There are eight playable civilizations in Age of Empires IV, four of which have been announced.
- Unique units: Fire Lancer, Imperial Official
- Featured unit: Nest of Bees
The Chinese is a civilization of impressive constructions, gunpowder strength, and a Dynasty System that provides unique benefits and varied strategies to overcome the opponent. They are powerful defenders behind formidable fortifications with a strong focus on economy.
You live through history as Chinese culture, strength, and innovations created ripples across Eurasia, growing your empire as you move through vibrant Dynasties.
City planning is an important growth strategy. Their Dynasty system offers advantages when triggered and provides bonuses like unit bonuses and access to unique buildings.
- Unique unit: Scholar
- Featured unit: War Elephant
Tower War Elephant
The Delhi Sultanate civilization is at the forefront of technological innovation. They have a strong focus on research and defense, with an edge in technological advancement over other civilizations. Advancing through the Ages has you experience this civilization’s rich history, getting a taste for the Delhi Sultanate’s vibrant cultures and defiant strength.
Strategic decisions in the early Ages are essential. The Delhi Sultanate can be terrifying to come across: the core of their army, the War Elephant, has staggering raw strength capable of high damage.
- Unique unit: Longbowman
- Featured units: English Man-at-Arms
The English strength is unparalleled, reinforced by the power of their archery units, a firm control over castles and defensive buildings, and a highly dependable food economy that sustains them through the Ages. The English hold several key advantages, creating an exciting battlefield for resources and victory.
The English specialize in their network of castles: Town Centers, Outposts, Towers, and Castles trigger an alarm when an enemy approaches—prompting nearby units and defensive structures to fire faster for a short period. Their Keeps can produce all units, allowing for the English defense to reign supreme.
- Unique unit: Khan
- Featured unit: Mangudai
The Mongols are an agile civilization, excelling in hit-and-run military strategies and capable of expanding armies rapidly. The Mongols are a disciplined civilization, recognized for changing history in connecting the East to the West.
Being a nomadic civilization with the ability to move their bases, combined with early access to cavalry units and speed granted from early Outposts, the Mongols reign supreme in flanking enemies and retreating quickly before enemies have a chance to catch up. Because of their high mobility, their army can outmaneuver enemies with ease.