Age of Empires IV Best Civilization

Find out what’s the Age of Empires IV Best Civilization in the PC real-time strategy game.

What is the best civilization in Age of Empires 4?

The English civilization in Age of Empires 4 are mechanically the easiest to get into and most forgiving to play as. It allows you a very strong amount of safe tech upgrades, a strong farm economy to give you a relatively safe food source, amazing archers and strong men-in-arms (you can keep making Longbowmen). An overall safe and strong faction with most of its landmark buildings being keeps that act as amazing defensive buildings for resource expansions that also produce units.

Index of Age of Empires IV Guides:

Here’s how the official Age of Empires IV page introduces The English. To quote:

“The English are a defensive powerhouse and resilient force on the battlefield, backed by a solid economy. Cheaper farms also increase food gathering rates, giving a boost to the economy early on.

With early attacks, town centers fire more arrows than others and villagers can also fend off small raiding parties with bows and arrows. Military force gets bolstered by early access to Man at Arms units in the Feudal Age and the special Longbowmen cause more damage and fire at a longer range than regular archers. With special bonuses and excellent defenses, the English can defend their own territory like no other.”

Age of Empires IV – The English Civilization Introduction

In these next step-by-step guides, we cover all of the civilizations in Age of Empires 4:

Ranking the civilizations from easiest to hardest to learn as a beginner to both AoE4 and RTSs as a whole! We’ll be covering: The English, French, Holy Roman Empire, Chinse, Rus, Abbasid Dynasty, Delhi Sultunate, and Mongols in that order!

Factions Timeline:

  • 0:00 Intro & Summary
  • 3:07 The English
  • 7:14 The French
  • 11:49 The Holy Roman Empire
  • 18:13 The Chinese
  • 27:13 The Rus
  • 35:35 The Abbasid Dynasty
  • 42:42 The Delhi Sultunate
  • 49:29 The Mongols
  • 57:43 Conclusion
Age of Empires 4 Civilizations Overview: Easiest to Hardest Guide

In this quick faction guide, we discuss the English Civilization for Age of Empires 4 across all of their unique units (Vanguard Men-at-Arms & English Longbowmen) as well as their unique technology, tech tree, buildings, navy, and landmarks!

Civilizations Timeline:

  • 0:00 Patch Notes Summary
  • 2:26 English Faction Overview
  • 8:02 English Unit Choices
  • 13:00 Unique Technologies
  • 17:27 English Landmark Choices
  • 21:16 Naval Units
  • 22:22 English Army Composition
  • 24:41 Conclusion
Age of Empires 4 – English Civilization Guide (Units, Techs, Buildings)

Up next, a reformatted tech tree for the Abbasid Dynasty, Chinese, English, and Holy Roman Empire in Age of Empire 4, with comparisons to the base tech tree. (Landmarks are not included.)

Tech Tree Timeline:

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 0:42 – Buildings
  • 1:30 – Barracks, Stable, Archery Range, Siege Workshop
  • 2:08 – England Variant
  • 2:42 – HRE Variant
  • 3:17 – Abbasid Variant
  • 3:31 – China Variant
  • 4:25 – Dock
  • 4:47 – Dock Variants
  • 5:25 – TC, Market, Monastery
  • 5:48 – TC + Monastery Variants
  • 6:11 – Mill, Lumber Camp, Mining Camp
  • 6:44 – England Mill Variant
  • 6:51 – Blacksmith
  • 7:07 – HRE Blacksmith Variant
  • 7:15 – University
  • 7:31 – China University Variant
  • 7:41 – Outpost, Keep
  • 7:59 – Keep Variants
  • 8:22 – Abbasid House of Wisdom
  • 8:42 – England Passives
  • 9:17 – China Passives
  • 10:28 – HRE Passives
  • 11:07 – Abbasid Passives
  • 11:37 – Conclusion
Age of Empires IV – Tech Tree Comparison – Abbasid, China, England, HRE

Credits: Age of Empires, ItalianSpartacus & Waddling Duck

Disclaimer: Future patches will affect gameplay balance to shift the best civilization to change. Outside of your personal play-style already nudging you towards a different faction like the French or Mongols to start with, even if another faction like the English may be the best overall (as covered here).

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