Civ 6 Tier List: Civs, Leaders, Pantheons, Wonders (November 2021)

Most Commonly Searched Questions

In doing all of the research for this article, we learned that there are a lot of elements to this game that people find confusing. So, here are some of the most searched questions and their answers that can hopefully shed some light on the nuances of the game.

How do you do a Culture Bomb in Civ 6?

Firstly, not every Civilization can do a Culture Bomb out of the gate. The Civs that have this ability are Poland, Australia, the Dutch, Maori, Gaul and Khmer.

  • Poland: Golden Liberty (build Encamptments or Forts)
  • Australia: Land Down Under (build Pastures)
  • Dutch: Grote Rivieren (build harbors)
  • Maori: Mana (build fishing boats)
  • Gaul: Hallstatt Culture (build mines)
  • Khmer: Jayavarman VII leader ability, Monasteries of the King (build holy sites)

You can also do a Culture Bomb by achieving the Enhancer Belief “Burial Grounds”, by building a Holy Site (changed in Gathering Storm to Follower Belief “Warrior Monks”.

Other methods of achieving the Culture Bomb:

  • A great Engineer Mimar Sinan can grant it when building an Industrial Zone
  • The World Congress resolution Border Control Treaty can also trigger a Culture Bomb upon competition of any district, to whomever wins it.

What’s the use of a National Park in Civ 6?

There are several benefits, but its best to check out our Civ 6 National Park article on the subject to get a full breakdown.  In short, its an effective feature when pursuing a Cultural Victory as it boosts tourism.

Does War Weariness Go Away in Civ 6?

War Weariness typically lasts approximately 10 turns. However, there are some complicating factors. It occurs quicker in cities that you did not originally build and it can also last longer.

Further, it won’t just go away on it’s own. You need to ensure you stop losing units, especially in foreign lands (2 for foreign lands, 1 in allied lands). One way to mitigate the effect is by working towards happiness with various amenities.

How long does the Warmonger penalty last in Civ 6 and how do you get rid of it?

The Warmonger penalty in Civ 6 depends on the level of your aggression. It decays at a rate of 0.5 per turn, so it could take hundreds of turns if you have been particularly aggressive! Consider that the declaration of a formal war costs 200 points, and you can see that this can be a very long-term problem.

In order to get rid of the Warmongering penalty in Civ 6, you need to liberate cities (instead of annexing or destroying), and if you return a city to the original owner, the penalty is erased.

Is there an optimal Build Order in Civ 6?

Yes, we have prepared an extensive guide on this subject. If you are new, we suggest playing through this guide as Trajan of Rome and this will show you the fundamentals. If you are experienced, it’s worth a read to see how your style compares!

How do you use a battering ram in Civ 6?

In order to use a Battering Ram in Civ 6, simply place it beside a City with walls, and then attack the City with other units. The battering ram is not a stand-alone unit that attacks, but rather, it enhances the strength of other units when attacking a City with walls.

The battering ram does not do anything if the City does not have walls. However, it can be devastating to a walled city as every attacking unit will receive a significant boost.

What’s an inquisition in Civ 6?

An inquisition in Civ 6 removes other religions from your cities. It is an incredibly valuable unit if you are pursuing a religion victory.

What does an Apostle do in Civ 6?

An apostle is a unit that spreads religion like missionaries, but can also engage in Theological Combat. In Theological Combat, your apostle can battle other religions’ apostles and missionaries which reduces their spread accordingly. The apostle also has special abilities like launching Inquisitions (explained above) or Evangelizing Beliefs. Evangelizing beliefs involves consuming the unit but providing  a very significant religious boost to the tile where he is located.

What’s the difference between the difficulty levels in Civ 6?

Generally speaking, Prince is the “normal” level where you nor the AI have any advantages.

Unfortunately, in Civ, the AI does not play more intelligently or less intelligently at different difficulty levels. Instead, what happens is that at lower difficulty levels, you end up receiving various bonuses, and at higher levels, the AI starts receiving different bonuses.

