“Enemies Ahead!” This phrase has changed the gaming scenario to a greater extent. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, also known as PUBG by fans and players who like to keep it simple, has been ruling the gaming world ever since its release way back in 2018.
But unlike other shooter games, the goal is to survive instead of getting the most kills, which is why you can win without killing even a single enemy. Such dynamics render the usual shooter strategies useless. If you are the one who Googled “How to get better at PUBG?”, here we are to help you out with that as today’s blog will focus on the tips and tricks of PUBG that can come in handy for rookies in 2021.
The meta of the game can be summed up in a single word, stealth. There is enough proof to justify this as well since many top professional PUBG players who will be competing in the upcoming global and regional tournaments adopt boring strategies such as hiding inside shacks and proning to pave their path into the final zone.
But hiding alone won’t help you to get good at the game. The combat mechanics of PUBG are different from all other shooter games and mastering them can make much difference as to how many final circle victories one can snatch.
All in all, the general flow of the game looks somewhat like this.
- Players will spawn in the airplane and will need to choose a place on the map to land. As a beginner, you need to make sure that you avoid crowded areas such as major towns and cities, while finding a spot that is safe for looting weapons and equipment on your own.
- As soon as you are done looting, your only concern should be going where the white circle is (to avoid the blue zone from getting ahead of you). Try to find safe spots and defend yourself along the line as the players’ count drops gradually. Continue to do so until there are only 10 to 15 players alive.
- After this point, strategies mean nothing to most people. The key to winning fights at the death is to remain hidden and to not shoot on anyone unless you are sure that you can confirm your kill.
Simple Tips and Tricks for Beginners of PUBG
The game may seem like a bit too much for beginners which is why we have compiled some basic tips that can help users to master the game by adjusting to the dynamics of the game as soon as they have made an account for the battle royale sensation.
Here are some of the best tips for beginners that can help them to master the FPS game of PUBG.
- Always remember to put your weapons away (X key on the PC) which means that you can sprint six percent faster.
- During the pre-game, take your shoes off. Although it doesn’t make much difference when compared to running with shoes, it is quieter on almost every surface.
- You will need to make sure that the vehicle is completely static if you want to refuel. Although it is possible to refuel the car within the car by right-clicking the canister in your inventory.
- Make sure to use map markers at all times and also try to call out specific directions when you are playing in a team (Not only numbers but also north/west/south/east).
- Players do get the option of staying in the game’s group chat but make sure to set it to “party only” as occasionally you get to overhear voices from the teams that forgot to set their microphone private.
- Try to toggle your rate of fire with the use of the B key or the left on the d-pad for console players.
- Keep in mind that there are a total of 3 and not two types of aiming. These are known as hip fire, a more accurate hip-fire (holding right-mouse button), and lastly aiming down sights (ADS by simply tapping the right mouse button). Players can also change the settings to move straight to ADS by holding the right-click instead of just toggling on and off.
Essentials: Strategies and Priorities for the Players
- Renowned places and big towns on the flight path are dangerous places, to begin with, but they also have better loot. Your best bet at success is to start by finding small clusters of buildings that are right at the edge of the parachuting range or you can simply use more detailed, situational strategies to get better loot.
- Some of the essential things that you should get as soon as possible that are helpful in every situation include ARs (Assault Rifles), a bulletproof vest, a helmet, and some healing items. The higher the level of these items, the better.
- When the game starts, all the doors are closed. If a door is wide open, know that someone has been there. Similarly, if you leave a door open, you are telling others in the world that you were there.
- The game has fall damage, which generally occurs from jumping around two stories. The higher the fall, the more damage will be inflicted.
- Try to clear buildings as much as possible unless you are very rushed since it is pretty easy to bait someone by making them feel secure with loot on the ground and then killing them by shooting them in the back.
- When you are engaging with multiple enemies, ignore anyone that you have knocked as they cannot get up unless they are rescued. So, focus on the ones that are attacking you.
- Make proper use of vehicles as they are a great means to cover large distances in a short span but they make a lot of noise which can draw huge amounts of attention.
- If someone is firing at you from a distance and you are unable to locate the position of the enemy, never go prone as you will only make it easier for the enemy to gun you down like a sitting duck. Try moving in a zig-zag motion instead and sprint until you find some sort of solid cover. The same strategy goes for when you are inside a vehicle, that is to just drive away real fast.
- Keep in mind that vehicles roll down hills and explode if they hit things or obstacles at speed. Try to park your vehicle sideways to stop it from rolling down and get away from the vehicle as soon as possible if you crash.
- Every scope isn’t meant to work with every gun. For instance, you cannot put an 8 times scope on an AR such as M16 and the same goes for SMGs.
- When in a sniper showdown, learn which helmets can take which amount of damage. A Kar98K, also known as the most commonly found sniper in the game can kill you instantly with a headshot if you are wearing a level 2 helmet or below, but you will be able to take a hit if you have level 3. Also, make sure to notice what helmet the enemy is wearing before you go down guns blazing without knowing whether you are at an advantage or not.
- Shortly after the beginning of the game, pistols become completely pointless which is why carrying one seems irrelevant unless you have P18C, which works more like an SMG, or if you are running low on weapons and ammo. Apart from that, pistols simply waste significant inventory space.
- It is common knowledge that damaged high-level armor is way worse than undamaged low-level armor. Compare by looking at the number next to your armor in the inventory.
- Try to avoid bridge routes like the COVID virus in case you need to get to the safe zone as there are always bridge trolls/campers (enemies that are waiting to kill you) whenever a bridge is a necessary route. Try other methods such as getting a boat, swimming to the other end, or reaching the zone early.
