How to beat the underground tournament

The underground tournament is the real tournament in Dodgeball Academy. Yes, the rest of the school may be raving about the major championship as part of the main story, but anyone who can beat the Underground Tournament will be up to that challenge without breaking a sweat.

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That speaks to the extremely difficult nature of the Underground Tournament. To be crowned champion, it takes talent and unharmed luck. But those who prepare properly increase their odds of winning and becoming a scholar of Dodgeball Academy.



Dodgeball Academia sets damage taken to 0% and damage dealt to 400%
  • Menu > Options > Accessibility Settings > Difficulty Settings
  • Set damage received to 0%

There is no way to have this conversation without giving a clear answer. Change the difficulty setting so the damage taken is 0% making it impossible to lose. Players are divided on whether this is a sport or not (many people do it too to beat Boris for the first time).

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Players should seek their conscience about this. This guide will focus on beating the match normally, but this is always an option for those who just can’t seem to get the winner’s spot. Remember it is always possible to return to normal after beating the Underground Tournament a few times and get the desired cash and items.

Ideal equipment

Description of the Dodgeball Academia First Aid Kit in the Equipment Menu
  • First aid kit
  • Beautiful pendant

Not all devices in the game are created equal. Some items will really affect a player’s chances of being at the top. Players using lifesteal items will be disappointed to find that their opponents are pretty good at disabling the healing effect.

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Thankfully, the First Aid Kit will heal the player for 75% of their maximum health between each round. Since there is no chance to eat between fights, this item is almost a must-have. There is some space on the second item, but starting the match with a 55% full Balltim meter is a convenient advantage.

Best teammates to use

Dodgeball Academia Otto uses his shadow move

To beat this match, it will use a main damage dealer to pump out the numbers needed to win. All teammates have some value, but the support characters aren’t cut out to survive the onslaught or strike with the ferocity and speed required. Since only one member participated in the battle, there were also no supporting teammates.

Otto and Shoy both do great damage and have the mobility to survive. Plus, Balltim moves hit groups of enemies, which is useful for thinning out ranks. Their counter attacks also catch the ball instead of returning it, which is why Mira and Suneko can be disqualified.

Buy from Big Tony

Dodgeball Academia Big Tony watching the results of the underground tournament

Big Tony oversees the battles, but that’s not the best part about him. After enough money to farm, the player can buy from him and receive consumables that permanently increase the character’s stats: experience, health, strength, agility, and technique.

Even if a player doesn’t win the Underground Tournament the first few times, they can still purchase at least one or two items that permanently increase these attributes. Slowly, after fighting, losing and getting stronger with Big Tony, losing will turn to winning.

Don’t dodge

Dodgeball Academia catches a frozen ball in the underground tournament

The game is difficult enough when the balls come to the player from one side. When they open fire from all sides, the match can turn into a disaster. This will not happen unless the players dodge a shot instead of counter-attacking and catching the ball.

You’re better off messing around and grabbing a ball to chop than letting a ball pass. This has an effect on the likelihood of a match being finished by an opponent in the knockouts that stuns players at the worst times, forcing them to take a series of shots. All it takes is one such hit to end the game.

Hit groups with Balltim

Dodgeball Academy hits three enemies at once with one ball

Sometimes it’s tempting to take out one-on-one opponents. Indeed, it seems that the way the game is structured like opponent type often results in a stoppage of play, the disqualified opponent being moved to the knockouts, and then the game continues.

However, this mechanic has a bit of a glitch (in favor of the player) when it comes to taking down two or more opponents at once. One opponent will be moved into the knockouts, but the rest sit out the rest of the match as non-participants.

Catch them all, throw them all

Dodgeball Academy prepares to catch the fifth ball in the final round of the underground tournament

When fighting with larger numbers, the worst thing to do is calculate the line and go for the ball. In the final stage, this will result in the player next to the opponent having only one ball while their four players have one ball. It’s a great way to lose the game.

Instead, run to the back yard and start focusing. Catch the balls as they are thrown and, after each ball is thrown, then launch all the balls back to them and start charging again. Safety is key in the Underground Tournament where healing is scarce.

Dodgeball Academy was released on August 5, 2021 and is available for Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.

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