Here is a detailed breakdown of the difficulty levels in Civ 6.

How do you use a Military Engineer in Civ 6?

A military engineer builds roads, forts, railroads, silos, airstrips and tunnels. In order to use the Military Engineer, place them on a tile that can support one of these improvements, and execute the action.

How do you form an Alliance in Civ 6?

In order to form an Alliance in Civ 6, you need to continually improve relations with another Civ until you are able to declare each other as friends. Once this is done, options will appear that allow requesting alliances. There are 5 types of alliances: Religious, Economic, Military, Research and Cultural.

How do you get an Archaeologist in Civ 6 and how do you use one?

An archaeologist can only be built in a Theater Square with an Archaeological Museum in the Industrial Era. The archaeologist can extract artifacts that are placed in the Archaeological Museum which boosts Culture and Tourism.

What’s better, Civ 5 or Civ 6?

The gameplay between the two games is not extremely  different, however, Civ 6 has better late-game performance and there is a notable visual graphical style between the two genres.

In Civ 5, you will notice that in late game on large maps, your computer will slow to a crawl even if you have a very powerful computer. In Civ 6, this simply does not occur. It appears that Civ 5 was not optimized to use your hardware to its maximum potential. For this reason alone, we would recommend Civ 6 as the better game of the two.

The second key difference is the graphical style. Civ 6 is notably more “cartoony” and Civ 5 appears more realistic. This is a matter of preference.

The gameplay itself is remarkably robust in both games. We have spent hundreds of hours in both games we cannot pick one as more fun than the other. You can check out our Civ 5 Tier List here.


Going back to the meat and potatoes of this article, we ultimately recommend playing with whatever Tier you want! It’s a game, it’s meant to be fun. Whether you’re playing as an S-Tier civ or a LOL-Tier civ, you can rest assured  you will still utter “just… one… more.. turn..” under your breath as you play into the middle of the night. Have fun!

Some background information:

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI was released in 2016 and is still a popular game, with a Metacritic score of 88 and 9.5 scores from different publications. So far, Civilization 6 received four major expansions: Rise and Fall, Gathering Storm, Red Death, and New Frontier.

The last expansion, New Frontier was released this year in May, and it has brought four downloadable content packs. Pack five will be added in January 2021 and Pack six will be available in March 2021.

The purpose of the game is to:

  • Found cities and manage them so that they continually grow;
  • Create various improvements around the cities to promote growth and productivity, such as farms and mines;
  • Explore randomly generated maps with scouts and other units;
  • Develop a military to defend against and attack roaming barbarians and other civilizations;
  • Advance your technology, government structure and culture between the Ancient Era and Future Eras; and,
  • Manage diplomatic relations and trade with other civilizations

Civilization 6 is available for a long list of platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, macOS, iOS, Windows PC, Linux, Classic Mac OS, and the next-generation platforms PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Special Thanks to Twitch Streamer CivCenturion who undertook some truly exceptional analysis in preparing some of the the rankings for this Civ 6 Tier List. ProClockers modified some of these tables for easy-reading.  Be sure to check him out on Twitch:

Want more Civilization content? Check out our Civ 5 Tier List here, and our detailed Civ 6 Guide here. If you liked this analysis, then also check out our Team Fight Tactics TFT Tier List here.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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Austin COD
10 months ago

Wow you guys went all out. This Civ 6 Tier List is incredible… actually its more like 10 tier lists. How long did this take you?? geeze

7 months ago

Poundmaker is one of my favourites…. Maybe im just a sucker for punishment but here are my reasons: Strong scout that can assist in early capital taking (doesn’t get bonus versus arrows so you still want atleast a couple of warrior variants for later in the game). This scout lets you pick the reward from huts meaning you can sneak in a weapons upgrade and get an archer with double sight bonus or heaps of extra defence and heal. The scouts also can take more hits and less likely to get one shot prior to tech upgrade, meaning more of… Read more »