Best Civ 5 Tier List: All 43 Civilizations Ranked (2023)

It's not easy to do, but we finally decided to write up eXputer's Civ 5 Tier List. Not everyone will agree with our choices, and that's okay.

With our Civ 5 tier list, we’re going to divide each of the game’s 43 different civilizations into five different tiers. This article is based on our preferences and playstyles.

Key Highlights

Civilization V Civilizations Tier List:

  • Top-Tier Civilizations:
  1. Poland
  2. Zulu
  3. Babylon
  4. Arabia
  5. Korea
  6. Persia
  • Comparatively Lower-Tier Civilizations:
  1. France
  2. Byzantium
  3. Carthage
  4. Indonesia
  5. Iroquois
  6. Rome
  7. Portugal
  8. India

Considerations for Rankings:

  • Playing Preference: Based on popular player choices.
  • Victory Achievement: How easily a civilization achieves victory.
  • Entertainment Value: The amount of fun and engaging experience for gamers.
  • Unique Elements: Unique gameplay ability, units, and leaders.

Note: While beginners may benefit from top-tier civilizations, veterans can strategically utilize the perks of any civilization in Civilization V.

Here’s a complete summary of Best Civ 5 Tier List Civilizations:

Best Civ 5 Tier List Civilizations Ranking Table 
S-TierZulu, Poland, Babylon, Korea, Arabia, and Persia
A-TierSonghai, Greece, Maya, Venice, Inca, Germany, Mongolia, Huns, England, and America
B-TierChina, Spain, Morocco, Ethiopia, Russia, Sweden, Celts, Polynesia, Shoshone, Aztec, Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, and the Netherlands
C-TierAssyrian, Austria, Japan, Ottoman, and Siam
D-TierFrance, Carthage, Byzantium, Indonesia, Rome, Iroquois, Portugal, and India

Now that you’ve seen our rankings, here’s a quick info comparison of each nation in Civ 5:

PolandSCasimir IIIWinged HussarSolidarityDucal Stable
BabylonSNebuchadnezzar IIBowmanIngenuityWalls of Babylon
KoreaSSejongTurtle ShipScholars of the Jade HallHwach’a
Harun al-Rashid
Camel ArcherBazaarVanilla and Trade Caravans
PersiaSDarius IImmortalAchaemenid LegacySatrap’s Court
IncaAPachacutiSlingerGreat Andean RoadTerrace Farm
VeniceAEnrico DandoloMerchant of VeniceSerenissimaGreat Galleass
MayaAPacalAtlatlistThe Long CountPyramid
GreeceAAlexanderCompanion CavalryHellenic LeagueHoplite
SonghaiAAskiaMandekalu CavalryRiver WarlordMud Pyramid Mosque
AmericaAWashingtonB17Manifest DestinyMinuteman
EnglandAElizabethLongbowmanSun Never SetsShip of the Line
HunsAAttilaHorse ArcherScourge of GodBattering Ram
MongoliaAGenghis KhanKeshikMongol TerrorKhan (Great Person)
GermanyABismarckVanilla and GodsKings, Landsknecht, PanzerFuror TeutonicusHanse
ChinaBWu ZetianChu-Ko-NuArt of WarPaper Maker
SwedenBGustavus AdolphusHakkapeliittaNobel PrizeCarolean
RussiaBCatherineCossackSiberian RichesKrepost
EthiopiaBHaile SelassieSteleSpirit of AdwaMehal Sefari
MoroccoBAhmad al-MansurBerber cavalryGateway to AfricaKasbah (Improvement)
SpainBIsabellaTercioSeven Cities of GoldConquistador
BrazilBPedro IIPracinhaCarnivalBrazilwood Camp (Improvement)
AztecBMontezumaJaguarSacrificial CaptivesFloating Gardens
ShoshoneBPocatelloPathfinderGreat ExpanseComanche Riders
PolynesiaBKamehamehaMaori WarriorWayfindingMoai (Tile Improvement)
CeltsBBoudiccaPictish WarriorDruidic LoreCeilidh Hall
NetherlandsBWilliamSea BeggarDutch East India CompanyPolder (Improvement)
EgyptBRamesses IIWar ChariotMonument BuildersBurial tomb
DenmarkBHarald BluetoothBerserkerViking FuryNorwegian Ski Infantry
SiamCRamkhamhaengNaresuan’s ElephantFather Governs ChildrenWat
OttomanCSuleimanJanissaryBarbary CorsairsSipahi
JapanCOda NobunagaSamuraiBushidoZero
AustriaCMaria TheresaHussarDiplomatic MarriageCoffee House
AssyrianCAshurbanipalSiege TowerTreasures of NinevehRoyal Library
RomeDAugustus CaesarBallistaThe Glory of RomeLegion
IndonesiaDGajah MadaKris SwordsmanSpice IslandersCandi
ByzantiumDTheodoraCataphractPatriarchate of ConstantinopleDromon
CarthageDDidoAfrican Forest ElephantPhoenician HeritageQuinquereme
FranceDNapoleonForeign Legion, Musketeer, MusketeerVanilla and GodsKings, Ancien Régime, City of LightChateau (Improvement
IndiaDGandhiWar elephantPopulation GrowthMughal Fort
PortugalDMaria INauMare ClausumFeitoria (Improvement)
IroquoisDHiawathaMohawk WarriorThe Great WarpathLonghouse

