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Downloadable content (DLC) is content built by Paradox Development Studio (PDS) as an extension or add-on to Europa Universalis IV. They are modular in nature,[1] which means that a player can choose to play with or without a given DLC[2] by checking them out at the launch menu. An expansion DLC is normally accompanied by a free patch that gives players most of the new content as not to hinder the playability of the game. As such, most DLCs are seen as optional content for players who wish to have a better gaming experience in exchange for some monetary support.

Multiplayer games also benefit from this compatibility, that is to say, if the host has a gameplay DLC (expansions and flavor packs) the player does not, the game acts as if the player has it.

It's important to note that it is no longer possible to enable/disable major content packs (expansions) during a single campaign - meaning, it is not possible to load a save if previously enabled expansions on that save are disabled at the time of the loading (this was changed due to it causing bugs in the game).


Expansions change the game considerably; introducing new and improved gameplay mechanics as well as many kinds of flavor and various balance tweaks (included in the accompanying free patch).

Title Release Date Quick Description Links
Conquest of Paradise.png Conquest of Paradise 14 Jan 2014 Announced on 04 Nov 2013.
  • Option to generate and play in a random New World
  • New expanded mechanics for Native Americans
  • Ability to play as one's Colonial nation
PDX / Steam
Wealth of Nations.png Wealth of Nations 29 May 2014 Announced on 27 Jan 2014.
  • Covert diplomatic actions to create trade conflicts
  • Introduction of state-sponsored pirates, also known as privateers
  • Designation of a specific port as the main trade capital
  • Improved trading in inland nodes
  • Introduction of trade companies
  • Hindu rulers can pick personal deities
PDX / Steam
Res Publica.png Res Publica 16 July 2014 Announced on 17 Jun 2014.
  • New faction system for Merchant Republics
  • New government type - Republican Dictatorship
  • Expanded gameplay for Dutch Republics
  • New Idea Groups
PDX / Steam
Art of War.png Art of War 30 Oct 2014 Announced on 14 Aug 2014.
  • Expanded mechanics for the 30 Years War with religious league wars in Europe.
  • Expands the Napoleonic Era: Fight for/against the revolution, create custom client states.
  • Improves diplomacy options: Sell surplus ships, use subjects' CB, declare war in support of Rebel factions and new peace options.
  • New options for waging war: Sortie from sieges, transfer occupation to allies and give objectives to partners in war.
  • Other gameplay Enhancements: Turn vassals to Marches, abandon cores, army/navy build templates, mothball fleets.
PDX / Steam
El Dorado.png El Dorado 26 Feb 2015 Announced on 20 Jan 2015.
  • Custom Nation Designer and random nations
  • New native religions with unique mechanics
  • Expanded/Revamped exploration mechanics: take missions to Hunt for the Seven Cities of Gold or Circumnavigate the Globe
  • New Gold Fleets that can be pirated by privateers
  • Send the trade fleet to counter-privateer missions
  • Papal Treaty of Tordesillas to protect colonial rights
PDX / Steam
Common Sense.png Common Sense 09 Jun 2015 Announced on 08 May 2015.
  • Provincial improvements with development system
  • Parliaments for the English crown and constitutional governments
  • Expanded religious mechanics for Protestant and Buddhists nations (national churches and Karma)
  • New subject interactions
  • Introduced government ranks
  • New government mechanics for Theocracies and Free Cities
PDX / Steam
The Cossacks.png The Cossacks 01 Dec 2015 Announced on 15 Oct 2015.
  • Estates: Adds internal politics in your country, with each group fighting for control.
  • Diplomatic Feedback: Manually set the attitude towards AI nations, designate provinces you want, entice allies with the promise of land for their support.
  • Tengri: New religion mechanics focusing on Syncretism, allowing Tengri nations to choose and tolerate a secondary religion as if it were a national faith and treated by others as if holding that religion.
  • Horde Unity and Razing: Hordes can raze territories they conquer to get monarch points and raise horde unity or risk a tribal uprising.
  • Advanced Culture Change: Adds the ability to choose what culture you want to convert a province to from any neighboring culture, or restore the original culture of the province.
  • Native Policies: Adds the ability to set your policy towards the natives in your colonies, allowing you to focus on trade, assimilation, or subjugation.
  • Improved Espionage: Two new spy actions allowing you to study the technology of more advanced countries and agitate for liberty in your enemies subjects.
PDX / Steam
Mare Nostrum.png Mare Nostrum 05 Apr 2016 Announced on 01 Mar 2016.
  • Advanced Naval Missions: New mission system simplifies fleet management
  • Barbary Pirates: The Barbary Coast nations of North Africa can raid other nation's coastlines for gold and sailors conscripts
  • Condottieri: Nations can rent their armies out to fight in other people's wars
  • Espionage: New spy actions to harass your enemies and having passive benefits from spy networks
  • Share Maps: Nations can share maps with each other or simply steal them
  • Trade Leagues: Merchant Republics can create trade leagues enabling mutual defense and mutual profit
  • Plus; Timeline replay, Promote Mercantilism, Counter-espionage and more.
PDX / Steam
Rights of Man.png Rights of Man 11 Oct 2016 Announced on 19 Aug 2016.
  • Great Powers: The most developed nations have access to new diplomatic options to bully or entice weaker neighbors
  • Personalities and traits for monarchs and military leaders will add bonuses to your nation or assist you in battle
  • Queens can be generated by royal marriages, and serve as regents if an underage heir ascends to the throne
  • Subject nations can be given more detailed military instructions on how to behave at war
  • Fetishist nations can choose from a number of cults, uncovering new options as they wage war and make alliances
  • Coptic nations will be tasked with preserving their faith through the control of holy sites throughout the near east
  • Ottoman Empire gets a unique new government form with new Harem Politics events
  • Plus; new faction system for Revolutionary Republics, the ability to abdicate, building in subject states, debasing currency for quick cash and more.
PDX / Steam

