Superstar and X-Factor abilities are incredibly important in Madden 21. If you have players with effective abilities and you know how to use them, you can frustrate any opponent.

We are releasing all of the Madden 21 Superstar and X-Factor abilites, what they do, and which players have them.

Keep in mind that the abilities certain players have can and likely will change before the official release of Madden 21. For example, in the public beta, Earl Thomas had an ability called “Film Study.” That ability has since been removed from the game.

One thing worth noting is that in “Play Now” mode, many players have 3 superstar abilites (with elite players having up to 4). In franchise mode, as of now you are still capped at 2 superstar abilities. We are including all of the abilities for each player so a couple non-qb players with 3+ abilities may be different in your franchise.

The information presented below is meant to act as a reference for what each superstar ability does. If you are more interested in which players have what abilities, or all of the superstars on any given team, our Madden 21 Superstar X-Factor Tool is where you will want to go.

Madden 21 Quarterback X-Factor Abilities

Pro Reads

For great quarterbacks; vision and anticipating are paramount. When they enter the zone; their first open receiver is highlighted and they ignore defensive pressure.

Players who have this ability: Tom Brady, Drew Brees

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 by 15+ yards.

Players who have this ability: Patrick Mahomes

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 speeds.

Players who have this ability: Aaron Rodgers

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.

Players who have this ability: Lamar Jackson

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.

Players who have this ability: Russell Wilson

Madden 21 Quarterback Superstar Abilities

Fearless

Passers with this ability are immune to throw penalties caused by defensive pressure while their feet are set in the pocket

Players who have this ability: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan

Hot Route Master

Passers with this ability have access to four extra hot routes during pre=play adjustments.

Players who have this ability: Tom Brady

Set Feet Lead

Passers with this ability have increased throw power on bullet precision passes made while their feet are set (except on high/low throws).

Players who have this ability: Tom Brady

Conductor

Passers with this ability can make all hour route and blocking adjustments twice as fast (excluding audibles).

Players who have this ability: Tom Brady

Escape Artist

Passers with this ability are faster and more responsive to user input while rolling out of the pocket.

Players who have this ability: Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson

Quick Draw

Passers with this ability have faster throwing animations when under pressure.

Players who have this ability: Kyler Murray, Carson Wentz, Lamar Jackson

Dashing Deadeye

Passers with this ability have perfect accuracy on all throws under 40 yards while running outside the pocket (except on high/low throws).

Players who have this ability: Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers

Red Zone Deadeye

Passers with this ability have perfect accuracy on all unpressured throws inside the red zone (except high/low throws).

Players who have this ability: Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees

No-Look Deadeye

Passers with this ability have perfect accuracy on all cross-body throws up to 20 yards (except on high/low throws).

Players who have this ability: Patrick Mahomes

Comeback

Passers with this ability have reduced zone objectives when losing.

Players who have this ability: Patrick Mahomes

Anchored Extender

While in the pocket, passers with this ability are almost guaranteed to break the first sack attempt by a blitzing defensive back.

Players who have this ability: Dak Prescott

Gutsy Scrambler

Passers with this ability are immune to throw penalties caused by defensive pressure while on the run.

Players who have this ability: Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson

Sideline Deadeye

Passers with this ability have perfect accuracy on all throws outside the numbers (except on high/low throws).

Players who have this ability: Carson Wentz

Sleight Of Hand

Passers with this ability have a higher chance of success on pump fakes and double moves.

Players who have this ability: Matt Ryan

Pass Lead Elite

Passers with this ability have increased throw power on bullet precision passes (except on high/low throws).

Players who have this ability: Aaron Rodgers

Roaming Deadeye

Passers with this ability have perfect accuracy on all unpressured throws while their feet are set outside the pocket (except on high/low throws).

Players who have this ability: Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson

Gunslinger

Passers with this ability have faster passing animations and increased velocity on bullet passes.

Players who have this ability: Aaron Rodgers

Fastbreak

Passers with this ability immediately respond to user input (and defenders react more slowly) on designed quarterback run plays.

Players who have this ability: Lamar Jackson

Tight Out

Passers with this ability improve the catching prowess of all tight ends who are open on pass plays.

Players who have this ability: Lamar Jackson

Lofting Deadeye

Passers with this ability have perfect accuracy on all lob or touch passes (except high/low and cross-body throws).

