Our Top 50 Rocket League Tips and Tricks
We have created a list of fifty great Rocket League tips and tricks that will help you master this game. Each tip applies to beginners right up to intermediate players and we guarantee you that you’ll see more wins if you incorporate these hints. So without further delay, here are our top 50 Rocket league hints and tips.
Rocket League has been around for over half a decade now. Which means that to be considered a good player, you need to be better than a lot of veteran players and know the game inside and out. No longer is it good enough to just make contact with the ball, you need to actually know what you are doing and understand the importance of making the right decisions on the field. All of this can seem like a lot for new players and that’s why we want to help.
Our Top 50 Rocket League Hints and Tips
#1 – if you want to soar into the air faster than your opponent then you have to be prepared. Before you jump, be sure to pull back the left analogue stick to ensure your nose points up as soon as you jump. With this trick, you should beat most players to the ball in the air.
#2 – In the early stages of Rocket League, you’ll find yourself inexplicably wall-crawling or driving on the arena ceiling. If this happens and you want to dive back into the fray, simply double jump straight down for a quick recovery. Also, try to land on your wheels for a softer landing.
#3 – A tip that will help new players exponentially is tweaking your camera settings. We would urge players to extend their field of view, adjust sensitivity and stiffness to a setting that helps you see things better. This lends itself to more consistent play and allows you to read the game better.
#4 – Like anything you are passionate about, it’s good to see the best of the best go about their business. The RLCS competition is a great place to take in great clips, matches and replays of pro plays. So be sure to watch these and try to practice and incorporate their play styles and tactics into your game.
#5 – You may think that dismounting a wall via the ramp is the simplest and easiest way. This may be true, but it isn’t the fastest or most efficient way. If you are able to use a wave dash after jumping from a wall, you will be much more likely to reach the ball first. Wave dashing is a hard technique to master but the benefits are plentiful, so be sure to try this out in training mode and see what you think.
#6 – If you are on the wall and you collide with the ball when another player is also challenging for the ball. There is no guarantee you will win the ball or be able to direct your shot/pass. So the best thing to do in this situation is an aerial into the ball whilst on the wall. This will cause a pinch, sending the ball flying forward with power and will usually change a defensive situation into an offensive one in your favour.
#7 – The best way to hone your skills and get better fast is to play multiple game modes. It requires teamwork to play well in standard but this won’t translate to solo duels. So be sure to try your hand at all of these modes and build a strong repertoire of skills and tactics.
#8 – To enhance your power slide and maintain speed throughout, you’ll actually want to take your foot off the gas. You need to swap this acceleration for boost which will conserve your speed and allow for more versatility and mobility when power sliding.
#9 – If you miss your first contact with the ball on the wall and find yourself driving aimlessly. The best thing to do is take the ball cam off. This allows you to navigate your way down and back into the action much easier as with the ball cam on, it can be rather disorientating.
#10 – When defending and the ball is coming your way, never face the ball head-on. If the ball is redirected, you’ll be rooted to the spot and the opponent will have an easy chance to score. Instead, angle your car in the direction of the ball, this way you can adapt to a changing situation fast and if the ball does go past you, your already facing the right way, shortening your reaction time.
#11 – Be aware of your teammate’s position and don’t panic if a player rushes past you. If your teammate is defending and looks like they will win the next challenge, stay forward and be ready to launch a counter-attack. Excessive defending will only lead to your team being overwhelmed by the opposition.
#12 – When Rotating, it is important to know where your teammates are and stay out of their way. If your teammate is defending and the other is near the ball on the right-hand side, it is best to collect small boost pads rather than the big boost in the right-hand corner. You want to stay close to the play and remain in a position where you can react to danger and change the tide from defence into attack.
#13 – when a ball is centred off the back or side walls, sometimes the cross is too good to make contact with. So the next best decision is to try and bump or block your opponent. So at this moment, take off your ball cam, find the opponent most likely to take the shot and line up a bump to stop them from making contact.
#14 – If you are really passionate about becoming adept at Rocket League, then you might consider hiring a pro coach. These players can play with you and watch your replays to find your shortcomings and show you ways to improve your game. Plus, these people are in great supply, just check some freelance websites and you’ll find plenty of skilled players willing to help.
