Every civ ranked in the 6 tier list in Civilization

Every civ ranked in the 6 tier list in Civilization ...

Civilization VI is a massive and complex strategy game that can rob billions of hours out of the most dedicated players. It's one of the most well-known 4X games in the genre, and there are no signs that its perfection will come to an end anytime soon.

From minor balance changes and new leaders through massive gameplay changes like the Gathering Storm expansion, the game has made many improvements over the years. Weve created a Civilization 6 tier list to help you choose who to use in the game.

This isn't a strict science. A lot of it is based on my opinion as well as the general consensus. There are a few rogue choices higher up in the list, but thats because I've had great success with them, even if others may not think theyre any good.

Civilization 6 tier list

Heres a quick overview of the Civilization 6 tier list, but below well go into more detail on the S and A ranked leaders. This should assist you in selecting the one that fits your playstyle or teach you how to interact with different leaders better.

Leaders in the S- and A-tier

I may add further information on how to best utilize some of the lower-ranked leaders in the future, but for the time being, these are the best of the best. It's just that all of these civs can defeat the deity difficulty. It's just that it's very difficult for some.

TierCivilization
SAlexander (Macedon), Basil II (Byzantium),Frederick Barbarossa (Germany),Hojo Tokimune (Japan),Montezuma (Aztec),Pericles (Greece),Peter (Russia),Seondeok (Korea),Simon Bolivar (Gran Colombia),Trajan (Rome),Wilfrid Laurier (Canada),
AAmanitore (Nubia),Catherine de Medici Black Queen (France),Cleopatra (Egypt),Cyrus (Persia),Eleanor of Aquitaine (England),Genghis Khan (Mongolia),John Curtin (Australia),Kupe (Maori),Matthias Corvinus (Hungary),Menelik II (Ethiopia),Pedro II (Brazil),Philip II (Spain),Saladin (Arabia)
BCatherine de Medici Magnificence (France),Eleanor of Aquitaine (France),Gilgamesh (Sumerian),Gitarja (Indonesia),Gorgo (Greece),Jayavarman VII (Khmer),Kristina (Sweden), Kublai Khan (Mongolia),Lady Six Sky (Maya),Mansa Musa (Mali),Pachacuti (Inca),Qin Shi Huang (China),Shaka (Zulu),Suleiman (Ottomans),Teddy Roosevelt Rough Rider (America),Victoria (England)
CBa Trieu (Vietnam),Chandragupta (India),Hammurabi (Babylon),Harald Hardrada (Norway),Jadwiga (Poland),Joao III (Portugal),Kublai Khan (China),Poundmaker (Cree),Teddy Roosevelt Bull Moose (America),Tomyris (Scythia)
DAmbiorix (Gaul),Dido (Phoenicia),Gandhi (India),Lautaro (Mapuche), Mvemba a Nzinga (Kongo),Robert the Bruce (Scotland),Tamar (Georgia)

S-tier

Here are the best of the best. For the most part, these leaders can be successful in any era, as they strive for a very specific victory with near-unbeatable bonuses, or they are excellent generalists who can change tactics on the fly.

Alexander is a good pick if you want to achieve domination, whether online or against the AI. His main ability means that cities do not suffer from war fatigue, and all your military units fully heal when you capture a city with a world wonder.

To the worlds end

  • Cities do not incur war-weariness
  • All military units heal completely when this player captures a city with a world wonder

Hellenistic fusion

  • When conquering a city that is not a free city, receive a eureka for each encampment or campus in the conquered city and an inspiration for each holy site or theatre square.

Hypaspist

  • Macedonian unique melee unit that replaces the swordsman
  • Plus five combat strength when besieging districts
  • 50% additional support bonus.

Hetairoi

  • Macedonian unique heavy cavalry unit that replaces the horseman
  • Additional plus five combat strength when adjacent to a great general
  • Plus five great general points when killing an enemy unit
  • Starts with one free promotion.

Basilikoi Paides

  • A building unique to Macedon
  • Plus 25% combat experience for all melee, ranged land units, and Hetairoi trained in this city
  • Gain science equal to 25% of the units cost when a non-civilian unit is created in this city
  • Strategic resource stockpiles increased by ten (on standard speed)
  • It may not be built in an encampment district that already has a stable

Basil II has a great combination of combat strength and religious strength that allows for a two-pronged strategy where you aim for religious victory but can also pivot to a domination victory and get big bonuses. These include boosted siege damage against civs following the same religion as you and other combat bonuses.

