Backgrounds are optional scenery that can be placed behind player avatars. They have no in-game effect and exist only for aesthetic value. As of March 28, 2017, the violet background from the Plain Background Set is the default background (previously, the default background was a featureless light slate color). All existing players were also given the violet background and can choose to equip it if they wish to.
To view available backgrounds and to change your current background, navigate to the Edit Avatar sub-tab or the Backgrounds sub-tab under the User icon. This opens a modal that pops up on top of your current page. Then, click on the one you want to use. If you click on a purchasable background you do not currently own, you will be prompted to purchase it.
If you would prefer to have a transparent background, in the list of available backgrounds on the Edit Avatar or Backgrounds sub-tab, click on the picture of your current background. Your background will appear as the color of its environment (for example, purple when viewed in the header or white then viewed in a user profile).
Free, unlockable backgrounds were introduced as prizes with the Daily Check-In Incentives feature. For every day that a player logs in to Habitica, their check-in counter will increase. Once a player has checked in for a certain number of days, they will receive a prize.
Available Unlockable BackgroundsEdit
As mentioned above, the violet background from the Plain Background Set is the default background. The rest of the Plain Background Set is unlocked after a player logs in to Habitica for two days.
Three backgrounds are released each month and can be purchased with gems. An individual background costs 7 gems, and the monthly set of three backgrounds can be purchased together for 15 gems. If you purchase an individual background, you cannot purchase the set that the individual background was in for 15 gems. You will need to purchase the other backgrounds individually for 7 gems if you want to get the whole set. The only free backgrounds are the slate color as well as the default and unlockable backgrounds in the Plain Background Set.Backgrounds can be purchased on the Backgrounds modal or on the Edit Avatar modal opened under the User icon. Those that are available for purchase will have a white bar at the bottom of the frame, showing the price in gems. To buy a single background, click on the gem icon inside the bar. To buy a set, click on the "Purchase Set" button shown below each purchasable set. Buying a single background will remove the bar, while buying the set will remove all bars and the "Purchase" button. That way you can easily see which backgrounds you have purchased and can use.
You can also pin a background to your rewards column for a later purchase, by clicking the pin icon centered on the top of the frame. You will then be able to purchase it directly from rewards, without opening the Edit Avatar or Background modal.
Available Purchasable BackgroundsEdit
The available purchasable backgrounds with their release dates, titles, artists, and descriptions are shown below.
|September 2020||Giant Leaf|
Perch on a Giant Leaf.
|Herd of Sheep|
Mingle with a Herd of Sheep.
|Flying Over an Autumn Forest|
Enjoy the view while Flying Over an Autumn Forest.
by Chimera Liani
|August 2020||Productivity Plaza|
Stroll through Habit City's Productivity Plaza.
Enjoy the outdoors by Camping Out.
Bask in the splendor of the Jungle Canopy.
|July 2020||Underwater Ruins|
Explore Underwater Ruins.
|Swimming Among Jellyfish|
Go Swimming Among Jellyfish.
Relax in a Beach Cabana.
|June 2020||Salt Lake|
Sunbathe next to a Salt Lake.
Splash in the Relaxation River.
Set sail for adventure on a Viking Ship.
|May 2020||Hot Air Balloon|
Soar above the landscape in a Hot Air Balloon.
|Habit City Rooftops|
Leap adventurously between the Rooftops of Habit City.
Pick fresh treats from a Strawberry Patch.
by QuartzFox and weeWitch
|April 2020||Rainy Barnyard|
Take a soggy splashy stroll through a Rainy Barnyard.
Exercise your imagination finding Animal shapes in the Clouds.
Enjoy the aroma of a Field of Heather.
|March 2020||Among Giant Flowers|
Dally on and Among Giant Flowers.
Party with pollinators in a Butterfly Garden.
Take in the arid beauty of a Succulent Garden.
|February 2020||Elegant Ballroom|
Dance the night away in an Elegant Ballroom.
