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Overachiever - achievement tools and tweaks

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  • World of Warcraft
  • 26,713 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.2.2
  • 4,299,090 Total Downloads
  • Updated 11/10/2015
  • Created 10/22/2008
  • 6,266 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v0.84
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About Overachiever - achievement tools and tweaks

Tools and tweaks to make the lives of players seeking Achievements a little bit easier.

Most features listed here are optional. Options can be found using the /oa command or at Interface Options -> AddOns tab -> Overachiever.


  • Slash commands to search for achievements by name.* (Also see the "Search tab" feature.)
  • Ctrl+click on an achievement link to open the GUI to that achievement. Ctrl+click again to track it.
  • Automatically track timed achievements when the timer starts.

Achievement Tooltip Enhancements:

  • Add information from progress bars and normally-hidden progress information. (For example, "Progress: 5/10" or "Assault 2 bases (0/2).")
  • Compare progress using chat links: Display your progress below that of the player who linked the achievement.
  • Optionally add the achievement's ID to its tooltip. (Convenient for addon authors.)

GUI Enhancements:

  • Draggable Frames: The achievement frame is draggable.
  • Search tab added to the UI to search for achievements by name, description, reward, and more.
  • Suggestions tab added to the UI that suggests achievements based on your current situation: Location, recent tooltip reminders from this addon, etc.
  • Cooking Trade Skill UI:
    • Display icons next to recipes you need to cook for "The Northrend Gourmet" and "The Outland Gourmet." Ctrl+click on one of these recipes to open the UI to the achievement that requires it.
    • Works with the default UI, Advanced Trade Skill Window, Skillet, and lilsparky's branch of Skillet. (Users of lilsparky's branch must Alt+click instead of Ctrl+click to open to the achievement.)
  • Objectives Frame (Achievement Tracker):
    • Display a tooltip when hovering over an achievement title to see more details about it.
    • Shift+click an achievement title to add that achievement's link to chat.
  • Display a tooltip when the cursor is over certain achievements in the GUI:
    • Part of a series: Give the names of other achievements in the series and its relation to them.
    • Required by: Give the names of any meta-achievements that list this achievement as a criteria.
  • Meta-criteria (achievements displayed as the criteria for obtaining a larger achievement) in the GUI use a detailed achievement tooltip instead of simply giving the date the criteria was completed (or nothing if it isn't complete).

Achievement-specific Options:

  • World Explorer: Automatically track exploration achievements as you travel.*
  • Tooltip Reminders: Add information to units', items', and/or world objects' tooltips to help you complete...
    • "To All The Squirrels I've Loved Before", "To All The Squirrels Who Shared My Life": Do I need to /love this critter?
    • "Pest Control": Have I exterminated this critter?
    • "Well Read", "Higher Learning": Have I read this book?
    • "The Scavenger," "Outland Angler," "Northrend Angler": Have I fished this type of node?
    • "It's Happy Hour Somewhere", "Tastes Like Chicken": Have I consumed this food or drink?
    • Holiday Achievements:
      • "Let It Snow": Do I need to use a Handful of Snowflakes on this player?
      • "Fistful of Love": Do I need to use a Handful of Rose Petals on this player?
      • "Shake Your Bunny-Maker": Do I need to use Spring Flowers on this player?
    • "Northern Exposure", "Medium Rare", and many others: Do I need to kill this creature? (Includes many dungeon and raid-based achievements.)
  • Sound Reminder: Choose a sound to play when one of the above tooltip reminders shows up if you need to do something.

* See the included readme.txt file for more details.
† See instructions below.
‡ This is part of a modular component that can be enabled/disabled individually. See "Disabling Modules," below.

Key Bindings

You can associate key bindings with each of the new tabs added to the Achievement frame using the standard key binding interface. The new bindings are located under the heading "Overachiever."


  • Localized for English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, traditional Chinese, and simplified Chinese clients. Translations generously provided by users like you!
  • If you're interested in helping localize Overachiever for another client, please let me know.

