The TrueAchievements TADPole Challenge: The Results

By Sam Quirke,
Our first ever TrueAchievements TADPole Challenge came to a close last week, so it's time to share all of the stats from our brand new event. More importantly, it's time to celebrate the winners! For those that missed it, TADPole is an evolution of our Leap Frog challenge. The goal is to earn as many achievements as you can, but each subsequent achievement unlock has to be at worth five more TA Difference than the previous unlock. TA Difference is the difference between an achievement's GamerScore value and its TrueAchievement score, so the idea is that you will have to unlock harder and harder achievements as you continue with the challenge.

As a reward for completing this latest challenge, everyone who managed it will get a +1 to their Community Challenges badge. Remember, if you click the Community Challenges badge on your profile page, you can see a Community Challenges summary, detailing progress made in each Challenge that you have participated in.

First off, let's congratulate our top three TADPole gamers!

Winner: JimbotUK

Final leap:
The Sun and MoonFull MoonThe Full Moon achievement in The Sun and Moon worth 757 pointsObtain 100 full moon medals

Jimbot UK managed an impressive 89 individual leaps across the event, earning that crucial 5+ TA Difference between each leap. Their final leap, the Full Moon achievement in Sun and Moon, has a TA Difference of 685 and represented a 23 point jump from their 88th leap. You can see Jimbot UK's full TADPole summary for more details. Congratulations to JimbotUK, who gets one year of TA Pro alongside that shiny community event badge.

Bonus fact: Jimbot UK also had the longest run of perfect +5 leaps of the contest – 43 of their 89 leaps were exactly +5 TA Difference. He was followed by RunelordPCLab with 41, and Infamous with 39.

Runner-up: Black Blood

Final leap:
The EscapistsThe Escapist!The The Escapist! achievement in The Escapists worth 726 pointsSuccessfully escape from all six prisons.

Black Blood took a respectable second place with 81 individual leaps across the event. Their final leap was a big one – The Escapist is one of the hardest achievements in the Xbox Achievements list for The Escapists, with a 578 TA Difference. That's a leap of 54 Difference between 80 and 81. Congratulations to Black Blood, who gets six months of TA Pro along with the badge. Check out Black Blood's full TADPole run here.

Third place: MattiasAnderson

Final leap:
CAPCOM Arcade CabinetArcade LegendThe Arcade Legend achievement in CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet worth 694 pointsClear a game without using any Continues.

MattiasAnderson clocked up 75 individual leaps over the course of the TADPole Challenge, taking third place. The Arcade Legend achievement is one of the trickiest in the CAPCOM Arcade cabinet Xbox achievements list, requiring players to finish a game without using any Continues. It has a TA Difference of 573, meaning an appropriate +75 leap for Mattias' 75th and final TADPole unlock. You can check out MattiasAnderson's full TADPole challenge here. Congrats to Mattias, who gets three months of TA Pro along with the badge.

Community Stats

TADPole had 2,284 registered players who unlocked 22,552 achievements. 1,136 players earned the event's Community Badge, awarded to players who managed to get 10 leaps over +5 TA Difference.

Over the course of the event, lots of players tried their best to stick to the minimum +5 leap. There were a total of 9,518 perfect +5 leaps in the Challenge.

121 gamers have now joined the Community Challenge badge elite club, having unlocked 11 Community Challenges since we started the Badge.

The largest leap taken in the event belongs to LuDaDJ, who decided to finish with a bang by earning the Superstar achievement from the Darwin Project Xbox achievements list. It has only been unlocked by 3 players, giving LuDaDJ a +6,538-sized final leap.

Most Popular Achievements and Games

Below are the most popular achievements unlocked in the event, with Go Among The Stars unlocked 66 times as a TADPole leap.

SubnauticaSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Subnautica worth 475 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement

Halo: The Master Chief CollectionCapacious CartographyThe Capacious Cartography achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection worth 62 pointsHalo: Reach: Create a custom map using Forge World.

SubnauticaSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Subnautica worth 233 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement

Untitled Goose GameThe Garden, QuicklyThe The Garden, Quickly achievement in Untitled Goose Game worth 226 pointsComplete the garden to-do list before the church bells ring

Untitled Goose GameThe Back Gardens, QuicklyThe The Back Gardens, Quickly achievement in Untitled Goose Game worth 252 pointsComplete the back gardens to-do list before the church bells ring


Unsurprisingly, the behemoth achievement list contained in The Master Chief Collection, with a bunch of unlocks to grab in quick succession, proved the most popular game of the TADPole challenge, along with a host of other big lists with relatively simple solutions.

Achievements list Total achievements unlocked in TADPole
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Achievements 835
Rare Replay Achievements 619
Killer Instinct Achievements 474
Goat Simulator Achievements 380
Minecraft Achievements 321
We hope you enjoyed this inaugural TADPole, and we're looking forward to sharing even more exciting new events with you in 2020!
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016 and is now the Editor for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. He loves gaming on all devices and in all genres. He remains a stubborn Assassin's Creed and Pokémon fan.