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Crusader Kings II has 136 different achievements, all using the Steam achievements mechanics. Achievements have no in-game effects; the achievement just pops up in-game, and is then added to the player's Steam profile. It is possible to see the achievements sorted by the percentage of users that managed to complete each achievement by going to the game's global achievements at Steam.

The difficulty of each achievement varies; some achievements are very easy (e.g. Marrying another character), while some are more difficult (e.g. Reconquering all historical Roman territories). The below list groups the various achievements by a difficulty level as assessed by the wiki editors (uncategorized - UC - achievements haven't been assessed yet).

Achievements can only be gained in single-player Ironman games. You cannot unlock achievements if you used the Ruler Designer to start a campaign. They can be earned while playing older versions of the game as long as said achievements were present in that version. Playing game in offline mode (saving game in offline even once) permanently disables achievements for this savegame. Certain game rules will also disable achievements for the savegame; usually, such rules make the game easier.

It is not possible to gain achievements if the checksum has been changed - either by tampering with game files, or by running the game using mods that affect gameplay mechanics (graphical mods do not affect checksum), or a corrupted installation (the Ironman mode icon will change to reflect this).

List of achievements[edit]

The "Notes" column lists helpful short tips/strategies.

The Base icon CK2.png column denotes achievements which can't be completed without the use of DLC mechanics (currently 92 out of 136). Multiple expansion icons mean either can be used.

The Starting conditions column may denote the requirements needed for the player character before the achievement requirements are fulfilled.

The Religion column denotes achievements which can't be completed without the specified religion. (currently 31 out of 136). Multiple religion icons mean either can be used.

The "Ver" column indicates in which version a certain achievement was added. Achievements cannot be earned prior to the version they were added in.

The "DI" column is for difficulty as assessed by wiki editors. VE = Very Easy, E = Easy, M = Medium, H = Hard, VH = Very Hard, I = Insane, UC = Uncategorized.

Achievement Starting conditions Requirements Religion Notes Base icon CK2.png Ver DI
All Three Popes icon
All Three Popes
Play a game where there are two simultaneous antipopes
Yes There are 2 people with a Antipope.png claim on K papal state.png the Papacy Start in the High Middle Ages bookmark as an independent ruler other than the HRE. Wait for someone to create an antipope, then create your own. 2.0 VE
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A Pope of My Own
Set up an antipope
No Does not have a vassal with a
Antipope.png claim on K papal state.png the Papacy
Yes Created a vassal with a Antipope.png claim on K papal state.png the Papacy Catholic Have 500 prestige to spare and a Bishop who likes you more than the Pope. Go to "Religion" tab and select "Make Antipope" button. 2.0 VE
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Exalted Among Men
Fulfill the Become Exalted ambition
Yes Gain 1000 Icon prestige.png prestige while Obj become exalted.png Become Exalted among Men Ambition is selected. 1066 bookmark. Play as the Holy Roman Emperor and set the ambition. It should be fast. 2.0 VE
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Follow Me
Successfully intervene in a youth's development to force one of your own traits onto them.
Yes has the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC enabled

Yes Child's Alert guardian.png educator is the player

Yes Child's traits changed via event Educate a child whose childhood traits can be steered to match your own traits. For example, if you are Ambitious , educate a Haughty child. DLC icon Conclave.png 2.5 VE
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Full House
Sire five children
Yes Make 5 children Likely to happen with any character who marries young. Muslims and other religions/government types which allow concubinage can take extra wives or concubines to reach this faster. You have to actually sire the children; pre-generated children from the history files do not count. 2.0 VE
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Hospitable
Build a Hospital.
Yes has the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled Yes Built a level 1 Hospital 1.png Hospital Hospitals are built in the extended province window, like Trade Posts and Forts. Don't pick a nomad. Pick a Christian or Muslim ruler and borrow from the Jews to expedite this. DLC icon Reaper's Due.png 2.6 VE
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Mercotransaction
Create a mercenary band and have them bring in money for you.
Yes has the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC enabled

Yes Created a Mercenary Company

Yes AI hired the Mercenary Company Send your courtier to establish a mercenary band and wait for someone to hire them. Costs 50 Icon wealth.png. DLC icon Conclave.png 2.5 VE
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No Solicitors
Go into Seclusion.
Yes has the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled Yes Selected the Decision icon go into seclusion.png Go into seclusion decision. Don't start as a tribe or as nomads. Restart until your character has the paranoid trait, then shut your gates. Alternatively, wait for an epidemic to hit your county, and then close the gates. DLC icon Reaper's Due.png 2.6 VE
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Keeping it in the Family
Sire a child that has the Inbred trait
Yes Breed a child with the Inbred.png Inbred Trait 1066, Countess Urraca of Zamora can immediately marry her cousin, King Antso IV of Navarra. Or play a Zoroastrian. 2.0 VE
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Mr. Doge-Elect
As a Patrician, win an election and become Doge
Yes Win a Patrician Election Invest in the election fund until you have the most Respect for any candidate and then wait for the Doge to die or have him killed. Dlc icon the republic.png 2.0 VE
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One is not Amused
As a ruler have a council that is not content.
Yes has the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC enabled Yes Council is Malcontent.png not content Upset your council by acting against their vote. Or, wait for a succession DLC icon Conclave.png 2.5 VE
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Paragon of Virtue
Fulfill the Paragon of Virtue ambition
Yes Gain 500 Piety.png piety while Obj become parangon of virtue.png Become Paragon of Virtue Ambition is selected. "The Alexiad" bookmark. Set the ambition, win the crusade. 2.0 VE
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Pay to Win
Win a war using Mercenaries.
Yes has the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC enabled Yes Owns Mercenaries

Yes Offer peace.png enforce demands during a war.

Win a war, while you have hired Mercenaries. DLC icon Conclave.png 2.5 VE
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Pilgrim
Go on a Christian Pilgrimage
Yes Completed the Decision icon catholic pilgrimage.png Go on Pilgrimage Decision Catholic Orthodox Nestorian Miaphysite Decision available in the Intrigue Interface (requires Theology focus selected if Way of Life is enabled). Dlc icon sons of abraham.png 2.0 VE
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Royal Blood
Achieve a score of 10,000
No Does not have a Icon score.png score of 10,000 Yes Has a Icon score.png score of 10,000 2.0 VE
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Snipped off to China
Send a Eunuch to the Chinese Emperor.
Yes Sent a eunuch to the Chinese Emperor Very easy to achieve. The character you send doesn't have to have the Eunuch trait Eunuch.png. The actual procedure for characters without it is done in China. Jade Dragon.png 2.8 VE
The Marriage Game icon
The Marriage Game
Marry another character
No Is not Arrange marriage.png married Yes Is Arrange marriage.png married Click the "Arrange Marriage" rings next to your portrait on your character's screen. Marry somebody. 2.0 VE
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To Mecca!
Go on a Hajj to Mecca
Yes Completed the Decision icon go on hajj.png Go on Hajj to Mecca Decision Sunni.pngShiaIbadi On the Intrigue Interface, click "Go on Hajj to Mecca" when prerequisites are fulfilled. Dlc icon sword of islam.png 2.0 VE
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Turbulent Priest
Assassinate a vassal bishop that likes the Pope better than you
Yes is Catholic Catholic Yes A priest: Catholic 2.0 VE
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Typhoid Mary
Contract three symptoms.
Yes has the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled Yes have 3 symptoms DLC icon Reaper's Due.png 2.6 VE
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Until Death Do Us Part
Have your spouse assassinated
Yes Player has killed their spouse. Marry a low-intrigue foreigner. To speed this up, select "Intrigue" as your focus (if you have Way of Life) and imprison them first. 2.0 VE
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You Owe Me
Have someone owe you a Favor
Yes has the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC enabled Yes have a character owe a Favor.png favor to the player You can simply buy a Favor for Icon wealth.png Gold. Courtiers are cheapest. DLC icon Conclave.png 2.5 VE
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We're In Business
Successfully establish a trade route
Yes Establish a trade route via Business focus.png business focus events. Requires Business focus . More likely to succeed if the opinion is high at the end of the event chain. DLC icon Way of Life.png 2.3 VE
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A Curious Trinket
Send an invaluable artifact (Quality: 4 or 5) to the Emperor of China.
Yes Have a Level 4 or 5 Open inventory button.png Artifact Yes Sent an artifact to the Chinese Emperor The Byzantine Emperor can send the Crown of Thorns right away in 1066. Jade Dragon.png 2.8 E
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Always Bet On Duke
Work your way up from Count to Duke with a single character
Yes Primary title is a County.png County Yes Primary title became a Duchy.png Duchy
  • At the 1081 start, select the countess of Westrogothia (in central Sweden), and let one day pass. Your liege will always grant you a duchy.
  • Alternative: Select any count or countess, whose liege is an independent duke or duchess. Start any faction, state your demand and go to war.
2.0 E
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Aptly Named
Die from the Black Death.
Yes has the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled Yes Dead.png died while having the Bubonic plague.png Plague Don't go into seclusion when the Black Death arrives so you can catch the disease. The Plague gives your character -7 health which will most likely kill him or her. If you have the Way of Life DLC try switching out of focuses that increase your character's health to increase the probability of dying. DLC icon Reaper's Due.png 2.6 E
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Beyond the Indus
As a ruler of non-Indian culture, conquer a King or Emperor title in India
Yes has the Rajas of India.png Rajas of India DLC enabled

