EU4 age Console Command

Documentation and detailed help with working examples.
age Command
PlayerDLC: Mandate of Heaven

This command sets the age of the game to the Age of Discover, Reformation, Absolutism, or Revolution.

age [Age]



The age you want the game to be. 0 is Age of Discovery,1 is Age of Reformation, 2 is Age of Absolutism and 3 is Age of Revolution


Here are examples of how to use age.

age 0

This command will set the age of the game to the 'Age of Discovery.'

age 1

This command will set the age of the game to the 'Age of Reformation.'

age 2

This command will set the age of the game to the 'Age of Absolutism.'

age 3

This command will set the age of the game to the 'Age of Revolution.'

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Quick Overview

The age command in Europa Universalis IV allows the player to set the historical period, or "Age", of the game in play.

This alters how the game progresses - for example, the mechanics and events that occur. Here are the Ages that you can set:

  • 0 - Age of Discovery
  • 1 - Age of Reformation
  • 2 - Age of Absolutism
  • 3 - Age of Revolution

So, if you use the age command followed by any of these numbers, you can change the game to any of these time periods.

In-Depth Description

The age command in Europa Universalis IV is used to change the time period, or "age", that the game is currently set in. This command only takes effect when you are playing in single-player mode.

There are four unique Ages in EU4, each representing a different time period in history: Age of Discovery (starting from 1444), Age of Reformation (starting from 1530), Age of Absolutism (starting from 1610), and Age of Revolution (starting from 1710).

Each age brings different global effects, historical events, and specific objectives for countries, which can unlock powerful bonuses.

The age command requires you to input a numerical value representing the corresponding age: 0 for Age of Discovery, 1 for Age of Reformation, 2 for Age of Absolutism, and 3 for Age of Revolution.

It can be particularly helpful when you want to simulate different historical periods during your game session or to meet age-specific objectives without having to play through the entire timeline.

For example, if you want to jump straight into the Age of Absolutism, you could use the command age 2 to immediately shift the game to this period.

This could allow you to focus on gameplay elements unique to this age, such as the ability to gain Absolutism which can increase administrative efficiency and discipline.

Keep in mind that shifting ages instantly can lead to geopolitical and diplomatic situations that you might not be prepared for.

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 .