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Genghis Khan (c. 1162 – August 1227) was the founder, Khan and Khagan of the Mongolian Empire. He leads the Mongolians in Civilization V.


Genghis Khan in game

Genghis Khan speaks Modern Mongolian instead of Classical Mongolian. On his diplomacy screen, he is on his horse on the Mongolian steppes, with gers in the background. Concept art showed him with a hawk or falcon on his arm.

Capital: Karakorum

Unique Units: Keshik, Khan

Unique Ability: Mongol Terror

Voice Actor: Uncredited (may have come from a small Mongolian community in Montreal)

AI Traits[]

Trait Amount
Competitiveness 8 (10-6)
Wonder Competitiveness 4 (6-2)
City-State Influence Competitiveness 3 (5-1)
Boldness 8 (10-6)
Diplobalance 4 (6-2)
Hate Warmongers 4 (6-2)
Willingness to Denounce 5 (7-3)
Willingness to Declare Friendship 5 (7-3)
Loyalty 7 (9-5)
Neediness 5 (7-3)
Forgiveness 3 (5-1)
Chattiness 5 (7-3)
Meanness 6 (8-4)
Offensive Unit Production 8 (10-6)
Defensive Unit Production 3 (5-1)
Defensive Building Production 5 (7-3)
Military Training Buildings Production 6 (8-4)
Recon Unit Production 6 (8-4)
Ranged Unit Production 7 (9-5)
Mobile Unit Production 8 (10-6)
Naval Unit Production 5 (7-3)
Naval Recon Unit Production 5 (7-3)
Air Unit Production 5 (7-3)
Naval Growth 5 (7-3)
Naval Tile Improvements 5 (7-3)
Water Connections 5 (7-3)
Expansion 8 (10-6)
Growth 5 (7-3)
Tile Improvements 5 (7-3)
Infrastructure (Roads) 3 (5-1)
Production Emphasis 6 (8-4)
Gold Emphasis 6 (8-4)
Science Emphasis 4 (6-2)
Culture Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Happiness Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Great People Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Wonder Emphasis 3 (5-1)
Religion Emphasis 3 (5-1)
Diplomacy Victory 3 (5-1)
Spaceship Victory 5 (7-3)
Nuke Production 7 (9-5)
Use of Nukes 7 (9-5)
Use of Espionage 5 (7-3)
Anti-Air Production 5 (7-3)
Air Carrier Production 5 (7-3)
Land Trade Route Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Sea Trade Route Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Archaeology Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Trade Origin Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Trade Destination Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Airlift Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Likeliness to Declare War 7 (9-5)
Likeliness to be Hostile 6 (8-4)
Likeliness to be Deceptive 3 (5-1)
Likeliness to be Guarded 4 (6-2)
Likeliness to be Afraid 2 (4-1)
Likeliness to be Friendly 6 (8-4)
Likeliness to be Neutral 5 (7-3)
Ignore City-States 3 (5-1)
Friendliness to City-States 3 (5-1)
Protection of City-States 5 (7-3)
Conquest of City-States 7 (9-5)
Bullying of City-States 6 (8-4)

Personality and Behavior[]

Genghis Khan is very aggressive as always, and will most likely seek a domination victory.

Genghis puts a high priority on raising a large offensive army consisting primarily of fast-moving mounted units, such as Horsemen and Cavalry. In later eras, these are replaced by armored units, including Tanks.

Genghis will likely go to war with every city-state he meets.

Genghis tends to declare war on every civilization he meets. He is one of the leaders least likely to forgive a transgression, and he will seek to gain and use nuclear weapons.

Despite being a warmonger, Genghis Khan can be quite surprisingly friendly. If the player can befriend him, he will become one of the most loyal allies. This is especially true if Genghis sees the player as a warmonger.

Genghis will not try to build many wonders.

If Genghis gets into a battle with you, make sure you build plenty of Spearmen, Pikemen, and Lancers, because these units are very good in combat against mounted units.

Civilopedia entry[]


Genghis Khan is one of the most recognized and most feared leaders in all of human history. Hundreds of statues, buildings, and commercial products bear his image, and numerous entertainment works have been created honoring his life. He became the first to unite the warring, nomadic tribes of northeast Asia and founded the largest contiguous empire known to man. Perhaps less known are the improvements and advancements he made in infrastructure, trade, and religious tolerance. More than just a warrior, he was also a capable and shrewd civil leader.


