Written by: Jon Scarr
Quake Champions is the latest installment in id Software’s Quake franchise. In this fast-paced arena shooter you are going to have to be at the top of your game if you are going to go all the way. The action is fast and furious and after participating in the closed beta earlier this year, I’ve come up with a list of tips to help take your Quake Champions game to the next level. Check out these Tips to take your Quake Champions game to the next level.
Learning your surroundings and the maps in Quake Champions is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your success. By learning the map, you will know where the armour, mega health, and weapons are. The best way to start out is to choose one map and study its layout. If you don’t know where the best weapons spawn or where to go when your opponent is on a killing spree, you are at an instant disadvantage.
So let’s look at an example when knowing your surroundings can help you during battle. Let’s say you see your opponent running down a corridor. If you know your surroundings, then you’ll know exactly where your opponent is going to be coming out. Be at the exit with rockets waiting, to inflict some serious damage.
Controlling the map in Quake Champions is imperative. If you don’t have control of the map, your chances of winning decrease drastically. By controlling the map, I am talking about limiting the amount of times your opponent can get the mega health and armour items. These items respawn every 30 seconds and if you stop your opponent from getting them you have a better chance of taking them down.
When you first spawn, you should immediately find out which item you are closer to, the armour or the mega health. Which ever one that is, head for it and get it before you opponent. Even if you have better aim than your opponents, if you don’t have map control you have very little chance of winning. After all, if your opponent has more health and armour than you, they are probably going to kill you first.
When you pick up items such as weapons, armour and health the game has certain sound effects for each. While it may not seem like much, you can use these sounds to your advantage and figure out where your opponent is. The best way to use these sound effects to your advantage is to turn the music all the way down and the sound effects up. Additionally, using a good set of headphones will play an important in locating your enemy based upon the sounds they make.
For example, if you hear your opponent pick up the armour and you know where the armour is then you know exactly where they are at and can go in for the kill. Conversely, you need to be mindful of the sounds that you make so that you don’t give away your position to your opponent. One way to do this is to have a key bound to walk to limit noise.
Rocket jumping has long been a staple in the Quake franchise since the very first game released over 20 years ago. Although you will incur damage, rocket jumping will allow you to reach places that you never were able to before. Quake Champions features several different rocket jumps, some of which I will talk about.
To fully the master the all of the rocket jumps, you are going to need to practice. I found that Ranger was the best to practice rocket jumping with because he doesn’t take as much self damage as the others. The first and most basic rocket jump is the standard height jump, you just look down and hit jump and fire at the same time.
Next, the controlled height rocket jump can be done by aiming down a bit just in front of you and keep holding forward as you jump. Finally, the distance floor jump allows you to get to an item fast by aiming directly behind you with a bit of an angle. Just shoot and jump at the same time and it will launch you in that direction. While there are still several other different rocket jumps, if you focus on these first you will be well on your way to taking your game to the next level.
It’s never a good idea to get into a straight-up Rail Gun fight toe to toe in Quake Champions. The only time you should ever engage in a Rail Gun fight against your opponent is if you know they are critically injured and one hit will kill them. Otherwise, you run the risk of facing massive damage, which means loosing most of your armour and health.
What I recommend doing is to change your weapon to bring the fight to your advantage. For example, if you are close range and your opponent is using a Rail Gun, that’s not very smart. There are several weapons you can use to bring the fight to your advantage so that you aren’t engaged in a Rail Gun fight. In this situation, the Lightning Gun is my personal favourite. It literally melts your opponents if you have good aim. More than likely, they will miss with the Rail Gun and the Lightning Gun will kill them.
Strafe jumping involves a combination of running forwards, strafing left and right, jumping and mouse movements. The idea is to use all of these elements together accurately and smoothly so that your can raise your speed over the base level so that you can travel faster. This is really important to know how to do in Quake Champions because all of the maps are designed with this kind of movement in mind.
Every time I strafe in a direction, my mouse cursor follows in the same direction. Additionally, as I land and then jump again, my crosshair is doing a quick flick—to right, to left, to right, to left and so on. After you flick the mouse from one side to the other, you’ll notice that you actually keep traveling a little bit. The further you move your mouse to either side, the faster you will move in the game—you’ll find just the right amount to use with practice.
More over, you don’t always have to go left and right, you can mix it up a bit. You can do one left jump and then two on the right and then another one on the left again.
Well, that concludes my list of tips to take your Quake Champions game to the next level—I hope you found these tips useful! I’ll see you online!
Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.