NBA 2K22 Badges Explained: Everything you need to know

Learning the different badges in NBA 2K22 will give you an edge over the competition.


The importance of badges in NBA 2K is slowly rising with the number of talented players in the league and the rising number of skilled gamers, being an essential factor that separates the great players from the best.

Badges have been in the game for the past few years, but this year’s edition has more badges than ever before. The options and levels are endless as players can pick and choose the badges that suit their playing style and type of build.


So, to help you to gear up for NBA 2K, here’s your guide to all of the different badges in the game as well as how to redeem, equip, and use them successfully.

What are badges and what do they do in NBA 2K22?

For starters, badges are skill boosts that in-game players may obtain by leveling up or as a result of their real-life counterparts’ performances in the NBA. These give the player a significant edge over the opponent, with the badge tiers spanning Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Hall of Fame.

A caveat, though, is that not all badges are open to all positions. This means that some badges for guards may not be available for forwards or centers. For example, centers may not obtain any of the Playmaking badges.

The NBA 2K development team divided the badges into four skill categories: Finishing Badges, Shooting Badges, Playmaking Badges, and Defense/Rebounding Badges. Each badge can be combined with others as gamers continue to upgrade their players.


How does the badge system work in NBA 2K22?

In NBA 2K22, the badge system works in tiers, with Bronze representing a base-level or the weakest form of a badge, while Gold and then Hall of Fame are the prime badge tiers.

NBA 2K overhauled the badge system for next-gen consoles, thus enabling gamers to upgrade from Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Hall of Fame in the game. Your build and playing style in the game is crucial to finding the optimal position to maximize your badges.

Forwards generally have the highest ceiling in terms of badge collecting. You may need to alter your height, weight, and wingspan to a setting that allows you to access the majority of the badges.


How many different types of badges are there in NBA 2K22?

In total, there are 80 different types of badges in NBA 2K22. Badges are classified into Finishing, Shooting, Playmaking, and Defensive/Rebounding. A caveat is that NBA players generally have more obtainable badges, so your MyPlayer build may be capped when trying to get some power-ups.

  • Finishing badges: There are 20 Finishing badges on the board, with Acrobat, Fearless Finisher, and Lob City Finisher standing as the popular ones.
  • Shooting badges: There are 20 Shooting badges in total, which includes the useful Corner Specialist, Difficult Shots, and Lucky #7.
  • Playmaking badges: You can also obtain 20 Playmaking badges, with Ankle Breaker, Dimer, and Needle Threader as the options.
  • Defensive badges: There are 20 Defensive badges in total which combines steals, blocks, and screen defense, with Brick Wall, Pick Pocket, and Rebound Chaser as top choices.

