Stellaris console commands and cheats are an easy way to get extra cash, colonize planets, disable damage, and so much more. Frankly, there are way too many commands for us to mention in a single article. So, we’ll try to keep it as short as possible by mentioning some of the most useful commands.
Before we start, it’s highly recommended that you keep backups or at least a separate save file – just to be safe. After all, commands are cheats are well known for being able to “break” games.
And with that out of the way, let’s get right into it!
How to Enable Stellaris’ Console
The console on Stellaris is enabled by default. So, all you need to do is hop into the game and press the “~” button to bring up the console.
If that doesn’t work, try using Shift + 2, Shift + 3, or ALT + 2 + 1. Still nothing? Then your only option is to head over to the game’s settings and check what button is required for this to work. There is a chance that you accidentally changed it at some point.
After getting access to the game’s console, you’re free to start using commands.
Stellaris Console Cheats
These are cheats that can be used to give yourself an unfair advantage. Since the list is quite long and tough to read, we tried splitting it into individual categories.
Commands that have anything to do with AI can be found in this category.
ai: Turns AI on and off
debug_nomen: AI refuses all of your proposals
debug_yesmen: AI accepts all of your proposals
instant_build: Enables or disables the ability to instantly finish constructions and upgrades (Applies to the AI as well)
observe: Switches to obvserver mode. If the game is unpaused, AI will take control of your empire
This is the place where you can find commands for adding resources, tech, traits, ships, and anything like that.
add_anomaly [Anomaly Name]: Adds an anomaly to the selected planet
add_opinion [Source] [Target] [Count]: Increases the specified empire’s Opinion (Default is 40)
add_relic [Relic ID]: Adds the specified Relic (Using “All” instead of specified a number gives you all Relics
add_ship [Design Name]: Creates the specified ship (Pressing “Tab” displays the names)
add_trait_leader [Leader ID] [Trait ID]: Adds specified trait to the specified Leader
add_trait_species [Species ID] [Trait ID]: Adds specified trait to the specified species
alloys [Amount]: Adds specified amount of Alloys. If you don’t specify an amount, the default is 5000
build_pops [Amount]: Adds specified amount of robot pops to the selected plane. If you don’t specify an amount, the default is 1
cash [Amount]: Adds specified amount of Energy Credits. The default is 5000
effect add_building = [Building ID]: Adds building to the selected celestial body
effect add_deposit = [Deposit ID]: Adds deposit to the selected celestial body
engineering [Amount]: Adds specified amount of Engineering tech. Default is 5000
food [Amount]: Adds the specified amount of food. Default is 5000
grow_pops [Amount]: Adds specified amount of growing pops to selected planet. Default is 1
influence [Amount]: Adds specified amount of influence. Default is 5000
minerals [Amount]: Adds the specified amount of Minerals. Default is 5000
minor_artifacts [Amount]: Adds the specified amount of Minor Aritifacts. Default is 10000
physics [Amount]: Adds specified amount of Physics tech points. Default is 5000
planet_happiness [Amount]: Adds Happiness to the selected planet. The default amount is 100
research_all_technologies: Instantly researches all non-repeatable technologies. You can add “1” for creature and crisis techs and a second number for repeatable technologies
resource [Amount] [Resource]: Adds specified amount of the specified Resource. Default amount is 5000
skills [Amount]: Adds the specified amount of skill levels to your leaders. Default is 1
society [Amount]: Adds the specified amount of Society tech points. Default is 5000
unity [Amount]: Adds specified amount of Unity. Default is 500
max_resources: Gives you the maximum amount of resources
This category includes a number of different cheats from gaining ownership of planets to instantly completing terraforming.
activate_all_traditions: Activates all traditions
activate_ascension_perk [Name]: Activates the specified ascension Perk (Names can be revealed by pressing “Tab”
activate_tradition [Tradition ID]: Activates the specified tradition
branchoffice: Take ownership of a planet branch office
colonize [ID]: Starts the colonization process of the selected planet
create_megastructure [Megastructure ID]: Creates a megastructure in the current system. You can see the IDs by pressing “Tab”
create_navy [Amount]: Creates a fleet by using your most recent designs
effect shift_ethic = [Ethic ID]: Shifts your empire’s ethics to the specified ethics
finish_special_projects: Finishes all special projects
finish_terraform: Instantly finishes all terraforming processes
force_integrate [Country ID]: Integrates the specified empire into the player’s empire
free_government: Allows you to change governments with no time limit
free_policies: Allows you to change policies without restriction
intel: Displays information about the entire galaxy and disables first contact while alive
invincible: Disables damage for your ships
max_resources: Gives you the maximum amount of resources
own: Gives you ownership of the specified fleet, starbase, or planet
populate: Fills all Housing on the selected planet with pops (Frequently crashes the game on version 2.3.0 and 2.3.1)
planet_class [Planet Class Name]: Changes the selected planet’s name
planet_size [Size]: Changes the size of the selected planet. If you go above 78, then planet will move backwards
remove_trait_leader [Trait ID] [Leader ID]: Removes specified trait from the specified leader
remove_trail_species [Species ID] [Traid ID]: Removes specified trait from the specified species
research_technology [Technology ID]: Instantly research the specified Technology
survey: Surveys all planets (Requires at least one science ship)
play [Country ID]: Allows you to take control of the specified country
unlock_edicts: Unlocks all edicts
Apart from cheat commands, there are also testing commands that were primarily created for testing game features. There’s nothing that prevents us from using them for a bit of fun as well.
Here are some of the most interesting ones.
3dstats: Enables FPS and render time statistics
advanced_galaxy: Simulates a game in the year 2400
berserk_ai: Sets AI aggression to 10
contact: Enables contact with all empires
crash: Crashes the game
event [Event ID] [Target ID]: Triggers the specified event
fast_forward [Days] [Observer]: Fast forwards a set amount of days
hdr: Toggles HDR
help [Command name]: Gives you information on the specified command
kill_country: Kills the current empire (You can also replace “Country” with “leader, pop, and ruler” to kill them instead
mature_galaxy: Simulates a 100 year old galaxy
memtest 1: Tests memory leakage (May end up taking a long time to complete
nogui: Turns off GUI (Execute again to enable it)
peace_on_player [Country ID]: Specified country offers a peace treaty
random_ruler: Replaces ruler with a new random one
reload [File Name]: Reloads the specified assets
resources: Displays resources stats
war [Attacker ID] [Defender ID] [War Goal]: The specified country declares war with the specified war goal
These commands can be used to disable certain graphical elements. If you’re using a low-end PC, then some of these options may end up giving you better performance. But, no promises.
Other than that, we’ve also thrown a few other useful commands in there. So, take a look.
tweakergui draw.background: Toggles background space
draw.center: Toggles rendering of the galaxy center’s glow
draw.asteroids: Enables or disables rendering of asteroid belts
draw. clusters: Toggles rendering of clusters
draw.dust: Toggles rendering of galaxy dust
draw.stars: Toggles rending of stans and black holes on the galaxy map
instant_colony: Colony ships don’t need time to settle
instant_move: Ships teleport instantly
instant_survey: Planets are surveyed instantly
max_fps: Limits the FPS output (Good if you don’t need more than 60 for saving power and making the GPU run cooler)
That’s all for now. If there’s anything important that we forgot to mention, let us know about it in the comments section.