Achievements

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Hearts of Iron IV has 43 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 achievements at Steam.

The difficulty of each achievement varies; some achievements are very easy (e.g. joining a faction), while some are more difficult (e.g. invading Spain as Mexico). 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 single-player Ironman games, with the 1936 start, on regular or veteran difficulty. They can be earned while playing older versions of the game as long as said achievements were present in that version. They can also be earned with Historical AI Focuses set to off. They are also still available in games which run past the end game screen in 1948 or later.

It is not possible to gain achievements if the checksum has been changed - either by tampering with game files, or by running the game using mods that affect gameplay mechanics (graphical mods do not affect checksum), or a corrupted installation.

List of achievements[edit]

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

The "Notes" column specifies if an achievement can't be completed without the use of DLC mechanics (currently 5 out of 43) in addition to other helpful short tips.

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 Starting conditions Requirements Notes Patch DI
Friends in Need icon
Friends in Need
Join a faction.
Yes Country flag achievement_has_joined_faction is set 1.0 VE
Time is on our side icon
Time is on our side
Reach 1948.
Time Date is > 1947.12.31 1.0 VE
Canada First icon
Canada First
Join Axis as Canada.
Yes Playing as Flag of Canada Canada
The faction need not be Axis, but must be led by Germany. 1.0 VE
We'll Build it in a Day icon
We'll Build it in a Day
Research Construction V.
Atomic Research.png Has researched Construction VConstruction V 1.0 VE
No country for old men icon
No country for old men
Reach 0 manpower with Scraping the Barrel as Conscription Law.
Can be accomplished by having the law after capitulating and controlling no territory (e.g. do nothing as Luxembourg). 1.0 VE
Transport Tycoon icon
Transport Tycoon
Have at least 1000 convoys.
Convoy.png Has convoys > 999 1.0 E
Destroyer of Worlds icon
Destroyer of Worlds
Deploy a nuke.
Yes Country flag achievement_has_dropped_nuke is set 1.0 E
Wunderwaffen icon
Wunderwaffen
Research all rocket, nuclear and jet technologies.
Atomic Research.png Has researched:
  • Advanced Rocket Engines.png Advanced Rocket Engines
  • Jet Engines.png Jet Engines
  • Nuclear Bombs.png Nuclear Bombs
1.0 E
United Netherlands icon
United Netherlands
Conquer Belgium and Luxembourg as Netherlands.
Yes Playing as Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Yes Own and control the states:
  • Vlaanderen (6)
  • Holland (7)
  • Luxembourg (8)
  • Wallonie (34)
  • Brabant (35)
  • Friesland (36)
1.0 E
Vive la France icon
Vive la France
Reach 1948 as France without capitulating or surrendering.
Yes Playing as Flag of France France
  • Time Date is > 1947.12.31
  • Yes Global flag achievement_france_surrender is not set
  • Yes Has not capitulated
1.0 E
Master of War icon
Master of War
Fully research a land, naval and air doctrine tree.
Atomic Research.png Has researched a full branch in the tech fields:
  • Air Doctrine
  • Land Doctrine
  • Naval Doctrine
If you think you should have got this and haven't, double check you haven't missed one that wasn't mutually exclusive on the same row of the tree. 1.0 E
Mine is bigger than yours icon
Mine is bigger than yours
Lead a faction with at least 20 members.
  • Yes Is a faction leader
  • Yes Members of faction > 19
Easiest as the UK with Historical on - free all your subjects in Africa and the Middle East as puppets and you're on 13; Poland, the Benelux, France, Denmark and Norway will make 20 as soon as Germany attacks them. 1.0 M
Poland Can Into Space icon
Poland Can Into Space
Finish all Rocket Technologies as Poland.
Yes Playing as Flag of Poland Poland Atomic Research.png Has researched Advanced Rocket EnginesAdvanced Rocket Engines 1.0 M
True Blitzkrieg icon
True Blitzkrieg
As Germany have both Poland and France surrender before January 1st 1940.
Yes Playing as Flag of Germany Germany
  • Time Date is < 1940.01.01
  • Yes Flag of Poland Poland does not exist or has capitulated
  • Yes Flag of France France either:
  • Does not exist
  • Has capitulated
  • Global flag achievement_france_surrender is set
  • Both nations need to be either in a capitulated state or annexed to trigger. Neither of them can be a puppet. 1.0 M
    Northern Light icon
    Northern Light
    As a Scandinavian country form your own faction, and have Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland in it.
    Yes Playing as either:
    • Yes Is a faction leader
    • Yes Is in a faction with:
    Try rapidly puppeting the other three as Sweden and forming a faction with Spain before the third war ends. 1.0 M
    Nobody expects... icon
    Nobody expects...
    As Nationalist Spain in Axis manage to take Paris before the Germans.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Spain Spain
    • Fascism Is fascist
    • Yes Control the state Ile de France (16)