Players who have this ability: Drew Brees

Indoor Baller

When playing in an indoor stadium, players with this ability can easily enter the zone.

Players who have this ability: Drew Brees

Safety Valve

Passers with this ability improve the catch rating for all running backs who are open on pass plays.

Players who have this ability: Drew Brees

Clutch

Midway through the fourth quarter in close games, players with this ability can easily enter (and remain in) the zone.

Players who have this ability: Tom Brady, Russell Wilson

Agile Extender

While in the pocket, passers with this ability are almost guaranteed to evade the first sack attempt by a blitzing defensive back.

Players who have this ability: Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson

Juke Box

Ball carriers with this ability have steerable juke animations.

Players who have this ability: Lamar Jackson

Long Range Deadeye

Passers with this ability have perfect accuracy on all deep throws while their feet are set (except on high/low throws).

Players who have this ability: Russell Wilson

Madden 21 Running Back X-Factor Abilities

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.

Players who have this ability: 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.

Players who have this ability: Nick Chubb, Ezekiel Elliot, Derrick Henry

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.

Players who have this ability: Christian McCaffery

Madden 21 Running Back Superstar Abilities

Arm Bar

Ball carriers with this ability have more powerful stiff arm animations.

Players who have this ability: Joe Mixon, Derrick Henry

Balance Beam

Avoid stumbling when carrying the ball.

Players who have this ability: Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb, Dalvin Cook

Bruiser

Ball carriers with this ability have more powerful truck and stiff arm animations.

Players who have this ability: Nick Chubb

Reach For It

Ball carriers with this ability will frequently attempt to gain extra yards while being tackled.

Players who have this ability: Nick Chubb, Ezekiel Elliot

Leap Frog

Ball carriers with this ability will hold onto the ball if tackled during a hurdle.

Players who have this ability: Ezekiel Elliot, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffery

Energizer

Ball carriers with this ability will replenish a portion of their stamina upon successfully performing any skill move.

Players who have this ability: Ezekiel Elliot, Dalvin Cook

Evasive

Ball carriers with this ability have steerable juke and spin animations

Players who have this ability: Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffery

Backfield Mismatch

Running backs with this ability have better catch in traffic and route running when coming out of the backfield against linebackers and linemen.

Players who have this ability: Saquon Barkley, Kyle Juszczyk

Tank

Ball carriers with this ability will break almost any hit-stick tackle attempts made on them.

Players who have this ability: Leonard Fournette, Derrick Henry

Backfield Master

When lined up in the backfield, players with this ability have access to four additional hot routes, better route running, and improved catching against linebackers and linemen.

Players who have this ability: Christian McCaffery

Playmaker

Receivers with this ability are granted immediate and precise reactions to playmaker inputs.

Players who have this ability: Christian McCaffery

Second Wind

Players with this ability have a chance to replenish their stamina once per play; when its half depleted.

Players who have this ability: Josh Jacobs

Bulldozer

Ball carriers with this ability have more powerful truck animations.

Players who have this ability: Josh Jacobs

Matchup Nightmare

Receivers with this ability make sharper cuts and frequently win contested catches when covered by linebackers and linemen.

Players who have this ability: Alvin Kamara

RB Apprentice

When lined up at running back, players with this ability have access to four additional hot routes during pre-play adjustments.

Players who have this ability: Alvin Kamara

Closer

Players with this ability have reduced zone objectives in the 2nd half.

Players who have this ability: Derrick Henry

Juke Box

Ball carriers with this ability have steerable juke animations.

Players who have this ability: Dalvin Cook

Nasty Streak

Blockers with this ability will frequently attempt and win impact blocks against linebackers and defensive backs when playing as a lineman or fullback.

Players who have this ability: Kyle Juszczyk

Madden 21 Wide Receiver & Tight End X-Factor Abilities

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.

Players who have this ability: Travis Kelce, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Devante Adams, Adam Thielen

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.

Players who have this ability: Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill

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.

Players who have this ability: Keenan Allen, Amari Cooper, Michael Thomas

 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.

Players who have this ability: George Kittle

Madden 21 Wide Receiver & Tight End Superstar Abilities

Short In Elite

Receivers with this ability catch more consistently while catching apsses less than 10 yards from the LoS; inside the numbers.

Players who have this ability: DeAndre Hopkins, George Kittle, Michael Thomas

Mid In Elite

Receivers with this ability catch more consistently while catching passes 10-20 yards from the LoS, inside the numbers.

