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CheatCC.com is no allowed to use the FAQ
I have also included a few new passwords

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Added the letter walkthrough for Venice Beach

Added the letter locations for the school.
Tidied the look of the FAQ. Is it easier to read?

First version of FAQ


Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is the update to one of the best
console skateboard games of all time.

Sadly the GBC version of the original wasn't very good but
this game makes up for the original and is the best 
skateboard game on the Game Boy Colour so far.

This FAQ provides tips, tricks and a walkthrough for the 
career mode.


      3:Free skate
            -Street courses
            -Vertical courses

      4:Career mode

            -Photo album

1: Basics

- Controls -

     Control pad          Use to move around

     A Button             Press once to jump (ollie).
                          Press again while in the air
                          for a 180 turn.
                          Use with the control pad for
                          jump tricks.

     B Button             The Brake button.
                          Use with the control pad for

- Tricks -

To pull off a grind press any of the following button
combinations before you land on a rail or any other
grindable surface.

     5-0 Grind            Land on any grindable surface
     Crooked grind        Left, B button
     Board slide          Right, B button
     Tail slide           Left, right, B button
     Nose slide           Right, left, B button

Each player also has a special grind
     Special Grind        Down, right, B button

When you are in the air press the following buttons to
pull off jump tricks. Make sure you have got enough air
to pull the trick off though.

     Judo                 Up, A button
     Airwalk              Down, A button
     Method               Left, A button
     Melon                Right, A button
     Crossbone            Down, right, A button
     Heelflip VL          Down, left, A button

As well as having a special grind each player also has
two special jump tricks.
     Special trick 1      Up, right, down, A button
     Special trick 2      Down, right, up, A button

The half pipe and quarter pipes that can be found on any
vert course let you perform lip tricks on the edge. 
You can also do all the other tricks.

     Handplant            Up at lip of halfpipe
     Axle stall           Down at lip of halfpipe

- Scoring -

Pulling off the tricks is great but you'll need to pull
off some big combos if you want to get points. Read page
9 and 10 in the manual for a detailed explanation of the
scoring system. Read on for my simplified version.

*The easiest way to get a big score is with combos, in
fact its the only way. jump - grind - jump - grind combos
on a rail are the most effective ways to get a high
score. You can use the rails to your advantage if you use
the jump - grind method. For example on skate street 

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When you are at the top of the slope wait and fall back
down the rail and carry on jump and grinding along the
flat rail to increase your score.

Another good way of racking up the points is to perform
tricks on the half pipe. Wait until you are going as high
as you can and then perform the tricks. combos as usual
are the way to get a high score. Only perform tricks when
you have enough air don't try and fit the odd trick in
when your near the ground because it will not work.

2: Characters

Tony Hawk

Grind - Overturn grind
Jump 1 - Sack Tap
Jump 2 - 540 McTwist

Ollie   *****
Speed   *****
Accel   *
control **

Tony Hawk is a good choice for beginners, his ollie is
high and so is his speed. His control isn't great but the
high ollies you can perform with him will let you do your
trick before falling. The only major fault with him is
his acceleration which is poor. You will not be able to
start as fast as you want to when you fall off.

Verdict: Good character to start with. 

Bob Burnquist

Grind - One Footed Crooked Grind
Jump 1 - Backflip
Jump 2 - 540 McTwist

Ollie   ****
Speed   ****
Accel   **
Control ***

Bob is like Tony Hawk but his stats are a little more
even. If you can jump and get a fast speed well then he
is a good choice. His acceleration isn't great but if you
are used to using Tony Hawk you will feel right at home
controlling Bob Burnquist.

Verdict: Great all rounder

Steve Caballero

Grind - Hang Ten
Jump 1 - 360 Flip to Melon
Jump 2 - Triple kickflip

Ollie   ***
Speed   ****
Accel   ***
Control ***

The main thing that is great about this guy is his
control. If his ollie was higher he would be great but it
isn't so he isn't great. His acceleration will let him
start fast after falling and his speed will make him move
fast but the jump at the end of it wouldn't be great.

Verdict: Good control but there are better characters to
choose from.

Kareem Campbell

Grind - Nose grind to noseblunt to pivot
Jump 1 - Ghetto Bird
Jump 2 - Front flip

Ollie   **
Speed   **
Accel   *****
Control ****

Kareem Campbell's biggest advantage is his control but
without a high ollie it goes to waste. His acceleration
is great and will help you to get a quick start after you
fall off. You will not be able to keep up that speed
though because his speed is rubbish.

Verdict: I would never choose this guy. He is the
complete opposite to a guy like Tony Hawk.

