In the Foursquare service, badges are rewards players can earn for checking-into various places. Once a badge is earned by a player, it will remain on that user's profile indefinitely.

The Foursquare staff are very secretive about how to unlock many badges. There are a handful of introductory badges that are earned as milestones in usage. Some badges are tied to venue "tags" and the badge earned depends on the tags applied to the venue. [1] Other badges may be specific to a city, venue, event, or date. Some badges utilize identical icons, but are earned differently. There are a few known badges that are named similarly, but applied differently, specifically Far Far Away, Trifecta and I'm on a Boat.

Known Badges[]

Badges are listed below, ordered by the incremental identifier reported by the foursquare system.

id name active message notes
0 BFF [2] No ♫ The only one for me is you, and you for me ♫ 10 checkins togeeetthhherrrr! ♫
1 Newbie [3] Yes Congrats on your first check-in!
2 Adventurer [4] Yes You've checked into 10 different venues!
3 Explorer [5] Yes You've checked into 25 different venues!
4 Superstar [6] Yes You've checked into 50 different venues!
5 Bender [7] Yes That's 4+ nights in a row for you!
6 Crunked [8] Yes That's 4+ stops in one night for you!
7 Local [9] Yes You've been at the same place 3x in one week!
8 Super User [10] Yes That's 30 checkins in a month for you!
9 Player Please! [11] Yes Look at you, checking-in with 3 members of the opposite sex! Player, please!
10 School Night [12] Yes Checking-in after 3am on a school night? Well done!
11 Far Far Away [13] Yes Welcome to the world above 59th Street! geo-specific
12 Brooklyn 4 Life [14] Yes That's 25+ checkins in Brooklyn for you! geo-specific
13 Photogenic [15] Yes You found 3 places with a photobooth!
14 Gossip Girl [16] Yes Spotted: A true foursquare socialite. Chuck Bass would be impressed. xoxo
15 Douchebag [17] Yes Double pop that collar, son!
16 Animal House [18] Yes Off the Wagon appreciates your business. COLLEGE!
17 Socialite [19] Yes Keep this up and you're going to end up on Valleywag with Julia Allison
23 Far Far Away [20] Well done escaping downtown Austin - though $5 bucks says you're at Salt Lick :) SxSW 2009
25 Panel Nerd [21] Three days at the Convention Center before noon! Your boss would be so proud! SxSW 2009
26 Slut [22] Three different hotels! You're like the Paris Hilton / Bret Michaels of SX! SxSW 2009
27 Redford [23] Nice job sneaking off to see some films (one of the best parts of SXSWi). Gold Badges unite! SxSW 2009
28 Porky [24] Oink oink, you filthy little BBQ lover! SxSW 2009
29 Trifecta [25] Name-Brand Party Trifecta! You hit 3 of the big 6: Frog / Digg / Facebook / Goog / 32-Bit / The Decider SxSW 2009
30 Entourage [26] Look at you, checking-in with 10 of your friends in tow! You so popular! SxSW 2009
31 PV Bender [27] Three late-nights at the PV House! You working on that Slut badge? SxSW 2009
32 Overshare [28] Yes 10+ checkins in 12 hours! Next up: tweeting that you unlocked this Overshare badge?
33 Survival [29] However-many-days you were at SX, you survived. Well played and see you next year! SxSW 2009
34 Digg Shindigg [30] Welcome to the Digg Party. I bet the... OMG!!! KEVIN ROSE JUST TOUCHED MY SHIRT!!! SxSW 2009
35 Karaoke RV! [31] You found the Karaoke RV! Now go queue up some GnR! "You know where you are? You're in the jungle baby!" SxSW 2009
36 Party Crasher [32] What else did you expect checking-in with foursquare at the Brightkite party? Anyone down for a dance off? SxSW 2009
55 Thriving Ivory [33] You've checked-in at Thriving Ivory's Fillmore show. Head to the merchandise table and show your TI badge to score some free swag! venue & date specific
56 Internetz Week [34] Welcome to internet week! Five new badges for the next five days! What, wait.. no free drinks here? NEXT PARTY! Internet Week
57 Dot Com Baller [35] Look at you in your fancy suit up on that fancy roof! You're the Young Jeezy of the NY Tech scene! Internet Week
58 Trifecta [36] Name-Brand Party Trifecta! You hit 3 of the big 5: Ignite / Yelp / Digg/ Thrillist / College Humor / Webutante Ball! Internet Week
59 I'm on a Boat [37] ♫ I'm riding a dolphin doing flips and shit / This dolphin's splashing, getting everybody all wet / But this ain't Seaworld, this is as real as it gets / I'm on a boat, motherf***er, don't you ever forget! ♫ Internet Week
