Anyone can create or join a challenge in the Challenges forum, their parties, and/or the guilds to which they belong (unless the leader of that guild doesn't allow members to create challenges). Players can create any type of challenge consisting of whatever tasks best suit their needs. The creator decides when the challenge ends, and must choose a winner upon closing the challenge.
- Public competitions
- Topical guild competitions (reading, writing, health, etc.)
Less common uses
- Syllabus of homework and reading assignments for classrooms
- Progress-monitoring by leaders of local groups
- Addiction cessation groups
- List of to-dos to be cloned for individual user for certain events, such as spring-clean
Running a ChallengeEdit
- Main article: Running a Challenge
For information on running a challenge, including guidance on creating, editing, and closing a challenge, please visit the Running a Challenge page.
Finding and Browsing ChallengesEdit
On the website, challenges are located under the Challenges tab, located in the toolbar. You can choose "Discover Challenges" to find a new challenge, or "My Challenges" to see the ones you've already joined.On the Android and iOS apps, the Challenges tab is located under the Social section of the Menu page. All possible challenges a user can join are shown in the Public (or Discover) tab.
The challenges are ordered from newest-oldest, to offer exposure for newly-created challenges. The only exception to this rule are Official Habitica Challenges, which stick to the top of the list, marked with the "Official Challenge" tag. These challenges are designated by a staff member.
Filtering ChallengesEditFilters, located on the left side of each Challenges page, allow the player to sort challenges in three ways or search by keyword. Selecting a filter will cause the page to show only challenges associated with that filter. Unchecking the box will remove the filter.
- Use the Category filter to display challenges for a specific topic.
- The Ownership filter will display the challenges you have or have not created.
To apply a Category filter, check the box to the left of the category name. You may choose as many Category filters as you wish, though selecting too many categories will make the list of challenges difficult to sort through.
The second filter is Ownership. This section allows you to see only those challenges that you have created.
You can combine options from all three filters to further refine your search.
Viewing Challenge DetailsEditOn the website, the main challenge page will display an overview of every challenge, including a summary of the challenge's purpose, the number of tasks involved, the challenge prize amount, and the number of participants. Click on a challenge title to see detailed information about the challenge's objectives and the specific Tasks involved.
For the Android and iOS apps, click on the challenge itself to display a detailed description of the challenge, rewards, number of participants, and tasks. Click Go to Challenge to view the tasks in depth.
Participant ProgressEditThis feature is only available through the website. You can view the progress of any individual participant by selecting their name from the drop-down menu. This will show you their progress on Habits, Dailies, and To-Dos, as well as any Rewards. Note that you cannot access a player's profile from this menu.
Also note the difference in color of the user-specific tasks in comparison to the join page for the main challenge. The more orange color of the To-Dos indicates that this member has not completed these tasks for a long time.
This pop-up box can be closed by clicking the grey "x" in the upper right hand corner or the "Close" or "Okay" buttons in the bottom right corner.
For those using the mobile apps, you can use Challenge Data Tool.
Contacting a ParticipantEdit
- You can see all challenge participants by clicking the box that shows the number of participants next to two user icons.
- A pop-up menu will show the avatars of all members. At the right of each avatar, you will see three vertical dots. Clicking this will give you the option to send a message.
Joining and Participating in ChallengesEditIf you decide to join a challenge, click the green "Join" button. The Habits, Dailies, To-Dos, tags, and rewards of that challenge will be automatically added to your own lists.
Should you accidentally join a challenge, or wish to leave the challenge, return to the challenges page and click the red "Leave" button that has replaced the "Join" button.
Challenge tasks will have a megaphone icon in the upper right corner to distinguish them from your personal tasks, and will be flagged with a specific tag as defined by the creator of the challenge (see challenge tags below).
To participate in the challenges that you have joined, all you have to do is complete the tasks with the megaphone icon.
Editing User TasksEdit
If a challenge requires participants to add extra notes or checklist items to a task, each participant must edit those tasks in their own Tasks tab.
Day of Rest with No DamageEdit
Pausing your dailies from resting in the Tavern will not cause you damage. However, due to the player's history, no data is processed for that day. Consequently, any daily tasks will appear as a missed day to challenge owners using tools like Challenge Data Tool.
If you wish to miss a day, but do not wish to pause your dailies in the Tavern, you can add a checklist to a challenge Daily with one item and tick that item on days when you don't want to do the Daily but don't deserve punishment for it. Streaks are lost, and no XP and GP are gained; however, no health is lost.
Challenge Participant's PermissionsEdit
When participating in a challenge, you have a limited amount of options for the tasks in the challenge. A challenge is meant to be accepted "as is" from the creator.
You can make these changes to your own copies of the tasks (the changes do not affect other participants):
- Add/edit checklists for a challenge task. Currently, other players, including the challenge owner, cannot see the checklist, however this might change in future.
