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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 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).

Base game[edit]

The base game is required for any and all DLC relating to the game. While cosmetic/music DLCs can be used with any game version, content DLCs can't be used prior to the version they were released with.

Title Release Date Quick Description Links
EU4 Europa Universalis IV 13 Aug 2013
  • Make your own decisions: Nation building is completely flexible and the possibilities are endless.
  • Use your Monarch Power: Experience the new system of monarch power where your choices are influenced by the caliber of the man or woman you have at the top and will direct the ebb and flow of gameplay.
  • Experience history coming to life: The great personalities of the past ready to support you as you make your mark on thousands of historical events.
  • Turn the world into your playground: Enjoy hundreds of years of gameplay in a lush topographical map complete with dynamic seasonal effects.
  • Experience the all new trade system: Become a trade empire and gain control of vital trade routes to make the wealth of the world flow to your coffers.
  • Bring out your negotiating skills in a deeper diplomatic system: Use coalitions, royal marriages and support for rebels and explore the possibilities of the new unilateral opinion system.
  • Cross-platform Multiplayer: Battle against others or try the co-operative mode that allows several players to control a single nation (up to 32 players).
  • Create your own history & customize your game: Customize and mod practically anything your heart may desire or use the Steam Workshop.
PDX / Steam


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).

Note: For more detailed information on a particular expansion click on its icon.

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 Jul 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
  • National Focus
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
Mandate of Heaven.png Mandate of Heaven 06 Apr 2017 Announced on 02 Mar 2017.
  • Historical Ages and Golden Eras: Meet objectives in four historical ages from the Age of Discovery to the Age of Revolutions, earning new bonuses and powers for your country. Declare a Golden Era to further increase your chance of success.
  • Chinese Empire: New mechanics for Ming China, including Imperial Decrees and Imperial Reforms to bolster the Dragon Throne.
  • Tributaries: Force your neighbors to pay tribute to your Chinese Empire, paying you in gold, manpower or monarch points.
  • New Japanese Rules: Daimyos now owe loyalty to the Shogun – and the Shogun is whomever controls the imperial capital of Kyoto. Compel the loyalty of your daimyos with new interactions that require them to submit to your authority, contribute to your power or even commit seppuku
  • Manchu Banners: Rally the Manchu warlords around your throne and call up the traditional banners to reinforce your army.
  • Diplomatic Macrobuilder: Common diplomatic actions are now easily available from the macrobuilder interface.
PDX / Steam
Third Rome.png Third Rome 14 Jun 2017 Announced on 12 May 2017.
  • Tsardoms and Principalities: New ranks of Russian government with new abilities and, for Tsars, strong bonuses including the right to claim entire states.
  • Iconography: Commission great religious icons for the Orthodox church, boosting your empire’s power depending on the saint you choose to revere.
  • Metropolitans: Consecrate highly developed provinces with Metropolitans, adding to the authority of the Orthodox church, but for a cost.
  • Streltsy: Special Russian soldiers that excel in combat, but raise the cost of stabilizing your empire.
  • Siberian Frontier: Russian nations can slowly colonize uninhabited border regions, with no fear of native uprisings.
  • Third Rome Content Pack: Adds 48 new unit models to nations in and around the Russian borders.

