Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG as it’s known by fans is finally available on mobile. The PC, Xbox One, and now Android and iOS smash. Hit may have lost some ground to Epic Games’ Fortnite in the ‘great battle royale war’. But the sandbox kill-fest reigns supreme on Android sitting in the Play Store top games with millions of downloads. For those new to the game, the first thing you should know is that PUBG is all about surviving. Until the bitter end in a 100-person free-for-all or as a team by any means necessary.
Yet whether you’re the kind of player that likes to grab the best weapons. You can find and go all guns blazing, or you opt for a more stealthy approach. There are some gameplay basics that apply to everyone that enters the battlefield. In this guide, you’ll find some essential PUBG Mobile tips and tricks. That will put you ahead of the pack and help you bag those sweet, sweet chicken dinners.
About PUBG Game
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed. And published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole. The game is based on previous mods that were created by Brendan “Player Unknown” Greene for other games. Inspired by the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale. And expanded into a standalone game under Greene’s creative direction.
In the game, up to one hundred players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons. And equipment to kill others while avoiding getting killed them. The available safe area of the game’s map decreases in size over time. Directing surviving players into tighter areas to force encounters. The last player or team standing wins the round.
PUBG Game play
Battlegrounds is a player versus player shooter game in which up to one hundred players fight in a battle royale. A type of large-scale last man standing death match where players fight to remain the last alive. Players can choose to enter the match solo, duo, or with a small team of up to four people. The last person or team alive wins the match.
Each match starts with players parachuting from a plane onto one of the four maps, with areas of approximately. The plane’s flight path across the map varies with each round. Requiring players to quickly determine the best time to eject and parachute to the ground. Players start with no gear beyond customized clothing selections which do not affect game play. Once they land, players can search buildings, ghost towns and other sites to find weapons, vehicles, armor, and other equipment.
How to Play PUBG Game
PUBG as it’s often known is the hottest ticket in gaming right now. It sold more than 33 million copies on PC last year. And it’s already blazed a trail to over 70 million sales across all platforms. So it’s no wondered everybody’s trying to copy PUBG’s Battle Royale-style game play. But just what is a “Battle Royale” and why should you care?
Essentially, it’s a riff on the 2000’s Japanese film Battle Royale or, for a more recent example, The Hunger Games. A hundred players drop into the world with nothing but the clothes on their back and a parachute. And once they’ve successfully landed. They scavenge for weapons and gear and fight to be the last one standing. It may sound intimidating, but don’t fear. Here are our tips on how to survive in this kill-or-be-killed game.
Choose where to land very carefully
A game of PUBG can last as long as half an hour or, if things go horribly wrong. It can all be over in a few seconds. One surefire way of exiting early is by misjudging your initial landing spot. Which is why it’s first on our list of PUBG Mobile tips and tricks. As a general rule of thumb. You want to aim for the best loot spots in the game map you’re playing on. While also avoiding as many other players as possible.
There are some particular areas that regularly spawn the best weapons. And armor such as the military base, power plant, or the various major towns in the original map Erangel. But bare in mind that other seasoned players will be heading there too. Once you’ve jumped out of the cargo plane. Keep an eye out for swarms of other players heading to a single location and avoid those areas like the plague.
Understand the Point
So any shooter game has the same goal, right? Well, not necessarily. The idea behind PUBG is survival. Whether that means camping or fighting, that’s your ultimate objective. Out live everyone else using any means necessary. PUBG does have a ranking system for each season and those who successfully complete kills, assists. And personal placement objectives to remain alive. If you’re planning on camping the entire time you’ll be dismayed that the game doesn’t exactly support that. Another feature of PUBG is that it forces players to come together.
Know When to Drop
Each PUBG game starts with all 100 players piled into a transport plane flying a random path across the map. Deciding when and where to drop is your first big decision. And can easily determine whether you’ll last 30 seconds or 30 minutes.
