EU4 add_heir Console Command

Documentation and detailed help with working examples.
add_heir Command
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This command adds an heir.

add_heir [Country Tag]



The tag of the country you wish to add a heir to. If not specified, the heir will be added to the country you are currently playing as.


Here are examples of how to use add_heir.


As no country tag is specified in the above example, a new heir would be added to the country you are currently playing as, replacing any existing heir.

add_heir ENG

As we specified England's country tag, this command adds a new heir to England.

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Quick Overview

The add_heir command in Europa Universalis IV instantly creates a new heir to your existing ruler.

If your nation already has an heir, that heir will be instantly killed and replaced by the new one you added via this command.

As such, it gives you direct control over your nation's line of succession. The heir will be of your ruler's dynasty.

In-Depth Description

The add_heir command in Europa Universalis IV (EU4) is used to add a new heir to your nation. When you execute this command while targeting your own nation, a new legitimate heir will be immediately available to you.

The game offers some degree of randomness with this command as it generates an heir with unspecified and randomized values related to skills in administration, diplomacy, and military. Keep in mind, using the command will eliminate the current heir, if you have one, and replace them with a new heir.

It can prove beneficial in various situations such as when you foresee your monarch is about to die soon without an heir, putting your nation at risk of a succession crisis or personal union under another country. It can also be helpful if your current heir is of poor quality (has low skills across administration, diplomacy, and military) and you are hoping for an heir of better caliber.

However, always be aware that the skills of the new heir generated after using this command can only be determined after the command is executed. This means that you could end up with a lower quality heir, which could be detrimental in the long run.

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 .