How to Trade in Rocket League (And Not Get Ripped Off!)

How to Trade in Rocket League (And Not Get Ripped Off!)

For games that offer tradable, in-game items, the methods used to exchange these “goods” from one user to another become hugely relevant and develop entire communities of their own (whether we like it or not!). Rocket League is no different, and its item economy has boomed along with the popularity of the game itself. With the amount of information out there and new cosmetics being released almost every update, getting your feet wet with trading or even staying up to speed can be a daunting task. Thankfully, we’re here to answer all your questions!  This ‘how to trade in Rocket League’ guide is a comprehensive article describing all the aspects of the trading system, including item descriptions, how to get keys, how to trade, where to go to trade, and most importantly — how not to get ripped off in a trade. It is strange that a Rocket League Coaching group would provide a guide like this, but our goal is to coach the player how what trading is and how not to get scammed! Hopefully, at the end of this article, you will be informed enough to get out there and start trading in Rocket League!

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How To Trade In Rocket League

How To Get Keys In Rocket League

The most straightforward way of getting keys in Rocket League is to purchase them from the in-game menu. Purchasing keys directly from the in-game menu supports the developer, and a part of the proceeds go towards funding the Rocket League eSports scene. Keys purchased in-game cannot be traded for 7 days to protect users against fraudulent charges, so keep that in mind.

How To Get Free Rocket League Keys

This is what some of you are here for. Let’s face it, the game doesn’t give one an obvious way of getting keys for free like you might be able to in some F2P mobile games. There are, however, several ways to get Rocket League keys without spending your cold hard cash. They are:

  1. Trade items to other players for keys
  2. Trade crates to other players for keys
  3. Using trade-ups for betters items and trading upgraded items
  4. Trading items from RLCS events for Keys

Trade Items To Other Players for Keys

This is the simplest way. If you have items that other players want, you can trade them for items that you want. There are several places I’m going to recommend for you to go to trade without fear of getting scammed

Trade Crates To Other Players for Keys

If you are not going to use keys to open crates up yourself, this is a good way to get free rocket league keys. Crates drop regularly during online play. When new crates types come out, that is the best time to trade them as they can go for nearly a key a piece or 2 crates for a key. Other crates will fetch a much lower piece.

Using Trade Ins for Better Items and Trading Upgraded Items

With the newest update to the training up system there are some valuable items you can pull from the trade in system. In other to trade in your items, you need to trade in an item of the same rarity. The trade in system is shown in the video below:

Rocket league item trade ups|rare|very rare|

One of the more up to date trade in simulators out there is RL Market’s simulator. You can go there and see what items you can get. As of this post, it does not include the new banner updates so it’s a little out of data, but still helpful. Some valuable trade items you can obtain for free would include:

  • Any painted octane
  • Any painted breakout
  • Titanium white octane
  • White painted boosts
  • Painted banners

Opening Crates without Keys – Decryptors

During certain events like the Christmas event, you can purchase decryptors with in-game free currency for a limited amount of them. You can use this currency to purchase decryptors which are usually capped at 5. To maximize your returns, it would be best to use all your points for the special event crates and trade them away while the event is going on for free Rocket League keys.

How to Get Crates (The Rocket League Crate System)

There are 3 ways to get crates in Rocket League:

  1. Play online matches
  2. Trade items or keys to other players for crates
  3. Purchase event-themed crates

Psyonix announced on May 22, 2017 that each different type of crate will be scheduled for retirement roughly six months after their initial release. This means that the retired crates will no longer drop after matches. Consequently, fewer types of crates can be acquired via online matches, increasing the chance for newer crates.

What is the Rocket League Crate Drop Rate?

There is no official statement from Psyonix regarding this. Players have theorized that the crate drop is around 10 hours per crate. However, keep in mind that drops occur randomly and on a weekly basis they get reset. Drops also occur unevenly so one week you make get 1 crate and the next week you might get 4.

Rocket League Crate Farming

Crate farming is a bannable offense in Rocket League. Given how random crate drops are in-game, the best recommendation would be to just play and not worry about it or utilizing additional Rocket League accounts (Smurfs) if you play more than 10 hours a week.

