Duolingo Achievements - The Ultimate Guide

Duolingo Achievements – The COMPLETE Guide

Duolingo achievements have become a big part of the Duolingo experience over the last few years. They give you something to work towards on top of your original language learning goals, and it’s super satisfying when you finally unlock them!

So in this article, we’ll take a detailed look at every single Duolingo achievement.

Let’s get into it!

What are Duolingo achievements?

Achievements on Duolingo are fairly self-explanatory: they are rewards for accomplishing certain objectives.

If you’ve ever played on an Xbox or a PlayStation then you’ll already be familiar with the concept. Video games tend to come loaded with a stack of quests to complete. Each time you complete one you get a reward. On Xbox it’s in the form of ‘Gamerscore’ and on PlayStation it’s in the form of a trophy.

On Duolingo it’s much the same, albeit there aren’t any points or silverware to be won. Instead, when you complete one of the objectives, it turns gold, just like the skills in your language tree!

How do you get them?

To unlock a Duolingo achievement, you need to complete the specified requirements. Some achievements are much easier to earn than others; some can be done in a matter of seconds, whereas others can take at least a year to complete!

To find your Duolingo achievements, simply head on over to your profile tab on the app or the website. Scroll to the bottom and you’ll find a big list of every achievement.

The ones you haven’t completed will specify the remaining requirements and have a completion bar showing how close you are to unlocking them. The achievements you’ve already earned will be gold.

All Duolingo achievements and requirements

There are currently 14 achievements to unlock on Duolingo. They are:

  • Photogenic
  • Weekend Warrior
  • Friendly
  • Strategist
  • Winner
  • Champion
  • Legendary
  • Sharpshooter
  • Regal
  • Scholar
  • Sage
  • Wildfire
  • Challenger
  • Conqueror

I say ‘currently’ as Duolingo are always experimenting with their features, so it’s likely that they’ll add (and remove) achievements in future. They might even change the requirements of some of the achievements as and when they release new features.

Now let’s explore each achievement in detail!

Photogenic

This is definitely one of the easiest achievements to unlock.

All you need to do is upload a profile picture. It doesn’t even need to be one of yourself. Just be sure to keep it clean and you’ll bag yourself an easy achievement!

Weekend Warrior

This is another pretty simple one, although it requires you to put in some graft on the days you might least want to!

To unlock Weekend Warrior, simply complete a lesson on a Saturday and a Sunday. If you’re determined to create a massive Duolingo streak then this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you struggle for motivation on the weekend, then you might need to force yourself onto the app.

Don’t worry though, I’m sure the owl will be more than happy to help!

Friendly

This is another super easy one that you can complete pretty quickly. All you need to do is follow 3 other Duolingo users.

If you’re starting from scratch then I can help you get a third of the way: my username is DCiiieee!

You can either click the link to be taken straight to my profile, or you can type my username into the ‘Search for friends’ bar. To do this, simply head over to your profile tab and swipe down to ‘Add Friends’.

Other ways to find friends include linking your Facebook profile, which will bring back all of your Facebook friends that have Duolingo accounts linked, and adding users from your weekly league. All you need to do is follow them and you’ll get the achievement!

Strategist

Strategist is another super simple achievement. Before starting a lesson, simply tap on the Tips button. You’ll then be taken to a special page which gives you hints and tips for the lesson ahead.

It’s worth noting, however, that some of the courses still don’t have Tips sections. If this applies to your course, then simply hop into a course that does have them. Off the top of my head, the courses that definitely have tips are:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese

Hopefully Duolingo will add Tips sections to all of their courses somewhere down the line, as they’re actually really helpul!

Winner

Now things start to get a bit trickier!

In order to unlock the Winner achievement, you need to finish number one in your league.

If you’re unfamiliar with the league system, then be sure to check out this article for everything you need to know.

Put simply, a league is just a big, weekly, randomly selected group of Duolingo users that battle it out to get the most XP. If you have the most XP in your league at the end of the week, you’ll finish top. This will earn you a bunch of gems (or lingots, depending on your device) promotion to the next league up, and, of course, the Winner achievement.

This one can be a bit tricky if you find yourself in a competitive league, so it can take some time to unlock. But so long as you show up every day and commit a healthy wodge of time to your lessons, you’ll be in with a good chance of winning.

Champion

Following on nicely from the last achievement, the Champion achievement requires you to make it all the way up to the Diamond League.

This achievement is the first on our list that is broken down into levels. There are 10 in total, which are as follows:

  1. Complete 10 lessons to unlock Leagues
  2. Advance to Silver
  3. Advance to Gold
  4. Advance to Sapphire
  5. Advance to Ruby
  6. Advance to Emerald
  7. Advance to Amethyst
  8. Advance to Pearl
  9. Advance to Obsidian
  10. Advance to Diamond

So basically each time you get promoted you will unlock part of the Champion achievement. It will turn gold once you advance all the way to Diamond.

If you’re starting from scratch, this will take you a minimum of 10 weeks, as Diamond is the 10th and final league. And to do it in 10 weeks, you will have to make sure you get promoted every single week. This can be tricky, but it’s not as tricky as actually winning a league. You simply need to finish in the top 10 every week and you’ll get promoted.

