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The popup that appears when an achievement is achieved.
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.

Achievements are a way to gradually guide new players into Minecraft and give them challenges to complete. There are currently 34 achievements in the PC edition, 20 achievements in the Xbox 360 Edition and 29 trophies in PlayStation 3 Edition.

Achievements can be completed in any game mode, including Creative. In the Xbox 360 edition they can only be done on 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.

Xbox 360 Edition[edit]

Some of the achievements are available in the Xbox 360 Edition, totaling 400 gamerscore.[1] Notable differences include On A Rail, which requires 500 m of track instead of 1 km (due to smaller world size at the time of release), and some new achievements. The achievements are independent of each other, so you can, for example, get Getting Wood before Taking Inventory. Achievements are also not obtainable in Creative mode, or if the map has been edited in Creative mode. Enabling Host Privileges in multiplayer will also disable achievements.

PlayStation 3 Edition[edit]

The achievements in the PlayStation 3 Edition act as trophies. The 20 from the Xbox 360 Edition are included, as well as 9 additional trophies.[2]

List of achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS) Internal Id (PC)
Grid Book.png
Taking Inventory Press 'E' to open your inventory. None Open your inventory. The description will match the configured inventory key. None 10G Bronze openInventory
Grid Oak Wood.png
Getting Wood Attack a tree until a block of wood pops out Taking Inventory Pick up wood from the ground. None 10G Bronze mineWood
Grid Crafting Table.png
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. None 10G Bronze buildWorkBench
Grid Wooden Pickaxe.png
Time to Mine! Use planks and sticks to make a pickaxe Benchmarking Pick up any type of pickaxe from a crafting table output. None 10G Bronze buildPickaxe
Grid Furnace.png
Hot Topic Construct a furnace out of eight stone blocks Time to Mine! Pick up a furnace from a crafting table output. The description has the wrong recipe; furnaces are actually crafted from cobblestone. None 15G Bronze buildFurnace
Grid Iron Ingot.png
Acquire Hardware Smelt an iron ingot Hot Topic Pick up an iron ingot from a furnace output. None 15G Silver acquireIron
Grid Wooden Hoe.png
Time to Farm! Use planks and sticks to make a hoe Benchmarking Pick up any type of hoe from a crafting table output. None 10G Bronze buildHoe
Grid Bread.png
Bake Bread Turn wheat into bread Time to Farm! Pick up bread from a crafting table output. None 20G Silver makeBread
Grid Cake.png
The Lie Wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs Time to Farm! Pick up a cake from a crafting table output. PC N/A N/A bakeCake
Bake cake using wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs! Xbox and PS 40G Silver N/A
Grid Stone Pickaxe.png
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. None 15G Bronze buildBetterPickaxe
Grid Cooked Fish.png
Delicious Fish Catch and cook a fish! Hot Topic Pick up a cooked fish from a furnace output. None 15G Silver cookFish
Grid Rail.png
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. PC N/A N/A 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. Xbox & PS 40G Gold N/A
Grid Wooden Sword.png
Time to Strike! Use planks and sticks to make a sword Benchmarking Pick up any type of sword from a crafting table output. None 10G Bronze buildSword
Grid Bone.png
Monster Hunter Attack and destroy a monster Time to Strike! Kill a hostile mob that is not a baby zombie. None 20G Bronze killEnemy
Grid Leather.png
Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Time to Strike! Pick up leather from the ground. None 15G Bronze killCow
Grid Saddle.png
When Pigs Fly Fly a pig off a cliff Cow Tipper Use a saddle to ride a pig, then have the pig take more than 2 (Heart.svg) of fall damage (minimum 6 block fall). None 40G Gold flyPig
Grid Bow.png
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. PC & PS N/A Silver snipeSkeleton
Grid Diamond Ore.png
DIAMONDS! Acquire diamonds with your iron tools Acquire Hardware Pick up a diamond from the ground. PC & PS N/A Gold diamonds
Grid Obsidian.png
We Need to Go Deeper Build a portal to the Nether DIAMONDS! Enter a nether portal. PC N/A N/A portal
Into The Nether Acquire Hardware Light a nether portal. Xbox & PS 40G Silver N/A
Grid Ghast Tear.png
