Rocket League Aerial Guide [for beginners]

As you grow from a beginner to a novice and eventually to a competent Rocket league player, you learn a number of skills. How to turn fast, hit power shots, defend and rotate or how to dribble. Though arguably, the one skill that will serve you best and push you towards the next level of Rocket league success, is the ability to control your movement in the air and complete aerials.

Aerials are a fundamental part of the gameplay for Rocket League. As you begin to master all the ground-based techniques and the basic skills of the game. You will then encounter players that are using their boost to propel themselves into the air and connect with the ball many metres off the ground. Giving them an advantage over those who opted to stay on the ground and often offers an opportunity for a free shot at goal, a killer pass or a last-ditch save.

If you’ve taken any time to watch any professional matches or compilations of the most impressive goals from the series, you’ll see that these players utilize this method to dribble through the air and make ridiculous shots look like child’s play.

How to perform an aerial in Rocket League

So you may still be learning the games many techniques and skills and wondering how do I learn how to aerial successfully. Well, we have taken the time to put together a step by step guide on how to get yourself off the ground and completing aerials in no time at all. Here it is below.

  1. The first thing you must do is assess the situation. What is the position of the ball, your teammates and your opponents? Do you have enough boost? Is an aerial the best option?
  2. If so, what you’ll need to do is adjust your position so you are facing where you want to connect with the ball in the air. Line up the front of your car with the desired space you want to fly into.
  3. The next thing you will want to do is begin moving forward to give yourself forward momentum and then jump into the air and tilt your cars nose to the roof of the arena as you jump.
  4. Then you’ll want to hit your boost and move through the air. Judging the flight of the ball can be tricky so adjust your movement as you fly to give yourself the best chance of making contact.
  5. Then lastly, when you reach the ball, you must aim your shot. So if you haven’t used a flip, use this to generate more power. Or if you’re coming at the ball side on, adjust the position of your car to flick the ball toward the goal. If you’ve completed all these steps then you have successfully completed an aerial.

How to get better at aerials in Rocket League

If you followed these steps above you will have completed your first aerial strike. To get better at these requires more practice and the player to take a number of considerations into account. So we here is a selection of things to remember when practicing or attempting aerials in matches.

Momentum

Understanding momentum is key to a successful aerial shot, save or clearance. If your car is not moving in the right direction it will severely lower your chance of getting to the ball in the air before a better-positioned opponent. For example, if a player nudges you backwards, you will use a lot of boost to simply correct that unwanted moment in that direction. Meaning that getting yourself airborne might not be immediately possible. So in this case, get into a defensive position and plan for your next aerial assault.

Teamwork

Aerial play is not all about scoring stylish shots and making impressive saves. It’s also about using playmaking skills in the air to create chances for teammates. This is usually through redirects. So make sure you know where your pals are so you can nod down some aerial passes and allow them to add to the scoreline.

Training

Aerials are a tough skill to master and learning this craft in match play can sometimes leave you embarrassed and your teammates frustrated. So if you want to get a good bit of practice in first, the training facility in Rocket league has a series of set aerial shots that you can practice and perfect. These range from very basic to quite difficult indeed, so if you can master these it will give you a great base to grow your skill in online matches.

Don’t Hesitate

One thing that can turn a great aerial chance into a bad miss is hesitation. It only takes a split second for an opponent to beat you to the ball, position themselves correctly or nudge you in another direction. So make sure you don’t back out. Trust your decisions and focus on making the best contact with the ball that you possibly can.

Practice Advanced Aerials

Although these are the hardest to pull off, they are also the aerials that will give the player the most advantage over your opponents. These are usually aerials that are played off walls or dribbles through the air. These are skills that are often used by higher-ranked individuals. So if you can pull these off against players without the capacity to match your playstyle, you’ll pick up win after win without much reply.

Boost Management

Then lastly, we have boost management. To get yourself into the air, boost is an absolute necessity and usually the player with the most boost can go higher and get to the ball more effectively. So if you are going to attempt an aerial, make sure you have at least a few small boost pickups. This way you give yourself a chance of getting to the ball and creating an aerial chance without running out of steam on the way up.

Take to the skies

No matter how good of a player you are on the ground in Rocket League. It can be said with some confidence that if you can’t play in the air at all, you’re going to have a hard time. Though, with the added ability of aerial passes, saves and shots, you will find that winning games become a much more common occurrence. Not to mention that your goals will look much more impressive.

It is a hard skill to master and will require hard work and practice. Though with dedication and a following the tips and tricks listed above. You’ll see yourself soaring through the air and hitting perfect aerials every single game. So gather some boost and propel yourself to the skies!