Angry Birds Star Wars 2: The Lowdown on Telepods

Without question, Angry Birds Star Wars II is full of new and unique gameplay that makes it one of the best games of the year. It doesn’t stop there though, as you can now zap new characters right into the game using something called TELEPODs. This mean that if you don’t like your character lineup you’ve been given for a particular level, don’t worry, swap them out! With the TELEPODs technology and “Character Swaps”, you can now set your own attack lineup! This feature has actually been requested for years in the Angry Birds community, and it’s interesting to see how Rovio has included it.

What Are TELEPODs? How Do They Work?

In the most basic of terms, TELEPODs are small figurines or action figures. They are sold with a small clear stand that has a magnifying glass built in. On the bottom of the figurine is a unique QR-code.

When you want to use a TELEPOD, click the “T” button in the upper-left corner of the level screen. A pop-up will instruct you to place the figurine on the stand, and position the stand over the front-facing camera of your device. Then… BOOM! Like magic, that figurine will take the place of the existing character in the slingshot!

Also, a small “T” will appear in the corner of that character’s button in the Character Swap Bar. We will talk more about in-app character swaps below.

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 Telepods Icon in Player Selection

Rules and Restrictions

No good feature comes without rules.

Foremost, you cannot change your allegiance. That is, bird-side TELEPODs can only be used in bird-side levels, and likewise for the pork-side. Even though **spoiler alert** Anakin becomes evil, you can’t trade out his Pod Racer character with a much more powerful Sith Apprentice TELEPOD.

Next, you cannot use the same TELEPOD twice in a single attempt. So if you start with a level with three Qui-Gon Jinn in the lineup, you cannot use TELEPODs to use three Obi-Wan Kenobi. You may use multiple different TELEPODs to change the lineup, however. So instead of three Qui-Gon Jinn, you can use one Obi-Wan Kenobi, one Podracer, and one C-3PO for example.

Note: If using in-app character swaps (more below), this restriction is lifted: You can use the same character swap multiple times in a single level.

The final significant restriction is that TELEPOD data require an Internet connection. This makes sense to help prevent fraudulent use of this technology. If you are not connected to the Internet, you cannot “zap in” your TELEPOD. If you lose Internet after importing your TELEPOD character, you may use it (with the above restrictions) without needing to re-import until you close and re-open the game.

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How Do I Get TELEPODs?

TELEPODs are made by Hasbro and available at most major retail stores, such as Walmart and Amazon. They come in packs of two or more, sometimes random and sometimes as part of specific sets. If you want to collect all 32, it takes quite a bit of time. But if you are hunting for specific characters, this list may help you. An asterisk (*) denotes that the specified character can only be found in that specific set. (Special thanks to @SnTrooper.)

  • Star Destroyer Set: Darth Vader(*), Droideka(*), Padme Amidala(*), Jedi Youngling(*), Captain Panaka(*), Zam Wesell(*), Darth Sidious, Stormtrooper, Anakin Skywalker Podracer, Luke Skywalker Jedi
  • Death Star Trench Run Set: TIE Fighter Pilot(*), Luke Skywalker Pilot
  • Endor Chase Set: Biker Scout(*), Luke Skywalker Endor
  • Battle of Geonosis Set: Battle Droid(*), Mace Windu
  • Bounty Hunters Set: Jango Fett(*), Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Duel with Count Dooku Set: Count Dooku(*), Anakin Skywalker Padawan
  • Darth Vader Pig Carrying Case: Chewbacca(*)
  • Jedi vs. Sith Multi-Pack: Darth Maul(*), Qui-Gon Jinn(*), Darth Sidious, General Grievous, Yoda, Anakin Skywalker Padawan
  • Miscellaneous 2-Packs: Anakin Skywalker Sith Apprentice, Boba Fett, Jar Jar Binks, R2-D2, Princess Leia, Han Solo, C-3PO are only available in these randomly paired 2-packs.

What About In-App Character Swaps?

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 Wattos Shop All Characters Qui-Gon JinnCharacter Swaps are the only “Power Ups” in Angry Birds Star Wars II. In addition to physical TELEPODs, Character Swaps can be earned and/or purchased in-game.

