Anyone can create or join a challenge in the Tavern, their parties, and/or the guilds to which they belong. 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 obvious uses
- Syllabus of homework and reading assignments for classrooms
- Progress-monitoring by leaders of local groups
- Addiction cessation groups
- 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 ChallengesEditChallenges are located under the Social tab, located in the top left corner of the website, beside the User and Inventory tabs. Clicking on "Challenges" will bring up a list of challenges that you can participate in (see image below).
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 ChallengesEditWhen you are on the Challenges tab, note the grey box to the left hand side of the list of challenges titled "Filter". The filter box allows you to sort the list in three ways.
- To see challenges specific to the Tavern, one of your guilds, or your party, select the desired group under the "Groups" filter.
- Use the "Membership" filter to view all your current challenges, or to find a new challenge you haven't yet joined.
- The "Ownership" filter will let you display the challenges that you have created or those of which you are not the owner.
The first filter heading is "Groups". Click the "All" button to see all of the available challenges. The Tavern box will be automatically checked. Additionally, the party and guild(s) that you belong to will be listed under "Groups". You can to filter to challenges that are available for a particular group (i.e., the Tavern, meaning the challenge is open to all, or a guild or party, meaning the challenge is only available to members). If a check box is ticked next to a party or guild name, then the challenges from that party or guild will be displayed. If all check boxes are ticked, then the challenges from all those parties and guilds will be displayed, in addition to the Tavern challenges. By clicking "All", you will select all the boxes under Groups, whereby clicking "None" will deselect (or un-tick) all the boxes.
The next heading is "Membership". This section allows you to filter to only the challenges that you are participating in, not participating in, or both. Hence, if you select "Participating", then the list of challenges would only show those challenges that you have already joined. If you have not joined any challenges, you will not see anything listed when "Participating" is selected.
The "Groups" and "Membership" filters work in conjunction with each other. Therefore, if you only want to see Tavern challenges that you have not joined yet, then you would un-tick all other boxes under "Groups" except for "Tavern" and tick the "Not Participating" box under "Membership."
The third filter is "Ownership". This section allows you to see only those challenges that you have created, or only challenges that you have not created. It also works with the other two filters to further refine your search.
Viewing Challenge DetailsEditTo see more information about individual challenges, click on the challenge title link. Details about the challenge will appear, including the challenge description; the Habits, Dailies, To-Dos, and Rewards involved; and the Habitica members that have already joined the challenge (under the "How's Everyone Doing?" section).
To collapse the displayed challenge details, click on any challenge title.
Participant ProgressEditClicking on a member's username in the "How's Everyone Doing?" section brings up a pop-up box that shows the member's progress on challenge tasks only. None of their personal tasks outside of the challenge will be displayed. In the image to the right, the "Say Hello in Tavern" Daily is greyed out, which means that this member has completed that task.
Note the difference in color of the user-specific tasks in comparison to the main challenge join page. 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.
Contacting a ParticipantEdit
You can contact a challenge participant by clicking on one of the three boxes in the bottom left hand corner of the pop-up box that appears after you click their username.
- The headshot button will show your their profile, which shows stats and achievements.
- The email button will let you send them a private message.
- The giftbox icon will let you send them a gift. This could be useful in the case of a tie, as the challenge creator might like to award additional gems to a participant other than the challenge winner.
Joining and Participating in ChallengesEditIf you decide to join a challenge, click the green "Join" button. The Habits, Dailies, To-Dos, 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. Any edits made to a challenge through the "How's Everyone Doing?" by selecting your username and then opening the task editor will not be saved, despite the presence of a "Save & Close" button. This is to prevent users from editing each other's tasks.
Day of Rest with No DamageEdit
If you need a day of rest and don't want to take damage for unchecked Dailies during a challenge, 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, but 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.
You cannot make any other changes.
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.
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. But 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 now. 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 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 bottom.
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.
Most challenges have a tag specific to that challenge. These challenge tags are purple and include a megaphone icon so you can differentiate between your own tags and those of accepted challenges. 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 megaphone icon disappears and the tag will look like a regular tag.
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 identifier that is a string of letters and numbers. The challenge identifier can be found by clicking on the challenge. Then, your browser address bar will contain a URL that looks like this: https://habitica.com/#/options/groups/challenges/c6839e9a-6e2d-419a-b009-f4466c486647. This is the link that can be used to share your challenge. You can post this link in the Tavern or other public places on Habitica to invite other players to join. (If it is a guild challenge, they will need to join your guild first before joining the challenge.)When a player clicks the challenge link, they will see the description and tasks for that challenge only. If they want to return to view all available challenges, they can click the blue "Back to all challenges" button.
Leaving a ChallengeEdit
To leave a challenge, click the red "Leave" button. A pop-up window will open, giving you the options to remove the associated tasks, keep them, or cancel.
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.
If, after creating a challenge, you do not want the tasks to remain on your list, but wish to leave the challenge open to others, simply leave the challenge without closing it. The challenge can still be accessed as normal, and you will be able to find it in the "owned" section of the challenge list.
Collecting a Challenge PrizeEdit
When a challenge ends, the challenge creator 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:
- You 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 your 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 after 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 you hover over it, it says "Broken Challenge Link". Click the broken megaphone and a white pane will open to ask you whether you want to keep 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 Social > Challenges page.
- In the "Filter" box on the left, click the "All" button.
- Look through the list of guilds under that button and make sure they are all selected. It is important to tick any checkboxes that aren't yet ticked.
- 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. 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
Maybe you simply wanted a method to "bookmark" challenges created by other people to join them later. In that case, you can just 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.