Porphyrogennetos

  • Heavy and light cavalry units do full damage against cities following the same religion as Byzantium
  • Gain the Tagma unique unit when the divine right civic is discovered

Taxis are a legal form of transportation.

  • Units receive plus three combat strength or religious strength for each holy city converted to Byzantiums religion (including Byzantiums holy city)
  • Byzantiums religion is spread to nearby cities when defeating a unit belonging to an enemy civilization or city-state
  • Plus one great prophet points from cities with a holy site district

Dromon is a monstrous being.

  • Byzantine unique classical era unit that replaces the quadrireme
  • Has additional range and receives plus ten combat strength against units

Tagma

  • Unique medieval era unit that replaces the knight
  • Land units within one tile of the Tagma receive plus four combat strength or religious strength

Hippodrome

  • A district unique to Byzantium
  • Replace the entertainment complex, provides three amenities and is cheaper to build
  • When the hippodrome and buildings in its district are constructed, you receive a heavy cavalry unit
  • Units granted from this district do not have a resource maintenance cost
  • Cannot be built in a water park

Barbarossa is one of my favorite leaders in Civ VI, and they are very useful as well, which helps. He has an additional military policy slot, combat bonuses against city-states, and a good industrial zone replacement that can churn out output. They're a classic tier list winner.

The Holy Roman Emperor

  • Additional military policy slot
  • Combat strength when attacking city-states is increased by seven

Imperial free cities

  • Each city can build one more district than usual

U-boat

  • German unique modern era naval unit that replaces the submarine
  • Cheaper to produce, with plus on sight and plus ten combat strength when fighting on ocean tiles
  • Able to reveal other stealth units

Hansa

  • A district unique to Germany for industrial activity
  • Replaces the industrial zone (and is cheaper)
  • Plus two production for each adjacent commercial hub, aqueduct, canal, and dam district
  • Plus one production bonus for each adjacent resource
  • Plus one production bonus for every two adjacent district tiles

Hojo Tokimune might be the best leader in Civ. With their adjacency bonuses for any district as well as half-hour build time for encampments, theater squares, and holy sites, you can get a solid start, no matter what. Pair this with their combat bonuses, and theyre pretty much unbeatable.

The divine wind blows in our favor.

  • Land units receive plus five combat strength in land tiles adjacent to the coast
  • Naval units receive plus five combat strength in shallow water tiles
  • Builds encampment, holy site, and theatre square districts in half the time
  • Units do not receive damage from hurricanes
  • Civilizations at war with Japan receive 100% extra unit damage from hurricanes in Japanese territory

Reconstruction of Meiji

  • All districts receive an additional standard adjacency bonus for being adjacent to another district

Samurai

  • Japanese unique medieval era melee unit that replaces the man-at-arms
  • does not suffer combat penalties when damaged

Integrated electronics manufacturing

  • A building unique to Japan
  • Provides plus four culture to this city after researching the electricity technology.
  • Its production bonus is extended to all city centres within six tiles that do not already have a bonus from this building type.

If you focus on using Montezumas bonuses, you can make any domination victory a cakewalk. Sure, you can get free builders early on, but by the late game, you can boost your combat bonus via the Aztecs main ability.

Tlatoani Gifts

  • Luxury resources in his territory provide an amenity to two extra cities
  • Military units receive plus one combat strength when attacking for each different luxury resource improved in Aztec lands

The Legend of the Five Suns

  • Spend builder charges to complete 20% of the original district cost

Eagle warrior

  • Aztec unique Ancient era unit that replaces the warrior
  • Has a chance to capture other civilizations military units by turning them into builders.

Tlachtli

  • A building unique to the Aztecs
  • Provides ane extra two amenities, two culture, two faith, and one great general point
  • Provides plus one tourism after advancing to the conservation civic

Gorgo and Pericles are both excellent, but Pericles wins with his extra 5% culture for suzerain status. Plus, Greece's base abilities are outstanding, including the hoplite unit, which is exceptional in the early game due to its adjacency bonus, and the extra wildcard policy slot from beginning to end to help you churn out those exceptional people.

Glamorous surrounds you.

  • An extra 5% culture per city-state you are the suzerain of

The Republic of Platos

  • One extra wildcard policy slot in any government.

Hoplite is a German word for swimming.