By completing certain achievements in-game, you will earn Bird Credits or some number of Character Swaps. As we said above, in-game Character Swaps can be used without some of the restrictions of TELEPODs.

Bird Credits are your in-app currency. Credits are earned through normal gameplay, but can also be purchased from Watto’s Shop. Prices are 150 credits for $1.99, 400 for $4.99, 1000 for $9.99, 2250 for $19.99, 6000 for $49.99, and 15000 for $99.99. (Worried? Be sure to see our post about restricting In-App Purchases.)

If you want to purchase in-app Character Swaps, you have a few choices. There are always some characters “on sale” for heavily reduces prices. There are also a few cleverly named packs, created and compiled by Rovio. But most likely, you’ll be interested in purchasing an individual character.

Even here, you have options. Once you find the character you want, you may purchase 10, 30, 100, or unlimited usages. Note that the credit cost varies by character. Some are quite cheap, such as 10 Obi-Wan Kenobi for 300 credits. Some are costly, such as Darth Vader for 3500 credits (the Force is strong with him).

Interested? Here’s Some Jedi Training

So, we got your attention now, did we? Well, we’re going to give you some tricks and tips about using this technology.

First and foremost, every normal level can 3-starred without the use of Swaps. Our walkthroughs are living proof of that.

Next, not all levels will benefit from Swap technology. Indeed, some levels are set up with such a specific strategy in mind that the starting lineup is as good as any.

Now, let’s assume you have a level with a couple lowly Qui-Gon Jinn. Nothing against him, but he’s not particularly strong. At the least, you can swap out Qui-Gon for Jedi Luke, whose lightsaber is much stronger and lasts longer. If you are only attacking for brute force, Chewbacca has a lot of force! If you need to attack a high structure, Leia’s pulling and Padme’s pushing tractor beams will bring it tumbling down. And if the attack needs to go a long way through a lot of debris, Mace Windu’s boomerang lightsaber will slice through blocks like butter.

On the Pork Side, most characters are already quite strong. However, a few stand alone in terms of their powers. Darth Vader and Anakin Sith Apprentice are remarkably strong with the Force, able to throw nearby blocks great distances. If a lightsaber attack is needed, Darth Maul has two and General Grievous has four! And Darth Sidious’ lightning hands are extremely useful against metallic blocks and chains.

Have more tips? Let us know below!

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By SnTrooper (@sntrooper)

Thanks for the thanks! I’ve been meaning to repost that list somewhere that it could be seen by more people. When I saw this news post I thought “Perfect place to repost it.” Then when I saw that it was in the post itself “Even more perfect”.

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By Cal010 (@cal010)

If you’re not planning to use swaps for high scores, remember that they have another use: Unlocking reward levels!

Without spending credits, it’s possible to unlock reward levels for the following characters, using the specific swaps given by achievements:

(For the birds, level B2-10 is a good option to maximize score. Use the power on the left helicopter, while throwing the bird into the lower pigs. This works for all three characters.)

Mace Windu: You’re given a bunch of these guys, so it should be easy to unlock his level.

Padme Amidala: You have less than Mace, but still more than enough to unlock the level.

Jedi Youngling: This is the first challenge, as you’re only given three, there’s no room for failure. I did this on B2-10, you will get enough points in three attempts as long as you don’t fail the level (split into the helicopter and lower pigs). It’s okay to use other birds to clean up if the younglings don’t pop all the pigs.

You’re also given Captain Panaka and Anakin Skywalker Jedi Padawan, but seemingly not enough to unlock their levels, as the score requirement is too high. (If you figure out how, please tell!)

For the Pork side:

Zam Wesell: I messed this one up! Like the younglings, you only have three chances, which is just enough. I did this on P1-3 (pull the magnet down). Unfortunately, one of my attempts didn’t do enough destruction, and I was unable to beat the rest of the birds with the other pigs. You may want to look for a more reliable level. (But if I had beaten the level, there would have been enough points here)

Darth Vader: Vader needs a lot of points (500k), but you also have a lot to use. I did this on P2-1, just throw straight ahead, activate, and watch stuff break. Clean up with Maul if needed.

TIE Fighter Pilot: You have lots of these guys, just shoot the wood holding the top magnet on P1-19 and you should have no problem even if you mess up a few times.

