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All console commands in Crusader Kings 3

All console commands in Crusader Kings 3

How to use commands in Crusader Kings 3

Crusader Kings II has a robust modding scene with all manner of content for any desires. The biggest contributor to this is that Paradox games are very accessible to modding, and feature great consoles for commands to be entered into. If you just want to make the game way too easy, you can also use console commands in Crusader Kings to cheat your way to victory. All console commands in Crusader Kings 3 are no different. You can manipulate the game in many different ways, just need to know how.

You can use these commands to alter characters and the game state in general. Most of the time though, you will be altering the characters, You will need to enable debug mode to do this though, as it’s the easiest way to get the information you need. For starters, you need the Character ID of your target character. Assuming you have debug mode on, which we will get to, simply hover over the character portrait of someone to get their ID.

How to Enable Debug Mode

To start the game in debug mode, within Steam, right-click to set the game’s Properties, then under the General tab, click the Set Launch Options… button. Add -debug_mode to the launch options.

The best way to alter the game for debug mode is to use shortcuts. Right-click the game icon and select properties. In the Shortcut tab where it says Target add -debug_mode to the very end of the field and hit apply.  It’s best to do this with a shortcut in the game’s folder by right-clicking on the main CK3 application and selecting Create shortcut. Then add the debug toggle to that shortcut. Create a shortcut to both the debug and non-debug versions of the game so that you can easily switch between them.

The Xbox Game Pass for PC/Windows 10 Store editions of the game need a batch file to run each time. It’s easier than it sounds. Below is the command you need to run to get the game to boot in debug:

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start shell:AppsFolder\ParadoxInteractive.ProjectTitus_zfnrdv2de78ny!App -debug_mode

You would normally enter this command into the command prompt. Alternatively, you can create a batch file on your desktop and paste in that code to run it. To create a simple batch file on Windows 10, use these steps:

  • Open Start.
  • Search for Notepad, and click the top result to start the app.
  • Paste in the above code provided.
  • Click the File menu.
  • Select the Save As option or CTRL + SHIFT + S.
  • Type a name for the script for example, “ck3debug.bat”. Whatever you call it, it must end in .bat
  • Select Desktop for location.
  • Click save and you’re done!

There you’re in debug mode. Now just hover over characters to get their ID. Once you have that ID, simply use the console commands in Crusader Kings 3 to do as you wish.

If you would like the game to suggest more commands or arguments to you, try pressing Tab when using relationship IDs, religious IDs, culture IDs, and the like.

When you use certain commands, be careful as they can crash the game or cause characters to be altered in non-standard ways. For example, if you were to use the age command but add a minus to it, that would subtract the number given from the age of the target character, This could cause a character to break by reverting to childhood from adulthood if done too aggressively.

If you’re in the mood for more Crusader Kings 3 content, why not check out some of the other guides we have. Need to change your capital? How about knowing what each building and upgrade does? Maybe you need to gain some Piety,

