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Stellaris has 65 different achievements, all using the Steam achievements mechanics. Achievements have no in-game effects, the achievement just pops up in-game and than 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.

List of achievements[edit]

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 22 out of 65). 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 Patch DI
Brave New World icon
Brave New World
Colonize a planet.
Mod country core sector planet cap.png Number of owned planets >1 1.0 VE
Break On Through... icon
Break On Through...
Research a Rare technology.
Physics Research.png 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, and once they become available basic robots cannot be built. Extremely easy with the mechanist civic (Utopia only). 1.0 VE
Energetic icon
Store/have 1000 EC.
Energy Credits.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
A Home Away From Home icon
A Home Away From Home
Conquer another species homeworld
Has conquered another species' homeworld 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
New Shining Star icon
New Shining Star
Upgrade your capital to an Imperial Complex.
Building modern 2.png Have an Empire-Capital Complex Requires the Galactic Administration technology and 15 pops on your capital world. 1.0 E
Power Overwhelming icon
Power Overwhelming
Store/have 5000 EC.
Energy Credits.png Has accumulated energy credits >4999 Requires increasing the energy storage cap by researching reactor upgrade technologies. 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 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
... To The Other Side icon
... To The Other Side
Research 15 Rare technologies in a single game.
Physics Research.png 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
Building Better Worlds icon
Building Better Worlds
Terraform a planet.
Terraform Liquids.png Has terraformed a planet 1.0 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
Grand Admiral icon
Grand Admiral
Empire total fleet military power equals 100000.
Fleet Size.png have fleet power >99999 1.0 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
Queening icon
Successfully capture an extragalactic matriarch.
Has captured the Prethoryn queen 1.0 VH
Rift Sealed icon
Rift Sealed
Destroy the portals employed by the invaders from another time and space.
Has defeated the extradimensional Unbidden 1.0 VH
Voight-Kampff icon
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 AI rebellion. 1.0 VH
Deus Vult icon
Deus Vult
As a spiritualistic empire, own 4 holy worlds.
1.4 UC
Dreadnought icon
Restore an ancient warship.
Has defeated the Automated Dreadnought and chosen to repair it Leviathans.png 1.4 UC
Enlightened Times icon
Enlightened Times
Enlighten a bronze age civilization.
Has enlightened a primitive civilization from the Bronze Age 1.4 M
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 2400 months after the mining station is placed. Leviathans.png 1.4 UC
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 Leviathans.png 1.4 UC
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. Leviathans.png 1.4 UC
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.png 1.4 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 1.4 UC
Omnicultural icon
Have your ruler be of a different species class than your founding species.
1.4 E
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 1.4 M
Paradise Found icon
Paradise Found
Terraform a planet into a gaia world.
Has terraformed a planet into a gaia world 1.4 M
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 1000 Energy Credits.png energy credits payment to expire Leviathans.png 1.4 UC
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 1.4 UC
Peacekeeper icon
As a pacifistic empire, have all other independent empires be pacifistic as well.
Have all non-subject empires follow a form of the Pacifist.png pacifist government ethic This is generally accomplished by either subordinating or liberating all other empires, resulting in all independent empires sharing your ethics. 1.4 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 all your complete empire to synths. 1.4 H
Put a Ring On It icon
Put a Ring On It
Have a ringworld section as your capital.
1.4 H
Resourceful icon
Have access to ten different strategic resources.
Strategic.png Number of strategic resources >9 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
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) Leviathans.png 1.4 UC
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 inhabitants of all other empires This achievement is likely intended to be completed as Civic fanatic purifiers.png fanatic purifiers, as the bonuses they get greatly assist the requisite mass genocide. 1.4 H
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
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. 1.4 UC
Tourist Trap icon
Tourist Trap
As an egalitarian Empire, own a planet with at least 10 different species on it
1.4 UC
Unboxing icon
Open up a shielded world.
Has chosen and completed the project to lower the barrier on a shielded world 1.4 UC
Unravelling Enigma icon
Unravelling Enigma
Uncover the secrets of an ancient fortress.
Has successfully defeated and completed the event chain of the Enigmatic Fortress Leviathans.png 1.4 UC
Very Open Borders icon
Very Open Borders
As a xenophilic empire, have migration treaties with at least 10 other empires.
1.4 M
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 Leviathans.png 1.4 UC
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 1.4 H
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 1.4 UC
Whence It Came icon
Whence It Came
Defeat a horrifying invader.
Has defeated the Dimensional Horror Leviathans.png 1.4 UC
Captive Star icon
Captive Star
Construct a complete Dyson Sphere
Has constructed a complete Dyson sphere (this does not include restoring destroyed Dyson Spheres) Utopia.png 1.5 UC
Ringworld Engineers icon
Ringworld Engineers
Construct a complete Ring World
Has constructed a complete Ringworld (this does not include restoring destroyed Ringworlds) Utopia.png 1.5 UC
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 UC
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 UC
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 UC
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 UC
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 UC
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. Utopia.png 1.5 UC
Towards Utopia icon
Towards Utopia
Have at least 10 different species living under Utopian living conditions in your Empire
Has >9 citizen species with Utopian living standards Utopian Living Standards require some degree of the Egalitarian.png egalitarian governmental ethic. Utopia.png 1.5 UC
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 UC


Achievements guides
Very easy -
Easy Clever Girl
Medium Building Better Worlds Faster, Stronger, Better
Hard -
Very hard Queening Rift Sealed Voight-Kampff
Insane -