NBA 2K22 Badges List

Badge NameBadge TypeAttributes to upgradeBronzeSilverGoldHall of Fame
AcrobatFinishingDriving Layup65778795
Backdown PunisherFinishingPost Control56687685
Dream ShakeFinishingPost Control47586674
DropstepperFinishingPost Control53657381
Fast TwitchFinishingClose Shot; Standing Dunk54667584
Fearless FinisherFinishingDriving Layup71808999
Giant SlayerFinishingDriving Layup; Close Shot70788694
Grace under PressureFinishingClose Shot63748493
Hook SpecialistFinishingClose Shot71809099
Limitless TakeoffFinishingDriving Dunk60748392
Lob City FinisherFinishingDriving Dunk; Standing Dunk557085Standing Dunk 96, Driving Dunk 95
Mouse in the HouseFinishingSee RightDriving Layup 66, Close Shot 50Driving Layup 76, Close Shot 67Driving Layup 88, Close Shot 80Driving Layup 99, Close Shot 92
Post Spin TechnicianFinishingPost Control55677584
PosterizerFinishingDriving Dunk; Standing Dunk70809099
Pro TouchFinishingClose Shot; Driving Layup53657381
Putback BossFinishingSee RightStanding Dunk 46, Driving Dunk 47, Close Shot 52Standing Dunk 57, Driving Dunk 58, Close Shot 64Standing Dunk 65, Driving Dunk 65, Close Shot 72Standing Dunk 73, Driving Dunk 73, Close Shot 80
Rise UpFinishingStanding Dunk65758495
Slithery FinisherFinishingDriving Layup; Driving Dunk61Driving Dunk 73, Driving Layup 74Driving Dunk 82, Driving Layup 84Driving Dunk 91, Driving Layup 93
Tear DropperFinishingDriving Layup51627078
UnstrippableFinishingDriving Layup; Driving Dunk; Standing Dunk405571 Driving Dunk, Driving Layup 7090
BlindersShootingMid Range, 3pt67788899
Catch and ShootShooting3pt66778492
ChefShooting3pt64748596
Circus ThreesShooting3pt61748491
Clutch ShooterShootingMid Range, 3pt49596774
Corner SpecialistShooting3pt55687887
DeadeyeShooting3pt68768798
Difficult ShotsShootingMid Range66758495
Fade AceShootingMid Range47586673
Green MachineShootingMid Range, 3pt58738697
Hot Zone HunterShootingMid Range, 3pt57718397
Limitless Spot-UpShooting3pt62728293
Lucky #7ShootingMid Range, 3pt56697786
Mismatch ExpertShootingMid Range, 3pt71798794
Rhythm ShooterShootingMid Range, 3pt3pt 59, Mid Range 603pt 73, Mid Range 748293
Set ShooterShootingMid Range, 3pt63728189
Slippery Off-BallShootingMid Range, 3pt40455055
SniperShootingMid Range, 3pt3pt 52, Mid Range 533pt 63, Mid Range 643pt 71, Mid Range 7280
Stop & PopShooting3pt65758595
Volume ShooterShootingMid Range, 3pt3pt 54, Mid Range 553pt 65, Mid Range 667482
Ankle BreakerPlaymakingBall Handle70788694
Bail OutPlaymakingPass Accuracy65758695
Break StarterPlaymakingPass Accuracy48617180
Bullet PasserPlaymakingPass Accuracy51708597
DimerPlaymakingPass Accuracy70809099
DownhillPlaymakingSpeed with Ball43556473
Floor GeneralPlaymakingPass Accuracy68788898
Glue HandsPlaymakingBall Handle49596774
Handles for DaysPlaymakingBall Handle60738391
HyperdrivePlaymakingBall Handle62758493
Needle ThreaderPlaymakingPass Accuracy55768796
Post PlaymakerPlaymakingPass Accuracy50658092
Quick ChainPlaymakingBall Handle55688292
Quick First StepPlaymakingSpeed with Ball50658092
Space CreatorPlaymakingBall Handle59728190
Special DeliveryPlaymakingPass Accuracy60728393
Stop & GoPlaymakingBall Handle52677889
Tight HandlesPlaymakingBall Handle58718088
Triple Threat JukePlaymakingBall Handle; Speed with BallSpeed with Ball 56, Ball Handle 57Speed with Ball 68, Ball Handle 69Speed with Ball 76, Ball Handle 77Speed with Ball 85, Ball Handle 87
UnpluckablePlaymakingBall Handle50658799
Ankle BracesDefensivePerimeter Defense60738291
Ball StripperDefensiveSteal52658497
BoxDefensiveOffensive Rebound; Defensive Rebound53657381
Brick WallDefensiveInterior Defense56768895
Chase Down ArtistDefensiveBlock57707888
ClampsDefensivePerimeter Defense63768594
Defensive LeaderDefensivePerimeter Defense; Interior Defense65758490
HustlerDefensivePerimeter Defense30405060
InterceptorDefensive
IntimidatorDefensiveBlock54658195
MenaceDefensivePerimeter Defense64778695
Off-Ball PestDefensivePerimeter Defense45566573
Pick DodgerDefensivePerimeter Defense57707988
Pick PocketDefensiveSteal56728696
Pogo StickDefensiveBlock; Offense Rebound; Defensive ReboundDefensive Rebound 57, Offensive Rebound 57, Block 52 Defensive Rebound 69, Offensive Rebound 69, Block 63 Defensive Rebound 78, Offensive Rebound 78, Block 71Defensive Rebound 87, Offensive Rebound 87, Block 79 
Post LockdownDefensiveInterior Defense70808997
Rebound ChaserDefensiveOffensive Rebound; Defensive Rebound71819199
Rim ProtectorDefensiveBlock55758897
Tireless DefenderDefensivePerimeter Defense; Interior DefensePerimeter Defense 58, Interior Defense 57718089
WormDefensiveOffensive Rebound; Defensive Rebound69798998

How do you equip and change badges in NBA 2K?