Players who have this ability: Courtland Sutton, Mike Evans, Deandre Hopkins, Zach Ertz, Julian Edelman, Chris Godwin

Deep In Elite

Receivers with this ability catch more consistently while catching passes 20+ yards from the LoS; inside the numbers.

Players who have this ability: Stefon Diggs

Short Out Elite

Receivers with this ability catch more consistently while catching passes less than 10 yards from the LoS; outside the numbers.

Players who have this ability: Tyreek Hill, George Kittle, D.J. Moore, Michael Thomas

Mid Out Elite

Receivers with this ability catch more consistently while catching passes 10-20 yards from the LoS; outside the numbers

Players who have this ability: Keenan Allen, Julio Jones, Kenny Golladay, D.J. Moore, Adam Thielen

Deep Out Elite

Receivers with this ability catch more consistently while catching passes 20+ yards from the LoS; outside the numbers.

Players who have this ability: Allen Robinson, Mike Evans, Travis Kelce, T.Y. Hilton, Amari Cooper

Outside Apprentice

When lined up at wide receiver (excluding slot) players with this ability have access to four additional hot routes during pre-play adjustments.

Players who have this ability: Allen Robinson, Keenan Allen, Amari Cooper, Julio Jones, Davante Adams

Juke Box

Ball carriers with this ability have steerable juke animations.

Players who have this ability: Stefon Diggs, Odell Beckham Jr., Tyreek Hill

Grab-N-Go

After securing a catch, ballcarriers with this ability can quickly shift momentum, change direction, and turn the corner without sacrificing speed.

Players who have this ability: Stefon Diggs, Odell Beckham Jr., Tyreek Hill

Return Man

Ball carriers with the ability can quickly shift momentum; change direction; and turn the corner without sacrificing speed on kick and punt returns.

Players who have this ability: Cordarelle Patterson, Andre Roberts

Red Zone Threat

When in the red zone, receivers with this ability have a better chance to win contested catches against single coverage.

Players who have this ability: Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, Deandre Hopkins, Kenny Golladay, Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp

Slot-O-Matic

When lined up in the slot; receiver with this ability make faster cuts and have better hands when catching passes lass than 10 yards from the LoS.

Players who have this ability: Chris Godwin, Keenan Allen, Julian  Edelman, Cooper Kupp, Adam Thielen

Route Technician

Receivers with this ability have a high success rate when creating separation on the last cut of any route.

Players who have this ability: T.Y. Hilton, Amari Cooper, Julio Jones, Davante Adams, Michael Thomas

Tank

Ball carriers with this ability will break almost any hit-stick tackle attempts made on them.

Players who have this ability: Rob Gronkowski

TE Apprentice

When lined up at tight end, players with this ability have access to four additional hot routes during pre-play adjustments.

Players who have this ability: Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz

Leap Frog

Ball carriers with this ability will hold onto the ball if tackled during a hurdle.

Players who have this ability: Travis Kelce

Route Apprentice

Players with this ability have access to four additional hot routes, regardless of where they line up.

Players who have this ability: George Kittle

Madden 21 Offensive Lineman Superstar Abilities

All Day

Blockers with this ability will allow less frequent shed attempts by their block target.

Players who have this ability: Mitchell Schwartz, Tyron Smith, David Bakhtiari

Edge Protector

Blockers with this ability reduce and edge pass rusher’s chances of using a quick block shed move.

Players who have this ability: Mitchell Schwartz, Tyron Smith, Trent Williams, David Bakhtiari, Ryan Ramczyk

Screen Protector

Blockers with this ability will dominantly win impact blocks on screen plays.

Players who have this ability: Zack Martin, Jason Kelce, Trent Williams

Post Up

Blockers with this ability are almost guaranteed to win any double team block they are engaged in.

Players who have this ability: Zack Martin, Brandon Brooks, Trent Brown, Brandon Scherff

Nasty Streak

Blockers with this ability will frequently attempt and win impact blocks against linebackers and defensive backs when playing as a lineman or fullback.

Players who have this ability: Quenton Nelson, Lane Johnson, Trent Brown

Unspun

Blockers with this ability defend against spin pass rush moves as if they had an additional resistance point.

Players who have this ability: Andrew Whitworth

Lifeguard

Blockers with this ability defend against swim/club pass rush moves as if they had an additional resistance point.