No is not part of the Indo-Aryan or Dravidian Culture Group
Yes owns the Empire.png Empire of:

The ruler of the Tughluq Khaganate in 1337 already fulfills the conditions, as do several others in other start dates. This achievement does not check by region: the title must be in de jure Rajastan, Deccan Empire, Bengal Empire, or Empire of India. Rajas of India.png 2.1 E
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Black Widow
As a woman, have three different husbands killed
Yes Is Female

Yes Is at least 16 years old

Yes Have 3 Alert marriage.png spouses who are: 2.0 E
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Celebrity
Amass more than 15,000 in prestige
No Does not have 15,000 Icon prestige.png Prestige Yes Have 15,000 Icon prestige.png Prestige Doable as any large empire. Creating Jerusalem gives 5K lump prestige. Alternative: As a Norse ruler, unite an empire (Scandinavia or Britannia should be easy) and run amok across Europe and Asia—conquer and raid from the sea. 2.0 E
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Child of the Dragon
Request an Imperial Marriage from China.
Yes Asked for an Imperial marriage from the Emperor of China Start as Konstantinos X of the Byzantine Empire in 1066. Immediately send the Crown of Thorns to China, then request an Imperial Marriage. You're married, so pick someone else in your court. Also earns the A Curious Trinket achievement. Jade Dragon.png 2.8 E
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Crusader
Fulfill the goal of a Crusade
Yes Win a Crusade Catholic "The Alexiad" bookmark. A crusade for Greece is quickly called. 2.0 E
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Dragon Blood
Achieve a score of 50,000
No Does not have a Icon score.png score of 50,000 Yes Has a Icon score.png score of 50,000 2.0 E
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Dream Home
As a Patrician dynasty, build every upgrade for your Family Palace
No Does not have a fully upgraded Family Palace Yes Have a fully upgraded Family Palace
  • Mansion Level 4 Grand Palace
  • Barracks Level 3 Armory
  • Bowyer Level 3 Cossbow Workshop
  • Cellar Level 3 Dungeon Complex
  • Garden Level 3 Hedge Maze
  • Shipyard Level 3 Naval Arsenal
  • Shrine Level 3 Grand Library
  • Stable Level 3 Horse Breeder
  • Warehouse Level 3 Administrative Office
  • Vault Level 3 Hidden Chamber
Venice in the Hundred Years' War bookmark requires only one more upgrade to their palace. Dlc icon the republic.png 2.0 E
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Dwarf Fortress
Have seven courtiers with the Dwarf trait
Yes have 7 courtiers with the Dwarf.png Dwarf Trait Wait 50–100 years into the game for lots of courtiers to appear. Enter "dwarf" as a search term in the Character Finder. Marry, tutor, bribe and invite, or simply imprison eligible characters. 2.0 E
I can see its Stripes icon
I can see its Stripes
Kill a tiger by your own hand
Yes Selected the Decision icon hold tiger hunt.png Hold Tiger Hunt Decision then find and kill a tiger via event chain Has about a 25% chance of triggering each time you use the Tiger Hunt decision as an Indian. Rajas of India.png 2.1 E
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I'm Sorry, Desiderata
Divorce a Lombard Princess as a Christian
Yes Alert marriage.png Divorce someone who is: Catholic Orthodox Nestorian Miaphysite The future divorcée must have Lombard culture and her father must be a king or emperor. As Charlemagne, marry one of the King of Lombardy's unmarried daughters on Day 1. Attempt divorce as soon as you reach 50 Piety. Or, follow Charlemagne's event chain for marrying and then divorcing a Lombard princess. Without the Charlemagne DLC, this may be easiest coupled with Iron Crown, as Lombard culture is nearly extinct in 1066. Does not actually require being a Christian. 2.2 E
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It's Better to be the Emperor
Work your way up from Count to Emperor with a single character
Yes Primary title is a County.png County Yes Primary title became an Empire.png Empire Start as the Count of Kaliopolis in 1205, attempt (and fail) to imprison a vassal, and surrender. You will abdicate and end up playing the Emperor of the Latin Empire. Alternatively, in DLC icon Charlemagne.png769, Al-Mahdi of Jibal is a son of Caliph Al-Mansur and usually inherits the empire. 2.0 E
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It's Good to be the King
Work your way up from Count to King with a single character
Yes Primary title is a County.png County Yes Primary title became a Kingdom.png Kingdom Start as the Count of Nájera in 1066, attempt (and fail) to imprison a vassal, and surrender. You will abdicate and end up playing the King of Navarra. 2.0 E
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Merchant Prince
Amass more than 20,000 in wealth
No Does not have 20,000 Icon wealth.png Gold Yes Have 20,000 Icon wealth.png Gold Probably simplest as a Muslim emperor or a merchant. Achievable in less than 20 years as Venice in 1337. Also easy as Norse; with enough troops (particularly retinues) and enough vassal fleets, just go raiding until you fill your coffers. Can easily also give the Viking Raider achievement. With Horse Lords or Jade Dragon expansions holding Silk Road Trade posts will fill your coffers rapidly. 2.0 E
Off with their heads! icon
Off with their heads!
Execute 10 or more prisoners in a single action.
Yes Have 10 or more Imprisoned.png prisoners Yes Selected the mass Action execute.png Execute button on the Intrigue window Requires the prisoner management feature of Monks and Mystics. DLC icon Monks and Mystics.png 2.7 E
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On English Neck a Norman Yoke
Starting in the "High Middle Ages" bookmark as William the Bastard, become the King of England
Time.png Start date is 1066.9.15 High Middle Ages (1066)

Yes Is playing William the Bastard of Normandie

Yes William the Bastard owns the
Kingdom.png Kingdom of K england.png England
Normandy walkthrough 2.0 E
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Pax Mongolica
Build 3 fully upgraded silk road trade posts.
Yes have 3 demesne provinces with Trade post.png Trade Posts that are level 3 Requires all three trade posts to be in your demesne. Building and upgrading them all yourself is not actually necessary. The revamp in patch 2.8 only requires you to have level 3 Major Silk Road City in the 3 trade posts; Tughluq in 1337 holds many eligible counties. Horse Lords.png Jade Dragon.png 2.4 E
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Persistent Survivor
Play a game all the way through from 867 to 1453
Time.png Start date is 867.1.1 Viking Age (867) Time.png Date is 1452.12.30 Cannot be combined with Seven Centuries. Dlc icon the old gods.png 2.0 E
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Russkaya Pravda
As a Russian, hold the Kingdom of Russia.
Yes Has the culture of Russian

Yes owns the Kingdom.png Kingdom of K rus.png Rus

  • "High Middle Ages" bookmark as the Duke of Rostov has all the necessary territory. For faster piety, attack Bjarmia Day 0, call your allies and raise your personal levies before distributing your holdings. Also, restart until you have some piety boosting traits, and marry your children for the gold rather than prestige. It is also possible to simply grant a county to a vassal bishop and then grant them independence (doing this 3 times should give you enough piety).
  • Alternatively, start in "Old Gods" as Rurik of Holmgaard, expand and subjugate naturally and then when ready to form the Kingdom use the RoI 'convert to local culture' decision to become Russian.
  • It is also possible to start as a tribal Slavic pagan (Ilmenian, Volhynian, or Severian) in "Charlemagne" or "Old Gods" and form the kingdom first, then convert to a religion that allows you to flip cultures (Christianity is easiest but a reformed pagan faith will also work). Rodislav Slovensky, High Chief of Novgorod in 769, is ideally positioned for this.
2.0 E
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Saint
Amass more than 10,000 in piety
No Does not have 10,000 Piety.png Piety Yes Have 10,000 Piety.png Piety Dlc icon sons of abraham.png Dlc icon the republic.png Start as a late-game republic and spam donations to holy orders 2.0 E
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Seven Centuries
Play a game all the way through from 769 to 1453
Time.png Start date is 769.1.1 Early Middle Ages (769) Time.png Date is 1452.12.30 The game tends to run slower the more holdings there are in your realm (and the more large realms there are generally), so when combining this achievement (or Persistent Survivor) with grand conquest, it may be best to grant independence to many vassals in the late game.

