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Achievements were a way to gradually guide new players into Minecraft by giving them challenges to complete. They also served as a way for other players to see which goals have been reached. As of 1.12 they have been replaced by Advancements, which are more customizable.
Achievements could previously be completed in any game mode, including Creative Mode. An exception are the console editions where, presumably because of how they are universal, they can only be earned in worlds that have not been created or saved in creative mode or with host privileges active. There are currently:
- 34 achievements in the PC edition
- 73 achievements in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition
- 80 achievements in the Xbox 360 Edition, Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: Wii U Edition.
- 81 trophies in the PlayStation 3 Edition, PlayStation 4 Edition and PlayStation Vita Edition.
Achievements were added to Minecraft on April 19, 2011, in the Beta version 1.5 update. The Beta 1.4 update was originally intended to include achievements and statistics; however, implementation was pulled from the release because it was not yet functional. It was implemented in the following update instead.
As of 1.7.1, achievements are separate for each world. Thus, there is a separate record of the player's achievements in each individual world (e.g. achievements in a creative mode world do not carry over to a Hardcore Mode world). The achievements in the Console Editions use the trophies and/or badges built into the operating system of the console, so they are not specific to each world and can be viewed without having to open Minecraft.
Achievements do not grant the player any in-game perks or bonuses. They are merely a novelty or (on console versions) a way of showing other players which predetermined goals have been reached.
Minecraft's achievement system involves a tree composed of achievements, some of which are prerequisites for others. 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: sand at the top, dirt spanning below, bedrock at the bottom, and ores distributed as they would be in the world.
List of Achievements
Note: for more complex achievements, a link has been provided.
All Minecraft Versions
The achievements in the following table are obtainable in all versions of Minecraft unless noted otherwise.
|Icon||Achievement||In-game Description|| Prerequisites|
(Do not apply in PS3 edition)
| Actual requirements|
(Used in /achievement)
|Taking Inventory||Pressto open your inventory.||None|| Open the inventory.
"Inventory Key" will be replaced with the player's actual key.
|Getting Wood||Punch a tree until a block of wood pops out.||Taking Inventory||Pick up a block of wood from the ground.||mineWood|
|Benchmarking||Craft a workbench with four blocks of Wooden Planks.||Getting Wood||Pick up a crafting table out of the inventory crafting grid.||buildWorkBench|
|Time to Farm!||Use planks and sticks to make a Wooden Hoe.||Benchmarking||Pick up a Wooden Hoe from a Crafting Table or the ground.||buildHoe|
|Bake Bread||Turn wheat into bread.||Time to Farm!||Pick up Bread from a Crafting Table or the ground.||makeBread|
|The Lie||Wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs!||Time to Farm!||Pick up a Cake from a Crafting Table.||bakeCake|
|Time to Strike!||Use planks and sticks to make a sword.||Benchmarking||Pick up a Wooden Sword from a Crafting Table or the ground.||buildSword|
|Monster Hunter||Attack and destroy a monster.||Time to Strike!||Kill a hostile mob.||killEnemy|
|Sniper Duel||Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters.||Monster Hunter||Kill a Skeleton by firing an arrow from a bow from more than 50 blocks distance away, and the distance must be entirely horizontal, not vertical.||snipeSkeleton|
|Cow Tipper||Harvest some leather.||Time to Strike!||Pick up Leather from the ground.||killCow|
|When Pigs Fly||Fly a pig off a cliff.||Cow Tipper|| Use a saddle to ride a pig, then have the pig (and consequently the player) get hurt from fall damage while riding it.|
(Not available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition)
|Time to Mine!||Use planks and sticks to make a pickaxe.||Benchmarking||Pick up a Wooden Pickaxe from a Crafting Table or the ground.||buildPickaxe|
|Getting an Upgrade||Construct a better pickaxe.||Time to Mine!||Pick up a Stone Pickaxe from a Crafting Table or the ground.||buildBetterPickaxe|
|Hot Topic||Construct a furnace out of eight cobblestone blocks.||Time to Mine!||Pick up a Furnace from a Crafting Table (crafted using Cobblestone blocks) or the ground.||buildFurnace|
|Delicious Fish||Catch and cook fish.||Hot Topic||Remove a Cooked Fish from a Furnace.||cookFish|
|Acquire Hardware||Smelt an iron ingot.||Hot Topic||Remove an Iron Ingot from a Furnace.||acquireIron|
|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 in a single direction from where the travel was started (500m in PC version).||onARail|
