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Dunk-Off in NBA 2K9

Dunk-Off175 (35)

Defeat any challenger in a Dunk-Off.

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Achievement Guide for Dunk-Off

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Achievement won on 13 Dec 09
TA Score for this game: 1,958
Posted on 13 December 09 at 22:33, Edited on 24 May 11 at 23:13
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Finally, after a number of attempts and different techniques, I used the guide below to clinch this sought after achievement.

The basic guide and list of dunks below comes from Ch13fsin on, and isn't actually a guide for the NBA 2K9 achievement, but for the glitched dunk off achievement in NBA 2K10 (it still works for the 2009 achievement though). I've added a whole heap of extra info to help out as well.

Ultimately this is a great guide because the dunks are relatively simple to execute - the trick is just in the timing in terms of jumping over the obstacles and barriers.

In the qualifying rounds, do the following dunks. Each of them, when executed correctly, should see you get between 80 and 95 - which should be enough to win each round. If it is not, have all four dunkers player controlled and just have the three who are making up the numbers not attempt their dunks and thus score lowly.

The directions in the descriptions below correspond to the directional arrows you should use when attempting the dunks. Remember, timing is everything, so I'd advise building some confidence by doing these dunks in dunk school to practice.

Round 1 Dunk 1: Leaning Tomahawk (right, right) over the Vegas Sign (this is the hardest to do out of all of these so I do it first. I always restart if I trip over this.)
Round 1 Dunk 2: Show & Go (up, up) over the Ball Rack
Round 1 Dunk 3: Baseline Tomahawk (up, left) over the Bench

Round 2 Dunk 1: Clear for Takeoff (up, down) over the Chair
Round 2 Dunk 2: Holla (up, right) over the Construction Barricade
Round 2 Dunk 3: Put It In Reverse (left, down) over the 5 Drums (as GimmeDLC quite rightly states, this dunk should actually be done over the Sprite Ball Rack - be careful when doing it, theball rack is a little taller and can be tricky if your timing is off)

Round 3 Dunk 1: J-Smoove (left, right) over the 3 Speakers
Round 3 Dunk 2: Rim Slammer (left, up) over the Sprite Barricade
Round 3 Dunk 3: Rock the Rim (down, down) over the 7 tyres (can be done over 5 tyres)

After three rounds you'll win and then should be challenged by someone - usually Kobe Bryant or Tracy McGrady.

They'll put on a show with their dunks, and most of the time they'll make both of them. There have been reports of them missing a dunk - I haven't seen it myself, so prepare yourself to have to make the following two dunks.

Round 4 Dunk 1: The Elev8r (down, up) over the Car (surprisingly easy, just practice your timing and jump)
Round 4 Dunk 2: Rock the Cradle (left, left) over the Construction Horse (a bit harder, but very do-able)

These dunks will both garner you about 90. If you can alley oop them, add 5-8 points each time. 90 points for both dunks should be enough to win - when I have made the final the most the other dunker has gotten is 92 or 93 but then they have followed up with an 85.

When I won the achievement y'day, I even missed two of the dunks in the early preliminary rounds. But I nailed all three in the third round at about 88 points each.

In the dunk off against Kobe, I was level with him on 89 after the first dunk, then outscored him by three points (88 to 85) on the second ... then danced around the house in celebration when the achievement popped up.

A final point, the clock counts down even as you place the props and obstacles ...two good ideas to save time in the preliminary rounds are:

1 - memorise the order in which the props appear on screen so you can flick to the one you want quickly.
2 - Use the dunker before one you are gunning for the achievement with to find the prop you want in the menu - do not place the prop, hit the red button to cancel the placement after you've found it, but when "your dunker" is ready to go, the prop will be the first one to appear when you flick to the prop menu - saving you maybe 5 seconds.

When the final dunk off comes up, you're on you're own. Just memorise the order the props appear and quickly flick to the ones you need.

The car and the construction horse are almost the last choices, so using the left button to scroll through rather than the right will get them to appear more quickly.
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