Achievements

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The popup that appears when an achievement is earned.
I like achievements. I know a lot of people don't, but I like them. I've had the idea to make achievements kind of like the in-game questing. So you'd be able to see the first achievement in a tree of achievements, and you unlock the top ones first before you can unlock the ones further down. So the first one might be to chop down a tree, or kill a chicken, and then these branch into more things you can do. Hopefully it would encourage people to try new areas. It could converge into a big task, like kill a dragon or something, which would put a kind of narrative into the achievement tree.
Notch

Achievements are a way to gradually guide new players into Minecraft and give them challenges to complete. In the Java Edition, a system of advancements accomplishes this instead.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Achievements can only be done in Survival mode, and if the game is switched to Creative or host privileges are enabled, they are permanently disabled, so that going back to Survival or disabling host privileges will not re-enable them. Achievements are independent of one another, allowing players to get them in any order.

There are 80 achievements in the Xbox 360 Edition, Xbox One Edition, Wii U Edition and Nintendo Switch Edition, 79 achievements in the Pocket Edition, and 81 trophies in the PlayStation 3 Edition, PlayStation 4 Edition and PlayStation Vita Edition.

Usage[edit | edit source]

When an achievement is obtained, a message is broadcast to the server declaring the player who earned the achievement.

In the Xbox and Pocket editions, achievements grant the player gamerscore, totaling 1,855 on Xbox and 1,750 on Pocket.

The achievements in the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita editions act as trophies.[1]

List of achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Pocket Wii U

Taking Inventory Press 'E' to open your inventory Open your inventory. The description will match the configured inventory key. Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

Getting Wood Attack a tree until a block of wood pops out Pick up wood from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

Benchmaking Craft a workbench with four blocks of planks Pick up a crafting table from your inventory's crafting field output or a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

Time to Mine! Use planks and sticks to make a pickaxe Pick up any type of pickaxe from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

Hot Topic Construct a furnace out of eight stone blocks Pick up a furnace from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Acquire Hardware Smelt an iron ingot Pick up an iron ingot from a furnace output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Silver

Time to Farm! Use planks and sticks to make a hoe Pick up any type of hoe from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

Bake Bread Turn wheat into bread Pick up bread from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver

The Lie Bake cake using wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs! Pick up a cake from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Silver

Getting an Upgrade Construct a better pickaxe Pick up a pickaxe from a crafting table output that is not a wooden pickaxe. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Delicious Fish Catch and cook a fish! Pick up a cooked fish from a furnace output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Silver

On A Rail Travel by minecart to a point at least 500m in a single direction from where you started. Travel by minecart to a point at least 500 m from where you started. Distance is measured in a straight line. Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Gold

Time to Strike! Use planks and sticks to make a sword Pick up any type of sword from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

Monster Hunter Attack and destroy a monster Kill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: enderman, zombie pigman, spider, cave spider. Xbox 360 Yes Alt Yes 20G Bronze
Xbox One Alt Yes Alt 15G

Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Pick up leather from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

When Pigs Fly Fly a pig off a cliff Be riding a pig (e.g. using a saddle) when it hits the ground with a fall distance greater than 5. Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Gold

Sniper Duel Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters Use a launched arrow to kill a skeleton, wither skeleton, or a stray from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally. Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver

DIAMONDS! Acquire diamonds with your iron tools Pick up a diamond from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Gold

Into The Nether Build a portal to the Nether Light a nether portal. Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Silver

Return to Sender Destroy a Ghast with a fireball Kill a ghast using a ghast fireball. Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Gold

Into Fire Relieve a Blaze of its rod Pick up a blaze rod from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver

Local Brewery Brew a potion Pick up a potion from a brewing stand potion slot. An already-created potion placed and removed qualifies. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Silver

The End? Locate the End Enter an end portal. Yes PSVita Yes Yes 20G Bronze
Alt PS3, PS4 Alt Gold

The End. Defeat the Ender Dragon Enter the end exit portal. Yes PS4 Yes Yes 40G Bronze
Alt PS3, PSVita Alt Gold

Enchanter Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table Pick up an enchantment table from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver

Overkill Deal nine hearts of damage in a single hit Damage can be dealt to any mob, even those that do not have nine hearts of health overall. Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Bronze

Librarian Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table Pick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

Adventuring Time Discover 17 of the 40 different biomes Visit any 17 biomes. Does not have to be in a single world. Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Silver

The Beginning? Spawn the Wither Be within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it is spawned. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

The Beginning. Kill the Wither Be within a 100.9×100.9×203.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it drops the nether star. Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Silver

Beaconator Create a full beacon Be within a 20×20×14 cuboid centered on the pyramid when the beacon block realizes it is fully powered. Yes Yes Yes Yes 60G Gold

