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Crusader Kings III has 56 different achievements, all using the Steam achievements mechanics. Achievements have no in-game effects; the achievement just pops up in-game, and is then added to the player's Steam profile.

The difficulty of each achievement varies; some achievements are very easy (e.g. Marrying another character), while some are more difficult (e.g. Reconquering all historical Roman territories). The below list groups the various achievements by a difficulty level as assessed by the wiki editors.

Achievements can only be gained in single-player Ironman games. They can be earned while playing older versions of the game as long as said achievements were present in that version. Playing game in offline mode (saving game in offline even once) permanently disables achievements for this savegame. Certain game rules will also disable achievements for the savegame; usually, such rules make the game easier.

It is not possible to gain achievements if the checksum has been changed - either by tampering with game files, or by running the game using mods that affect gameplay mechanics (graphical mods do not affect checksum), or a corrupted installation (the Ironman mode icon will change to reflect this).

List of achievements[edit]

  • This article should not have been verified for the current version '1.0' of the game.
  • The "Notes" column lists helpful short tips/strategies.
  • The Starting conditions column may denote the requirements needed for the player character before the achievement requirements are fulfilled.
  • The Icon CK3.png column denotes achievements which can't be completed without the use of DLC mechanics (currently 0 out of 56).
  • The "Ver" column indicates in which version a certain achievement was added. Achievements cannot be earned prior to the version they were added in.
  • The "DI" column is for difficulty as assessed by wiki editors. VE = Very Easy, E = Easy, M = Medium, H = Hard, VH = Very Hard, I = Insane, UC = Uncategorized.
Achievement Starting conditions Requirements Notes Icon CK3.png Ver DI
Death Did Us Part icon
Death Did Us Part
Murder your spouse
Yes Spouse has been murdered by player in a scheme. The Intrigue lifestyle and Skulduggery focus will help greatly. 1.0 VE
It’s not a Cult! icon
It’s not a Cult!
Create a faith
Yes Has created a faith. King Louis II of Italy in 867 offers the best start both because of the level of devotion and because Catholicism has the slowest Fervor growth. 1.0 VE
Until Death Do Us Part icon
Until Death Do Us Part
Marry another character
Yes Has married. Start as an unmarried ruler. 1.0 VE
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A House of My Own
Create a Cadet Branch of your Dynasty
Yes Has created a Cadet Branch. Duke Leofwine Godwineson of Kent 1066 can immediately create a Cadet Branch via the Decisions menu. 1.0 E
Above God icon
Above God
Have a strong hook on your Head of Faith
Yes Has a strong hook on the Head of Faith Gaining the Truth is Relative perk allows you to use the Fabricate a Hook scheme on the Head of Faith. 1.0 E
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Álmost There
As Álmos Árpád, form Hungary and convert to Christianity
Yes Is playing as Álmos Árpád of the Mogyër Confederation in 867 Yes Owns the Kingdom of Hungary

Yes Is Christian Yes Is playing as Álmos Árpád

Declaring war using the Migrate to Pannonia casus belli will create two powerful armies in the Realm Capital. (Achievement only appears with Álmos Árpád not with his son) 1.0 E
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Dreadful Ruler
Have the maximum amount of dread
Yes Has 100 Dread The Intrigue lifestyle and Torturer focus will help greatly. 1.0 E
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The Emerald Isle
Starting as an Irish ruler, hold the Kingdom of Ireland
Yes Is Irish

