What do you get if you cross the fast-paced driving skills of a Fast and Furious film with football tactics worthy of Jürgen Klopp? The answer is one of the most exciting esports around: Rocket League.
Players loved the four-wheeled footie action, and the game’s casual and competitive modes exploded in popularity upon its release. Five years on, there’s still a strong core fanbase climbing the Rocket League ranks and representing teams at esports tournaments, but the game’s free-to-play update has given the racing game a new lease of life.
Whether you’re a rookie or a former Supersonic Legend, your choice of car says a lot about who you are as a player – but also affects your playstyle. If you thought all cars were created equal you’d be wrong, so we’re here to help you understand what makes one car better than another, and ultimately which are the best Rocket League cars to choose.
This guide will cover everything you need to know about choosing a car, including everything from top speeds to our top picks. We’re going to start with some slightly technical stuff: hitboxes. But don’t worry – this really isn’t as complicated as it sounds, and can have a major impact on your choice of chassis.
Rocket League best cars: hitboxes
If you’ve never heard of a hitbox before, that’s fine. Hitboxes are invisible lines that determine the edges of a model – in this case, the car. These lines form, you guessed it, a box, and if another asset (for instance, a ball) hits this box, the game will register this as a collision and the ball will fly off in the appropriate direction.
To put it simply, the best cars in Rocket League are those with hitboxes that most closely resemble their model. Some of the vehicle options have hitboxes (looking at you, Zippy) that stick out way over their roofs or past their bumpers, making it harder to accurately judge whether you’re going to hit the ball or not, and if you do, what angle you’ll hit it at.
Around two years after the game’s release, developer Psyonix standardised the cars’ hitboxes, so now every one of the game’s 74 cars fits into one of six hitbox classes. As you can see in the above images that u/Trelgne created and shared on Reddit, both the Octane and the Zippy use the Octane hitbox, but the model of the Octane fits the hitbox much better. Note the gap between the roof of the Zippy model and the top of the model – this discrepancy can make it harder to judge when the car hits the ball.
Here’s the full list of cars in each of the six classes, per the Rocket League website.
- Animus GP
- Breakout Type S
- 70 Dodge Charger R/T
- ‘89 Batmobile
- Gazella GT
- Ice Charger
- Imperator DT5
- McLaren 570S
- Peregrine TT
- Samus’ Gunship
- ’99 Nissan Skyline
- GT-R R34
- Jager 619 RS
- X-Devil MK2
- Battle Bus
- Bone Shaker
- Fast 4WD
- Ford F-150 RLE
- Jurassic Jeep Wrangler
- Luigi NSR
- Mario NSR
- Road Hog
- Road Hog XL
- Sweet Tooth
- The Dark Knight Rises Tumbler
- ’16 Batmobile
- Twin Mill II
The most popular hitbox is the Octane, due to the fact it is the tallest and second-widest so you’ve got more of a chance of hitting the ball. The Plank is another favourite, especially if you want to play a defensive or goalkeeper role, as it has the second-longest and widest hitbox. The Dominus hitbox is notorious for its paddle-like shape and large surface area, making it perfect for trick shots, but losing out in many match-ups due to the low height and awkward front end which doesn’t accurately match many of the car models.
However, players have found great success with cars from other hitbox classes, so long as the model is a similar size. The Jäger 619 and Endo cars are available to purchase in promotional starter packs after the free-to-play update, and both fit their Hybrid hitbox pretty neatly.
The v1.79 patch which went live on September 17, 2020 added the Merc-class hitbox. So far only the Merc and Battle Bus are in this class, but we can expect more cars to be added in the future – whether new body types or old ones shifted around.
How to unlock all Rocket League cars
If you’re a new player – or even an old player confined to one PC or console – some of the aforementioned bodies may not ring any bells. That’s because new players start with just the Octane, Gizmo, Road Hog and X-Devil unlocked.