#15 – If you centre a ball, never follow your cross unless you are trying an aerial dribble. This signals to your teammates that they can freely attack the ball without any worries as you will be ready to defend a counter-attack if they miss their shot.
#16 – It’s important to realise that shooting is not always the best option. If you are planning to shoot, you should be confident that the shot will go in. Shooting for the sake of it is a waste of possession and can lead to losing against less able opponents. So when in shooting positions and the odds are not in your favour, consider using the wall to your advantage, using flicks and tricks or passing the ball to a teammate in a better position.
#17 – As a beginner, you’ll want to focus on making clearances high and into the corners of the opponent’s side of the field. Power hits are much more technical and require a great deal of practice, so in the early stages, focus on high and wide clearances rather than trying to shoot from distance.
#18 – If you find yourself in a position where you have space to dribble, be aware of your surroundings. If there is a player around you, try and find them with a low, cross-field pass. This often leads to a larger portion of the goal being free and gives your team a better chance of scoring than you going it alone.
#19 – If a teammate is within your line of sight, they are closer to the ball and they seem intent on making contact with the ball. The best course of action is to hang back as trying to get the ball could lead to you getting in each other’s way. Which usually leads to an easy tap-in for the opponents.
#20 – If your teammate isn’t very good at rotating or is a ball chaser, something which is common among beginners. Then the best thing for you to do is play a more conservative and reactive role. Sit back and let them make the first contact and then if a chance opens up, be ready to pounce on the loose ball.
#21 – For beginners, dribbling is one of the harder skills to master. So attempting this can lead to doing circles around the ball or taking the ball in the completely wrong direction at times. However, even if this occurs it is wiser to let your teammate try to work it out. Getting sucked in can cause further problems and leaves you defensively vulnerable. So don’t try to force the issue when your teammate is having a hard time dribbling.
#22 – If the ball flies over your head and you are no longer involved directly in the play. Be sure to do a 180° turn and rotate to the third man position. This means that you are best equipped to recover and launch a counter-attack if the situation presents itself.
#23 – No matter how great you are, there will be times when you get caught on the break. This will mean that your teammates are up the field and your opponent has a 1V1 opportunity. In this instance, you need to buy as much time as possible so your teammates can get back and defend. So only commit to a challenge if there is no other option. Otherwise, try and mirror your opponents moves, stay as close as possible while still protecting the goal and if you can, try and push the player out wide toward the wall.
#24 – If you are about to commit to an aerial challenge and you see that another player is already airborne, then you shouldn’t commit to that challenge. If they are already up, you are very unlikely to get anywhere near the ball. Meaning that you’ll glide across the pitch, lose all your boost and leave your teammates in a vulnerable position. So, assess the situation before you take to the skies.
#25 – Kickoffs are a very important part of this game and can often lead directly to goals. So in standard games, you need to know your roles. The closest player to the ball always makes the contact. Then the second closest or those tied for second should try to close the gap without making contact. This means they can react to any dead balls and usually have a clear shot on goal. Then the last man should tend the goalmouth in case the dead ball doesn’t go their way. This becomes less important in high ranked games but beginners will leave tonnes of dead balls, meaning you can rack up goals very easily this way.
#26 – Bumps and demolitions can be beneficial but only when in your direct rotational path or as a last line of defence. If you are going out of your way to seek demolitions and bumps, you are probably doing more harm than good.
#27 – Be a team player above all else. Having a ‘I must score’ mentality doesn’t lend itself to a winning strategy. Always play the way that is best for the team rather than for your overall score.
#28 – Never blame your teammates. If you criticise your teammates, they will likely play worse, become discouraged or even quit the game. Plus, if you are focused on what they are doing you will probably lose sight of your own game plan. Praise your teammates where possible and try to see the best parts of their playstyle.
#29 – If you think you are a fraction late for a challenge in the air, it can be beneficial to opt for a block instead. To do this, soar a little higher in the air and tilt up to increase the surface area covered. This prevents a shot and allows teammates to bounce on the loose ball.
