PUBG ou PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for those who like to keep it official, it's pretty simple on the surface, but it's a classic example of a game much deeper than it appears.
This page of PUBG tips will address as much of this depth as possible, provided PUBG tips for beginners to a more advanced guide to the game.
PUBG Beginners Guide: How Battlegrounds Works and How to Survive to the End of the Game
There are so many little tips and tricks worth knowing for PUBG that we decided to compile a big old list of them right here, breaking them down into the relevant categories so you can choose to skip or just browse whenever you want.
Before diving in though, it's worth talking a little bit about how to approach PUBG matches in general, especially if you're a newbie or just looking to learn the game a little better.
How Battlegrounds works
PUBG is not your typical shooter. The goal is to survive, not get as many kills as possible – in fact, you can win without hitting a single one – so your usual shooting strategy needs to adapt.
The predominant goal, so to speak, is secrecy. In fact, many of the high-ranking players looking to compete in upcoming tournaments simply rely on “boring” stealth strategies, such as hiding out at sea in boats, to get them to the final gunfight at the end of a round. The argument is that everyone is going to kill themselves anyway, so why take the risk?
But that's not the whole story - combat, for starters, is great practice. PUBG's combat mechanics are a little weird and mastering them makes a huge difference in how many end-10 situations you'll win.
Likewise, mid-game kills are a great way to turn your gear from passable to great. And finally, if you're caught hiding in a bush, it's helpful to know how to shoot whoever found you.
The general flow of a game is approximately as follows:
- You will be born on the plane and need to choose a place to land. We've put together a dedicated guide on the best PUBG loot locations in Erangel and Miramar, as well as specific pages on the Erangel map and Miramar map, too, but the short version here is that you want to avoid high-traffic areas like towns and main cities. and find a small safe spot to loot some weapons and equipment on your own.
- Then, when you're ready (or run out of things to loot before the electric field starts approaching), it's a case of going where the white circle is. You'll need to find safe spots to rest, loot, and defend along the way, as the player count gradually decreases, until you ideally reach the last 10 or 15 players.
- At this point most people's strategies go out the window, but hopefully that's where the later part of this page becomes most useful, where we look at not just the useful stuff for the early and mid-game, but some advanced tips for winning that fight. end to death.
Of course, there's a lot more to just the above, which our tips below can help.
PUBG beginner tips to dominate the battlegrounds
PUBG can be a little tricky, especially for beginners, so here's a rundown of the basics you need to know – and a few useful things that really help you get the hang of it sooner rather than later – before we start diving into the more advanced strategies.
Mastering the Essentials: Basic Setup and Controls
1. Remember to holster your weapon (the X key on PC), which means you can run six percent faster.
2. In the pre-game, take off your shoes! Running barefoot has the same speed as running in sneakers, but you are noticeably quieter on most surfaces.
3. To refuel, the vehicle needs to be completely static, but you can still refuel from inside the car by right-clicking on the crate in your inventory.
4. Use map markers at all times and indicate specific directions (numbers as well as North/South/East/West) when in a team.
5. You can stay on in-game voice chat, but set your own chat to party only - occasionally you'll hear enemy teams who forgot to set theirs to private.
6. Remember to toggle your rate of fire with the CIRCLE button or left on the d-pad on the console.
7. There are not two, but three types of crosshairs. Hip shot, a more accurate hip shot (holding the right mouse button), and aiming down ('ADS', tapping the right mouse button). You can also change the settings to go straight to ADS by holding down the right mouse button instead of toggling it on/off.
Mastering the essentials: strategies and priorities
8. Large cities under the flight path are dangerous places to start, but typically have better loot. For the best chance of success, find small groups of buildings at the very edge of your skydiving range, or use one of the other more detailed situational strategies to get even better loot.
9. The main things you want to find as quickly as possible are Assault Rifles (ARs), a Backpack, a Bulletproof Vest, Healing Items, and a Helmet – the higher tier for these items, the Best.
10. All game doors start closed. If a door is open, someone has been there. If you leave a door open, you are telling the world that you were there too.
11. There is fall damage, which occurs when jumping two floors, with more damage the longer the fall.
12. If you shoot from a range and don't know where you're coming from, don't lean in - you just make yourself an easy target in the enemy's line of sight. Instead, zigzag and run until you reach cover and break line of sight. Overcoming the top of a hill is great for this, as is the classic “cheese!” strategy in a vehicle (just drive really fast).
