Angry Birds Rio Smugglers’ Den Walkthrough Level 18 (2-3)

If you’re having trouble getting 3 stars on Angry Birds Rio Level 2-3 check out the video below. It yields a score of 87,850. If you have a different method that is easier or yields a better score feel free to leave a comment below.

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By wanda

Has anyone gotten lower than 80290 and still gotten 3 stars? This may be the lowest possible, not sure :).I will keep trying, but for some reason, this level is driving me nuts!

By King of the bird

112360, don’t ask me how but that’s my high on this one.

Rank: Flinger with 0 points
By angry_jelle (@angry_jelle)Score: 101,200

why don’t you put it in the leaderboards then? you would be highest on this level…

Rank: Deputized with 230 points
By Flingy McBeak (@lucius11)Score: 95,750

For Smugglers Den 2-3, You have to aim Chuck at the Sun Ray on the Top, then as soon as he’s Near the Box, Use Chuck’s Special Ability, to Break the 2 Blocks, Then Watch the Destruction Happen!

The Strategy is on the Link Below!

By drmac77

one bird, 103,080. essentially the same as the video, but i shot my bird at a slightly lower/more horizontal angle then the demo. good luck everyone!

Rank: Deputized with 120 points
By luckycharm (@tracylynn)Score: 102,300

Yes, this works. I was able to repeat it with 95, 99, and now 102,300! Good advice. Horizonal angle toward the lowest wooden blocks on the right tower. It WILL domino and take out everything with the 1st bird.

Rank: Master Slinger with 5510 points
By pianistrevor (@tnatiuk17piano)Score: 94,640

Good strategy thanks. 100750!

Rank: Sling God with 67305 points
By wrw01 (@wrw01)Score: 102,490

Did the same with a lower arc. Was able to take out the lower solid and hollow wood blocks.

Rank: Sling God with 55180 points
By Terribletom (@terribletom)

Tried the same thing, one bird, but only 91k. Cart on left keeps rolling left, and little damage!!

Rank: Sling God with 55180 points
By Terribletom (@terribletom)

Just improved to 97k!! Keep trying

By jordan lim

its easy to get that a highscore like mine.but i am sure some people are better than me,
just aim at the lowest wooden planks…i took out all the cages of birds with just one bird.its a very interesting strategy,thanks for the plan anyway… :D

Rank: Champion with 3375 points
By dougwo (@dougwo)Score: 102,370

I’ve done this a thousand times and can’t get over 101,000 and some
change,,, argggh!

Rank: Sling God with 21285 points
By AngryAdvisor (@lesleyg)Score: 95,970

I got mind mostly ike video but came in lower so I took out that lowest piece of wood so I got more points…either way seems to work though. GL

Rank: Sling God with 45310 points
By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 99,790

Thanks againAA for forging the trail for me…I have forgotten so many of these little tricks…beat my old score:)

Rank: Well Traveled with 1855 points
By DocTonyNYC (@doctonynyc)Score: 103,790

To break 100K here, using the same general approach as everyone else, I targeted the bottom rectangular wooden block of the tower. Most times, if I only hit that block, the tower would not fall. If I broke the square block to the left of it, the tower falls, but generally doesn’t have enough force to take out everything else. I noticed, though, that if I only took out the rectangular block, the tower would often rock back and forth. Occasionally, with a little patience, it will fall. This caused more damage than anything else I have tried, but it’s frustrating because the tower usually stays put.

Rank: Well Traveled with 1855 points
By DocTonyNYC (@doctonynyc)Score: 103,790

After posting this, and taking a couple more shots, I noticed that sometimes YB hits the solid block and breaks it and then slightly pushes the hollow block to the right (without breaking it). When it moves to the right, the tower is much more likely to fall to the left.

I hope this helps.

Rank: Master Slinger with 7400 points
By Angryguy (@angryperson)Score: 99,130

thanks @doctonynyc it really helped

Rank: Sling God with 28590 points
By MVNLA2 (@mvnla2)Score: 99,780

I added this to the list of unstable levels in the forum. At what angle did you shoot the YB, and where on wood block did it hit?

Rank: Well Traveled with 1855 points
By DocTonyNYC (@doctonynyc)Score: 103,790

@mvnla2 I don’t think that it’s unstable. I haven’t seen it rock unless the rectangular block is taken out first, and then it doesn’t always do it.

