What Is Hitbox In Rocket League? What's The Best Hitbox For Your Car?
What are Hitboxes in Rocket League and which car has which hitbox? What hitboxes are pros using? [Explained by an RL Esports Enthousiast]
In a game like Rocket league with such small margins for error and fast-paced, frantic gameplay, you can’t afford to put yourself at a disadvantage. So it’s important to educate yourself on car body types and hitboxes for each car in Rocket League.
What is a Body Type in Rocket League?
Body Types are essentially a range of preset stats that are applied to a certain category of car. These body types come in six varieties which are the Dominus, Plank, Octane, Hybrid, Merc and Breakout body types. Each body type has its own set of stats that make them better in certain scenarios than others.
In short, each body type has its own positives and negatives. In terms of how popular each body type is within the community, the octane is widely regarded as the best body type to play with, with the dominus body type still seeing some use within the pro circuit as well.
Related to that topic:
- Octane body type vs Dominus body type
- Octane body type vs Fennec body type
- Octane body type vs Octane ZSR body type
- Dingo body type vs Fennec body type
What is a Hitbox in Rocket League?
A hitbox is an invisible box bounding all or part of a car that is used in collision detection. The hitbox of a car determines when your car actually collides with the ball. What we see as a player (what the car looks like) doesn’t actually determine where the car hits the ball.
If you’ve ever examined a replay in Rocket League you may have noticed that sometimes it seems like the ball goes into your car a bit, or even that the ball doesn’t touch the hood of your car at all when you hit it. This is because the car we see is a representation of a hitbox, but does not perfectly mimic the hitbox it tries to represent. (An example below)
As you can see above, the spoiler or “wing” on the back of the octane is outside of the octane hitbox. Because of this, you will see that if it collides with the ball, it will go through the ball before the ball actually reacts to the car hitting it.
Because there are only 6 hitboxes in the game, each car may look different and feel different, but that is only because the car more closely represents the hitbox or not. If it doesn’t represent the hitbox it is using well, it may feel a bit odd at times and throw you off a bit by visually misrepresenting its hitbox.
The Octane above and the Scarab below share the same hitbox, but notice that the scarab doesn’t match its hitbox very well. (Pictured below).
What is the best Hitbox in Rocket League?
While there is still much debate over this topic, we can safely say that the Octane hitbox is, by far, the most used in professional play. Many argue that the Octane is the best hitbox because of this, but others will say it depends on what you’re trying to do.
Many, many freestylers use a Breakout (Breakout hitbox) or Skyline (Hybrid hitbox) claiming that it is the best choice for a freestyler. And after watching many hours of gameplay, some of the best hoops players switch over to the Dominus (Dominus hitbox) or even the Venom (Hybrid hitbox) when playing on stream and playing competitively.
Many pros have also been known to switch to the Dominus (Dominus hitbox) in pro play when things aren’t working in their favour as well, such as GarrettG, or even the skyline (Hybrid hitbox) such as Turbopulsa.
But all of this adds up to one thing for us… play with what you like to play with. You can take tips from the pros, but even then there is one pro, Flakes, that plays with a completely random car every game while playing in season play! He has played with just about every car that exists in the game while competing and keeping up with some of the best in the world.
So play with what you love to play with.
If you chose one of the above-listed cars, you should check out our listings on:
- Cool Octane designs
- Cool Dominus designs
- Cool Skyline designs
- Cool Breakout designs
- Cool Venom designs
- Beautiful designs for every car in Rocket League
…so that your battle-car always looks on fleek.
What Hitboxes do Cars Use In Rocket League?
While each of the cars we listed above feels different like they all have their own individual hitboxes with their own little tweaks and quirks, they will all stay within the parameters of the six main car body archetypes. We have taken the time to list each car with its respective car body archetype so you can get an idea of what the car you intend to use will play like. Here is the list below:
- Animus GP
- Breakout Type S
- Nexus/Nexus SC
- Fast and Furious Nissan Skyline
- Fast and Furious Pontiac Fiero
- Jäger 619 RS
- R3MX/R3MX GXT
- X-Devil MK2
- ‘89 Batmobile
- 007's Aston Martin Valhalla
- Batmobile (2022)
- BMW M240i
- Chikara/Chikara G1/Chikara GXT
- Dominus GT
- Ecto-1 (Ghostbusters)
- Fast and Furious Dodge Charger
- Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R RLE
- Formula 1 2021
- Gazella GT (Hot Wheels)
- Guardian/Guardian G1/Guardian GXT
- Ice Charger
- Imperator DT5
- K.I.T.T. (Knight Rider)
- Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4
- Lamborghini Huracán STO
- Maverick/Maverick G1/Maverick GXT
- McLaren 570S
- MR11 (Hot Wheels)
- NASCAR Chevrolet Camaro
- NASCAR Ford Mustang
- NASCAR Toyota Camry
- Peregrine TT
- Ronin/Ronin G1/Ronin GXT
- Samus’ Gunship (Nintendo Exclusive)
- Tyranno/Tyranno GXT
- 007’s Aston Martin DB5
- Armadillo (Xbox Exclusive)
- Bone Shaker
- Fast 4WD (Hot Wheels)
- Ford F-150 RLE
- Ford Mustang Mach-E RLE
- Harbinger/Harbinger GXT
- Hogsticker (Xbox Exclusive)
- Jurassic Jeep Wrangler
- Luigi NSR (Nintendo Exclusive)
- Mario NSR (Nintendo Exclusive)
- Mudcat/Mudcat G1/Mudcat GXT
- Octane ZSR
- Outlaw/Outlaw GXT
- Road Hog
- Road Hog XL
- Sweet Tooth (PlayStation Exclusive)
- Takumi RX-T
- The Dark Knight Rises Tumbler
- ‘16 Batmobile
- Artemis/Artemis G1/Artemis GXT
- Twin Mill III
- Battle Bus
- Nomad/Nomad GXT
Think outside the box
Picking the right car may not be super important at the beginning of your Rocket League journey.
However, when you begin trying your luck in the higher rocket league ranks and playing with the best of the best, the littlest margins can be the difference between winning and losing. So be sure to try out every car that catches your eye and master its finer details so that you can dominate the field and make your way to the rank of Supersonic Legend!