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NBA 2K21 Trophy Guide and Roadmap

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

Welcome to NBA 2K21 the first NBA 2k game released on the PlayStation 5. You will be playing a variety of modes this year to earn all trophies including the new The W mode, and of Course franchise staples MyTEAM and MyCAREER. Like with all NBA games you can tackle the trophies in any order, but here are all the different steps you will have to complete. Please note all MyTEAM and MyCAREER Trophies require a connection to the servers.



Step 1: (Optional) Single Game Accomplishments in Play Now Mode


There are many trophies you can try to tackle quickly in play now mode, especially if you have two controllers but this step isn't mandatory as you will likely earn most of these while going for I'm A Star. This step will earn you


Step 2: The W Mode.

There are 4 trophies related to the new The W mode. The W is the WNBA MyCAREER mode, while it is more limited then the standard MyCAREER mode you can tackle this trophies quickly thanks to the option to simulate games. This step will earn you


Step 3: MyCAREER Mode

MyCAREER has many trophies this year and will take at minimum 2 playthroughs to get them all. One playthrough will be taking the College route, while the second will be the G-League route. Finally once reaching the NBA you will have to achieve certain single game statistics to earn the remaining trophies. This step will earn you



Step 4: MyTEAM Mode

You will be building your collection of players this year in MyTEAM mode, with the longest goal of completing 198 games of Domination mode. You will also need to win 5 games of the new Limited mode, and collect each card gem color, this will be where you spend the bulk of your time. This step will earn you


Step 5: Cleanup

If you skipped step 1 you may still have a few miscellaneous trophies left, now would be the time to get them by using a second controller, or finding a friend to help you.




Kit And Kaboodle (Platinum)

Earn every trophy in NBA 2K21


Congratulations you have unlocked every other trophy with the help of this guide, and earned a nice platinum trophy.



The Butcher (Bronze)

Score 10 points in a MyCAREER NBA game


See The Candlestick Maker


The Baker (Bronze)

Score 20 points in a MyCAREER NBA game


See The Candlestick Maker


The Candlestick Maker (Silver)

Score 50 points in a MyCAREER NBA game


As the description states this must be done in an NBA MyCAREER game so High School, G league and College games don’t count.


I suggest combining this trophy with the It’s pouring trophy as you will need 30 points for that trophy anyway. You can use any build to do this trophy but I suggest making a sharpshooter/Stretch and start upgrading your 3 Point attributes and any other scoring attributes, as well as badges.


To make this trophy easier set the game to 12 quarters and play on pro difficulty.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz5VxyK417w


Dirty Dishes (Bronze)

Get 3 assists in a MyCAREER NBA game


See Dishwasher


Doing The Dishes (Bronze)

Get 5 assists in a MyCAREER NBA game


See Dishwasher


Dishwasher (Bronze)

Get 10 assists in a MyCAREER NBA game


As the description states this must be done in an MyCAREER NBA game so High School, G league and College games don’t count.


For this trophy you will need to get 10 assists in 1 game. An assist is when you pass it to a teammate and he scores as a result of your pass The best way to achieve this is to play on pro with 12 minute quarters and don't shot the ball only look to pass. Your archetype doesn’t really matter here. To improve your chances try to build a high teammate chemistry, by getting good teammate grades. The benefit of high chemistry is your teammates will give you the ball often when you call for it with X, so you can then set them up for assists. If you are having trouble with this trophy you can upgrade your passing attributes and badges.




Collector (Bronze)

Get 5 rebounds in a MyCAREER NBA game

See Hoarder


Hoarder (Bronze)

Get 10 rebounds in a MyCAREER NBA game


As the description states this must be done in an NBA MyCAREER game so High School, G league and College games don’t count.


For this trophy the preferable archetype would be a Glass Cleaner, at either the Center or Power Forward position. You'll want to play with 12 minute quarters and on pro difficulty. A rebound is when you catch the ball off of a missed shot from either a teammate or an opponent.


