Duolingo Challenges - Everything You Need To Know

Duolingo Challenges – EVERYTHING You Need To Know

[Last updated: May 1, 2022]

If you need any more motivation to log in and complete your daily Duolingo lessons, then Duolingo Challenges might just give you the nudge you’re looking for!

Challenges have been around for almost a year now and have become a firm fixture of the Duolingo experience.

So in this article, we’ll take a closer look at Duolingo challenges. We’ll go over what they are, how you get them, what you get for completing them, as well as some thoughts about they could be improved.

Let’s get into it!


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What are Duolingo Challenges?

As of early 2022, Duolingo challenges are split into two categories: Daily Quests and Monthly Challenges.

daily quests

Daily Quests were added to Duolingo challenges in early 2022.

They’re basically a set of 3 random challenges that you have to complete every day to earn gems.

They’re usually pretty easy and can include some of the following:

  • Earn XP
  • Complete lessons
  • Earn a crown

There’s also a weird one where you have to find one of the characters in your lessons.

I’ve been getting loads of questions about how to do this!

Unfortunately, there isn’t really anything you can do, other than show up for as many lessons as possible and hope the character shows up.

And by “show up” I mean they’ll appear in your exercises.

For example, if the challenge is to find Zari 5 times, then the example below will count as one:

See what I mean? You can’t control it. It’s just luck of the draw!

monthly challenges

The second kind of challenge is the monthly challenge.

Every month, Duolingo drop a brand new challenge, each one with its own special theme. The goal is usually to earn 1000 XP before the month is out.

If you manage to do this, you’ll unlock an exclusive badge!

To find Duolingo Challenges, simply head on over to your lesson tree. There you will find a little icon — either a trophy or the badge for the month’s challenge. It will either be floating in the lesson tree or down in your feature tray.

How to access Duolingo Challenges

To access Duolingo Challenges, simply navigate to your Challenges dashboard by tapping the little trophy icon in your lesson tree.

Here you will find a list of your current challenges, split into daily and monthly.

To find out more about the monthly challenge, simply tap ‘View challenge’.

Here you will find information about your progress, a recommended daily average, the context of the challenge, and details about what you will earn and why it’s worth completing.

The second tab shows you your completed monthly challenges and will display all of your badges.

What do you get for completing a challenge?

For every daily quest you complete, you’ll earn a chest of gems.

And when you complete a monthly challenge, you’ll receive an exclusive badge.

This month’s challenge (May 2022) is called Bea’s Mindfulness Practice.

The goal (as always) is to earn 1000 XP before the month is out. For completing this you will earn the Mindfulness badge.

Badges can only be earned once, so if you don’t hit your XP target by the end of the month you won’t get another chance to earn it. So time is of the essence!

Once you’ve completed a challenge, the badge will appear in your ‘Completed’ section.


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All Duolingo Monthly Challenges So Far

So far there have been 12 monthly challenges.

The first challenge was in May 2021: The Hamamatsu Kite Festival Challenge. This is something that has been celebrated in Hamamatsu, Japan for over 450 years!

The second challenge, the 9th Duoversary Challenge, celebrates 9 years since Duolingo first launched to the public.

The third challenge was called Eddy’s Big Race, which celebrated the Summer Olympics in Japan.

August’s challenge was called Oscar’s Duocon Keynote, which was all about getting you ready for Duocon on August 20!

September’s challenge was Junior’s Field Trip, October’s challenge celebrated Halloween with Lily’s Jack-o-lantern, and November’s challenge was Oscar’s Mustache Marathon.

The December challenge was Falstaff’s Big Sleep, and the first challenge of 2022 was Zari’s Sparkly New Year.

The objectives of the challenges are exactly the same: to earn 1000 XP by the end of the month.

In July 2021, some users got a slightly different format, which broke the challenges down into three tiers: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

To unlock the Bronze badge you needed to earn 500 XP by the end of the month; for Silver, 1000 XP; and for Gold, 2000 XP.

However, Duolingo reverted to the original format of just one badge for 1000 XP in September.

The bronze, silver and gold format was probably just in the spirit of the Olympic challenge back in July — although, knowing how Duolingo like to experiment, I wouldn’t be surprised if they bring it back in future!

every duolingo monthly challenge in order

  • May 2021 – The Hamamatsu Kite Festival
  • June 2021 – The 9th Duoversary
  • July 2021 – Eddy’s Big Race
  • August 2021 – Oscar’s Duocon Keynote
  • September 2021 – Junior’s Field Trip
  • October 2021 – Lily’s Jack-o-lantern
  • November 2021 – Oscar’s Mustache Marathon
  • December 2021 – Falstaff’s Big Sleep
  • January 2022 – Zari’s Sparkly New Year
  • February 2022 – Lin and Lucy’s Lunar New Year
  • March 2022 – Vikram’s Garden
  • April 2022 – Zari’s Cherry Blossom Picnic
  • May 2022 – Bea’s Mindfulness Practice

The state of Duolingo Challenges

I think I speak for a lot of Duolingo users when I say I’ve got mixed feelings about challenges.

In theory, I think they’re a great idea.

Although your priority should be learning your target language, ultimately it gives you another reason to login and do some lessons.

And given you need to spend lots of time with a language to learn it, this can only be a good thing.

I also think the daily quests are pretty cool, especially for free members who need gems to replenish their hearts.

However, I’m still not entirely sure about the monthly challenges.

Again, it’s a nice idea with the exclusive badges.

But in all seriousness — does anyone actually care?

The challenges are exactly the same — earn 1000 XP before the end of the month — just with a different name and badge.

They don’t really mean anything.

There’s no incentive to get them.

You can’t even show them off on your profile!

how duolingo could improve challenges

I think the current formula’s fine. Duolingo just need to be a bit more imaginative.

For instance:

  1. Let learners display their badges on their public profiles
  2. Bring back the challenge tiers from Summer 2021, then…
  3. Offer different rewards for each tier. These could include:
    1. Limited edition costumes for Duo
    2. League statuses
    3. Profile themes
    4. Plus free trials
    5. XP boosts
    6. Gems
  4. Mix up the monthly objectives. Instead of focusing on XP, focus on streaks or crowns. And if it does focus on XP, play around with it (e.g. earn 100 XP a day 10 times in the month).

These simple changes would make the monthly challenges wayyyyy more interesting and worthwhile.

They’d actually be worth completing and would finally incentivise learners to spend more time on Duolingo — which, surely, is a win-win for everyone!

What do you think of Duolingo Challenges?

Challenges have so much potential, if only Duolingo could be just a little more creative.

With a few simple tweaks, I think it could definitely become one of Duolingo’s main features.

But what do you think?

As always, let me know in the comments!