Strategies for moving around the Battleground
39. With the arrival of version 1.0, you won’t need to master the crouch-jump, as vaulting should take its place. That said, it’s worth toggling the ‘Vault’ command to something other than the regular ‘jump’ (Spacebar) button, because there are certain things you can only scale the old-fashioned way. Learn what heights you can vault and scale for when you’re in a pinch.
40. Climb onto a roof from a balcony using Crouch-jump, by first opening the door, crouch-jumping onto it, and again from the top of the door to the roof. Great for sniping!
41.You can also make more difficult jumps between roofs by crouch-jumping onto railings or raised areas and running along them, too.
42. You can shoot the M16 like a rapid-firing automatic weapon by using its burst fire mode, controlling the recoil and timing your clicks perfectly to do seriously fast DPS.
How to get the most out of your Medkits
43. There are only two ways to heal yourself back to 100 per cent – the very rare Medkit, which instantly heals you to 100 per cent after 10 seconds, and ‘boost’ items like Energy Drinks and Painkillers, which will heal you over time.
44. Both bandages and First Aid Kits get your back to 75 per cent health, but First Aid Kits work instantly after the seven seconds of application, whilst bandages require multiple applications and heal over time, taking up to about a minute. Use bandages early on, when in a safe location, and save First Aid kits for a helping hand during late-game firefights.
45. A great tip from player xTyler73’s excellent reddit guide – there is an optimal way to use bandages that lets you get more health out of them than you would from just spamming. Healing from bandages happens over time, with your healthbar ticking up from the red to fill up the white. On the third tick of the health going up, start using the next bandage, for the most efficient use of time and resources.
46. Speaking of which, when a healing item you’re using is down to 0.5 seconds left on the timer, you can start moving without cancelling it, and you can now use healing items as a passenger in vehicles, but only when the vehicle is steady (so note when your mate’s slamming it into trees and over hills…)
PUBG grenade tips and inventory tricks
47. Different items take up different amounts of space in your inventory – First Aid Kits are bigger than bandages, for example. But this also applies to different types of grenades, with Frags smaller than Smoke and Stun grenades for example.
48. You can carry more by equiping the larger items, as equipped items and ammo that’s loaded into your gun don’t take up inventory space. If you want to free up a Frag-sized space for example, equip your Smoke or Stun grenade – but beware, if your inventory is full, you then won’t be able to swap it out for the Frag without using or dropping something!
49. Contrary to popular belief, you can in fact put a pin back in a Frag grenade in Battlegrounds. To do so, open your inventory and drag the grenade from the grenade slot in the bottom right, to your storage column on the left.
PUBG combat tips: how and when to hide or engage
50. Sneaking your way into the final few players is absolutely a good strategy – but it won’t help you master the subtleties of combat. If you want to learn the feel of weapons and fighting, then spend a few games spawning in busy spots, as it’ll pay off in the long run.
51. If you do want to stealth your way to the win, hiding offshore in a boat, ideally behind a cliff where no one is likely to go looking, is a fantastic way to avoid being spotted. With some spare fuel, you can normally speed your way to many safe zones on the map.
52. Jumping whilst melee attacking makes headshots easier, and yes, headshot punches do considerably more damage.
53. If someone starts attacking you with their bare hands, always fight it out. If you can land a headshot or two you can win the fight even if they get a headstart on working you over!
54. Generally when trying to win a game, unless you’re looking for practise, just avoid combat. The rule of thumb is to only engage if you’re near certain you can win the fight, or if you’re unable to flee. This includes sniping people – don’t take the shot unless you can also get the kill, otherwise you’ve given yourself away.
55. Speaking of fleeing, it is easier than you might think. Zig-zag if you’re on foot, and think in terms of breaking line of sight. People will only bother chasing you down under specific circumstances. This is especially true if you’re in a vehicle – there’s no point in hopping out to fight if you’ve already been knocked down to low health, just floor it!
56. Having bad gear is really not the end of the world, so don’t get greedy – what matters is how you adapt to what you have: if all you have is a Shotgun or SMG, then try to camp inside buildings and confined areas. If you just have a crossbow and a decent scope, avoid buildings like the plague and find a high spot for sniping. All it takes is one kill for you to gain a significant amount of loot!
