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Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams is a 2004 video game sequel to Tak and the Power of Juju. It was released on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance. It shows that Tak must find the Staff of Dreams to save the world. It has a more linear approach than in the first game and includes the ability to shapeshift. It is the first game to have multiplayer.

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  • Absentee Actor: The only Juju from the first game not seen in this one is the Two-Headed Juju.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Darker and Edgier: Due to the nightmares and complexity of the plot.
  • 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.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: The first half focuses on the story, while the second half focuses on gameplay.
  • 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.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Or a box cover at least. Tak never actually uses the Staff of Dreams throughout the game due to it breaking in two when he struggles with 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.
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  • New Work, Recycled Graphics: The game notably has the same graphics as Tak 1.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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