Legendary

This is the one that can elude even the most dedicated of Duolingo users. I’ve been using Duolingo every day for over 5 years and I’ve only just unlocked it!

To unlock the Legendary achievement, you need to win the Diamond League.

The reason this is so challenging is because the XP totals are almost always enormous. Keeping up with those around you often encourages you to adopt some pretty bad habits, such as completing easy lessons over and over again in order to bag some easy XP.

However, it is possible to win it cleanly, but you might be waiting a while before the opportunity presents itself. When I finally won it, I only earned 1423 XP. To some, this might seem like a lot, but anyone who’s reached the Diamond League will tell you that it’s regularly up in the 4000 to 5000 XP range.

I’m not completely sure why I was in such a low-scoring league that week, but I have a couple of theories that might help you out.

The first concerns timing. I’m pretty sure that I didn’t do my first lesson of the week until very late on Monday evening. It could be that the keen beans on Duolingo tend to do their lessons as early as possible, and that the more laid-back bunch prefer to wait until later in the day.

My second theory relates to how much XP you average per week. I’ve found that the more I try to keep up with the other users, the harder my league is the following week. But whenever I take my foot off the gas, my league the following week is less competitive.

Again, these are just theories, but they are definitely worth keeping in mind as you hunt down the Legendary achievement!

Sharpshooter

This one isn’t too difficult, but you won’t be able to unlock it instantly.

To unlock Sharpshooter you will need to complete 100 lessons with no mistakes.

This is another achievement that’s broken down into levels. There aren’t as many as the Champion achievement though, and it can be completed much sooner. The five levels are:

  1. Complete a lesson with no mistakes
  2. Complete 5 lessons with no mistakes
  3. Complete 20 lessons with no mistakes
  4. Complete 50 lessons with no mistakes
  5. Complete 100 lessons with no mistakes

Fortunately, you don’t have to do all of this in a row. It’s just 100 lessons in total that you have to complete without making any mistakes. This might sound tricky but don’t be surprised if you unlock it fairly quickly, especially if you’re logging into Duolingo every day.

Regal

I’d say this is probably one of my favourite achievements as it encourages you to get into good habits.

To unlock the Regal achievement, you need to earn 100 crowns. It’s broken down into 10 levels, which are as follows:

  1. Earn 3 crowns
  2. Earn 7 crowns
  3. Earn 12 crowns
  4. Earn 18 crowns
  5. Earn 25 crowns
  6. Earn 35 crowns
  7. Earn 50 crowns
  8. Earn 65 crowns
  9. Earn 80 crowns
  10. Earn 100 crowns

I go into a lot of detail as to why I think Crowns are the best measure of your progress in Duolingo in this article. Put simply, the more crowns you have in a language, the more advanced you’re likely to be. This is because you have to keep pressing forward in your tree in order to keep unlocking crowns.

This is why I think Regal is a good achievement to gun for. Unlocking 100 crowns not only shows dedication, but you will also find yourself making good progress in your target language.

Naturally this can take a bit of time to unlock, but if you log in to Duolingo regularly it shouldn’t take too long.

Scholar

This is definitely another one of my favourite achievements, although this one will take you a lot longer than most to unlock.

To unlock the Scholar achievement, you need to learn 2,000 words in a single course. This one is also broken down into levels, which are as follows:

  1. Learn 50 new words
  2. Learn 100 news words
  3. Learn 175 new words
  4. Learn 250 new words
  5. Learn 450 new words
  6. Learn 500 new words
  7. Learn 750 new words
  8. Learn 1000 new words
  9. Learn 1500 new words
  10. Learn 2000 new words

The way it works is Duolingo will assess how many words you’ve encountered in a given course, and based on your performances will determine whether you have learned them or not. This is based on a strength meter, which you can find on the Duolingo website under the ‘More’ tab.

The reason I like Scholar so much is that, when it comes to language acquisition, I’m very much of the same opinion as polyglot Steve Kaufmann: the more words we know in a language, the more proficient we are.

This is one of the central pillars on which his language learning software, LingQ, is built. The goal at LingQ is to learn as many new words and phrases as possible, and this is how they measure your progress.

Scholar is therefore another solid achievement to set your sights on. If you can make it all the way to 2000 known words in your target language, then you’ll be well on your way to fluency.

Sage

This one can also take quite a bit of time to complete.

To unlock the Sage achievement you need to earn a mega 30,000 XP. As you might expect, this one is also broken down into levels, which are:

  1. Earn 100 XP
  2. Earn 250 XP
  3. Earn 500 XP
  4. Earn 1000 XP
  5. Earn 2000 XP
  6. Earn 4000 XP
  7. Earn 7500 XP
  8. Earn 12,500 XP
  9. Earn 20,000 XP
  10. Earn 30,000 XP

This might seem like a lot — and, to be sure, it is — but it doesn’t have to take that long to achieve. If you think that one lesson, with a perfect combo bonus, is worth 15 XP, then it would take you 2000 lessons to achieve. If you aim to do 10 lessons a day, then you could do this in 200 days.

