How to Enter Cheat Codes With the Xbox 360 Controller

Up your cheating game with these simple tricks

Xbox 360 console with controller
Photo © Erin Huffstetler

How you enter cheat codes with the Xbox 360 controller can vary depending on the game you're playing. For example, some cheat codes require you to press specific buttons in a prescribed order at a certain time to unlock the cheat. In other cases, such as with Grand Theft Auto IV cheat codes, special number codes are entered into a virtual cell phone during gameplay. Let's get more acquainted with the console's controller and learn how to enter cheats for Skyrim on Xbox 360.

Anatomy of the Xbox 360 Controller

Before you can enter cheat codes for any game, you'll need to know the names of all the buttons on the Xbox controller to identify which buttons should be pressed. In many cases, cheat codes will use abbreviations for the buttons on the controller. Knowing the names and abbreviations ​of these buttons will make cheating much easier.

Abbreviations are often used in describing cheat codes; for example, press "LB" is shorthand for press the "left bumper," or number 3 in the image below.

Xbox 360 Controller Image with cheat code entry descriptions.
Microsoft - Edited by Jason Rybka
  1. LT - The left trigger
  2. RT - The right trigger
  3. LB - The left bumper
  4. RB - The right bumper 
  5. Back - The back button For some cheats, you need to press the back button before inputting codes.
  6. Start - The start button is pretty straightforward. Some cheats require that you press the start button before inputting codes.
  7. Left Thumbstick or Left Analog - The left side thumbstick is also referred to as the left analog or left stick (Ls). You can move the left thumbstick in any direction, or you can press down on it to use it as a button. Sometimes, cheat codes will refer to the left analog button as L3.
  8. D-Pad - The directional pad. This is the most common directional input method for entering cheat codes.
  9. Right Thumbstick or Right Analog - The right thumbstick is also referred to as the left analog or right stick (Rs) in cheats. Like its left counterpart, it can be used as a button, and some cheat codes will refer to the right analog button as R3.
  10. A, X, Y, and B - These buttons are labeled on the controller. For many cheat codes, these buttons are usually used as the main inputs in combination with the D-Pad.

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Often, Xbox 360 cheat guides will refer to buttons by the actions they perform in the game. For example, A is the jump button in many games, so a cheat code may simply say "press the jump button."

Entering Cheats for Backward-Compatible Xbox Games

If you are playing an original Xbox game, you may run into a problem because the Xbox 360 controller does not have black and white buttons found on the original Xbox controller. ​​

When playing Xbox games on the Xbox 360, the black and white buttons are replaced with the right and left bumpers, so the left bumper replaces the white button, while the right bumper (number 4 in the image) replaces the black button.

Let's say you had a cheat code for Xbox that required you to enter the following:

Left, A, Black, X, White, B, B

On the Xbox 360 controller, you would enter the code like this:

Left, A, Right Bumper, X, Left Bumper, B, B  

Example: How to Enter Cheat Codes for Skyrim on Xbox 360

Cheats have been around since the early days of gaming, but modern games have moved away from cheat codes that rely solely on button inputs. Nonetheless, some players have found creative way to exploit the Xbox 360 controller to cheat. Let's look how to quickly get your restoration stat up to level 100 in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

  1. Go to the game settings and lower the difficulty to Novice
  2. Find a place where no enemies can attack you
  3. Assign the Healing spell, which restores 10 HP per second, to any button
  4. Assign the Equilibrium spell, which drains 25 HP and restores 25 MP per second
  5. Start casting Equilibrium by holding down the assigned button
  6. Then, start dual-casting Heal by holding down both assigned buttons simultaneously
  7. Wrap a rubber band or two around your controller to hold the buttons down

Now, leave the game on and go do something else for a few hours. As you automatically drain and restore your HP, your restoration stat will keeping leveling up to 100.

You can then just use a rubber band to hold down the buttons so that you continue to gain Restoration exp. Enjoy your easy 100 Restoraion! (Every few minutes you have to let Equilibrium drain a good chunk of your HP bar.)

In Skyrim, you can use the rubber band trick with the Xbox 360 controller to level up other stats as well.

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