Crusader Kings II is a strategy game for PC based in the middle ages developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox Interactive as a sequel to Crusader Kings.

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How to maximise the odds of becoming Cathar?

In two separate games, twice I received the event that allows you to become Cathar, and I never received events towards other heresies. Since I like very much to play as Cathar, I'd like to know how ...
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What happens if you expel the Jews?

I haven't been able to find complete informations about expelling the Jews. how much gold do you get if you do it? how much gold does calling them back cost? does being heretic (i.e. Cathar) change ...
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How do I have my king fight in battles?

When I first played Crusader Kings 2 I remember my king participating in battles. How do I get my king to take up arms and go out into battle?
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What determines if a vassal king desires an empire

I am the emperor of Hispania and Francia and have two vassal kings, the king of Navarra and the king of France. The king of Navarra doesn't desire the empire of Hispania, but the king of France has a ...
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Pressing claim on an Empire

Is it possible for you or someone else to usurp an Emperor title? I married a woman with a weak claim on the HRE to my son (so she is now in my realm as my sons vassal) and killed off kaisers until an ...
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What are the penalties for being over the vassal limit?

I have 29 landed vassals when my limit is 22, but there doesn't seem to be an opinion or tax penalty like there is for too many duchies or too big of a demense. I've also noticed that the HRE Kaiser ...
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Uninteractable Ghost Armies

When I declare war, very infrequently the defender will raise an army that has the appearance of a knight on a horse checkered black and white (normally armies look like infantry in my game). It has ...
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Requirements to keep vassal when they inherit foreign lands

What are the requirements for keeping someone as your vassal when they inherit/conquer lands outside your realm ? The wiki says they most already hold an equal title in your realm, but I've had many ...
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Any Way to Dump Event Log in Crusader Kings 2?

I've found out how to open the console, but when I input debug_dumpevents, it tells me, in red text, that the command is only for developers. So how can I access the list of events, such as you see ...
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Ruling an empire of duchies [closed]

I currently have the Empire of Hispania with all of its de jure kingdoms, as well as most of France's kingdoms and a few in Britain. I currently hold most of the kingdom titles personally and wanted ...
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Are jewish rabbis NOT disqualified from inheritance?

I'm playing CK2 2.0.4. I know it's old version, but I strongly dislike all this India stuff. During my Khazar campaign, I tried to disqualify my second son from gavelkind inheritance by giving him ...
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Event to change to Nomad CK2

In the recent Horse Lords DLC, there is a government system called the nomads. Is there any way to trigger, or any event ID, to change to this type of government?
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What's the best way to annihiliate an enemy's family?

I was playing with William the Bastard, and after conquering England, i stumbled upon the problem of how to deal with the remaining Godwinsons(a few of them died in battle). So i just granted them ...
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Why is the independence war going on, when I'm no longer his vassal anyway?

I was a Count under a Duke under the Basileus. I had enough counties to create a new Duchy, but the game wouldn't let me, because "you can't create a title as great as your liege's". I declared a ...
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Changing Character Government type? Crusader Kings 2

With the Horse Lords expansion, it is a lot harder to switch your government type. I'm playing as a tribal Irish character, in the north of Ireland. I can't find anyway to switch from Tribal to ...
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Playing Crusader Kings II at very high resolution

I've noticed that in Crusader Kings II you can select the 5K Retina resolution: 5120x2880. I did, and the game resolution itself was correctly set… but the interfaces were just downscaled. That is, ...
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Territory lost through Vassal Inheritance - what should I have done? [duplicate]

I'm confused. As the King of Aquitaine, I had a vassal Countess of Foix. Her heir was Count of a single county in France (both nations are Elective Gavelkind). I had a Vassal Inheritance Warning, ...
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My only son is the heir to a city, so my titles will be inherited by my daughter. How to fix this?

Title kinda says it all - i have a son and a daughter, and he is the heir to some city i can't even find(it says city of York, and i have created a Republic from the Duchy of York, so there is ...
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How can I destroy the Papacy as a Muslim or Pagan?

When playing as a Muslim or Pagan, I would like to inflict significant damage on the Christian world, and conquering Rome somehow doesn't grab me as that significant (not to mention that once I saw an ...
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Can Reformed Slavic Pagans Request a Great Holy War?

I'm new to the game, playing as Poland. I have reformed the Slavic (pagan) faith. The head of the religion (who is my vassal) has called a Great Holy War on their own already. I'm wondering if it's ...
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How to revoke a barony title in one's demesne without tyranny?

AFAIK there are at least 4 ways to revoke a title without incurring tyranny. 1) send a chancellor to fabricate claims - by far the most convenient way. The problem is you can't send him anywhere ...
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Conflicting Succession Law Conditions

I'm looking to change the succession law from Gavelkind to Primogeniture. However there appear to be conflicting conditions. Title is not a Viceroyalty. Holder, Any Held Title, Is a Viceroyalty. ...
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What do “regions” do?

With a recent update, counties appear to have a new property "region" (or maybe it was always there but only now it appears on the GUI). For example, Worcester is part of "region_british_isles"[sic], ...
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Can inheritance pass on to mother's dynasty?

I'm considering theoretical possibility of using the following scenario to obtain more land for my heir by successfully marrying my other children and then engineering the succession (murdering ...
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Is there a way to determine character motivations?