    • Yes In a faction with Flag of Germany Germany
    • Yes Flag of Germany Germany is a faction leader
    It is viable to begin justifying the moment Franco takes power, win the civil war, and then launch naval invasions against Paris. You can join the axis faction after the conclusion of the war. 1.0 M
    The bell tolls for us icon
    The bell tolls for us
    Win Spanish Civil War as Republican Spain.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Spain Spain
    • Yes Country flag achievement_won_spanish_civil_war is set
    • Fascism Is not fascist
    Must win the war, and then must be non-fascist, but not necessarily at the same time. 1.0 M
    The Revolution Triumphant icon
    The Revolution Triumphant
    Have Germany as a puppet of Soviet.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union Yes Flag of Germany Germany is a puppet of Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union Must be unified Germany. West Germany or East Germany don't count. 1.0 M
    Once More Mate icon
    Once More Mate
    Occupy Gallipoli as Australia.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Australia Australia Yes Control the state Bursa (340) Gallipoli is in the state Istanbul; nevertheless Bursa is required and not Istanbul. 1.0 M
    Forge of Victory icon
    Forge of Victory
    Have 50 factories as Belgium.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Belgium Belgium Yes Has factories > 49
    • Naval dockyards count toward this total
    • This total can be reached with an early fascist or communist invasion of the Netherlands, combined with normal industrial build-up.
    1.0 M
    Sunset Invasion icon
    Sunset Invasion
    Occupy a coastal province in Europe as Mexico, and if in a faction have it contain only South American members or puppets.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Mexico Mexico
    • Yes Country flag achievement_failed_sunset_invasion is not set
    • Yes Control any coastal state on the European continent
    • Achievement will fail permanently if any non-puppet country with capital outside South America is ever in a faction with the player. This includes Mexico itself, should it somehow change capital.
    • Easily done by turning fascist as fast as possible and getting Submarines III followed by subsequent declarations of war on Denmark (in order to capture Greenland for naval range - invade province left to Greenland's port) and Iceland.
    • Or, turn democratic and justify for Sardinia when World Tension reaches 100%. Get military access from France and walk across from Corsica.
    • (1.3) Turn fascist as fast as possible and pump out infantry divisions. Declare war on Flag of Guatemala Guatemala and let USA intervene, so the Allies won't help the USA. Overwhelm US with the sheer number of your troops, as long as you're still in 1938-9. After the war with US, start building convoys and destroyers. Justify on Flag of Germany Germany or Flag of Italy Italy, preferably the latter due to their weak army. Justification should be cheap and quick, since they generated much of the world tension. Declare war on them and get cozy with the Allies. Launch naval invasions from UK or France into enemy territory. You need to capture a majority of provinces in a state for the achievement to fire.
    1.0 H
    Duce Nuked'em icon
    Duce Nuked'em
    Nuke Los Angeles as fascist Italy.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Italy Italy
    • Yes Country flag achievement_has_nuked_california is set
    • Fascism Is fascist
    1.0 H
    Operation Sea Lion icon
    Operation Sea Lion
    Control British mainland as Germany.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Germany Germany Yes Control the states:
    • Scottish Highlands (120)
    • Lothian (121)
    • Wales (122)
    • Cornwall (123)
    • East Anglia (125)
    • Greater London Area (126)
    • Sussex (127)
    • West Midlands (128)
    • East Midlands (129)
    • Yorkshire (130)
    • Northern England (131)
    • Lancashire (132)
    • Lanark (133)
    • Aberdeenshire (136)
    • Gloucestershire (338)
    1.0 H
    One Empire icon
    One Empire
    Unite the entire world under the British Empire.
    Yes Playing as Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
    • Yes Is a faction leader
    • Yes Every state in the world is controlled by either:
  • Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • A puppet of Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • A nation in a faction with Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • The straightforward, but boring and slow, approach is to defeat the Axis, then go to war with the Comintern and defeat them (note that the PRC will declare war on China one year after the end of the war with Japan, so you can use the focus to get China democratic and add them to the Allies before that war starts) - this should add lots of countries to the Allies, and then trigger coups everywhere you can. Once there's been a civil war, the winner has created world tension and you can justify against them. It takes a very long time, and, once you've won WWII, it's obviously going to work eventually, so it's very boring.

