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Advancements are a feature added to Minecraft in Java Edition 1.12. The advancement system is a way to gradually guide players through the game, providing them with an ordered list of challenges to complete. This system replaces the previous "Achievements" system.[1]

Overview[edit | edit source]

Dinnerbone demonstrating the Advancements system.

The names of advancements sound more like a type of action, compared to the former achievement names. However, the names can also be customized through a JSON file. Advancements are earned by players as they complete various tasks within their Minecraft world. Unlocking advancements does not grant players any physical benefits to gameplay, they are simply a way of documenting what a player has accomplished. They also serve as a way for players to see how far their fellow players have progressed within a particular Minecraft world. When an advancement is earned, all players within the Minecraft world will receive the following server message:
"<Player> has made the advancement [Advancement Name]. "

There are various tabs to the advancement interface, each containing different advancement trees.[2] There are currently five tabs (although more can be added by adding custom files).

  • Minecraft: The heart and story of the game.
  • Adventure: adventure, exploration, and combat.
  • Nether: Bring summer clothes.
  • The End: Or the beginning?
  • Husbandry: The World is full of Friends and Food.

Advancement icons display a header name and description when hovered over. They only appear in a tree when the advancement before it is completed, although, as stated before, advancements can be completed in any order. The icon frames of goal advancements are more rounded while challenge advancements have a sharper appearance. Advancement icons begin as light-gray but will turn dark-golden when completed.

Examples of the icon frame and description of the advancements are as follows:

Icon Frame Description
Uncompleted/Regular Completed
File:Normal Advancement Uncompleted.png
File:Normal Advancement Completed.png
Normal advancement.
File:Goal Advancement Uncompleted.png
File:Goal Advancement Completed.png
Goal advancement.
File:Challenge Advancement Uncompleted.png
File:Challenge Advancement Completed.png
Challenge advancement.

List of Advancements[edit | edit source]

Minecraft[edit | edit source]

File:350px-Advancements Tree.png

Advancement name In-game description Requirements to obtain
Minecraft The heart and story of the game Have a Crafting Table.
Stone Age Mine stone with your new Pickaxe. Have Cobblestone or


Getting an Upgrade Construct a better pickaxe. Have a Stone Pickaxe.
Acquire Hardware Smelt an Iron Ingot. Have an Iron Ingot.
Suit Up Protect yourself with a piece of iron Armor. Have any piece of Iron Armor. (You do not need to be wearing it.)
Hot Stuff Fill a Bucket with Lava. Have a Lava Bucket.
Isn't It Iron Pick Upgrade your pickaxe. Have an Iron Pickaxe.
Not Today, Thank You Deflect an Arrow with a Shield. Deflect any projectile with a Shield.
Ice Bucket Challenge Form and mine a block of Obsidian. Have Obsidian.
Diamonds! Acquire Diamonds. Have a Diamond.
We Need to Go Deeper Build, light, and enter a Nether Portal. Go to the Nether.
Cover Me With Diamonds Diamond armor saves lives. Have any piece of Diamond Armor. (You do not need to be wearing it.)
Enchanter Enchant an item at an Enchantment Table. Enchant an item at an Enchantment Table.
Zombie Doctor Weaken and then cure a Zombie


Splash a Potion of Weakness on a Zombie Villager and use a Golden Apple on it to cure it.
Eye Spy Follow an Eye of Ender. Go into a Stronghold.
The End? Enter the End Portal. Go to the End.

Nether[edit | edit source]

File:350px-Advancements Tree - Nether.png
Advancement name In-game description Requirements
Nether Bring summer clothes. Go to the Nether.
Subspace Bubble Use The Nether to travel 7km (that means 7000 blocks) in the Overworld. Use Nether Portals to travel 7000 blocks in the Overworld, which means 875 blocks in the Nether.
A Terrible Fortress Break your way into a Nether Fortress.
Return to Sender Destroy a Ghast with a fireball.
Those Were the Days Enter a Bastion Remnant.
Hidden in the Depths Obtain Ancient Debris.
Who is Cutting Onions? Obtain Crying Obsidian.
Oh Shiny Distract Piglins with gold.
This Boat Has Legs Ride a Strider with a Warped Fungus on a Stick.
War Pigs Loot a chest in a Bastion Remnant.
Country Lode, Take Me Home Use a Compass on a Lodestone.
Cover Me in Debris Get a full suit of Netherite armor.
Not Quite "Nine" Lives Charge a Respawn Anchor to the maximum.
Hot Tourist Destinations Explore all Nether biomes.
Into Fire Relieve a Blaze of its rod.
Spooky Scary Skeleton Obtain a Wither Skeleton's skull.
Uneasy Alliance Rescue a Ghast from the Nether, bring it safely home to the Overworld...and then kill it.
Local Brewery Brew a Potion.
Withering Heights Summon The Wither.
A Furious Cocktail Have every potion Status Effect applied at the same time.
Bring Home the Beacon Construct and place a Beacon.
How Did We Get Here? Have every effect applied at the same time.
Beaconator Bring a beacon to full power.