Repopulation Breed two cows with wheat Breed two cows or two mooshrooms. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Diamonds to you! Throw diamonds at another player Drop a diamond. Another player or a mob must then pick up this diamond. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Overpowered Eat a Notch apple Eat an enchanted golden apple. Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver

MOAR Tools Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe). Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Dispense With This Construct a Dispenser. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver

Leader Of The Pack Befriend five Wolves. This does not have to be in a single game, so multiple games or reloading old saves does count toward this achievement. Xbox 360 Yes Alt Yes 30G Silver
Xbox One Alt Yes 20G

Awarded All Trophies All trophies have been awarded. Automatically obtained when all other trophies have been obtained No Yes No No Platinum

Pork Chop Cook and eat a pork chop. Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

Passing the Time Play for 100 days. Play for 100 Minecraft days, which is equivalent to 33 hours in real time. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

The Haggler Mine or purchase 30 Emeralds. You can do this in different worlds. Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver
Acquire or spend 30 Emeralds by trading with villagers.

Pot Planter Craft and place a Flower Pot. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

It's a Sign! Craft and place a Sign. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Iron Belly Stop starvation using Rotten Flesh Eat a piece of rotten flesh. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

Have a Shearful Day Use Shears to obtain wool from a sheep. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Rainbow Collection Gather all 16 colours of wool. All the colours of wool does not have to be in the inventory at the same time, but must have been picked up by the player once. Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Sliver

Stayin' Frosty Swim in lava while having the Fire Resistance effect. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

Chestful of Cobblestone Mine 1,728 Cobblestone and place it in a chest A player must mine 1,728 cobblestone and place 1,728 cobblestone, or 27 stacks, in a chest. The cobblestone placed in the chest does not have to be the same cobblestone that was mined. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

Renewable Energy Smelt wood trunks using charcoal to make more charcoal. Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

Music to my Ears Play a music disc in a Jukebox. Yes Yes No Yes 20G Bronze

Body Guard Create an Iron Golem. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

Iron Man Wear a full suit of Iron Armor. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Zombie Doctor Cure a zombie villager. Throw a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing the use key with a golden apple in your hand) Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Gold

Lion Tamer Tame an Ocelot Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Archer Kill a creeper with arrows. Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

Tie Dye Outfit Dye all 4 unique pieces of leather armor. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Trampoline Bounce 30 blocks upward off a slime block. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Camoflauge Kill a mob while wearing the same type of mob head. Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Bronze

Map Room Place 9 fully explored, adjacent maps into 9 item frames in a 3 by 3 square. Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Silver

Freight Station Use a hopper to move an item from a chest minecart to a chest. No No Yes No 15G

Smelt Everything! Connect three chests to a single furnace using three hoppers. No No Yes No 15G

Taste of Your Own Medicine Poison a witch with a splash potion. Throw a splash potion of poison at a witch (by facing the witch and pressing the use key). Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver

Inception Push a piston with a piston, then pull the original piston with that piston. No No Yes No 20G

Saddle Up Tame a horse. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

Artificial Selection Breed a mule from a horse and a donkey. No No Yes No 30G

The Student... Win a public Battle mini game. Yes Yes No Yes 25G Silver

...has become the master Win 3 public Battle games in a row. Yes Yes No Yes 60G Gold

'Tis but a scratch Take 100 damage in a round of a public Battle mini game. Yes Yes No Yes 40G Silver

Cupid Kill 2 players in a round of a public Battle mini game using a bow and arrow. Yes Yes No Yes 20G Bronze

Hunger Pain Kill a player while you are starving in a Battle mini game. Yes Yes No Yes 20G Bronze

Mine! Open every chest in a Battle mini game arena in one round. Yes Yes No Yes 20G Bronze

Free Diver Stay underwater for 2 minutes. Alt Alt Yes Alt 20G
Yes Yes Alt Yes 30G Silver

Rabbit Season Cook and eat rabbit meat. No No Yes No 15G

The Deep End Defeat an Elder Guardian. No No Yes No 30G

Dry Spell Dry a sponge in a furnace. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Super Fuel Power a furnace with lava Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

You Need a Mint Collect dragon's breath in a glass bottle Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver

Beam Me Up Teleport over 100 meters from a single throw of an ender pearl Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver

The End... Again... Respawn the ender dragon Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver

Great View From Up Here Levitate up 50 blocks from the attacks of a Shulker No No Yes No 20G

Super Sonic Use elytra to fly through a 1 by 1 gap while moving faster than 40 m/s Alt Alt Yes Alt 30G
Yes Yes Alt Yes 60G Gold

Back from the Dead Win 3 rounds in a row after one of the opponents has won 2 rounds. Yes Yes No Yes 15G Bronze

