About the GameThe Dark Ages might be drawing to a close, but Europe is still in turmoil. Petty lords vie against beleaguered kings who struggle to assert control over their fragmented realms. The Pope calls for a Crusade to protect the Christians in the Holy Land even as he refuses to relinquish control over the investiture of bishops - and their riches. Now is the time for greatness. Expand your demesne and secure the future of your dynasty. Fill your coffers, appoint vassals, root out traitors and heretics, introduce laws and interact with hundreds of nobles, each with their own agenda.
A good lord will always need friends to support him. But beware, as loyal vassals can quickly turn to bitter rivals, and some might not be as reliable as they seem... Stand ready, and increase your prestige until the world whispers your name in awe. Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?
Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones...
- 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
- OS: Windows 7
- Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
- Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb graphics memory required.
- DirectX®: 9.0c
- Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
- Additional: 3-button mouse and keyboard
Mac OS X
- OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
- Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
- Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
SteamOS + Linux
- OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
- Processor: IntelR PentiumR IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
- Memory: 4 GB
- Hard disk space: 2 Gb
- Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
> 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required.
The Marriage Game
Marry another character
Sire five children
Always Bet On Duke
Work your way up from Count to Duke with a single character
Achieve a score of 10,000
Until Death Do Us Part
Have your spouse assassinated
One is not Amused
As a ruler have a council that is not content.
Fulfill the goal of a Crusade
Exalted Among Men
Fulfill the Become Exalted ambition
It's Good to be the King
Work your way up from Count to King with a single character
You Owe Me
Have someone owe you a Favor
Paragon of Virtue
Fulfill the Paragon of Virtue ambition
Go on a Christian Pilgrimage
Assassinate a vassal bishop that likes the Pope better than you
We’re In Business
Successfully establish a trade route
Contract three symptoms.
Successfully intervene in a youth's development to force one of your own traits onto them.
Build an Observatory
Go into Seclusion.
Pay to Win
Win a war using Mercenaries.
Build a Hospital.
Not a Tribe
Play as a Tribal Ruler and Reform to Feudalism
Achieve a score of 50,000
Go on a Hajj to Mecca
Keeping it in the Family
Sire a child that has the Inbred trait
Amass more than 15,000 in prestige
New Ways for Old Gods
Reform one of the Pagan religions
A Pope of My Own
Set up an antipope
Create a mercenary band and have them bring in money for you.
It's Better to be the Emperor
Work your way up from Count to Emperor with a single character
Achieve a score of 100,000
As a Patrician, win an election and become Doge
On English Neck a Norman Yoke
Starting in the "High Middle Ages" bookmark as William the Bastard, become the King of England
Amass more than 20,000 in wealth
An Honest Mistake
From Seclusion, kick someone out who did not have the plague.
Amass more than 10,000 in piety
All Three Popes
Play a game where there are two simultaneous antipopes
By the Gods
Gain the Theologian trait
Successfully seduce 10 people by targeted seduction with one character
United the Kingdoms
Hold the kingdoms of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
The Yes Men
Have all members of your council be Loyalists.
Starting in the "High Middle Ages" bookmark, hold the Kingdom of Jerusalem
Become Grandmaster of any devil-worshiper society.
I Shed Blood of Saxon Men
As a Christian non-Saxon, completely conquer Saxony in a game starting in 769
Bring it On
Win 7 duels with one character
Kill your prey in the Epic Hunt
Gain the Hedonist trait through carousing
Play as a Tribal Ruler and Reform to Merchant Republic
As an Orthodox Christian, hold Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem
I'm Sorry, Desiderata
Divorce a Lombard Princess as a Christian
As a Viking, return home with 1,000 worth of loot
Snipped off to China
Send a Eunuch to the Chinese Emperor.
As a character with the Russian Culture, hold the Empire of Russia
Die from the Black Death.
Legacy of Rome
Restore the Roman Empire
I Got Better
Recover from the Black Death.
Holy and Roman
Found the Holy Roman Empire in a game starting in 769
Starting in the "High Middle Ages" bookmark as Harald of Norway, become the King of England
Beyond the Indus
As a ruler of non-Indian culture, conquer a King or Emperor title in India
Protector of the Holy Places
Have Rome, Jerusalem, Mecca and Medina within your Realm
I can see its Stripes
Kill a tiger by your own hand
As a Patrician dynasty, build every upgrade for your Family Palace
Off with their heads!
Execute 10 or more prisoners in a single action.
Play a game all the way through from 1066 to 1453
Child of the Dragon
Request an Imperial Marriage from China.
Play a game all the way through from 769 to 1453
As a Catholic, have a border with Miaphysite Abyssinia
From Seclusion, kick someone out who had the plague.
Kingdom of David
As a Jew, create the Kingdom of Israel
The Frisian Coast is Long
Be King of Frisia and hold the Atlantic coast from Léon in Brittany to Jylland
Scarrrrrred for Life
Become One-Eyed, One-Legged and One-Handed.
Play a game all the way through from 867 to 1453
As a woman, have three different husbands killed
And Stay Out!
Throw the Aztec invaders back into the sea
The Outside Bet
Starting in the "High Middle Ages" bookmark as Svend II of Denmark, become the King of England
Your Republic maintains trade posts in 80 provinces
The One Who Brings Benefit
As a Zoroastrian, become the prophesied Saoshyant
There Can Be Only One
Gain the Legendary Wisdom modifier
Have seven courtiers with the Dwarf trait
As the Roman Empire, reclaim the old imperial borders
Play as three consecutive generations of empresses
Little Brother Rules!
