How to Reset Achievements for Steam Games
Unlocking achievements is fun. Locking them again isn’t so fun, especially if the developer hasn’t offered the player an option to do so in the first place.
Thankfully, Steam has a catch-all solution to resetting achievements for individual games.
Resetting Steam Achievements
There’s no simple switch for resetting Steam achievements. Some games offer the option to reset player progress, and this may include Steam achievements as well.
You’ll want to make sure this simpler, in-game method isn’t available first.
To reset your progress for Steam achievements, we’ll need to use something called the Steam Client Console.
Enable Steam Client Console
The easiest way to open the Steam Client Console is by hitting Win + R to open the Windows Run Command Dialog.
If you can’t use this method to open the Run window, have a look at our guide on ways to open the Run Command Dialog.
With the Run window open, input the following command.
This will open Steam with a new tab available from the main window. The Console tab.
This is where we’ll input our commands to reset achievements.
Achievements and Stat Commands
The command we’ll need to use is achievement_clear. On its own, it doesn’t do anything. We need a couple of things first.
Head over to SteamDB, or the Steam Database, and search for the game associated with the achievement you’re resetting.
Copy the AppID listed against your game. Note this for now. Scroll down the page and click on the Achievements tab.
This will list all the achievements and their API Names. Pick out the achievement you want to reset and note that name.
Now you have your command. Input the information you’ve gathered like so.
achievement_clear <AppID> <Achievement Name>
Using the example in our screenshots, the code should look something like this.
You’ll know it worked if you see the message achievement_clear success.
There is a second command that accompanies the above. Inputting reset_all_stats followed by an AppID will reset any stats Steam tracks for that game. For example, kills or time played.
A Complicated Process
Ideally, there would be an easier way to reset achievements for any Steam game, as you never know when you’ll want to replay a game from the ground up.
At least we have the option with the Steam Client Console.
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September 23, 2022 at 09:55AM