PUBG guide: 13 best Battlegrounds tips and tricks for that chicken dinner
Do you need a PUBG guide? Now that the popular battle royale game has gone free-to-play, there will be plenty of newcomers who don’t know about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. However, maybe you’ve been playing for years and just can’t capture that big win. Either way, we have some PUBG tips to help you succeed.
With its many maps and heavy gunplay reminiscent of a military sim (which isn’t surprising, given that it started life as a Mod Arma 3), new players face an almighty learning curve en route to their first chicken dinner. Once on the ground, you’ll need to gather as much loot as you can find, go to the randomly designated and constantly shrinking safe zone, and fight with everyone until you’re the last survivor.
Knowing the maps, tools of the trade, and some general PUBG tips and tricks will help you get closer and closer to that esteemed #1 rank. So whether you’re struggling to take down enemies from long distances or just you wanted to know what weapons to look for when looting, we have you covered.
PUBG Guide: Tips and Tricks
Here are the best PUBG tips:
never stop moving
Even shaking back and forth, bending or running in circles can save your life in PUBG by never allowing the enemy to easily shoot. This is especially important when aiming down sights in a shootout: you never want to become an easy target.
Moonlighting as a parkour superstar couldn’t hurt either – the game is much more nimble than it was before and nimble and aggressive games are much more viable. Always look for high buildings or ledges to climb.
Play the border, but also the blue
As long as you get yourself some decent healing options, playing /into/the blue zone can be beneficial as it will keep you out of harm’s way for longer and can net you easy kills. You will also be able to loot longer.
As you progress through the mid to late game, you’ll definitely want to play on the edge of the safe zone regardless. This is a common tactic in all Battle Royale games, but you’ll want to move forward in time with the shrinking safe zone, catching other players off guard as they often scramble to safety. .
The right gun for the job
Knowing what the best PUBG weapons are can be crucial. You might be tempted to use the high DPS weapons like Assault Rifles, SMGs, etc., but unless you can handle the recoil effectively your shots will be wasted and then you’ll be dead.
That said, assault rifles are especially ones to watch out for. They are quite common in most PUBG matches. They can be used in any situation with great effect. If you manage to find an AKM or M416 and some attachments, you have a good chance of getting this chicken dinner.
Shotguns are secretly your best friend, though. Shotguns dominate closely, which is basically the final minutes of every PUBG match. They may be common, but they’re worth keeping because of their one-hit kill potential.
SCOPES ARE THE BEST ACCESSORIES
Even the best sniper rifle in the game is only as good as the scope fitted to it, and if you rely on iron sights, you’ve already lost. If you can get your hands on a 4x or 8x scope, you’ll be able to hold down any building in the game. You can also use scopes to spot buildings from a safe distance, speaking of distances…
BEWARE OF ZERO DISTANCES
The scopes in PUBG all have a zeroing distance that displays when aiming down sights. If the distance given is 100 meters, it means your ball will land exactly where you click up to that distance. If your target is around 200 yards away, you’ll need to aim a bit higher – learning exactly where takes hours of practice and trying to get it wrong, but paying attention to zeroing distance makes the process much easier. Little PUBG tip: you can also increase or decrease it with PgUp and PgDn.
You can also determine distances using the PUBG map. Each white square on the game map measures 100 m². So if you’re in a long-range shootout, you can pull out your map, spot roughly where they’re judging from landmarks, and count the number of white lines between you. Aim accordingly and you should be able to land this delicious long-range kill.
USE THE TRAINING CARD
The most challenging aspect of PUBG for many new players is weapon handling. Weapons in PUBG have a lot of recoil if you come from other shooters, so spend a lot of time in practice mode to get used to the kick of different weapon types. You don’t need to learn the recoil patterns for every weapon in the game before jumping into a single match, but getting a feel for the weapons will save you a lot of time later.
SUPPLY DROPS CONTAIN THE BEST WEAPONS AND ARMOR IN THE GAME
If you keep wondering where other players get their LMGs and sniper rifles, you’ve avoided those supply drops that are airdropped every few minutes.
Each drop contains a mix of high-level gear, so if you want the best items, you’ll need to find a vehicle, follow the container as it drops, and kill everyone around the landing zone.
THE PAN IS (STILL) THE BEST MELEE WEAPON
Not only is the pan the most damaging melee weapon in the game, but it’s also bulletproof. If you have one in your inventory, it will hang over your character model’s posterior, giving your ass full protection from incoming enemy fire.
Stay Hidden, Stay Safe
When it comes to using the terrain to your advantage, you have several options. As long as you’re not wearing neon clothing, snuggling into a bush can be a surprisingly effective way to go unnoticed, as long as you don’t move around too much.
Similarly, you can also try hiding in the grass, but note that the grass stops showing if you look past a certain distance, so you won’t be able to hide from snipers long range that way.
Other than that, common sense applies. High ground at the edge of a map usually makes good holding points that allow you to watch the game unfold, taking out opponents when the right opportunity arises. Speaking of watching…
PATIENCE IS KEY
This is not a game for itchy trigger fingers or renegades – just because you can see an enemy doesn’t mean you should necessarily shoot them. It’s not just that you might miss them or be killed by them, it’s that you don’t know who else is watching or aiming for the same target. If you want to rack up the kills, it’s always wise to keep the fire going until you can claim a quick and easy kill.
TO WEAR A HELMET
It’s easy – headshots are deadly without a helmet, so go find one. A level one will do, but honestly, always keep an eye out for the best possible helmet, even if it’s a bit damaged.
While you’re at it, get yourself a good vest too. High level is good, but when it comes to the frenetic end-game firefights, durability is also very important.
USE VEHICLES WITH CAUTION
If a player knows where you are in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, they have a high chance of killing you. Driving around in a noisy, bulky jeep or sedan alerts everyone in the area to your presence, making it difficult to return to hiding.
If you’re going to use a car, do so to cover large amounts of ground quickly, or head to the outskirts of the map for the best gear. Do NOT go for a joy ride. Nobody will care about your sweet ride because you will already be dead and it will be their sweet ride instead.
It’s important because first of all, you weren’t born in a barn. Second, it can actually be good psychological warfare against your opponents. Generally, you can tell if a location has been looted because all the doors remain open. This means that a player has gone to loot.
So when you come to loot a building or use it as a vantage point, close the doors behind you to trick other players into thinking it’s a safe loot spot. Even if you’re leaving a building, it’s wise to close the door behind you to waste other players’ time, giving you a good head start and/or the chance to set traps.
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And there you have it, our top thirteen tips for getting the upper hand in PUBG. If you still lose after absorbing this wealth of knowledge, then you are on your own.
Additional contributions by Joe Robinson.