My 1v1 arabia tier list

Civs are ordered from strongest to weakest inside any tier.

S tier - Top tier civs, with great eco and/or military options, smooth transitions in every age and very few weaknesses and bad match-ups across the board (Chinese, Mayans, Burgundians, Aztecs, Franks, Vikings).

A tier - Great civs, with strong eco and/or military, separated by S-tier civs due to few awkward transitions or exploitable weaknesses (Lithuanians, Britons, Huns, Khmer, Malians, Slavs, Tatars, Celts, Mongols).

B tier - Good civs, with few strong power spikes available to somewhat keep up with higher tier civs, but that lack their flexibility/eco/power level or tend to have inconsistent match-ups (Japanese, Ethiopians, Berbers, Bulgarians, Saracens, Byzantines, Magyars, Vietnamese, Incas, Teutons, Italians, Indians, Malay).

C tier - Decent civs, that can be dangerous in the right situations, but tend to be unreliable, to suffer very exploitable weaknesses or simply struggle to keep up with stronger civs (Goths, Persians, Cumans, Koreans, Portuguese, Turks, Burmese, Spanish).

D tier - Bad civ(s), that can’t keep up with the meta due to poor eco and military bonus (Sicilians).

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Britons should be S tier, Japanese are also A tier material. I don’t think Sicilians are as bad as you make it out to be


Agree with the other poster. Britons are THE archer civ, eco bonus, best archers in game, easy boom with cheap TC… although on low levels they might be a bit less good depending on micro skills.

I would definitely swap Burmese into D tier and move Sicilians into C tier. Burmese are absolute hot garbage, due to even thumbring crossbow being extremely deadly against them.

I would bump Malay from B to A tier, because their faster age up bonus is an absolutely insane bonus, but it’s also one of those bonuses that don’t matter on lower levels due to not having skill to take advantage of it.

I would move Incas from B to a weak C tier. Good early eco bonuses, but followed up with completely generic units and no long lasting eco bonus.

I would bump Italians down to C tier, they are a good civ, but Arabia 1v1 is not a place where they really shine. (easily outpaced by civs with strong early eco)

I would bump Indians down to C tier, great civ in hybrid maps and closed maps, Arabia 1v1 they don’t really shine as much.

I’d bump Vietnamese up to A tier, their options are extremely good against other archer civs, their bonus helps you with scouting the enemy for laming purposes, and the lategame composition of the civ is great, good siege, rattans, eelephants.

I’d bump Aztecs from S tier to A tier. Strong early game, but awkward transitions needed from mid-game due to their arbs not scaling well into late game


What I don’t like about Tier lists like those is that it’s not clearly specified who it is for. Only for you?

Example: Chinese are the strongest Arabia civ right now for the Top 10 best AoE2 Pro players (S-Tier+). But Chinese suck for people below 1000 1v1 ELO (D-Tier)

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Nah, brits are really good but still have a generally bad matchup against the top tier civs. They are strong, but not that strong


I don’t see Britons as S-tier nowadays, due to drush FC being pretty punishable. I think Vikings have a slight edge over britons due to better feudal age eco and better castle age time potential. Of course this is a debatable point.

Japanese A-tier can be a thing, in fact I put them top of B-tier. I just think they fall off a little bit too hard after feudal and tend to be a mediocre civ if you fail to do the damage you need early on.

Burmese have actually the best eco among the C-tier civs, they have good potential in some stages of the game (early feudal, castle if you can transition into arambai, late game). Of course they’re really awkward and they die vs archer civs. On the other hand, I don’t see almost any potential for sicilians except with first crusade (that often comes too late to be useful).

I’ve played a lot with malay (apparently the games loves to random into them, at least for me), and as much as I’d started loving their potential, expecially in castle age with eles + crossbows compositions, I think they’re too punishable to be considered A-tier, expecially at the start of every age where you struggle to afford the power spikes you need.

Well eagle warriors are not a generic unit, that’s basically what allows them to keep up with the meta. Plus they have good options to complement them well. You also might factor in their laming potential due to how boar spawn in regular arabia, a massive lamer (which I’m not) might still rate incas even higher than me due to how likely it is to lame right now.

