Stellaris Console Commands and Cheats

Cheats are console commands that can be used to give unfair advantages as opposed to sole testing purposes. You can open the console in Stellaris by pressing the ` key, which is usually located under ESC.

Testing Commands

1. Testing commands are regularly used for developer or modder testing.

TweakerGUI Commands

1. TweakerGUI commands are a specific sub-set of commands that spawn UI elements for toggling of commands preventing the need for re-opening the console and typing out the command again.

2. All commands in this sub-set ‘must’ start with tweakergui.

Note: Enter the command debugtooltip to show IDs for things like planet IDs and population IDs when you hover over them in your game.

1. Species IDs can be read by hovering over a species in the Species menu. If a modded starting system was not used the player’s species will always be 0 and 1.

2. Leader IDs can be read by hovering over a leader in the Leaders or Empire menus. If a modded starting system was not used the player’s starting leaders will always be 0 (ruler), 1 (governor) and 2-5 (scientists).

3. Empire IDs can be read by hovering over an empire’s flag in the Contacts menu. If a modded starting system was not used the player’s empire will always be 0.

Stellaris Cheats

The console can be accessed by tapping the ”tilde ~” (between the Tab and ESC keys) while in-game. A complete list of console commands can be listed by typing “help” in the console. Below are some that you might be most interested in.

Note: This won’t work in Ironman games.

Result Cheat Code
Cash. Add [amount]. Defaults to 5000. example: Cash 10000 cash [amount]
Adds Engineering points engineering [amount]
Adds Minerals minerals [amount]
Adds Influence influence [amount]
Adds Physics physics 50000
Adds Society society [amount]
Add trait to species [species index] [trait key]

Example: add_trait_species human intelligent

add_trait_species
Enables instant build instant_build
Unlocks all technologies research_technologies
Adds specified amount of specified resource resource [resource] [amount]
Adds specified number of skills to leaders skills [value]
Invincible / God Mode invincible
Selected ship takes x damage damage [amount]
Crash The Game crash
Enable/Disable unlimited ftl ftl
Enable/Disable contact with all contact
Fills all free slots on selected planet with pop. (Doesn’t remove tile blockers.) [Select Planet] populate
Survey all planets survey
Re-generates the tech tree of the player techuptade
Sets to game up for an overnight session. Example: overnight 2 overnight
Attempt to change computer lights with Alien FX alienfx
Makes all fleets target all other fleets attackallfleets
Toggles allowing player to change governments without the time limit free_government
Finishes all active researches finish_research
Toggles allowing player to change policies without restriction, including policies previously disabled. free_policies 
Colony ships will no longer take time to settle. instant_colony
Used with tweakergui. Ships will teleport instantly to right click cursor. FTL has no spool up or travel time. Example: tweakergui instant_move instant_move
Toggles enemy AI on or off ai
Jumps forward in-game days by specified value fast_forward [value]
Instantly kills entire country kill_country [country ID]
All AI-controlled nations never agree with your deals and proposals. debug_nomen
All AI-controlled nations always agree with your deals and proposals. debug_yesmen
Starts a ruler election. election

Stellaris Planet Resource Commands

The ‘planet_resource’ command fills random tiles on a selected planet with a definable resource. Here is the full list you can enter into the command ‘planet_resource [resource name]’:

  • sr_lythuric – Lythuric gas
  • sr_alien_pets – Alien pets
  • sr_betharian – Betharian stone
  • sr_dark_matter – Dark matter
  • energy – Energy
  • engineering_research – Engineering Research
  • sr_engos – Engos vapor
  • food – Food
  • minerals – Minerals
  • sr_neutronium – Neutronium ore
  • sr_orillium – Orillium ore
  • physics_research – Physics research
  • sr_pitharan – Pitharan dust
  • sr_satramene – Satramene gas
  • society_research – Society research
  • sr_teldar – Teldar crystals
  • sr_terraform_gases – Terraforming gases
  • sr_terraform_liquids – Terraforming liquids
  • sr_zro – Terraforming liquids