Rocket League Item Rarity Levels

There are 7 levels of rarity associated with items. Here they are, from most common to least common:

  1. Common
  2. Uncommon
  3. Rare
  4. Very Rare
  5. Import
  6. Exotic
  7. Black Market*

You can trade up 5 items of the same rarity to receive one item from the next-highest tier. If you are trading in items from crates, all 5 items must be from the same crate, and you will receive one item of the next-highest rarity level from that crate. Note that you cannot trade up to black market rarity. You can only receive black market items from opening crates or trading other players.

Certified Items In Rocket League 

When you receive an item, either from a drop or a crate, there is a small chance that the item will have special attributes. They can either be painted or certified (or both, if you’re lucky!). Certified items will keep track of a specific in-game stats as long as you have that item equipped on your car (online matches only).

In total, there are 15 certifications. Here they are, along with the stat that they keep track of:

  1. Acrobat (Bicycle Goals)
  2. Aviator (Aerial Goals)
  3. Goalkeeper (Saves)
  4. Guardian (Epic Saves)
  5. Juggler (Juggles)
  6. Paragon (MVP)
  7. Playmaker (Assists)
  8. Scorer (Goals)
  9. Show-Off (Backwards Goals)
  10. Sniper (Long Goals)
  11. Striker (Shots on Goal) – Popular
  12. Sweeper (Clear Balls)
  13. Tactician (Center Balls)  – Popular
  14. Turtle (Turtle Goals)
  15. Victor (Wins)

Leveling Up Certified Items in Rocket League

In addition, you can level up item certifications by hitting milestones in each stat. There are 10 levels for each tag. The Each certification has different milestones. Here are the 1-5 levels titles:

  1. Certified
  2. Capable
  3. Skillful
  4. Veteran
  5. Fantastic

After level 5 there are 5 more additional titles. The names differ depending on the certification, but they are listed below (Source – Rocket League wiki):

Tag NameLevel 6
Level 7
Level 8
Level 9
Level 10
SweeperRidiculousUnbelievablePreposterousStupendousChief Custodian
TacticianRidiculousUnbelievablePreposterousTremendousMaster Planner


Tag NameLevel 6
Level 7
Level 8
Level 9
Level 10
AviatorIncredibleAbsurdUnrealAudaciousAerial Ace
GoalkeeperRidiculousUnbelievablePreposterousImpenetrableImmovable Object
GuardianRidiculousUnbelievablePreposterousGallantGuardian Angel
PlaymakerIncredibleAbsurdUnrealPsychicUnsung Hero
ScorerIncredibleAbsurdUnrealSupersonicUnstoppable Force
Show-OffDaringRelentlessExhaustingCheekyTotal Showboat
TurtleRidiculousUnbelievableRecklessTimelessTurtle God


Tag NameLevel 6
Level 7
Level 8
Level 9
Level 10
ParagonDeterminedStunningWonderfulEternalThe Most Valuable

There is no set value for level 5+ certification and given the level of effort needed to get them, it is not recommended to trade them.

Painted Items in Rocket League

The painted attribute alters the appearance of an item to emphasize a specific color or color scheme. For example, a cobalt-painted Chakram wheel will cause the spokes and rim of the wheel to appear blue, even though Chakram wheels normally appear red.

There are 13 different paint colors in Rocket League:

  1. Black
  2. Burnt Sienna (Brown)
  3. Cobalt (Blue)
  4. Crimson (Red)
  5. Forest Green
  6. Grey
  7. Lime
  8. Orange
  9. Purple
  10. Saffron (Yellow)
  11. Sky Blue
  12. Titanium White – Most valuable
  13. Pink

Note: not all items have painted variants, and not all items that can be painted have all 13 paint colors available.

Best Places To Go Trade For Items (And Rocket League Price Lists Sites)

Know that you know about different, crates, items, and attributes, you probably want to know where to go to trade and look up prices. I’m going to just say this straight up that I only recommend ONE website that you use to conduct trades. That would be Reddit’s R/RocketLeagueExchange


Rocket League Exchange

It’s very active community and legitimate place to post trades and make exchanges. There is also a price checking trend where you can ask the price for items. Here is why I only recommend them:

They Do Not Control The Rocket league Trading Market

The subreddit is an independent site where you can meet other peers and get trusted values assessments for trades. They do not own a value database like other sites so all the pricing info you get is from the players and from grassroots.

