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Alert ambition.png Ambitions are personal goals that characters will set for themselves in their life.

Ambitions are assigned through the Character screen. The player can pick a new ambition after fulfilling the current one or cancelling one which the character have had for over 3 years.

Below is a list of all ambitions in Base icon CK2.png Crusader Kings II. All ambitions are only available to characters who are adults (16+ years-old) if not specified, are not imprisoned , and do not have the Incapable traits. Specific ambitions have other requirements, listed below:

Ambition Requisites Goal Passive Modifiers Success Bonuses
Acquire Title Acquire Title The character has not been successful at any previous "Acquire Title" ambition.

The character's government is not Nomadic nomadic.
The character's liege is not Nomadic nomadic.
Requires the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC

Earn any title from liege With this ambition, you may spend 60 prestige to "Ask Liege for Title" if other conditions are met:
  • You must be an adult, not a prisoner, and not incapable.
  • Liege must not have a regent, have at least 3 demesne size, and have a county which can be given away.

Your liege will never accept if they are Greedy , and unlikely to accept if they have at least 9 diplomacy. Liege is more likely to accept if they are charitable , have a high opinion of you, or are your friend. If it is not granted, the player can try again after 2 years, or immediately abort this ambition (losing an additional 100 prestige).

+200 prestige
Amass Wealth Amass Wealth The character possesses lower than 200 gold.

The character is not Charitable .
Only without the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC

Acquire 500 gold if a Count, 700 if a King or 1000 if an Emperor +1 Stewardship stewardship
Become a Councillor Become a Councillor The character is not a councillor, but is eligible for such position.

The character's liege is independent.
The character's liege is not their spouse.
The character is not inaccessible (In hiding , in seclusion or out traveling, etc.).
Requires the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC

Become a councillor This ambition enables the diplomatic interaction "Request Council Position" with liege
Become Councilor Become [Councilor]

(5 flavours)

The character is a vassal and is eligible for given council position.

Only without the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC

Become a councilor +1 attribute point in the field of councilor (only once per character)
Become Exalted among Men Become Exalted among Men The character possess lower than 1000 prestige.

The character is not Humble , Content , nor Shy The character possesses a king tier or above title, or is Ambitious , Envious or Proud .

Accumulate 5000 prestige
Become an Heir Become Heir The character's liege is a parent.

The character is not the primary heir.
The current primary heir is the liege's child and has any of the following diseases: Incapable , Infirm , Lunatic or Possessed
Only for AI if DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave is enabled

Become heir +1 Intrigue intrigue
Become King Become King of [Kingdom]

The character possesses a count or duke-tier title.
The character is not an heir to a kingdom.
The character is independent or their liege is independent

Character is king (of de jure kingdom containing its capital) +500 prestige
Become Paragon of Enlightenment Become Paragon of Enlightenment The character follow any Eastern religion faith and possesses lower than 1000 piety.

The character has any of following traits: any learning education traits, Theologian , Celibate , Chaste , Humble , Content , Zealous , Shieldmaiden , Ashari or is on/has finished pilgrimage/Hajjaj
The character has none of following traits: Cynical , any bad priest traits, Hedonist , Lustful , Cannibal or Impaler \

Accumulate 2000 piety
Become Paragon of Virtue Become Paragon of Virtue The character does not follow any Eastern religion faith and posssess lower than 1000 piety.

The character has any of following traits: any learning education traits, Theologian , Celibate , Chaste , Humble , Content , Zealous , Shieldmaiden , Ashari or is on/has finished pilgrimage/Hajjaj
The character has none of following traits: Cynical , any bad priest traits, Hedonist , Lustful , Cannibal or Impaler

Accumulate 2000 piety
Build a Great Work Build a Great Work
  • Independent
  • No great work in realm
  • Has not started building a great work
  • 1000 wealth
  • 500 prestige
A great work in your realm, on which you initiated construction, reaches stage 2
  • A random great work in your demesne gets one of the following features: Spikes, Tower, or Watchtower Network.
  • The free feature does not count against the two-per-stage limit.
  • If you did not build in your demesne, there is no bonus.
Build a War Chest Build a War Chest The character is an adult ruler possessing a count tier or above title.

The character has not been successful at any previous "War chest" ambition in the last 25 years.
The character is not inaccessible (In hiding , in seclusion or out traveling, etc.).
Requires the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC

  • Accumulate 300 wealth for count-level ruler;
  • Accumulate 500 wealth for duke-level ruler;
  • Accumulate 700 wealth for king-level ruler;
  • Accumulate 1,000 wealth for emperor-level ruler
+10% national tax bonus for 3 years
Create a Treasury Create a Treasury The character doesn't have any artifact of quality 2 or higher.

The character hasn't fulfilled this ambition before.
The character possesses a count tier or above title.
The character is not inaccessible (In hiding , in seclusion or out traveling, etc.).
Requires the Holy Fury.png Holy Fury DLC

Have at least 3 artifacts of quality 2 or higher +1 Stewardship stewardship

Gain Impressive Treasury (+0.5 monthly prestige, +5 vassal opinion) modifier for 5 years

Forge Bloodline Forge Bloodline

Normally requires 5000 prestige. However, some children (those who are Willful , Proud , Ambitious , Quick or Genius ) can start with only 2500 prestige. The prestige requirement increases from 5000/2500 to 20000/15000 if any dynasty member has ever succeeded at this ambition, even if their bloodline has died out.
The character doesn't own any created bloodline.
The character is at least duke tier and landed.
The character is at least 6 years old.
The character is not Content .
Requires the Holy Fury.png Holy Fury DLC

Gain ANY created bloodline
  • This ambition cannot be cancelled
  • Allows creation of Forged Bloodlines
  • Alexander/Ashoka bloodline events are more likely
+1000 prestige
Gain a Landed Title Gain a [landed] Title The liege is a close relative with multiple titles.