Players who have this ability: Brandon Brooks, Ronnie Stanley

Tough Nut

Blockers with this ability have an increased number of blocker resistance points.

Players who have this ability: Terron Armstead

Puller Elite

Blockers with this ability will frequently attempt and win pull blocks.

Players who have this ability: Quenton Nelson, David DeCastro

Matador

Blockers with this ability have stronger protection against bull rush moves attempted by defenders.

Players who have this ability: Rodney Hunter, Brandon Scherff

Tear Proof

Blockers with this ability defend against rip pass rush moves as if they had an additional resistance point.

Players who have this ability: Deavid DeCastro

Fool Me Once

Blockers with this ability gain blocker resistance points at a faster rate.

Players who have this ability: Lane Johnson, Ryan Ramczyk

Natural Talent

Blockers with this ability start every new blocking encounter with built-in resistance.

Players who have this ability: Jason Kelce

Madden 21 Defensive X-Factor Abilities

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.

Players who have this ability: Khalil Mack, Myles Garrett, Joey Bosa, DeMarcus Lawrence, Cameron Jordan,T.J. Watt, Danielle Hunter

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.

Players who have this ability: Von Miller, Fletcher Cox

Relentless

The most tenacious defenders beat their blocks by sheer force of will. When they enter the zone their rush move attempts are free.

Players who have this ability: Chandler Jones, Nick Bosa, T.J. Watt

Reinforcement

The games 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.

Players who have this ability: Derwin James, Harrison Smith

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.

Players who have this ability: 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.

Players who have this ability: Aaron Donald

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.

Players who have this ability: Calais Campbell

Momentum Shift

Momentum Shift players demoralize their opponents. When they enter the zone, all of field opponents are knocked out of the zone or lose and progress towards entering the zone.

Players who have this ability: Chris Jones

Shutdown

Shutdown defenders have the talent to erase receivers from the game. When they enter the zone; their coverage is tighter and interceptions more frequent on contested catches.

Players who have this ability: Tre’Davious White, Tyrann Mathieu, Richard Sherman, Jaire Alexander, Stephon GIlmore

Zone Hawk

Zone Hawk defenders lock down a part of the field. When they enter the zone, this ability increases the rate of catch knockouts and interceptions while in zone coverage.

Players who have this ability: Devin McCourty

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.

Players who have this ability: Jalen Ramsey

Madden 21 Defensive Superstar Abilities

Swim Club

Defenders with this ability will ignore one bar of blocker resistance when attempting swim/club pass rush moves.

Players who have this ability: Joey Bosa, DeMarcus Lawrence, Arik Armstead, J.J. Watt

Edge Threat

Defenders with this ability use faster: more dominant pass rush moves while rushing from the edge of the defense.

Players who have this ability: Khalil Mack, Von Miller, Myles Garrett, Joey Bosa, DeMarcus Lawrence, Nick Bosa, Calais Campbell, T.J. Watt

No Outsiders

Defenders with this ability use faster run shed moves for a better chance at shedding blocks against outside zone plays.

Players who have this ability: Khalil Mack, Von Miller, Joey Bosa, Aaron Donald, Cameron Jordan, T.J. Watt

Under Pressure

Defenders with this ability can apply pressure to the quarterback from a greater distance.

Players who have this ability: Chris Jones, DeForest Buckner, DeMarcus Lawrence, Fletcher Cox, Aaron Donald

B.O.G.O.

Defenders with this ability are granted a free pass rush move once per play after spending a pass rush point.

Players who have this ability: Shaquil Barrett, Josh Allen

Run Stopper

Defenders with this ability do not need to spend a point on shed attempts during a run play.

Players who have this ability: Calais Campbell, J.J. Watt

Inside Stuff

Defenders with this ability use faster run shed moves for a better chance at shedding blocks against inside zone plays.

Players who have this ability: Grady Jarrett, Kenny Clark, Aaron Donald, Calais Campbell, Cameron Heyward

Edge Threat Elite

Defenders with this ability use faster; more dominant pass rush moves and apply significant QB pressure while rushing from the edge of the defense.

Players who have this ability: Chandler Jones, Za’Darius Smith, Cameron Jordan, Danielle Hunter

Instant Rebate

Defenders with this ability are refunded a pass rush point when they successfully shed blocks.

Players who have this ability: Kenny Clark, Cameron Jordan

El Toro

Defenders with this ability will receive dominant bull rush wins when their pass rush points are full.