Anakin Episode III: You don’t unlock these guys until you have 20 stars for Pork reward, so you have do the others first. Same strategy as Darth Vader, but you have less to use.

These levels are just suggestions, please go ahead and let us know if you find better ones!

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By Cal010 (@cal010)

Oh and of course, you can spend your credits in the shop to buy swaps unlock more levels, but that’s up to you. I’m personally going to save them and maybe unlock permanent Darth Vader usage in the future.

@amslimfordy
This may not be the best place for this guide, perhaps you guys would like to improve upon it and make it formal so more people can see it?

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By Bad piggies (@bad-piggies-2)

I think B2-20 is a very good level to get good score on the unlock the reward levels.

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By zlyeptitsy (@zlyeptitsy)

I’d adopted a similar strategy myself before seeing this post. P2-1 is ideal for the Porkside, but B2-10 isn’t actually great for the Bird-side, as it’s too easy to screw up and fail to clear the level (and thus lose all prospective points.) However, I have yet to find a more reliable high-point-value Bird-side level…

I understand your reluctance to spend your points, but some characters, particularly Captain Panaka, are just ridiculously cheap in the store (you can’t afford 100 credits for 10 lives?) so there’s no reason to hold off.

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By Flint

P2-8 is perfect for Wesell. Just pull the big block with chain attached. The floating platform will destroy left tower, ~45k points. Destroy right tower with Maul, repeat.

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By PdB (@playdbird)

Thanks for this post @cal010 – it has helped me unlock a lot of characters.

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By Angry Anakin (@anakin-skydiver)

@birdleader
You can buy permanent characters 4 times so you can use them in the levels without having to buy more limited swaps

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By Josm (@josm)

Why 4 times? 1x permanent is permanent right?

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By Angry Anakin (@anakin-skydiver)

@Josm 1x permanent means that you can use the character one time only in the same level permanently
While 2x and 3x and 4x means that you can use the character 2 or 3 or 4 times in the same level permanently

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By Josm (@josm)

@anakin-skydiver thanks for the answer, get it now

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By bonneypattycat (@bonneypattycat)

What characters would be best to buy as permanent? I just did a little quick math on the 18 characters that I see available. To get all 18 as permanent, to purchase out right, would run over $300. Somebody please correct me if I have made an error.

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By Dr. Omega (@dr-omega)

Something to note: Boba Fatt is a chase figure, meaning he is shortpacked in the cases. I’ve got all the figures, but have yet to find a Fatt anywhere..

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By wrw01 (@wrw01)

A great post to explain the use of telepods and character swaps, thank ABN staff.

Yes @dr-omega I am having the same situation. I have obtained all the figures except Boba Fatt. Cannot find this figure in any store I go to, Amazon or Ebay. Looked for over a week now.

I also ask the question: Does anyone in the Nest have a resource to purchase this telepod, Boba Fatt, in the two pack set?

Or has anyone seen it yet?

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By Josm (@josm)

Yes, it is Available in Figure Packs

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By Dr. Omega (@dr-omega)

@josm – you mentioned this on Twitter as well. Do you have the figure, or do you have a picture?

I even tried Hasbro to get confirmation as to whether it was a chase figure or not. They only stated he’s in two-packs and could not comment on case ratios.

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By Josm (@josm)

@dr-omega no i dont have it, found the info here: http://www.hasbro.com/starwars-2/images/angrybirds-2013/char_powers.pdf
But maybe it is an rare character, yes..

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By Joey (@joeyba)

@Dr.Omega @wrw01 do you have a picture of all the characters together?

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By wrw01 (@wrw01)

@joeyba
I do not. I did find a picture on the Hasbro web site of all the characters, I am almost sure it was their toy site. In that pic Boba Fatt was present. All the figures were taken out of their packages and displayed.

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By bonneypattycat (@bonneypattycat)

@wrw01, or anyone else, what is the approximate cost to get all Telepods?

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By SnTrooper (@sntrooper)

If you pay full price for all of them I think it is around $180.

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By bonneypattycat (@bonneypattycat)

WHA…..!!!! I…. I…. You are joking… right!?

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By SnTrooper (@sntrooper)

Unfortunately no.