57. If you’re hiding in one of the little wooden huts and spot an incoming enemy, bursting out of the hut and firing at them is often better than waiting in there. If they’re smart, they’ll either know someone’s in there or try to clear it out with a grenade or shoot through the wooden door first. The element of surprise normally works better.
PUBG combat tips: when you know you’re in for a fight
58. Take time to master the art of leaning, or ‘peeking’, around corners with Q and E (or clicking in the sticks on console) during combat, and note that leaning to the right (if you’re using the camera over the right shoulder) exposes less of your body than the opposite direction.
59. If you know a fight is coming, or need to sprint across a dangerous open area, use a ‘boost’ item like Painkillers or Energy Drinks, as the healing over time and extra speed can be crucial.
60. Long grass only renders at less than 150 metres away, but players render from far greater distance – which means if you’re relying on long grass as cover, a sniper can spot you easily at long range.
61. Using the Alt button (or holding RB and moving the left stick on Xbox) to look around whilst still in cover is perfect for ambushes, but beware your character model does still move a tiny bit when you release it, which can make you stand out when pretending to be a bush.
62. Loot, especially healing equipment like First Aid kits, makes for perfect bait. Leave some on the floor in the middle of a room, and enemies who enter will assume the building is safe, making them easy to quickly pick off.
63. Figure out which way the door swings inwards into your room if you’re camping inside a building. Hide to the side of the door that it opens, so players need to come in, turn around, and shut the door to actually spot you, giving you the edge to kill them before they do.
64. The opposite goes for those entering buildings to clear them – always check 360 degrees around you right after entering, and don’t assume a bit of loot means the whole thing’s safe!
65. Grenades are perfect for clearing small huts (if you can get one through the little windows) and buildings where you suspect someone is camping.
66. Save Smoke grenades though – they give away your position and the smoke renders differently for two players, so what might be obscuring your vision could be completely clear for the enemy, and vice versa. Only use for cover or distraction in emergencies.
67. ADS (aiming down sights) is generally more favourable than hip fire in almost every situation. Only rely on Shotguns and SMGs with hip-fire, as the spread is much smaller.
Advanced PUBG tips for how to win Battlegrounds in the late-game and final 10:
68. When you get to the smaller safe zones, normally around the last 10 or 15, you want to try and quickly eliminate anyone you see first – if they survive, it’s only a small area, so you’re likely to bump into them again later and there’s no guarantee they won’t get the drop on you instead.
69. There are two main strategies for how you arrive to the final zone. If you’re sure you can get there as one of the first, then do so as soon as possible and set up in a position where you know at least one flank is secure – be that a little rock, or an interior wall with no windows.
70. If you’re getting there late, it can be better to wait it out at range before making your move. Keep one eye on the blue circle, and play around the edges of the area. Someone may be watching your direction as you approach, but if the safe zone’s small, a dozen or so people are left, and you’re the furthest one away, then they’ll probably have other enemies to prioritise.
71. Your knowledge of the terrain is crucial here. Be sure to learn the map as best you can – our Erangel map, Miramar map and best PUBG loot locations guides can help with that – and consciously choose where to go for a reason, rather than on impulse.
72. If you get to a safe location early, and have some decent long-range weapons, try camping any buildings that are just outside the safe zone (by which we mean camping somewhere safe and looking at the buildings, not camping in them!) Keep a close eye on any doors and windows, and as the blue circle starts to close in, players will be forced out of hiding and into the open for you to pick off.
73. Trees aren’t great cover. A forest is good visual cover if you need to move long-ish distances, but it’s easy to forget that hiding behind a narrow tree still leaves you exposed on three sides – and your vision’s heavily impared by the trunk in front of you anyway. Use them as a last resort!
74. When you get to the final three, if you’re undiscovered, stay that way. Don’t engage unless the kill is absolutely guaranteed, because the other two could easily wound and/or kill each other without you needing to risk death yourself. They’ll also give away their positions in the process, which means you of course know where they are for the final face off.