They are not tied or have partnerships with paid trading

This is the biggest pitch from me to you about why you should only trade here. Many trade sites are either affiliated with larger website networks (which means they are backed behind commercial websites) or they take paid ad placements from paid trading sites. Paid trading is where things can go seriously wrong with Rocket League Training. It is also against the terms of service in the game. Just like you trust us for your Rocket League Coaching needs because we are free and independent, go with the trading community that promotes the same philosophy. The trading system was designed to be free and using the keys system is one of the best ways to directly support the developers.

They Have A Trusted Middleman Network

I’ll get into common rocket league trading scams later in this post. Middleman scams are one of the most harmful and common scams in the trading community. You should NEVER for valuable items unless you have a trusted middleman to conduct your trade. The R/rocketleagueexchange maintains since a network and these middlemen have experience in handling these transactions in a mature and friendly way.

Should I Use A Rocket League Prices Spreadsheets?

With all these sites out now that provide up to date information and the trading subreddit, a google spreadsheet is really not a reliable way to go to get up to date Rocket League trading information. It is better to go to the subreddit to check for prices and to find other players who want to trade with you.

How Do I Avoid Getting Ripped Off on Rocket League Trades?

Here are some quick tips to avoid getting ripped off on a Rocket League trade

How To Trade In Rocket League Scam Avoidance – Never trade for real money!

This is the #1 reason on how people get scammed or ripped off on trades. It is very easy to scam someone with a real money trade exploiting charge-backs and paypal or simply by having you trade first. It is just best to just avoid it completely and only trade with keys.

Get familiar with Rocket League item prices

Spending a few days not trading, but instead looking at trade sites like r/rocketleagueexchange will give you a good idea about prices and want players are willing to trade for.

Common Scams

Here is a list of Rocket League Trading scamming methods and how to avoid them.

Trade Stuffing Scam

A common scam technique is when you are trading with someone and they add some junk items in the trade window. They will add a lot of them and then add the item you want. Then, just before accepting the trade, they will remove the item you want from the list hoping you will not notice. When you see traders like this, just reject it and kick them from your party. It’s not worth the risk and do not even roll with their lame excuse that they are just messing around. A lot of people get scammed this way. An example video of the tactic is shown below:

The Fake Color Scam

This method uses the image preview of an item in the trade window to fool you into thinking it is a better item. The best way to avoid this scam if you are on console is to hover over the item that the player has put down and use the L3 button so you can see the color. On PC, look for a button near the item called “show item details”. Example video is below:

Reddit user /u/dylan_aliff whos PSN is Spirtlink427 Scam Video Proof

The Fake Middleman Scam

A middleman is used where there is an item you are trading for that involves more than 50 items (e.g. – very valuable items). A middleman is utilized to ensure both players are protected when the trade is being performed. The middleman collects and distributes the items so there are no problems. This scam involves using a fake middleman. The middleman will collect the items from you and then will disappear.

The best way to avoid this scam is to only deal with middleman transactions with a trusted source. R/rocketleagueexchange maintains an updated list of trusted middleman that you can use for your high-value transactions. The link to the trend is here.

Too Good To Be True Scams

A not well known, but very effective scam that preys on the excitement when trading. This scam will involve 2 traders. One will post an amazing offer for a very specific item. It looks like a great deal, but you do not have this item because it is very specific. Then, right after this trading post, you see another with the item you need! The specfic item is a low value item and the trade is asking for 3-4 keys. It is overpaying, but it seems worth it because you will get more keys out of the second deal so you jump in. You trade your keys for this item and the other player you try to get a hold of never responds.

The best way to avoid these scams is to not trust these too good to be true offers. They are likely scams — and also avoid two deal trades unless you are using a trusted middleman.

Duplicating Items Scam

This has been a well known scam in any game with a trading system. It’s a classic scam that claims many victims everyday. The scammer will claim to know a glitch or have a program that can duplicate item. They may actually should you how they “duplicate” an sample low value item in an attempt to prove what they are saying is true. This trick is easy to exploit in game because the scammer can show you the item, but this item is a client side version. They will use this to bait you into attempting to duplicate a more valuable item, which they will happily steal from you and leave you with the fake “duplicate” version, which will disappear soon after.

This scam is a little hard to explain in words, so here is a video that shows how the scam works:

Rocket League – Ghost Item/Duplication Glitch – Don't get Scammed!

