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Below you can see a game guide for Yooyuball. You can also see the game guide for the old version of Yooyuball, in which you could still control with the mouse and there were no powerups.


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[ Types of Yooyu | Gameplay | Powerups | Default Formations | Strategy | Yooyuball Uproar ]

General Info
Yooyuball is a game much like soccer in which 18 teams, from the 18 lands of neopia, battle it out to win the coveted Altador Cup. You will play as one of these teams, fighting every other team in the tournament. You will be part of a team, with every other supporter of your chosen team working with you.

How to play
To play this game, you use the arrow keys or the W, A, S, and D keys to move a player on your team around the field. The game will automatically select the player closest to the Yooyuball for you to control and will be highlighted by a colored circle as below.

Hitting the right arrow key or the 'D' key will move your player to the right, hitting the left arrow key or the 'A' key will move your player to the left, hitting the up arrow key or the 'W' key will move your player up the field, and hitting the down arrow key or the 'S' key will move your player down the field.

To steal the ball from the other team, run at the player with the Yooyu and tap the space bar. Your player will slide foward and steal the yooyuball from your opponent.

In order to keep other players on your team from getting in your way, simply hit the shift key and they will return to their original positions they were in at the start of the game.

In order to score you must use the spacebar. First, hold down the spacebar to gain power to shoot or pass the Yooyu. Then, release the spacebar to shoot or pass the Yooyu.

The goal of the game is to get the yooyuball into the other teams goal:

You can also skip the goal celebration and the Yooyu entry screens by pressing any of the keys on your keyboard. As in earlier years, whether you let the entire animation play, or skip the animation, eight seconds will be shaved off the game timer.

When you start the Yooyuball game you must first select a side of the field that you will defend while the yellow arrow shows the way you will be running to reach the goal.

You can either choose left to right or right to left. (Left to right is what is used in the screenshots in this guide.)

Next you choose a formation. There are three formations. Below is an image which highlights the formation recommended in this guide: 1+3.

The other two formations, from left to right, are 2+2 and 3+1.

Default team formations
The team that you face each day will have a default formation. They are listed below:

Default Formations


Darigan Citadel


Haunted Woods

Kiko Lake


Krawk Island

Lost Desert




Mystery Island

Roo Island


Terror Mountain




What formation you're playing against has little effect on your gameplay with this version of Yooyuball, but if you'd like to know which team, and therefor, which formation you will be playing against, you can visit our Match Schedule Page each day.

Types of Yooyu
In Yooyuball there are seven different types of Yooyu. All of which behave in a different manner.

The Yooyu types
Normal Yooyu

This Yooyu behaves exactly how you would expect it to. No funny lines, no special speeds, no surprises. Not much to say about this one really.
Fire Yooyu

This is probably the easiest Yooyu to score with. It moves quickly, making it easier for you to avoid the goalkeeper. This means that you can shoot from further away, with a better chance at scoring the goal.
Snow Yooyu

This Yooyu can become difficult to score with. It moves really slowly, and can stop before it reaches the desired location. The fact that it moves slowly can mean that the goalkeeper has more time to react, catching the Yooyu. You may have to get closer to the goal before you shoot.
Faerie Yooyu

This is a Yooyu that flys unpredictably as it travels. This can make it very difficult to pass, but there is a simple solution to scoring with it.
Darigan Yooyu

One of the worst yooyus in the game. This Yooyu goes in the exact opposite direction of the direction you shoot in, but in this new style of Yooyuball it has become rather unpredicatable in the direction it goes.
Mutant Yooyu

This is another misbehaving Yooyu. It behaves like either fire, snow, faerie or darigan yooyus. And every time it goes fuzzy it changes the way it shoots.
Clockwork Yooyu

This Yooyu behaves like a snow Yooyu, but it violently explodes after a short period of time. You should try and score with it as quickly as possible.

To help make getting to the goal and scoring easier, there are four powerups included in the game.

Speed Boost

This is the most common of the four powerups, appearing four or five times in a single game.

This powerup will make your team members move twice the speed they normally do. This helps you to avoid the other team and get to the goal faster.
Goal Expansion

This is the second most common of the four powerups. This powerup will make the opponent's goal larger. As shown below.

Mystery Power-up

A rare powerup, this powerup will give your players a large advantage, by making them into GIANTS!

Freeze Opponent

This powerup does exactly what it says it does. It freezes the other team dead in their tracks. This way, you can go to the goal unopposed. If the other team is carrying the ball when frozen, you can use the spacebar to steal the ball from them.

