Crusader Kings II Guide – Pre War Prep, The Pope, Planning Ahead (Tips And Tricks)

Crusader Kings II is a game that is very advanced and has a lot of in-depth mechanics. For that reason, it can be hard to understand all of the various different things that are going on. However, this Crusader Kings II Guide will be here to help you with that.

Our Crusader Kings II Guide will give you various different Tips and Tricks related to the game. We have detailed a lot of various different advanced stuff and different tactics that will be useful to you when playing the game.

Crusader Kings II Guide

The first thing that you need to know is that you can actually exceed your Retinue Cap. This will allow you to have that extra juice when you are in dire need of it.

Simply give your heir a ton of titles and gold and he will get retinue on his own. Do this for multiple generations to have over a 100k of the extra retinue. A good way to do this is to title park some of your nobles and then kill them.

It is also important to get as much info as you can on any of the vassals. Manually End Plot anything that directly concerns you so that you can have a legitimate reason for arrests whenever you need to.

This will be redundant once you have a large empire and none of your vassals can do anything to you.

Before we move on to the Tips and Tricks, it is important to know that if you are a non-Christian ruler and want to end the crusades against you, then simply pack your army on your ships and move to wherever the papacy is.

In most cases that will be Rome. Destroying their army and making the Pope surrender will ensure that you can govern your empire without fear of a random crusade coming out of nowhere.

Tips and Tricks

The first thing that you need to remember is that you can marry again and again to reap its rewards. Whenever you or one of your heir gets married, you will get a tribute in gold. The fact is that it is the middle ages, and you can do whatever you want.

Even if you are satisfied with all of your children, you can simply kill your wife or divorce her before marrying again to get the special bonus in gold. Remember that the bonus that you receive after you get married is a direct multiplier of your monthly income, so it is best to remove anything that might be dragging your income down.

Pre War Preparation
Before you embark on a war, it is best to raid a country in order to soften its defenses. Try to loot all of the holdings and then declare war on the country.

This is a great strategy as it will allow you to simply assault the holding and gain control almost instantly. The warscore will also be helped this way. It is also possible to do this when you are in a war.

Declare war and then have an army attack in pillage mode before having another army attack in a normal mode. When you have defeated the enemy, your siege will automatically switch to occupation and you will be in control of the enemy’s holdings.

Thinking Ahead!
Once you have won a war and you get a lot of prisoners in your jail, you will notice that there are quite a few children in your prisons. Remember that you can control these children and brainwash them to slowly convert them and make them an integral part of your culture.

If the people you capture are in line for some sort of succession, then this is a perfect way to spread your culture and your influence to other regions of the world. You can use the girls as a breeding stock and if they come from a line which has important titles, then the children that they birth can end up having those titles.

An important person in your empire is the tax collector. Try to trade your demesne size from counties to baronies as you will be able to get your income increased from various different sources at the same time.

The Pope
Before we end, it is important to know how to manipulate the pope. If you have him as your vassal, then life is easy for you as you can request various different title claims, divorces and gifts. The gifts will almost always be granted to you since the pope is richer than your wildest imagination.

However, remember that you need to ensure the Pope has a high opinion of you. In order to do that, constantly monitor the pope’s approval of you. It is really important to do that after you have one of your plots exposed such as a murder, whenever a new Pope is elected to the office and whenever you have a succession.

This is about it. There are tons and tons of other things that we could tell you that would be beneficial in a game as vast and complicated as Crusader Kings II, but this is all that you need to know in order to ensure that you can progress forward in the game and build your very own dynasty which reigns for generations to come.

That is all we have for our Crusader Kings II Guide. Let us know if we missed something using the comments section below!

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