The best way to avoid this scam is to ignore players offering rocket league item duplication. Like I said, duplication in video games with trade systems is one of the most common scams and has been used for years to scam players. Don’t be a victim!

Scamming Using Gift Cards or Payment Through Paypal

A scammer will attempt to give you a gift card or paypal money for your rocket league item (e.g. – pay you money for your item). They may even attempt to overpay you to get you to bite. They will usually try to get you to provide the item first, then will quickly go away and steal your item. Another method is they will attempt to use a middleman for the transaction, then the middleman will steal your item. They can also give you an invalid gift card code.

The best way to avoid this is to simply avoid trading for real life money. Stick to using keys and the trade system itself.

Popular Items with Approximate Value (in Keys/on PC) *as of 1/20/18

Here is a list of popular items with approximate value. Any of these items below are highly sought after and will likely maintain a high key value throughout the life of Rocket League

Titanium White Zomba = 170-180

Titanium White Octane = 100-110

Heatwave Decal = 20-24

Dueling Dragons Goal Explosion = 23-26

Titanium White Apex Wheels = 100+ Keys

Note: The value of items can change quickly based on many different factors. Prices listed may not be accurate.

Most Valuable (Expensive) Rocket League Create Items

People have asked this in the past on our discord server so I wanted to list it here. In summary, the most expensive or valuable items in Rocket League at Alpha items and the infamous white hat. Values are shown below as of the date of this post.

Goldrush Boost = 1400-1500
Goldstone Wheels = 1300-1400
Alpha Cap = 200-210

White Hat = 3000+ Keys

Rocket League White Hat Value

The White Hat is perhaps the rarest of all Rocket League items, which is worth at least 3,000 keys (and that’s being conservative). There is no real way to obtain this hat via crates, and people who have found and reported game-breaking bugs to Psyonix. Considering all that, you can imagine how few of these hats exist within the Rocket League community.

The first person to ever get this hat reported an extremely game-breaking bug, which would have allowed him to change anybody’s level at any point in time. Instead of abusing the bug, he hid it from everyone else and reported it immediately to the developers in hopes of keeping his favorite game clean and fun. While Psyonix wanted to pay him monetary compensation for his honesty, he declined, and instead, created the unique white hat we know today. Don’t ever let anybody tell you that last folks finish last!

How To Trade In Rocket League Author Bio

MatthewIcicle is a longtime community member and a part of RLCD’s events & media team. He enjoys running tournaments, opening unwarranted amounts of crates, and mediocre games of solo standard.

Rocket League Pro AMA Series 1 – Ask Me Anything with the first ever back to back RLCS winner Turbopolsa

Rocket League Pro AMA Series 1 – Ask Me Anything with the first ever back to back RLCS winner Turbopolsa

Rocket League Pro AMA with Turbopolsa

On Tuesday January 11, 2018, Rocket League Coaching Discord held its first Rocket League Pro ask me anything (AMA) series with Turbopolsa. We had over 350 questions submitted by our members and Turbo did an incredible job answering as many as he could. Over 50 questions were answered in all. We all loved and appreciated Turbo taking the time to participate in our event. You can see the script below:

Live Ask Me Anything with 2 Time Rocket League Series Championship Turbopolsa Transcript

Q: How did you come up with the nickname “Turbopolsa”?

A: Bunch of friends of mine started having “Turbo” in front of their name so i just wrote pölsa after it which is some sort of sausage and switched the ö to o because commentators couldnt pronounce it :=)

Q: How do you prepare for matches?

A: As a team we scrim 30-60 minutes before our games just to warm up our hands and mechanics. after that I just sit in freeplay shooting the backboard until we jump in the match

Q: What is your training routine?

A: Don’t really have a routine. I just play ranked and rank S every day to not fall apart. every day I don’t play rocket league I feel like I lose a lot of hours I could’ve practised a certain thing

Q: How do you deal with the nerves when playing tough games? like my palms always sweat when I’m playing against good players

A: Nerves is always there for me, dealing with it is just for me to focus on myself and not who I’m playing against. If I’m nervous and I show then my teammates will feel it and start to get nervous as well. A good way for me at least is drinking water or anything really, somehow it works for me.

Q: At what point do you see yourself stopping being a professional RL player and potentially putting more of a focus on education/future career?

