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The slingshot is the main weapon/item/utility the birds use in order to attack the pigs. The player can pull back on the slingshot strap, then release to fire a bird in whatever direction the player desires. The slingshot first appeared in Angry Birds, and every game after that, except in Angry Birds Transformers and a few other games, even in it's spin-off, Bad Piggies.


History

In The Angry Birds Movie, the slingshot was first introduced during a dance party. Later, during the Raid on the Eggs, Red was flung towards the beach. Later, in the Battle of Pig City, birds were flung to Pig City, destroying structures and the castle. Terence accidentally broke it for being too big to go on it, but it was later repaired. The newborn Blues then used it to launch themselves at sea.[1]

In the years after the battle, as Bird Village expanded, the Birds used slingshots to catapult themselves to other parts of the village, effectively creating a mass transit system out of them.[2]

Usage

Angry Birds/Angry Birds Seasons/Angry Birds Rio/Angry Birds Space/Angry Birds Star Wars

The slingshot holding Red in Angry Birds

The player can change the direction and angle the bird will launch at by simply moving the bird up or down. The player can also change the firing speed. Pull the bird back, slightly to make a weak launch, and pull it back farther to make a stronger launch (the latter often recommended).

In Angry Birds Rio, if the player is already using the slingshot, he/she can't cancel the process.

Angry Birds GO!

The slingshot is used to begin races in Angry Birds Go! The King Sling also appears as a Power-Up in the game, which increases the distance when the player is released from the slingshot and begins the race. 

Angry Birds POP!/Angry Birds POP Blast

The slingshot is used in Angry Birds POP! to fling bubbles to pop bubbles.

In Angry Birds POP it's original counterpart but Angry Birds POP Blast but, filled with tree lines

Angry Birds 2

It is possible to cancel a shot even after the bird is readied, but pulled back. This can be done by moving it back towards its starting point, in the event that a different bird is desired at that time. The slingshot can be leveled up, and it will change style, see Angry Birds 2/Score Multiplier Rank for more information.


Angry Birds 2 Slingshot Ranks
Rank (= number of hat sets required) Slingshot type
0 Vanilla
1 Bronze
2 Silver
3 Gold
4 Azure
5 Emerald
6 Amethyst
7 Diamond
8 Elder Bronze
9 Elder Silver
10 Elder Gold
11 Elder Azure
12 Elder Emerald
13 Elder Amethyst
14 Elder Diamond
15 Master Bronze
16 Master Silver
17 Master Gold
18 Master Azure
19 Master Emerald
20 Master Amethyst
21 Master Diamond
22 Pristine Bronze
23 Pristine Silver
24 Pristine Gold
25 Pristine Azure
26 Pristine Emerald
27 Pristine Amethyst
28 Pristine Diamond
29 Epic Bronze
30 Epic Silver
31 Epic Gold
32 Epic Azure
33 Epic Emerald
34 Epic Amethyst
35 Epic Diamond
36 Ancient Bronze
37 Ancient Silver
38 Ancient Gold
39 Ancient Azure
40 Ancient Emerald
41 Ancient Amethyst
42 Ancient Diamond
43 Mythic Bronze
44 Mythic Silver
45 Mythic Gold
46 Mythic Azure
47 Mythic Emerald
48 Mythic Amethyst
49 Mythic Diamond
50 (and up) Legendary

Slingshot Power-Ups

In Angry Birds, there are two power-ups that change the abilities of the Slingshot: the King Sling and the Sling Scope. The King Sling grants maximum velocity to flinged birds while the Sling Scope allows targeting as you pull back on the slingshot. Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio do not feature the King Sling, but they do use the Sling Scope. In the Facebook version of Angry Birds Star Wars, there's an equivalent to the King Sling known as the Lightsaber Sling.