When a shot is going up you will want to box out your opponent with L2 by getting good position under the hoop. If you are still having difficulty you can try upgrading the following badges Box, Rebound Chaser, andWorm. 2 other badges that could also help Defensive leader (improved team defense should lead to more misses) Intimidator (improved defense causes more misses.) You could also buy rebounding boosts from the boost stand, to improve your stats.




Belle of the Ball (Silver)

Be a lottery pick in MyCAREER

After completing the 4 High-school games, Archie will ask you to decide between the G-League and College. You will need to select College and play atleast your freshman year. After each game your draft stock will go up or down based on your performance. Completing game goals, having good stats and Winning Games will all improve your draft stock. To be a lottery pick you have to go within the top 14. However, you may want to combine this with the Long Game as that requires the College Path anyway.


Fresh Lettuce (Silver)

Meet B Fresh in MyCAREER

This is an easter egg trophy that you have to go out of your way to achieve. In order to meet B-Fresh you need to be as bad as possible. Start a new MyCAREER save and get through the high school games as fast as possible. Now when Archie asks which path you want to take select the G-League. Once in the G-League you want to be absolutely terrible, the easiest way to that is by fouling out every game. To foul out hold down the Square button or press the middle button. You will have to repeat this for all 20 G-League games as this takes 2 seasons. Once you complete the 20th game you will get a cutscene were you are sent back on the bus and Game Over will pop up and this is where you will meet B-Fresh.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-ENX-Ld9dM


Fly Swatter (Bronze)

Get 5 blocks in a MyCAREER NBA game


As the description states this must be done in an NBA MyCAREER game so High School, G league and College games don’t count.


You'll want to create a rim protector for this trophy. You will want to upgrade your blocks attribute, and also purchase the blocks boost from the boost stand in MyCity if you are still having issues. The badges you should upgrade are Rim Protector followed by POGO And Chasedown Artist. To improve your chances set the quarter length to 12 minutes and keep the difficulty on pro.




Finders (Bronze)

Get 3 steals in a MyCAREER NBA game


See Keepers


Keepers (Bronze)

Get 5 steals in a MyCAREER NBA game


As the description states this must be done in an NBA MyCAREER game so High School, G league and College games don’t count.



You will want to create a lockdown defender for this trophy, and upgrade your steal attribute. On pro you can try spamming square and should be able to pick up a few steals, or you can try to jump in front of passes you think are coming to the person you are guarding with the square button. The main badge you will want to upgrade is pick pocket as it helps more steals, and less fouls called against you. The secondary badge to upgrade is interceptor which will help with trying to intercept passes in the air. You'll want to set the quarter length to 12 minutes.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpZfLQsU5Fs



It’s Raining (Bronze)

Make 5 three-pointers in a MyCAREER NBA game


See It’s Pouring



It’s Pouring (Silver)

Make 10 three-pointers in a MyCAREER NBA game


As the description states this must be done in an NBA MyCAREER game so High School, G league and College games don’t count.


You will want to create a sharpshooter, and upgrade his 3 point shooting attribute and purchase 3 point boosts. You will want to build up your teammate chemistry so they will pass you the ball when you demand it with X. You will want to set the quarter length to 12 minutes to maximize your chances, you may want to combine this with the Candlestick Maker Trophy.



The Long Game (Silver)

Play all four years of college in MyCAREER


After completing the 4 High-school games Archie will ask you to choose College or the G-League. You will want to choose College and after finishing each 10 game season, choose the stay in college option. In total you will have to play 40 games, You can speed this up by fouling yourself out intentionally, but there is no option to actually simulate any games.


I’m a Professional (Bronze)

Choose the G League in MyCAREER


After completing the 4 High-School games and given the choice by Archie, choose to play in the G-League instead of College.


For The Show (Bronze)

Record a double-double in a MyCAREER NBA game

See To Get Ready



To Get Ready (Silver)

Record a triple-double in a MyCAREER NBA game


As the description states this must be done in an NBA MyCAREER game so High School, G league and College games don’t count.


