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Madden NFL 22: Superstar X-Factor Abilities

This guide will give you more information about Superstar X-Factor Abilities in Madden NFL 22.

Madden NFL 22 brings in a mechanic known as the Superstar X-Factor Abilities. This mechanic was first released in Madden 20 and it makes a return even in Madden 22. This time around the game goes even more in-depth with player abilities. So scroll down and find out about this in-game mechanic.

New Superstar X-Factor Abilities in Madden NFL 22

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Madden NFL 22: Superstar X-Factor Abilities

The Superstar X-Factor Abilities in Madden NFL 22 are divided into two distinct types: Offensive and Defensive.

Offensive Abilities

Ability name Description Zone Trigger Knockout
Player with ability
Ankle Breaker Truly devastating receiving threats are the ones that catch and can’t be caught. When they enter the zone; they have increased fakeout rates on spin/juke/hurdle after the catch. Increased fakeout rates on skill moves following the catch. Three 10+ yard receptions One drop, incompletion, or three consecutive non-targets
Christian McCaffrey
Bazooka Quarterbacks with generational arms have the power to stretch any defense to its breaking point. When they enter the zone; their maximum throw distance is increased. Max throwing distance increased (83 yards total) when in the zone One completed pass of 30+ yards in air One sack
Patrick Mahomes
Blitz Radar Successful quarterbacks stay cool and stand confidently against the blitz. When they enter the zone, all blitzing linebackers and defensive backs are highlighted. Can be bluffed. Highlights extra blitzers. Three scrambles of 10+ yards Two sacks Russell Wilson
Double Me Aggressive receivers overpower defenders and attack the football. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their success rate on aggressive catches against single coverage. Wins aggressive catches versus single coverage. Two receptions of 20+ yards in air One drop, incompletion, or three consecutive non-targets
Travis Kelce, Davante Adams, DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Mike Evans
First One Free Some players thrive on making defenders look silly. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their fakeout rate on the next juke, spin, or hurdle. High fake-out rate on next juke, spin, or hurdle Three rushes of 10+ yards Tackle for loss
Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Cook
Freight Train Freight Trains are relentless runners who refuse to go down on first contact. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their chance to break the next tackle. Increased chance to break the next tackle attempt. Three rushes for 10+ yards One tackle for loss
Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry
Gambler The best quarterbacks learn to take calculated risks. When they enter the zone, they can’t be intercepted (by AI defenders) and have increased throw speed. Faster passes that can’t be picked off by AI defenders. Three consecutive completions of 5+ yards Two incompletions
Aaron Rodgers
Max Security A surehanded receiver is a quarterback’s best friend. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their success rate (and decreases knockout chance) on possession catches. High success rate on possession catches. Four consecutive receptions One drop, incompletion, or three consecutive non-targets
Amari Cooper, Keenan Allen, Michael Thomas
Pro Reads For great quarterbacks, vision and anticipation are paramount. When they enter the zone, their first open receiver is highlighted and they ignore defensive pressure. Highlights the first open target and ignores pressure. Three consecutive completions of 5+ yards One sack Tom Brady
RAC’em Up RAC receivers fight for every possible yard after making a catch. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their success rate on RAC catches against single coverage. Wins RAC catches versus single coverage. Three receptions of 20+ Yards One drop, incompletion, or three consecutive non-targets
Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill
Satellite Some running backs have the talent to be elite receivers. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their success rate on possession and RAC catches against single coverage. Wins RAC & possession catches vs. single coverage. Make three 10+ yard receptions One drop, incompletion, or three consecutive non-targets Alvin Kamara
Truzz The most effective ball carriers prioritize maintaining possession over all else. When they enter the zone, no tackles made against them will result in a fumble. Can’t fumble when in the zone. Five 1+ yard runs One tackle for loss
Lamar Jackson
Wrecking Ball Wrecking Ball runners don’t avoid contact. They create it. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their success rate on trucks and stiff arms. High success rate on next three trucks or stiff-arms. Three rushes of 10+ yards Tackle for loss Nick Chubb
YAC’em Up The best physical receivers don’t just come down with the ball; they carry it home. When they enter the zone, they are nearly guaranteed to break their first post-catch tackle. Increased chance to break the first post-catch tackle. Three 20+ yard receptions One drop, incompletion, or three consecutive non-targets
George Kittle, Darren Waller

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Superstar Defensive X-Factor Abilities in Madden NFL 22

Ability name Description Zone Trigger Knockout
Player with ability
Avalanche There are tacklers and then there are these guys. When they enter the zone, any successful hit-stick made while running towards the line of scrimmage will result in a fumble. Downhill hit-sticks force fumbles Three hit-stick tackles 30 offensive yards allowed
Bobby Wagner, Jamal Adams
Blitz Effective D-Line captains aren’t just examples to follow; they are motivators. When they enter the zone, all opposing blockers have their resistance bars wiped out. On-field blockers have their resistance bars wiped. Two defensive line sacks One down played Aaron Donald
Bottleneck Bottleneck defenders realize that the best way to stop a route is to act early. When they enter the zone; they are highly likely to dominantly win any man press encounter. Dominantly win man press attempts Two forced incompletions 30 offensive yards allowed Jalen Ramsey
Fearmonger Some pass rushers intimidate quarterbacks with their sheer presence. When they enter the zone, they can apply significant pressure on quarterbacks even while engaged with blockers. Chance to pressure the QB while engaged with a blocker. Two defensive line sacks 20 offensive yards allowed
Fletcher Cox, Chandler Jones, Von Miller
Momentum Shift Momentum Shift players demoralize their opponents. When they enter the zone, all on-field opponents are knocked out of the zone or lose any progress towards entering the zone. On-field opponents have Zone progress wiped. Two defensive line sacks One down played Chris Jones
Reinforcement The game’s top defenders excel in all situations. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their chance of defeating run blocks and disrupting catches via tackles. Higher chance to defeat run blocks and disrupt catches Two tackles for loss, or two incompletions 10 offensive yards allowed
Tyrann Mathieu, Derwin James Jr
Relentless The most tenacious defenders beat their blocks by sheer force of will. When they enter the zone, their rush move attempts are free. Rush moves no longer cost points. One sack or tackle for loss 20 offensive yards allowed
J.J. Watt, Nick Bosa
Run Stuffer Run Stuffers can singlehandedly disrupt an offense. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their win rate and block shed speed against one-on-one run blocks. Block shedding becomes more effective versus run plays Two tackles for loss 30 offensive yards allowed
Lamonte David
Shutdown Shutdown defenders have the talent to erase receivers from the game. When they enter the zone, their coverage is tighter and interceptions are more frequent on contested catches. Tighter coverage and more interceptions on contested catches Two forced incompletions 30 offensive yards allowed
Tre’Davioous White, Jaire Alexander, Stephon Gilmore
Unstoppable Force Elite pass rushers are a mix of strength, speed, and tenacity. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their win rate and block shed speed against one-on-one pass blocks. Pass rush wins lead to quicker block shedding. Two defensive line sacks 10 offensive yards allowed
DeForest Buckner, Cameron Jordan, Danielle Hunter, Joey Bosa, Khalil Mack, T.J. Watt, Myles Garrett
Zone Hawk Zone Hawk defenders lock down a part of the field. When they enter the zone, this ability increases the rate of interceptions while in zone coverage. More interceptions in zone coverage Two forced incompletions 30 offensive yards allowed
Xavien Howard, Devin McCourty, Fred Warner

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This is everything that you need to know about the new Superstar X-Factor Abilities in Madden NFL 22. While you are here you can have a look at our Madden NFL 22 Wiki to know more about the game.

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