Born Borjigin Temujin in 1162 AD, Temujin was raised in a Mongol tribe that inhabited the lands near modern-day Ulaanbaatar. The third oldest son of a tribal chieftain, he is said to be named after a captured Tatar chieftain. Much of Temujin's early life is shrouded in mystery, and the few sources which do exist often conflict and disagree. No accurate portraits or pictures of him exist today, but many sources describe Temujin as a "glittering" man, sporting long red hair and blue-green eyes.

Early life[]

Like many of the tribesmen in the region Temujin's early life was pretty difficult, despite being born into nobility. At the age of nine he was betrothed to a neighboring tribe-chieftain's daughter and sent to live with her family. His father was killed on the way back home, and Temujin's tribe subsequently abandoned him and the remainder of his family. The family lived destitute until he married his betrothed at the age of 16.

Unification Begins[]

Temujin began his bid for power by offering himself as a vassal to his late father's blood brother, Toghrul, the Khan of the Kerait tribe. During this time, Temujin's wife was captured by the Merkit tribe, and Toghrul lent the young warlord 20,000 men to face them in battle. Not only did Temujin recapture his wife, but he also completely defeated the Merkits, bringing them under this control. He became a Khan in his own right and began conquering more of the neighboring tribes.

During his conquests the young Khan fundamentally broke with Mongol tradition - he created a new set of laws and incorporated his captured holdings into his growing empire, rather than destroying and pillaging them. His law, the Yassa, promised soldiers fair pay and wealth, outlawed thievery and pillaging of any kind, and promised protection and religious freedom for all conquered tribes. Temujin's political innovations brought him much loyalty and strongly united his growing nation.

The rest of his outward expansion and unification of the Mongol tribes is filled with tales of betrayal, intrigue, dashing victories, conspiracies, familial disputes, and more betrayal, including rifts between his former ally Toghrul and eldest son Jochi. However, despite these setbacks he managed to subdue or unite all the nomadic tribes in the Mongolia area by 1206, the first man to ever do so. At a joint council of chiefs he was given the name "Genghis Khan," the eternal and universal ruler of the Mongol peoples.

Outward Expansion[]

After the unification of Mongolia, Genghis soon began a series of successful military campaigns to conquer the surrounding and outlying areas, creating a massive empire under his rule. In 1209, he forced the surrender of the Xia provinces, and shortly thereafter in 1211, he finished the conquest of the Jin Dynasty.

Next he turned his attention west toward Persia. In a deft maneuver containing only two armies of 20,000 men each, Genghis launched a successful attack against the Kara-Khitan Khanate, putting his reach of control right on Persia's doorstep.

Rather than conquer the neighboring empire of Khwarezmia, Genghis instead offered a political alliance, sending a 500-man trade caravan to the capital - he hoped to create a powerful trading partner using the Silk Road. However, the Khwarezmian Shah distrusted the young leader and slaughtered the caravan. Trying once more, Genghis sent a group of ambassadors to the Shah directly, who answered the gesture by beheading one of them. Outraged, Genghis assembled some 200,000 men and personally oversaw the bloody fall and abject subjugation of the Khwarezmian Empire in 1220. Immediately following his success he captured many other regions on his way back to Mongolia, including Georgia, Afghanistan, and the remaining Western Xia holdings.

His victorious journey complete, Genghis's empire now stretched from the Caspian Sea in the west all the way to the Sea of Japan in the east, twice the size of the Roman Empire.

Succession and Death[]

Now an aged man, the topic of Genghis's succession was heated and highly contested. His eldest son, Jochi, was suspected of being born of a different man (as a result of his wife's capture), and many refused outright to follow him. The clash ended however in 1226 when Jochi died mysteriously, some claiming that Genghis himself ordered the boy poisoned. His middle son Ogedei was named heir, as Genghis thought him the most level headed and stable of his remaining children.

Shortly after in 1227 Genghis died, the reason for which is still debated. Some claim he fell from his horse during a battle against the Tangut people, others hold that he was struck down by a long illness. Some even claim that a captured Tangut princess killed him with a pair of pliers. Regardless of the means or reason, Genghis Khan was buried in an unmarked grave as he wished, its location a closely guarded family secret. Some folklore claims that a river was diverted over the site to protect it; other stories describe a grove of trees planted atop the grave to hide it. In 2004, an archaeological dig uncovered what is believed to be the ruins of Genghis' palace. Hope remains that his grave may yet be found.