Alternatively, you can play as a nomad with HL (Khazaria would be the fastest) and burn the world, so there are less and less courts (so less and less characters to slow the game down). With this method you will likely spend a busy 200-300 first years and then you can just set the game at max speed and wait for the end. If you have The Reaper's Due, setting both the Black Death and Minor Epidemics to "Deadly" and "More" respectively will make severe cuts in the number of characters alive, improving performance.

DLC icon Charlemagne.png 2.2 E
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Stargazer
Build an Observatory
Yes Selected the Decision icon build observatory.png Build an Observatory Decision and follow theScholarship focus.png event chain. Requires Scholarship focus Scholarship focus.png. Take the decision in the Intrigue menu. DLC icon Way of Life.png 2.3 E
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Survivor
Play a game all the way through from 1066 to 1453
Time.png Start date is 1066.9.15 High Middle Ages (1066) Time.png Date is 1452.12.30 Must begin with the High Middle Ages bookmark. 2.0 E
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An Honest Mistake
From Seclusion, kick someone out who did not have the plague.
Yes has the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled Yes Kicked out someone while at seclusion via event if they don't have the Bubonic plague.png Plague They must have a disease, just not the Black Death. DLC icon Reaper's Due.png 2.6 M
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Birthright
As the Anti-Christ/spawn of Satan, become Grandmaster of the Satanists.
Yes Is a member of the Lucifer's Own

Yes Has Character Flag demon_child_non_pagan or demon_child

Yes Is Grandmaster of the Society As a demon child, be Grandmaster of Lucifer's Own. A special event "Demon Child" from SoA can happen once in one gametime (MTTH = 500 years), which will turn one of your child under age 3 into a demon child. When the demon child turns 16, he will automatically become Grandmaster of Lucifer's Own and have unbelievable attributes. One method to unlock this achievement is to make sure the demon child is your heir, then retire your current character before the child turns 16. Inheriting as a character who has already done this will *not* unlock the achievement. Though it is possible to leave the society, rejoin, and become Grandmaster again. Dlc icon sons of abraham.png DLC icon Monks and Mystics.png 2.7 M
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Bön Appétit!
Eat a character of the Bön religion.
Yes Cannibal.png Eat a person with the Bön.png Bön religion via event or Execution Try starting as a Bön ruler in a secure position, such as the ruler of Ü-Tsang in 867, and go into seclusion (DLC icon Reaper's Due.png) as soon as possible. Eventually, you will run out of food and have the option to eat a courtier. 2.8 M
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Casanova
Successfully seduce 10 people by targeted seduction with one character
Yes Seduction focus.png Seduce 10 people Requires Seduction focus Seduction focus.png. Succeeding to an heir who has done this will unlock it instantly. DLC icon Way of Life.png 2.3 M
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Close Call
From Seclusion, kick someone out who had the plague.
Yes has the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled Yes Kicked out someone while at seclusion via event if they have the Bubonic plague.png Plague They must have the Black Death, not just any disease. DLC icon Reaper's Due.png 2.6 M
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Crusader King
Starting in the "High Middle Ages" bookmark, hold the Kingdom of Jerusalem
Time.png Start date is 1066.9.15 High Middle Ages (1066) Yes owns the Kingdom.png Kingdom of K jerusalem.png Jerusalem Catholic Orthodox Nestorian Miaphysite Creating the Kingdom of Jerusalem requires Christian religion, but the achievement itself has no religious requirements. A non-Christian can inherit or usurp the title if it exists.

Easiest as HRE or Byzantium. Can also start as Fatimids and then have heir taught by a Christian.

2.0 M
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Dark Lord
Become Grandmaster of any devil-worshiper society.
Yes Is a member of the Demon Worshippers Yes Is Grandmaster of the Society Be Grandmaster of the Cult of Kali Purusha, the Plaguebringers, the Cold Ones, The Fellowship of Hel, or Lucifer's Own. Inheriting as a character who has already done this will *not* unlock the achievement. DLC icon Monks and Mystics.png 2.7 M
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Decadent Warrior
As a Muslim, crush a Decadence revolt
Yes Enforce a demand defending in a CB muslim heretic.png Decadence Invasion Sunni.pngShiaIbadi Must not be a merchant republic or nomadic. Fatimids in 1066 have high decadence. Stockpile money to hire mercenaries so that you can beat the revolt. Dlc icon sword of islam.png 2.0 M
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Divine Blood
Achieve a score of 100,000
No Does not have a Icon score.png score of 100,000 Yes Has a Icon score.png score of 100,000 Fairly easy as a Norse realm—getting > 100,000 from 867 to 1100 is fairly easy if you conquer and raid a lot. 2.0 M
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Family Bliss
Have 6 close family members as friends
Yes 6 Dynasty close relative.png close relatives are Carousing focus.png Family focus.png friends Requires six close relatives as friends. Use the Carousing focus Carousing focus.png and party without aiming for gamer or flings. If a character has an outlined blood drop in their portrait, he is a close relative (other characters might count as well). You can only carouse with people in the same realm, so avoid marrying close relatives in ways that have them leave the realm. DLC icon Way of Life.png 2.3 M
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Great Indian Sultanate
Rule the Empire of Rajastan and convert all its provinces to Islam
Yes has the Rajas of India.png Rajas of India DLC enabled

Yes owns either the Empire.png Empire of E rajastan.png Rajasthan or E rajastan.png India

  • Any Independent ruler and any realm province within the above Empire.png Empires is Sunni.pngShiaIbadi Muslim
Sunni.pngShiaIbadi Only requires the provinces of de jure Rajastan outside your realm to be Muslim. The easiest way to fulfill this is simply to completely control Rajastan, so this achievement may be easily combined with Samrat Chakravartin, or Saint Thomas's Dream. You must hold Rajastan and be Muslim yourself. The quickest way is Tughluq in 1337: just four counties to claim with de jure CBs. If you become Samrat Chakravartin, and Rajastan no longer exists, the achievement is still possible: but the scope is the Empire of India instead. Rajas of India.png 2.1 M
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Hard Ruler
Starting in the "High Middle Ages" bookmark as Harald of Norway, become the King of England
Time.png Start date is 15.9.1066 High Middle Ages (1066)

Yes Is playing Harald Hårdråde of Norway

Yes Harald Hårdråde owns the
Kingdom.png Kingdom of K england.png England
Norway walkthrough 2.0 M
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Iron Crown
Hold any Emperor or King title as a Lombard after 1300
Yes is Lombard

Yes owns either a Kingdom.png Kingdom or an Empire.png Empire
Time.png is the year 1300

The last Lombard province disappears in the year 1147. Starting as the King of Sicily in 1146 and converting (with RoI) to Lombard will ensure that you will get the achievement if you simply lay low and survive for 153 years. Without RoI, it may be easier to play as the last Lombard ruler available, the Count of Capua from 1092 through 1097, or as his larger but Norman neighbor the Duke of Apulia, who can try to turn his heir into a Lombard through education.


In 769 the king of Lombardy is already a king tier Lombard character. Simply survive for 531 years. He controls very little land himself, but have can instantly take the county of Rome from the Pope. Just don't accept Carloman's wife when she tries to flee to your kingdom, because this will give Karl a strong claim on Lombardy. It may be a good idea to go after some other achievements during the 531 year wait.