Stellaris Console Commands

3dstats This command will toggle (enable and disable) the 3DStats feature. When 3DStats is enabled, your FPS and render time will be displayed on the screen.
achievement_status This command will print your current achievement status to the console.
activate_all_traditions This command instantly activates perks for all traditions.
activate_ascension_perk [ascension perk id] This command activates the specified ascension perk.
activate_tradition [tradition id] This command activates the specified tradition.
add_anomaly [anomaly category] This command adds an anomaly category for the planet that you currently have selected in-game.
add_ethic_pop [population id] [ethic id] This command adds the specified ethic to the specified population.
add_opinion [source id] [target id] [opinion amount] This command can be used to add or remove (use negative numbers to remove) opinion from one empire to another.
add_pops [species id] [planet id] This command populates an entire planet with all of the specified species.
add_ship [ship name] This command can be used to spawn a fleet of the specified ship.
add_trait_leader [leader id] [trait id] This command will add the specified trait to the leader with the specified ID. Use ‘debugtooltip’ to find leader IDs.
add_trait_species [species id] [trait id] This command adds the specified trait to the species with the specified ID.
advanced_galaxy This command causes every default empire to gain colonies, fleets and technologies (simulates the game in year 2400).
ai This command enables and disables (toggles) AI.
ai_anomalies This command enables and disables (toggles) AI-only anomalies for human empires.
alienfx If you have an alien case, this command will attempt to integrate with AlienFX (changing your computer lights).
ambient_object [object id] This command can be used to spawn an ambient object, relative to the specified ID.
attackallfleets This command makes all fleets under your control target every fleet that isn’t under your control.
audio.playeffect [effect name] This command can be used to play a specified sound effect.
audio.setactivegroup [group name] This command allows you to set your active audio group.
berserk_ai This sets all AI aggression to 10 (making them become very aggressive).
blend_post_effect [setting] [time] [mode] This command can be used to blend into a new post effect setting, relative to the specified type, transition duration and mode.
borders This command calculates the map borders and prints them to your console.
cash [amount] This command adds the specified amount of energy credits to your energy credits amount.
casusbelli [casus belli id] [empire id] This command initiates the Casus Belli with the specified ID against the specified empire.
check_save This command is used to check that saving is working properly. It creates two save files of your game and checks to see if they are the same – if they are different, it means there is likely a problem with your save/the saving feature.
clear_debug_lines This command gets rid of any ‘debug lines’ (things printed on the screen from debug commands that shouldn’t be there anymore) from your screen.
clear_debug_strings This command removes any debug strings.
collision This command enables and disables (toggles) the display of collision boxes for entities in the game.
colonize [population id] This command will colonize the planet you currently have selected with the population of the specified ID.
communications [empire id] If executed with an argument (an empire ID), this will toggle communication on or off with the specified empire. If executed without an argument (‘communications’ on its own), this will toggle communications on or off with all empires in the game.
contact This command enables contact with all empires currently in the game.
control [planet id] This command allows you to instantly occupy the planet with the specified ID.
copy_pop [population id] This command will copy the population with the specified ID to the planet that you currently have selected.
crash A little bit of a silly command – this will crash your game if you enter it into the console.
create_navy [percentage] This command will create a naval fleet with up to 100% of your naval capacity (‘create_navy 0.5’ for 100%). The designs used are all of your latest.
create_megastructure [megastructure id] This command will create the megastructure with the specified ID.
damage This command causes the ship you currently have selected to take the specified amount of damage.
debug_achievements This command will erase all achievements you have currently acquired.
debug_achievements_clear This command can be used to debug achievements. Although untested, this likely clears all of your achievements you have acquired.
nomen This will cause all empires (AI-controlled) to never (ever) agree to any deals or proposals.
yesmen This will cause all empires (AI-controlled) to always (regardless of prerequisites) agree to any deals or proposals..
debuglines This command enables or disables (toggles) debug lines.
debugtexture [texture name] [transparency] [alpha channel] This command can be used to debug textures – see argument information for further help.
debugtooltip This command will toggle (enable or disable) debug tooltips. Debug tooltips show things like planet IDs, population IDs, and other useful information in tooltips when you hover over things in the game.
democratic_election This command will forcefully start the next democratic election.
deposits This command prints deposit statistics to the console.
effect This command executes the specified effect script.
election This command will forcefully start the next ruler election.
