10 Master Both Tutorials
The game includes two tutorials: a basic and advanced. Play them both, then master them both. You're going to need to be pulling these moves off at breakneck speed and at a split second's notice if you are going to be successful. Pay particular attention to the difference between a regular forward flip (for shooting) and a sideways flip (for “headers” or tackles).
9 Customize Camera Settings
Before you take to the arena, spend some time in practice mode not only getting familiar with the mechanics of the game, but also setting up your camera. You can change the distance of the camera from your car, your field of view, the angle of the camera, and much more. All of these things will affect what you can see in-game. And everyone has a slightly different preference for how it should look.
8 Don't Chase The Ball
Instinct will tell you to crash the ball anytime it comes near you. It happens, and sometimes instincts just take over. But if you're following a rotation (more on that later), you should assess who is in a better position to tackle the ball.
In many cases, you will find that it's your turn to drop back and defend. Even if it's not, dropping back to defend is generally the safer and better choice. If you're rotating and going after the ball, your teammate may have a better angle. Rather than both crashing the ball, back off and let the teammate with the better angle go for it. Often times, this will let them set up a better pass and maybe even earn you an easy goal. The art of "leaving the ball" is a valuable lesson to learn.
7 Learn To Rotate
When you're first starting out, positioning is the most important thing to pay attention to. It may seem like everyone is charging after the ball all the time an feels like pure chaos, but once you play the game for a while, you may begin to notice a pattern, aptly called “rotating.”
When you and your teammates are properly rotating, the goal should never be left unattended. When one or two players push up for offense, one should remain back on defense. This gets more tricky when you're playing 2v2, but you must adapt the same principle to make sure someone is always keeping an eye on your goal.
6 Learn To Use Every Surface
Post-goal recovery is key in Rocket League. A lot of the time, the fastest way back out and into play is to boost through the bottom of the net, around the curve at the back, and onto the roof of the goal. If you keep your momentum going, you'll actually have a large window to dodge once you fly out the front (upside-down, of course), allowing you to dodge in the direction you need to go to get back into position. Alternatively, you can jump off the roof and have your normal dodge. This is beneficial because you get to the ground quicker thanks to the jump sending you down.
5 Understand Kickoffs
Kickoffs can both prevent and cause goals in either direction very quickly, flipping the momentum of a game. There are a variety of kickoffs in Rocket League, but it's hard to beat a simple, rock-solid kick off. It gives you a solid wall and stops the ball coming anywhere near your half.
The key to this kickoff is to meet the ball at the same time as your opponent but make sure your point of impact (and momentum) go straight through the center of the ball. Draw an imaginary line from the center of the goal, through the ball, and get the nose of your car on that line traveling into the ball.
The only other thing is to try to hit dead center vertically when you dodge into the ball. Do that and you'll find you'll very rarely lose the kickoff. As with everything, practice makes perfect.
4 When In Doubt, Hit A Car
If you suck but are having fun, just want to vent, have a spare moment, or the other team has one player in particular who is just having their way with you — destroy them. Get enough speed and hit them cleanly and you can “kill” them; their car will explode and force a respawn away from the action. It feels good and you'll even get some points for doing it.
3 Keep Calm On The Goal Line
The game is at its most chaotic when the ball is wobbling around a goal but not actually going in. Every attacker wants their goal and every defender wants the ball gone. It's tempting for every player in the game to get in there, but be cool. Reckless defenders can accidentally put it into their own goal, or attackers can knock away a ball that was already going in. If you don't have a clear shot or angle on the ball in this situation, get out of there and leave it alone before you make things worse.
2 Conserve Your Boost
Boost is a precious resource in Rocket League. Even though it regenerates quickly, you will often find yourself without any, struggling to get back and defend your goal. Instead of using boost all the time, you can “lunge forward” by holding the joystick forward and double-pressing the jump button. If you do this a few times, you can reach the same top speed as you can with boost, at the cost of maneuverability. Learn to use both effectively in different situations to reduce the number of times you get stuck without boost. Stealing boost from opponents is also a good strategy, so long as you're not going out of your way or breaking rotation to do so.
1 Keep It Simple
As you rank up, you will see people take to the sky to hit the ball. You'll also see them take the ball up the wall, bounce off, and “air dribble” down into the goal. It adds a whole new element to the game as you rank up and begin playing with higher-skilled players. Both of these are skills that will take a lot of practice and dedication. Being able to boost in the air to hit the ball is something that looks cool but is risky, and players are getting better at defending. Don't get too caught up on learning these skills until you get the basics down first.