EU4 date Console Command

Documentation and detailed help with working examples.
date Command
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This command changes the current date to the specified date.

date [Date]



The date you want to set the current date to. It should be in the format Month and day is optional.


Here are examples of how to use date.

date 1950

This command will change the date to the year 1950.'

date 1932.5.06

This command will set the current date to May 6, 1932.

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Quick Overview

This command will change the current date in your game.

You can speed up or slow down the passage of time, or you can specify a specific date that you want to jump to.

For example, if you want to fast forward to the year 1500, you would type in date 1500.

Please note that changes in time can have major impacts on events and circumstances in the game.

In-Depth Description

The date command in Europa Universalis IV (EU4) is used to change the current date in the game.

In EU4, the in-game timeline starts from November 11, 1444 and ends in January 3, 1821.

As the game progresses, the date changes and there can be significant effects on events, allegiances, technological advancements, and the general scenario in your game.

The date command can be used to skip forward or backwards in time. To use it, you need to enter the command followed by the date you want to change to in the format of [year].[month].[day].

For instance, if you want to change the current date to January 1, 1700, you would input date 1700.1.1 in the console.

This can be helpful in a number of ways. Say you're running an experiment and want to test different scenarios or outcomes in your campaign without waiting for time to actually progress, or you're facing a disastrous war and want to change time to before it happened.

However, it's recommended to use this command thoughtfully as it can drastically disturb the in-game balance.

Responses to this command can vary. Some events or changes which take place with time may not effectively reverse if you switch time back. Also, changing the date could seriously affect relationships with other nations, technology, and historical events.

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 .