A: As long as I can compete at the top, I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. I did study to be an electrician for three years and graduated as well so I could do that after my career is over

Q: Kill, Fuck, Marry: Kronovi, Paschy, Jon Sandman?

A: Kill: jon, fuck: paschy, marry: kronovi

Q: What’s your favorite anime if you’ve seen one?

A: Scooby doo

Q: What are your thoughts on Rank S?

A: Its a great way to play against top level players

Q: Have you heard of a move called “The Serpent Drag”?

A: The fork is a serpent drag

Q: How effective do you think ‘The Serpent Drag’ is?

A: What the actual fork is this??

Q: How do I git gud?

A: You are a lost cause

Q: What is the best way to practice playing at a fast pace without making many mistakes?

A: Play fast

Q: What would you say took you from a high-level rocket league player to what you are now? …a beast

A: Luck, connections and remkoe’s sub spot. and of course dedication to the game

Q: Would you rather fight 2 Turbo sized m1k3rules’s, or 4 M1k3 sized Turbos?

A: 4 m1k3 sized turbos

Q: When do you think NA EU and OCE will all uncontestedly be on the same level?

A: NA and EU are on the same level. It will take a long time for OCE to catch up to where we are right now

Q: What’s your routine before playing in ranked?

A: I start the game, plug in my controller and play ranked

Q: What is the biggest difference between c3 and GC?

A: Rating, I’ve seen GC who are absolute trash at the game and should not belong there

Q: Top 3 cutest pros from EU and top 3 cutest from NA?

A: EU: 1: remkoe 2: al0t 3: me – NA 1: squishy 2: fire 3: garrett (not biased)

Q: What do you recommend to do to improve yourself well and fast ?

A: There’s not really a fast way to improve, just focus on what you’re doing in the game and not just chasing the ball like a dumbass. you will see improvements with time

Q: Your 3 hours from playing in an RLCS Group Stage match, how do you prepare?

A: Make sure I’ve eaten, slept well the night before and have something to drink as well. 60-90min before our games we start to scrim teams to warm up and take a small break when its 10-15min left

Q: What was the point you realize you got pro?

A: When we took our photos for RLCS season 1 LAN

Q: Which other pro player really grinds your gears? (Don’t worry I won’t tell)

A: check twitter and you’ll figure it out :=) ( )

Q: Best player you’ve played with along the way of your career and why

A: Violentpanda, without him this team or me wouldn’t be where we are right now

Q: What do you think Diamonds struggle with the most?

A: Hitting the ball, just being slow in general

Q: What is the most memorable thing you ever did in a professional game, like a sick goal, or a team play, no victory, I mean a play.

A: When i outplayed Denial in Season 3 LAN in game 4 to win the series

Q: Do you play other games besides Rocket League?

A: I usually play fortnite or other random steam games i can find

Q: How long do you play rocket league per day on average?

A: I try to play atleast 4 hours per day to stay in form :=) PogChamp4

Q: Do you have fun while playing Rocket League?

A: In ranked? no, in rank S? yes

Q: As a two time world champion what things would you tell someone who is trying to break into the competitive scene and trying to find a team and or org?

A: If you have connections with top-level players then its quite easy to get there. but if you are a nobody that no one has heard about then you will need to climb the ladder, find 2 other people in your rank to play tournaments in and put your name out there SuperThinking5

Q: Who is the nicest person on Gale Force Esports in your opinion?

A: Jos and alex are both nice guys :=)

Q: If you could, would you like to see RLCS changed to 2v2 instead of 3v3?

A: No, if they did it would ruin the competitive scene

Q: How much time has passed since you started answering questions and finally reached this one?

A: About an hour

Q: Who do you think will win s5 (apart from GFE)? Who are the favorites?

A: Can’t answer that until I know whos going to LAN, but I could see Method or NRG with the new roster

Q: How angry was your team when you lost versus summit in RLCS 2 league play?

A: That was the lowest I’ve ever been in my career. I may or may not have thrown my controller a couple of times

Q: If you could form a team with any pro players in the world, which 2 players would you pick?

A: Violentpanda and kaydop

Q: Which Gaming events will you be going to?? Rocket League related or not?

