Save-game editing

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This is a modding guide for Save-game editing.

Save location

Save files are located in Victoria 2's installation directory (ie C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\Common\Victoria 2\). Unlike more recent Paradox Interactive games, they are not located under Program Files. Note: Editing save games prevent achievements!

Save files are normally compressed and saved as binary. To prevent that, open game in debug mode and save game again. Warning: Save Files will become 10x bigger! To return file size to normal, after editing open game without debug mode and save again.


The save games are very large, so it is not recommended to use Notepad. Instead use Notepad++ or Sublime Text to edit saves.