Despite being over five years old, which is an eternity in the gaming sphere of time, Rocket League maintains its status as one of the most popular titles on the market, a position elevated by the fact that it’s been free-to-play for a few months now.
With peaks at over 1,000,000 concurrent players, and averages well over 500,000, a good amount of those are bound to be new Rocket League players. Welcome to the world of high-Octane “soccar”.
It can be hard to know where to start, with a seemingly infinite amount of car bodies and other customization options to choose from after just a few hours of playing. Not to worry – some of the best cars in the entire game are among the first you’ll ever unlock.
Here are the best car bodies in Rocket League for new players. Legacy bodies, unfortunately, don’t qualify for this list, as the only way to access these is to have an account that existed before the game went free-to-play. It will also be limited to cars that are easy to unlock, as this guide is aimed at those that joined the fun more recently.
Is one of the three starting cars really among the best in the game, regardless of rank? The short answer– absolutely.
There’s a reason the Octane is the poster-child for Rocket League. If you tune into any professional match for a few minutes, you’ll see a majority of the athletes using this body.
It’s viewed as a jack of all trades. Need good control while dribbling? Check. Want to boom the ball away from your own goal? Also check. Want to wow your friends with some slick air-dribbling skills? Triple check.
While new players aren’t keen on taking to the air, the Octane’s versatility is still important for learning the basic mechanics of the game. Its hitbox, snuggly matching the car’s shape, is forgiving and its turn radius is unmatched.
The Breakout may be past its heyday, with most professionals moving on from the once heavily used body, but the utility value is still there – plus it’s the second of the three starting cars.
Its flat body makes it perfect for learning the ground aspects of the game. It has a better line of sight than the Octane when dribbling, with the ability to peek over the roof of the car unobscured.
An important part of the early-game is simply getting solid touches on the ball, and the Breakout is unmatched in that capacity. It’s wide hitbox gives more leeway on approach, and it’s plank-like shape means that the ball will be easier to control and dribble while grounded.
Okay, so this one is for slightly more seasoned players that have got a grip on most of the basics.
The Paladin is similar to the Breakout – flat body, low hitbox, booming touches – but it’s more slender and narrow, and has a better turn radius, making it the more agile of the two. Though it isn’t a starter car, it’s pretty easy to attain by completing the New Driver Challenges.
Given its shape, the Paladin is perfect for defensive-minded players, and can pull off some of the most powerful pinches in Rocket League. It can also pound the ball, sending it flying with the lightest of touches.
The Bottom Line
At the end of the day, the bodies above are just suggestions, three of the best cars for learning the game. But the most important aspect of Rocket League, and the best way to get better, is adapting a playstyle.
It’s okay to use a car body that isn’t one of the three listed, so long as you’re comfortable with it, and it matches what you’re trying to accomplish. Each of the over 65 variants are useful in their own right.
Except for the Scarab. Avoid that at all costs.