Title actions

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Title actions are accessed through the title screen or by right-clicking the title's shield.

Higher title actions[edit]

These actions concern duchies, kingdoms, and empires.


Tier Cost to create De jure requirement Additional requirements
Duchy 200 wealth 51% of de jure counties
Kingdom 400 wealth and 200 piety 51% of de jure counties Hold any two duchies (or already king+ tier)
Empire 600 wealth and 400 piety 80% of de jure counties Hold any two kingdoms (or already emperor tier)

The wealth cost decreases with piety (down to half price at 1000 piety). The "Become King" ambition halves both the gold and piety cost when creating the kingdom. Titular titles cost twice as much to create, but only require that you hold the capital.

If you are able to create a title, a "Can create titles" alert should appear. If you're unable to create a title and want to know why, you'll need to visit its title screen by either:

  • Clicking the duchy or kingdom shield in the province view
    • For empires, go to a kingdom's title screen and click the "de jure" box to make the empire shield appear
  • Using the "Find title or region" button (hotkey: ?)
  • Using the hello console command


To peacefully usurp a duchy, kingdom, or empire from another ruler:

Like with title creation,

  • You must control 51% of the title's de jure counties (for duchies or kingdoms) or 80% (for empires)
  • Cannot usurp a title higher than or equal to your liege's

However, dukes may usurp kingdom titles without needing to hold two duchies first. Special creation requirements are waived when usurping titles (even though they are shown in the Usurp tooltip).

The following additional requirements apply to usurpation:

  • Cannot usurp the primary title of a merchant republic
  • Cannot usurp the sole top tier title from a ruler of a different religion, if they hold any titles (such as counties or duchies) that are its de jure vassals or below
  • Cannot usurp from someone who is at war
  • Cannot usurp religious head titles
  • Cannot usurp a title from anyone in the same realm, unless you have a strong claim
  • Cannot usurp this title before date (e.g. for five years after "installed by faction demand")
  • Merchant Republics and Patricians cannot usurp kingdoms or empires

Usurping a title costs gold, with the cost depending on rank and decreasing with piety. Unlike title creation, it never costs piety. Usurping gives half the prestige of creating a title.


  • Costs prestige (equal to the prestige gained when creating the title)
  • Cannot destroy a title that is a target of or justification for an ongoing war
  • Cannot destroy a title that is subject to gavelkind or elective gavelkind succession
  • Angers rulers who own counties+ that are de jure or below of the destroyed title (-40 "Destroyed Liege Title" for 10 years)


Make primary[edit]

Set one of your top tier titles as your primary title.

Abandon province[edit]

Nomads may abandon a province that has no settlements, granting it to the owner of a random neighbor province. The land is exploited as part of this action, bringing a population boom to your capital while making the province less useful for the recipient. AI rulers do not take this action.

Set crown focus[edit]

See Prosperity#Crown_Focus

Ask Pope for claim[edit]

See Religious_head#Papal_favors

Plot for claim[edit]

Begin a "fabricate claim on liege" or "fabricate claim on fellow vassal" plot. These plots are sometimes also listed in the list of suggested plots.

Settlement actions[edit]

Settlement actions are accessed from the province holdings screen.

Upgrade tribe[edit]

Three flavors depending on government type:

  • Feudal rulers may upgrade a tribe (with Hillfort IV) to a castle
  • Republic rulers may upgrade a tribe (with Market IV) to a city
  • Theocracy rulers may upgrade a tribe (with Hillfort IV) to a temple

The province must share the ruler's religion. If there is "enough space" (computed incorrectly), additional minor settlements will be constructed until the county has a full set (castle, city, and temple).

Make county capital[edit]

If you hold both a county and a minor settlement within it, you may raise the minor settlement to the status of county capital. You can do this, for example, to select the most-upgraded castle as the one you keep (or the least-upgraded as the one a direct vassal keeps).

Another use is to select the government type used by a courtier to whom you grant the county. For example, if you are a feudal ruler who wants to create a vassal merchant republic, you might start by making a city be the capital of a coastal province.

Rulers of merchant republics are not allowed to use this action in their capital, because the capital settlement belongs to the republic rather than the currently ruling family. Similarly, nomads are also not allowed to demote their special capital holding.

Make capital[edit]

Changes your realm capital. Accessed by right-clicking a county's capital settlement, or by clicking the Make capital.png Make Capital button at the top-left of the province view.

In the rare case that your realm capital is a minor settlement, you can right-click the capital settlement to move your realm capital within the same province. Note that this DOES count as changing your capital for cooldown purposes!

Revoke county capital[edit]

Must be nomadic. Demote the county capital to baron tier and make an empty slot the capital. Can be used before giving away an unwanted settlement, so that you may still keep the rest of the county as grazing land (?)


Nomadic and tribal rulers can pillage settlements they own. This destroys two random buildings and gives wealth/manpower/techpoints. Once all buildings are destroyed, the settlement is destroyed as well, leaving more room for grazing or tribalism.

Stop pillaging[edit]


Allows nomads to change their government type. Three flavors depending on the settlement type:

  • Settle as Tribal
  • Settle as Feudal
  • Found Merchant Republic

See Government#Nomadic_decisions

Create new vassal[edit]

You create a new character (of your religion and culture) and grant them the barony. A quick alternative to using the character finder to select a suitable owner.