A: Dreamhack leipzig :=)

Q: How did you get introduced to the pro scene

A: When al0t and sniper picked me up from a team I played in earlier. when we started playing RLCPL was the point where rocket league esport actually started

Q: Why do you think GFE have been so formidable this season? What is it you, Kaydop and Panda do that you think other teams struggle to do?

A: The teamplays and individual skills

Q: Do u like ostkaka

A: I fucking love ostkaka

Q: If it weren’t for rocket league. What job would you be doing rn?

A: I would be an electrician, I graduated in 2017

Q: Who are some players currently NOT in RLCS/RLRS that you think will have a breakout performance this year/season?

A: Don’t think there will be

Q: Have you ever been in a rut when nothing goes right and how did you get out of that?

A: I take a break. I usually take max one day break and then get right back to the grind :=)

Q: So of all the answers about becoming a pro connections to the scene is more important than anything… If you were starting now what would you focus on to make connections with higher players?

A: Don’t be annoying on twitter and such, don’t spam about playing with them. Play 6mans. They will eventually see how good you are

Q: You said earlier that ranked isnt fun. Why is that?

A: Garbage players ruining my rating

Q: Which players do you think are highly underrated?

A: Not really underrated but people don’t give violentpanda enough credit for what he’s doing for the team.

Q: Which variety of sill do you prefer?


Q: When you weren’t that good yet(at the beginning), did you ever think about quitting rl?

A: I played for fun until RLCPL. Everyone is bad at the start, you just have to grind and have the dedication to the game to reach the top

Q: Do you think Scrub Killa is going to be a tough opponent along with the players on his team in future RLCS?

A: Personally I don’t think any team would replace their current roster with scrub. He has to work his way through RLRS in order to reach rlcs

Q: How is it like standing next to Deevo?

A: Don’t try to look at his face, your neck will be fucked

Q: How important is sleep and nutrition for you in eSports? Have you noticed your gameplay get impacted by any of the 2?

A: Obviously sleep is important and I always try to not be hungry when I’m playing. I will always play badly when I’m tired and/or hungry

Q: Which RL pro’s girlfriend would you like to steal?

A: All of them

Q: Do you expect Rocket League to start any competition similar to Overwatch League any time soon?

A: Maybe, I don’t see this year but maybe 2019 :=)

Stayed tuned for more Rocket League Pro AMAs and Rocket League Pro Interviews in the future! We are just getting started :).

About Author

Kieran is the Founder of Rocket League Coaching Discord, a discord community focused on providing top level coaching for to all levels of Rocket League players for free. Kieran international discord of over 3200 members, active and retired pro players, and 75+ Grand Champions work together to make the Rocket League community great.

Best Rocket League Car – A Detailed Analysis

Best Rocket League Car – A Detailed Analysis

If you you have come across this post, you likely are wondering what is the best Rocket League Car in the game. I have wondered this over and over again when I first started playing the game. Over my play time since Season 1, I have switched to multiple cars, tried DLC cars, and fine tuned my play with the cars I use. To answer this question, you really need to do a detailed analysis on the types of cars, the stats of them, turning radius, physical appearance of the car, and look at your own skill set. Let’s go through the analysis so you can figure out what the best rocket league car is for you.

Best Rocket League Car

Determining the Best Car in Rocket League

If you have checked out other videos or looked around at other articles most players will tell you it comes down to personal preference. The problem I have with this statement especially if you are new to the game is you probably lack the hours or skill set to really know what your play style is. If you know your play style than you can match the car that best fits your style and your skills. Many of the coaches in Rocket League Coaching Discord have told me in the past that play style really does not start forming until you get to around Champion rank. Some of our coaches argue that it really doesn’t develop until you hit high Champ level tiers or even early Grand Champion (a statement I heard during season 3). So before we determine what Car is best for you, you really need to understand the differences in the cars, and then align your car selection with the skill set you have. From there as your personal play style develops, you can switch your car based on what fits your style of play and the playlist you are challenging.

Best Rocket League Car Stats

We are going to break down Rocket League Cars with a statistical analysis. When analyzing car stats we look at the following parameters:

  • Hitbox
  • Hitbox Length
  • Hitbox Width
  • Hitbox Height
  • Turn Radius at max speed
  • Turn Time at max speed
  • Power slide 180 Turn Radius at max speed
  • Power slide 180 Turn Radius at max speed

Rocket League Car Hitboxes

rocket league car stats

As Rocket League is a video game and not real life, each car in the game has a hitbox. These hitboxes are the total area of the vehicle where a hit would register. Regardless of what topper or accessory you stick on your car, the hit box is always absolute on your car. Some cars are fairly accurate to their hit box visually and others are not. I’ll go more into this later in the post, but let’s breakdown the stats first.

