Downloadable content

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EU4's DLC Interface.

Downloadable content (DLC) is content built by Paradox Development Studio 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 by checking them out at the launch menu. A 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 DLC the player does not, the game acts as if the player has it.

Expansions[edit]

Expansions change the game considerably: introducing a lot of gameplay mechanics as well as many kinds of flavor and balance tweaks. Clicking on the title goes to the expansion's main page.

Title Release date Quick description Links
Conquest of Paradise 14 Jan 2014 Announced on 4 Nov 2013.[2]
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Wealth of Nations 29 May 2014

Announced on 27 Jan 2014.[3]


  • 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
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Res Publica 16 July 2014

Announced on 17 Jun 2014.[4]


  • New faction system
  • New government type
  • Election events for Dutch Republics
  • New Idea Groups
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Art of War 30 Oct 2014 Announced on 14 Aug 2014.[5]
  • Expands on the 30 Years War
  • Allows for more customization
  • Expands the Napoleonic Era
  • Improves diplomacy
  • New options for waging war
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El Dorado 26 Feb 2015

Announced on 20 Jan 2015.[6]


  • Custom Nation Designer and random nations
  • New native religions with unique mechanics
  • Exploration missions with the Seven Cities of Gold
  • Gold Fleets that can be pirated by privateers
  • Counter-privateer missions
  • Papal Treaty of Tordesillas to protect colonial rights
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Common Sense 09 Jun 2015

Announced on 08 May 2015.[7]


  • New development and buildings system
  • Parliaments for the English crown and constitutional governments
  • Custom national churches for Protestant nations
  • Karma introduced for new sects of Buddhism
  • New subject interactions
  • Government ranks introduced
  • New government mechanics for Theocracies and Free Cities
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Flavor packs[edit]

Flavor packs add new events and other minor mechanics. These DLCs are often specific to one nation. Clicking on the title goes to the packs' main page.

Title Release Date Quick Description Links
American Dream 24 Sep 2013 Probably announced on 17 Sep 2013.[8]
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Purple Phoenix 13 Aug 2013 Announced on 1 Jul 2013.[9]
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Star and Crescent 13 Aug 2013 Probably announced on 4 Jun 2013.[10]
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Women in History 8 Mar 2015 Announced on 6 Mar 2015.[11]
  • Adds female advisors and nation-specific events.

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 13 Aug 2013 Probably announced on 4 Jun 2013.[10] Composed by Andreas Waldetoft.
  • Adds three songs for Byzantium Byzantium and the Ottomans Ottomans.
    • At the Gates of Constantinople (3:55)
    • The Caravan (4:34)
    • Welcome to Constantinople (1:24)
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Guns, Drums and Steel 30 Oct 2014 Announced on ???. Composed by Tobias Gustafsson.
  • Adds metal remixes of the main theme (that plays while loading and on the main menu) and four songs 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)
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Guns, Drums and Steel Volume 2 26 Feb 2015 Announced on ???. Composed by Tobias Gustafsson.
  • Adds five more metal songs that will play during war time.
    • My Kingdom (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (3:40)
    • The Stone Masons (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (3:21)
    • Eire (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (2:25)
    • Commerce in the Peninsula (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (2:54)
    • The Age of Discovery (Guns, Drums and Steel remix) (3:35)
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Republican 16 Jul 2014 Announced on ??. Composed by Andreas Waldetoft.
  • Adds 26 minutes of music, some from EU II and some new.
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Songs from the community 09 Jun 2015 Announced on ???. Composed by Kairi Sawler.
  • Adds five song produced by the community, 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)
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Songs of the New World 14 Jan 2014 Announced on 2 Jan 2014.[12]. Composed by Andreas Waldetoft.
  • Adds 10 minutes of music for Native American tribes.
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Songs of Yuletide 20 Dec 2013 Announced on 20 Dec 2013.[13]. Composed by Andreas Waldetoft.
  • Adds one free song that plays during December, based on "Deck the Halls" and "Joy to the World"'. The same song is available in another DLC for Crusader Kings II.
    • PDX-mas Carol (4:30)
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Songs of War 30 Oct 2014 Announced on ???. Composed by Andreas Waldetoft.
  • Adds five orchestral tracks to the game that play during wartime.
    • 9 L'autunno (6:05)
    • 10 Castles (5:51)
    • 11 Distress (5:24)
    • 13 The Siege (6:04)
    • 25 M. George Whitehead his Almand (reprise) (1:20)
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Cosmetic packs[edit]

Cosmetic packs add additional models to the game.

