PUBG, or PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds to those who like to keep it official, is pretty simple on the surface, but it’s a classic example of a game much deeper than it looks.
This PUBG tips page will tackle as much of that depth as possible, from beginners PUBG tips to a more advanced guide to the game.
PUBG beginners guide: How Battlegrounds works and how to survive until the end game
There are so many little tips and tricks worth knowing for PUBG that we’ve decided to compile one big ol’ list of them right here, splitting them up into the relevant categories so you can choose to skip ahead, or just browse at your leisure.
Before diving in though, it’s worth talking a little about how to approach PUBG matches in general, especially if you’re a newcomer or just looking to learn the game a little better.
How Battlegrounds works
PUBG is not your typical shooter. The aim is to survive, not to get the most kills – in fact you can win without getting a single one – so your usual shooter strategy needs to adapt.
The prevailing meta, so to speak, is stealth. In fact, 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 practise. 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 then is roughly as follows:
- You’ll spawn in the plane, and need to choose somewhere to land. We’ve put together a dedicated guide on the best PUBG loot locations on 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 major towns and cities, and find a safe little spot to loot some weapons and equipment on your own.
- Then, when you’re all set (or run out of things to loot before the electrical field starts getting close) it’s a case of going where the white circle is. You’ll 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.
- At that point, most people’s strategies go out the window, but hopefully that’s where the final part of this page comes in most handy, where we go through not only the useful stuff for the early and mid game, but some advanced tips for winning that final fight to the death.
There’s obviously a lot more to just the above, which our tips below can help with.
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 stuff that it really helps to get to grips with early – before we start diving into the more advanced strategies.
Mastering the essentials: setting up and basic controls
1. Remember to put away your weapon (the X key on PC), meaning you can sprint six per cent faster.
2. 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.
3. To refuel, the vehicle needs to be completely static, but you can still refuel from within the car by right-clicking the cannister in your inventory.
4. Use map markers at all times, and call out specific directions (numbers as well as North/South/East/West) when in a team.
5. 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.
6. Remember to toggle your rate of fire with the B key or left on the d-pad on console.
7. There are not two, but three types of aiming. Hip fire, a more accurate hip-fire (holding right mouse-button), and aiming-down-sights (‘ADS’, by tapping right mouse-button). You’ll also be able to change the settings to go straight to ADS by holding right-click rather than toggling it on/off.