NBA 2K22 All-in-One Complete Badges & Takeover Guide

Here is the NBA 2K22 Badges & Takeover Guide, which lists all badges, badge tier lists, takeovers, takeover perks, how to unlock badges, as well as a breakdown of tips, info, and more when you click on each individual badge.

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How to Unlock Badges

Badges are organized by the categories of Finishing, Shooting, Playmaking, and Defense/Rebounding. You unlock badges by building up badge points in each skill via your in-game performance related to that skill. For example, getting assists will build up points for Playmaking, getting steals and blocks will build up points for Defense / Rebounding, etc. After getting enough badge points for a skill, you’ll be able to choose from one of that skill’s badge.

All badges are identical between both current/last-gen and next-gen and the amount of badge points you can use for your MyPLAYER has been increased significantly for NBA 2K22. Badge Loadouts are another new addition, which allow you to quickly and easily toggle between two different sets of badges you have equipped.  There are also minimum attribute requirements to unlock a badge and badge cost, which are included in this Badges guide.

Click on any of the individual badges to get the full NBA 2K22 Badges breakdown and analysis!  This includes a list of best builds for each badge, badge tips, badge info, and more.

NBA 2K22 Badges Guide

1. Finishing Badges
2. Shooting Badges
3. Playmaking Badges
4. Defense / Rebounding Badges

  1. Takeover Guide

* [#] = Badge Cost
* Scroll right to view all badge requirement attributes

Finishing Badges

BadgeDescriptionAttributeHeightBronze: [1]Silver: [3]Silver: [2]Gold: [5]Gold: [4]Gold: [3]HOF: [7]HOF: [6]HOF: [5]
AcrobatBoosts the ability to hit high degree of difficulty layups. Spin, half-spin, hop step, euro-step, cradle, reverse and change shot layup attempts receive a significant boost. Additionally, the ability to beat defenders with these gathers is improved.Driving Layup6'10 or Shorter657789878997--9597
Backdown PunisherIncreases the chances of a player successfully backing down their opponent. Allows players to have more success than normal when backing down a defender in the paint.Post Control6'4 or Taller566878767888--8588
Dream ShakeRaises the chances that a defender bites when doing fakes in the post. Post move fakes have a higher chance of stunning a defender. Also, shot attempts following post moves and shot fakes have an increased shot percentage.Post Control--475871667180--7480
DropstepperImproves a player's ability to effectively use dropsteps in the post. Allows for more success when attempting post dropsteps and hop steps, in addition to protecting the ball better while performing these moves in the post.Post Control6'0 or Taller536576737685--8185
Fast TwitchSpeeds up the ability to get standing layups or dunks off before the defense has time to contest.Close Shot--5466927592--8492--
Standing Dunk--5466927592--8492--
Fearless FinisherImproves a player's ability to convert contact layups. Strengthens a player's ability to absorb contact and still finish. Also reduces the amount of energy lost from contact layups.Driving Layup--718091899197----99
Giant SlayerHeightens the effectiveness of layups over taller defenders. Boosts the shot percentage for a layup attempt when mismatched against a taller defender and reduces the possibility of getting blocked.Close Shot6'5 or Shorter7078--86----94----
Driving Layup6'5 or Shorter7078--86----94----
Grace Under PressureGives a boost to standing shots that happen close to the basket.Close Shot--637487848796--9396
Hook SpecialistIncreases post hook shot percentage. Gives a boost to post hooks taken from any distance.Close Shot--718091909197----99
Limitless TakeoffWhen attacking the basket, a player with this badge will start their dunk or layup gather from farther out than others.Driving Dunk--607486838696--9296
Lob City FinisherImproves the chances of completing a successful alley-oop dunk/layup. Improves a player's ability to successfully finish an alley-oop layup or dunk. The shot must be taken before the receiver lands.Driving Dunk--5570958595----95--
Standing Dunk--5570958595----96--
Mouse In The HouseWhen attacking a smaller defender, there will be a higher change of successfully finishingClose Shot6'4 or Taller5067--80----9292--
Driving Layup6'4 or Taller6676--88----97----
Post Spin TechnicianImproves the ability of a post spin or drive to work effectively. Attempting to do post spins or drives result in more effective moves, and less of a chance to be stripped.Post Control--556777757788--8488
PosterizerImproves the likelihood of posterizing your opponentDriving Dunk--7080--90----99----
Standing Dunk--7080--90----99----
Pro TouchGives an additional boost for having good layup timing. Gives an extra shot boost for having slightly early, slightly late, or excellent shot timing on layups.Close Shot--5365887388--8188--
Driving Layup--5365887388--8188--
Putback BossIncreases shot percentage when attempting a putback after an offensive rebound. Boosts the shot attributes of a player that attempts a putback layup or dunk right after getting an offensive rebound.Close Shot--5264--72----80----
Driving Dunk--4758--65----73----
Standing Dunk--4657--65----73----
Rise UpMakes it easier to dunk when under the basketStanding Dunk6'4 or Taller657587848797--9597
Slithery FinisherImproves a player's ability to avoid contact when attacking the rim. Increases a player's ability to slide through traffic and avoid contact during gathers and finishes at the rim.Driving Dunk6'10 or Shorter6173918289----91--
Driving Layup6'10 or Shorter6174--84----93----
Tear DropperIncreases the chance of hitting floaters and runners. Improves a player's ability to knock down floaters and runners.Driving Layup--516273707384--7884
UnstrippableWhen attacking the basket and performing a layup or dunk, the chances of being stripped are reduced.Driving Dunk--4055777185----90--
Driving Layup--4055--70----90----
Standing Dunk--4055--70----90----

