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How to pump fake in Knockout City

Knockout City might seem simple on the surface, but dig a little deeper, and there tons of advanced tactics and mechanics. One of these is fake throwing, or performing a throw cancel. This can prompt opponents to attempt a mistimed catch and leave them wide open to a counterattack. It’s a valuable tool in any dodgebrawler’s arsenal, so here’s how to pump fake in Knockout City. Whether playing on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or PC this guide has canceling throws covered.

Knockout City: How to cancel a throw by pump faking

How to pump fake in Knockout City

To perform a throw cancel and pump fake opponents in Knockout City, aim a shot (R2/RT/ZR/left click) and then press the right analog stick (R3) or hit the F key on PC.

Users will perform a standard throw animation, though keep hold of the ball. Pump faking in this manner can cause opponents to attempt a catch on thin air, leaving them vulnerable. Many players don’t know how to fake throw in Knockout City, which generally means they don’t know how to counter the maneuver either. As such, pump fakes can be a great way to score easy eliminations during online matches.

It’s best to attempt Knockout City throw cancels when in close proximity to the enemy team. Pump faking over long distances can give the opposition time to recover before a real throw reaches them. If users don’t make a throw, opponents may become wise to the strategy and harder to bait by the time they close distance.

For more on Knockout City, check out this list of redemption keys. After entering all of the codes to claim some free in-game cosmetics, it might also be worth considering an EA Play subscription to bag the exclusive rewards.

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