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
Digital Extreme Edition Upgrade Pack 13 Aug 2013
Pre-Order Pack 13 Aug 2013
American Dream 24 Sep 2013
  • Focuses on new content for Flag of United States United States, adding:
    • 57 new events.
    • 10 themed event pictures.
    • 2 new (tier 3 and 4) unit models.
PDX / Steam
8 Mar 2015
  • Focuses on important women throughout history, adding:
    • 100 new events.
    • 4 themed event pictures.
    • 22 generic 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
13 Aug 2013 Composed by Andreas Waldetoft: Adds 3 tracks for Flag of Byzantium Byzantium and the Flag of 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[3])
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 EU2 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, some from EU2 and some new.
  • 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
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)[4].
  • 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[5] 21 Jun 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 (3:31)
  • Epistle 9 - Käraste Bröder, systrar och Vänner (2:48)
  • Epistle 12 - Gråt Fader Berg och spela (5:06)
  • Epistle 18 - Gubbarna satt sig att dricka (1:38)
  • Epistle 29 - Movitz tag dina pinnar (4:01)
  • Epistle 30 - Drick ur ditt glas, se Döden på dig väntar (4:26)
  • Epistle 31 - Se Movitz, hvi står du och gråter (3:42)
  • Epistle 32 - Träd fram du nattens gud (3:25)
  • Epistle 43 - Värm mer öl och bröd (4:19)
  • Epistle 48 - Solen glimmar blank och trind (2:06)
  • Epistle 54 - Aldrig en iris på dessa bleka fält (4:48)
  • Epistle 66 - Se hvar Movitz sitter där (3:03)
  • Epistle 72 - Glimmande Nymph! blixtrande öga! (7:14)
  • Epistle 81 - Märk hur’ vår skugga, märk Movitz Mon Frère! (6:28)
  • Epistle 82 - Hvila vid denna källa (9:33)
PDX / Steam
Songs of Regency 11 Oct 2016 Composed by Yannick Süß and Robin Birner: Adds 4 tracks unique to the Rights of Man experience.
  • A Golden Sun is Rising (3:04)
  • For Honour and Glory (3:12)
  • Our Destiny (3:08)
  • I Didn't Choose This Life, It Chose Me (2:54)
PDX / Steam
The Rus Awakening 14 Jun 2017 Composed by Yannick Süß and Robin Birner: Adds 3 tracks of Russian themed music.
  • A Russian Heart (3:26)
  • Following The Volga (4:22)
  • Ivan's Dream (4:01)
PDX / Steam

Cosmetic packs[edit]

See also: Unit models

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[6]).

Title Release Date Quick Description Links
13 Aug 2013
Call-to-Arms Pack 13 Aug 2013 PDX / Steam
13 Aug 2013
National Monuments II Pack 24 Sep 2013 PDX / Steam
Conquest of Paradise Content Pack 14 Jan 2014
Muslim Advisor Portraits 25 Feb 2014
Wealth of Nations Content Pack 29 May 2014
  • Trade Nations UP: Adds 16 new unit models for Flag of Aragon Aragon, Flag of Genoa Genoa, Flag of Lübeck Lübeck and Flag of Novgorod Novgorod (Lübeck replaced The Hansa).
  • Muslim Ships UP: Adds 12 new ship models for Muslim nations.
Res Publica Content Pack 16 Jul 2014
  • Indian Subcontinent UP: Adds 12 new unit models for Flag of Bengal Bengal, Flag of Vijayanagar Vijayanagar and for Hindu and Muslim nations in India.
  • Indian Ships UP: Adds 12 new ship models for Indian nations.
Art of War Content Pack 30 Oct 2014
El Dorado Content Pack 26 Feb 2015
  • Mesoamerican UP: Adds 12 new unit models for Mesoamerican natives, including Flag of Aztec Aztec, Flag of Maya Maya, and Flag of Mixtec Mixtec.
  • South American UP: Adds 12 new unit models for South American and Andean natives, including Flag of Inca Inca, Flag of Mapuche Mapuche and Flag of Tupinamba Tupinamba.
  • Also includes the Songs of Exploration music pack.
Common Sense Content Pack 09 Jun 2015
  • Catholic Majors Unit Pack
  • (A free DLC[7])
01 Dec 2015 Paradox account
The Cossacks Content Pack 01 Dec 2015
Mare Nostrum Content Pack 05 Apr 2016
  • Evangelical Majors Unit Pack
  • (A free DLC[7])
11 Oct 2016 Steam
Rights of Man Content Pack 11 Oct 2016
Mandate of Heaven Content Pack 06 Apr 2017
  • Asian Ships UP: Adds 22 new ship models for Asian nations - 4 of which are unique to Flag of Japan Japan and Flag of Korea Korea.
  • Artillery UP: Adds 8 new artillery models for Western, Eastern, Muslim, Indian, African, Asian, South and North American cultures.
14 Jun 2017


E-books [8] 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

File names[edit]

