Update: We’ve changed this article to reflect the extra Achievements added since launch, in the Series 7 and Series 14 game updates.
Forza Horizon 4 has released worldwide and is already shaping up to be the best entry yet. By now, racers are already driving wheels first into everything the fourth game has to offer.
There’s no shortage of things to do (or see) this time around, and this may be daunting for some. With a new season in full swing, we’ve gone about putting together a guide where you can put the game to work for you.
How, you ask? Simple. The Achievements.
Make no mistake, you can put the game to work for you in other ways as well but that’s a topic for another day. As ever, Achievements are a handy measuring tool to see how much of a game a player has completed. With FH4, they’re not just bragging rights, but a source of in-game income. With the Forza Rewards program, you can gain up to 500,000 Cr on a weekly basis. Achievements are worth up to 500 points on the Forza Rewards scale.
With a total 55 achievements and 1,000 gamerscore, there’s plenty of options to choose from. As such, we’ll be kicking things off with a focus on the easiest to complete achievements.
Early Beginnings – 80 GS
- Welcome to Britain (10 GS) – Arrive at the Horizon Festival
- Pride Before the Fall (10 GS) – Qualify for Horizon Autumn
- Snow Problem (10 GS) – Qualify for Horizon Winter
- Spring into Action (10 GS) – Qualify for Horizon Spring
- Welcome to a New Horizon (30 GS) – Qualify for the Horizon Roster
- First Love (10 GS) – Buy your first car from the Autoshow
This starts off simple enough. In fact, there’s no way to progress without going through the game’s prologue. As a result, everything here will come naturally and you’ll be on your way in no time at all.
First things first: the easiest achievement in the game is Welcome to Britain. Make your way past the seasonal intro, race to the Horizon Festival and there’s your first 10 gamerscore. It doesn’t matter where you place as the result will be the same.
After that, it’s time to qualify for Horizon Autumn. You’ll need 23,500 Influence to do this, but fear not as you’ll have plenty of events to get this done. Once you’ve rounded up enough Influence to qualify, that’s another easy 10 gamerscore.
You’ll need to do this twice more for winter and fall for a grand total of 30 gamerscore. Beyond that, you’ll bag another 30 gamerscore for qualifying for the Horizon Roster. The last piece of the puzzle comes from buying your first car from the Autoshow and another 10 points is yours.
Exploration – 90 GS
- The Noisy Cartographer (20 GS) – Drive down every road in Britain
- Auto Barn (10 GS) – Find and restore your first Barn Find
- Antique Restorer (20 GS) – Find and restore 15 Barn Finds
- Official Horizon Board Game (20 GS) – Smash all 200 Bonus Boards
- Taking the Grand Tour (20 GS) – View every Beauty Spot
This is, without question, one of the easiest tasks to complete. Discover every road in Britain and that’s an easy 20 gamerscore. With over 500 roads to find, you can knock this one out any way you want, in any car(s) you want.
Whether you want to go on a road trip, or work your way to certain areas as you progress — it’s all your choice. If we can throw a suggestion in, make the best of it: drive the speed limit, stop at red lights, and obey the rules of the road. Or you can turn it into your favorite truck simulator and hop behind the wheel of, say, the Volvo Iron Knight and have at it.
The Horizon games are all about exploring every nook and cranny available to you. This is where Barn Finds come into play; abandoned vehicles you have to hunt down and restore. With FH4 taking place in the UK, you can expect to find some real British charm.
In the early hours of the game players will come across the first barn find vehicle. Discover its location and that’s a quick and easy 10 points towards your gamerscore. Finding all 15 — and trust us, they’re all gems — adds 20 points to the equation. Remember, a few of the finds are season-exclusive, so you’ll want to get a move on for those.
What’s exploration if you don’t stop to take in the sights every once in a while? There are 12 Beauty Spots dotting the map to do just that. Find them all and 20 gamerscore is yours for the taking.
Finally, there’s those pesky boards. You’ll run across a fair amount of them through natural play, but it can get a little hard to track down every last one. You’ve got a few options here: you can buy the treasure map for a few dollars, or you can check out these handy FH4 bonus board maps, courtesy of our friend (and GTPlanet member) Steve “Super GT” Alvarez Brown. Steve’s also got a companion video for all 50 Fast Travel boards — check it out here.
