2 Types of Dribblers in PES

Dribbling in PES brings us a rush of adrenaline. Nothing beats going on a mazy run and scoring a solo goal. Let us first explore the types of dribblers in the game. There are hundreds of them, but they can be classified into two main groups.


These players posses high speed and agility. They are fast, small in size, with plenty of tricks up their sleeves. Use these players to make quick turns to avoid defenders, and sprint pass them.

However, due to their small build, they tend to be outmuscled by strong defenders very easily. We have got to use speed and trickery to get past these strong defenders. Strong defenders are usually slow in pace and reaction. Play our tricksters on the wings and use them to cut into the box. You can deliver their path high balls into for them to chase after, since they have so much speed to burn. Avoid placing them in a central role as this is the area where high balls are contested, and they will usually lose out.


These are players who have high stats in Attack and Body Balance. These are the strong attackers who have no problem challenging strong defenders. You can use them to shield the ball while waiting for support. They are able to bulldoze their way through defenders due to their superior strength. Check out your opponent’s line up, and pair them up with a weak and short defender.

However, these players are usually low in agility, and they may not be able to outrun defenders over a distance. We should only use them to dribble when they are near the box, for them to barge their way in to take a powerful shot on goal.

Image credit: Konami

And of course, some players will fall into both categories, such as KaKa and Cristiano Ronaldo. They are fast, tricky, at the same time tall and strong.

Dribbling Tricks

PES has an ever improving list of tricks. Most of them are just flashy. My favourate is the Marseille Roulette and The Scoop, as they are not only flashy, but effective as well. Before you do any tricks, just ensure that your players have the necessary skill cards such as ‘Quick Scissors Dribble’ etc. You can check out my post of Marseille Roulette and Scooping to find out how easily you can implement them successfully.

Besides trickery, press Special Control when dribbling allows you to side step your way past opponents with ease. This is very useful in tight situations, when you just dribble 90 degrees past your marker into open space, before sprinting past him.

Another of my favourate is using the fake shot method. Fake shot commits your marker into blocking your shot, losing his balance , allowing you to sprint past him quickly.

Identify your dribbling type, try out these simple tricks and let me know your results!

Main image credit: Konami


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    Hey dude thanks for sharing these tips. but I wonder can we let our player fall down, I mean, can we make ourselves a fake foul?

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    Hi Mustafa, My pleasure for sharing these tips.
    You mean diving?
    The console and PC versions allow you to dive, by pressing 3 buttons together, R1, L1 and L2.
    For PSP version, there is no such option to dive, HOWEVER, there is a so-called 'Glitch' in the PSP version that makes the keeper foul you and win a penalty. When 1-on-1 with the keeper, just before he is in front of you, pass the ball to the side. Just do it and he will foul you. why not you go try it? Let me know if it works for you Mustafa!

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    Nice work and very informative web site. How can I access the protected links and where can I get a password?

  4. Zed Author

    Hi Thanks!

    Oh those posts serve as additional info and pictorial aids for subscribers to my 4 part PES ‘Mini-Course’. No worries I will send u the first issue and you will be able to view the posts 🙂 And you can always unsubscribe anytime. But i dont think you will want to miss any of these powerful articles!

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    This article pwns!on last tournament i dribbled and ALMOST scored -_-
    they keep stealing the ball but i will get better with practice

    PES 4 Life


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    I found your blog today… and I’m loving it.

    But I have the same problem as the user in this post, how can I access password-protected posts?

    Thanks 🙂

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    hi Zed,
    thanks a lot for the tips. havn’t tried them yet but they look useful.

    one question though. what is the “Special Control”?

  8. Zed Author

    Hi Ballaboss!

    Thanks for the complement. I hope you can find them useful as well!

    Oh, special control is ‘C’ on the keyboard, ‘R2’ on the PS3, and ‘RT’ on the Xbox. It acts as a modifier and when used in conjuction with other buttons, will result in even more tricks, such as close control dribbling when used with ‘directional’ buttons, or controlled shot when pressed with ‘Shoot’ button.

    Hope this helps, and feel free to clarify!

  9. Zed Author

    Hi, thanks!

    The password protected posts are for subscribers, and they are FREE!
    You can simply click ‘Reserve My Copy’ in the Mastery Booster Section on the right, to receive your password and more PES tricks!

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