You can equip and change badges in 2K22 by entering a game mode, finding the player that you want to see the badge of, and then selecting ‘Badges’ from the player screen in the game. The game will then give you the option to choose from the badge categories and equip your chosen badges.

There isn’t a limit to the total number of badges that you can equip at the same time. Different badges are more difficult to obtain than others, though, so using the right power-up will be essential to any player in the game.

How do you get all of the badges in NBA 2K?

Earning badges is based on your in-game performance to add more badge points to your player. More badge points are earned for your performance based on if you score from outside (Scoring), finish in the paint (Finishing), dish out assists (Playmaking), or play great defense (Defensive/Rebounding).

Certain badges allow you to upgrade all of the way to the Hall of Fame tier, depending on your player’s build and regardless of them being a guard, forward, or center. Gold badges are upgradable provided that they are unlockable for the build at hand.

What badges should I get first in NBA 2K?

Certain badges are better suited to different playstyles. Perimeter scorers will likely opt for shooting badges. Slashers will lean towards finishing badges. Floor generals will mostly choose playmaking badges. On-ball stoppers will likely want the defensive badges.

Some badges are more effective than others, especially those with the potential to reach the Hall of Fame tier. Blinders, Posterizer, Quick First Step, and Clamps are just some of the first badges that you may aim to equip at the start of NBA 2K22.

Can you remove badges in NBA 2K?

Badges can be removed in NBA 2K22. To remove badges, you need to:

  1. Go to your MyPlayer;
  2. Find the Badges section;
  3. Select the badge that you want to remove;
  4. Make sure that you deactivate the badge that you want to remove by checking if it’s invisible on your screen.

If you think that a certain badge does not go well with another, you may remove that badge from your arsenal. Any changes made to your player’s badge selection will be reflected in your next game.

Note that after you remove a badge, you may activate it again if ever you want to try out new builds. The badge will just be inactive in your badge dashboard, but a quick click will allow them to be available again at any time.

How many badges do you need to get Hall of Fame in NBA 2K?

A brand new feature for NBA 2K22 is that all badges in the game are now upgradable to Hall-of-Fame status. This allows gamers to be rewarded for their hard work grinding through matches and earning the maximum attributes for a certain badge.

The Finishing, Shooting, Playmaking, and Defense/Rebounding badges can all be upgraded for NBA 2K22. A caveat is that different badges have different minimum skill attributes required to qualify for the Hall-of-Fame tier.

An example is a MyPlayer will need a pass accuracy of 80 to get the Hall of Fame Post Playmaker badge while they will need to have a 88 rating if they want to get the Hall of Fame Floor General badge.

A good tip to follow is that you must have an attribute rating of over 80 to qualify for most Hall of Fame badges while an attribute rating of 99 is needed for some Hall of Fame badges such as Posterizer, Rebound Chaser, and Dimer.

Looking for the best 2K22 Badges?

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NBA 2K22: Best Finishing Badges to Boost Your Game

NBA 2K22: Best Shooting Badges to Boost Your Game

NBA 2K22: Best Badges for 3-Point Shooters

NBA 2K22: Best Badges for a Slasher

NBA 2K22: Best Badges for a Paint Beast

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Looking for the best builds?

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NBA 2K22: Best Power Forward (PF) Builds and Tips

NBA 2K22: Best Center (C) Builds and Tips

NBA 2K22: Best Shooting Guard (SG) Builds and Tips

Looking for the best teams?

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NBA 2K22: Best Teams for a (PG) Point Guard

NBA 2K22: Best Teams for a (SG) Shooting Guard

NBA 2K22: Best Teams for a (C) Center

NBA 2K22: Best Teams for a (SF) Small Forward

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