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NBA 2K18: How to Get the Ankle Breaker Badge and Upgrade It Easily

How to Get the Ankle Breaker Badge and Upgrade it Easily in NBA 2K18

Busting some dribble moves to break past an enemy’s defenses is easier said than done when you’re starting out with a 60 overall rating character in NBA 2K18’s MyCareer mode. While you can pour thousands of Virtual Currency (VC) into upgrading your ball control attribute, unlocking the Ankle Breaker badge and upgrading it is the best way to improve your crossover moves. Luckily, unlocking the Ankle Breaker badge is pretty easy in NBA 2K18.

Making defenders fall down to the ground with your mad dribble moves isn’t necessary to unlock the Ankle Breaker badge in NBA 2K18. You simply need to successfully perform dribble drives in matches or in the team practice court. Basically, a dribble drive is done by breaking past an enemy’s defenses with any dribble move before making a jump shot, layup, or a dunk.


First, it’s important to learn how to perform dribble moves as flicking the right stick recklessly won’t get you anywhere in NBA 2K18. Flicking the right stick in a certain direction will accordingly make your character perform a certain dribble move, hence, it’s best to practice this via the team practice court in MyCareer. Do take note that having a higher ball control attribute will also make your character more effective and snappier in performing dribble moves, so consider upgrading this attribute if you’re having a particularly rough time.

For those with a low ball control attribute, the fastest way to unlock the badge is by selecting the Ankle Breaker badge in the team practice court. Unlike other badges, such as the Free Throw Ace badge and Mid-Range Deadye, there’s no badge-specific drill for Ankle Breaker. Nonetheless, it’s quite easy to level up the badge.

You have a total of five practice drills for working on Ankle Breaker in NBA 2K18: 1-on1: Full Court, 1-on-1, 2-on-2, Gauntlet Offense: Top, and Pick & Roll: 2-on-2. The Gauntlet Offense: Top drill is my preferred way of leveling Ankle Breaker as you’re simply tasked with playing against one defender with a seven-second shot clock. Do take note that you can only perform training drills thrice after each NBA match in MyCareer.

You’ll need a total of 12,000 points on Ankle Breaker to unlock the bronze version of the badge, with the upper badge tiers requiring more points. Also, only certain player archetypes have access to all levels of the Ankle Breaker badge (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Hall of Fame).

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