Civ 5 Tier List: +20 Civilization V Characters

No one can deny that Civilization V is a better strategy game than anything else created. Do you need a civ 5 tier list? You are in the right place.  

Having existed in the gaming world for many years, Civ 5 has seen many changes throughout its average life span. 

One such change was the addition of various "Civs'' as they are called to the game. Each civ has strengths and weaknesses which will be explained in this tier list. 

This list will be a list of the best civs you can get your hands on. Those who play Civ 5 are familiar with the term "tier X" which usually refers to the top few players in any given game (this also holds true in competitive matches). 

The same logic applies to this tier list, as there are top, middle, and bottom tiers




Their stats make them extremely strong against other heavy cavalry, such as Cavalry Phalanx or Elephant archers. 

Their speed allows them to run past ranged threats such as Archers or Onagers while still being able to hit.

When playing Poland, you can’t forget about their unique building, ruled by King Sobieski himself. 

It provides you with a set of two unique units: Uhlan and Winged Hussar. 

Both are even better at their respective tasks than their common counterparts, Cavalry Archer and Lancer. But this isn't the only reason why Pole's Ducal Stable is so important. 

This is a very versatile nation overall and when coupled with the right gameplay strategy, it can give them an edge over other civs in multiplayer games.


Historically, "Persia" was the name used to refer to the regions inhabited predominantly by Persian speakers, specifically the modern territory of Iran (formerly known as Persia), and its non-Iranian neighbors in Afghanistan and Central Asia. 

The term was first applied to Iran by the Greek historian Herodotus in the 5th century BC. Herodotus wrote "The Persians [will] be called, not ‘Pereiran’, but ‘Persian’."

Ultimately the Persians conquered them in a long and brutal war, cementing their own dominance over the region. 

The verb "to persevere" is derived from their name, as they never quit when failure seemed imminent.


For players who have not played as, or against, the Babylonians in the vanilla game, they are a scientific and economic powerhouse that grows very quickly thanks to their many production bonuses and free Great Scientist upon discovery of writing. 

The Babylonians don't have any offensive bonuses other than their ability to annex cities at an increased rate (tier 1) alongside generating Golden Ages for every annexed city. 

They are purely a science-based civilization with no other combat bonuses.

A Babylonian player should research Writing first before founding a city. 

Once writing has been discovered you may find your first city, or you may choose to scout out locations in order to secure prime real estate for the future development of your civilization. 

The main benefit of this early Great Scientist is the discovery of other technologies that will not cost any additional production beyond the construction of your initial city and Temple. 

The above is just one example for utilizing Great Scientists.


As a South African with an obsession for strategy games, I have always sought to create the strongest civilization from the limited tools available. 

However there is always one faction which stands out as the most powerful: The Zulu. 

My aim now is to break down what it is that makes them so strong and look into how, by combining elements of the other races, we can build our own World Conqueror.

The Zulu uniquely possess the "Baboon Bombardment" ability, which allows them to deal damage to a specific unit within an enemy city every time they finish production of a new piece of military equipment.


Choson was founded in the aftermath of a bitter civil war. 

It was the first dynasty to be ruled by a king of Korean birth. With its beginning, Korea began on a path with renewed vigor, ambitious reforms, and most importantly, cultural revitalization that would shape and inform the peninsula for generations to come. 

As we continue to journey through the history of the Civilization series through Beyond Earth, there will still be civilization at play that can still trace their origins back thousands of years. 

Yet only one has created a lasting legacy: The once-great civilization of Korea.

Korea's unique ability is to generate culture from training units, which can help them keep up on science even with fewer cities than other nations.


Arabia and the religion of Islam have been present on the world stage for approximately 1,400 years. The word "Islam" literally means submission to the Lord (Allah in Arabic), and was founded by Mohammed. 

While it started as a way for Mohammed's followers to live their daily lives according to his example, within 50 years it had become one of the largest empires ever known, stretching from Spain to India and including most of the territory in between.

Even today, over a thousand years later, we can still see it on the political map of Europe and Asia, because many nations that were part of the Caliphate still exist today.


A-Tier Civ 5


The Incan Empire was—like most empires—one of the largest in pre-Columbian America and came to dominate most of the territory from Lake Titicaca (modern-day Peru) to parts of what are now Chile and Bolivia. 

For a short time, the Incans actually came to rule lands even farther away, including present day Ecuador. 

