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Icon prestige.png Prestige is a measure of how honorable and respected a character is.

Prestige is increased in a variety of ways. Any given title will gradually increase the holder's prestige. A high Diplomacy skill will slowly increase Prestige, as will having a lot of direct vassals. Creating or usurping titles will also give a lump sum of Prestige, and some traits give Prestige per month.

Winning battles and sieges earns significant prestige, divided primarily among the flank leaders, but also among the unit owners. Wars fought under most casus belli give a significant prestige boost to the winner and major participants, and cost the loser prestige.

Increasing prestige[edit | edit source]

Monthly gain:

  • Held titles and direct vassal titles
  • Some council positions: chancellor, marshal, or steward
  • Most honorary titles, along with automatic minor titles such as ruler consort
  • Dlc icon sword of islam.pngMuslims also gain monthly prestige based on the titles of landed relatives
  • Horse Lords.pngNomads also gain monthly prestige if their capital is on a holy site (of any religion)
  • Tribal rulers can gain monthly prestige by assigning their steward to Build Legend.
  • Dlc icon the republic.pngPatricians get 1 Prestige per month for every 2000 gold they have (caps out at 6000 gold).
  • Dynasty controls holy order
  • Some traits: Proud , Scarred , Born in the purple , Augustus , Kshatriya , Shaivist Shaivist hindu.png, Viking and its upgrades, Renowned Physician
  • Small monthly gain from Diplomacy skill
  • Concubines below age 45 or extra wives (With 4 wives, kings and emperors following Islam or Holy Fury.pngreformed pagan faiths with the Polygamy doctrine cannot earn more prestige, but can prevent prestige loss.)

Lump sum gain:

  • Creating or usurping titles
  • As a commander, one point of prestige per 100 enemy troops slaughtered
  • As an army owner, one point of prestige per 200 enemy troops slaughtered
  • Winning a war, or having contributed to a war won by your side
    • Tributary wars give extra prestige
    • Holy wars often give you a chance to (re)create a duchy title afterward
  • Marriage prestige effects, when marrying into a prestigious dynasty or higher rank (not applicable if both groom and bride are Muslims)
  • Taking a concubine of noble birth (+25 prestige per rank of parent)
  • Fleet returning to port with loot from raiding

The amount of prestige gained by creating, usurping or destroying a title, as well as the monthly gains from holding a title, are given in the following table:

Name Creation Destruction Usurp Hold directly Vassal holds
Barony 50 N/A N/A 0.025 0.025
County N/A N/A N/A 0.1 0.1
Duchy 200 -200 50 0.2 0.2
Kingdom 400 -400 100 0.8 0.8
Empire 800 -800 200 1.6 N/A

Effects of prestige[edit | edit source]

  • +1 opinion bonus from most characters for every 200 prestige, for a maximum of +10 at 2000 prestige. (Theocratic rulers care about piety instead.)
    • Nomadic khans' and khagans' opinion of each other is greatly affected by prestige, as prestige affects clan sentiment. More importantly, the increase to clan sentiment from prestige has no cap. (But, opinion boost from clan sentiment is capped at +100.)
  • Determines heir under some succession laws:
    • Open Elective (along with age)
    • Patrician Elective (along with age and funding)
    • Horse Lords.pngNomadic Succession
    • Imperial elective (along with certain attributes); electors' influence also affected by prestige
  • Some important decisions require a minimum prestige, without spending it, such as:
  • Added to score upon death, along with piety

Spending prestige[edit | edit source]

  • Construct buildings in tribal holdings.
  • Some nomadic horde troops require prestige to hire and maintain.
  • Tribal rulers can utilise tribal-exclusive Dlc icon legacy of rome.pngretinues which cost prestige.
  • Some powerful CBs cost prestige, such as Tribal Invasion and Nomad Invasion
  • Decisions to convert religion/culture
  • If your succession is not Gavelkind or Elective Gavelkind, you get a prestige penalty for having unlanded sons. Exceptions are government types with only one succession law, namely:
    • Muslims
    • Patricians in merchant republics
    • Imperial Elective
    • Nomads

Dynasty Prestige[edit | edit source]

Dynasty Prestige is a measure of the accomplishments of an entire dynasty. It is visible by going to the dynasty screen from the character window. At birth, a character's personal prestige is set to 1/5 of their dynasty prestige. At marriage, characters gain 1/10 of their spouse's dynasty prestige (making AI more willing to marry into prestigious dynasties). Both of those fractions are alterable in defines.lua

Dynasty prestige is calculated by summing up all titles held by living dynasty members plus those held by deceased ones. The same title will count multiple times if held by several dynasty members in succession, so if A holds a kingdom and his son B later inherits it, the dynasty will be credited with two held kingdoms and 40 prestige. The amount of prestige per title is:

Dynasty Prestige Values
Barony County Duchy Kingdom Empire
1 5 10 20 40

Strategies for increasing dynasty prestige[edit | edit source]

  • Put your dynasty members in power: see Advanced marriage guide
  • Elect your dynasty members as pope Papal suitability.png: see Papal succession#Strategies
  • Arrange for extra members of your dynasty to rule theocracies Theocracy government.png or minor republics Republic government.png
    • Especially useful for bastards Dynasty bastard.png because these government types disallow or discourage ruler marriage
    • Grant title, investiture, or matrilineal marriage into the court of a ruler who uses Open elective succession
  • Establish a vassal merchant republic Merchant republic government.png with a kinsman as doge
    • Give the doge a large demesne to maintain power, and to increase dynasty prestige per patrician even when not doge
    • Help the doge reach king tier, e.g. by granting the duchy of Venice and one additional duchy
  • Accept the short reigns Dead.png typical of Seniority succession, or elect old relatives with Feudal elective succession

See also[edit | edit source]

Personal attributes