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Achievement Logic Features

There are several tools and options available to a developer. Knowing how to properly utilize them will improve the quality of your sets. These tools/options can be used in the Achievement Editor:


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Hit Countslink

In the Achievement Editor, the field on the far right side is Hit Count. image

The default is Zero, which means the condition must be true for the achievement to trigger.

If you set a target hit count, like 5, it means the condition must be true for at least that many frames, and once that hit count target is met, it doesn't need to be met again at any other time.

PLEASE NOTE: if a condition has a non-zero hit count, and reaches the number required, this condition is no longer tested. It remains true, UNLESS you have a ResetIf, which we will discuss below.

Conditions with Reset If and PauseIf flags can also have hits. Follow the links for details.

You can see how hit counts works on the Real Examples page.

Alt Groupslink

Achievements can have groups added to them that allow for alternative requirements to unlock an achievement. These are called Alt Groups,

When using Alt groups, for the achievement to trigger, all the conditions in the Core group MUST be true. And then all the conditions of ANY Alt group must be true. In other words, each Alt group uses OR logic.


In this dummy example for Contra (NES) the achievement requires, "While on stage look up or crouch." Lets look at what's in the Core group and in the Alt groups:

In the core group: 0x18 = 5. This checks that the player is on stage.

In Alt 01: 0xbc = 1. This checks that the player is looking up.

In Alt 02: 0xbc = 2. This checks that the player is crouching.

As long as the player is on stage. The core group is true. If the player looks up, Alt 01 is true. If the player crouches, Alt 02 is true. If core + Alt 01 OR Alt 02 are true, the achievement will trigger.

Facts about Alt Groupslink

  • To add or remove Alt groups click the + or - button in the bottom left of the achievement editor.
  • If you want to simply test for this OR that you can leave the core group blank and add this in Alt 01, and that in Alt 02.
  • No matter how many Alt groups an achievement has, only one has to be true for the achievement to trigger.
  • When using ResetIf and PauseIf, PauseIf only pauses the group that it's in, but ResetIf resets hit counts in all groups and prevents achievements from triggering so long as the reset is active.
  • Advanced: An Alt group can have conditions that are NEVER true. When using pauses and resets in an Alt group it is possible to create a pausable reset. In other words, a reset that will only reset under certain (paused) conditions. Remember: the reset will affect all group, including your core group. This can be applied to multiple Alt groups in the same achievement. Just make sure that you have at least one Alt group that is will be true. One possible always true condition Value 1 = Value 1.

Delta Valueslink

A Delta value is the previous frame's value. Note: when you use Delta it is implicit that you are referring to an address and not a value.

Examples of how it can be used:

  • Detect if the level has been increased: level > delta level. It means "current level is greater than the previous frame's level".
  • Detect damage: health < delta health. It means "current health is smaller than the previous frame's health". Or you can just make the previous frame's value a requirement. health delta = 1 means "the previous frame's value for health must be 1 when the achievement pops up."

You can see how it works in the Real Examples page.


In the Achievement Editor, it's the field titled as Flags image


If the associated condition is true, all hit counts in the achievement will be reset to 0. This includes hit counts in other groups (more about groups below).

The achievement will not trigger if one or more ResetIf conditions is true, even if there are no conditions with hit count targets.

You can see how it works in the Real Examples page.

A Reset If condition with a hit count target will only trigger when the hit count target is met. If another ResetIf condition it met, all conditions, including the ResetIf with the hit count will have their hit counts reset to 0.

It is very common to use a condition with a hit count of 1 as a start marker for an achievement, and use a ResetIf to cancel the achievement before the end condition is met. A common example is a damageless achievement: "From start of (level/battle), reset if damage taken, trigger at end of (level/battle)". When the start condition is true, a hit count is captured. If it's still set when the end condition is true, the achievement triggers. If the ResetIf condition triggers, the hit count on the start condition is set back to zero, which makes the condition false when evaluating the state when the end condition is true, and the achievement will not trigger.


While true, the PauseIf pauses activity for all conditions in the same group. It does not pause conditions in other groups (more about groups below).

Note: keep in mind that all conditions in the sentence above includes ResetIf conditions! In other words ResetIf won't work while a PauseIf is active.

The PauseIf is usually used to prevent hit counts from going up during a specific situation (like pausing the game). It's used when you want to keep previously earned hit count, but don't want to increment it or reset it while something else is going on.

A PauseIf condition with a hit count target will only trigger when the hit count target is met. Once the hit count target is met, the group remains paused until a ResetIf condition in another group is true or until the game is reset. A PauseIf without a hit count will unpause when the condition is no longer true.

Add Sourcelink

Note: most likely this technique is not needed for simple games. So, it's not mandatory for jr-devs.

When a condition has the Add Source flag, the value on that memory address is added to the value of the address on the condition right below, and the comparison is made on the condition below the one with the Add Source flag. It may sound a bit confusing, but the example below will clarify how this works:

Add Source Example

In this example the value in 0x8010 will be added to the value in 0x8020 and the comparison is if this sum is greater than zero.

If the value in 0x8010 is 1 and the value in 0x8020 is 2, the comparison will be 1 + 2 > 0, or 3 > 0.

Note: All the comparison fields on the condition with the Add Source flag are ignored.

Trying to summarize the explanation in an image:

Add Source Explained

Note: you can use the Add Source flag to sum more addresses, like in the example below:


Sub Sourcelink

Note: most likely this technique is not needed for simple games. So, it's not mandatory for jr-devs.

Works similarly to Add Source, but the Sub Source flag makes the value in the memory address have a negative value.

Note 1: Sub Source is NOT a subtraction flag. It just makes the value be negative.

Note 2: The final line (without Add Source or Sub Source) is still added for the final comparison.

Using that Add Source usecase example, if we replaced it with the Sub Source and with the same values (value(0x8010) = 1 and value(0x8020) = 2), the comparison would be -1 + 2 > 0, or 1 > 0.

Sub Source can also be used to track specific increases in addresses. The condition below states that the current value in address 0x00cbd6 less 30 (0x1e in hexadecimal) must be equal previous value of that same address. Effectively, this means that the condition is true whenever the value in address 0x00cbd6 increases by exactly 30.

Sub Source Real Example

Add Hitslink

Note: most likely this technique is not needed for simple games. So, it's not mandatory for jr-devs.

Adds the hit count for the current condition to the next achievement condition. The total hit count will be used when determining if the target hit count for the next non-Add Hits condition is met. If the next non-Add Hits condition does not have a hit target, the Add Hits condition has no effect on the achievement.

All fields are supported on an Add Hits condition. If the condition is met, the hit count for the condition is incremented (and will stop incrementing if a target hit count is specified).

The Add Hits condition does not have to be true for the achievement to trigger. The next non-Add Hits condition does, which is affected by the Add Hits condition.

Combining Flagslink

ResetIf and PauseIf can be applied to a condition following any number of Add Hits, Add Source, or Sub Source conditions.

Going back to the Add Source example above, if ResetIf were applied to condition 2, the achievement would reset because 1 + 2 > 0.

Minimum required versionslink

Feature RA_Integration RetroArch
ResetIf HitCount 0.073 1.7.4
PauseIf HitCount 0.073 1.7.4
Leaderboard Cancel AND 0.073 1.7.0
Leaderboard OR 0.073 1.7.4
Delay achievement processing on load 0.073 1.7.4?
Full 32-bit value support 0.073 1.7.0