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This article is for the PC version of Stellaris only.

Stellaris has 104 different achievements, all using the Steam achievements mechanics. Achievements have no in-game effects, the achievement just pops up in-game and then added to the player's Steam profile. It is possible to see the achievements sorted by the percentage of users that managed to complete each achievement by going to the game's global stats at Steam.

The difficulty of each achievement varies; some achievements are very easy (e.g. colonizing a planet), while some are extremely difficult (e.g. end-game crisis achievements). The below list groups the various achievements by a difficulty level as assessed by the wiki editors (uncategorized - UC - achievements haven't been assessed yet).

Achievements can only be gained in Ironman games. They can be earned while playing older versions of the game as long as said achievements were present in that version, as well as after any empire has attained victory.

General tips

  • Using Settings can make several achievements easier. In particular, setting the galaxy to have no other AI empires (besides Primitive Civilizations) prevents spaceborne aliens from being killed by AI empires; this is useful for getting the "Warrior of Light" achievement as wraiths tend to wander the galaxy.

List of achievements

The "Notes" column lists helpful short tips/strategies.

The Stellaris.png column denotes achievements which can't be completed without the use of DLC mechanics (currently 51 out of 104). Multiple expansion icons mean either can be used.

The "Ver" column indicates in which version a certain achievement was added. Achievements cannot be earned prior to the version they were added in.

The "DI" column is for difficulty as assessed by wiki editors. VE = Very Easy, E = Easy, M = Medium, H = Hard, VH = Very Hard, I = Insane, UC = Uncategorized.

