NBA Live 18 Traits, Badges & How to Unlock Them

NBA Live 18 Traits are kind of like badges in that other NBA game. They’re unlocked by performing certain actions in the game, and they offer unique benefites when they’re equipped. Having more at your disposal will allow you to customize your players and make them suit your particular needs. In this guide, we’re going to show you all NBA Live 18 trais, badges & how to unlock them.

NBA Live 18 All Traits Description and Rank Unlocks
NBA Live 18 Traits, Badges & How to Unlock Them

How to unlock NBA Live 18 Traits

NBA Live 18 lets you equip up to six traits – three in The League, and three in The Streets. Unlike the Signature Ability, you can swap the traits at any time. When you choose a player type and playstyle, you’ll get a set of traits. Three of them will be unlocked at the start, and you’ll be able to equip them as soon as you reach level two. In order to unlock further badges, you’ll need to complete a set of requirements in terms of level, your 3pt accuracy, amount 3pt shots and similar.

  1. Guard
    • Point Shooter: 1a
    • Slasher: 1b
    • Backcourt Defender: 1c
    • Playmaker: 1d
  2. Wing
    • Wing Shooter: 2a
    • Wing Scorer: 2b
    • Wing Defender: 2c
  3. Big
    • Stretch Big: 3a
    • Rim Protector: 3b
    • Post Anchor: 3c

*- One out of three unlocked traits at the start.