You must have 10 or more in 3 of the 5 Categories below:


Points

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals


It goes without saying you should set quarter length to 12 minutes, and play on pro difficulty. You will likely want to use a Power Forward or Center to make getting 10 rebounds easier. On offense try to get the 10 assists or points 1st then focus on the other category.


See The Dishwasher, The Candlestick Maker, and Hoarder for more tips!


It’s All About the W (Bronze)

Win a WNBA game in The W


The W is the Women’s version of MyCAREER simply win 1 WNBA game in your whole career. Simulating will not count, you can even wait to do this after getting the Bet On Woman trophy as you will be a 99 Overall to make it easier.


Watch Me Work (Bronze)

Win an Online 3v3 match in The W

3v3 Mode is where you play against other The W MyPlayers, similar to MyCITY/MyPARK you will play a game to 21. The servers for this mode are not very active so you may need to find some partners for this. Simply win 1 game to 21 to unlock this trophy.


She Got Game (Silver)

Reach Progression tier 10 in The W


See Bet On Woman



Bet on Woman (Gold)

Reach tier 10 in all five pillars in The W


The Five Pillars in the W are

Progression - Increased with MyPOINTS

Popularity - Increase With Fans

WNBA Popularity - Increased With Fans and WNBA Fans

Wealth - Increased with Earnings

Chemistry- Increased with Teammate grades and Chemistry


The fastest way to do this is by simulating all games in the season and getting to the offseason. Once you reach the offseason you will have multiple events to choose from, which increase 3 of the 5 five pillars per event. Simply focus on 1 pillar until it reaches level 10 which is the maximum, then focus on the other 4.


Note: In order to keep chemistry from decreasing keep resigning with the same team.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0589To73PeE


Form Devastator (Bronze)

Complete any combiner in MyTEAM

You will need to use the exchange in MyTEAM to acquire a new card by exchanging existing cards. The easiest to do is the Sapphire exchange as all you need to exchange is 3 Emerald players.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=evBzfDCVUys


Welcome to the Next Level (Bronze)

Level up during any Season in MyTEAM

MyTEAM has seasons this year, and every season has different levels ranging from 0-40. All you need to do on the Home page of MyTEAM is press season progress to earn your level 0 reward and the trophy.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psSctYLxexM


Bling Bling! (Bronze)

Earn a season ring from any Season in MyTEAM

You can only earn a ring after winning a game in Limited mode. After you win you will select from a board of 3 choices to earn a prize. You can put back your first choice and select again if you don’t receive the ring. The ring isn’t always on the board, so it may take multiple wins to earn the ring. See Weekend Warrior for more details.


I’m a Star (Gold)

Earn all 594 stars in Domination mode in MyTEAM

Domination Mode has expanded from 99 games to 198 games this year. Domination is broken up into 6 Sets: Current Domination - All-Star Difficulty Historic Domination - Superstar Difficulty All-Time Domination - Hall Of Fame Difficulty Heat Check Domination - Hall Of Fame Difficulty Mystery Domination - Hall Of Fame Difficulty Best Of Domination - Hall Of Fame Difficulty You will need to earn 3 stars in every game by winning the game and also earning the MT amount set before the game. Each “action” you complete will earn you MT and the higher the difficulty, the better the multiplier you receive. You shouldn’t have to much difficulty with Current, Historic or Heat Check domination as you will be versing regular NBA rosters so your team will have a major advantage especially when it comes to the bench. All-Time domination can be little tricky as you will be playing teams with a bunch of 90+ Overall players so you want to have Diamond and better players on your roster. Mystery Domination can prove to be difficult as you will be facing teams comprised of 95+ overall players and on Hall Of Fame difficulty. I recommend saving up the MT you earn from previous dominations to assemble of team of Galaxy Opals and Dark Matters. The final tier of Domination is Best Of Domination as the name implies you will be facing the "best of" each theme that was released throughout the year. You will definitely want to have a team of Dark Matters because by the end you will be facing teams with all 99 Overall Players. You can see the playlist below for help with all 33 Best Of Domination games.