Achievement Requirements Notes Stellaris.png Ver DI
Brave New World icon
Brave New World
Colonize a planet.
Mod country admin cap add.png Number of owned planets >1 1.0 VE
Break On Through... icon
Break On Through...
Research a Rare technology.
Physics Research Number of acquired rare techs >0 1.0 VE
Domo Arigato icon
Domo Arigato
Build a Robot Pop.
Trait robotic 1.png Has built a robot pop More advanced robotic workers (droids and synthetics) do not count; once they become available, basic robots cannot be built. The Origins mechanist.png Mechanist civic may aid in attaining this achievement. 1.0 VE
Emissary icon
Explore a Natural Wormhole.
Requires Physics Research Wormhole Stabilization and traveling through any wormhole. 2.0 VE
Energetic icon
Store/have 1000 EC.
Energy.png Has accumulated energy credits >999 1.0 VE
Explorer icon
Survey one of each basic planet-class.
Mod ship science survey speed.png Has surveyed all 16 celestial body types 1.0 VE
Mutual Understanding icon
Mutual Understanding
Successfully negotiate a trade deal.
Diplomatic trade icon.png Has traded with another empire 1.0 VE
Resourceful icon
Have access to ten different strategic resources.
Strategic.png Number of strategic resources >9 Due to the 2.2 "Le Guin" update reworking strategic resources, the achievement is now granted automatically when starting a new game. 1.4 VE
A Home Away From Home icon
A Home Away From Home
Conquer another species homeworld
Has conquered another species' homeworld 1.0 E
Building Better Worlds icon
Building Better Worlds
Terraform a planet.
Terraform Liquids.png Has terraformed a planet 1.0 E
Clever Girl icon
Clever Girl
Uplift a species.
Trait Point Has uplifted a species Uplifting requires the Epigenetic Triggers technology. 1.0 E
Digging Deep icon
Digging Deep
Earn a total Mineral income each month above 250.
Minerals.png Monthly income of minerals >249 1.0 E
Mad Genius icon
Mad Genius
Recruit a scientist from the Curators.
Has purchased a scientist from a curator enclave after having developed sufficient opinion with them to do so Leviathans.pngDistant Stars.png 1.4 E
Megapolis icon
Have a planet with at least 100 Pops
Has a planet with >99 Pops. 2.2 E
New Shining Star icon
New Shining Star
Upgrade your capital to an Imperial Complex.
Building modern 2.png Have an System-Capital Complex on your capital Requires the Galactic Administration technology and 80 pops on your capital world. 1.0 E
Old Friends icon
Old Friends
Receive a gift from a Fallen Empire.
Has accepted a gift from a patronising Enigmatic Observer or Keepers of Knowledge fallen empire As long as their demands are being met, gifts are occasionally bestowed. 1.4 E
Omnicultural icon
Have your ruler be of a different species class than your founding species.
1.4 E
Patron icon
Support the Artisan Troupe for 10 years.
Has chosen to become a patron of an artisan troup enclave and waited 10 years for the initial Energy.png energy credits payment to expire This achievement appears to be bugged and will not always unlock properly. Leviathans.png 1.4 E
Payback icon
As a humanoid species, infiltrate the homeworld of pre-FTL reptilians.
As a humanoid species, has completed Covert Infiltration of a primitive reptilian species and incorporated them into the empire Depends on galaxy generation, but otherwise nothing really complicated. At game Settings, set "Primitive Civilizations" and "Habitable Worlds" to 5X to increase the number of civilizations spawning. 1.4 E
Power Overwhelming icon
Power Overwhelming
Store/have 5000 EC.
Energy.png Has accumulated energy credits >4999 1.0 E
Supremacy icon
Win a War against another Empire.
Has won a war Must be a war leader: the empire that originally declared war, or was declared war against, as opposed to being brought into the war via defensive pact, independence guarantee, or federation. 1.0 E
The Good Stuff icon
The Good Stuff
Purchase a rare resource from the Traders.
Has purchased a strategic resource from a trader enclave Leviathans.png 1.4 E
The Grand Fleet icon
The Grand Fleet
Build a fleet with a total fleet-size above 120.
Fleet Size.png Has a fleet with size >119 1.0 E
...and Hope? icon
...and Hope?
Unseal the path to the L-Cluster.
Has been the first to open a L-Gate For information on how to open a L-Gate see the L-Cluster main article Distant Stars.png 2.1 M
... To The Other Side icon
... To The Other Side
Research 15 Rare technologies in a single game.
Physics Research Number of acquired rare techs >14 1.0 M
Battle Thralls icon
Battle Thralls
Have 3 other Empires as vassals.
Diplomacy isvassal.png Number of vassals >2 1.0 M
Birth of a Federation icon
Birth of a Federation
Establish a Federation.
Diplomacy federation.png Is federation leader This can be accomplished by offering to another empire once the Tradition diplomacy the federation.png The Federation tradition has been chosen. 1.0 M
Center of Trade icon
Center of Trade
Earn at least 1000 Energy Credits per month from trade
Gets Trade value.png >999 trade value from trade routes. 2.2 M
Citadel of Death icon
Citadel of Death
Own a Citadel with 40k fleet power.
2.0 M
Enlightened Times icon
Enlightened Times
Enlighten a Bronze or Stone age civilization.
Has enlightened a primitive civilization from the Bronze or Stone Age At game Settings, set "Primitive Civilizations" and "Habitable Worlds" to 5X to increase the number of civilizations of the correct era spawning. 1.4 M
Faster, Stronger, Better icon
Faster, Stronger, Better
Genetically alter a species (not uplift).
