Crusader Kings II denominations

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Additional religions and denominations are available in converted savegames from Crusader Kings II. Many of these are heresies in CK2; if a heresy becomes more widespread than the parent religion, the parent will become a heresy and vice-versa, and the former heresy will replace it in a game exported to EU4.

Only if a CK2 game is converted with the Sons of Abraham expansion enabled will the heresies be converted as separate religions. Otherwise, they will be assimilated into their parent faiths.

Note: Unreformed Pagans become Animists, however unreformed Zunists will become Zoroastrians and West African pagans will become Fetishist whether Reformed or not. Reformed Pagans all have unique religious modifiers, but only the Norse have the personal deity mechanic.

Flavor descriptions[edit]

The following table contains the flavour descriptions of the CK2 denominations. Expand it to learn more.

Denomination Group Heresy (of) Description
lBogomilist Bogomilist Christian Orthodox Bogomilism is an originally Orthodox Christian heresy with Gnostic elements that completely rejects the ecclesiastical hierarchy and advocates a return to early Christianity. Bogomilists believe that the world was created by an evil demiurge - the Devil.
Cathar Cathar Christian Catholic The Cathar, or Albigensian, heresy rejects confession and the holiness of the clergy and of the Pope. They only have a single sacrament - the Consolation - to remove sin and turn the believer into a Cathar 'Perfect'.
Fraticelli Fraticelli Christian Catholic The Fraticelli, or 'Little Brethren', is a Catholic heresy that originated in the Franciscan Order of monks. It is devoted to poverty and asceticism - especially for men of the cloth. Fraticelli heretics are violently opposed to Church wealth and displays of opulence.
Iconoclast Iconoclast Christian Orthodox The Iconoclast heresy plagued the Byzantine Empire in multiple waves. Iconoclasts believe that religious images - icons and depictions of holy figures in particular - are a form of idolatry and must not be allowed. In their heyday, iconoclasts destroyed innumerable such decorations and icons, sometimes even urged on by Iconoclast Emperors.
Lollard Lollard Christian Catholic Lollard heretics are opposed to perceived corruption within the Catholic Church. Like many Catholic heresies, they loathe the wealth and ostentation of the clergy and advocate a return to a more original form of Christianity.
Messalian Messalian Christian Nestorian The Messalians, or Euchites ("Those who Pray"), are a heretical Christian sect that originated in Mesopotamia, influenced by dualistic faiths like Zoroastrianism. Messalians believe that God can be perceived by the carnal senses, and that this perception is necessary to reach perfection. Each person is born with an inner demon, and only intense prayer can drive it out. They also believe that Lucifer is the elder son of God and a force for good, and that incest is sacred since it was practiced by the children of Adam and Eve. They have no formal rites and no strict church hierarchy.
Monophysite Monophysite Christian Miaphysite Monophysitism is an early Christian heresy which states that Christ had but a single nature. This is the opposite of the Nestorian position where Christ has two separate natures - one divine and one human.
Monothelite Monothelite Christian Orthodox Monothelitism is a Christological doctrine that was declared heretical in 681. Monothelites attempted to develop the Miaphysite and Monophysite stance on the single nature of Christ by saying he had both a human and a divine nature but only a single will. The nominal head of the Monothelite Church is the Monothelite Patriarch of Antioch.
Nestorian Nestorian Christian Nestorianism is an early Christian branch which states that Christ has two separate natures - one divine and one human. This is the opposite of the Monophysite position where Christ has but a single nature. The nominal head of the Nestorian Church is the Patriarch of the East.
Paulician Paulician Christian Orthodox Paulicianism is Christian Gnostic heresy influenced by Manichaeism, originating in Armenia.
Waldensian Waldensian Christian Catholic Originally a reform movement within the Catholic church, Waldensian heretics are anti-clerical and advocate a return to vows of poverty. They are opposed to capital punishment and believe that laymen can also administer the sacraments.
