Optimizing & Defending Against the Bully Badge: A Detailed Guide
Functions differently than the Aerial Wizard Badge, the Bully Badge increases a player's chance of completing a driving layup against a defender in NBA 2K23. In this guide, we'll go through the details of the Bully Badge, including its activation rates at each batch level and how the activation rate changes depending on the attributes of the defender.
- Understanding the Bully Badge
- Bully Badge Activation Rates
- Our Recommendation
- Triggering the Bully Badge
- Bash Stacking Possibilities
Understanding the Bully Badge
The ideal Bully Badge matchup is a defender with 25 strength and 25 interior defense, versus an offensive player with 95 strength and Hall of Fame Bully. However, if the defense strength is lower than 95, the player will not be able to trigger his Bully Badge, as the defensive strength will lower the percentage of it popping up.
Another factor that can hurt a player's chances of successful bullying is when the defender has a high interior defense. Even though the Bully Badge may pop up, the contest level is so high that it lowers the make percentage of the layup, even when fully triggered.
Bully Badge Activation Rates
Here are the results of a defender with 25 interior and strength versus a player with Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Hall of Fame Bully, all at 95 strength but at different batch levels. As you can see, at the Hall of Fame level, the Bully Badge is quite powerful at a trigger rate of 62%, while it does grow linearly from Bronze to Silver, with a little jump at Silver.
If you increase the defender's ability to 50 interiors and 50 strength, the numbers across the board generally go down, but it's still at a pretty good percentage. Silver and Gold are close to the 50% range, with Bronze at around 44%.
The numbers have dropped off significantly against an Elite defender with 95 interior and strength for Bronze, Silver and Gold, while Hall of Fame remains powerful with a trigger rate lower than 50%. Trying a Bully Badge on such a defender might not be worth it.
We recommend Silver level for the Bully Badge, and this is especially true for guards. You'll need many attribute points to get to the 95 strength for the Hall of Fame, and as a guard, you can use those points for important things, such as defense or even pass accuracy. Silver is the batch level that gives you the best bang for your buck unless you’re dead set on getting this on Hall of Fame.
Triggering the Bully Badge
The Bully Badge only works on driving layups, so no Euro, no Hop Steps and the best way to trigger it are obviously to do a driving layup. You can also do a Right Stick Scoop Layup, but make sure you’re pushing the Right Stick towards the defender. So if the defender is on your Right, do the scoop layup by pushing the Right Stick to the Right, no turbo.
My experience has been that Right Stick Scoop Layups towards the defender trigger it the most.
Bash Stacking Possibilities
You can stack the Bully Badge with a few badges such as Clamp Breaker, Quick First Step, or Hyperdrive. But that's a lot of badge point investment, so we don't suggest it. However, these badges work well with Bully as they get you a good angle on the defender to trigger the Bully Badge.
In conclusion, the Bully is an assertive badge for increasing the success rate of driving layups against a defender. The Hall of Fame, the Bully Badge, can have a 62% trigger rate at its highest level. However, the Bully Badge activation rate drops significantly against an Elite defender with a high interior defense. We recommend the Silver level Bully Badge, as it gives the best bang for your buck. Right Stick Scoop Layups towards the defender are the best way to trigger it, and it can also be stacked with other badges such as Clamp Breaker, Quick First Step, or Hyperdrive.
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