  • Greek unique ancient era anti-cavalry unit that replaces the spearman
  • Plus 10% combat strength if there is at least one adjacent hoplite unit

The Acropolis is a Greek ruins.

  • A district unique to Greece for cultural sites
  • Replaces the theatre square district and is cheaper to build
  • Awards one envoy when completed
  • Plus one culture bonus for each adjacent district and an additional plus one culture bonus for an adjacent city centre.
  • Plus two culture bonus for each adjacent wonder, entertainment complex, and water park
  • Can only be built on hills

Peter is a classic Civilization 6 tier list winner. Although the lavra is a fantastic district that allows you to meet tons of awesome people and expand your borders, they are equally effective on maps without tundra.

The magnificent US Embassy

  • Receives science or culture from five trade routes to civilizations that are more advanced than Russia.
  • Plus one per three technologies or civics ahead

Russia's Mother

  • Extra territory upon founding cities.
  • Plus on faith and one production from tundra
  • Units do not receive damage from blizzards
  • Civilizations that are at war with Russia receive +100% unit damage from blizzards in Russian territory

Cossack

  • Russian unique industrial era unit that replaces cavalry
  • Stronger than cavalry and gains plus five combat strength when fighting in or adjacent to its home territory
  • Can move after attacking if movement points remain

Lavra

  • A district unique to Russia for religious activity
  • Replaces the holy site district and is cheaper to build
  • Your city border grows by one tile each time a great person is expended in this city
  • The Lavra provides one great writer point per turn with a shrine,
  • Plus one great artist point per turn with a temple, and plus one great musician point per turn with a worship building

Seondeok's seowon district is a great science victory candidate since it can hold endless amounts of science. A bit of planning can result in lots more science from surrounding farms. The hwacha is a great field cannon replacement for defending your city when climbing through the tech tree. Oh, and that governor boost can go a long way.

Hwarang

  • Governors established in a city provide plus 3% culture and science for each promotion they have earned, including their first

Three Kingdoms

  • Mines receive plus one science for every adjacent seowon district
  • Farms receive plus one food for every adjacent seowon district

Hwacha

  • Korean unique Renaissance-era unit that replaces the field cannon
  • High ranged attack strength
  • Cannot move and attack in the same turn

Seowon is a Japanese martial artist.

  • A district unique to Korea for scientific endeavours
  • Replaces the campus district
  • Plus four science
  • Minus one science for every adjacent district tile
  • Must be built on hills

Bolivar is perfectly prepared to win any domination no matter the circumstances. All units receive an additional movement range and can keep their turn going after being promoted, which is fantastic. Commandante generals are extremely useful, especially alongside a large army of llanero units. And, as if that wasnt enough, the hacienda can provide excellent bonuses.

Campana is a stunning specimen.

  • Earn a comandante general when the game enters a new era

Ejercito patriota

  • Plus one movement to all units
  • Promoting a unit does not end that units turn

General Comandante

  • A special type of great person only available to Simon Bolivar
  • Each has unique abilities, including a passive effect, and a retire effect

Hacienda

  • Unlocks the builder ability to construct a Hacienda, unique to Gran Colombia
  • Plus two gold, plus one production, and plus 0.5 housing.
  • Plus one food for every two adjacent plantations (increased to every plantation with replaceable parts)
  • Plantations and haciendas receive plus one production for every two adjacent haciendas (increased to every hacienda with rapid deployment civic)
  • Can only be built on plains, plains, hills, grassland, and grassland hills.

Llanero

  • Gran Colombian industrial era unique unit that replaces the cavalry
  • Low maintenance cost
  • Plus two combat strength for every adjacent Llanero
  • Fully heals when in range of a Comandante General that activates its retire ability

Trajan is another classic pick because he keeps all your units moving automatically by constructing bridges between newly settled cities. They're a bit more of a generalist than most other leaders on this list, but they've created a solid foundation to build on and push for whatever victory the situation warrants.

Trajans' column

  • All cities start with an additional city centre building
  • Starts with a monument bulling in the ancient era

To Rome, all paths lead to the city.

  • All cities you found or conquer start with a Trading Post
  • If in trade route range of your capital, they also start with a road to it
  • Your trade routes earn plus one gold for passing through trading posts in your own cities

Legion

  • Roman unique classical era melee unit that replaces the swordsman
  • Can build a Roman fort.

