Contact dunk are special dunk animations in NBA 2K21. Although they’re part of the dunking ecosystem, they don’t affect gameplay. Still, most people really like them. However, it’s not clear what the contact dunk requirements are, or what the best badges for them are. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about NBA 2k21 dunk, contact dunk requirements and best badges.
How to dunk
There are several different types of dunking in NBA 2k21. Each of them requires you to spring up to the basket, by holding down R2/RT. Here’s what you need to do for each of them:
- Two Hand Dunk – Press R2/RT, move and hold the right analogue stick up while driving in close range
- Flashy Dunk – Press R2/RT, move and hold the right stick down while driving in close range, release the stick to finish the dunk
- Dominant or Off-Hand Dunk – Press R2/RT, move and hold the right stick left or right in close range. The direction will determine the hand you dunk with.
What is contact dunk?
Contact dunks aren’t a particular kind of dunk – instead, they’re just special animations you can perform when dunking. They involve an opposing player trying to stop you from dunking, failing and hurting their pride.
Contact dunk requirements
If you want to get the animations consistently, you’ll have to use the Contact Finisher badge, and use contact dunk packages. You’ll also need to buy and equip the animation packs, which have certain requirements themselves:
- Pro Contact Dunks: 70 Ovr, Driving Dunk 84
- Elite Contact Dunks: 70 Ovr, Driving Dunk 85
- Small Contact Dunks: 65 Ovr, Driving Dunk 85, PG, SG, SF
- Bigman Contact Dunks: 65 Ovr, Standing Dunk 75, Driving Dunk 50, PF, C
Best badges for contact dunks
It’s still too early to tell, since nobody has had the time to properly try things out, but you will need the Contact Finisher badge for certain. In last year’s game, Slithery Finisher was also a great fit, as well as Relentless.
Does strength matter for contact dunks?
There’s no evidence to suggest that strength helps perform contact dunks. It helps with blow-bys and holding your ground in the paint, but you’ll be able to perform contact dunks even if you’re short on it.