Civ 5 offers over 40 civilizations to choose from. This is a highly replayable 4X strategy game. Every leader and civ favors one of the four paths to victory: science, diplomacy, and culture. Although most leaders can successfully pursue any of these paths, they are not all created equal. We’s created a tier listing to help you choose the right one for your next game.
Firaxis are focusing on Civilization 6 at the moment, so it is safe to say that this is the final ranking of all Civ 5 leaders. __S.14__
A Civ Tier list should be arranged into categories that are named after the game’s game’s challenges. This is generally accepted practice. We have done exactly that below. The Deity category is the best, followed by Immortal and Emperor, King, Princes, Warlords, Chieftains, and Settler. Here is the Civ5 Techydeed Tier List as of February 2020.
Civ 5 Tier List – Deity Tier Civilizations
- Babylon(Nebuchadnezzar II)
- Poland(Casimir III).
- Arabia(Harun al-Rashid)
- Persia(Darius I)
All deity tier civ has strengths that make them competitive in almost any type of victory, regardless of their starting position. Babylon, for example, is vital in science because it gets a Great Scientist free of charge when it learns Writing tech. Nebuchadnezzar’s Bowman and Babylon’s unique defensive building, The Walls of Babylon, make him an excellent choice for a domination victory.
When you are just starting the game, it is essential to consider other civ within this tier. Many people have said that choosing one of these leaders is like playing on a lower difficulty level.
Civ 5 Tier List – Immortal Tier Civilizations
- The Inca(Pachacuti).
- The Zulu(Shaka).
- The Huns(Atilla)
The Immortal category civ are just like the Deity tier civ. They are strong and beneficial, even though they have a narrower focus. Although they start less vigorous, they can still make mistakes and forgive them, making them great learning leaders.
Civ 5 Tier List – Emperor Tier Civilizations
- Mongolia(Genghis Khan).
- Sweden(Gustavus Adolphus).
- China(Wu Zetian)
At this point, we are in the middle of the pack. The civ of the following tiers have relatively neutral bonuses. This makes them a good choice if you want to fight AI. Mongolia favors dominant victories due to its mounted solid military units. Diplomatic victories for Sweden are a great choice, as they tend to gain more Influence and great person-generation through alliances. These aren’t game-changing abilities, but don’t get too excited!
Civ 5 Tier List – King Tier Civilizations
- The Aztecs(Montezuma)
- Brazil(Pedro II)
- The Shoshone(Pocatello).
- Denmark(Harald Bluetooth).
- Egypt(Ramesses II).
The majority of the leaders and Civ V’s leaders are found in the King tier. They have fewer advantages than the tiers below to play on a more level playing field with your opponent. This tier is a good choice if you want to win science or Russia for domination.
The Shoshone are good at quick starts because of their penchant for rapid expansion, exploration, and discovery. This can be leveraged into multiple types of victories depending on the terrain. Brazil is the best place to be if you want to play a cultural game. They can double their tourism in the golden ages. However, they prefer jungle terrain.
Civ 5 Tier List – Prince Tier Civilizations
- The Netherlands(William).
- The Celts(Boudicca).
- Ethiopia(Haile Selassie)
- Japan(Oda Nobunaga)
The leaders of the Prince tier are more generalists but have a narrower focus that makes them more focused. This can make it feel like you are being forced to play in specific ways. These advantages are not very notable.
Because of their unique units and ability to fight at full power even when damaged, the Japanese are pure domination civil. Ethiopia prefers to play defensively and keeps their city count low. They also get a combat bonus for cities with more cities.
Civ 5 Tier List – Warlord Tier Civilizations
- Morocco(Ahmad al-Mansur).
- Rome(Augustus Caesar)
- The Ottomans (Suleiman)
- Austria(Maria Theresa).
The warlord tier civilizations are harder to play due to some very poor bonuses. We’re now on a complete downward slope. Assyria, for example, gets accessible technology if they conquer a city. However, if you already destroy other towns, this bonus is almost irrelevant. Although Rome’s production discount for buildings already in their capital city is attractive in theory, it has little impact once you reach the end of the game.
Civ 5 Tier List – Chieftain Tier Civilizations
- Venice(Enrico Dandolo)
Not bottom-of-the-barrel, but close to it! These cats need a clear plan and no room for error to win. Venice is unique because it can’t train Settlers, and they cannot annex cities they conquered. Enrico can still seek a victory in domination, but you will need to raze the towns that oppose him. You can also outright purchase city-states using the great Merchant of Venice.
Civ 5 Tier List – Settler Tier Civilizations
- Indonesia(Gajah Mada)
- Portugal(Maria I).
These civs are the lowest and have little to no value in pursuing specific victory paths. They shouldn’t be ignored, but Civ5 veterans are looking for a challenge may enjoy taking them out for a spin. We recommend playing one of these games with Carthage if you have to. You can also use its ability to traverse mountains to conquer your neighbors. France prefers cultural games, while Portugal favors diplomacy.