The Angry Birds Movie 2

"Hey Alex, how's the commute treating you?"
Ella talking to Alex while both are in mid-air in transit, The Angry Birds Movie 2 The slingshot transit system is a new method of transportation invented in Bird Village that allows Birds to instantly travel to other parts of Bird Island using slingshots without having to walk all the way.

Operation

"Sorry guys, taking over the blue line. Official business."
Red disabling a transit slingshot for the Battle of Overseas Pranks, The Angry Birds Movie 2 Anyone who wishes to quickly travel to a certain area of Bird Island via the slingshot transit system would enter any nearby designated transit slingshot, pull themselves back on its elastic band and aim in a particular direction towards

Red and Leonard using the system.

the desired destination, before releasing its tension to catapult themselves there. Each slingshot route contains midway stops that can be accessed by grabbing a perch nearby the desired one, swinging around it to halt all forward motion and allow for an easy dropdown from it. If the desired destination is at the end of a slingshot route, which may take a few hours to reach after launch, there will be a target pad held by shock-absorbing springs to help riders land there safely.

If the threat of Pigs are reported nearby, any transit slingshots close to the adversary may be temporarily put out of service and repurposed as combat turrets, such as the one used to quickly exit Bird Island Beach during the Battle of Overseas Pranks.

Safety concerns

While not addressed in The Angry Birds Movie 2, the film where the transit system is introduced, there are some serious safety issues with the transit system that would make it almost impossible to implement in real life.

  • While the destination target pads may protect against the impact of landing from a proper slingshot launch, their stationary position will not protect against improperly aimed slingshot launches. It is not known how Birds can properly aim transit slingshots towards intended destinations, although it has been implied that multiple unique slingshot routes may have possibly been established and mapped out in a transit network for all Birds to know and memorize.
  • It may not seem safe for Birds with thin, long, scaly legs to land feetfirst onto the destination pads, as they appear to be too thin and fragile to withstand the impact of landing that way, especially when the destination pads are not cushioned.
  • The transit system also appears to have no traffic regulatory system, making it possible for mid-air collisions (that may result in serious injury or death.).
  • Perch stations also appear fragile and can be destroyed if Birds crash into them, and there is a chance that they may not withstand the torque generated by the sudden grip of a Bird's wings as he/she attempts to stop.

History

The slingshot transit system was invented at some time during the Great Egg War as the village expanded and modernized, and by the time that war came to an end, the system saw widespread use. A network of multiple, unique slingshot routes were created to service various destinations in the village and the island.

Behind the scenes

"Even with the stuff on Bird Island that was reused from the first film, which was quite a bit, we wanted it to feel like time had passed and there was an update to their world. For example, on Bird Island, now they’re using slingshots as their main method of transportation. That wasn't part of the first film. They had a slingshot, but now it's part of their everyday use, almost like a subway station. They stand in line and then take the Blue Line, the Yellow Line, the Green Line or whatever. We updated what we had on the first film to bring the audience a new experience."
Pete Oswald, production designer of The Angry Birds Movie 2 In an article for Animation World Network, production designer Pete Oswald revealed that the slingshot transit system was put in place to give audiences a good sense of how much the village and Birdlife had changed since the amount of time that had passed from the events of the first film. He specifically wanted to treat the transit system as if it were truly the Bird equivalent of subway systems and/or transit bus routes that humans use daily in cities today.[3]

Previous Shot Traceline

"Just look where the last bird went and adjust from there."
Red, The Angry Birds Movie

The traceline in a tutorial.

During a typical level in either of the two major titles in the Angry Birds series and the 2014 Angry Birds Stella spin-off game, players may need to rely on a traceline that reflects the trajectory of the last Bird launched to make accurate shots.

Appearance

After the player fires their first Bird with the slingshot, the game then retains their trajectory, marked out as a trail of white dots, which resemble smoke a bit.

The Traceline is indirectly alluded to in The Angry Birds Movie, specifically by Red as he coordinated the opening salvo of the Battle of Pig City. He uses the Traceline in an attempt to guide Stella towards the vicinity of where Bubbles was launched into Pig City, hoping to inflict more damage.

