Civilization 6 Tier List

As a game built for hardcore strategy players, Civilization 6 encourages the consideration of countless tactical actions to win games. A high skill ceiling is required for players to be successful in the most challenging difficulty settings.

While winning in Civ 6 depends a lot on player skill, the choice of civilization you choose to play as also plays a huge role. There are civilizations in the game which make dominating the world much easier, while others actively handicap you.

To map out how civilizations in the game stack up against each other, we’ve ranked them into tiers S to F. If you’re looking for the best civ to fit your playstyle, then you’ll find no better guide than this one.

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S-Tier

Civ 6 Tier List S Tier

These are the best civilizations in the game. They have a good chance of winning any victory path available even on the highest difficulty settings.

CivilizationLeaderLeader BonusUnique AbilityUnique UnitUnique Structure
JapanHojo TokimuneDivine WindMeiji RestorationSamuraiElectronics Factory
MacedoniaAlexander the GreatTo the World’s EndHellenistic FusionHypaspistBasilikoi Paides
RussiaPeter IThe Grand EmbassyMother RussiaCossackLavra
GermanyFrederick BarbarossaHoly Roman EmperorFree Imperial CitiesU-BoatHansa
Gran ColombiaSimon BolivarCampaña AdmirableEjercito PatriotaLlaneroHacienda

A-Tier

Civ 6 Tier List A Tier

The simplest description to these would be “nerfed S-Tiers”. They can completely dominate regardless of skill level and victory path, but it takes more effort and skill on the player’s end. When controlled by the opponent, these civilizations will surely give you a hard time.

CivilizationLeaderLeader BonusUnique AbilityUnique UnitUnique Structure
RomeTrajanTrajan’s ColumnAll Roads Lead to RomeLegionBath
GreecePericlesSurrounded by GloryPlato’s RepublicHopliteAcropolis
GreeceGorgoThermopylaePlato’s RepublicHopliteAcropolis
MayaLady Six SkyIx Mutal AjawMayabHul’cheObservatory
Dutch/NetherlandsWilhelminaRadio OranjeGrote RivierenDe Zeven ProvincienPolder
KoreaSeondeokHwarangThree KingdomsHwachaSeowon
BrazilPedro IIMagnanimousAmazonMinas GeraesStreet Carnival, Copacabana
SumeriaGilgameshAdventures of EnkiduEpic QuestWar-CartZiggurat
CanadaWilfrid LaurierThe Last Best WestFour Faces of PeaceMountieIce Hockey Rink
MaoriKupeKupe’s VoyageManaToaMarae
AztecMontezumaGifts for the TlatoaniLegend of the Five SunsEagle WarriorTlachtli
OttomanSuleimanGrand VizierGreat Turkish BombardBarbary CorsairGrand Bazaar
NubiaAmanitoreKandake of MeroeTa-SetiPitati ArcherNubian Pyramid
ArabiaSaladinRighteousness of the FaithThe Last ProphetMamlukMadrasa
MongoliaGenghis KhanMongol HordeOrtooKeshigOrdu
HungaryMatthias CorvinusRaven KingPearl of the DanubeHuszarThermal Bath

B-Tier

Civ 6 Tier List B Tier

These civilizations can be considered specialists in their victory path (mostly culture). While they lack the versatility of S and A-tiers, their solid focus on at least one path to victory makes up for their shortcomings.

CivilizationLeaderLeader BonusUnique AbilityUnique UnitUnique Structure
EgyptCleopatraMediterranean’s BrideIteruMaryannu Chariot ArcherSphinx
PhoeniciaDidoFounder of CarthageMediterranean ColoniesBiremeCothon
ZuluShakaAmabuthoIsibongoImpiIkanda
AmericaTeddy RooseveltRoosevelt CorollaryFounding FathersP-51 MustangFilm Studio
AustraliaJohn CurtinCitadel of CivilizationLand Down UnderDiggerOutback Station
PersiaCyrusFall of BabylonSatrapiesImmortalPairidaeza
FranceCatherine de MidiciCatherine’s Flying SquadronGrand TourGarde ImperialeChateau
FranceEleanor of AquitaneCourt of LoveGrand TourGarde ImperialeChateau

C-Tier

Civ 6 Tier List C Tier

C-Tier civilizations are specialists like those in B-Tier. What makes them less viable is that their paths to victories aren’t the easiest to compete within the game’s current meta. Several of the civilizations here taut a specialty in dominance and scientific wins, but there are higher-tiered civs that achieve the same victory path, with viability in other aspects of the game as well.

CivilizationLeaderLeader BonusUnique AbilityUnique UnitUnique Structure
MaliMansa MunsaSahel MerchantsSongs of the JeliMandekalu CavalrySuguba
SwedenKristinaMinerva of the NorthNobel PrizeCaroleanOpen-Air Museum
EnglandVictoriaPax BritannicaBritish Museum / Workshop of the WorldSea DogRoyal Navy Dockyard
IndonesiaGitarjaExalted Goddess of the Three WorldsGreat NusantaraJongKampung
PolandJadwigaLithuanian UnionGolden LibertyWinged HussarSukiennice
IncaPachacutiQhapaq NanMit’aWarak’aqTerrace Farm
ChinaQin Shi HuangThe First EmperorDynastic CycleCrouching TigerGreat Wall
IndiaChandraguptaArthashastraDharmaVaruStepwell
IndiaGandhiSatyagrahaDharmaVaruStepwell
KhmerJayavarman VIIMonasteries of the KingGrand BaraysDomreyPrasat

D-Tier

Civ 6 Tier List D Tier

Civilizations that perform poorly with leaders that have only a few unique skills that are viable for high difficulties.

CivilizationLeaderLeader BonusUnique AbilityUnique UnitUnique Structure
ScotlandRobert the BruceBannockburnScottish EnlightenmentHighlanderGolf Course
KongoMvemba a NzingaReligious ConvertNkisiNgao MbebaMbanza
ScythiaTomyrisKiller of CyrusPeople of the SteppeSaka Horse ArcherKurgan
SpainPhilip IIEl EscorialTreasure FleetConquistadorMission
MapucheLautaroSwift HawkToquiMalon RaiderChemamull

F-Tier

Civ 6 Tier List F Tier

The worst civilizations to play in the game right now. These civs and their leaders offer little utility in all aspects of the game. They are completely outclassed by all others, which makes them ideal if you want to do a challenge run of your skills.

CivilizationLeaderLeader BonusUnique AbilityUnique UnitUnique Structure
GeorgiaTamarGlory of the World, Kingdom of FaithStrength in UnityKhevsurTsikhe
NorwayHarald HardradaThunderbolt of the NorthKnarrBerserkerStave Church
CreePoundmakerFavorable TermsNihithawOkihtcitawMekewap

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