Not Your Average Sunday Drive
- Whatever Next? (20 GS) – Complete every Showcase Event
- Hatch Me If You Can (20 GS) – Complete the Festival Drag Strip in a Hot Hatch in under 25 seconds
- Ground Force (20 GS) – Get 3 stars at a Danger Sign in a vehicle from the Trucks Car Type
- Record Breaker (20 GS) – Get 258 MPH on a Speed Trap in the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
- Overachiever (10 GS) – Complete a Season PR Stunt and receive a reward
- Stunt Superhero (50 GS) – Get 3 stars on every PR Stunt
As you progress in the game you’ll unlock Showcase Events. You know them, you love them — it’s you against anything other than another car. This time around the Festival dials things up to 11 with the opponents. There’s five events in total, one of which sees you channeling your inner Master Chief. Nail all five and that’s 20 GS points.
Let’s address the elephant in the room: reaching 258mph in a Bugatti Veyron SS is the easiest goal here. With 1200 horsepower on tap, all you need is enough open space to let the W16 do its thing and that’s another 20 GS.
On the other end of the spectrum is the pair of other car-specific goals here. The Festival Drag Strip is a pretty straight-forward challenge. See what we did there? Just about any moderately powerful hatch should be able to clear the length of the run in the time needed. “Ground Force” is a harder proposition: there’s only three trucks, so your best bet is to hop into the Iron Knight and get it flying.
The most rewarding of the bunch is “Stunt Superhero”. All you need to do is score three stars on every PR Stunt in the game. To be clear, that means every stunt in the game: speed zones, speed traps, danger signs, everything. There’s no denying the time investment here but there’s 50 GS points at the end of this tunnel. Happy trails.
- There’s No ‘I’ in Team (10 GS) – Take part in your fist #FORZATHON Live Event
- Teamwork Makes the Dream Work (20 GS) – Complete Round 3 of a #FORZATHON Live Event
- Week Complete (10 GS) – Complete a #FORZATHON Weekly Challenge
- Life of the Party (30 GS) – Take part in 20 #FORZATHON Live Events, completing at least Round 1 in each
It’s fair to say multiplayer fun is where this game shines its brightest. This is where Forzathon comes in. Every hour on the hour there’s something new to do.
Even if competitive racing isn’t your cup of tea, the live event takes any and all stress out of the equation. Drive to the starting point and you’re off to complete a series of three tasks with a group of other able drivers.
Taking part in your first event nets you 10 gamerscore, whether you meet the goal(s) or not. There’s an extra 30 GS waiting should you make it to, and complete, the third round. Should you have the means to do so, there’s an extra 10 points out in the wild for completing the weekly challenge. From what we’ve seen thus far, this requires a specific car or car class to complete.
If that weren’t enough, there’s a final 30 points for taking part in 20 events and completing at least the first round in each. That’s 80 gamerscore total from Forzathon alone. Added bonus: your reward is a pile of Forzathon Points, which you can spend in the eponymous store for goodies. We’re talking exclusive horns, clothing items, cars, and wheelspins.
Talk about incentive.
(Teaming) Up Against the World
- Purple Split! (10 GS) – In Rivals, beat a Rival without receiving a “dirty time” penalty
- Jolly Cooperation (10 GS) – Complete 5 Horizon Life Co-op Races
- Tortoise and the Hare (20 GS) – Complete a PvP Showdown Race in an X class and a D class car
- Human After All (20 GS) Complete 5 PvP Races
- First-Time Adventurer (10 GS) – Complete your first Team Adventure
- Certified Adventurer (20 GS) – Qualify for a League in Ranked Team Adventure
- The Spirit of Adventure (20 GS) – Reach level 5 in Racing Team Adventure, Games Team Adventure, or Anything Goes Team Adventure
These are the more traditional multiplayer goals. Luckily, most just require a bit of time investment.
“Purple Split!” shouldn’t take much of it, however. Head on over to the Rivals section, pick any challenge, and simply complete a lap without venturing off the main path, or using Rewind. Finish ahead of the ghost and the 10 GS is yours.
“Jolly Cooperation” and “Human After All” are two peas in the same multiplayer pod. When you’re about to start a race at an event marker on the map, simply choose Co-Op or PvP to race with (or against) another online player. If the unwashed masses aren’t ideal, why not ask around our dedicated Forza Horizon 4 forums?
You might want to check out the community for “Tortoise and the Hare” too. You’ll need to challenge a driver while in free roam, and both of you will need to be in the right class of car. Arranging to do it with a friend really speeds up the process.
The Team Adventure cheevos are pretty self-explanatory. “Certified Adventurer” will take the longest, as you’ll need to unlock Ranked Team Adventure, and then successfully complete at least 10 adventures before you land yourself in a League. Each level of the Leagues offers unique prizes as extra incentive.