S-no Throw Win a single round of Snowball Tumble without throwing any Snowballs. Yes Yes No Yes 40G Silver

Snow Storm Hit a single Player with 25 Snowballs in a single public round. Yes Yes No Yes 40G Silver

Hotshot Hit a Player with a Snowball while falling into the Lava. Yes Yes No Yes 40G Silver

Snowplough Push three Players into Lava using Snowballs in a single public round. Yes Yes No Yes 15G Bronze

Overlord Stay on the top layer while winning a round in a Snowball Tumble Mini Game. Yes Yes No Yes 15G Bronze

Underdog Win a Tumble game whilst on the lowest layer in a Snowball Tumble Mini Game. Yes Yes No Yes 15G Bronze

Treasure Hunter Acquire a map from a cartographer villager, then enter the revealed structure No No Yes No 40G

Organizational Wizard Name a Shulker Box with an Anvil No No Yes No 30G

Cheating Death Use the Totem of Undying to cheat death Have the Totem of Undying in your hand when you die. No No Yes No 30G

Feeling Ill Defeat an Evoker No No Yes No 30G

Let it Go! Using the Frost Walker boots, walk on at least one block on frozen water on a deep ocean No No Yes No 20G

So I Got That Going for Me Lead a Caravan containing at least 5 Llamas No No Yes No 20G

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Beta
February 25, 2011

In an interview by Gamasutra, Notch said: “I like achievements. I know a lot of people don't, but I like them. I've had the idea to make achievements kind of like the in-game questing. So you'd be able to see the first achievement in a tree of achievements, and you unlock the top ones first before you can unlock the ones further down."

He also said: “So the first one might be to chop down a tree, or kill a chicken, and then these branch into more things you can do. Hopefully it would encourage people to try new areas. It could converge into a big task, like kill a dragon or something, which would put a kind of narrative into the achievement tree.”

Finally, asked if such a move would risk leading players down a preset path, rather than encouraging exploration and invention as Minecraft does in its current state, Notch said: “Definitely not. I’d want these achievements to feel like things you can try, rather than these are things you have to do. People can follow them, but only if they want to.”

March 18, 2011 Notch talks about achievements and statistics on his blog. He says the following:
I worked on the achievement and stats system. One design issue was dealing with offline mode and syncing the achievements once you get a connection again, but that’s been solved. We’ve got a couple of people in the office who don’t like achievements in games at all, so the goal is to design something that they’re fine with.

Also, he adds that achievements will not be chores:

Achievements will NOT be chores like “cut down 10000 trees”, but rather challenges like “ride a pig off a cliff”. Stats, however, will be used to keep track of how many trees you have cut down. The long term plan is to show achievements and stats from the profile page on minecraft.net as well, in case you want to brag.
April 8, 2011 Notch uploads a video to YouTube showing weather, statistics and achievements.
1.4 Test achievements can be found within the source code, and on the test video posted by Notch. Among these are opening the inventory, mining wood and building a workbench.
1.5 Achievements added. Initially intended to be released in Beta 1.4 it got pushed back as it was not yet functional.[2] The first achievement confirmed by Notch was When Pigs Fly, although it was more explained than named.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre6 The icon used by The End. changed from Achievement-plain.png
to Achievement-plain.png
.
1.5 13w04a Achievements no longer reset when downgrading Minecraft.
1.7.2 13w36a Updated the Achievement system, now stored per individual world/server.
Added more achievements: Adventuring Time, The Beginning?, The Beginning., Beaconator, and Repopulation. Adventuring Time was unobtainable.
Achievements can now be used as objectives in the Scoreboard system.
13w37a Time to Mine!, Time to Farm! and Time to Strike! are now also obtained when crafting the tool from a material other than wood. Similarly, Getting an Upgrade is now obtained when crafting any pickaxe other than a wooden one, while it required crafting a stone pickaxe before. If your first pickaxe crafted is not a wooden one, you will get Time to Mine! and Getting an Upgrade at the same time.
13w38a Added the achievement Diamonds to you!.
The icon for DIAMONDS! was changed from Achievement-plain.png
to Achievement-plain.png
. The former icon is now used by Diamonds to you!.
13w39b Diamonds to you! can now be obtained by throwing a diamond at a zombie, making the achievement available in singleplayer mode.[3]
1.8 14w06a Added the achievement Overpowered.
14w17a Adventuring Time is now available without commands. Before, the 38 biomes had to be visited without visiting any other biomes, which made the achievement unavailable because the End has to be visited for its prerequisite, The End?. The “no other biomes” restriction is now lifted.[4]
Visiting the FrozenOcean and Extreme Hills Edge biomes, which no longer generate since 13w36a, is no longer required for Adventuring Time.
14w32a Corrected the description of the achievement Overkill to say you must deal nine hearts of damage. Previously it said you must deal eight hearts of damage.
1.9 15w44a Enchanted golden apple recipe was removed, making the Overpowered achievement unobtainable.
15w45a Changed the description and requirements of Overpowered from "Build a Notch Apple" to "Eat a Notch Apple".
1.12 17w13a Achievements are no longer supported and are replaced with advancements.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.0 Added achievements to the Windows 10 Edition.
0.14.0 build 1 Added eight achievements, bringing the total up to 52.
0.15.0 build 1 All Windows 10 Edition achievements are now available on Android and iOS.
Added four achievements, bringing the total up to 56.
0.15.10 Added nine achievements, bringing the total up to 65.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Added seven achievements, bringing the total up to 72.
1.0.4 Added "The Haggler" achievement, bringing the total up to 73.
1.1 Added six achievements, bringing the total up to 79.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 4 Added the first 20 achievements. The PlayStation editions have an additional achievement.
TU24 1.20 Added an additional 30 achievements, leading to a total of 50 (or 51 on the PlayStation editions).
TU31 CU19 1.22 Changed the description of Adventuring Time from "Discover 17 of the 23 different biomes" to "Discover 17 of the 40 different biomes".
TU34 CU22 1.25 Added 6 additional achievements, bringing the total up to 56.
? CU30 1.33 Patch 11 Added 6 additional achievements, bringing the total up to 62.
TU48 CU38 1.41 Patch 17 Added 18 additional achievements, bringing the total up to 80.