Druze Druze Muslim Shia The Druze religion originated in the Ismaili sect of Shi'a Islam, but has many features of gnosticism, neoplatonism in addition to the Abrahamic religions.
Hurufi Hurufi Muslim The Hurufi faith is a mystical, kabbalistic, Sufi sect within Islam.
Kharijite Kharijite Muslim Ibadi The Kharijites are a branch of Islam that was marginalized and repressed early in the 7th century. They believe that any unrepentant sinner is a Kafir, also rejecting the notion of infallibility of the Caliphs.
Yazidi Yazidi Muslim Sunni Yazidis believe that God created the world and left seven angels in charge, the chief of whom is the Peacock Angel, Malek Taus or Shaytan, a being usually identified by Christians and Muslims as Satan.
Zikri Zikri Muslim Sunni Zikris are the followers of the Imam Akhar Zaman Hazrat Syed Muhammad Jaunpuri (Imam Mehdi.)
Bön Bön Pagan Bön is the ancient indigenous pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet. It is shamanistic and animistic in nature with multiple deities. After the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet, Bön adopted many of its elements.
Hellenic Hellenic Pagan The Hellenistic religion is polytheistic, with a pantheon of twelve major gods including Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Minerva and Vesta. It originated in ancient Greece and with the conquests of Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire, it would go on to become the dominant religion in the Mediterranean world until the rise of Christendom.
Romuva Romuva Pagan The reformed Baltic faith has a Holy Book with a creation myth, chapters on the gods and a book of prophesies. The church also has a standardized liturgy and a formal church hierarchy led by the High Priest of Dievs.
Slavic Slavic Pagan The reformed Slavic faith has a Holy Book with a creation myth, chapters on the gods and a book of prophesies. The church also has a standardized liturgy and a formal church hierarchy led by the High Priest of Perun.
Suomenusko Suomenusko Pagan The reformed Finnish faith has a Holy Book with a creation myth, chapters on the gods and a book of spells and mysteries. The church also has a standardized liturgy and a formal church hierarchy led by the High Priest of Ukko.
Zunist Zunist Pagan Zun, the Sun-God and Giver of Justice, embodies wisdom, power, fire and the light that drives away the night. The reformed Zun faith has a Holy Book detailing things such as the creation myths and outlining church doctrine, as well as a standardized liturgy and a formal church hierarchy led by the High Priest.
Jainism Jainism Dharmic Jainism is a religion of incredible antiquity, stemming from the ascetic Sramana tradition of India, in opposition to the priestly Brahmins and the caste system. The guiding principle of Jainism is Ahimsa - non-violence - which is more radically interpreted than in any other religion.
Karaite Karaite Jewish Jewish Karaite Judaism is a Jewish movement characterized by the recognition of the Tanakh alone as its supreme legal authority in Jewish religious law and theology. In this it is distinct from mainstream Rabbinic Judaism. Karaites maintain that all of the divine commandments handed down to Moses by God were recorded in the written Torah, without additional Oral Law or explanation.
Samaritan Samaritan Jewish Jewish Samaritanism is an Abrahamic religion closely related to Judaism. Samaritans assert their worship is the true religion of the ancient Israelites prior to the Babylonian Exile, preserved by those who remained in the Land of Israel, as opposed to Judaism, which they assert is a related but altered and amended religion.
Khurmazta Khurmazta Zoroastrian Zoroastrian Khurmazta (Zarvana) is syncretic form of Zoroastrianism which was practiced among the Sogdians. It mixes Zoroastrianism with Hinduism, Buddhism and various pagan religions. Aside from Khurmazta, lesser deities such as Weshparkar, God of Wind, are worshipped and made offerings, usually in form of small statues.
Manichean Manichean Zoroastrian Zoroastrian Manichaeism is a Gnostic religion which incorporates elements of Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and Gnosticism.
Mazdaki Mazdaki Zoroastrian Zoroastrian Mazdak was a Zoroastrian priest who claimed to be a prophet of Ahura Mazda. He attempted to reform the religion with Gnostic elements, and advocated communal possessions and welfare programs.

