What is Heatseeker Ricochet in Rocket League?

Heatseaker Ricochet has joined Rocket League as part of the brand new Neon Nights Event, but what is it and how does it work?

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How does Heatseeker Ricochet work? | © Psyonix

Heatseeker Ricochet is the new mode introduced alongside the Neon Nights Event, and is a fantastic piece of exciting car football. This variation may only be around for a short while, but we can assure you that you're up for some real fun if you check it out. That's why we're here, too, as once you've finished celebrating Chinese New Years in Rocket League, and once you've completed all the Neon Nights Challenges, you're going to want to check out this game mode!

In the end, we're here to help you out in these situations. We're here to help you strategize and prepare for rounds of Rocket League. We're here to critique the decals and items available in the Rocket League Item Shop, and provide all the tips and tricks that we possibly can. So let's take a dive in: what is Heatseeker Ricochet, and how should you play it?

Before we dive into Heatseeker Ricochet, and your responsibilities as a Ricochet player, we want to quickly give you a little bit of context. Heatseeker Ricochet is a limited time mode, or LTM, and will only be available for a very short period after (or before) you read this article. It is a whole lot of fun, so if it is still running, make sure you check it out as soon as possible!

What is the Heatseeker Ricochet LTM?

Heatseeker tasks players with attempting to score seven goal wins with both heatseeker and ricochet settings switched on. It is a very difficult game mode, as the ball will be extremely difficult to control, and if you allow the ball to touch the backboard it will shoot directly towards the opponents goal. Honestly, let's just give you the bloody instructions, directly from Psyonix themselves...

Touching the ball automatically sends it in the direction of the opposing team's goal in this speedy game of 3v3. It fires back towards your goal if it hits the backboard, so be careful! The ball gains speed with each touch. Scoring 7 goals wins! -- In-Game Description of Heatseeker Ricochet
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Check out the menu description of the Heatseeker Ricochet LTM. | © Psyonix

For How Long in Heatseeker Ricochet Available?

Heatseeker Ricochet is available until February 09/10, 2022. It is part of the ongoing celebrations, and a pretty unbelievably fun limited time mode. You will want to jump in quick, though, because you'll also want to focus on the other elements of the Neon Nights event as well, and you don't have a whole lot of time to do so.

How to Play Heatseeker Ricochet in Rocket League

Heatseeker Ricochet is not an easy mode in Rocket League. It requires a lot of different skills to succeed regularly, and achieve victory alongside your team mates. The first thing I would recommend is to make sure that you play this mode with a group of team mates / friends who are well coordinated and skilled at standard Rocket League.

This is important because, ultimately, Rocket League is all about proving yourself, and to do that you need to exercise a lot of skill and a corresponding amount of speed. In Heatseeker Ricochet you have a situation wherein not only does the ball Ricochet off you in rather unpredictable ways, but you need to be very fast and accurate so that when you attempt to score a goal it doesn't hit the backboard.

Speed is also important because, of course, the more times the ball gets touched the faster it gets. You need to score those goals as quickly and cleanly as possible, so avoid the fancy tactics and avoid too much dribbling, because you need to get it in there before it gets more-or-less impossible to properly control. This is a big mistake people make because, of course, they are used to dribbling and taking a bit more time. In the end, Heatseeker Ricochet is all about speed and skill, with emphasis on the speed. Practice is key, so don't forget to keep clued into our tips and tricks!