I'm often left scratching my head at the choices my courtiers or neighbors make. For example, sometimes I catch wind of a plot to kill somebody where there is no obvious relationship between the ...
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My nobles won't support a law [duplicate]

I'm trying to increase the level of tax on cities. Currently no-one is voting for it except me (3/11 votes). I've looked through this site, and found comments to the effect of 'Your vassals don't ...
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Pressing inherited vassal claim

As Queen of Aquitaine, I was pressing a weak claim war on the Duchy of Anjou on behalf of one of my vassals when he died, causing the war to be cancelled. The vassal's titles were inherited by his ...
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What methods of suicide cause the least amounts of collateral damage?

CK2 is a big game with lots of variables, so I'll stick to adding them upon being requested to minimize the hassle. Anyway, let's say that you have a lot of children and the oldest one claims all the ...
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Will existing castles change to cities when I reform my government?

So, I'm playing as tribal Scandinavia and am nearing the point where I'll have to decide whether I want to reform to become a republic or a feudal state. I have already reformed the Germanic faith and ...
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How can I easily consolidate dynasty holdings under one ruler?

I'm following several guides' suggestions for learning the feudal system and started a game as a Count of Ireland. I've made it to the 3rd generation of Kings of Ireland and somehow managed to land a ...
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How would an empire be split into an empire, a kingdom and two duchies under Elective Gavelkind?

So, I was there, casually playing as Ragnarr Lodbrok of Scandinavia, comfortable in the thought that I would soon come to pass to Valhalla and leave the Empire to be divided by my four sons according ...
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Can I undo the creation of this merchant republic?

So I’m a King and I cajole a foreign courtier – call him A – who has a claim on an independent duchy D to come join my ever-so-much-more-prestigious court instead. Following roughly the guide in this ...
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How can I boost research?

My Holy Roman Empire spans Western Europe from Iceland all the way to Mali and from Portugal all the way to the Caspian Sea. My dynasty has successfully reclaimed the Kingdom of Jerusalem and held it ...
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Revoking a Duke's last county?

If I revoke a duke's last remaining county, and he/she has no remaining vassals, will they remain the duke? I wondering because I've just conquered England as Harald the IV of Norway and I have a ...
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How can I raise the Centralization level of my Petty Kingdom?

This is related to How can I persuade my lords to pass a law? but not a duplicate. I am an independent grand-duke of Ireland (control 2 duchies and have no liege). I currently have minimal ...
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Will I benefit from Charlemagne DLC If I don't play with any of those characters?

I am thinking about purchasing the Charlemagne DlC for Crusader Kings 2. However I am not very much interested in playing with Charlemagne (or his brother or whoever the dlc adds). I am more ...
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Looking for another opinion on whether my son will inherit Byzantium

This is going to get a little confusing with all the begetting, but I want you to have all the info I do to help me figure this out. Names have been simplified to help out all concerned. Children are ...
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How can I see what happened before?

I loaded up my save of CK2 and see a Righteous Imprisonment notification on top. I remember the guy that I can now imprison but I don't remember who he tried to kill or actually killed. I notice my ...
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How to let someone continue his original plot when spymaster survived an assassination attempt?

I am playing the tutorial campaign with King Alfonso II of Leon. One of my counts has been annoying and have since made him dismantle his faction. Now my spymaster tells me that his heir was trying to ...
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What does a person's death caused by assassination without your knowledge look like to you?

I've noticed that my Spymasters have been dying at a suspiciously high rate. I've gone through 3 of them in about six months. Now, this could just be bad luck, but considering that it's Crusader ...
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Why am I losing this title?

I am playing CK2 with my friends in the Byzantine Empire. He is the emperor while I picked a duke in the kingdom. When he got enough money, he then created the Kingdom of Greece and gave it to me. ...
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Is there anything useful, besides executing and ransoming, that I can do with an imprisoned liege?

I've been playing as a Duke in the HRE, and I've managed to imprison my liege (the emperor). However, now that he's here, I really don't know what to do with him. My goal right now is to lower crown ...
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I have a casus belli, but I can not declare war because no hostages held

I am playing as the count of Breifne in Ireland. My chancellor has fabricated a claim on the neighboring County of Connachta. The count of Connachta is also the petty king (duke) of Connachta, ...
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Why didn't gavelkind split three kingdoms?

A neighbouring ruler had three kingdoms, all under gavelkind succession and limited or no crown authority. Furthermore, he had two duchies, with one county in each. One of the duchies is within the de ...
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How to change election type in kingdom of scotland

I'm currently king of Ireland and Scotland, and own about half of GB. One of my relatives got a claim on the Kingdom of England, so I managed to win that war and place my cousin on the throne of ...
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Is there a way to create a leader for a mercenary band?

I'm playing an old version of Crusader Kings 2 (2.1, I think). At one point, Paradox updated the game to include more mercenaries and holy orders. As I was the Irish King at the time, I had the option ...
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Custom empires / kingdoms and de jure

With the Charlemagne expansion you can form your own kingdoms and eventually empires if you have enough territory, titles and prestige to do it. So I founded my own kingdom and later my own empire, ...
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Crusader Kings 2 crashes on certain date

Hi, so I'm playing CK2 as Croatia, and all of a sudden, on the 21st of March 1120, my game unexpectedly disappears and my desktop appears. I have searched the web for solutions, and all I can find is ...
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How can I play a crazy character?

I would like to try playing a "Lunatic" and/or "Possessed" character, because I heard they have some really entertaining events. Is there a reliable way to drive my current or next character crazy? ...
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Foreigner son-in-law went on a killing spree, then formed a militia just to stand around for awhile… did I miss something?

I'm working through my first, long-term play-through after dozens (or, if I'm being honest, hundreds) of short attempts to figure out the mechanics. I'm finally getting into where some weird stuff is ...