How To Play PUBG and Stay Alive

If you’re new to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the first couple weeks are going to be a frustrating mix of early deaths, mystery headshots that come out of nowhere and not many games where you make it close to the end let alone win. That’s normal unless you’re in the top one percent of gamers. TechJunkie’s ‘How to play PUBG and stay alive’ guide has been written especially for newcomers and will hopefully increase your odds of survival and increase your enjoyment of the game.

I arrived late to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Coming from a strategy and RPG background, it took me a long time to consider PUBG and the battle royale setting something I could get on with. I still wouldn’t class myself as a good player but now I can get a kill or two before dying ignominiously somewhere on the map.

I am no expert at PUBG but I know a few things that help me stay alive even if I haven’t won a game yet. Here are some top tips for staying alive in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. I learned these the hard way, at least you don’t have to.

Wear headphones if you can

Wear headphones when playing PUBG. Even if you have a cool 5.1 speaker system, headphones win every time, especially if they are also 5.1. You can hear people approaching from behind or from the side with headphones that you won’t always hear with speakers. Plus, it adds to the immersion.

Land quickly

It might be tempting to let others land and begin duking it out until you get there but the early lander catches the guns. Some areas have limited loot and others have lots. Depending on where you’re heading for, getting there early can seriously aid your game.

Learn the LZs

Some landing zones contain a ton of loot and others not so much. It will take a while, but learn the good LZs from the bad. Zones such as Georgopol and Rozhok are pretty good for loot but are dangerous. Military Island and Underground Bunkers have excellent loot but insane competition for it.

There will be competition everywhere but until you get to grips with the game, select lower competition loot spots. You will get fewer weapons but will also live a bit longer to explore further.

Never sit still

Unless you find a sniper rifle or are watching a firefight from a good spot, never stay still. Too many people can take you down if you offer them a static target. Move from side to side, jump, vary your speed and be as erratic as you can while also making forward progress. A predictable target is a dead one, especially in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Use Alt

PUBG is as much about what you can see as what you can loot and using Alt to initiate free look is a big help. This allows the camera to move independently of your body and gives you a much better view of your surroundings. Learn to use it when you’re parachuting in and when you are approaching a building or likely ambush point.

Learn your guns

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is like any other game. It provides a selection of weapons and weapon types for you to use. You will find yourself naturally gravitating towards a particular type. Learn how that type works and how to best use it to survive. Guns are a huge subject in PUBG and one worthy of a tutorial all of its own. Suffice to say, find a type you can use effectively, learn their pros and cons and prioritize finding ammo for them.

Red and blue

You will see two main map colors in PUBG, red and blue. A red zone is one that is about to be firebombed and blue is the death field. Red zones do show up clearly on a map and you are even warned that you’re in one but when you’re in a firefight or looting it is too easy to miss. Keep an eye on your map and get out of the red zone as soon as you can.

Shut the door

It may take an extra couple seconds, but closing doors in buildings can be a lifesaver. Doors are usually closed by default so any open door is a signal that someone is either in the building or has been there. If you close the door behind you, it will be harder to detect whether you’re lying in wait or have cleared the building.

Shoot carefully

It may sound obvious, but don’t spray and pray in PUBG. Ammo isn’t exactly plentiful and people can hear the shots. This is especially true if you play solo. You have no team to cover you so be aware of your surroundings and what’s going on before you shoot. When you do shoot, make it count and then bug out. Shoot, loot and scoot in that order.

Pick your targets

Everyone is fair game in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds but it is a good idea to choose the time and place rather than shoot right away. Firing an unsilenced weapon will tell everyone in the area where you are and if you’re not in a good position, in good health or don’t have much ammo, that’s not a good thing. Choosing the time and place for the engagement where it favors you and not your target is how you survive in this game.

Be aware of your surroundings

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is all about situational awareness. More so than many other games. You can use your environment but so can other players. If you’re playing solo, be aware of blind spots and avoid open ground wherever possible. As a team, cover each other when crossing open ground and learn to cover all directions. Look at where you would hide if planning an ambush and cover those as you move through the map.

Don’t quit if you die

If you’re in a team and you die early, don’t quit in disgust, watch. There is always something to learn and while you cannot contribute to that round any longer, you can learn something. Dying is no bad thing if you play with a competent team as it provides freedom to watch and learn without having to concentrate on staying alive.

Those are some beginner tips on how to play PUBG and stay alive. Good luck out there and I’ll see you on the battlefield!

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