Best Humankind Cultures To Choose By Era (Ranked)

Find out which are the best cultures to choose (by era) in this Humankind tier list.

With ten cultures to choose from every era, Humankind gives you an unparalleled combination of more than a million different cultures by the time you reach the Contemporary era. So if you are wondering which are the best cultures among these 60 options spread across 6 eras, don’t worry you are at the right place for your answers. Today let’s look at the best cultures in our Humankind Tier List.

All Humankind Cultures List

humankind all cultures tier list

Here is the list of all cultures you can play in Humankind:

  • Achaemenid Persians
  • Aksumites
  • Americans
  • Assyrians
  • Australians
  • Austro-Hungarians
  • Aztecs
  • Babylonians
  • Brazilians
  • British
  • Byzantines
  • Carthaginians
  • Celts
  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • Edo Japanese
  • Egyptians
  • English
  • Franks
  • French
  • Germans
  • Ghanaians
  • Goths
  • Greeks
  • Harappans
  • Haudenosaunee
  • Hittites
  • Huns
  • Indians
  • Italians
  • Japanese
  • Joseon
  • Khmer
  • Mauryans
  • Maya
  • Mexicans
  • Ming
  • Mongols
  • Mughals
  • Mycenaeans
  • Norsemen
  • Nubians
  • Olmecs
  • Ottomans
  • Persians
  • Phoenicians
  • Poles
  • Romans
  • Russians
  • Siamese
  • Soviets
  • Spanish
  • Swedes
  • Teutons
  • Turks
  • Umayyads
  • Venetians
  • Zhou
  • Zulu

Humankind Best Culture Tier List (Per Era)

Best cultures in Humankind actually depend on the previous cultures you selected in the eras you already covered. This is due to fact that some perks and abilities complement each other and stack up to get a really good build by the end of the game. So with that said, here’s what we feel are all the best cultures in Humankind Tier List in each Era:

Ancient Era Cultures Tier List

Tier Name Affinity Legacy Trait Emblematic Quarter Emblematic Unit
SS Tier Egyptians Builder Grand Planners Egyptian Pyramid Markabata
S+ Tier Zhou Aesthete Harmonious Thought Confucian School Zhànche
S+ Tier Harappans Agrarian Fertile Inudations Canal Network Runner
S Tier Babylonians Scientist Brilliant Philosophers Astronomy House Ṣäbu Ša Qašti
S Tier Mycenaeans Militarist Brutal Upbringing Cyclopean Fortress Promachoi
A Tier Nubians Merchant Golden Dreams Meroe Pyramids Ta-Seti Archers
B Tier Hittites Militarist Lust for War Awari Gigir
B Tier Assyrians Expansionist Raid Masters Dunnu Assyrian Raiders
B Tier Phoenicians Merchant Trading Pioneers Haven Bireme
C Tier Olmecs Aesthete Natural Harmony Olmec Head Javelin Throwers

Classical Era Cultures Tier List

Tier Name Affinity Legacy Trait Emblematic Quarter Emblematic Unit
SS Tier Achaemenid Persians Expansionist Cyrus’ Shadow Satrap Palace Immortals
S+ Tier Maya Builder Tireless Spirit K’uh Nah Noble Javelineers
S Tier Huns Militarist Formidable Steeds Ordu Hunnic Horde
S Tier Mauryans Aesthete Guiding Light Stūpa Saṃnāhya
S Tier Carthaginians Merchant Hard Bargainers Cothon War Elephant
A Tier Celts Agrarian Druidic Lore Nemeton Gaesati
A Tier Romans Expansionist Legion’s Finest Triumphal Arch Praetorian Guards
B Tier Aksumites Merchant Horn of Plenty Great Obelisk Shotelai
C Tier Goths Militarist Nimble Pillage Tumulus Gothic Cavalry
C Tier Greeks Scientist Socratic Methods Amphitheatron Hoplites

