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AchievementNotification

An example of the pop-up which appears when an achievement is earned.

AchievementInterface

The achievement interface with the first achievement complete.

Achievements are a way to gradually guide new players into Minecraft by giving them challenges to complete. They can also serve as a way for other players to see which goals have been reached.

Overview

Achievements can be completed in any game mode, including Creative Mode. An exception is in the console editions, where presumably because of their being 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:

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.[1] 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 opening 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.

Interface

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 otherwise noted.

Icon Achievement In-game Description Prerequisites
(Do not apply in PS3 edition)
Actual requirements
(if different)
Name
(Used in /achievement)
TakingInventory
Taking Inventory Press Inventory Key to open your inventory. None Open the inventory.

"Inventory Key" will be replaced with the player's actual key.

openInventory
GettingWoodlogo
Getting Wood Punch a tree until a block of wood pops out. Taking Inventory Pick up a block of wood from the ground. mineWood
Benchmarkinglogo
Benchmarking Craft a workbench with four blocks of Wooden Planks. Getting Wood Pick up a crafting table out of the inventory crafting grid. buildWorkBench
Timetofarm!logo
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
BakeBread
Bake Bread Turn wheat into bread. Time to Farm! Pick up
ItemCSS
Bread
from a Crafting Table or the ground.
makeBread
TheLieLogo
The Lie Wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs! Time to Farm! Pick up a
ItemCSS
Cake
from a Crafting Table.
bakeCake
TimeToStrike
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
MonsterHunter
Monster Hunter Attack and destroy a monster. Time to Strike! Kill a hostile mob. killEnemy
SniperDuel
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
CowTipper
Cow Tipper Harvest some leather. Time to Strike! Pick up
ItemCSS
Leather
from the ground.
killCow
WhenPigsFly
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)
flyPig
TimeToMine
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
GettingAnUpgrade
Getting an Upgrade Construct a better pickaxe. Time to Mine! Pick up a Stone Pickaxe from a Crafting Table or the ground. buildBetterPickaxe
HotTopic
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
DeliciousFish
Delicious Fish Catch and cook fish. Hot Topic Remove a
ItemCSS
Cooked Fish
from a Furnace.
cookFish
AcquireHardware
Acquire Hardware Smelt an iron ingot. Hot Topic Remove an
ItemCSS
Iron Ingot
from a Furnace.
acquireIron
OnARail
On A Rail Travel by minecart at least 1 km from where you started. Acquire Hardware Travel by
ItemCSS
Minecart
to a point at least 1 km in a single direction from where the travel was started (500m in PC version).
onARail
DiamondsAchievement
DIAMONDS! Acquire diamonds with your iron tools. Acquire Hardware Pick up a
ItemCSS
Diamond
after: mining some Diamond Ore, from a Crafting Table, or the ground.
diamonds
EnchanterAchievement
Enchanter Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table. DIAMONDS! Pick up an Enchantment Table from a Crafting Table. enchantments
Overkill
Overkill Deal eight hearts of damage in a single hit. Enchanter Deal nine hearts damage in a single hit - impossible without enchantments. overkill
Librarian
Librarian Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table. Enchanter Pick up a Bookshelf from a Crafting Table. bookcase
WeNeedToGoDeeper
We Need to Go Deeper Build a portal to the Nether. Acquire Hardware Ignite a Nether Portal. portal
ReturnToSender
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
IntoFire
Into Fire Relieve a Blaze of its rod. We Need to Go Deeper (PC version)
Into The Nether (console versions)
Pick up a
ItemCSS
Blaze Rod
after: killing a Blaze, from a Crafting Table, or from the ground.
blazerod
LocalBrewery
Local Brewery Brew a potion. Into Fire Pick up a
ItemCSS
Potion
from a Brewing Stand. An already-created potion placed and removed qualifies.
potion
TheEndAchievement
The End? Locate the End. Into Fire Enter an End Portal. theEnd
TheEndAchievement2
The End. Defeat the Ender Dragon. The End? Exit the End.
theEnd2
TheBeginning
The Beginning? Spawn the Wither. The End. spawnWither
TheBeginning2
The Beginning. Defeat the Wither. The Beginning? Pick up a
ItemCSS
Nether Star
from the ground.
killWither
AdventuringTime
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).
exploreAllBiomes
Repopulation
Repopulation Breed two cows with wheat. Cow Tipper Feed two Cows with wheat while the cows are next to each other. breedCow
DiamondsToYou
Diamonds to You! Throw diamonds at another player. DIAMONDS! Drop a
ItemCSS
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
Beaconator Create a full beacon. The beginning. Put a beacon on a full pyramid (4 layers).
fullBeacon
Overpowered
Overpowered Eat a Notch Apple. Getting an upgrade overpowered

Console, Pocket Edition, and Windows 10 Edition Only

The achievements in the following table are only obtainable in console versions, Minecraft: Pocket Edition and/or Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, unless otherwise noted.