Rune Glifberg

Grind - One footed bluntside
Jump 1 - 360 christ air
Jump 2 - One footed tail grab

Ollie   *****
Speed   *****
Accel   **
Control *

Rune is basically the same as Tony Hawk. If you like Tony
Hawk but are looking for a slightly higher acceleration
and know you can control the board well pick this guy.

Verdict: Tony Hawk with a higher accel and a lower

Eric Kosten

Grind - Fandangle
Jump 1 - Pizza Guy
Jump 2 - 360 Madonna

Ollie   ****
Speed   ****
Accel   ***
Control **

What can I say about this guy? The stats speak for them
selves. He is a great all rounder and has the points in
the important places (Ollie and Speed) without losing to
much on accel and control. He is good for those of you
that can time your tricks right and want a high speed and

Verdict: Another great all rounder.

Bucky Lasek

Grind - BS Noseblunt
Jump 1 - One footed indy
Jump 2 - FS 540 Bucky Style

Ollie   ****
Speed   *****
Accel   ***
Control *

Bucky Lasek is a good choice if you want speed and a good
acceleration without losing too much on the ollie. You
need to have good control over the board though. He is a
good choice for people who know how to get a good jump
but want an extra bit of speed.

Verdict: If you want a character with a fast speed and
acceleration combined with a good jump pick this guy.

Rodney Mullen

Grind - Dark Lipside
Jump 1 - Nollie Underflip
Jump 2 - Cerio

Ollie   *****
Speed   *
Accel   *****
Control **

His jump is great. That is the obvious thing to notice
when you select Rodney Mullen, but if you look past that
stat you will see that the accel stats would be better as
the speed stats. I would much rather have a 5 star speed
than a 5 star accel. For that reason and that reason only
I wouldn't pick this guy.

Verdict: Great ollie but no speed

Chad Muska

Grind - Hurricane grind
Jump 1 - Big Spin
Jump 2 - Sal Flap

Ollie   **
Speed   **
Accel   ****
Control *****

Chad is great if you are just after control but other
than that he is rubbish. His accel is high and will give
you a burst of speed until his slow speed stat kicks in
and you are left going really slow. His ollie is not
terrible put it is quite poor.

Verdict: Remember Dion Blaster in 1080? well Chad is very
similar to him.

Andrew Reynolds

Grind - Kickflip to Noseblunt
Jump 1 - Triple Kickflip
Jump 2 - Sex Change

Ollie   *
Speed   ***
Accel   ****
Control *****

Picking this guy would be a big mistake. They have tried
to hide the fact that his jump sucks by piling the points
on to other stats, but you really can't look past that
terrible jump.

Verdict: Don't pick this guy.

Geoff Rowley

Grind - Dark Side
Jump 1 - Sex Change
Jump 2 - Casper Flip

Ollie   *
Speed   ***
Accel   *****
Control ****

Picking this guy would be a big mistake too. They have tried
to hide the fact that his jump sucks by piling the points
on to other stats, but you really can't look past that
terrible jump. He is virtually the same as Andrew Reynolds. 

Verdict: Don't look past that ollie score.

Elissa Steamer

Grind - Primo Grind
Jump 1 - Hospital flip
Jump 2 - Backflip

Ollie   ***
Speed   **
Accel   ****
Control ****

If you want a all rounder that has a particularly good
control and a fairly good ollie then pick Elissa. Perfect
for harder courses that require a great deal of control
as well as a high points score.

Verdict: Great combination of ollie and control.

Jamie Thomas

Grind - Benihana Nose Grind
Jump 1 - Hospital Flip
Jump 2 - Backflip

Ollie   **
Speed   ***
Accel   ***
Control *****

Pick Elissa steamer instead. Its as simple as that. His
control is great but his ollie is a little to low for my
liking. The speed and acceleration are fine though, if he
could have a ollie score of 4 and a control core of 3 he
would be great.

Verdict: Good speed, great control but poor ollie.

3:Free Skate

- Street courses -

Street courses let you go anywhere. You can grind down the
stair rail, jump onto a building or obstacle, anything 
really. The courses are very different to the vertical 
courses. The most obvious difference is that you can skate 
up or down but getting a high score is more difficult 
because you have more chance of falling flat on your face.

The street courses in this game are:

NY City
Venice Beach

- Vert courses -

Vert courses are slightly easier than the street courses.
There are plenty of places to pull off tricks and lots of
rails or other obstacles to grind on. You cannot skate up
and down but that makes it easier because there is less
chance of falling off.

The vert courses in this game are:

Skate Street
Skate Heaven

- Cash -

This is the locations of the cash in every level. I have
put a * by every level that lists collecting all cash as
an objective in the career mode.

