October 7th 2011 9:59 am PT

Download the ‘Achievement Unlocked’ sound

I posted this some time ago, but when I moved my blog earlier this year, a few things got lost in the shuffle..namely the post that pointed to this file.  So back by popular demand…the sound that has been heard multiple millions of times around the world of as Xbox 360 Gamers run up their Gamerscore: The Achievement Unlocked sound. These audio files were created directly from the master file – so they don’t get any better than this.

Right click and choose ‘Save as’ (or something similar) to save this to your local computer. Grab the flavor that suits you the best (I have posted two versions of the same file.)

Achievement Unlocked sound (MP3)

Achievement Unlocked sound (ZIP file with iPhone ring format)

I know that you’ll use it for a ring tone, but what are some of the other creative ways do you plan to use this?

This is for non-commercial, personal use only

Audio, Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, I found this once before several years ago but have since lost the file.

  • http://jblack-photo.tumblr.com Jeremy B.

    Once Windows Phone has custom Alert Tones, I plan on using this as my primary text message tone!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/GlennZA Glenn Alexander

    I live by this achievement sound.
    Must have… Thanks for re-posting Major!

  • http://twitter.com/TinyClanger John Yeates

    I think I’ll be attaching it to Xcode as the “build succeeded” sound :)

  • http://twitter.com/ssrjazz Jeff Schoby

    I will be using it as a notification sound on my iPad 2 running iOS 5! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerrybm Gerry Martin

    If I still had my radio show I’d probably use it…actually had a radio show called “Achievement Unlocked” on my campus radio station run by a friend of mine. :D

  • Anonymous

    “Default Beep” on my work PC.

  • Anonymous

    “Default Beep” on my work PC.

  • Anonymous

    awesome, so when are you guys going to differentiate between “achievement unlocked” and “your friend just got online” sounds?  I can’t tell you how many disappointments that would solve.

    • Anonymous

      Especially for people who don’t actively hunt for or look at the achievements on the first playthrough. Recently, every message or invite I get, I’m always like “What did I just unlock in Gears?” but it’s just people wanting to play.  

  • Anonymous

    awesome, so when are you guys going to differentiate between “achievement unlocked” and “your friend just got online” sounds?  I can’t tell you how many disappointments that would solve.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/BeeDizz BeeDizz

    My new notification ringtone. Thanks.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ganeca Tim Gane

    Awesome stuff! For those looking that missed it last year – http://majornelson.com/2010/08/09/xbox-360-console-sounds/

  • Mike Harney

    I’ve had it as my email notification sound at work since last time you posted it.

  • theConstruct

    My text msg sound is Navi saying “Hey, Listen!”. I do not yet know what I will do with this.

  • Anonymous

    There is this WordPress Plugin called “Achievement unlocked” which uses this sound file: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/marctv-achievement-unlocked/ It can be seen in action here: http://www.marctv.de/blog/2010/08/14/achievement-unlocked/ Works only with decent browsers.

  • http://twitter.com/JuanCabrera Juan Cabrera

    Hey Major, do you think we’ll ever get a separate sound for notifications?  I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks I got an achievement when hearing that sound, only to find out it’s someone signing online.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Dolcin/1523498400 Michael Dolcin

    I like how it’s called the “Achievement Unlocked” sound when it’s more than that. The Xbox team really needs a new sound because it’s annoying seeing someone come online when you think it’s an Achievement unlocking.

  • http://varunramesh.net/ Varun Ramesh


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1217152331 Bryan Venters

    Hey Major, thanks for sharing!

    Could you release the Gears 3 console sounds, like you did for the 360S and Halo Reach consoles?  Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    i cant believe thats it one blip :S sounds more impressive in my head, just ruined christmas :/

  • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

    I use this sound for Windows Notification Sound.

    *blip* Download/install Windows Updates and other stuff.

    Come to think of it, it should replace the default notification sound on all windows.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had this as my text tone for a while. This or the Crackdown orb sound.

  • Anonymous

    Now you will never know if you got a text or somebody just came online! Brilliant, let’s confuse ourselves while marketing for Microsoft with our phones. You guys are getting dirty. I don’t know who’s worse, you or Shirley Phelps.

  • Anonymous

    Last year i set this as my text message sound i thought it was great each time i got a text

  • http://twitter.com/wmxp Neville Merriman

    For me, this sound only reminds me of how much time I’ve wasted turning to check my TV, to see if I’m receiving a message, only for it to be another “So and So is Online” popup.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE – Xbox Live Team: Expand on the Notifications options to choose WHICH notifications some one receives. Separate messages and invites from simple logon popups!!!! Yes, I’m aware you can turn notifications off, but then anything directed at you is missed. I’m amazed after this many years, no one ever thought to address this!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T7LOQAEEWPFE7UBMQGVCTNELQI huck


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Braune/100001919375753 Bobby Braune

    This blog post is playing havok with with the Major Nelson podcast subscription on my Windows Phone Mango.  My phone thinks that this post is a podcast and is trying to download something, but is stuck on “pending”.

