Xbox Game Pass Quests January 2021© Microsoft

Have you heard of Xbox Game Pass Quests? For subscribers to the service, they're a great way of earning extra money while trying out some different games. In this article, you'll find guides for completing the game-specific Xbox Game Pass Quests every single week, helping you to maximise your Microsoft Rewards points in 2021.

What are Xbox Game Pass Quests?

XGP Twist Insider Preview

Xbox Game Pass Quests is a branch of Microsoft Rewards that allows you to earn redeemable points by completing various Xbox and Game Pass related objectives. These points can then be used to acquire various gift cards, such as Xbox and Microsoft currency, as well as competition entries and charity donations. It's basically like completing Achievements, but for real money.

These quests come in three varieties — daily, weekly and monthly. Below, you'll find some guides to help you tackle some of the currently most challenging Quests for the week commencing 26th January 2021.

How To Complete January 2021's Quests

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition - Get 50,000 Cash (26/01 - 02/02)

Xbox Game Pass Quests January 2021 Payday 2

We're still working on this one, but in the meantime you'll find an excellent guide from Rewards Hunter over on YouTube.

"This will take about 15 minutes to complete and involves first getting some practice in the Safe House mission and then taking advantage of the "Loud" tutorial mission within the "Crime.Net Offline" mode."

  • Difficulty Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Time To Complete: 15 mins
  • Available on xCloud? No
  • Rewards Points: 50

Madden NFL 20 - Play 1 Online Match (26/01 - 02/02)

Xbox Game Pass Quests January 2021 Madden NFL 20

This Quest might sound a little daunting if you're not an American Football fan, but fortunately you don't need to play any football at all in order to complete it - as long as you don't care about your win record!

For starters, jump into the game and sit through the intros. You'll be thrown into your first offline match, but you can use the Menu button to pause the game and quit to the main menu. From there, select an exhibition match, followed by "online head-to-head". Select your team, and start searching for a game.

Once the game is underway, hit the menu button again to pause, and then select the "concede" option. You'll lose the match, but it'll nevertheless count for the Quest, and you'll get your 100 points.

  • Difficulty Rating: 1 out of 5
  • Time To Complete: 5 to 10 mins
  • Available on xCloud? Yes
  • Rewards Points: 100

Gears 5 'Cardigan' Hivebusters Expansion - Earn 1 Achievement (Monthly Quest)

Xbox Game Pass Quests January 2021 Gears 5 Hivebusters

Despite what the title might suggest, you don't need to play the Gears 5 Hivebusters expansion in order to complete this Quest. Any Gears 5 Achievement will do, making this a much easier task to tackle.

Simple Achievements in Gears 5 include "Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship" (Play a match of Arcade) and My Body is Ready (Complete the Boot Camp), although there are lots of options at your disposal.

  • Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
  • Time To Complete: 5 to 10 mins
  • Available on xCloud? Yes
  • Rewards Points: 75

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War - Get 75 Kills (Monthly Quest)

Xbox Game Pass Quests January 2021 Middle Earth Shadow Of War

This Quest takes around 15 to 20 minutes to complete, but remains very simple. Start a new game and make sure you set the difficulty to as easy as possible, and play through the beginning of the campaign.

Your goal is to attack (and kill) 75 enemies - located via red dots on your mini-map - mashing the X button for attacks, and using the Y button to counter enemies when prompted on the screen.

Use the B button to skip cutscenes when you run into them, although you should only be presented with around two or three of these before the Quest pops. We had a lot of fun completing this one!

  • Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
  • Time To Complete: 15 to 20 mins
  • Available on xCloud? Yes
  • Rewards Points: 75

Monster Hunter: World - Hunt 1 Large Monster (Monthly Quest)

Xbox Game Pass Quests January 2021 Monster Hunter World

This is a lengthy quest, so we recommend checking out Rewards Hunter's excellent guide on YouTube.

  • Difficulty Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Time To Complete: 1 to 2 hours
  • Available on xCloud? No
  • Rewards Points: 75

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition - Defeat 15 Enemies (Monthly Quest)

Xbox Game Pass Quests January 2021 Tales Of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Here's a guide for this Quest courtesy of Hydro_Imp on Reddit:

  • Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
  • Time To Complete: 15 to 20 mins
  • Available on xCloud? No
  • Rewards Points: 75

How are you getting on with January 2021's Xbox Game Pass Quests? Give us your tips and tricks, and share your progress in the comments below.