Once you jump, you have two choices: dive as fast as you can for towns, cities, and military bases. Where the best guns and gear can be found. Or try to get as far away from the plane’s flight path as possible and scavenge remote buildings in peace and quiet. Either way, tries to be aware of other people parachuting in around you. And be prepared for a fight if they’re nearby.
Always Search for the Essentials
As soon as you land, you need to hunt for guns and gear to help you survive. Everything can be found on the floor in buildings, so don’t waste your time looking elsewhere. You’ll want to grab essentials as quickly as possible, but luck always plays a part in what you’ll find. Sometimes you’ll find a building filled with a high-end kit, other times you’ll be lucky to find a pistol. Aside from guns, you’ll want a backpack so you can carry more gear. And a helmet and protective vest to help absorb damage. Health kits are also vital for healing up after a fight. And there’s a variety of grenades to look out for.
Pick your fights
The biggest part of surviving in PUBG is knowing when to fight that, and being aware of your surroundings. If someone is firing at you from a distance, you’re better off running to cover instead of trying to fight. On the flip side, there’s absolutely no point in sniping someone using a gun without enough range. An SMG is useless at 200m. It’s also worth remembering that every shot fired can be heard from quite a long way away, revealing your position.
Stay in the Safe Zone
Like other Battle Royale games out there, PUBG sections up the map into a Safe Zone. A Red Zone, and a life zapping danger zone. The Safe Zone is marked by a blue line on the map that slowly constricts. Bringing people into a smaller playing area over time. If you’re caught on the wrong side of this blue barrier. Your health will gradually drain. And you don’t want it to drop to zero. For those fleeing the encroaching Safe Zone border. Or Red Zone bombardments, keep in mind that vehicles make a lot of noise. So pick your escape route wisely.
Keep an eye on the map
It’ll take a fair few games to learn the layout of certain areas of the PUBG map. Let alone the whole thing. While you’re getting used to the landscape. Make sure you’re paying attention to the mini map and keeping an eye on the diminishing play area. In PUBG, the only safe area lies within “The Circle”. This circle will begin to shrink at select times during the match. And if you find yourself outside of it for too long, you’ll eventually die.
Learn PUBG’s Weird Control System
Regardless of whether you’re playing on Xbox One or PC, PUBG has some slightly odd controls that you need to get used to if you want to succeed. Here are a few of the important ones to remember:
- On PC, clicking the right mouse button aims down the sights. On Xbox One, you quickly pull the left trigger to activate it.
- Holding the right mouse button down on PC activates an over-the-shoulder view. On Xbox One, holding the left trigger activates this view.
- Hold Alt on your keyboard to activate a free-look camera that won’t hamper your movement. On Xbox One, this can be activated by holding the right shoulder button.
- You can change the rate of fire of your gun by pressing the B key on your keyboard, or the left button on your Xbox One D-pad.
Team Up with Friends
Being a PUBG lone wolf is great, but you can also play as a duo or in a squad of up to four. Partnering up doesn’t water down your experience far from it. In fact, it changes how PUBG feels significantly as you’ll be trying to jump from a plane together, share resources, and call out other groups you’ve spotted on your journey. You can also revive each other after being down, so you have a higher chance of survival too.
Always Watch Your Replays
Ever since PUBG hit version 1.0 on PC, a great replay and the Killcam feature has been included. From seeing how you were taken out to learning how other players handle certain situations, you’ll gain a lot of insight from watching these replays. Heck, you could use it just to relive the glorious moment you got your first Chicken Dinner.
In March 2022, Battlegrounds was banned in the Indian state of Gujarat after the local government decided the game was “too addicting and violent” and an unnecessary distraction during exam season. A number of students caught playing the game was arrested as a result. The ban was not renewed in some cities in the state after March as exam season had ended. A similar ban was enacted in Nepal and Iraq in April 2022, with the cited reasons being that the game was harmful to children and teenagers.
The ban in Nepal was shortly lifted by the country’s Supreme Court, stating that the government could not enforce such a ban that interfered with personal freedoms without demonstrating why the ban was necessary. In mid-2019, Jordan and the Indonesian province of Ache issued similar bans.