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Spider-Man: Miles Morales guide: 3 Spider-Training tips

Here’s when you should tackle the Spider-Training activities and how to best them

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In Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Peter Parker acts as the Taskmaster stand-in. But instead of Spider-Man challenges designed for you to beat down a bunch of bad guys or defuse a dangerous bomb, Pete’s challenges are a bit more friendly.

There are nine Spider-Training exercises in Miles Morales: three for combat, three for stealth, and three for traversal. Each of these combat challenges have a bonze (Amazing), silver (Spectacular), and gold (Ultimate) medal to award, each coming with an Activity Token — used to unlock suits, gadget upgrades, and mods. They also unlock unique skills to help improve Miles’ capabilities.

You can complete the stealth and combat challenges very early in the game, but you’ll need to progress further into the story to unlock the stealth challenges and abilities.

Here are some tips to help you figure out when to tackle these challenges and how to go for the gold.

Complete each challenge ASAP

Like we mentioned earlier, each Spider-Training challenge awards a unique ability for Miles (which you can see in our Spider-Man: Miles Morales skills guide). Some of these abilities are invaluable to Miles, such as Payback, which lets you perform an instant Takedown on an enemy after you Perfect Dodge their ranged attack.

As soon as the game will let you, swing around the city and unlock these abilities.

Don’t go for gold just yet

Miles can get different ranks in the Spider-Training challenges
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Getting the bronze medal in each of these challenges is easy. But if you’re a completionist, you may find yourself itching to get that silver or even gold before moving on. Resist that urge — at least at the start.

As you play through Miles Morales, you’ll unlock new skills, new gadgets, and increase both your swing speed and damage. These upgrades are absolutely critical to acing your Spider-Training missions. We wasted a lot of time early on going for the gold. And while we succeeded in some cases, coming back to get that Ultimate rating after beating the game was far easier and more satisfying.

Earning a gold on every Challenge won’t net you a Trophy in Miles Morales, but getting the silver in each type of Challenge will. You’ll get Punching Pixels for getting a Spectacular in at least one Combat Challenge, Dodging Light for getting a Spectacular in a Stealth Challenge, and Launch, Swing, and Dive for getting a Spectacular in a Traversal Challenge. Spectacular to Ultimate is a huge step up, so you should be able to get each of these Spectacular Trophies relatively easily once you finish the campaign.

Focus on what the mission wants to teach you

Save going for the Ultimate rank until later in the game
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By virtue of these Challenges actually being Spider-Training missions, they’re designed to teach you things. Your first combat challenge isn’t about kicking all the ass you can kick. It’s about swinging a bunch of items into as many enemies as you can before time runs out. To get the Ultimate or even Spectacular rating, you need to focus on the goal, not on playing “well.”

Keep this in mind during each training session. Does this tutorial want to teach you how to web-zip? Then use the web-zip to move as quickly as you can. This tutorial wants you to avoid taking damage? Then change your play style to be super safe and defensive, only striking when you’re confident you won’t get hit.

Figure out what the game is trying to teach you, and use that to propel you to victory.

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