engineering [amount] This command adds the specified amount of engineering points to your current amount. Specify a negative value to remove engineering points.
error This command prints errors to the game log and console.
event [event id] [empire id] This command starts the event with the specified ID in the specified empire.
eventscopes This command prints the scope trees of events that are currently to the console window.
eventstats This command prints statistics about events that are currently running to the console window.
factions.showallfactions This command prints a list of all factions currently in the game, along with statistics for each.
factions.showattraction This command prints a list of all factions with their attraction levels.
factions.spawnall This command will not work if 10 years have not passed in the game. When executed, this command will spawn all factions into the game.
fast_forward [days] This command skips forward the specified amount of days in the game.
filewatcher This command enables or disables (toggles) filewatcher.
finish_research This command instantly finishes all research that is currently in progress.
finish_special_projects This command instantly finishes all special projects that are currently in progress.
food [amount] This command adds the specified amount of food to your current amount. Specify a negative value to remove food.
force_integrate [empire id] This command causes the empire with the specified ID to integrate into your empire.
free_government This command toggles (enables or disables) the time limit that prevents you from changing governments too soon after another.
free_policies This command enables or disables (toggles) your ability to make policy changes with no restrictions.
ftl This command enables or disables (toggles) faster than light travel.
fullscreen This command enables or disables (toggles) fullscreen mode.
game_over [victory type] This command forcefully ends the game with either domination (0), federation (1) or conquest (2).
gfxculture [culture id] This command can be used to change your empire’s graphical culture (the way it looks).
goto [x] [y] This command will move your camera to the specified X and Y coordinates.
grow_pops [growth rate] This command will speed up the growth of the population of the planet you currently have selected in-game.
guibounds This command will display bounds around GUI elements currently on the screen.
hdr This command enables or disables (toggles) the graphics setting for high-dynamic-range rendering.
help [command] If executed with no arguments, this will print a list of all commands in the game. If a command is specified as an argument, this command will print help for the specified command.
hsv This command converts HSV to RGB.
human_ai This command enables or disables (toggles) AI for humans.
influence [amount] This command will credit you with the specified amount of influence points.
info This command enables or disables (toggles) debug information.
instant_build This command causes all building (including ships, upgrades, stations, etc) to be instantly completed, rather than take time to build. The effects of this command apply to everything in the game (including AI) so it is recommended that you pause your game before using it.
intel [low / high] This command can be used to change the intel level of the space you currently have discovered – 0 for low, 1 for high.
invincible This command will make all of your ships invincible (they will not be able to take any damage).
kill_country [empire id] This command will kill your current empire if no ID is specified. Specify the ID of an empire to kill that empire.
kill_leader [leader id] This command will kill the leader with the specified ID.
kill_pop [population id] This command will kill the population with the specified ID.
kill_ruler [population] This command will kill the ruler with the specified ID.
lockcamera This command enables and disables (toggles) the locking of the camera. If the camera is locked, it will not move from its current position until unlocked via console command.
map_names This command prints a list of all of the map names..
mature_galaxy This command skips forward 100 years, simulating a ‘mature galaxy’. Useful if you want to skip ahead at the start of the game.
max_resources This command gives you the maximum amount of all resources in your resource storages.
memtest [iteration count] This is an advanced debug command. It is used to test for memory leaks.
message This command prints a list of message types.
minerals [amount] This command adds the specified amount of minerals to your minerals storage.
nogui This command enables or disables (toggles) the GUI.
nomouse This command enables or disables (toggles) the scrollwheel.
observe This command enables observer mode, use ‘play 00’ to exit.
overnight [ticks to skip] This command can be used to set the game into ‘overnight session’ mode. This causes the game to skip the specified amount of ticks after each tick (so you can leave your computer on over night and the game will run slower).
own [planet id] This command can be used to claim the planet with the specified ID for your current empire (may also work for fleets, starbases, colonies, etc).
particle This command enables or disables (toggles) particle debug information.
particle_editor This command opens the particle editor window.
path [start index] [end index] This command can be used to find paths between stars.
peace_on_player [empire id] This command forces the empire with the specified ID to offer peace to you.
physics [amount] This command will credit you with the specified amount of physics points.
planet_class [planet class] This command will change the class of the planet you currently have selected to the specified planet class.
