Trick Jumping in ET
What is trickjumping?
Trickjumping basically means jumping really fast so you can jump over walls, jump on roofs, etc. These kinds of "tricks" are the usual reason people learn trickjumping. However, being able to jump fast is a valuable skill all by itself. It may help you to chase someone down, dodge a panzer shot, get on higher ground, or simply get somewhere faster.
The key to trickjumping is a technique called "circle strafe jumping", or just CSJ. This is the ultimate kind of jump, and lets you go further and faster than any other kind of jump. However, it is a bit complicated, so in this section we will start out with the basics and slowly work our way up to the CSJ. I'll also talk about some weird jumps like the grenade jump, and some kinds of jumps that can only be done on shrub servers.
In this section, we'll be comparing different types of jumps, so for this we will use the speedometer. It's a feature of etpro which lets you see a graph of how fast you are moving. It's very useful while you are practicing, because you can use it to tell if you are doing the jumps correctly. Just type "/b_drawspeed 4" at the console to make the speedometer appear.
Type of Jumps
The strafe jump exploits the way the Quake3 engine works in that if you press a strafe key (left or right) while you are jumping, your speed increases. This takes a bit of practice, and this is why I recommend you use the speedometer, because then you'll know if you're doing it right.
The important thing to remember is to TAP space bar, do not hold it down. But, DO hold down the forward and strafe keys.
This jump is called the "circle jump" but don't get confused, because it has nothing to do with jumping in circles. It's another exploit of the Quake3 engine, that if you turn in the direction you want to jump in, you'll actually go faster. The turning provides some starting acceleration for the jump, basically.
So, if you want to jump in some direction, turn a bit to the left first, and then as you are jumping, spin to the right. (Or turn to the right, spin to the left).
Another weird exploit is that you'll go a little faster if you face the direction you're going vertically. So if your body is moving upwards as in the start of the jump, move your crosshair a bit upwards. Then as you are coming down, move it a bit down.
Circle strafe jump
This is the bread and butter of trickjumps. If you know how to do the CSJ, you can do most trickjumps after a little practice.
Note: Most people don't use the term "circle strafe jump". They just say "Strafe jump" and the sprinting and circling is implied. So if you hear someone talking about strafe jumping, they're talking about CSJ.
So, hopefully the idea of a CSJ is pretty obvious if you understood the previous sections. You just sprint, and then strafe jump while incorporating the circling movements.
Note that this jump requires a lot of keys simultaneously. You have:
1. Forward key (W)
2. Strafe key (A or D)
3. Shift (sprint)
4. Space bar (jump)
While you are jumping, the only 2 keys you should hold down for the entire jump are forward and strafe. So, W+A or W+D if you use a WASD setup. DO NOT HOLD SPACE BAR DOWN. Just tap it to jump and then let go of it. This is a rule that all trickjumpers seem to discover eventually, and I think it may be because many keyboards have trouble accepting multiple keypresses at the same time.
As for Shift (sprint), you can hold it down for the entire jump if you want. Technically though, you should try to let go of Shift once you are in the air, because while you're airborne, Shift doesn't make you go faster; it just saps at your stamina.
If you jump, and then right before you land, you hold down space bar, you will jump again immediately as you land. This is basically the bunny hop. The cool thing about the bunny hop is that if you do it right, you can build up speed with each hop.
Double jump (on some shrub servers)
On certain shrub servers, you can jump while you are in mid-air. This lets you jump really high by just hitting space bar twice. This can be INCREDIBLY useful.
There are much more and more difficuilt
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