Quake Live strafe jumping basics

In my opinion, one of the most difficult skills to master in Quake Live is strafe jumping. It looks very simple but it’s not that easy if you want to do it correctly. It is often an undervalued skill of gaming. When you have got good movement skills you will be able to move faster to your objectives and even more importantly, you will be harder to hit.

Strafe Jumping step by step

  1. Press forward
  2. While keeping the forward key pressed, press jump and press the move left or move right key. It is important to note that the move left/move right key and jump key are pressed at the same time.
  3. To gain extra speed, you should move your mouse smoothly to around a 45 degree in the direction of the strafe.
  4. For consecutive strafejumps, you should jump again immediately after landing, changing the direction of strafe as well as mouse motion.

Steve’s Quake Strafejumping Video Tutorial

Don’t freak out if it doesn’t work the first few times. Mastering the Quake Live movement takes time and practice. :)

32 comments

  • randomguy123

    if you want to learn strafe jumping, just google for quake 3 strafe jumping tutorials. there are a fair few floating around. there was a movement focused mod called Defrag, you might want to look up defrag sites/forums too.

    in any case, there are many ways to strafe. single beat, half beat, 2 beat, etc. the basics remain the same.

    first jump is called “Circle Jump”. (google that)
    then the standard way to strafe is called “single beat strafing” (can google that too)

    watch demos of good players to learn the routes they take to get from/to places. no point being able to move fast if you dont USE the faster movement.
    btw, that movie in the post above was made in defrag (quake 3) so yah, just google up defrag quake 3 movement tutorial or w/e.

  • slack

    Quake 3/Live strafing is terribly easy and basic. If you want to get good at it just play Quakeworld or CPMA for a while. Then learning QuakeLive movement will be incredibly simple.

  • sqdtnz

    I’m new to the Quake series (only played Q4 for a short period, and Q3 in the demo days), I see they use handy tools, like those console commands that add stuff to the HUD, and a special map to practice, but how do I use those commands and that map in QL?

    The commands returned errors (varCommand unknown, others unknown too)

  • strux

    Does anyone know what training map he’s using in most of that video? If anyone had a link that would be even cooler :) I just downloaded defrag yesterday and got the Promode-Vanilla map pack, but it’s not in there. Googleing around I only found one other site that had maps and they didn’t have the one in question either.

  • woeste

    the map is called opc1, just google it and you will probably find it.
    other good maps are probably
    grid
    xcm_tricks2
    cos1_beta7b
    Good movement can be seen here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAVsJI2PCiM
    (remember that some of the maps are done with cpm physics (which alter from the physics in QL (vq3))

    And one of the best tutorials is:
    http://www.quakeunity.com/file=2170

    And i agree, there should definitely be a follow up on genesis with not just single beat strafes, but also
    double beat
    half beat
    inverted
    sideways
    backwards
    and so on

  • Lashknife

    Since I didn’t know what half beat and all those terms meant, I looked it up:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeFRaG
    At the bottom there are notes explaining what the various jumps mean.

    Even tho I performed such moves already I had no clue there were different names for them. I just do them instinctively depending on how fast I want to go, how much turning I want to add so i don’t bump into a wall :p Turns out each of those jumps has it’s own name :o

  • tryhard

    quote:”Don?t freak out if it doesn?t work the first few times. Mastering the Quake Live movement takes time and practice. :)”
    I am trying to strafejump and circlejump now for years and i still can’t do it.
    I have seen the tutorial video and thought i should try it again on opc1 and did not even get to the second platform (in quake3). And i tried it many many times. Watched the tutorial video about 4 times to find out what i am doing wrong in the beginning.
    I also watched the movie “genesis – the beginning of” quite some time ago and tried to cj in q3defrag then – failed and gave up depressed.
    Only thing i can do is the h2h on tourney4 in quake3. Never managed the b2r jump on q3dm6 after trying it many times as you might have already guessed.

  • Talman

    I already have trouble with the recover momentum, i never get to the 2nd platform. The farthest i get is third platform, but with running between my jumps. :/

  • InFerNo

    Just keep the jump button pressed in mid-air. When you land you will immediately jump again, then as soon as you’re up again, release en press jump again untill you touch down. Repeat and enjoy :)

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  • floob

    If you spectate with the speed graph you see that EVERYONE IN QUAKE LIVE STRAFE JUMPS WITHOUT STRAFING, WITHOUT MOVING THE MOUSE, THEY JUST GO STRAIGHT. This is not what this video shows.

  • petooka

    Hi guys, i palyer with qauke 3 arena 7 years, it was about 5 years ago xD i wanna strafe jump again, but i dont find quake live strafe servers, and quake 3 arena strafe servers, what cna i do now? i wanna strafe with my friends, any opinion? thx the help!

  • Andrei

    Most important of all, pmove_fixed 1 will save you a lot of stress trying to figure out why you’re not getting any better. What it does is it makes jumping not affected by fps variations.

  • gumball

    how does one do the wall flicks where you accelerate after flicking the corner of a wall, I see guys do it consistently through the corridor on ztn by the grenade launcher going to the rocket launcher and also on dm6 from the yellow to red

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