With that being said, let’s dive deeper into this Civ 5 tier list.

Civ 5 Tier List

Civ 5 Tier List
Civ 5 Tier List.

For the sake of context, we would like to mention that this tier listing is based on how easy it is for a particular civilization to achieve victory.

We’ll consider their capabilities when it comes to all of the major victory conditions in a match. We’ll also go over different units and abilities that they may possess.

Poland – S Tier

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No Civ 5 tier list can begin without mentioning the behemoth that is Poland. This civilization cannot only quickly attain a Domination Victory due to their compelling Winged Hussar units, but they can also quickly meet the requirements for any of the other ones.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Casimir IIIWinged HussarSolidarityDucal Stable

Babylon – S Tier

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The Babylon civilization is oriented towards a Science Victory since the discovery of Writing technology, and their first Great Scientist allowed them to build an Academy early in the game.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Nebuchadnezzar IIBowmanIngenuityWalls of Babylon

Their unique ability also increases the birth rate of Great Scientists by 50%, allowing them to leave behind most other nations in terms of technological advancement.

Korea – S Tier

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Korea is another Science oriented civilization whose unique ability Scholars of the Jade Hall gives them +2 Science for all specialists and Great Person tile improvements.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
SejongTurtle ShipScholars of the Jade HallHwach’a

And while Korea is not particularly suited for combat scenarios, they do get access to a unique unit named the Hwach’a. It is highly effective against enemy infantry and keeps being helpful well into the Industrial era.

Arabia – S Tier

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Arabia is the first civilization in this list that is suited towards a Cultural Victory since their trade routes allow them to spread the home city’s religion twice as effectively. Using this, players can quickly convert huge swathes of the land to their own faith.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Harun al-RashidCamel ArcherVanilla and Trade CaravansBazaar

They are also some of the best traders in the entire game. Not only do each of their trade routes provide +1 Gold, their Caravans also gain 50% more range than other nations.

Zulu – S Tier

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Players should focus on a Domination Victory to get the most out of the Zulu civilization. Everything about their unique abilities encourages an aggressive style of play.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement

Zulu units also require 25% less experience to earn promotions. So this ensures that you can train your forces up much quicker than average.

Persia – S Tier

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Golden Ages are brief periods of time when everything is going perfectly. When these begin, you receive bonus Culture, Gold, and Production for your civilization. And the Persian nation excels at using this time to its fullest potential.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Darius IImmortalAchaemenid LegacySatrap’s Court

Golden Ages for Persia last 50% longer than usual by default. On top of this, their units temporarily receive +1 Movement and a +10% bonus to Combat Strength.

