Ideas for new power-ups


(Steven Robinson) #1

Anyone else here fed up of getting the “Van” power-up every single time they go through a banner (or at least, that’s what it feels like!). To me, it’s the least valuable power-up as if you’re a solo rider like me (I’m rarely fast enough to stay in a big group), it’s completely worthless.

To that end, I thought I’d ask to see if anyone had any ideas for other powerups that could be given out to give a bit more variety. I know they got rid of the burrito (for reasons I don’t know) although it still appears as an icon, but really there’s only three at the moment once you exclude the XP ones. The only rules are that they can’t be TOO overpowered.

My idea is for a hill flattener. For 20 seconds, you get a reduction in the gradient you are experiencing. I’m not talking turning Alpe du Zwift into a flat road or anything excessive - just a slight reduction e.g. 8% down to say 6% or 7%.

Any other ideas?


(Nigel Doyle) #2

The feather power up essentially flattens hills for a period as it increases your power to weight ratio.

Yeah the van / drafting power up is often useless if you’ve got no one around to draft off.


(Daren Chandisingh [Vision]) #3

OMG! I thought the whole point of it was you didn’t need someone else to draft off, since the powerup makes it like you’re drafting someone. Now after three years I’ve learnt the truth! :smiley:


(Steven Robinson) #4

That’s the aero helmet you’re thinking of that gives you a free draft. The van only boosts a draft you’re already in, which for me is virtually never.


(Duane Gran [Vision]) #5

I remember when the power ups were introduced and there was some community discussion and we determined that the breakaway burrito was anti-social. It made it so that the person behind you didn’t get the draft effect.

Now that racing has matured much further in Zwift I think it would nice to bring it back. I could see it adding a fun dimension to the races.


(Martyn Kimberley OP [B]) #6

New power ups??

How about an espresso power up. Provides a short 10% boost in power output. Ideal for that pull to breakaway on the flat or the final push to the line. However be wary of the caffeine crash a few minutes later as you suffer a 5% power reduction for a short time too. This makes timing of use critical in race scenarios.


(Steven Robinson) #7

@Duane_Gran Ah, so that’s the story behind the burrito. I only joined Zwift about this time last year, so never knew what it was used for.

@Nigel_Doyle While the feather and my hill flattener would be similar, I think they could be made just different enough to have both. The feather can be used on all terrains and also is a massive boost for a very short period of time (only 10 secs isn’t it?), whereas I see a hill flattener as one that can only be used uphill (maybe having more effect when on larger gradients?) but overall being a smaller boost over a longer period of time than the feather.


(Daren Chandisingh [Vision]) #8

The Madison Sling powerup. Only usable when a member of the same team is within 2 metres. On use it gives the other rider a short duration speed boost.

Prerequisite: teams built into the game (like WoW guilds)