How badges work in Tetris 99

Learn more about the badge system in Tetris 99.

In Tetris 99, players have the opportunity to collect special badges during a match. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t explain what these badges are, how to earn them, or what they’re used for. If you’re starting from the beginning and wondering the bare basics on how to play Tetris 99, be sure to check out our previous guide.

Meanwhile, if you’ve played a few matches and feel comfortable with the game, but are still confused on how badges work, we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve put together a quick guide on how badges work in Tetris 99!

How Badges Work in Tetris 99

Earn badges by sending Garbage Blocks to targeted opponents until they top out.
Earn badges by sending Garbage Blocks to targeted opponents until they top out.
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In Tetris 99, players have the ability to earn badges during a match. To earn badges, you’ll want to send as many Garbage Blocks as you can in order to K.O. your opponent. Note that you can target opponents at random, or use your left analog stick to manually select players to target. To send Garbage Blocks, you’ll want to clear lines with every two lines cleared sending one line of garbage, three lines cleared sending two lines of garbage, and four lines cleared sending four lines.

The more lines you clear at once, the more Garbage Blocks you send at once. When your Garbage Blocks cause a player to top out it’s considered a K.O. and that K.O. is then counted towards one half of a badge. The more badges you earn, the more K.O. wins you’ll need to acquire new badges.

Your first badge is easy is earned after two K.O. wins while the second badge requires four K.O. wins, and so on. What are these badges used for? Well, the number of badges you have in Tetris 99 determines the amount of Garbage Blocks you’re able to send to your targeted enemies. Below, we’ve broken down how each badge increases the amount of Garbage Blocks you’re able to send.

  • First Badge - 25% Garbage
  • Second Badge - 50% Garbage
  • Third Badge - 75% Garbage
  • Fourth Badge - 100% Garbage
You can view your badges and badge progress at the bottom right corner of your Matrix in Tetris 99.
You can view your badges and badge progress at the bottom right corner of your Matrix in Tetris 99.
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As you might be able to infer, K.O. wins and badges play a huge part in snagging a Tetris 99 victory. This is because, at the end of a match when it’s you versus another player, you’ll want to be able to send the maximum amount of Garbage Blocks possible. To do this, you’ll want to learn how to strategically target your opponents in order to rack up K.O. wins and earn badges.

In the beginning, it can be hard to pick and choose opponents, but as the match wears on, there are a few things to keep an eye out for. For example, try to find an opponent that’s already close to the top of the screen. The closer they are to topping out, the harder it’ll be for them to bring their stack back down once Garbage Blocks are sent their way.

You can also target someone who is targeting you for a bit of payback, or target someone who seems to be racking up tons of K.O. wins early on in order to shut them down. After familiarizing yourself with the badge system, be sure to jump into a Tetris 99 match and practice targeting enemies! For more on Tetris 99, be sure to check out the game’s Nintendo Direct announcement, and our beginner’s guide on how to play Tetris 99.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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