Strategy

The player can take advantage of the presence of this traceline to either determine a better shot angle if the previous shot was a poor one, or line up a shot of the same angle and power if the previous shot was effective and repeated shots of such trajectory are needed to achieve the desired destruction and defeat of the pigs.

Gallery

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Trivia

  • If the player hits the bird on the Slingshot with another bird or a glass of debris from the Pig fortress, it causes the bird on the slingshot to rotate. See this page for more information.
  • When the birds are launched in Bad Piggies, they pull back and fling automaticlly.
  • The Slingshot appears in every Angry Birds Toons episode with the birds so far except for Egg Sounds and Run Chuck Run.


Appearances

References

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Playable characters Angry Birds (Bomb (Shockwave), Bubbles, Chuck, Hal, Matilda, Red, Stella, Terence, The Blues) | Corporal Pig | Fat Pig | Female Pig | Minion Pigs
Non-playable characters Mechanic Pig | Mighty Eagle
Enemies Corporal Pig | Egg | Foreman Pig | King Pig | Leonard | Minion Pigs
Episodes Normal Tutorial | Poached Eggs | Mighty Hoax | Danger Above | The Big Setup | Ham 'Em High | Mine and Dine | Surf and Turf | Bad Piggies | Red's Mighty Feathers | Short Fuse | Flock Favorites | Bird Island | Piggy Farm | Jurassic Pork | Birdday Party (Birdday 5) | Golden Eggs | Bonus Levels*** | Magic**
New World* Happy New Year | Naughty Christmas | Lunar New Year of the Golden Pig | Wandering Planet | Summer: Back to the Beach
Classic World* Year of the Goat | Moon Fest
Other Power-up University | Mighty Eagle University
Items Coins | Egg | Gems | Golden Egg | Power-up (Birdquake, King Sling, Power Potion, Score Doubler*, Shockwave, Sling Scope, TNT Shield) | Sardine | Slingshot | Lives****
Gimmicks and obstacles Balloon | Beach ball | Cake | Dice | Gift | Glass | Greek pillar | Potion | Stone | TNT | Treasure chest | Water* | Wood
Modes Daily Challenge (Angry Birds Time Travel**) | Golden King Pig | The Mighty League
Music Albums Angry Birds (Original Game Soundtrack)
Tracks "Angry Birds Theme"
Other "Angry Birds Cinematic Trailer" | "Angry Birds & the Mighty Eagle" | "Bomb Bird: Short Fuse" | Box2D | Destruction gauge | Earth (Bird Island (Bird Island Beach, Eagle Mountain), Piggy Island) | Level Failed | Piggy kingdom
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**Appears in Angry Birds Time Travel only
***Appears in Angry Birds Trilogy only
****Appears in Angry Birds for Kakao only
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Protagonists RedThe BluesChuckBombMatildaTerenceHalRubyFemale White BirdBubblesLittle TimmySanta ClausStriped BirdStellaTonyWingmanPlayable PigMighty EagleMighty DragonMighty BasketballPostman Pig
Antagonists (Accessorized Pigs) Minion Pig (Small PigMedium PigLarge PigAgent Pig) • Corporal PigForeman PigKing PigFemale PigOctopus PigScarecrow PigEl PorkadorChef Pig
Materials and Objects SlingshotEggsSardinesKoi FishGlassWoodStoneSnowCloudsGoldSandGhost BricksElectro-ductingsTNTPumpkinsEaster EggPresentBalloonsFireworkFoodTreasure ChestsGreek PillarWaterLavaBillyGolden EggsGolden MooncakesUltrabook™ EggMagic Portals
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Songs "Peace Song 2011" • "Fly Me Home Tonight" • "Ode to Snow" • "Santamental Me"
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Key * - Exclusive to the Chinese version
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Enemies Caged Birds | Marmosets
Episodes Rio Smugglers' Den | Jungle Escape | Beach Volley | Carnival Upheaval | Airfield Chase | Smugglers' Plane | Market Mayhem | Golden Beachball
