Has this ever happened to you?
You’re playing an online ranked match. It’s high stakes and you’re in the final moments of the game. The scores are tied and the next goal will probably win the game. The ball sits on the halfway line and you both need to charge at the ball to make the shot. You have no boost, while your opponent just got a pickup. So they zoom to the ball, get it past you and you have to take the loss. You had no boost so there was nothing you could have done right?
Well, there may be a technique that could help you, the wavedash.
What is Wavedashing in Rocket League?
Wave dashing is a technique that is still in its infancy and arguably underutilized in competitive play. Essentially what this technique consists of is players using timed jumping, rotations, and power slides to create momentum and build speed almost as fast as a full tank of boost – meaning that those moments where you’re on the back foot with no boost could be a thing of the past.
This method is quite a technical and complex move to master.
Especially when trying to combine it with dribbling or defending. Though it does have a number of great uses.
One of which is the obvious use to move faster without any boost in the tank. Though it can also be used to have a harder shot impact without boost through offering a higher velocity impact with the powerslide. It’s a subtle difference but one that can be the difference between a failed and successful pass.
Then there is the ability to use this when playing in goal. If you are defending and driving along the wall if you pop off the wall and use this technique, you can slide along the goal line much faster. This allows you to get across to a well-placed shot that you may have missed otherwise.
How to wave dash in Rocket League
This technique is a tough one to master. However, if perfected, can be used to great effect and get you out of tough situations. In order to pull this off, you’ll need to practice, so we suggest you enter free play mode before you begin. We have also put together a step by step guide on how to do and train the Wavedash, so those who want to add this to their repertoire of skills, check out the guide below:
- Launch Rocket League and when on the main menu, enter the training section and select ‘free play’.
- The first thing you will want to practice is a small rotation about 30° degrees to the left or right, holding the power slide button as you do. This should push your car sliding left or right when you hit the ground. This is the first key component of the move.
- Try and combine these jumps one after the other in the same direction. This will push you fast in one direction with no throttle. Try and master the timing and rotation required to make this happen.
- Now you’ll want to do this with a forward motion. So next push the throttle slightly and jump forward. Then try and combine alternate left and right slides as you move. This should create a movement that resembles the same speed as a boost if done correctly.
- Try to use this newly acquired skill in match situations like dribbling or goaltending. Though try and replicate them in free play mode before you take them into actual matches.
There are also very similar techniques that can be used for straight forward and back movement though the timing for this is extremely hard to perfect.
This is called a bhop (or Bunny Hop).
Players can use the same angle either leaning back or forward while holding the power slide button to push the car forward or backward much faster than normal. This is usually coupled with a flip boost to give best results.
This will make your car look like it is bopping up and down like a dolphin jumping out of the sea. Hence this is why it’s called bhop technique.
If you can master this along with the wave dash, it only gives you more options to attack and defend in different scenarios.
Bhop and dash to victory
This technique is one that is so versatile. Offering a means of gathering speed without the use of boost which can be invaluable. The number of times this will come in handy to be first to a ball, save a shot or pick out a pass across the field are incalculable.
The path to mastering these techniques can be a long and hard one though. Only those that are patient, dedicated, and skilled will be able to pull this one-off.
Most players should be able to make this work for them on a base level. Allowing them to move from A to B faster and maybe even incorporate this into kick-offs.
Though those who want to save, pass and dribble fluidly with this technique will need to work hard. If you can take advantage of this skill, the bonus is that very few players are using this to their advantage at the moment – with many players even at the top level failing to use this in match play.
So chances are, you’ll be up against players that aren’t able to match your speed if you pull out this trick. Making games yours for the taking. So train hard, put the practice in and you could be bhopping and wave dashing to victory after victory.