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Downloadable content (DLC) is content built by Paradox Development Studio (PDS) as an extension or add-on to Crusader Kings II. They are modular in nature,[1] which means that a player can choose to play with or without a given DLC by checking them out at the launch menu. An expansion DLC is normally accompanied by a free patch that gives players most of the new content as not to hinder the playability of the game. As such, most DLCs are seen as optional content for players who wish to have a better gaming experience in exchange for some monetary support.

Multiplayer games also benefit from this compatibility, that is to say if the host has a gameplay DLC (expansions and flavor packs) the player does not, the game acts as if the player has it.


  1. Further details on a specific title may be available by clicking on its banner or icon.
  2. Table sorting can done via the main column for alphabetical order or the Release date column for chronological order.


Base game editionsEdit

The base game is required for any and all DLC relating to the game. While cosmetic/music DLCs can be used with any game version, content DLCs can't be used prior to the version they were released with.

Title and Quick description  


Released on 2012-02-14.
  • Start a game at any point between 1066 and 1337 and play until 1453
  • Pick a Christian lord and make sure his dynasty survives as you play a succession of his descendants through the ages
  • Gain Prestige for every successive character you play, furthering the glory of your Dynasty
  • Expand your feudal domain - and keep it from falling apart
  • Unravel the plots of your courtiers and vassals, each with their own opinions and agendas
  • Take up the Cross and fight the Moor, the Heathen and the Heretic.
  • Defend against the onslaught of the Mongol Horde
  • Struggle with the Pope for control of the bishops
  • Relive the Middle Ages with up to 32 other players in a competitive multiplayer mode
  • Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Starter Pack
  • Steam
Includes the base   Crusader Kings II game and the following expansions and content pack:
Includes the base   Crusader Kings II game and all expansions ever released:
  •   Sword of Islam
  •   Legacy of Rome
  •   Sunset Invasion
  •   The Republic
  •   The Old Gods
  •   Sons of Abraham
  •   Rajas of India
  •   Charlemagne
  •   Way of Life
  •   Horse Lords
  •   Conclave
  •   The Reaper's Due
  •   Monks and Mystics
  •   Jade Dragon
  •   Holy Fury
Includes the base   Crusader Kings II game, all expansions ever released, and all other in-game content:
  •   Sword of Islam
  •   Legacy of Rome
  •   Sunset Invasion
  •   The Republic
  •   The Old Gods
  •   Sons of Abraham
  •   Rajas of India
  •   Charlemagne
  •   Way of Life
  •   Horse Lords
  •   Conclave
  •   The Reaper's Due
  •   Monks and Mystics
  •   Jade Dragon
  •   Holy Fury
  •   All Content packs
  •   All Music packs
  •   All Unit packs
  •   All Portrait packs


Title and Quick description  


Released on 2012-06-26.
  • Muslim rulers now playable.
  • Updated interface for playable Muslims characters.
  • Unlocks more than 20 features in the game.
  • New counties and titles.
  • Balance Greed vs. Nobility with the new Muslim Dynasty Decadence System.
  • Polygamy: Allow up to four wives for Muslim rulers.
  • Story events, starting circa the year 100, such as: The Harem, Shia vs. Sunni, Sufi mystics, Dervishes, The Assassins, Sharia, Wife wants to become first wife.
  • Combat Revisions with new Commander traits for more interesting combat tactics.


Released on 2012-10-16.
  • Explore the Intricate Faction System: Join a faction to put pressure on your liege and to keep track of factions in your own realm.
  • Raise Standing Armies: You will now be able to use retinues to have standing armies in your domain. The size is determined by technology.
  • Experience Factional Revolts: No more easily defeated rebellions. Disgruntled vassals will now band together in revolt against your rule.
  • Appoint Orthodox Patriarchs: Orthodox kingdoms and empires can now control their own heads of religion instead of being dependent on the patriarch of Constantinople.
  • Streamlined Mobilization: You will always raise a single, larger levy from your direct vassal; no need to worry about the opinions of the lower vassals.
  • Leader Focus: Appoint your generals wisely, their traits & skills are now of vital importance on the field of battle. More commander traits are now added to increase the importance of your choice of military leaders.
  • Explore Byzantine Events & Decisions: Legacy of Rome includes many specific events & decisions to make the Byzantine Empire come alive.
  • Improve Your Ruler: You can now actively strive to improve your skills or traits through the new Self Improvement Ambitions.


