Teutonic Order

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Duchy rankTeutonic Order
Teutonic Order.png
Primary culture
Prussian (Germanic)

Capital province
Marienburg (1841)

Monastic Order Government theocracy.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Teutonic ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+10% Cavalry combat ability
+5% Discipline

Infantry cost.png Reform the Army

−10% Infantry cost
−10% Cavalry cost

Manpower recovery speed.png Recruit Peasants

+15% Manpower recovery speed

Infantry combat ability.png Adjust our Infantry Tactics

+10% Infantry combat ability

Missionary strength.png Assume Religious Authority

+2% Missionary strength
+1 Yearly papal influence
+5% Church power

Fort defense.png Expand the Marches

+15% Fort defense

Missionaries.png Promote Prussian Bishops

+1 Missionary

Tolerance of the true faith.png One State, One Religion

+1 Tolerance of the true faith

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+10% Institution spread

The Teutonic Order is a theocracy situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Formed during the Third Crusade, the Teutonic Knights were at times based in Acre and, after the expulsion of the Crusaders from the Holy Land, in Hungarian-Transylvania, before finding renewed purpose in the Polish-backed Prussian Crusade of 1230. By 1444, with their mission of Christianizing the region complete, they are beginning to look obsolete and are drawing the attention of their neighbours, especially Flag of Poland Poland and Flag of Lithuania Lithuania.


Main article: Teutonic events



Execute decision.pngReform into Prussia

The age of crusading knights is fading fast. There will come a time when we no longer stand to gain by holding on to the trappings of a monastic order. Besides, the Grandmaster would much rather be a Duke... or King. By reforming into a secular state, we can revitalize our administration and gain the respect of our neighbors.
Potential requirements
  • Playing with normal or historical nations
  • Has never been an end-game tag
  • Has not formed Prussia before
  • Is Flag of Teutonic Order Teutonic Order
  • Does not have the Celestial Empire government reform
  • Is not a colonial nation
  • If AI-controlled:
    • Is not a custom nation
    • Flag of Prussia Prussia does not exist
    • Either the Protestantism Protestant or Reformed.png Reformed religion is enabled
    • Is not a former colonial nation
  • Flag of Prussia Prussia does not exist
  • Administrative technology.png Administrative technology is at least 10
  • Is not at war
  • Religion is Protestantism Protestant or Reformed.png Reformed
  • Owns core province Königsberg (41)


If Königsberg (41) is part of the HRE, but its owner is not a member then:

  • the province is removed from the HRE.
  • the Holy Roman Emperor:
    • gets the opinion modifier “Removed provinces from the Empire” towards the owner, worth Opinion.png−50 opinion with a yearly decay of 1.
    • loses Imperial authority.png1 imperial authority.

Königsberg (41):

  • becomes the new capital of the owner country.

The country:

  • becomes Flag of Prussia Prussia
  • gets new Mission.png missions.
  • gains a permanent claim on all non-owned provinces in the West Prussia and East Prussia areas
  • gains Yearly prestige.png 25 prestige
  • gets the modifier “Increased Centralization” for 20 years with the following effects:
    • Autonomy.png−0.05 monthly autonomy change,
    • National unrest.png+1 national unrest.

If Flag of Prussia Prussia:

Every neighbouring monarchy:

  • Gain opinion modifier “Secularized Monastic Order” (+25, decaying by −2.5 for 25 years) towards this country

Execute decision.pngElevate Bishopric to an Archbishopric

As a Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire we have a much greater political power than the title Bishop would normally imply. Let us make use of this influence to convince the Holy See to elevate our Bishopric to an Archbishopric.
Potential requirements

The country:


The country:

If the country is Catholicism Catholic, then:

  • it must have a papal influence of at least 25.


The country:

  • becomes a Kingdom rank kingdom.
  • loses Papal influence.png25 papal influence.

AI will always take this decision


Strategy The below is one of many player suggested strategies for Teutonic Order. Bear in mind, due to the dynamic nature of the game, it may unfold differently for other players.

The Teutonic Order starts bordering Flag of Wolgast Wolgast in the west, Flag of Poland Poland in the south, Flag of Lithuania Lithuania in the east, and Flag of Livonian Order Livonian Order to the north-east. Their exclave Neumark shares borders with Flag of Brandenburg Brandenburg, Flag of Wolgast Wolgast, Flag of Stettin Stettin, and Flag of Poland Poland. Across the Baltic Sea lie Flag of Sweden Sweden and Flag of Denmark Denmark.