Return to Sender Destroy a Ghast with a fireball We Need to Go Deeper Kill a ghast using a ghast fireball. PC N/A N/A ghast
Into The Nether PS Gold N/A
Grid Blaze Rod.png
Into Fire Relieve a Blaze of its rod We Need to Go Deeper Pick up a blaze rod from the ground. PC N/A N/A blazeRod
Into The Nether PS Silver N/A
Grid Mundane Potion.png
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. PC & PS N/A Silver potion
Grid Eye of Ender.png
The End? Locate the End Into Fire Enter an end portal. PC & PS N/A Gold theEnd
Grid Dragon Egg.png
The End. Defeat the Ender Dragon The End? Enter the end exit portal while in the End. PC & PS N/A Gold theEnd2
Grid Enchantment Table.png
Enchanter Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table DIAMONDS! Pick up an enchantment table from a crafting table output. PC & PS N/A Silver enchantments
Grid Diamond Sword.png
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. PC N/A N/A overkill
Grid Bookshelf.png
Librarian Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table Enchanter Pick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output. PC N/A N/A bookcase
Grid Diamond Boots.png
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.[3] PC N/A N/A exploreAllBiomes
Grid Wither Skeleton Skull.png
The Beginning? Spawn the Wither The End. PC N/A N/A spawnWither
Grid Nether Star.png
The Beginning. Kill the Wither The Beginning? PC N/A N/A killWither
Grid Beacon.png
Beaconator Create a full beacon The Beginning. Place a beacon block with a 4-level pyramid. PC N/A N/A fullBeacon
Grid Wheat.png
Repopulation Breed two cows with wheat Cow Tipper Breed two cows or two mooshrooms. PC N/A N/A breedCow
Grid Diamond.png
Diamonds to you! Throw diamonds at another player. DIAMONDS! Drop a diamond with your drop-item key (default is Q). Another player or a zombie must then pick up this diamond. If picked up by a player, the diamond must create a new stack in their inventory. PC N/A N/A diamondsToYou
Grid Golden Apple.png
Overpowered Build a Notch apple Getting an Upgrade Pick up an enchanted golden apple from a crafting table output. PC N/A N/A overpowered
MOAR Tools.png
MOAR Tools Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe). Benchmarking Xbox & PS 15G Bronze N/A
Grid Dispenser.png
Dispense With This Construct a Dispenser. Acquire Hardware Xbox & PS 20G Silver N/A
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. Xbox & PS 30G Silver N/A
Awarded All Trophies.png
Awarded All Trophies All trophies have been awarded. All others Automatically obtained when all other trophies have been obtained PS N/A Platinum N/A


The achievement interface with the first achievement done.

The button to access the Achievements screen is found on the "pause" screen of Minecraft. That is, when in a world, you would hit the 'Escape' key to bring up the screen (from which you can also exit the game). Next to it is a button to access the Statistics interface.

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.

Test achievements can also be found within Beta 1.4's source code before the 1.5 release, and on the test video posted by Notch. Among these are opening the inventory, mining wood and building a workbench.

The Xbox 360 Edition and PlayStation 3 Edition use the standard Xbox 360 achievement and PlayStation 3 trophy interfaces, respectively, instead of the tree display.



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 as well, in case you want to brag.
April 8, 2011 Notch uploads a video to YouTube showing weather, statistics and achievements.
1.5 Achievements added. Initially intended to be released in Beta 1.4 it got pushed back as it was not yet functional.[4]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
Grid Monster Spawner.png
Grid Dragon Egg.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
Grid Diamond.png
Grid Diamond Ore.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.[5]
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.[3]
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.


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


  • 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 a command to give an achievement, a player will receive all previously required achievements as well as the one being given, spamming chat.
  • 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.


  • 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 proto-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.

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