Draggable Frames

The main achievement frame (where achievements earned and unearned are listed by category) is draggable when the proper Interface Options are set. Left-click on an appropriate area and hold the mouse button down to move the frame where you desire.

By default, the main achievement frame can be moved but it is still subject to some standard frame handling that will reposition it when it is opened or certain other frames are displayed. To unattach the frame from this position handling and have Overachiever remember where the frame is from session to session, check the "Remember position" option under the "Main Achievement UI frame" option. Once in the position you desire, you may want to uncheck the "Main Achievement UI frame" option so you don't accidentally move it elsewhere.

  • To customize the placement and more involving the "Achievement Earned" alert frames, try Achieved!

Disabling Modules

Some of Overachiever's features are implemented using modules, namely Overachiever_Tabs and Overachiever_Trade. Modules have their own folders that should be placed inside the Interface\AddOns folder alongside Overachiever. They can be enabled or disabled as you would a separate addon. Additionally, the individual Search and Suggestions components of the Tabs module can be disabled by deleting or renaming Search.lua or Suggestions.lua.

About the lengthy project name: "Overachiever" was not showing up on addon searches for "achievement"; the name change fixes that. Hopefully Curse will correct this problem in the future.

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Buy Tuhljin a snack so he'll feel guilty about not yet implementing that suggestion you made. Or maybe just to show your support. That works, too.

The change log lists changes of particular note to users, not every change made.

- Workaround for a WoW bug where the API gives the wrong count of achievements in a category. This should fix debug message spam when doing an achievement search as well as an error when searching by achievement criteria (or searching by "Any").

- Updated for WoW patch 6.2.
- Suggestions Tab: Added suggestions for Tanaan Jungle and the "storylines" and "bonus objectives" achievements for the other Draenor zones.

- Updated for WoW patch 6.1.
- Suggestions Tab: Added suggestions for Ashran.
- Attempt to fix an error that appeared upon completion of achievements and certain instances.
- Fixed the options panels not being populated when first shown.
- Fixed "/oa" and related slash commands not opening the correct options panel if the UI options window hadn't been opened before in that session.

- Suggestions Tab: Added new Darkmoon Faire suggestions.
- Fixed issue where all checkboxes start as checked in the Overachiever options panels even if the saved option was really false/disabled.
- Fixed an error related to auto-tracking. (This resulted in error messages when traveling from zone to zone if the exploration auto-tracking option was enabled.)
- "Auto-track timed achievements" option is now enabled by default. (No change if not using a fresh install of the addon.)

- Initial updates for WoW patch 6.0.x. Fixes the most common errors.


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  • #1432

    Yes! I second this. I installed an addon profiler to see how much CPU each addon was taking and Overachiever was using so much of my CPU and slowing down my game.

    What is it doing? Is is polling? The author created an awesome addon but should fix this.

    I only need the search feature but this addon drops my FPS by a lot. I had to stop using it.

  • #1427

    Not sure exactly what the code is doing with [Overachiever DEBUG] spam, but it seems to be working otherwise.  To stop the spam, you can comment out 2 lines in Overachiever.lua found in Interface\Addons\Overachiever:

    put 2 dashes -- in front of lines 186 and 187 in that file so it looks like this:

    --                chatprint("getAchievementID_cat: ret is nil.", "["..THIS_TITLE.." DEBUG]")
    --                print("category:",category, "index:",i, "argnum:",argnum)

    then save the file and reload your ui in game. That should stop the spam in chat when you search. On my system the search seems to be working fine.


  • #1426

    Yeah so many bugs.

    Also the addon thinks all achievements are Account Wide which they aren't. Characters can do the Critter/Book achievements seperate and get Points for each toon.

  • #1425

    It appears this addon has been abandoned since there's been no update since the search feature broke causing debug spam almost 3 weeks ago. It has also been reported on the project site on the 2nd September with no reply from the author. I really hope someone can pick this up and release a fix or at least tell us what to do to fix it. The searh feature was the only reason I use this addon and now it's broken.

