A complete guide for NHL 18.
The most under-the-radar of all EA Sports franchises, NHL has nonetheless been making a name for itself over the last few years due to the sheer depth of content that it offers- so much, in fact, that it can get entirely overwhelming for new players and veterans alike. Add to this the fact that, like all sports simulation games, the mechanics and nuances of NHL 18 can be hard to follow for people on the outside, and you can understand why there might be some needing help.
If that includes you, then you have come to the right place! In this guide, we cover basic tips and tricks, top rated players, earning a lot of coins in the game, a basic guide to the Ultimate Team mode, and a guide to some of the Achievements and Trophies in the game. Okay? So let’s get started!
BASIC TIPS AND TRICKS
Make sure to check out the video below to get some better strategies for performing better at the game, as well.
Dekes have changed substantially in NHL 18, thanks to the franchise’s drive to be ever more realistic and nuanced. This can entail everything, from altered controls for existing dekes to brand new kinds entirely- in the video below, you will find tutorials for every kind of deke in the game. Good luck!
Whether it’s to settle an argument about which of two players is better in real life, or just something you want to know to be able to assemble the best possible team for yourself, these NHL 18 ratings for the top 10 players of each kind will undoubtedly be helpful for all hockey fans.
HOCKEY ULTIMATE TEAM GUIDE
Every EA Sports game has its own variant of the Ultimate Team mode that was pioneered in FIFA. And so does NHL. If you’re a series veteran, or indeed, if you have played any sports game at all in the last five years, you already know what Ultimate Team is, and what it does. If not… well, here’s a quick primer:
HUT Challenges are specific objectives within the larger HUT metagame that you can try and complete to gain valuable rewards. HUT Challenges can be completed either solo or with friends, and fall into the following categories:
Completing the objectives for each challenge can net you valuable rewards: a lot of these can be very simple, and you will complete them naturally. Some might require you to go out of your way a little but given just how great the rewards can be, you should consider doing so.
As if Hockey Ultimate Team wasn’t already addictive enough, the Set Mechanic takes it to a whole new level- collecting all items within a denoted set net you bonuses, and completed sets can be hugely valuable. There are multiple kinds of sets:
Returning User Bonus:
If you have played Ultimate Team in NHL 15, 16, or 17, you get a bonus jersey in NHL 18‘s Ultimate Team Mode. If you played Ultimate Team in NHL 17, you can get a one-time bonus of up to five Returning User Packs, each of which will contain 4 Bronze, 4 Silver, and 4 Gold items. How many packs you get will depend on:
HOW TO EARN COINS QUICKLY:
Coins are the currency in NHL 18– ordinarily, you ave to grind for these in game, or you can buy them with real world money. That said, there appear to be certain cheats in game that you can leverage to earn more coins: please keep in mind that these may be patched out at any time. So just because they work now, does not mean that they will work forever.
Someone Get That Kid The Puck!
Play and score your 1st NHL goal in a regular season game in Be a Pro.
That’s Number 50!
Play and score your 50th NHL goal in a single season as a rookie in Be a Pro Mode.
Win it for Dale 15
Win the Stanley Cup® in Be A Pro mode.
Play an entire game and have your 1st shutout in a regular season game in Be a Pro.
Have your Be a Pro player drafted in Be a Pro mode while playing an entire season in the CHL.
Practice Makes Perfect
Complete all training camp drills.
Win the Stanley Cup as the Vegas Golden Knights after doing an expansion draft in Franchise Mode.
Win the Stanley Cup as the 32nd NHL team after doing an expansion draft in Franchise Mode.
Bobble Head Star
Score the hat trick goal with a player on their Bobble Head night in Franchise Mode.
Have a player that you drafted grow to 90+ overall in Franchise Mode.
3 Star Performance
Complete and win a NHL Three’s Circuit Game with 3 Stars.
King of the Pacific
Defeat the final boss of the Pacific Circuit in NHL® Threes.
Complete and win an Online Co-op NHL® Threes Circuit Game.
Collect all the stars in a NHL® Threes Circuit.
Win the final circuit trophy for NHL® Threes Mode.
Have a mascot on your team score 5 goals in a single game in a NHL Three’s game.
Be a member of an EASHL club that has recently won the League Title and return to the Seasons HUB.
Be a member of an EASHL club that has recently won a Division Title and return to the Seasons HUB.
On A Roll
Be a member of an EASHL club that had a perfect record last season and return to the Seasons HUB.
Be a member of an EASHL club that has recently won a playoff cup and return to the Seasons HUB.
Complete 3 EASHL 3 on 3 games.
In an EASHL club game, score the game-winning overtime goal.
You’ll always remember your first
In an EASHL game, score your first goal as a skater or complete and win your first game as a goalie.
Veteran Club Members
Be a member of an EASHL club that has reached Level 25.
Level up your EASHL pro past Player Level 50.
Score a goal by flipping the puck back against the grain from the backhand toe drag in any mode.
Extend the Twig
Deflect a shot with the Defensive Skill Stick in any mode.
Kid’s a Beauty
Score a goal with a between the legs shot in any mode.
Not My Bottle!
Knock off the opposing goalie’s bottle from the net by scoring a goal.
Get an assist from a manual saucer pass in any mode.
Tee it up
Score a goal with a manual one timer in any mode.
Own the crease
Have a shutout and win a game as a user-controlled goalie in any mode.
Score a goal as a Mascot in a NHL® Threes game.
Tuck me in
Score a goal with a one hand tuck in any mode.
Apple a Day
Get an assist with a between the legs pass in any mode.
Complete a Hockey Ultimate Team Set for the first time.
Complete a Hockey Ultimate Team Master Set.
You’ve Been Counting Stars
Earn a total 50 Stars in HUT Challenges.
Recently win the title in a Hockey Ultimate Team Season and return to the Hockey Ultimate Team Hub.
A Little Help From My Friends
Complete a Co-op challenge with a friend.
Complete 50 Hockey Ultimate Team Sets.
Complete a limited time Hockey Ultimate Team Set.
Earn a HUT Competitive Seasons reward.
Activate a Synergy Style in Hockey Ultimate Team.
Have every player on your active Hockey Ultimate Team Lineup have an active Synergy Style.
Complete a NHL® Draft Champions Draft.
All the Way!
Win every game in a NHL® Draft Champions Draft.
In HUT Competitive Seasons, earn a ranking within every round of a season.