PlayerNameRank Description
Unlock by Completing the Following
1a*, 1c, 2a, 3aQuick Trigger
  1. Unlock the ability to make quicker passes and receive a slight boost to pass speed
    • XP Level 5, 30 Assists, pass to a teammate for an open shot 30 times
  2. Quicker passes along with a significant boost to pass speed
    • 20, 50, 40
  3. Quicker passes and the maximum boost to pass speed make passes difficult to intercept
    • 40, 100, 90
1a*, 1b, 2a, 2bSteal
  1. Add Steal to your skill set
    • XP Level 35, 50 Steals
  2. Slight improvement to your Steal skill
    • 50, 75
  3. Significant improvement to your Steal skill
    • 60, 100
1a*, 1b*, 1c*, 1d*, 2a, 2b, 2cWindbreaker
  1. -3. On a new possession, receive a slight/a larger/the maximum reduction to stamina loss while sprinting from the backcourt to the frontcourt with the ball
    • XP Level 15/20/30, Win 15/25/40 Games in The League or The Streets
1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 3aBullet Pass
  1. Unlock the ability to make quicker passes and receive a slight boost to pass speed
    • XP Level 5, 30 Assists, Pass to a teammate for an open shot 30 times
  2. Quicker passes along with a significant boost to pass speed
    • 20, 50, 40
  3. Quicker passes and the maximum boost to pass speed make passes difficult to intercept
    • 40, 100, 90
1a, 2a, 3a*Catch and Shoot
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum shooting boost on catch and shoot attempts
    • XP Level 15/35/60, 35/40/65 shots of assists, 35/40/65 shots
1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3cClutch
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum boost to shooting accuracy in the waning moments of a game
    • XP Level 10/20/40, Hit 5/10/15 game winning Buzzer Bearter Shots
1a, 1b, 1c*, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3aCorner Three
  1. 1-3. Slight/Significant/Maximum to shooting accuracy on catch-and-shoot Corner Three attemtps
    • XP Level 10/20/45, Make 30/50/65 three-pointers with good timing, Unlock a mid range shooting rating of 80/82/88
1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3cEarly Release
  1. 1-3. Slight/Significant/Maximum reduce the shot accuracy penalty when you release the ball too early
    • XP Level 5/15/30, Attempt 25/50/75 3-Point Shots with Good Timing
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3cExtra Life
  1. -3. Slight/Larger/Maximum chance that a missed shot will not end a hot streak
    • XP Level 5/40/60, 50/100/250 Layups
1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3cFree Throw Shooting
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum boost to your Free Throw Shooting Skill
    • XP Level 20/40/60, Attempt 50/60/70 Free Throws, Make 35/75/82 Free Throws
1a, 2a, 3aHeat Check
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum chance to instantly enter a hot streak when you hit a pull-up three-pointer in transition
    • XP Level 20/40/60, 15/35/50 Open Three-Point Shots, Unlock an outside Shooting Skill Rating of 78/80/84
1a, 1d*, 2a, 2cInside Shooting
  1. -2. Slight/Larger boost to your inside shooting ability
    • XP Level 35/50, 75/100 Inside Shots
1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3cLate Release
  1. 1-3. Slight/Significant/Maximum reduce the shot accuracy penalty when you release the ball too late
    • XP Level 5/15/30, Attempt 25/50/75 2-Point Shots with Good Timing
1a, 2a, 3a, 3cLate to the Party
  1. -2. Slight/Significant decrease to the impact a player has on your jump when they are late to contest
    • XP Level 8/20, Shot 35/50 Shots with Good Timing, Make 20/35 Contested Shots
1a, 3cLayup
  1. Add Layup to your skill set
    • XP Level 35, Make 75 Layups
  2. Slight improvement to your Layup skill
    • 50, 100
1a, 2aPull-Up Shooter
  1. -2. Slight/Significant reduction to the shot accuracy penalty when shooting a momentum shot
    • XP Level 10/40, Unlock a Shot Off the Dribble Rating of 75/82, Unlock a Mid-Range Shooting Rating of 75/82
1a, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2cScreen Shooter
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum boost to shooting when using a screen to get an open shot
    • XP Level 15/35/60, Make 15/25/35 shots off screens, Make 20/40/60 Shots with Good Timing
1a, 2aSeven Seconds
  1. -3. After crossing into the frontcourt, a three-point shot less than 7 seconds into the shot clock will grant a Slight/Significant/Maximum defensive boost for one possession
    • XP Level 25/45/60, Make 30/50/65 Open Three-Point Shots with Good Timing, Unlock an Outside Shooting Skill Rating of 78/82/90
1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2aSpicy Dish
  1. -3. Throwing a flashy pass that results in a basket has a slight/greater/maximum chance of giving the scorer an immediate hot streak
    • XP Level 15/45/60, Earn 35/45/60 Assists, Unlock a Passing Rating of 80/82/82
1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 3aSplit Decision
  1. Passes out of a jumpshot have a slightly better chance of being accurate
    • XP Level 15, Earn 20 Assists, Unlock a Passing Rating of 70
  2. Passes out of a jumpshot have much better chance of being accurate
    • 30, 40, 80
  3. Passes out of a jumpshot will rarely ever be inaccurate
    • 60, 60, 85
1a, 1b, 1d, 2a, 2bStep Back