At first i was shooting at a low angle and hitting the block head on. Later, I tried shooting at a higher angle (about 55 degrees, I think, though I’m horrible with mathematical concepts) and negotiating the lamps and hitting block on top left corner. I was much more likely to get the tower to fall with the higher angle. I captured a screen shot of the angle that I will try to post in a bit.

But, no, unless others have reported it, I don’t think this level belongs on the unstable list.

Rank: Sling God with 28590 points
By MVNLA2 (@mvnla2)Score: 99,780

The definition of unstable I use in the forum is that a structure becomes unstable after one or more specific shots, which I think this fits. Self-destroying, either total or partial, is something that happens with no birds shot.
BTW — I think timing might also be important, because you want the pineapple to sway in the same direction as the rest of the tower. So you would need to shoot quickly and at the right time. Haven’t managed to do this yet, though. : (

Rank: Avian Overlord with 16215 points
By burbman (@burbman)Score: 102,420

@mvnla2 I am not thinking this is an unstable level. A well placed shot takes down the tower, just like any one bird level in all of AB. If you can get the stone plank below the wooden block to shift to the right, the tower generally rocks more, but again, that is cause and effect, not inherent instability.

Rank: Well Traveled with 1855 points
By DocTonyNYC (@doctonynyc)Score: 103,790

Okay. Obviously, this is just my opinion (and nothing personal at all), but that definition could fit hundreds of structures across the AB games. I see it more as a matter of careful shooting rather than unstable construction. By this defintion, the structure is also unstable based on the first shot in the walkthrough, right? Of course, you started the forum, and you can define the terms as you like.

I hadn’t noticed to pineapple action, but will pay closer attention. What I did notice, and this may seem odd, when I hit from above sometimes it looks like the horizontal stone plank under the wood block almost looks like it bends (like a spring almost). When this happens, the tower is more likely to fall. I know this sounds bizarre and it could be that I was just tired.

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By MVNLA2 (@mvnla2)Score: 99,780

Finally got a noticeably higher score, although not as good as you guys. Used @DocTonNYC ‘s method. Definitely have seen stone plank spring — several times, but only once with good outcome. Thanks!
May try @Burbman ‘s method next, or I may decided enough is enough.

Rank: Well Traveled with 1855 points
By DocTonyNYC (@doctonynyc)Score: 103,790

Well done, @mvnla2! The damage can vary considerably with each shot, and I’ve ended up with a wide range of scores. It’s tricky enough that it can be very frustrating when you , (a) get a low(ish) score, or (b) one of the cages doesn’t break (that’s worse).

Thank you confirming the spring action. It’s strange enough that I wondered if I was hallucinating.

Rank: Hardened with 550 points
By aandebird (@aandebird)Score: 104,260

Yes that worked great! I used DocTonyNYC’s strategy, but timed it with the pineapple as far to the right as possible.

Rank: Sling God with 20000 points
By Bird Tester (@bird-tester)Score: 96,010

“Sway me more” is the name of the game. And patience :).

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By DocTonyNYC (@doctonynyc)Score: 103,790

As promised, here is a screen shot that shows the angle from above. I was fully zoomed out.

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By MVNLA2 (@mvnla2)Score: 99,780

Um .. Good point, since I haven’t actually gotten it to work, maybe it shouldn’t be listed (since both of you would not class it as unstable). Will take a harder look at levels listed as unstable also, to make sure they are consistent.
Thanks for the screenshot.

Rank: Well Traveled with 1855 points
By DocTonyNYC (@doctonynyc)Score: 103,790

Sounds good to me. Just to be clear, I was trying to be helpful and I hope that I didn’t “sound” critical.

One last thing, I’ve been flinging at this level again this morning (at some point I’m going to get to Piglantis!), using the high arch approach. The pineapple is not a variable–most times the yellow bird goes through it before hitting the wood block.

Rank: Sling God with 28590 points
By MVNLA2 (@mvnla2)Score: 99,780

I din’t think you were being critical, but If critical, it was constructive criticism, which I welcome.

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By MVNLA2 (@mvnla2)Score: 99,780

Now that I have seen it, I would agree wholeheartedly that it is not unstable, just a very precise shot.

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By burbman (@burbman)Score: 102,420

I am getting consistent scores in the high 90 to low 100k point range by taking a much shallower angle than the video with my first bird. Aim to take out the rightmost cage above the TNT on the way to hitting the lowest wooden block on the tower low. Ideally you will either shift the stone plank below it to the right, or break the second wooden box next to it as well. The entire tower then falls to the left, and with the cage gone, has a much higher liklihood of breaking through and detonating the TNT, which will clear the level.

Rank: Well Traveled with 1855 points
By DocTonyNYC (@doctonynyc)Score: 103,790

It’s funny how things work differently for different people! As i said a above, for me, when I took out the square box, it would never fall. The cage, though, is an interesting observation. The stone plank, as you describe it, might be what’s happening in what I describe above as the spring action.

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By burbman (@burbman)Score: 102,420

Also funny how two different approaches can result in scores so similar.

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By DocTonyNYC (@doctonynyc)Score: 103,790

True. There a multiple ways to skin this cat. . .(never noticed, but that’s kind of a gross metaphor!).

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By DocTonyNYC (@doctonynyc)Score: 103,790


I don’t want to call any scores into question, but I would be very interested to hear how a score over 112K might be achieved. I’ve tried this from various angles, and with a score >102K, there is some debris left, but I can’t imagine that there is 10K more to be had.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Rank: Boss Hog with 14970 points
By bonneypattycat (@bonneypattycat)Score: 106,050

I used excellent advice posted above, mainly:

kept the bird low, with the top of the arc no higher than the roof line (boosting speed just as the bird begins to descend)

Hard to do, but yes, better destruction if only the solid block is broken, leaving the hollow block. If you see the stone slab under it jump, that is a good sign.

Rank: Debriefed with 1265 points
By BodhiMama (@bodhimama)Score: 101,670

I used a bit of a different angle. I aimed high, toward the lamp on the right, and accelerated YB just after it started to descend–which. when done correctly, takes out the two lowest wooden blocks of the tower, collapsing it to the left as others described.

Rank: Sling God with 34240 points
By ixan57 (@ixan57)Score: 82,290

Anybody got strategy for 100% walkthrough

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By Hoy49 (@hoy49)Score: 106,480

One bird with a high arc to the lower wood blocks of the right structure. It took a lot of tries before I got a good score. Just enough for a puppy. @sweetp

Rank: Sling God with 44395 points
By comex666 (@comex666)Score: 107,990

medium arc, activate on half way, hit the big cage, hit the lower woods on right tower
here a video with 106k:


Rank: Sling God with 39340 points
By meanguy (@meanguy)Score: 107,360

I just scored 107,360 points using the strategy first posted by @lesleyg over 7 years ago. The angle of my shot and the activation point can be seen in my screenshot.

@sweetp – Tally screenshot for another puppy;

Congrats to all of the new puppy owners today !!
Good luck and happy flinging to all !!!

Rank: Sling God with 32040 points
By asher (@asher)Score: 109,720

109500 with one bird.

Also a medium arc, and acceleration midway directly to the horizontal stone plank. Once in a while, the structure fall to the left bringing more destruction than if you aim for the wood blocks.

Here is the almost final result.

And the highscore screenshot for the Daily Challenge (+10 for extra activity).


Rank: Sling God with 32040 points
By asher (@asher)Score: 109,720

109720 with one bird.

Exact same strategy as before. One bird, medium flat trajectory, accelerating at the right time to hit the left end of the horizontal stone plank.

Here is the final result.

And this is the highscore screenshot.

All the screenshots are also available in high res here in one set.


Rank: Sling God with 27585 points
By anton249 (@anton249)Score: 108,020

I had only moderate success with the method everyone here used, played maybe several hours today. Then I saw your score and thought I must give this a try – and it worked perfectly, I needed just a few flings! Aiming at the stone plank is definitely the way to go, the tower wobbles to and fro tilting slightly until it crashes down as a whole. Never had such a big destruction with the other method. Thanks @asher for sharing this great strategy, the screenshot with trajectory was also very helpful.


Rank: Sling God with 44505 points
By karen68 (@karen68)Score: 107,050

Tried various angles & hit points, what finally worked was a high arc, just missing the 2nd light & late acceleration. Yellow hit the lowest wood block where it meets the stone slab. Usually the tower just wobbled & didn’t fall, but it finally all came down as a whole.

Trajectory –

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