What are the best Badges in NBA 2K22? Whether you're creating the Best Builds for MyPlayer and MyCareer, creating a Hall of Famer in The W, or upgrading your roster of stars for MyTeam, you're going to want to ensure you're using the best Badges. For those new to the series, Badges are essentially perks which buff a player's performance on both sides of the court in a variety of contexts. There are four tiers to each Badge: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Hall of Fame. Obviously, the higher the tier your player has equipped, the greater the boost they'll get to their statistics. As part of our NBA 2K22 guide, we're going to share the best Badges.

NBA 2K22: Best Badges

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The best Badges in NBA 2K22 will depend largely on the player. For example, you're probably not going to want to put Corner Specialist on a Center whose primary stats lean towards rebounding and finishing in the paint. If you're creating a MyPlayer then you're going to really want to think about your build's role and how you intend to use your player. You can find some suggestions in our Best Builds for MyPlayer and MyCareer guide.

In MyTeam, many players will already be equipped with Badges, but you can upgrade the ones they have or even equip new ones using cards you find in Card Packs. Again, think carefully about how you plan to use your players, and consider how you can enhance their existing attributes to boost your playing personnel's performance further.

Please note that this guide is a work in progress, as we're still exploring and testing many of the Badges across both next-gen and current-gen versions of NBA 2K22.

Best Finishing Badges

Finishing Badge Description Next- Gen Attribute Requirements Notes
Fearless Finisher Strengthens the player's ability to absorb contact and still finish. Also reduces the amount of energy lost from contact layups.
  • Bronze: 71 Driving Layup
  • Silver: 80 Driving Layup
  • Gold: 89 Driving Layup
  • Hall of Fame: 99 Driving Layup
If you're the type of player who likes to burst into the paint for layups, whether it's by breaking ankles or using screens, Fearless Finisher will help you to get the easy baskets even against taller and stronger defenders.
Lob City Finisher Improves a player's ability to successfully finish an alley-oop layup or dunk. The shot must be taken before the receiver lands.
  • Bronze: 55 Driving Dunk or 55 Standing Dunk
  • Silver: 70 Driving Dunk or 70 Standing Dunk
  • Gold: 85 Driving Dunk or 85 Standing Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 95 Driving Dunk or 96 Standing Dunk
Who doesn't love highlight play? Whether you're a City or Neighborhood player or just like slamming the ball home in NBA matches against the AI, Lob City Finisher will make you the flashiest player on the court, assuming you roll with a good playmaker who can set you up for the big finishes.
Posterizer Increases the chances of throwing down a dunk on your defender.
  • Bronze: 70 Driving Dunk or 70 Standing Dunk
  • Silver: 80 Driving Dunk or 80 Standing Dunk
  • Gold: 90 Driving Dunk or 90 Standing Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 99 Driving Dunk or 99 Standing Dunk
With defense being buffed in NBA 2K22, Posterizer will allow you to bully defenders, but does come at a high cost if you want to upgrade to Hall of Fame.
Rise Up Increases the likelihood of dunking the ball when standing in the painted area.
  • Bronze: 65 Stranding Dunk
  • Silver: 75 Stranding Dunk
  • Gold: 84 Stranding Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 95 Stranding Dunk
Dunks are basically guaranteed points, so when you're in the paint and about to finish, ideally you're going to want to throw it down. Rise Up will help you to secure those easy baskets for your team.
Slithery Finisher Increases a player's ability to slide through traffic and avoid contact during gathers and finishes at the rim.
  • Bronze: 61 Driving Layup or 61 Driving Dunk
  • Silver: 74 Driving Layup or 73 Driving Dunk
  • Gold: 84 Driving Layup or 82 Driving Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 93 Driving Layup or 91 Driving Dunk
With the defense being much harder to get past in NBA 2K22, Slithery Finisher is a helpful badge that will aid you in getting to the basket and finishing. This is a good one to pair with Fearless Finisher if you're making a lot of drives to the rim.
Unstrippable When attacking the basket and performing a layup or dunk, the chances of being stripped are reduced.
  • Bronze: 40 Driving Layup or 40 Driving Dunk or 40 Standing Dunk
  • Silver: 55 Driving Layup or 55 Driving Dunk or 55 Standing Dunk
  • Gold: 70 Driving Layup or 71 Driving Dunk or 70 Standing Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 90 Driving Layup or 90 Driving Dunk or 90 Standing Dunk
The defense is much stronger in NBA 2K22, and it is now possible to get stripped while rushing to the basket by elite defenders. Unstrippable makes that less likely and will help you to retain possession of the ball as you look to finish.

Best Shooting Badges

Shooting Badge Description Next-Gen Attribute Requirements Notes
Blinders Jump shots taken with a defender closing out in their peripheral vision will suffer a lower penalty.
  • Bronze: 67 Mid-Range Shot or 67 Three-Point Shot
  • Silver: 78 Mid-Range Shot or 78 Three-Point Shot
  • Gold: 88 Mid-Range Shot or 88 Three-Point Shot
  • Hall of Fame: 99 Mid-Range Shot or 99 Three-Point Shot
Unless you're permanently wide open, you're going to find defenders closing you down in most possessions. Blinders will help you to knock down shots even when there's movement in your peripheral vision.
Corner Specialist Deep range shots taken along the baseline of the court receive a boost, where it is off the dribble or off a catch.
  • Bronze: 55 Three-Point Shot
  • Silver: 68 Three-Point Shot
  • Gold: 78 Three-Point Shot
  • Hall of Fame: 87 Three-Point Shot
In real-life, shooting from the corner is one of the most difficult techniques due to it being so difficult to judge the depth of your shots. Corner Specialist, however, will give your shots a boost from this position.
Deadeye Jump shots taken with the defender closing out receive less of a penalty from a shot contest.
  • Bronze: 68 Three-Point Shot
  • Silver: 76 Three-Point Shot
  • Gold: 87 Three-Point Shot
  • Hall of Fame: 98 Three-Point Shot
It's not always possible to engineer offensive scenarios where you're wide open, and, inevitably, that means there are going to be times where you'll need to take shots while being contested. Deadeye will counter that.
Hot Zone Hunter Shots that are taken in player's hot zones are given a boost.
  • Bronze: 57 Mid-Range Shot or 57 Three-Point Shot
  • Silver: 71 Mid-Range Shot or 71 Three-Point Shot
  • Gold: 83 Mid-Range Shot or 83 Three-Point Shot
  • Hall of Fame: 96 Mid-Range Shot or 97 Three-Point Shot
As you begin to develop your playstyle, you're going to end up with hot spots all around the court where you regularly either find yourself open or are comfortable draining the basket. Hot Zone Hunter will make you more effective in these locations.
Limitless Spot-Up Gives a boost to the range that a player can effectively shoot standing three point shots.
  • Bronze: 62 Three-Point Shot
  • Silver: 72 Three-Point Shot
  • Gold: 82 Three-Point Shot
  • Hall of Fame: 93 Three-Point Shot
Allows you to drain three-pointers from upwards of 30ft from the basket, although you'll need to be stationary to trigger it.
Sniper Jump shots taken with slightly early/slightly late timing will receive a boost, while early or late shots will receive a bigger penalty.
  • Bronze: 53 Mid-Range Shot or 52 Three-Point Shot
  • Silver: 64 Mid-Range Shot or 62 Three-Point Shot
  • Gold: 72 Mid-Range Shot or 71 Three-Point Shot
  • Hall of Fame: 80 Mid-Range Shot or 80 Three-Point Shot
If your shooting is decent but you struggle to consistently get greens, ranking up Sniper will make you a deadly shooter.

Best Playmaking Badges

Playmaking Badge Description Next-Gen Attribute Requirements Notes
Bail Out Passing out of a jump shot or layup yields fewer errant passes than normal. Additionally, helps passing out of double teams.
  • Bronze: 65 Pass Accuracy
  • Silver: 75 Pass Accuracy
  • Gold: 86 Pass Accuracy
  • Hall of Fame: 95 Pass Accuracy
If you're getting to the basket but finding yourself either double teamed or covered, then Bail Out can be a good Badge to help you to actively pivot and setup a teammate with a wide open look. This is a great Badge to combine with Dimer.
Bullet Passer Speeds up how quickly a player gets the ball out their hands as well as the velocity of the pass.
  • Bronze: 51 Pass Accuracy
  • Silver: 70 Pass Accuracy
  • Gold: 85 Pass Accuracy
  • Hall of Fame: 97 Pass Accuracy
Bullet Passer will help you to get the ball out of your hands quicker and with more pace, allowing you to nimbly pick apart defenses.
Dimer When in the half-court, passes by Dimers to open shooters yield a shot percentage boost.
  • Bronze: 70 Pass Accuracy
  • Silver: 80 Pass Accuracy
  • Gold: 90 Pass Accuracy
  • Hall of Fame: 99 Pass Accuracy
If you're a playmaker looking to facilitate teammates and significantly boost their shooting ratings, then Dimer will make you a deadly assister.
Quick First Step When driving out of triple threat or after a size-up, ball handlers have access to a quicker, and more effective, launches.
  • Bronze: 50 Speed with Ball
  • Silver: 65 Speed with Ball
  • Gold: 80 Speed with Ball
  • Hall of Fame: 92 Speed with Ball
Quick First Step makes it incredibly difficult for defenders to stay in front of you, so if you consider yourself a dribbler this will help you to fake-out opponents and leave them in the dust.

Best Defense / Rebounding Badges

Defense / Rebounding Badges Description Next-Gen Attribute Requirements Notes
Chase Down Artist Boosts the speed and leaping ability of a player when chasing down an offensive player in anticipation of a block attempt.
  • Bronze: 57 Block
  • Silver: 70 Block
  • Gold: 78 Block
  • Hall of Fame: 88 Block
A good badge to pair with Rebound Chaser, with the new defensive system in NBA 2K22, blocking is extremely satisfying and Chase Down Artist will help you to get into position to swat away those shots.
Clamps Defenders have access to quicker cut off moves and are more successful when bumping or hip riding the ball handler.
  • Bronze: 63 Perimeter Defense
  • Silver: 76 Perimeter Defense
  • Gold: 85 Perimeter Defense
  • Hall of Fame: 94 Perimeter Defense
Defense is already really strong in NBA 2K22 by designed, but with Clamps you're going to severely impede quick and nimble players who try to dribble past you for easy layups and dunks.
Intimidator Offensive players have less success shooting when contested by players with this badge. Also boosts the shot defense ratings when tightly guarding an opponent.
  • Bronze: 50 Block
  • Silver: 65 Block
  • Gold: 81 Block
  • Hall of Fame: 95 Block
If you like playing defense then you'll need Intimidator, as all you really need to do is make sure you're contesting shots and remaining tight to your match-up in order to reap its benefits.
Interceptor The frequency of successfully tipped or intercepted passes greatly increases.
  • Bronze: 40 Steal
  • Silver: 60 Steal
  • Gold: 78 Steal
  • Hall of Fame: 90 Steal
The best offense is defense, as we all know, and sometimes you can crush a team by taking possession away from them. Whether it's intercepting the ball entirely, or simply affecting the trajectory of a pass so that a teammate can make a play, the Interceptor Badge will help put your team in the best position to win.
Rebound Chaser Improves a player's ability to track down rebounds from further distances than normal.
  • Bronze: 71 Offensive Rebound Shot or 71 Defensive Rebound
  • Silver: 81 Offensive Rebound Shot or 81 Defensive Rebound
  • Gold: 91 Offensive Rebound Shot or 91 Defensive Rebound
  • Hall of Fame: 99 Offensive Rebound Shot or 99 Defensive Rebound
If you're playing as a big, either as a Center or Power Forward, then Rebound Chaser is practically essential. It'll allow you to chase down rebounds with ease, allowing your team to gain possession of the ball at both ends of the court.
Rim Protector Improves the player's ability to block shots, reduces the chances of getting dunked on and unlocks special block animations.
  • Bronze: 55 Block
  • Silver: 75 Block
  • Gold: 88 Block
  • Hall of Fame: 97 Block
If you're playing as a big who's responsible for defending the interior and stopping opponents from getting to the basket, then Rim Protector will help you out. Moreover, with the blocking system completely rewritten, you can have a lot of fun slapping away shots and beating away dunks.
Worm When boxed out, rebounders have more success swimming around and getting into successful rebound position.
  • Bronze: 69 Offensive Rebound Shot or 69 Defensive Rebound
  • Silver: 79 Offensive Rebound Shot or 79 Defensive Rebound
  • Gold: 89 Offensive Rebound Shot or 89 Defensive Rebound
  • Hall of Fame: 98 Offensive Rebound Shot or 98 Defensive Rebound
A good Badge to pair with Rebound Chaser, Worm will help you wriggle your way to the ball and retain possession for your team, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the court.

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