EU4 own_core Console Command

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own_core Command
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This command changes the owner of the specified province and also makes it a core of the country with the specified country tag.

own_core [Province ID] [Country Tag]


The ID of the province you wish to change the owner of and also make a core.


The country tag of the country you wish to make the owner of the province. If none is specified, your country will be the owner.

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Quick Overview

The own_core command in Europa Universalis IV is used to immediately change the ownership of a province and add a core to that province.

'Core' in this context refers to the areas where a nation can safely build its economy and recruit soldiers without suffering penalties.

When you use this command, you will need to specify the province ID and the country tag that you want to be new owner and have a core in that province.

In-Depth Description

The own_core command in Europa Universalis IV (EU4) is a console command used to instantly change the ownership of a province and adds a core to it. A core province in EU4 is an area that's considered as a rightful territory of a country hence the country has a rightful claim there.

When you use the own_core command, you follow it with the province ID you want to take ownership of. For example, if you enter the command own_core 1821, province 1821 will instantly switch ownership to you, and you will have a core there.

This command can be particularly helpful in certain situations. For instance, if you're aiming to expand your empire rapidly without using military means, this command is an excellent tool to just add provinces to your empire.

Moreover, because you get a core on the provinces you add, you won't suffer from overextension or any non-accepted culture/foreign core penalties you'd typically face when acquiring new land through conquest.

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 .