Released on 2012-11-15.
  • A new invading threat arrives at a random point in the mid to late game.
  • Unique new portraits, on-map shields and units for the great Mesoamerican Menace.
  • Cower in fear of the Aztec gods: New Aztec culture and religion.
  • Human Sacrifice! When a province is lost, no one is safe from the threat of losing their hearts on the obsidian altars.
  • Survive the terrible disease brought by the pagan oppressors with a new plague from across the Ocean.


Released on 2013-01-15.
  • Experience a new and different type of game by playing as one of the great Merchant Republics: Venice, Genoa, Pisa, the Hanseatic League or Gotland.
  • As the head of a Patrician family, you must guide your Republican dynasty through fortune and misfortune in a world dominated by kings and emperors.
  • Build Trade Posts and expand your Mercantile empire by controlling the sea lanes and the coasts of Europe... and defend it against rival Patricians, Republics and greedy feudal lords.
  • Improve your Trade Posts and your prestigious Family Palace with dozens of unique new buildings.
  • Compete in the Doge elections, compensating for lack of age and Prestige by investing money in your campaign fund. May the richest man win!
  • Survive feuds with other Patrician families and plot to seize Trade Posts from your rivals; new Plot and many special events for characters in the Republics.
  • New Republican skin for the interface.
  • Unique Clothes and ship models for Republics (also ship models for Viking, Byzantine and Muslim).


Released on 2013-05-28.
  • Play as a Pagan chieftain and ravage your weak neighbors. If you remain at peace for too long, your people will grow restless...
  • The new, earliest start date is 867 AD. The Viking Rurik has founded the kingdom of Rus and the Great Heathen Army under the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok rampage through England.
  • Play as a Zoroastrian lord and restore your ancient religion to prominence.
  • Adventurers: Landless characters can gather armies and carve out new realms on their own.
  • Prepared Invasions: Declare your intention to invade and watch your armies grow with adventurers and restless warriors, but don't wait too long to start your war or it might all fall apart...
  • Rebels with a Cause: Rebels are no longer a faceless menace – they are now led by characters with agendas.
  • Loot and pillage provinces. Burn down cities and take their gold!
  • Sacrifice to Odin at the great Blot!
  • Christians and Muslims can dispatch missions to convert the depraved heathens.
  • New beautiful Pagan interface skin.
  • New events and decisions: berserkers, sejdr, curses, omens, divinations, runestones and much more.


Released on 2013-11-18.
  • Control the Papacy through the College of Cardinals.
  • Ask the Pope for money and favors.
  • Play as a Jewish lord and restore the kingdom of Israel.
  • Interact with the Holy Orders and see their influence grow.
  • Pick sides in Islam as a rationalist Mutazili or an opposing Ashari.
  • Retire troublesome courtiers to a monastery.
  • Go on a pilgrimage to one of the holy places.
  • Experience hundreds of new religious events.


Released on 2014-03-25.
  • Play as an Indian ruler. Start a new and quite different type of game by playing as an Indian raja in 867 (if you have The Old Gods expansion) or at any point between 1066 to 1337 AD.
  • Three new Unique Religions. Choose between the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu beliefs for different benefits.
  • Caste System.
  • Experience Indian Events & Decisions.
  • Elephants and Jungles.
  • Hundreds of new Provinces including Central Asia and large parts of Siberia too.
  • New Interface Skin.
  • Indian characters get a unique set of facial profiles and clothes.


Released on 2014-10-14.
  • New Earlier bookmark, 769: almost 100 more years of Crusader Kings II.
  • Special story event series for Charlemagne.
  • Annual Chronicle in the style of the Saxon chronicle.
  • Create new dynamic/fantasy kingdoms and empires based on your current duchy or kingdom, named the same, with the same flag.
  • Dozens of new cultures.
  • Brand new system for climate and seasonal transitions.
  • Regency overhaul.


Released on 2014-12-16.
  • Set a Focus (a "way of life") for your character to give them an immediate skill boost, develop their abilities and determine the kind of events and decisions they tend to get (there are ten of these focuses: Rulership, Business, Hunting, War, Family, Carousing, Seduction, Intrigue, Scholarship and Theology.)
  • Hundreds of new events and 20 new images.
  • Many new diplomatic interactions: Duel, Seduce, Banish to Monastery, Break up with Lover, etc.


Released on 2015-07-14.
  • New Central Asian cultures: Tarim Basin and large parts of Mongolia added to map.
  • Nomadic government available for steppe cultures. These function in a radically different way from sedentary societies - you manage populations instead of holdings, and armies are raised based on population size. Also, the ruler’s power must be balanced against the interests of the various Clans within the realm (Clans are not normal vassals, but rather distinct families and factions within the nomad group).
  • Over a hundred new events add extra color and flair to the Steppes and Central Asia.
  • Non-nomadic rulers will have special options for combating nomads, such as constructing forts in wild enemy lands.
  • The Silk Road, with corresponding dynamic trade mechanics and conflicts.
  • New nomad mercenaries. Send your unruly sons or brothers away as soldiers of fortune.
  • Landless raiding adventurers may appear and harass a region for a time or try to conquer land and settle.
  • New diplomacy option: Tributary States.