|DIAMONDS!||Acquire diamonds with your iron tools.||Acquire Hardware||Pick up a Diamond after: mining some Diamond Ore, from a Crafting Table, or the ground.||diamonds|
|Enchanter||Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table.||DIAMONDS!||Pick up an Enchantment Table from a Crafting Table.||enchantments|
|Overkill||Deal eight hearts of damage in a single hit.||Enchanter||Deal nine hearts damage in a single hit - impossible without enchantments.||overkill|
|Librarian||Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table.||Enchanter||Pick up a Bookshelf from a Crafting Table.||bookcase|
|We Need to Go Deeper||Build a portal to the Nether.||Acquire Hardware||Ignite a Nether Portal.||portal|
|Return To Sender||Destroy a Ghast with a fireball.||We Need to Go Deeper||Knock a Ghast's fireball back at it, thus killing it.||ghast|
|Into Fire||Relieve a Blaze of its rod.|| We Need to Go Deeper (PC version)|
Into The Nether (console versions)
|Pick up a Blaze Rod after: killing a Blaze, from a Crafting Table, or from the ground.||blazerod|
|Local Brewery||Brew a potion.||Into Fire||Pick up a Potion from a Brewing Stand. An already-created potion placed and removed qualifies.||potion|
|The End?||Locate the End.||Into Fire||Enter an End Portal.||theEnd|
|The End.||Defeat the Ender Dragon.||The End?|| Exit the End.||theEnd2|
|The Beginning?||Spawn the Wither.||The End.||spawnWither|
|The Beginning.||Defeat the Wither.||The Beginning?|| Pick up a Nether Star from the ground. ||killWither|
|Adventuring Time||Discover all biomes.||The End?|| Visit all 36 Biomes (PC version).|
Visit 17 different biomes, not necessarily in a single world (Console Versions).
|Repopulation||Breed two cows with wheat.||Cow Tipper||Feed two Cows with wheat while the cows are next to each other.||breedCow|
|Diamonds to You!||Throw diamonds at another player.||DIAMONDS!||Drop a Diamond, and a mob or another Player must pick it up. If a player picks it up, it must create a new stack in their inventory. It does not qualify if a player picks up their own diamond, because the "Thrower" NBT Tag is set to that player.||diamondsToYou|
|Beaconator||Create a full beacon.||The beginning.|| Put a beacon on a full pyramid (4 layers).||fullBeacon|
|Overpowered||Eat a Notch Apple.||Getting an upgrade||overpowered|
Console, Pocket Edition, and Windows 10 Edition Only
|Icon||Achievement||In-game Description|| Prerequisites|
(Do not apply in PS3 edition)
| Actual requirements|
|Into the Nether||Build a portal to the Nether.||DIAMONDS!||Travel through a Nether Portal, and into The Nether.|
|MOAR Tools||Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe, one hoe).||Benchmarking||Craft one Pickaxe, one Shovel, one Axe, and one Hoe. (Xbox, Windows 10, and PS3 only)|
|Dispense with this||Construct a dispenser.||Acquire Hardware||Pick up a Dispenser from the Crafting Table or the ground. (Xbox, Windows 10, and PS3 only)|
|Leader of the Pack||Befriend five wolves.||Monster Hunter||Tame five wolves with bones. (Xbox, Windows 10, and PS3 only)|
|Awarded all Trophies||All trophies have been awarded.||All Others|| Collect all other trophies.|
|Pork Chop||Cook and eat a Porkchop|
|Passing The Time||Play for 100 days.||Play in a world for 100 Minecraft days (33 hours real-time).|
|The Haggler||Obtain 30 Emeralds.||Only Mining or trading with Villagers counts. Not available in Pocket Edition or Windows 10.|
|Pot Planter||Craft and place a Flower Pot.||(Not available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition)|
|It's A Sign||Craft and place a Sign.|
|Iron Belly||Stop starvation by eating Rotten Flesh.||Monster Hunter||Wait for the hunger bar to go down all the way and lose a health point, and then eat Rotten Flesh.|
|Have A Shearful Day||Use Shears to obtain Wool from a sheep.|
|Rainbow Collection||Gather 16 colors of Wool.||The wool can be collected at different times, and does not need to be present in the player's inventory all at once.|
|Stayin' Frosty||Swim in lava while affected by a Fire Resistance effect.|
|Chestful Of Cobblestone||Mine and place 1728 Cobblestone in a Chest.||27 full stacks of cobblestone need to be placed in the chest. However, this does not need to be the same cobblestone which the player mined.|
|Renewable Energy||Smelt Wood logs in a Furnace, using Charcoal as the fuel source.|
|Music To My Ears||Play a Music Disc in a Jukebox.|
|Body Guard||Create an Iron Golem.||Place 3 Blocks of Iron and a Pumpkin in the shape of a cross.|
|Iron Man||Equip a full set of iron Armor.|
|Zombie Doctor||Cure a Zombie Villager.||Use a splash potion of weakness on the Zombie Villager. Then right click and hold on the Zombie Villager with a Golden Apple in hand. Finally trap the Zombie Villager in a cage to prevent it from despawning. After a while the Villager will be cured.|
|Lion Tamer||Tame an Ocelot.||Crouch and stop moving with some raw fish in hand. Wait for the Ocelot to come towards the player and slowly look down at it, then feed it the raw fish.|
