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'''Ironman''' is an optional game mode that restricts the player's control over their save file, effectively removing the ability to correct mistakes or change decisions made during the course of play. Ironman can be enabled from the settings screen when starting a new campaign.
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'''Ironman''' is an optional gameplay flag, that restricts the player's control over their save file, effectively removing the ability to correct mistakes and change decisions made during the course of play. Ironman mode can be enabled from the settings screen when starting a new campaign.
  
Steam [[achievements]] can only be unlocked with ironman enabled.
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[[Achievements]] can only be obtained in ironman mode.
  
 
== Restrictions ==
 
== Restrictions ==
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* The game saves automatically whenever almost any decision is taken (such as declaring war).
 
* The game saves automatically whenever almost any decision is taken (such as declaring war).
 
* Save files can be stored in the Steam cloud or on a local drive, but are encrypted and cannot be edited.
 
* Save files can be stored in the Steam cloud or on a local drive, but are encrypted and cannot be edited.
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== Benefits ==
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Ironman brings a number of potential benefits, though it is subjective as to whether these outweigh the restrictions:
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* The player does not have to exercise self-control in order to avoid "[[savescumming]]"
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* The player does not have to exercise self-control in order to avoid using the console
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* The player gets the chance to unlock [[achievements]]
  
 
==Save file storage==
 
==Save file storage==
There are two options for save locations for Ironman mode. Local Ironman saves are always uncompressed and are stored in:
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There are two options for save locations for Ironman mode at the moment. "Local" Ironman saves are always uncompressed and are stored in:
 
: <code>Documents\Paradox Interactive\Hearts of Iron IV\</code>
 
: <code>Documents\Paradox Interactive\Hearts of Iron IV\</code>
 
: (for Mac) <code>~/Documents/Paradox Interactive/Hearts of Iron IV/save games/</code>
 
: (for Mac) <code>~/Documents/Paradox Interactive/Hearts of Iron IV/save games/</code>
 
: (for Linux) <code>~/.local/share/Paradox Interactive/Hearts of Iron IV/save games/</code>
 
: (for Linux) <code>~/.local/share/Paradox Interactive/Hearts of Iron IV/save games/</code>
  
If cloud saving is enabled, the save will be always compressed and uploaded to the Steam servers. A backup is also kept locally on your computer, at:
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If choosing to save in the "Cloud", the save will be always compressed and uploaded to the Steam servers. A backup is also kept locally on your computer, at:
 
: <code>C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<YOUR STEAM ID>\394360\remote\save games</code>  // needs updating number
 
: <code>C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<YOUR STEAM ID>\394360\remote\save games</code>  // needs updating number
  

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