Achievements are a system in the game to help gauge what a player has accomplished in the game. They are awarded for completing various tasks spanning all game types; PvE, PvP, and WvW. Completing an achievement may reward the player with achievement points ( ), an item, and/or a title. Players also get achievement rewards for obtaining enough achievement points for the tier. These rewards include coin, laurels, gems, weapon and armor skins, account bonuses, achievement chests. Achievements are organized into achievement categories, which are organized into logical groups to aid in navigation. The Daily and Monthly group contains a daily and monthly category for PvE/WvW and for sPvP.
Progression, achievement points, and titles are shared across all characters on an account. Most items rewarded from achievements are account bound. Upon obtaining an achievement, the player will be notified with a popup in the lower right corner of the UI stating the name, tier, description, and achievement points gained. Many achievements have multiple tiers and a notification will appear upon completing each tier. For these tiered achievements, the menu shows progression along the current tier, not the overall progression.
While most achievements are standard and require completing certain tasks in the game, others have special purposes or requirements. Meta achievements act as an umbrella achievement for the achievement category, requiring other achievements in the category to be completed. Other achievement serve as an umbrella achievement for certain achievments in the category, such as Learn to Kite. A few achievements are repeatable, granting achievement points every time the progress bar is filled at which time its progress is reset. Some achievements have prerequisites and will not progress until all tiers of the prerequisite achievement have been completed.
In the game, players in the same guild or party may view each others total achievement points, but with the exception of wearing a title, only the player can see their individual achievements obtained. Outside the game, players may compare their accumulated achievement points with others on the leaderboards here: NA / EU.
 Achievement rewards
- Primary article: Achievement rewards
Once you reach enough achievement points, you will be granted achievement rewards, including an achievement chest, permanent account bonuses, laurels, coins, gems, and unlockable reward skins. Achievement rewards are awarded for every multiple of 500 achievement points, except for the first reward which is awarded for 100 points.
Players are also awarded a title at every 5,000 achievement point interval.
The summary provides information on unlocked rewards, account bonuses, recently completed achievement, and nearly completed achievements. Unlocked skins can be copied an unlimited number of times on any character.
 Watch list
Up to 20 achievements can be added to a watch list and displayed in the Achievements UI panel. The panel can display a maximum of 5, removing achievements that have been completed. An achievement can be added by toggling the eye in the bottom right corner of each achievement on and off. Having any achievements on the watch list will override the default watch list. By default, the Daily achievements are displayed. If the Daily is completed, the Monthly achievements are displayed. If the Monthly is completed, nothing is displayed by default. The watch list is useful for tracking a group of related achievements, especially Living World achievement categories.
Achievement categories are organized in logical groups:
|Daily and Monthly|
|Daily||12-15||12-15||Repeatable PvE achievements; resets each day.|
|Daily PvP||4||4||Repeatable PvP achievements; resets each day.|
|Monthly||7||70||Repeatable PvE achievements; resets each month.|
|Monthly PvP||4||40||Repeatable PvP achievements; resets each month.|
|A Very Merry Wintersday||17||209||Achievements related to the A Very Merry Wintersday release.|
|The Nightmare Is Over||12||57||Achievements related to the The Nightmare Is Over portion of the A Very Merry Wintersday release.|
|Tequatl||12||116||Fighting Tequatl the Sunless.|
|Bosses||8||80||Defeating powerful monsters.|
|Slayer||39||624||Killing creatures of a specific type.|
|Hero||29||400||Completing quests, learning skills, and gaining experience without dying.|
|Tradesman||15||782||Salvaging, gathering, applying upgrades, using transmutation stones, and crafting|
|Explorer||28||365||Exploring the map and completing mini-dungeons.|
|Fashion||6||130||Equipping cultural armors.|
|Weapon Master||20||209||Killing enemies with specific weapons; highest damage in a single hit.|
|Community||7||227||Gaining influence, collecting miniatures, consuming alcohol or food, kills from combos with allies, and reviving.|
|Hall of Monuments||10||500||Guild Wars accomplishments recorded in the Hall of Monuments.|
|Jumping Puzzles||45||450||Completing specific jumping puzzles.|
|PvP Conqueror||29||≥1098||Killing other players, winning in PvP matches and tournaments, and scoring points.|
|World vs World||16||891||In WvW, killing enemy invaders and capturing and defending objectives.|