    Going fascist or communist and conquering the world is more fun, but is harder.

    1.0 H
    Party like it's 1520 icon
    Party like it's 1520
    Occupy Stockholm as communist Denmark.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Denmark Denmark
    • Communism Is communist
    • Yes Control the state Svealand (141)
    Use a naval invasion to the two provinces adjacent to Stockholm, but leave one division in Copenhagen with land forts to defend the strait. 1.0 H
    Med plutonium... icon
    Med plutonium...
    Nuke Denmark as Sweden.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Sweden Sweden Yes Is Flag of Sweden Sweden
    • Country flag achievement_med_plutonium is set
    • The nuked state must be both owned by and a core of Denmark.
    • The Faroe Islands (and Iceland, and Greenland) are Danish cores, and within air range of Sweden, so there is no need to prevent Germany from invading mainland Denmark.
    1.0 H
    The Revenge of Montezuma icon
    The Revenge of Montezuma
    Restore the old borders with the USA as Mexico.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Mexico Mexico Yes Control the states:
    • Texas (375)
    • New Mexico (376)
    • Arizona (377)
    • California (378)
    • Nevada (379)
    • Utah (380)
    Easiest done by quickly turning fascist (for possibility to declare war and manpower given by fascist ideas tree) and attacking USA when you get approx. 30 good divisions (suggested composition is 7 inf +2 artillery + recon) don't bother with fighters or tanks as Mexico does not have the industry to produce those. Divide your army into 20 divisions on eastern and 10 on western part and attack only on eastern part of the front towards Texas as there are Rocky Mountains on the west. As your superior divisions chew through low quality USA divisions (approx. 400k looses) attack on eastern front as well - early game USA should have below 20 military factories and will not be able to replenish lost equipment. Remember to continue to produce more divisions as the front will grow bigger and your forces spread thinner. 1.0 H
    Big Entente icon
    Big Entente
    As France, complete the "Little Entente" National Focus, and have all German cores owned by you or someone in your faction.
    Yes Playing as Flag of France France
    • Yes Focus Goal generic alliance.png "Little Entente" is completed
    • Yes Is a faction leader
    • Yes Every state in the world is either:
  • Not a core of Flag of Germany Germany
  • A core of Flag of Germany Germany and owned by either:
  • Must also be leader of a faction (the focus does this). This is to prevent the cheesy tactic of doing Little Entente, then refusing the remilitarization of the Rhineland, supported by Britain; this will add France back into the Allies. 1.0 H
    New World Order icon
    New World Order
    Make all nations fascist.
    Fascism All existing nations are fascist
    • Be wary of puppets as they will never change ideology, even if their overlord changes it, except by war (note that this makes this achievement difficult as the USA and the UK as they start with non-fascist puppets).
    • Neutral nations forced into your faction might create neutral puppets.
    1.0 H
    Bearer of Artillery icon
    Bearer of Artillery
    Gain Vojtek as commander.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Poland Poland Yes Country flag POL_vojtek_commander is set Vojtek is a special commander that appears with the Polish event "Wojtek Never Drops A Crate" 1.0 H
    Crusader Kings 2 icon
    Crusader Kings 2
    As South Africa, finish the Anti-Colonialist Crusade focus, release all European colonies via the focus, and take London.
    Yes Playing as Flag of South Africa South Africa
    • Yes Focus Focus SAF colonialist crusade.png "Anti-Colonialist Crusade" is completed
    • Yes Is a faction leader
    • Yes A faction member controls the state Greater London Area (126)
    • Yes The following country flags are set:
    • SAF_released_ANG
    • SAF_released_COG
    • SAF_released_KEN
    • SAF_released_MZB
    • SAF_released_ZIM
    Requires Together for Victory DLC. 1.3 I
    Braaaaains! icon
    Braaaaains!
    As Canada, complete the Send in the Zombies focus.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Canada Canada Yes Focus Goal generic demand territory.png "Send in the Zombies" is completed Requires Together for Victory DLC. 1.3 VE
    Crusader Kings icon
    Crusader Kings
    As South Africa, finish the A King for our People focus and take Jerusalem.
    Yes Playing as Flag of South Africa South Africa