I still think that aztecs are very strong in most stages of the game despite the nerfs. Early eco is still very good despite the nerf, castle age potential for aggression is insane, imp is still good and I think underrated thanks to relic bonus (and considering that you’re quite likely to get them due to how good your castle age military is).

I think that their eco isn’t strong enough to justify an A-tier. Even though they’re kinda of an anti-archer civ, I don’t see them having a clearly winning match-up against top tier archer civs bc they just can out-mass or out-tech Vietnamese in some stages of the game with earlier age up. Then, Vietnamese bonuses don’t help too much vs cavalry and the civ quite suck vs mesos.

I can see the argument, Indians are very tricky to rate. In some situation/matchup they look like an S-tier civ due to how good and smooth their eco is, but sometimes they completely fall flat due to lack of knight line and arbalest. I kinda rated them based on my feelings.

I think that their age up bonus is quite underrated, when I’ve played them it really helped to keep the pace of most civilizations (except maybe few top tier ones). If I compare them with C-tier civs, I think they don’t have their weaknesses.

Based on my experience of player (15xx) and watching tournaments.

May I ask why Persians are in C-tier? I don’t feel like they are unreliable or have obvious weaknesses.

Maybe it’s a personal thing, but I don’t feel they have a great eco as a lot of people tend to think. Technically having TCs pumping out villagers faster looks great, in practice I feel it tends to put me in an awkward situation where I need to choose between keeping the TCs running and pumping out military, for a quite long time before the bonus pays off.

They’re also kind of a one trick pony civ, they lack bracer, infantry gold options and a viable UU, so you’ve not unit you can base your composition on except paladins (which are hard to get there).

In general I don’t like the civ and I rate them lower than any B tier cavalry civ, even though the civ is not utterly terrible or have many weak match-ups.


They can’t really make a very good use it. Faster wood income for a civ with a joke archery range is… kind of an awkward bonus. The problem is that their weakness makes them very easy to counter. The civ needs a rework to be anything more than a bad joke atm.

If you are going for slow play, then just age up at the same time you would with any other civ. Now you will have more villagers and more resources. if you decide to actually age up fast, you need to pressure early (otherwise you’re just putting yourself behind). That is also why I said A tier BUT only at high ELO, because their bonus is not easy to make use of, kind of like the Chinese. Malay do also have a very wide tech tree, so you can employ pretty much any strategy you want

I agree, very strong civ. But not S tier strong. I’d say they are pretty much S tier until imp. But then they are hard to use in imp (their Arbs don’t scale, don’t get halbs which hurts against Cav civs, monks don’t scale as well due to numbers), and generally get overwhelmed if they don’t manage to take a major advantage in castle age.

I would have rated them a strong B pre-nerf, with the feudal power spike, but they’re pretty lackluster post-nerf. They have a wide tech tree and a lot of options, but don’t really excel at anything. Which means disadvantage against any civ with any actual bonuses. (e.g. if you go Archers vs an Archer civ, you’re at a disadvantage due to being generic until you can transition to eagles)

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Mine, Each civ are ranked in each tier list also, only based on my experience.
Sicilians are not that bad really , they can do a great full scout if not walled or a great forward skirm also, they also handle certain matchs ups very easily due to -50% less bonus damage (indians , byzantines, goths…)

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Here is mine. 1600-1700 Elo. Tried to keep it balanced, with a nice distribution.

I dont have Burgundians / Sicilians. Would probably rate them A and D after playing against them, though.

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Well I don’t see their bonus as a wood bonus, you always want prioritize the wood upgrade, so burmese bonus usefulness is basically to save the resources needed to research it. Which is kinda nice, because if you play m@a into archers it allows to squeeze an extra m@a, go faster to place a range or place an extra farm, can help getting fletching earlier, ecc… And of course you don’t forget about wood upgrades if they’re free :smiley:

I still see Malay as a very high risk → high reward civ. A big issue I have with them is that you basically can’t open m@a, so if you want to play into archers in feudal you’re basically forced to drush into 27pop up or go straight archers after 23 pop up (or maybe 22 or 24). The point is that, if you age up later to get a normal time, the additional villagers you made didn’t have time to pay off, while if you click up with conventional pop it’s gonna be even worse. In every case you won’t have the res you usually have when you reach the next age, which is less than ideal because it’s not easy to understand how to balance eco to offset this resourse shortfall, i think even pros can struggle doing that optimally. Then, the lack of +2 armor on cavalry hurts them aswell in my opinion.