Yes Capital is in Ireland region

Yes Owns the Kingdom of Ireland High Chieftain Áed mac Gormlaith in 867 offers the best start and has casus belli to conquer all other Counties. 1.0 E
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Fine Print
Use a hook to modify a feudal contract
Yes Modified a vassal contract with a hook. In 1066 King Harold II Godwineson of England starts with a Strong Hook on a Vassal. 1.0 E
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Moving up in the World
Increase your rank
Yes Gain a title that is a higher rank than previous title. In 867 Jarl Rurik Rurikid of Novgorod starts with the land and gold required to create the Kingdom of Novgorod. 1.0 E
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Not So Feudal System
Use the Claim Throne scheme successfully
Yes Gain a claim on a title with a scheme. The Claim Throne scheme requires the Meritocracy perk which in turn requires the Stewardship lifestyle. 1.0 E
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Seductive
As any one character, successfully seduce ten people
Yes Successfully seduce 10 characters. King Lothaire II of Lotharingia in 867 and King Alfonso VI of León in 1066 sometimes start with the Seduction perk tree partially completed. 1.0 E
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Stressful Situation
Suffer from a Mental Break
Yes Gain a Stress level. A Mental Break can be triggered as soon as the game starts by resetting Lifestyle perks. 1.0 E
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The Succession is Safe
Have ten living children
Yes Have 10 living children. In 1066 Sultan of Seljuk starts with 9 children and his wife can be seduced for the last one. 1.0 E
The Things Love Does for Us icon
The Things Love Does for Us
Have a lover save you from a murder attempt
Yes A lover saved the player from a murder attempt. Mortal Adoration perk is required for the event to trigger.

An easy way to provoke an assassination attempt on your ruler is to seduce a vengeful person's spouse and revealing the secret. People with the vengeful trait have additional weight to assassinate lovers of their spouse.

1.0 E
The Things We Do for Love icon
The Things We Do for Love
Murder your lover's spouse
Yes Murder a lover's spouse. The Seduction perk tree will help greatly in seducing someone already married. 1.0 E
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Turning to Diamonds
Reach the highest possible Stress level
Yes Have max stress. Jarl Björn 'Ironside' of Uppland in 867 starts with the Honest Personality Trait and can immediately reach the highest possible Stress level by starting 10 Murder Schemes. 1.0 E
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Way of Life
Complete an entire Lifestyle (all three trees)
No does not have the full set of lifestyle traits in a tree: Yes Has a full set of lifestyle traits in a tree: In 867, many of the recommended characters start with the highest Martial Education trait. 1.0 E
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A Legacy to Last the Ages
Complete an entire Dynasty Legacy
No Dynasty does not have a legacy Yes Dynasty has a legacy If an AI character becomes Dynasty Head it will try to complete the most currently-unlocked legacy. 1.0 M
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An Unfortunate Accident
Inherit a title from someone you murdered
Yes Murder a character whose heir is the player. Starting as an Heir Vassal and murdering a disliked parent (e.g. heir of Abbasid, Bulgaria or Hungary) is the easiest way to gain the achievement. 1.0 M
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Bad Blood
Go to war with one of your siblings over a Claim
Yes Declare war against a sibling with the Claim Casus Belli Rulers of the Karling dynasty in 867 can declare such a war as soon as the game starts. 1.0 M
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Celebrity
Reach the highest possible Prestige Level
Yes Have Icon prestige 05.png max prestige level. In 867 Count Hæsteinn of Montaigu starts with the Exalted Among Men level of Fame. 1.0 M


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Followed by Shadows
Know ten secrets simultaneously
Yes Know 10 secrets. Each seduced character will grant a secret. 1.0 M
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For the Faith!
Take part in a successful Great Holy War, on either side
Yes Win a defensive or offensive Great Holy War. Being a Temporal Head of Faith allows declaring Great Holy Wars at will. 1.0 M
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Frankokratia
As a French Catholic, hold the Kingdom of Thessalonika without being vassalised to Byzantium
Yes Completely controls the Kingdom of Thessalonika

Yes Is French
No is not Orthodox Orthodox
No is not Iconoclast Iconoclast
No does not own the Byzantine Empire
No does not own the Roman Empire
No a liege does not own the Byzantine Empire
No a liege does not own the Roman Empire

This achievement is easiest obtained by starting as the Jarl Haesteinn in 867. Have your heir tutored to become French and Catholic. Conquer County of Napoli to be within range of Byzantium. Then use Kingdom Invade Casus Belli on the Kingdom of Thessalonika. Once the warscore is met and the land annexed, wait for Haesteinn to die.

It is possible to do this achievement by starting as the Byzantine Empire, obtaining a second Empire title, and destroying the Byzantine Empire title.