The empire emerged from a small kingdom on the shores of Lake Titicaca but eventually controlled much of modern-day Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, parts of Colombia and more.

The Incan Empire is not well known historically outside of South America because the native cultures which followed it were decimated in a violent conquest - almost none of the written history of this empire exists today except from archeological evidence.


A great deal of ink has been spilled over the history of Germany, a history that includes the medieval Holy Roman Empire, the Reformation, the Protestant-Catholic division of Christianity, the Napoleonic Wars and numerous other struggles for imperial or national hegemony. 

Long story short: No matter who controlled what when, much of modern German culture came into being as non-German elements were incorporated into a newly united "Germany" - Bavarians, for instance, aren't the first people you'd think of when considering examples of "Germany," and yet they are ethnically and linguistically German today. 


This fascinating Republic rose from being a cluster of fisherman huts in the shadow of Byzantine Dalmatia to a wealthy mercantile empire that bordered three continents: from Russia in the east to Greece and Constantinople in the south, from there to North Africa and Egypt in the south-east.

The Republic of Venice or Serenissima (Italian: [ˈsɛːrənissima]), traditionally known as La Serenissima ([la seˈreːnisseːma]) was a sovereign state and maritime republic in north-eastern Italy.


The Mongolian Empire was by far the largest contiguous empire in history, though some historians estimate the Mongol Empire to be even larger, depending on how one defines Mongolian holdings. 

The majority of the actions worldwide were conducted by the western part of the empire, under Khagan's ulus (the Khagans' state/empire), while eastern part of it was mostly under direct control of Ilkhanate, including territories such as eastern Iran, Iraq, India, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

From 1453 to 1480, the whole of Russia was subject to them. 

Poland and Lithuania fell under their power, yet they were much broken by their struggles with Muscovy.


Inspired by the events in the Civilization franchise, this blog article will attempt to identify and discuss relevant similarities between the Mayan Empire and its historical counterpart. 

It will do so by highlighting key aspects of each game's respective "Maya" civilization that were modeled after real-world counterparts, with references to the corresponding civilization in the series. 

The focus will be primarily on features often associated with the Mayan Empire as a whole (such as religion and mythology) although some key aspects specific to gameplay (such as military units, city-state influence, and technological advancements) will also be analyzed.


For centuries before they migrated into Europe, the Huns are said to have been controlled by a single leader named Mundo (or Mundh). 

The Huns entered China in 208 BCE, but did not become an essential presence in Western history until the 4th century AD when they practically terrorized Europe. 

Under the leadership of their great king Attila, the Huns crossed from the Ural River to invade and destroy a multitude of European cities under their horse-mounted cavalry. 

They had no permanent capital and little infrastructure. 

The Huns were a warrior society with nobles ruling over their subject tribes in exchange for armed service when needed by commoners. 

Although they needed to move around often to find food, the Huns were among the best-armed barbarian groups of the 4th century AD and sometimes sported chainmail or other light armor.


Indeed, much of what we deem ‘Western Civilization’ — the criteria by which we determine what constitutes civil behavior and social enlightenment in the modern world — is rooted in ancient Greece.

At its zenith from the 5th century BC (beginning with Cleisthenes, the reformer of Classical Athens) to the 4th century BC (when Alexander the Great conquered most of the known Western world), it was one of history's preeminent civilizations. It has been said that “We are all Greeks.”


The capital city is London. England is a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II serving as head of state.

England has a rich history, which is part of what makes it so engaging to play in Civ 5. There have been many historical figures that have shaped the country, and ones that the game includes as great people: Alfred the Great, Edmund the Ironside,  William Wallace, Richard Lionheart, Henry V,  and Elizabeth I.


The Songhai empire was founded by Sunni Ali, one of the generals of King Sa Habu of the Mali Empire. The people that followed him were from an ethnic tribe called the Doomed Legion; these people were thought to be a no-good bunch of palace guards and slaves. 

During his campaign to conquer Timbuktu, Sunni Ali led one army from Gao, while his other general Askia Mohammad I led another army from Mema.


The United States of America was founded near the end of the 18th century, then quickly grew to become a world "superpower".

A relatively young civilization, the United States formed in the 18th century, nearly self-destructed in the 19th century, and became the most powerful and dominant military, technological, cultural and economical civilization in the 20th. 

But let's begin at the beginning…

A recent nation, the United States, formed in the 18th century by British economic interests and defeated the British Empire in a war that ended in World War I. 

