Choosing the “correct” civilization and leader in Civilization 5 depends more on one’s personal style of play rather than this list, but if you need any help, you will certainly find it here: the 5 best Civilization V leaders and civilizations to choose in order to gain some advantages early on in the game and win like a pro are listed below.

1. Japan – Oda Nobunaga
This civilization (leader) has some incredible military stats and could be considered one of the strongest in the game. I have tried playing with them already and they simply rule: each fight will be at full strength for Japanese military units, which is a huge bonus in this game!

2. China – Wu Zetian
This civilization (leader) has a very strong unit, the Cho-ko-nue, which can fire twice in the same turn – this is a huge advantage and makes conquering cities early on a breeze. They also have the trait to get Generals at an extended rate, which will also prove very helpful when defending your cities!

3. Russia – Catherine
For some reason, I find Russia and their leader a top choice in Civilization 5 because of their trait which gives them extra resources, which means that you can create more special troops that other civilizations. It’s not always a win-win situation, though, because if you lack the resources, you basically lose the bonuses!

4. Germany – Otto von Bismarck
If you’d like to go for a big push early one, Germany is probably the best choice as they will get free troops from the Barbarians, therefore getting a huge bonus to start with. However, as the game will progress this trait will mean nothing, so you’d better be prepared already with a solid, huge civilization!

5. Greece – Alexander
And yet another great leader to start with and gain immense advantages early on. With an impressive trait that helps expanding your civilization, Greece and Alexander the Great might be the best choice for players who want to create a solid Civilization 5 nation without necessary going to war that often.

Which are your favorite Civilization 5 leaders and why?