Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

Despicable Me: Minion Rush is highly addicting and if you're anything like me, you've probably spent several runs trying to collect bananas, Gru tokens, and more in order to advance.

From the mysterious Disco Room to gift code combinations and more, here are some tips and tricks we have found helpful when playing Despicable Me: Minion Rush.

Game play tips and tricks

Stock up on bananas

The most obvious tip I can give you that will cost you nothing is to collect as many bananas as you can. Most character upgrades and level ups can be purchased in game with just the bananas you collect. Sometimes I'll run through levels just to collect bananas and stock up.

If you aren't opposed to spending some money, the Golden Banana purchase will give you double points for each banana you collect forever. You'll rack up your tally super quick and be able to get upgrades twice as fast.

Facebook options

Connecting to Facebook not only allows you the ability to send your entertaining friends taunts and challenges but also gives you extra Gru tokens the first time you connect it, 50 to be exact. If you have a Facebook account, make sure you link it up.

If you don't have Facebook, you'll most likely spend a little more time collecting tokens in order to skip levels that require Facebook. You can either buy tokens or collect them during runs and by completing certain objectives. Once you've got a good stash of tokens, you can simply skip the tasks that require Facebook by paying a certain amount of tokens.

Don't forget to collect your rewards

As you complete tasks, Gru tokens will become available to you for doing so. Make sure you don't forget to claim them. Minion Rush is sneaky about not really explaining this.

In order to claim tokens for the achievements you've completed, tap on the Goals menu from the main screen. Along the top you'll need to toggle from the goals tab to the achievements tab. Scroll through the list and see if any are completed. If they are you'll see a claim button next to it.


As you get further into runs, you'll notice bonus items that you can use to help you along. Powering these up can be done from the main menu. You'll have to cash in your bananas though so choose which ones you want to cash in carefully.

For example, I have a tendency to level up things that bring me lots more bananas or despicable acts such as the unicorn and banana splitter.

Different costumes

The costumes menu allows you to buy different costumes for your minion. This feature isn't just for fun though. Each costume has its own special powers or features. For example, some will increase your banana count automatically by a certain percentage when you complete a run wearing that costume. Other costumes make power ups last longer.

Stock up on whatever costumes you can afford with your tokens as you receive them.

Free tokens

Minion Rush gives you the ability to earn free Gru tokens whenever you'd like by watching short video ads. Each video you watch will give you 1 free token. The videos are anywhere from 15 to 20 seconds each so it isn't impossible to rack up a decent amount of tokens in a short period of time.

If you don't want to spend real money and you have some patience, it's not a bad option. I've also used this when I'm only a few tokens away from buying a power up that I want since it's quicker than finding tokens within runs or working towards an achievement to unlock it.

You can access the free tokens section of Minion Rush through the Costumes menu. You'll see the button along the bottom labeled Free.

The Disco Room

While in Gru's lab, watch for an area where you see bananas off the track and on a pipe off to the right. You can steer towards that for an awesome bonus portion of the game in the Disco Room.

Minion Rush Cheats

Gift Codes

Minion Rush has a section in the settings panel for gift codes. Here are the combinations of minions to use in order to unlock the corresponding prize:

  • 5 score perks - Maid Minion + Hulu Minion + Baby Minion
  • Free referee minion - Baby Minion + Fireman Minion + Hulu Minion
  • Kung fu taunt - Fireman Minion + Golf Minion + Normal Minion
  • Laughing taunt - The Golf Minion + Baby Minion + Mustache Minion
  • 5 banana perks - Hula Minion + Mustache Minion + Firefighter Minion

Your tips?

Been playing Minion Rush? If you've figured out anything cool we haven't mentioned here or have any other tips you think readers would benefit from, make sure to drop them in the comments below!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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MsLoveTech says:

Thank you hope this gets me Lots of Bananas

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bessey26 says:

I like real bananas! :D

MinionRushCheats says:

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Madyo Mursadi says:

hey,can you send this cheat to my email
(in zip file)in my country its not allow to download

kev46 says:

I'm so addicted to this me a break from Temple Run OZ!
Thanks for the tips...

sdeearr says:

How Can I send challenges to my friends?

Lt_Solorna says:

It should show up after a 'run', you should see an icon to the right area on their name bar. Click on that and have fun.

Jocelyn Lua says:

How can I accept a challenge? I can't find it?

Claire Commons says:

I've just found that at the bottom on the first screen next to 'costumes' is an arrow which if you press, shows you your challenge. It also flashes up on the bottom of the screen as you start running.

Ng Zoe says:

tap on a little square with a bomb on it , beside ur friend's name , and there will be 3 rectangles with 1 word each ; score , distance and bananas . choose the area u want to challenge ur friend in and ur score in the previous run in that area will appear . then , there will be 4 taunts for u to choose from to send to ur friend

Girl Punk says:

Everytime I try connecting to Facebook it would say (for the tokens) just a link but it never seems to load. Am I doing something wrong?

