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Nicknames are epithets granted to characters. They are displayed either before or after the character's name.[1] They can mainly be gained through decisions or events. Some are reserved for historical characters and can only be obtained through console commands.

Nicknames are classified as "good" or "bad". Typically, a "good" nickname will replace any "bad" one, but not an existing "good" one.

List of obtainable nicknames[edit | edit source]

The following nickames can be obtained via decision or event. Some of these nicknames are also held by historical characters; those entries are marked in italics and by asterisk (*) and are again present in the relevant table.

Nickname Good? Requirement
the Messenger of Christ Good Form the Outremer Empire decision (20% chance)
the Sword of God Good Form the Outremer Empire decision (20% chance)
the Blessed* Good
  • High opinion with head of faith
the Pious* Good
  • High opinion with head of faith
the Brave* Good
  •  Martial lifestyle event
the Foolish Bad  Martial lifestyle event
the Fury Good  Martial lifestyle event
the Hawk Good  Martial lifestyle event
the Imperious Good  Martial lifestyle event
the Merciless Good  Martial lifestyle event
the Stalwart Good  Martial lifestyle event
the Unrelenting Good  Martial lifestyle event
the Ecumenist Good Mend the Great Schism decision
the Conqueror Good
the Heartbreaker Bad Intrigue lifestyle event
the Mindbreaker Good  Intrigue lifestyle event
the Flayer Good  Intrigue lifestyle event
Fear-Eater Good  Martial lifestyle event
the Peacemaker Good  Diplomacy lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Tuatha Dé Danann Good Reclaim Britannia decision as a character of Irish culture
the Shepherd Good Restore Israel decision (50% chance)
the Judge Good Restore Israel decision (50% chance)
the Dane Good Restore the Danelaw decision
the Glorious Good Restore the Roman Empire decision
the Greedy Bad
  • Sell Minor Titles decision
  • Mental break when having or gaining  Comfort Eater
the Wise* Good
  • Spouse tutoring event
the Meticulous Good Stewardship lifestyle event
the Affable* Good
  •  Diplomacy lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Anointed Good Consecrate Bloodline decision (not head of faith)
the Architect Good  Stewardship lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Apostate Good
  • Revive Táltosism decision
  • Unknown decision (same as ‘the Heathen’ and ‘the Heretic’)
    • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Avenger Good Avenge the Battle of Tours decision
the Benevolent Good  Stewardship lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Blood-Father/Mother Good Strengthen Bloodline decision
the Bogatyr Good Unite the Slavs decision (if male)
the Bully Bad Stewardship lifestyle event
the Cannibal Bad Secret deviancy.png Cannibal secret exposed (below 50 dread)
the Chronicler Good  Learning lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Crow Good  Intrigue lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Crowned Good Unite the Southern Slavs decision
the Crusader Good Form the Outremer Empire decision (20% chance)
the Defender of [God] Good Defenders of [God] decision
the Defiant Good
  • Secure the High Kingdom of the North Sea decision while believing in an Organized Faith
    • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Devourer Good Faith Cannibalism decision
the Diplomat Good  Diplomacy lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Divine Good Consecrate Bloodline decision (head of faith)
the Dragon Good Secret deviancy.png Cannibal secret exposed (above 50 dread)
the Dry Bad
  • 20% on gaining when you imprison the Riddler with no nickname (40% of even getting a nickname)
    • Game of Riddles Yearly Event
      • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Dull Bad
  • 20% on gaining when you imprison the Riddler with no nickname (40% of even getting a nickname)
    • Game of Riddles Yearly Event
      • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Elegant Good  Stewardship lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Enlightened Good  Learning lifestyle nickname (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Father/Mother of Spain Good Unite the Spanish Thrones decision
the Fishy Bad  Learning lifestyle event
the Generous Good  Stewardship lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Great* Good
  • Found Portugal decision
  • Restore Carolingian Borders decision
  • Restore the Holy Roman Empire decision
  • Secure High Kingdom of the North Sea decision while having a feudal or clan government
    • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Great and Terrible Good
  • Elevate the Kingdom of Mann and the Isles
    • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Guardian Good  Martial lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
Hard Ruler* Good
  •  Martial lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Heathen Bad
  • Unknown decision (same as ‘the Heretic’ and ‘the Apostate’)
    • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Heretic Good
  • Unknown decision (same as ‘the Heathen’ and ‘the Apostate’)
    • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Historian* Good
  •  Learning lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Holy Good
  • Form the Outremer Empire decision (20% chance)
  • Martial lifestyle event
  • High opinion with head of faith
the Honorable Good Sell Minor Titles decision
the Impaler Bad  Intrigue lifestyle with Intimidation focus, and has Sadistic or Callous.
the Joyless Bad
  • 20% on gaining when you imprison the Riddler with no nickname (40% of even getting a nickname)
    • Game of Riddles Yearly Event
      • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Just Good  Stewardship lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Kind* Good
  •  Diplomacy lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Knight of Gabriel Good Form the Outremer Empire decision (20% chance, male only)
Lacks-Laughs Bad
  • 20% on gaining when you imprison the Riddler with no nickname (40% of even getting a nickname)
    • Game of Riddles Yearly Event
      • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Lawgiver Good
  • Empower the Sicilian Parliament decision (otherwise) (See Nickname 'the Stupor Mundi')
  •  Stewardship lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Lord/Lady of the Ganges Good Take Stewardship of the Sacred River decision
the Little Bad Mental break when having or gaining  Comfort Eater (ironic)
the Magnanimous Good  Diplomacy lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Magnificent* Good
  •  Diplomacy lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Man/Woman of Glass Good Build a Glass Monument decision
the Noble* Good
  •  Martial lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
Pendragon Good Reclaim Britannia decision as a character of a Brythonic culture
the Plump* Bad
  • Mental break when having or gaining  Comfort Eater
the Polyanitsa Good Unite the Slavs decision (if female)
the Sage Good  Learning lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Saoshyant Good Become the Saoshyant decision
the Scholar Good
  • Spouse tutoring event
  • Found University decision
  •  Learning lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Sea-King Good
  • Secure the High Kingdom of the North Sea decision while having a tribal government
    • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Selfish Bad Mental break when having or gaining  Comfort Eater
the Shadow Good  Intrigue lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Sly Good  Intrigue lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Snorer Bad
  • 1% on gaining when you doze off and you have no nickname (Good & Bad)
    • Hardest Part of Ruling yearly event
      • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Spider Good  Intrigue lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Stonefaced Bad
  • 20% of gaining when you imprison the Riddler with no nickname (40% of even getting a nickname)
    • Game of Riddles Yearly Event
      • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Stupor Mundi Good Empower the Sicilian Parliament decision (Holy Roman Emperor controlling all of de jure Sicily, or mentally or treatably ill)
the Tactician Good  Martial lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Terrible Bad Mental break when having or gaining  Comfort Eater
the Trojan Good Restore the Kingdom of Cornwall decision
Troll-Slayer Good
  • Killing the beast with a bad nickname
    • In the Deep Places of the World yearly event chain
      • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
  • 25% of gaining if you kill the beast without a nickname
    • In the Deep Places of the World yearly event chain
      • Icon CK3.png Northern Lords DLC
the Truthseeker Good  Learning lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Unifier of Africa Good Unite Africa decision
the Unworthy Bad Mental break when having or gaining  Comfort Eater
the Valiant Good  Martial lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Virgin's Maiden Good Form the Outremer Empire decision (20% chance, female only)
the Weak Bad Neighbor refused the Negotiate the Danelaw decision
the Wend Good Unite Western Slavs decision
the Whisperer Good  Intrigue lifestyle (rarely after completing two perk trees)
the Wicked Bad Mental break when having or gaining  Comfort Eater
the Bane of the Danes Good Successfully defended against ten Viking Adventurer wars
the (Culture) Wall Good Successfully defended against ten Viking Adventurer wars
Nord-Foe Good Successfully defended against ten Viking Adventurer wars
the Scourge of the Northerners Good Successfully defended against ten Viking Adventurer wars
the Burner of Ash Good Successfully defended against ten Viking Adventurer wars
the Linguist Bad From an event I don't know how but its when you argue about a language in the royal court I think.

List of historical nicknames[edit | edit source]

The table below contains nicknames used by historical characters born on or before 15 September 1066. Nicknames gained later in life are also included below. Moreover, some of the following nicknames can be obtained; they are marked by italics and asterisk (*) and are again present in the relevant table.