Skate Street
-On third step at start of level     $10

-On large rail after small quarter pipe     $10

-Bottom of slope after the last cash location     $10

NY City
-On a rail by a tree in the bottom left corner     $10

-Near gaps and jumps at bottom of the course     $10

-On a ramp near the location of the letter A     £10

-At a zebra crossing in the road, near the park     $10

-On zebra crossing across the road that runs along the
top of the course     $10

-On the middle planter in the park     $10

-In the bottom right corner of the park     $10

The Hanger
-At the top of the halfpipe in the far left of the course    

-Top of the airplane with broken wings     $10

-At the top of the quarter pipe in the far right of the
course     $10

School *
-On a rail near the steps in the bottom left corner of
the course     $10

-jump off the building that separates the two sections of
planters     $20

-At the bottom of the course near the part that separates
the concrete and the grass     $10

-On the wall in the grass area     $10

-On a rail at the start of the level     $10

-In the middle of the grass  area     $10

-In the air to the the left of the green building     $20

The Bullring
-On a quarter pipe in the far left of the course     $20

-The left side of the first halfpipe     $10

-On the steps in the far right of the course     $20

Venice Beach
-In the secret area there is a load of $20 notes    

-Above the tree in the bottom left corner of the course    

-By a bench inside the area with a multicoloured wall    

-In the corner of one of the basketball courts     $10

-On the top of the building by the car park     $10

-In the corner of one of the basketball courts (again!)    

-On the car park wall     $10

Skate Heaven *
-Far left hand corner of the course     $20

-Take the higher rail at the start of the level     $20

-In the middle of the mini halfpipe along the top of the
level     $20

-Take the bottom rail at the start of the level and keep
going along the rail     $20

-At the top of the larger halfpipe near the far right of
the course     $20

-In the half pipe that you can see the moon from along
the top of the course      $20

4:Career Mode

The career mode is all about getting money to buy new
tricks and courses. The following walkthrough was done
with me playing as Tony Hawk.

- Board Shop -
The new boards that you can choose are both good and will
help you go a lot faster and higher but I usually use the
standard board for tricks and grind and the best board
for speed and getting S-K-A-T-E. The 3000 board is a good
board but with the 4000 board only being 1000 more I
would wait until you have enough cash to get the best

- Skate Street -

One 5-move combo        $ 300
5000 Points             $ 500
S-K-A-T-E               $ 500
10000 Points            $1000

The first course and probably the easiest course in the
game. 3 of the objectives can be completed in your first
go. Those three are 5000, 10000 points and the 5 move
combo. When you start the level head straight for the
first rail you come to. Jump and grind on it and use the
grind - jump method that I mentioned earlier. When you
reach the top of the rail on the slope stop and fall back
down it and carry along the rail that you started on. If
you don't understand what I mean look at the scoring
section in this FAQ. You can get about 4000 points at the
same time using this technique. 

S: The first letter is located near the start so go to
the top of the first slope and jump down it. Now you have
to fit in another jump before you get to far up the
quarter pipe. With a bit of luck and practice you will
get the S at the top of the quarter pipe.

K: The K is located in the middle of the first half pipe
you come to so grind up the rail and keep going right
until the edge of the half pipe. Jump just before you
fall of the edge and you should be able to get the K. If
you can't you are probably not going close enough to the
edge, just remember that you can probably go further than
you think you can.

A: When you get out of the halfpipe pick up some speed by
jumping along the rail. Now when you get to the small
quarter pipe don't press anything and just hope that you
have enough speed to pick up The A.

T: The T is the easiest letter to get. After the small
quarter pipe there will be another rail that goes along
the ground and up the slope. Carry on up the slope and
along the top of it and jump before you go down the rail
that goes back down the other side of the slope.

E: Carry on going along at the same speed after you get
the T and jump when you are about to fall into the last
halfpipe, you should get the E that is in the middle of
the halfpipe. As I said earlier you can probably go
further along the top edge of the halfpipe than you think
you can.

- NY City -

Grind all taxis         $ 400
5000 points             $ 500
10000 points            $1000
S-K-A-T-E               $1500

Grinding all the taxis is simple just don't forgot the
one that is in the far left corner.

Getting 1000 points is a little harder on this level.
Head down the screen from where you start and you should
come across a series of gaps and ramps that you can grind
across. getting 5000 points is easy but getting 10000 is
harder. Use the grind - jump method to get the points.

S: The S is in the far left-hand corner. From the start
go up on to the pavement at the top of the course and go
along it until you come to the S then just jump to get

K: You will now be at the top of the screen/course so
travel down to the gaps and ramps that you used to get
the points. Go along past them and you will come to a
slope travel up it and then come back down and jump for
the K.