Modifiers and mechanics[edit]

The following table provides details of the denomination effects (national and provincial - if available). Also detailed are the effects gained through them by religions - Tengri Tengri for syncretism and Confucianism for harmonizing (down below).

Any other details, such as the usage of an EU4 unique religion mechanics (if enabled), can be found in the notes column.

Note: On Local missionary strength.png Local missionary strength modifiers, a −XY% value means that the province is harder to convert, while a +XY% value means it is easier to convert.

Denomination Group Country effects Province effects Tengri Syncretic Notes
lBogomilist Bogomilist Christian
  • Morale of armies.png +10% Morale of armies
  • Stability cost modifier.png −10% Stability cost
  • Local missionary strength.png −2% Local missionary strength
  • Local unrest.png −1 Local unrest
  • Stability cost modifier.png −10% Stability cost
  • Tolerance own.png +1 Tolerance of the true faith
  • Mechanic: Church power.png Church aspects
  • Opinion.png Halved relations penalty from other Christian denominations
Cathar Cathar Christian
  • Stability cost modifier.png −10% Stability cost
  • Tolerance own.png +2 Tolerance of the true faith
  • Advisor.png +1 Advisors
  • Corruption.png −0.1 Yearly corruption
  • Mechanic: Church power.png Church aspects
  • Imperial authority.png Can cause religious leagues to form in the HRE.
  • General.png Can recruit female generals and has increased chance of female advisors.
Fraticelli Fraticelli Christian
  • Tolerance own.png +2 Tolerance of the true faith
  • Legitimacy.png +1 Yearly legitimacy
Local tax modifier.png −10% Local tax modifier
  • Tolerance own.png +1 Tolerance of the true faith
  • Legitimacy.png +1 Yearly legitimacy
  • Mechanic:Papal influence.png Papal influence[1]
Iconoclast Iconoclast Christian
  • Tolerance own.png +4 Tolerance of the true faith
  • Tolerance heretic.png −2 Tolerance of heretics
Local missionary strength.png −1% Local missionary strength
  • Missionary strength.png +1% Missionary strength
  • Razing power gain +20% Razing power gain
  • Mechanic: Patriarch authority.png Patriarch authority
  • Opinion.png Halved relations penalty from other Christian denominations
Lollard Lollard Christian
  • Stability cost modifier.png −20% Stability cost
  • Tolerance own.png +2 Tolerance of the true faith
Local tax modifier.png −10% Local tax modifier Stability cost modifier.png −20% Stability cost
Messalian Messalian Christian
  • Chance of new heir.png +100% Chance of new heir
  • Missionary strength.png +1% Missionary strength
Local missionary strength.png −1% Local missionary strength
  • Missionary strength.png +1% Missionary strength
  • Regiment cost.png −10% Regiment cost
  • Mechanic: Monthly fervor increase.png Fervor
  • Opinion.png Halved relations penalty from other Christian denominations
  • General.png Can recruit female generals and has increased chance of female advisors.
Monophysite Monophysite Christian
  • National tax modifier.png +10% National tax modifier
  • Tolerance own.png +2 Tolerance of the true faith
Local missionary strength.png −2% Local missionary strength National tax modifier.png +25% National tax modifier
  • Mechanic: Patriarch authority.png Patriarch authority
  • Opinion.png Halved relations penalty from other Christian denominations
Monothelite Monothelite Christian
  • Autonomy.png −0.05 Monthly autonomy change
  • Tolerance own.png +2 Tolerance of the true faith
Local missionary strength.png −1% Local missionary strength
  • Autonomy.png −0.05 Monthly autonomy change
  • Tolerance own.png +1 Tolerance of the true faith