Partake in a fancy Tea Party.
|Hall of Heroes|
Approach the Hall of Heroes with appreciation and reverence.
|January 2020||Birthday Party|
Celebrate the Birthday Party of your favorite Habitican.
by Shine Caramia
Witness the rare and quiet beauty of a Snowy Desert.
Shake up a Snowglobe and take your place in a microcosm of a winter landscape.
by A Shining Advocate
|December 2019||Holiday Market|
Find the perfect gifts and decorations at a Holiday Market.
Festoon your avatar with a fragrant Holiday Wreath.
Bask in the starlight of a Winter Nocturne.
by gawrone and Maans
|November 2019||Tumultuous Thunderstorm|
Fly through a Tumultuous Thunderstorm.
by Vikte and Fayefalee
Find only the strongest elixirs at the Potion Shop.
by Aspiring Advocate
Wander through a colorful Farmer's Market.
by Lt. Cabel
|October 2019||Monster Maker's Workshop|
Experiment in a Monster Maker's Workshop.
Ride in a magical Pumpkin Carriage.
Journey across a Foggy Moor.
|September 2019||Autumn Flower Garden|
Take in the warmth of an Autumn Flower Garden.
Brave the mysteries of an Ancient Tomb.
Absorb knowledge in a Classroom.
|August 2019||Giant Dandelions|
Dally among Giant Dandelions.
by Vikte and Distorted
Explore mysterious Ancient Ruins.
Relax in a woodsy Tree House.
|July 2019||Flying over Tropical Islands|
Enjoy the view while Flying Over Tropical Islands.
|Among Giant Anemones|
Explore reef life Among Giant Anemones.
|Lake with Floating Lanterns|
Stargaze on a Lake with Floating Lanterns.
by Tigergurke and Tyche Alba
|June 2019||School of Fish|
Swim among a School of Fish.
Stand on a beach with the beauty of Seaside Cliffs above.
by Tyche Alba
Take a deep dive down, down to the Underwater Vents.
Learn new moves in a Dojo.
|Park with Statue|
Follow a flower-lined path through a Park with a Statue.
by GeraldThePixel and Reesachan
Find the pot of gold where a Rainbow ends in a Meadow.
|April 2019||Halfling's House|
Visit a Halfling's House.
Dally through a peaceful Birch Forest.
Take in the Superbloom in the Blossoming Desert.
|March 2019||Duck Pond|
Feed the birds at the Duck Pond.
Browse the Flower Market.
by astigmatism 🐯
Go on the hunt for Spring goodies in a Field with Colored Eggs.
|February 2019||Medieval Kitchen|
Cook up a storm in a Medieval Kitchen.
Enjoy delicious smells outside an Old-Fashioned Bakery.
Feel the love in a Valentines' Day Feasting Hall.
by Aspiring Advocate and GeraldThePixel
Flee the thundering might of an Avalanche.
by Lt. Cabel
Unearth secrets of the ancient past at an Archaeological Dig.
Write your next great scroll in a Scribe's Workshop.
|December 2018||Snowy Mountains|
Soar over Snowy Mountains at night.
by Wykedcrafty and Vikte
Bundle up to hike through a Frosty Forest.
|Snowy Day Fireplace|
Snuggle up next to a Fireplace on a Snowy Day.
|November 2018||Back Alley|
Look shady loitering in a Back Alley.
|Glowing Mushroom Cave|
Stare in awe at a Glowing Mushroom Cave.
Curl up in a Cozy Bedroom.
by GeraldThePixel and ghostlight_gal
Bask in the fireflies' glow on the misty Bayou.
Dare to approach a Creepy Castle.
Rescue the prisoners of a spooky Dungeon.
|September 2018||Apple Picking|
Go Apple Picking and bring home a bushel.
Read as you walk through the pages of a Giant Book.
Relax with your pets and mounts in their Cozy Barn.
|August 2018||Rocky Canyon|
Look down into a breathtaking scene as you fly over a Rocky Canyon.
Spar on the Training Grounds.
Cross a charming Bridge.
|July 2018||Tide Pool|
Observe the ocean life near a Tide Pool.
|City of Dilatory|
Meander through the undersea City of Dilatory.