The Teutonic Order is in a precarious situation in 1444. The danger especially comes with an event firing soon after the start of the game: The Prussian Confederation. The first event only describes the danger, but if the player does not intervene, Flag of Danzig Danzig (which represents the Prussian Confederation) will declare independence, and they will be backed up by Poland. If you go to war, you are the attacker, so your allies will not join, while Poland will join. It is strongly recommended to prevent this declaration of independence. To do so, there are two major ways: The first way is to revoke all land held by burghers. You will probably have to fight some rebels, so keep your army maintenance high. The event needs at least one burgher province to fire, and at the start there are three burgher provinces (Danzig, Tuchola and Kulm). The second way is to take the decision "curtail Prussian Confederation". To do so, you need at least 60 loyalty and 2 stability. This is made more difficult in the starting event, because there you lose 20 loyalty. To curtail the Prussian Confederation, you need to take the merchant's son as an heir (15 loy), than wait one month (0.1 loy) and then grand privileges (15 loy). Then raise your stability to 2 (getting administrative points from the clergy estate helps a lot) and take the decision.

There are two other ways to deal with the Prussian Confederation: To release Danzig as a vassal, or fight Poland when it fires. Neither of which are recommended at all given how easy avoiding it is for a human player.

Because Poland is usually a lot stronger than you, you will need good allies to beat them. The game becomes much easier if Denmark doesn't rival you (around 20% chance). It becomes also easier if Poland has strong rivals (Flag of Hungary Hungary, Flag of Austria Austria, Flag of Bohemia Bohemia, Flag of Muscovy Muscovy) or rejects the union with Lithuania. Especially Bohemia will ally Poland, if they have not rivalled them. Maybe the player wants to restart, until at least some of this is fulfilled. Allying with the Livonian Order is not so useful in most cases because they are weak, instead you can expand into them - if you're not joining the HRE, they are the only target at the start of the game which you can take without allies. Brandenburg will make a great early ally. You can use Brandenburg to take on Pomerania, which is useful because you can get more trade power in the trade node. When you want to take on Poland, Lithuania, The Commonwealth, getting Russia/Muscovy as an ally will make the war a lot easier.

If one wishes to join the Holy Roman Empire, one needs to befriend the Emperor. It is recommended to look at the Emperor's rivals, since if the Teutonic Order is allies with any of those rivals, they will have a -25 relationship penalty with the Emperor. Joining the HRE will usually guard against Poland provided the Emperor is strong enough, although one may still be dragged into wars due to an alliance, particularly with the Livonian Order (that's another reason to reject an alliance with the Livonians). Forming Prussia will make wars easier. You can turn against Brandenburg when they turn Protestant because Austria will break its alliance. When this happens you can easily take all of Northern Germany.

Their national ideas are well suited for crusading as they include military and religious ideas. It is recommended to form Prussia when possible due to their superior military ideas, government (with Rights of Man.png Rights of Man enabled) and added prestige. However, if you are going for the Baltic Crusader Achievement, you must stay the Teutonic Order.

For ideas, focus on military ideas if going for Prussia or looking for strong armies in general; Quality, Offensive, and/or Defensive are the most useful to create a small, but powerful army. Look to Maritime and Trade Ideas if seeking to dominate trade in the Baltic Sea, which the Teutons already do own a large share of. A special mention to Religious Ideas, which are very recommended if going for Baltic Crusader, as the Casus Belli and the conversion boost is very useful for dealing with Orthodox provinces.

Strategy The below is one of many player suggested strategies for Teutonic Order. Bear in mind, due to the dynamic nature of the game, it may unfold differently for other players.

Note that the following strategy is only viable if you have the Emperor DLC installed.

Before you unpause off of the 11 November 1444 start date, make sure that you are Improving Relations with Flag of Austria Austria and seeking alliances from Flag of Bohemia Bohemia or/and Flag of Brandenburg Brandenburg. It is absolutely vital that you improve relations with Austria ASAP. If either Brandenburg or Bohemia have you selected as a rival then restart.

There are two events that you should look out for: The Prussian Confederation and The Fate of Neumark. Dealing with The Prussian Confederation is your highest priority (I would strongly recommend you begin in dealing with this before you unpause) as if left unchecked it will lead to a war against Poland in which you will not be able to call in your allies. You can of course use the Estate modifier 'Curtail the Prussian Confederation' but this will convert the Flag of Teutonic Order Teutonic Order to Flag of Danzig Danzig as your playable nation.

In order to prevent the Confederation revolt, you must Seize Land from your Estates for a total of three times before 1460. Note that even if you do seize land, you will still need 40% Crown land which you can make up the deficit by improving your development. You will also need +1 Stability and no spawned rebel armies to complete 'Curtail the Prussian Confederation'.

The Fate of Neumark is another event that will pop normally within the first few years of the game. Always sell the provinces back to Brandenburg (you can also take advantage of the already present development in both provinces to earn more ducats). By the time the provinces are sold, you should easily have 200 to 250 ducats. Give all of this to Austria and you should have enough relations with the Emperor to join the HRE.


Baltic Crusader icon
As Teutonic Order or Livonian Order, own all of Russia as core provinces and convert it to Catholic.
A Fine Goosestep icon
Form Prussia and have at least 125% Discipline.


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