List of DLC files[9] in the /Europa Universalis IV/dlc folder (bold names are expansions):
  • dlc001 – 100 Years War Unit Pack
  • dlc002 – Horsemen of the Crescent Unit Pack
  • dlc003 – Winged Hussars Unit Pack
  • dlc004 – Star and Crescent
  • dlc005 – American Dream
  • dlc006 – Purple Phoenix
  • dlc007 – National Monuments
  • dlc008 – Conquest of Constantinople Music Pack
  • dlc009 – National Monuments II
  • dlc010 – Conquest of Paradise
  • dlc011 – Conquistadors Unit Pack
  • dlc012 – Native Americans Unit Pack
  • dlc013 – Songs of the New World
  • dlc014 – Songs of Yuletide
  • dlc015 – Native Americans II Unit Pack
  • dlc016 – Colonial British and French Unit Pack
  • dlc017 – Muslim Advisor Portraits
  • dlc018 – Wealth of Nations
  • dlc019 – Muslim Ships Unit Pack
  • dlc020 – Trade Nations Unit Pack
  • dlc021 – Res Publica
  • dlc024 – Indian Subcontinent Unit Pack
  • dlc025 – Indian Ships Unit Pack
  • dlc026 – Republican Music
  • dlc027 – Art of War
  • dlc028 – Evangelical Union Unit Pack
  • dlc029 – Catholic League Unit Pack
  • dlc030 – Songs of War
  • dlc031 – Guns, Drums and Steel
  • dlc033 – El Dorado
  • dlc034 – South American Unit Pack
  • dlc035 – Mesoamerican Unit Pack
  • dlc036 – Songs of Exploration
  • dlc037 – Guns, Drums and Steel volume 2
  • dlc038 – Women in History
  • dlc039 – Common Sense
  • dlc040 – Theocracies Unit Pack
  • dlc041 – Buddhists Unit Pack
  • dlc042 – Great Nations Unit Pack
  • dlc043 – Free Cities Unit Pack
  • dlc044 – Kairi's Soundtrack
  • dlc046 – The Cossacks
  • dlc047 – Black Sea Unit Pack
  • dlc048 – Great Hordes Unit Pack
  • dlc049 – European Cavalry Unit Pack
  • dlc050 – Forts Pack
  • dlc051 – The Cossacks Music Pack
  • dlc052 – Sabaton Soundtrack
  • dlc053 – Catholic Majors Unit Pack
  • dlc054 – Evangelical Majors Unit Pack
  • dlc055 – Mare Nostrum
  • dlc056 – Italian Unit Pack
  • dlc057 – East African Unit Pack
  • dlc058 – North African Unit Pack
  • dlc059 – Kairis Soundtrack Part 2
  • dlc060 – Rights of Man
  • dlc061 – German Princes Unit Pack
  • dlc062 – West African Unit Pack
  • dlc063 – Songs of Regency
  • dlc064 – Fredman's Epistles
  • dlc065 – Fredman's Midsummer Epistles
  • dlc066 – Mandate of Heaven
  • dlc067 – Daimyo Unit Pack
  • dlc068 – Asian Majors Unit Pack
  • dlc069 – The North Unit Pack
  • dlc070 – Artillery Pack
  • dlc071 – Asian Navies
  • dlc072 – Third Rome
  • dlc073 – Russian Principalities Unit Pack
  • dlc074 – Russian Borders Unit Pack
  • dlc075 – Russian What If? Unit Pack
  • dlc076 – The Rus Awaken


  1. Forum, "A new patching and expansion policy for Paradox Development Studio", 2011-09-26
  2. Forum, Paradox Celebrates International Women’s Day With DLC, 2015-03-06 | DLC is added automatically to the base game
  3. Forum, Holiday gift from all of us to all of you - Paradox Yuletide Carol, 2013-12-20 | Also available for Crusader Kings II
  4. Has been available as a free DLC for a limited time between 2016-06-21 and 2016-07-04
  5. Forum, EU4: DLC Render Pictures Archive, 2014-05-02
  6. 7.0 7.1 Forum, Get A Free EU4 Unit Pack!, 2015-12-01 | A free DLC available through the PDX Account or Steam
  7. The e-books are located in the /Europa Universalis IV/ebook/ folder.
  8. Forum, File locations, DLC names/numbers, 2013-12-26