PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG for short, is the most popular shooter game in 2018. It is a battle royale game where up to 100 players are pitted against each other at a time. The match continues until only one player is left standing.
The main objective of the game is to survive as long as you can. In fact, the amount of time you spend alive directly impacts your score. The longer you manage to survive, the higher your score will be. In this guide, I will give you a few tips and tricks for beginners that can help you survive longer and even win the game in the end.
Tips on How to Survive the Longest in a Solo FPP Game
This guide addresses specifically the solo FPP game. That's the game I have the greatest experience with and can offer some helpful tips on. I have personally reached the top 4% using these methods, which may seem lackluster unless you take into account that I am in my 40s and my reflexes are just not what they used to be.
Yet, by using this method I managed to reach the top 10 quite often and I even managed to win a game without firing a single shot.
I do this by being patient and sneaky, hiding a lot, and camping. And while that is not a fun or superior tactic, it certainly helps to at least know these tricks.
So, here are a few helpful tips and tricks for beginners on how to survive and maybe even excel in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds.
When to Jump From the Airplane
This is an important tip to keep in mind every game. To maximize survivability, you want to jump from the plane when it is about 3/4 of the way over the map.
Next, you want to fly as far away from the flight path as you can. If you don't know how, just press the W button and aim your mouse at the destination you wish to go.
On the way down, try to select a small cluster of houses to land at and avoid large towns. Reason being, other players tend to gravitate to towns in my experience.
When the parachute opens look around and see if there are other players dropping down near you, if you see none then you're good. If there is another player close by, try to steer away from him while finding a house to enter.
When you've landed, search the area for weapons and armor as usual, while keeping any other players in mind.
Using or Avoiding Vehicles
Vehicles in PUBG really are great fun. They're a bit wonky and buggy and sometimes they can be the source of great hilarity. However, they are terrible when it comes to surviving in PUBG.
The sound a vehicle makes can be heard far away from it, which lets every player around that knows what he's doing know your exact location. And while some are fast, a good sniper can easily get a headshot on you, plus the protection of a vehicle is not all that great.
The correct way to use a vehicle, in my opinion, is to grab one if you are outside the play zone and use it to move near the center of the play zone. Then you drive into the wild and ditch the vehicle.
After I started using this survival tip I began dying a lot later in the game. Even managing to reach the top 10 quite often.
Sneaking in the Wild
To maximize survivability, you should try to stay in the wild as much as you can. I know it's boring, but it will keep you alive. When I say the wild here, I mean an area that has little to no buildings.
A couple of tricks are to lie on the ground if there is grass or to crouch behind rocks at a high vantage point. The high vantage point is important, as crouching behind rocks at a low point will probably get you killed from behind.
The main thing is to run while crouching in the wild and only move when you have to. This reduces the sound you make and makes you slightly harder to spot. Just be careful to remain in the play zone at all times.
If you come upon a cluster of three to four houses while in the wild and those houses are close to the center of the play zone you should see if you can enter the house and camp there. Again, yes, it is boring... but it will ensure you live longer.
Hiding in Bushes
This trick is an odd and funny one. If you place yourself in a bush, crouch, and don't move, other players will have a really hard time of seeing you. Numerous times I have had players run almost on top of me before getting shot and sometimes even run past me from behind.
I think it has something to do with how the game renders the environment, but I have no idea really. Then again, I might just be lucky. Who knows.
In any case, by all means, try some bushes.
Camping in Houses
This is one of my favorite ways to survive longer. If you are able to enter a house that is located somewhere close to the center of the play zone you should camp out in it as long as you can.
The trick is to close the doors that lead to the outside, thus making it seem as if no one has entered the house. Then, position yourself at a spot where you will definitely get an easy shot at anyone entering the house.
Now, this is not a fun way to play, in fact, it is really boring. But, it will keep you alive longer than running around like a chicken. And on the plus side, it really annoys and startles players when you kill them this way.
Don't Shoot at Every Player you See
Final tip, don't shoot at everyone you see. This might seem contrary to the point of the game, but whenever you shoot someone it makes a sound that other players can hear and react to. Many times I have tried to snipe opposing players, only to get shot in the back.
Also, if you see players in vehicles, remember that their field of vision is limited so they will have a hard time seeing you. Why not just let them move on and get killed by someone else, or kill someone else, or better yet, both?
Just remember, only shoot when you have an easy kill or you're being shot at.
© 2018 Jon Sigurdsson