Swim in the Dark Deep among bioluminescent critters.
by Great and Powerful
|June 2018||In a Rowboat|
Sing Rounds in a Rowboat.
|At the Docks|
Fish at the Docks.
|A Pirate Flag|
Wave a Pirate Flag.
Terraced Rice Field
Tiptoe through a Terraced Rice Field.
by TheMushroomKing and khdarkwolf
Bask in the glory of the Champions' Colosseum.
|Fantastical Shoe Store|
Look for fun new footwear in the Fantastical Shoe Store.
|April 2018||Tulip Garden|
Tiptoe through a Tulip Garden.
|Field of Wildflowers|
Soar above a Field of Wildflowers.
by Virginia M
Fly over the canopy of an Ancient Forest.
|March 2018||Gorgeous Greenhouse|
Walk among the flora kept in a Gorgeous Greenhouse.
Look out over the landscape from an Elegant Balcony.
Driving a Coach
Enjoy Driving a Coach past fields of flowers.
by Nummycakes and Reesachan
|February 2018||Rose Garden|
Dally in a Rose Garden.
Explore a Magical Museum.
Play in Chessboard Land.
Bask in the wintry glow of an Aurora.
Drive a Sleigh over snow-covered fields.
by tracyfu and reesa3
Fly over Icy Steppes.
|December 2017||Cross-Country Ski Trail|
Glide along a Cross-County Ski Trail.
|Starry Winter Night|
Admire a Starry Winter Night.
Bask in the wonder of a Toymaker's Workshop.
Fly through a Tornado.
|Fiber Arts Room|
Spin thread in a Fiber Arts Room.
Stroll by the Midnight Castle.
|October 2017||Magical Candles|
Bask in the glow of Magical Candles.
Sneak down the hall of a Spooky Hotel.
Tiptoe through the Tar Pits.
|September 2017||Beside a Well|
Stroll Beside a Well.
Work in a Garden Shed.
Create Masterpieces in the Pixelist's Workshop.
|August 2017||Back of a Giant Beast|
Ride on the Back of a Giant Beast.
Boldly explore the Desert Dunes.
Celebrate Habitica's Naming Day with Summer Fireworks!
|July 2017||Giant Seashell|
Lounge in a Seashell.
by Lilith of Alfheim
Swim through a Kelp Forest.
Rest by a Midnight Lake.
|June 2017||Buried Treasure|
Unearth Buried Treasure.
Admire an Ocean Sunrise.
Rule over a Sandcastle.
|May 2017||Guardian Statues|
Stand vigil in front of Guardian Statues.
|Habit City Streets|
Explore the Streets of Habit City.
|On a Tree Branch|
Perch On a Tree Branch.
|April 2017||Bug-Covered Log
Investigate a Bug-Covered Log.
Perch in a Giant Birdhouse.
by James Danger
Summit a Mist-Shrouded Mountain.
|March 2017||Magic Beanstalk
Ascend a Magic Beanstalk.
Explore the Meandering Cave.
Carouse in the Mistiflying Circus.
|February 2017||Bell Tower
Climb to the Bell Tower.
Pose under a Wedding Arch.
Bask in the wealth of the Treasure Room.
Brave a fierce Blizzard.
Glide on a Sparkling Snowflake.
Explore the Stoïkalm Volcanoes.
|December 2016||Shimmering Ice Prisms
Dance through the Shimmering Ice Prisms.
by Lilith of Alfheim
Purchase presents from a Winter Shop.
Set off Winter Fireworks.
|November 2016||Midnight Clouds
Fly through the Midnight Clouds.
Creep across Stormy Rooftops.
Chase leaves during a Windy Autumn.
by Laurelei Kirsch
|October 2016||Spider Web
Get snagged in a Spider Web.
Slither through the Strange Sewers.
Splash through a Rainy City.
by Dial F For Funky
|Spider Web can be hidden with the Phobia Protection Extension. Entire avatar will be hidden.|
Enjoy a beautiful day out in the Cornfields.
Say hello to the animals on your way to the Farmhouse.
by James Danger
Pick ripe fruit in an Orchard.
|August 2016||Idyllic Cabin
Retreat to an Idyllic Cabin.