Icon Achievement In-game Description Prerequisites
(Do not apply in PS3 edition)
Actual requirements
(if different)
WeNeedToGoDeeper
Into the Nether Build a portal to the Nether. DIAMONDS! Travel through a Nether Portal, and into The Nether.
MoarTools
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)
DispenseWithThis
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)
LeaderOfThePack
Leader of the Pack Befriend five wolves. Monster Hunter Tame five wolves with bones. (Xbox, Windows 10, and PS3 only)
AwardedAllTrophies
Awarded all Trophies All trophies have been awarded. All Others Collect all other trophies.
(PS3 only)
PorkChopAchievement
Pork Chop Cook and eat a
ItemCSS
Porkchop
PassingTheTime
Passing The Time Play for 100 days. Play in a world for 100 Minecraft days (33 hours real-time).
TheHaggler
The Haggler Obtain 30
ItemCSS
Emeralds
.
Only Mining or trading with Villagers counts. Not available in Pocket Edition or Windows 10.
PotPlanter
Pot Planter Craft and place a
ItemCSS
Flower Pot
.
(Not available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition)
ItsASign
It's A Sign Craft and place a
ItemCSS
Sign
.
IronBelly
Iron Belly Stop starvation by eating
ItemCSS
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.
HaveAShearfulDay
Have A Shearful Day Use
ItemCSS
Shears
to obtain Wool from a sheep.
RainbowCollection
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.
StayinFrosty
Stayin' Frosty Swim in lava while affected by a Fire Resistance effect.
ChestfulOfCobblestone
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.
RenewableEnergy
Renewable Energy Smelt Wood logs in a Furnace, using
ItemCSS
Charcoal
as the fuel source.
MusicToMyEars
Music To My Ears Play a
ItemCSS
Music Disc
in a Jukebox.
Bodyguard
Body Guard Create an Iron Golem. Place 3 Blocks of Iron and a Pumpkin in the shape of a cross.
Ironman
Iron Man Equip a full set of iron Armor.
ZombieDoctor
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.
LionTamer
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
Archer Kill a Creeper with
ItemCSS
Arrows
.
TieDyeOutfit
Tie Dye Outfit Dye a full 4-piece set of leather Armor.
Trampoline
Trampoline Bounce 30 blocks high off a Slime Block.
Camoflage
Camouflage Kill a mob while wearing a head of that type of mob. (Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)
MapRoom
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)
FreightStation
Freight Station Move an item from a
ItemCSS
Minecart
chest, into a regular Chest using a Hopper.
(Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)
SmeltEverything
Smelt Everything! Connect 3 Chests to a single Furnace using Hoppers. (Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)
TasteOfYourOwnMedicine
Taste Of Your Own Medicine Poison a Witch with a
ItemCSS
Splash Potion
.
(Only available in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition)
Ender Pearl-1-
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)
Elytra
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)
150px-Shulker Open
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. Defeat an Elder Guardian in an Ocean Monument.
Artificial Selection Breed a mule from a horse and donkey.

Notes

  • 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, then picked back up.

Comments from Notch Concerning Achievements

Speaking to Gamasutra,[2] 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.
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.


On March 18, 2011, Notch talked about Achievements and Statistics on his Blog.[3] 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.


Preview Video

On April 8, 2011, a video was uploaded to YouTube showing weather, statistics and achievements. [4]

Bugs

  • The achievement "Sniper Duel" used to be unachievable under any circumstance, but was 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.
Takeaway!

A player generated Achievement.

Trivia

  • 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" that is of the same promised cake.
    • Another reference to Valve's games is an achievement name "On A Rail", which is the title of one of the levels in Half-Life.
  • 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, to get credit for an achievement, a player must first log in to either an Xbox Live account or a Microsoft account.

References

  1. http://twitter.com/notch/status/53362371372138496
  2. Gamasutra: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/33220/Interview_Markus_Persson_On_Bringing_Achievements_to_Minecraft.php
  3. The Word of Notch: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/3940195633/the-state-of-minecraft
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy882ILYJMM

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