Medieval Era Cultures Tier List

Tier Name Affinity Legacy Trait Emblematic Quarter Emblematic Unit
SS Tier Khmer Builder Servants of Magnificence Baray Dhanvī-gaja
S+ Tier English Agrarian Serfs’ Labor Stronghold Longbowmen
S Tier Byzantines Merchant Master of Whispers Hippódromos Varangian Guards
S Tier Franks Aesthete Crown Lands Scriptorium Franci Milites
A Tier Aztecs Militarist Huitzilopochtli’s Legacy Sacrificial Altar Jaguar Warriors
A Tier Ghanaians Merchant Life of Luxury Luxuries Market Meharists
B Tier Mongols Militarist Mounted Mayhem Orda Mongol Horde
B Tier Norsemen Militarist Stormborn Naust Langskip
B Tier Umayyads Scientist Learned Friends Grand Mosque Haras
C Tier Teutons Expansionist Spurred by Faith Kaiserdom Teutonic Knights

Early Modern Era Cultures Tier List

Tier Name Affinity Legacy Trait Emblematic Quarter Emblematic Unit
SS Tier Joseon Scientist Hall of Wothies Seowon Geobukseon
S+ Tier Mughals Builder Imperial Magnificence Jama Masjid Gajnal
S+ Tier Ming Aesthete Grand Secretariat Grand Teahouse Rocket Cart
S Tier Ottomans Expansionist Supremacy of Fire Sultan Camii Janissaries
A Tier Spanish Expansionist Honor and Glory Catedral Gótica Conquistadores
A Tier Venetians Merchant Silver Tongues Botteghe Di Artisti Galleass
B Tier Dutch Merchant Stock Wisdom V.O.C Warehouse Fluyt
B Tier Poles Militarist Deadly Ramparts Barbican Winged Hussars
C Tier Haudenosaunee Agrarian Land of Plenty Three Sisters Plantation Rotiskenrakehte
D Tier Edo Japanese Aesthete Shogun’s Authority Tera Naginata Samurai

Industrial Era Cultures Tier List

Tier Name Affinity Legacy Trait Emblematic Quarter Emblematic Unit
SS Tier Mexicans Agrarian Fields of Gold Hacienda Soldaderas
S+ Tier Germans Militarist Iron Ordnance Coking Works Uboat
S Tier French Scientist Enlightened Thinking Exhibition Hall Cuirassiers
S Tier Austro-Hungarians Aesthete Emperor’s Hand Opernhaus Evidenzbureau Agents
A Tier Russians Expansionist Land and Glory Sobor Cossacks
A Tier British Expansionist Colonial Riches Colonial Office Redcoats
A Tier Italians Aesthete Inspiring Virtuosos Teatro Alpini
B Tier Zulu Militarist Warrior’s Pride Warrior’s Izindlu Impi
C Tier Persians Builder Mighty Works Caravanserai Jazayerchis
C Tier Siamese Builder Gilded Orchids Floating Market Gatling Elephant

Contemporary Era Cultures Tier List

Tier Name Affinity Legacy Trait Emblematic Quarter Emblematic Unit
SS Tier Soviets Expansionist Red Tide Arms Factory Red Army Tank
S+ Tier Japanese Scientist Blossoming Innovation Robotics Lab Reisen
S Tier Australians Builder Dream Weavers Strip Mining Complex All Terrain PMV
S Tier Swedes Scientist Prize Science Research Institute Stealth Corvette
A Tier Americans Expansionist American Exceptionalism Defense Agency Lightning
A Tier Chinese Merchant Silk Railroad Congress Guardians
B Tier Turks Agrarian People’s Reforms Public School Stealthy Operative Missile
C Tier Brazilians Agrarian Lungs of the Planet Agronomy Lab Jungle Brigades
C Tier Egyptians Aesthete Valley of Kings Archaeological Dig Free Officers
C Tier Indians Aesthete Economic Elephant Ashram Peacekeepers

That’s everything there’s to know about all the best cultures in Humankind Tier List by each Era. For more hidden tips & tricks like this, make sure to check out our Humankind Guides like How to Increase, Downgrade, Raze, Or Destroy City, How to Declare War & Buildup War Support, and more.