Crypto Trading Patterns

Crypto trading patterns are common movements in the way the price of a cryptocurrency tends to trend. These patterns can be seen on a trading chart and should form the basis of any cryptocurrency trading strategy.

This article will look at the 5 top patterns that you should know.

1) Head and Shoulders

Head and shoulders is a chart pattern that be distinguished by its 3 peaks; with one large peak in the middle and two smaller peaks on either side. The pattern signifies a reversal in trend and therefore can be used to help determine when a bullish trend is coming to an end.

Crypto trading pattern: Head & Shoulders

As can be seen from the BTC/USD chart above, a head and shoulder pattern is formed followed by a dip in price.

2) Cup and Handle

A cup and handle pattern can be spotted on a trading chart by looking for a bowl shape followed by a smaller one which resembles a handle.

Crypto trading pattern: Cup & Handle

The cup and handle pattern is a bullish signal that is usually an indicator for a trader to purchase a cryptocurrency. This is because the pattern indicates that a trend is reversing from bearish to bullish, hence, the cup.

However, as can be seen from the BTC/USD chart above, this is a false signal, therefore, this pattern should always be used in combination with out trading patterns before coming to a trading decision.

3) Flag

More crypto trading patterns to look for include: the flag. This is a bullish pattern that can be discerned on a chart by looking for rectangle shape pointing downwards with rightmost border missing; the flag is also accompanied by a flagpole.

Crypto trading pattern: Flag

The purpose of the flag pattern is to identify the possible continuation of a previous trend that has been reversed. For example, from the BTC/USD chart above, there is a clear initial uptrend (flagpole) which is momentarily reversed resulting in a downtrend.

However, the flag pattern tells us that this downtrend is only momentary and that the uptrend will once again resume, which is what ends up happening in the chart above.

Even though a flag pattern may indicate a continuing uptrend, it is important to look at the volume to see if this uptrend can be sustained.

4) Higher Highs, Lower Lows

Higher Highs and Lower Lows is a particularly useful pattern for identifying if a cryptocurrency is an uptrend or a downtrend.

If a crypto is consistently hitting higher and higher price targets, then it is considered to be in an uptrend. Conversely, if a crypto is consistently hitting lower and lower price targets, then it may be in a downtrend.

Below is an example crypto chart pattern of higher highers:

Higher Highs

The higher highs indicate rising bullish sentiment as more investors are willing to pay a higher price for a particular crypto. This is nearly always a good sign.

Any small dip in price in the middle of a crypto hitting higher price targets will most likely be because of traders taking profit.

Below is an example chart pattern of lower lows:

Lower Lows

A cryptocurrency’s price consistently hitting lower price targets is a strong indication that it is in a downtrend. At a basic level, it means that traders are buying and selling the crypto at lower and lower price targets.

This overwhelmingly negative sentiment may spook investors and result in further price declines. In moments like these, it’s important to look for triggers that may signal a reversal, whether it’s a piece of good news or flag pattern.

Crypto trading patterns have different uses, but the key purpose of the higher highs and lower lows pattern really is to identify the general trend a cryptocurrency is moving in.

Once a trader is able to do this, he will often utilize other charts and tools to allow him/her to make a more informed trading decision.

5) Wedge

A wedge pattern can be spotted on a chart by looking for two parallel lines converging over a period of time.

A wedge is typically used to look for a price reversal. For example, if the price of a cryptocurrency is trending upwards in a wedge, the price may then reverse into a downtrend.


As can been seen from the BTC/USD chart above, awedge is being formed, with the price then reversing into a downward trend as the trading range starts to tighten.


To conclude, the ability to spot basic crypto trading patterns should be in the toolkit of any investor or trader. Patterns allow traders to be able to determine whether a market is in an uptrend or a downtrend, as well as when a potential price reversal may occur.

One important thing to remember is that chart patterns also have their inverses.

All of the patterns looked at in this article can be found when the market is rising, but they can also be found in a down market too, hence the term inverse.

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