Then of course there are things like XP Ramp Up, in which you can earn 40 XP in a matter of minutes, and XP Boost, which doubles your XP for 15 minutes. So while it’s not an achievement you’re going to unlock in a few days, it’s not as daunting as it may first appear.

Wildfire (+ Streak Society)

Wildfire is definitely up there with my top achievements.

To unlock Wildfire, you need to complete a 365-day streak. This means you have to hit your daily XP target on Duolingo every day for 365 days in a row.

As you might expect, it’s also broken down into 10 levels, which are:

  1. Reach a 3-day streak
  2. Reach a 7-day streak
  3. Reach a 14-day streak
  4. Reach a 30-day streak
  5. Reach a 50-day streak
  6. Reach a 75-day streak
  7. Reach a 125-day streak
  8. Reach a 180-day streak
  9. Reach a 250-day streak
  10. Reach a 365-day streak

A whole year of Duolingo might sound a bit mad, but, as far as I’m concerned, this kind of consistency is an essential part of learning a language. It’s all about showing up every day and immersing yourself in your target language, even if it’s for just 5 minutes at a time.

Obviously this achievement can’t be unlocked overnight if you’re just starting out, but don’t be discouraged — you have to start somewhere! As one of my favourite quotes goes: The giant pine tree grows from a tiny sprout; the journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet. ~ Lao Tzu

Better still, when you finally unlock Wildfire, you will become a member of Duolingo’s most exclusive club: the Streak Society. You don’t get any fancy new features or goodies for this, but you do get some swanky spotlights on your profile page, letting everybody know that you’re a proper streak freak!

Challenger

This achievement is pretty unique in that it’s a mobile exclusive.

To unlock Challenger, you need to earn 5000 XP in timed challenges. These can be accessed via the League section of the app.

Challenger is broken down into 5 levels, which are:

  1. Earn 40 XP in timed challenges
  2. Earn 120 XP in timed challenges
  3. Earn 500 XP in timed challenges
  4. Earn 1000 XP in timed challenges
  5. Earn 5000 XP in timed challenges

This is a fairly new achievement and, compared to some of the others, shouldn’t take all that long to complete. (Although I’m still only on level 3!).

XP Ramp Up is the timed challenge for IOS users, and, as I mentioned earlier, you can rack up 40 XP in a matter of minutes. As such, you only need to ace 125 of these to turn the achievement gold.

However, it’s worth noting that XP Ramp Up tends to cycle between a couple of different formats. The Lightning Round tends to be the more lucrative of the two, as the other format takes on a slower tiered system. So if you’re going for the Challenger achievement, it’s worth holding out for the Lightning Round and sinking your minutes into that.

In theory, this will be much easier to complete in the early stages of your language learning journey. This is because the questions will be much easier and the time limits will be the same as if you were answering the harder questions. So be sure to give them a go from the outset!

Conqueror

I’ve saved this one til last as this is, in my opinion, the ultimate achievement — and I’m still some way off completing it!

To unlock Conqueror, you need to earn 5 crowns in every skill in a course. This is a mammoth task, especially if you’re working through one of the more popular languages, such as French or Spanish.

Conqueror is broken down into 5 levels, which are:

  1. Earn 1 crown in every skill in a course
  2. Earn 2 crowns in every skill in a course
  3. Earn 3 crowns in every skill in a course
  4. Earn 4 crowns in every skill in a course
  5. Earn 5 crowns in every skill in a course

So far I’ve managed to reach level 2 of my Conqueror achievement. This is from my Italian tree, which I completed some time ago. I’ve turned the vast majority of the skills gold, with only 12 left to finish.

As you can see, even as someone who’s been using Duolingo for many years, the Conqueror achievement is still a tall order. And this is just for the Italian tree, which is nowhere near as big as the French or Spanish trees!

The best way to unlock this achievement is to just remain consistent and to keep showing up every day. If you’re really committed and determined to turn it gold, then there’s no reason why you can’t get it done around the time you unlock Wildfire. But again, this will depend on the course that you take and how much time you’re willing to commit.

If you’re anything like me, then you could be at it for a while!

Do your Duolingo achievements matter?

I’m a big fan of Duolingo achievements. After all, Duolingo have tried to turn language learning into something of a game, so it makes sense to include these little objectives to accompany the learning process.

Some of the achievements are definitely more worthwhile than others. Most of the easy ones are pretty inconsequential; your profile picture, for instance, isn’t going to have any bearing on your ability to learn your target language!

Others, however, are definitely worth going for. As I mentioned, I really like the Regal, Scholar and Wilfire achievements as they encourage good language learning habits. If you make a point of unlocking these achievements, then you will almost certainly be making good progress in your target language.

Ultimately, like all of the gamified systems and features on Duolingo, it’s best to take the achievements lightly and see them as a bit of fun. Don’t obsess over them too much, especially the ones that relate to your XP and League. When anything other than learning your target language becomes the priority, the quality of your learning experience will significantly decline. That’s something to keep in mind!


Have your say!

So what do you think about Duolingo achievements?

How many have you unlocked so far?

Do they motivate you?

What’s your favourite achievement and why?

As always, let me know in the comments!