Discover the differences between Free Fire and PUBG Mobile

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Free Fire Battegrounds are probably the best style games Battle Royale for mobile. At first glance, they look the same, but there are points that differentiate them.

Free Fire Battlegrounds is heavily inspired by PUBG, with some fundamental differences. PUBG started out as a PC game while Free Fire was always designed for mobile use.

Both games have advantages and disadvantages. Check out our guide and find out which of these Battle Royale games is right for you.



Platforms and requirements

PUBG Mobile and Free Fire exist for Android and iOS, free. Free Fire is light, running on very modest devices like a Galaxy J1 mini. PUBG needs a much more powerful device to run smoothly.

PUBG Mobile Android PUBG Mobile iOS Free Fire Android Free Fire iOS
OS Android 5.1.1 or higher iOS 9.0 or higher Android 4.0 or higher iOS 8.0 or higher
RAM 2GB (minimum) 1GB (minimum) 1 GB 1 GB
Storage 1.5GB + 903.1 MB 600 Mb 600 MB

Winner: Free Fire



Learn more about minimum requirements to play PUBG Mobile and Free Fire and learn how to optimize PUBG Mobile to run smooth!

fighting to survive

In Battle Royale games, a certain number of players start out without equipment or weapons and try to survive in a hostile environment, facing other players, until only one player or a winning team remains.

PUBG opposes 100 players, just like its PC version, with matches that can last almost 30 minutes. Free Fire matches last at most 10 minutes with 50 players. Naturally, Free Fire created this mode to speed up the game, forcing confrontation between players. This makes for an action-packed game with less strategy.

PUBG has access to three maps, Erangel, Miramar and Sanhok exactly the same as the PC version. It is important, when exploring the map in PUBG, to ensure a vehicle is not caught in the radiation, due to its massive size. The Free Fire, Bermuda and Purgatory maps are well smaller, with less vegetation and differences between zones.

Number of Players per Match Average Departure Duration Maps Modes
PUBG Mobile 100 30 minutes 3 Solo, Duo, Squad
Free Fire 50 10 minutes 2 Solo, Duo, Squad

Winner: Free Fire, for the biggest action in the game.



Weaponry and Items

PUBG started out as an Arma 3 mod and there has always been great care in getting weapons that shoot properly. realistic. The recoil and bullet drop are very similar to the PC version. In Free Fire, this type of detail was simplified to the extreme, as the shooting distances are shorter.

There is a greater difference in the type of shooting between different weapons in PUBG. For example, in PUBG an AKM and an M416 are very different weapons, despite being both assault rifles. In Free Fire, the weapons of each type are relatively similar in the type of shot, the biggest difference being the damage that cause.

The weapon extras you can pick up in PUBG are varied and improve different parts of the weapon. In Free Fire, the extras help with recoil and the amount of ammo, but the improvement is not significant.

In PUBG, there is greater variety in the type of thrown explosives. There are smoke grenades, offensive grenades, molotov cocktails and stun grenades. In Free Fire, it is only possible to use offensive grenades.


There different types of bandages in PUBG (bandages, bandage bag, pain relievers) and ways to increase your sprint speed like energy drinks. In Free Fire, there are only Medical Kits, all the same, with the same healing capacity, without limit.

Weapons You Can Carry Caliber difference Melee Weapons Different Ammo
PUBG Mobile 3 (except melee) Yes Yes Yes
Free Fire 3 (except melee) No Yes Yes

Winner: PUBG, for the greater amount of weaponry and for its realism.


Competitive way

Ranked matches are always present in PUBG from a certain level. Later, Free Fire also enabled this mode, making it possible to compete with players from all over the world. Both games increase your score and experience depending on eliminations, place won in the match, time survived, distance and other details.

Winner: PUBG

characters and experience

In Free Fire, there are 5 characters with special abilities. Throughout your career as a player, you can access new snippets of each character's history, increasing the power of your skill as well as customizing your equipment at a cosmetic level. In PUBG, do not exist different characters, just the player avatar, which can also be changed with clothes and props.

Winner: Free Fire

time to choose

If your mobile device is not very modern, it is possible that you will not be able to run PUBG well with very basic graphics. In that case, Free Fire will be the best option. With shorter matches and fewer players, Free Fire also takes less time, almost always packed with lots of action.

On the other hand, if your device allows it and if you prefer more tactical games, with bigger maps, along with a wide range of weapons and items, PUBG will be a good choice. PUBG is more realistic in the aim and the way that the weapons fire, although slightly more difficult, with much longer matches.

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