The effect will last until either you score a goal or the ice melts.

The next section explains a couple of the methods that can be used to get the most goals possible. There are several methods to play the game and when playing, you will notice you don't need to stick to just one of them. Best is to try out the several strategies posted below and find out what works well for you.

Strategy for Normal, Snow, Faerie, Fire, Mutant and Clockwork Yooyu

Step 1 - Getting the Yooyu: Method 1

Due to the auto-selector, it is suggested that you use the formation 1+3. This way you have a player that is obviously closer to the ball, therefore there is no confusion as to who you are controlling when you start the game. The next two methods work for the Faerie, Normal, Ice, Fire, and Clockwork Yooyus.

This is how the start of the game will look:

The first thing that you want to do, is nothing. Simply let the other team get the ball first

Then, before the opposing player can move foward with the ball, move foward and hit the spacebar to steal it.

This not only puts you in posession of the ball, but rockets you foward, past most of the defenders of the opposing team. Now you have to move toward the goal to score.

Step 1 - Getting the Yooyu: Method 2

Again for this step it is recommend that you use the 1+3 formation.

When the game starts, use the right arrow key to move forward right away, so you will be the first to get the ball.

Now, with one hand, you hold the arrow keys. Keep the right arrow key pressed down to move toward the goal, while you use the up and down arrow keys to dodge you opponents. If you hold the right arrow key and the up or down arrow key down at the same time, you'll be able to move at a 45 degrees angle.

Using this way, you'll end somewhere close to the goal where the goalie can't protect it's goal. With your other hand you hold down the space bar to charge up for shooting the ball. A bar will show up next to your player, either turning red if you've charged up a little, or yellow when you've charged up full.

In this way, you power up for the next step, scoring!

Step 2 - Scoring: Method 1

This is the faster method of the two, but also the somewhat more difficult one. The controls for this method are very simple. Once you get the ball, hold down the spacebar to gain shooting power. Then, keep running towards the goal. You can line up to the top corner of the goal paint:

The second you hit that corner release the spacebar and the ball will swoop up above the goalie and into the goal. SCORE!

It's also possible to score at a place where the goalkeeper isn't guarding the goal, like on top or beneath him. You can just let go of the spacebar, and the ball will fly past the goalie, without him being able to do anything.

You can release the ball right in front of the goal, or earlier on if you've powered up enough, meaning the power bar is showing yellow. This works best for Fire and Normal Yooyus.

For the Faerie Yooyu, you're best scoring chances are by standing very close in front of the goalkeeper. The Faerie Yooyu will just arch around him in this way.

This concludes method one. Most of the times when playing, you'll be using this method first. If you fail to score and the goalie catches the ball, it's time to try method 2.

Step 2 - Scoring: Method 2

Method 2 takes more time, but is more accurate. Once you get the ball, keep running to the goal. Then pass it to the goalkeeper. If the goalkeper caught your ball, you can use the same method now.

Once the goalie has the ball, stand directly in front of him/her and repeatedly hit the spacebar, until you have the ball and the goalie runs off to the side.

Now is your chance! Quickly move in as close to the goal as you can and hit the spacebar. If you want to, hold the spacebar down for a second or two to give it more power before releasing.

Strategy for Darigan Yooyu

For getting the ball, you can use the same strategies as mentioned above. Scoring with the Darigan Yooyu is more difficult, because, unfortunately, in the new version of Yooyuball it is very hard to detect the exact way the Darigan Yooyu will move. Due to this reason, it is best to make sure the opposing goalie gets the Darigan Yooyu, and let them shoot it. It will most likely go directly behind the goalie into the goal. Or, you can try your luck and face directly away from the goal and shoot, as shown below.

Overview of the methods you can use for scoring

Yooyuball Uproar
If you visit the Altador Cup neoboards you know that there is a big mess over the new update to the Yooyuball Game. Petitions, boycotts, and help boards are everywhere. After the update TNT received an overwhelming amount of tickets about why they should change the game back. So far they have had two responses. One was an attempt to help users learn how to better play the new game.

The other response was later issued to those who sent tickets regarding the fact that there were glitches with the game, and that some people had dissablities which handicapped them from playing the game.

Also, in the 496th issue of the Neopian Times, TNT answered a YYB game editorial question adding a little update on the new build of the game:

Also, heads up that we've added WASD controls in the next build for you lefties and are looking into a glitch with the auto switching that we've been hearing about. We hope to have all of these changes in before the tournament starts or shortly thereafter. *fingers crossed* We'll announce in New Features when the game has been updated on the live site.