$40 = Star Destroyer Set
$20 x2 = Death Star and Endor Sets
$15 x3 = Geonosis, Bounty Hunter, and Dooku sets
$20 = Carry Case
$10 = Jedi Vs Sith pack
$6 x4 = 2-packs (if you are lucky and are able to find three that both of the characters in the pack are ones you need)

= $179

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By bonneypattycat (@bonneypattycat)

Thanks @sntrooper, I just did a price check on Amazon, and that matches pretty close.

Amazing how expensive a 99 cent game can end up costing!

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By wrw01 (@wrw01)

@bonneypattycat
I am on the road and all my paper work is home. Purchased also all the items from Amazon. They have a few discounts and free shipping on certain items. They can provide an exact price depending on the sets you desire to purchase.

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By wrw01 (@wrw01)

@dr-omega
Sent Rovio a note through their support contact and seems like they know of the situation but are optimistic Boba Fett will turn up in the two packs. Below is their response.

Joe, Sep 23 03:22 (EDT):
Hello,

Thanks for contacting us! Boba Fett can be found in the Telepod two packs. However, due to the somewhat random nature of which characters are included in the packs, it may take some more time to find one with Boba Fett. Our apologies, and I hope you can find one soon!

Best regards,

Joe
Rovio Support Team

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By Bad piggies (@bad-piggies-2)

I would really like daily rewards so you can earn credits for free.

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By iBird (@ibird)

Yes, I hope, they will include Daily Reward System in future.

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By Bad piggies (@bad-piggies-2)

Check the main menu(http://youtu.be/zjm3HhXYJOk?t=13m30s). It looks like there might be Rovio account there.

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By Josm (@josm)

Yes, they said they gonna launch rovio account to every game

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By Dr. Omega (@dr-omega)

I really hope they hurry. I came very close to losing all my AB games when upgrading to IOS 7.. I’d even be willing to pay for the service..

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By ketjowp (@ketjowp)

I don’t have front camera in my smartphone. DO you know if I can use main camera for telepods ?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Sorry, TELEPODs require a front facing camera. For a list of compatible devices, see Hasbro’s website

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By Miezko (@miezko)

This are Super Battle Droids on the picture. But Tatooine was released, are they no longer included or what?
http://www.angrybirdsnest.com/members/miezko/album/picture/6067/

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By SnTrooper (@sntrooper)

Those look like normal Battle Droids to me. Probably just an early concept. Physical items need to be completed long before the game or movie they are based on are. Which leads to things like this that are made before the final designs are completed.

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By Miezko (@miezko)

Look to the round form, and maybe from Toy Fair you know more early toys, and the Game Description which infound on one site it says: ,, Tople the evil Battle Droids and Super Battle Droids! “. But i think they were not included now, dut maybe later. We will see……

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By Miezko (@miezko)

I retrieved the picture:http://www.angrybirdsnest.com/members/miezko/album/picture/6069/
ok, they are grey but if you look closely, aargh, ok, everyone should have it’s opinion. :-)

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By Miezko (@miezko)

I mean ,, his opinion”.

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By bubba (@angrybird617)

telepods are cool but when will angry birds star wars 2 will come out on the nook

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By Miezko (@miezko)
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By Chris (@chriss)

Because in future updates there will be more characters.

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By Miezko (@miezko)

I think you are wrong @chriss, yes there will be more characters, but this won’t be completely new ones, this will be the ones from the 32 characters. And if you look in the link, this are all 32. and then Rovios tweet would mean we have 33, 34 … Characters to play with in the future. :-/

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By SnTrooper (@sntrooper)

No, there will be more characters. There are a bunch that could easily be introduced, Super Battle Droid, Captain Typho, Commander Cody, Magna Guard, etc. And even if there aren’t any newly introduced playable characters, Hasbro will definitely put put out more telepods next year.

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By iBird (@ibird)

@SnTrooper I agreed. They will add more characters in future updates. I can see ‘Super Battle Droid’ in the data files of ABSW2 (Android).

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By bonneypattycat (@bonneypattycat)

Are all Telepods available as in-app characters, and vice versa?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Yes, though some people seem to be struggling to find Boba Fett as a TELEPOD.

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By bonneypattycat (@bonneypattycat)

One hundred, eighty US dollars. One HUNDRED, and EIGHTY dollars…

Sorry, just having a little trouble absorbing that little bit of info….