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Bodies are split into five rarities; Common, Import, Exotic, Premium, and Exclusive. You can start unlocking bodies from the first three rarities just by playing matches and unlocking Blueprints, although obviously Common ones will drop more often than Import, and you’ll be incredibly lucky to find Dominus or Komodo, the two Exotic-class chassis.
However, if you find yourself with a build-up of useless items (not just Bodies), you can try your luck with the Trade In feature. Head to your Garage in the main menu of your game, and then select Manage Inventory. From here, you can select five items of the same rarity and trade them up for one item that is one stage rarer. Your new item will be completely random, barring one caveat: if all five items are from the same Crate series, you’ll be rewarded with a new item from that same series.
Bear in mind that some items are untradeable, such as anything unlocked in a Rocket Pass, and you have no guarantee what type of item you’ll receive. No matter if you trade in five toppers or a mix of five different items, you could get any item at all for your trouble. If you’ve still got any questions, there’s a full FAQ for Trading In available on the Rocket League website.
Premium bodies are those which come with Rocket League DLC. These include the Batmobile, Jurassic Jeep Wrangler, and McLaren 570S. However, if you bought the game before it went free-to-play, simply link your account to an Epic Games account after the update and you’ll be upgraded to a Legacy edition with all DLC free of charge. You may also see these bodies listed as Limited in your game – it’s just another term for the same thing.
The final Rocket League car body type is the Exclusives. These depend on the platform you play the game on. PC players unfortunately lose out, but those racing on console can unlock their own exclusive bodies by jumping through a couple of hoops.
|Body||Console||How to unlock|
|Hogsticker||Xbox One||Play one match with every common body|
|Armadillo||Xbox One||Complete one season in Season Mode (single-player)|
|Luigi NSR||Nintendo Switch||Unlocked as default for Switch users (Luigi only available for the Blue Team)|
|Mario NSR||Nintendo Switch||Unlocked as default for Switch users (Mario only available for the Orange Team)|
|Samus’ Gunship||Nintendo Switch||Complete matches|
|Sweet Tooth||PS4||Play one match with every common body|
Although they all fit into the five hitbox classes, every car has a slightly different feel based on minute differences like axel placement and turning circles. You’ll just have to play around with a variety of them to find which one suits you best!
Some Rocket League body types are only available through Rocket Passes each season. For example, the new Tyranno body type is unlocked at the first tier of the Season Three Rocket Pass, if you’ve paid for the premium track.
But once you’ve settled on your preferred body, it’s time to pimp your ride with all the cosmetics you can unlock.
Rocket League cars wheels, toppers, paint jobs, and other cosmetics
Now that the most important (but probably most boring) decision is out of the way, we can move on to choosing the exciting parts of your car. However, choosing your wheels, hats and paint jobs won’t have any impact on your car’s performance.
Wheels are those four round things that propel you across the pitch. We know we promised we’d shut up about the h-word, but these do actually slightly affect your car’s hitbox at the point where they intersect with the body. However, the effects of different wheels on different chassis are hotly debated and honestly negligible, so just pick a set that you think looks slick.
As with the bodies, all cosmetic items come in different rarities, albeit with some slight differences: Common, Premium, Limited, Rare, Very Rare, Import, and Exotic. The two easiest ways to get your hands on the wheels you want is by unlocking random Blueprints that you get as a reward for playing games and levelling up, or by browsing the in-game item shop. However, with thousands of items available, it could be a while before you get the one you want.
The next-best option is to Trade In your items as detailed in the Body section, and your last option to get some new tires is to trade with other players. Pester your friends or send a message to someone you played against to see if they want to trade. Soon you’ll be feeling like Bobby Firmino waking up on Christmas morning to a brand new pair of boots under the tree.
Hats are a cosmetic item to make your car look as cool – or as foolish – as possible. Popular choices include the Brunnehilde Viking horns or the Rick n Morty Cromulon. The good news is that these items do not affect your hitbox – otherwise you’d just choose the biggest for an advantage.