Weekend Warrior (Silver)

Win 5 or more games of Limited in MyTEAM

Limited is an online head to head mode in MyTEAM that takes place from Friday-Sunday. Every week the lineup requirements change, which in theory makes you and your opponent being playing with similarly rated rosters. Online play can be difficult, but the good thing about this trophy is if the other player quits or disconnects it does count towards your progress. This doesn’t have to be done in one weekend so if you are having major difficulties one week wait until the next to see if you match up better with different requirements.


Badged Up (Bronze)

Apply a Hall of Fame badge to any player in MyTEAM


Hall Of Fame badges can be pulled from packs, or rewarded from completing the Season Signature challenge. Once you receive one go to your collection and select apply badge, this will show you who is eligible to receive the upgrade. Now apply it to any player and the trophy will pop.


Geologist (Gold)

Collect a player card of every gem color in MyTEAM


For this you need to have all card colors in your collection at the same time, the gem colors are the following


Bronze

Silver

Gold

Heat Check

Emerald

Sapphire

Ruby

Onyx (Free Agent Cards)

Amethyst

Diamond

Pink Diamond

Galaxy Opal

Dark Matter


You will earn most, if not all these cards while playing through domination. The fastest way to receive a Onyx card is by winning the first game of triple threat offline.


Amethyst, Diamond, Pink Diamond, and Galaxy Opal, Dark Matter can be earned for by completing all 99 stars in each domination. Heat Check domination gives a Heat Check player for every 3 Star victory. Current Domination gives a Emerald after each 3 star victory.




Dynamic (Bronze)

Play a game with two players who form a duo in MyTEAM


There are many dynamic duos in MyTEAM, When you receive a player who is in a dynamic duo, a popup will show you the card that completes the duo. Simply get two cards who are a duo and start a triple threat game to get this trophy. A cheap duo to this with would be '20 NBA Series Trae Young and '20 NBA Series John Collins


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JUPvXA4V0A


I Choose You… (Bronze)

Evolve an Evolution player in MyTEAM

Evolving a player allows you to increase a player’s attributes by performing a certain amount of stats in games with the player. The easiest to do this with will be the starter pack player you receive, the goals for them are very simple such as score 6 points. You can check the evolution players status and requirements by going to the MY TEAM tab and selecting Card Evolution. The starter pack Shaquille O’Neal requires scoring six points in one game. Once completing the task return to the card evolution section, and evolve the player by pressing X.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfXBSK2RGsc


Challenge Completed (Bronze)

Complete any Spotlight Challenge set in MyTEAM


Spotlight challenges have been updated and now consist of 1-5 triple threat challenges as opposed to 10 challenges. The 1 game challenges are Spotlight Sim Gauntlet challenges that are very difficult as you will be playing against teams of 3 with all 99 overall players and have tough requirements that you must also complete besides just winning the game. Always make sure to check the requirements for each game before starting. The other option are the All-Star Spotlight challenges that consist of 5 games, but the requirements are a lot less strict for these games. Simply complete one challenge set to unlock this trophy.


Green Light (Bronze)

Make 1 Green Release shot in a game


See It’s Easy Being Green


Green Zone (Bronze)

Make 5 Green Release shots in a single game


See It’s Easy Being Green


It’s Easy Being Green (Bronze)

Make 10 Green Release shots in a single game


This can be done as a team, not as an individual player. A green release means you have perfect timing on your shot and it will automatically go in unless it is blocked. All shots excluding dunks count towards this trophy. The easiest way to do this is using one of the all decade teams and playing with 12 minute quarters on rookie difficulty. You will have a team full of 90+ overall players, so find some guys whose releases are easiest for you to Green. Being wide open makes the meter wider and easier to green. If you have 2 controllers you can play against yourself and leave shooters wide open to maximize your chances of getting a green release. This may also come naturally playing domination mode with a team full of 90+ Overall players aswell.


