Nicknames

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Nicknames are a type of title given to your character when he/she fulfills certain criteria, or by random chance while meeting the requirements for a given nickname.

Nicknames in CK2, being actually descriptive epithets rather than true "nicknames," appear after the character's given name, such as in "Jarl Erik the Heathen" or "King Harald Hårdråde". To get a nickname the character must be a Count or higher.

Below is a list of available nicknames with the vanilla game:

Nickname Given By Requirements Inhibitors
the Conqueror Trigger Win a war you declared with the (Christian) 'Invasion' casus belli. Also given to Muslim winners of decadence revolts and successful adventurers.
the Holy Trigger Fulfill the 'Become Paragon of Virtue' Obj become parangon of virtue.png ambition.
the Great Trigger Fulfill the 'Become Exalted Among Men' Obj become exalted.png ambition.
Trigger By decision, create the Kingdom of León, the Kingdom of Hungary, or the Holy Roman Empire.
Rule Ruled 10 years, 1000 Prestige. Chance increases at 2000, 4000, and 6000 prestige.
the Effeminate Trigger Obtained by event
the Clueless Trigger Obtained by event
the Saint Trigger As Byzantine Emperor, mend the Great Schism.
the Glorious Trigger As Byzantine Emperor, restore the Roman Empire.
the Saoshyant Trigger As a Zoroastrian, restore the Persian Empire.
the Liberator Trigger Given to successful leaders of nationalist revolts.
the Lisp and Lame Traits Age at least 16, Lisp Lisp.png and Clubfooted Clubfooted.png.
the Able Traits Age at least 20, Diligent Diligent.png and Ambitious Ambitious.png.
the Kind Traits Age at least 20, Charitable Charitable.png and Kind Kind.png.
the Good Traits Age at least 20, Charitable Charitable.png and Just Just.png.
the Troubadour Traits Age at least 20, Poet Poet.png and Gregarious Gregarious.png.
the Strong Traits Age at least 20, Strong Strong.png and either Brave Brave.png or Ambitious Ambitious.png.
the Magnanimous Traits Age at least 20, Charitable Charitable.png and Brave Brave.png.
the Simple Traits Age at least 20, Humble Humble.png and Slow Slow.png.
the Merry Traits Age at least 20, Gregarious Gregarious.png and Kind Kind.png.
the Noble Traits Age at least 20, Diplomacy at least 9, Intrigue at least 8, education at highest or second highest level (Diplomacy, Martial or Intrigue). Not a Bastard Bastard.png
the Blind Traits Age at least 20, Maimed Maimed.png or Inbred Inbred.png or Leper Leper.png, or Blinded Blinded.png.
the Gentle Traits Age at least 20, Kind Kind.png and Gregarious Gregarious.png.
the Proud Traits Age at least 20, Proud Proud.png and Envious Envious.png.
the Silent Traits Age at least 20, Shy Shy.png and either Patient Patient.png or Humble Humble.png.
the Bastard Traits Age at least 10, male Bastard Bastard.png or Legitimized bastard Legitimized bastard.png.
the Gouty Traits Age at least 40, Infirm Infirm.png.
Half-Hand Traits Age at least 10, Maimed Maimed.png.
the Chaste Traits Age at least 15, piety at least 50, either Chaste Chaste.png or Celibate Celibate.png.
the Hunter Traits Age at least 15, Hunter Hunter.png None of Infirm Infirm.png, Incapable Incapable.png or Blinded Blinded.png.
the Fowler Traits Age at least 15, Hunter Hunter.png or Falconer Falconer.png None of Infirm Infirm.png, Incapable Incapable.png or Blinded Blinded.png.
the Just Traits Age at least 15, Stewardship at least 5, Just Just.png. Chance increases with higher Stewardship (up to 9) and having the Honest Honest.png trait. None of Deceitful Deceitful.png, Imbecile Imbecile.png, Slow Slow.png, or Incapable Incapable.png
the Lame Traits Age at least 15, Clubfooted Clubfooted.png or Inbred Inbred.png.
the Handsome Traits Age 15 to 59, Attractive Attractive.png male None of Dwarf Dwarf.png, Inbred Inbred.png, Harelip Harelip.png, or Hunchback Hunchback.png.
the Fair Traits Age 15 to 49, Attractive Attractive.png female None of Dwarf Dwarf.png, Inbred Inbred.png, Harelip Harelip.png, or Hunchback Hunchback.png.
the Mad Traits Age 15, Lunatic Lunatic.png
the Fat Traits Age at least 15, one of Gluttonous Gluttonous.png, Hedonist Hedonist.png, or Drunkard Drunkard.png. Chance increases with having more of the listed traits.
the Drunkard Traits Age at least 15, one of Gluttonous Gluttonous.png, Hedonist Hedonist.png, or Drunkard Drunkard.png. Chance increases with having more of the listed traits, highest chance with the Drunkard Drunkard.png trait.
the Cruel Traits Age at least 20, one of Cruel Cruel.png, Wroth Wroth.png, or Impaler Impaler.png. Chance increases with each of these traits and Envious Envious.png, Deceitful Deceitful.png, and/or Greedy Greedy.png. None of Kind Kind.png nor Charitable Charitable.png