Players who have this ability: Myles Garrett, Chris Jones, DeForest Buckner, Fletcher Cox, Grady Jarrett, Aaron Donald, J.J. Watt

Speedster

Defenders with this ability will ignore one bar of blocker resistance when attempting speed pass rush moves.

Players who have this ability: Nick Bosa, Danielle Hunter

Extra Credit

Pass rushers with this ability are granted an additional maximum pass rush move point.

Players who have this ability: Nick Bosa, Danielle Hunter

Strip Specialist

Defenders with this ability can still tackle effectively while trying to strip the football.

Players who have this ability: Khalil Mack, Myles Garrett, Shaquil Barrett, Chandler Jones, T.J. Watt

Unpredictable

Defenders with this ability are less likely to increase their block’s resistance bars when performing shed wins.

Players who have this ability: Cameron Heyward

Reach Elite

Defenders with this ability can reach out of engaged blocks to tackle or sack nearby ball carriers.

Players who have this ability: Geno Atkins, Chandler Jones, Ryan Kerrigan

Ripper

Defenders with this ability will ignore one bar of blocker resistance when attempting rip pass rush moves.

Players who have this ability: Geno Atkins

Goal Line Stuff

Defenders with this ability have quicker run sheds near the goal line.

Players who have this ability: Chris Jones

Secure Tackler

Defenders with this ability have a higher success rate on conservative tackles.

Players who have this ability: Fletcher Cox

Defensive Rally

Defenders with this ability will grant a bonus pass rush point to all defensive linemen on any 3rd or 4th down.

Players who have this ability: Arik Armstead

Adrenaline Rush

Pass rushers with this ability will have all of their pass rush move points restored after sacking the QB.

Players who have this ability: Von Miller

Out My Way

Players with this ability have dominant impact block wins against WR’s, HB’s, and TE’s

Players who have this ability: Za’Darius Smith, Bobby Wagner

Mr. Big Stop

Defenders with this ability will start 3rd or 4th down with at least half of their maximum pass rush points.

Players who have this ability: Za’Darius Smith

Lurker

Defenders with this ability can make jumping, 180-degree interceptions while lurking in a zone in the middle of the field.

Players who have this ability: Lavonte David, Eric Kendricks

Outmatched

Defenders with this ability are highly likely to win contested catches against running backs.

Players who have this ability: Fred Warner

Tackle Supreme

Defenders with this ability have better conservative/dive tackling, are rarely faked out by ball carrier moves, and cannot be fake out when user controlled.

Players who have this ability: Bobby Wagner

Short Route KO

Defenders with this ability force more catch tackle knockouts in man-to-man versus short routes less than 10 yards from the LoS.

Players who have this ability: Chris Harris Jr., Tyrann Mathieu, Jaire Alexander, Marlon Humphrey

Medium Route KO

Defenders with this ability force more catch tackle knockouts in man to man versus medium routes; 10-20 yards from the LoS.

Players who have this ability: Micah Hyde, Justin Simmons

Deep Route KO

Defenders with this ability force more catch tackle knockouts in man to man versus long routes; 20+ yards from the LoS.

Players who have this ability: Darius Slay, Jaire Alexander, Marlon Humphrey

Flat Zone KO

Defenders with this ability force more catch knockouts and react quicker in any flat zone coverage; less than 10 yards from the LoS and outside the hash marks.

Players who have this ability: Derwin James, Tyrann Mathieu, Richard Sherman, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore, Harrison Smith

Mid Zone KO

Defenders with this ability force more catch knockouts and react quicker in any mid-field zone coverage; Less than 20 yards from the LoS inside the numbers and 10-20 outside.

Players who have this ability: Lavonte David, Budda Baker, Fred Warner, Eric Kendricks

Deep In Zone KO

Defenders with this ability force more catch knockouts and react quicker in deep zone coverage; 20+ yards from the LoS and inside the numbers.

Players who have this ability: Justin Simmons, Devin McCourty, Earl Thomas, Kevin Byard

Deep Out Zone KO

Defenders with this ability force more catch knockouts and react quicker in deep zone coverage; 20+ yards from the LoS and outside the hash marks.

Players who have this ability: Tre’Davious White, Richard Sherman

Acrobat

Defenders with this ability will dive for increased range on pass breakups and interceptions.