Climb the many steps of a Mountain Pyramid.
Hold steady against wind and wave aboard a Stormy Ship.
Bob in an aquarium.
by Jessica Chase
|Castle of Dilatory||Deep Sea
Dive to the Deep Sea.
by Jessica Chase
Hop on a Lilypad.
Splash on a Waterfall Rock.
Stroll down the Lighthouse Shore.
Buzz and dance in a Beehive.
by James Danger
Battle a Gazebo.
Explore the Tree Roots.
|April 2016||Archery Range
Practice on the Archery Range.
Frolic atop Giant Flowers.
|End of the Rainbow
Discover gold at the End of the Rainbow.
Venture into a Rainforest.
Find precious metals in a Deep Mine.
by James Danger
|Circle of Stones
Cast spells in a Circle of Stones.
|February 2016||Bamboo Forest
Stroll through the Bamboo Forest.
Read in the Cozy Library.
Stride down the Grand Staircase.
|January 2016||Frozen Lake
Skate on a Frozen Lake.
Lead a Snowman Army.
Look at the stars of a Winter Night.
|December 2015||Alpine Slopes
Ski on the Alpine Slopes.
Gaze at the Snowy Sunrise.
Bustle through a Winter Town.
|November 2015||Floating Islands
Hop across the Floating Islands.
Walk peacefully through the Night Dunes.
Bask in the Sunset Oasis.
|October 2015||Harvest Moon
Cackle under the Harvest Moon.
Slog through a Slimy Swamp.
Shiver in the Swarming Darkness.
|September 2015||Habitica Market
Shop in the Habitica Market.
Tend mounts in the Habitica Stable.
Visit the Habitica Tavern.
Admire the Pyramids
Stalk across the Sunset Savannah.
|Twinkly Party Lights
Dance under the Twinkly Party Lights!
|July 2015||Ruins of Dilatory
Dive to the Ruins of Dilatory.
Surf a Giant Wave!
Explore a Sunken Ship.
by Mimi Alves
|June 2015||Drifting Raft
Paddle a Drifting Raft.
by Teto is Great
Float through a sea of Shimmery Bubbles.
Picnic near Island Waterfalls.
|May 2015||Marble Temple
Pose in front of a Marble Temple
by Painter deCluster
Dip your toes in a Mountain Lake
Climb to the top of Pagodas
by Teto is Great
Admire the Cherry Trees in blossom.
Picnic in a Flowering Meadow.
Nibble the scenery of Gumdrop Land.
by Painter deCluster
|March 2015||Spring Rain
Dance in the Spring Rain.
Admire some Stained Glass.
Frolic through the Rolling Hills.
Labor in the Blacksmithy.
Explore a Crystal Cave.
Defend a Distant Castle.
Descend into an Ice Cave.
Summit a Frigid Peak.
Shelter amid Snowy Pines.
Drift upon an Iceberg.
|Winter Twinkly Lights
Stroll between trees bedecked in festive lights.
Visit the icy South Pole.
Gaze at the Starry Skies.
Admire a Sunset Meadow.
Enjoy a Harvest Feast.
Visit a Creepy Graveyard.
Sneak through a Haunted House.
Carve jack-o-lanterns in a Pumpkin Patch.
Conduct lighting in a Thunderstorm.
Stroll through an Autumn Forest.
Cultivate your Harvest Fields.
Heat up inside a Volcano.
Soar through the Clouds.
Wander through a Dusty Canyon.
Enjoy the open waters.
Swim in a coral reef.
Sail aboard a Seafarer Ship.
Lounge upon a warm beach.
Dance in a fairy ring.
Stroll through a summer forest.
The following purchasable backgrounds (with their release dates, titles, artists, and descriptions) are available in the Time Travelers shop. These special backgrounds cost 1 Mystic Hourglass each, rather than the usual gems cost of the above backgrounds.
Some of the backgrounds will "tile" meaning that if two adjacent party members are using the same background, the touching edges of the backgrounds will match. The tiling backgrounds are: