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How to Unlock All Badges in NBA 2K16 Guide (Plus Bonus Tips on How to Get them Easily)

Just in case you are looking for the NBA 2K17 Badges guide, then you can check it out here > NBA 2K17 Badges Guide.


Many badges now come from Connections and who you hang out with on your day off. Badges uniquely identify players in two ways: Personality and Skill.  They affect how players react to various emotional situations, as well as how they perform in specific in-game scenarios.

Below you can see all the badges that you can achieve in MyCareer mode in NBA 2K16 and of course, how to get them.

Mental Badges

This section is about all the mental badges that AFFECT gameplay. Mental badges are often underrated as some of them are actually quite useful. When you finish grinding for your skill badges, you should definitely look out to get some of the mental ones.

Alpha Dog
What it does: Steps his game up when his teammates are performing poorly.
How to Get: Be the highest rated offensive player on the team. Play 60% of the team’s minutes per game for 30 games. You can loose this badge.

Beta Dog
What it does: Steps his game up when an Alpha Dog teammate is out or is playing poorly.
How to Get: Be the second highest rated offensive player on your team. Play 60% of the team’s minutes per game for 30 games. You can loose this badge.

Road Dog
What it does: Elevates his play when playing in road games.
How to Get: Play 20 consecutive games and perform better at road than at home.

Prime Time
What it does: Elevates his play in games of great significance.
How to Get: Perform better in games against rivals, power teams, playoff games,hometown visits and games where you are playing against the last team you played for. You must play 10 significant games within the season.

Cool and Collected
What it does: A player who remains fairly consistent throughout the course of the game.
How to Get: Don't get cold for 10 consecutive games.

Closer
What it does: Steps his game up in the 4th quarter and overtime when the game is close
How to Get: In the final 40% of the 4th quarter (+OT) shoot 50%+ FG. The game must be within 10 points. Once you’ve tallied up a total of 40 FGA in this time frame, and followed the rest of the rules, you will earn Closer.

Fierce Competitor
What it does: Elevates his game when being outplayed or instigated.
How to Get: Shoot 50% or better on at least 50 total FGA when your team is down 10 or more.

Spark Plug
What it does: Energizes teammates with big plays.
How to Get: In 6 consecutive games, average 7 PPG+ while coming off the bench.

Swagger
What it does: Gets himself going by making big plays.
How to Get: Earned via Connections (DeAndre Jordan).

Mind Games
What it does: Gets his opponent out of rhythm by getting into his head while guarding him.
How to Get: This is earned through by giving the extreme, over-the-top response in a handful of scenes, particularly those involving trash-talking, or when first joining a new team or you can get it though connection with Kobe Bryant.

Enforcer
What it does: What it does: Wreaks havoc on the floor with physical and tough play.
How to Get: Get 10 non-flagrant, hard fouls in a single season.

Mentor
What it does: Gets younger players focused in on the game when they commit mistakes.
How to Get: Reach year 4.

Heart and Soul
What it does: Rallies team when things are getting out of hand. Helps team stay focused.
How to Get: Reach year 4 with the same team all 4 years.

Floor General
What it does: Makes his team better offensively just by being on the floor.
How to Get: Have a career assist average of 5 or more, play 20 games in a season or career, and raise your Playmaker discipline to Level 18.

Gatorade Hardened
What it does: Plays through fatigue and injury without experiencing full negative consequences.
How to Get: Play 20 games in a row where you average 80% of the teams minutes or more. Also, you need to have some specific attributes, which are unfortunately unknown right now.

Defensive Anchor
What it does: Makes his team better defensively just by being on the floor.
How to Get: Play 30 games in a season or career and raise your Defender discipline to Level 18.

On Court Coach
What it does: A player with this badge can get the ball, call plays and tell teammates to shoot whenever he wants.
How to Get: Raise your Playmaker and either your Inside Scorer or Jump Shooter discipline to Level 20.

Shooting Badges

This section is about all the shooting badges. These are crucial if you want to be a sharpshooter. You will have a much easier time to knock down contested shots, shot from specific areas or create your own shot in general.




Microwave
What it does: Only needs a limited amount of made shots to get hot.
How to Get: Get hot in 5 consecutive games.

Unfazed
What it does: Timeouts as well as quarter breaks do not cool this player down offensively.
How to Get: In the last 15 games, get your player hot for 4 straight gameplay minutes, 3 different times.

Corner Specialist
What it does: Known for his ability to knock down threes from the corner.
How to Get: In a single season, make 25 corner three pointers, while shooting 40% on your last 25 corner threes.

Deadeye
What it does: Not bothered as much by defenders when it comes to making contested shots.
How to Get: Make 100 well-contested jumpers from 15 feet or further from the hoop in a single season.

Limitless Range
What it does: Known for knocking down three pointers well beyond the three point line.
How to Get: In a single season, make 30 long-distance three pointers (26 feet+) while shooting 30% in your long-distance makes this season.

Bank is open
What it does: Excels at banking in jumpers.
How to Get: Make 30 jumpshots off the backboard in a single season.

Fade Ace
What it does: Excels at making fading shots.
How to Get: Take 30 fade-away jumpers in a single season. This includes taking fade-aways out of the post.

Shot Creator
What it does: Known for making tough shots off the dribble after creating space to shoot.
How to Get: In a single season, take 200 of the following types of moving shots: Pull-ups, Spin Shots, Hop Step Jumpers (includes stepback jumpers).

Shot Creator Video Tutorial



Finishing and Post Badges

This section is about all the finishing badges. If you want to be a James Harden, you're going to need those badges. You want to build a huge set of moves to be a constant threat at the rim. This section also includes all of the post move badges and some of the badges that are crucial for big men.

Tear Dropper
What it does: Excels at making floaters and runners.
How to Get: In a single season, attempt 50 runners or floaters.

Post Spin Technician
What it does: Dominates the post with his ability to beat his defender spin and drive moves.
How to Get: In a single season, spin or drive out of the post 100 times.

Drop-stepper
What it does: Adept at beating his defender in the post with dropsteps.
How to Get: Use the drop-step move in the post 70 times in a single season.

Post Hoperator
What it does: Excels at making hop-shots out of the post.
How to Get: Attempt 20 hop shots out of the post in a single season.

Post Hook Specialist
What it does: Excels at making hook shots out of the post.
How to Get: Attempt 80 hook shoots in a single season.

Post Stepback Pro
What it does: Shines in his ability to use the post stepback move to score in the post.
How to Get: Attempt 30 stepback shots out of the post in a single season.

Dreamlike Up and Under
What it does: Uses an array of up-fakes in the post to fool his defender into jumping.
How to Get: In a single season, attempt 50 up and under shots out of the post.

Hustle Points
What it does: Known for immediately scoring following an offensive rebound near the basket.
How to Get: In a single season, get 60 offensive rebounds.

Scrapper
What it does: A hustle player who wins loose ball battles.
How to Get: In a single season, get 3 “loose ball save” teammate grade events.

Defensive/Offensive Crasher
What it does: An elite defensive/offensive rebounder.
How to Get: Get 200 defensive/offensive rebounds.

Posterizer
What it does: Known for attempting to dunk on opposing players whenever possible.
How to Get: Attempt 15 contact dunks in a single season.

Spin Lay-in
What it does: Excels at making spin layups.
How to Get: Attempt 20 spin lay-ups in a single season.

Hop-stepper
What it does: Excels at making hop-step layups.
How to Get: Attempt 50 hop step layups in a single season.

King of Euros
What it does: Shines in his ability to make euro step layups.
How to Get: Attempt 50 euro step layups in a single season.

Acrobat
What it does: Can change his shot in air and attempt difficult shots with few consequences.
How to Get: Attempt both 15 reverse and 4 change-shot layups in a single season.

Playmaker Badges

This section is about all the playmaker badges. If you want to be the next Crawford, Kyrie Irving or Stephen Curry with crazy handles, you need those badges. Those badges also include some tricks, that are very important for playmakers.


Killer Crossover
What it does: A ball-handler who excels at breaking his defender down with crossovers.
How to Get: In a single season, attempt 200 driving crossover or 100 driving double crossover dribble moves.

Spin Kingpin
What it does: A ball-handler known for breaking his defender down with spin moves.
How to Get: In a single season, attempt 75 spin dribble moves.

Stepback Freeze
What it does: A ball-handler adept at freezing his defender with stepback moves.
How to Get: In a single season, attempt 75 stepback dribble moves.

Behind the Back Pro
What it does: A ball-handler who catches his defender off guard with behind the back moves
How to Get: In a single season, attempt 75 behind the back dribble moves.

Hesitation Stunner
What it does: A ball-handler adept at freezing his defender with hesitation moves
How to Get: In a single season, attempt 75 hesitation dribble moves.

Master of In and Out
What it does: A ball-handler known for breaking his defender down with in and out moves.
How to Get: In a single season, attempt 75 in and out dribble moves.

Pet Move Sizeup
What it does: A ball-handler who uses elite size-up moves to break his defender down.
How to Get: In a single season, attempt 75 size-up dribble moves.

Flashy Passer
What it does: Known for throwing accurate flashy passes.
How to Get: In a single season, throw 40 flashy passes.

Lob City Passer
What it does: Throws accurate alley-oop passes.
How to Get: Throw 60 alley-oops in one season.

Pick & Roll Maestro
What it does: Known for orchestrating the pick & roll game as the ball-handler.
How to get: Call 100 screens in one season.

Dimer
What it does: Elite passer, gives receiver a boost on their shot %.
How to Get: Get 200 assists in your last 25 played games.