2.2 M
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I Shed Blood of Saxon Men
As a Christian non-Saxon, completely conquer Saxony in a game starting in 769
Time.png Start date is 769.1.1 Early Middle Ages (769)

Yes is Catholic Orthodox Nestorian Miaphysite Christian No is not Saxon

Yes Completely controls the County.png Counties of:
  • Oldenburg
  • Osnabruck
  • Bremen
  • Celle
  • Braunschweig
  • Gottingen
  • Holstein
  • Hamburg
  • Luneburg
  • Weimar
  • Lubeck
  • Anhalt
  • Plauen
Catholic Orthodox Nestorian Miaphysite This is most easily attainable by waiting for the Saxon invasion event as Charlemagne. The requirement is for any culture besides Saxon: Anglo-Saxon culture will still net you the achievement if you want to get both this and "Saxons Everywhere, Unite!". DLC icon Charlemagne.png 2.2 M
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Jihad Sultan
As a Muslim King or higher, become Grandmaster of the Assassins.
Yes Is a member of the Assassins

Yesis a Kingdom.png King or an Empire.png Emperor

Yes Is Grandmaster of the Society Shia This achievement is pretty self explanatory. Can also be done when secretly muslim. Dlc icon sword of islam.png DLC icon Monks and Mystics.png 2.7 M
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Let's go out into the Field
Defeat a sibling in a war using the rival casus belli.
Yes win a war against a sibling with a Alert casus belli.png Rivalry Casus Belli When your sibling is your rival, and an independent ruler, declare war using this CB, and win. Also possible to achieve as a defender. Fastest as Charlemagne or Carloman in 769. If playing as Charlemagne, don't send your mother to him or you'll have to win before he dies. 2.4 M
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Let's Play
Gain the Hedonist trait through carousing
Yes Get the Hedonist.png Hedonist Trait via the Carousing focus.png Carousing focus events. Requires Carousing focus . After your third party, choose the option that mentions carousing. DLC icon Way of Life.png 2.3 M
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Mudslinger
Successfully slander 20 people with one character
Yes Intrigue focus.png Slander 20 people Requires Intrigue focus Intrigue focus.png. Spy on the lowest intrigue characters in your realm with the aid of the character finder, for a greater chance of success. Any kind of event which spreads rumors, uncovers plots, or uncovers dirt in some way will count. Use the option to stop spying on characters who haven't given any results for a while. DLC icon Way of Life.png 2.3 M
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New Ways for Old Gods
Reform one of the Pagan religions
Yes Reformed a Pagan Religion GermanicTengriRomuvaSuomenuskoAztecSlavicWest AfricanZunist Probably easiest as Sviþjod or Ostlandet in the 867 start, or as Genghis Khan in the 1220 start. Dlc icon the old gods.png 2.0 M
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Not a Tribe
Play as a Tribal Ruler and Reform to Feudalism
Yes Selected the Decision icon adopt feudalism.png Adopt Feudalism Decision See Adopting Feudalism. Start as the chief of Ångermanland in Northern Sweden in the Late Middle Ages bookmark, borrow from the Jews (requires Son of Abraham DLC), start building the last level of the hillfort, and reform. You can do all of this without unpausing. 2.2 M
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Res Publica
Play as a Tribal Ruler and Reform to Merchant Republic
Yes Selected the Decision icon adopt republicanism.png Adopt Republicanism Decision See Founding a Merchant Republic. Start as the High Chief of Mann (coastal and ducal) and upgrade your Market Village to the max. Dlc icon the republic.png 2.2 M
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Run With the Wolf
Play as a character with Wolf's Blood.
No does not have character modifier Wolf Blood or Wolf Child Yes have character modifier Wolf Blood or Wolf Child from Wolf events Have a culture from the Altaic group other than Khitan, and wait for wolf-related events to occur. Eldest children of players have a 5% chance of being born with Wolf's Blood (you find out within a year), and a further chance of gaining it between ages 5 and 10. Childless rulers have a passive chance of adopting one. So you have to keep your heirs childless until they inherit. When you have one, just make sure the wolf-like child inherits. Wait until you can adopt a wolf child via event. Do not marry and wait for your adopted son to inherit. Horse Lords.png 2.4 M
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Scarrrrrred for Life
Become One-Eyed, One-Legged and One-Handed.
Yes has the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled Yes have the traits: As a Tengri, Slavic, Suomenusko, West African, or Baltic (Romuvan) character use the ancestor worship intrigue decision, and choose to sacrifice a part of your body. The sacrifice will be a hand, a leg, or an eye. After performing this action three times, you will gain the achievement. As performing the sacrifice also gives a severe wound, it is beneficial to do this with a young, healthy ruler (such as the High Chief of Prussia in 1066) and select the Hunting focus for the health boosts, which includes the base +1 and the +1 from the hunting dog. DLC icon Reaper's Due.png 2.6 M
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Sword to Ploughshare
Settle a steppe mercenary with more than 20 martial in your lands.
Requires settling a mercenary, not just any adventurer. Does not actually require him to have over 20 martial.

To settle a mercenary they must be your friend. There is an event chain for a hired mercenary to become your friend. It fires for you, not the mercenary leader, so hiring multiple mercenaries does not make it fire faster. It won't fire unless the ruler who sent the mercenary away (generally his father) is still alive, and the mercenary is residing in your capital, which happens when he is removed from leading troops. Once he is your friend, dismiss him and then use the "Settle Adventurer" diplo-action on him. In the 769 start as Charlemagne/Karl, wait for Roland to join your court and wait until the event fires for you to become friends. Once you are friends, have him assemble a mercenary company (50 gold) by right-clicking his portrait, and then you can settle him straight away by right-clicking his portrait and awarding him one of your counties (not through "Grant Landed Title", you need to choose the "Settle Mercenary" option).

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The Frisian Coast is Long
Be King of Frisia and hold the Atlantic coast from Léon in Brittany to Jylland
Yes owns the Kingdom.png Kingdom of K frisia.png Frisia

Yes Completely controls the County.png Counties of:

  • Léon
  • Penthievre
  • Rennes
  • Avranches
  • Evreux
  • Arques
  • Eu
  • Boulogne
  • Guines
  • Yperen
  • Brugge
  • Gent
  • Zeeland
  • Breda
  • Holland
  • Westfriesland
  • Sticht
  • Gelre
  • Frisia
  • Ostfriesland
  • Oldenburg
  • Bremen
  • Holstein
  • Slesvig
  • Jylland
You do not need to have Frisian culture to get this achievement, thus it is possible in any start date.


Probably the easiest as Charlemagne, who already starts with all counties necessary save Penthièvre, French Léon (both of which will swear fealty to you if you create the Empire of Francia), Oldenburg, Bremen, Holstein (all three of which will be conquered in the invasion of Saxony, railroaded for Charles), Slesvig and Jylland (which are obtainable in a single holy war).

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The Yes Men
Have all members of your council be Loyalists.
Yes has the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC enabled Yes If primary title is: The "Greatest of Khans" has a huge boost to loyalism in his council. So play the historical Temujin after 1206, or else take the decision as another nomad ruler. Hire and fire non-loyalist councilors until you get the whole set. Look for characters with high opinion of you, who are content, and/or are close relatives, with low relative size and strength (or simply courtiers). Trusting characters and same-dynasty characters have a smaller boost. Your council must be empowered and full (i.e. 5 members as a count/duke, 6 as a king, 7 as an emperor). DLC icon Conclave.png 2.5 M
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Trade Empire
Your Republic maintains trade posts in 80 provinces
No Does not have a total of 80 Trade Posts Yes Have a total of 80 Trade Posts You cannot unlock this by starting with 80 trade posts or more, like in the 1337 Venice start. You have to first have less than 80 trade posts, and then have 80 or more. Genoa in May 1274 has 79 trade posts, building a trade post in Abkhazia costs about 250 gold which can be obtained with a loan from Jewish merchants. Dlc icon the republic.png 2.0 M
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United the Kingdoms
Hold the kingdoms of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
Yes Owns the Kingdom.png Kingdoms:
  • Edward III Plantagenet (Hundred Years' War bookmark) is the King of England, Wales and possesses enough land to become the King of Ireland. You will then need some more provinces to create the empire - as the game begins, send your chancellor to create claims on a couple of Scottish counties, then declare war against the whole of Ireland at once (you will easily take them on with your 20k troops) after you are king of Ireland. To gain piety and gold, you may borrow and expel the Jewry, and join the Crusade that the Pope will certainly call for.
  • In 769 Start: The Kingdom of Pictland can easily unite everything. Firstly because he is the only kingdom in the Island and secondly because the rest are Warring States. Beat the unevitable revolt of Urguist Circinn then beat Mann,Islands and Northumbria . When you have finished expand in Ireland and Wales then vassalize the petty kingdoms of England.
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Viking Raider
As a Viking, return home with 1,000 worth of loot
Yes Is North Germanic Culture Group

