Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 tips

Everything you need to know to be the sickest skater in town

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 is already being talked about as one of the most impressive remakes ever, but whether you played the originals all those years ago, picked the series up later, or are a complete newcomer, it can be a bit overwhelming at first.

The game does provide a handy tutorial, but that’s really just for learning the buttons and moves; to actually git gud at the game, it takes a lot of practise, a lot of scraped knees, and a bit of a push in the right direction. We’re here to provide that push with a handy set of tips and tricks.

Most of these tips can be applied to Tony Hawk’s multiplayer and single player modes, although some are specific to each. These games have hidden depths to them, especially with over 1,000 challenges to complete, and have something for everyone to enjoy. With these Tony Hawk’s tips, you’ll be able to handle anything the game throws at you.

how do you do combos in TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER 1 and 2?

Combos are what Tony Hawk’s is all about. Each single player level has a High Combo target, as well as three High Score targets which are impossible to hit without a few good combos. Most of the multiplayer modes are built around combos too, so you need to know how to land them.

Combos are connected tricks, and there’s a few tips to really stretch out your scores. Your final combo score is made up of your trick point total multiplied by the number of tricks, so having lots of moves is crucial.

Whenever you land, you should Revert (R2 on PS4). This spins your skater around and continues the trick. You’ll want to send this immediately into a Manual, which is Up, Down quickly. From here, double button pushes of any trick button pulls off Manual tricks, getting your trick counter up. Alternatively, you can Manual up to a half pipe and go for another trick, or Manual over to a rail and grind; again, double button pushes will pull off more tricks. Make sure to get a safe landing, as bailing will result in the combo score not counting.

Tricks can go as big as you want them to, as this Twitch streamer who hit a 20,000,000 point combo proved.

what is the special meter for IN TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER 1 and 2?

You might have noticed a Special Meter in the top corner of the screen, which fills and glows as you pull of tricks, and drains to zero if you bail. This is important for two reasons.

Firstly, a full special meter grants access to Special Tricks. These are harder tricks which are worth more points, and while every skater comes with a set of five, you can change these up, and unlock an extra five trick slots by playing with that skater. Harder tricks are worth more points, but typically take longer to pull off, so are riskier. It’s a good idea to have at least one grab, one flip, one Manual, and one grind, and to learn these buttons to add them into your combos.

The second thing with the special meter is that having it full gives a 30% boost to all stat bonuses. Speaking of which…

what are stat points for IN TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER 1 and 2?

Each skater starts with 50 stat points, and a further 50 are hidden throughout the game. These are key to building up your skater’s skill, and unlocking more will make objectives easier. The stat points are hidden in areas specific to your skater’s style, be that Vert, Park, or Street.

You can change where you add new skill points at will, but you can’t reduce a skater’s individual stat below their default level. Created skaters can have their stats mixed and matched all the way down to one.

Each stat is fairly straight forward. Airs stats give you bigger air, Speed stats make you faster, Rail Balance stats make grinding easier, and so on. Playing online automatically grants full stats, but to complete single player, you’ll want to keep an eye out for them.

Which skater should i play as IN TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER 1 and 2?

Essentially, when playing online which skater you choose is purely aesthetic, as they all have maxed stats. However, you can unlock more Special Trick slots (and more outfits and boards) by favouring any chosen pro, so it’s worth having a couple of mains.

Offline, while you’re collecting stats, it might be best to start with a pro similar to how you want to play the game. Tony Hawk and Bob Burnquist are Vert skaters, while Leticia Bufoni and Tyshawn Jones are Street skaters. Hawk gets more air, but Bufoni is faster. Lizzie Armanto is the only pro Park skater in the game (along with deluxe character Ripper, the skeleton), and she combines the best of both these styles.

The vast majority of skaters play Street, so it could be worth avoiding that for a custom skater.

are there any Hidden characters in Tony Hawk’s Pro skater 1 and 2?

Yep, there’s two. The Roswell Alien can be unlocked by collecting the Alien Plushie in every level, and cult favourite Officer Dick can be unlocked by completing the Rags To Riches challenge with a created skater. This time around, he’s played by the one and only Jack Black.

how do you win gold medals IN TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER 1 and 2?

There are six levels in the game where you win not by completing objectives, but by getting high judge’s scores. You’ll need those tips about combos, specials, and stats here. Also, as part of the Officer Dick Rags To Riches challenge, you’ll need to win all six.

In the first tour, they come during Skate Park, Burnside, and Roswell, while in the second tour, they come during Marseille, Skatestreet, and The Bullring. To get gold in the first in each tour, you want around 150,000 points in a minute, 200,000 for the second set, and 250,000 for the third.

Take these numbers as a general guide, and remember that bailing lowers your rating, so will need a higher score to recoup that loss. Variety and Specials seem to be better than a long flatland combo too.