13. Always clear buildings (unless you're really in a hurry) before looting. It's very easy to lure people into making them feel safe by leaving the loot on the floor and then shooting them in the back.
14. When fighting multiple enemies, ignore any you take down. They can't get up unless they're rescued, so prioritize those that can still attack you.
15. The Vehicles are great for covering great distances at speed, but they attract a lot of attention with their noise. Use them wisely.
16. The vehicles roll downhill and explode when they hit things at high speed. Park on its side on sloping terrain to stop them rolling, and if you crash, get away from the vehicle as quickly as possible.
17. Not all scopes work with all weapons - you can't put the 8x scope on the M16 for example, which has been made an exception for balance purposes. Likewise, you cannot put an 8x on SMGs.
18. Learn which helmets can take what amount of damage – a Kar98, the most commonly encountered and used sniper, can instantly kill you with a headshot if you have a tier 2 helmet or lower but a tier 3 helmet can be reached. Watch what helmeted opponents have before you start trading sniper fire, as it's no use if you're outnumbered.
19. After the game starts, pistols are almost completely useless - just keep one if you have the automatic pistol (P18C), which doubles as an SMG, or if you don't have good weapons or a lot of ammo for them - otherwise, pistol is wasting precious inventory space.
20. The Damaged high-level armor is generally worse than undamaged low-level armor. Look at the number next to it in your inventory for a comparison.
21. Avoid bridges like the plague if you need to cross one to get into the safe zone - there are almost always bridge trolls (people waiting for them to kill you) when a bridge is a necessary route. Arrive early, swim or find a boat!
22. Always move, even when looting or camping, just a little – this prevents someone from getting you with an easy headshot, which happens surprisingly often. Just move from side to side or stay squatting and standing.
More PC controls and hotkeys you need to memorize:
For control layouts to familiarize yourself with all controls.
23. Hold 'Alt' or hold RB on Xbox to look around without moving - great if you're camping, and also great when falling out of a plane.
24. You can dive by holding 'C' while swimming (B on Xbox) and surface by holding 'Space' (A on Xbox).
25. Switch seats in a vehicle with 'Ctrl + 1/2/3/4/5/6', with 'Ctrl + 1' taking you to the driver's seat. On Xbox, that's tapping A or holding onto the driver's seat.
26. On PC you can auto run by pressing '='
27. Tilt left with 'Q', or right with 'E' while aiming, or click the sticks while aiming on Xbox. Use them to look at and photograph walls without exposing yourself too much. High level players also lean in mid-combat to make themselves harder to hit.
28. Hold 'Shift' or the left trigger to boost vehicles.
29. Use a vehicle's handbrake for a more aggressive turn, or brake with 'Space' or the Y button on Xbox.
30. Control motorcycles in the air by pressing 'Space' + 'Left Ctrl'.
31. Switch between first and third person by pressing 'V' on PC or RB on Xbox.
32. Hold your breath while aiming with 'Shift' or LB on Xbox (ADS only).
33. Watch your bullet drop while aiming, holding down the 'left mouse button' to fire instead of tapping it.
34. Change weapon zeroing (when weapon/sight allows, for use at different distances) with 'Page Up' and 'Page Down', or the d-pad while aiming on Xbox.
35. Go straight to your Grenade with 'G', as well as toggle all weapons with 'Mouse Wheel'. On Xbox, hold the right trigger.
36. Healing items are mapped to '7', '8', '9' and '0' by default - you don't need to open your inventory screen to use them. On Xbox, hold down the directional pad and you can tap to change the active consumable.
37. You can throw grenades with an under-arm throw by holding the 'left mouse button' and then the 'right mouse button' to throw.
38. You can disable the HUD entirely if on-screen markers get in the way by pressing 'Ctrl + U'.
Advanced PUBG tips for using medkits and grenades and surviving combat and the final 10
Strategies for moving around the battlefield
39. With the arrival of version 1.0, you won't need to master the crouch-jump, as the jump should take its place. That said, it's worth switching the 'Vault' command to something other than the normal 'jump' button (spacebar) because there are certain things you can only scale the old-fashioned way. Know what heights you can jump and climb when you're in trouble.