Shooting Badges

BadgeDescriptionAttributeHeightBronze [1]Silver [3]Silver [2]Gold [5]Gold [4]Gold [3]HOF [7]HOF [6]HOF [5]
BlindersBecomes unfazed by defenders from the side. Jump shots taken with a defender closing out in their peripheral vision will suffer a lower penalty.Mid-Range Shot--6778--88----99----
Three-Point Shot--6778938893----99--
Catch and ShootBoosts the chance of hitting a jump shot immediately after a catch. For a short time after receiving a pass, the receiver’s outside shooting attributes get a significant boost.Three-Point Shot--667786848696--9296
ChefGives a boost to the range that a player can effectively shoot off-the-dribble three point attempts.Three-Point Shot6'6 or Shorter647487858798--9698
Circus ThreesBoosts to stepback threes. Stepback threes taken off the dribble receive a boost.Three-Point Shot6'7 or Shorter617486848695--9195
Clutch ShooterIncreases the ability to knock down shots in clutch moments. Shot attempts that occur during the final moments of the 4th quarter, or in any overtime period, receive a large boost.Mid-Range Shot--4959896789--7489--
Three-Point Shot--4959786778--887988
Corner SpecialistGives a boost to shots taken near the corner. Deep mid-range or 3PT shots taken along the baseline of the court receive a boost, whether it is off the dribble or off a catch.Three-Point Shot--556881788192--8792
DeadeyeReduces the impact of a defender who is closing out. Jump shots taken with a defender closing out receive less of a penalty from a shot contest. This includes both mid-range and 3PT shots.Three-Point Shot--687689878997----98
Difficult ShotsImproves the ability to shoot difficult shots off the dribble. High difficulty jumpers such as hop steps, spins, stepbacks, and pull-ups receive a shot percentage boost.Mid-Range Shot--667586848697--9597
Fade AceImproves ability to shoot post fades. Shot boost to post fadeaways taken from ANY distance.Mid-Range Shot--475874667486737486
Green MachineIncreases the bonus given for consecutive excellent releases. Gives an additional shot boost when consecutively achieving excellent releases on jump shots.Mid-Range Shot --5873988698--9798--
Three-Point Shot--58738686----97--
Hotzone HunterBoosts the shot percentage for attempts taken in a player’s favorite spots. Shots that are taken in a player’s hot zone(s) are given a boost.Mid-Range Shot--5771--83--96----
Three-Point Shot--5771888388----97--
Limitless Spot-UpGives a boost to the range that a player can effectively shoot standing three point shots.Three-Point Shot--627284828496--9396
Lucky #7Gives a boost to mid-range or three point attempts within the first seven seconds of a possession.Mid-Range Shot--5669937793--8693--
Three-Point Shot--566982778296--8696
Mismatch ExpertAfter forcing the switch, a player with this badge will have more success when shooting over the taller defender.Mid-Range Shot6'4 or Shorter7179--87----94----
Three-Point Shot6'4 or Shorter7179928792----94--
Rhythm ShooterImproves shots taken after breaking down your defender. Increases the chances of a made shot after sizing up your opponent with dribble moves.Mid-Range Shot6'9 or Shorter6074998299--9399--
Three-Point Shot6'9 or Shorter597387828799--9399
Set ShooterIncreases shot rating when taking your time before shooting. Gives a shot boost after standing still before taking a jump shot.Mid-Range Shot--6372988198--8998--
Three-Point Shot--637086818697--8997
Slippery Off-BallStrengthens the player’s ability to get open off the ball. When attempting to get open off screens, the player more effectively navigates through traffic.Mid-Range Shot--404560506077556077
Three-Point Shot--404560506077556077
SniperBoosts to well aimed shots. Jump Shots taken with the aiming stick will receive a boost when aimed correctly.Mid-Range Shot--53`64877287--8087--
Three-Point Shot--526377717793--8093
Stop and PopBoosts shot rating on stand-still three pointers after dribbling. Boosts shot rating on stand-still three pointers after dribbling.Three-Point Shot6'11 or Shorter657587858797--9597
Volume ShooterBoosts shot percentages as shot attempts accrue throughout the game. After a player has taken a small handful of shots, an additional boost to shot attributes is given for every subsequent shot, whether it’s a make or a miss.Mid-Range Shot--5566897489--8289--
Three-Point Shot--546579747994--8294

Playmaking Badges


BadgeDescriptionAttributeHeightBronze [1]Silver [3]Silver [2]Gold [5]Gold [4]Gold [3]HOF [7]HOF [6]HOF [5]
Ankle BreakerImproves the likelihood of freezing or dropping a defender during dribble moves. When performing stepbacks and other certain moves, the defender stumbles or falls more frequently when biting the wrong way.Ball Handle6'8 or Shorter707888868897--9497
Bail OutIncreases the chances of successfully completing a pass from mid-air. Passing out of a jump shot or layup yields fewer errant passes than normal.Pass Accuracy6'10 or Shorter657588868897--9597
Break StarterImproves a player’s ability to make effective outlet passes after grabbing a rebound. After grabbing a defensive board, deep outlet passes made up the court are more accurate. Passes must be made quickly following the defensive rebound.Pass Accuracy--486174717488--8088
Bullet PasserImproves a player’s ability to quickly pass the ball. Speeds up how quickly a player gets the ball out of their hands as well as the velocity of the pass.Pass Accuracy--517078--8597----97
DimerBoosts the shot percentage for open teammates on jump shots after catching a pass. When in the half-court, passes by Dimers to open shooters yield a shot percentage boost.Pass Accuracy--708092909299----99
DownhillGives a bonus to a player’s Speed With Ball attribute in fastbreak situations.Speed With Ball7'0 or Shorter435574647486737486
Floor GeneralTeammates receive an offensive attribute bonus when player is in the game. Gives offensive attribute boosts to teammates when on the floor. Also, at the Hall of Fame level, can see teammates` potential shot percentages while on offense.Pass Accuracy--687890889097----98
Glue HandsReduces the chances of an errant pass, while improving the ability to both catch tough passes and quickly make the next move.Ball Handle--495968676887--7487
Handles For DaysReduces the amount of energy lost when performing dribble moves. A player takes less of an energy hit when performing consecutive dribble moves, allowing them to chain together combos quicker for longer periods of time.Ball Handle7'0 or Shorter607385838595--9195
HyperdriveIncreases the speed at which a player can perform moving dribble moves as they attack down the court.Ball Handle6'8 or Shorter627586848695--9395
Needle ThreaderIncreases the likelihood that tough passes can get by the defense. When passing through a tight window between defenders, a boost is given to the player’s passing ability.Pass Accuracy--557689878997--9697
Post PlaymakerWhen passing out of the post or after an offensive rebound, receivers are given a shot boost.Pass Accuracy--506582808295--9295
Quick ChainA player with this badge can quickly put together a series of moves while sizing up their opponent.Ball Handle6'6 or Shorter556884828496--9296
Quick First StepProvides more explosive first steps out of triple threat and size-ups. When driving out of triple threat or after a size-up, ball handlers have access to quicker and more effective launches.Speed With Ball--506582808295--9295
Space CreatorImproves a player’s ability to create space from a defender. When performing any stepback move or shot, there’s a higher chance of successfully creating separation from the opponent.Ball Handle7'0 or Shorter597284818494--9094
Special DeliveryGives boost to passer and receiver’s takeover meter following a flashy pass if the shot goes in. Takeover boost for both the passer and receiver after a flashy assist. Additionally, this badge increases alley-oop throw success and shot chance for receivers after a flashy pass.Pass Accuracy--607285838595--9395
Stop and Go Improves a player’s ability to start and stop with the ball. Allows for the ball handler to start and stop quickly with unique stops and launches exclusive to this badge.Ball Handle6'7 or Shorter526781788193--8993
Tight HandlesImproves a player’s ability to break down their defender. Increases a player’s ball handling ability in size-up situations, making it easier to break down the on-ball defender.Ball Handle7'0 or Shorter587182808293--8893
Triple Threat JukeSpeeds up triple threat moves when trying to blow by the defender, raising the likelihood of freezing your opponent.Ball Handle--5769937793-8793--
Speed With Ball--566882768295--8595
UnpluckableReduces the chances of getting stripped by the defender. When performing dribble moves, defenders have a tougher time poking the ball free with their steal attempts.Ball Handle--506589878999----99

Defense / Rebounding Badges

BadgeDescriptionAttributeHeightBronze [1]Silver [3]Silver [2]Gold [5]Gold [4]Gold [3]HOF [7]HOF [6]HOF [5]
Ankle BracesReduces the chances of getting crossed over. Lowers the likelihood of getting ankle-broken by opposing dribble moves.Perimeter Defense6'11 or Shorter607384828495--9195
Ball StripperHelps increase the chance of a steal when attempting to strip a layup or dunk near the basket.Steal--526586848698--9798
BoxImproves player’s ability to box out opponents. Strengthens a player’s ability to effectively box out opponents in anticipation of a rebound.Defensive Rebounding--536581738195--8195
Offensive Rebounding--536577737791--8191
Brick WallThis badge makes it tougher for defenders to get around screens and harder for offensive players to back you down. Players hit by contact from a Brick Wall lose more energy than normal. At the Hall of Fame level, this player sets vicious screens in the park and blacktop.Interior Defense6'5 or Taller567690889097--9597
Chase Down ArtistRaises the chances of getting a chase-down block. Boosts the speed and leaping ability of a player when he is chasing down an offensive player in anticipation of a block attempt.Block--577080788094--8894
ClampsDefenders have access to quicker cut off moves and are more successful when bumping or hip riding the ball handler.Perimeter Defense6'9 or Shorter637687858797--9497
Defensive LeaderLifts the defensive abilities of teammates when on the court.Interior Defense--6575--85----90----
Perimeter Defense--6575--84----90----
HustlerImproves the ability to beat opponents to loose balls.Perimeter Defense--304061506180606180
InterceptorIncreases chances at getting steals in passing lanes. The frequency of successfully tipped or intercepted passes greatly increases.Steal--406080788095--9095
IntimidatorOffensive players have less success shooting when contested by players with this badge. Also boosts the shot defense ratings when tightly guarding an opponent.Block--546583818397--9597
MenaceWhile guarding and staying in front of an opponent, their attributes will drop if good defense is being played.Perimeter Defense6'10 or Shorter647788868897--9597
Off-Ball PestMakes players more difficult to get past when playing off-ball, as they can grab and hold their matchup and don’t get their ankles broken as often.Perimeter Defense6'10 or Shorter455666656685--7385
Pick DodgerImproves a player’s ability to navigate through screens effectively on defense.Perimeter Defense--577081798194--8894
Pick PocketImproves a player’s ability to steal the ball from a ball handler. Increases the chances of a steal and reduces the chances of a foul when attempting to strip the ball from a ball handler. Also improves the chances of successful layup strips.Steal--567288868898--9698
Pogo StickImproves the ability to attempt multiple blocks in succession. Allows players to quickly go back up for another block attempt upon landing.Block--5263--71----79----
Defensive Rebounding--5769957895--8795--
Offensive Rebounding--5769897889--8789--
Post LockdownStrengthens a player's ability to effectively defend moves in the post, with an increased chance at stripping the opponent.Interior Defense6'4 or Taller708091899198--9798
Rebound ChaserImproves a player’s ability to track down rebounds from farther distances than normal.Defensive Rebounding--7181999199----99--
Offensive Rebounding--7181959195----99--
Rim ProtectorImproves ability to block shots, gives boost to the Takeover meter for blocker/teammates. Improves player’s ability to block shots, unlocks special block animations and gives boost to the Takeover meter for the blocker and blocker’s teammates following a block.Block6'5 or Taller557590889098--9798
Tireless DefenderAllows defenders to play defense more aggressively without losing energy at the same rate as a normal player.Interior Defense--5771978097--8997--
Perimeter Defense--5871 978097--8997--
WormWhen boxed out, rebounders have more success swimming around and getting into successful rebound position.Defensive Rebounding--6979978997----98--
Offensive Rebounding--6979938993----98--


NBA 2K22 Takeover Guide

Takeovers in NBA 2K22 are essentially boosts that become active once your player gets hot, and can be selected and equipped as Primary and Secondary when creating your MyPLAYER. New to NBA 2K22 are Takeover Perks – some can affect how fast a Takeovers lasts, how fast the meter fills up, give boosts, and more.


Takeover List

ADVANCED GATHERS – Unlocks more effective spin, euro, hop step, cradle gathers

FINISHING MOVES – Able to absorb contact and finish at the rim

EASY BLOWBYS – Enhances ability for slashers to beat defenders off the dribble

PULL-UP PRECISION – Boosts well timed/aimed shots off the dribble

ANKLEBREAKING SHOTS – More ankle breakers off of spin and stepback jumpers

NEGATIVE IMPACT – Reduces defensive impact against pull-ups and other skill shots

LIMITLESS RANGE – Extends your shooting range out to the logos

SPOT-UP PRECISION – Boosts well timed/aimed stationary jump shots

TEAM RATINGS BOOST – Playmakers boost their teammates’ offensive ratings

TEAM TAKEOVER BOOST – Boost your teammates’ takeover meter progress

TEAM BADGE BOOST – Boosts your teammates’ badges up a tier

EXTREME CLAMPS – More stone wall and lost dribble body-up resolutions for locks

PERIMETER BADGE DROP – Knocks shooting badges down a tier when you get close

ENHANCED JUMP SHOT CONTESTS – Boosts your ability to contest jumpers

STUFF BLOCKS – Unlocks more swat, backboard pins, and grab blocks

PAINT INTIMIDATION – Boosts your ability to affect shots around the rim

INTERIOR BADGE DROP – Drops opposition’s scoring badges down a tier in the paint

BOXOUT WALL – Improves ability to seal off opponents for easy boards

SEE THE FUTURE – Shows where missed shots are going to end up

GLASS CLEARING DIMES – After rebounds, kick out passes boost your teammate’s

POWER BACKDOWNS – Easier to push defenders around when posting up

POST PLAYMAKING – Boost your teammates’ offensive abilities when passing out of post

ADVANCED POST MOVES – Easier to beat defenders with post moves

POST SHOT DAGGERS – Increased scoring ability with hooks, fades, shimmy shots, etc.


MAMBA MENTALITY – You are able to change your Takeover abilities prior to any game.


Takeover Perks List (Next-Gen Only)

STAY WARM – Takeover meters won’t drain as quickly when performing poorly.

ACCELERATOR – Takeover meters fill faster when performing well on the court, allowing you to get Takeover quicker.

JUICE – Gives an extra boost to your attributes when Takeover is activated.

EXTENDER – Extends the length of time that Takeover stays active.

SPONGE – When a teammate performs an action to increate their Takeover meter, you get a small boost of your own.

SECOND CHANCE – When Takeover is full but not yet activated, making a mistake won’t completely reset the meter.

DECELERATOR – Slows down how quickly your opponents achieve Takeover if you are guarding them closely.

MINIMIZER – Opponent’s activated Takeovers don’t last as long when closely guarded

SUPPRESSOR – Opponents with an active Takeover receive smaller attribute boosts


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