Trait Point Has genetically modified a species Requires the Gene Tailoring technology. Any species in a planet you own can be modified. 1.0 M
Franchising icon
As a Corporate empire, have a branch office on 5 different empires' capitals.
MegaCorp.png 2.2 M
Grand Admiral icon
Grand Admiral
Empire total fleet military power equals 100000.
Fleet Size.png have fleet power >99999 1.0 M
Imperial Highway icon
Imperial Highway
Own 4 active Gateways.
At game Settings, set "Abandoned Gateways" to 5X to increase the number of abandoned Gateways and thus the chance to research the technology to build Gateways. 2.0 M
It Followed Me Home icon
It Followed Me Home
Befriend a Space Amoeba.
The player will receive an anomaly about movement on a gas giant, upon researching it, an event will appear saying it is a juvenile amoeba, there will be three options, and selecting the one that allows it to go with you will grant the achievement. Distant Stars.png 2.1 M
Paradise Found icon
Paradise Found
Terraform a planet into a gaia world.
Has terraformed a planet into a gaia world Creating gaia worlds requires the World Shaper Ascension Perk. The Abandoned Terraforming Equipment event chain will also grant this achievement if you get a gaia world from it. 1.4 M
Peacekeeper icon
As a pacifistic empire, be at peace for 200 consecutive years (crises do not count as wars.)
1.4 M
Planet of the Mechs icon
Planet of the Mechs
Terraform a planet into a Machine World.
Two ascension perks are required to be chosen before the option to unlock machine worlds is made avaiable. Synthetic Dawn.png 1.8 M
Put a Ring On It icon
Put a Ring On It
Have a ring world section as your capital.
Either go the route of building one, repairing one or capturing one from a Fallen Empire. 1.4 M
Return to Dust icon
Return to Dust
Destroy an enclave.
Has destroyed an enclave station It is recommended to destroy an artisan enclave if going for this achievement, as it will not incur a negative opinion penalty with other empires, unlike the other types of enclave, and to also keep in mind that such stations generally possess ~10k fleet power. Leviathans.png 1.4 M
Slave to the Systems icon
Slave to the Systems
As an authoritarian Empire with at least 500 Pops, have at least 200 enslaved Pops
1.4 M
Star Struck icon
Star Struck
Own 200 Starbases (Outposts are counted).
2.0 M
The Industrial Re-Revolution icon
The Industrial Re-Revolution
Earn a total Mineral income each month above 1000.
Minerals.png Monthly income of minerals >999 1.0 M
Towards Utopia icon
Towards Utopia
As an Egalitarian empire, have at least 500 pops living under Utopian living conditions in your empire
Has >499 pops under Utopian living standards Even though Utopian Living Standards are available in the game without the Utopia dlc, this achievement requires the player to have it. Utopia.png 1.5 M
Tradition is Everything icon
Tradition is Everything
Unlock all 42 Traditions.
2.0 M
View from the End of the World icon
View from the End of the World
Build a Habitat station in a Black Hole system
Any owned planet is a Habitat in a system with a Black Hole As habitats cannot be built around black holes or stars, for this achievement the habitat must be built around a planet orbiting a black hole. Achievement does not trigger on stars that were turned into black holes by events. Utopia.png 1.5 M
We Are Legion icon
We Are Legion
Be a biological Hive Mind with at least 1000 drone Pops.
Is a Auth hive mind.png and has >999 Pops. Utopia.png 2.2 M
What Came Before icon
What Came Before
Find the home system of a precursor empire.
Has completed a precursor event chain and traveled to the subsequently revealed system Best done early before empires fill up the galaxy by employing a lot of science ships with talented and quick learner traits. 1.4 M
Xenophage icon
Keep at least 5 different species as livestock in your Empire
Has >4 species enslaved as Livestock. Enslaving an entire species as livestock requires some degree of the Xenophobe.png xenophobe governmental ethic. Utopia.png 1.5 M
1999 A.D. icon
1999 A.D.
Slaughter the Voidspawn.
Has defeated the Voidspawn See the Voidspawn main article for information in how to defeat it. Distant Stars.png 2.1 H
A Hump Like a Snow-Hill icon
A Hump Like a Snow-Hill
Hunt the Tiyanki Matriarch.
Has defeated the Tiyanki Matriarch See the Tiyanki Matriarch main article for information in how to defeat it. Distant Stars.png 2.1 H
Beyond the Veil icon
Beyond the Veil
Breach the Shroud
Has unlocked the Ap slot available.png Transcendence Ascension Perk and entered the shroud Utopia.png 1.5 H
Black Hole Mining icon
Black Hole Mining
Build a Matter Decompressor
Has constructed a complete Matter Decompressor (this does not include restoring destroyed Matter Decompressors) MegaCorp.png 2.2 H
Captive Star icon
Captive Star
Construct a complete Dyson Sphere
Has constructed a complete Dyson sphere (this does not include restoring destroyed Dyson Spheres) Due to the bug it is enough to construct Dyson Sphere Site Utopia.png 1.5 H
Controlled Evolution icon
Controlled Evolution
Genetically modify a species to possess traits worth 7 points
Has unlocked the Ap slot available.png Evolutionary Mastery Ascension Perk and modified a species with >6 Trait Point trait points Utopia.png 1.5 H
Distinctiveness Added icon
Distinctiveness Added
As a Driven Assimilator, own cyborg Pops of at least 5 different species.