#30 – While air dribbles are cool and often used in pro games, this strategy isn’t the best choice at beginner level. It takes a serious amount of skill, control and practice and even champ players struggle with this at times. So instead, you should use the wall to flip off and pass to other players which tends to be much more beneficial at the lower levels.
#31 – Hitting aerials successfully is key to getting better at Rocket League. However, doing so consistently with your car’s roof isn’t always necessary. As long as you are making contact and controlling the direction of the ball, that is better than most players at the lower levels. The main thing to focus on is making a clean connection and landing on four wheels after the contact so you can follow up.
#32 – As mentioned above, when landing after an aerial or jump, try to land on all four wheels and tilt down slightly in the direction you intend to go. This keeps your speed and momentum and negates the need to collect boost quite as much.
#33 – When you land and you are a little off centre but don’t want to lose your momentum, all you have to do is power slide. This allows you to maintain speed, adjust your position and retain your boost for when you need it most.
#34 – Remember that you don’t need to flip into every hit. Sometimes a simple connection offers more control and means you can react and defend if the hit doesn’t come off as you planned.
#35 – When attempting a kickoff, be sure to position yourself between the ball and the opponent’s goal and flip into the ball. This will prevent you from flying in another direction as the flip animations are fixed and will stabilise you.
#36 – If you are facing away from the ball at any time, be sure to turn off your ball cam for just a moment. This allows you to assess the pitch in full and can give you the tactical advantage when dealing with a situation.
#37 – When hitting a shot or pass, remember that the front corners of your car generate the most power. So if possible, try to make your connection with this part of the vehicle.
#38 – To follow on from the point made above, side and diagonal flips are usually the most powerful shots. So if you choose to flip your car at the ball, try and do so with a side of diagonal flip for the best results.
#39 – Using the reverse function can be useful in select situations. However, if you find yourself doing this regularly and chasing the ball, you likely need to work on your positional play.
#40 – If you have the ball on the roof of your car, the most consistent way to flick the ball up in the air is with a side flip.
#41 – If you want to improve your game, it is good to get an understanding of your stats and playstyle so you can understand your strengths and weaknesses. With the use of Ballchasing.com you gain all the tools you need to analyse your game.
#42 – If you are having poor results with your regular vehicle, then you should mix things up and try a car with a new hitbox that lends itself better to your playstyle. Just for reference, the octane is the most popular vehicle and hitbox variant in the game.
#43 – If you are constantly shadowing the ball, going up for every challenge and colliding with your teammates a lot, then you just might be ball chasing.
#44 – Use custom training to work on specific scenarios that you struggle with and also use this function to learn new skills like wall shots and aerials.
#45 – If a shot or pass goes over the goal and hits the back wall, try and anticipate where this ball will go and try to make contact in mid-air. This technique is called a rebound and is a very effective goal-scoring technique.
#46 – If you are tied for closest to the ball at the kickoff. Be sure to use the chat functions to signal if you are staying in goal or going for the ball. Colliding with your teammate at kick-off is a sure-fire way to concede.
#47 – Never sit still and stare at an oncoming ball. You should always be moving and adjusting for a better position and in some rare cases, attacking the ball to force a counter-attack.
#48 – If you are one on one with an opponent and have the opportunity to dribble. The best practice is to dart left and right rather than dribbling straight at the opponent. Make defending your approach as difficult for them as you can.
#49 – When your car is leaving a boost trail as it travels, this indicates that you cannot move any faster. So to use your boost while this is happening is a complete waste. So keep your boost in these cases and keep your foot on the gas.
#50 – Adapt your controls to make them more comfortable. For example, when hitting wall shots, it can be effective to change your button bindings for the air roll function. L1 instead of square tends to be a popular choice.
Practice, Play and Persevere
If you are able to take the above tips on board, we guarantee you that you will improve your game and potentially move up the rankings. This won’t happen overnight and will take lots of training sessions, plenty of game time and you will suffer a few losses along the way. However, as long as you enjoy yourself and do your best, then you ask any more of yourself. We wish you luck on the field and when you become a RLCS winner, remember who caught you the basics.