Crusader Kings 3 Cheats List: All CK3 Cheat Codes

If you want to rule Crusader Kings 3 as a god instead of a mere ruler, you'll need some cheat codes. Here's the full list of CK3 cheats.

Crusader Kings 3 gives you plenty of chances to be chivalrous. But do so at your own risk: not every knight of the realm is bound by honor, and many will take advantage of you if you give them half the chance. If you're tired of playing by the rules, then you've come to the right place. Here there be a complete cheats list! 

To use a Crusader Kings 3 cheat code, you'll have to start the game in debug mode

Opening Debug Mode in Steam

If you're playing on Steam, this is an easy setup:

  • Right click Crusader Kings 3 in your library
  • Click Properties 
  • Go to the General tab
  • Click Set Launch Options
  • Add the command -debug_mode
  • Restart the game

Opening Debug Mode in Xbox Game Pass or Using Win 10

Getting debug mode to run through other launchers is a bit more complicated, but not much. If you're playing CK3 for free through Game Pass or have purchased the strategy game through the Microsoft Marketplace for Windows, you'll need to jump through a small hoop. 

Open a text editor (notepad works) and input this command: 

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

Save the file and rename the extension to a .bat file by directly editing the file on your desktop. Double-click the file to start Crusader Kings 3 in debug mode.

You can also create a shortcut for Crusader Kings 3 and edit the Target by going into the shortcut's properties menu and adding -debug_mode. 

How to Use Cheats in CK3 

You should now be able to open the cheat menu in-game by pressing the `/~ key (the tilde next to the number 1 on most keyboards). 

Console commands differ from cheat codes in that the former are generally used to test game states for debugging and balancing purposes, while the latter are just ways to give yourself or others unfair advantages.

We have a separate list of console commands you can find right here. If you're looking to forego that chivalrous attitude, then here's what you need to cheat to win. Eddie Guerrero would be proud.

Crusader Kings 3 Cheats List: All CK3 Cheat Codes

Crusader Kings 3 map focusing on Barcelona, Spain, with the council menu up.

To activate cheats, type exactly what's in bold, except anything in brackets. If something is in brackets, the input is calling for a variable.

For example, you wouldn't type "gold [number]." Instead, you would type "gold 200" to add 200 gold.

If you need an ID (many codes call for a character ID, for instance), just hover your cursor over the character in-game and the ID will appear.

For most cheats, if no character ID is specified, it will apply automatically to the player character. For most numbers, typing a negative number will decrease the amount.

A few of these codes allow you to hit the "Tab" key to pull up a list of applicable IDs. Most of them can be disabled by simply reentering it, but some of them will require a game restart.

Cheat away, friends!