Guess I was spoiled by the price of the old AB games :/

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By Burbman (@burbman)

So…it appears to be impossible to just end up with one of each telepod, what with certain figures only available in special packages. My question is this, if I happened to have two telepods for the same character, is it possible to import one of them into a level, then import the other for the next shot, or is a telepod a telepod? I guess what I am asking is if the QR code on the bottom is unique to each individual figure, or if it is the same across all copies of the same character?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

The error message says “You already imported this character” or something to that effect. So I don’t think 2 TELEPODs of whoever will usurp the established rule.

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By SuperC142 (@superc142)

This is probably a silly question, but what if a particular device doesn’t have a camera (I’m thinking of my son’s Kindle Fire). Is there any other (non-optical) way to get the toy inside of the game (typing a code, or something like that)?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

I don’t believe so — at this time, anyway.

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By surfcow (@surfcow)

Vader demands big bucks
The most expensive Telepod is Darth Vader, which is only available in the $39.99 set. Surprised there isn’t a Bird-side equivalent; or is there? So far, Yoda and gang have been fun to watch but none offers consistent destruction as far as I can tell. I’ve purchased the Sith vs. Jedi six-character pack; will keep an eye out for Boba Fett – crazy how he is one of the most popular characters among Star Wars fans. Aloha.
P.S. I got a kick out of Jar Jar Binks’ tongue swing; definitely one of the more fun characters to use. His TelePod is priceless.

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By bebers1323 (@bebers1323)

are the telepods for unlimited swaps or just single use

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

When you load a TELEPOD, you have unlimited uses of that character, subject to a few restrictions. These include using them no more than once per try, and that the unlimited use is time-sensitive before you have to physically “load” the TELEPOD again.

By Alex

The character reload is really annoying. It actually makes me want to ditch the game. I mean, you should only have to load a character once and be done. My tablet has a terrible camera and has a hard time finding the QR code

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

I’m sorry you feel that way, but is 100% necessary to prevent fraud.

By Alex Porges

Understood, but once you enter in that unique code, it should be permanent. Like I said, my tablet’s camera is not that great and it takes some manipulation for the code to be read. Its a really cool idea whose implementation sucks.

Honestly, they should make this game $10 and make it so you can use all the characters through some unlocking action. I believe someone said the correct thing in a previous post that this is a $.99 that turns into a $60 venture quickly.

I am assuming that you work for Rovio? If so, I hope my consternation about the telepods makes it to the appropriate people as ways to improve for AB SW 3.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

I don’t work for Rovio, no. But I do understand why the TELEPODs are not permanent. And as I said, it’s to prevent fraud. If the TELEPOD scans were permanent, the user could then sell them to others — and that’s fraud.

By Kjloibl

My son got the jar jar binks character and it is no longer recognized be the app as the code on the bottom has been a little scratched with regular use. Only 1 week old and it doesn’t work. Can you please help.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Sorry, but I don’t think there’s anything that we can do to help. Perhaps asking Rovio or Hasbro, but since it wasn’t damaged at initial purchase, I’m not sure what can be done.

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By CC Jolly (@cc-jolly)

@amslimfordy

I have a question! If i buy the Telepods they are for unlimited use right? When i Fling with the caracters which are locked (Reward Chapter) can i unlock them with using the Telepods?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Subject to the restrictions mentioned above, yes TELEPODs are unlimited use.

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By CC Jolly (@cc-jolly)

Thx Slim

By Pamela

my son bought some Telepods. we put them on the camera in the came after clicking the T button and nothing happens. We have Anikin Skywalker, Qui Gon Jinn, Yoda, etc. None of them work. didnt try the pigs as your website says to stick with one allegiance. Can you give us some more specific directions? Are we doing something wrong? do we need different characters? are there different levels of the game it doesnt work on? He says we are on a “normal” level. I am not famaliar with the game so I have no clue as to what “levels” might be better or what characters might work. But absolutely nothing happens when we put the Telepod on the camera. thanks
Pamela

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

If you select the “T” button in-game, does a screen come up telling you to situate the TELEPOD over the device’s camera?

By RyanK

We keep on getting the message’network not available, please try again later’ even though our ipad is always connected. have we to do something else to get the game connected??

