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For Personality traits in Civilization: Beyond Earth, see Personality traits (Rising Tide).

In Civilization IV a leader trait is a special ability or rule modification that applies to any civilization led by a leader with that trait. Leader traits are often called just traits. Traits give advantages to the leaders based on their playstyles.

List of leader traits[]

The leader traits are:

Trait Properties Production bonus of +100% for
Aggressive Free Combat I promotion of melee and gunpowder units. Barracks and Drydock
Creative +2 Culture (Civ4).png per city. Library, Theatre and Colosseum
Expansive +2 Health (Civ4).png per city and, in BtS, 25 percent faster production of Worker. Granary and Harbor
Financial +1 Coin (Civ4).png on tiles with 2 Coin (Civ4).png already Bank (removed as of ~3.13?)
Industrious Wonder production bonus of +50% Forge
Organized Civic upkeep reduced 50 percent Lighthouse, Factory and Courthouse
Philosophical Great person point bonus of +100% University
Spiritual There is no anarchy when changing civics Temple
In Warlords and Beyond the Sword:
Trait Properties Production bonus of +100% for
Charismatic -
Protective Archery and Gunpowder Units receive free Drill I and City Garrison I Walls and Castle

Table of leaders and their traits[]

Each leader has two leader traits. These are shown in the following table.

Table of Leader traits as for Beyond the Sword expansion
Aggressive Kublai Khan (Mongolia) Shaka (Zulu) Ragnar (Vikings) Stalin (Russia) Hammurabi (Babylon) Alexander (Greece) Montezuma (Aztecs) Genghis Khan (Mongolia) Tokugawa (Japan) Boudica (Celts)
Kublai Khan (Civ4).jpg Mongolian Creative Suryavarman II (Khmer) Willem van Oranje (Dutch) Louis XIV (France) Zara Yaqob (Ethiopia) Pericles (Greece) Hatshepsut (Egypt) Catherine (Russia) Gilgamesh (Sumeria) none
Shaka (Civ4).jpg Zulu Suryavarman II (Civ4).jpg Khmer Expansive Pacal II (Maya) Bismarck (Germany) Mehmed II (Ottomans) Peter (Russia) Isabella (Spain) Joao II (Portugal) Mao Zedong (China) Washington (America)
Ragnar (Civ4).jpg Viking Willem van Oranje (Civ4).jpg Dutch Pacal II (Civ4).jpg Mayan Financial Huayna Capac (Inca) Darius I (Persia) Elizabeth (England) Mansa Musa (Mali) Victoria (England) Wang Kon (Korea) Hannibal (Carthage)
Stalin (Civ4).jpg Russian Louis XIV (Civ4).jpg French Bismarck (Civ4).jpg German Huayna Capac (Civ4).jpg Incan Industrious Roosevelt (America) none Ramesses II (Egypt) Augustus Caesar (Rome) Qin Shi Huang (China) De Gaulle (France)
Hammurabi (Civ4).jpg Babylonian Zara Yaqob (Civ4).jpg Ethiopian Mehmed II (Civ4).jpg Ottoman Darius I (Civ4).jpg Persian Roosevelt (Civ4).jpg American Organized Frederick (Germany) Asoka (India) Julius Caesar (Rome) none Napoleon (France)
Alexander (Civ4).jpg Greece Pericles (Civ4).jpg Greece Peter (Civ4).jpg Russian Elizabeth (Civ4).jpg English none Frederick (Civ4).jpg German Philosophical Gandhi (India) Suleiman (Ottomans) Sitting Bull (Native Americans) Lincoln (America)
Montezuma (Civ4).jpg Aztec Hatshepsut (Civ4).jpg Egyptian Isabella (Civ4).jpg Spanish Mansa Musa (Civ4).jpg Malinese Ramesses (Civ4).jpg Egyptian Asoka (Civ4).jpg Indian Gandhi (Civ4).jpg Indian Spiritual Justinian I (Byzantium) Saladin (Arabia) Brennus (Celts)
Genghis Khan (Civ4).jpg Mongolian Catherine (Civ4).jpg Russian Joao II (Civ4).jpg Portuguese Victoria (Civ4).jpg English Augustus Caesar (Civ4).jpg Roman Julius Caesar (Civ4).jpg Roman Suleiman (Civ4).jpg Ottoman Justinian I (Civ4).jpg Byzantine Imperialistic Charlemagne (Holy Roman Empire) Cyrus (Persia)
Tokugawa (Civ4).jpg Japanese Gilgamesh (Civ4).jpg Sumerian Mao Zedong (Civ4).jpg Chinese Wang Kon (Civ4).jpg Korean Qin Shi Huang (Civ4).jpg Chinese none Sitting Bull (Civ4).jpg Native American Saladin (Civ4).jpg Arabian Charlemagne (Civ4).jpg Holy Roman Empire Protective Churchill (England)
Boudica (Civ4).jpg Celtic none Washington (Civ4).jpg American Hannibal (Civ4).jpg Carthaginian De Gaulle (Civ4).jpg French Napoleon (Civ4).jpg French Lincoln (Civ4).jpg American Brennus (Civ4).jpg Celtic Cyrus (Civ4).jpg Persian Churchill (Civ4).jpg English Charismatic

