How to win at Slither.io: 10 tips, tricks and hacks


Palms sweaty, heart beating a bit faster, I press the Ctrl+W to close the tab, where I was playing Slither.io, the new online mania that comes after Agar.io.

The score on the board is just above 10,000, and while I still haven't won (I wish I had more time to play at work), I think I've finally gotten it.

Gotten what?

Well, the SECRET, of course.

The secret to becoming the biggest snake/worm (sworm?) in Slither.io.

So how do you do it? Well, I will give you tips and behaviors that you can use to hack the game. Since you are playing against other players, you should understand that Slither.io is a different game than most others. It's a game of psychology, a lot like poker, and that's what makes it so fun and addictive.


You have to understand that greed to become bigger is the primary motive that drives all players in Slither.io.

Once you fully comprehend this, you're halfway to winning.

With no further ado, here are my 10 rules, tips, tricks and hacks to win at Slither.io:

1. Slither.io is a social game: get close to the big guys as fast as possible and stay nearby. Why? Where there are big guys, there are big kills and big gains
2. Big guys can't eat all the gains right away, that's when you should quickly boost your way and eat up to become relatively big (1,000+)
3. Once you become 1,000+ points big, stop with the crazy boost and MOVE SLOWER
4. Let's emphasize this: MOVE SLOWER!
5. Boosting is the fastest way to get big
6. Boosting is the fastest way to die
7. Here is the secret of getting above 5,000 points: at this point, you will start seeing many dying around you. DO NOT BOOST unless you are absolutely certain there is no danger ahead.
8. Get DOUBLE AND TRIPLE KILLS: Once you see a medium to large kill, do not rush to get it. Once you are big, you will see that smaller guys will rush to get the gains. Observe their direction carefully and encircle them. This way you get double and triple kills. LEAVING GAINS for others to boost into your trap is the best way to safely reach the 10,000 point mark.
9. After 10,000 points you are everyone's favorite target. MOVE EXTRA SLOW. Once you are that big others will constantly make unforced mistakes around you and you can get easy gains.
10. Quit all tactics and try boosting to KILL the big guys when you are small (less than 1,000 points). It's surprisingly gratifying to kill the big ones when you are small :)

Enjoy and do let us know: what's your highest score?

You can experience Slither.io at the webpage, or by getting the game on Android and iPhone.

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15 Comments

1. StephenS

Posts: 18; Member since: May 02, 2016

As much as I love this game, the controls are rubbish. So much lag.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Are you a PA author? And yes I agree, imagine the state of people's phones when the lags caused them to lose.

6. StephenS

Posts: 18; Member since: May 02, 2016

Yup, and when I'm not writing, I'm losing miserably at Slither.io. FTR, I'm complaining at lag on my PC, not mobile.

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I thought you meant the game (server?) was laggy, not the mobile

10. MrHate

Posts: 317; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

What you are talking about isn't lag it's ping. And yes the ping sometimes is terrible and sometimes takes over a second to respond.

12. PISTAKER

Posts: 1; Member since: May 23, 2016

Agree !! when the screen gets congested with snakes my snake dissolves itself a centimetre away from other snakes , it's so slow and starts to jitter !!

15. Unordinary unregistered

Mobile or desktop or both? I don't like how on mobile, your finger blocks the view a bit when steering

3. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Slow days at work lately, Victor?

13. Brewski

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Srsly, are you guys getting paid for this crap? This is the second article about this s**tty game in a few days. Get back to reviewing phones. This is PhoneArena after all, not AppArena.

4. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

I don't have lag on my phone with this game...what I notice is something else...it's feels like a connection issue rather than a phone not being able to handle the game...resulting in lag...am i right? honestly, i've enjoyed this game a lot and play for HOURS everyday since you first posted. Its a fun little game but I really home they introduce new controls. snake.io has very good controls but it's not as "smooth" as slither.io. A joystick on one side and a boost button on the other will make this game perfect!

5. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

I just read a comment on the play store by some guy lol. check this out: "#HATED IT ITS GOOD AT FIRST BUT THEN IT JUST GETS U MAD I KNOW THAT 4 people killed themselves over this game because it was too stressful plz ban game it is law to ban a game if someone's death is because of it" Did someone actually kill themselves over a game?

7. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

There have been times when I've smacked my phone, that's just how frustrating this can be

9. Happy2016

Posts: 1; Member since: May 21, 2016

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANX!!!! I read this article and then immediatley went to slither.io and guess what I did as a tiny worm at length 10? I killed a snake that must've been like 10k. So cool. But I hate it when i kill someone and other snakes come an eat the dots and then get bigger than you! SO ANNOYING!

11. Old_Bushwacker

Posts: 1; Member since: May 22, 2016

Using some of my own strategies, I was able to beat 60k length. These tips are useful for beginners, and if you'd like proof of my highscore, I actually made a video here: h ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7efEZzumoBc just delete the first space....it's giving me a hard time about not registering for 7 days...

14. This-name-will-live-on

Posts: 1; Member since: May 23, 2016

Thank you! This really helped my Slither.io skills! My top score thanks to this is 40,972.

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