Judgment of History[]

Depending on whom you ask, Genghis Khan is regarded as a worthy leader and excellent ruler or, conversely as a bloodthirsty killer. In present-day Mongolia, he is thought of favorably as the father of the nation, and his many political innovations are upheld and heralded. In formerly conquered lands, such as Iraq and Iran, he is seen almost universally as a genocidal, maniacal tyrant who caused untold destruction and damage. Whether his tales of greatness or brutality are contested or exaggerated, he is undoubtedly one of the most important and influential leaders in the ancient world, his legacy still remaining strong and visible even today.


Recent discoveries in genealogical mapping suggest that about 8% of men in Asia (roughly 0.5% worldwide) can trace their ancestry directly back to Genghis Khan.


Codename Quote (English translation) Quote (Mongolian) Notes
Attacked Let's solve this like warriors! Үүнийг дайчин шиг шийдвэрлье! / Uuniig daichin(?) shig shiidverlii!
Declares War The time for your destruction has come! Чиний сүйдэх өдөр чинь ирж дээ! / Chinii suideh udur chini irj dee!
Defeated I am waiting for my execution. Би цаазаар авхуулхаа хүлээж байна. / Bi tsaazaar avhuulhaa huleej baina.
Hate Hello So what now? За тэгээд? / Za tegeed?
Hate Let's Hear It 01 And then? Тэгээд? / Tegeed?
Hate Let's Hear It 02 Continue! Үргэлжлүүлэх! / Ürgeljlüülekh!
Hate No 01 This is insufferable/not to be tolerated! Энэ бол баиж боломгүй! / Ene bol baij bolomgui!
Hate No 02 You're playing around. (i.e. "You must be joking.") Та нар тойрон тоглож байна. / Ta nar toiron togloj baina.
Hate Yes 01 Well done! Сайн хийлээ! / Sain khiilee!
Hate Yes 02 Obviously no! Мэдээж үгүй! / Medeej ügüi!
Intro I'm Temuujin, the Lord of Landscapes and Conqueror of cities and countries. Би хээр талын эзэн, улс хотуудын эзэгнэгч Тэмүжин байна. / Bi kheer taliin ezen, uls hotuudiin ezegnegch Temujin baina. Temuujin was GenghisKhan's name as a youth.
Neutral Hello Hello. Сайн байнa уу! / Sain bainа uu!
Neutral Let's Hear It 01 I'm listening. Би сонсож байна. / Bi sonsoj baina.
Neutral Let's Hear It 02 What? Юу? / Yu?
Neutral No 01 No. Үгүй! / Ügüi!
Neutral No 02 AND 03 Of course not! Мэдээж үгүй! / Medeej ügüi!
Neutral Yes 01 Well done! OR Good! Сайн хийлээ! / Sain khiilee!
Neutral Yes 02 That works. Болж байна. / Bolj baina.
Neutral Yes 03 Of course! Мэдээжийн хэрэг! / Medeejiin khereg!
Peaceful I have underestimated you. Би чамайг дутуу үзэв. / Bi chamaig dutuu üzev.
Request I am not always this generous. Би үргэлж ийм өгөөмөр байдаггүй. / Bi ürgelj iim ögöömör baidaggüi.


Genghis Khan Loading Screen (Civ5).jpg

Greetings o great Temujin, immortal emperor of the mighty Mongol Empire! Your fists shatter walls of cities and your voice brings despair to your enemies. O Khan! You united the warring tribes of Northern Asia into a mighty people, creating the greatest cavalry force the world has ever witnessed. Your people's cunning diplomacy divided their enemies, making them weak and helpless before Mongolia's conquering armies. In a few short years, your people soldiers conquered most of China and Eastern Asia, and the empire continued to grow until it reached west into Europe and south to Korea. Indeed, it was the greatest empire ever seen, dwarfing those pathetic conquests of the Romans or the Greeks.

Temujin, your people call upon you once more to lead them to battle and conquest. Will the world once again tremble at the thunderous sound of your cavalry, sweeping down from the steppes? Will you build an empire that stands the test of time?


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