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Rock Band Blitz Power-up Profiles: Runaway Notes

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.


Rarely does a Power-up allow you live the life of a movie star. While maybe some Power-ups offer the thrill of explosions or the edge-of-your-seat excitement of multiplication, Runaway gives you the chance to basically become Keanu Reeves. The quick note will try to hurry away and evade you but if you’re able to play quick and smart, you can keep your Speed up and catch this wily point bonus.

Runaway Notes play some serious Hardball. They are a note Power-up, which means that they will randomly spawn on the note highway as a giant purple gem. If you’re able to activate this Power-up, the lead gem will take off towards the horizon while leaving a shimmering trail of purple gems behind it. This is your chance to follow the fleeing Power-up, hitting the purple notes it leaves in its wake. Switch lanes back and forth and hit these notes to catch up to the Runaway and collect your prize, a hefty point bonus. Misstep and it takes advantage of this opportunity to make a Point Break into the horizon, never to be found again.

Blitz Mode is essential in keeping up the chase. This means you’re going to need to have some room to work. Since you’re going to be changing lanes across the highway trying to keep up, it’s worth considering teaming up with a cleaning Power-up like Road Rage or Bottle Rocket to make some maneuverable gaps or cause a Chain Reaction. Synchrony is also a great addition to the pursuit squad as it makes changing lanes a little easier. Even Jackpot, while not a cleaning Power-up, since it requires precision is only going to force you to play clean to get the most out of both Power-ups.

A great way to practice Runaway Notes is on songs with not a lot of notes on screen. Songs heavy with sustains like the hit “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” (Cutting Crew) or the timeless “Invincible” (Pat Benatar) allow you to practice chasing these points in a fairly safe setting. It won’t be a Walk In The Clouds, but some practice can only help you get Poetic Justice.

But in the end it’s going to have to take speed to keep up with this note. Your performance after hitting that initial purple gem is going to decide whether your trip in Rock City is an Excellent Adventure or a Bogus Journey.

Eventually Something’s Gotta Give.