Rock Band Blitz Power-up Profile: Bandmate

Rob is an awesome Harmonix fan we met at PAX that has been writing pieces on his blog about Rock Band Blitz. He was kind enough to write something just for us! We'll be posting these Power-up Profiles for each Power-up over the next few weeks. For more information about how the Power-ups work, visit our YouTube channel.

I'm going to shoot straight here: we humans are weak creatures. We have all these fragile parts (2000 of them if soap commercials have taught me anything) and many of us just smell weird. So why should we trust a human to a task that a perfectly capable Power-up could handle for us? That’s why there’s Bandmate, the ultimate BFF in Rock Band Blitz.

Once you have enough Overdrive stocked up you are able to deploy Bandmate on your current track. That’s your time to temporarily drop the microphone and walk away. Bandmate will get to work, hitting notes and building combos for as long as you keep it fed with Overdrive. You are then able to shift your focus onto other tracks to fill up other lanes’ combos to THE MAXIMUM. This is especially helpful on songs with all five lanes open and you’re finding yourself needing to maintain one tricky part on the far left or right side of the Note Highway.

Bandmate is great because it can play tracks you don’t really want to play. Tricky drums or a really boring sustain-filled keys track can be taken over so you don’t have to do it yourself. Maybe you’re really tired from a long night of racking up crazy amounts of Blitz Coins and you’d rather have someone else take over the mean solos on “Renegade” by Styx; Bandmate can totally help with that. Then maybe you’re just looking to celebrate your bestest friendship with Bandmate and jam side-by-side to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend.”

There are also some great combinations of Power-ups to pair with Bandmate. Bandmate will help with Flame Notes by activating what fiery notes it hits and helping spread the raging fire across the board. Runaway Notes are also a little easier to catch thanks to Bandmate’s ability to hit the notes in its lane perfectly when Runaway crosses its path. Using Pinball and Synchrony with Bandmate is a neat combo that gets you points for jumping from track to track trying to hit the Pinball back and forth while Bandmate takes care of a lane for you.

Here’s an advanced bonus technique to try out: when Bandmate is doing a solo for you and you are also using Synchrony, you can be swapping empty lanes nearby, collecting additional Synchrony bonuses. Just keep an eye on that solo track and your Overdrive meter so you can sneak back and pick up when Band,ate is done with its run.

Bandmate is a great base to many different combinations of Power-ups and can make your journey down the Note Highway a little easier. With goals on Rock Band World being added requiring you to maximize this Power-up, finding your perfect mix of strategies can be crucial in chasing those shiny Blitz Coins.