Yes Is Germanic Germanic or Reformed Germanic Reformed Germanic

Yes Have 1000 Loot.png loot GermanicReformed Germanic You must have Norse (Germanic) religion and North Germanic culture group, but you do not need the Viking trait. The loot must be returned all at once, so you'll need a fleet of at least 100 ships. Open the economy map view, identify green zones, send your raiders there. Dlc icon the old gods.png 2.0 M
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Viking Ummah
Have a capital province with Norse culture and Muslim religion
Yes Capital Province is: Playing as a tribal Muslim, educate a heir with Norse culture. After the heir takes over, use the Steward action Settle Tribe to slowly convert any province you control to your culture. Alternatively, capture a Muslim woman as a raiding Norse Viking and convert to her religion before using your Court Imam to convert your capital province. Dlc icon sword of islam.pngDlc icon the old gods.pngDLC icon Charlemagne.png 2.2 M
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And Stay Out!
Throw the Aztec invaders back into the sea
Yes Event Second Landing of the Aztecs has fired Yes Character who owns the Empire.png Aztec Empire:
  • has no regiments
  • is not landed
Triggered when Aztecs lose all territory and all event armies. Make sure all Aztec armies are destroyed before imposing victory that removes their last territory. Does not actually need player involvement. Dlc icon sunset invasion.png 2.0 H
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Black Pope
Have a priest you corrupted (as a Satanist) become Pope.
YesA priest:
  • Has Character Flag corrupted_by_player
Yes the character owns K papal state.png the Papacy You must corrupt the target first, then he must become Pope, by any means. It's possible to corrupt a bishop, make him an antipope, and then press the antipope's claim. Dlc icon sons of abraham.png DLC icon Monks and Mystics.png 2.7 H
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Bring it On
Win 7 duels with one character
Yes Win 7 War focus.png duels. Requires War focus War focus.png. The important value for duel success is the combat modifier , which is given in the crossed-swords tooltip in the character window.

Duel decadent characters as a zealous Muslim, or have a vassal Patriarch/Pope and ask them to excommunicate weak/craven/blinded characters. Alp Arslan, Seljuk Sultan in 1066, has many traits suitable for dueling, except zealous—so take the Scholarship focus, pursuing astronomy, and burn your research when you have the chance for an automatic zealous trait. Germanic characters can get the Holmgang event, increasing the frequency of duels.

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By the Gods
Gain the Theologian trait
Yes Get the Theologian.png Theologian Trait via the Theology focus.png Theology focus events. Requires Theology focus for a long time. It's best to start on a young character and keep the focus for a long time. DLC icon Way of Life.png 2.3 H
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Empressive
Play as three consecutive generations of empresses
No Game Rule for Gender Equality must not be set to all Yes Is Female

Yes owns an Empire.png Empire
Yes Their Mother owns an Empire.png Empire
Yes Their Grandmother owns an Empire.png Empire

You, your mother, and your maternal grandmother must all be empresses (alive or dead). It is okay if you play other characters in between, or even if one of the ancestors was a member of another dynasty ruling a different empire. The game rule for Gender Equality must not be set to "All".

Use absolute cognatic elective succession and ensure your daughter is your heir. Alternatively, excommunicate, imprison and castrate your sons as the Byzantine emperor. As a Muslim realm, you'll be able to give land to daughters after getting absolute cognatic succession.

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Got Land
Start as the holder of Gotland and form the empire of Scandinavia.
Yes Own the County.png County of Gotland YesCreated the Empire.png Empire of E scandinavia.png Scandinavia From 1097-1161 and from 1285-1337 the holder of Gotland is also the king of Sweden. In 1337, he is also king of Norway, needing only 7 more counties to create the empire, and having CBs on 4 right away. 2.7 H
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Great Hunter
Kill your prey in the Epic Hunt
Yes Trigger the Hunting focus.png Actually finds and kills animal event Requires Hunting focus . Investigate the rumors of the legendary animal, and set out on the hunt (NOT the Grand Hunt event found on the Intrigue menu). Has about a 1% chance of succeeding. Cannot be killed if your character already has a lifestyle trait from another way of life. Note: Lower chance to kill the white stag when having Kind trait. Succeeding to an heir who has done this will unlock it instantly. DLC icon Way of Life.png 2.3 H
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Holy and Roman
Found the Holy Roman Empire in a game starting in 769
Time.png Start date is 769.1.1 Early Middle Ages (769) Yes Selected the Decision icon form the hre.png Form the Holy Roman Empire Decision As Karl, wait for an event to marry a Lombard princess. When the events occur, divorce her, and send your mother to Carloman. When Carloman dies, you will gain a strong claim on the realm where the princess will flee towards a short time after the divorce. This realm will likely be Lombardy, but not always. (If all this hasn't happened by 772, the events have probably been derailed by someone's death.) The war for Lombardy ought to be easy. After doing this, you should have fulfilled all prerequisites, save perhaps the +25 opinion of the Pope. (If necessary, just grant him some land.) The Empire must be formed via the decision. DLC icon Charlemagne.png 2.2 H
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Holy Smoke
Sacrifice another religion's head as a Norse or Aztec pagan
Yes As a Germanic Germanic: Yes As a Germanic Germanic:

Yes As a Aztec Aztec:

GermanicAztec Starting as the Byzantine Emperor in 867, educate your heir with a Varangian Germanic pagan (but not in your court). Arrest the Ecumenical Patriarch and sacrifice him after succession. Alternatively, as a minor Norse power, swear fealty to the Pope and use Intrigue focus Intrigue focus.png to imprison him. Dlc icon the old gods.png Dlc icon sunset invasion.png 2.0 H
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I am the Law
As a vassal use a favor to change a law.
Yes has the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC enabled

No is not independent

Yes Liege owes Favor.png favor to the player

Yes Changed realm law using the Favor.png favor

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I Got Better
Recover from the Black Death.
Yes have the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled

Yes Have the Bubonic plague.png Plague

Yes Recovered from the Bubonic plague.png Plague with waiting or with the Court Physician Trivial as someone who has the Immortal trait: Immortal characters still get diseases, but they can't die from them - just beware your Court Physician, because he doesn't know this.

Can also be achieved via risky treatment, costing your character a limb or earning them a lunatic trait. Note, that getting cured by any source other than physician or disease timer running out does not give the achievement.

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Kali Maaa
Sacrifice a King or Emperor tier character to Kali
Yes Selected the Decision icon hold diwali feast.png Hold Kali Puja Feast Decision after Alert imprison.png imprisoning a Kingdom.png king or an Empire.png emperor Hindu.png Character must not have Kind trait.
Start as Muhammad Tughluq in 1337, move your capital to one of the Hindu provinces, wait for 1000 Prestige in order to convert to local religion (Hindu), then simply imprison one of your several vassal kings. Secret conversion to Hinduism and then openly worshipping the faith is also a solution. Alternatively, play a character under a king and use Intrigue focus Intrigue focus.png to imprison the king. Release all other prisoners except the king. Select Kali as your patron deity via decision. Next select Hold Kali Puja Feast via decision, then choose "Let's do something extra this year..." during event chain.
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Legacy of Rome
Restore the Roman Empire
Yes Selected the Decision icon restore roman empire.png Restore Roman Empire Decision Catholic Orthodox Nestorian Miaphysite Legacy of Rome walkthrough. The conquests can be done as a nomad, but the nomad must settle down and become feudal in order to get the achievement. Dlc icon legacy of rome.png 2.0 H
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Little Brother Rules!
Become Emperor of Francia as Carloman, brother of Charlemagne
Yes Is playing Carloman of Middle Francia Yes Is playing Carloman of Middle Francia

Yes owns the Empire.png Empire of E france.png Francia

As Carloman, with enough vassal support and mercenaries, you can take your brother's lands in a single war, giving you enough land to found Francia. Alternatively, you can take the war focus and immediately duel your brother, who is railroaded into becoming your rival. However, note that Karl's personal combat skill may be better than you. DLC icon Charlemagne.png 2.2 H
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Looking East and West
Be Emperor of both Persia and Rajastan
Yes has the Rajas of India.png Rajas of India DLC enabled

Yes owns the Empire.png E persia.png Persian Empire
Yes owns either the Empire.png Empire of E rajastan.png Rajasthan or E rajastan.png India

The Seljuks in 1066 have 15,000 men. Stockpile money for mercenaries and use the Invasion CB into Rajastan. Still possible after becoming Samrat Chakravartin: just hold both the Persian Empire and the Empire of India. Rajas of India.png 2.1 H
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Medieval Schlieffen
Be simultaneously at war with the Aztecs and the Mongols
No is not Mongol

Yes is at war against someone with Mongol culture
Yes is at war against someone with Nahuatl culture

You must be the primary aggressor or primary defender in both wars, not an ally. You cannot yourself be Mongol culture. One war must be against anyone of Nahua culture, and the other war must be against anyone of Mongol culture. Dlc icon sunset invasion.png 2.2 H
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My Very Own Subcontinent
Become Samrat Chakravartin
Yes Selected the Decision icon become samrat chakravartin.png Become Samrat Chakravartin Decision Completely control all kingdoms in the Empire of Rajastan, Deccan Empire, and Bengal Empire. Select the decision "Become Samrat Chakravartin". Requires Indian religion, feudal government, and a primary title inside India. The conquests can be done as a nomad, but the nomad must settle down and become feudal in order to get the achievement. Rajas of India.png 2.1 H
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Nobody's Business but the Turks
Conquer Constantinople as a Turkic steppe horde.
Yes is Turkish

Yes Has Government type Nomadic government.png Nomadic
Yes Owns the County.png Provinces of Constantinople

Must control the county of Constantinople while having Turkish culture and Nomadic government.