Inca – A Tier

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Let’s now start looking at the A ranks in our Civ 5 tier list, beginning with the Inca. This nation can draw its strength from hills, where they are able to put down road and railroads for absolutely no maintenance costs. Their units also ignore terrain costs when moving into tile with hills.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
PachacutiSlingerGreat Andean RoadTerrace Farm

The Inca’s Slinger unit is also helpful in the early game because it can avoid enemy melee attacks by withdrawing. This is a handy perk to have at the start of a game.

Venice – A Tier

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Venice can either be an overwhelmingly powerful civilization or an extremely mediocre one. It all depends on how you play.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Enrico DandoloMerchant of Venice SerenissimaGreat Galleass

First, this nation cannot create settlers and establish new cities. The only way to get these is to either attack enemy settlements or purchase city-states without conquering them. Purchasing cities is the better option of these two methods since it leaves buildings and units intact.

Maya – A Tier

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Learning to use the Maya civilization is tricky, but those who take the time to learn are rewarded handsomely.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
PacalAtlatlistThe Long CountPyramid

Once players research Theology, The Long Count ability activates. With this, you gain a bonus Great Person at the end of every Mayan Long Count calendar cycle. One cycle is supposed to be 394 years.

Greece – A Tier

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We haven’t talked about any civilization that favors the Diplomatic Victory condition so far, but Greece is here to change that.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
AlexanderCompanion Cavalry Hellenic LeagueHoplite

Their unique ability Hellenic League, allows their influence with city-states to degrade slower and recover much faster. This, in turn, also lets them work up to and maintain Allied status with these states more easily.

Songhai – A Tier

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The Songhai are another civilization that are suited towards Domination Victory.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
AskiaMandekalu CavalryRiver WarlordMud Pyramid Mosque

Further adding to this aggressive playstyle is the unique Mandekalu Cavalry, which is cheaper to produce than its peers. It also does not suffer from any penalties when attacking cities. This is a unit that was tailor-made for sieges.

America – A Tier

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In terms of unique abilities, America doesn’t possess anything particularly groundbreaking. But what they do have is extremely useful.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
WashingtonB17Manifest DestinyMinuteman

Manifest Destiny gives the nation’s land military units +1 sight so that they can scout further than their peers. This allows Ancient Ruins and natural wonders to be found quickly and more efficiently.

England – A Tier

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The English are relatively weak during the start of the game, but they more than make up for it as they progress.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
ElizabethLongbowmanSun Never SetsShip of the Line

To start with, this nation has the best nautical capabilities out of all the civilizations. Their naval units gain +2 to Movement from the start, allowing them to explore foreign shores and move their units around quickly.

And finally, the English get an extra Spy from the beginning of the Renaissance Era. For those who like to dip their toes in a bit of espionage, this is a massive advantage.

Huns – A Tier

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If you want to play a civilization that can easily lay siege to cities as early as the Ancient Era, you have to go for the Huns.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
AttilaHorse ArcherScourge of GodBattering Ram

Ranked in A Tier, They have two powerful units in the form of the Battering Ram and the Horse Archer, both of which excel in their respective classes. Proper use of these will allow you to completely destroy other players on the board before they even have a chance to establish a proper foothold.

Mongolia – A Tier

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The Mongolian nation has one of the most outstanding units in the entire game, and they are named the Keshik. These ranged units can move up to 5 spaces and attack 2 spaces away. On top of this, the Keshik gains 50% bonus experience, allowing them to gain promotions more quickly.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Genghis KhanKeshikMongol TerrorKhan (Great Person)

And if none of this was enough, these units can also move after making attacks. Essentially what you have here is a hit-and-run force that can move, attack, and then run away from any incoming attacks. They also face no penalties when attacking cities.

Germany – A Tier

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The last one in A Tier: Here we have another civilization for those who enjoy going for the Domination route.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
BismarckVanilla and GodsKings, Landsknecht, PanzerFuror TeutonicusHanse

At the beginning of a game, there are a bunch of different barbarian encampments scattered all over the map. It’s a good idea to attack and destroy these since they pose a threat to your fledgling city.

