EU4 kill_cardinal Console Command

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kill_cardinal Command
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This command kills the first cardinal (in the cardinal list) of the specified country.

kill_cardinal [Country Tag]



The tag of the country you wish to kill a cardinal within. If not specified, a cardinal within the country you are currently playing as will be killed.

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Quick Overview

The command kill_cardinal is used to eliminate the first cardinal in the list in the game, Europa Universalis IV. This command can be used to manipulate the religious aspects of the game, as the death of a cardinal can influence the game dynamics within the Papacy and potentially alter the balance of power.

In-Depth Description

The kill_cardinal command in Europa Universalis IV is used to eliminate the first cardinal on your list. If you have a cardinal in your country, executing this command will result in their death, hence freeing up a slot for a new cardinal.

The command might be useful when you wish to have a new cardinal in your country faster than waiting for your existing cardinal to die naturally. This could help accelerate the process of accumulating certain types of bonuses or advantages, as each cardinal comes with unique capabilities.

However, remember that using this command does not guarantee that the newly appointed cardinal will be of the same or higher quality as the previous one. With effective use, this can accelerate a player's progression in terms of influence and power in the Catholic Church in the game.

It's also worth noting that this command should be used with caution. Cardinals can provide significant benefits, so eliminating a potentially valuable cardinal without a sound strategy might lead to a detrimental consequence 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 .