|Tyria||10||335||Completing dungeons in Tyria.|
|Fractals of the Mists||29||210||Completing fractals and certain challenges in Fractals of the Mists.|
|Twilight Arbor Aetherpath||18||100||Twilight Arbor's aetherblade path achievements.|
|Belcher's Bluff||7||80||Playing Belcher's Bluff.|
|Keg Brawl||8||254||Playing Keg Brawl.|
|Crab Toss||4||142||Playing Crab Toss daily activity.|
|Sanctum Sprint||4||150||Playing Sanctum Sprint daily activity.|
|Southsun Survival||5||175||Playing Southsun Survival daily activity.|
|Twilight Assault||1||25||Meta for Twilight Assault achievements.|
|Clockwork Chaos||16||195||Participating in the events of Clockwork Chaos.|
|Queen Jennah's Jubilee||14||174||Participating in the events of Queen's Jubilee.|
|The Queen's Gauntlet||17||215||Completing fights and using gambits in Queen's Gauntlet.|
|Super Adventure Box||17||106||Completing challenges in World 1 of Super Adventure Box.|
|Super Adventure Box: Back to School||17||96||Completing challenges in World 2 of Super Adventure Box.|
|Super Adventure Box: Tribulation Mode||6||260||Completing challenges in Tribulation Mode of Super Adventure Box.|
|Boss Week||6||65||Participating in the events of Tequatl Rising.|
|Blood and Madness||12||107||Achievements related to Blood and Madness release.|
|Sky Pirates||21||193||Participating in the events of Sky Pirates of Tyria.|
|Dragon Bash||16||195||Participating in the events of Dragon Bash.|
|The Wondrous Workshop of Toymaker Tixx||15||165||Participating in the Wintersday 2012 event.|
|Shadow of the Mad King||8||116||Participating in the Shadow of the Mad King event.|
|Emissary Vorpp's Field Assistant||6||10||Creating the portal device to Scarlet's Playhouse during Clockwork Chaos.|
|Fractured!||15||95||Achievements related to the Fractured release.|
|The Nightmares Within||11||68||Achievements related to the The Nightmares Within release.|
|Tower of Nightmares||12||76||Achievements related to the Tower of Nightmares release.|
|World vs. World Season 1||>21||405||In WvW during the first season, killing enemy invaders and capturing and defending objectives.|
|Support Evon Gnashblade||12||100||Supporting Evon Gnashblade during Cutthroat Politics.|
|Support Ellen Kiel||12||100||Supporting Ellen Kiel during Cutthroat Politics.|
|Bazaar of the Four Winds||16||255||Participating in the events of Bazaar of the Four Winds.|
|Flame and Frost||14||147||Participating in the events of Flame and Frost.|
|Secret of Southsun||35||235||Participating in the events of The Secret of Southsun and Last Stand at Southsun.|
 Character quotes
When a character completes an achievement they will occasionally shout out one of the following lines, depending on their race and gender.
|Asura|| More accolades.
More knowledge for me!
| Another testament to my greatness.|
It's not showing off if you earned it.
|Charr|| It's easy when you know how.
I've attained the awesome.
| Achieving; the life for me.|
I did it!
I cover myself in glory.
|Human|| One more thing for my list of accomplishments.
That's how it's done.
I achieve things. I'm an achiever.
| Another personal victory. |
Is it just me, or am I amazing?
Just one more confirmation of how great I am.
|Norn|| I'm the master of life!
One challenge down.
It's my destiny.
| Another proud moment.|
I am awesome.
|Sylvari|| Ah, it was nothing.
It's all skill! ...And a little luck.
I deserve an award.
| I earned that. |
Score one for me.
We'll go down in history!
- The first time you navigate to the Achievements tab in the Hero window, all recently unlocked achievements will be marked as "NEW". This tag disappears after closing the window, even if you did not view the relevant category.
- There are several inconsistencies across the descriptions:
- All achievements list the track's current score, but only some indicate the tier's ceiling.
- Some achievements lack a space before and after the slash (/) sign indicating current and next tier amount to reach, while others have the spaces.
- Some achievements follow Title Case (ex. X / 5 Types of Enemies) while other use the normal sentence case (ex. X / 50 areas).
- Other inconsistencies within specific categories are noted in the relevant articles.
- In early beta versions, daily and monthly achievement chests were placed in the game world instead being available to open via interface like they are now.
- If you do not complete an achievement for content that is subsequently removed from game (I.e. Rallying flame achievement from Flame and Frost content) then those missed achievements will not show on your list, so you will be unable to see what you have missed from past stories.
- The June 11, 2013 update added a "((DELETE ME!!))" category to the achievements list which had 8 achievements. This category was deleted from the game in a subsequent update.
- The Achievements panel was revamped in the Bazaar of the Four Winds release.
- The Bar Brawl category was added in Bazaar of the Four Winds and subsequently removed in Queen's Jubilee. The achievements were never obtainable since Bar Brawl activity was never actually added to the game.