A: You should now be on a road, instead of going down the
slope opposite you go along the rail on the edge of the
wall. Keep going until you come to a gap. You need to
time the next bit just right, so move in a diagonal
direction when you are about 3/4 of the way along the
gap. If you use the tree as a half way mark it is easy.

T: The T is along the bottom of the screen so carry on
going after you get the A and you will come to a slope
with the T just above the rail. Grind up the rail but
stop and fall back down it and on the way down jump to
get the T.

E: the E is in the top right hand corner of the park
area. All you need to get it is a little speed and a
jump. It is the easiest letter to get.

- The Hanger -

5 grinds on a helicopter    $ 300
One 1500 point combo        $ 300
S-K-A-T-E                   $ 500
1000 points                 $1000

5 grinds on a helicopter is simple just do 5 grinds along
any grindable helicopter.

The 1500 point combo and 1000 points are also easy just
jump and grind along The section with the helicopter and
the airplane with broken wings.

S: Remember what you did to get the S on skate street.
Well use the same method here but push left when you get
to the top of the quarter pipe

K: Getting the K requires more patience. If you get it
first time you are lucky but it is more than likely that
you will need a few tries to get it. It is on the bluish
rail above the long halfpipe. You need to time your jump
to perfection. It helps to being going quite fast, when
you get to the edge of the half pipe jump and then jump
again when you are on the blue rail. Hopefully you will
get it.

A: You probably know where the A is because it is where
you got 10000 points (if you followed my tips) It is
above the first helicopter that you come to. Just grind
along the top of it then jump to get the A.

T: the T is on easy to get. It is the other side of the
quarter pipe so after you get the A jump over the quarter
pipe get it on the way down. If you don't get it the
first time use the yellow grindable rail that is near the

E: The e is at the end of the course so jump on to the
last helicopter and grind along it wait until you are at
the end of it and jump for the letter. You can probably
go further along the rail than you think you can so if
you can't get the letter you need to go further.

- School -

Grind all planters     $ 500
1000 points            $1000
Get All Cash           $1200
S-K-A-T-E              $1500

Grinding all the planters is easy. Just jump over the
rail at the start at you should be near the first one
then just grind on them all. Don't forget the ones that
are the other side of the building.

I don't think there is an easy way to get 10000 points in
this course. My only advice is to find a place where you
can put together a good grind - jump combo.

Getting the letters on this course is difficult. You may 
want to come back later and do it with the best board.
S: S is located in the bottom left corner on top of the
lockers. Just fall of the edge on to the lockers.

K: Go back up the slope near the lockers and go right along
the ledge. Now position the board so you are going near the
bottom of the ledge and jump of to get the K. You should 
land near the planters.

A: Go to the part where you can get onto the school roof 
(the section that seperates the two groups of planters)
and go to the top of the roof section but stay near the 
edge of the roof. then jump off to get the A.

T: In the middle of the course there are two buildings 
with green roofs. I believe that the T is in the middle 
of the buildings. I cannot get this letter. You need to 
jump on the roof somehow.

E: Go to the top right corner of the course and you will 
come to a ramp that takes you onto a building. The E is
in the middle of the two buildings. Now head jump in a 
diagonal direction to get off the buildings and hopefully
grab the E. Your timing needs to be perfect so practice a
couple of times to get it right.

You should have around $8000 now so it is time to spend
some of the cash.
Buy your characters best board because you will need it
from now on. You also need to buy the next course which
is the Bullring.

- The Bullring ($3000) -

One 3000 point combo     $ 500
Shoot the loop 5 times   $ 500
S-K-A-T-E                $ 500
15000 points             $1500

Switch to your best board and go and shoot the loop. That
is the first thing you should do because it is the
easiest thing to do. Make sure you have enough speed when
you go into the loop otherwise you will fall off.

Change to the standard board to get the combo and 15000
points. Go to the rails by the loop and use the jump -
grind method to get the points. You should also fall back
down the slope to get a high score. You just need to do
what you did on Skate street really.

switch to the best board for the letters.
S: Skate to the top of the slope then turn around and
jump on the rail. When you get to the edge, just before
you slide down the slope jump and you should get the S.

K: The K is in the first half pipe just wait until you
are going high enough and you should get it. The K is up
the right side of the halfpipe.

A: The A is easy to get. It is by the loop, just jump
onto the rail and jump again quickly to get the letter.

T: The T is on the second halfpipe you come to so just
use the same technique that you used before.