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By Sir Falcon (@flying-falcon)

how is Boba Fett advailable? Can’t seem to find him anywhere…..

help!!!!!

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By sparty83 (@sparty83)

@amslimfordy,
Being an Android user it appears we have to be quite lucky to have a phone/device that supports telepods. Out of curiousity as to how they worked, I went out an purchased a 2 pack of telepods. My phone was NOT listed on Hasbro’s site as being supported. If I counted correctly there are only 25 currently supported. There are probably hundreds of android based devices.
But being curious, just had to try and no the telepods didn’t work.

You (or any one at the Nest) wouldn’t have any insight as to when/if support for other devices will come. And yes, I have sent Rovio an email asking about this.

If telepods don’t work in SW2, the i’m guessing they won’t be supported in AB Go either.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

@sparty83 I actually think Hasbro might be a better contact for this question than Rovio. As you suspected, no, we don’t have any insider info as to future support for TELEPODs.

I agree that there are dozens of Android devices and only a small handful are supported according to Hasbro. Why this is, I haven’t the foggiest. I confess that I’m not very knowledgeable about the distinctions between Android devices that would render reading a QR-code as impossible.

And yes, I would agree with your speculation: Lack of support for SW2 would suggest lack of support for Go.

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By sparty83 (@sparty83)

slim,
I guess i figured the ability to read the codes from the cam would be a function of the app and not of the telepod.

My phone does have a front facing cam (along with the main one on the back). I have a qr code reader app and it works with both cams. I tested this prior to contacting Rovio. Based on your suggestion, I have contacted Hasbro on this.

I am not holding out much hope in either case. But on the positive side, I do have some AB:SW2 telepods that are NIB, who knows, maybe someday they may be a collector item.

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By Razorblood (@razorblood)

Seems strange. The best thing I could think of would be not a good enough quality, but because the QR render app works with both then it can’t be. If it wasn’t listed as supported then I suppose that’s why.

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By sparty83 (@sparty83)

@razorblood, I knew going in that my phone did not support telepods. Since there are so many android devices, I guess I was sort of hoping that the list was incomplete and that somehow my phone would work. I’m a little bummed that I can’t use them but I’m also optimistic that in the future I may (key word MAY) be able to use them.

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By sparty83 (@sparty83)

@amslimfordy

Major update:
My phone DOES work with telepods.
Last night when I was trying it, I was in my rec-room. I was using no natural sunlight, just incandesent light bulbs. I know that lighting has an effect on reading the codes with the phone. I thought the room was lit up enough since I could read the codes with my qr reader app.
This morning, I tried again with plenty of natural sunlight streaming into the family room. And BINGO! my phone was able to read the codes.
Looks like things are looking up for me. Just won’t be able to use telepods at night (or I will have to put in higher watt light bulbs)

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By justpast40 (@justpast40)

Hi @sparty83, my device isn’t listed either, but they work. I have a Razr Maxx, but the only Razr Maxx Hasbro lists is the Razr Maxx HD, which came out just about a year ago. I’ve had mine about 16 months & believe it came out 4-5 months prior.

While I’m not familiar with any of the other supported Android devices, I recognize a few names & wonder if just like with my a Razr Maxx, maybe only the most recent were tested & are therefore listed.

I’m glad you discovered that more light was all that was needed to get them to work for you. It seems they take an incredible amount of bright light. While testing mine, I had the lampshade off, the Telepod properly mounted & situated, while holding the phone beneath a 150w bulb & it DID NOT WORK! When I moved the phone above the lamp so that light shone up onto the QR from beneath, it teleported : – ).

I also tried aiming the light beam from my old HTC Droid Incredible’s built-in flashlight app, up into the QR code, once again from below the Telepod base & it worked perfectly. This is a very bright light & actually the best Android flashlight app I’ve ever seen, it too bad it’s proprietary.

I wonder just how many people think their Telepods aren’t working when the actual problem is insufficient light or assume that because their device isn’t listed they won’t work.

By Dan Haman

You guys rock! My boys wanted these SW2 pods sooo bad, and when they weren’t working on an OLD Galaxy S phone they use for games…they were crushed. Tried under a lamp and just like you said, the additional light did the trick. Hopefully more people will find this! Thanks!

