Walkthrough: How To Play Rocket League With Friends

Rocket League has to be one of the most fun games to play with friends. They do not even have to be good at the game to enjoy it. It is a supersonic car placed on a soccer/football field with one objective, hit the ball and score goals. What is not to love about that? Oh, and you can explode your opponents. Here’s how to play Rocket League with friends.

To play Rocket League with your friends, you first need to add them to your friend’s list. You can do this by adding them via their Playstation or Xbox Gamertags if you are on the same platform. Otherwise, you can add them via their Rocket ID. Once done, you invite your friends to your “Party.”

There is a bit more to it than that, and this article will be a walkthrough on how to add your friends according to each platform. Then we will take a look at the different ways in which you and your friends can play Rocket League together. So, for everything you need to know, keep reading.

Playing Rocket League With Friends: Adding Your Friends

Before you can play rocket league with your friends, you first need to add them to your friend’s list. This way, you can invite them to play with you. How you add your friends to your friend’s list depends on what platform you are on and which one they are on.

Let’s take a look at how you can invite your friends to your friend’s list, depending on which platform they are on.

Adding Friends On Playstation

Below is a list about how to add your friends if you are on PlayStation and so are they:

  1. From your Playstation home screen, go up to the top menu.
  1. Search for a tab called “Friends” and select it.
  1. From here you should see all your friends. You need to go to the search function and click on it.
  1. Now in the search bar, you want to type in your friends Gamertag. Remember that you need to be specific because Playstation does not do so well with recommending and predictions.
  1. When you find your friend, click on their profile and it should take you to their main profile page.
  1. Select the option to “add friend” and wait for them to accept.

Now that you have added your friend, you can skip to the part where we are going to create a Rocket League party. If you have friends that are on other platforms, I recommend that you keep reading this section.

Adding Friends On Xbox

Adding friends on Xbox is different from doing it on Playstation.

Here is a step by step guide on how to add friends on Xbox One:

  1. Hold down the Xbox button on your controller. This will open the quick guide.
  1. Press “LB” twice so that you get to the “People” tab. Select that tab and you will get a dropdown menu.
  1. In the dropdown menu, go down to the “Find Someone” option and select it.
  1. You now have a few options. You can select from recent players, suggestions, or find someone. To find a friend, just type in their name. Remember, be specific.

There, you are all done and are ready to create a party in Rocket League.

Adding Friends By Rocket ID: Cross-play

If your friends are on different platforms, there is no need to worry because thanks to cross-play, you can now invite them to your Rocket League friends list. After that, you can invite them to your rocket League party.

You will have to add them to your rocket League friends list, but with the recent take over from Epic, if you have Epic friends through Fortnite cross-play, they should already be in your Rocket League friends list. If not, you will have to search for them using their Rocket ID.

Here is a step by step guide about how to add your friends from other platforms to your Rocket League friends list:

  1. When you are at the main screen for Rocket League, press R2 if you are on a PlayStation controller or RT if you are on an Xbox controller.
  2. Now that you have brought up your friends list, you will want to “add new,” so click on that option.
  3. As with the previous sections, you need to search for your friends in the search bar, and you need to be specific with their rocket League IDs.
  4. Once you find your friend, click on their name and then say, “add friend.”
  5. Now all you have to do is wait for them to accept, and you will be able to create a party with them in Rocket League.

Create A Rocket League Party

Now that you have your friends on your friend list. Creating a party is the next step so that you can play with them.

This is really simple, but if it is your first time doing so, then I have decided to add the steps here to make things easier for you:

  1. On a PS4 controller, you want to press the square button, and if you are on an Xbox controller, you want to press the X button.
  2. When you do this, Rocket League will start creating the party, and once it is done, it should automatically bring up your friends list and ask you which friends you want to invite. If it does not do this, you can just press R2 or RT to bring up your friends list manually.
  3. Once you are done, you will see your car and your friend’s car on your main screen. You can then select which mode you want to play.

Starting a party is probably the easiest part of the process, and if you have made it this far, you are ready to start playing. There are a few things that you want to know, so keep reading.

Rocket League With Friends: Setting Up A Private Match

Now that all of that is out of the way, I am sure that you are itching to get into a match and start having some fun with your mates. You might want to start off by playing a private match against each other so that you can either teach your friend how to play or get used to each other’s playstyles.

Setting up a private match is a great way for you and your friends to play the game if you just want to play alone. There won’t be any other players, and in fact, you could even lock the match with a password just to make sure that no randoms join your lobby.

Rocket League With Friends: Competitive Play

So once you and your friends have played enough private and casual matches, you might think that you are ready to play Rocket League ranked as a team. Before we even get into it, let me tell you, having a solid teammate can make a huge difference. You will eventually have an advantage over people who don’t have a solid teammate.

With the new rocket League update, getting into different types of matches has been streamlined, and it is a whole lot easier. All you have to do is click “play now,” select the competitive option, and then select whether or not you want to play duos or standard 3 v 3.


Duos is just you and your friend against two other players. This is a great option if there are only two of you, and you don’t want to rely on a 3rd random player.


Standard 3 v 3 is the most popular way that Rocket League is played. That does not mean that it always has the highest amount of players in the playlist. What it means is 3 v 3 standard is the way that competitive Rocket League gets played in esports and tournaments.

It does not matter if there are only two of you. You can still play standard 3 v 3, and you will get Matchmade with a random teammate. If you do find a good teammate, you can always just click the “party up” option after a match if you want him to stick around with you for a few more games. This does not add them to your friend’s list, it just parties you up until one of you leaves.

Rocket League Ranked: Benefits Of Having A Solid Teammate

First and foremost, if you have a teammate who you can be in a voice chat party with, this is the best thing ever because it allows you to easily communicate with each other in a more natural way than what you can get by using the quick-chat options in Rocket League.

