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Overachiever - achievement tools and tweaks

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  • World of Warcraft
  • 105,735 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.2.0
  • 4,053,557 Total Downloads
  • Updated 08/21/2015
  • Created 10/22/2008
  • 6,132 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v0.83
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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.

Click here to lend your support to: Overachiever - WoW AddOn and make a donation at !
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.

- 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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  • #1403

    Looking forward to the updated version.

  • #1402

    Will this addon ever be updated for 6.2.  I really enjoy this helpful addon as Blizz Achievements panel sucks!

    Michael D Crissey

  • #1401

    This addon is amazing & i hope you update it soon.thanks

  • #1400

    What is the hotkey that brings up the Compare Achievements screen for a player? Sometimes when I press Shift while my mouse is hovering over a player it brings up the Compare Achievements screen, even when I'm in the middle of combat. I can't figure out how to disable it, and it doesn't happen every time. Any help is much appreciated, thank you.

  • #1399
    Overachiever and Auctionator

    So I have been using these two addons together for quite some time. Yesterday they stopped playing nicely together. I tried disabling all other addons and adding back to duplicate the lua error that pops up when I open the achievements window. Its these two. Sadly, I've had to disable Overachiever for now. Hope to use it again someday :)

  • #1398

    was getting an AchievementFrame nil index error on first time openeing ahcievements per login. blocked off lines 503 through 507 and the error stopped. Not sure if im missing functionality somewhere, i havent noticed anyhting missing/broken since the change

    * inside the overachiever.lua file *

    Last edited by Ciranidd on 5/31/2015 1:27:29 PM
  • #1393

    Would anyone happen to have an easy way to repeatedly reproduce the SocialUI "taint" problem? Some easy achievement I can get on new characters or something? Is earning an achievement the only way I can test it? I tried taking screenshots and tweeting those and didn't have this problem.

    Last edited by Tuhljin on 4/29/2015 11:13:35 PM
  • #1396

    UPDATE: This seems to work - I still got the ctrl- and alt-click functionality and no taint either on "/share" or clicking on the button after making a screenshot. I effectively removed the return calls (especially the one calling the original hyperlink hook, which isn't needed as we're hooking into that function anyway):

    Overachiever_OnHyperlinkShow = function(self, link, text, button, ...)
        if (strsub(link, 1, 11) == "achievement") then
            if (IsControlKeyDown()) then
                local id = strsplit(":", strsub(link, 13))
                id = tonumber(id)
                openToAchievement(id, true)
            elseif (IsAltKeyDown()) then
                if (not AchievementFrame or not AchievementFrame:IsShown()) then
                if (Overachiever_WatchFrame) then
                    local id = strsplit(":", strsub(link, 13));
                    id = tonumber(id)
                    Overachiever_WatchFrame.SetAchWatchList(id, true)
    hooksecurefunc("ChatFrame_OnHyperlinkShow", Overachiever_OnHyperlinkShow)
  • #1397

    Thanks for the replies. I don't have a lot of time for WoW lately (don't even have the latest expansion yet) and spent several hours trying (and failing) to reproduce the taint thing in some reliable fashion so I could fix it, so this kind of thing is very helpful. The print screen method of reproducing the taint didn't work for me, but I'll try /share. Even if that doesn't trigger it for me, I'll try a hook method similar to what you've got there (if not identical - offhand, without looking at my code, it looks like you're doing it the way I would already) and just push it out there as an "experimental" release so people can report whether it works for them.

    Last edited by Tuhljin on 5/28/2015 1:46:12 PM
  • #1395

    You can just do "/share", that should already fail due to taint. Another way is simply doing a screenshot using the "PrntScrn" key on your keyboard or using the selfie cam.

    In any case you should get a line posted in the chat log with a clickable WoW icon - clicking that also generates the taint error message.

    I "fixed" it by commenting out the part that overwrites ChatFrame_OnHyperlinkShow - I haven't been able to restore functionality by hooking your function to it either though.

    Last edited by TylerDurd0n on 5/27/2015 3:30:29 PM
  • #1394

    Sorry, the twitter problem isn't one I'm having. It's a different problem as some other people mentioned. I get an error when doing a quest that involves a cinematic that gives an achievement.

    Edit: I stopped using the addon because of the errors so it's now hard to remember now but I believe when the error pops up it's preventing showing which achievement was completed.

    Last edited by Kristallia on 5/10/2015 10:08:25 PM
  • #1392

    Maybe something is going on in his life right now that is preventing him from updating this and is busy with his life. Completely understandable.

    Is it possible someone you trust is able to temporarily you help out and keep it updated for you Tuhljin? There are many fans of your addon hun.

  • #1391

    obviously he quit working on this.

  • #1390

    Love the addon, but I dont really understand why it says that it's updated for 6.1, when there's no Draenor zones working with the addon. 

  • #1389

    I get this error the first time i hit "Y" after logging in to view achievements.

    Date: 2015-04-15 15:28:57
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ..\AddOns\Overachiever\Overachiever.lua line 504:
    attempt to index field 'AchievementFrame' (a nil value)
    (*temporary) = nil
    (*temporary) = "doublewide"
    (*temporary) = <userdata>
    (*temporary) = nil
    (*temporary) = nil
    (*temporary) = nil
    (*temporary) = "attempt to index field 'AchievementFrame' (a nil value)"
    orig_AchievementFrame_area = "doublewide"
    CheckDraggable_AchFrame = <function> defined @Interface\AddOns\Overachiever\Overachiever.lua:457

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