While it is not absolutely necessary to start as a Turkish character, note that having a different culture disqualifies a character from inheriting a nomadic clan. The Yabguids in 769 is a reasonable start.

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One Arrow Alone can be Easily Broken but Many Arrows are Indestructible
As a steppe horde, have a population of 150 000.
Yes Has Government type Nomadic government.png Nomadic

Yes Have a Population.png Population of 150,000

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Pentarch
As an Orthodox Christian, hold Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem
Yes is Orthodox Orthodox

Yes Owns the County.png Provinces of:

  • Rome
  • Constantinople
  • Alexandria
  • Antioch
  • Jerusalem
Orthodox Easiest as Byzantium in 867. 2.0 H
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Prester John
As a Catholic, have a border with Miaphysite Abyssinia
Yes is Catholic Catholic

Yes any realm province is neighboring a province whose owner is:

Catholic Does not require starting as a Catholic. Expand until you're close enough to interact with the southernmost Miaphysite rulers (the simplest way is to win the First Crusade or start as the Kingdom of Jerusalem while it is held by a Catholic) then fabricate a claim.

The Tulunids in 867 start very close to Abyssinia. Become guardian to both your sons, then have them educated by a Catholic (but not in your court). In the meantime, holy war your way down to Abyssinia. If neither of your sons becomes Catholic by adulthood, restart. If only your younger (non-heir) son becomes Catholic, make him the heir by granting him more titles than the existing heir. Take rulership focus for an easy way to get the depressed trait, then commit suicide to abdicate to your Catholic son. Alternatively, start as a Miaphysite neighbor of Abyssinia, and convert to Catholicism by marrying a Catholic and converting secretly by spending 250 Piety.

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Prodigious Five
Have at least one child with each of the five level four education traits.
Yes have the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC enabled Yes Has 5 children with one of each education traits: Use Seduction focus to have lots of children, or start with Svend II of Denmark in 1066. Select different childhood focus for each child and then education focus according to child's childhood traits. It is preferable to choose an unmarried young ruler with fertility bonus, for example, Kamarupa 1066. Once married, groom a heir ambition increases fertility. Bastards do count for this achievement. DLC icon Conclave.png 2.5 H
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Protector of the Holy Places
Have Rome, Jerusalem, Mecca and Medina within your Realm
Yes Owns the County.png Provinces of:
  • Rome
  • Jerusalem
  • Mecca
  • Medina
Abbasids in 867 have claims on Mecca or may be able to vassalize its holder. Subjugate Tunisia to get in range to declare war for Rome. Alternatively, start as the HRE in 1066, create the Kingdom of Italy to have a de jure claim on Rome, earn Jerusalem in the First Crusade, then win a Holy War for Medina. This is also easily achievable when restoring the Roman Empire. The Abbasid Empire from the 769 start data controls Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem so fabricating a claim and going to war over Rome can get you this achievement as well. 2.0 H
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Saxons Everywhere, Unite!
As an Anglo-Saxon or Saxon ruler, be king of both Saxony and England
Yes is Anglo-Saxon or Saxon Yes owns the Kingdom.png Kingdom of K england.png England and K saxony.png Saxony Requires starting the game as Anglo-Saxon or Saxon, but does not require remaining such. Since the Kingdom of Saxony only exists in 769 and the Catholics surrounding Saxony are very strong, it may be easier to start this as an Anglo-Saxon and create the Kingdom of England and then work into Saxony. Note that creation of the Kingdom of Saxony title requires Saxon culture (not Anglo-Saxon). It is a good idea to turn off the Charlemagne events in the game rules so the Karl (or Carloman if Karl is dead) doesn't get a strong claim on Saxony. Alternatively, as Saxony, subjugate Denmark and convert to Norse culture for the ships. Once the Germanic coastal CB becomes available, conquering England is easy. DLC icon Charlemagne.png 2.2 H
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The Good Old Days
Have the kingdom of Frisia as your primary title and have the duchies of Flanders and Brabant be dejure part of it.
YesPrimary Title is the Kingdom.png Kingdom of K frisia.png Frisia

Yes the Duchy.png Duchies of Flanders and Brabant is De Jure part of the Kingdom of K frisia.png Frisia

Try Charlemagne. Switch your kingdoms to elective, create Frisia, and destroy West Francia and Middle Francia. You must control the duchies for 100 years while having the kingdom of Frisia as primary title. 2.7 H
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The Outside Bet
Starting in the "High Middle Ages" bookmark as Svend II of Denmark, become the King of England
Time.png Start date is 1066.9.15 High Middle Ages (1066)

Yes Is playing King Svend II of Denmark

YesSvend II owns the
Kingdom.png Kingdom of K england.png England
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Unwelcome Visitors
As an assassin, assassinate a Crusader King in the Holy land.
Yes Is a member of the Assassins Yes Has Plot kill character.png murdered someone who: Shia Must be a member of the Assassins. The target must be a king-tier Christian who either is located in the Middle East region, controls a title in the Middle East region, or is fighting in a crusade or jihad targeting a kingdom in the Middle East region. You can kill the target in any way that marks you as the killer, e.g., capturing and executing. Plotting to kill becomes easier after ranking up once, as you can invite other Assassins to your plot. If your capital is in Middle East, any prisoner will be considered as "in Middle East" on execution, which means that executing any imprisoned Christian King will give this achievement. Dlc icon sword of islam.png DLC icon Monks and Mystics.png 2.7 H
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Empire of the Sun
Rule as Emperor with the Reformed Zun Faith
Yes owns an Empire.png Empire

Yes is Reformed Zunist.png Reformed Zunist

Reformed Zunist.png Can be cheesed as the Abbasids: conquer the Zunists and their holy sites, move your capital to Zunist territory, and convert. Stockpile enough piety to immediately reform the religion after converting. You will need to give away the Caliph title for the decision to convert to show up. Dlc icon the old gods.png DLC icon Charlemagne.png 2.2 VH
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Eternity Denied
Kill a character with the Immortal trait.
Yes has the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled Yes An Immortal.png Immortal character is Plot kill character.png murdered by player Must become immortal first. Then, imprison vassals until they revolt, and surrender, thus abdicating to your heir. Plot to kill your immortal predecessor. The only other practical way is to kill the mystic by whom you achieved immortality (the mystic will also gain the immortal trait if you are successful in the immortality event chain). The third, more unlikely option is to wait for the immortal rival event chain to randomly occur, then kill your rival. DLC icon Reaper's Due.png 2.6 VH
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Go West Young Mongol
As a steppe horde, have an independent tributary King or Emperor in the British Isles
Yes Has Government type Nomadic government.png Nomadic

Yes Any Independent ruler:

Vassalize holdings on the Baltic or the Black Sea to gain ships. The Nomadic Invasion CB has a very long range, use it to gain a foothold in the British Isles. The tributary ruler's primary title must be in the Britannia region. Your government must be nomadic, but it is not necessary to be based in the Steppes or have Mongol culture. Horse Lords.png 2.4 VH
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Kingdom of David
As a Jew, create the Kingdom of Israel
Yes Selected the Decision icon create israel.png Create Israel Decision Jewish Khazaria 867 start; be sure to settle feudal in Jerusalem to avoid using the slow conversion to Judaism (or simply pillage all holdings in Jerusalem). Any other horde in 867 can use Khazar missionaries or concubines to convert.

Start as the Tulunids, move your capital to Semien and use your holy war piety to convert to Judaism. Also works with the Abbasids in 769, though it is necessary to give away the Caliph title in order to convert. (Then grant the new caliph independence and holy war the land back.)