    Last edited by hohner on 9/20/2015 6:56:50 AM
  • #1430

    lol abandoned ? Cause he have not updated it yet, dos not mean he have abandoned it, he might be on wacation, taking a month off, buisy with other stuff....

  • #1423

    With the latest overachiever update, I get the following errors:

    [Overachiever DEBUG] getAchievementID_cat: ret is nil.

    category: 165 index: 20 argnum: 8


    Also, this pops up in a error window:



    Date: 2015-09-12 21:48:44 ID: 1 Error occured in: Global Count: 1 Message: ..\AddOns\Overachiever_Tabs\Search.lua line 42:    Usage: GetAchievementNumCriteria(achievementID) Debug:    [C]: GetAchievementNumCriteria()    Overachiever_Tabs\Search.lua:42:       Overachiever_Tabs\Search.lua:40    Overachiever_Tabs\Search.lua:67:       Overachiever_Tabs\Search.lua:51    Overachiever_Tabs\Search.lua:99:       Overachiever_Tabs\Search.lua:85    Overachiever_Tabs\Search.lua:207:       Overachiever_Tabs\Search.lua:177 Locals: (*temporary) = nil

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  • #1422

    No actual errors in the bugsack but anytime I search I get spammed with:

    category: 172 index: 6 argnum: 2
    [Overachiever DEBUG] getAchievementID_cat: ret is nil.

    With different numbers and whatnot.

    Edit: In the chat window, enough to overfill my Chatter paste window.

    Last edited by Cogspinnerpony on 9/10/2015 4:43:57 PM
  • #1424

    So do I.

  • #1421

    Same errors here since the latest patch, hope this gets updated soon :)

  • #1420

    I'm getting the following error when searching:

    Date: 2015-09-09 14:26:18
    ID: 2
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ..\AddOns\Overachiever_Tabs\Search.lua line 42:
       Usage: GetAchievementNumCriteria(achievementID)
       (tail call): ?
       [C]: ?
       [C]: GetAchievementNumCriteria()
    (*temporary) = "LeftButton"
    (*temporary) = false
    (*temporary) = <function> defined =[C]:-1

    Last edited by Malisent on 9/9/2015 1:28:47 PM
  • #1419

    When I seach on a specific word I get this error:

    [overachiever DEBUY] getAchievementID_cat: ret is nil.

    Thanks for an awesome addon, btw!

  • #1417

    im getting this since patch 6.2  and i think it has to do with the flying achievement..

    [Overachiever DEBUG] getAchievementID_cat: ret is nil.
    category: 15235 index: 18 argnum: 2

  • #1416

    Not sure if it's been mentioned, but The FoS 'I Can't Hear You Over the Sound of How Awesome I Am' in Heroic BoT is no longer atainable. Went to see if I could get it this time, and see if I'd messed up last week.

  • #1414

    Tried to use the Search function today after logging in to 6.2.2 and kept getting this error message:


    Date: 2015-09-01 20:11:49
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ..\AddOns\Overachiever_Tabs\Search.lua line 42:
    Usage: GetAchievementNumCriteria(achievementID)
    [C]: ?
    [C]: GetAchievementNumCriteria()

    Swatter, v5.0.0 (<%codename%>)
    Atlas, v1.32.00
    DBMCore, v
    DBMDefaultSkin, v
    DBMStatusBarTimers, v
    Decursive, v2.7.4.3
    HandyNotes, vv1.4.3
    HandyNotesDraenorTreasures, v1.14a
    HealBot, v6.2.0.2
    HealBotTips, v6.2.0.2
    IHearYouWhisper, v4.4
    Mapster, v1.6.3
    Omen, v3.1.11
    Outfitter, v5.10b10
    Overachiever, v0.83
    OverachieverTabs, v0.83
    PetBattleMaster, v2.1.2
    Recount, vv6.2.0i release
    SlideBar, v5.0.0 (<%codename%>)
    BlizRuntimeLib_enUS v6.2.2.60200 <none>

     any solutions? I love your addon and use it constantly - thank you!

  • #1418

    Also having the same problem, error pops up every time I try to search for an achievement

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