For Crusader Kings III players this guide is about how to use the portrait editor to change the appearance of characters. Debug mode is required. A text editor is required.
Finding DNA to work with.
Go to your document folder.
Open folder named “Paradox Games”
Open folder named “Crusader Kings III”
Open folder named “save games”
Find the file with the extension .ck3 where the character you wish to edit is.
Copy the file somewhere safe.
Right click the file and unpack it.
Open the gamestate file in a text editor.
CTRL+F the unique ID of your character or find the character by name.
Protip: to find the character by its ID search for <ID=>. For example, if the character id is 102583 search for 102583=
Copy the string in dna= and boot up the game to begin editing.
Open the console
Select “Portrait editor“, first row 3rd column
Click paste DNA string without quotation marks
Play around with the genes
Don’t use genes’ sliders too much or the game will crash
Protip: the portrait changes only when you touch sliders or buttons.
Alternatively, select 3D view and observe character from there. Left click rotates the camera, right click moves the camera.
Once done editing, add clothes to your character so that it is not naked in the main menu.
Once satisfied, click copy DNA string from the button on the right.
If you are editing your heir, spouse or your player character, also copy the persistent DNA.
Paste these temporarily in an empty text file so you don’t lose your hours of work, you dummy.
Navigate to your folder with the saved games.
Copy the save file to a safe place and unpack it.
Open the gamestate file with a text editor.
Find the character by ID whose DNA you wish to edit.
Replace the character’s DNA with your own edited DNA. Remember to preserve the quotation marks.
If you are editing your heir, spouse or playable character you might need to paste the persistent DNA as well.
Go to the top of the gamestate file
Find the meta_ portrait you need.
Copy and replace the genes dictionary. Do not replace anything else unless you know what you’re doing.Save the gamestate file and add the extension .ck3. If you do not know how to change file extensions, Google it.
Rename the file so that you preserve the original in the save folder.
Place the edited .ck3 file back into your save folder.
Start the game
The portrait in the main menu may not be updated. Wait until you enter the game to check whether you’ve made a good edit.
Enjoy your new waifu.
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