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Best civilizations in Rise of Kingdoms - Every nation ranked

Best civilizations in Rise of Kingdoms - Every nation ranked

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Updated on May 15th, 2024 - Version: 

If you want to learn what are some of the best civilizations in Rise of Kingdoms, then I'm here to help you pick the best one for you to quickly advance in the game and build a powerful empire.

But wait - why does it matter which civilization I pick in Rise of Kingdoms?

Well, my dear friend, that's all up to you. Are you a casual player and want to pick based on looks, history, and the famous characters associated with it? Or are you a hardcore player, dedicated to picking the absolute best civilization for the early game, then switching to another one that excels at a specific task, and finally changing once more for the late game?

If you're easily overwhelmed by everything I just mentioned, don't worry. It's a lot easier than you might think. No matter what nation you pick, you're going to do well if you just keep progressing at a steady pace and constantly upgrade your kingdom.

Bunch of civilization leaders posing in RoK

Is there a best civilization in Rise of Kingdoms?

To tell you the truth, some will argue that there is such a thing as the best civilization in Rise of Kingdoms, although you will only start seeing a major difference in the endgame.

Of course, there are so many factors that determine what would make a good nation that it's not even funny. Take your role in your Alliance for example - what do you plan to do, and what should your main focus be? Do you want to choose one based on that?

Or maybe you want to choose a nation based on what your friends need (let's say you play RoK with a couple of friends). No matter what, some nations excel at specific tasks and others are generally good. I didn't even start getting into the f2p or premium-play style - if you plan to use real money in the game, that can also affect what civilization you should play!

So yes - it's quite a complicated process, to say the least. But taking all of that into consideration, let's take a look at the best civilizations in Rise of Kingdoms.

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S Tier

Rise of Kingdoms - Britain



  • You will get Boudica
  • You'll get increased Archer Attack by 5%, increased troop training speed by 5%, and increased ally garrison capacity by 20%.

Britain: is an amazing choice of nation for beginners as it is good for both PvP and PvE. It's archer-focused, and Boudica is great for farming barbarians.

RoK civilization - Egypt with Imhotep



  • You'll get Imhotep
  • You will get all the best default stats - 1.5% increased building speed, 1.5% increased research speed, and on top of that your archers also have increased attack and 5% increased rally damage, making it an excellent pick at any point throughout the game.

Egypt: is a great nation for completely new players and players who want to switch their civilization too, since the increased building speed and research are among the best for PvE.

Germany in ROK



  • You'll get increased cavalry Attack by 5%, increased troop training speed by 5%, and increased action points recovery by 20%.

Germany is a cavalry-focused civilization. It is great for the troop training speed and especially good in the late game for the action point recovery.

best civilizations - China



  • You will get Sun Tzu
  • You'll get 3% increased troop defense, 5% faster action point recovery, and 5% increased building speed (which is super good in the late game)

China is a very good nation to pick overall. It gives Sun Tzu and it's great given the increased action point recovery speed and increased building speed.

Vikings civilization with Bjorn Ironside as leader



  • You will get Bjorn Ironside
  • You'll get a 5% increased infantry attack, counterattack damage increased by 3% and troop load by 10%, as well as the special unit Berserker.

Vikings is a civilization for infantry and melee fighters, amazing at PvP and not too shabby in PvE. It's a good, well-rounded choice (and a really cool one too!)

A Tier

Pericles leading Greece



  • You will get Argyraspide
  • You'll get increased infantry HP by 5%, increased rallied army damage by 5%, and increased stone gathering speed by 10%.

Rise of Kingdoms- Korea



  • You'll get 5% increased archer defense, 15% increased hospital capacity, and 3% increased research speed. The increase in research speed is amazing in the late game when everything starts taking a very, very long time to develop.

Korea is an archer-focused civilization. It's great for development, especially research, and has really cool-looking buildings.

Rise of Kingdoms - Arabia



  • You'll get 5% increased cavalry attack, 10% more damage dealt to barbarians and other neutral units, and 5% increased damage dealt by rallied armies. This is great if you want to focus on barbarian hunting and cavalry units.

Arabia is another cavalry-focused nation. It's good for hunting and farming barbarians.

Japan nation



  • You'll get 3% increased troop attack, 30% faster scout march speed, and 5% increased resource gathering speed. These passives are overall amazing, and they will help you greatly in the late game.

Japan is a good infantry-focused nation. It's amazing for actively farming resources, and of course, it looks really really good!

France civilization with Joan of Ark as leader



  • You'll get a 3% increased troop HP, 10% faster wood gathering speed and 20% increased hospital healing speed. The healing speed is great, so that might be a reason why you should consider France in the late game if you plan on being quite PvP-focused.

France is good for development. It is especially good if you plan to be a premium player. It gives Joan of Arc and the increased hospital healing speed is really nice.

B Tier

Pelagius leading Spanish nation



  • You'll get 5% increased cavalry defense, 10% more experience gained from barbarians and other neutral units, and 20% increased resource production. These passives are quite okay-ish, but they tend to fall off in the late game.

Spain is a cavalry-focused nation. It's a good choice thanks to the passively producing resources and increased EXP Spain gains from neutral objectives. That makes this nation solid during the early game.

Osman, the leader of Ottoman civilization

Ottoman Empire


  • You'll get 5% increased archer HP, 5% faster march speed and 5% increased active skill damage

Ottoman Empire is a solid archer-focused civilization, really good if you want a nation benefitting from being a premium player. It is focused on active skill damage during battles.

C Tier

RoK Byzantium civilization



  • You'll get 5% increased cavalry HP, 10% faster stone gathering speed and 15% increased hospital capacity. This is all pretty 'meh' in the late game unless you are heavily gathering-focused.

Byzantium is an ok civilization for PvP and PvE alike. It has good cavalry units and cavalry focus and it's good for farming stone.

Rome being lead by armoured Scipio Africanus



  • You'll get 5% increased infantry defense, 5% faster troop march speed and 10% increased food gathering speed. This will fall off in the late game, but as a complete beginner, the increased infantry DEF is quite okay, as well as the food-gathering speed.
Rome is good for PvP but when it comes to PvE there's a drop-off. It is focused on infantry units and it is good for farming food.
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How to switch civilizations in Rise of Kingdoms?

Now that we've covered all the best civilizations a thought might cross your mind, and that is changing the nation. If you want to switch to another nation, there are two main ways to do it:

  1. Use 10,000 Crystals (which is quite expensive if you ask me)
  2. Spend 2,000,000 Alliance Currency in the Alliance Shop for Civilization Swap Tokens (this is the recommended way, which is why you should join a good and active Alliance).

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Original article by Cristina Mesesan, updated by Mihail Katsoris.
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Mihail Katsoris
Mihail Katsoris
I've enjoyed playing games ever since I was a kid (which was a long long time ago at this point). It all started off with an Atari 65XE, then came an Amiga 500+, a Sega Genesis, a 386, and the rest was history. I consider myself lucky to have been able to experience the gaming evolution over the years - this is my passion, and what I will continue to do for as long as I can.