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum shooting boost on step-back shot attempts
    • XP Level 15/35/60, Make 15/30/50 Step Back Shots
1a, 1b, 1d, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3cStraker
  1. An extra boost to shooting during hot streaks but even worse shooting during cold streaks
    • XP Level 15, Score 200 Points
  2. The effects of both hot and cold streaks are significantly magnified
    • 40, 350
  3. The effects of both hot and cold streaks are magnified to extremes
    • 60, 500
1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3cSuperstar
  1. -3. Slight/Greater/Maximum boost to all Primary and Secondary skills when playing in The League
    • XP Level 58/59/60, Win 100/150/200 Games in The League
1a, 1b*, 1c, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3aSure Handles
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum reduction to the chance of losing the ball while dribbling, and a slight boost to stamina
    • XP Level 10/45/60, Unlock a Dribble Rating of 78/82/90
1a, 1c, 2a*Way Back
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum boost to shooting accuracy on deep three-point attempts
    • XP Level 15/45/60, Make 30/50/60 open 3-Point Shots with Good Timing, Unlock a 3-Point Rating of 78/82/82
1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a*, 2b, 2c, 3a*, 3b*, 3c*Wind Sprints
  1. -3. On a new possession, receive a slight/larger/maximum reduction to stamina loss while sprinting from the backcourt to the frontcourt without the ball
    • XP Level 10/20/30, Win 10/20/30 Games in The League or The Streets
1b, 2b, 2c, 3b, 3cCatch and Finish
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum finishing boost on catch and finish attempts
    • XP Level 15/35/60, make 35/40/65 Shots off Assists, Make 35/40/65 Dunks or Layups
1b, 1d, 3cContested Shot
  1. Add Contested Shot to your skill set
    • XP Level 35, Make 40 Contested Shots with Good Timing
  2. Slight improvement to your Contested Shot skill
    • 50, 75
  3. Significant improvement to your Contested Shot skill
    • 60, 150
1c, 1d, 2b, 2cCounter Strike
  1. Slightly improved dribble counters will decrease the amount of time defenders have to react in 1-on-1 situations
    • XP Level 10, Drive to the Hoop and Score 25 times
  2. Significantly improved dribble counters will leave defenders with even less time to reach in 1-on-1 situations
    • 20, 40, Unlock a Dribble Skill Rating of 82
  3. The best dribble counters will leave defenders with just a split second to react in 1-on-1 situations
    • 50, 25, 90
1b, 1d, 2bDon’t Reach
  1. -3. A slight/significant/maximum increase to the likelihood of a foul being called when a defender tries to steal the ball from you
    • XP Level 25/40/60, Draw 25/35/50 Fouls in an NBA GAME, Unlock a Dribbling Rating of 80/82/90
1b, 1c, 2b, 3b, 3cDraw Foul
  1. -3. A slight/significant/maximum increase to the likelihood of a foul being when a defender makes contact with you during a shot attempt
    • XP Level 5/30/60, Get Fouled while Shooting 20/50/60 times, Make 10/20/30 baskets while being fouled
1b, 1c, 1d, 2c, 3b, 3cNo Foul
  1. You’re slightly less likely to be called for a foul in contact situations when playing defense
    • XP Level 8, Get 30 Steals and/or Blocked Shots
  2. You’re significantly less likely to be called for a foul in contact situations when playing defense
    • 40, 40
  3. Officials give you the ultimate benefit of the doubt in contact situations when playing defense
    • 60, 60
1b, 1c, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3cOpen Three
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum shooting boost when attempting a wide open three
    • XP Level 15/35/60, Attempt 30/40/55 Open Three-Point Shots, Make 15/25/35 Open Three-Point Shots
1b, 1c, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3b, 3cOpen Two
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum shooting boost when attempting a wide open two-point shot
    • XP Level 15/35/60, Attempt 35/45/60 Open Shots
1b, 3bPost Moves
  1. Add Post Moves to your skill set
    • XP Level 35, Make 25 Baskets immediately after a Post Spin Move, Make 25 Baskets immediately after a Drop Step
  2. Slight improvement to your Post Moves skill
    • 50, 40, 40
1b, 1c, 1d, 2b, 2cScreen Driver
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum boost to finishing when using a screen to drive to the hoop
    • XP Level 15/35/60, Make 35/40/65 Dunks or Layups, Unlock a Dribble rating of 78/82/90
1b, 1d, 2a, 2bStep Off
  1. -3. Defenders will have slightly/even/very minimal less time to reach to your step-back moves
    • XP Level 25/45/60, Make 15/30/45 Step Back Shots, Unlock a Shot Off the Dribble Rating of 78/82/90
1c, 1d, 2a, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3cRebounding
  1. Add Rebounding to your skill set
    • XP Level 35, Grab 75 Rebounds
  2. Significant improvement to your Rebounding skill
    • 60, 150
1c, 1d, 2a, 2c, 3bRelentless Defender
  1. -2. When playing off the ball on defense, get a slight/significant/ reduction to fatigue and a slight boost to speed
    • XP Level 10/40, Unlock an On-Ball Defense Rating of 75/82, Win 20/30 games in The League or The Streets
1a, 1c, 2a, 3aRhythm Shooter
  1. Hitting a catch and shoot jumper has a slight chance of triggering an immediate hot streak