Flavor packs[edit]

Flavor packs add new events, event pictures and unit models often specific to one nation or group.

Title Release Date Quick Description Links
13 Aug 2013 Focuses on Byzantium Byzantium
  • Adds new events
  • Adds new event pictures and unit models.
PDX / Steam
13 Aug 2013 Focuses on Muslim nations
  • Adds new events and event chains.
  • Adds 70 new event pictures.
PDX / Steam
American Dream 24 Sep 2013 Focuses on USA USA
  • Adds over 50 new events.
  • Adds event pictures and unit models.
PDX / Steam
8 Mar 2015 Focuses on important women in history
  • Adds 100 new events.
  • Adds 22 female advisor portraits.

Music packs[edit]

Music packs add new music created after the game's release to the game's soundtrack.

Title Release Date Quick Description Links
  • Conquest of Constantinople
  • (part of Digital Extreme Edition Upgrade Pack)
13 Aug 2013 Composed by Andreas Waldetoft: Adds 3 tracks for Byzantium Byzantium and the Ottomans Ottomans.
  • At the Gates of Constantinople (3:55)
  • The Caravan (4:34)
  • Welcome to Constantinople (1:24)
PDX / Steam
  • Songs of Yuletide
  • (A free DLC[4])
20 Dec 2013 Composed by Andreas Waldetoft: Adds 1 track that plays during December, based on "Deck the Halls" and "Joy to the World".
  • PDX-mas Carol (4:30)
Forum / Steam
Songs of the New World 14 Jan 2014 Composed by Andreas Waldetoft: Adds 3 tracks for Native American tribes and nations with overseas provinces.
  • The Grand Armada (5:06)
  • The Hunt (2:21)
  • Travel the New World (3:20)
PDX / Steam
Republican Music Pack 16 Jul 2014 Composed by Andreas Waldetoft: Adds 5 tracks of music, some from EU II and some new.
  • Diplomatic Awakening (5:54)
  • Piano Concerto No. 1000 (4:45)
  • Falalalan (5:01)
  • Introductions (5:38)
  • A New Way (4:58)
PDX / Steam
Guns, Drums and Steel 30 Oct 2014 Composed by Tobias Gustafsson: Adds 5 metal remixes of the main intro theme and 4 tracks that will play during war time. (they replace the stock versions of these songs)
  • Main Theme (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (3:24)
  • Battle Of Lepanto (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (3:26)
  • King's Court (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (2:28)
  • The Stage Is Set (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (3:15)
  • Ride Forth Victoriously (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (3:19)
PDX / Steam
Songs of War 30 Oct 2014 Composed by Andreas Waldetoft: Adds 5 orchestral tracks to the game that play during wartime.
  • L'autunno (6:05)
  • Castles (5:51)
  • Distress (5:24)
  • The Siege (6:04)
  • M. George Whitehead his Almand (reprise) (1:20)
PDX / Steam
Guns, Drums and Steel Volume 2 26 Feb 2015 Composed by Tobias Gustafsson: Adds 5 metal remixes, some will play during peace and some during war. (they replace the stock versions of these songs)