Become Emperor of Francia as Carloman, brother of Charlemagne
As a Muslim, crush a Decadence revolt
A Curious Trinket
Send an invaluable artifact (Quality: 4 or 5) to the Emperor of China.
Successfully slander 20 people with one character
Saint Thomas's Dream
Rule an Indian Kingdom or Empire as a Christian and convert all its provinces
Sacrifice another religion's head as a Norse or Aztec pagan
My Very Own Subcontinent
Become Samrat Chakravartin
From Servant to Saint
Have a character you used to play be proclaimed a saint and have their Saintly Bloodline running in your veins.
I am the Law
As a vassal use a favor to change a law.
Have 6 close family members as friends
Zero to Hero
Found a Legendary Bloodline while part of a Warrior Lodge.
Looking East and West
Be Emperor of both Persia and Rajastan
Saxons Everywhere, Unite!
As an Anglo-Saxon or Saxon ruler, be king of both Saxony and England
The Caliphate Strikes Back
Starting in the "High Middle Ages" bookmark as the Abbasid Caliph, become independent and hold an empire title
As the Anti-Christ/spawn of Satan, become Grandmaster of the Satanists.
Over Your Dead Body
As a Tribal ruler, gain a title you have a claim on by duelling the holder.
I Do Not Play Chess
Have 100 kills in your Kill List.
Peace in Our Time
Enforce peace for 6 or more vassals.
Empire of the Sun
Rule as Emperor with the Reformed Zun Faith
Khan of Khans
Conquer continental Western Europe as the Mongol Empire, starting in "Age of the Mongols" bookmark
Hold any Emperor or King title as a Lombard after 1300
Convert both Rome and Constantinople to the same (Indian) religion
Run With the Wolf
Play as a character with Wolf's Blood.
Great Indian Sultanate
Rule the Empire of Rajastan and convert all its provinces to Islam
Sacrifice a King or Emperor tier character to Kali
Have a capital province with Norse culture and Muslim religion
The British Raj
Rule the Empire of Britannia as a Hindu, Buddhist or Jain character
Be simultaneously at war with the Aztecs and the Mongols
Red Sea Resort
Convert Mecca to Hinduism, Buddhism or Jainism
The Black Bishop
Fund an immoral bishop and get him elected Pope
One Arrow Alone can be Easily Broken but Many Arrows are Indestructible
As a steppe horde, have a population of 150 000.
Build 3 fully upgraded silk road trade posts.
As a Muslim King or higher, become Grandmaster of the Assassins.
Bless my Reign down in Africa
As a King or Emperor, have one of your domain Counties under the influence of a successful Rain Dance.
Let's go out into the Field
Defeat a sibling in a war using the rival casus belli.
Start as the holder of Gotland and form the empire of Scandinavia.
Not So Bad
Survive the End Times.
Kill a character with the Immortal trait.
Have at least one child with each of the five level four education traits.
Go West Young Mongol
As a steppe horde, have an independent tributary King or Emperor in the British Isles
"Never start a Land War in Asia"
Start in Western Europe and completely conquer the region of Mongolia.
Have elephants trample the Pope/Caliph.
Sword to Ploughshare
Settle a steppe mercenary with more than 20 martial in your lands.
Steppe by Steppe
As a steppe horde, conquer the whole steppe region.
Nobody's Business but the Turks
Conquer Constantinople as a Turkic steppe horde.
As a Norse character, become King of Mongolia.
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.
Have a priest you corrupted (as a Satanist) become Pope.
As an assassin, assassinate a Crusader King in the Holy land.
Sit on the council and have every other council member as well as the ruler owing you a favor.
Reform the Hellenic faith.
Love is a Battlefield
Find love after a duel.
From the Ashes
Starting in a Shattered World, rule an Empire.
Win a Crusade targeting Byzantium.
Eat a character of the Bön religion.
Starting as the Count of Sakya in 1066, rule as an independent Buddhist King or Emperor and control all Buddhist Holy Sites.
Starting as the last remnant of the White Huns (the Count of Mohadavasaka in 769) restore the borders of the Hephthalite Empire.
Who Needs Vasco da Gama?
Own all the silk route ports in india as a European merchant republic.
A Servant No More
As Mu’nis al-Muzaffar of Galilee in 867, become an Emperor and have at least 100 realm size.
Rise of Civilization
In a Shattered World with ‘Holding Types’ set to ‘Tribal’ or ‘Tribal & Nomadic’, adopt Feudalism or Republicanism.
As a religion worshipping Bloodthirsty Gods, sacrifice enough people to found a Bloodline.
As a ruler with any Pagan religion, win a Christian Crusade targeting you.
Found a Bloodline as a particularly cunning, ruthless and skilled Duelist.
What Could Have Been
Start a Random World with all possible settings set to ‘Random’ and play for 200 years.
Not so Great
Starting in a Shattered World, defeat a Great Conqueror in a war.
Under the Power of the Eternal Heaven
As a member of the Ashina clan, solidify your divinity by ruling as Religious Head of the Reformed Tengri religion.
Lech, Czech, and Rus
Unite the Kingdoms of the three brothers, Lech, Czech and Rus, into one Slavic Union.
Starting as Erik the Heathen in 1066, rule the Kingdom of Sweden with the reformed Germanic Faith.
L'Eglise, c'est Moi!
As an Emperor, grab the crown out of the Pope's hands and crown yourself.
History is in my Blood
Have 5 Historical Bloodlines on your character.
Create the Empire of the Outremer.
Lord of the Flies
Start a Random World as a 0 year old Count, with the maximum character age set to 0, become King or Emperor within 16 years.
The Sunset Invasion
December 7, 2020
free to play on Steam since October 2019