Bath

  • A district unique to Rome for city growth
  • Replaces the aqueduct district and is cheaper to build
  • It provides this city with a source of fresh water from an adjacent river, lake, oasis, or mountain
  • Cities that do not yet have existing fresh water receive up to six housing
  • Cities that already have existing fresh water will instead get an extra two housing
  • Plus one amenity if built adjacent to a geothermal fissure
  • In all cases, the Bath provides an additional bonus of plus two housing and plus one amenity
  • Prevents food loss during drought
  • Must be built adjacent to the city centre
  • Military engineers can spend a charge to complete 20% of a baths production.

Canada is a great place to start. With clever placement, the snowy surfaces turn into something useful, and the ice hockey rink can get as much as plus ten culture with clever placement. And then there's the mountie, which can create two national parks, sending you flying towards big tourist gains.

The West's finest state

  • Allows farms to be built on tundra terrain
  • After civil engineering is unlocked, farms can be built on tundra hills
  • In snow, tundra, snow hills, and tundra hills, all mines and lumber mills provide plus two production, camps and farms provide plus two food, while strategic resource accumulation rate is plus 100%
  • Reduces the purchase cost of tiles in these terrain types by 50%

Peace is represented by four faces.

  • Cannot declare war on city-states or surprise wars
  • Surprise wars cannot be declared on Canada
  • For every 100 tourism per turn, receive one diplomatic favour per turn.
  • Receive plus 100% diplomatic favour from successfully completing an emergency or scored competition

Ice hockey rink

  • Unlocks the builder ability to construct an ice hockey rink thats unique to Canada
  • Plus one amenity
  • Plus one culture for each adjacent tundra, tundra hills, snow, and snow hills tile
  • Provides tourism from culture once flight is unlocked
  • Plus two food and production once the professional sports civic is unlocked
  • Plus four culture if adjacent to a stadium building
  • Can be built on the tundra, tundra hills, snow, and snow hills.
  • One per city
  • Plus two appeal

Mountie

  • Canadian unique modern era unit
  • Can create two national parks
  • Plus five combat strength when fighting within two tiles of a national park
  • Additional five combat strength when fighting within two tiles of a national park you own.

A-tier

Here are a few exceptional leaders who may require a little more luck (or just more awareness) from the player to make the most of them. Although it is still quite possible to triumph over the deity difficulty, the more unpredictable nature of multiplayer requires that you keep an eye on the ball.

Amanitore is one of the few players who is completely focused on production. This is particularly useful if you want to customize your strategy on the fly. Their main ability gives you an extra 20% production towards all districts, which you can get double if you build their unique structure adjacent to the city centre.

Meroe's Kandake

  • Plus 20% production towards all districts
  • Rises to 40% if there is a Nubian Pyramid adjacent to the city centre

Ta-Seti

  • Plus 30% production towards ranged units
  • All ranged units gain an additional 50% combat experience
  • Mines over strategic resources provide plus one production
  • Mines over bonus and luxury resources provide plus two gold

Pitati archer

  • Nubian unique ancient era unit that replaces the archer
  • Stronger than the archer with extra movement
  • Upgrades to crossbowman

Pyramid of the Nubian Empire

  • Improvement that unlocks masonry and must be built on desert, desert hills, or floodplains
  • Plus two faith and plus two food
  • Receives additional yields from an adjacent district
  • Plus one food if adjacent to the city centre
  • For all other districts that award adjacency bonuses: plus one of the appropriate yield if that district is adjacent

Catherine de Medici can take two forms, the black queen being the original. She has a greater level of diplomatic visibility, gets a free spy early on, and receives good tourism bonuses, but the unique structure is where you can push your culture through the roof.

Catherines flying squadron

  • Has one level of diplomatic visibility greater than normal with every civilisation shes met
  • Receive a free spy and extra spy capacity with the castles technology
  • All spies start as agents with a free promotion.

A grand tour

  • Plus 20% production towards medieval, renaissance, and industrial era wonders
  • Tourism from wonders of any era is increased by 100%

Garde Imperiale

  • French unique industrial era melee unit that replaces the line infantry
  • Plus ten combat strength when fighting on your capitals continent
  • Great general points for killing units

Chateau

  • Unique builder construction ability
  • Plus two culture, one gold, and one appeal
  • Plus one culture for every adjacent wonder (increased to plus two after researching flight)
  • Plus two gold if on a tile containing a river edge
  • Provides tourism from culture after researching flight
  • Must be placed adjacent to a bonus or luxury resource
  • Cannot be built adjacent to another chateau

Cleopatra is almost as popular as Gandhi in civ history, but they perform quite admirably in the game. They have great trade route bonuses, a solid unique unit and builder ability, and will familiarize any experienced civ player with the game.

