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Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams is a sequel to Tak and the Power of Juju, released on October 11, 2004. Once again developed by Avalanche Software and published by THQ, it was released on the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and Xbox, making the series' first entry on the latter.

After saving the Pupanunu people from the machinations of the evil shaman Tlaloc (Rob Paulsen), and gained the title of the 'Mighty Warrior', Tak (Jason Marsden) has found himself taking a sixteen-day slumber, where a "Dream Juju" guides him on a quest to seek out a powerful artifact known as the Staff of Dreams and rescue an ambiguous princess from a monster known as the Guardian. After Jibolba (John Kassir) and Lok (Patrick Warburton) manage to wake Tak up, the former suggest that he and Tak seek the help of his brother JB (Jeff Bennett) to figure out the source of these elongated dreams. Little do our heroes know, however, that a nightmare (no pun intended) from their past is cropping up to plot their revenge...

Succeeded by Tak: The Great Juju Challenge.

Tropes include:

  • Accidentally Broke the MacGuffin: Pins and Needles accidentally broke the Staff once they and Tak returned to the real world.
  • All Just a Dream: The entire game. Or Was It a Dream?
  • Another Dimension: Between the real world and the Dream Realm.
  • Bag of Spilling: Averted and Parodied. Tak only doesn't have all his equipment from the first game because Lok swiped all of it, and can indeed be seen using it during the game. This leads to Tak using the new power-set the Staff of Dreams grants him.
  • Battle Bolas: Tak is given some magical Bolas after the Mind Reading Juju ties the three magical stones that he had Tak collect. He can use them to grapple onto enemies and totems, bind his enemies and remove their shields. And then there's the stuff he can do when infusing his Juju powers into them.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Tak uses Tlaloc's own tricks to defeat him.
  • Big Bad: The Horrible Beast. Actually, Tlaloc.
  • Competitive Multiplayer: The first game in the franchise to have competitive multiplayer.
  • Covers Always Lie: The box art shows Tak holding the Staff of Dreams. Tak never actually uses the Staff throughout the game due to it breaking in two when he struggles with Pins and Needles for it. Tak actually uses the Dream Shaker and spends the majority of the game trying to retrieve the Staff of Nightmares. By the time he's restored the staff he doesn't even use it since he's returned it to the Dream Guardian.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Lok may be a self absorbed idiot, but he actually can back up his talk when he decides to fight, proving to be both stronger and a better warrior than Tak. He was thought to be the chosen one after all.
  • Darker and Edgier: Due to the nightmares and complexity of the plot.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Moon Juju only appears briefly in the middle compared to the first game.
  • Dream Land: Portions of the game take place in the Dream Realm.
  • Dream Sequence: The Dream Realm portions, also potentially the entire game.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: JB is Jibolba's Brother. As in that's actually his name.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The Dream Juju has a sheepish voice very similar to Tlaloc.
    • JB hasn't heard of a Dream Juju.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: Tak and Jibolba's barreling down the river ends with them falling off a waterfall.
  • Life Meter: Exhibited by changing colors in the feather on Tak's head.
  • Little "No": The Caged Juju repeats it frequently since Tak isn't good at guessing what's in the box.
  • MacGuffin/MacGuffin Title: The Staff of Dreams.
  • Mystery Box: The Caged Juju wanted Tak to play a guessing game so Tak will get a key to a lift.
  • New Work, Recycled Graphics: The game notably has the same graphics as Tak 1.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Lok mentioned the zombie ninjas of the Black Mist to Dead Juju.
  • Permanently Missable Content: Since the game doesn't have replay value, the potion cards can be missed forever.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Hey! Can! You! Guys! Quit! That!?"
  • Production Foreshadowing: The Black Mist Tribe from Tak: The Great Juju Challenge were first mentioned twice in the game.
  • Promoted to Playable: In the multiplayer mode, several characters from the game become this.
    • Jibolba
    • Flora
    • Dead Juju
    • Lok
    • Fauna
    • Tlaloc
    • JB
      • During the final boss fight against Tlaloc, Tak can temporarily take control of Lok, Jibolba and Dead Juju to prevent Tlaloc’s nightmare minions from harming them.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": The Caged Juju yelled "No-no" after Tak claimed he was guessing that Lok was in the box.
  • Save the Princess: The game appears to be a basic Save the Princess plot, with the dream world thrown in for flavor. Turns out there is no princess, just Pins and Needles on top of each other, and the "Horrible Beast" Tak takes out is the Dream Guardian. Oops.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Time Skip: Takes place sixteen days after the first game.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailers always show the true villain.
    • Clips in the trailers are basically higher resolution versions of the in-game cutscenes.
  • Trick Boss: The game has you fight Tlaloc in his sheep form and a herd of black sheep, before both Tak and him turn into Dream Guardians for the real battle.
  • Two Halves Make a Plot: As the Staff of Dreams broke into two, Tak has to find the other half.
  • Wham Line: "Tak, remember when I told you you might learn something about yourself? Well, what you just learned is you're an idiot!"
  • Wham Shot: The princess is actually Pins and Needles.
  • You and What Army?: Tak says this to Tlaloc near the end of the game, in which the latter brings in a herd of black sheep that don't hurt Tak in any way. Tak promptly defeats the herd by throwing them off the stage.


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"Watch out, Tak! Ahead of us!"

Tak and Jibolba river trip ends with an inevitable waterfall.

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