    • XP Level 10, Make 35 Shots of an Assist, Win 15 Games in The League of the Streets
  2. Hitting a catch and shoot jumper has an increased chance of triggering an immediate hot streak
    • 40, 50, 25
  3. Every catch and shoot field goal has a random chance of granting an immediate hot streak
    • 60, 75, 40
1c*, 1d, 3aDunk
  1. Add Dunking yo your skill set
    • XP Level 35, Throwdown 50 Dunks
  2. Slight improvement to your Durnking skill
    • 50, 75
  3. Significant improvement to your Dunking skill
    • 60, 100
1c, 1d, 2cBeat the Press
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum increase to the chance of a blow-by when being defended in your own backcourt
    • XP Level 10/20/40, Unlock a Dribble Skill Rating of 80/85/90, Have a Speed Rating of 80/85/90
1c, 1d, 2a, 2c, 3a, 3bMarathon Runner
  1. -3. When playing off the ball on offense, get a slight/significant/maximum reduction to fatigue and a slight boost to speed
    • XP Level 10/20/60, Complete 25/35/60 Games in The League or The Streets
1c, 2c, 3b, 3cPost Thief
  1. -2. Slight/Significant boost to your steal ability when defending in the post
    • XP Level 10/20, Earn 25/40 Steals ?????????75
1cShot Blocking
  1. Add Shot Blocking to your skill set
    • XP Level 35, Block 40 Shots
  2. Slight improvement to your Shot Blocking skill
    • 50, 75
1d, 2c3pt Shooting
  1. Add Three-Point Shooting to your skill set
    • XP Level 35, Make 50 Shots with Good Timing, Make 20 Three-Point Shots with Good Timing
  2. Slight improvement to your 3pt Shooting skill
    • 50, 75, 50
  3. Significant improvement to your 3pt Shooting skill
    • 60, 100, 75
2a, 3a, 3b, 3cPick and Pop
  1. -3. Slight/Significant/Maximum boost to your shot accuracy in catch and shoot situations that occur immediately after setting a screen
    • XP Level 10/20/50, Set 25/35/50 Successful Screens that lead to a basket, Make 10/20/35 Shots in Pick and Pop situations
2a, 3a, 3cPost Vision
  1. Passing out of the post gives the recipient a slight shooting boost in catch and shoot situations
    • XP Level 10, Earn 35 Assists, Unlock a Post Movs Rating of 75
2b*, 2c, 3b, 3cPassing
  1. Add Passing to your skill set
    • XP Level 35, Earn 75 Assists
  2. Slight improvement to your Passing skill
    • 50, 100
  3. Significant improvement to your Passing skill
    • 60, 125
2b*, 2c, 3b, 3cStatement Dunker
  1. -2. Dunking on a defender grants a slight/significant defensive boost to all teammates
    • XP Level 5/25, Dunk 30/50 times, Unlock a Dunk Rating of 78/82
2b, 2c, 3b, 3cAlley-Oop
  1. -3. Performing an alley-oop provides a slight/significant/maximum boost to every teammate’s On-Ball Defense for one possession
    • XP Level 10/20/40, Throwdown 15/30/50 Alley-Oops, Dunk 30/50/75 Times
2bOn-Ball Defense
  1. Add On-Ball Defense to your skill set
    • XP Level 35, Earn 30 Steals, Get 20 Blocks
  2. Slight improvement to your On-Ball Defense skill
    • 50, 60, 40
2c, 3b, 3cPick and Roll
  1. -2. Slight/Significant boost in catch and finish situations that occur immediately after setting a screen
    • XP Level 10/20, Set 25/35 successful screens that lead to a basket, Make 10/20 shots in Pick and Roll situations
2c, 3aPost Defense
  1. Add Post Defense to your skill set
    • XP Level 35, Grab 40 Rebounds, Block 20 Shots
  2. Slight improvement to your Post Defense skill
    • 50, 65, 30
  3. Significant improvement to your Post Defense skill
    • 60, 100, 50
2c, 3b, 3cShattered Confidence
  1. -3. Blocking a shot has a slight/increased/maximum chance of instantly triggering a cold streak for the player you blocked
    • XP Level 15/40/60, Block 30/40/60 Shots, Win 15/25/40 games in The League or The Streets
3a, 3cPost Finesse
  1. -2. Slight/Significant boost to the effectiveness of step-backs, fades, up and unders, and hook shots from the post up position
    • XP Level 15/40, Make 20/50 Baskets immediately after a successful Post Move, Unlock a Post Moves Skill Rating of 75/82
3a, 3cPost Repertoire
  1. -2. Slight/Significant boost to the effectiveness of drives, drop steps, pro-hops, and spins from the post position
    • XP Level 15/40, Make 25/35 Baskets immediately after a Post Spin Move, Unlock a Post Moves Skill Rating of 75/84
3b*, 3cBrick Wall
  1. Unlock the ability to set bruising screens and get a slight boost to screen effectiveness
    • XP Level 10, Set 25 Picks that result in a Teammate Getting Open, Unlock a Strength Rating of 80
  2. Set better screens with a significant boost to screen effectiveness
    • 20, 50, 82
  3. Wreak havoc on the defense with the maximum boost to screen effectiveness
    • 40, 40, 90
3bMid-Range Shooting
  1. Add Mid-Range Shooting to your skill set
    • XP Level 35, Make 40 Shots from inside the Three-Point line with Good Timing
  2. Slight improvement to your Mid-Range Shooting skill
    • 50, 75
  3. Significant improvement to your Mid-Range Shooting skill
    • 60, 150
3b, 3cNo Touching
  1. -2. A slight/significant reduction in the likelihood of having the ball stolen when you’re in the post
    • XP Level 10/30, Unlock a Post Moves Rating of 72/80
3b, 3cOffensive Rebounding
  1. -3. A slight/significant/maximum boost to your ability to grab rebounds on the offensive end
    • XP Level 35/50/60, Grab 10/25/50 Offensive Rebounds
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