Robin Rowan says:

Is there any special tricks when riding the rocket?
Are there any other "rooms" like the disco room?

Ng Zoe says:

errr...... no. not really

Jun Noel says:

Where to watch the videos to get free Gru tokens ?

Lt_Solorna says:

@Jun Noel: Go to the Shop/Costume button and on the right it will show a Gru Token and the word free. Watch and enjoy free token.
@Girl Punk: I am having the same trouble on my iPad Mini. I am also using my iPhone as a main device.
@Robin Rowan: There is an update that has added something.
(Yes, we have no banana's)

bessey26 says:

It added a new environment, purple evil minions, and more. Hope you enjoy the game

bessey26 says:

Thanks for the tip, Lt_Solorna! Want my number?

Shah Hassan says:

I have try too many time to watch short video ads...but i didnt find ads when i touch (free) in shop/costume its show olny app to download and earn 2 3 tokens.....i wanna watch to earn me plz....

bessey26 says:

Hi. This isn't related to the game but I have a request: please text or call me. My number is: (814)-310-9196. It's a textPlus number but you still need the area code. I'm a boy FYI. Please text me! I am so lonely. :)

bessey26 says:

Please stop texting me. Spread the word!

LatinRed says:

I was wondering what the little chalice looking thing that appears to have a timer on it in the bottom right corner when you're playing represents. I have a number 8 in there and my boyfriend has a number 17 but neither of us know what it's for. Can you enlighten us?

bessey26 says:

Good question. Anyone know the answer?

John Bennett3 says:

Weekly competition points for whatever that competition is. You can see the results in the friends section click on the trophy top right

apickles says:

There are weekly tournaments on minion rush and that trophy in this corner is just a way of counting how many times you've done what's needed to be done for that weekly challenge. That hardly makes sense.... For example, this weeks challenge is to use as many speeders as you can throughout the week, The more speeders you use, the higher that number is. Hope this helps clear that up a bit!

Sophia Ferguson says:

To me, it appears that this counts how many of their special "missions" you've completed. Not just weekly challenges, but the little missions like "ride gru's rocket 3 times"

Dwayne Ellis says:

It is for the weekly contest. It keeps the number of times you did whatever the contest is that week. For instance this week is use the speeders as many times as you can. You get bonuses for them too of you do it so many times. To find out what the contest is each week, from the home page tap the social or friends button them at the top right hand corner tap the button that looks like a wreath and it will be there. Let me know if this helped. Thanks!

Ng Zoe says:

it's for the weekly contest

mtmtm says:

Why the powerups cost 1000 tokens? Earlier this day it shows banana for upgrade but now it shows 1000 tokens im asking why? I had everything near max up only one upgrades left to all powerups and it cost about 50000 bananas that wasnt problem but 1000 tokens?

bessey26 says:

Can you say that clearer please?

Nicronous says:

Anyone know how to get into the disco style room in Macho's Lair. I entered it from the center lane but I have no idea how I did it.

vanellope5 says:

El Macho's lair doesn't have a disco room. It's a beach and you don't have to go anywhere. You will just see lots of vacuum power ups and bananas with minions on the beach as scenery in the background.

I do have a question about El Macho's lair and that I show do you ever gt out or get to defeat El Macho???? I've never even seen him and I've gone over 5,000 meters. I've played all week in El Macho without the option to get to Gru's lab or Residential again.

joandirk says:

This is what I've been having problems with!!

Debbie Smith Blycker says:

I've never seen El Macho either, and I've been in his lair FOREVER! :)

Paul Robinson6 says:

When running course in minion don't always follow green arrow re run course an you will find El Macho an you can jump over small bombs he rolls at you hope this helps

Pradeep Pillai1 says:

It's pretty simple... Towards the end of the level you will see a green arrow pointing u towards the next stage.... DON'T take it.... Go the other way... Ull run into him a few mins later....

Dwayne Ellis says:

So can you only use the gift codes once and no more? Our can they be done repeatedly?

Akram Saboni says:

Did you solve your problem about defeating El Maco , ? Coz I used to run over 10000 meters at El maco liar and not found him!!!

Jun Noel says:

What does leaderboard in the game means ? ......and my rank was 21, but i still dont have any clue on why i did not recieve the tokens,is it related to the leaderboard???

EdRaMoS33 says:

Thats ur place on the weekly task. Meaning ure 21st place to those who had accomplished the most of meeting the weekly goal.

EdRaMoS33 says:

I'm a little shocked and sad since i was about to put one of my power ups to max when suddenly after updating the game, the power-up cost tokens instead of the previous bananas only.

Sebastian Barbalace says:

Is Facebook the only way to add friends to this game? If not, is there a list of people playing that I can add?