Rio 2 Rocket Rumble | High Dive | Blossom River | Timber Tumble | Hidden Harbor | Treasure Hunt
Others Playground
Bosses Nigel (Jungle Escape) | Mauro (Carnival Upheaval) | Nigel (Smugglers' Plane) | Mauro (Market Mayhem) | Blossom River boss
Items Coins | Egg | Golden Anchor | Golden Fruit | Golden Gear | Golden Rocket | Golden Treasure Chest | Power-up (Call the Flock, Power Potion, Samba Burst, Sling Scope, TNT Drop) | Sardine | Slingshot
Gimmicks and obstacles Balloon | Beach ball | Glass | Sand | Stone | TNT | Water | Wood
Songs "Angry Birds Rio 2 Theme"
Other Earth (Piggy Island, South America (Brazil (Rio de Janeiro))) | Level Failed! | Moon | Star | Free version
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Protagonists RedThe BluesChuck (Hockey BirdFreddie MercuryShakira) • Bomb (Santa Bomb) • MatildaHalTerenceBubblesWingman (The Hunter) • StellaEddie The BirdMighty EaglePostman PigDanny Devito BirdSonam Kapoor BirdMatt Damon BirdIan Somerhalder BirdDon Cheadle BirdVIXXPangolinTigerElephantChickenXoloitzcuintleSmurfs
Antagonists (Accessorized Pigs) Minion Pigs (Small PigMedium PigLarge PigExplosive Pigs) • Corporal PigForeman PigKing PigZombie PigsScientist PigFrankinPigGreen Day PigsEl PorkadorSea Monster PigWerepigGrouchy PigDragon PigGenie PigFungi PigDonut PigRampigPigtokingT-BoneTrapped PigSpirit PigGolden CupigHulk PigBeast PigSanta PigLeprechaun PigFat PigMario PigGaleHandsome PigLeonardZetaBulky PigPigfootMine PigFrench PigVampire PigCheerleader PigGolden Realistic Pig StatueHannya PigEaster PigGargamelAzraelTurkey Pig
Materials and Objects SlingshotSardinesGlassWoodStoneIronTNTFireworkPaint Balloon CannonFairy Dust OrbsMagic Portals8-Bit Blocks
Power-Ups Power PotionSling ScopeBirdquakeKing SlingTNT DropSanta BombThe HunterMush-BloomWingmanTNT PresentsTNT DropBoomboxPumpkin DropBird Switcher
Episodes
Other TournamentsEventsStar CupBird-O-Matic • Ports (Mobile PortWindows 10 Port) • AchievementsBird CoinsStarsGallery (Textures & Sprites) • GlitchesUnused ContentVersion History
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Playable characters King Pig | Ross
Non-playable characters Ancient Pig | Bomb | Chef Pig | Major Lazer | Mechanic Pig | Minion Pig | Zombie Pig
Enemies Angry Birds (The Blues, Chuck, Red)
Episodes Normal Ground Hog Day | Rise and Swine | When Pigs Fly | Flight in the Night | Tusk 'til Dawn | The Road to El Porkado | Road Hogs
Sandboxes Sandbox | Find the Skulls | Find the Statues | Little Pig Adventure | Field of Dreams
Items Vehicle parts Balloon | Bellow | Boxing glove | Detacher | Dynamite | Egg | Fan | Firework | Frame | Gearbox | Golden Pig Statue | Grappling hook | Helicopter rotor | Lamp | Motor | Propeller | Pumpkin | Rope | Sandbag | Soda bottle | Spotlight | Spring | TNT | Umbrella | Wheel | Wing
Other Cake | Custom Contraption | Loot crate | Power-up (Turbo Charge, Super Magnet, Super Glue, Super Mechanic, Night Vision) | Skull | Slingshot | Snout Coins | Star box
Modes Cake Race | Dessert Mode
Music Albums Bad Piggies (Original Game Soundtrack)
Songs "Shuffle and Spawn"
Other "Bad Piggies Cinematic Trailer" | Bad Piggies comic | "Celebrating 1 year of Bad Piggies!" | Earth (Piggy Island (Pig City (Pig Palace))) | "Fly Piggy, Fly!" | Piggy kingdom | Star | Free version
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Protagonists StellaPoppyLucaWillowDahliaArtistPig.pngNana
Antagonists GaleHandsome PigMinion PigBoom PigHelipigSpace PigBig PigMuscle PigNinja PigJetpack PigCursed PigZombie PigTrainer PigNecromancer PigShaman Pig
Materials and Objects SlingshotGlassWoodStoneTrampolineDrumsExplosive Fruit BoxVortex BoxBox of CoinsGeyser BoxPig in a BoxAnti-Gravity BoxGolden Egg
Levels

