Ultimate Guide To Become a PUBG Pro
How Battlegrounds works:
PUBG is not your typical shooter game. The aim is to survive, not to get the most kills – in fact, you can win without getting a single kill – so adapt your usual shooter strategy.
Many of the highest-ranking players who are aiming to compete at upcoming tournaments simply rely on ‘boring’ stealth strategies, like hiding offshore on boats, to see them through to the final gunfight at the end of a round. The argument goes that everyone else will kill each other anyway, so why expose yourself to the risk?
But that’s not the whole story – combat, for starters, is great practice. PUBG’s combat mechanics are a little odd and mastering those makes a massive difference to how many final-10 situations you’ll win.
Likewise, mid-game kills are a great way to take your gear from passable to excellent. And finally, if you do get spotted hiding in a bush, it helps to know how to shoot the one who found you.
The general flow of a game as follows:
You will spawn in the plane, and need to choose somewhere to land. You must avoid high-traffic areas like major towns and cities, and find a safe little spot to loot some weapons and equipment on your own.
Then, when you are all set or run out of things to loot before the electrical field starts getting close, in that case, start heading towards the white circle. You will need to find safe points to rest, loot, and defend yourself along the way, while the player count gradually drops, until you ideally reach the last 10 or 15 players.
PUBG beginners tips for mastering Battlegrounds:
PUBG can get a little overwhelming, especially for beginners, so here’s a rundown of the basics that you need to know – and some useful tips & Tricks that it really helps to get to grips with early – before we start diving into the more advanced strategies.
- Remember to put away your weapon, meaning you can sprint six percent faster.
- In the pre-game, take off your shoes! Barefoot running is the same speed as running with shoes, but you’re noticeably quieter on most surfaces.
- To refuel, the vehicle needs to be completely static, but you can still refuel from within the car by right-clicking the canister in your inventory.
- Use map markers at all times, and call out specific directions numbers as well as N/S/E/W when in a team.
- You can stay in the game’s voice chat, but set your own chat to party-only – occasionally you’ll overhear enemy teams who forgot to set theirs to private.
- Remember to toggle your rate of fire.
- Big towns under the flight path are dangerous places to start but normally have better loot. For the best chance of success, find small clusters of buildings right at the edge of parachuting range.
- The key things you want to find as soon as possible are the good-in-most-situations assault rifles (ARs), a backpack, a bulletproof vest, healing items, and a helmet – the higher level for these items, the better.
- All doors in the game start closed. If a door is open, someone’s been there. If you leave a door open, you’re telling the world you’ve been there too.
- There is fall damage, which occurs from jumping around two stories, with more damage the higher the fall.
- If you take fire from range and don’t know where it’s from, don’t go prone – you just make yourself a sitting duck right in the enemy’s line of sight. Instead, zig-zag and sprint until you get to cover and break line of sight.
- When fighting multiple enemies, ignore any that you down. They can’t get up unless rescued, so prioritize the ones who can still attack you.
- Vehicles are great at covering large distances at speed, but draw huge amounts of attention with their noise. Use them wisely.
- Vehicles will roll down hills, and explode when they hit things at speed. Park sideways on sloped terrain to stop them rolling away, and if you crash, get away from the vehicle as soon as possible.
- Not all scopes work with all guns – you can’t put the 8x Scope on the M16 for instance, which was made an exception for balance purposes. Likewise, you can’t put an 8x on SMGs. 8x scope works only for snipers.
- Learn which helmets can take which amount of damage – a Kar98, the most commonly found and used sniper, can kill you instantly with a head-shot if you have a Level 2 helmet or below, but a level 3 helmet can take a hit. Note what helmet opponents have before you start trading sniper fire, as there’s no point if you’re at a disadvantage.
- After the beginning the game, pistols are almost completely pointless – only keep one if you either have the automatic pistol, which works like an SMG or if you don’t have good weapons or much ammo for them- otherwise, pistol ammo is wasting precious inventory space.
- Damaged high-level armor is actually often worse than undamaged low-level armor. Look at the number next to it in your inventory for a comparison.
- 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 on them to kill you) when a bridge is a necessary route. Get there early, swim, or find a boat instead.
- Always move, even when looting or camping, just a little bit – it stops someone picking you off with an easy head-shot, which happens surprisingly often. Just wiggle side to side or keep crouching and standing up.
- 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 ‘boost’ items like Energy Drinks and Painkillers, which will heal you over time.
- Both bandages and First Aid Kits get your back to 75 percent health, but First Aid Kits work instantly after the seven seconds of application, whilst bandages require multiple applications and heal over time, taking up to about a minute. Use bandages early on, when in a safe location, and save First Aid kits for a helping hand during late-game firefights.
- Sneaking your way into the final few players is absolutely a good strategy – but it won’t help you master the subtleties of combat. If you want to learn the feel of weapons and fighting, then spend a few games spawning in busy spots, as it’ll pay off in the long run.
- If you do want to stealth your way to the win, hiding offshore in a boat, ideally behind a cliff where no one is likely to go looking, is a fantastic way to avoid being spotted. With some spare fuel, you can normally speed your way to many safe zones on the map.
- Jumping whilst melee attacking makes head-shots easier, and yes, head-shot punches do considerably more damage.
- If someone starts attacking you with their bare hands, always fight it out. If you can land a head-shot or two you can win the fight even if they get a head-shot on working you over!
- Generally when trying to win a game, unless you’re looking for practice, just avoid combat. The rule of thumb is to only engage if you’re near certain you can win the fight, or if you’re unable to flee. This includes sniping people – don’t take the shot unless you can also get the kill, otherwise, you’ve given yourself away.
- Having bad gear is really not the end of the world, so don’t get greedy- what matters is how you adapt to what you have: if all you have is a Shotgun or SMG, then try to camp inside buildings and confined areas. If you just have a crossbow and a decent scope, avoid buildings like the plague and find a high spot for sniping. All it takes is one kill for you to gain a significant amount of loot.
- If you are hiding in one of the little wooden huts and spot an incoming enemy, bursting out of the hut and firing at them is often better than waiting in there. If they are smart, they will either know someone’s in there or try to clear it out with a grenade or shoot through the wooden door first. The element of surprise normally works better.
- Take time to master the art of leaning, or ‘peeking’, around corners during combat, and note that leaning to the right exposes less of your body than the opposite direction.