- Add/edit notes on a challenge task. Other players can view changes made to the Extra Notes section.
- Assign personal tags to the challenge tasks and/or unassign the challenge's tag. Other players cannot see the added tags.
- Assign a task alias to the challenge task.
- Change the tasks' attributes. This only applies to players who have task-based automatic allocation enabled.
- Edit the streaks on Dailies.
- Change whether Dailies can appear in the Record Yesterday's Activity screen.
You cannot make any other changes unless you leave the challenge and keep the tasks.
When you join a challenge, you should consider any changes that you make to the challenge tasks to be public (the only exception is that other players will never be able to see the names of your own tags). If you leave a challenge and keep the tasks, then they become private, and changes you make after that time can not be seen by other players.
The challenge creator's permissions are listed in Running a Challenge.
Customizing Challenge Tasks Edit
If a player wants to make more changes to challenge tasks than a challenge participant can, the player can join the challenge, then leave the challenge again, choosing the "Keep Tasks" option. The challenge tasks stay in the player's task lists and are no longer connected to the challenge. The player can change them as desired, and delete unwanted tasks. However, the player is no longer a challenge participant and can't win the challenge.
If a player wants to both customize the challenge tasks (for example, translate them) and be a challenge participant with a chance to win the challenge, the player can use the same method, but then join the challenge a second time. The player has both the original challenge tasks and their own customized version of the challenge tasks. The player can now arrange them in pairs, read the customized (for example, translated) task, and check off the original task. If the player doesn't want to check off both versions of a task (and get double benefits and double losses), the customized Dailies should be permanently greyed out (so they don't damage the player's health) and the customized To-Dos deleted when the original To-Dos get done. It may also help to tag the tasks with the same tag so the player can select the original and customized challenge tasks at the same time.
Communicating with Challenge CreatorEdit
A player can communicate with the challenge creator by private message. Go to the My Challenges page, find the challenge, and click on the creator's name to view their profile, which will have a private message icon at the top right corner.
Public messages can also be sent to the challenge creator in the guild that the challenge is associated with; however, it is not guaranteed that the creator will see them. For those using the iOS app, you can use the Challenge Data Tool to contact the challenge creator.
Most challenges have a tag specific to that challenge. By clicking on these challenge tags, you'll see which tasks are related to a particular challenge.
You can also add Habits, Dailies, To-Dos, or Rewards to these challenge tags if you have personal tasks that are related to that challenge's allocated tag. Adding your own tasks to a challenge tag does not make them part of the challenge for others to use or see.
For example, if you join the challenge highlighted in the image, you could add an extra task under this challenge tag called "Complete the challenge". However, no one else participating in this challenge would see your added task, nor would this task count as being part of the official challenge.
When a challenge is over, the tag remains in the Challenge tags section.
Players can Rename Tags, Challenge Creators can notEdit
Once a player has joined a challenge, the tag is under the control of the player. A participant can edit or delete the tag, or use it for other tasks as mentioned above. Challenge tags are basically a method for the participants to filter the challenge tasks for their own task management purposes. A participant might modify the tag to suit themselves (e.g., to highlight a challenge they really care about), or to join two similar challenges under the same tag.
Because of this, challenge owners are unable to change challenge tags once the challenge has been created.
Challenge Tags Remaining after Leaving a ChallengeEdit
After a player leaves a challenge, the challenge tag that was associated with it is not deleted and will remain alongside other existing tags. This is deliberately done to allow players who might want to use the challenge tag for their own tasks or who want to leave the challenge tasks in their task lists after they have left the challenge, to be able to do so if they wish. For either case, automatically deleting the challenge tag after leaving a challenge would be inconvenient for the players involved.
If you wish to delete a challenge tag or any other tag, you can do so by clicking "edit" next to your tags and then clicking the trash can icon on the tag.
Sharing a ChallengeEdit
Each challenge has a unique link that looks like this: https://habitica.com/challenges/c6839e9a-6e2d-419a-b009-f4466c486647 ,with the alphanumeric string at the end being different for each challenge. You can get the link by clicking on the challenge to view it and then copying the link from your browser's address bar. You can post the link in the Tavern or other chat areas in Habitica, or in any location outside Habitica (such as an email). A player can click on the link to view the challenge, and can then choose whether to join it.
If the challenge is in a private guild or party, the player must be a member of that guild or party to be able to see or join the challenge. If the challenge is in a public guild, the player does not need to be a guild member.
If the link is shared outside Habitica, the player must be logged in to Habitica to be able to see the challenge.