planet_happiness [amount] This command adds the specified amount of happiness to the planet you currently have selected. It will not allow happiness to go above its ‘legitimately’ obtainable limit.
planet_resource [resource id] [amount] This command will add the specified amount of the specified resource to the planet you currently have selected.
planet_size [tile amount] [planet id] This command can be used to change the size of the planet with the specified ID. The maximum size is 25, larger numbers can cause problems with your game.
planets This command prints a list of all planet classes, and the amount of them in the current game.
play [empire id] This command can be used to play as/switch to another empire. Your starting empire has an ID of 00. This command will cause the empire you switch from to be governed by AI.
populate [planet id] This command fully populates all free slots on the planet you current have selected in-game.
production This command prints debug information about production.
random_ruler This command replaces the ruler of your current empire with a random ruler.
recalc_fleet_presence This command is a debug tool, when executed it will recalculate the fleet presence cache.
regenerate_border_colors This command will change the border colors of empires that share the same color (one border color will be changed, the other color will stay).
reload [file] This command will reload all of the assets the game currently has loaded.
reload_galaxy This command starts a new game.
reload_graphical_map This command reloads the GUI map, useful if you encounter a bug/glitch.
reloadfx [map / .fx file] This command reloads the game’s shaders.
remove_ethic_pop [population id] [ethic id] This command removes the specified ethic from the population with the specified ID.
remove_notification This command will remove all notifications currently on the screen.
remove_trait_leader [leader id] [trait id] This command removes the trait with the specified ID from the leader with the specified ID.
remove_trait_species [species id] [trait id] This command removes the trait with the specified ID from the species with the specified ID.
rendertype This command prints the current rendering system that is being used to the console.
research_all_technologies [creature / crisis] [repeatable] This command will instantly research all non-repeatable technologies if no arguments are specified. See argument information for details on researching repeatable, crisis and creature technologies.
research_technology [tech id] This command will research the technology type with the specified ID.
resource [resource id] [amount] This command will credit you with the specified amount of resource points.
resources This command prints resource statistics to the console.
reverse_diplo [diplomatic action id] [empire id] This command will send the specified diplomatic action from the specified empire to the empire you are currently playing as.
run [file name] This command will run a list of commands in .txt file that is within the root game directory.
scaling This command enables or disables (toggles) the scaling of models.
skills [amount] This command adds the specified amount of levels to every skill that each of the leaders under your control have.
smooth This command enables and disables (toggles) Stellaris’ graphical frame smoothing feature.
society [amount] This command will credit you with the specified amount of society research points.
spawnentity [entity id] This command will spawn the entity with the specified ID at the current location of your cursor/mouse in the game.
srgb This command enables and disables (toggles) SRGB color.
surrender [empire id] [war id] This command makes the empire with the specified ID surrender in the specified war. If you do not provide a war ID as a second argument, a list of IDs for wars the specified empire is currently engaged in will be printed.
survey Provided you have at least one science strip, this command will survey all planets.
switchlanguage [language name] This command will switch to the specified language/localization type. If you specify the name of the language you are already using, this will reload the language file (so you do not need to restart your game if you have made changes).
techupdate This command will refresh the technology tree (randomizes your current research options).
techweights [tech area] This command prints the weights for the specified technology tree.
terraforming_resources [amount] This commands adds the specified amount of terraforming resources to the planet you currently have selected.
test_achievement [achievement id] This is a debug tool. It will test the trigger of the achievement with the specified ID.
threading.taskthreadscount This command prints the amount of threads the game is currently utilizing.
ticks_per_turn [tick amount] This command can be used to adjust the amount of ticks per turn in the game. This can be used to speed up the game.
time This command prints the current time of your computer (not the game).
trigger [script name] This command will execute the test script with the specified name.
trigger_docs This command prints information regarding triggers and their effects.
trigger_file This is an advanced debug command. It will test the specified trigger script file (and also crash your game).
unlock_edicts This command will instantly unlock all of the game’s edicts for application to either a planet or your entire empire (it will not apply them, just unlock them).
unity [amount] This command adds the specified amount of unity.
version This command copies the current version of the game you are running to your clipboard. Useful for reporting bugs.
