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.
- 1. What are badges and what do they do in NBA 2K22 (badges explained)
- 2. How does the badge system work in NBA 2K22?
- 3. How many badges are there in 2K22?
- 4. All 2K Badges
- 5. How to equip and change badges in NBA 2K22
- 6. How do you get all of the badges in NBA 2K?
- 7. What badges should I get first in NBA 2K?
- 8. Can you remove badges in NBA 2K22
- 9. How many badges do you need to get Hall of Fame in NBA 2K?
What are badges and what do they do in NBA 2K22 (badges explained)
Badges in NBA 2K22 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. Badges give the player a significant edge over the opponent, with tiers spanning Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Hall of Fame badges.
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.
Badges are categorizes into four skill: 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 badges are there in 2K22?
There are 80 badges in 2K22. These are categorized into Finishing, Shooting, Playmaking, and Defensive/Rebounding.
- 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/Rebounding 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.
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.
All 2K Badges
|Badge Name||Badge Type||Attributes to upgrade||Bronze||Silver||Gold||Hall of Fame|
|Backdown Punisher||Finishing||Post Control||56||68||76||85|
|Dream Shake||Finishing||Post Control||47||58||66||74|
|Fast Twitch||Finishing||Close Shot; Standing Dunk||54||66||75||84|
|Fearless Finisher||Finishing||Driving Layup||71||80||89||99|
|Giant Slayer||Finishing||Driving Layup; Close Shot||70||78||86||94|
|Grace under Pressure||Finishing||Close Shot||63||74||84||93|
|Hook Specialist||Finishing||Close Shot||71||80||90||99|
|Limitless Takeoff||Finishing||Driving Dunk||60||74||83||92|
|Lob City Finisher||Finishing||Driving Dunk; Standing Dunk||55||70||85||Standing Dunk 96, Driving Dunk 95|
|Mouse in the House||Finishing||See Right||Driving Layup 66, Close Shot 50||Driving Layup 76, Close Shot 67||Driving Layup 88, Close Shot 80||Driving Layup 99, Close Shot 92|
|Post Spin Technician||Finishing||Post Control||55||67||75||84|
|Posterizer||Finishing||Driving Dunk; Standing Dunk||70||80||90||99|
|Pro Touch||Finishing||Close Shot; Driving Layup||53||65||73||81|
|Putback Boss||Finishing||See Right||Standing Dunk 46, Driving Dunk 47, Close Shot 52||Standing Dunk 57, Driving Dunk 58, Close Shot 64||Standing Dunk 65, Driving Dunk 65, Close Shot 72||Standing Dunk 73, Driving Dunk 73, Close Shot 80|
|Rise Up||Finishing||Standing Dunk||65||75||84||95|
|Slithery Finisher||Finishing||Driving Layup; Driving Dunk||61||Driving Dunk 73, Driving Layup 74||Driving Dunk 82, Driving Layup 84||Driving Dunk 91, Driving Layup 93|
|Tear Dropper||Finishing||Driving Layup||51||62||70||78|
|Unstrippable||Finishing||Driving Layup; Driving Dunk; Standing Dunk||40||55||71 Driving Dunk, Driving Layup 70||90|
|Blinders||Shooting||Mid Range, 3pt||67||78||88||99|
|Catch and Shoot||Shooting||3pt||66||77||84||92|
|Clutch Shooter||Shooting||Mid Range, 3pt||49||59||67||74|
|Difficult Shots||Shooting||Mid Range||66||75||84||95|
|Fade Ace||Shooting||Mid Range||47||58||66||73|
|Green Machine||Shooting||Mid Range, 3pt||58||73||86||97|
|Hot Zone Hunter||Shooting||Mid Range, 3pt||57||71||83||97|
|Lucky #7||Shooting||Mid Range, 3pt||56||69||77||86|
|Mismatch Expert||Shooting||Mid Range, 3pt||71||79||87||94|
|Rhythm Shooter||Shooting||Mid Range, 3pt||3pt 59, Mid Range 60||3pt 73, Mid Range 74||82||93|
|Set Shooter||Shooting||Mid Range, 3pt||63||72||81||89|
|Slippery Off-Ball||Shooting||Mid Range, 3pt||40||45||50||55|
|Sniper||Shooting||Mid Range, 3pt||3pt 52, Mid Range 53||3pt 63, Mid Range 64||3pt 71, Mid Range 72||80|
|Stop & Pop||Shooting||3pt||65||75||85||95|
|Volume Shooter||Shooting||Mid Range, 3pt||3pt 54, Mid Range 55||3pt 65, Mid Range 66||74||82|
|Ankle Breaker||Playmaking||Ball Handle||70||78||86||94|
|Bail Out||Playmaking||Pass Accuracy||65||75||86||95|
|Break Starter||Playmaking||Pass Accuracy||48||61||71||80|
|Bullet Passer||Playmaking||Pass Accuracy||51||70||85||97|
|Downhill||Playmaking||Speed with Ball||43||55||64||73|
|Floor General||Playmaking||Pass Accuracy||68||78||88||98|
|Glue Hands||Playmaking||Ball Handle||49||59||67||74|
|Handles for Days||Playmaking||Ball Handle||60||73||83||91|
|Needle Threader||Playmaking||Pass Accuracy||55||76||87||96|
|Post Playmaker||Playmaking||Pass Accuracy||50||65||80||92|
|Quick Chain||Playmaking||Ball Handle||55||68||82||92|
|Quick First Step||Playmaking||Speed with Ball||50||65||80||92|
|Space Creator||Playmaking||Ball Handle||59||72||81||90|
|Special Delivery||Playmaking||Pass Accuracy||60||72||83||93|
|Stop & Go||Playmaking||Ball Handle||52||67||78||89|
|Tight Handles||Playmaking||Ball Handle||58||71||80||88|
|Triple Threat Juke||Playmaking||Ball Handle; Speed with Ball||Speed with Ball 56, Ball Handle 57||Speed with Ball 68, Ball Handle 69||Speed with Ball 76, Ball Handle 77||Speed with Ball 85, Ball Handle 87|
|Ankle Braces||Defensive||Perimeter Defense||60||73||82||91|
|Box||Defensive||Offensive Rebound; Defensive Rebound||53||65||73||81|
|Brick Wall||Defensive||Interior Defense||56||76||88||95|
|Chase Down Artist||Defensive||Block||57||70||78||88|
|Defensive Leader||Defensive||Perimeter Defense; Interior Defense||65||75||84||90|
|Off-Ball Pest||Defensive||Perimeter Defense||45||56||65||73|
|Pick Dodger||Defensive||Perimeter Defense||57||70||79||88|
|Pogo Stick||Defensive||Block; Offense Rebound; Defensive Rebound||Defensive Rebound 57, Offensive Rebound 57, Block 52||Defensive Rebound 69, Offensive Rebound 69, Block 63||Defensive Rebound 78, Offensive Rebound 78, Block 71||Defensive Rebound 87, Offensive Rebound 87, Block 79|
|Post Lockdown||Defensive||Interior Defense||70||80||89||97|
|Rebound Chaser||Defensive||Offensive Rebound; Defensive Rebound||71||81||91||99|
|Tireless Defender||Defensive||Perimeter Defense; Interior Defense||Perimeter Defense 58, Interior Defense 57||71||80||89|
|Worm||Defensive||Offensive Rebound; Defensive Rebound||69||79||89||98|
How to equip and change badges in NBA 2K22
You can 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 2K22
To remove badges in 2K22, you need to:
- Go to your MyPlayer;
- Find the Badges section;
- Select the badge that you want to remove;
- 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.
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