EU4 show_ideas Console Command

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show_ideas Command
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This command will print a list of the ideas (with information) for the specified country tag to the game.log file.

show_ideas [Country Tag]


The country tag to print ideas for.

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Quick Overview

The show_ideas command in Europa Universalis IV displays the national ideas of a specified country, and this information is then dumped into the game's log file.

National ideas are special abilities or bonuses that each country has in the game. They help define the strategic direction and capabilities of each country.

In-Depth Description

The show_ideas is a console command in Europa Universalis IV which obtains all the national ideas of a specified country and logs them in the game.log file.

This command is particularly useful when you want to dig deep into the national idea set of a certain nation, which can be an essential decision-making tool during gameplay.

Typically, national ideas represent specific bonuses that each nation possesses - these can be military advantages, diplomatic bonuses, economic strengths, and more. Knowing these bonuses can be crucial to understanding a nation's strengths and weaknesses, especially when planning strategies for warfare, trade, diplomacy and development.

To use this command, you would type show_ideas [country tag] into the console. The country tag is a three-letter code that represents each nation in the game (e.g., FRA for France, ENG for England, and so forth).

Once this command is executed, all the national ideas for that specific country are dumped into the game.log file which is located in the EU4's logs folder (by default, this folder is located in Documents/Paradox Interactive/Europa Universalis IV). You can open this file with any text editor to view the national ideas.

This can be useful in multiple scenarios; planning invasions, comparing potential allies, deciding on which nation to form a Personal Union with, etc.

It recognizes what strengths and characteristics the AI will aim for in its play-through and how they might influence the world stage, providing crucial insights for strategic decisions.

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 .