The massively popular battle royale game PUBG has made its way over to the iPhone. The 100-man free-for-all style of the game is exciting but requires a ton of practice to get really good. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some tips and tricks you should know headed into the fray.
So, if you’re looking to get started, here are some tips and tricks to help you stay alive in PUBG Mobile!
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In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about surviving for as long as possible in PUBG mobile.
Using these tips will help you to stay alive for longer out on the battlefield and that’ll help you to increase your chance of securing yourself a chicken dinner.
Drop by buildings and alone (if you can)
In PUBG Mobile, the strategy starts right away by choosing where you want to drop. The two most important things to remember while your dropping from the sky at the beginning of the match are buildings hold the loot, and everyone else is trying to kill you.
Always try to head for buildings when you’re falling from the sky because that’s where you will find loot, but also, if you can try to pick a place where other people aren’t going. If you can manage to drop by buildings with little to none other players around you, you’ll be off to a good start.
It might be tempting to land at the military base, prison, or other highly contested areas for the chance to get some rare loot, but you’ll often get yourself killed by doing this.
Instead, land near the less populated areas next to the highly contested spots. This will allow you to get enough loot safely – you can then engage the popular areas and take down the players that have looted the better gear.
Chances are, most players in highly contested areas will either be dead or involved in a firefight by the time you’ve finished looting a place nearby.
Once you are done falling from the sky, the action in PUBG Mobile can be fast, and if you want to survive, you’ll need to loot up.
The first priority is always to get a weapon in your hands. After that, you’ll want either body armor or a healing item for when things get tough. Don’t skip anything at first; any weapon is better than nothing. A pistol will still execute a kill faster than punching someone.
Once you have a couple of weapons and other items, you can start making decisions on which weapons you want to keep and manage your inventory a little more.
Don’t engage in a fight until you’re ready
This is one of the best tips for keeping yourself alive for as long as possible. You should always try to gear up and prepare yourself before you in engage in combat. If somebody is trying to fight you from a distance, back out and continue looting until you’re 100% compared.
To prepare yourself for a fight, you’ll need a few things. Firstly, make sure you have a long ranged weapon with enough ammo. Using SMGs and shotguns can be good for indoor combat, but you’ll not do well with them out in the open world. If you can, try to find a good scope as well.
Next, you’ll need to make sure you have enough meds. If you get attacked during a fight and your health drops down, you’ll want to be able to recover your health as quickly as possible. We’d suggest trying to find 2 or 3 first aid kits and a few energy drinks or painkillers to prepare yourself.
Finally, make sure you have armor. Head armor can reduce damage taken to your head and body armor can reduce damage taken to your body. There are three levels of armor, each offering different levels of protection.
Level 3 armor is super rare, but level 1 & 2 are relatively common. Try to find level 2 armor before you jump into a fight.
Try to limit running around in the open
The goal of PUBG Mobile is to be the last man standing, and by that measure, hiding can be a pretty useful tactic. Of course, as the map shrinks, you will eventually need to make a break for the safe zone to stay alive, but you should never run out in the open unless you have no other choice.
When you do need to run out in the open, make sure you are doing it as fast as possible. That means planning your dashes for the safe zone a little more carefully and trying to stay in cover as much as you can.
Supply crates are rarely worth it
You hear the plane flying overhead, you see the crate falling with parachute overhead, and you realize it’s going to drop close to your position. Unless you’re absolutely certain there are no other players around, don’t rush for the red smoke once the crate lands..
Instead of running for the crate and standing in the open next to it, watch what happens, plan out an attack on whoever ended up with the gear, and take it by force for yourself, away from the action. If you’re sitting around and no one arrives, continue to tread carefully; someone else might have the same strategy in mind.
Playing squads? Stick with your teammates
If you are playing in squads or duo mode, make sure to stick with your teammates. Not only can your teammates provide you with support if you get into a fight, but they can revive you if you get knocked down.
If you engage with another player on your own, chances are you’ll be fighting up against an entire squad. If you do this alone, you’ll be putting yourself at a huge disadvantage.
Don’t shoot enemies out of range
I have made this mistake FAR too often, and it gets me killed about 8/10 times. When you aim at enemies that’s too far away and try to kill them with a gun they a short range all your doing is making them — and everyone else in the are — aware of your location.
If you see an enemy that hasn’t spotted you yet and you want to take them out, be smart about it. Track where they go, try to sneak up on them, and when they are in range, fire away!
Always keep an eye on the next play area
This one got me killed a lot when I first started playing PUBG. In these types of games, the play area periodically shrinks in size. If you stay outside of the play area, you’ll get killed.
Regularly keep an eye on your map to make sure you’re in the next play area. The play area is marked by the white circle, and the blue circle showcases the closing in of the old play area.
You can also see a timer just below the map – this shows you how long you have until the next play area closes in.
Go from cover to cover
If you need to move from one position to another, always consider where your next point of cover will be. You never know where you might be shot from, so if you plan ahead and always have cover in front of you, you’ll always have somewhere to hide whilst you pinpoint where the shots came from.
The worst thing you can do in PUBG mobile is run through an open field. This will put you up against threats that you won’t be able to defend yourself against.
In some rare situations, you’ll be forced to move through an open field. In this case, you should crouch and move from bush to bush. If you can’t hide behind cover, you can try to keep your position hidden.
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Take a minute to recover health before re-engaging in fights
If you get shot up badly, take a second to heal yourself up before you try and face your opponent. If you peak out at an enemy when your health is down, you’ll be put at a disadvantage and they’ll only need one or two hits to kill you.
Always try to keep your health as high as possible, even if that means using your most valuable meds. High health is always more important than having meds stacked away.
Play safe during the End Game
If you manage to survive long enough, there will always be a point in the game where the play area is really small and the player count is also relatively low. You may not hear any gunfights, but there are guaranteed to be people very close to you.
If you see a player, you should only shoot them if you know you can take them down. You should try to minimize the amount of time you shoot as much as possible. As soon as you shoot, you’ll draw all of the attention to you.
One working strategy involves you staying quiet and waiting for other players to kill each other. You can then shoot every now and then to take down any enemies that have engaged in fights with other players.
Stay aware of your surroundings
Use the eye icon to look around you – use it as much as you can because this tool will help you to stay aware of your surroundings. If you’re always looking ahead, you’ll never know if there are any players behind you.
You should also turn up your sound so that you can hear footsteps and gunshots.
Play with your friends
Playing by yourself against 99 other players is tough, so if you’re learning the game you might benefit from playing with some friends in either duo or squad mode.
In these modes you get knocked down before being killed, giving your friends a chance to revive you for another go. It’s also nice to have more eyes on the surroundings and more guns in the battles.
You can play squads without friends by selecting the auto-fill option. This will pair you with three strangers so you might not have as much success, but you may also not die so quickly.
There’s no doubt about it, in PUBG Mobile there’s a bit of luck. If you happen to land in a spot that has good equipment, and/or always ends up being in the safe zone, you will inherently have an advantage.
In the late game, it’s critical that you focus on the minimap when the circle is about to move and adjust yourself accordingly. It’s easy to get caught off guard and there are going to be those times when you need to move in on someone else who was lucky enough to be within the next circle. If this is the case, have a look around, see how you can advance and utilize grenades (especially smokes and flashbangs).
If you happen to be the lucky one and have a solid position within the next circle, keep scanning around for movement. Knowing your enemies position is paramount.
While the game still was not fully finished and had some technical flaws, it presented new types of gameplay that could be easily approached by players of any skill level and was highly replayable. By the way, 14 is my lucky number.
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