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Nebuchadnezzar II (c. 634 BC – 562 BC) was the son of Nabopolassar, the Chaldean restorer of Babylonian independence. Nebuchadnezzar is the most important king of the Second Babylonian or Neo-Babylonian Empire. He leads the Babylonians in Civilization V.


Nebuchadnezzar II in game

Nebuchadnezzar II speaks Akkadian. On his diplomacy screen, he is sitting on his throne in a dark ziggurat, flanked by two greenish flames. Notably, when the player first meets him, he drops his goblet. He seems to show disdain for both the player and his citizens, saying that "those fools outside think I am some sort of god."

Capital: Babylon

Unique Unit: Bowman

Unique Building: Walls of Babylon

Unique Ability: Ingenuity

Voice Actor: Uncredited

AI Traits[]

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

Personality and Behavior[]

Nebuchadnezzar tends to try any victory condition, but he will most likely attempt a scientific or diplomatic one.

Nebuchadnezzar likes to have fewer cities with higher 20xPopulation5.png Population. He will also try to keep his cities well defended.

Given his unique ability, Nebuchadnezzar places a high emphasis on Science Science and Great People. He also tends to try to build many wonders.

Nebuchadnezzar strongly favors ranged units when building his army, and will use it for defense more often than offense. In the later eras, expect him to have powerful anti-air defenses and make heavy use of spies and nuclear weapons.

Nebuchadnezzar is rather difficult to befriend, as he is disloyal and very unlikely to forgive a transgression. However, he is not likely to become angry at warmongers.

Nebuchadnezzar is very keen on making friends with city-states. On the other hand, he may try to attack or bully them instead.

Civilopedia entry[]


Nebuchadnezzar II was king of Babylon for some 43 years (605-562 BC). He is best known for his military conquests and his restoration of the city of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar II also figures prominently in the Bible for the conquest of Judah and the forced relocation of many Israelites to Babylon.

Early Years[]

Nebuchadnezzar (which is sometimes spelled "Nebuchadrezzar") was the oldest son of Nabopolassar, the founder of the Chaldean empire, who had done much to make Babylon into an imperial power. He served under his father in several military campaigns, and in 606 BC he commanded an army which destroyed an Egyptian army at Carchemish, securing for Babylon the control of Syria.

Upon Assuming Power[]

Upon his father’s death in 605, Nebuchadnezzar returned to Babylon and assumed the throne. He resumed campaigning shortly thereafter, when he conquered a number of smaller states including Judah. He continued his conquests until 600, when, possibly over-extended, he lost badly to an Egyptian army. Taking advantage of Babylon’s disarray, Judah and several other subject states revolted.

It took Nebuchadnezzar some two years to regroup and rebuild his armies, but by 598 he was on the march again, and in 597 he occupied Jerusalem, deposing the Judaian king Jehoiachin and transporting him and other prominent citizens to captivity in Babylon (most likely as hostages against further Jewish rebellions) He continued his expansionist military campaigning for the rest of his reign, clashing more or less successfully with other powers in the eastern Mediterranean, Asia Minor and the Middle East.


Not just a warlord, Nebuchadnezzar was also active diplomatically, sending and receiving ambassadors from nearby kingdoms. He is known to have sent an ambassador to mediate in a conflict between the Medes and the Lydians in Asia Minor.

Domestic Policies[]

When not campaigning, Nebuchadnezzar spent much of his energy in rebuilding Babylon and improving its fortifications. He is known to have rebuilt many temples, paved roads, cut canals, and constructed a moat and wall around the city. He is also credited with the construction of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which according to legend he built to please his wife who was pining for the hills of her home in Media.

Judgment of History[]

Despite his capture of Judah and relocation of the Israelites, Nebuchadnezzar appears in a mostly favorable light in the Bible. He is credited for protecting Jewish prophets and citizens from persecution; the prophet Jeremiah apparently believed that Nebuchadnezzar was God’s appointed instrument of vengeance against evil-doers. Nebuchadnezzar died in Babylon in 562 BC. He is remembered as a successful military leader who increased the size of his empire and who strengthened and improved the capital city of Babylon, and who treated his subject people well. By all measures he earned his title of "Nebuchadnezzar the Great."


Nebuchadnezzar's name translates roughly as "Oh god Nabu, preserve my firstborn son" in the Akkadian language.


Codename Quote (English translation) Quote (Akkadian) Notes
Attacked Oh well, I presume you know what you're doing. Kīma šetēpšu, tēde kieb.
Declares War The demon wants the blood of soldiers! Galum dāmu rētī erēšu!
Defeated It is over. Perhaps now I shall have peace, at last.  ?
Hate Hello What do YOU want?! Mīnam TEREŠ?!
Hate Let's Hear It 01 I'm certainly listening. Abaraša ebeš.
Hate Let's Hear It 02 ?  ?
Hate Let's Hear It 03 <exasperated> I'm listening! Ebeš!
Hate No 01 <angrily> No! Lā!
Hate No 02 <angrily> Certainly not! Abaraša lā!
Hate No 03 <angrily> Unacceptable! Ulamaḫašu!
Hate Yes 01 Yes! Anna!
Hate Yes 02 Yes! Anni!
Hate Yes 03 ?  ?
Intro Are you real or a phantom? Tabšima eṭemmu atta?
Neutral Hello Greetings.  ?
Neutral Let's Hear It 01 I'm listening! Ebeš!
Neutral Let's Hear It 02 ?  ?
Neutral Let's Hear It 03 What do you want? Mīnu tereš?
Neutral No 01 No! Lā!
Neutral No 02 Certainly not. Abaraša lā.
Neutral No 03 Unacceptable! Ulamaḫašu!
Neutral Yes 01 Completed! Igamar!
Neutral Yes 02 Yes! Annu!
Neutral Yes 03 Agreed! Imagal!
Peaceful Foolish, foolish – letting me live.  ?
Request It appears that you do have a reason for existing – to make this deal with me.  ?


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May the blessings of Heaven be upon you, Oh Great Nebuchadnezzar, father of mighty and ancient Babylon! Young was the world when Sargon built Babylon some five thousand years ago. Long did it grow and prosper, gaining its first empire the 18th century BC, under Godlike Hammurabi, the Giver of Law. Although conquered by the Kassites and then by the Assyrians, Babylon endured, emerging phoenix-like from the ashes of destruction and regaining its independence despite its many enemies. Truly was Babylon the center of arts and learning in the ancient world!

Oh Nebuchadnezzar, your empire endured but a short time after your death, falling to the mighty Persians and then to the Greeks, until the great city was destroyed by 141 BC. But is Babylon indeed gone forever, Great Nebuchadnezzar? Your people look to you to bring the empire back to life once more! Will you accept the challenge? Will you build a civilization to stand the test of time?


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