volume [volume] This command will set your game volume to the specified delta value.
war_on_player [empire id] This command will make the empire with the specified ID declare war on your current empire.
war [declarer empire id] [subject empire id] [war goal id] This command will make a specified empire declare war on another specified empire with a war goal of your choice.
warexhaustion [amount] This command adds the specified amount of war exhaustion to all of your empire’s active wars.
window [open / close] [gui name] This command opens or closes (relative to the specified argument) the specified GUI.
wireframe This command enables and disables (toggles) wireframe.
tweakergui draw.asteroids This command enables and disables (toggles) the rendering of asteroid belts.
tweakergui draw.background This command enables and disables (toggles) the background of the game/sky.
tweakergui draw.borders This command enables and disables (toggles) the rendering of borders.
tweakergui draw.center This command enables and disables (toggles) the flow in the center of the galaxy.
tweakergui draw.clusters This command enables and disables (toggles) the drawing of clusters.
tweakergui draw.combatdebuglines This command enables and disables (toggles) the target line that is drawn between a ship and the target it is currently attacking.
tweakergui draw.dust This command enables and disables (toggles) galaxy dust visibility.
tweakergui draw.greenscreen This command will show a greenscreen behind the background – you need to disable the background to see it (useful for pictures and videos).
tweakergui draw.hyperlanes This command enables and disables (toggles) hyplerlanes visiblity.
tweakergui draw.names This command enables and disables (toggles) the display of names for things like empires and galaxies in the map.
tweakergui draw.navigationarrows This command enables and disables (toggles) the navigation arrows that show in-game.
tweakergui draw.nebula This command enables and disables (toggles) the visibility of nebulas.
tweakergui draw.neighbors This command enables and disables (toggles) the visibility of the lines that connect a system to its neighbours and those that divide the map into cells.
tweakergui draw.objects This command enables and disables (toggles) the visibility of objects on the screen like stars, ships, stations and planets.
tweakergui draw.pathtosystem This command enables and disables (toggles) the ‘path to system’ feature. When this feature is enabled, the path of ships to different systems will be drawn on the screen, along with an estimation of the time it will take for them to arrive.
tweakergui draw.sensor This command enables and disables (toggles) the visibility of ships and owned systems sensor ranges (they are usually visible as green dashed circles).
tweakergui draw.shipintersection This command enables and disables (toggles) the display of the ship intersection.
tweakergui draw.stars This command shows and hides (toggles) black holes and stars.
tweakergui draw.systeminit This command enables and disables (toggles) the visibility and a systems initialisation template.
tweakergui draw.systemlines This command shows and hides planetary orbits, warp bounds and outer bounds.
tweakergui draw.tigrid This command shows and hides the galaxy map grid.
tweakergui draw.trails This command enables or disables (toggles) ship trail visibility.
tweakergui draw.weaponlocators This command shows and hides (toggles) weapon locators.
tweakergui enable.ai This command enables and disables (toggles) AI.
tweakergui enable.asserts This command enables and disables (toggles) asserts.
tweakergui enable.framesmoothing This command enables and disables (toggles) frame smoothing.
tweakergui endscreen This command opens the end-game screen.
tweakergui entity.names This command enables and disables (toggles) entity names showing.
tweakergui entity.recursiveboundingvolumes This command enables and disables (toggles) recusive bounding volumes.
tweakergui gui.wireframe This command enables and disables (toggles) the GUI’s wireframe.
tweakergui instant_colony This command enables and disables (toggles) the wait-time it takes for colony ships to settle (if enabled, there will be no wait).
tweakergui instant_move This command enables and disables (toggles) the travel time it takes for ships to move. If enabled, ships will instantly teleport to whether they are directed to.
tweakergui maxfps [fps cap] This command can be used to set an FPS limit for your client. If executed with no arguments, this will remove the FPS limit.
tweakergui mesh.miplevels This command prints a list of all texture mipmap levels.
tweakergui mesh.names This command is untested – it likely prints a list of loaded textures.
tweakergui mesh.texturenames This command prints a list of all texture locations on your filestystem.
tweakergui mesh.wireframe This command shows and hides (toggles) the wireframe visiblity of models (not the GUI).
tweakergui music.fade This song fades the currently playing music track into the next.
tweakergui music.next This command makes the next song queued play.
tweakergui normals This command shows normalisation points for nodes.
tweakergui pathfindcache This command likely clears the pathfinding cache (frees up memory).
tweakergui popfactionlogs This is a debug command. It will print logs (to console or a log file) regarding populations and factions.
tweakergui portraits This command is a debug command, used when portrait modding.
tweakergui portraits.poplevel This command is a debug command, used when portrait modding.
tweakergui terraincognita This command will reveal all space that is currently uncharted.

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