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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 guide: How to upgrade your skater’s stats

Becoming a super man

A skater does a lip trick against a sunset or sunrise Image: Vicarious Visions/Activision

Every skater in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, even the custom character you create, has certain base stats that govern how fast you can move, how much air time you get when you jump, and how well you perform tricks. You don’t have to settle for those baseline stats forever, though.

In this Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 guide, we’ll show you how to upgrade your skater’s stats and where to get upgrade points.

How to upgrade your character

If you want to upgrade either one of the game’s actual skaters or your own custom character, select the Skater tab from the main menu.

The skater stars screen in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2
Let’s beef up Toby
Image: Vicarious Visions/Activision via Polygon

With your character selected, switch the sub-menu to the third icon: Stats.

When you first create your own character in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, you’ll have more freedom to assign stat points. You can add stat points to the following traits:

  • Air, which affects how high you jump out of half pipes
  • Hangtime controls how long you stay in the air when you jump
  • Ollie determines how high you jump from the ground
  • Speed refers to the top speed that your skater can move
  • Spin affects how fast you rotate when you jump
  • Switch determines how well you ride switch compared to normal
  • Flip speed controls the speed of flip tricks
  • Rail balance affects how easy it is to main grinds
  • Lip balance affects how easy it is to main stalls
  • Manual balance affects how easy it is to main manuals

As you play through the game as a real skater or your own custom character, you’ll find stat points hidden in each skate park. Grabbing these allows you to assign those points to the character who gathered them.

A menu screen in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2
The Warehouse, for example, has two stat points to find
Image: Vicarious Visions/Activision via Polygon

You can see how many stat points are available to find in each stage at the bottom of the level select screen. Among the park goals, you’ll find a section at the bottom displaying how many stat points are available to collect.

Collect these points as you would any other collectible in each stage by running into them with your skater. Once collected, go back to the Skater screen and the Stats to assign those points to any skill you like.