Car Hitbox Length

This is the total length of your car hitbox.  Some cars like the Breakout and Animus have very long hitboxes while others like the Octane and Takumi have shorter hitboxes

Car Hitbox Width

This is the total width of the car hitbox. Wider cars will have an easier time dribbling the ball side to side and thinner cars tend to be longer in the game.

Rocket League Car Hitbox Height

This is the total height of the hitbox. Taller cars will have an easier time bounce dribbling and winning kickoffs. Shorter cars will have an easier time flicking and dribbling the ball on top of their car.

Rocket League Car Surface Area

The total 3D footprint of your car’s hibox. The larger the surface area, the larger the potential hit area of your car. Below are several of the more popular cars hitbox stats highlighted

CarLengthWidthHeightSurface Area

You can see the full Rocket League car stats here

Below are visualizations of various cars in rocket league so you can see the hitbox differences between the cars.

Vehicle Specifications – Original Hitbox Visualisations

Rocket League Turn Radius

Turn Radius to me is the the biggest factor of my car decision. A shorter car tends to turn and rotate faster and feel more agile while a longer car will turn and rotate slower but will feel more stable in the air. Below are the same sample of cars and their turn radius. In the sheet, there is a breakout of turn speed without boost and at supersonic or 100% boost power. Average turn radius is also displayed. The higher the value on this table, the tighter the turn. The values here are velocity values generated by the game itself.

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All stats are up to date as of this post. You can see the full turn radius stats here

Rocket League Car Differences

So I provided all these stats and you can tell there are in fact differences in the Rocket League Cars. I can go and break down each value and tell you which car has the tightest turn speed, the widest hitbox, or fits best visually with its actual in-game hitbox, but I feel it is best to simplify the car stats analysis. I feel this is important to not only prevent information overload, but to also future proof this analysis. Psyonix continues to release new DLC cars and special crate cars so continuing to update these stats can be a bear. In addition, Psynoix may choose to nerf or buff certain cars to balance out game play. So let’s breakdown this car stats analysis into car type categories.

When I look at all the Rocket League car stats, I see commonalities between all of them where you can group them together. Knowing these groupings will help identify what would be the best rocket league car for you. So to simplify, we have five types of Rocket League Cars:

  • Octane
  • Dominus
  • Plank
  • Breakout
  • Hybrid

Octane Rocket League Car Type

Rocket League Octane Car Stats

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These would be cars that share similar stats to the default Octane model. The following cars fall in this category:

  • Backfire
  • Bone Shaker
  • DeLorean Time Machine
  • Gizmo
  • Grog
  • Marauder
  • Merc
  • Octane
  • Octane ZSR
  • Proteus
  • Rog Hog
  • Rod Hog XL
  • Scarab
  • Takumi
  • Takumi RX-T
  • Triton
  • Vulcan

Characteristics of these cars are they tend to have taller hitboxes (better kickoffs) and feel more agile when turning. You could make a valid argument that the Merc should be in its own category, but for simplification I prefer to keep the Merc here versus separating it into its own car type.

Dominus Rocket League Car Type

Rocket League Dominus Car Stats

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These would be cars that share similar stats to the default Dominus model. The following cars fall in this category:

  • ’70 Dodge Charger R/T
  • Aftershock
  • Dominus
  • Dominus GT
  • Hotshot
  • Ice Charger
  • Imperator DT5
  • Masamune
  • Ripper

Characteristics of these cars are that they have shorter hit boxes and are known for having an easier time flicking balls. Dominus and Plank car types tend to be favored among freestylers due to feeling more stable in the air and having an easier time hitting the ball on the nose of the car.

Plank Rocket League Car Type

Rocket League Batmobile Stats

These cars are more extreme versions of the Dominus Car type. They are short and long cars. The most popular of these cars is the Batmobile:

  • Batmobile
  • Centio V17
  • Mantis
  • Paladin
  • Twin Mill III

These cars have similar feel to the Dominus, they are just on the more extreme ends when it comes to their hitboxes

Breakout Rocket League Car Type

Rocket League Breakout Car Stats

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These cars balance the Octane and Dominus Car type. There aren’t many cars on this list:

  • Animus GP
  • Breakout
  • Breakout Type-S

These are shorter hitbox cars that have a similar turn feel to the Octane car types.

