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Half-Life: Alyx Achievements

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Half-Life: Alyx has 42 Achievements, listed here in chronological order.

Achievements[edit]

Image Achievement Official description Chapter How-to
Achievement Gnome Alone.jpg Gnome Alone If you are reading this achievement, Gabe Newell has successfully launched Gnome Chompski into space. If you did not also receive the achievement 'Manufacturing Ascent', Newell has abandoned his plans to shoot Noam Chomsky into space. N/A This achievement is awarded to any player who launches the game at any time after November 20, 2020. It is a reference to the real-world event in which Valve president Gabe Newell collaborated with the space launch service provider Rocket Lab to launch a replica of the Garden Gnome into space. The event itself was a homage to the Half-Life 2: Episode Two achievement "Little Rocket Man", which is obtained by leaving the gnome in the space-bound White Forest satellite so that it will be launched into space, as well as the Half-Life: Alyx achievement "Gnome Vault of My Own", in which the player must carry the gnome (or a gnome magnet) all the way from Russell's Lab to the Vault.
Achievement Good Grub.jpg Good Grub Feed the snark. Entanglement Alyx must shake the pet food over her Snark's jar.

The term "grub" refers to both food and a juvenile insect i.e. the Snark itself.

Achievement Hit and Run.jpg Hit and Run Break out of the Combine prisoner transport vehicle. Entanglement Story-related.

"Hit-and-Run" refers both to a baseball play and the act of escaping after committing a motor crime.

Achievement On a Roll.jpg On a Roll Interact with the playground somehow. Entanglement Alyx must roll an object from the very top of the playground slide down to the ground.

The phrase "on a roll" means having consecutive fortunateness.

Achievement Eye of the Geiger.jpg Eye of the Geiger Measure Russell with the Geiger counter. Entanglement Self-explanatory.

A pun on the song "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor.

Achievement Little Slugger.jpg Little Slugger Represent yourself with a specific prop on Russell's map. Entanglement Alyx can use the Scout porcelain figure when Russell asks her for an item to be placed on the holographic map.

The term "slugger" in baseball means "a player who hits for power", matching the role of the Scout in Team Fortress 2.

Achievement Mag-Snagger.jpg Mag-Snagger Catch Russell's ammo magazine before it hits the ground. Entanglement Self-explanatory.
Achievement Mazel Tov.jpg Mazel Tov Pick up and smash 50 glass bottles. Entanglement and after. Self-explanatory.

A reference to the Jewish tradition of the groom breaking a glass at his wedding, while the guests yell "Mazel tov", a phrase used for congratulations.

Achievement Gnome Vault of My Own.jpg Gnome Vault of My Own Bring a garden gnome with you to the Vault. Entanglement through Point Extraction Alyx must bring either the garden gnome or Russell's gnome fridge-magnet from the beginning to the end of the game. Reference to an infamous achievement from Episode Two.
Achievement Quaranta Giorni.jpg Quaranta Giorni Enter the Quarantine Zone. The Quarantine Zone Story related.

"Quaranta Giorni" is Italian for "forty days", the term which the word "quarantine" is from, based on the ships having to wait 40 days before being allowed to disembark during the Black Death plague pandemic in 14th century Venice, Italy. This actual fact is explained by Russell to Alyx as she enters the Quarantine Zone.

Achievement Sustenance.jpg Sustenance Receive a tasty treat. The Quarantine Zone Story-related.
Achievement Dead Giveaway.jpg Dead Giveaway Loot a corpse. The Quarantine Zone and after. Self-explanatory.

A pun on the phrase "dead giveaway", which means evidence that shows the truth clearly.

Achievement Smash and Grab.jpg Smash and Grab Break open a supply crate with your hands. The Quarantine Zone and after. Self-explanatory.

In law, smash and grab refers to the crime of smashing a store window and robbing the goods within.

Achievement Up in Arms.jpg Up in Arms Install your first pistol upgrade. The Quarantine Zone and after. Self-explanatory.
Achievement Freshly Squeezed.jpg Freshly Squeezed Test your grip on a headcrab heart. The Quarantine Zone and after. Alyx must squeeze one of the severed hearts in Gary's kitchen.
Achievement Zombie with a Shotgun.jpg Zombie with a Shotgun Collect the shotgun. Is Or Will Be Story-related.

A reference to the eponymous comic, film and web series.

Achievement Xen Garden.jpg Xen Garden Enter the explosive Xen infestation. Is Or Will Be Story-related.

A pun on the word "Zen Garden (禅の庭)", also called "Dry Landscape Garden (枯山水)", a form of Japanese horticultural architecture.