Winning (Bronze)

Win a game


Will come naturally playing domination as you need to win 198 games.


Make A Point (Bronze)

Win a game by more than 10 points


See Make A Statement


Make A Statement (Silver)

Win a game by more than 20 points


The easiest way to do this is using one of the all decade teams and playing on rookie difficulty against a current NBA team. You will have a team full of 90+ overall players, If you have 2 controllers you can play against yourself and leave shooters wide open to easily win the game. This may also come naturally playing domination mode with a team full of 90+ Overall players as well. If you are still having difficulties you can adjust the sliders in your favor, and edit one team to have all 99 overall players, and the other to have all 25 overall players.


Turning Point (Bronze)

Outscore your opponent by 10 points in a single quarter


You will need to score 10 or more points then the opponent for one quarter. For example if your opponent scores 10 points you will need to score 20 or more. The easiest way to do this is using one of the all decade teams and playing on rookie difficulty against a current NBA team. You will have a team full of 90+ overall players, If you have 2 controllers you can play against yourself and leave shooters wide open to easily score 10 or more points then your opponent. This will likely happen naturally playing domination mode with a team full of 90+ Overall players as well. If you are still having difficulties you can adjust the sliders in your favor, and edit one team to have all 99 overall players, and the other to have all 25 overall players.





The Rest Is Just Academic (Bronze)

Take a 10 point lead into halftime


You will need to be winning by 10 or more points then the opponent after the first 2 quarters. For example if your opponent scores 50 points at half you will need to score 60 or more. The easiest way to do this is using one of the all decade teams and playing on rookie difficulty against a current NBA team. You will have a team full of 90+ overall players, If you have 2 controllers you can play against yourself and leave shooters wide open to easily score 10 or more points then your opponent. This will likely happen naturally playing domination mode with a team full of 90+ Overall players aswell. If you are still having difficulties you can adjust the sliders in your favor, and edit one team to have all 99 overall players, and the other to have all 25 overall players.



Keep Your Distance (Bronze)

Make 10 three-point shots in any one game


This trophy has to be completed by a team, not one player. The easiest way to do this is using one of the all decade teams and playing on rookie difficulty with 12 minute quarters against a current NBA team. You will have a team full of 90+ overall players, If you have 2 controllers you can play against yourself and leave shooters wide open to easily hit 10 or more 3-pointers. This will likely happen naturally playing domination mode with a team full of 90+ Overall players as well. If you are still having difficulties you can adjust the sliders in your favor, and edit one team to have all 99 overall players, and the other to have all 25 overall players.




Net Gain (Bronze)

Turn the ball over 10 fewer times than your opponent


You can try stealing the ball with square every opportunity you get on defense as fouls don't matter for this trophy. You should play on Rookie as that makes it easier to get steals. For example you will need to make the opponent turn the ball over 11 times if you turn it over once.


The easier way to do this would be with 2 controllers/Against A Friend and have them commit 10 turnovers by running out of bounds or committing violations on purpose.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phbKJ57_SZs



Dirty Work (Bronze)

Get more rebounds, blocks, and assists than your opponent


This will likely come naturally during your 198 games of domination. If you want to get it faster use an all time, or all decade team versus a regular team, and playing on rookie difficulty can make this easier as all your players will be 90+ overalls.


If you are really struggling with this you can use 2 controllers and play against yourself or against a friend online.


Spreading The Love (Silver)

Finish a game in which all 5 starters score double-digit points


Score 10 points with each of your 5 starters (PG,SG,SF,PF,C). So what you want to do is score 10 points with one player then focus on the next starter to do it with. Set the quarter length to 12 minutes to maximize your chances. Using an all time, or all decade team versus a regular team and play on rookie difficulty can make this easier as all your players will be 90+ overalls. You may also earn this naturally playing domination.


If you are really struggling with this you can use 2 controllers and play against yourself or against a friend online.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phbKJ57_SZs

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