    • Yes Has Edward VIII.png Edward VIII national spirit
    • Yes Control the state Jerusalem (454)
    Requires Together for Victory DLC.
    • Take Fascism route for independence, justify war on Portugal (don't leave Allies) and take their colonies - should be done before start of WWII.
    • Leave Allies justify war on UK (or if possible join Axis) and attack them from behind.
    • This should make UK lose in Egypt as they have to send some troops to fight you. If that's the case Italy will take Palestine so ask for control over it (if you don't have enough war score just kill more Allies). If not, drive straight for Palestine (get some ports along the way so you won't get cut off from supplies).
    • Remember to defend your ports - basic District Brigade (3xINF) will do the job nicely. It's the only quick way to lose cos it will take ages for Allies to get to you through land (way longer than your troops going for Palestine will take).
    1.3 M
    Cut The Strings icon
    Cut The Strings
    Break free from your overlord as a puppet.
    Autonomy puppet icon.png Playing as a puppet Autonomy freedom icon.png Is not a subject
    • You have to use autonomy system.
    • Quickest way is British Raj - build Military Factories, invest tech in newest infantry weapons, mass produce and Lend Lease them for obscene amounts of autonomy points (especially if your tech is better than UK's).
    • Can be done togheter with "Our Words Are Backed With Nuclear Weapons" (just declare independence after dropping the nuke).
    • WARNING! You cannot do it as Egypt (possibly cos you started as UK).
    1.3 E
    District 9 icon
    District 9
    As South Africa, have 9 civilian factories in Transvaal.
    Yes Playing as Flag of South Africa South Africa Civilian factory Has civilian factories >8 in the state Transvaal (275) 1.3 VE
    Freegypt icon
    Freegypt
    As Egypt, go from puppet to a free nation using the autonomy system.
    Yes Is Flag of Egypt Egypt
    • Country flag achievement_EGY_colony is set
    • Country flag achievement_EGY_dominion is set
    • Country flag achievement_EGY_free is set
    Requires Together for Victory DLC.
    • Start as UK (don't unpause) and release Egypt as a puppet (check "Play as" when the checkbox appears).
    • Produce some units to fight Italians in Africa. After you are secure the fastest way to gain autonomy points is to mass produce infantry weapons and Lend Lease them to UK (it will give you more points if you have better tech than them so rush those next level weapons).
    • Fighting in Europe also give you nice autonomy boost (not as large as Lend Lease) but remember that if you win too soon you will be stuck with only 0.5 autonomy daily from focus.
    1.3 M
    I Am the Tong Master icon
    I Am the Tong Master
    As South Africa, break free from the UK and puppet another nation.
    Yes Playing as Flag of South Africa South Africa
    • Autonomy freedom icon.png Is not a subject
    • Yes Has subjects >0
    • Get the Communist focuses with Anti-Colonial Crusade and Liberate Portuguese Colonies.
    • Declare war on Portuguese, take their land in Africa, wait for event about free Angola or Mozambique and choose first option to release either of them as your puppet.
    • Can be done before 1939.
    1.3 E
    It's 1812 All Over Again icon
    It's 1812 All Over Again
    As Canada, take and hold Washington D.C.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Canada Canada Yes Control the state Washington D.C. (361) 1.3 H
    Our Words Are Backed With Nuclear Weapons icon
    Our Words Are Backed With Nuclear Weapons
    As India, develop and deploy a nuke. You must have the Quit India Movement national spirit.
    Yes Playing as Flag of British Raj British Raj
    • Yes Has Idea raj quit india movement.png Quit India Movement national spirit
    • Yes Country flag achievement_has_dropped_nuke is set
    Requires Together for Victory DLC.
    • Needs to be done as a subject since the movement is lost upon independence.
    • Develop, build and deploy a nuclear bomb (remember about getting some strategic bombers and fighters for air superiority). You have 2 focuses giving you boost in that area. If China falls you can alone keep Japan away at the border and look out for Siam cos it can turn Fascist by Japanese Focus.
    • Be warn of helping to much AI in the war, if it ends before you can deploy nuke you would have to start from the beginning (as you can't declare war as a subject).
    • Can be done together with "Cut The Strings" (just do it after dropping the nuke).