Leaving a ChallengeEdit
To leave a challenge via the website, go to the My Challenges page, find the challenge, and click the red "Leave" button. A pop-up window will open, giving you the options to remove the associated tasks, keep them, or cancel. Clicking cancel will remove the tasks.To leave a challenge via the Android app, go to the Challenges screen > My Challenges tab, tap on the challenge you wish to leave, and then scroll down to the red "Leave" button. Unlike the website, the app will always keep the challenge tasks. Unwanted tasks will need to be individually deleted through the Tasks screen after leaving the challenge.
You can rejoin the challenge if you so choose.
If you leave a challenge but forget to click the option for removing tasks, or if you did select that option but the tasks remain, rejoin the challenge and then leave it again, being careful to select the desired option.If you leave the challenge and keep the tasks but decide to join the challenge again, you might see both sets of challenge tasks listed. Delete the first set of tasks, as they are no longer linked to the challenge. Only the second set of tasks counts for the challenge.
Collecting a Challenge PrizeEditWhen a challenge ends, the challenge owner can select one user as the winner (although there are workarounds for declaring multiple winners). Note that not all participants will win a given challenge, even if they completed all of the challenge requirements. Frequently, the challenge runner will select a winner at random from the participants who qualify, but not always. Specifications on how a winner will be selected and whether there will be runner-up winners are generally outlined in the challenge description.
If you are lucky, talented, or hard-working enough to be declared the winner of a challenge, the following will happen:
- The player will automatically receive a beautiful achievement badge! All challenge achievements, even those from private guilds or parties, can be proudly displayed on your profile.
- If the challenge awards a gem prize, they will automatically be added to the player's gem count.
If a challenge has runner-up winners, they will not automatically receive any rewards -- usually the challenge runner will contact them individually to set up the distribution of the additional reward, either through giving gems as a gift, or through setting up another (semi-private) challenge and declaring the runner up as the winner, so that an achievement badge is awarded.
In the official Take This challenges, there are winners and runners-up who receive gem prizes, but additionally, every active participant who meets the minimum requirements are awarded a special Take This armor item, which appears in the participant's Rewards column for 0 GP at the close of the challenge.
Deleting a Challenge TaskEdit
To delete tasks from a challenge that has not yet finished, you need to leave the challenge, choosing the "Remove Tasks" option.
To delete tasks from a challenge that has been closed or deleted, look at the megaphone icon on the tasks associated with the challenge. It should appear "broken" — that is, the icon should have a red background behind it to signify that the challenge no longer exists and when hovered over, it says "Broken Challenge Link". Click the broken megaphone and that will open the task's edit screen. At the top, it will tell the player that the challenge has ended, as well as who the winner was. It will also ask if the player wants to keep or remove the tasks. Click "Remove Tasks". If the tasks remain, reload the page, and they will then disappear.
If the megaphone icon is not "broken", it is likely that the challenge still exists and you are still a participant. Follow these steps:
- Go to the My Challenges page.
- In the "Filter" box on the left, make sure all categories are unchecked.
- In the "Membership" section under the list of guilds, click the "Participating" radio button.
- The right-hand side of the page will now show all challenges that you are participating in. Carefully review them to find the challenge that contains the tasks you want to remove.
- Leave that challenge, choosing the "Remove Tasks" option.
- If you still cannot find the challenge or the tasks were not removed, you will need to ask an admin for help, and allow the admin to find the challenge tasks without them needing to look at all your private tasks. To do that:
- Choose any one task or reward from the challenge (it doesn't matter which one).
- Click the pencil icon on the task or reward to open its edit pane.
- In the "Extra Notes" field, enter exactly this text: "deletethisone". Copy and paste that text to ensure it is exact. Do not insert spaces. It is important that you use that exact text because an admin will search for it to find the tasks to remove.
- You do not need to repeat that for all of the challenge's tasks; when an admin has found one task from the challenge, they can easily find all the others themselves.
- From the Habitica website's menu bar, go to Help > Report a Bug which takes you to a guild monitored by admins (if you're using the mobile app, you can find the Report a Bug guild under the Social > Guilds menu item, in the Public Guilds section). Post this message there:
"I can't delete tasks from a challenge that has ended. I have edited one challenge task to insert 'deletethisone' in its Extra Notes."
- An admin will clean up the tasks in a day or two. While you are waiting, it's okay for you to mark any Dailies as completed each day to avoid taking unfair damage from them. Consider the XP and GP you earn from that to be payment for you having to put up with this bug!
Bookmarking with URL Edit
If you wish to "bookmark" challenges created by other people to join them later, simply bookmark them using the bookmark/favorite function of your browser. See Sharing a Challenge.
Official Habitica ChallengesEdit
- Main article: Official Habitica Challenges
Official Habitica challenges are challenges created by Habitica's staff. Because they are placed under the Tavern group, they are site-wide and open to all players. The Official Habitica Challenges page provides a list of all past and present official challenges.