All console commands

Command Effect
age Adds [amount] of age to [character id].
add_claim Adds a pressed claim on [title id] to [character id].
add_doctrine Adds [doctrine id] to [faith id].
add_dread Adds [amount] of dread to [character id].
add_maa Adds [regiment id] of of men-at-arms to [character id].
add_perk Adds [perk id] to [character id].
add_piety Adds [amount] of piety to the player character.
add_prestige Adds [amount] of prestige to the player character.
add_realm_law Passes [law id] to the realm of [character id].
add_realm_law_skip_effects Adds [law id] to the realm of [character id].
add_relation Adds [relation id] between [character id] and [character id].
add_secret Adds [secret id] to the player character.
add_stress Adds [amount] of stress to [character id].
add_title_law Adds [succession law id] to [title id].
add_trait Adds [trait id] to [character id].
add_lifestyle_xp_all Adds [amount] of experience to all lifestyles of [character id].
add_diplomacy_lifestyle_xp Adds [amount] of diplomacy lifestyle experience to [character id].
add_martial_lifestyle_xp Adds [amount] of martial lifestyle experience to [character id].
add_stewardship_lifestyle_xp Adds [amount] of stewardship lifestyle experience to [character id].
add_intrigue_lifestyle_xp Adds [amount] of intrigue lifestyle experience to [character id].
add_learning_lifestyle_xp Adds [amount] of learning lifestyle experience to [character id].
change_culture Changes the culture of [county id] to [culture id].
change_development_level Adds [amount] of development to [county id].
change_fervor Adds [amount] of fervor to [faith id].
change_diplomacy Adds [amount] of diplomacy skill to [character id].
change_martial Adds [amount] of martial skill to [character id].
change_stewardship Adds [amount] of stewardship skill to [character id].
change_intrigue Adds [amount] of intrigue skill to [character id].
change_learning Adds [amount] of learning skill to [character id].
change_prowess Adds [amount] of prowess skill to [character id], if no character is specified then the player character.
clear_character_modifiers Removes all character modifiers from [character id].
clear_title_laws Removes all title succession laws from [title id].
clear_traits Removes all traits from [character id].
discover_all_eras Discovers all innovations for the culture of [character id].
discover_era Discovers [era id] and all its innovations for the player character’s culture.
discover_fascination Discovers the current fascination for the culture of [character id].
discover_innovation Discovers [innovation id] for the culture of [character id].
dynasty_prestige Adds [amount] of renown to [dynasty id], if no dynasty is specified then the player character’s dynasty.
end_schemes All schemes targeting the player character are abandoned.
event Triggers [event id].
gain_all_dynasty_perks Buys all dynasty legacies for the dynasty of [character id], if no character is specified then the player character’s.
gain_all_perks Gives all lifestyle perks to [character id].
give_title Gives [title id] to [character id].
gold Adds [amount] of gold to the player character.
instabuild Holdings and buildings in the player character’s domain are finished in a day. Entering it again disables it.
instant_birth Pregnancies last a day. Entering it again disables it.
join_era Enters [era id] for the culture of [character id], if no character is specified then the player character’s.
kill Kills [character id].
know_schemes Discovers all schemes targeting the player character.
merge_culture Changes the culture of all counties of [culture id] to [culture id].
pregnancy Impregnates female [character id] with father [character id].
remove_doctrine Removes [doctrine id] from [faith id].
remove_nick Removes the current nickname from [character id].
remove_relation Removes [relation id] between [character id] and [character id].
remove_trait Removes [trait id] from [character id].
set_culture Changes the culture to [culture id] for [character id].
set_dread Sets the dread to [amount] for [character id].
set_faith Changes the faith to [faith id] for [character id].
set_focus Sets the focus to [focus id] for [character id].
set_nick Gives [nickname id] to [character id].
set_sexuality Changes the sexual orientation to [sexuality id] for [character id].
set_stress Sets the stress to [amount] for [character id].
set_diplomacy Sets the diplomacy skill to [amount] for [character id].
set_martial Sets the martial skill to [amount] for [character id].
set_stewardship Sets the stewardship skill to [amount] for [character id].
set_intrigue Sets the intrigue skill to [amount] for [character id].
set_learning Sets the learning skill to [amount] for [character id].
set_prowess Sets the prowess skill to [amount] for [character id].
yesmen AI characters accept all proposals. Entering it again disables it.
A list of commands available to players.

Trait IDs

Trait ID
Naive Appeaser education_diplomacy_1
 Adequate Bargainer education_diplomacy_2
 Charismatic Negotiator education_diplomacy_3
 Grey Eminence education_diplomacy_4
 Misguided Warrior education_martial_1
 Tough Soldier education_martial_2
 Skilled Tactician education_martial_3
 Brilliant Strategist education_martial_4
 Indulgent Wastrel education_stewardship_1
 Thrifty Clerk education_stewardship_2
 Fortune Builder education_stewardship_3
 Midas Touched education_stewardship_4
 Amateurish Plotter education_intrigue_1
 Flamboyant Trickster education_intrigue_2
 Intricate Webweaver education_intrigue_3
 Elusive Shadow education_intrigue_4
 Conscientious Scribe education_learning_1
 Insightful Thinker education_learning_2
 Astute Intellectual education_learning_3
 Mastermind Philosopher education_learning_4
 Bumbling Squire education_martial_prowess_1
 Confident Knight education_martial_prowess_2
 Formidable Banneret education_martial_prowess_3
 Famous Champion education_martial_prowess_4
Education traits
Trait Command
Ambitious ambitious
Arrogant arrogant
Arbitrary arbitrary
Brave brave
Callous callous
Calm calm
Chaste chaste
Compassionate compassionate
Content content
Craven craven
Cynical cynical
Diligent diligent
Deceitful decietful
Fickle fickle
Forgiving forgiving
Generous generous
Gluttonous gluttonous
Greedy greedy
Gregarious gregarious
Honest honest
Humble humble
Impatient impatient
Just just
Lustful lustful
Lazy lazy
Paranoid paranoid
Patient patient
Sadistic sadistic
Shy shy
Stubborn stubborn
Temperate temperate
Trusting trusting
Vengeful vengeful
Wrathful wrathful
Zealous Zealous
Personality traits
Trait ID
 Homely beauty_bad_1
 Ugly beauty_bad_2
 Hideous beauty_bad_3
 Comely beauty_good_1
 Handsome / Pretty beauty_good_2
 Beautiful beauty_good_3
 Slow intellect_bad_1
 Stupid intellect_bad_2
 Imbecile intellect_bad_3
 Quick intellect_good_1
 Intelligent intellect_good_2
 Genius intellect_good_3
 Delicate physique_bad_1
 Frail physique_bad_2
 Feeble physique_bad_3
 Hale physique_good_1
 Robust physique_good_2
 Amazonian / Herculean physique_good_3
Congenital traits
Trait ID
Administrator Administrator
Architect architect
August august
Avaricious avaricious
Celibate celibate
Diplomat diplomat
Family First family_first
Gallant gallant
Herbalist lifestyle_herbalist
Overseer overseer
Schemer schemer
Scholar scholar
Seducer seducer
Strategist strategist
Theologian theologian
Torturer torturer
Whole of Body whole_of_body
 Aspiring Blademaster blademaster_1
 Blademaster blademaster_2
 Legendary Blademaster blademaster_3
 Novice Hunter hunter_1
 Hunter hunter_2
 Master Hunter hunter_3
 Wise Man / Wise Woman mystic_1
 Mystic mystic_2
 Miracle Worker mystic_3
 Eager Reveler reveler_1
 Famous Reveler reveler_2
 Legendary Reveler reveler_3
 Novice Physician physician_1
 Physician physician_2
 Renowned Physician physician_3
Lifestyle traits
Trait ID
Dull dull
Disfigured disfigured
Eunuch eunuch
One Eyed one_eyed
One Legged one_legged
Scarred scarred
Shrewd shrewd
Strong strong
Weak weak
Physical Traits
Trait ID
Aggressive Attacker aggressive_attacker
Cautious Leader cautious_leader
Flexible Leader flexible_leader
Forder forder
Forest Fighter forest_fighter
Holy Warrior holy_warrior
Logistician logistician
Jungle Stalker jungle_stalker
Military Engineer military_engineer
Open Terrain Expert open_terrain_expert
Organizer organizer
Reaver reaver
Reckless reckless
Rough Terrain Expert rough_terrain_expert
Unyielding Defender unyielding_defender
Commander Traits
Trait ID
Adulterer adulterer
Cannibal cannibal
Deviant deviant
Dynastic Kinslayer kinslayer_1
Excommunicated excommunicated
Familial Kinslayer kinslayer_2
Fornicator fornicator
Incestuous incestuous
Kinslayer kinslayer_3
Sodomite sodomite
Witch witch
Criminal / evil traits
Trait ID
Athletic athletic
Confider confider
Contrite contrite
Comfort Eater comfort_eater
Drunkard drunkard
Flagellent flagellent
Hashishiyah hashishiyah
Henbane Addict henbane_addict
Improvident improvident
Inappetetic Inappetetic
Irritable irritable
Journaller journaller
Opium Addled opium_addled
Profligate profligate
Rakish rakish
Reclusive reclusive
Reactionary and coping traits
Trait ID
Bossy bossy
Charming charming
Curious curious
Pensive pensive
Rowdy rowdy
Childhood traits
Trait ID
Blind blind
Bubonic Plague bubonic_plague
Brutally Mangled wounder_3
Cancer cancer
Consumption consumption
Gout Ridden gout ridden
Great Pox great_pox
Ill ill
Impotent impotent
Inbred inbred
Incapable incapable
Infirm infirm
Leper leper
Lover’s pox lovers_pox
Maimed maimed
Pneumonia pneumonic
Severely Injured wounder_2
Sickly sickly
Smallpox smallpox
Wounded wounder_1
Typhus typhus
Health traits
Trait ID
Bastard bastard
Bastard Founder bastard_founder
Born in the Purple born_in_the_purple
Consort child_of_concubine
Denounced denounced
Disinherited disinherited
Disputed Heritage disputed_heritage
Legitimized Bastard legitmized_bastard
Reincarnation reincarnation
Twin twin
Wild Oat wild_oat
Birth traits
Trait ID
Saoshyant saoshyant
Sayyid sayyid
Paragon paragon
The Saviour saviour
Descendant traits
Trait ID
Adventurer adventurer
Augustus augustus
Berserker berserker
Chakravarti chakravarti
Crusader crusader_king
Devoted devoted
Greatest of Khans greatest_of_khans
Heresiarch heresiarch
Murderer murderer
Order Member order_member
Peasant Leader peasant_leader
Pilgrim pilgrim
Pregnant pregnant
Saint saint
Varangian varangian
Warrior of the Faith faith_warrior
Event traits

Testing Commands

clear Clears console history.
effect Executes a scripted effect.
faction_spawn Spawns [faction type] if there are valid counties or courtiers to create it.
generate_cadet_coa Generates a new coat of arms for the player character’s house.
help Prints the description of [command], if empty lists all console commands.
instamove Armies move one barony per day. (Affects AI as well as the player)
map_editor Opens the map editor.
nomen AI characters refuse all proposals. Entering it again disables it.
observe Enters observer mode.
play Switches character to [character id].
portrait_editor Opens the portrait editor.
run Executes the commands in [file name]. The txt file must be placed in Documents/Paradox Interactive/Crusader Kings III/run.
set_is_ai Allows the AI to control [character id].
set_is_player Disallows the AI to control [character id].
Commands aimed at testers and mod makers.

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