The United States' growth into a world power nearly destroyed itself during the American Civil War, taking several decades to come to terms with its own identity.




The country has been settled and in turn invaded and occupied by a veritable army of different peoples over the last century or two, but they have all influenced the development of Chinese culture to some extent. 

Most importantly, the barbarians who drove the subjects of the Ming Empire, led by Genghis Khan, out of China in 1211 did not wipe out a distinct Chinese identity. They actually helped spread it across Eurasia.

Ancient Chinese culture featured several influential philosophers, in particular Lao Tzu and Confucius. Between 770 B.C. and 476 B.C., China's views were laid low by brutal struggles between opposing states that paid little heed to human life.

The end of this period was marked by the Qin Dynasty , and with it came a firm bellwether for success: governance by a single, disinterested ruler. It would be followed by several more centuries of relative stability under effective governments.


Early on, trade was a major indicator of power for Europe's different nations. 

Denmark amassed a great fortune through Baltic and North Sea trade in fish, grain, furs and slaves. 

The Danish gold coin became the standard throughout Scandinavia. 

When King Svein Forkbeard began to rule Denmark's largest islands in the early 10th century, centralization of government led to frequent wars with Sweden, Norway, and Germany. 

In 1014, in an impressive showdown at the Battle of Svolder, Svein defeated his rival King Olav Tryggvesson of Norway to become King not only of Denmark but also Norway, England and parts of Sweden. 

After Svein died with no heir in 1018, his daughter Queen Astr

While their neighbors to the east and south-east were already knee-deep in their own cultural developments by the time Denmark's first historical period and its most famous king, Harald Bluetooth came onto the scene.


The climate of Egypt, with its near constant sunshine and enriched soil, attracted the earliest of human civilisations. 

Og, one of the most legendary leaders among the early Egyptians, founded a great kingdom in the north after defeating the resident Madians. In this conquest, he claimed a large portion of land that is now northern Sudan.

Early military contact with Egypt began during the reign of Thutmose I, when Egyptian troops crossed the Sinai and attacked a Canaanite quarry near the Dead Sea. However, this conflict was short, and neither side gained much from it. 

This early period of contact was primarily defined by superior Egyptian tactics in warfare. 

Thousands of years before the Europeans' use of the bayonet, Egyptian soldiers knifed their enemies with elaborate thrusting techniques that allowed them to prevail over massed ranks of slower-moving opponents.


The kingdom of Sweden is the next civ in this series, following Denmark and Norway. 

The Scandinavians come from an icy part of Europe, and it stayed cold throughout their existence as a civilization. 

They had a few great leader options, but their cities were more oriented to defense or commerce than to building culture. 

Their units are almost all strong in the early game though, with promotions that make them stronger over time. 

Because of this focus on attacks instead of defenses, the Scandinavians are often known for exploiting their enemies' positioning and offensive capabilities.


The Netherlands, or Dutch, have long been known as a seafaring and trade-focused civilization in many strategy games. 

They are landlocked and will rarely be able to challenge other civilizations for the title of "World's Greatest Naval Power". 

Yet, despite being landlocked, they possess some of the world's most valuable real estate - namely, the Dutch East India Trading Company. 

More recently though, the Netherlands has pursued other aspects of glory including science and city-planning. 

Let us see how these combine to make for a formidable foe.


Throughout history, Russia has been one of the world's least understood nations by Western civilization. With its massive territory and immense natural resources, how could that be? 

It shouldn't be. Russia, for all intents and purposes, is the most critical nation on earth for the future of mankind. Its culture has served as a major inspiration to some of history's greatest figures from Tolstoy to Pushkin to Dostoevsky to Nabokov. 

It gave the world vodka, communism and nuclear weapons. From its dramatic history and recent events (multiple revolutions, World War II, perestroika) it could have produced a dozen different countries if it had been populated by different people.

In the 19th century, railroads were built to connect these two fortresses to export Russian minerals to Western Europe. 

But as an expansion for Civilization V, and in honor of this bizarre phenomenon, I have brought the Caucuses to be connected by railroad to Saint Petersburg.


One might think it a simple thing to discover what makes a civilization great, and not much more complex than conquering your enemies and building cities. 

Yet there is a complex formula behind everything that makes a civilization tick, the key to winning at Civilization V; and the Celts are no exception. 

The Celts are known for their fierce warriors, hardy settlers, and exotic religion.