Java Edition[edit | edit source]

The achievement interface with the first achievement done.

The java edition achievement system involved a tree composed of achievements. Originally the interface showed the achievement tree on the left, and a 'mini-map' of the tree on the right. The mini-map was removed in the final version, which then simply showed the tree. The background of the tree mimicked the world with dirt at the top with stone spanning below, bedrock at the bottom, and ores distributed as they would be in the world. By clicking and dragging, one could view different branches of the achievement tree. Using the scroll wheel on the mouse zoomed in and out of this display, making it easier to see, at a glance, what had been achieved and was still needed to achieve.

Achievements had hovertext, which are more detailed the closer the player was to achieving them:

  • Attained achievements were given as "Name/Description/Taken!" (for instance "Getting Wood/Attack a tree until a block of wood pops out/Taken!").
  • Unattained achievements for which the player had achieved all the prerequisites were given as "Name/Description".
  • Unattained achievements for which the player was one or two prerequisites away were given as "Name/Requires X" (for instance "The End./Requires 'The End?'").
  • Unattained achievements for which the player was three prerequisites away were given as "???/Requires X" (for instance "???/Requires 'The Beginning?'").
  • Unattained achievements for which the player was four prerequisites away were not given; there was just an icon, no hovertext at all.
  • Unattained achievements for which the player was more than four prerequisites away were not shown, even as an icon.

In the java edition, achievements could be obtained in any game mode. Because of this, it was possible to achieve more difficult achievements such as On A Rail, When Pigs Fly, and Sniper Duel, and others by switching into Creative mode.

    • Return to Sender was an exception to the above, because it required a ghast fireball, and ghasts only attack the player in Survival, Hardcore, and Adventure mode, although it could still be obtained through the /achievement command.

When using /achievement to give an achievement, a player would receive all previously-required achievements in addition to the one being given.

A player could reset all achievements in a world by deleting the "stats" folder in the world file, which would also reset statistics.

When Pigs Fly required Cow Tipper, as cows drop leather, though there was no crafting recipe for a saddle.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Achievements” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When an achievement is obtained, it is announced to all players in chat.[verify]
  • Achievements such as Delicious Fish cannot be rewarded if you hook up the furnace to a hopper, as you are not getting the item directly from the furnace.
  • A player can get both Time to Mine! and Getting an Upgrade at the same time by crafting a stone, iron, gold, or diamond pickaxe before crafting a wooden pickaxe.

References[edit | edit source]

  • The Lie is a reference to the Internet meme "The Cake is a Lie", which itself is a reference to the video game Portal.
  • "Achievement Get!" is a reference to a decade-old meme: early screenshots of Super Mario Sunshine used the Japanese localization, and featured Mario grabbing a Shine Sprite with the prominent text "Shine Get!". Due to the prominence of the game and the attention given to these screenshots, "[noun] Get!" subsequently became a popular term used on image boards as post count benchmarks, which Notch occasionally visits.
  • Return to Sender refers to a message often written on non-personal letters, usually in case that a letter ends up at an incorrect address.
  • When Pigs Fly is a reference to a well known saying meaning something absurd that would never happen.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Minecraft trophies
  2. http://twitter.com/notch/status/53362371372138496
  3. https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-32091
  4. https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-30527