Title Release Date Quick Description Links
100 Years War Unit Pack 13 Aug 2013 Announced on 1 Jun 2013.[9]
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Catholic League Unit Pack 30 Oct 2014 Announced on ???
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Colonial British and French Unit Pack 25 Feb 2014 Announced on ???
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Common Sense Content Pack 09 Jun 2015 Announced on ???
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Conquistadors Unit Pack 14 Jan 2014 Announced on 2 Jan 2014.[12]
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El Dorado Content Pack 26 Feb 2015 Announced on ???
  • Adds twelve new unit models for South American and Andean natives, including Inca Inca, Mapuche Mapuche and Tupinamba Tupinamba.
  • Adds twelve new unit models for Mesoamerican natives, including Aztec Aztec, Maya Maya, and Mixtec Mixtec
  • Five new songs that will play in peacetime while colonizing in newly discovered lands.
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Evangelical Union Unit Pack 30 Oct 2014 Announced on ???
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Horsemen of the Crescent Unit Pack 13 Aug 2013 Probably announced on 4 Jun 2013.[10]
  • Adds 12 new cavalry unit models for Muslims.
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Indian Ships Unit Pack 16 Jul 2014 Announced on ???
  • Adds 12 new unique ships for Indian nations.
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Indian Subcontinent Unit Pack 16 Jul 2014 Announced on ???
  • Adds new unit models to Bengal Bengal, Vijayanagar Vijayanagar, and the Hindu and Muslim parts of India.
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Muslim Advisor Portraits 25 Feb 2014 Announced on ???
  • Contains new, unique advisor portraits for the Muslim cultures.
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Muslim Ships Unit Pack 29 May 2014 Announced on ???
  • Adds 12 new naval unit models for Muslim countries.
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National Monuments Pack 13 Aug 2013 Announced on 25 Apr 2013.[17]
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National Monuments Pack II 24 Sep 2013 Probably announced on 17 Sep 2013.[8]
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Native Americans Unit Pack 14 Jan 2014 Announced on 2 Jan 2014[12]
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Native Americans II Unit Pack 25 Feb 2014 Announced on ???
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Trade Nations Unit Pack 29 May 2014 Announced on ???
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Winged Hussars Unit Pack 13 Aug 2013 Announced on 25 Apr 2013.[17]
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E-books[edit]

E-books 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
Anthology of Alternate History 19 May 2014 Announced on ???
  • "What if" stories during the timeline of Europa Universalis IV (1444-1821).
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Art of War E-Book 30 Oct 2014 Announced on ??
  • Twelve chapters of Sun Tzu's Art of War with the game Europa Universalis IV in mind in the actual writing.
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Wealth of Nations E-Book 29 May 2014 Announced on ???
  • The CEO of Paradox Interactive, Fredrik Wester writes about Adam Smith and the book: Wealth of Nations.
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References[edit]

  1. Forum, "A new patching and expansion policy for Paradox Development Studio", 26-09-2011
  2. Forum: First Expansion for Europa Universalis IV Offers a New World to Conquer, 04-11-2013
  3. Forum: Paradox Announces Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations, 27-01-14
  4. Forum: Paradox Unveils New Europa Universalis IV Mini Expansion to the Public, 17-06-2014
  5. Forum: Eu4: Art of War - Announcement Information, 14-08-2014
  6. Forum: “El Dorado” Expansion for Europa Universalis IV Lets You Go For Gold, 20-01-2015
  7. Forum: Announcing Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense, 09-05-2015
  8. 8.0 8.1 Forum, Patch 1.2: Wot Johan said, 17-09-2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Paradox Interactive, Europa Universalis IV - Pre-order Pack, 01-07-2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 reddit, EU4 pre-order now available on Steam, 04-06-2013
  11. Forum:840806
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Forum, Paradise Pre-gained: Pre-orders Available for EU IV: Conquest of Paradise expansion, 02-06-2013
  13. Forum, Holiday gift from all of us to all of you - Paradox Yuletide Carol, 20-12-2013
  14. Forum, Render Pictures of the 100 Year War Units, 25-09-2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Forum, Unit images for Colonial British and French Unit Pack + Native Americans 2 Unit Pack , 27-02-2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 Forum, Native Americans + Conquistadors Unit pack renders, 9-01-2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Paradox Interactive, Europa Universalis IV - A Call To Arms, 25-04-2013