Nickname Good? Character(s)
Blue Snake Good Signjótr Rurikid, deceased brother of Rurik
Bluetooth Good Harald Gormsson af Gorm, king of Norway 970–986
Canmore Good Malcolm III Dunkeld, king of Scotland in 1066
Fairhair Good Later gained by Harald Halfdansson Yngling, chief of Vestfold, after becoming king of Norway
Hard Ruler* Good Harald IV Sigurðrsson Yngling, king of Norway in 1066
Harthacnut Good Knud Knudsson Knytling, 11th century king of Denmark and England
Wartooth Good Haraldr Skjöldung, duke of Sjælland 729–770
Loðbrók Good Ragnar Sigurdrsson af Sigurdr, father of the leaders of the Great Heathen Army
Ring Good Sigurdr Randversson af Sigurdr, jarl of Uppland 761–800
Snake-in-the-Eye Good Sigurdr Ragnarrson af Sigurdr, duke of Sjælland 860–917
Tanglehair Good Haraldr Halfdansson Yngling, chief of Vestfold in 867; Later known as Haraldr Fairhair
the Bald Good Charles II Karling, king of West Francia 840–877
the Boneless Good Ivar Ragnarsson Ivaring, petty king of the Isles 855–873
the Builder Good Nerses III Mangaphas, Catholicos of the Apostolic Church 641–661
The Cucumber King Good Nyaung-u Sawrahan, duke of Pagan 956–1001
Curthose Good Robert de Normandie, count of Maine in 1066
the Deep-Minded Good Auðr Flatnefr, countess of Vestisland 867–900
the Destroyer Good Máel-Coluim Ailpin, king of Scotland 1005–1034
the German Good Ludwig Karling, king of East Francia 843–876
the Illuminator Good Gregory I Gregorid, Catholicos of the Apostolic Church 288–325
the Martyrophile Good Gregory II, Catholicos of the Apostolic Church in 1066
the Missionary Good Hasan Alavid, Atabeg of Tabaristan 864–884
the Peaceful Good Prince Olav Haraldsson Yngling of Norway, count of Ránriki in 1066, but didn't earn the name until he became king
the Red Good Several characters
the Seer Good Helgi Ruriksson, king of Ruthenia 882–912
the Slayer of the Snake Good Galadima Bayajidda Durbawa, high chief of Kano 865−910
the Stranger Good Dyre Oskyldr, Grand Prince of Kyiv 860–882
the Whetstone Good Prince Harald Svendsen Estrid of Denmark, duke of Jylland in 1066
the White Good Olafr Guðröðrsson Yngling, earl of Dublin 855–866
the Wild Good Eadric Eadricson Aelfricson, earl of Shropshire in 1066
the Younger Good
  • Ludwig Karling, king of Lotharingia 877–882
  • Louis II Karling, king of Italy 855–875
Troublemaker Good Rurik Umilasson Rurikid, grand prince of Novgorod 862–879
Whiteshirt Good Halfdan Ragnarrson Hvitserk, duke of Deira 866–875
Little Good, prefix Easter egg character
the Accursed Bad Ioannes II Lantpertidi, duke of Salerno 983–999
the Apostle Good The first three Nestorian Popes, plus St Andrew, considered the first Ecumenical Patriarch
the Bard Good Easter egg character
the Bastard Bad
  • William II de Normandie, duke of Normandy in 1066; later known as William the Conqueror as King of England
  • Arnaud Taillefer, count of Angouleme 976–998
the Beautiful Beard Good Easter egg character
the Blind Bad
  • Manso II Musconidi, doge of Amalfi intermittently 1028–1051
  • Louis III Bouvinid, king of Italy 902–905
the Bold Good Bolesław II Piast, king of Poland in 1066
the Chaste Good Aldefonso II de Asturias, king of Asturias 791–842
the Confessor Good
  • Smbat III Bagrationi, king of Old Armenia 851–862
  • Eadward II of Wessex, king of England 1042–1066
the Cruel Bad
  • Fruella I de Asturias, king of Castille 757–768
the Drunkard Bad Michael III Amorios, basileus of the Byzantine Empire 842–866
the Eager Bad Easter egg character
the Fair Good
  • Donald Dunkeld, brother of King Malcolm III of Scotland in 1066
  • Eadgifu Swanneshals, countess of Bedford in 1066
  • Eadwig of Wessex, king of England 955–959)
the Fat Bad
  • Umar Hafsid, emir of Crete 827–855
  • Sanchu I de León, king of Castille, León and Galicia intermittently 956–966
  • Guiges d'Albon, heir to the county of Viennois in 1066
the Fearless Good Richard I de Normandie, duke of Normandy 942–996
the Fowler Good Heinrich I Ludolfinger, Holy Roman Emperor 918–962
the Fox Good Robert de Hautville, duke of Apulia in 1066
the Girthy Good Easter egg character
the Good Good
  • Richard de Normandie, duke of Normandy 996–1026
  • Hywel II Dinefwr, prince of Deheubarth (and later the rest of Wales) 909–950
  • Parsman Parnavaziani, count of Tblisi 116–135
the Gouty Bad
  • Bermudu II de León, king of Castille, León and Galicia 984–999
the Hammer Good Karl Karling, count of Vermandois 714–741
the Handsome Good Ota Přemyslid, count of Olomouc in 1066; Elidyr Rheged, duke of Lancaster 560
the Heathen Bad Prince Erik Emundrsson af Munsö, duke of Uppland in 1066
the Hunchback Bad Prince Pepin Karling, son of Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor

