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Crusader Kings II: How to Design and Customize Your Coat of Arms


How to Create Your Own Coat of Arms in Crusader Kings II




Crusader Kings II is a grand strategy game that lets you play as a medieval ruler and shape the history of Europe and beyond. You can choose from hundreds of characters, from kings and emperors to dukes and counts, and lead your dynasty through wars, intrigues, marriages, alliances, crusades, and more.




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One of the most distinctive features of Crusader Kings II is the coat of arms system. Coats of arms are heraldic designs that uniquely identify a title or a dynasty. They are composed of a shield inside a frame, and may be displayed in 2D (character screen) or 3D (map). Coats of arms can reflect your culture, religion, history, personality, or preferences. They can also change over time, depending on your actions and events.


In this article, we will show you how to create your own coat of arms in Crusader Kings II using different methods. Whether you want to use the in-game Ruler Designer, install some mods, or even make your own mod, we will guide you through the steps and give you some tips and tricks along the way. Let's get started!


How to use the Ruler Designer to customize your coat of arms




The easiest way to create your own coat of arms in Crusader Kings II is to use the Ruler Designer. This is a DLC that allows you to create a ruler with customized attributes, traits, appearance, culture, religion, and coat of arms. You can use it to modify any playable character in the game, but the new character will be the only member of their custom dynasty instead of the replaced character's dynasty.


To access the Ruler Designer, you need to start a new game and select any character on the map. Then, click on the "Customize" button on the bottom right corner of the screen. This will open a menu where you can edit various aspects of your character. To edit your coat of arms, click on the "Coat Of Arms" tab on the top left corner.


Here, you will see different elements that make up your coat of arms. You can modify them by clicking on them and choosing from the available options. The elements are:


  • Template: This determines the shape and number of layers of your shield. There are 15 templates to choose from, each with different combinations of divisions, ordinaries, charges, patterns, etc.



  • Layer: This determines the design and color of each layer of your shield. You can have up to four layers per template. Each layer has four options:



  • Texture: This determines the background pattern or image for the layer. There are 15 textures to choose from, ranging from plain colors to complex motifs.



  • Emblem: This determines the symbol or image that is placed on top of the texture. There are hundreds of emblems to choose from, divided into categories such as animals, plants, objects, letters, etc.



  • Texture Color: This determines the color of the texture or the emblem. There are 16 colors to choose from, each with a different meaning and association.



  • Position: This determines the size and location of the emblem on the layer. You can adjust the position by dragging the emblem with your mouse, and the size by using the slider below.



  • Frame: This determines the shape and color of the frame that surrounds your shield. There are 12 frames to choose from, each with a different style and origin.



  • Background: This determines the color of the background behind your shield. There are 16 colors to choose from, but you can also make it transparent by clicking on the "X" button.



Once you are satisfied with your coat of arms, you can click on the "Done" button to save it and return to the character screen. You can also click on the "Randomize" button to generate a random coat of arms, or the "Reset" button to revert to the original coat of arms of your character.


Here are some tips and tricks to make your coat of arms unique and appealing:


  • Try to use colors that contrast well and create a harmonious effect. For example, you can use complementary colors (opposite on the color wheel), analogous colors (adjacent on the color wheel), or triadic colors (equidistant on the color wheel).



  • Try to use symbols that reflect your character's culture, religion, history, personality, or preferences. For example, you can use a lion if you are brave, a cross if you are Christian, a crescent if you are Muslim, a dragon if you are Welsh, etc.