    Note that you retain the Spirit if you are freed through the British national focus Indian Independence, which they will usually take after the war ends, so you don't need to restart if you miss the end of the war.

    1.3 E
    Rule Britannia icon
    Rule Britannia
    As any British Subject state, conquer all of Britain.
    Yes Playing as either:
    • Autonomy freedom icon.png Is not a subject
    • Yes Control the states:
    • Scottish Highlands (120)
    • Lothian (121)
    • Wales (122)
    • Cornwall (123)
    • East Anglia (125)
    • Greater London Area (126)
    • Sussex (127)
    • West Midlands (128)
    • East Midlands (129)
    • Yorkshire (130)
    • Northern England (131)
    • Lancashire (132)
    • Lanark (133)
    • Aberdeenshire (136)
    • Gloucestershire (338)
    1.3 VH
    The Empire Strikes Back icon
    The Empire Strikes Back
    As Britain, declare war on one of your former subjects.
    Yes Playing as Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Relation wargoal.png At war with either: Unless you get very lucky, the only way to do this is to disband the Allies, rush to the Indian Independence National Focus, reform the Allies without India, and then fight and win WWII. You can then change to a non-democratic government, create a claim on India and declare war.

    None of your other subjects will usually declare independence or leave the Allies.

    You do not need to win the war, just be at war for the achievement.

    1.3 M
    The Puppetmaster icon
    The Puppetmaster
    Have at least 26 subjects.
    Yes Has subjects >25 Can be done by playing UK as they start with many releasable nations (which can be released as puppets). Turn fascist as soon as possible, disband the Allies, declare war on the US ASAP, France will

    most likely join them. Capitulate the US first and then focus on France. Make sure to puppet parts of both nations (these puppets can have just 1 province, they are of no use anyway). After that World War II will be divided into few smaller wars. Join Axis and join their wars. Since puppet cost less war score in peace conference you should be able to snipe a few puppets.

    1.3 M
    The weapons of the Third Emu War icon
    The weapons of the Third Emu War
    As Australia, use a nuclear bomb on core Australian territory.
    Yes Playing as Flag of Australia Australia Yes Country flag achievement_AST_nuke_self is set
    • Develop and build a nuclear bomb (remember about getting some strategic bombers and fighters for air superiority).
    • If not already at war, declare it on Japan or US and let (more like pray) them invade your continent (keep ALL ports undefended). It has to be your mainland, those islands that you have at the beginning do NOT count.
    • Deploy nuke on enemy beachhead.
    1.3 VH
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