You also have to consider that when you play with the same team over and over again, you start to learn how they play, and you will be able to read what they are going to do before they even start doing it. This makes things a lot easier for you.

So even if your teammate is not as good as somebody who you might have matchmade with if you were solo queuing, the fact that you know how he plays can make you both better as a team. That is just something for you to consider.

If you are much better than your teammate and you think he is holding you back and you want to go back to solo-queuing, just hear me out for a second. If you give it a few weeks, even if you are de-ranking, in the long run, you will become a better player and rank higher.

Rocket League Tournaments

If you feel like you and your friend are still not ready to go into competitive play, but you want a challenge, you do have the option to play tournaments. With the latest Rocket League update, Psyonix and Epic Games had promised to make tournaments more of a thing because when it was originally added, the game mode never really took off.

Basically, you can create or join the tournament, and if you press the Y button on an Xbox controller or Triangle on a PlayStation controller, you can select all the preferences you want when finding a tournament. Most tournaments need to be registered for at least five minutes before the tournament starts.

When you find a tournament that looks appealing, you can select it and then read the rules and the player count. Then when you press the A button on an Xbox controller or the X button on the PlayStation controller, it will cycle through the rules, and you can make sure that you like what you see.

There is no random matchmaking as of yet in tournaments. So you are restricted to your party size. If there are two of you, you can only play Duos. If there are 3 of you, you can only play 3 v 3 and so on. It goes all the way up to 4 v 4.

Rocket League With Friends: Game Modes You Can Play

In the section below is a list of a few other game modes that you can play. Some of these, such as snow day, rumble, hoops, and Dropshot, are ranked modes.

Even though they are ranked modes, they are not seen as being very competitive. So, if you are looking to rank up for the season rewards without affecting your traditional game-mode ranks, this is a great option for you and your friends.

Rocket League SOCCAR

Soccar is the mode we all know and love. It is also the most popular game mode. You have anywhere from 1 to 4 players per side, all trying to score a goal. It is the ball, the goals, and the players, that’s it. Just try and outsmart your opponents.

Rocket League Rumble

Rumble is one of the more popular modes, but not as popular as Soccar though. The mode was added to the game on September 8, 2016, and the game mode was met with warmth from players.

In Rocket League Rumble, you have special abilities. The abilities are random and have a 10-second countdown. The countdown acts as a cool down, so once you use your randomly assigned ability, you have to wait for 10-seconds to get a new one.

There are a variety of abilities. What abilities do you get in Rumble? Let’s take a quick look:

  • Freeze: This ability allows you to freeze the ball in place.
  • Grappling Hook: This ability shoots out a hook, once the hook attaches itself to the ball, it pulls you towards the ball.
  • Boot: This ability kicks opponents sending them flying away.
  • Disruptor: This puts an unlimited auto boost on your selected opponent, which makes their car boost uncontrollably.
  • Plunger: Shoots out a suction cup ( plunger ) that pulls the ball towards you. This ability is great for scoring goals.
  • Haymaker: Shoots out a glove that punches the ball.
  • Power Hitter: Give your car super strength, allowing you to demolish other cars instantly. The ability also hits the ball much harder than usual.
  • Magnet: Turns your car into a magnet that keeps the ball close to you, as long as you don’t drive too fast.
  • Teleport: You select a target opponent, and this teleports both of you, swapping your positions. This is great for removing a goalkeeper from the goals.
  • Tornado: This creates a tornado above your car. You can use it to carry the ball away from opponents or use it against other cars to create havoc.
  • Spikes: This is one of the favorites. You activate the spikes and as soon as you touch the ball, it sticks to your car.

Rocket League DROPSHOT

Ok, take everything you know about Rocket League and throw it out of the window. Dropshot is something completely different from scoring a goal or hoop. This is going to be tricky to explain, but I will try my best.

In Dropshot, the stadium is a big octagon, and there are no goals or hoops. To “score,” the ball needs to fall through the floor on your opponent’s side. The court is divided in half. If your team hits the ball, it will change to the color of your team. While the ball is your color, it can land on your side no problem, if it lands on your opponent’s side, it will damage the floor. Once the floor is damaged enough, it will break, this will create a hole.

Rocket League Snow Day

Snow Day was added to Rocket League in 2015. I was released in order to scratch the itch of hockey players and fans who prefer a game that resembled their sport instead of Soccar.

In Snow Day, everything is pretty much the same as in Soccar except the ball. Instead of a ball, it is now a hockey puck. The puck forces you to adapt to different mechanics, which is actually good training for online play.

Playing Rocket League With Friends: Split Screen Couch Play

For anyone with kids or for anyone that does not play online but wants to play with friends, a split-screen multiplayer is the go-to. Split-screen is the father of multiplayer. It is how we played games with friends for the longest time. Some of us still love the fun that split-screen offers.

Yes, you can play rocket league with 2 players on the same PS4. You can actually play online co-op against other players as well. Rocket League allows for up to 4 players on the split-screen play. Split-screen can be done on PS4, PC, Switch, and Xbox.


We have reached the end of the walkthrough. As somebody who is rather passionate about Rocket League, and who understands just how much fun can be had playing the game alone and especially with friends, I hope that you and your friends can now go have some fun.

One last note on the ranked playlist: I did mention how important it is to have a friend who is your teammate and who you play with often in the ranked mode. That all said, we all know that ranked can make a salty. So, if your friend is not performing up to your standards, just be patient because a game is not worth losing friends over.

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David Sacks

I have worked in the IT industry since 2011 and have been an avid gamer my whole life. My first consoles were the sega genesis and the Nintendo SNES. I play both console and PC games, I love both. I decided to become combine my passion for gaming with my passion for writing.

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