Overview:
  • Estimated trophy difficulty: 7/10 (Platinum Difficulty Rating)
  • Offline trophies: 15 (11, 3, 1)
  • Online trophies: 31 (21, 7, 2, 1) All MyCAREER and MyTEAM Trophies Require Being Connected To The Server. Watch Me Work trophy_bronze.png, Weekend Warrior trophy_silver.png  and Watch Me Work trophy_bronze.png Are The Only Three That Require Playing Against Others.
  • Approximate amount of time to platinum: 200 - 250hrs thanks to the I'm a Star trophy_gold.png 
  • Minimum number of playthroughs: 2 or more MyCAREER Modes (1 For College Path, 1 For G-League Path) 1 The W Mode, 1 Huge Run Of MyTEAM. (Estimated Time to Platinum)
  • Number of missable trophies: 2 - Weekend Warrior trophy_silver.png and Bling Bling! trophy_bronze.png Can Only Be Completed From Friday-Sunday - Unobtainable
  • Glitched trophies: None if playing with the latest patch installed - Geologist trophy_gold.png  has been patched
  • Does difficulty affect trophies?: MyTEAM games have a set difficulty, for all other trophies you can play on the lowest difficulty offered for that mode.
  • Cross Save: MyTEAM Progress (and VC) made on the PS4 Version automatically carries over to the PS5 Version And Vice Versa. All MyTEAM Trophies Except Bling Bling! trophy_bronze.png  Should Autopop.
 
Introduction:

Welcome to NBA 2K21 the first NBA 2K game released on the PlayStation 5. You will 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.


Walkthrough:

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

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 trophy_gold.png.

At the end of this step, you will have earned the following:

Green Light trophy_bronze.png 
Green Zone trophy_bronze.png 
It's Easy Being Green trophy_bronze.png 
Winning trophy_bronze.png 
Make A Point trophy_bronze.png
Make A Statement trophy_silver.png 
Turning Point trophy_bronze.png
The Rest Is Just Academic trophy_bronze.png 
Keep Your Distance trophy_bronze.png
Net Gain trophy_bronze.png
Dirty Work trophy_bronze.png
Spreading The Love trophy_silver.png

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.

At the end of this step, you will have earned the following:

It's All About the W trophy_bronze.png 
Watch Me Work trophy_bronze.png
She Got Game trophy_silver.png
Bet on Woman trophy_gold.png

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.

At the end of this step, you will have earned the following:

The Butcher trophy_bronze.png 
The Baker trophy_bronze.png 
The Candlestick Maker trophy_silver.png 
Dirty Dishes trophy_bronze.png 
Doing The Dishes trophy_bronze.png
Dishwasher trophy_bronze.png 
Collector trophy_bronze.png
Hoarder trophy_bronze.png
Belle of the Ball trophy_silver.png 
Fresh Lettuce trophy_silver.png 
Fly Swatter trophy_bronze.png 
Finders trophy_bronze.png 
Keepers trophy_bronze.png
It's Raining trophy_bronze.png
It's Pouring trophy_silver.png
The Long Game trophy_silver.png 
I'm a Professional trophy_bronze.png 
For The Show trophy_bronze.png 
To Get Ready trophy_silver.png


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.

At the end of this step, you will have earned the following:

Make a Trade trophy_bronze.png
Welcome to the Next Level trophy_bronze.png
Bling Bling! trophy_bronze.png - Unobtainable
I'm a Star trophy_gold.png
Weekend Warrior trophy_silver.png - Unobtainable
Badged Up trophy_bronze.png
Geologist trophy_gold.png
Dynamic trophy_bronze.png
I Choose You... trophy_bronze.png
Challenge Completed trophy_bronze.png
Kit And Kaboodle trophy_platinum.png


An extremely great way to build your MyTEAM is through Locker Codes which are free codes that give you players and items that help you improve your team. Here is a playlist that updates frequently with the newest locker codes: LINK

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.

NBA 2K21 Trophy Guide

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46 trophies ( 10  32  1  )

  • Earn every trophy in NBA 2K21

    UNOBTAINABLE DUE TO LIMITED MODE BEING NO LONGER AVAILABLE

    Congratulations you have unlocked every other trophy with the help of this Guide and earned a nice Platinum trophy.
  • Score 10 points in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    See The Candlestick Maker trophy_silver.png
  • Score 20 points in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    See The Candlestick Maker trophy_silver.png
  • Score 50 points in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    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 It's Pouring trophy_silver.png 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.

