How do I create a custom Epic issue type?

I'd like to add an issue type with the equivalent hierarchy as an Epic but call it Theme. I don't see how this is possible.

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Steven Behnke Community Champion Jun 10, 2015

It's not possible, I think is the most straight-forward answer.

The field Epic Name, Epic Link, Epic Color, and Epic Status are add-on fields (NOT custom fields, they are add-on fields) that are tied to the Epic Issue Type upon JIRA Agile installation. This is why they only show up on the Epic Issue Type, this is why they do not show up on others. Additionally, the Epic Link functionality, along with Scrumboard Agile functionality, are specifically tied to the issue type.

As far as I know, you cannot simply add a new issue type to extend this functionality. 

There should be option to allow JIRA admins to add a new field like Epic. Simple and important business case is, As a product owner I want to create one more level "theme" between Epic and User Stories to manage my backlog better. Pls let me solution  for this ?

This is very important for product owners, dont understand why Atlassian dont work on it and provide a solution? This should not be that tough !!

I'd like to add an even simpler oversight from Atlassian - being able to create addtional Epic issue types. If they see fit that we can create our own issues with different names. workflows etc, why do they think that all these issue types can just be bundled under one epic type.

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