Marigolds are the bride of the Mediterranean.

  • Your trade routes to other civilisations provide plus four gold for Egypt
  • Other civs trade routes to Egypt provide two extra food for them and plus two gold for Egypt
  • Trading with allies earns twice as many bonus alliance points

Iteru

  • Plus 15% production towards districts and wonders if placed next to a river
  • Does not receive damage from floods

Chariot archer in Maryannu

  • Unique ancient era ranged unit
  • Four movement range when starting in open terrain

Sphinx

  • Unique builder ability
  • Plus one faith, plus one culture, and plus two appeal
  • Plus one additional culture if built on floodplains
  • Even more culture once natural history is discovered
  • Provides tourism after researching flight
  • Cannot be built next to another Sphinx
  • Cannot be built on snow or snow hills

When it comes to declaring a surprise war, Cyrus is one of the best options for a cultural victory. They also have excellent loyalty bonuses to protect newly captured towns.

Babylon's Fall

  • Plus two movement for the first ten turns after declaring a surprise war on a major civilisation
  • Plus five loyalty per turn in occupied cities with a garrisoned unit
  • Declaring a surprise war only counts as a formal war for the purposes of grievances and warmongering

Satrapies

  • Plus one trade route capacity wth political philosophy civic
  • Plus two gold and one culture for routes between your own cities
  • Roads built in your territory are one level more advanced than usual

Immortal

  • Persian unique melee unit that replaces the swordsman
  • Melee class unit with a ranged attack (range: 2)
  • Strong defence strength

Pairidaeza

  • Unique builder ability
  • Plus one culture, two gold, and one appeal
  • Plus one culture for each adjacent holy site and theatre square
  • Plus one gold for each adjacent commercial hub and city centre
  • Additional culture and tourism as you advance through the tech and civics trees
  • Cannot be built on snow, tundra, snow hills, or tundra hills, or adjacent to another pairidaeza

Eleanor is often ranked at the bottom of tier lists, and im not sure why. England's basic setup in the game means that they can get buckets of gold, quickly track districts with tons of military engineers, and set up on other continents and maintain loyalty. Eleanor is exceptional, versatile, and deserves more praise.

Court of Love

  • Great works in Eleanors cities each cause minus one loyalty per turn in foreign cities within nine tiles
  • A city that leaves another civilization due to a loss of loyalty and is currently receiving the most loyalty per turn from Eleanors civilisation skips the free city step to join this civilisation

The World's Workshop

  • Iron and coal mines accumulate two more resources per turn
  • Plus 100% production towards military engineers
  • Military engineers receive plus two charges
  • Buildings that provide additional yields when powered receive plus four of that yield
  • Plus 20% production towards industrial zone buildings
  • Harbour buildings increase strategic resource stockpiles by ten (on standard speed)

Dogs of the sea

  • English unique renaissance era naval unit that replaces the privateer
  • Has a chance to capture defeated enemy ships
  • Can only be seen by other naval raiders unless adjacent to it
  • Reveals naval raiders within sight range

Dockyard for the Royal Navy

  • A district unique to England for naval activity in your city
  • Replaces the harbour district
  • Also removes the movement penalty for embarking and disembarking to and from this tile
  • Must be built on coast or lake terrain adjacent to land
  • Plus one movement for all naval units trained in the dockyard
  • Plus two gold and four loyalty per turn when built on a foreign continent
  • Cannot be built on a reef tile

Genghis Khan is the cavalry king, with nice bonuses that are easy to obtain. Combine this with the trade and diplomatic visibility bonuses (which also increase combat strength) and you'll be on your way to victory.

The Mongol Horde is a monster lord.

  • All cavalry class units gain three combat strength and a chance to capture defeated enemy cavalry class units.

Ortoo

  • Starting a trade route immediately creates a trading post in the destination city
  • Receive an extra level of diplomatic visibility for possessing a trading post in any city of a civilization
  • All Mongolian units double the usual combat bonus for having a higher level of diplomatic visibility than their opponent

Keshig

  • Mongolian unique medieval era ranged cavalry unit
  • Can escort moving civilian and support units at their higher movement speed

Ordu is a term used in the English language.