The strategic and lucrative location of cities along trade routes allowed for expansive economic influence across Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. This geographical advantage also made Ethiopia vulnerable to foreign invasions, however, therefore motivating Ethiopians to develop powerful military forces for protection.

The country of Ethiopia comes to us from the civilization-building game Sid Meier’s Civilization V. While it is small on the map, compared to its neighbors it is one of the richest and most easily traversable countries in the game. 

This is due to its idyllic placement between the mediterranean region to the west and the African subcontinent to the east.


In a sprawling archipelago of over 1000 islands (1178 to be exact), Polynesia is not only the largest civilization in Civ5 by land mass, it is also the most unique. 

A collection of island cultures, Polynesia is not unified like many other civilizations. Thus, it is necessary to make friends off-island as diplomacy on the mainland will be fettered due to their lack of organization.

The Polynesians that appeared in Vainilla Civilization IV were completely erased and recreated from scratch for this installment of the series. Instead of just being a copy/paste of their European counterparts, the creators gave Polynesia a new look and slightly different play style.


Morocco seems a surprising choice for an American civilization, for many Moroccan cities are better known in the United States than their own capital of Rabat, and none are better known than the country's former imperial capital of Fes. 

However, Morocco boasts a long history of American influence starting in World War II when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt resettled more than 100,000 Free French and Moroccan troops in the area that was to become Allied-ruled Morocco.

 The campaign included Operation Torch, an unsuccessful attempt to invade North Africa from Fes.


They are led by Montezuma I, who gives them the ability to build the Great Library and Museum as well as receive additional Happiness if they capture any strategic resource (fur, gold, shields). 

Their unique unit is the Jaguar. 

Their unique ability is called "Triumph of the Tenochca" and it allows FreshWater Lakes to provide a steady 3 Tourism each, substituting Culture for Gold.

After all, +2 gold and units only look as if they give you a small leg up over other civilizations. 

However, the bonuses are applied to all of your cities so that seemingly small bonus to gold generation turns into quite a lot once you have four or five cities producing gold. 

As for the buildings and wonders in the Aztec flavor tree; while none of them are jaw-dropping (and may even strike you as unimpressive), they do provide you with pretty respectable bonuses to make your nation even stronger than before.


They are meant to represent the historical strength of Spain: its conquest of foreign lands and the spread of Christianity, along with the building of defenses to protect these conquered lands.

Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe after Germany. It's probably safe to say that nearly anyone who looks at a map and plays strategy games has an idea of what it is like and its significance. 


With a national bonus that counts Great Artists, Musicians and Writers as the main contributors to their Tourism output, Brazil is designed for a Cultural Victory. 

That is because their special ability not only increases the amount of Tourism they can produce during Golden Ages (by 50%) and lets them complete one extra spy mission than normal for every era, but it also makes Great Artists, Musicians and Writers %50 more effective at producing Great Works of Art.

Being one of the scientifically and technologically advanced nations, Brazil is in many ways similar to the Germans, with a bonus to great people generation within golden ages you can achieve in addition to its unique trait, bonus Great people generation and even more tourism when you use its special ability.


C-Tier Civ 5

C section is the most debated part of this civ 5 tier list, let's explore this list. 


Their units provide unique benefits, and their cities enjoy bonuses that are unmatched by any other culture.

Their arts focus on beautiful but deadly artwork; their religion is one of the most complicated and rewarding in the game; and their diplomatic aptitude is formidable.

Assyria was a country of great strategic importance during the Bronze Age. Centered in Upper Mesopotamia east of Babylon, Assyria controlled the world's first true empire, a territory stretching from Egypt to Persia. 

As many as two million people called it home during the reign of Emperor Ashurbanipal (668-627 B.C.) alone, making it one of the largest cities in the world at that time. 

Its art and architecture were world renowned and some historians have suggested that many of the later Greek philosophers studied there before founding their own famed frameworks for thought a few centuries later.


Siam is perhaps best known as the home of major Buddha image, the Emerald Buddha, which is now in Bangkok. 

Even further south, on the peninsula that divides mainland Siam from its easterly neighbor Malaya (now Malaysia), the abandoned city of Angkor Wat is a striking reminder of an earlier age. 

The Khmers, who built Angkor Wat two millennia ago would one day dominate Siam and much of mainland Southeast Asia bequeathing the region with an architectural style known as Khmer. 

Today, Siam's cultural heritage can be found the world over in neighboring countries where members of this historic and noble people now live as far west as France and as far north as Moscow.