Released on 2016-02-02.
  • Councils can now vote on changes to realm laws – or you can try to limit their power and influence.
  • Revised education system for royal children, with new traits and events designed for childhood.
  • New diplomatic system that prioritizes marital alliances and non-aggression pacts, as well as the possibility of coalitions.
  • Non-nomadic rulers can create a mercenary band of their own to increase their wealth. However, the mercenary band's captains may grow ambitious


Released on 2016-08-25.
  • The Black Death: New additions to epidemic system include this super destructive disease and a new map mode that track the expansion of deadly illnesses.
  • Court Physicians: This new position for learned courtiers opens up a series of events tied to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases with medieval tech.
  • Hospitals: Slow down the spread of epidemics by investing in these outposts that care for the sick and infirm.
  • Prosperity and Depopulation: Watch your provinces thrive under your careful attention and degrade under the pressures of diseases run amok.
  • Seclusion: Take a page from the Masque of the Red Death and hide yourself away with your court as plagues ravage the countryside.
  • And even more: New physical traits, new events chains and a host of smaller changes.


Released on 2017-03-07.
  • Societies: Characters earn new powers and encounter new events as they climb the ranks of religious societies
  • Monastic Orders: Stay on the holy path of charity and good works, building churches and serving the poor
  • Devil Worship: Secretly worship the masters of darkness in a quest for great powers that will smite your enemies and extend your life
  • Assassins and Hermetics: Join a secret brotherhood of sacred murderers, striking at all who undermine the faith or try to fuse the holy and the mundane through study of alchemy and astrology.
  • Relics and Special Items: Characters can acquire holy relics, masterwork weapons or elaborate pieces of jewelry. Store them in your treasury to gain prestige and other benefits.
  • New Orders for Councilors: Your closest advisors will never be idle, with new general instructions that let them use their Talents while sitting safe in your castle.
  • Monks and Mystics also includes new portraits and army designs for English and German cultures.


Released on 2017-11-16.
  • The Imperial Majesty Request: A new “China Screen” lays out the status and desires of the Emperor of China, letting you keep tabs on what he wants and how to earn his grace.
  • Kow-tow For Now: Submit to the Empire as a tributary, always keeping an eye on the waning power of the Emperor, so you can time your escape to freedom.
  • Booty and the East: Collect wondrous new Chinese artifacts for your characters; explore a new Silk Road system that adjusts returns based on China’s stability.
  • Dictionary of Chinese Characters: New Chinese and Tibetan portraits and Chinese units bring the empire to life.
  • Eight New Casus Bellis: You can never have enough.


Released on 2018-11-13.
  • Shattered and Random Worlds: Start your game on a fictional map of Europe as a small realm fighting for space, or on a random map with historical analogues for the great kingdoms of yore.
  • Warrior Lodges: Join a Pagan warrior lodge and raid your way up the ranks, unlocking access to powerful allies and greater military skill.
  • Legendary Bloodlines: Descendants of great warrior heroes will have bonuses that match the accomplishments of their forefathers, including historical bloodlines of Charlemagne, Genghis Khan and others..
  • Sway or Antagonize Your Neighbors: Try to win a reluctant vassal through charm and persuasion, or provoke someone you want to push into conflict.
  • Sainthood: Pious Catholics can become canonized, passing on their glory to their descendants and making their resting place a site of great value.
  • Coronations: Feudal kings and emperors must find clergy to crown them, since all power descends from the heavens.
  • New Crusade Events: Deeper gameplay for the religious wars of the era.
  • New Succession Laws: A Pagan Elder Council may have the final word in how a realm is divided among heirs, or a ruler may challenge his brother to combat to unify a realm.
  • And much more: Changes to religion, custom names for people or objects, deeper baptismal mechanics, lists of people you’ve killed, and other small changes for flavor and variety.