Hybrid Rocket League Car Type

Rocket League Endo Car Stats

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These cars balance the Octane and Plank Car Types. If you want the higher hitbox of the Octane car types, but the length of the Plank cars this is the way to go:

  • ’99 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
  • Endo
  • Esper
  • Jager 619RS
  • Venom
  • X-Devil
  • X-Devil Mk2

Determining Your Rocket League Car Tier List

I’m not here to create a car tier list of the best cars in Rocket League, but rather to help you determine the best car for you. Now that we have broken down all cars in Rocket League to 5 car types, let’s break down your mechanical skill set so you can determine the best car.

Skills that work well with Octane and Hybrid Car Types

  • 50/50s
  • Bounce Dribbling
  • Kickoffs
  • Shooting (Accuracy)
  • Side to Side Dribbling
  • Powerslide turns
  • Wavedashing

Skills that work well with Breakout, Dominus, and Plank Car Types

  • Aerials
  • Air Dribbling
  • Flicks
  • Freestyling
  • Goal Defense
  • Redirects
  • Shooting (Power)

Take a look at these skills. Of the skills above, which ones do you feel strongest at? Pick the car that plays to your mechanical strengths at first. The one that plays to your mechanical skills will initially be the Best Rocket League Car for you. As you progress in the game, you may switch to the other car types to improve upon parts that you are weak at, to play stronger with the teammates, or to play stronger on the playlist you trying raise your Rocket League Ranks on.

Do Cars Matters?

I know several of the coaches on our Discord would disagree with me, but I would say yes cars do matter in Rocket League. They matter not the way most people think though. When you probably clicked on this article you were probably wondering what the best car in rocket league is or if there was a consensus Rocket League Car Tier list. Others will say it is all about personal preference. I’m mostly saying cars matter when you can look at your mechanical skill set, your teammates, and your playlist.

If you have a potato set of mechanical skills like me, than the Octane or Hybrid car type is going to be the best for me. If you are a freestyler or a heavy 1’s player, the Dominus or Plank Car types will likely be a better fit for you. From there it comes to your teammates. Which brings us to our next question.

Why Do So Many Rocket League Pros Use the Octane?

At the highest ends of Rocket League competition, Rocket League Pros are very well rounded players. On top of that, the highest earnings Pro Competitions are all 3 on 3 playlist tournaments. The Octane car type is among the safest pick in the entire game because of its balance. In an environment where split second decisions matter and a single mistake will cost you several thousand dollars, it would make sense that Pros would stick with safe. To quote Remko:

“There’s less mistakes to be made with Octane than with some other cars”

There is of course, good arguments with a certain plank type car that is popular with pros – The Batmobile. If you saw RLCS Season 4, you likely saw the insane skill display of Mock-It League’s Fairy Peak vs G2 (highlight below).  To quote Sizz on the offensive potential of the Batmobile:

“The air dribbling with the Batmobile is definitely the best in the game, by far. That car is so easy to air dribble with. It’s insane.”

These quotes don’t mean that you should just pick car based on what the pros pick. At low tiers, we should pick the car to our strengths. If you are a platinum player who is a flick master, then go with a car that plays to that strength as platinum players are going to have a hard time defending against your flicks.

Closing Thoughts On The Best Rocket League Car Debate

I hope this article helped you in determining what the Best Rocket League Car is for you and how you can go about determining what car fits best with your abilities. If you have any additional thoughts or want to talk about your experiences with the Rocket League Car of your choice, leave a a comment below. See you in-game or on our Discord server and thanks for reading!

About Author

Chupa49 is part of the RLCD.GG website staff. He joined us as a Challenger 1 back in Season 3. As of the beginning of season 6, he is a Diamond 3 player. He has benefited from the discord server by getting coached by several members. As a part of giving back to the community that has helped him get to a tier he never thought was possible, he wrote up this guide to help out many others in his situation with very limited time and with no direction to go to find the right type of training and coaching at his level that would be beneficial to him. Chupa49’s best rocket league car is between the Octane and ’99 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34.