Everyone is talking about battle royale games at the moment and there are two that have taken mobile devices by storm: PlayerUnknown’s Battleground and Call of Duty: Mobile. Both offer their brand of battle royale to gamers on the go.
To help you get up to speed quickly, here are some top tips to get you gaming to your best in PUBG Mobile.
PUBG Mobile basic gameplay tips
Whether you’re in a team or on your own, here are some tips to get you through the game.
Best clothes for PUBG characters: This isn’t a fashion show, it’s a battle royale, so think tactically. Muted shades and of course, camouflage, give you a tactical advantage. With the snowy Vikendi map, you’ll want lighter colors – so that a white shirt is actually useful.
If you don’t have good clothes, strip in the assembly area: This is a bit of a weird one, but when you start a game, you have a minute or so in the assembly area. You can drop your clothes and others might come over to swap. You can then swipe a better set of clothes. Ok, sometimes it doesn’t happen, but sometimes you’ll get a great set of threads!
There are clothes in the assembly area: A tower and some crates have been added to the assembly area on Spawn Island. You have about 1 minute while you wait to start the game and there are some clothes you can collect on the top of one of the crates (next to the barrels). You’ll have to use big jumps to get there, and it’s tricky, but you can get yourself a cool jacket and trousers. If spawning in the map (as was the case in version 8), there are no treats for you (that we’ve found).
Choose your moment to jump from the aircraft: PUBG Mobile plots the path of the aircraft across the map, so you can see what you’ll be flying over. It also tells you how many people are left on-board, so you have a general idea of the distribution across the map. Using this information you can pick your INFIL point, avoiding areas full of other players. Bigger towns attract more jumpers, so if you want to die, jump into a town.
Freefall with speed: As soon as you’re out of the aircraft, push forward on your controller and you dive toward the ground. This gets you to the ground faster, so you’re not drifting down while others are gathering weapons and preparing to slaughter you. Your ‘chute opens automatically, so you don’t need to worry about that.
Open your ‘chute early to fly across the map: If you’re out of the aircraft and you can see masses of people already falling below you, perhaps you want to be elsewhere. Pop your ‘chute manually, and you can drift a long way across the map to a different area. Remember though, that while you’re drifting, others are gathering.
Don’t jump from the aircraft for easy kills: Here’s a sneaky tip. If you stay in the aircraft, you’ll be thrown out at the edge of the map and descend with anyone else who didn’t jump. Usually, that’s everyone who has disconnected, meaning you can then slaughter all those people and get some easy kills.
Master the map: The map is your best friend because it shows you the game area, which decreases throughout the game. You need to stay inside this area, or you’ll slowly die. Drop a marker on the map and you’ll see it in your compass to help you navigate to a safe area. You might need to zoom in as the game progresses, especially towards the closing stages.
Avoid the red zone: The map also shows you the red zone, which is an artillery barrage. If you’re in the red zone, there’s a good chance you’ll get hit, although if you’re in a building you’ll be able to ride it out just fine.
Get protected with auto pick-up: Your baseball cap looks great, but a helmet stops your head splitting like a melon (usually). Grab that protective kit so you can take a little more damage. Ensure that auto pick-up is turned on and you’ll replace kit with higher-rated stuff when you find it.
Set custom levels for pick-up: There are default levels for things you’ll automatically pick-up. For example, ammo is set to 180 rounds per weapon – but you might want more. At the same time, grenades are not set to pick-up automatically. Head into settings > pick-up and you can change these values to you actually collect the stuff you want as you explore the map. Don’t like stun grenades? Then you don’t have to automatically collect them.
Get the right weapons for the job: The weapons in PUBG Mobile work like real-world weapons: shotguns and pistols are only good for short-range, SMGs are great in enclosed spaces when you want to put down a lot of fire quickly, the assault rifles are good all-rounders. An assault rifle and an SMG is a great combo, two pistols are not. Version 6 added the armory where you can see the characteristics of all the weapons and mods.
Which is the best weapon in PUBG?: Well, the short answer is the suppressed Uzi with extended mag for close-range stuff – if you come face-to-face with someone, you can empty 30 rounds into them while they are trying to aim. Otherwise, the SCAR with a scope is hard to beat – it controls recoil so is pretty easy to put a burst onto the target. For sniping the AWM is obviously the choice pick, but it only appears in airdrops – so the more common SKS is great – if you can find that 6x or 8x scope. A silencer always helps.
Collect sights: Many of the weapons are adaptable and holo sights and scopes make it much easier to hit the target. At the start of the game, manually grab sights and scopes you find, so they will then attach to weapons you collect. Bingo, you’ll be dropping bad guys in no time. If you have spare sights, share them with your team.
Empty your backpack: If you’re carrying loads of stuff you don’t need, you’ll fill your bag, meaning less space for the stuff you need. Tap on your backpack to see the contents and then drop the stuff you don’t need, like ammunition for a weapon you’ve dropped. You can do this while running or in a vehicle too.
Swap sights on your rifles: You’ll automatically add sights to some rifles, but you have the option to equip a particular weapon with a particular accessory. Put the 6x scope on your 7.62mm weapons, because they have greater power and range, so are better for sniping. Avoid big magnification on SMGs – they’re better at close quarters combat where you just want to shoot from the hip. The 8x sight will only attach to sniper rifles.
Horde sights so your enemy can’t have them: If you come across an 8x scope but don’t have a rifle for it, take it anyway. Otherwise, the person behind you might just shoot you in the back. You can always pass it to teammates later in the game, or you might find that rifle.
Use silencers: Stealth is your friend in PUBG because gunfire is located on the map for enemies that are close by. Silenced weapons make it much harder for other players to locate you – there are silencers for many weapon types (AR, sniper, SMG, pistol) but you might have to manually add it to your weapon once you’ve found it if you already have a compensator fitted. Silencers do not change the ballistic properties of weapons. Some sniper rifles like the SKS will take the AR silencer, so it’s worth playing around.
