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A key with two crates.

Crates were special item drops that contained exclusive Bodies, Decals, Goal Explosions, Rocket Boosts, Trails, and Wheels. They were introduced on September 8, 2016.

Each crate had a unique "series" of items ranging from Rare, Very Rare, Import, Exotic, and Black Market rarities. Players could unlock crates with keys, which were available for sale in the "Manage Inventory" and "Crate Unlock" menus. Alternatively crates could've also been opened using decryptors. Unlocking a crate revealed a random exclusive item. There would be a chance of acquiring a certified or painted variant of each item.

On August 6, 2019, Psyonix announced that the crate system would be entirely removed and replaced with a more transparent method of unlocking items.[1] On December 4, 2019, crates were removed from the game and replaced with the new Blueprint system as part of the Patch v1.70 update.[2]

Over a year later, on February 22, 2021, Psyonix announced that any player who had purchased keys to open crates before they were retired, would be given 1000 Credits as a "class action settlement."[3]


The following item types would appear in crates:


The following table shows an example of drop percentage when a new crate was released.[4]

Drop Chance Category Crates
60% Newest Triumph
25% Recent Victory
10% Older Velocity, Accelerator
5% Phaseout PCC, Turbo, Nitro, Overdrive

Within a "category", crates had equal drop odds. So Velocity and Accelerator effectively dropped 5% of the time, while PCC dropped 1.25% of the time (as it shared with 3 others).

Although Psyonix initially suggested that crates could only be obtained through Competitive mode,[5] this was not actually the case.

Crates could've also been traded with other players.

Drop Rates

Psyonix revealed the following drop rates[6] for all five Customization Item rarity levels found in Rocket League Crates (along with odds for Painted and Certified attributes):

  • Rare Item: 55%
  • Very Rare Item: 28%
  • Import Item: 12%
  • Exotic Item: 4%
  • Black Market Item: 1%
  • Chance of receiving Painted attribute: 25%
  • Chance of receiving Certified attribute: 25%

The Crate system used a three-step process. When you opened a Crate with a Key or Decryptor, the system first determined what rarity level to choose from -- Rare, Very Rare, Import, Exotic or Black Market -- based on the percentages listed above. Next, the system determined which item within that rarity group was dropped. If you received an Import-level Customization Item from the Impact Crate, for example, each of the three Import items in the Impact Crate had an equal chance of dropping. Finally, the system determined if the item would've dropped with Painted and/or Certified attributes.

NOTE: These drop rates had been the same since the Crates and Keys system launched in September 2016. Every Crate and Crate Series in Rocket League were subject to these rates, whether it was the retired Champions Series Crates or the Crate that was released this summer.

Champions Crate retirement

On May 22, 2017, Psyonix announced that the Champion Crate series would be retired in June, 2017, with other crates set to retire approximately six months after their initial release date.[7]

Quote_icon  All four Champion Crates will no longer be available as drops after Online Matches once our next major update goes live this Summer. This retirement ONLY affects drops, so if you already have Champion Crates in your inventory, or want to trade Champion Crates to other players after their retirement, you will still be able to do so. This Champion series retirement means that there will be fewer Crates to account for when the game drops one for you. In other words, removing older Crates means that newer Crates (and their newer Items) will appear for you more often.

After retiring the Champion Series, we will continue to retire other Crates on a schedule of roughly six months after their initial release. But don't worry, items found inside retired Crates could still come back at a later date. Some items are already available in other Crates, like those found in the Player's Choice Crate we released in February.

We will announce all future Crate retirements here before they happen, and we will have even more to share about our next major update at the RLCS Season Three World Championship.

All four Champion crates were officially retired on July 5, 2017.

List of Crates

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