NBA 2K23 Lunar New Year Event - start time, takeover cards & more

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Galaxy Opal Yi Jianlian in NBA 2K23

Season 4 of NBA 2K23 is shaping up to be huge and the Lunar New Year event is a big reason why. We know that there will be three two-week events throughout this season and this is a brilliant way to kick things off.

What makes this event so special? Well, it could be the 10 takeover players on offer, one each weekday throughout the event or it could be the Galaxy Opal Yi Jianlian, a popular player in MyTeam every year.


Let us break down everything you need to know about the Lunar New Year event in NBA 2K23 so you don't miss out on anything!

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LATEST - Second Takeover Card Released

The second Takeover card for the Lunar New Year event is a Pink Diamond Larry Nance!

larry nance lunar new year takeover pink diamond card in NBA 2k23

With six agendas to complete (half of which are online play), you could realistically have this card unlocked in under an hour!

Agendas Revealed

Now that Season 4 is live in NBA 2K23, the agendas for the Lunar New Year event are live! There is 24,500 XP on offer if you can complete the following challenges;

  • Smith Points - Score 30 points with Lunar New Year Reward Joe Smith 2 times - 4,000 XP
  • Conley Assists - Get 10 assists with Lunar New Year Reward Mile Conley 2 times - 4,000 XP
  • LNY Points - Get 125 points with Lunar New Year players - 2,500 XP
  • LNY Rebounds - Get 30 rebounds with Lunar New Year players - 2,500 XP
  • LNY Assists - Get 40 assists with Lunar New Year players - 2,500 XP
  • OO LYN Double-Double - Get 1 Double-Double with an Original Owner Lunar New Year player - 2,500XP
  • LNY TT/TTO Wins - Win 3 Triple Threat Online or Offline games using 3 Lunar New Year players - 1,500XP
  • LNY CT/CTO Wins - Win 2 Clutch Time Online or Offline games using 5 Lunar New Year players - 2,000XP
  • LNY Win - Win a game using 13 Lunar New Year players - 3,000XP

Lunar New Year start & end date

The Lunar New Year event in NBA 2K23 will start alongside Season 4 on Friday, 13 January. It will run for two weeks so you'll have plenty of time to complete all the takeover objectives, and event agendas and make the most of the rewards on offer.

promo material for the lunar new year event in NBA 2k23

The official end date and time for Lunar New Year is Friday, 27 January at 8AM PT / 11AM ET / 4PM GMT. At this time we don't expect any of the cards to return unless they are part of the end-of-season Super Pack.

Lunar New Year player cards

We've seen 11 of the player cards arriving in the Lunar New Year event so far and they include;

  • Joe Smith, SF/PF - Timeless
  • Mike Conley, PG/SG - Timeless
  • Jordan Poole, SG/PG - Amethyst
  • O.J. Mayo, SG/SF - Amethyst
  • M.L. Carr, SF/SG - Ruby
  • Slick Watts, PG/SG - Ruby
  • Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C - Ruby
  • Luguentz Dort, SG/SF - Sapphire
  • Darren Collison, PG/SG - Sapphire
  • Scott Pollard, C/PF - Emerald
  • Precious Achuwa, C/PF - Emerald

How it works

According to the blog post for Season 4, the Lunar New Year event will see a new takeover player released every day for 10 days as well as five event cards.

zach lavine in nba 2k23
Zach Lavine heads the Level 40 rewards for Season 4

Upon collecting all of these, you will receive the Galaxy Opal Yi Jianlian. There are also event-specific agendas and challenges that will be live once Lunar New Year begins.