Where do I find the ghillie suit? A ghillie suit is what snipers wear for camouflage. Sadly, it only arrives in airdrops, so you’ll have to take a risk to get the suit.
Lie down when raiding crates: When you kill someone, you can raid the crate they drop for more stuff. Lie down when you do it because otherwise, anyone else in the area will spot the green puff of smoke, then snipe you while you stand there selecting a new pair of shoes.
Master sprinting: To move across the map quickly, sprinting is often the way to do it. You can lock sprinting by tapping the running icon next to the map. Then you can run and look at the map, have a drink or whatever.
Drink energy drink for a speed boost: You’ll collect energy drinks in the game. These will give you a slow energy recovery (about 23 percent), but if you smash down two cans, you’ll get a running speed boost too. Need to run from a building? Need to get to the game zone? Neck a couple of Energy Drinks before you go.
Load up on adrenaline, energy drink, or painkillers to survive outside the play area: Sometimes you’re caught outside the play area looking for a vehicle. Load-up on adrenaline shot and it will continue to help you recover and delay the energy-sapping effects outside the play area. It’s a great tactic if you land miles from the play zone and have to run to safety.
Dash, down, crawl, observe, sights, fire: It’s a basic infantry drill that really works – much better than jumping repeatedly and firing. If you’re taking fire, move and hit the deck, keep moving and the enemy will lose you. Then you need to locate the enemy, get eyes on them, hit the aim, and neutralize them. Simple. (But sometimes you’ll just get dead.)
Swim underwater: You have pretty good lung in PUBG and mostly they will let you swim across things like rivers underwater. Do this, because you can’t be seen and you won’t get shot. When swimming on the surface, you’re an easy target. Also watch the exit from the water as you’re slow, so again, easy to shoot.
Don’t jump out of fast-moving vehicles: Yes, you’ll die. Try not to crash as your vehicle will take on damage. If you lose a tire, it won’t drive so well.
Be careful using vehicles for cover: Vehicles can explode, including boats and even the armored car. If you’re using it for cover, the enemy will shoot it until it explodes, probably killing you. The opposite applies – shoot your enemy’s vehicles.
Collect medkits, always: You will get shot and you can often recover from that with some medical attention. Pickup medical supplies because they will often be more useful to you than grenades.
Remember the aim of the game is to survive: If you want to win, you can pretty much do so by collecting your weapons, staying out of trouble, and killing the last few people. The aim isn’t to kill the most people, it’s to be the last player standing. Hiding and staying out of trouble is a good way to do that.
Watch out for the bridges: As the play area shrinks, you might find you need to cross one of the bridges. Take care, as these are natural ambush points, with cars being used to block bridges so you can’t just race through. If there are people on the bridge, you’re better swimming – directly under the bridge often makes it easy. If you’re caught on the bridge, go over the edge to get out of the Killzone.
Use first aid: There are bandages and medkits in the game. The medical kits are essential for recovering after taking a few shots. If you find the painkillers, these will give you a gradual health recovery, meaning you can pop them down and get moving.
How to kill yourself in PUBG Mobile: You might just want to end it all. You can’t shoot yourself, but you can kill yourself with a grenade, jump from a moving vehicle, fall from a high cliff or drown if you spend too long underwater. We’re not sure why you’d want to do this, but at least you now know.
If you know you’re going to die: If you’re playing solo or your team is dead and you get knocked down, you can sit there and die, or you can be a little more annoying. Crawl away and as you go, drop your things. Once you’re dead, your enemy will come to the crate and find you had nothing. It may be bitter, but it’s your last hurrah as that 8x scope remain hidden in the grass.
Switch regions if you feel like winning: You probably play in your local region all the time. But switching regions will often see you as a new player and put you on a map with people with much less experience. What to get a 10 chicken dinner in a row? Switch to a region you’ve never played before and it might just happen.
Tips for winning PUBG Mobile
All the above will serve you well, but the top 10 battle is the fiercest. Here are some tips to help you through the final stages of the game.
Get your SAW or sniper rifle from the dropped resupply crate: You’ll notice that there are regular airdrops. With a red smoke indicator on a weapons crate with great weapons in it – usually a SAW or sniper rifle. Keep your eyes on it because it has weapons. It will help you win – or present you with a chance to snipe those who go to collect from it. The choice is yours.
Keep your eye out for the flare gun: This was a version 8 addition. Letting you fire a flare so you can call in a personal airdrop? That’s great as the supplies come to you, but your enemy will see the signal too. So expect to draw fire as soon as you approach that crate. If you’re inside the play zone, you get weapons. If you’re outside the play zone you get an armored car – which will take a lot of fire. But can still be destroyed. Be careful where you fire that flare – if your crate lands on a roof, you can’t get to it.
Get your belt buckle in the dirt: As the safe zone decreases. You’ll find yourself in close proximity to all the remaining players. You’ll need to be on your belly to survive, so once the circle is getting small, you’ll basically have to do everything at the crawl or you’ll be shot.
Watch the map for sounds: As people move in vehicles or shoot, the map will indicate noise with orange marks. Use these to make sure you’re aware of where enemy action is – so you can avoid it, observe it, or engage.
Use your grenades: When you’re in the dirt. You’ll often not be able to see your opponent for a clear shot. Try throwing out a grenade and they’ll run to avoid it giving you a target to shoot. Or you might wound or kill them. Molotov cocktails are especially effective if you don’t know exactly where they are. Where you have a ridge, throw a grenade over to the top.
These tips are for those who are entering PUBG and those that want to become better at their gameplay. Enjoy these tips and all the best for all the future chicken dinners!