the Wise Traits Age at least 20, Quick Quick.png or Genius Genius.png or Just Just.png or Patient Patient.png, Scholar Scholar.png. Chance increases with each additional trait you have from this second list. None of Arbitrary Arbitrary.png, Wroth Wroth.png, Slow Slow.png, Imbecile Imbecile.png, Inbred Inbred.png, nor Incapable Incapable.png
Trigger Fulfill the 'Become Paragon of Enlightenment' Obj become paragon of enlightenment.png ambition.
the Accursed Piety Age at least 20, one of Piety under -50, Possessed Possessed.png, Kinslayer Kinslayer.png. Chance increases with lower piety (down to -300) and worse traits ( Hedonist Hedonist.png, Gluttonous Gluttonous.png, Greedy Greedy.png, Envious Envious.png, Cynical Cynical.png).
the Wicked Piety Age at least 20, one of Piety under -50, Possessed Possessed.png, Kinslayer Kinslayer.png. Chance increases with lower piety (down to -300) and worse traits ( Hedonist Hedonist.png, Gluttonous Gluttonous.png, Greedy Greedy.png, Envious Envious.png, Cynical Cynical.png).
the Bewitched Piety Age at least 20, one of Piety under -50, Possessed Possessed.png, Kinslayer Kinslayer.png. Chance increases with lower piety (down to -300) and worse traits ( Hedonist Hedonist.png, Gluttonous Gluttonous.png, Greedy Greedy.png, Envious Envious.png, Cynical Cynical.png).
Priest-Hater Piety Age at least 20, piety under -100, Cynical Cynical.png. Chance increases with lower piety (down to -200) and worse traits ( Hedonist Hedonist.png, Gluttonous Gluttonous.png, Greedy Greedy.png, Envious Envious.png, Arbitrary Arbitrary.png).
the Pious Piety Age at least 20, Piety of at least 1000. Chance increases at 2000, 4000, and 6000 piety.
the Apostle Piety Age at least 20, Piety of at least 1000. Chance increases at 2000, 4000, and 6000 piety.
the Blessed Piety Age at least 20, Piety of at least 1000. Chance increases at 2000, 4000, and 6000 piety.
the Confessor Piety Age at least 20, Piety of at least 1000. Chance increases at 2000, 4000, and 6000 piety.
the Monk Piety Age at least 20, Piety at least 500, Celibate Celibate.png or Chaste Chaste.png. Chance increases at 1000, 2000 and 4000 piety.
the Ironside Rule Ruled for 15+ years, Prestige at least 50, either Brave Brave.png or Strong Strong.png. Chance increases with age below 20. Not Weak Weak.png
the Lion Rule Ruled for 15+ years, either Brave Brave.png or Strong Strong.png, either Skilled tactician Skilled tactician.png or Brilliant strategist Brilliant strategist.png. Not Weak Weak.png
the Lionheart Rule Ruled for 15 years, either Brave Brave.png or Strong Strong.png, either Skilled tactician Skilled tactician.png or Brilliant strategist Brilliant strategist.png. Not Weak Weak.png
the Bold Rule Ruled for 10 years, Piety at least 50, either Brave Brave.png or Strong Strong.png. Not Paranoid Paranoid.png
the Unready Rule Age at least 11, ruled for 1 year, Arbitrary Arbitrary.png. Chance increases with age below 15.
the Ill-Ruler Rule Age at least 11, ruled for 1 year, Arbitrary Arbitrary.png. Chance increases with age below 15.
the Terrible Rule Age at least 30, ruled for 10 years, one of Wroth Wroth.png, Lunatic Lunatic.png, Cruel Cruel.png, or Impaler Impaler.png, has incurred tyranny.
the Magnificent Rule Age at least 30, ruled for 15 years, Quick Quick.png or Genius Genius.png, education at the highest or second highest level (Diplomacy, Martial or Intrigue). Not Slow Slow.png or Imbecile Imbecile.png (which are normally mutually exclusive with Quick Quick.png and Genius Genius.png).
the Quarreller Rule Age at least 30, ruled for 15 years, Arbitrary Arbitrary.png.
the Devil Rule Ruled for 10 years, Wroth Wroth.png, one of Kinslayer Kinslayer.png, Excommunicated Excommunicated.png, or Impaler Impaler.png. Chance increases with both Kinslayer Kinslayer.png and Excommunicated Excommunicated.png.
the Dragon Rule Ruled for 10 years, Wroth Wroth.png, one of Kinslayer Kinslayer.png, Excommunicated Excommunicated.png, or Impaler Impaler.png. Chance increases with Kinslayer Kinslayer.png.
the Careless Rule Age at least 30, ruled 10 years, Weak Weak.png or Content Content.png. Chance increases with Incapable Incapable.png, Deceitful Deceitful.png Envious Envious.png, Cynical Cynical.png, and Kinslayer Kinslayer.png traits. Not Diligent Diligent.png nor Ambitious Ambitious.png
the Young Rule Age less than 20, ruled 10 years. Chance increases while under age 15.
the Old Rule Age at least 55, ruled 20 years. Chance increases at age 65 and 75, and at 30 and 40 years as a ruler.