Miscellaneous HammerAlbumNew Pigs on the BlockLost and Found ItemsCutscenesCoinsStarsXP Stars
Further Info AchievementsComic-Con TrailerGallery (Textures & Sprites) • GlitchesOriginal SoundtrackUnused ContentVersion History
Other Media Comic SeriesAngry Birds Stella DiariesStella: Nana and the Magic English WordsStella Super Interactive Annual 2015Telepods
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Protagonists Red (Super RedChristmas RedPhantom Bird) • The BluesChuckMatildaStellaBombTerenceHatchlings (Hatchlings) • SilverPiggy McCoolZetaShakiraDahliaLucaGaleWillowPoppyCritters (Critters)
Antagonists King Pig (Former: Gale) • Minion PigsZeta (Former) • Pilot PigBilly The PigletMad Hog MccreeHams Grubber
Blockers and Materials SlingshotBubbleABP Blocker Glass Circle.pngWoodStoneBlitzfruitSmoke CloudSplash FruitBomb FruitHoneycombLava BubbleAsh BubbleBubble PodPicker PodBoomshroomSporesPop FruitPower FlowerSandstormSpikeSplash FlowerDrumFizz FruitSpin Fruit
Boosters Bird Boost (ABPop Power Pop.pngABPop Dahlia Science Pop.pngABPop Splash Pop New.pngAB Pop Poppy Line Pop.pngABPop Rock Pop.pngABPop Phantom Opera Pop.pngABPop Super Red Special Bubble.pngABPop Triple Pop.pngABPop Color Pop.pngABPop Shakira Bird Pop.pngBomb Blast Pop.pngABPop Luca Sonic Pop.pngMatilda Splash Pop.pngAB Pop Hatchlings Pop.pngRoyal Pop (Transparent).pngABPop Terence Smash Pop.pngABPop Plunder Pop.pngStar Pop.pngFreeze Pop.png) • Rainbow BubbleSuper RainbowMighty Eye SightFireballSuper FireballCrusherInstant Bird BoostRainbow Bubble Old.pngMystery Boost
Episodes
Other AchievementsThe SequelGoldStarsGolden FeatherGalleryGlitchesUnused ContentVersion History

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Protagonists RedThe BluesChuckMatildaBombTerence
Antagonists Minion Pig (Small PigMedium PigLarge Pig) • Corporal PigForeman PigKing Pig
Materials and Objects SlingshotEggsGlassWoodStoneTNT
Levels
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Items Bird Coins | Blueprint** | Booster (Boost*, Kart Repair*, King Sling, Target Kart*) | Gems | Ticket** | Toolbox**
Gimmicks and obstacles Glass | Stone | TNT | Wood
Music Albums Angry Birds Go (Original Game Soundtrack)
Songs "Songbird"
Other Earth (Piggy Island) | Level Failed | Star | Telepods
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Music Angry Birds Space (Original Game Soundtrack)
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