    Please fix.

  • http://twitter.com/Thorpe Luke

    Didn’t you make one on the Crackdown orb sounds? Maybe those should also be posted.

    • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

      Sure.  Let Major get out his time machine and retrieve them.

      • Anonymous

        Or, he could just repost them considering he is making his living off of his relation with us? Sounds fair, he does his jobby jobb for a bit? Is that too much too ask you aren’t saying? Repost it if one person wants it, he isn’t making his living off his looks. 

  • http://twitter.com/theSinners11 theSinners

    Thank you Larry. theSinners really appreciate the hard work your doing into Live and sometimes Microsoft, we guess. Just keep the good work, Larry. >=)

  • http://twitter.com/Magus Collin Grady

    What happened to the Agility Orb sound files? The blog post is gone :(

    • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

      Its there, but offline.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, those offline things you want on the Internet?

  • ElektroDragon

    Can we use the ring tone for WINDOWS PHONE 7???

  • http://www.facebook.com/Firebomb87 Derek Anthony Lavoie

    HEY MAJOR! Love the Mango update for the Windows phone and I love I can finally create my own ringtones for it……but one problem……WE CAN’T CUSTOMIZE OUR ALERT TONES! I used to use this sound file on my old Verizon Juke and my Palm Pre Plus…..PLEASE BRING THIS UP TO THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF THE WNDOWS PHONE UPDATES! I’ll email you as well actually, there’s another thing, kinda important, that should be addressed about the Mango update!

  • http://twitter.com/freakb23 ben barrett

    anyway we can have some gears noises?? thank mjr :)

  • http://kantlavar.blogspot.com/ James

    I think I speak for all Red vs. Blue fans when I say… BLEEP BLOOP!

  • http://twitter.com/Liland94 Øystein Liland

    It won’t let me save it, I right click but only options for links show up, no save as :( Using Firefox, anyone wanna help?

  • http://twitter.com/Liland94 Øystein Liland

    Oh, nvm, had the Quicktime plugin turned on. If anyone else has the same problem, just turn of the Quicktime plugin and then it will download as a normal MP3 file :)

  • http://twitter.com/carl61581 Carl Wallace

    Nice!!!!! Thanks Major. Thats one thing off my to do list. I now haz new text tone!

  • http://twitter.com/carl61581 Carl Wallace

    Nice!!!!! Thanks Major. Thats one thing off my to do list. I now haz new text tone!

  • http://twitter.com/jeffB_iz Jeff Beck

    Im getting them to download but no content…. ???? it is 0 seconds long

    • Anonymous

      That is because the sound is less than 1 second in length. Try playing it to see if it works.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FSZPQQAWR2KV4DE3HEFLXP5GHQ DarkBlades

    This will replace the ez button. :D

  • http://twitter.com/EliteIKE Gary

    i set it as my Yahoo IM new message notifier 

  • http://twitter.com/Jack_Jackal Jack Sil

    I wish I could use it as SMS in my windows phone :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/O4OUR Daniel Hurstfield

      You’d think there would be some way to get that on a WP.. considering botth are from the same company.

  • http://twitter.com/korahn Eric Starr

    I wish I COULD use it as a ring tone.  Unfortunately, our cell company locks the phone from using sounds files that aren’t licensed/purchased/whatever

  • P. Z.

    Why isn’t this sound standard as a selectable alert in WP7; Mango should have come with it at least!

  • http://twitter.com/AmpliFreQuency AmpliHelix

    I sure do remember the first time you posted this I think 2 years ago Major :) Glad to see this post again!

  • Aye Uno Ladi0

    New sounds would b nice…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rabbitc-Finklestein/100002063064487 Rabbitc Finklestein

    Was this even worth a blog post?

  • http://twitter.com/aka_Scratch Scratch

    I’ve used it in videos, IM and text notifications and just to sit back relax and play the sound.  :p

  • http://twitter.com/Lostsoul111 Jiomar Sierra

    The xbox team should consider using this sound ONLY for achievements. I hate getting friends to long on because I always think I got an achievement xD

    • http://twitter.com/NijmeegsMatje Fallout fan nijmegen


    • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Thanks for reposting this, however can you also repost the Borderlands sounds?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Broham1 Abe Medina

    im going to use it for the sound it makes when i get a text message.