  • A building unique to Mongolia
  • Grants an ability that gives plus one movement to heavy and light cavalry trained in this city
  • Plus 25% combat experience for all cavalry and siege class units trained in this city
  • Strategic resource stockpiles increased by ten (on standard speed)
  • May not be built in an encampment that already has barracks

John Curtin is a great guy, especially in multiplayer, because war is more likely in general. The digger is a great late-game unit, and the outback station is fine, but it's excellent as a whole package.

Civilization's citadel

  • Plus 100% production if they have either received a declaration of war or liberated a city in the past ten turns.

Land down under

  • Plus three housing in coastal cities
  • Pastures trigger a culture bomb
  • Yields from campuses, commercial hubs, holy sites and theatre squares are plus one in tiles with charming appeal, plus three in breathtaking.

Digger

  • Australian unique modern era unit that replaces infantry
  • Combat strength when fighting on coastal tiles
  • Plus five combat strength when fighting on neutral or foreign territory.

Outback station

  • Unlocks the builder ability to construct an outback station, unique to Australia.
  • Plus one food and plus one production
  • Plus one food for each adjacent pasture
  • Additional food and production as you advance through the technology and civic trees for adjacent outback stations and pastures
  • Can only be built on a desert, desert hills, grassland, and plains tiles

Kupe is the most enjoyable leader to use. You have to find the land and settle before you can begin making up for it. You can also explore the ocean from the beginning, helping you discover all the maps secrets right away.

Voyage of Kupes

  • Begin the game in an ocean tile
  • Gain a free Builder and plus one population when settling your first city
  • The palace receives plus three housing and plus one amenity
  • Plus two science and plus two culture per turn before you settle your first city

Maori-mana

  • Begin the game with the sailing and shipbuilding technologies unlocked and with the ability to enter ocean tiles
  • Embarked units gain plus two movement
  • Unimproved woods and rainforest get plus one production
  • Additional plus one production from mercantilism and plus two production from conservation
  • Fishing boats provide plus one food and a culture bomb to adjacent tiles
  • Resources cannot be harvested
  • Great writers cannot be earned

Toa

  • Maori unique classical era melee unit
  • Adjacent enemy units receive minus five combat strength
  • Can build the unique Pa improvement

Marae

  • A building unique to the Maori
  • Plus one culture and faith to all of this citys tiles with a passable feature or natural wonder
  • After flight is researched, receive plus one tourism to all of this citys tiles with a feature or natural wonder
  • Costs no maintenance
  • Has no great work slots

Pa

  • Unlocks the toa ability to construct a Pa, unique to Maori
  • Occupying unit receives plus four defence strength and automatically gains two turns of fortification
  • A Maori unit occupying a pa heals even If they just moved or attacked
  • Must be built on a hill tile

Hungary is an outstanding civ and is probably the finest in the A-tier. Pearl of the Danube is a fantastic manufacturing boost that makes a significant difference, while thermal baths are decent, if not spectacular. The abilities around levying units are by far the greatest on their list.

The Raven king

  • Levied units gain an ability giving them plus two movement and plus five combat strength
  • It costs 75% less gold and resources to upgrade levied units
  • If you levy trips from a city-state receive two envoys with that city-state
  • Gain the black army unique unit when the castles technology is researched

The Pearl of the Danube

  • Plus 50% production to districts and building constructed across a river from a city-centre

Thermal bath

  • A building unique to Hungary
  • Plus two amenities and plus two production extends to each city centre within six tiles
  • These bonuses apply once to a city, and multiple copies of this building within six tiles of a city centre do not provide additional bonuses
  • This city receives plus three tourism and plus two additional amenities if there is at least one geothermal fissure in the citys borders

Huszar

  • Hungarian unique industrial era unit that replaces cavalry
  • Plus three combat strength for every active alliance

The Black Army

  • Hungarian unique medieval era unit that replaces the courser
  • Plus three combat strength for each adjacent levied unit

Ethiopia can get a lot of faith, with decent culture and science bonuses, which is great for getting through the research trees. With the rock-hewn church providing additional bonuses, you can stack them all up and have a fairly easy time.