The End[edit | edit source]

File:350px-Advancements Tree - The End.png
Advancement name In-game description Requirements
The End Or the beginning Go to the End.
Free the End Good luck Kill the Ender Dragon.
The Next Generation Hold the Dragon Egg. Have a Dragon Egg.

Remote Getaway

Escape the island. Leave the End.
The End...Again... Respawn the Ender Dragon. Put the crystals on the gateway to spawn an ender dragon.
You Need a Mint Collect dragon's breath in a Glass Bottle. Have Dragon's Breath.
The City at the End of the Game Go on in, what could happen? Go to an end city.
Sky's the Limit Find an Elytra. Have an elytra.
Great View From Up Here Levitate up 50 blocks from the attacks of a Shulker.

Adventure[edit | edit source]

File:350px-Advancements Tree - Adventure.png
Advancement Name In-game Description Requirements(if different from description)
Adventure Adventure, combat, and exploration. Kill something, or die to an entity.
Monster Hunter Kill any Hostile monster.
Sweet Dreams Change your Spawn point. Sleep.
Postmortal Use a Totem of Undying to cheat death.
Monsters Hunted Kill one of every hostile monster.
Take Aim Shoot something with a Bow and Arrow.
Sniper Duel Kill a Skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 blocks.
What a Deal! Successfully trade with a Villager.
Hired Help Summon an Iron Golem to help defend a Village.
Adventuring Time Discover every Biome. Visit 42 biomes in the Overworld.
A Throwaway Joke Throw your Trident at something (not a good idea) Hit an entity with a Trident.
Very Very Frightening Strike a Villager with lightning Hit a Villager with a Trident enchanted with Channeling.
Bee our Guest Use a Campfire to collect honey from a beehive without aggravating the bees.
Total Beelocation Move and place a Bee Nest with 3 bees inside using Silk Touch.
Sticky Situation Craft a Honey Block.
Voluntary Exile Kill a raid captain. Maybe consider staying away from villages for the time being...
Ol' Betsy Shoot a crossbow.
Two Birds, One Arrow Kill two Phantoms with a piercing arrow Use a Crossbow enchanted with Piercing to kill two Phantoms.
Who's the Pillager Now? Give a Pillager a taste of their own medicine Kill a Pillager with a Crossbow.
Arbalistic Kill five unique mobs with one crossbow shot
Hero of the Village Successfully defend a village from a raid.
Bullseye Hit the bullseye of a Target block from at least 30 meters away Be at least 30 Blocks away when the center of the Target was shot with a projectile horizontally by the player

Husbandry[edit | edit source]

File:350px-Advancements Tree - Husbandry.png
Advancement name In-game description Requirements
Husbandry The world is full of friends and food Eat something
The Parrots and the Bats Breed two animals together.
Two by Two Breed all the animals!
Best Friends Forever Tame an animal.
Serious Dedication Completely use up a netherite Hoe, and then reevaluate your life choices. Make a netherite hoe.
A Balanced Diet Eat everything edible, even if it's not good for you.
A Seedy Place Plant a seed and watch it grow. Plant something.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The advancement tabs were added in different snapshots.
    • The Adventure tab was added in snapshot 17w14a.
    • The Nether and the End tabs were added in snapshot 17w17a.
    • The Husbandry tab was added in snapshot 17w18b.
  • The advancement "Ice Bucket Challenge" is a reference to the popular ice bucket challenge, which was created as a way to raise awareness of ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.
  • The advancement "Spooky Scary Skeleton" is a reference to the song with the same name.
  • The advancement "War Pigs" is also a reference to a song of the same name by the heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
  • "Hired Help", "Great View From Up Here", "You Need A Mint", "The End... Again...", "Postmortal", "Zombie Doctor" , "Diamonds!" and "Minecraft" were originally Bedrock Edition achievements ported over and made into advancements.
  • As of 1.16 “Serious Dedication” was changed from using up a diamond hoe to upgrading a diamond hoe to a netherite hoe.
  • The advancement "Country Lode, Take Me Home" is a reference to the song "Country Roads" by John Denver.
  • "Withering Heights" may be a reference to "Wuthering Heights", a novel by Emily Brontë.

References[edit | edit source]