Crusader Kings 3: Guide to Changing Taxes and Fees

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They might not be the strongest soldiers, but raising rates is crucial to winning any war in Crusader Kings 3

Want to know how to increase troops in CK3? If you're new to Crusader Kings 3, fees are an essential part of any war plan. Collectives are, to put it simply, soldiers recruited from your realm or estates. 

Just as all parts of your kingdom raise taxes for you, any possessions you or your vassals have also contribute a certain amount of taxes that you can draw on in times of war.

Levies themselves aren't particularly strong and are the most basic soldier you can get in Crusader Kings 3, boasting just ten damage and ten resistance. However, considering that you can accumulate a few thousand of them in a matter of days, they are a vital resource for attacking and defending.

Any of your personal possessions will always yield the maximum number of taxes, while the number of taxes accrued by your vassals depends on the feudal contract you have with them. 

In this guide, we will go over the basics of how to increase rates and how to increase the number of troop soldiers you can increase at any given time.


If you're just looking for how to 'activate' your troops and turn all those random villagers into an army, there are a few ways, depending on the situation. 

If you are at war with someone or have recently had war declared against you, the simplest way is to simply select the “raise all armies” button which should appear at the bottom of the screen once the proverbial hits the fan.

This will make all your available recruits and other armed forces move to wherever your rally point is set.

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Unlike CK2, your rates in Crusader Kings 3 will appear wherever you set your rally points. Depending on the size of your kingdom, it can take several days (or even weeks) for everyone to get there, but you won't see them cross your territory. If you have more than one meeting point, your fees will try to split evenly between them.

You can also do this at any time, including in peacetime, by going to the military tab and clicking on the same “raise all armies” button. However, you cannot declare war with your army raised – this is simply unsportsmanlike.


So, you know how to gather all your tributes and wage war with them, but how do you get more tributes?

There are many ways to increase your tributes in Crusader Kings 3. Most of your tributes come from your estates or the estates of your vassals.

All vassals have different strengths, weaknesses, and values ​​that determine how much money and how many fees they can raise in their possession. You also have a feudal contract with each of your vassals that will roughly determine the pressure you are putting on them in terms of paying taxes or fees. 

So choosing the best vassals to increase troops, increasing the number of vassals in your kingdom, and making sure your feudal contracts with them are providing as much tax as they want is key to increasing that number.

Since fees also come from your personal properties, upgrading them with buildings and upgrading them will also earn you more fees. Any fees that come from personal holdings are also loyal to you, so it's great to have a good supply of them to quell any rebellion.


Some players have reported difficulties resupplying or reinforcing their army. It's unknown if it's a bug or not, but you can easily replenish your tributes by selecting the 'raise all armies' option again.

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