As with all cosmetics, they are available in seven rarities and can be bought in the Item Shop, traded in, found in Blueprints, or traded with other players.
While Trails may look like they make you go faster, they have no impact on your car other than an aesthetic one. When it comes to unlocking them, the same rules apply as Toppers.
You can unlock a few different things that affect your car’s paint job; Colours, Decals, and Finish. The Colours don’t need unlocking, you’ve got a free choice from the off, but Decals and Finish can be unlocked in the usual ways.
Decals are designs, like hot rod flames or racing stripes. Adding these to your car also gives you the option to add a secondary colour to the body to make it really pop off. The Finish might not be noticeable on lower graphics settings but can make your car look old and Corroded, or fresh off the line and Pearlescent.
It is worth noting that iconic cars like the Batmobile and Delorean, unfortunately, cannot be customised.
Tournaments are a new feature with the free-to-play update. You can participate in automated competitions at a certain time of day to earn rewards like trails, wheels, or decals. The rarity of your rewards will be based on your placement and the difficulty of the tournament – but don’t worry, you should be playing against players of a similar skill level to yourself.
Upon finishing the tournament, you’ll receive Tournament Credits, which can be redeemed for Cups. The more Tournament Credits a Cup costs, the rarer the customisation item you’ll receive. Tournaments will be implemented slowly at first, but should be coming thick and fast as Psyonix implements the free-to-play system.
Rocket League best cars tier list
Here are the Rocket League cars that you’ll come up against in matches time and time again. Do you want to join the Octane hype train, or pick something a little different?
|Octane||Octane||You’ll see a lot of Octanes during your Rocket League career. It’s unlocked by default when you first play the game, it fits snugly into its hitbox, and it looks like your classic RC car. What’s not to love? Plus, anyone watching big tournaments will see most of the pros utilising an Octane body.|
|Fennec||Octane||The Fennec is an Octane alternative that uses the same hitbox. This one is a little bit trickier to unlock – you’ll need to collect Blueprints or Trade In for it – but offers an all-round car for those who want to be a little bit different.|
|Batmobile||Plank||Available to those with Legacy accounts after the free-to-play update or those who bought the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice DLC, the Batmobile fits the long Plank hitbox beautifully. It offers great value for those playing defensively, and can produce stunning goal-line clearances better than most other cars.|
|Dominus||Dominus||Another DLC car, this time in the Supersonic Fury pack, the Dominus’ ‘paddle’ shape makes it great for flips and tricks. This car is a lot of fun to use, so expect to see a fair few hit the pitch when many accounts turn Legacy and access the DLC.|
Whether you play with friends or hit the ranked leaderboard, make sure your car is match-ready. Now all that’s left to do is show off your new wheels by hitting the field.
Virtus.pro mistaken for terrorist group after 2016 CS:GO prize money blunder
Reflecting on the ten-year anniversary of its inception, Virtus.pro has been sharing some fond memories and stories with fans from its journey in esports. But one story involving a suspect bank transfer from Counter-Strike developer Valve makes for particularly hilarious reading, with Virtus.pro being mistaken for a “borderline terrorist organisation”, according to its owner.
As part of the celebrations, Virtus.pro recalls that following the MLG Major Championship: Columbus in 2016, Valve began releasing money to teams that was generated by the sale of team-branded weapon stickers within the game. While team owners across CS:GO esports would be awaiting the money with open arms, Valve’s wording on its payment to Virtus.pro almost landed the organisation in hot water.
According to Anton Chereppenikov, the CEO and owner of ESforce, the group that owns Virtus.pro, “the employees of the Lithuanian bank with which we cooperated with at the time were shocked and frightened” after Valve’s bank transfer was worded simply as “weapon sticker sales”.
Chereppenikov says the transfer was denied by the bank, who believed Virtus.Pro was some kind of terrorist group doing weapon deals with a private company.
