In plain words, a title in CK3 is essentially the proof of land possession. A character can have multiple titles, out of which the highest one becomes its primary title. In the case of multiple titles of the same tier, you’re free to choose whatever you want. Since titles in Crusader Kings 3 are directly tied to land ownership, it’s important to learn about the different types of land in the game i.e. baronies, counties, duchies, kingdoms, empires. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about how titles work in the game and how you can grant them to your vessals.


Crusader Kings 3 Titles

If you already have a higher title e.g. a Duchy, you’ll have a legal claim to all the Baronies and Counties that lie within that Duchy. However, you must ensure that you don’t have too many titles since it can have negative consequences. The following is a complete list of titles and different effects:

Title Prestige Earned Maximum Vassals Scheme Resistance
Barony 0 0 +2
County +0.1 0 +4
Duchy +0.2 +20 +8
Kingdom +0.8 +40 +16
Empire +1.6 +60 +32


If you’re a Count or Duke, you can hold a maximum of 30 County titles. Going beyond the 30 will decrease your gold income by a massive -10%. In case of an Emperor or King, you can hold a maximum of 2 Duchy titles. Going overboard with it will reduce the opinion of your vessals by -15. This is where the entire process of granting your vessals different titles kicks in.

Granting Titles

The first thing that you need to remember that as long as you remain liege of your vessals, all the titles/lands granted to your vessals will always come under your kingdom.

However, never should you ever bestow someone with a title who’s in equal power to you lest they’ll most likely become independent. You should also never bestow one person with multiple titles. Try to spread them out among your distant relatives as well as court members.

But since titles can be taken away within the blink of an eye, you’ll need to be extra careful when it comes to their marriages.


That’s how titles work in CK3. Check out our detailed Crusader Kings 3 wiki guides for more help on the game.