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Legacy of the Indo-Norse
Start as a Norse Character, hold a Kingdom in India as your primary title. Your capital must also be located in India and converted to Norse.
Yes is Norse Yes is Norse

YesPrimary title is a Kingdom.png Kingdom in India
YesCapital is a Norse in India

Requires both starting and finishing as Norse culture. Norse religion is not required. The primary title kingdom must be in the India region. If you acquire any empire titles, you will need to lose them to be able to set a kingdom as primary title. The main mechanism here, assuming you're not forming an intercontinental empire, is to use the coastal conquest CB available to Norse characters.

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Norse-East
As a Norse character, become King of Mongolia.
Yes is Norse

YesOwns the Kingdom.png Kingdom of K mongolia.png Mongolia

Norse culture is required, not Norse religion. Does not require starting as Norse. If going from west to east, it might be easier with Horse Lords disabled, as the steppes would then be tribal. Dlc icon the old gods.png DLC icon Charlemagne.png 2.4 VH
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Not So Bad
Survive the End Times.
Yes has the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled Yes survived the end of days events. The End of Days event chains can trigger when the Black Death is present in your realm. DLC icon Reaper's Due.png 2.6 VH
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Papal Mache
Have elephants trample the Pope/Caliph.
Yes has the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled Yes One of the following characters has been executed by elephants: This execution method is available for anyone with a capital in the India, Persia, Middle East, or East Africa regions. Execution methods are random, but when the target is a religious head, elephants are especially likely. Valid targets are the Pope, the Fraticelli Pope, the Sunni Caliph, the Shia Caliph, the Ibadi Caliph, and the Kharijite Caliph. The Miaphysite Pope and Monophysite Pope do not count, nor do anti-popes. An extremely easy way to accomplish this is by selecting Seljuk in 1066 in the High Middle Ages bookmark, imprisoning the Sunni Caliph and executing. With Ghilman and initial available troops, rebellion is futile and guarantees easy imprisonment. DLC icon Reaper's Due.png 2.6 VH
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Peace in Our Time
Enforce peace for 6 or more vassals.
Yes has the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC enabled Yes Enforced Realm Peace for 6 vassals. Require actually ending at least 6 ongoing vassal wars. They can be revolts, faction or otherwise, as long as the two primary participants are both your direct vassals (whether temporarily because of the war, or not). Encourage vassal wars by transferring non-de jure counts, granting other duchies to counts under their de-jure duke, landing people with claims, pressing claims, etc. DLC icon Conclave.png 2.5 VH
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Red Sea Resort
Convert Mecca to Hinduism, Buddhism or Jainism
Yes has the Rajas of India.png Rajas of India DLC enabled

Yes Is Hindu.png Hindu, Buddhist.png Buddhist, or Jain.png Jain Yes County.png Mecca must be within the realm and is the same Indian Religion as the player

Hindu.png Buddhist.png Jain.png Can be done quickly by settling feudal in the county of Mecca as an Indian religion nomadic horde, if you have Horse Lords.png. As a nomad, completely destroying all holdings in Mecca will also change the county's religion. Rajas of India.png 2.1 VH
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Saint Thomas's Dream
Rule an Indian Kingdom or Empire as a Christian and convert all its provinces
Yes has the Rajas of India.png Rajas of India DLC enabled

Yes owns either a Kingdom.png Kingdom or an Empire.png Empire that is within the region of India

  • Any title that is not within the above is Catholic Orthodox Nestorian Miaphysite Christian
Catholic Orthodox Nestorian Miaphysite Only requires the provinces of a held kingdom or empire outside your realm to be Christian. The kingdom or empire must be in the India region. The easiest way to fulfill this is to completely control any Indian kingdom as a Christian. (Use the "De jure Kingdoms" map mode to find small kingdoms.) As any large southern Indian realm, conquer Mahodayapuram, secretly convert to Nestorian, and personally adopt the faith. Rajas of India.png 2.1 VH
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Sakya Trizin
Starting as the Count of Sakya in 1066, rule as an independent Buddhist King or Emperor and control all Buddhist Holy Sites.
Yes Is playing Count Khon Sherab Tsultrim of Sakya Yes Primary title is a Kingdom.png Kingdom or an Empire.png Empire

Yesis independent Yes is Buddhist.png
Yes owns the County.png Counties of:

  • Bamian
  • Varanasi
  • Gaya
  • Devagiri
  • Lumbini
Buddhist.png Try to marry/seduce your neighbor Tibet Queen (historical route by checking history in 1337). She won't accept a marriage at first though. Rajas of India.png 2.8 VH
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Shadow Prince
Sit on the council and have every other council member as well as the ruler owing you a favor.
Yes has the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC enabled No is not independent

Yes is a Councillor
Yes Liege owes Favor.png favor to the player
Yes If Liege's primary title is:

If a councilor will not let you buy a favor, try raising his opinion of you or perhaps changing your position. Your liege, the most expensive one, is more likely to accept when he is low on cash and at war. Buy favors from other powerful vassals and any heirs involved (which is cheapest), and try to get them on the council by killing or waiting out the intransigent ones. As a Companion (Level 2) member of the Assassins, the Intimidate Ruler option becomes available. Try a start with a relatively young ruler with a lot of land to tax, such as the Duke of Aquitaine in 1066. Or, start as an independent king and swear fealty to the HRE or ERE, but beware opinion maluses for different culture and religion. Requires the council be empowered and the Advisors owe you favors as well as the five normal positions. DLC icon Conclave.png 2.5 VH
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S.P.Q.R.
As the Roman Empire, reclaim the old imperial borders
Yes Completely control all Duchies of Historical Roman Empire Catholic Orthodox Nestorian Miaphysite SPQR walkthrough. You must have Christian religion. The conquests can be done as a nomad, but the nomad must settle down and become feudal in order to get the achievement. The achievement only requires the Roman Borders event which may be triggered with owning either the Byzantine Empire or the Roman Empire. Dlc icon legacy of rome.png 2.0 VH
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Steppe by Steppe
As a steppe horde, conquer the whole steppe region.
Yes Has Government type Nomadic government.png Nomadic

Yes Completely controls the Steppe Region

Have Nomadic government and control the Steppes region. To check the territory, you actually need to press the Find Title or Region button in the lower right corner, under the map and type Steppe region. If you think you should have gotten the achievement check again carefully every single barony/county for independent ones (Religious Orders etc.). Horse Lords.png 2.4 VH
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The Black Bishop
Fund an immoral bishop and get him elected Pope
Yes A Theocracy government.png Theocratic vassal must have:
  • the trait Wicked Priest Wicked Priest
  • Has a liege that has the modifier = opinion_supported_pope from the character (liege spent money on the College of Cardinals window)
Yes the Theocracy government.png Theocratic vassal became Pope.png Pope via succession. CatholicFraticelli You must contribute to the election fund, and the bishop must remain your vassal until he is made Pope. See Papal succession#Strategies or follow Elvaril's walkthrough. Dlc icon sons of abraham.png 2.0 VH
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The British Raj
Rule the Empire of Britannia as a Hindu, Buddhist or Jain character
Yes Has an Hindu.png Buddhist.png Jain.png Indian Religion. Yes Is Hindu.png Hindu, Buddhist.png Buddhist, or Jain.png Jain


Yes has the Rajas of India.png Rajas of India DLC enabled Yes owns the Empire.png Empire of E britannia.png Britannia

Hindu.png Buddhist.png Jain.png Start as a Germanic character, use prepared invasion and county conquest CB to work your way to the Emperor of Britannia. Send troops to raid in India until you have captured a female Hindu, Buddhist or Jain prisoner. Take concubine and convert by decision when you're ready. Alternatively, play as a nomadic horde with HL and use missionaries or concubines to convert. Rajas of India.png 2.1 VH
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The Caliphate Strikes Back
Starting in the "High Middle Ages" bookmark as the Abbasid Caliph, become independent and hold an empire title
Time.png Start date is 15.9.1066 High Middle Ages (1066)

Yes Is playing Caliph Al-Qa'im

Yes is independent

Yes owns an Empire.png Empire

Expand in Fatimid territory if they falter. The Seljuks have a tendency to fall apart once Alp Arslan dies. Dlc icon sword of islam.png 2.0 VH
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The Conqueror
Starting as a Norse character, rule the Kingdom of England (or the Empire of Britannia) as an English cultured character of a Christian religion.
Yes is Norse Yes is English

Yes is Catholic Orthodox Nestorian Miaphysite Christian
Yes Primary title is the Kingdom.png Kingdom of K england.png England or the Empire.png Empire of E britannia.png Britannia

Catholic Orthodox Nestorian Miaphysite BEFORE you begin, set the Culture Conversion game rule to "Faster Melting Pots." First, rule French/Occitan/Breton provinces before 1150 to become Norman, then rule Anglo-Saxon provinces in the de jure Kingdom of England (NOT Wessex) after 1100 to become English. Note that you may not get an alert for the English culture event, so keep checking the eligible provinces when the time comes. Note also that the culture events can happen in any province in your entire kingdom, not just the ones you own.