Easily accomplished by lowering the number of starting empires while turning up the Pre-FTL civilizations to 5x, and then simply explore and invade 4 Pre-FTL civs. Synthetic Dawn.png 1.8 H
Dreadnought icon
Restore an ancient warship.
Has defeated the Automated Dreadnought and chosen to repair it See the Dreadnought main article for information in how to defeat it. Leviathans.png 1.4 H
Exterminatus icon
Use a World Cracker to destroy another Empire's capital planet.
Apocalypse.png 2.0 H
Giga-Engineering icon
Have at least 4 fully operational Megastructures within your borders(Habitats, Ring Worlds and Gateways do not count)
Has 4 completed Megastructures. Repairing destroyed Megastructures also count. Utopia.pngMegaCorp.png 2.2 H
Hear me Roar icon
Hear me Roar
Hatch the egg.
Has defeated the Ether Drake, placed a mining station on Dragon Hoard and chosen to incubate the dragon egg once the event fires The MTTH for this event is 600 months after the mining station is placed. See the Ether Drake main article for information in how to defeat it. Leviathans.png 1.4 H
I Can See Forever icon
I Can See Forever
Construct a complete Sentry Array
Has constructed a complete Sentry array (this does not include restoring destroyed Sentry arrays) Utopia.png 1.5 H
Infinite Creation icon
Infinite Creation
Birth a new universe.
Has peacefully completed the Infinity Machine event and, by luck, resulted in the black hole gaining The Mirror Of Knowledge modifier, among other things Requires the hidden technosphere_secret country flag to be present which happens in 30% of the cases when a player chooses to help the Infinity Machine. Leviathans.png 1.4 H
Like Tears in Rain icon
Like Tears in Rain
Evolve into perfect, immortal machines
Has unlocked the Ap slot available.png Synthetic Evolution Ascension Perk, completed the project, and converted all eligible empire citizens to synths Utopia.png 1.5 H
No Khan Do icon
No Khan Do
Kill the Great Khan in battle.
Apocalypse.png 2.0 H
Obscure Tastes icon
Obscure Tastes
Build a Mega-Art Installation in a nebula system
Has constructed a complete Mega-Art Installation in a system within nebula (this does not include restoring destroyed Mega-Art Installation) MegaCorp.png 2.2 H
Outside Context icon
Outside Context
Invade pre-FTL Earth while it is in the midst of a world war.
Has invaded Earth, found in the Sol system, while it is in the machine age Sol is almost always located on the outer rim of a galaxy, with one hyperlane leading to it. Easy to find if one repeatedly spawns a ring galaxy with a size of 200. 1.4 H
Pandora's World icon
Pandora's World
Use a Global Pacifier to shield a planet belonging to Fanatic Purifiers, Ravenous Swarms, or Determined Exterminators.
Apocalypse.png 2.0 H
Planned Obsolescence icon
Planned Obsolescence
As a materialist empire, have at least 75% of the pops in your empire be robotic in an empire with at least 200 pops.
Best done by going for Ap slot available.png Synthetic Evolution Ascension Perk and converting your entire empire to synths. Curiously, in v1.8 the Materialist.png Materialism ethic is not required for this achievement, making it feasible to unlock this as a Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence empire of at least 200 pops. (This is no longer true in the latest patch. Confirmed with machine empire of over 1000 pops.) 1.4 H
Ringworld Engineers icon
Ringworld Engineers
Construct a complete Ring World
Has constructed a complete Ring World (this does not include restoring destroyed Ringworlds) Utopia.png 1.5 H
Stay on Target icon
Stay on Target
Destroy another Empire's Colossus while it is in the process of firing on a planet.
The process of "firing on a planet" includes both the preliminary three-month "charging" phase as well as the one-month "firing" phase. Apocalypse.png 2.0 H
Stellar Performance icon
Stellar Performance
Take a trophy from a stellar being.
Has defeated the Stellarite devourer and chosen to make it a trophy (requires xenophobe or militarist ethics) See the Stellarite Devourer main article for information in how to defeat it. Leviathans.png 1.4 H
Strategic Initiative icon
Strategic Initiative
Build a Strategic Coordination Center
Has constructed a complete Strategic Coordination Center (this does not include restoring destroyed Strategic Coordination Center) MegaCorp.png 2.2 H
Then Virgil, Now Beatrice icon
Then Virgil, Now Beatrice
Return a long-dead species to life.
Has completed the In Limbo anomaly either after having researched synths, or prior to accepting an enigmatic observer fallen empire's relevant request following. This is an anomaly that rarely appears. 1.4 H
Think Tank icon
Think Tank
Construct a complete Science Nexus
Has constructed a complete Science nexus (this does not include restoring destroyed Science nexi) Utopia.png 1.5 H
Tourist Trap icon
Tourist Trap
Own a planet with at least 10 different species on it
Best done by having a lot of vassals or being a migrant friendly empire. An alternative path is to conquer the planet "The Preserve" from an Enigmatic Observers Fallen Empire. Curiously, as Civic machine assimilator.png Driven Assimilator you can conquer a planet with at least five species, because organics and cybernetics are counted as separate species. 1.4 H
Unboxing icon
Open up a shielded world.
Has chosen and completed the project to lower the barrier on a shielded world Shielded worlds appear near or inside xenophobic Fallen Empires. 1.4 H
United Space icon
United Space
Build an Interstellar Assembly