  • My Kingdom (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (3:39)
  • The Stone Masons (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (3:20)
  • Éire (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (2:25)
  • Commerce in the Peninsula (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (2:53)
  • The Age of Discovery (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (3:34)
PDX / Steam
  • Songs of Exploration
  • (part of El Dorado Content Pack)
26 Feb 2015 Adds 5 tracks that will play during peacetime while colonizing in newly discovered lands.
  • A Settlement (06:12)
  • A Settlement 2 (06:32)
  • Canzone la Bavara (06:46)
  • Red Sun (06:11)
  • The Conqueror (06:59)
PDX / Steam
  • Kairi's Soundtrack
  • (Sounds from the community)
09 Jun 2015 Composed by Kairi Sawler: Adds 5 tracks inspired by Asian melodies.
  • Takeda Sunrise (3:44)
  • Jade Ambitions (3:36)
  • Emperor's Road (3:46)
  • Silken Path (3:52)
  • Forest Shade (4:00)
PDX / Steam
Sabaton Soundtrack 01 Dec 2015 Composed by Sabaton: Adds 5 tracks by Sabaton that play during the game. (can't be used on LP's videos due to 3rd party copyright)[5].
  • A Lifetime of War (5:45)
  • Art of War (5:09)
  • The Lion from the North (4:43)
  • Carolus Rex (4:54)
  • Karolinens Bön (6:14)
PDX / Steam
  • Kairi's Soundtrack Part II
  • (Sounds from the community)
05 Apr 2016 Composed by Kairi Sawler: Adds 5 tracks inspired by the regions of the Far east.
  • Peace for Generations (3:20)
  • The Grasslands Call (5:05)
  • The Great Wall (4:40)
  • Eastern Fronts (4:13)
  • Temple Ambitions (3:16)
PDX / Steam
Fredman's Epistles[6] 21 June 2016 Created by Carl Michael Bellman, arranged Tobias Gustavsson, performed by Mikael Samuelson: Adds 15 tracks when playing as a Scandinavian nation.
  • Epistle 5 - Käre bröder, så låtom oss supa i frid
  • Epistle 9 - Käraste Bröder, systrar och Vänner
  • Epistle 12 - Gråt Fader Berg och spela
  • Epistle 18 - Gubbarna satt sig att dricka
  • Epistle 29 - Movitz tag dina pinnar
  • Epistle 30 - Drick ur ditt glas, se Döden på dig väntar
  • Epistle 31 - Se Movitz, hvi står du och gråter
  • Epistle 32 - Träd fram du nattens gud
  • Epistle 43 - Värm mer öl och bröd
  • Epistle 48 - Solen glimmar blank och trind
  • Epistle 54 - Aldrig en iris på dessa bleka fält
  • Epistle 66 - Se hvar Movitz sitter där
  • Epistle 72 - Glimmande Nymph! blixtrande öga!
  • Epistle 81 - Märk hur’ vår skugga, märk Movitz Mon Frère!
  • Epistle 82 - Hvila vid denna källa
PDX / Steam

Cosmetic packs[edit]

Cosmetic packs add graphical enhancements to the game, whether by additional unit models, landmarks or portraits (renders of the cosmetic packs can be viewed from the Links column or in the General DLC renders thread[7]).

