NBA 2K23 Badges: Every New & Removed Badge, Changes, Tier System, Takeovers & more

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Changes to the NBA 2K23 Badges have been revealed and there's a new way these Badges will operate and function on next gen.

From removed Badges such as Limitless Spot up to the addition of Agent 3, there are tons of things you need to know.

Let's break it all down and get you ready for this year's game.

NBA 2K23 Badges Tier System

While going through the Courtside Report we noticed that some significant changes are coming to the NBA 2K23 Badges.

Perhaps the most notable is the new Tier System that has been put in place to help balance the game. 2K stated that this is the most impactful change when it comes to building a MyPLAYER.

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SHOOTING BADGES: Several Shooting Badges have been removed in NBA 2K23

This year, the NBA 2K23 Badges will work on a tiered badge system. There are 16 badges per attribute category: eight in Tier 1, four in Tier 2, and four in Tier 3.

Tier 1 badges are the least powerful for your player, but also cost the least amount of the NBA 2K23 badges points and costs increase for each tier.

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New & Updated NBA 2K23 Badges

Now that you understand how the new tiered system will work in regard to the NBA 2K23 badges, let's take a look at the new and updated ones.

Several badges have been updated with a few new badges added to the game as well. Some of them might seem similar to the badges that were removed.

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BULLY: Finish strong in the paint by adding this new badge

The Bully badge is one of our favorites after checking out the new NBA 2K23 Badges, check out the full list of them below:


  • Slithery - Makes it easier to gather through traffic, avoiding collisions and strips 
  • Masher - Increases ability to finish inside layups over defenders 
  • Aerial Wizard - Ability to successfully complete alley–oops and putbacks 
  • Bully - Like Giannis and LeBron, able to finish strong by bulldozing through traffic 


  • Agent 3 - Ability to hit difficult 3PT shots off the dribble 
  • Middy Magician - Improved ability to knock down mid-range jumpers off the bounce or out of the post like MJ 
  • Amped - Reduces the shooting attribute penalties when fatigued and when moving excessively prior to shooting 
  • Claymore - Increases a spot up shooter’s ability to knock down catch and shoot jumpers the longer they remain stationary prior to shooting 
  • Comeback Kid - Improved ability to shoot perimeter jumpers when trailing in a game 
  • Hand Down Man Down - Makes an outside shooter even deadlier if opponent fails to get a hand in the face 
  • Space Creator - Formerly a Playmaking badge, it now boosts the ability to hit stepback jumpers and hop shots, and also will cause defenders to stumble more often 
  • Limitless Range - An old favorite returns, making shooters more effective with any shot attempt from deep 3PT range 


  • Killer Combos - Improves a dribbler’s effectiveness with size-up dribble moves (basically a combination of last year’s Quick Chain and Tight Handles badges) 
  • Clamp Breaker - Helps ball handlers win more 1-on-1 body bump confrontations (the counter to Clamps) 
  • Vice Grip - Improves ball security immediately after securing a rebound, catch, or picking up the ball. Great badge for bigs! 
  • Mismatch Expert - Formerly a shooting badge, this badge now helps smaller guards break down taller defenders when mismatched 1-on-1 


  • Anchor - A crucial badge for last line of defense bigs, improves ability to block and contest shots in the paint 
  • Boxout Beast - Helps rebounders win boxout battles on both offensive and defensive rebounding situations 
  • Work Horse - The Pat Bev badge that boosts your ability to hustle down 50/50 balls and play hard-nosed defense without getting tired 
  • Glove - Named after legendary defender Gary Payton, helps you strip players as they gather for shots and poke the ball free from ball handlers 
  • Challenger - Improves the effectiveness of perimeter shot contests

You might notice that a few of your favorite NBA 2K23 Badges aren't listed here that's because they might've been removed.

Removed NBA 2K23 Badges

Some of our personal favorite badges were actually removed after the gameplay enhancement Courtside Report.

Stuff such as Lucky #7 and Hot Zone Hunter were both taken out of the game. Players also won't like that Limitless Spot-Up is gone as well.

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NEW HUB: Expect to see a different badge hub in NBA 2K23

It's important to remember that each of the NBA 2K23 Badges listed above will have a challenge requirement that, once met, will allow the badge to be placed into a core badge slot.

Here are all of the badges that were removed this year:

  • Removed Badges
    • Bullet Passer
    • Downhill
    • Glue Hands
    • Stop & Go
    • Defensive Leader
    • Hook Specialist
    • Chef
    • Hot Zone Hunter
    • Lucky #7
    • Set Shooter, Sniper
    • Limitless Spot-Up

As you can see, most of the badges that were removed were in relation to the shooting, so get ready for a brand new meta for the NBA 2K23 badges.

Takeover Redesign in NBA 2K23

Team Takeovers received an additional look this year and for NBA 2K23, Team Takeover works as a cooperative team system with the entire team sharing a single meter.

Each player on the team has an equal portion that they’re responsible for filling up by performing well on the court and being good teammates.

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TEAM TAKEOVERS: Each player on your team will be responsible for filling up a meter

Team Takeovers will then immediately trigger for the entire team once the meter is filled.

Paired with some specific NBA 2K23 Badges, you could fill up the Team Takeover meter very quickly.

NBA 2K23 Release Date

We aren't far from the release date of NBA 2K23, which will land on September 9, 2022. This means that you'll be able to build your MyCAREER player soon.

Choosing the right NBA 2K23 badges will depend on the type of build you put together. Once we learn more about builds we'll put together our top five list of builds.

With that reveal trailer, you can see a few of the new animations in action. You can also place your pre order and earn a ton of rewards.

Building out your NBA 2K23 Badges might take a bit of time, so don't be afraid to mix it up this year.

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