Every year between May and June on Neopets the Altador Cup rolls around and leaves some very frustrated players behind that don’t understand how to play Yooyuball. Once mastered Yooyuball can earn the most points for your team and points for you to spend at the prize shop later. A simple basic strategy is all you need to get started winning every match. This guide was written before New Yooyuball controls came out. I have written a guide to the New Yooyuball here but this is a great starting point as long as you read the other article as well.
Yooyuball Beginners guide: Controlling your team
To control a team member scroll your mouse over his head. You will in essence ‘lock on’ to that player and can then move your mouse in the direction you wish him to move. To pick up the ball walk over it to ‘lock on’ to the Yooyuball. You can then run toward the goal and shoot with the left mouse key. Passing the Yooyuball to another teammate is done in the same way. Using the mouse direct your player with the ball to move towards the open teammate and shoot the ball their way with the left mouse key. You can then scroll your mouse over that player to ‘lock on’ them. If the opposing team steals the ball bump into them and you can steal it back! Pressing the shift key calls all the players you are not controlling with the mouse back to their starting positions. This is helpful to tighten up your defense.
Yooyuball Beginners guide: Basic Strategy
The easiest way to win a match is to pick the 3+1 formation. It is completely offensive and easiest way to grab the Yooyuball and score a goal fast. The second the game begins run over the Yooyuball to pick it up then move your player immediately toward the top of the screen dodging between their two offensive front men. You will then need to ‘line up’ with the goal based on the type of Yooyuball in play. The opposing team will keep chasing you and the goalie will get ready to block so shoot fast after a line up!
Yooyuball Beginners guide: Types of Yooyuballs
The Basic Brown Yooyuball moves in a straight line when you shoot and moves at a normal pace. I always start the game with this ball. If a different random ball shows up on the first round restart the game. You want to end up angled left or right diagonal to their goal and shoot before their front men can block you. It is a quick movement to line up with the goal and shoot fast but once you master it the goals will add up quickly!
A fire Yooyuball is very similar to the basic brown yooyu except it moves super fast! Again you will want to aim diagonal to the goal opposite from where the goalkeeper is blocking. Be very careful if the other team gets their hands on this ball for it is very hard to block at that speed.
The extremely slow moving snow Yooyuball call be annoying at times. It moves in a straight line which is great for aiming but it is quite easy for the opposing goalkeeper to block. You have to ‘trick’ them in to thinking you are aiming up or down diagonal then at the last second shoot the opposite direction.
The Robot Yooyuball moves at the same speed as the basic brown except he blows up! You will want to gain control of him quickly and run fast to the goal to shoot. It is quite hilarious to watch him knock your opponents back when he explodes.
The Darigan Yooyuball is one of the most hated by a great majority of Altador Cup players. He is evil and will move in the opposite direction of where you want him to go. In order to win with him you need to face away from the goal looking into the corner of the field below or above the goal. The good news is if aimed correctly the defense will have no chance to block it. They think you are an idiot shooting at the corner of the wall.
The Faerie Yooyuball ‘curves’ when thrown but ends up going straight after the curve. To shoot the ball into the goal run directly toward the goalkeeper (after dodging the defense) and shoot before you reach him. The ball will curve around him and straight into the goal. The opposing teams goalkeeper will not be able to block because he thinks you are shooting it straight at him.
The Mutant Yooyuball is a trickster. It randomly chooses the characteristics of one of the other Yooyuballs! You have to shoot it once to see which Yooyuball it is imitating. Most of the time it will stick with the chosen characteristics of one ball but occasionally will ‘rotate’ between three or four different characteristics in a game. The pattern is the same each time so you can ‘cycle’ to the ball you want to shoot with by passing between your teammates.
Yooyuball Beginners guide: Playing tips
Every win counts for your team and losses don’t hurt your team. Everything counts towards your cup prize shop points at the end. Send every score.
You only need one point to win the game but max out at twenty goals.
Each match is only three minutes so if you want a perfect record and have a difficult ball after a few goals, run around the screen with the ball until the time is up.
Two Slushie Slinger games equal 1 Yooyuball game. Ten Make Some Noise games equal one Yooyuball game. Twelve Shootout Showdown games equal one game of Yooyuball. Learning Yooyuball is the quickest way to raise your Altador Cup rank and become a champion!
To skip the ‘behold! the Yooyuball’ animation hit the space bar. This saves seconds of valuable game time.