I've gotten most of the different achievements from the Kerrigan sub-group of the Heart of the Swarm campaign achievements, the ones for using the various abilities Kerrigan gets. But some of the ones I haven't gotten are for some of the first achievements you get.

At first I couldn't figure out why, then I looked at the achievements, recorded their progress, used the associated abilities a lot in a mission, then checked them again. No change. So I tried swapping to some other abilities for a mission or two then swapping back. Nothing. I finished the campaign and tried using them in the Master Archives. No progress. I gave up and restarted the campaign from the beginning. Still no progress.

Is there anything else I can try? Has Blizzard said anything about this issue?

Edit: Oops, forgot to mention the specific achievements. The ones that won't update for me are Smoking Corpses, Get a Grip, and So Many Banelings!

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    Could you please list the specific achievements that are not updating?
    – ahsteele
    Mar 20, 2013 at 6:07

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In several threads (1, 2, 3) on B.net Tech Support forums, people say that those achievements have to be done in a single mission. Blizzard has acknowledged this as a bug too.

Affected achievements include everything from Swarm Campaign / Kerrigan category that requires to use X skill Y times.

  • Smoking Corpses - kill 50 units/structures with Kinetic Blast
  • Leaping Death - deal 15000 damage with Leaping Strike
  • Get a Grip - hit 150 enemies with Crushing Grip
  • Unchained - deal 5000 damage with Chain Reaction
  • Shifted Priorities - deal 5000 damage with Psionic Shift
  • So Many Banelings! - kill 100 units with Spawn Banelings
  • Worker Rush - morph 36 pairs of Twin Drones

The following achievements I personally did not have problems with, and they may be cumulative over missions. If anyone can confirm, please do.

  • Endless Swarm - reconstitute 500 zerglings
  • Where The Wild Things Are - hit 100 units with Wild Mutation
  • Surprise! - kill 100 units with Infest Broodlings active

The rest of Kerrigan achievements directly state the requirement "in a single mission".

  • It is 2:20 AM, and I can firsthandedly confirm those achievements are attainable by farming on Casual. Why am I such an achievement, ehm, girl, I need to work tomorrow...
    – Orc JMR
    Mar 20, 2013 at 19:22

Blizzard had the achievement system down for a bit the day of the release. For whole campaign things (example, level 80) must be done again in a brand new campaign.

In just a one level/game achievement you should be able to get it.

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    How anything in this post relates to Kerrigan achievement category? =)
    – Orc JMR
    Mar 20, 2013 at 13:29
  • I know personally, I had a few Kerrigan Achievements that occurred while the server was down and didn't get credit for it. Idk, maybe he meant that?
    – Falcon165o
    Mar 20, 2013 at 14:02
  • @Falcon165o Some achievements can indeed get broken or get unknown requirements, like "Normal/Hard/Brutal: 20". But Kerrigan's do work in an obvious way (barring this single mission issue).
    – Orc JMR
    Mar 20, 2013 at 15:42
  • I am currently at like 19th mission on Brutal so far but I'm now just triggering 15... because the first 4 was when the achievement server was down... I'm sure after playing the first 4 missions again I will get full credit and my 20 brutal :)
    – Falcon165o
    Mar 20, 2013 at 16:11

Many of Kerrigan's Achievements are bugged. Scroll down to points one and three in the Heart of the Swarm section of the linked known issues list.

Most of Kerrigan's achievements restart tracking progress when playing across multiple missions. We are currently investigating this issue.


Those achievements have to be completed in single mission even if this is not stated directly. Had the same issue and it works. Best regards,

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