The Germans however possess a unique ability where defeating a barbarian unit inside an encampment actually has a 67% chance that they will join their army. They also gain the 25 gold usually earned on top of this.

China – B Tier

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China is a fairly flexible option that can go for both the Science and Domination routes. This nation is our first entry in the B ranks of our Civ 5 tier list.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Wu ZetianChu-Ko-NuArt of WarPaper Maker

On the one hand, the birth rates of Great Generals is increased by 50%. These remarkable individuals also provide +30% combat bonus, instead of the standard +15%, for China alone. Players can also construct the unique Paper Maker building to increase their gold generation by +2. And with both of these features together, a powerful army can be assembled relatively early on.

Sweden – B Tier

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When it comes to Diplomacy, few civilizations excel at the act better than Sweden, since their unique ability is focused all around enhancing relations with other states.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Gustavus AdolphusHakkapeliittaNobel PrizeCarolean

If you declare friendship with someone, you gain a +10% boost to all Great Person generation. And once one of these does show up, they can then be gifted to a City-State for 90 Influence. So it pays to be on friendly terms with everyone.

Russia – B Tier

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Next in B Tier is Russia. Due to its particular starting bias, the Russian Civilization is most likely to start near tundra terrain. Necessities will be hard to come by, and players will have to expand rapidly to move into greener pastures.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
CatherineCossackSiberian RichesKrepost

To balance this difficulty, yields for strategic resources provide +1 Production and Horses, Iron, and Uranium spots provide double the yield. The unique Krepost building also reduces the cost of acquiring new land tiles by 25%.

Ethiopia – B Tier

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Now this is a curious one to talk about, since it encourages you to do something that goes against the game’s core formula of expansion.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Haile SelassieSteleSpirit of AdwaMehal Sefari

Ethiopia is a nation whose units gain a +20% combat bonus when fighting against a civilization that has more cities than them. So to keep this buff active at all times, it is recommended that you not grow your empire a whole lot. Or at the least, keep a keen eye on your foes and make sure that your cities are always less than theirs.

Morocco – B Tier

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For an easy Cultural Victory, go for the Moroccan civilization.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Ahmad al-MansurBerber cavalryGateway to AfricaKasbah (Improvement)

This nation gets +3 Gold and +1 Culture for each trade route it establishes with rival players and City-States. The passive Culture generated by this is a massive boon that can set you up for the long run.

Spain – B Tier

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The Spanish are the absolute best when it comes to exploring the map.

This civilization gets a massive bonus for discovering a Natural Wonder to encourage the player to uncover new areas. On top of the default yield, they receive 100 Gold for discovering one of these. This amount is even increased to 500 Gold if they are the first nation to discover it.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
IsabellaTercioSeven Cities of GoldConquistador

Brazil – B Tier

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Brazil is a civilization that struggles a lot in the early game, but flourishes later on due to Tourism.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Pedro IIPracinhaCarnivalBrazilwood Camp (Improvement)

This is the second nation on our list that greatly benefits from Golden Ages, mostly because their Tourism generation increases 100% during these. They also earn Great Artists, Musicians, and Writers 50% faster while the effect is active.

Aztec – B Tier

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The Aztec civilization is really special because they can pursue both Domination and Cultural Victory simultaneously.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
MontezumaJaguarSacrificial CaptivesFloating Gardens

With the help of their mighty Jaguar unit, which has combat bonuses in jungles and forests, they can easily overcome their starting bias. They can also use this unit to take down a lot of early rivals and barbarians.

Shoshone – B Tier

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Deciding the placement of new cities can often be a challenging task because you have to account for what resources you want quick access to.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
PocatelloPathfinderGreat ExpanseComanche Riders

Shoshone doesn’t have to worry about this a whole lot because their newly established cities begin with 8 additional tiles. This allows them to gain access to resources that might be out of reach for most other civilizations.