- Muddied (20 GS) – Reach Round 10 in the Horizon Dirt Racing Series
- Colossus of Roads (20 GS) – Reach Round 10 in the Horizon Road Racing Series
- Bouncy Bouncy, Having Such a Good Time! (20 GS) – Reach Round 10 in the Horizon Cross Country Series
- Moonlighting (20 GS) – Reach Round 10 of Street Scene
- I Live My Life… (20 GS) – Reach Round 10 in the Horizon Drag Racing Series
- Well Seasoned (10 GS) – Complete a Season Championship and receive a reward
- Tame the Monster (20 GS) – Complete a race in an S1 class Rally Monster
- Never Tell Me the Odds (20 GS) – Win a race in the Peel P50
There are several disciplines in FH4 that will put players to the test: road, dirt, cross country, street, and drag racing. Whether you have a thing for tearing up the asphalt, or getting dirty you’ll feel right at home. Reaching the tenth round in each of the five disciplines will net players a total 100 gamerscore.
While getting to round 10 in each will take a little time, it will be well spent. Players will come across plenty of cool rewards along the way, including cars, clothing items, and wheelspins. On the lookout for some of the rarer cars not available in the Autoshow? Who knows, you may come across one (or 10) of them by working your way through the ranks.
A particular favorite involves the Peel P50. Chances are you know the car from Jeremy Clarkson’s antics in Top Gear. While you won’t be roaming the BBC Offices, there’s the next best thing: winning a race. It’s some of the most fun you’ll have in the game, and that’s saying a lot.
We’d recommend an engine swap for even more insanity. Whatever your path, get this done and that’s an easy (and entertaining) 20 GS points.
- Accomplished Driver (10 GS) – Reach Level 20
- Apex Predator (10 GS) – Reach Speed Zone Hero level 10
- I Feel the Need (10 GS) – Reach Speed Trap Hero level 10
- Pilot’s License (10 GS) – Reach Danger Sign Hero level 10
- “Do you know what ‘DK’ stands for?” (10 GS) – Reach level 10 in The Drift Run
- Horizon Superstar (20 GS) – Gain Superstar status by reaching Level 200
By now you’re well on your way to, if not past, the first milestone: reach level 20. That’s a quick and easy 20 GS points. Driver levels come quick and easy so don’t feel bad if you’re on the lower end because you decided to take in the scenery. In fact, doing so will score a few level ups on its own!
We touched on this earlier, but exploration is a key part of the Horizon charm. Along the way you’ll come across a series of mini activities, such as speed zones and danger signs across the map. Reach level 10 in each of the four activity zones for a total 40 GS points.
The general rules of thumb for acing the various challenges are below:
- Speed Traps: It’s all about power and top speed. Think Veyron or Venom.
- Speed Zones: Keeping up a high average speed means more downforce than Traps. You’ll want a track day terror like a Senna or Zonda R.
- Danger Signs: Make like a Seal: spread your wings and fly away. These tend to require a lot of straight-line speed in a short distance, usually involving offroading. A powerful crossover could be the best tool.
- Drift Zones: Plenty of angle, but follow the road. Hang even a wheel off and the score pauses. If you’re an Ultimate Edition owner, make a beeline for the Formula Drift cars.
As an added bonus, you won’t leave these challenges empty-handed. Every few levels will see players driving away with credit rewards, wheelspins, or any of the dozen vanity items. Finally, there’s Superstar status for reaching level 200. While it may need a time investment, it will pay off with 50 GS.
Just Do It
- Optional Extras (10 GS) – Apply your first Car Mastery
- At One with the Car (10 GS) – Apply every Car Mastery available for a single car
- Master of Many (20 GS) – Apply 50 Car Masteries
- Coronation Trickin’ (20 GS) – Bank a Skill Chain of 193,500 or more points
- Hit the Jackpot (10 GS) – Spin your first Super Wheelspin
- Special Edition (10 GS) – Get your first Forza Edition Car from a Wheelspin
- Horizon Fashion Week (20 GS) – Unlock 100 clothing items for your character
Forza Horizon is all about making any one of the myriad vehicles your own. What better way to handle that than with Mastery Perks. Unlike previous entries in the series, each of the 450+ cars in the game brings something to the table. Whether it be a 10% increase in skill score, or an extra life where two collisions breaks a skill chain — every car is an investment.
Apply any one mastery perk on any car in your roster and that’s 10 GS to your total. There’s another 10 for applying every perk on one car. Going one further, there’s a final 20 points for applying 50 mastery perks across your stable.