40. Climb onto a roof from a balcony using Crouch-jump, first opening the door, crouch-jumping on it, and again from the top of the door to the roof. Great for shooting! Here's an example.
41. You can also make more difficult jumps between roofs by crouching over handrails or raised areas and running along them as well.
42. You can shoot the M16 as a rapid-firing automatic weapon using its burst fire mode, controlling recoil and timing your clicks perfectly for very fast DPS.
How to get the most out of your Medkits
43. There are only two ways to heal yourself back to 100 percent - the very rare Medkit, which instantly heals you to 100 percent after 10 seconds, and 'booster' items like energy drinks and painkillers, which will heal you with the time .
44. Both bandages and first aid kits restore 75% of the health of your back, but first aid kits work instantly after seven seconds of application, while bandages require multiple applications and heal over time, taking about a minute. . Use bandages early on when in a safe place, and put away first-aid kits for a helping hand during late-game firefights.
45. A great tip from xTyler73's excellent reddit guide - there's an ideal way to use bandages that lets you get more health out of them than just spamming. Healing from bandages happens over time, with your health bar going from red to filling white. On the third tick of health rising, start using the next bandage, for the most efficient use of time and resources.
46. By the way, when a healing item you are using is reduced to 0,5 seconds remaining on the timer, you can start moving without canceling it, and now you can use healing items as a passenger in vehicles, but only when the vehicle is stable (so watch when your spouse is bumping against trees and hills…)
PUBG grenade tips and inventory tricks
47. Different items take up different amounts of space in your inventory – first aid kits are bigger than bandages, for example. But this also applies to different types of grenades, with Frags smaller than Smoke and Stun grenades, for example.
48. You can carry more by equipping larger items, as equipped items and ammo loaded in your weapon do not take up inventory space. If you want to free up a Frag-sized space, for example, equip your Smoke or Stun grenade - but beware, if your inventory is full, you won't be able to exchange it for the Frag without using or dropping something!
49. Contrary to popular belief, you can actually put a pin back on a Frag Grenade in Battlegrounds. To do this, open your inventory and drag the grenade from the grenade slot in the lower right corner to your storage column on the left.
PUBG Combat Tips: How and When to Hide or Engage
50. Piercing the end players is absolutely a good strategy – but it won't help you master the subtleties of combat. If you want to learn how to feel weapons and fights, then spend a few games popping up in busy places as it will pay off in the long run.
51. If you want to sneak your way to victory, hiding out at sea in a boat, preferably behind a cliff where no one is likely to look, is a fantastic way to avoid being spotted. With some spare fuel, you can usually speed your way to many safe zones on the map.
52. Jumping while meleeing makes headshots easier, and yes, head strikes do considerably more damage.
53. If someone starts attacking you with their bare hands, always fight back. If you manage to land a headshot or two, you can win the fight, even if they manage to work on you!
54. Generally, when trying to win a game, unless you're looking for practice, just avoid combat. The rule is to only get involved if you're pretty sure you can win the fight or if you can't run away. This includes shooting people - don't shoot unless you also manage to kill, otherwise you've given yourself away.
55. By talking about running away is easier than you might think. Do a zigzag if you're on foot and think in terms of line-of-sight breaking. People will only care about chasing you under specific circumstances. This is especially true if you're in a vehicle - there's no point jumping in to fight if you've already been knocked down and running low on health, just accelerate!
56. Having bad gear really isn't the end of the world, so don't be greedy - what matters is how you adapt to what you have: if all you have is a shotgun or SMG, try camping inside buildings and confined areas. If you only have one crossbow and decent range, avoid buildings like the plague and find a high point to shoot. It only takes one kill to earn you a significant amount of items!
57. If you're hiding in one of the small wooden huts and you see an enemy approaching, running out of the hut and shooting them is usually better than waiting there. If they're smart, they'll either know someone is there or they'll try to clear it with a grenade or they'll shoot through the wooden door first. The element of surprise usually works best.
PUBG Combat Tips: When You Know You're About to Fight
58. Take the time to master the art of leaning, or 'peeking', around corners with Q and E (or clicking the console sticks) during combat, and note that leaning to the right (if using camera over right shoulder) exposes less of your body than the opposite direction.
