Trade-in system in Rocket League explained

Got items in your Rocket League inventory you just don't need? How to use the trade-in system and what you could get.
Trade-in system in Rocket League explained

Trading can be such a valuable asset to players who are looking to get rid of some unwanted Rocket League items, get some credits or build an empire of rare goodies through smart trade deals.Though it isn’t always possible to find someone that is willing to take these items off your hands, you may not have anyone in your friends list that plays Rocket League. Or perhaps those that do simply have no interest in the items you are offering. After all, not every item is going to be super popular.This is where the trade-in system (also called trade-ups) comes in handy.

What is the trade-in System?

Released way back in 2016, this system allows players to select five items that they no longer wish to keep in their inventory. These are usually items that they couldn’t trade-off to other players too.Then, once they agree to part with the items, they will be gifted one item of the next highest rarity. Meaning that for all those items that you have no use for, you may get something really special.You can even trade-in items to get rarities all the way up to exotic quality. This means that you have a real chance to spice up your vehicle without investing any cash or credits.Also, in line with the new credit and blueprints system, you can also trade up blueprints to receive higher quality ones too.

How to trade-in Rocket League Items

So, you may have a multitude of clutter in your inventory that no other player would take off your hands. You are dying to get rid of it and want to trade it in for the chance of some nice loot. Though, you don’t know how to do that.Well, don’t worry because we have a step by step guide that will show how easy it is to trade in your unwanted loot. Have a look below and follow these steps.

  1. Launch Rocket League and get yourself to the main menu screen
  2. From here you’ll want to select the ‘garage’ option and then once in the garage menu select ‘manage inventory’.
  3. Next, go through your items and select five of the same rarity to trade-in.
  4. Once you are happy with your selection, press confirm and you will be gifted a higher rarity item for your efforts.

Understanding the trade-in system in Rocket League

Though on a base level, the Rocket League trade-in system seems very straight forward, it can be hard to establish what items you will receive when trading in in-game items of different qualities.For example, what will you receive if you trade in a very rare set of items? Well, we have researched just what is on offer when trading different item qualities.Here’s a quick rundown on what you need to know.Firstly, when trading very rare items, if you give up five of these items you will receive an import item. These are essentially painted variants of classic items from the series. This adds an extra layer of flair to your favourite car bodies and boosts. Here is a quick list of all the different painted items you can receive:BOOSTS

  • Datastream
  • Flamethrower
  • Ion
  • Lightning
  • Plasma
  • Sacred
  • Sparkles
  • Standard
  • Thermal
  • Breakout
  • Merc
  • Octane
  • Road Hog
  • Venom
  • X-Devil

Then as you would expect, to get very rare items, you simply have to trade rare items. Five of these will get you one of these awesome very rare items:BOOSTS:

  • Frostbite
  • Hearts
  • Treasure
  • Lightning|Default Color
  • Magmus
  • Lightning Yellow
  • Toon Smoke
  • Taco
  • Feather
  • Ink


  • Metallic Pearl(Smooth)
  • Moon Rock
  • Metallic(Smooth)
  • Knitted Yarn
  • Burlap
  • Cookie Dough


  • Salty
  • Unicorn(Banners)
  • Nice Slice
  • Starbase Arc
  • Pigeon
  • junk Food
  • Moai
  • Calculated
  • Beaten Egg
  • Starbase Arc
  • Butterfly
  • Dragon Wings
  • Goldfish

Then, if you are trading uncommon items you will predictably receive rate items for five of these. Here is a list of the items that you may receive :TOPPERS:

  • Bycocket
  • Surfboard
  • Foam Hat
  • Halo
  • Hawaiian Lei
  • Heart Glasses
  • Jack in the Box
  • Latte
  • MMS Headphones
  • Octopus
  • Stegosaur
  • Cromulon
  • Unicorn (Topper)
  • Beret
  • Royal Crown
  • Pork Pie
  • Pirate’s Hat
  • Little Bow
  • Chef’s Hat
  • Ivy Cap
  • Wizard Hat
  • Derby
  • Mariachi Hat
  • Devil Horns
  • Visor
  • Witch Hat
  • Traffic Cone
  • Chainsaw (Topper)
  • Fire Helmet
  • Trucker Hat
  • Birthday Cake
  • Bowler
  • Brodie Helmet
  • Fez
  • Fruit Hat
  • Hard Hat


  • Alien
  • Balloon Dog
  • Candle
  • Chick Magnet
  • Cupcake
  • Disco Ball
  • Donut
  • Flower – Daisy
  • Flower – Orchid
  • Flower – Tulip
  • Foam Finger
  • Genie Lamp
  • Giant Panda
  • Harpoon
  • Hot Dog (Antenna)
  • Hula Girl
  • Parrot
  • Piñata
  • Pinwheel
  • Rainbow Flag
  • Rocket
  • Rose
  • Rubber Duckie
  • Satellite
  • Seastar
  • Sunflower
  • Trident
  • Venus Flytrap
  • Waffle

What may suppose you though is that you can also trade your import items for even more desirable ones. These items will be of an exotic rarity and will offer the most interesting designs in the offer through the trade-in system. These will only come in the form of wheels though, so if you already have sick wheels, then you may want to hold off on trading your painted variants. Here is a list of what is on offer:

  • Alchemist
  • Almas
  • Dieci
  • Falco
  • Invader
  • Lowrider
  • Neptune
  • Octavian
  • OEM
  • Rat Rod
  • Spyder
  • Stern
  • Sunburst
  • Trahere
  • Tunica
  • Veloce
  • Vortex

Trade-in to trade up

No one likes to have no way to get rid of old useless items. Nor does anyone want to have no way of earning new items to replace them. So Rocket League’s trade-in system offers a way to shift your unwanted loot for more desirable goodies. It allows players who don’t have friends to trade with or those who do who won’t take their unwanted loot a chance to get better items.Plus, this gives players new bargaining chips to use when they are trading. With new, higher item rarities they can offer better deals and potentially get the items that they’ve been wanting for the longest time. It’s a wonderful system that makes collecting duplicates and lower-tier items exciting as it offers the opportunity to grow their value through trading in. It’s a smart system and has to be commended.

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