Each crate has a unique "series" of items. Items in each crate are classified as Rare, Very Rare, Import, Exotic, and Black Market.
They can be unlocked with keys, which are available for sale in the "Manage Inventory" and "Crate Unlock" menus. Unlocking a crate will reveal a random exclusive item. There is also a chance of acquiring a certified or painted variant of said item.
Alternatively crates can also be opened using decryptors.
The following table shows an example of drop percentage when a new crate is released.
|5%||Phaseout||PCC, Turbo, Nitro, Overdrive|
Within a "category", crates have equal drop odds. So Velocity and Accelerator effectively drop 5% of the time, while PCC drops 1.25% of the time (as it shares with 3 others).
Crates can also be traded with other players.
List of available crates
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.
Black Market items
Items listed here have a very low chance of being found in crates, they cannot be obtained via Trade in.
- Main article: Decal
Black Market decals are unique in that they were once shown in the preview as an Octane Battle-Car partially covered by a purple hexagon-motif fabric. These decals were dubbed "Mystery Universal Decal" in the preview, which means that the Black Market decals are applicable to all Battle-Cars. Since the Patch v1.41, they can be previewed normally and are no longer dubbed “Mystery Universal Decal”.
- Main article: Goal explosion