The following nicknames are not yet obtainable through in-game events. However, some historical characters may start with them. They may also be assigned with the 'nickname' console command.

Nickname Who has this nickname
the Lawgiver Adomnán Ua Néill Noígiallaich, a distant cousin of the only king of Ireland in the history before 1066
the Usurper Petty King Aeddan ap Blegywryd Ynys Môn of Gwynedd, died 1018; Svend Estrid, son of King Svend II of Denmark, died 1104
the Hammer Duke Charles of Thüringia, died 741 (the historical Charles Martel)
the Victorious King Eirikr of Sweden, died 995
the Crusader Svend Estrid, son of King Svend II of Denmark, died 1097, not to be confused with his brother Svend the Usurper; King Sigurd I of Norway, died 1179; Count Gaston of Béarn, died 1112; Raimond de Narbonne, died 1143
the Avenger King Alfonso XI of Castille, died 1350
the Brave King Alfonso VI of Castille, died 1109; King Sancho IV of Castille, died 1295; King Boleslaw I of Poland, died 1025
the Fearless Duke Richard of Normandy, died 996; Count Gaston II of Foix, died 1343
the Martyr Several Armenian, Irish, Levantine and Saxon characters have this nickname.
the Unlucky Unused.
the Lucky Unused.
the Restorer King Gartzia VI of Navarra, died 1150; King Kazimierz I of Poland, died 1058
the Ill-Tempered Unused.
the Affable Count Ranulf of Angoulême, died 975
the Heathen Jarl Erik of Uppland (1066 start)
Hårdråde King Harald of Norway (1066 start)
the Jackal Unused.
Loðbrok Ragnarr af Munsö, the historical (really, legendary) father of Ivar the Boneless, Björn Ironside, Halfdan Whiteshirt and Sigurdr Snake-in-the-eye, died 860
the Boneless Petty King Ivar of Suðreyar (867 start)
Bluetooth Haraldr Blåtand, king of Denmark, and the first Catholic King of Norway, died 970
Snake-in-the-eye Petty King Sigurdr of Sjælland (867 start)
Fairhair Petty King Haraldr of Ostlandet (867 start)
Whiteshirt Petty King Halfdan of Jorvik (867 start)
the Stranger Petty King Dyre of Könugarðr (Kiev) (867 start)
the Bald King Charles of West Francia (867 start)
the Stammerer King Louis of Aquitaine (867 start)
the German King Ludwig of East Francia (867 start)
the Younger King Ludwig III of Bavaria (867 start)
Hardeknud King Knud II of England and III of Denmark, died 1042 (normally rendered Harthacnut in English).
the Maid Given to a female general generated by event (Jeanne the Maid) (SoA)
d'Arc Given to Jean the Maid after she's been knighted through event (Jeanne d'Arc). (SoA)
the Master of Hungary Given to the leader of the Shepherds' Crusade (SoA)
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