1.0 M
Going Places icon
Going Places
As Haesteinn of Nantes in 867, hold any Kingdom tier title
Yes Is playing Count Hæsteinn of Montaigu in 867 and is still alive. Yes own a Kingdom title or higher. Declaring war on Brittany on the first day and going straight for the capital will allow defeating the enemy army while it's still gathering and then besieging the capital. To actually form the Kingdom of Brittany, though, you will need a second Duchy title. Cornwall is an ideal second Duchy due to its proximity. Restarts may be necessary if West Francia joins in war or Inferior duchies are allied. 1.0 M
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Keeping it in the Family
Have a child with the Inbred trait
Yes a child has the Trait inbred.pngInbred trait In 1066 King Alfonso VI of León and Infanta Urraca Fernandez of León are both full siblings and lovers. 1.0 M
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Know Your Place
Defeat a faction in war
Yes Win a civil war. A Peasant Rabble revolt will not count for this achievement. 1.0 M
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Land of the Rus
Starting as Rurik the Troublemaker in 867, lead your dynasty to rule the Empire of Russia
Yes Is playing Duke Rurik Rurikid of Novgorod in 867 Yes Owns the Empire of Russia

Yes Is playing as Rurik 'the Troublemaker' Rurikid

The Kingdom of Novgorod can be created right from the start. 1.0 M
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Monumental
Fully upgrade a duchy capital building anywhere in your personal domain
Yes Has a directly owned province with a fully upgraded duchy building. A Tax Office duchy capital building allows for easier cost recovery. 1.0 M
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Non Nobis Domine
Found a Holy Order
Yes Create a holy order. King Louis II of Italy in 867 comes closest to meeting the creation requirements. 1.0 M
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Norman Yoke
Starting as William in 1066, win the Invasion, become English, and have only English vassals
Yes Is playing Duke William the Bastard of Normandy in 1066 Yes Win the Norman Conquest

Yes Is English
Yes Owns the Kingdom of England
Yes Any de jure vassal is English

Moving the Realm Capital within the de jure territory of Kingdom of England enables the Embrace English Culture decision. A strategy you can use to get this fast is to apply the "North Korea" strategy, where you imprison and revoke all land from all your vassals until none are left anymore, in which the achievement will be triggered and earned. 1.0 M
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Royal Dignity
Starting as Vratislav Přemyslid in 1066, lead your Dynasty to rule Bohemia and the Holy Roman Empire
Yes Is playing Duke Vratislav Přemyslid of Bohemia in 1066 Yes Owns the Kingdom of Bohemia

Yes Owns the Holy Roman Empire

The de jure territory of Kingdom of Bohemia starts controlled entirely but more Gold and another Duchy title is needed to create it. 1.0 M
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Saint
Reach the highest possible Piety Level
Yes Have Icon piety christian 05.png max piety level. In 867 King Louis II of Italy starts with the Faithful level of fame. 1.0 M
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Seven Holy Cities
As a Hindu ruler, hold all seven Hindu Holy Sites at the same time
Yes Is Hindu

Yes Owns or is liege of the owner of the Counties of:

In 867 Maharaja Bhoja of Pratihara starts in control of all but one of the Holy Sites and needs only to gain a casus belli against a Duke Ruler. 1.0 M
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The Emperor's New Clothes
While holding any empire title, be naked
Yes own an Empire title.

Yes is naked.

The easiest way to obtain the achievement is by starting as a Christian emperor and either create a new faith with the Natural Primitivism tenet or convert to Adamitism. 1.0 M
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Trapped in the Web
Have strong hooks on three direct vassals
Yes has 3 strong hooks on vassals. In 1066, King Harold II Godwineson of England starts with a Strong Hook on a Vassal. You can grant titles to courtiers AFTER fabricating strong hooks on them. 1.0 M
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A Name Known Throughout the World
Have your dynasty reach the highest possible Level of Splendor
Yes Have Icon dynasty prestige 05.png max splendor level for the dynasty. In 1066, members of the Pugyel Dynasty in Tibet start with Famous Level of Splendor. 1.0 H
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Al-Andalus
Starting as an Iberian Muslim, control Iberia and take the Avenge the Battle of Tours decision
Yes Is Castilian, Basque, Portuguese, Catalan, Andalusian, Visgothic or Suebi

Yes Is a Muslim
Yes Capital is in West Iberia region.