Achievement Off the Rails.jpg Off the Rails Stop the prisoner transport train. Is Or Will Be Story-related.
Achievement Pro-Pain.jpg Pro-Pain Kill a grunt by shooting their gas tank. Is Or Will Be and after. Self-explanatory.

A play on the word "propane", a highly combustible gas.

Achievement Combine Harvester.jpg Combine Harvester Use the gravity gloves to loot an item off a living Combine soldier. Is Or Will Be and after. Self-explanatory. Can be done during a fight.

A pun on the name of the real-life combine harvester, a farming machine. Also used as the title for an unused track from the Half-Life 2 soundtrack.

Achievement Deadliest Catch.jpg Deadliest Catch Use the gravity gloves to intercept an incoming enemy grenade in mid-flight. Is Or Will Be and after. Self-explanatory.

"Deadliest Catch" is the title of a Discovery Channel reality series about crab fishermen.

Achievement Checking In.jpg Checking In Reach the Northern Star. Superweapon Story-related.
Achievement Indirect Approach.jpg Indirect Approach Kill a Combine Heavy while their shield is up. Superweapon and after. Self-explanatory.
Achievement Heart-Breaker Hotel.jpg Heart-Breaker Hotel Get creative turning the power back on. The Northern Star Story-related.

A pun on the song "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley.

Achievement Surface Tension.jpg Surface Tension Escape the underground pit. The Northern Star Story-related.

Surface tension refers to an attractive force pulling the surface molecules of a liquid bulk and making it assume the shape having the least surface area. It is also the title of Half-Life's twelfth chapter.

Achievement Unbonded.jpg Unbonded Collect the SMG. The Northern Star Story-related.
Achievement Cord-Cutter.jpg Cord-Cutter Shut down the substation. The Northern Star Story-related.

Reference to the name of the people cancelling their subscriptions to multichannel television services available over cable or satellite.

Achievement Xen Lootism.jpg Xen Lootism Snatch a Xen grenade from its resting place. The Northern Star and after. To obtain a Xen Grenade, Alyx is unable to use her Gravity Gloves, and instead must either quickly snatch it from its plant or "tickle" the plant's stem in order to have it relinquish the grenade.
Achievement Safe Trip.jpg Safe Trip Use the multitool to hack a tripmine. The Northern Star and after. Self-explanatory.

A pun referring both to the blessing "have a safe trip" and tripmines.

Achievement Blast From the Past.jpg Blast From the Past Defuse a roomful of explosive barrels. Arms Race Story-related. Alyx must hack and defuse the tripmines, a setting similar to the trapped storage building in Black Mesa's Topside Motorpool in Half-Life's twelfth chapter. There is an achievement of the same name in Half-Life 2 related to a classical HEV charger panel.
Achievement Near-Jeff Experience.jpg Near-Jeff Experience Stay close to Jeff for 10 seconds (but not too close). Jeff Alyx must stand near Jeff without making any noise for ten seconds.

A pun on the term "near-death experience".

Crustacean Frustration.jpg Crustacean Frustration Kill the annoying headcrab before it breaks everything. Jeff The Headcrab that knocks over objects must be killed before it alerts Jeff.
Achievement Hold Your Liquor.jpg Hold Your Liquor Catch a bottle falling out of a cupboard before it breaks and alerts Jeff. Jeff Self-explanatory.

"Hold one's liquor" means the ability to drink alcoholic beverages without becoming too drunk.

Achievement Flat Note.jpg Flat Note Kill Jeff. Jeff After trapping Jeff in the trash compactor, Alyx must press the button to crush and kill him.

A "flat note" is a note that sounds a semitone lower than natural notes.

Achievement Sound Strategy.jpg Sound Strategy Escape the distillery without killing Jeff. Jeff Alyx must simply leave Jeff while he’s trapped in the trash compactor.
Achievement Team Spirit.jpg Team Spirit Bring Russell a bottle of vodka. Jeff through Captivity Alyx can store bottles of vodka from the distillery to her inventory, which must be brought to the next chapter.
Achievement Sea Level.jpg Sea Level Reach the aquatic exhibits. Captivity Story-related.
Achievement Triple Bypass.jpg Triple Bypass Solve the tanker yard's electrical puzzle and escape. Captivity Story-related.

A "Triple Bypass" is a method of cardiovascular surgery.

Achievement High Water March.jpg High Water March Start climbing the water tower. Revelations Story-related.

A play on the phrase "high water mark", which means the highest point.

Achievement Textbook Jinxing.jpg Textbook Jinxing Wake the Strider. Breaking and Entering Story-related.
Achievement Point Extraction.jpg Point Extraction Get to the superweapon. Point Extraction Story-related.

A nod to Half-Life 2's opening chapter, Point Insertion.

Achievement Consequences.jpg Consequences Make your choice. Point Extraction Story-related.