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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]



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 story and the heart 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
Normal Advancement Uncompleted
Normal Advancement Completed
Normal advancement.
Goal Advancement Uncompleted
Goal Advancement Completed
Goal advancement.
Challenge Advancement Uncompleted
Challenge Advancement Completed
Challenge advancement.

List of Advancements


350px-Advancements Tree

Advancement name In-game description
Minecraft The heart and story of the game
Stone Age Mine stone with your new Pickaxe.
Getting an Upgrade Construct a better pickaxe.
Acquire Hardware Smelt an Iron Ingot.
Suit Up Protect yourself with a piece of iron Armor.
Hot Stuff Fill a Bucket with Lava.
Isn't It Iron Pick Upgrade your pickaxe.
Not Today, Thank You Deflect an Arrow with a Shield.
Ice Bucket Challenge Form and mine a block of Obsidian.
Diamonds! Acquire Diamonds.
We Need to Go Deeper Build, light, and enter a Nether Portal.
Cover Me With Diamonds Diamond armor saves lives.
Enchanter Enchant an item at an Enchantment Table.
Zombie Doctor Weaken and then cure a Zombie Villager.
Eye Spy Follow an Eye of Ender.
The End? Enter the End Portal.


350px-Advancements Tree - Nether
Advancement name In-game description
Nether Bring summer clothes.
Subspace Bubble Use The Nether to travel 7km in the Overworld.
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

350px-Advancements Tree - The End
Advancement name In-game description
The End Or the beginning
Free the End Good luck
The Next Generation Hold the Dragon Egg.

Remote Getaway

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


350px-Advancements Tree - Adventure
Advancement Name In-game Description
Adventure Adventure, combat, and exploration.
Monster Hunter Kill any Hostile monster.
Sweet Dreams Change your Spawn point.
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.
A Throwaway Joke Throw your Trident at something (not a good idea)
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.
Hero of the Village Successfully defend a village from a raid.


350px-Advancements Tree - Husbandry
Advancement name In-game description
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.
A Balanced Diet Eat everything edible, even if it's not good for you.



  • 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", and "Zombie Doctor" were originally Bedrock Edition achievements ported over and made into advancements.
  • In the Nether Update (1.16) “Serious Dedication” was changed from using up a diamond hoe to upgrading a diamond hoe to a netherite hoe.


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