  • age [amount] [character ID] - Adds the amount of years to a character's age
  • add_claim [title ID] [character ID] - Adds a pressed claim to the character
  • add_doctrine [doctrine ID] [faith ID] - Adds a doctrine to the specified faith
  • add_dread [amount] [character ID] - Adds an amount of dread to a character
  • add_maa [regiment ID] [character ID] - Gives a Men-at-arms regiment to the character
  • add_perk [perk ID] [character ID] - Gives the perk to the character
  • add_piety [amount] - Adds piety to the player character
  • add_prestige [amount] - Adds prestige to the player character
  • add_realm_law [law ID] [character ID] - Passes a realm law to the realm of the specified character
  • add_realm_law_skip_effects [law ID] [character ID] - Adds a law to the realm of the specified character, as if it had already been in place
  • add_relation [relation ID] [character ID] [character ID] - Adds the specified relationship between the two characters
  • add_secret [secret ID] - Gives the secret to the player character
  • add_stress [amount] [character ID] - Adds the amount of stress to the character
  • add_title_law [title ID] [law ID] - Adds a succession law to a title
  • add_trait [trait ID] [character ID] - Adds a trait to the character
  • add_lifestyle_xp_all [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to every lifestyle of the character
  • add_diplomacy_lifestyle_xp [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to the diplomacy lifestyle of the character
  • add_intrigue_lifestyle_xp [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to the intrigue lifestyle of the character
  • add_stewardship_lifestyle_xp [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to the stewardship lifestyle of the character
  • add_martial_lifestyle_xp [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to the martial lifestyle of the character
  • add_learning_lifestyle_xp [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to the learning lifestyle of the character
  • change_culture [county ID] [culture ID] - Changes a county culture
  • change_development_level [amount] [county ID] - Increase a county's development
  • change_fervor [amount] [faith ID] - Adds fervor to the faith
  • change_diplomacy [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the diplomacy skill of a character
  • change_martial [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the martial skill of a character
  • change_stewardship [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the stewardship skill of a character
  • change_intrigue [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the intrigue skill of a character
  • change_learning [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the learning skill of a character
  • change_prowess [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the prowess skill of a character
  • clear_character_modifiers [character ID] - Removes all character modifiers from the character
  • clear_title_laws [title ID] - Removes all title succession laws
  • clear_traits [character ID] - Removes all traits from the character
  • discover_all_eras [character ID] - Discovers all innovations for the culture of the character
  • discover_era [era ID] - Discovers the specified era for the player character's culture (pressing Tab shows era IDs)
  • discover_fascination [character ID] - Discovers the current fascination for the culture of the character
  • discover_innovation [innovation ID] [character ID] - Discovers the innovation for the culture of the character (pressing Tab shows innovation IDs)
  • dynasty_prestige [amount] [dynasty ID] - Adds renown to the dynasty
  • end_schemes - Every scheme targeting the player character is abandoned
  • event [event ID] - Triggers a specific event
  • gain_all_dynasty_perks [character ID] - Grants all legacies for the character's dynasty
  • gain_all_perks [character ID] - Grants all lifestyle perks to the character
  • give_title [title ID] [character ID] - Grants a title to the character
  • gold [number] - Adds gold to the player character
  • instabuild - All holdings and buildings take a single day to finish (remains active - input it again to disable it)
  • instant_birth - Pregnancies last a single day (remains active - input it again to disable it)
  • join_era [era ID] - Enters the specified era for the culture of the character
  • kill [character ID] - Instantly kills the character
  • know_schemes - Reveals all schemes targeting the player character
  • merge_culture [culture ID] [culture ID] - Changes the culture of all counties from the first culture input to the second culture input
  • pregnancy [character ID] [character ID] - Impregnates the first character by the second character
  • remove_doctrine [doctrine ID] [faith ID] - Removes the doctrine from the faith (pressing Tab shows doctrine IDs)
  • remove_nick [character ID] - Removes the nickname of the character
  • remove_relation [relation ID] [character ID] [character ID] - Removes the relationship between the two characters
  • remove_trait [trait ID] [character ID] - Removes the trait from the character
  • set_culture [culture ID] [character ID] - Changes the character's culture
  • set_dread [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's dread to a certain amount
  • set_faith [faith ID] [character ID] - Changes a character's faith (pressing Tab shows faith IDs)
  • set_focus [focus ID] [character ID] - Sets a character's focus
  • set_nick [nickname ID] [character ID] - Gives the character a nickname
  • set_sexuality [sexuality ID] [character ID] - Changes the character's sexual orientation
  • set_stress [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's stress
  • set_diplomacy [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's diplomacy skill
  • set_martial [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's martial skill
  • set_stewardship [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's stewardship skill
  • set_intrigue [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's intrigue skill
  • set_learning [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's learning skill
  • set_prowess [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's prowess skill
  • yesmen - AI characters accept every proposal (remains active - input it again to disable it)

There you have it: all of the Crusader Kings 3 cheat codes in one handy list. You'll be stomping across the world of CK3 in no time, bending the peasants to your will via the power of cheats! If you can't get enough of Crusader Kings 3, check out our full review. Stay tuned, as we'll have even more tips, tricks, and strategies on the game as we and the community dive further in.


Jordan has been gaming and geeking since he was a wee lad. He is a freelance writer and content creator, contributing to AMC Theatres, SVG, Looper, and Feast Magazine, among others. Follow him on Twitter for article updates and Instagram for (mostly) pictures of food and animals.

Published Sep. 10th 2020

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