- Always keep moving, even when you are looting since static targets make easy headshots, which can come off as a surprise. You can keep crouching and standing up again or maybe wiggle a bit.
Control Tips and PC Hotkeys that You Should Learn About
- Press and hold the Alt or RB key on Xbox to have a look around without moving. Comes in handy when you are camping and when you are falling out of the plane.
- While swimming, you can go underwater simply by holding the C key and B key for Xbox. You can come up to the surface by holding the space bar (A key for Xbox).
- You can toggle seats with “Ctrl+1/2/3/4/5/6”, Ctrl+1 being for the driving seat. For Xbox, this can be done by tapping on A or holding it for the driving seat.
- If you are playing on PC, you get the option of auto sprinting by using “=”.
- Lean or peek left with Q and right with E when you are aiming. For Xbox, simply click on the sticks while aiming. Peeking can be used to look around and to shoot around walls without having to expose much of yourself. Pros also use this feature mid-combat to make it more difficult for the enemy to land shots on them.
- The left trigger for Xbox and holding the Shift key boosts vehicles.
- Handbrakes are used for a more aggressive turn or break while in the vehicle. Space button for PC and Y for Xbox is to be used for this purpose.
- Motorbikes can be controlled mid-air by holding down the Space+Left Ctrl keys.
- Players can toggle between first and third person by pressing the V key for PC and RB for Xbox.
- The game offers the option of holding your breath in-game for ADS fights only by pressing Shift for PC and LB for Xbox while aiming.
- Manage the bullet drop while aiming by holding the left mouse click to shoot instead of tapping on it.
- One doesn’t need to open the inventory for healing items as they are mapped on 7,8,9, and 0 by default. They can be used on Xbox by holding down the d-pad, and then players can tap to change the active consumable.
- You can use the left mouse click to set the grenade throws to underhand and then use the right mouse click to throw it.
- HUD can be completely disabled in case the screen markers get in your way. Simply press Ctrl+U to disable.
Strategies for Moving Around in the Maps
- Now that 1.0 has arrived, you no longer need to master the crouch-jump as vaulting will take its place. With that being said, toggling the vault command to something apart from the normal jump button, that is the spacebar is worth doing. This is because there are some things that can only be scaled with the use of traditional methods. Try to learn about the heights that can be vaulted and scale when you are stuck somewhere.
- Crouch-jump can also help you to climb onto the roof of any house from the balcony. Open the door, to begin with, and crouch-jump on it, and then do the same from the top of the door. Pretty helpful in sniping.
- More difficult jumps such as jumping between roofs can also be done with the crouch jump. Use crouch-jump to hop onto railings or raised areas.
- The M16 comes off as a versatile weapon. It can be used as an automatic rapid-firing weapon by using its burst mode. If you can keep the recoil in check and time your clicks to perfection, you can inflict some serious DPS.
Tips to Make the Most of Medkits
- There are only a couple of ways to heal yourself back to a cent percent. One, via the very rare Medkit, which heals you to 100 percent after 10 seconds, and secondly with the use of boost items such as painkillers and energy drinks, which heals you completely with time.
- Bandages and First aid kits can take your health to 75 percent. The difference between the two is that a first aid kit instantly restores 75 percent of health after 7 seconds, while bandages require to be applied multiple times and can take up to a minute. If you are safe, it is advisable to use bandages but if you are engaging with enemies, first aid kits are the more effective option.
- Pro-tip, you can make the most out of bandages if you use them in the right manner. Instead of spamming bandages, wait until the third tick of the health goes up since bandages heal you over time. As soon as the third tick is up, start using the next bandage to make the most out of your healing items.
- When you are healing, as soon as the time is down to 0.5 seconds left, you can start moving. This way you can be on the move without having to cancel healing. The same can be done in a moving vehicle, but only when the vehicle is moving steadily and not when you are driving like it is the end of the world.
Grenade Tips and Inventory Tricks for PUBG
- Every item takes up space differently in the inventory. For instance, first aid kits take up more space than bandages since they are bigger. The same goes for grenades and the order goes like this, frag<smoke<stun.
- Equipping larger items can help you to carry more since equipped items and weapons that are loaded do not take up space in your inventory. You can try to equip your smoke or stun grenade if you are looking to make a frag-sized space in your inventory but beware that if the space is full, you will be unable to swap it with the frag without using or dropping something.
- As opposed to popular beliefs, players get the option of putting the pin back in the grenade. To do so, you simply need to open your inventory and drag the grenade from the grenade slot available in the bottom right to the storage column that is on the left.
Combat Tips: When to Hide and When to Engage
- Sneaking in when there are only a couple of players left is considered a great strategy, but this way you won’t be able to master the intricate details of the game. If you really want to ace the game, you will need to land in busy spots, fighting your way out of hot spots as doing so will pay off in the long run.
- In case you don’t want to 007 your way to victory, a better alternative is to hide offshore on a boat, preferably behind or close to a cliff where no one can find you. This is the best way to remain hidden and with a sufficient amount of fuel, you can make it to many safe zones on the map.
- If you ever end up in a fistfight, always fight. There is a good possibility that you outstrike them provided that you can land a headshot or two. Do that and you will end up on the other side of knockdowns.
These are some of the tips that can be pretty helpful for rookie players who are trying to get good at this widely renowned battle royale.
PUBG has made quite a name for itself for being a pretty different shooter game. It requires hours of practice and map study for anyone to ace the game. But the right guidance can help beginners to get better at the game at a greater pace. The pro tips and tricks of PUBG that we have compiled in this blog can help players to better understand when to engage, how to make the most out of utilities, healing items, and rotations along with other stuff so they can have a good time.
We hope that this blog has everything that you were seeking.
Up until next time! (*PUBG Theme Song Plays in the Background*).