There’s one achievement that sticks out here: “Coronation Trickin'”. It may sound like a tall order to rack up a score of 193,500 or more points in a single attempt, but we have you covered. Our advice? Head out to Bamburgh Castle and go wild. There are plenty of sand dunes to jump, and a wide enough trail to drift and slide without too much of an issue.
If it wasn’t clear before, we’ll say it again: there’s no shortage of things to do (or see) in FH4.
We’re in the Endgame Now
- An Illustrious Career (20 GS) – Finish 40 different Horizon Story Chapters
- Star Centurion (20 GS) – Get 100 Stars in Horizon Stories
- Crowning Achievement (20 GS) – Purchase a castle
- Test your Might (20 GS) – Complete The Trial
- Go the Distance (20 GS) – Win a race at The Colossus, The Gauntlet, The Titan, or The Marathon
- Reaping the Rewards (20 GS) – Complete a race of 3 or more laps at The Goliath in a Forza Edition Car
This is it. The final steps in your journey to rule the British Horizon Festival. First up is “An Illustrious Career”, and while it may sound daunting at first, it’s a simple achievement. To make things simple, complete all ten chapters in each of the four stories and you’re 20 GS points richer.
One of the crowning (no pun intended) achievements in the game is owning your own castle. Only two are available in-game and they’re not exactly light on the wallet. At 10m and 15m credits each, we’re of the opinion “Crowning Achievement” should carry a little more weight. Regardless, buy either of the two castles and that’s 20 GS points.
The final three achievements are well and truly the endgame here. There are no strange moments, but there will be a lot of racing required to get to this point. To unlock any (or all) of the five major races (The Trial, The Colossus, The Gauntlet, The Titan, and The Marathon) you’ll need to progress through each racing series, up to Level 20 depending on discipline.
Reap the rewards by setting up a Blueprint event around Goliath in your Forza Edition car of choice. We’d recommend either a Credits or Influence Boost car, but hey, it’s your 1000 Gamerscore — celebrate however you see fit!
We’ve updated our guide to include these latest achievements, and where you can gain a helpful boost to your Gamerscore. There are many routes to take so we’ll kick things off with some of the easier achievements to complete.
Playlist Party – 210 GS
- Spring into Racing (35 GS) – Win all Seasonal Championships in one Spring Season
- A Summer in Pole Position (35 GS) – Win all Seasonal Championships in one Summer Season
- Autumn-mobiles (35 GS) – Win all Seasonal Championships in one Autumn Season
- Winter is Running (35 GS) – Win all Seasonal Championhips in one Spring Season
- A Creature of Habit (15 GS) – Complete all Seasonal Championships in a Festival Playlist Series
- #Forzathon Sweep (40 GS) – Complete 1 Weekly and 7 Daily Forzathon activities in the same week
- Stunt Puller (15 GS) – Complete all Seasonal PR Stunts in a Festival Playlist Series
The Festival Playlist was one of the more controversial additions to FH4, but has provided players with extra incentives to chase after the latest prizes.
Each season contains 3 Seasonal Championships, each usually comprising of 3 events scattered across Britain. These championships will focus on the multiple disciplines available; Road Racing, Dirt Racing, Cross Country and Street Scene.
Running across various themes, including Developer and Community Championships, you’ll need to win each one of these in a single season to grab yourself 35 GS. Repeat the process across all four seasons and you’ll bag 35 GS for each season. Complete all the Seasonal Championships in the Playlist Series and you’ll be awarded with 15 GS.
Forzathon incorporates both daily and weekly challenges with each season. Each weekly challenge will vary between a single specific car or a certain group of cars.
Daily challenges will take more time to complete as you’ll need to wait until the next challenge is unlocked the following day. Daily challenges will be active for up to 3 days, allowing you to complete up to 3 objectives in a single day. Completing all 7 daily challenges and the weekly challenge will award you with 40 GS.
PR Stunts also populate the Playlist. These will often rotate between a Speed Trap, Danger Sign, Speed Zone and Drift Zone. With the right equipment, these stunts can easily be conquered. Complete all 3 PR Stunts in a single season and 15 GS will be yours.