59. If you know a fight is coming, or need to run in a dangerous open area, use a 'booster' item like painkillers or energy drinks, as healing over time and extra speed can be crucial.
60. Tall grass only renders from less than 150 meters away, but players render from a much greater distance - which means that if you're relying on tall grass for cover, a marksman can easily spot you from a long distance.
61. Using the Alt button (or holding RB and moving the left controller on Xbox) to look around while still covered is perfect for ambushes, but beware your character model still moves a little bit when you let go, which can make you stand out by pretending to be a bush.
62. Loot, especially healing gear like first aid kits, is a perfect bait. Leave a few on the floor in the middle of a room, and enemies that enter will assume the building is safe, making them easy to remove quickly.
63. Find out which way the door opens into your room if you are camping inside a building. Hide next to the door it opens, so players need to go inside, turn around, and close the door to actually locate it, giving you a chance to kill them before they do.
64. The opposite goes for those who enter buildings to clean them - always check 360 degrees around you right after entering, and don't assume that a little loot means the whole thing is safe!
65. Grenades are perfect for clearing small huts (if you can make one through the little windows) and buildings where you suspect someone is camping.
66 Don't However, save smoke grenades – they reveal your position and smoke renders differently for two players, so what may be obscuring your view may be completely clear to the enemy, and vice versa. Use only for cover or distraction in emergencies.
67. ADS (downward aiming) is generally more favorable than the hip shot in almost all situations. Only rely on shotguns and hip shot SMGs as the spread is much less.
Advanced PUBG tips on how to beat Battlegroundss in late game and 10th ending:
68. When you get to the smaller safe zones, typically around the last 10 or 15, you want to try to quickly take out anyone you see first - if they survive it's only a small area so you're likely to bump into them again later. and there's no guarantee they won't fall on you.
69. There are two main strategies for reaching the end zone. If you're sure you can get there as one of the first, do it as quickly as possible and establish a position where you know at least one flank is safe – whether it's a small rock or a windowless interior wall.
70. If you arrive late, it may be best to wait before making your move. Keep an eye on the blue circle and play around the edges of the area. Someone might be watching your direction as you approach, but if the safe zone is small, a dozen or more people are left and you're the furthest away, then they'll likely have other enemies to prioritize.
71. Your knowledge of the terrain is crucial here. Make sure you learn the map the best you can – our Erangel map, Miramar map and the best PUBG loot location guides can help with this – and consciously choose where to go for a reason rather than impulse.
72. If you get to a safe spot early, and have some decent ranged weapons, try to camp all buildings that are outside the safe zone (by which we mean somewhere safe camping and looking at buildings, not camping in them!) Keep an eye on all the doors and windows, and when the blue circle starts to close, players will be forced out of hiding and exposed for you to attack.
73. The trees are not a good hedge. A forest is good visual cover if you need to move long distances, but it's easy to forget that hiding behind a narrow tree still leaves you exposed on three sides – and your vision is heavily impaired by the trunk in front of you anyway. . Use them as a last resort!
74. When you make it to the final three, if you haven't been discovered, keep it up. Don't get involved unless death is absolutely guaranteed, because the other two can easily injure and/or kill each other without you having to risk dying. They will also reveal their positions in the process, which means you, of course, know where they stand for the final showdown.
Try to be aggressive to improve
While many players instinctively play carefully, avoiding conflict and sneaking around (especially while they're still learning the rules), if you want to get better at the game, you might want to take a more aggressive stance. When you airdrop into larger cities and settlements, try to hunt other players, and spend your time driving around the island, you'll get killed more often - but you'll also learn a lot more.
A big part of PUBG is knowing things like when and where you are vulnerable, which weapons are most formidable in which situation (you can compare their stats on the game's wiki), where you can expect to find high-level vehicles or weapons, and where players are likely to gather. The only way to really get good at the game is to try it out. Hiding in a few small, scattered buildings might get you to the Top 10, but it won't teach you how to win once you do. While you might be a more cautious player by nature, it's worth getting killed a few times to learn more about how other people play the game, rather than surviving several uneventful matches without learning anything.