Polynesia – B Tier

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In league with the actual history of the Polynesian people, this civilization has the ability to embark on oceans from the beginning of the game.

They are able to move across continents earlier than any other player on the map, so this allows them to capture some of the best territories for themselves.

Celts – B Tier

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The Celts are almost always going to be the first civilization in a game that establishes a religion.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
BoudiccaPictish WarriorDruidic LoreCeilidh Hall

Their unique Druidic Lore ability allows them to generate +1 Faith for each city with an adjacent unimproved forest. This bonus also increases to +2 and +3 if more than one forest is present. On top of this, the unique Pictish Warrior unit also generates Faith for each enemy that it kills.

Netherlands – B TierCiv 5 Tier List

So this one might not be for everyone, but it is an exciting civilization nonetheless.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
WilliamSea BeggarDutch East India CompanyPolder (Improvement)

When the Dutch trade away the last copy of a luxury resource that they control, half of the Happiness provided by that resource is still retained by the nation. So players can gather a variety of these, sell them off for Gold, but still retain some of the benefits.

Egypt – B Tier

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Egyptian civilization is synonymous with the Pyramids in the real world, and that translates into the Civ 5 tier list as well.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Ramesses IIWar ChariotMonument BuildersBurial tomb

With the unique ability Monument Builders, this nation gets +20% Production towards Wonder construction. Using this, players can set up a number of different monuments and reap the benefits quickly.

Denmark – B Tier

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The Danish are suited for a Domination Victory, with a little help from their tendency towards costal combat.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Harald BluetoothBerserkerViking FuryNorwegian Ski Infantry

Once this civilization researches Optics, they can take to the seas and start the process of raiding across the coast. They can do this easily because embarked units get +1 to Movement and pay only 1 Movement point to move from sea to land

Siam – C Tier

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As we enter the lower ranks of our Civ 5 tier list, let’s begin with Siam. While the Siamese civilization does not possess any impressive units or buildings of its own, their diplomacy helps them gain strength.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
RamkhamhaengNaresuan’s ElephantFather Governs ChildrenWat

When you become friendly with a City-State, they reward you with resources like Culture, Faith, and Food, depending on their specialty. With Siam’s unique ability, all of these rewards are increased by 50%.

Ottoman – C Tier

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The Ottomans are yet another naval-oriented civilization that should get on the water as soon as possible.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
SuleimanJanissaryBarbary CorsairsSipahi

When defeating Barbarian ships, not only does this nation gain Gold, they also have a 40% chance of converting them to their side. If they focus on defeating as many of these as possible, a reasonably sizable navy can be assembled early on in the game.

To assist in this Endeavour, naval unit maintenance is also reduced for the Ottomans to 1/3 as part of their unique ability.

Japan – C Tier

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A Japanese player should always go for an aggressive approach, even if a Cultural victory is technically possible. I say this because we have one of the most helpful combat perks in the entire game.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Oda NobunagaSamuraiBushidoZero

As units engage in fights and take damage, their strength begins to fall, becoming less effective. However, Japanese units are not a victim to this and can attack at full strength regardless of their status.

Austria – C Tier

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Austria’s unique ability lets it quickly acquire new cities to add to the empire, provided that enough Gold is available.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Maria TheresaHussarDiplomatic MarriageCoffee House

The Diplomatic Marriage ability lets players spend gold to take over City-States that have been your allies for at least five turns. No fighting takes place, so all units, buildings, and the population instantly joins your side.

Assyrian – C Tier

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Like the Huns, the Assyrian nation is suited to taking over cities through sieges.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
AshurbanipalSiege TowerTreasures of NinevehRoyal Library

Their unique Siege Tower unit has a 200% damage bonus against cities by itself. But more importantly than that, it also gives other units within 2 tiles a 50% bonus when attacking the city with it.

