I have a duchy (Grand Principality of Smolensk) and 2 counties belong to me while 3 other counties to my vassals. Because I have too many duchies I was going to give one of the counties to a good ruler from my dynasty, and next grant him duchy.

This worked well in the past, but not now. After granting a county, the "Grand Landed Title" option is greyed out, the reason is I don't have a landed title which I could grant to this person.

At the same time, I can grand this duchy to one of existing counts...

Why? Is this a new game restriction?

  • 2
    Probably gavelkind biting you in the ass again.
    – user86571
    Mar 10, 2019 at 21:16
  • How can that be related?
    – Budda
    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:18
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    Because gavelkind restricts how you can give away your titles.
    – user86571
    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:21
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    When you hover over the diplo option, it should give you a reason why. What does the tooltip say? In all paradox games, tooltips are your friends. I can think of a few dozen reasons why but without more info I cannot reliably answer the question. Inheritance law tho as @RossRidge said might be the reason.
    – Xander
    Mar 11, 2019 at 9:56
  • @Xander I am under the impression that the greyed out tooltip says "You don't have a landed title, which you can land to this person." And OP is trying to found out why the title in question can't be given to someone.
    – abbabab
    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:01

1 Answer 1


Gavelkind Succession has some mechanics to avoid you giving your heir all your titles except one before you die, so you can't game the system.

You cannot destroy titles subject to gavelkind succession (except titular titles). You cannot give your primary heir more than a single county. That is, you cannot grant them a duchy title or a second county. (You can, however, strengthen them by granting extra castles or tribes.) Furthermore, you can only give your primary heir a county that they are expected to inherit.


But it seems like you are not trying to give your heir a title, but another character. Does the character in question have any traits disqualifying them? is the duchy a regular feudal duchy?

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