Crusader Kings 3 is a grand strategy game and dynasty simulator set in the middle ages. It begins in the Viking Age and ends at the Fall of Byzantium. One of the main cruces of the game is creating a dynasty, passing on your legacy to your children, then so on, and so forth. But how exactly does that work? Find out with our CK3 Designate Heir Guide.
CK3 Designate Heir Guide
The Designate Heir option is only available in realms with a Crown Authority of four. For that reason, this option is not available in the original starting scenarios in most games. Once you reach level four of Crown Authority, you will not only have the option to designate an heir, but also switch among all available succession laws. It is possible to designate an heir by right-clicking on a character and selecting Designate as Heir as an option.
Breaking Down Succession Laws in CK3
As you start, you have to follow Common Succession Laws, and there are three to choose from Confederate, Partition, and High Partition.
Confederate means that if you have three children, then your titles will be shared with each child equally; if there are not enough titles, then the system makes up new titles for the younger of the children.
Partition means that no new titles will be created for the younger heirs. And High Partition is that the titles don’t splinter, it gives most of them to the primary heir, at least half.
After the Common Succession comes Primogeniture Laws, which are more straightforward. The first law Primogeniture names the eldest child the heir; this means they inherit everything.
Next up is Ultimogeniture, where if age is a problem, you can give everything to the youngest child instead of the eldest.
If there comes an occasion where you dislike all of your children, there is a law called House Seniority, which you can give all titles you possess to the eldest house member instead of to your children.
If you are a specific nation, then other laws might come available, such as Papal Succession, to become elected by the College of Cardinals. Or perhaps if you are Sweden, you can enable the ability where vassals can help choose the next successor. However, beware as you have a lot of control over this, but they could still vote for someone outside of your dynasty.
Nerds and Scoundrels
That wraps up our CK3 Designate Heir Guide. Question? Queries? Drop them in the comment section below! And don’t forget to see our guide on Ore Mines in CK3!