EdRaMoS33 says:

I believe so. Its up to u on how to add more who has been playing the said game. U can try going to the minions facebook page and add those ones who's there liking the said page.

Jon Silvers says:

How do I accept challenges from my facebook friends???

Ng Zoe says:

just go on a run in the game

Jun Noel says:

Why is the cost of the revive is now 20 Gru tokens when it cost 5 Gru tokens before???

chichlar says:

Jun mine did earlier today but its back to 5 now. It often differes between 5 and 20. If its goes up. I sometimes find watching a few of Grus free cash brings in down

Mimi Hsieh says:

I would love to know how to use Kung fu taunt and laughing taunt??

chichlar says:

Mimi. When you challenge. It gives you a choice of taunts to send. You just click on a taunt and it sends it

Ng Zoe says:

just tap on them after you buy them

Rinda Saski says:

Hey all. One of my goal is to run 750 metres without any despicable actions. It's hard cause when you pass any minion holding a photo, then it adds despicable bonus automatically. Any idea how to get the goal? That'd be nice. Thanks y'all.

MCWL says:

Just log off ur Facebook and you will never see any minion holding picture.try to avoid getting any weapon/item before the completion of the mission.avoid bump into those on road minion as well/evil minion (el macho lair).hope you pass soon.

acidrainx says:

I'm having the same problem. So I logged out of Facebook (from the Minion Rush app) and I turn off my internet. It didn't work, I still have people's scores and the automatic despicable action/ bonus. Any suggestions?

acidrainx says:

I'm having the same problem. So I logged out of Facebook (from the Minion Rush app) and I turn off my internet. It didn't work, I still have people's scores and the automatic despicable action/ bonus. Any suggestions?

Danny Sam Isakov says:

I can't log on Facebook in mioion rush.Any suggestion

Ng Zoe says:

not sure . jump over the minion ?

Akram Saboni says:

Any one can help ?! I didn't find El maco even if I used to run over 10000 meters at El maco lair.

acidrainx says:

I'm having an issue. So I logged out of Facebook (from the Minion Rush app) and I turn off my internet. It didn't work, I still have people's scores and the automatic despicable action/ bonus. Any suggestions?

Naywinchain Ceesar says:

last weekly contest i won 1st place but i didn't get token why? 1st to 10th prize is 1000 token

Lorinda McCormick says:

I had the same problem(I finished the week 3rd) from the menu screen click on the bottom right button "options". Touch the green customer care button and report the problem to tech support. We shouldn't have to do this but two of the three weeks I have placed in the weekly contest I had to ask for my tokens.

Jeffrey V D Waard says:

el maco is there try to turn left 2 times and there he was you can also try to turn right 2 times but i noticed That after the part with the banana vacuüm's he can show up hope this helps

Aimeesanch21 says:

What does it mean when it's says to perform 10 despicable actions against the minions?

Ng Zoe says:

it means to hit 10 minions . Hope this helps .

Karla Britz says:

How do i enter secret areas??

Ng Zoe says:

it is in gru's lab . when u see a vacum on a big tube on the left , go on it

hpfan999 says:

How do you get out of the residential area? I've been running around for over 40,000 meters

Andre Renige Vergari says:

I just have finished this last weekly contest about to find out the trampolines and at the final seconds of the end, I got the #866 (nearly), but untill now I hadn't receive my 100 tokens, that was showed as a reward. How can I get that?

Derick WJazz says:

Found this trick by accident and being impatient. After you watch a video ad for free tokens it will take you back to the game screen and give you an OK button to click. Tap that button as fast as possible and each tap will give you a coin. You can get 2-5 coins per ad now instead of just one.

Robzy3 says:

Something really weird and cool happened when I first downloaded minion rush. I pressed 'play' and the minion jumped off the spring, but landed before the track starts. So he kept falling but the distance just went on and I died at 14 604m just after I decided to leave it falling and go to sleep. I didn't get a very high score, though, because I didn't get any bananas or commit any despicable actions. It happened again a few days later but I died after 1000m. Anyone had the same thing happen or know how to do it again?

Ng Zoe says:

it happened to me once , when i was running but this is just a technical problem . sorry don't think u can do it again

Brandon Lim says:

Hey guys, Minnion Rush just updated till version 1.3.0(Halloween Patch) and I managed to randomly find some Minnion Rush codes by random scrolling through them and pressing OK:
Regular,Fireman,Baby - Free Baby Minnion
Baby, Fireman, Maid - 5 x Banana Multiplier Perks
Maid, Regular, Golf - Loser Taunt
Beach, Fireman, Moustache - 3 x Minnion Launcher

Brandon Lim says:

Welcome, will update if I find out if there's a new code.

