Knockout City Articles RSS Feed | Knockout City RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network How to Pass in Knockout City Mon, 31 May 2021 12:31:50 -0400 Gavin Burtt

One of the most vital parts of teamwork in dodgeball is passing, and the same can be said in Knockout City. Shoveling the ball to a friend so they can make an attack, whether that be because you trust their aim more, or because they've got a better angle can make a world of a difference on the court. This guide will cover how to pass in Knockout City, as well as the benefits of passing. 

Much like any other team-based game, teamwork is the key to success. While it's certainly possible to win a game by relying only on your teammates' and your own solo performances, a shred of teamwork and communication from the opposition can be enough to trump that with ease.

How to Pass the Ball

Passing the ball can be accomplished with a single button click. Simply face towards the teammate you would like to pass to, and press in the middle mouse button to toss the ball. If you're playing on console, use the left bumper for Xbox, L1 for PlayStation, or L on the Nintendo Switch.

Some PC players are finding the middle click to be an awkward button to use frequently, so feel free to bind it to a separate button if you too find it awkward.

Throwing a pass to a teammate may not seem too enticing yet. After all, what do you gain from having your teammate try to throw the knockout instead of yourself? Well, when you pass a ball to a teammate, you will overcharge the dodgeball. This means that when your recipient teammate takes their shot, the throw will go significantly faster than usual, making it harder for your opponent to catch or dodge. With good communication, your teammate can also curve this shot to make an absolutely devastating attack, that few opponents will be able to survive.

It can certainly be hard to let up a potential knockout to let your teammate have it, but if your goal is to win, passing first is almost always the smarter option. If you and a teammate have both got your eyes locked on the same opponent, and your teammate is empty-handed, tossing them your ball instead of taking the shot yourself will significantly improve the odds of scoring a point for your team. To win, you have to play selflessly.

Perhaps you want to fake a pass to a teammate to make your opponent look the wrong way. If you want to do this, simply make a fake throw while looking at your teammate. If your opponent falls for it, then you can make the easy knockout as they shift their gaze to your friend.

Be sure to vary your strategy with regards to passing and throwing, so that your opponents don't figure you out. This is key in mastering Knockout City, but it's not the only thing you've got to wrangle with to pump up your skills. Check out our other Knockout City guides to help your game.

How to Throw a Curveball in Knockout City Fri, 28 May 2021 11:20:43 -0400 Gavin Burtt

The trick to perfecting the art of dodgeball is to first perfect the art of deception. The team-based sports game has more than one way to deceive your opposition, but one of the simplest ways, guaranteed to increase your odds of a knockout, is to throw a Knockout City curveball. 

Instead of pelting your opponent with a line drive, you can give it a little spin to make the ball curve along a sideways arc, catching your enemy at an angle they may not be ready to defend. The Knockout City curveball throw can also be used to bend your shots around obstacles, to hit players you otherwise wouldn't be able to knock out.

How to Throw a Curveball in Knockout City

Executing a Knockout City curveball throw is very simple. There are two sorts of spinning maneuvers you can perform.

  1. A standard spin (a 360 pirouette) is performed by hitting "E" on PC, "B" on Xbox, "A" on the Switch, or "Circle" on PlayStation. 
  2. A front flip can be performed with "Q" on PC, "Y" on Xbox, "X" on the Switch, or "Triangle" on PlayStation.

The sort of maneuver we're concerned with here is the standard spin. These can be performed while grounded or while in midair. By winding up and releasing a throw during the pirouette animation, the ball will curve inward. The direction of the curve is dependent on the direction of your spin, which can be dictated by a few things. 

How to Dictate Your Spin Direction

Knockout City will typically pick the spin direction that makes the most sense, meaning if there are obstacles to your right, it will throw to the left. If there is no clear preference, the game will spin you in the direction that you are moving.

If you're strafing left, the ball will go left and curve inward, and vice versa. You shouldn't have to worry about this too much; if the game sees a player ahead of you, it'll try its best to find a path to them.

Types of Knockout City Curveballs

There are two kinds of curveballs that can be thrown in Knockout City:

  1. Fast curveballs
  2. Slow curveballs

To throw a fast curveball, hold down the "throw" button to charge it up, then spin and release the throw during the animation. A fast curve ball is identifiable by a colored trail.

To throw a slow curveball, simply tap the "throw" button on your keyboard or controller at the same time that you tap the "spin" button. A slow curveball is indicated by a white trail behind the ball. 

Being effective in each round requires you to mix up your attacks. Make sure to throw in some fakes here and there, some straight shots, and some curved shots. Releasing a throw during a frontflip will also trigger a lob, throwing the ball up and over any obstacles in front of you, so throw these into the mix as well.

Know that you know how to throw a Knockout City curveball, you have one more move in your arsenal. Don't overuse curveballs or your opponents will come to anticipate your attacks, but certainly make use of them when the opportunity presents itself.

How to Fake Throw in Knockout City Thu, 27 May 2021 11:15:27 -0400 Gavin Burtt

The key to dodgeball isn't just good aim and a strong arm. A way to get around the defense of any good dodger is to first make them let their guard down. That's where the Knockout City fake throw comes into play. 

Knockout City, Velan Studios' dodgeball-inspired, team-based action title, has such a mechanic, which allows for some strategic and devastating takedowns. The Knockout City fake throw will trick players into putting their hands up to catch, creating a window of opportunity for you to really knock them out.

How to Fake a Throw in Knockout City

To fake throw, you first need to wind up your shot as you would normally, by holding down the right trigger on Xbox or PlayStation, or the left mouse button on PC.

Instead of releasing your shot like you typically would, you want to click in the right stick if you're playing on console, or press F if you're on PC. You will make the same throwing motion as your regular throw, but you won't release the ball, much like a pump fake in football.

Of course, you don't want to overdo it. If you make a habit of always opening your combat interactions with a fake throw, your opponents will surely catch on and the trick won't work.

Try to open with fake throws and real throws, around 50% of the time each. Maybe slip in the occasional double-fake to really mess with opponents. 

To make the best use of this mechanic, save it for when you're in close quarters. Faking a long-distance try at a knockout, even if you succeed in making your opponent hold their hands up in anticipation, gives them far too much time to react and actually catch the real throw. 

Now you know how to perform and use the Knockout City fake throw. With a successful fakeout, your opponent will let their guard down momentarily, allowing for you to pelt them with your ball. It's easy for a close-quarters encounter to go awry if you play it too safe, so incorporate this move to increase your chances of victory.