Rocket League 101: Tips And Tricks For Beginners

Tips and tricks that will de-mystify Rocket League for beginners.
September 22, 2016 4:27 PM by Felicia Miranda

When taking up a game that is competitive in nature, it’s a good idea for beginners to look up some tips and tricks that will give them a better handle on some of the basic concepts. The idea behind Rocket League is quite simple — it’s a game of soccer (or football if you’re on the other side of the pond) with rocket powered vehicles. In Rocket League, you’ll quickly learn that the opponents you face are pretty unforgiving. Here are some tips and tricks that will de-mystify Rocket League for beginners.

Do The Tutorial

In this day and age, game tutorials are usually a lot more trouble than they’re worth. While skipping through the basics may sound really appealing, I highly recommend you give the training tutorial for Rocket League a serious go. Follow this up with goalie, striker and aerial training. 

Learn Your Controls

Mind the phrasing. Veterans of Rocket League have often lamented on becoming too comfortable with the game’s default controls. If you want to really “git gud” at Rocket League, I would suggest doing some research on how to remap your controller for best results. The earlier you do this, the less problems you’ll have when you have to learn to do a barrel roll and boost your car at the same time.

Work Those Camera Angles

While playing Rocket League, try toggling the camera angles to see what feels best for you. While most beginners find the ball camera to be most comfortable, once you up the ante in Rocket League and start pitting against more serious players, adjusting your camera settings will definitely give you an upper hand.

Don’t Be A Ball Hog

While chasing the ball seems like the obvious approach, you’ll be a much better asset to a team if you learn to pass the ball, set up the ball, defend, and attack. Don’t be that person who desperately wants to drive the ball into the goal yet fails every time. Great Rocket League players understand the importance of teamwork.

Keep Your Boost Up

You’ll notice that the floor of Rocket League arenas are decorated with glowing orange circles. Make sure to run over these suckers as you blast on by to keep your vehicle boosted or you’ll find yourself straggling like a baby calf behind the rocket car herd.

Know Your Role

As The Rock would say, know your role. If your starting position is all the way in the back, don’t rush for the ball. Instead, take on the role of defense and help guard the goal. If your starting position is closer to the ball, try to initiate the kick-off and help drive that baby home.

Oh, and make sure you know which goal is yours because you can absolutely make scores against your own team.

Play Against Bots

Rocket League physics are nonsensical at best so before throwing yourself to the wolves of online multiplayer, give yourself a chance to get a solid handle on gameplay. Implement these tips and tricks into your play style. Play against bots and give yourself opportunities to find workarounds that work for you. Once you’re comfortable going 3v3 with some bots, test your newfound skills online.


Rocket League is one of the top played and bestselling indie games out right now and it’s for a good reason. It’s tons of fun to play both casually and competitively. Hopefully these tips and tricks will give you the foundation you need to be the best Rocket League player you can be. Cheers!

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