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CoD MW3: How to Fix Failed to Fetch Achievements Reason Smith Detroit

Running into the "Failed to Fetch Achievements" error in MW3? Our guide covers how to solve it.

Call of Duty has a long history of fetching-related errors, from account data to online profiles. With the launch of Modern Warfare 3, several players are getting the “Failed to Fetch Achievements Reason: Smith – Detroit” error. It’s not new, but it’s still frustrating, so here’s how you can fix it.

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How to Fix Failed to Fetch Achievements Error in MW3

Even before MW3‘s launch, players have reported that the “Fetch Achievements” error often pops up when trying to load their profile or join matches. It ultimately kicks you back to the menu, preventing you from playing the game. Whether you’re looking for other players experiencing the same thing on X, Discord, or Steam forums, you’ll usually notice the issue is bookended with people reporting problems with servers at the same time. That’s because the “Failed to Fetch Achievements Reason: Smith – Detroit” error is a server-based error.

This means that Activision’s servers are busy, and the heavy traffic is impeding its services. Game releases are usually the time when most players are flocking to the game. So it makes sense why this error is rearing its head again. Big patches, major updates, or scheduled maintenance affect servers as well. The best thing to do if you’re running into the Fetch Achievements error code is to try jumping in when the servers have stabilized. After waiting, the connection issues should improve.

Always check on MW3‘s server status to make sure you’re not prematurely logging in. However, if the servers are fine and the error persists, try the following fixes to troubleshoot it:

Restart Your Game

Whether you’re playing on console or PC, restarting your game should be the first troubleshooting step you take whenever you encounter an error. It’s an old adage at this point, but it usually works without requiring too much effort on your part.

Check Your Internet Status

Considering the “Failed to Fetch Achievements” error is rooted in server connection, it would be best to verify that your internet is working. I also run a quick Speed Test just to cover my bases, ensuring that nothing is dragging down my connection. Usually, I run into the most internet issues with my PS5, as it uses Wi-Fi. So, I highly recommend switching to an ethernet (LAN) cable on console, if possible, which will provide a more stable experience overall.

Contact Activision Support

If the “Fetch Achievements” error doesn’t improve with the above steps, then it’s time to contact Activision for assistance. You can do this by going to the Activision Support page or the official Activision Support X account.

That covers how to fix the error “Failed to Fetch Achievements Reason Smith – Detroit” in Modern Warfare 3. It ultimately boils down to waiting until the servers improve, but there’s a chance you’ll have to follow the above steps if it continues. For more tips, such as how to fix bugged daily challenges and remove grainy textures, take a gander at our MW3 guides hub.

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Alyssa Payne
Alyssa is a Seattle-based freelance writer and editor. She’s always playing too many games at once and never gets through her backlog. Dragon Age: Origins, Final Fantasy IX, and World of Warcraft are just a few of the games she loves.