Different civilizations obviously have different priorities. For example, Gandhi always seems to rush nuke technology and the Mongols will most likely start invading and spread like mad. Are these variables public knowledge? Can you tell by who you are playing what strategy they will adopt during the game?

  • I want to say I've seen a chart with these stats broken down, but my google-fu fails me at the moment. – Rapida Mar 24 '12 at 20:35
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    Each civilization leader has behaviour traits which are docuemnted in-game in the Civlopedia. Russia and the Aztecs like to declare war on me early game. – Valamas Mar 24 '12 at 22:24
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    It's kind of been a running joke in the series that Gandhi loves nukes, but I don't know if it has ever been a hard-coded behavior or just confirmation bias. – WildWeazel Mar 25 '12 at 15:36
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    It isn't completely a joke: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indira_Gandhi#Nuclear_weapons_program – Rapida Mar 25 '12 at 18:35
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    @Rapida Slightly different Gandhi… – SevenSidedDie Jan 17 '13 at 4:24

While searching for why Ghandi likes nukes I came upon the chart I had in mind when I was asking the question. (Click to embiggen)


How to read the table

The listed AI values represent how likely an AI leader is to: - decide upon a way to win - react to what you and the other AIs do - react to wars, wonders being built, city-states etc. - build units, buildings, wonders and what type

The higher the value, the more likely the AI will act according to that strategy. For example, Alexander has a very high score in pursuing a diplomatic victory. He might not take that route, but its very likely. Oda Nobunaga has a very low "Warmonger hate" score. He is very unlikely to hate you if you're a warmonger.

There's still a die roll involved (and other factors like distance from your civ etc.) but these tables should give you a very solid base on which you can plan your game so it affects diplomacy in the way you want it to.

Exact columns mean the following:


Victory: chance of getting the "they think we try to win in a similar fashion" diplomatic penalty

Wonder: chance of getting the "they covet wonders we built" diplomatic penalty

Minor civ: chance of getting the "we compete for same city-states'" diplomatic penalty Boldness: unknown

Diplobalance: unknown, possibly chance for getting diplomatic penalties for attacking or denouncing a nation you have declarations of friendship with.


Warmongerhate: chance of diplomatic penalties for wiping out AIs, city-states and starting wars

Denouncewillingness: chance of denouncement, based also on number of active penalties

DoFwillingness: chance of wanting declarations of friendship, based also on active bonuses

Loyalty: chance of them backstabbing someone (war or denouncement)

Neediness: how likely they are go ask for resources/gold with DoF active

Forgiveness: chance of the AI forgiving old grudges (diplomatic penalties)

Chattiness: how likely they open up the screen and comment.

Meanness: unknown


Offense / defense / city-defense: how likely they are to invest into offensive/defensive units or city defenses (walls, castles, military bases).

Military training: chance of building Barracks, Armories, Stables etc.

Recon / ranged / mobile / naval / navalrecon / air: Chance to build certain unit types

Navalgrowth / navaltileimprovement / waterconnection Chance to build lighthouses, seaports, fishing boats, harbors

Expansion, Growth, Tile improvement, Infrastructure: how likely they are to build settlers, workers, make tile improvements, roads

Production, science, gold, culture: chance of building production, science, gold, culture buildings and focus on working those tiles

Happiness: chance of building happiness buildings

GP, Wonders: first unkown, could be chance of building gardens or employing specialists, the other one is for chance of building wonders

Religion: unused (leftover from CIV4), currently affecting chance of going piety branch (positive) and going space victory (negative)

Diplomacy, Spaceship: how likely they are to go for UN or Science victory

Nuke: how likely they are to build Manhattan project and to build & use nukes.

Major civ approach

Neutral / friendly / guarded / hostile / afraid / war: How likely they are to decide upon having one of the stated attitudes, considering all other modifiers already in place

Deceptive: how likely their stated attitude does not reflect their real attitude. This is exactly the same model as was used in CIV4 (can declare at friendly, pleased, cautious) but otherwise does not affect current diplomacy (an AI that can declare war at Friendly and is thus deceptive, will still give you 300 gold for a luxury resource).

CS approach

ignore / friendly / protective / conquest: how likely the AIs not to care / invest into (and do quests) / defend (civ X declares protection over CS Y) / conquer a city state.

Source: CivFanatics

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    Wow, Ghandi really does love nukes. 12 points on a 10-point scale! – Brant Mar 25 '12 at 18:49
  • @Albort I'm surprised to learn that it is not a made-up word. – galacticninja Apr 2 '12 at 6:28
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    @Brant These values are all +-2, so a rating of 12 on a 10-point scale guarantees that it will always be 10. – Raven Dreamer Jan 16 '13 at 23:50

This originated as a bug. In the early civ games, Ghandi was entirely peaceful, but once he adopted a peaceful government style like Democracy, something in the code looped and made his aggression go from 0 to 10, right about the time when nukes become available. The result is that Ghandi would suddenly become hyper-aggressive and build the most powerful army (read: Nukes) available. This rating in the newer games is deliberate as an in-joke to reference the original bug.


  • Do you have any source to back this up? – Private Pansy Jan 16 '13 at 13:54
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    The issue was with the "Democracy" tech. Adopting it immediately reduced that civ's aggressiveness (an AI only value that determined how likely they were to nuke, build and conquer, etc.). Gandhi had the lowest base aggressive at 1, so when Gandhi adopted democracy, his aggression was reduced by 2, setting it instead to 255 (yay unsigned shorts!). Hence, Nukes everywhere! – Raven Dreamer Jan 16 '13 at 23:53
  • That was supposed to be @YiJiang'sEvilClone – Raven Dreamer Jan 16 '13 at 23:53
  • That's really cool – Rapida Jan 17 '13 at 5:26

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