E: The E is at the top of the quarter pipe at the very
end of the level. Your fast board should give you enough
speed to get it without having to jump to increase your

You might be able to buy the next course now but if you
can't go back to The Bullring and get some cash. Look at
the cash location section earlier in this FAQ (in the
free skate section).

- Venice Beach ($4000) -

Find secret Area        $ 500
100 tricks              $1500
15000 points            $1500
S-K-A-T-E               $2000

use the best board to find the secret area. Go left from
the start and you should notice a ramp at the top of this
course. Go up the ramp and jump along the buildings until
you get to the end. Wait until you are at the edge and
then jump off the building. The secret area is filled
with $20 notes.

On to the tricks and the points. switch to the standard
board for this one. go left from the start and you should
notice a bench that is perfect for grinding on. There are
also other grindable objects past the bench so if you
carry on going you can put together a big jump - grind

Use the best board.
S: The S is located in the secret area. It is hidden in
the bottom left hand corner.

K: The K is just above the entrance to the secret area
jump. You should be able to get it if you jump high

A: Go to the area with a multicoloured wall around it. 
The A is in the top right corner of this area. Grind the
bench to the left of the letter and when you get near
the end of the bench jump off and press down twice 
quickly. You should get the A.
Thanks to Edge037 for pointing this out.
T: Once you get out of the secret area you need to carry
on along the top of the screen by the buildings.
Eventually you will see the T but it is to high to get.
So jump onto the blue roofed building and go along the
top edge and you should be able to get a high enough

E: To get the E you need to go up the ramp that takes you
to the secret are but this time go right along the
buildings. Jump off at the end of the buildings and you
should be able to get the E.

- Skate Heaven ($5000) -

Get All Cash       $ 500 
One 12 move combo  $1000
S-K-A-T-E          $2000
20000 points       $2000

See the cash locations section earlier in the FAQ. Use
your best board to get the cash in this level because you
need its speed and jump.

Switch back to your standard board for the point scoring
objectives. There is no definite way to get the points
but the best method that works for me is to grind - jump
along the bottom rail and the sloping rail. By the bottom
rail I mean take the bottom rail at the sort of fork in
the road at the beginning. With a bit of practice you
will soon have 20000 points. The 12 move combo sounds
stupid but it is quite easy. Just do enough jumps and
grinds along the rail and the number below where your
move is shown on the in game screen should read ? * 12.
But ? will be replaced with any other number. When you
jump from the platform to the rail go right to the edge
otherwise you will fall.

Switch back to your best board to get the letters on this
S: Go left at the start and when you jump the small gap
you come to you will see the S. go to the top of the
slope and go forward until you fall on to the rail. When
you fall onto the rail press jump quickly and you should
get the letter.

K: Take the bottom rail when you come to the forks and
carry on until you are going up the slope on the other
side of the ungrindable platform. Go to the top of the
rail and start coming back down it then just before you
come down it jump and get the K.

A: To get A you need to go to the place where you get T.
So take a quick look below. Right now fall down the gap
in the platforms where the rail goes over it. You should
fall onto a rail and then go left along the rail. The A
is along the rail.

T: Take the top rail at the start of the course and keep
on going along the top and eventually you will come to a
quarter pipe with the T at the top of it. You should have
enough speed to nip up and grab it.

E: Make your way back up to the quarter pipe where you
got the letter T or if you are already there don't do a
thing. Now go down the gap again but this time go right
along the rail. Keep going until you come to a quarter
pipe at the very far right of the course. The E is
located here.

5: Extras

- Photo album -

You will get the following pictures depending on how far 
you progress in the career mode.

1: Frontside air

2: Airwalk

3: BS Method

4: Indy del mar

5: FS method

6: Varial

7: Crossbone

8: Nose Grab

- Passwords -

There are hundreds of possible password combinations so
please email me with your passwords and I will add some
to get this section off the ground.

I found this code on the message board it was posted by
the reaper. It has all the courses opened and Tony hawk
is the character.

$50000 with Tony Hawk, no objectives complete.

All boards and levels open. A few objectives complete 
with Tony Hawk.

Glitched money, all parks and the falcon board.

Football and Shadow boards unlocked with Bob Burnquist, 
$2750 and a few objectives complete.


I hope this guide helped you out with the game.
I noticed that it was high on the request list so I am 
sure a lot of people will have read it.

Tony Hawk's 2 is a great game and I hope that it will be
on Game Boy Advance. If it is expect an FAQ from me :)

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Thanks to AstroBlue for the Bag of Programs 2.0 message
he posted on the FAQ contributors message board awhile
back. It was a big help.

Thanks again to Edge037 for telling me how to get the A 
in Venice Beach

Thanks to CheatCC.com for some of the passwords.

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