PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is all about outwitting your enemy is being the last man standing. If you want to stay alive and make it to the end up the match—bringing home that famed Chicken Dinner—then you’re going to need to think, strategize, and watch your back. With the game now available on PC and Xbox One, players all around the world can dive in and learn how to win and stay alive in PUBG.
Silence is Golden
While in-game VOIP can be a nice and helpful addition to the game, we’d suggest turning off all voice chat and picking up a third party VOIP program, like Discord or even Teamspeak. These programs will take a little juice out of your machine, but not having to hear the incessant screaming and blaring music that comes with open lobbies will be more than worth the kilobytes that you spend downloading one of the programs we’ve mentioned above. Of course, if you plan to play with randoms, then you should simply press Control + T to mute in the main lobby, and then unmute once you’re on the ground. Again, if you don’t have to use the in-game VOIP, then don’t. Just trust us, it’s bad.
Hit the Ground First
Each time that the plane spawns, it will choose a random path across the island. Try to go for somewhere that’s close to the area where the plane first passes over the island, as this will make it easier for you to hit the ground quicker than your enemies, allowing you precious seconds more to loot before you have to start defending your claim. This is essential to staying alive and making it into the Top 10, and even more so important if you hope to stick it out until the end and score a Chicken Dinner.
Don’t Stop Moving
Ever. This is one of the biggest things you’ll need to get a grasp on as you compete in PUBG. No matter what you’re doing, never stop moving. Keep moving from side to side, peeking around corners and then peeking back out of site. This will keep you alive more times than not, and it’s crucial to make it harder for the enemy to hit you. Every since second you stand still is a second that someone has time to line up their shot, which means you’re even closer to being a dead man.
Know Your Zones
Hitting the ground first is important, but it’s not going to do you any good if you land somewhere without any kind of loot. You can check out our guide on how to get the best loot for some help scoring useful loot, and be sure to try to target somewhere that good loot is going to spawn. While the danger levels may be greater in these areas, the loot that you find will be worth it, and even if they aren’t, at least then you aren’t wasting forty minutes running around the island trying to win with nothing but a pistol.
Bushes Are Friends
Bushes can be some of your best allies, or some of your greatest enemies. Many bushes throughout the map are big enough, and dense enough for players to hide within them, so always check each bush as you pass it, and if you think you see something, make sure you check twice before you just ignore it, as it could be a player just waiting for you to turn your back, giving them the perfect chance to stab you in the back.
Stay Out of Red Zones
A lot of people think that Red Zones aren’t going to kill them, that they are simply there to scare the player. We’ve heard so many reports from players that say “the Red Zone has never killed me”. Our response? It’s only a matter of time. Bombs are bombs, and playing with fire will always get you burned. Avoid these areas as much as possible, or take cover inside of buildings when they hit areas around you. This will keep you alive longer. Just trust us. Red Zones are bad news.
Don’t Kill Your Teammates
Sometimes it’s fun to play with randoms, and no matter how annoying they can get, they are always going to be one of your greatest options for backup. After all, having an annoying ally is better than not having an ally at all. So, no matter how irritating they get, or how much you don’t want them around, trust in your buddy and don’t let them down. Killing them only hurts you, as it can even get you banned from the game. The developers take the game very seriously, and if you’re constantly killing teammates—even as a joke—you can end up on the banned list and unable to even try to score that Chicken Dinner.
Keep these things in mind when you launch into PUBG, and don’t forget to take your time as you make your way through the world, in search of that Chicken Dinner. If you can keep these things at the forefront of your mind, and make use of these strategies, then you’ll find yourself struggling less and less to make it into that Top 10. For now, head back over to our PUBG guide for more help, and be sure to check out our guide on how to find a car if you’re having trouble scoring yourself a way to get around easily.