The best Crusader Kings 3 mods (2020)

Some engaging mods for any Crusader Kings player.

Crusader Kings III

Image via Paradox Interactive.

Crusader Kings 3 is a massive game where players become a ruler. You can choose to expand your empire or handle the different lives of your vassals and family members who have pledged loyalty to you. There are multiple ways to play the game, and there’s no right or wrong answer to how to make it to the end. One thing you can do to enhance your experience is to add various mods. Because of how easy it is to add mods to Crusader Kings 3, almost anyone can do it, and you can turn them off and on with the primary menu screen.

You can find these mods available in the Steam workshop.

SarcFa’s Custom Ruler Designer

For those who want to create an ideal ruler from the start of the game, SarcFa’s Custom Ruler Designer allows you to do just that. You can choose from a variety of traits, both positive and negative. You have the choice of making a ruler that is male or female, has distinct congenital traits, fine-tune how they handle stress, what kind of commander they are, what religion they follow, their culture, and much more. It’s a great way to make sure the first character in that dynasty has all of the aspiring aspects you want from a ruler.

When you activate this mod, you first need to pick from one of the game’s preexisting rulers and play as them. When the game starts, go to the decisions tab and choose the “Trigger Character Design Event Chain,” which starts the mod, making it so the ruler you create is the child of the current ruler. When you finish, the preexisting character dies, and your new custom character takes their place.

Brighter Portraits

For those who feel that the game characters are too dark, you enhance your favorite character and give them a new light. Created by Wilsonator, it’s a tiny mod that is much more of an enjoyable feature. But for anyone who doesn’t want to play with their screen or visual settings, it’s a nice touch.

Image via Wilsonator on Steam Workshop

Princes of Darkness

Have you ever wanted to conquer the Middle Ages as a vampire? Now’s your chance to become an immortal prince of darkness in the Princes of Darkness mod, created by Sparc and several other modders. As a Vampire, you are nearly immortal. Disease and old age do not frighten you, but you can still have your head cut off for your heirs to take over for you. There are many changes, such as the various lifestyles you can pick, along with various other small changes that you can discover. There’s a lot to do, but the life of a Vampire can be a difficult one.

Image via Sparc on Steam Workshop

Battlefield Safety

For those who have had trouble managing their knights in combat, you want to make sure they don’t die outright. With the Battlefield Safety mod, created by Dragatus, your stronger knights will have a better chance of surviving encounters. How it works is during a battle, a knight with a lower combat prowess than yours cannot wound or kill them. Only a knight with a greater combat prowess can do any of that. It also removes the minimum chance of being captured, injured, or killed in combat.

Shattered World

The Shattered World mod by Pertinio breaks up the map into duchies, counties, or kingdoms. You can choose at the top while you have this mod enabled. It’s important to note that this does not remove, add, or break up any map parts. It merely shatters the current holdings and makes it a more level starting entry of the game for everyone, rather than giving a larger kingdom or setup to a specific character at any historical point.

Image via Peritinio on Steam Workshop