.
  • Ontario.
  • Río Grande.
  • Texas.
  • Trucial Coast.

Finally, players should not ignore the states with lower but still tangible oil reserves (20-30 points):

  • East Java.
  • Elbe.
  • Friesland.
  • Hanover.
  • Chubu.
  • Kansas.
  • Kuban.
  • La Paz.
  • Libyan Desert.
  • Nenetsia.
  • Oklahoma.
  • Pennsylvania.
  • Samara.
  • Santa Cruz.
  • Shanxi.
  • West Galícia.

How to Extract and Use Oil

Locating Oil

If you play as one of the above mentioned states, then you can easily locate oil on your territory by doing the following:

  1. Go to the “Market” menu.
  2. Select “Industrial Goods” tab.
  3. Select “Grey Canister” option.

Once this is done, you will see green spots on your map indicating all the oil locations in your state.

If you play as a non-oil state, then you need do the following:

  1. Go to the “Trade Lens” menu.
  2. Select “Import Trade Routes” tab.
  3. Select regions marked with oil for trading.

Extracting Oil

Once you’ve located the oil sources on any one state’s map, you can make one of two choices to extract it.

Whaling Stations

You can start constructing whaling stations right away to begin extracting oil. But there is a danger of high worker mortality rates at about 20% to 30%. This means that you should invest money in “Worker Rehabilitation”, if you want these stations to keep extracting oil for you.

Oil Rigs

These structures are much more efficient than whaling stations, and have no danger of worker mortality. But it is also a much more expensive venture. For example, the construction of one oil rig requires:

  • 1 Pumpjack.
  • 5 Engines.
  • 10 Coal.

If you can afford such expenses, then you will have oil reserves on the level of 60 points.

Using Oil

Oil is widely used in a number of important industries, including:

  • Food Industries.
  • Chemical Plants.
  • War Machine Industries.
  • Arm Industries.
  • Furniture Manufacturers.
  • Tooling Workshops.
  • Glassworks.
  • Rye Farms.
  • Wheat Farms.
  • Maize Farms.
  • Coal Mines.
  • Iron Mines.
  • Lead Mines.
  • Sulfur Mines.
  • Gold Mines.
  • Power Plants.
  • Ports.
  • Logging Camps.
  • Railways.
  • Conscription Centers.
  • Barracks.

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