Story Time with Horizon – 315 GS
- Second Century (5 GS) – Complete the First chapter of “British Racing Green”
- From Aston Martin to Bentley (10 GS) – Complete ten chapters of “British Racing Green”
- A Pleasant Racing Green (50 GS) – Earn 30 Stars on “British Racing Green”
- Taxi!!! (5 GS) – Complete the First chapter of “Isha’s Taxis”
- The Big One (10 GS) – Complete ten chapters of “Isha’s Taxis”
- Triple-A Taxis (50 GS) – Earn 30 Stars on “Isha’s Taxis”
- Skillz (5 GS) – Complete the First chapter of “Skill Streak”
- Skill Master (10 GS) – Complete ten chapters of “Skill Streak”
- SKILLING STREAK! (50 GS) – Earn 30 Stars on “Skill Streak”
- Tonight… (10 GS) – Complete the First chapter of “The Top Gear Horizon Special”
- Snorkels Not Needed (20 GS) – Earn 3 stars on the first chapter of “The Top Gear Horizon Special”
- The World’s Least Obedient Racing Driver (15 GS) – Complete seven chapters of “The Top Gear Horizon Special”
- How Hard Could It Be? (25 GS) – Earn 21 Stars on “The Top Gear Horizon Special”
- The Wonderful World of Car Insurance (10 GS) – Complete the First chapter of “The Car Files”
- Simples! (15 GS) – Complete ten chapters of “The Car Files”
- German Efficiency (25 GS) – Earn 30 Stars on “The Car Files”
The latest Horizon Stories help to shine a spotlight on some of the most iconic and more oddball cars in FH4. “Second Century”, “Taxi!!!”, “Skillz”, “Tonight…” and “The Wonderful World of Car Insurance” simply need to be completed within the allotted time limit, regardless of how many stars you earn. Doing so will earn you a total of 35 GS from the four stories.
Completing all the chapters for the stories should also be fairly easy, as long as each chapter is completed within the time limits. Complete all the chapters and a total of 60 GS is waiting for you.
Gaining 3 stars in all the chapters will be significantly harder, with tight time limits that will require creative driving. Beat the objectives for 3 stars in each chapter across the stories and you’ll get a healthy total of 200 GS.
“Snorkels Not Included” stands out as a particularly tricky achievement. You’re required to earn 3 stars on the first chapter of the Top Gear Horizon Story in a very tight time limit. Instead of following the normal marked route, we recommend taking a shortcut across the Derwent Reservoir aqueduct as soon as possible.
Turning off at the south end of the reservoir should give you a direct run at the Festival within the time limit. Do this and you’ll bag a bonus 20 GS.
Adrenaline-Fuelled Adventures – 125 GS
- You should take a rest! (30 GS) – Complete 3 consecutive #Forzathon Live events
- Time for an Adventure! (20 GS) – Play your first unranked Free-for-All Adventure
- There is no Team in Victory (50 GS) – Get ranked in Free-for-All Adventure
- A Race in the Crowd (25 GS) – Complete 3 Blueprint Events created by other players
These achievements largely require diving into multiplayer to complete. Completing “A Race in the Crowd” can also be done in single player and will be the easiest to get. You can download 3 different Blueprints or race any particular one 3 times. Whichever method you choose, you’ll get an easy 25 GS for your efforts.
Completing 3 consecutive Forzathon Live events should go by quickly with a large group of people. All three rounds must be completed each time an event happens. With Live events happening every hour, a fast team of people will help you earn a handy 30 GS.
“Time for an Adventure!” requires heading into Free-for-All racing during Online Adventure. No victories are required, as you’ll only need to complete an unranked adventure. Finish an adventure to completion and you’ll receive 20 GS.
“There is no Team in Victory” will take up most of your time. You’ll need to unlock Ranked Adventure before getting started. You’ll then need to complete at least 10 adventures to get ranked. Once that is complete, a very handy 50 GS is yours.
Complete Perfection – 100 GS
- Cashing In (20 GS) – Earn 1 Season Completion Bonus
- Perfectionist (30 GS) – Earn all 8 Season Completion Bonuses in the same Series
- Encore? (50 GS) – Complete all activities in a single Festival Playlist Series
This last set of achievements will take up much of your time and effort. “Cashing In” can be achieved by getting a minimum of 50% completion for a single season. Complete race events, PR stunts and Forzathon and you’ll be rewarded with 20 GS.
“Perfectionist” will require more dedication. All the Playlist and Season objectives will require 80% completion. Adding Playground Games and occasional Showcase Remix events into the mix will help to boost you towards the 80% target. 30 GS awaits you at the end.
“Encore?” requires everything in the Playlist series to be completed. All of the races, PR Stunts, Playground Games, Forzathon, Rivals and Online Adventure are needed to reach full 100% completion. 100% completion also needs to be achieved across all the seasons. Put in the effort to fully complete each season will reward you with 50 GS.
Congratulations, you’ve earned an extra 750 GS for these latest achievements. Feel free to enjoy your rewards earned from the Playlist series!
Updated guide by Gary Slater.