Title Release Date Quick Description Links
Call-to-Arms Pack 13 Aug 2013 PDX / Steam
Digital Extreme Edition Upgrade Pack 13 Aug 2013
  • Horsemen of the Crescent UP: Adds 12 new cavalry unit models for Muslims nations, including Persia Persia, Ottomans Ottomans and The Mamluks The Mamluks.
  • Also includes the Stars and Crescent flavor pack.
  • Also includes the Conquest of Constantinople music pack.
Pre-Order Pack 13 Aug 2013
National Monuments Pack II 24 Sep 2013 PDX / Steam
Conquistadors Unit Pack 14 Jan 2014
  • Adds 16 new unit models who appear only in the new world for Castile Castile / Spain Spain and Portugal Portugal (and their respective colonial nations).
Native Americans Unit Pack 14 Jan 2014
Colonial British and French Unit Pack 25 Feb 2014
  • Adds 16 new unit models who appear only in the new world for England England / Great Britain Great Britain and France France (and their respective colonial nations).
Muslim Advisor Portraits 25 Feb 2014
Native Americans II Unit Pack 25 Feb 2014
Muslim Ships Unit Pack 29 May 2014
  • Adds 12 new naval unit models for Muslim nations.
Trade Nations Unit Pack 29 May 2014
Indian Ships Unit Pack 16 Jul 2014
  • Adds 12 new unique ships for Indian nations.
Indian Subcontinent Unit Pack 16 Jul 2014
Catholic League Unit Pack 30 Oct 2014
Evangelical Union Unit Pack 30 Oct 2014
El Dorado Content Pack 26 Feb 2015
  • Mesoamerican UP: Adds 12 new unit models for Mesoamerican natives, including Aztec Aztec, Maya Maya, and Mixtec Mixtec.
  • South American UP: Adds 12 new unit models for South American and Andean natives, including Inca Inca, Mapuche Mapuche and Tupinamba Tupinamba.
  • Also includes the Songs of Exploration music pack.
Common Sense Content Pack 09 Jun 2015
  • Catholic Majors Unit Pack
  • (A free DLC[8])
01 Dec 2015 A free unit pack available for a limited time to all with a Paradox account. Paradox account
The Cossacks Content Pack 01 Dec 2015
Mare Nostrum Content Pack 05 Apr 2016
  • Evangelical Majors Unit Pack
  • (A free DLC[8])
TBA Announced on 01 Dec 2015.

A free unit pack available for a limited time to all with a Paradox account.

  • Adds new unit models for the Evangelical Major nations in Europe. [no data yet]
Paradox account


E-books [9] are books written based on Europa Universalis IV expansions. These, however, do not impact the actual game in any way whatsoever.

Title Release Date Quick Description Links
One Land, One Faith, One Queen 22 Sep 2013 Written by Jason Pitruzzello: This Europa Universalis IV strategy guide will help new and experienced players alike in various areas.
  • Follow the story of young Isabella and the entire Trastámara dynasty in their struggle to make Spain the grandest of all countries. Or will history march on, leaving Isabella and her dynasty as little more than footnotes in the annals of other, greater countries?
What If? 19 May 2014 Written by Harry Turtledove and twelve other writers: The anthology of alternate history.
  • This is the ultimate collection of short stories set in a history that never was, inspired by Europa Universalis IV. Each of the writers create their own history of what might have been. The point of divergence of every story is set in the age of Europa Universalis: 1444 to 1821.
PDX / Steam
Wealth of Nations E-Book 29 May 2014 Written by Adam Smith: (this work is in the public domain)
  • This classic work includes a preface by Fredrik Wester, the CEO of Paradox Interactive.
PDX / Steam
Art of War E-Book 30 Oct 2014 Written by Sun Tzu: (this work is in the public domain)
  • This classic work includes a preface by Thomas Johansson, the project lead for Europa Universalis IV, with advice on how to apply Sun Tzu’s teachings to this very complex and multi-layered game.
PDX / Steam
Common Sense E-Book 09 Jun 2015 Written by Thomas Paine: (this work is in the public domain)
  • This classic work includes a new preface by Jakob Munthe, the Brand Manager for Europa Universalis IV.
PDX / Steam


  1. Forum, "A new patching and expansion policy for Paradox Development Studio", 26-09-2011
  2. Forum, File locations, DLC names/numbers, 26-12-2013
  3. Forum, Paradox Celebrates International Women’s Day With DLC, 06-03-2015 | DLC is added automatically to the base game
  4. Forum, Holiday gift from all of us to all of you - Paradox Yuletide Carol, 20-12-2013 | Also available for Crusader Kings II
  5. Has been available as a free DLC for a limited time between 21-06-2016 and 04-07-2016
  6. Forum, EU4: DLC Render Pictures Archive, 02-05-2014
  7. 8.0 8.1 Forum, Get A Free EU4 Unit Pack With Your PDX Account!, 01-12-2015
  8. The e-books are located in the /Europa Universalis IV/ebook/ folder.