Yes Taken the Avenge the Battle of Tours decision.

YesCompletely controls the West Iberia region.

In 867 most of Iberia starts controlled by the powerful Umayyad Sultanate which can convert to Visigothic culture from the start. 1.0 H
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Beacon of Progress
Have your culture unlock all innovations, excluding regional and culture-specific innovations
Yes Have all Innovations for a culture. Indian cultures in 1066 offer the best start. 1.0 H
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Blood Eagle
Starting as any child of Ragnarr Lothbrok, conquer all of the British Isles
Yes In 867 is playing as either:
  • Duke Björn Ironside of Uppland
  • Duke Ivar the Boneless of the Isles
  • Duke Halfdan Whiteshirt of Jorvik
  • Duke Sigurdr Snake in the Eye of Sjælland
  • Ubbe Ragnarrsson
Yes Completely control the Empire of Britannia Children of Ragnarr Lothbrok are present in 867. 1.0 H
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End of an Era
Play until 1453
Date is 1453.1.1 Starting in 1066 reduces the necessary time. Playing a game for this long makes most of the milestone achievements, such as Saint, Monumental or Prolific, rather easy to get, so consider combining all of them in a single playthrough. 1.0 H
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From Rags to Riches
Starting as a Count, lead your line to rule an Empire
Yes Highest ranked title is a County. Yes own an Empire title. The easiest way to obtain the achievement is by starting as the heir of Seljuk in 1066. 1.0 H
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Kings to the Seventh Generation
Starting as Eudes Capet in 867, lead your Dynasty to rule the Kingdom of France
Yes Is playing Count Eudes Robertine of Anjou in 867 Yes Owns the Kingdom of France Start by obtaining the Duchy of Anjou. Use the Abduct Scheme in the Intrigue branch to Abduct whoever is king of France right after you declare a Claim Throne war using the Stewardship Branch. Once your war enemy is your prisoner, you get 100% war score. 1.0 H
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Last Count, First King
As Nuno II Vimaranes, form Portugal
Yes Is Playing Duke Nuño Menéndez of Portucale in 1066 and is still alive. Yes Owns the Kingdom of Portugal Sometimes the character starts with the Meritocracy perk, allowing the Claim Throne scheme to be used from the start with adequate success chance. 1.0 H
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Paragon of Virtue
Have three or more virtuous traits
Yes Have 3 virtuous traits. One can always create a new faith whose virtues match your traits, but the cost can be prohibitive in the early game. An alternative is to start as a Christian and convert to Lollardy. Two of its virtues are controllable by the player: one is a high Learning Education trait and another is the finisher perk in the Scholar tree. Thus, the only random element is a heir with a third Lollard virtue.

Muslim faith Alevism has has tier 3+ learning education, Wise man/woman, and scholar as virtues which are easily obtainable.

1.0 H
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Prolific
Have one hundred living dynasty members
Yes Have 100 living members of the dynasty. The Seljuk dynasty in 1066 offers both the best start and the fastest progression. 1.0 H
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Reconquista
Starting as an Iberian Christian, convert all of Iberia to Christianity
Yes Is from the Iberian culture group or Andalusian

Yes Is Christian

Yes Completely controls the West Iberia region

Yes all counties in the West Iberia region is Christian
Yes Is from the Iberian culture group or Andalusian
Yes Is Christian

This achievement does not require being Catholic, only Christian. It can be faster to complete this by converting to or creating a new Christian faith that has faster conversion tenets and doctrines and higher fervor.

The Theologian tree in the Learning lifestyle offers 20% faster conversion and the ability to ignore fervor when converting. Landing learning lifestyle characters can make the process of conversion faster as well, if they take those perks.

Rulers asked to convert by their liege instantly convert their capital county to their liege's religion if their original religion is the same as the county's. So it is possible to quickly convert all of Iberia by landing Muwalladi characters and successfully asking them to convert. Use hooks to guarantee acceptance.

