Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome

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Customer notes

Requires Crusader Kings II (base game) to use this DLC.


The second expansion for the critically praised strategy-RPG Crusader Kings II focuses on the Byzantine Empire. In the rich political world of Byzantium, the vassals have been scheming. They have split into factions and they are banding together to revolt against your rule.

Legacy of Rome contains a wealth of new features to outsmart them and maintain your empire. The finals breaths of the Roman Empire are in your hands!

Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods of world history in an experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio, the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones.

Key Features:

  • Explore the Intricate Faction System:

    Join a faction to put pressure on your liege and to keep track of factions in your own realm

  • Raise Standing Armies:

    You will now be able to use retinues to have standing armies in your domain. The size is determined by technology

  • Experience Factional Revolts:

    No more easily defeated rebellions. Disgruntled vassals will now band together in revolt against your rule

  • Appoint Orthodox Patriarchs:

    Orthodox kingdoms and empires can now control their own heads of religion instead of being dependent on the patriarch of Constantinople

  • Streamlined Mobilization:

    You will always raise a single, larger levy from your direct vassal; no need to worry about the opinions of the lower vassals

  • Leader Focus:

    Appoint your generals wisely, their traits & skills are now of vital importance on the field of battle. More commander traits are now added to increase the importance of your choice of military leaders

  • Explore Byzantine Events & Decisions:

    Legacy of Rome includes many specific events & decisions to make the Byzantine Empire come alive

  • Improve Your Ruler:

    You can now actively strive to improve your skills or traits through the new Self Improvement Ambitions

Customer reviews


If you only buy one CK2 DLC, buy this one

palmtreebearer | Aug. 18, 2015 | See all palmtreebearer's reviews »

I think that this is the most necessary of the CK2 DLC. For one thing, it turns the Eastern Orthodox into an interesting and unique religion, not just Diet Catholic. Also it gives you retinues (standing armies), which can really give you the edge you need especially if you are a new player.


Retinues and Factions

lairdjaren | Dec. 18, 2013 | See all lairdjaren's reviews »

Crusader Kings II has a lot of great DLC. Legacy of Rome is the first one you need to get. Like the other DLC, Legacy of Rome unlocks/ugrades a non-Catholic power, in this case the Byzantines. However, Legacy of Rome also significantly upgrades the core gameplay by adding "faction" and "retinue" mechanics. Factions allow multiple vassals to band together to demand a specific actions from their liege (e.g. lower crown authority, independence, etc). Hence, the power of larger empires also become more fragile and prone to internal squabbling. On the other hand, retinues represent the centralizing tendency of medieval states over time. Initially, retinues start off as glorified house guards, but over time, larger and more advanced powers will be able to improve and enlarge these units into a standing army. In the late game, a king can squash a rebellious count or two without ever having to call on levies. Overall, Legacy of Rome makes Crusader Kings 2 more dynamic, regardless of whatever power you want to play as and wherever you currently stand in CK2's feudal power structure. If you want to enjoy even the base game to its potential, get Legacy of Rome


Crusader Kings II is awesome; anything that adds to it is too

ConorEngelb | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »

Crusader Kings II is awesome; anything that adds to it is too. That says basically everything there is to say about this DLC. The alterations made to the Byzantine Empire make it more fun to play as than before, and the new Faction system makes it even more challenging. Definitely worth picking up.


A must have if you enjoy CK2

HolyGigi | July 16, 2013 | See all HolyGigi's reviews »

This expansion brings you the Byzantine empire, the last representative of the classical period. You get specific events that no other culture has and you get to change history. Maybe you will be able to resist the muslim invaders and after that, mend the schism between orthodoxy and catholicism. Or maybe you will fail and re-live history. Either way, this is worth it.


For this little price,It adds quite alot.

WildWest123 | July 11, 2013 | See all WildWest123's reviews »

It not only adds falvour for the loveable Byzantines,it is also a DLC which is used to create a generous amount of mods you'd surly want to check out,for this price,you have to get it.