Transition Badges

This section is about all the badges needed for good transition. If you run the break a lot, you should get these quite easily. They are very important for park games as well.



One Man Fastbreak
What it does: Excels at taking the ball coast to coast on a fastbreak.
How to Get: In a single season, score on a fast break 50 times. Also, you need to have some specific attributes, which are unfortunately unknown right now.

Transition Finisher
What it does: Adept at running the fastbreak and finishing at a high rate.
How to Get: In a single season, score on a fast break 50 times.

Break Starter
What it does: Starts fast breaks with accurate outlet passes.
How to Get: Get 250 defensive rebounds in a single season. Also, you need to have some specific attributes, which are unfortunately unknown right now.

Chase Down Artist
What it does: Chases players down on fast breaks and effectively swats their shots from behind.
How to Get: Block 25 shots in a single season. Also, you need to have some specific attributes, which are unfortunately unknown right now.

Lob City Finisher
What it does: Finishes alley-oops at a high rate.
How to Get: Catch and finish 15 alley-oops in a single season..

Defensive Badges

This section is about all the defensive badges. If you want to be a real Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard or Roy Hibbert on defense and lock down your opponent, you are going to need those.



Perimeter Lockdown Defender
What it does: Defender automatically counters perimeter offensive badges of opponents.
How to Get: Play 30 games; Raise your Defender discipline to a Level 16. You must be a PG, SG or SF.

Post Lockdown Defender
What it does: A defender that automatically counters the interior scoring badges of opponents.
How to Get: Play 30 games; As a PF or C, raise your Defender discipline to a Level 16. As a SF, raise your Defender discipline to a Level 18. You cannot earn this badge as a PG or a SG.

Charge Card
What it does: Adept at placing himself in position to win charge calls.
How to Get: Draw 7 charges in a single season.

Pick Dodger
What it does: Doesn’t get caught up on screens very easily.
How to Get: Play 20 games; Your On-Ball Defensive IQ and Pick & Roll Defensive IQ attributes must be an 80 or higher, you must be a PG, SG or SF.

Interceptor
What it does: Adept at stealing passes.
How to Get: Get 50 “tipped pass” teammate grade events in a single season.

Pick Pocket
What it does: Known for his ability to strip the ball from a ball-handler.
How to Get: Get 50 “poke ball loose” teammate grade events in a single season.

Eraser
What it does: Amazing shot blocker who counters inside-scoring badges of opponents.
How to Get: Block 80 shots in a single season.

Bruiser
What it does: The physical nature of this player drains energy from his match-up.
How to Get: Play 10 games; Your height to weight ratio must be 0.905 or lower. Your weight must be 220 pounds or more.

Brick Wall
What it does: Sets extremely effective screens.
How to Get: 100 “good screen” teammate grade events in a one season. You also need at least 70 strength as a PG/SG/SF and 80 for PF/C.

Screen Outlet
What it does: Excels as the screener in the pick & roll game.
How to Get: In a single season, set 100 screens with contact.

Bonus Tip: How to get all badges easily in NBA 2K16? While playing the MyCareer, try to play it on Rookie difficulty. In this way, the opponent will be much more easier to defeat. Then, go get those skills badges that will boost your defense and offense. For me, I have set the ankle breaker badges first as top priority. Well, it's easy to get. You can have them by playing a few games. Then, you can then get the badges that boost your shooting performance. Oh! I almost forgot, don't forget to get the pick and roll badge first before the badges that boost your boosting performance. In this way, you can easy get those badges that boost your inside scoring and, gain the those alley op badges easily. 

Once you got the skills badges, you can change the difficulty to a harder one to get badges like those badges that boost your performance in game and defensive badges. In this part, I just enjoy the game. Well, most likely, I have all necessary badges to compete fiercely with the AI opponent so don't worry too much on those badges. Just play the game and have fun to get those badges. Anyway, I think for PROS, they can easily get the defensive badges. Unlike NBA 2K15 which don't have a great defensive sense, NBA 2K16 is now both great in offense and defense. I really love playing defense in NBA 2K16 as the reflex or response of players to the opponent is much more accurate. For example, once an opponent has done a great ankle breaker on you, that does not mean you cannot recover and chase him and even steal the ball or, do an awesome block.

Also, you can see that there are badges that can be earned through Connections. So, make sure that you choose your 10 connections which has those specific badges and of course, try to hang with them or try to to the connection task once it is available. And when you've received the badge from a certain connection, then move to another connections to which will increase your fans (to unlock more connections) or, to those who have certain badges that you want to get.

In the end, it's all about planning ahead which badges to get first and which to get last. 

Hope this guide help you guys! Happy gaming! For my next guide, I will try to find out on how to upgrade those badges to gold. Of course in offline mode... See you next time!

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Credits: Special thanks to NoLimitShawn for the video tutorial on the Shot Creator badge.