Players who have this ability: Tre’Davious White, Chris Harris Jr., Tyrann Mathieu, Darious Slay, Jaire Alexander, Stephon Gilmore, Jalen Ramsey

One Step Ahead

Defenders with this ability generally react much faster to receiver cut moves when in man coverage.

Players who have this ability: Stephen Gilmore, Jalen Ramsey

Pick Artist

Defenders with this ability have higher chance to catch uncontested interceptions; and they have unlimited stamina on the return (until using a special move or breaking a tackle).

Players who have this ability: Tre’Davious White, Micah Hyde, Stephon Gilmore, Devin McCourty, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Kevin Byard

Bench Press

Defenders with this ability apply bonus fatigue to their man coverage target after a successful press win.

Players who have this ability: Jalen Ramsey

Chuck Out

Defenders with this ability slow down their target after a successful zone chuck.

Players who have this ability: Byron Jones, Richard Sherman

Stone Wall

Defenders with this ability will frequently prevent additional yardage gains while tackling.

Players who have this ability: Budda Baker, Jamal Adams, Earl Thomas, Harrison Smith

Tip Drill

Players with this ability have an increased chance to catch passes that have been tipped into the air.

Players who have this ability: Minkah Fitzpatrick

Unfakeable

Defenders with this ability are rarely faked out by ballcarrier moves (and cannot be faked out when user-controlled).

Players who have this ability: Derwin James, Devin McCourty

Lumberjack

Defenders with this ability do not allow broken tackles and cause more fumbles when cut-sticking ballcarriers.

Players who have this ability: Derwin James

Enforcer

Defenders with this ability don’t allow broken tackles when hit-sticking ball carriers – regardless of the runner’s size or power.

Players who have this ability: Jamal Adams, Bobby Wagner, Harrison Smith

Madden 21 Kicker & Punter Superstar Abilities

Focused Kicker

Kickers with this ability experience a slower kicking meter for better power and accuracy.

Players who have this ability: Josh Lambo, Johnny Hekker

Clutch Kicker

Kickers with this ability are immune to the ‘Ice The Kicker’ effect that occurs after the opponents call timeouts in critical situations.

Players who have this ability: Justin Tucker

X-Factor Abilities That No Player Currently Has

Hi-Lo Deadeye

Accurate passers know that ball placement is different between a touchdown and a turnover. When they enter the zoe; all high and low passes are thrown with perfect accuracy.

Run N Gun

Passers use a combination of mobility and aggressiveness to make big plays. When they enter the zone, they have perfect accuracy while throwing on the run.

Brick Wall

While in the pocket, passers with this ability are almost guaranteed to break the first sack attempt by any blitzing defender.

Omaha

Elite quarterbacks are molded by endless hours of film study. When they enter the zone, they have full vision of the secondary’s defensive coverage before the snap.

Mossed

True legendary receivers make the impossible possible. When they enter the zone, they have a greatly increased success rate on aggressive catches of 55+ yards regardless of coverage.

Wrecking Ball

Wrecking ball runners don’t avoid contact, they create it. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their success rate on the next three trucks or stiff arms,

Grab And Smash

Not all receivers need fancy footwork. When they enter the zone, they have an increased success chance on stiff arm and truck attempts following the catch.

Vanguard

Vanguard players are the reason running backs thank their blocks in the postgame interview. When they enter the zone; they are nearly guaranteed dominant impact block wins.

Selfless

When selfless players are making plays their teammated are motivated to perform better. When they enter the zone, all on field teammates enter the zone as well.

Universal Coverage

The most physical coverage defenders prevent catches from happening even when their target has hands o the ball. When they enter the zone; they are nearly guaranteed knockouts.

Superstar Abilities That No Player Currently Has

Homer

When playing at home, players with this ability can easily enter the zone.

Protected

Passers with this abiliy receive better pass blocking from their offensive linemen.

Human Joystick

Ball carriers with this ability can quickly shift momentum; change direction; and turn the corner without sacrificing speed.

WR Apprentice

When lined up at any wide receiver position, players with this ability have access to four additional hot routes during pre-play adjustments.

Slot Apprentice

When lined up in the slot, players with this ability have access to four additional hot routes during pre-play adjustments.

Spin Cycle

Ball Carriers with this ability have steerable spin animations.

You can sort Superstar or X-Factor abilities in Madden 21 by position, player, team, or ability here.