|Archer||Kill a Creeper with Arrows.|
|Tie Dye Outfit||Dye a full 4-piece set of leather Armor.|
|Trampoline||Bounce 30 blocks high off a Slime Block.|
|Camouflage||Kill a mob while wearing a head of that type of mob.||(Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)|
|Map Room||Place 9 fully-explored, adjacent maps into item frames in the shape of a 3x3 square.||(Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)|
|Freight Station||Move an item from a Minecart chest, into a regular Chest using a Hopper.||(Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)|
|Smelt Everything!||Connect 3 Chests to a single Furnace using Hoppers.||(Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)|
|Taste Of Your Own Medicine||Poison a Witch with a Splash Potion.||(Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)|
|Beam Me Up||Teleport over 100 meters from a single throw of an Ender Pearl.||(Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)|
|Super Sonic||Use Elytra to fly through a 1 by 1 gap while moving faster than 40 m/s,||The End.||(Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)|
|Great View From Up Here||Levitate up 50 blocks from the attacks of a Shulker.||The End.||(Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)|
|The End... Again...||Respawn the Ender Dragon.||The End.||Place 4 Ender Crystals around the End Portal while in The End.|
|You Need a Mint||Collect dragons breath in a glass bottle.||The End?|
|The Deep End||Defeat an Elder Guardian.||Kill an Elder Guardian in an Ocean Monument.|
|Artificial Selection||Breed a mule from a horse and donkey.|
- Achievements unlocked by picking up items will not be triggered if an item is moved directly from a Chest to the player's inventory. It must be dropped before being picked back up.
Comments from Notch Concerning Achievements
|“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.„|
Finally, when 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.„|
On March 18, 2011, Notch talked about Achievements and Statistics on his Blog. He said 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 added 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.„|
- The achievement "Sniper Duel" used to be unachievable under any circumstance, but it was later fixed in Version 1.1.
- As of Beta version 1.7, achievements would reset themselves when the game is exited.
- The achievement "Overkill" states that eight hearts of damage must be dealt in a single hit when in fact nine hearts of damage are required to unlock the achievement.
- The "Cow Tipper" achievement can be obtained by killing horses due to the fact that they drop Leather.
- As of 1.0.0, there are exactly 27 achievements.
- Custom Achievements can be made using various third-party sites.
- The first achievement confirmed by Notch was "When Pigs Fly" although it was more explained than named.
- "The Lie" achievement is a reference to the promised cake in the game Portal that is thought to be "a lie" and the Internet meme "The Cake is a Lie" is of that same promised cake.
- The player can reset all of his/her Achievements by deleting the "stats" folder in the Minecraft App Data folder. Beware that it also resets Statistics.
- Completing achievements without their prerequisites will not count, despite the ability to do so legitimately.
- This, however, does not affect the PS3 Edition.
- There are neither Gold Ores nor Lapis Lazuli ores in the Achievements Menu background.
- Contrary to popular misconception, "Achievement Get!" is not a grammatical error, but a deliberate reference to a decade-old proto-meme. Early screenshots of Super Mario Sunshine used the Japanese localization, and featured Mario grabbing a "Shine" item 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.
- Texture packs affect the background of the achievement tree.
- "We Need To Go Deeper" is a reference to the movie Inception.
- "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.
- Prior to Beta 1.9 pre-release 6, the image used by "The End." was that of a Monster Spawner. This was because the Dragon Egg was not implemented at that point. This was changed upon its addition.
- "Adventuring Time" is a reference to the show "Adventure Time".
- "Beaconator" could be a reference to the "Baconator" burger from Wendy's.
- Test achievements can be found within Minecraft Beta 1.4's source code, and the test video posted by Notch. Among these are opening the inventory, mining wood, and building a workbench.
- In Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, in order to get credit for an achievement a player must first log in to either an Xbox Live account or a Microsoft account.
- ↑ http://twitter.com/notch/status/53362371372138496
- ↑ Gamasutra: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/33220/Interview_Markus_Persson_On_Bringing_Achievements_to_Minecraft.php
- ↑ The Word of Notch: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/3940195633/the-state-of-minecraft
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy882ILYJMM