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.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

In the computer edition, achievements must be completed in a certain order. They can be completed in any game mode, including Creative, and are obtained and saved separately in each world. You can also obtain them by either being an operator or having cheats enabled, then using the /achievement command.

In the Console and Pocket editions, they can only be done in Survival, and if the game is switched to Creative or host privileges are enabled, going back to Survival or disabling host privileges will not allow completion of achievements, because switching to Creative or enabling host privileges disables achievements. Achievements are independent of each other, allowing players to get them in any order.

There are 34 achievements in the PC edition, 62 achievements in the Xbox 360 Edition and Xbox One Edition, 56 achievements in the Wii U Edition and Pocket Edition, and 63 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. This can be disabled in the server settings.

In the Xbox and Pocket editions, achievements grant the player gamerscore, totaling 1,360 on Xbox, and 1,110 on Pocket.

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

Interface[edit | edit source]

The achievement interface with the first achievement done.

The button to access the Achievements screen is found on the main menu screen of Minecraft.

Minecraft's achievement system involves a tree composed of achievements, some of which must be completed before others can be. 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 now simply shows the tree. The background of the tree mimics 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 you can view different branches of the achievement tree. Using the scroll wheel on your mouse zooms in and out of this display, making it easier to see, at a glance, what you have achieved and what you still need to achieve.

The Console Edition & Pocket Edition use their system interfaces instead of the tree display.

List of achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS) Internal ID (PC)
PC Xbox PS Pocket Wii U
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Taking Inventory Press 'E' to open your inventory Open your inventory. The description will match the configured inventory key. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze openInventory
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Getting Wood Attack a tree until a block of wood pops out Taking Inventory Pick up wood from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze mineWood
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Benchmarking Craft a workbench with four blocks of planks Getting Wood Pick up a crafting table from your inventory's crafting field output or a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze buildWorkBench
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Time to Mine! Use planks and sticks to make a pickaxe Benchmarking Pick up any type of pickaxe from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze buildPickaxe
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Hot Topic Construct a furnace out of eight cobblestone blocks Time to Mine! Pick up a furnace from a crafting table output. Yes Alt Alt Alt Alt buildFurnace
Construct a furnace out of eight stone blocks Alt Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
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Acquire Hardware Smelt an iron ingot Hot Topic Pick up an iron ingot from a furnace output. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Silver acquireIron
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Time to Farm! Use planks and sticks to make a hoe Benchmarking Pick up any type of hoe from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze buildHoe
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Bake Bread Turn wheat into bread Time to Farm! Pick up bread from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver makeBread
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The Lie Wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs Time to Farm! Pick up a cake from a crafting table output. Yes Alt Alt Alt Alt bakeCake
Bake cake using wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs! Alt Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Silver
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Getting an Upgrade Construct a better pickaxe Time to Mine! Pick up a pickaxe from a crafting table output that is not a wooden pickaxe. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze buildBetterPickaxe
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Delicious Fish Catch and cook a fish! Hot Topic Pick up a cooked fish from a furnace output. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Silver cookFish
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On A Rail Travel by minecart at least 1 km from where you started Acquire Hardware Travel by minecart to a point at least 1 km from where you started. Distance is measured in a straight line. Yes Alt Alt Alt Alt onARail
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. Alt Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Gold
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Time to Strike! Use planks and sticks to make a sword Benchmarking Pick up any type of sword from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze buildSword
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Monster Hunter Attack and destroy a monster Time to Strike! Kill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: enderman, zombie pigman, spider, cave spider. Yes Yes Yes Alt Yes 20G Bronze killEnemy
Alt Alt Alt Yes Alt 15G
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Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Time to Strike! Pick up leather from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze killCow
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When Pigs Fly Fly a pig off a cliff Cow Tipper 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 Yes 40G Gold flyPig
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Sniper Duel Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters Monster Hunter Use a launched arrow to kill a skeleton or wither skeleton from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver snipeSkeleton
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DIAMONDS! Acquire diamonds with your iron tools Acquire Hardware Pick up a diamond from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Gold diamonds
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We Need to Go Deeper Build a portal to the Nether DIAMONDS! Enter a nether portal, and be teleported to the opposite dimension. Yes Alt Alt Alt Alt portal
Into The Nether Acquire Hardware Light a nether portal. Alt Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Silver
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Return to Sender Destroy a Ghast with a fireball We Need to Go Deeper Kill a ghast using a ghast fireball. Yes Alt Alt Alt Alt ghast
Into The Nether Alt Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Gold
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Into Fire Relieve a Blaze of its rod We Need to Go Deeper Pick up a blaze rod from the ground. Yes Alt Alt Alt Alt blazeRod
Into The Nether Alt Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver
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Local Brewery Brew a potion Into Fire Pick up a potion from a brewing stand potion slot. An already-created potion placed and removed qualifies. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Silver potion
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The End? Locate the End Into Fire Enter an end portal. Yes Yes Yes No Yes 20G Gold theEnd
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The End. Defeat the Ender Dragon The End? Enter the end exit portal. Yes Yes PS4 No Yes 40G Bronze theEnd2
Alt Alt PS3, PSVita Gold
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Enchanter Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table DIAMONDS! Pick up an enchantment table from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver enchantments
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Overkill Deal nine hearts of damage in a single hit Enchanter Damage can be dealt to any mob, even those that do not have nine hearts of health overall. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Bronze overkill
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Librarian Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table Enchanter Pick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze bookcase
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Adventuring Time Discover all biomes The End? Visit these 36 biomes. Other biomes may also be visited, but are ignored for the achievement. Biomes are counted as visited even before The End? is achieved.[2] Yes Alt Alt Alt Alt exploreAllBiomes
Discover 17 of the 40 different biomes Visit any 17 biomes. Does not have to be in a single world. Alt Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Silver
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The Beginning? Spawn the Wither The End. Be within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it is spawned. Yes Yes Yes No Yes 20G Bronze spawnWither
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The Beginning. Kill the Wither The Beginning? Be within a 100.9×100.9×203.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it drops the nether star. Yes Yes Yes No Yes 40G Silver killWither
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Beaconator Create a full beacon The Beginning. Be within a 20×20×14 cuboid centered on the pyramid when the beacon block realizes it is fully powered. Yes Yes Yes No Yes 60G Gold fullBeacon
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Repopulation Breed two cows with wheat Cow Tipper Breed two cows or two mooshrooms. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze breedCow
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Diamonds to you! Throw diamonds at another player DIAMONDS! Drop a diamond. Another player or a mob must then pick up this diamond. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze diamondsToYou
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Overpowered Eat a Notch apple Getting an Upgrade Eat an enchanted golden apple. Yes Yes Yes No Yes 30G Silver overpowered
MOAR Tools.png MOAR Tools Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe). Benchmarking No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
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Dispense With This Construct a Dispenser. Acquire Hardware No Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver
Leader Of The Pack.png Leader Of The Pack Befriend five Wolves. Monster Hunter This does not have to be in a single game, so multiple games or reloading old saves does count toward this achievement. No Yes Yes Alt Yes 30G Silver
Alt Alt Yes 20G
Awarded All Trophies.png Awarded All Trophies All trophies have been awarded. All others Automatically obtained when all other trophies have been obtained No No Yes No No Platinum
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Pork Chop Cook and eat a pork chop. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze
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Passing the Time Play for 100 days. Play for 100 Minecraft days, which is equivalent to 33 hours in real time. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze
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The Haggler Mine or purchase 30 Emeralds. You can do this in different worlds. No Yes Yes No Yes 30G Silver
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Pot Planter Craft and place a Flower Pot. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
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It's a Sign! Craft and place a Sign. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
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Iron Belly Stop starvation using Rotten Flesh Eat a piece of rotten flesh. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze
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Have a Shearful Day Use Shears to obtain wool from a sheep. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
Rainbow Collection.png 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. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Sliver
Achievement-plain.pngGrid Lava.png Stayin' Frosty Swim in lava while having the Fire Resistance effect. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze
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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. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze
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Renewable Energy Smelt wood trunks using charcoal to make more charcoal. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze
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Music to my Ears Play a music disc in a Jukebox. No Yes Yes No Yes 20G Bronze
Body Guard.png Body Guard Create an Iron Golem. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze
Iron Man.png Iron Man Wear a full suit of Iron Armor. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
Zombie Doctor.png 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) No Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Gold
Lion Tamer.png Lion Tamer Tame an Ocelot No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
Archer.png Archer Kill a creeper with arrows. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze
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Tie Dye Outfit Dye all 4 unique pieces of leather armor. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
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Trampoline Bounce 30 blocks upward off a slime block. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
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Camoflauge Kill a mob while wearing the same type of mob head. No No No Yes No 30G
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Map Room Place 9 fully explored, adjacent maps into 9 item frames in a 3 by 3 square. No No No Yes No 40G
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Freight Station Use a hopper to move an item from a chest minecart to a chest. No No No Yes No 15G
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Smelt Everything! Connect three chests to a single furnace using three hoppers. No No No Yes No 15G
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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). No No No Yes No 20G
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Inception Push a piston with a piston, then pull the original piston with that piston. No No No Yes No 20G
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Saddle Up Tame a horse. No No No Yes No 20G
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Artificial Selection Breed a mule from a horse and a donkey. No No No Yes No 30G
The Student.png The Student... Win a public Battle mini game. No Yes Yes No No 25G Silver
Has become the master.png ...has become the master Win 3 public Battle games in a row. No Yes Yes No No 60G Gold
Tis but a scratch.png 'Tis but a scratch Take 100 damage in a round of a public Battle mini game. No Yes Yes No No 40G Silver
Cupid.png Cupid Kill 2 players in a round of a public Battle mini game using a bow and arrow. No Yes Yes No No 20G Bronze
Hunger Pain.png Hunger Pain Kill a player while you are starving in a Battle mini game. No Yes Yes No No 20G Bronze
Mine.png Mine! Open every chest in a Battle mini game arena in one round. No Yes Yes No No 20G Bronze


