The scoring system in Europa Universalis IV ranks countries by their successes in the administrative, diplomatic and military components of the game.
The top ten nations in each of the three categories earn points towards their overall score at the end of every month. The point values vary based on the nation's ranking in each category with higher ranks earning more. A nation cannot lose points, and there are no penalties for falling behind, but if a nation is outside the top ten, then it will not get any points that month.
|Rank||Score per year||Score per month|
Ranking is determined by the following ratings:
Administrative rating assesses economic, political and bureaucratic aspects of a country.
Diplomatic rating considers a country's international relations and naval power.
|Merchants||+0.5 per extra Merchant above the first two.|
|Trade efficiency||+0.5 per percent of trade efficiency.|
|Admirals||+0.33 per admiral or explorer pip.|
|Ship quality||+0.15 per +5% combat ability (sum of all types).|
|Morale of navies||+0.5 per point.|
|Subject nations||+0.02 per subjects provinces.|
|Strong allies||+1 per ally with the same or more province than the player.|
|Emperorship||+1 For being emperor of the HRE.|
|Diplo Tech||+0.2 per Technology level.|
|Diplo ideas||+0.1 per idea + +0.25 per bonus.|
Military rating evaluates the land warfare capabilities of a country.
|Mil Tech||+0.2 per Technology level.|
|Mil ideas||+0.1 per idea + +0.25 per bonus.|
|Generals||+0.025 per pip for each general or conquistador (counting rulers/heirs). Max 5.00.|
|Military quality||+0.15 per +5% combat ability (sum of all types).|
|Discipline||+0.15 per +5%.|
|Morale of armies||+0.5 per point.|
|War exhaustion||-0.2 per point.|
- Sufficient rivals/No possible rivals: +10% score gain per month. This bonus applies to all three categories.
- Stronger rival: +10% per each rival whose rank is higher than the country. Counted separately for each category. Stack with rival not enough penalty. Do not stack with default +10% bonus.
- Not enough rivals: -25% per each empty rival slot. This penalty applies to all three categories.
|Possible Rival Slots||Number of Rivals||Stronger Rivals||Rate of Score Gain|
In multiplayer countries at 300 development or more will now get victory cards every 100 years from 1450 and onwards, to a total of 4 cards at 1750. The first victory card is worth 1000 points, the second 2000, the third 3000 and the fourth 4000. A victory card requires the nation to own, control and core an area. The victory cards are randomly picked from nearby areas with weighting[Unknown] given to powerful local nations and rivals. If a player already has 2 unowned victory cards no further cards will appear until one of those cards is owned. Victory cards owned by opponents on previously controlled provinces reduce score by 50% of their value.