Agree, I simply think that it’s very likely for them to get that damage needed in castle age.

I don’t think that trying to match opponent strategies is the way they’re supposed to play. Even post nerf they have solid bonuses for aggressive strategies in feudal or drushing, then transition to eagle in early castle age or going crossbow if you manage to mass them in feudal.

“if not walled” is a pretty big if :stuck_out_tongue:

Berbers S-tier is a bit peculiar :smiley:

[coughs in Burmese]

Agreed. I think it is maybe playstyle preference differences between us. I love all ins and yolo kind of styles. most of my games are 1 tc plays :slight_smile:

Yeah, but nothing special, it’s worse than e.g. Lithuanians. So really no specific reason to pick this civ, and I think a don’t pick this civ just isn’t worth a ‘B’.

Absolutely yeah ^^ that is exactly why i put this civ on C tier , its a good civ only on really open map like crater

I’m surprised nobody else considers Berbers to be S-tier, their feudal play is fine, faster villagers helps out a lot in a ton of little ways, but the main one is making enemy M@A play way worse for getting returns on that investment.

Their feudal is good, helped by faster vills they farm well. They don’t blow you away in Feudal, but when they hit castle age the powerspike from cheap stable production can be lethal really easily. They’ve got the faster vills to help get you through the early ages cleanly and with less losses, and once Berbers are castle they have the initiative.


Well their feudal archers are fine, you just need to trade them before mid castle age and prepare some transition behind.

I think you’re overestimating a lot their feudal tbh. Faster walking villagers are almost irrelevant on collection rate, and while the bonus can help saving 1-2 villagers here and there, it doesn’t avoid the idle time or getting pushed off by resources (which is the realistic goal to archieve when you go for a m@a rush).

About knight rush, no doubt that it’s strong. But other civs can archieve similar results while being more overall flexible thanks to their eco bonuses, such as Franks, Burgundians, Khmer, Huns, Slavs. That’s why I consider Berbers to be B tier while I put those civs higher on the list.

no camels

no camels

no camels

no camels

no camels.

Berbers can (at a rate no other civ can compare) trounce all those knight civs you offered as being better (since none of them have Camels) whilst also fielding one of the best knight rushes in the game. Nope. Good luck next time.

Not even debating this. You’re wrong. There’s a long list of civs that positively hate the Berbers and the Berbers themselves are incredibly good by their own merits.


No, I’m not. I’m properly evaluating the effect that the extra movement speed has on how much resource you’re willing and expecting to spend as a Berber player vs. any other civ to parry very early feudal aggression such as M@A which is dependent on civ.

Not needing to commit a drush to parry a drush is a bonus of itself against an enemy, and that helps with Feudal in the case where you can choose to avoid it. I’m not counting the resource collection bonus at all, except markedly for food, and the real potential of avoiding damage on luring villagers and leaving weak eco targets. Those two things together means they’re just fine in feudal. I’d say about average.

In Castle age there’s no average. Berber castle age is so good, oftentimes they decide to win in castle age and they can win with brute force early before the enemy can boom or as a late sting as the opponent tries to push Imp and everywhere in between.

Maybe you don’t care for my opinion. So maybe, then, you’ll care for the opinion of TheViper, who specifically said he picked Berbers as a counterpick to the Mayans in G1 of Hidden Cup IV to punish defensive play. Clearly they have unique strength in that regard or else Viper wouldn’t have picked it.

Forcing berbers into mixing camels means being half the way to deal with them. Camels don’t destroy buildings fast, don’t kill villager fast, if berbers mix camels they slow down their push and give more time to switching into pikes.

You never need to commit to a drush or m@a to parry opponent’s one, every civ have more efficient ways to deal with them.

The fact that viper picked them as counterpick shows exactly what berbers are: an average/good civ you can get with low priority in drafts to counter certain playstyles and civs. In fact he picked them as his last civs in a draft with 20 civs involved, why none of the two players picked berbers before if they’re top tier?

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