Has constructed a complete Interstellar Assembly (this does not include restoring destroyed Interstellar Assembly) MegaCorp.png 2.2 H
Unravelling Enigma icon
Unravelling Enigma
Uncover the secrets of an ancient fortress.
Has successfully defeated and completed the event chain of the Enigmatic Fortress See the Enigmatic Fortress main article for information in how to defeat it. After defeating it it is trivial to successfully complete this event chain by following a guide. Leviathans.png 1.4 H
Very Open Borders icon
Very Open Borders
As a xenophilic empire, have migration treaties with at least 10 other empires.
Easiest to get during a crisis (so other empires like you more due to the Mutual Threat modifier), on a huge galaxy with max empires (so the pool of potential migrants is larger), owning a Gaia world (so you fulfil the habitability requirements), and avoiding expansionist conquest (so you do not generate Threat yourself). Even easier if you release as many 1-planet vassals as needed towards the end of the game. 1.4 H
Victorious icon
Win the game through any victory condition.
Finished the game via one of the victory conditions 1.4 H
Warrior of Light icon
Warrior of Light
Destroy a wraith.
Has defeated the Spectral Wraith See the Spectral Wraith main article for information in how to defeat it. Leviathans.png 1.4 H
Who Scraps the Scrapper icon
Who Scraps the Scrapper
Destroy the Scrapper Bot.
Has defeated the Scavenger Bot See the Scavenger Bot main article for information in how to defeat it. Distant Stars.png 2.1 H
Clash of the Titans icon
Clash of the Titans
Defeat a Fallen Empire's Titan fleet with a Titan of your own.
Apocalypse.png 2.0 VH
Deus Vult icon
Deus Vult
As a spiritualistic empire, own 4 holy worlds.
A gaia world turned holy by the Hallow World edict does not count as a holy world. It is necessary to colonize the planets, not just control their systems. A good strategy is to place 4 colony ships in orbit, then simultaneously order colonizations of all 4. You do not need to complete the colonization process, only begin it. 1.4 VH
Does Not Compute icon
Does Not Compute
Shut down the Contingency plan.
See The Contingency main article for information in how to defeat it. Like all crisis lowering the crisis power down to 0.5x will make this a lot easier to achieve. The player must be the one to take down the last machine world for the achievement to be acknowledged. 1.8 VH
Inscrutable Power icon
Inscrutable Power
I won the Galatron and all I got was this lousy achievement.
The Galatron is a very rare reward from the Caravaneers reliquaries. What makes it difficult is that only 6 reliquaries can be bought during a game. MegaCorp.png 2.2 VH
Last, Best Hope icon
Last, Best Hope
Lead the non-aligned powers to victory against an awakened empire.
Has taken up the position of the Leader of the League of Non-Aligned Empires during a War in Heaven which has then defeated both awakened empires. Best time to go for this is when a crisis is happening at the same time near an awakened Fallen Empires. Leviathans.png 1.4 VH
Queening icon
Successfully capture an extragalactic matriarch.
Has captured the Prethoryn queen 1.0 VH
Retirement Home icon
Retirement Home
As a Rogue Servitor, own at least 10 Pops from Fallen Empires.
Have the Civic machine servitor.png Rogue Servitor civic and >9 pops which started the game in a Fallen Empire Not every pop of a Fallen Empire species counts for this achievement (e.g. it doesn't trigger from refugee pops who then multiply). The surest way to accomplish it is simply to attack a Fallen Empire and have them cede a world of 10 or more pops. Synthetic Dawn.png 1.8 VH
Rift Sealed icon
Rift Sealed
Destroy the portals employed by the invaders from another time and space.
Has defeated the extradimensional Unbidden Similar to the Contingency, the player must be the one to deliver the final blow to the portal. 1.0 VH
Rise of the Machines icon
Rise of the Machines
As a Determined Exterminator, conquer or eliminate all biological Empires in the galaxy.
Curiously, the Civic machine terminator.png Determined Exterminator civic is not required to complete this achievement.
For clarity, vassals do not qualify as conquered. One can also get this achievement after getting the "suffer not the aliens" achievement by switching to a synthetic species through the synthetic ascension path.
Synthetic Dawn.png 1.8 VH
Suffer not the Alien icon
Suffer not the Alien
As a xenophobic empire, purge all other sentient species in the galaxy.
Has, as a Xenophobe.png xenophobe empire, destroyed and purged the sapient inhabitants of all other empires More-experienced players may find this achievement easier to attain as Civic fanatic purifiers.png Fanatic Purifiers due to the relevant bonuses. Much easier also if you reduce the difficulty and play on a Tiny Galaxy. 1.4 VH
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Develop the means to prevent nefarious infiltration.
Has found a way to stop the synthetic infiltration Complete the event chain to detect synthetic infiltrators during the Contingency crises. 1.0 VH
What Was Will Be icon
What Was Will Be
Close the loop, or don't.
Has completed the Horizon Signal event chain and either accepted or rejected the Worm's request See the Horizon Signal events article for more information. 1.4 VH
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Whence It Came
Defeat a horrifying invader.
Has defeated the Dimensional Horror See the Dimensional Horror main article for information in how to defeat it. Leviathans.png 1.4 VH