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.[3] 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.[4]
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.[2]
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".
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.0 Added achievements to the Windows 10 Edition.
0.14.0 build 1 Added eight additional achievements, bringing the total to 52.
0.15.0 build 1 All Windows 10 Edition achievements are now available on Android and iOS.
Added four additional achievements, bringing the total to 56.
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 N/A Added 6 additional achievements, bringing the total up to 62.

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.
  • On PC version, achievements can be obtained in any game mode. Because of this, it is easy to get more difficult achievements such as On A Rail, When Pigs Fly, and Sniper Duel, and others by using creative mode.
    • Return to Sender is an exception to the above, because it requires a ghast fireball, and ghasts only attack the player in survival, hardcore, and adventure mode, although it can still be obtained through commands.
  • 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.
  • When using /achievement to give an achievement, a player will receive all previously required achievements as well as the one being given.
  • You can reset all of your achievements in a world by deleting the "stats" folder in the world file. Beware that it also resets statistics.
  • Sniper Duel became much more difficult when monsters started despawning depending on their distance from the player. 50 blocks is far enough that skeletons will despawn fairly quickly (usually within a couple of minutes or less), and will not move around.
  • When Pigs Fly requires Cow Tipper. Cows drop leather, but there is no crafting recipe for a saddle.
  • 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. a b https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-30527
  3. http://twitter.com/notch/status/53362371372138496
  4. https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-32091