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Crusader Kings 3 Tribal to Feudal | How to Adopt Feudal Ways

During the early game of Crusader Kings 3, especially if you start at 867, having a Tribal government can be advantageous. However, later on, you’ll want to know how to change from Tribal to Feudal in CK3, because you’ll likely find yourself lagging behind your contemporaries. Luckily, there’s a natural progression you can follow that’ll get you there without many issues.

How to change from Tribal to Feudal government in Crusader Kings 3

Crusader Kings 3 Tribal to Feudal Decision

You can switch from Tribal to Feudal in CK3 by entering the decisions menu and meeting the following requirements at any time:

  • You have the Law Absolute Tribal Authority.
  • Your religion is an Organized Faith.
  • Your level of fame is Distinguished (Level 2) or above.
  • The Development level in your capital county is greater or equal to 10.
  • Have all Tribal Era Innovations.

If you meet all these qualifications, you can pay 200 Prestige to switch government types. When this occurs:

  • Your government will change to Feudal.
  • All Tribal Holdings in the realm will become Castle Holdings.
  • All Tribal vassals will change to Feudalism.

Obviously, this isn’t incredibly easy to do. Instead of changing your government on a whim, you should plan well in advance to do so.

Crusader Kings 3 Tribal and Feudal Description

There’s a fairly natural progression to change from Tribal to Feudal in Crusader Kings 3. You should use the advantages of having a Tribal government to fill your coffers and gain Piety. Raid, raid, and raid some more because when you switch to Feudalism, it’s all over.

Ideally, if you start the game in 867, you should aim to switch from Tribalism to Feudalism around 1050-1100. This is about how long it’ll take to finish researching Tribal Era innovations. You want to change over as soon as possible after you complete the research because you’re barred from progressing to the next era in tech until you adopt Feudalism.

Around 1050-1100 is when your neighboring kingdoms will overcome the advantages you enjoy from Tribal government as well. A few will have consolidated into larger kingdoms, and they’ll begin fielding more massive armies. If you’ve played your cards right, you’ll have plenty of gold from raiding since your troops as a Tribal leader cost prestige, and you can begin expanding your military with that surplus.