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 hours running your minion through different stages in order to collect bananas, Gru tokens, and fruit. The further you get into the Jelly Labs, the harder the challenges become. Luckily that doesn't mean you need to spend real world money in order to advance. From gift code combinations to using your Gru tokens wisely, here are our top tips, hints, and cheats for advancing in Minion Rush, no real money required!

1. Trade bananas for upgrades

Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

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 one thing you absolutely should by is the Golden Banana. It will give you double points for each banana you collect, forever. That means you will be able to buy upgrades with your bananas twice as fast, indefinitely.

2. Connect to Facebook

Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

Connecting to Facebook not only allows you the ability to send your entertaining friends taunts and challenges but also gives you extra Gru tokens just for connecting. So if you have a Facebook account, make sure you link it up. You'll also earn a Gru token each day that you connect to Facebook through Minion Rush, and since tokens are hard to come by, 1 a day adds up!

3. Save the Evil Minion for especially tough challenges

Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

Once you've unlocked the PX41 serum, you'll be able to transform into Evil Minion. While in this mode, you'll be able to destroy anything in your path. When you're faced with a challenge that requires you to have an insanely high Despicable bonus, or you need to plow past a tough obstacle so you don't have to cash in Gru tokens to continue, these are the times you'll want to activate the Evil Minion. Just remember you can only use it every few hours so use it with care.

4. Upgrade your power-ups wisely

Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

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 and tokens though so it's important to choose wisely. For example, if you're going into a challenge that requires you to break through a lot of ice using the freeze ray, level up the freeze ray by cashing in bananas. This will make the challenge a lot easier and allow you to advance faster.

There are a few power-ups that are always safe bets and always benefit you, and those are the ones that net you large amounts of bananas. So be sure to level up the Banana Splitter and the Fluffy Unicorn whenever you can. More bananas means more upgrades.

5. Different costumes are better suited for some challenges

Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

You may notice that each level gives you suggestions on what costume you should wear. This isn't for no reason. Different costumes have different powers or benefits and if you're performing a challenge that requires you to have a huge Despicable bonus, it's probably best you use the costume that extends the XXL Minion. This theory applies to lots of other challenge and costume pairs as well. So if you're stuck on a challenge, re-evaluate what you're wearing and see if a costume change will improve your odds.

6. Don't use tokens to continue runs

Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

Minion Rush isn't like other games such as Candy Crush. You have an infinite amount of runs and for the most part, getting a super long run doesn't do anything but boost your top score. You also only need one fruit item to unlock the next level so if you've already got that, don't waste your precious Gru tokens. They are always better spent on costumes, items, and upgrades.

Instead, just start the run over in order to complete it. I can't think of any scenario where you'd need to cash in tokens to continue a run, unless you're really having a hard time. However, with the new Jelly Labs mode of play, most challenges can be completed in shorter runs as long as you choose costumes and upgrades wisely.

7. How to get to 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.

8. Gift Codes

Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

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:

  • Baby Minion - Normal Minion + Fireman Minion + Baby Minion
  • 5x Banana Perks - Baby Minion + Fireman Minion + Maid Minion
  • Loser Taunt - Maid Minion + Normal Minion + Golf Minion
  • 3x Minion Launcher - Beach Minion + Fireman Minion + Mustache Minion
  • 1 Banana Bunch - Golf Minion + Beach Minion + Mustache Minion

The codes above are verified as working as of the end of August 2014. If you find any more that work, feel free to leave them in the comments and we'll check these regularly and update! If they don't work for you anymore, please let us know that too!

9. Collect your silver prize pods

Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

While you only need one fruit to advance to the next level, you can keep running in order to collect 2 more. Essentially, this is just like getting a 3 star bonus. Some items you'll want to collect can be obtained through collecting enough fruits in each stage, like puzzle pieces to unlock costumes. You may be able to advance but you'll need a specific number to collect a silver prize pod, even more for a Despicable multiplier. Both are worth having so trace your steps and be sure you're completing each level to the best of your ability.

10. Log in daily

Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

This goes along with my tip about Facebook but in case you didn't realize, every day that you log in to Minion Rush, you'll get a banana bonus. This isn't dependent on Facebook so even users that don't tie to a Facebook account will get the banana bonus daily. If you do though, you'll also get a Gru token for coming back every day.

Your Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, hints, and cheats?

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!

Note: Originally published, July 2013. Updated August 2014.

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Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats


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

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.

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.

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

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?

@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)

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....

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?

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

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!

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"

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!

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?

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.

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.

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

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....

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!!!

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???

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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?

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?

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.

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

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?

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.

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?

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

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

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.

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 :[

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 :)

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

This has to do with the game being updated regularly, i am working on updating this guide over the weekend, new codes will be added, etc.. there's nothing we can do about them updating - that's going to happen, we'll keep up as best as we can!

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

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?

Hi Allyson, thanks for this info, it's very helpful. Did you update this weekend? Thought maybe I missed it. Also, did you see my question below about FB log in button not appearing on my game? Thought you might have some ideas about possible solutions. I sent Game Loft a ticket, but haven't heard anything back. Thanks again!!!

One more combination that you forgot! This may or may not work although it did for me! The downside to it is that I got one free Banana ;-(
Golf Minion+Beach Minion+Mustache Minion

Help please!!! Can't find a button for FB anywhere. Not under Connectivity tab or on page when I win a fruit, as pictured in screenshots I've seen elsewhere. Any ideas what's going on? I want those free daily tokens by hooking up with FB. Also, any hints on how to get by the weird turning gear thingies in the AVL areas? Those things are so frustrating to me!!! Thanks...

Ok, is anyone out there still playing this game? Could you please provide me with a link for an active forum? I'd love to chat with someone about this game and this site seems kinda dead. I'm so frustrated with this last update, now my lag time is even worse!!! I want to vent and get hints, can anyone help a fellow player out?

All the codes worked for me except the baby minion ... Can u pls tell me why ??? I need that baby minion so much :(