    The Candlestick Maker Trophy
  • Get 3 assists in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    See Dishwasher trophy_bronze.png
  • Get 5 assists in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    See Dishwasher trophy_bronze.png
  • Get 10 assists in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    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 cross.png 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.
  • Get 5 rebounds in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    See Hoarder trophy_bronze.png
  • Get 10 rebounds in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    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.png by getting good position under the hoop. If you are still having difficulty you can try upgrading the following badges Box, Rebound Chaser and Worm. 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.
  • Be a lottery pick in MyCAREER

    (Online Required)

    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 trophy_silver.pngas that requires the College Path anyway.
  • Get 5 blocks in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    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.
  • Get 3 steals in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    See Keepers trophy_bronze.png
  • Get 5 steals in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    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.png  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 by pressing square.png. The main badge you will want to upgrade is pick pocket as it helps you achieve 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.

    Keepers Trophy
  • Make 5 three-pointers in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    See It's Pouring trophy_silver.png
  • Make 10 three-pointers in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    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 cross.png. You will want to set the quarter length to 12 minutes and play on pro difficulty to maximize your chances. You should only shoot three-pointers as twos will not count for this trophy. You may want to combine this with The Candlestick Maker trophy_silver.png.

    It's Pouring Trophy
  • Play all four years of college in MyCAREER

    (Online Required)

    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 by pressing the tp.png but there is no option to actually simulate any games. Regardless of your stats you will earn this trophy for completing all 40 games.
  • Choose the G League in MyCAREER

    (Online Required)

    After completing the 4 High-School games and given the choice by Archie, choose to play in the G-League instead of College.
  • Record a double-double in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    See To Get Ready trophy_silver.png
  • Record a triple-double in a MyCAREER NBA game

    (Online Required)

    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 trophy_bronze.png, The Candlestick Maker trophy_silver.png  and Hoarder trophy_bronze.png  for more tips!

    To Get Ready Trophy
  • 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.

    It's All About the W Trophy
  • Win an Online 3v3 match in The W

    (Online Required)

    3v3 Mode is where you play against other The W MyPlayers online, 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.

    Watch Me Work Trophy
  • Reach Progression tier 10 in The W

  • 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.
  • Acquire a card on The Exchange

    (Online Required)

    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.

    Make a Trade Trophy
  • Level up during any Season in MyTEAM

    (Online Required)

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

    Welcome To The Next Level
  • Earn a season ring from any Season in MyTEAM

    UNOBTAINABLE

    (Online Required)

    Note: Limited Mode ended on August 22, 2021 so this trophy is no longer obtainable.

    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 trophy_silver.png  for more details about Limited Mode.

    Bling Bling! Trophy
  • Earn all 594 stars in Domination mode in MyTEAM

    (Online Required)

    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.
     
    MyTEAM Best Of Domination Playlist
  • Win 5 or more games of Limited in MyTEAM

    UNOBTAINABLE

    (Online Required)

    Note: Limited Mode ended on August 22, 2021 so this trophy is no longer obtainable.

    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 playing on a more even playing field, 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.
  • Apply a Hall of Fame badge to any player in MyTEAM

    (Online Required)

    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.

    Badged Up Trophy
  • Collect a player card of every gem color in MyTEAM

    (Online Required)

    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, Galaxy Opal, and 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.
  • Play a game with two players who form a duo in MyTEAM

    (Online Required)

    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.

    Dynamic Trophy
  • Evolve an Evolution player in MyTEAM

    (Online Required)

    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 cross.png.

    I Choose You...
  • Complete any Spotlight Challenge set in MyTEAM

    (Online Required)

    Spotlight challenges have been updated and now consist from 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.
     
    MyTEAM Gauntlet Spotlight Sim Playlist
  • Make 1 Green Release shot in a game

  • Make 5 Green Release shots in a single game

  • 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 as well.
  • Win a game

  • Win a game by more than 10 points

  • 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, then edit one team to have all 99 overall players and the other to have all 25 overall players.
  • 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, then the other to have all 25 overall players.
  • 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, then edit one team to have all 99 overall players and the other to have all 25 overall players.
  • 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, then edit one team to have all 99 overall players and the other to have all 25 overall players.
  • Turn the ball over 10 fewer times than your opponent

    You can try stealing the ball with square.png 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. 

    Net Gain Trophy
  • 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.
  • 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.
 

Secret trophies

  • Meet B Fresh in MyCAREER

    (Online Required)

    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.

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