Those who wish to skip pagan or tribal gameplay can start as the Duke of Holland in 867. Haesteinn of Nantes in 867 is another good start, as he can easily take all of Brittany and then prepare an invasion of Western Francia without too much difficulty. If conquering England early, be sure not to eradicate Anglo-Saxon culture before 1100.

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The One Who Brings Benefit
As a Zoroastrian, become the prophesied Saoshyant
Yes Selected the Decision icon become saoshyant.png Become Saoshyant Decision Zoroastrian Zoroastrian strategy

Alternatively, if you have Rajas of India.pngRajas of India, you can do this even faster by starting as Seljuk in 1081, revoking a Zoroastrian county, and decision-converting (only if patch version is before the further expansion of the Persian Empire is introduced.)

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There Can Be Only One
Become immortal.
Yes has the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC enabled Yes gain theImmortal.png Immortal trait via the immortality events The eternal life event chain has a MTTH of 250 years, but this is lowered by old age, disease, or poor health to a minimum of 50 years. The supernatural events game rule must be left on. DLC icon Reaper's Due.png 2.6 VH
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Who Needs Vasco da Gama?
Own all the silk route ports in india as a European merchant republic.
Yes has the Horse Lords.png Horse Lords DLC enabled

Yes Is a Patrician
Yes Capital is in Europe or Asia Minor

Yes Completely controls the County.png Provinces of:
  • Debul
  • Navasarika
  • Mahoyadapuram
  • Vijayawada
  • Candradvipa
  • Goa
  • Cholamandalam
  • Kataka
  • Samatata
Your capital must be in the Europe or Asia Minor regions. Before patch 2.8, there are five coastal Silk road provinces in India, visible on the trade routes map: Debul, Navasarika, Mahoyadapuram, Vijayawada, and Candradvipa. You need to have trade posts built on the provinces for the achievement to fire. The revamp in patch 2.8 adds more counties: Goa, Cholamandalam, Kataka, and Samatata (replaces Candradvipa). Dlc icon the republic.pngHorse Lords.pngJade Dragon.png 2.4 VH
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White Hun
Starting as the last remnant of the White Huns (the Count of Mohadavasaka in 769) restore the borders of the Hephthalite Empire.
Yes Is playing Count Thakur Toramana of Mohadavaska Yes Primary title is a Kingdom.png Kingdom or an Empire.png Empire

Yesis independent
YesCompletely Control the Kingdom.png Kingdoms of:

Rajas of India.pngDLC icon Charlemagne.png 2.8 VH
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Wise Guy
Gain the Legendary Wisdom modifier
Yes Get the Legendary Wisdom modifier via the Rulership focus.png Rulership focus events. Requires Administrator lifestyle and 12 stewardship, (has an yearly pulse). Pick up the lifestyle with success in Rulership focus . Alternatively, the Bey of Daylam in 1066 starts with the lifestyle trait, which may make it slightly easier to get the achievement. DLC icon Way of Life.png 2.3 VH
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Aladdin
Starting and staying as a Han Chinese character, be an independent King or Emperor and rule all of North Africa (the Maghreb region).
Yes is Han Yesis Han

Yes Control all of North Africa
Yes Primary title is a Kingdom.png Kingdom or an Empire.png Empire
Yesis independent

Must completely control the North Africa region. (There is no Maghreb region.) Requires Han culture at start and at end, but not in between. Han duke of Jiuquan in 867 is a good choice. He can break out of tributary immediately (civil war in China) and Tibet Empire is fragmented. Taoist religion cannot declare holy war, so becoming Sunni through marriage and later Shia, by joining the Assassins allows faster conquest. All playable Han rulers are either Taoist or Buddhist, and RoI DLC unlocks both, so the JD DLC is not required. Jade Dragon.pngRajas of India.png 2.8 I
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A Servant No More
As Mu’nis al-Muzaffar of Galilee in 867, become an Emperor and have at least 100 realm size.
Yes Is playing Emir Mu’nis of Galilee Yes Is playing Emir Mu’nis of Galilee

Yesis independent
Yes Primary title is an Empire.png Empire
YesRealm size.png Realm Size is 100

Must be done as Mu'nis, in his lifetime. Easiest as the Emperor of Abyssinia.

A quick strategy is to expand into East Africa since it is fragmented, try to first fabricate a claim on Trinkitat (in Blemmyia). Pick Theology focus for more Piety. Seek opportunity to invade Egypt when you have enough gold (preferably more than 2500) for hiring mercenaries. Finally, get independent and create the title.

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Khan of Khans
Conquer continental Western Europe as the Mongol Empire, starting in "Age of the Mongols" bookmark
Time.png Start date is 1220.2.1 Age of the Mongols (1220)

Yes Is playing Khagan Temüjin of the Mongol Empire

Yes owns the Empire.png Mongol Empire

Yes Completely Controls the Empire.png Empires of:

  • E russia.png Russia
  • E tartaria.png Tartaria
  • E wendish empire.png Wendish Empire
  • E carpathia.png Carpathia
  • E hre.png Holy Roman Empire
  • E italy.png Italia
  • E byzantium.png Byzantine Empire
  • E france.png Francia
  • E spain.png Hispania
Requires that all the counties and baronies be within your realm, within the empires of Russia, Tartaria, Wendish Empire, Carpathia, HRE, Italia, Byzantium, Francia, and Hispania. If you believe you should get the achievement, but you haven't, check the ledger for the Independent States. If there are any realms there other than yours, check them to see if they picked up a random barony and you have a county claim casus belli on them. Dlc icon the old gods.png 2.0 I
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"Never start a Land War in Asia"
Start in Western Europe and completely conquer the region of Mongolia.
Yes Primary title is in Western Europe Yes Completely controls the Eastern Steppe Region (Mongolia) Requires starting as a character with primary title in the Western Europe region, and controlling the Eastern Steppes region. Might be easier with Horse Lords disabled, as the steppes would then be tribal. 2.4 I
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Smash the Patriarchy
As female Messalian/Bogomilist/Cathar Ruler own all 5 baronies which make up the Orthodox Pentarchies and have a female temple holder control them.
YesIs Female

YesIs Nestorian Heresy.png Messalian,Orthodox Heresy.png Bogomilist, or Catholic Heresy.png Cathar
Yes The owner of the Barony.png Baronies of:

  • Alexandria (Alexandria)
  • Jerusalem (Jerusalem)
  • Antiocheia (Antioch)
  • Hagia Sophia (Constantinople)
  • Roma (Rome)
  • Is Female
  • Is a vassal of the player or is the player.
Nestorian Heresy.png Orthodox Heresy.png Catholic Heresy.png Hold the counties of Rome, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Antioch, and Constantinople directly, and leave wrong-religion bishops in the temple holdings, until you have all five and meet the other conditions. Then, revoke the temples. Lower the moral authority of the three Christian religions to help heresies to appear, or adopt the Christian religion and ask your Court Chaplin to research technology. 2.7 I
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Ten Thrones
Have your dynasty rule 10 independent Feudal/Iqta/Monastic Feudal Kingdoms or Empires with at least 25 realm size each. You must be one of them.
Yes Primary title is a Kingdom.png Kingdom or an Empire.png Empire

Yesis independent
YesRealm size.png Realm Size is 25
YesIs Feudal government.png Feudal
Yes 9 other Icon family.png Dynasty members:

Use the Your Dynasty page of the Ledger and sort by realm size.

Abbasids in 769 have a lot of dynastic members and could create a lot of kingdoms. You can become Christian in order to create Jerusalem and grant your kinsmen independence.

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What Schism?
Convert both Rome and Constantinople to the same (Indian) religion
Yes has the Rajas of India.png Rajas of India DLC enabled

Yes Is Hindu.png Hindu, Buddhist.png Buddhist, or Jain.png Jain Yes County.png Rome and Constantinople must be within the realm and is the same Indian Religion as the player

Hindu.png Buddhist.png Jain.png With Horse Lords, conquer the county of Rome and the county of Constantinople as an Indian religion nomadic horde, releasing all other non-nomadic land, and then settling feudal in one of the provinces. As long as population is over 1000 times the number of baronies in the other province, it will convert to your culture and religion. As a nomad, completely destroying all holdings in the two counties will also change the counties' religion. Rajas of India.png 2.1 I
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