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The best culture to choose in Humankind

A look at one of the cultures in Humankind (Image via Amplitude Studios)
A look at one of the cultures in Humankind (Image via Amplitude Studios)
Brandon Moore
ANALYST

Humankind is a 4x strategy game looking to set itself apart from other games in that genre.

The game consists of dozens of different cultures for players to choose from. Each era of Humankind changes the available cultures, each with its own special traits.

Overall, cultures in Humankind will reflect your specific playstyle. This can range from simple growth of the population or complete and utter domination through warfare.


All of the cultures in Humankind

Neolithic Era

  • Nomadic Tribe

Ancient Era

  • Assyrians
  • Babylonians
  • Egyptians
  • Harappans
  • Hittites
  • Mycanaeans
  • Nubians
  • Olmecs
  • Phonicians
  • Zhou

Classical Era

  • Achaemenid Persians
  • Aksumites
  • Carthaginians
  • Celts
  • Goths
  • Greeks
  • Huns
  • Mauryans
  • Maya
  • Romans

Medieval Era

  • Aztecs
  • Byzantines
  • English
  • Franks
  • Ghanaians
  • Khmer
  • Mongols
  • Norsemen
  • Teutons
  • Umayyads

Early Modern Era

  • Dutch
  • Edo Japanese
  • Haudenosaunee
  • Joseon
  • Ming
  • Mughals
  • Ottomans
  • Poles
  • Spanish
  • Venetians

Industrial Era

  • Austro-Hungarians
  • British
  • French
  • Germans
  • Italians
  • Mexicans
  • Persians
  • Russians
  • Siamese
  • Zulu

Contemporary Era

  • Americans
  • Australians
  • Brazilians
  • Chinese
  • Egyptians
  • Indians
  • Japanese
  • Swedes
  • Turks

The best culture in Humankind

With six different eras, there are many cultures players will have to select throughout a game of Humankind. Each culture can transition to another as the eras change, so here are the best of each era:

Ancient Era

The Zhou is the best culture in the Ancient Era of Humankind. They rely on Stability bonuses. Stability is increased with each district. This impacts how happy your cities and their populations are. Developing cities early on is a breeze with this culture.


Classical Era

Establishing territory early on is crucial. Moving on to the Achaemenid Persians will make this possible. A +2 City Cap from the Persians is a massive boost. This helps with expanding and even capturing enemy cities immediately.


Medieval Era

The English culture in Humankind continues with the expansion strategy. They have a +7 Food bonus for attached territories. This stacks up extremely fast on larger empires. With the English Longbowmen unit, defense or attack from range will keep the cities safe.


Early Modern Era

In the Early Modern Era, it is important to start your science off on the right foot. The Joseon culture is the best option for this Humankind era. This is especially true for those on a more difficult journey. Joseon boosts your tech quite well with a +3 Science bonus. The Geobuskeon ship for this culture can also establish early ocean exploration.


Industrial Era

The Mexican culture continues the expansion and food upgrade theme of the best Humankind cultures. The bonus speeds up your cities' growth rates, allowing for Industrial troop purchases. They also provide Soldadera's stealth unit for wonderful warfare options.


Contemporary Era

The Contemporary Era in Humankind is the endgame. No matter what path you've chosen, go with the Soviets here. It is time to win in a militaristic fashion. The Soviets take off 20% of all Industry costs and give a +3 Strength boost to all units. The Red Army Tank will help you wipe out entire cities in a matter of moments.


Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinion of the writer.


Edited by R. Elahi
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