Updated Thu, Sep 27, 2012 by Mem
The Mists of Pandaria expansion is all about making things easier for the players who love the game. Anything that was deemed to be detrimental to fun has been hit by Blizzard with a giant easy stick, which is sort of like the easy button, but in stick form. Many of these changes will prove to be blessings, while others may ultimately become curses.
Focusing on the positive we look at one of the blessings that have blossomed out of the easy stick bludgeoning Blizzard has given to the game; account-wide achievements. In Mists of Pandaria most achievements count for every character a player has, regardless of if that particular character has actually completed the achievement.
Wondering what else you need to know about account-wide achievements? Below you will find the answers to most of the burning questions posed about account-wide achievements.
Most achievements in Mists of Pandaria are now account-wide. This means that the achievements you earn on one character will most likely count for every other character on your account. However, despite the fact that all characters will earn the achievement the player will only earn the points associated with each individual achievement once.
Don't think that your characters won't get recognition for their achievements though. Blizzard has made it so that milestones such as reaching level 80, maxing out a profession, or killing that uber hard raid boss for the first time will still prompt a pop-up notification. Remember, these notifications are for show only and no extra points will be awarded. This is to prevent players from feeling they *need* to play the character with the most achievement points.
Not everything concerning achievements has gone account-wide. One such something is the criteria needed to complete achievements. In other words, if you begin an achievement one character the criteria you have completed will not carry over to any other character. For example if you begin exploring Ashenvale on character A, you can not finish exploring the area on character B and expect to receive the Explore Ashenvale achievement. As with most things, there are exceptions and some achievement criteria will carry over to the rest of the characters on a particular account.
These achievements are the exception to the rule of account-wide achievement criteria mentioned above. Meta-achievements require that the player get other specific achievements to complete. One of the most popular and one of my personal favorites is "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been." Achievements like this are usually account-wide and if one of your characters earn one portion of the achievement such as Fool For Love and another of your characters subsequently earns The Flame Keeper then your account would get the meta achievement What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been.
Realizing that in some cases achievements were just to darn hard to complete on one character, some achievements have become account only. Examples of these may be achievements that require the player to do a ton of quests, collect many honorable kills, or otherwise complete objectives that are near impossible on just one character.
While I cannot confirm it from my current experiences in the expansion, it is also possible that another instance of account-only achievements could come into play. Examples of these achievements may be leveling two Druids to level 90 or leveling one of every class to max level. Once again, as of now I have not personally seen these achievements in game, but that doesn't mean they aren't there or won't be added in the near future. Blizzard has a way of sneaking things in on us when we least expect it.
You may be wondering what will happen to achievement awards that you earn from the various achievements. Will they be account-wide or still belong to each individual character? It seems that most pets, tabards, mounts, and other achievement based rewards are also account-wide. There may be certain restrictions on certain rewards, but for the most part players will be able to enjoy the rewards they have earned on every character they choose to level up on an account.
How do you feel about achievements becoming account-wide? Is there anything you would change? Do you have more information concerning the new Mists of Pandaria account-wide achievements? Feel free to share your thoughts with the rest of the Ten Ton Hammer community by using the comments section found below.