  • Mechanic: Patriarch authority.png Patriarch authority
  • Opinion.png Halved relations penalty from other Christian denominations
Nestorian Nestorian Christian
  • Administrative technology cost −10% Administrative technology cost
  • Tolerance own.png +2 Tolerance of the true faith
Local missionary strength.png −1% Local missionary strength
  • Administrative technology cost −10% Administrative technology cost
  • Tolerance own.png +1 Tolerance of the true faith
  • Mechanic: Patriarch authority.png Patriarch authority
  • Opinion.png Halved relations penalty from other Christian denominations
Paulician Paulician Christian
  • Stability cost modifier.png −20% Stability cost
  • Tolerance heathen.png +2 Tolerance of heathens
Local missionary strength.png −1% Local missionary strength
  • Mercenary maintenance.png −10% Mercenary maintenance
  • Regiment cost.png −10% Regiment cost
Mechanic: Patriarch authority.png Patriarch authority
Waldensian Waldensian Christian
  • Technology cost.png −10% Technology cost
  • Tolerance heretic.png +2 Tolerance of heretics
  • National unrest.png −1 National unrest
  • Technology cost.png −10% Technology cost
Druze Druze Muslim
  • Chance of new heir.png +100% Chance of new heir
  • Diplomatic technology cost −10% Diplomatic technology cost
  • Tolerance heretic.png −1 Tolerance of heretics
Local missionary strength.png −2% Local missionary strength
  • Diplomatic technology cost −10% Diplomatic technology cost
  • Diplomat.png +1 Diplomats
Mechanic: Piety Piety
Hurufi Hurufi Muslim
  • Chance of new heir.png +100% Chance of new heir
  • Diplomatic relations.png +2 Diplomatic relations
Local missionary strength.png −1% Local missionary strength
  • Stability cost modifier.png −10% Stability cost
  • Diplomatic relations.png +1 Diplomatic relations
Mechanic: Piety Piety
Kharijite Kharijite Muslim
  • Chance of new heir.png +100% Chance of new heir
  • Improve relations.png +20% Improve relations
Local missionary strength.png −2% Local missionary strength
  • Improve relations.png +10% Improve relations
  • Advisor cost.png −10% Advisor cost
Mechanic: Piety Piety
Yazidi Yazidi Muslim
  • Advisor.png +1 Possible Advisors
  • Tolerance own.png +3 Tolerance of the true faith
  • Missionary strength.png −1% Missionary strength
  • Tolerance heathen.png −1 Tolerance of heathens
  • Tolerance heretic.png −1 Tolerance of heretics
Local missionary strength.png −1% Local missionary strength
  • Advisor.png +1 Advisors
  • Tolerance own.png +2 Tolerance of the true faith
Mechanic: Patriarch authority.png Patriarch authority
Zikri Zikri Muslim
  • Chance of new heir.png +100% Chance of new heir
  • Institution spread.png +15% Institution spread
Local missionary strength.png −2% Local missionary strength
  • Chance of new heir.png +100% Chance of new heir
  • Institution spread.png +15% Institution spread
Mechanic: Piety Piety
Bön Bön Pagan
  • Tolerance heretic.png +1 Tolerance of heretics
  • Shock damage received.png −10% Shock damage received
  • Local defensiveness.png +10% Local defensiveness
  • Legitimacy.png +1 Legitimacy
  • Shock damage received.png −10% Shock damage received
Mechanic: High karma Karma
Hellenic Hellenic Pagan
  • Development cost.png −10% Development cost
  • Tolerance own.png +1 Tolerance of the true faith
Development cost.png −10% Development cost
Romuva Romuva Pagan
  • Fort maintenance.png −10% Fort maintenance
  • Tolerance own.png +1 Tolerance of the true faith
  • Local defensiveness.png +10% Local defensiveness
  • Local missionary strength.png −2% Local missionary strength
  • Fort maintenance.png −10% Fort maintenance