The character is not an heir to any of their liege's titles. Heirs under feudal elective and seniority will still be able to take this ambition.
Only for AI if DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave is enabled

Gain a title +50 prestige
Gain Land for an Unlanded Son/Daughter Gain Land for an Unlanded Son/Daughter The character is not independent.

The beneficiary is the player's unlanded adult son/daughter and is at their liege's court.
The beneficiary is not an heir.
The beneficiary is not Ascetic (e.g. Monk ), Incapable nor Eunuch .
The character and liege follow a matriarchal, equal or harmonious religion if the beneficiary is daughter.
Requires the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC

The player's son receives land This ambition enables an interaction with liege to request a county for the player's son/daughter
Get Married Get Married The character is unmarried, or is not engaged in a betrothal .

The character is not an ascetic (e.g. Nun ), Celibate or Eunuch .
If the character is female, she is under 40 years-old.
The character does not rule a theocracy or normal republic
Only for AI if DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave is enabled

Get Married
  • +10 piety
  • +10 Opinion boost (courtier toward liege or ruler toward whoever accepted the marriage request)
Groom an Heir Groom an Heir

The character is an adult, but they are not over 75 years-old.
If the character is female, she is under 45 years-old.
The character is not an Eunuch who does not have a living child.
The character is not inaccessible (In hiding , in seclusion or out traveling, etc.).
Requires the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC

Have an adult son or daughter (allowed by gender succession law) who is not:

  • Bastard ;
  • Celibate ;
  • Eunuch ;
  • Incapable ;
  • Ascetic (e.g. Monk or Nun )
+20% fertility

Enables the "Introduce heir to realm" diplomatic interaction when the character's child is between 12 and 15 years-old.
The ruler must have at least 7 vassals and be at peace

+15 opinion from adult descendant
Have a Son/Daughter Have a Son/Daughter The character is neither over 75 nor a woman over 45.

The character is married, but is not Celibate .
The character has no child of desired gender.
Only without the DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC

Have Son/Daughter +25% fertility +10 piety
Improve Attribute Improve [Attribute]

(5 flavours)

The character's attribute is below 8.
If the DLC icon Way of Life.png Way of Life DLC is enabled, this ambition is replaced by focuses

Reach 8 on an attribute Event chains to improve ability
Lower Decadence Lower Decadence The character is Muslim and accumulated 60+ decadence Decadent.png

Requires the Dlc icon sword of islam.png Sword of Islam DLC

Decadence is under 60 Event chains to lower decadence
Make a Friend Make a Friend The character doesn't have any friend.

The character is not Shy .
The character hasn't fulfilled this ambition before.
The character possesses a count tier or above title.
The character is not inaccessible (In hiding , in seclusion or out traveling, etc.).
Requires the Holy Fury.png Holy Fury DLC

Have at least one friend +1 Diplomacy diplomacy

Gain Popular (+2 Diplomacy diplomacy, +5 general opinion) modifier for 5 years

Marry Ruler Marry Ruler The character is a female under 45 years-old or male under 45 years-old with a matriarchal religion.

The character is not married and can marry
The character is not Celibate
The character's father is a duke or higher-level ruler.
Only for AI if DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave is enabled.

Marry Ruler +20 prestige
Reject Negative Trait Reject [Negative Trait]

(9 flavours for 11 traits)

The character follows the Buddhist religion.

The character is Craven , Cruel , Drunkard , Envious , Gluttonous , Greedy , Impaler , Lustful , Paranoid , Proud or Wroth
The character is not Imbecile , Inbred , Lunatic or Slow

The chosen negative trait is lost
  • Chance to lose negative trait
  • Higher chance to lose negative trait, if character possesses 6 or more personality traits
  • Chance for the character's court guru to offer help:
    • 75% chance of success, if the character is Ambitious or Zealous , or if court guru is a Genius
    • 25% chance of success, otherwise
+100 piety
See the Realm Prosper See the Realm Prosper

The character is independent and their government is not Nomadic nomadic.
The character has at least one province in their realm which:

The character is not inaccessible (In hiding , in seclusion or out traveling, etc.).
Requires the DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due DLC

Remain at peace for 5 years
  • -1% revolt risk;
  • The character has a better chance to get opportunities to invest in demesne;
  • Any war (other than a province revolt) will cancel this ambition and prevent choosing it again for 5 years;
  • Promoting a raid does not affect this ambition

If this ambition is successful, the character cannot take it again for 25 years

Strengthen Religion Strengthen Religion

The character's religion has moral authority lower than 30%.
The character is independent and their government is not Nomadic nomadic.
The character was not successful at this ambition previously.
The character has no secret religion.
The character is not a demon worshipper.
The character is not inaccessible (In hiding , in seclusion or out traveling, etc.).
Requires the Jade Dragon.png Jade Dragon DLC

Fulfill at least 3 tasks while this ambition is active:

  • The character may receive an opportunity to use the Religious Liberation CB. In order to this option be possible, it must be the first time the character uses this ambition, there must be a valid target, and they must not be Cynical . It is more likely to get this opportunity if the character is Zealous or by choosing the Theology theology focus;
  • This ambition is cancelled if religious moral authority reaches 50%

See also[edit]

Personal attributes
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