1.0 H
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Sibling Rivalry
Starting as any of the Jimena siblings in 1066, become Emperor of Spain
Yes In 1066, is playing either:
  • King Alfonso VI of León
  • King García of Galicia
  • King Sancho II of Castille
  • Countess Urraca of Zamorca
  • Elvira
Yes Owns the Empire of Hispania The achievement does not require total control of Spain, only enough to create the Empire of Hispania title. 1.0 H
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Wily as the Fox
Starting as Robert the Fox in 1066, rule Sicily, hold a Greek Kingdom, and convert it to Catholicism
Yes Is playing Duke Robert de Hauteville of Apulia in 1066 Yes Owns the Kingdom of Sicily

Yes One of the following:

Start by obtaining enough gold to create the Duchy of Calabria and then the Kingdom of Sicily, then focus on Kingdom of Epirus. Taking the decision "Empower the Sicilian Parliament" will prevent the achievement.

The achievement does not require you to be independent, so it is possible to swear fealty to the Byzantine Empire, obtain the Religious Rights feudal contract via hook, and conquer and convert the required provinces as a vassal.

1.0 H
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Give a Dog a Bone
Starting as Matilda di Canossa in 1066, rule Italy, have 50 Dynasty members, and found a Holy Order
Yes Is playing Duchess Matilda di Lucca of Tuscany in 1066 Yes Any dynasty member owns the Kingdom of Italy

Yes Have 50 living members of the dynasty.
Yes Create a holy order.

Start by obtaining the Duchy of Lombardy. Do not form the holy order until you have at least 50 members alive in your dynasty and hold the kingdom of Italy, otherwise the achievement will not trigger but fear not it can still be salvaged by simply revoking the holy order's right on the Barony you granted them and then re-making the holy order once more. 1.0 H
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A Perfect Circle
Have only two distinct parents, grandparents, and great grandparents
Yes Missing unique ancestors is over 50. This achievement can be problematic at times, as currently the AI has a tendency to cuckold a lot which can result in the achievement not firing when you hit the 3rd generation of sibling inbreeding. It's worth giving it a shot on the Iceland 1066 start, where you're rather isolated from most of the map, which reduces the chances of being cuckolded significantly. There, attempt to form a heresy with unrestricted divine marriage and then do 3 generations of sibling inbreeding to get the achievement.

Playing as the female sibling in each generation can help to verify that no secret cuckolding has occurred, as the player can control the character such that none occurs. To further guarantee this, suicide early in the previous generation's life to quickly take control of the female in the next generation.

Using the Asexuality or Homosexuality options for the Sexuality Distribution game rule also helps ensure that bastards are very unlikely.

1.0 VH
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Carolingian Consolidation
Starting as a Karling, be the only independent Karling to hold a landed title
Yes Is playing someone in the Karling Dynasty Yes Is independent

Yes all dynasty members except the player is not landed or an independent ruler

The Karling dynasty is present in 867. Count Herbert of Vermandois, a vassal of France, is the only landed Karling in 1066. Playing as Herbert, kidnap the King of France just as you declare an independence war on him, giving you an instant 100% war score. 1.0 VH
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Mother of Us All
Starting as Daurama Daura, have your line reform an African faith, and convert all of Africa to it
Yes Is playing Countess Daurama Daura of Kano in 867 Yes Has reformed and converted all African Counties to one of the following religions: Reforming the Faith with the Fundamentalist doctrine and the Mendicant Preachers, Reincarnation and Sanctioned False Conversions tenets will increase the realm's conversion speed and resistance. 1.0 VH
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Rise from the Ashes
Restore the Roman Empire
Yes own the Roman Empire. Must either be the Byzantine Emperor or Emperor of Italia and have taken the Unify Italy Major Decision. Must be feudal, a republic or a clan government. Must be an independent capable adult. Must not be imprisioned. Must have 5000 prestige, completely control the duchies of Latium, Venice, Romagna, Sicily, Genoa, Capua, Apulia, Thrace, Antioch, Palestine, Athens, Tunis, Croatia and Thessalonika. Must either be Christian or Hellenic religion or Roman culture. 1.0 VH
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What Nepotism?
Have your Dynasty rule ten independent realms of at least Kingdom tier simultaneously
Yes At least 10 dynasty members are independent and own a Kingdom title or higher. The Karling dynasty in 867 offers the best start. 1.0 VH
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