In this Guide, you can get a complete understanding of all the different leaders in Civilization 6. Find out the Best Leaders in Civilization 6 in our Tier List.

Civilization 6 encourages the analysis of innumerable tactics to win games as a game designed for hardcore strategy players. In order to succeed in the most severe difficulty settings, players must have a high skill ceiling. While player skill is important in Civilization 6, the civilization you choose is equally important. In the game, there are civilizations that make conquering the world much easier, while others actively hinder you.

We’ve gone through Cid Mier’s Civilization 6’s complete roster and prepared a list of the game’s most worthy rulers, including leaders from the game’s most recent New Frontier Pass update. Here is our Civlization 6 Tier List where we have ranked all the leaders from S to F. S being the Best and F being the worst.

Civilization 6 Tier List

S Tier

These are the most powerful civilizations in the game right now. Even on the most severe difficulty settings, they have a fair probability of winning every victory path accessible.

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

A Tier

Nerfed S-Tiers is the simplest way to describe them. Regardless of skill level or victory path, they can absolutely dominate, but it needs more effort and expertise on the part of the player. These civilizations will undoubtedly give you a hard time if they are controlled by your opponent.

CivilizationLeaderLeader BonusUnique AbilityUnique UnitUnique Structure
RomeTrajanTrajan’s ColumnAll Roads Lead to RomeLegionBath
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
SumeriaGilgameshAdventures of EnkiduEpic QuestWar-CartZiggurat
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
MongoliaGenghis KhanMongol HordeOrtooKeshigOrdu
HungaryMatthias CorvinusRaven KingPearl of the DanubeHuszarThermal Bath
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B Tier

In their quest for victory, these civilizations can be considered experts. While they lack the diversity of the S and A tiers, they make up for it with a solid focus on at least one path to victory.

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

Civilizations in C-Tier, like those in B-Tier, are specialists. What makes them less viable is that their victorytory path aren’t the most straightforward in the current meta of the game. Several of the civilizations here specialise in dominance and scientific victories, but there are higher-tiered civilizations that follow the same road to triumph while still being viable in other elements of the game.

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

D Tier

Civilizations with leaders that only have a few distinct skills that are effective for high-difficulty situations score poorly.

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

F Tier

Right now, the game’s worst civilizations. In all elements of the game, these civs and their leaders are of limited use. They are vastly outclassed by everyone else, making them ideal for a challenge run of your abilities.

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

This was our Civilization 6 Tier List. You can select the best Leaders from the game using our tier list.

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