By Amber

I am have the telepods, and it is working fine on my iPhone. The T icon does not appear on my iPad game, and I cannot figure out what to do so I can use the telepods on it. Does anyone know how to fix this?

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By justpast40 (@justpast40)

Amber, I’m not sure I can be of any help, but I’ll try.

1. As you know, for Telepods to work, the device must have a front facing camera. I presume with no front facing camera that the “T” doesn’t appear, but I’m not 100% sure. Is there any chance you have the 1st Gen iPad with no cameras? I play on an Android phone, but have last year’s iPad & it has the required camera.

2. Is your IOS software up to date? Mine updated to IOS 7.0.2 recently.

3. Have you restarted your device?

4. I don’t know if this is possible without losing data, but what about reinstalling the app?

I’ve noticed that even when I’m not connected to the internet my “T” for telepod importing still appears on my Android phone although the import function won’t work & I get a ” not connected to network” message.

Please let us know if you figure out both the problem & the solution so we may be able to help others in the future.

By jabawacefti

The Telepod Icon doesn’t show up on my IPad2, which has a camera. I installed the new IOS software, restarted the device, and no telepod icon. I think there’s a bug.

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By BBinMiami (@bbinmiami)

DARN IT! Apparently, you can’t use Telepods on Samsung Galaxy Tab 1, according to Hasbro’s site. So why is there still a Telepod button in the top left if we can’t even use them?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

If the TELEPOD button appears, maybe it is compatible. We’ve had reports of compatibility extending beyond Hasbro’s list.

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By BBinMiami (@bbinmiami)

@amslimfordy Really? Maybe there still is hope for Christmas! Thanks!

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By laurafj (@laurafj)

Are there any Reward Chapter levels whose characters can only be obtained with a Telepod? Thanks.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

@laurafj Yes, we mark them on the Characters guide

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By laurafj (@laurafj)

Thanks, Slim, but now I am confused. I have completed the Reward Chapter level for all of the characters which are marked ‘Telepod’ only and I don’t have any Telepods. I merely bought the characters in the store and played each one enough to accumulate the points necessary for the Reward Chapter. All leftover (i.e. not needed to open the Reward level) characters I have are all playable in the regular levels.

But are you aware of any characters who may have a Reward level but aren’t in the store for purchase with coins so can only be accessed with the Telepods. Although as I am writing this question I think it is pretty unlikely that a character would have a Reward Level but not be in the store. Thanks.

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By Annifrid (@annifrid)

@laurafj The ‘telepod’ marked characters are those that don’t appear in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and thus they’ll most probably never be available in any regular level. All of them can be purchased in the shop for coins as well, and all have their reward levels.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Sorry maybe we should specify:

Every “TELEPOD-only” character is available from Watto’s Shop. Every character is, I believe.

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By laurafj (@laurafj)

Thanks, all.

By CP

My son just bought the Heroes vs. Villains Pack. All of the regular figures work but the 4 exclusive figures available only in this pack give us the “character doesn’t seem to work” reply. Clicking the ? only takes us to a Hasbro site with no help. All of his other telepods are importing fine. Since he is 5 and therefore light years ahead of me in understanding how this stuff works, I thought I would appeal to the experts. Suggestions before I head back to return the items?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Hi CP,

I would recommend updating your Angry Birds Star Wars II app to v1.1.x. Those four characters were added in that version, and I would imagine there are issues with those TELEPODs if you are running an earlier version.

If you continue to have issues, please let us know and we can try to help more. :) Happy flinging.

By jj

will the telepod work with an amazon kindle fire?
ie does it matter what type of tablet you have to use this?
thanks!

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Kindle Fire HD appears on Hasbro’s list of supported devices.

By ANNE JOYCE

My son has an android tablet and it shows the T symbol but when we put the telepod on the camera nothing happens. It just keeps saying put your telepod on the camera. The camera is right in the corner. It may be incompatible but i have a Samsung galaxy s3 phone and the same thing happens.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

You may have to adjust the position or angle of the TELEPOD stand. The cameras can be very picky.

By Amanda Garland

How do telepods work on kindle fire HD if it doesn’t have a camera? I can’t find anything, anywhere to help me with this!

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

TELEPODs only work on select devices, not all.

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