Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition – A Subjective Guide to the Best Civilizations for Beginners

With the 30+ civs currently in the game, it can be hard to pick one to play, especially if you’re new to the game. This guide will suggest a few simple but effective picks for people with little experience playing aoe2.

Newcomers Civilization Guide

What Makes a Good Beginner Civilization?

Let me start by saying that I’m personally not a very good player. However, I find that it makes me somewhat suited to judging which civs are good for beginners, because I am one.

Without further ado, here’s what makes a good beginner civ, in my opinion:

Simplicity. That’s pretty much it. Any civ that has a complex game plan, or requires the player to be able to do many different things to play it correctly, doesn’t qualify as a good beginner civ.

That means those with scattered bonuses, like boosting naval, buildings, archers, cav etc. will be out of the running. By definition, you won’t be getting your value out of them unless you make use of all those bonuses during a game.

Good Beginner Civilizations

This list will be split into two sections, civs that are good at only one thing and civs that are good at two things. Going beyond that is too complicated for a beginner to handle, in my opinion.

Civs only good at one thing:

  • Goths.
  • Britons.

No surprise there. Goths exclusively train infantry while Britons exclusively train archers.

Civs good at two things:


These guys give amazing bonuses to cav and infantry. You’ll pretty much only be making men-at-arms from the barracks, knights from the stables and konniks from a castle or krepost. Their blacksmith bonuses are great for getting all your dudes trained up, quickly and cheaply.

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Egor Opleuha, also known as Juzzzie, is the Editor-in-Chief of Gameplay Tips. He is a writer with more than 12 years of experience in writing and editing online content. His favorite game was and still is the third part of the legendary Heroes of Might and Magic saga. He prefers to spend all his free time playing retro games and new indie games.

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