Table of Leader traits in Vanilla:

Aggressive Kublai Khan (Mongolia) Genghis Khan (Mongolia) Huayna Capac (Inca) Napoleon (France) Tokugawa (Japan) Alexander (Greece) Montezuma (Aztecs)
Kublai Khan (Civ4).jpg Mongolian Creative Cyrus (Persia) Catherine (Russia) Louis XIV (France) Frederick (Germany) Hatshepsut (Egypt)
Genghis Khan (Civ4).jpg Mongolian Cyrus (Civ4).jpg Persian Expansive Victoria (England) Bismarck (Germany) Julius Caesar (Rome) Peter (Russia) Isabella (Spain)
Huayna Capac (Civ4).jpg Incan Catherine (Civ4).jpg Russian Victoria (Civ4).jpg English Financial Qin Shi Huang (China) Washington (America) Elizabeth (England) Mansa Musa (Mali)
Napoleon (Civ4).jpg French Louis XIV (Civ4).jpg French Bismarck (Civ4).jpg German Qin Shi Huang (Civ4).jpg Chinese Industrious Roosevelt (America) Gandhi (India)
Tokugawa (Civ4).jpg Japanese Frederick (Civ4).jpg German Julius Caesar (Civ4).jpg Roman Washington (Civ4).jpg American Roosevelt (Civ4).jpg American Organized Mao Zedong (China) Asoka (India)
Alexander (Civ4).jpg Greece Peter (Civ4).jpg Russian Elizabeth (Civ4).jpg English Mao Zedong (Civ4).jpg Chinese Philosophical Saladin (Arabia)
Montezuma (Civ4).jpg Aztec Hatshepsut (Civ4).jpg Egyptian Isabella (Civ4).jpg Spanish Mansa Musa (Civ4).jpg Malinese Gandhi (Civ4).jpg Indian Asoka (Civ4).jpg Indian Saladin (Civ4).jpg Arabian Spiritual
Civilization IV [edit]
WarlordsBeyond the SwordColonization

Buildings (Unique) • CivicsCivilizationsErasLeaders (Traits) • ReligionsResourcesSoundtrackTechnologiesTerrains (Tile Improvement) • Units (UniqueClassPromotions) • Wonders

Coin (Civ4).png CommerceCulture (Civ4).png CultureBread (Civ4).pngFoodEspionage (Civ4).png EspionageHappiness (Civ4).png HappinessHealth (Civ4).png HealthPower (Civ4).png PowerHammer (Civ4).png ProductionBeaker (Civ4).png Science

† Total conversion remake of the game Sid Meier's Colonization using Civilization IV engine