60 Webby [38] A wise microcelebrity once said: 'I won a Webby' is the new 'I have a website.' You may not have be named King or Queen tonight, but please accept this Webby as a token of just how special we think you are. Internet Week
61 Ziggy's Wagon [39] Yes Waffles and tacos and dumplings and BBQ and... looks like you've found 3 of your city's legendary food trucks. Enjoy!
62 Don't Stop Believin' [40] Yes ♫ Just a small town girl / Living in a lonely world / She took the midnight train going anywhere! ♫ That's 3 karaoke field trips in a month! Treat yourself by slaying a lil' Bon Jovi.
63 Gym Rat [41] Yes 10x trips in 30 days? Go reward yourself to the nastiest double cheeseburger you can find (bonus points for cheesy fries and milkshakes). And ps: you look nice today!
64 Mr. Bill [42] Oh nooo! Mr. Bill! (and happy bday from Eris + team foursquare!) venue & date specific
65 Trainspotter [43] Yes Driving around SF is soooo 2008, hence the special shoutout for your 10th BART checkin. Public transportation is the new Prius! geo-specific
66 Boxee Fan [44] You took the L train to Brooklyn to attend a software party! Pretty hardcore. venue & date specific
67 Road Warrior [45] Yes You're making the world a mappier place one checkin at a time! client specific
69 Intel Insider [46] Intel would like to welcome you to CES! Remember, what happens in Vegas ends up on Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook. Drinks on us! CES 2010
70 Intel - All Ears [47] Shhhhhhhhh! Otellini speaks! Intel + CES 2010 FTW! CES 2010
71 Intel - Work It [48] Thanks for joining Intel at CES! Exercise that Core! CES 2010
72 CES 2010 [49] Congrats! Your checkin to the Las Vegas Convention Center just unlocked the CES Badge. Welcome to the world's largest and coolest tech show! CES 2010
73 JetSetter [50] Yes Hopping around the world one airport at a time... congrats on your 5th airport checkin and safe travels!
74 16 Candles [51] Yes Treat yourself to another cupcake - that's 5 birthday shoutouts from you!
75 Zoetrope [52] Yes That brings you to 10 movie theater checkins! Now, can you pick us up a large popcorn while you're up?
76 Pizzaiolo [53] Yes This badge is reserved only for the true pizza connoisseur: slices from 20 different pizza places. Well done!
77 Jobs [54] Yes 3 Apple Store checkins! Show this badge to the hipster at the Genius Bar to redeem your new Apple Hoverboard! (... or not)
78 Warhol [55] Yes That sure is a nice collection of art gallery checkins (10 different galleries!)
79 Babysitter [56] Yes Forget those "Bender" and "Crunked" badges - you've conquered the playground circuit! (10 checkins!)
80 Swarm [57] Yes 50+ people are also checked-in here - it's a foursquare flashmob!
83 Super Mayor [58] Yes A special shoutout for holding down 10 mayorships at once!
84 I'm on a boat! [59] Yes ♫ This ain't Seaworld, this is as real as it gets / I'm on a boat, MF'er, don't you ever forget! ♫
85 Yard Bird [60] Yes Congrats on mastering Harvard Yard on Foursquare! You're looking (and acting) smarter all the time. geo-specific
86 Metro [61] Yes Thanks for Waking up with the Metro! You've checked in near Metro pickup locations on 3 different mornings! geo-specific
87 Journal Métro [62] Yes Merci d'être matinal avec Métro! Félicitations! Vous avez déverrouillé le badge Métro. geo-specific
88 Bravo Newbie [63] Yes Congratulations! You've taken your first step into the BRAVO world. (It's not as scary as it sounds!)
89 Real Housewife [64] Yes Way to drink, eat, shop, and spa like a Real Housewife!
90 Top Chef [65] Yes You wear the term "foodie" as a badge of honor, and now have BRAVO's Top Chef Badge to prove it.
92 Fashionista [66] Yes You've found the key to BRAVO's Launch My Line insignia. Now, go find us some sales!

Unconfirmed Badges[]

These badges have not yet been confirmed "in the wild", but their existence is indicated by placeholders that appeared in the official foursquare iPhone app on Feb 1 2010. These badges are related to a deal with [Bravo] TV. [67]

id name active message notes
Hair Aware [68] Yes Message unknown, filename related to the Bravo show Shear Genius Released 2/1/2010
Lookin' for Love [69] Yes Message unknown, filename related to the Bravo show Millionaire Matchmaker Released 2/1/2010