EU4 add_idea_group Console Command

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add_idea_group Command
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This command adds the specified idea group to your country, or the specified country tag.

add_idea_group [Idea Group Key] [Country Tag]


The ID of the idea group you wish to add.


If this argument is specified, the idea group will be added to this country. If not specified, the idea group will be added to the country you are currently playing as.


Here are examples of how to use add_idea_group.

add_idea_group religious_ideas

This command would add the Religious Ideas idea group to your current country.

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Quick Overview

The command "add_idea_group" in Europa Universalis IV is used to give the player's current country the specified idea group. Idea groups are a concept in the game that represents the research and progress guidelines of a country, including things like military strategy, administrative efficiency, and diplomatic relations. By specifying the name of an idea group after this command, a player can instantly acquire all bonuses of that idea group.

In-Depth Description

The "add_idea_group" command in Europa Universalis IV is a console command that allows you to instantly add the specified idea group to your nation.

An idea group in EU4 represents a collection of complementary ideas for a nation which provide bonuses when fully invested in, such as "Quality Ideas" which improve your military or "Exploration Ideas" which help with colonizing new lands. Each nation can have up to eight active idea groups at any given time.

Using this command lets you instantly unlock an idea group and all its bonuses without having to spend any monarch points, which are usually required to embrace these ideas and would otherwise take quite a long time to accumulate in-game.

All you need to do is type "add_idea_group" followed by the name of the idea group in the console. For example, typing "add_idea_group humanist_ideas" would instantly add the Humanist Ideas group to your nation.

You should use this command when you want to give your nation an immediate boost in a specific area without waiting to accumulate the necessary monarch points. However, keep in mind that this dramatically alters the course of gameplay and could make the game too easy or unbalanced. Therefore, it's generally suggested to use such commands sparingly and for experimenting or learning the game, rather than for a regular playthrough.

Remember that using console commands in Ironman mode will disable achievements for that game.

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 .