Berenguer Ramon I of Barcelona, count of Barcelona 1018-1035

the Hunter Good Hugues de Lusignan, count of Lusignan 915–930
the Inevitable Good Easter egg character
Ironside Good
the Loyal Good
  • Þórvar Umilasson Rurikid (brother of Rurik), count of Pskov 860–862
the Martyr Good Several characters
the Monk Good Alfonsu IV de León, king of León and Castille 925–931 (abdicated)
the Old Bad Several characters
the Quarreller Bad Heinrich Ludolfinger, duke of Bavaria etc. intermittently 955–995
the Restorer Good Kazimierz I Piast, king of Poland 1039–1058
the Saint Good
  • Ildebrando da Soana, future Pope Gregory VII, in 1066 a courtier in the county of Parma
  • Several other characters
the Silent Bad Bernat d'Armagnac, count of Armagnac 1011–1064
the Stammerer Bad Louis II Karling, king of West Francia 877–879
the Strong Good
the Timid Bad Hugo Etichonen, count of Sundgau 820–837
the Trustworthy Good Easter egg character
the Truthspeaker Good Saga Ingjerðrsdottir, fictional daughter of Halfdan Whiteshirt
the Unready Bad Æthelræd of Wessex, king of England intermittently 978–1016
the Usurper Good Aeddan ap Blegywryd Ynys Môn, prince of Gwynedd 1005–1018
the Victorious Good Eirikr Björnsson af Munsö, first king of Sweden 970–995
the Viking Good Easter egg character
the Young Bad
  • Adalvard, prince-bishop of Skara in 1066
  • Centolh de Béarn, count of Bigorre in 1066
  • Several other characters
Tiny Good, prefix Easter-egg character
the Great* Good Several characters
the Brave* Good
  • Bolesław I Piast, king of Poland 1025
  • Alfonso VI Jimena, king of León in 1066
the Blessed* Good
  • Cadeyrn ap Gwrtheryn Gwerthrynion, prince of Powys 430–471
  • His younger brother Gwerthefyr, sons of the legendary Vortigern (Gwrtheryn)
the Pious* Good
  • Boleslav II, duke of Bohemia 972–999
  • Hugues de Lusignan, count of Lusignan 1026–1060
the Wise* Good
  • Baithené Néill aka St Baoithin, a cousin of the famous missionary St Columba
the Affable* Good
  • Ranulf Taillefer, count of Angouleme 962–975
the Historian* Good
  • John V Zohrabian, Catholicos of the Apostolic Church 897–898
the Kind* Good Hugues II de Lusignan, count of Lusignan 930–967
the Magnificent* Good
  • Robert de Normandie (father of William II), duke of Normandy 1027–1035
  • Eadmund I of Wessex, king of England 939–946
the Noble* Good Alfonsu V de León, king of Castile 999–1028; Alfonso V of León
the Plump* Bad Easter egg character
the Liberator Good Tengil Karmanjaka, courtier in the Republic of Visby in 1066 – this is an ironic reference to the novel The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren
the Lion Good
  • Guiraud d'Armagnac, count of Armagnac 1010–1011
  • Sangrama I Vijaya, king of Khotan 130–132
the Devil Bad
  • Unused on start date: Robert de Montgomery, 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury, in 1066 a 9 year old courtier in the County of Bayeux
the Conqueror Good Later gained by William II, Duke of Normandy once he conquered England