Rome – D Tier

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You’d expect something truly great from a digital representation of one of the greatest empires in history, but sadly that’s not the case here. So let’s dive headfirst into the absolute bottom of our Civ 5 tier list – D tier.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Augustus CaesarBallistaThe Glory of RomeLegion

Rome has no prominent advantage to speak of, and even the one unique ability it has is fairly mediocre. If a building already exists within your capital, then constructing it in other cities gives a +25% Production bonus.

Indonesia – D Tier

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Being rewarded for expansion is always a good incentive, but not when it’s done like this.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Gajah MadaKris SwordsmanSpice IslandersCandi

There are certain Luxury Resources players can get when they expand the Indonesian civilization to other landmasses. The first set of these resources is given when a city is set up on a second continent. The second and third sets are given after two different continents are claimed.

Byzantium – D Tier

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New players should avoid the Byzantium civilization, unless they really know how to take advantage of religion as a tool for victory.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
TheodoraCataphractPatriarchate of ConstantinopleDromon

This nation doesn’t have any special units or buildings of note, but they can choose one more Belief than normal when they establish a Religion.

Carthage – D Tier

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Carthage is a civilization that has a really good start when it comes to trade routes, but after that it’s mediocre.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
DidoAfrican Forest ElephantPhoenician HeritageQuinquereme

All coastal cities in the empire start with a Harbor, which accomplishes the requirement of having your hubs connected. This isn’t always optimal if there is a lack of water, but it works at the beginning when you have nothing.

France – D Tier

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France is set up to be one of the civilizations that can achieve a Cultural Victory.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
NapoleonForeign Legion, Musketeer, MusketeerVanilla and GodsKings, Ancien Régime, City of LightChateau (Improvement)

Each city in the French empire gains +2 Culture per turn, but only until you research Steam Power. So as you progress through the game, it actually get more challenging to get this resource.

India – D Tier

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This nation’s main strength is hard to understand, and even harder to thrive in.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
GandhiWar elephantPopulation GrowthMughal Fort

As an empire grows, more cities are added to its territory. But this also increases the unhappiness of the citizens. For India, this unhappiness is doubled as more settlements are established.

But at the same time, unhappiness gained from population growth within a city is halved. So players are encouraged at the start to sustain large populations within a few cities. Now on top of being challenging, this is simply boring to play with as well.

Portugal – D Tier

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Through trade, the Portuguese civilization can work their way towards a Diplomatic Victory.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
Maria INauMare ClausumFeitoria (Improvement)

To start with, trade routes grant twice as much Gold to Portugal than normal. But this is a drop in the ocean compared to what a nation like Morocco can make on these routes. It’s simply not comparable.

Iroquois – D Tier

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Mobility is the strength of the Iroquois civilization, but unfortunately not much else is present here.

LeaderUnique Unit(s)Unique AbilityUnique Building/Improvement
HiawathaMohawk WarriorThe Great WarpathLonghouse

Their units can move through forest and jungle tiles in friendly territory as if they were roads, but this perk disappears in unclaimed or foreign regions. It’s surprising that such a simple ability is not allowed in areas where it can be the most useful.

The unique Longhouse building does provide +2 Production, but it’s still not enough to stop the Iroquois from landing at the bottom of our list. Hence, ranked at the end of Civ 5 tier list.

What Is The Best Civilization In Civ 5?

The short answer to this question is Poland. But depending on your playstyle, any of the A and S ranks on our list can classify as the best.

Hopefully, we’ve made it clear with this article that Civ 5 is a highly varied game that supports a number of different playstyles. An experienced player can dominate a match with a D rank nation, while a beginner can flop hard with an S rank.

There’s also a factor of randomness to the whole equation. A high-rank civilization could start out in a terrible terrain with no resources, and their unique abilities could serve no purpose. A veteran can still make it work, but it all depends on the level of skills they possess.

What Is The Worst Civilization In Civ 5?

Iroquois is arguably the worst civilization in the entire game.

Selective movement capabilities are not something that you truly require in a match. It’s hard to play as Iroquois when so many better options are available.

This has been eXputers Civ 5 tier list. While you’re here, why not also check out our For Honor Tier List.

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