EU4 add_cardinal Console Command

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add_cardinal Command
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This command adds 1 new cardinal to a Catholic nationa.


Here are examples of how to use add_cardinal.


This command will add one new cardinal to a Catholic nation.

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In-Depth Description

The add_cardinal command is used in Europa Universalis IV to add one new cardinal to your Catholic nation.

Cardinals play a significant role for Catholic nations. They generate Papal Influence, which can be used in the Papacy interaction menu for several beneficial effects.

These include receiving a blessing that greatly boosts a selected aspect of your nation (like getting reduced development cost, increased manpower, or better relations with other nations), or to compete for becoming the Papal Controller, which provides numerous advantages, such as the ability to excommunicate other Catholic nations, call a crusade, or more diplomatic options.

Thus, using the add_cardinal command can be helpful if you are playing as a Catholic nation and want to boost your Papal Influence faster.

You can greatly speed up the process of accumulating cardinals, which normally depends on a nation's base tax and prestige and may take quite a lot of time in a regular playthrough.

You should use this command when you feel the need to quickly increase your Papal Influence, or when you aim to control the Papacy.

How to Open the Command Console

In EU4, cheats are executed from the command console, a text box that you type commands into.

To open the command console press the ~(tilde) key, which is typically located under ESC (escape).

If your keyboard does not have that key, or pressing ~ does not work, try the following keys:

  • ~
  • SHIFT + 2
  • SHIFT + 3
  • ALT + 2 + 1

Type your command into the console, and then press ENTER .