EU4 add_trait Console Command

Documentation and detailed help with working examples.
add_trait Command
PlayerDLC: Rights of Man

This command adds the specified trait from the ruler of the country you are currently playing as.

add_trait [Trait ID]


The ID of the trait you want to add.


Here are examples of how to use add_trait.

add_trait free_thinker_personality

This command will add the trait 'Free Thinker' to your ruler.

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Quick Overview

The add_trait command in Europa Universalis IV is used to add a specific personality trait to your current ruler. This trait can affect their behavior and decisions in the game.

The syntax is typically add_trait [trait id] where the [trait id] is replaced with the ID of the personality trait you wish to add.

In-Depth Description

The add_trait command in Europa Universalis IV allows you to add a specific personality trait to the current ruler of your nation. Each ruler can have up to three personality traits affecting various aspects of their rule, including but not limited to diplomatic relations, military effectiveness, and economic policies.

In particular, the add_trait command followed by a specific personality trait will instantly imbue your current ruler with that characteristic. For example, if you type add_trait tactical_genius_personality, your ruler will gain the Tactical Genius trait, leading to benefits such as improved military strategy.

The benefits of this command are determined by the chosen trait. Tactical Genius, for instance, gives your leader a 10% advantage in combat, among other benefits. However, there are negative traits that can also be applied using this command, which need to be used carefully.

This command can be notably helpful when you want to shape the characteristics of your ruler according to specific strategic needs. For instance, going to war may prompt you to select traits favoring military prowess, while a peacetime focus on internal development might benefit from traits promoting economic or administrative efficiency.

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 .