  • Shock damage received.png −10% Shock damage received
Slavic Slavic Pagan Culture conversion cost.png −15% Culture conversion cost Local manpower modifier.png +10% Local manpower modifier
  • Advisor.png +1 Advisors
  • Manpower recovery speed.png +10% Manpower recovery speed
Suomenusko Suomenusko Pagan
  • Fort defense.png +10% Fort defense
  • Max promoted cultures.png +1 Max promoted cultures
  • Fort defense.png +10% Fort defense
  • Max promoted cultures.png +1 Max promoted cultures
Zunist Zunist Pagan
  • Attrition for enemies.png +1 Attrition for enemies
  • Tolerance own.png +3 Tolerance of the true faith
  • Attrition for enemies.png +1 Attrition for enemies
  • Tolerance own.png +3 Tolerance of the true faith
Jainism Jainism Dharmic
  • Religious unity.png +50% Religious unity
  • Tolerance heathen.png +2 Tolerance of heathens
  • Tolerance heretic.png +2 Tolerance of heretics
Local missionary strength.png +2% Local missionary strength Religious unity.png +75% Religious unity
Karaite Karaite Jewish
  • Idea cost.png −10% Idea cost
  • Number of states.png +5 States
  • Tolerance heathen.png −2 Tolerance of heathens
  • Local missionary strength.png −1% Local missionary strength
  • Local tax modifier.png +2% Local tax modifier
  • Morale of armies.png +5% Morale of armies
  • National unrest.png −1 National unrest
Samaritan Samaritan Jewish
  • Administrative technology cost −5% Administrative technology cost
  • Advisor cost.png −15% Advisor cost
  • Tolerance heathen.png −2 Tolerance of heathens
  • Local missionary strength.png −1% Local missionary strength
  • Local tax modifier.png +2% Local tax modifier
Advisor cost.png −15% Advisor cost
Khurmazta Khurmazta Zoroastrian
  • National tax modifier.png +10% National tax modifier
  • Stability cost modifier.png −10% Stability cost
  • National tax modifier.png +10% National tax modifier
  • Stability cost modifier.png −10% Stability cost
Manichean Manichean Zoroastrian
  • Tolerance heathen.png +2 Tolerance of heathens
  • Legitimacy.png +1 Yearly legitimacy
  • Missionary strength.png +1% Missionary strength
  • Tolerance heathen.png +2 Tolerance of heathens
Mazdaki Mazdaki Zoroastrian
  • National unrest.png −3 National unrest
  • Tolerance heretic.png +1 Tolerance of heretics
  • Tolerance heathen.png +1 Tolerance of heathens
  • National tax modifier.png −15% National tax modifier
  • National unrest.png −1 National unrest
  • Tolerance heretic.png +1 Tolerance of heretics

Harmonized religions[edit]

Additional effects are granted from harmonized religions (these are the same as for EU4 religions):

Name Effect
Catholicism Christian group Stability cost modifier.png −5% Stability cost
Hinduism Dharmic group Tolerance own.png +1 Tolerance of the true faith
Sunni Islam Muslim group Trade efficiency.png +5% Trade efficiency
Animism Pagan group National unrest.png −0.5 National unrest
Shintoism Shinto Infantry combat ability.png +5% Infantry combat ability
Mahayana.png Mahayana Idea cost.png −7% Idea cost
Theravada.png Theravada Advisor cost.png −5% Advisor cost
Vajrayana.png Vajrayana Production efficiency.png +5% Production efficiency
Jewish.png Judaism Institution spread.png +15% Institution spread
Zoroastrianism.png Zoroastrianism Trade efficiency.png +10% Trade efficiency

References[edit]

  1. The Curia begins under the control of the Catholic Papal State even if Fraticelli is dominant and there is a converted Fraticelli Papacy. If there is no converted Papal State, no one will ever control the curia since the ruler of a nonexistent country can't die. The papal influence costs are also outdated. Bug report
Mechanics

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