Deborah Bratcher says:

I can't find the vedios to watch there are nothing but games to download i don't want any games I rather watch the video for the free tokens. I have clicked on the free token area in the shop and all it shows are games to down for tokens.

Ng Zoe says:

if u wanna beat your high score hit as many minions as possible . :]

Ng Zoe says:

minion rush is my favourite game . Personally , i feel that it's the best game ever !

Ng Zoe says:

When i tapped on the ' Play ' button the button disappeared, but the minion did not run, . i got this problem after updating the game. i could do nothing but watch the minion move . i could not even play the game :[

Ng Zoe says:

there isn't a villian in minion beach , is there ?

Erika Warren says:

None of the codes worked.. Stupid updates :-(

Brandon Lim says:

Regular,Fireman,Baby - Free Baby Minnion
Baby, Fireman, Maid - 5 x Banana Multiplier Perks
Maid, Regular, Golf - Loser Taunt
Beach, Fireman, Moustache - 3 x Minnion Launcher
Try some of these :)

Matt Gang says:

All of those combinations worked. Thank you! Do they only work once though?

Brandon Lim says:

I guess so...
I think there's one more code...will try to figure it out

Denys Ortiz says:

How do I sign into Facebook. I have went to options>connect and I can see where to log in.

Brandon Lim says:

Hey guys, just updated Minnion Rush and I guess there are new codes and so here you guys go:
Baby Minnion, Hulu Minnion, Golf Minnion- 5 x Score Perk
Hunh....Guess this was the last one I forgot to find the last time :D
Just reply on any one of my comments I guess if you guys need me to check up on stuff or there's new updates or changed codes and I will try to help out.

Cristal Castles says:

How is it possible that this person has gone thru 10,000 speeders?

Anita Kvasnak says:

I keep trying to input the gift codes as stated, but it still says " invalid code". Do they change often or get deactivted? Does anyone have up to date codes? Thanks.

MinionsFan says:

Since I don't have the game yet (since I don't have any of those devices), I looked up (on Google): Minion Rush Help Invalid Codes. After I clicked the Facebook link. Maybe that will help. It said you have to contact someone (or something). Earlier in this post someone said something about going into the Options menu and press something. I don't remember what, though.

Grae Decena says:

I am playing Minion Rush on a laptop running Windows 8.1. How do you activate the minion launcher and banana multipliers? I am only using a keyboard. Help!

JenniferVentu13 says:

Are the cheats for the Gift Codes fake? If they are, it explains a lot how I'm getting a pop up sign saying "INVALID CODE…"

teddy486 says:

I just tried all the codes, one at a time. There is no secret to it and you don't even have to have crazy finger skills to do it fairly quickly. There are only seven minions and three slots for a total of 7x7x7 combinations. I tried all 343 combos in just a few minutes. Note: some of the valid combos for me contained duplicate minions (baby, baby, hula gave me tokens!) The codes that worked for someone else will probably not work for you, and you will get robbed or hacked if you go to a site that offers a cheat for minion codes.

jes crowther says:

None of the codes worked for me!

Brooke King1 says:

My ipad mini does not give me the option to connect with friends on Facebook. What do I have to do to fix this? I simply do not have the "friends" tab to connect. It's got the newest update, and is connected with Game Center. I just don't understand.

Misty Fogle says:

How do you get to the moon on the game? I can't figure it out

Michael Warden says:

if you haven't figured it out yet, the moon is a power up. you have to purchase it in the store before it will show up durring the run. it's just like with the mega minon and banana vacuum.

Maria Triplett says:

These codes on this site do not work! I try them all yesterday and none of them work! But there is no apple in the moon area because there is no outfit like it shows on this site. I played this game for 31 days in a row then it says get the apple in the moon area! I am very disappointed in this game!

Aziz Mcdaniels says:

can yall help please i wsnt more bannas and tokens

Michelle Clayton says:

So ive been playing minion rush for weeks and have completed who knows how many missions and gru still hasn't given me the el macho battle how long does it take

Sophia Leone says:

If you run a lot in avl you will see an elevator that brings you to a seceret area that also gives SOO many bananas

Julianna Cantu says:

I think the gift combinations change because when I tried doing them none of them worked. Not a single one.

adrianlee777 says:

Hi All,
been playing Minion Rush for over 6 months now and loving it.

Im stuck on a goal 'party in grus lab 4 times in a single run'.

I know where to find the entrance to the secret area, no problem, but cannot access it more than 3 times in a run. This is despite running thousands of metres.

Does anyone know what 'triggers' the secret area as a route option?

ender577 says:

I got the Laughing Stock. And I can't find it in the minion menu. Where do I find it?

perfecthouswife says:

OK. Since my latest update on my mobile the purple minion evil is only vilble in 83,000 hours' (9 years!!!!!) Any ideas guys?

Megyn McLeod says:

None of those minion cobos works.