DLC mechanic tableEdit

DLC mechanic table
DLC Playable Mechanics unlocked for other characters
  Sword of Islam
  Legacy of Rome
  Sunset Invasion
  • Aztecs (with The Old Gods)
  The Republic
  The Old Gods
  Sons of Abraham
  Rajas of India
  Way of Life
  Horse Lords
  The Reaper's Due
  Monks and Mystics
  Jade Dragon
  • Bön pagans (also available with The Old Gods or Holy Fury)
  • Taoists (also available with Rajas of India)
  • Khurmazta (also available with The Old Gods)
  • A new “China Screen” to interact with the emperor
  • Tributary states
  • Princes or adventurers may leave China to seek fortune in the west
  • Collect wondrous new Chinese artifacts
  • A new Silk Road system that adjusts returns based on China’s stability
  • New Chinese and Tibetan portraits and Chinese units
  • Rally Points & Eight New Casus Bellis
  Holy Fury

Graphical DLCsEdit

Main article: Graphical DLC

Music DLCsEdit

Main article: Music DLC

Tools & utilitiesEdit

Spin-off gamesEdit


  • Crusader Kings II E-Book: A Fall of Kings
  • Crusader Kings II E-book: The Chronicles of Konstantinos
  • Crusader Kings II E-Book: Tales of Treachery
  • Crusader Kings II Ebook: The Song of Roland

DLC files and numbersEdit

List of DLC files in the /Crusader Kings II/dlc folder (bold names are expansions, italics denote missing dlc that was never released):

  • dlc001 - Dynasty Shields
  • dlc002 - Mongol Faces
  • dlc003 - Songs of Albion
  • dlc004 - Songs of Faith
  • dlc005 - Ruler Designer
  • dlc006 - Songs of the Holy Land
  • dlc007 - Sword of Islam
  • dlc008 - African Unit Pack
  • dlc009 - Songs of the Caliph
  • dlc010 - Dynasty Shield II
  • dlc011 - Legacy of Rome
  • dlc012 - Byzantine Unit Pack
  • dlc013 - African Portraits
  • dlc014 - Mediterranean Portraits
  • dlc015 - Russian Unit Pack
  • dlc016 - Russian Portraits
  • dlc017 - Songs of Byzantium
  • dlc018 - Sunset Invasion
  • dlc019 - Songs of the Rus
  • dlc020 - Norse Portraits
  • dlc021 - Norse Unit Pack
  • dlc022 - The Republic
  • dlc023 - Songs of Prosperity
  • dlc024 - The Old Gods
  • dlc025 - Hymns to the Old Gods
  • dlc026 - Unused
  • dlc027 - Celtic Unit Pack
  • dlc028 - Celtic Portraits
  • dlc029 - Dynasty Shield III
  • dlc030 - EU4 Converter
  • dlc031 - Customisation Pack
  • dlc032 - Sons of Abraham
  • dlc033 - Military Orders Unit Pack
  • dlc034 - Warriors of Faith Unit Pack
  • dlc035 - Hymns of Abraham
  • dlc036 - Songs of Yuletide
  • dlc037 - Saxon Unit Pack
  • dlc038 - Finno-Ugric Unit Pack
  • dlc039 - Rajas of India
  • dlc040 - Turkish Unit Pack
  • dlc041 - Turkish Portraits
  • dlc042 - Songs of India
  • dlc043 - Persian Unit Pack
  • dlc044 - Persian Portraits
  • dlc045 - Charlemagne
  • dlc046 - Early Western Clothing Pack
  • dlc047 - Early Eastern Clothing Pack
  • dlc048 - Dynasty Shields Charlemagne
  • dlc049 - Unused
  • dlc050 - Way of Life
  • dlc051 - Iberian Unit Pack
  • dlc052 - Iberian Portraits
  • dlc053 - Unused
  • dlc054 - Horse Lords
  • dlc055 - Mongol Unit Pack
  • dlc056 - Songs of the Steppes
  • dlc057 - Cuman Portraits
  • dlc058 - Early Frankish Unit Pack
  • dlc059 - Early Germanic Unit Pack
  • dlc060 - Italian Unit Pack
  • dlc061 - Orchestral House Lords
  • dlc062 - Conclave
  • dlc063 - Conclave Content Pack
  • dlc064 - Viking Metal
  • dlc065 - South Indian Portraits
  • dlc066 - The Reaper's Due
  • dlc067 - The Reaper's Due Content Pack
  • dlc068 - Full Plate Metal Music Pack
  • dlc069 - Monks and Mystics
  • dlc070 - Monks and Mystics Content Pack
  • dlc071 - Hymns of Revelation
  • dlc072 - South Indian Portraits 5 Year Anniversary Gift
  • dlc073 - Jade Dragon
  • dlc074 - Holy Fury
  • dlc075 - PDX CON 2018 Emblems Pack
  • dlc076 - Pagan Fury Music Pack
  • dlc077 - Unused
  • dlc078 - Pagan Fury Warrior Queen Music Pack