Consider death as your teacher in PUBG. You'll get through fights faster, but you'll have a better sense of how to behave in a fight and what to look for. In the end, you will waste less time. PUBG doesn't offer post-death information like a death camera (although according to PlayerUnknown at E3 2022, it's in the game in a future update), so getting cut off from some invisible enemy doesn't teach you anything that makes you better. Instead, learn by doing. You'll appreciate the skills you develop for later games when you're better equipped to sneak around and outsmart the players.
Be stealthy when it matters, but don't waste your time
In line with our previous point, even if you're not hunting players in cities, you're probably a little too concerned about stealth. Especially early in the game, sneaking around can be counterproductive, making you slower when you need to loot and move forward to equip yourself as best you can, as quickly as possible. Also, with players scattered all over the island, your chances of finding someone are a little lower. You want to be on the lookout for enemies and not give away too much information, of course, but getting good gear quickly is a lot more important in the beginning than closing all the doors and crouching running.
Make mental notes of where you find good equipment
There are structures all over PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, but many of them tend to produce junk gear, if they contain any. Certain locations – warehouses, industrial structures, military bases, warehouses – tend to have better equipment, especially near cities. Even better, unique locations like destroyed government buildings tend to have good equipment too.
When you find particularly good things, check the map and look for names and nearby landmarks. Locations that tend to have good stuff generally tend to see him spawn a little more often than random houses scattered around the map. You'll want to focus on starting in locations where you're likely to get good gear quickly, and learning those locations is invaluable.
Do the same thing with cars. Watch where you find newly spawned cars whenever you enter one. You'll be happy with the knowledge in later games, when you're desperate to cover a lot of ground and don't want to run all over the island.
Reduce foliage settings
While PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds looks great on high settings and better graphics doesn't always mean you're a better player. In fact, that lush greenery scattered across the island is really a problem when your graphics are scaled up. Fuller, more realistic trees, bushes and grass make it harder to spot someone hiding inside them.
So reduce the foliage settings as low as possible for a bit of an advantage, spotting players trying to hide in the undergrowth. They'll still have some cover, but anyone who thinks they can stand in a grassy field unseen will have a rude awakening when their Kar98 bullet pierces their helmet.
Learn to choose good jumping destinations
In our PUBG beginners guide, we discussed how you can use the W key and open your parachute higher to get a certain jump distance from the cargo plane. Knowing where to jump is just as important as knowing how to jump - always make a plan for where you're going to land and have a backup plan for going with it, based on what you've learned about where good gear appears. Check the map at the start of each match, find your preferred drop zone and go for it (and keep another location in mind if your favorite has a lot of other parachutes dropping). This little bit of preparation can help you get off to a strong start.
Your best results are usually choosing good seats as far away from the line of the cargo plane as possible. Leaping late on the plane's flight also has the advantage of pushing you away from more players, although you have less time to loot than if you jumped earlier. Once you have a good feeling about the locations you like for your loot and where the cars spawn, you can start choosing the drop zones that will have good loot and nearby vehicles early on in the game. That means you can cross the island quickly if the playing area doesn't favor your relegation zone, and hopefully have good enough gear to punish anyone who comes after you.
In any case, by planning your drops in better areas, you will almost always be better off than if you chose a random little farm village in the middle of nowhere.
Red zones are not a death sentence
The red circles on your map indicate areas that are about to be bombed. They are very dangerous, forcing you to get out of the way quickly if you don't want to explode. That said, it's more than possible to just run through a red zone and even survive (although the probability of hitting a bomb in the face is pretty high), but a better strategy is to just head inside and wait for the bombing to end. Any structure will protect you from the explosions, and you can use the red zones as temporary protection or to lose other players if you're careful.
Use two-story buildings to trick other players
Falls can kill you, but most don't. In fact, you can jump from the second floor of a building and not take any damage, which is important information when making an escape or trying to outsmart a player while fighting in an interior. (We actually fell off four-story buildings and survived, albeit with half health.) Use your ability to jump from high places to get behind other players, or jump off a balcony to escape a fight.
Open the doors carefully
You don't have to stand directly in front of a door to open it - instead, stand to the side. This is just good practice. There's no reason to stand in a doorway when you can just move to the side. Even homes that you're sure no one occupies can have a sneaky person waiting for you. Going straight through the doors the second they open is just asking for a chest full of lead.
