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. 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.
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."
The following item types would appear in crates:
The following table shows an example of drop percentage when a new crate was released.
|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).
Crates could've also been traded with other players.
- 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.
All four Champion crates were officially retired on July 5, 2017.
List of Crates
|Types of Reward Systems|
|Current||Blueprints • Challenges • Drops • Esports Shop • Item Shop • Rocket Pass • Tournament Cups|
|Retired||Crates • DLC|