A small, landlocked nation of 9 million people in the heart of Europe, Austria is not a country well-known for its contributions to history. 

Yet, despite its size, Austria has produced many notable and influential figures who have left an indelible mark on history. 

This includes prominent leaders such as Maria Theresa and her son Joseph II, Ferencz József (Francis Joseph) and even Hitler’s right hand man, Reinhard Heydrich. 

Throughout the ages, Austrians have often been influential players at European courts as well as leaders of European culture and politics.


The Ottoman Empire began as a vassal of the Egyptian Mamluks, who were in turn subjects of the Mongol Empire. 

This arrangement wasn’t great for the Ottomans: they were harassed by their overlords and didn’t really have an identity. 

It only started claiming ancestry to the ancient Roman Empire after it had already been an independent power for more than a century.

The Ottomans were a civilization introduced in the first expansion pack, called simply Civilization V: The Gods & Kings. 

They've been in all the expansion packs so far.


The island nation of Japan is a wonder to behold. The culture has grown into a productive and beautiful setting for human life, with its great cities inhabited by happy, vibrant people. 

When you first gaze upon Japan, it's hard not to notice the tell-tale signs of volcanic activity beneath the earth's surface.

Once you fly closer to get a better view, it's possible to see similar hints of volcanic fire burning on the horizon—a smoldering inferno covered in billowing ash released by the eruptions of mighty mountains which tower over their surroundings.

It also has some very nice bonuses for its powerful units and unique buildings.


D-Tiers civ 5


At its height, it covered nearly 5 million square miles, making it one of the largest empires in world history. The empire stretched from Britain in the West all the way to Persia and North Africa in the East.

Nearly 500 years of existence, the Roman Empire endured through the reign of at least 28 emperors, or in reality, caesars. 

Starting as a small city-state on the Tiber River and expanding into one of the preeminent powers in Western Civilization, the Roman Empire has left an amazing impact on our civilization.


Six nations. Five tribes. Four founding members (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga and Cayuga). 

Three Languages. 

Two Haudenosaunee brothers who planted the Tree of Peace and Planted Unity in Mohawk Country. 

And one Iroquois nation was born. These are just a few of the many interesting stories that led to the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy or League.

The Iroquois confederation is the only Native American civilization in-game and plays radically different from other civilizations in-game. 

The Iroquois rely heavily on special squares and have very powerful bonuses that allow them to push forward while the other civilizations are busy moving their units and developing their cities.


After 390 years of Roman rule and then internecine struggles within the Empire, the Suevi, Vandals and Alans invaded the area during the 5th century AD and created their own Kingdoms (visigoths, alans and suebi). 

The little known Kingdom of the Sueves would be one of the more lasting contributors to Portuguese culture and heritage.

 Archaeologist Alvaro Vilhena suggests the first permanent settlement was established around 5000 BC by Indo European people that arrived from Northern Europe. 

Within several centuries, members of the same population built several towns and villages throughout the region.


The Byzantine Empire is often said to be the continuation of the Roman Empire. 

When the Western Roman Empire fell, its government and capital was moved to Constantinople (around 330 AD) by Emperor Constantine. 

This government is now commonly referred to as "The Byzantine Empire", which existed for more than 1,000 years starting around 330 AD.

As a civilization, the Byzantines are interesting due to their status as one of the few that outlived their parent civilization. Yet from the viewpoint of gameplay, they are not very interesting at all. In fact, out of all Western leaders, they may be among the weakest — certainly weaker than their great predecessor, Rome. 

This is because many of Constantinople’s greatest assets (such as its unique unit and UA) are mirrored by other civilizations or represent an enhancement of another unique idea (which was already exceptional).


The Republic of India is the cradle of one of humanity's two great religions. It is a member of BRICS and a nuclear power. 

Its economy is growing faster than any other nation, as is its population (150 million in 1900 grew to 3 billion today). 

While India has achieved a lot in the past, it also has failed to achieve many of its dreams.

 India’s crowded cities and high-tech military make it an intimidating opponent to fight. 

Whether you decide to play a "tall" or a "wide" strategy, there is much to recommend playing as India.


France, historically known as Gaul, is a country located in Western Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea and the English Channel, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by Spain, and to the southeast by Italy. 

France also borders the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Its territory encompasses metropolitan France and several overseas regions and territories.

Last Words

This is the end of the Civ 5 tier list. I Will update if the game brings new features or updates.

Have nice day