After the MLG Major Championship: Columbus, Valve started transferring money generated from the sales of in-game stickers with clubs’ logos, to their respective owners. 💸
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) April 18, 2021
However, there was a happy ending, as Chereppenikov says the team got in touch with the bank, explained the situation and what CS:GO actually was, and its weapon sticker money was paid out.
While esports has become more widely recognised and talked about in the mainstream in recent years, a lack of knowledge around the industry in 2016 almost saw Virtus.pro finding itself the top of INTERPOL’s most wanted list, rather than the CS:GO world rankings.
Reported: Bilibili obtains exclusive Overwatch League broadcast rights in China
Bilibili Esports has reportedly signed an exclusive Chinese broadcast deal with Activision Blizzard for the Overwatch League (OWL).
Per reports from The Esports Observer and Pandaily, Bilibili confirmed that it was granted exclusive broadcasting distribution rights in China for OWL, which includes further development of commercial interests and promotional support.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In April 2020, it was reported that Bilibili replaced Banana Culture as the league’s Chinese production partner. The streaming site has since secured the hosting rights of OWL Overwatch Contenders and Overwatch Open Division tournaments in China.
Bilibili, also called ‘B Site’ in China, was launched in 2010 as a video sharing site that focuses on gaming, comics, and animation.
In 2018, the company cemented its position in esports by purchasing its own Overwatch League team, Hangzhou Spark. Being a franchise partner of Activision Blizzard certainly didn’t hurt Bilibili’s chances of obtaining the broadcasting rights it wanted.
Bilibili also obtained exclusive broadcasting rights to all major League of Legends global events last year. The three-year deal began in 2020 and runs through the 2023 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational.
The fourth season of Overwatch’s franchised league began on April 16th. This year, competitors are divided into two groups based on location. The East division consists of eight teams competing in China and South Korea, namely the Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Valiant, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Shanghai Dragons, and Seoul Dynasty.
Esports Insider says: China is home to the largest gaming market in the world. Companies like Activision Blizzard and Riot Games know that tapping into the country’s audience is critical for global success, especially when events are hosted in the region. If this report is true, Bilibili’s position as China’s answer to Twitch continues to strengthen.
PSG Talon takes the W at the PCS 2021 Spring Split playoffs
After topping the group stages and winning the grand finals in stunning fashion, PSG Talon will represent Southeast Asia in the coming MSI 2021.
PSG Talon secures their place in the upcoming Mid-Season Invitational 2021 by ploughing through the competition in the PCS 2021 Spring Split playoffs and taking the entire tournament by storm. To add salt to their opponents’ wounds: PSG Talon lost only a single game throughout their time in both the group stages and playoffs.
In only their second game in the playoff stage, PSG Talon faced off against Beyond Gaming, knocking them down to the lower bracket to go up against Machi Esports. After a thrilling best-of-five series, Beyond Gaming got a second chance to face off against PSG Talon once more but unfortunately, did not take their chances and lost in another three-nil sweep.
PSG Talon v Beyond Gaming – Part One
The only game that PSG Talon ever lost in the group stages was against Beyond Gaming so they went into the winner bracket final with a slim chance of being able to take a game or two off of PSG Talon. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case as PSG Talon came out swinging in all three games, showing us why they deserved to be in the finals.
In all three games, PSG Talon was able to stifle Beyond Gaming’s strategies with ease, making it even harder for them to execute their game plan. PSG Talon also showed their flexibility by picking 14 different champions in those three games with Leona being the sole exception as she was picked in the first two games.
PSG Talon v Beyond Gaming – Part Two
Having already beaten Beyond Gaming once in a best-of-five series, PSG Talon had to do it all over again, this time in the grand finals. While Beyond Gaming did manage to overcome Machi Esports to make it into the grand finals, they still had a very steep mountain to climb.
In the grand finals, PSG Talon picked both Gnar and Kai’Sa three times, which goes to show how potent these picks are in the current meta. We also highlighted both champions as some of the most played during this patch. They also chose Volibear and Leona two times each. Beyond Gaming, on the other hand, went with Tristana and Alistar in all three games as well as Hecarim and Jayce for two.