Also, use windows to check inside buildings when you find them. Closed internal doors usually mean that a place has not been verified by another player (although not always). The state of the doors can give you quick information and help you avoid being blown up when entering a structure. On the contrary, closing doors near windows can trick cautious players into an ambush.
Always look for scopes and suppressors
Most players use assault rifles like the AKM and M16A as their primary weapons, with sniper rifles in tow to take out players without exposing themselves to danger. In either case, and with most other weapons in the game, you'll need scopes. The iron sights of most weapons are abysmal, and since PUBG is such a huge game that it takes up a lot of space, you'll need all the help you can get to aim from a distance.
Suppressors also change the game. When you fire a gun, everyone can hear you in a huge radius. You have already experienced this while playing the game, hearing distant gunshots. That ad tells people where to go or where not to go. Sound is an extremely important part of finding and killing people in PUBG, and you want to enjoy it as little as possible. Hence, suppressors.
Suppressors are rare because they reduce the distance your weapon's sound carries from hundreds of meters to a few tens. They make you much harder to find – which can be essential during late game play – and often mean your activities don't alert other players. I ambushed three people in a row in the same spot with a suppressed weapon, just because every new player through the door hadn't heard the warning of the last person being blown up.
Build your weapons before you find them
Picking up weapons is important for defending yourself, but in every PlayerUnknown's Battlefields game, you want to know what you're looking for. Whether you want the proven assault rifle and sniper combo, or are more comfortable with shotguns and SMGs, chances are you'll find a lot of the equipment you need for your weapons before you find them.
You already know that you shouldn't pick up every piece of junk you find while playing PUBG, but it's worth learning which items are worth carrying while looking for your ideal weapons. If you see scopes you like (usually the 4x or 8x variety), extended quick-draw magazines, and other accessories you know go on your favorite weapons, grab them for later. You may not find them again when you have the weapon you need. You can always throw away equipment you're not wearing by dragging it to the left side of the inventory screen, but when you find what you want, you'll be ready to wear it exactly the way you want it.
Attachments might not seem like a big deal, but they can drastically change the performance of your weapons if you have them. For example, the SCAR-L is kind of boring to use when you first encounter it, but add in the right accessories and suddenly it's potentially the best and most effective assault rifle in PUBG, thanks to replacing its scope and controlling its recoil. . Having the right gear for your weapon can make you more efficient, so experiment, find what you like, and learn to look for it on your loot trips.
Use supplies to eliminate other players and get great gear
This is an easy element to miss for newer PUBG players. Every time you hear the cargo plane fly over the island, you're dropping a supply crate full of some of the best gear in the game. The crate drops by parachute and emits some red smoke to make it easier to find. If you manage to locate the crate, you can find things like the machine gun, medkits, suppressors, and the ghillie suit, among other random useful items.
The fact is that crates will attract a lot of players whenever one drops. Poorly equipped players are likely to fall into a death trap, while well equipped players may find themselves in a kill position with ease. Supply crates are difficult places to play in general, but looking for them and seeing how players handle them is good for potential learning experiences. You'll see how some players tick the box, what kind of fights can appear there, and what you can do to try to get the best loot in the game.
Don't shoot unless you are confident you will kill
This is probably the most essential thing you can learn while playing PUBG. Opening fire on a defenseless, unconscious target is always tempting. You'll spend so much time in PUBG without seeing other people that the chance to finally smoke someone and steal their gear is hard to ignore.
Fight that urge – the key to survival is discretion, even if you're playing aggressively.
If you're about to involve someone, especially someone who hasn't seen you, consider all the factors at play. How far away Are you hiding? Do you have coverage? Do you suspect that someone else is around? Firing your weapon is a "Come kill me!" streaming. And that's not to mention the poor guy you intend to slaughter.
In PUBG, weapons are deadly and a wounded enemy is still extremely dangerous. You only want to shoot someone if you're sure you're going to knock them down. If they run away or take cover, they become stealthy death traps. If they hit you and you miss them, you'll suddenly have to worry about escaping on your own, without making so much noise that they can get you out of there.
Save your strength for advantageous situations, such as ambushes in tight interiors – preferably when enemies enter through doors – or long-range fire from hidden positions. If you're going to pull the trigger, make sure the attempt is worth it.