Just getting started in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds? Having a hard time holding your own against more experienced players? Tired of being one of the first to die in nearly every match you play? Well, good news – this article covers some of the best PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tips and tricks that will help you play better, survive longer, and rack up more BP.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Tips
PUBG is a tough game – there’s no doubt about that. It’s designed to be challenging. You’re thrown into each match with nothing and expected to go toe-to-toe with up to 100 players in a free-for-all survival-deathmatch until just one player is left standing.
If you’re a beginner – this can be pretty daunting.
No worries, though – we’re here to help! Below, we’ve outlined some great PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tips that will help you master the game and stay alive longer than the average player.
Become a Sharpshooter
One of the biggest keys to success in this game is learning how to aim properly. Ammo is limited and nailing your shots is crucial. Every stray bullet that’s wasted could result in your untimely death.
So, how can you improve your aim to ensure your bullets hit their target? Practice, of course. Whether it’s in a live match against random opponents or in a private lobby with a group of friends – practice your aim with a variety of rifles, shotguns, snipers, and other weapons.
It’s important that you practice different firefight scenarios as well. Pit yourself against a friend with just snipers, mono-y-mono with assault rifles, etc. Mix up the weapons you use and even practicing firing from the hip, while aimed, while strafing, while your opponent is in motion, and so on.
If you can master aim this alone will help you immensely. It’ll give you an upper-hand in practically any encounter you’ll face in an online match on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Analyze and Strategize
As we’ve stated in our PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds game guide, and practically everywhere else… strategy is extremely important in this game.
This isn’t Call of Duty. You don’t want to run out in the open, guns blazing. That will lead a very quick and pointless death. You don’t respawn in these matches. You want to out-live every other player in the match. That doesn’t always mean killing the opposition. It often means setting up in a strategic spot and keeping your eyes peeled.
So, how do you develop an effective strategy? Well, in all honesty, it changes match to match.
Your strategy needs to adapt and evolve to how other gamers are playing in each match…
If the field is dominated by snipers – grab a shotgun or assault rifle and park your ass indoors. Running out into the open will likely guarantee death.
If everyone is camping it out – get a long range rifle or sniper, scout the land with high attention to detail, pick off unsuspecting enemies when you have the chance, and keep behind cover so not to expose yourself to the same grim ending.
This stuff isn’t rocket science. Keep your head down, pay attention to what’s going on elsewhere on the map, and take out enemies swiftly without setting yourself up for doom. Again, your strategy will need to change a bit depending on who you’re playing against, but these core principals will always remain true.
Always be Aware
Next up in our list of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tips – always be aware. We hit on this a bit in the section above. It’s vital that you always have a sense of where other players may be, where you’re at on the map, and what’s going on in other areas of the battlefield.
Obviously, since everyone is trying to stay “under the radar”, if you will, you won’t know exactly what’s happening at all times, but, generally speaking, you can use audio and visual clues to make educated guesses.
If you hear gunfire off in the distance – it’s highly likely a firefight is in progress. If you see a vehicle headed toward a specific area of the map – it’s probably safe to assume that player is either going there to hunker down or they’ve chasing down another player.
Perhaps the most useful tool in expanding your awareness in every match is to pay attention to the kill feed. This not only lets you know what players have been eliminated, but it can also help you figure out the weaponry used and, at times, the strategies being utilized by your opponents.
Suppress Your Aggression
As mentioned previously, going on the attack and attempting to be a run-n-gun style player in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is usually a very, very bad idea. Remember, this is a game about surviving – not collecting kills.
Even the most intelligent players struggle with containing aggressive actions at times. Sometimes when you’re on a hot streak and you’re taking down opponents with ease you can become overly confident, get the feeling of invincibility, and attempt to rush out to wipe out enemies fast.
This can prove costly in a hurry.
The goal is to stay alive until the very end. That doesn’t mean you have to quickly dispatch everyone else to accomplish that goal. And, in most cases, it’s not the wisest option to pursue.
Many players set themselves up in bushes with sniper rifles in open areas. Others hunker down with shotguns within buildings. As a result, rushing out into open fields or bursting into houses carelessly can lead to a fast, brutal end to your chances of winning a match.
To reiterate the point – this is NOT a Call of Duty game. It’s a survival-shooter, not just a deathmatch-style FPS.
Keep your bloodlust in check and you’ll likely make it a lot further in every match.
Master the Map
Up next in our PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tips is map familiarity. A hugely important thing to do is learn the layout of the map. This helps in a number of ways.
First off, you’ll have a better understanding of where a good spot to aim for is when you’re parachuting into the map at the beginning of the match. Starting off in an area you know well and tend to have a fair amount of luck in can make your survival a lot more likely.
Second, you need to understand every nook and cranny of the map to at least have an idea of where players are likely to be hiding, where a lot of foot traffic tends to occur, and so on.
The unfortunate part of all this is that, well, the map is huge. So, it’s a lot to memorize but if you at least have a general understanding of each zone and where the most likely camp spots are – you’ll definitely have an edge.
Keep an Eye on Your Zones
Next up on our handy little list of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tips is zone awareness. At random times in random locations you’ll notice that a sizable red circle will appear on your mini-map. When it does, you’ll also witness a large-scale bombing of that section of the map.
You do not want to be in this area when this occurs.
These are referred to as Red Zones and it is in your best interest to avoid them at all costs. While it is possible to survive the bombs by seeking shelter in a building – survival is not guaranteed.
Many bombs are dropped on these areas and all of them are capable of killing you with just one hit. It can be a tragic and senseless way to die and it’s fairly easy to avoid. When you see the red circle pop up on the map, high-tail it out of the Red Zone to avoid getting blasted to bits by the bombs.
While weapon selection is mostly a matter of preference, each weapon type does have its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.
Here’s a very brief summary of a few weapon types:
- Snipers – The ultimate long-range weapon. Definitely not ideal for close-quarters encounters.
- Assault Rifles – Quite versatile. In the right hands they’re great in both close-quarters and mid-range engagements. Those with excellent aim can even dispatch snipers with them.
- Shotguns – Perfect for setting up a tent and campfire in a building. These are extremely powerful in short range firefights.
- Pistols – Better than your fists, but feel like water guns.
Be sure to read our guide to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds weapons for more information.
Keeping your HP as high as possible at all times is very, very important to survival. For that reason, it’s wise to keep an eye out for and stash all Energy Drinks, Bandages, and other health consumables.
There are multiple consumables that replenish your health. In order of health gains from greatest to least, they are:
- Adrenaline Syringe
- Med Kit
- First Aid Kit
- Painkillers (just provide a boost)
Obviously it would be ideal to have first aid kits and med kits on-hand at all times, but they’re also rarer items to find. Bandages, on the other hand, are fairly common. It’s definitely a good idea to keep as many of them as possible in your inventory at any given time.
Shut the Dang Door
Finally, to conclude our collection of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tips let’s talk about something that may seem absurd.
Exploring a building? Going room to room in search of goodies? All fine and smart to do. What’s not smart to do, though? Leave the doors of the building and rooms you enter wide open.
At the start of every match every single door to every building and room is closed. So, if you waltz in, burst every door open, scavenge, and then proceed to either camp within the building or head out – any other player that goes near the area after you will know that you’re there or possibly nearby.
While it may seem relatively insignificant – not leaving behind clues as to where you are or have been is crucial to your survival. Intelligent players look for clues like this around the map to help them determine where their opponents are.
Don’t give yourself away with something as stupid and simple as leaving a door open. Explore, scavenge, and close the door behind you so you don’t alert everyone to your presence.
This ends our PUBG tips – for now.
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