List of unused nicknames[edit | edit source]

The list below contains all nicknames that are in the game files, but are either unused, disabled or not used by characters born on or before 15 September 1066. Unused nicknames that are included in history files and fall under this category are marked with italics and by asterisk (*).

Nickname Good?
the Black Whirlwind Good
the Campeador Good
the Jade Unicorn Good
the Panther Head Good
the Tattooed Monk Good
the Timely Rain Good
the Turbulent River Dragon Good
the Winged Tiger Good
Wang Khan* Good
the Undefeated[2] Good
the Triumphant[3] Good
Bad Hand Bad
the Bloody Bad
Half-Hand Bad
the Hotspur Bad
Moneybags Bad
the One-eyed Bad
the Priest-Eater Bad
the Priest-Hater Bad
the Able Good
the Bear Good
the Beguiling Good
the Betrayer Bad
the Bewitched Bad
the Big Halberd Good
the Black* Bad
the Black Adder Good
the Bloody Good
the Brilliant Good
the Brute Bad
the Butcher Bad
the Chivalrous Good
the Compassionate Good
the Courageous Good
the Deceiver Good
the Demon Bad
the Depraved Bad
the Diseased Bad
the Ferocious Giant Good
the Flash of (God) Good
the Frail Bad
the Frog Bad
the Gentle* Good
the Giant Good
the Gracious Good
the Hideous Bad
the Honest Good
the Hotspur Good
the Immortal Good
the Insane Bad
the Lame* Bad
the Lecher Bad
the Leper Bad
the Lewd Bad
the Lionheart* Good
the Lisp and Lame* Bad
the Mad Bad
the Merry* Good
the Monster Bad
the Oathbreaker Bad
the Overseer Good
the Passionate Good
the Pilgrim Good
the Prodigy Good
the Proud* Good
the Quick Bad
the Rash Bad
the Repulsive Bad
the Ruthless Bad
the Seducer Good
the Seductress Good
the Shrewd Good
the Shy Bad
the Silly Bad
the Simple Bad
the Temptress Bad
the Theologian Good
the Thunderbolt Good
the Tormentor Bad
the Traitor Bad
the Trembling Bad
the Trickster Good
the Troubadour* Good
the Tyrant* Bad
the Unchaste Bad
the Unfaithful Bad
the Unrestrained Good
the Vanquisher Good
the Weak Bad
the Whirlwind Good
the Witch Bad
the Wizard Good
the Wolf Good
the Worthy Good
Vanquisher Good

Nickname ID[edit | edit source]

The internal name of a nickname in the game's files can be found by following these steps:

  1. Take the nickname as displayed in-game.
  2. Turn all letters into lowercase (A...Z->a...z).
  3. Replace spaces ( ) and dashes (-) with underscores (_).
  4. Add nick_ to the beginning.

Nickname IDs that do not match their in-game name are included in the table below:

Nickname Internal name
the Man/Woman of Glass nick_the_glass
the Virgin's Maiden nick_the_maiden_of_virgin
Hard Ruler nick_haardraade
Harthacnut nick_hardeknud
Wartooth nick_hildetand
Loðbrók nick_lodbrok
Curthose nick_the_curthose
Fear-Eater nick_feareater
the Tuatha Dé Danann nick_the_tuatha_de_danann
the Father/Mother of Spain nick_the_motherfather_of_spain
the Blood-Father/Mother nick_the_blood_motherfather
the Defender of (God) nick_the_defender_of_highgod
the Flash of (God) nick_the_flash
Ironside nick_the_ironside
the Lord/Lady of the Ganges nick_the_ladylord_of_the_ganges

References[edit | edit source]

  1. game\common\nicknames\00_nicknames.txt, is_prefix = yes
  2. Gained by winning 100 battles in a row, but currently disabled.
  3. Gained by defeating a character with the nickname "the Undefeated", which is itself unobtainable.