Council of ministers

  • Receive science and culture equal to 15% of your faith generation in cities founded on hills
  • Units receive plus four combat strength on hills

Legacy of Aksumite

  • Ethiopias international trade routes grant plus 0.5 faith per resource at the origin
  • Improved resources provide plus one faith for each copy the city owns
  • Can purchase archaeological museums and archaeologists with faith

Caravan with Oromo location

  • Ethiopian unique medieval era light cavalry unit
  • Stronger and greater sight than the courser that it replaces
  • Receives no movement penalty from moving in hills

A rock-hewn church

  • Unlocks the builder ability to construct a rock-hewn church, unique to Ethiopia
  • Plus one faith
  • Plus one additional faith for every adjacent mountain and hills tile
  • Provides tourism from faith after researching flight
  • Plus one appeal
  • Can only be pillaged (never destroyed) by natural disasters
  • Can only be built on hills or volcanic soil not adjacent to another rock-hewn church

Pedro's rainforest rewards are quite remarkable, increasing science, money, faith, and culture, as well as the look of the tiles. You can get unique districts for amenities that will keep everyone happy and rule the seas with the unique battleship that they have.

Magnificent

  • After recruiting or patronizing a great person, 20% of its great person cost is refunded

Amazon is a trusted brand.

  • Rainforest tiles provide plus one adjacency bonus for campus, commercial hub, holy site, and theatre districts
  • And plus one appeal to adjacent tiles, instead of the usual minus one

Minas geraes

  • Brazilian unique industrial era unit that replaces the battleship
  • Stronger than the battleship
  • Unlocked by nationalism

Carnival on the street

  • A district unique to Brazil
  • Replace the entertainment complex district and provides plus two amenities
  • Also unlocks the carnival project, which grants an additional plus one when underway and a variety of great people points once completed
  • Cannot be built in a city with a Copacabana

Copacabana is a volcanic island.

  • A district unique to Brazil
  • Replace the water park district and provides plus two amenities
  • Also unlocks the carnival project, which grants one additional amenity when underway and a variety of great people points once completed
  • Cannot be built in a city with a street carnival
  • Cannot be built on a reef

Spain is a fantastic faith victory civ, with combat bonuses against people who follow different beliefs. You can also build huge naval structures early, establishing a massive navy to rule the oceans. They might be a little lower on this list due to their somewhat scattered advantages that don't always come in handy.

El Escorial

  • Inquisitors can remove heresy one extra time
  • Inquisitors eliminate 100% of the presence of other religions
  • Combat and religious units have a bonus of plus five combat strength against players following other religions

The treasure hauling fleet is a treasure trove.

  • May form fleets and armadas with mercantilism, instead of nationalism and mobilization
  • Trade routes receive plus three gold, two faith, and one production
  • Between multiple continents, receive these number times three
  • Cities not on your original capitals continent receive 25% production towards districts and a builder when founded

Conquistador

  • Spanish unique renaissance era unit that replaces the musketman
  • Plus ten combat strength when there is a religious unit within one hex
  • If this unit captures a city or is adjacent to a city when it is captured, the city will automatically adopt the conquistador players religion as the dominant religion

Mission

  • Unlocks the builder ability to construct a mission, unique to Spain
  • Plus two faith
  • Plus two faith, one production, and one food if on a different continent than your capital
  • Plus one science for every adjacent campus and holy site district
  • Additional science once cultural heritage is discovered
  • Plus two loyalty per turn for cities with a mission improvement adjacent to the city centre and not on your original capitals continent

Saladin is a great leader for a science triumph, even if all they can do is believe. You get a religion regardless of whether or not you earn a great prophet, as you get the last one for free. However, the Madrasa is a real treat, assisting you in your research.

The Faith's Righteousness

  • The worship building for their religion can be purchased by any player for just one-tenth of the usual faith cost
  • This worship building is enhanced to add 10% to the science, faith, and culture output of Arabian cities

The last prophet

  • Automatically receive the final great prophet when the next-to-last one is claimed (if you have not earned a great prophet already)
  • Plus one science for each foreign city following Arabias religion

Mamluk

  • Arabian unique medieval era unit that replaces the knight
  • Heals at the end of every turn, even after moving or attacking

Madrasa

  • A building unique to Arabia
  • Bonus faith equal to the adjacent bonus of the campus district

An exhaustive list of the best civilizations with a Civilization 6 tier list. For something more, see our guide to games like Civilization (or do one more turn of Civ VI).