Humankind – Cultures Tier List

Humankind offers a myriad of different combinations of cultures throughout the game’s eras but some of them are objectively better in most situations than others. This tier list will help you out whenever it’s time to choose the next culture for your people.

The cultures tier list has been updated to include the cultures added to the game by the Cultures of Africa DLC.

Ancient Era

Tier 1

  • Egyptians
  • Harappans

Tier 2

  • Mycenaeans
  • Babylonians
  • Assyrians
  • Bantu

Tier 3

  • Zhou
  • Nubians

Tier 4

  • Olmecs
  • Phoenicians

Tier 5

  • Hittites

Classical Era

Tier 1

  • Maya
  • Persians

Tier 2

  • Carthaginians
  • Hunns
  • Celts
  • Mauryans

Tier 3

  • Romans
  • Garamantes

Tier 4

  • Greeks
  • Aksumites

Tier 5

  • Goths

Medieval Era

Tier 1

  • Khmer
  • Swahili

Tier 2

  • Ghanaians
  • Mongols

Tier 3

  • Norsemen
  • English
  • Byzantines
  • Umayyads
  • Franks

Tier 4

  • Aztecs
  • Teutons

Tier 5


Early Modern Era

Tier 1

  • Mughals

Tier 2

  • Ming

Tier 3

  • Dutch
  • Haudenosaunee
  • Ottomans
  • Spanish
  • Maasai

Tier 4

  • Edo Japanese
  • Poles
  • Joseon

Tier 5

  • Venetians

Industrial Era

Tier 1

  • French

Tier 2

  • Italians
  • Germans
  • Persians
  • Siamese

Tier 3

  • Mexicans
  • Austro-Hungarians

Tier 4

  • British
  • Ethiopians

Tier 5

  • Russians
  • Zulu

Contemporary Era

Tier 1

  • Soviets
  • Japanese
  • Swedes

Tier 2

  • Australians

Tier 3

  • Turks
  • Chinese

Tier 4

  • Americans
  • Brazilians
  • Nigerians

Tier 5

  • Egyptians
  • Indians

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