While all three games went past 30 minutes, it didn’t feel like PSG Talon were seriously challenged as they looked quite at ease playing against Beyond Gaming once more. They showed real composure, technical ability, as well as a keen awareness of what’s going on and being able to counteract that.
Mid-Season Invitational 2021
With their slot already confirmed, PSG Talon will be in Group B of the upcoming MSI 2021, alongside MAD Lions (LEC Spring 2021 winners), İstanbul Wildcats (TCL Winter 2021), and paiN Gaming (CBLOL 2021).
While Blacklist dance, Cignal struggle
headline photo courtesy of Blacklist International
While Week 3 of MPL – PH Season 7 ended in the best way for some, others faced an upward struggle moving forward.
After an elongated break due to an extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, Mobile Legends Professional League – Philippines Season 7 returned to action over the weekend for Week 3. For Cignal Ultra, the weekend would see four straight series, as the team finally got a chance to show their skills, while on the other side of things, Blacklist International were fighting to remain unbeaten with their fantastic new roster. In between those stories are also a multitude of developing ones, as teams battled through to the midway point in the regular season journey.
Cignal Ultra’s brilliance versus Bren Esports
Having not played for the opening two weeks, Cignal’s first foray into MPL – PH Season 7 hit them hard, as they fought through four opponents over the Week 3 action. Cignal were, unfortunately, unable to take a single series win out of Week 3, but they did show some signs of being an unstoppable team. Going up against Season 6 champions, Bren Esports, Cignal pulled off one of the biggest turnarounds we’ve seen in game 2 – shaking the nerves of the already shaky Bren. Although ultimately losing the series, and all series this weekend, Cignal can look to a few shining moments to move forward with.
Work Auster Force succumb to Blacklist International
After losing their first series in MPL – PH Season 7, Work Auster were a Force to look out for this weekend. With caster Leo moving into a technical coach role for the team, we were ready to see what they could do – and they delivered in a big way. Destroying both Onic PH and Cignal seemed simple for the team, but their final hurdle for Week 3 were the titans of Season 7 so far – Blacklist International. Although eventually losing the series 1-2, having their streak broken, Work Auster showed that they are going to be one of the biggest teams to watch moving into a massive Week 4.
Blacklist International’s dance of the undefeated
What more is there to say about Blacklist International’s MPL – PH Season 7 performance that has not already been said multiple times, especially when they remain undefeated – except to take a look at their winning moment against Work Auster Force and see just what a great time the team is having.
Pillow fights, praise and a synchronised dance around their Bootcamp table were the scenes as the team claimed yet another victory – and who can really blame them when they seem like an unstoppable juggernaut of MLBB power right now.
Aura PH, Nexplay Esports and the rest
Currently leading the Group A standings, Aura PH have almost been overlooked in their opening three weeks of MPL – PH Season 7 action. Having only lost to Blacklist so far, Aura have flown by under the radar to become another team to look out for in the coming weeks. With wins over both Onic PH and Omega in Week 3, the team have a huge Week 4 ahead of them.
Nexplay Esports begun the season on such a high, destroying Bren Esports in Week 1, but have fallen a long way since, with a loss streak. However, a big win over the Diggie-strat Cignal saw the team finally pull themselves up and look toward a single series next week in which to excel.
While Bren Esports scrapped a victory out of the weekend, landing their second in the season, we have to ask if it will be enough moving into Week 4 soon as they still seem to have many gaps being exploited. Across the rest of the board there are no really big surprises currently, with the table showing a fairly tight pack in the middle to lower portion – while some teams cruise out ahead.
As Week 4 of the MPL – PH Season 7 approaches, we wait with bated breath to see what new stories might unfold. We will have further news on the matches coming in Week 4 later this week, so check back if you want to remain up to date on all the MLBB news, especially dealing with MPL – PH Season 7.
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