PUBG Tips - How to Play Battlegrounds, Essential guide to Survive and Win

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds will finally be launching on console later this year. Here are some essential PUBG tips for PC and Xbox.

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Battlegrounds (PUBG), the smash-hit battle royale game from Playerunknown (aka. Bluepoint Studio and Brendan Greene), is now a certified hit on Steam, having sold well over 5 million copies in little over four months. In this PUBG tips guide, we’ll be giving you all the tips and tricks you need to dominate in any area of the wide open map, ensuring you’re never dead meat on arrival into the battle royale. If you're a beginner at PUBG and looking for help, we've got the Battlegrounds Tips you need.

PUBG Tips - Battlegrounds Tips and Beginner's Guide

As you probably know by now, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has been a massive success, and that's in part to the unpredictable nature of each game. You can never be sure exactly what weapons will spawn where, or the amount of loot there'll be in any given building. PUBG requires some luck, but we'll get you to grips with the game in no time with these PUBG tips.

How to win a Game of PUBG

To win a game of PUBG you must be the last player standing. The game is essentially a video game version of Battle Royale or The Running Man. Everyone (100 players) are thrown into a large, open map, without any equipment. You must find weapons, gear and ammo in order to survive and kill the other players.

PUBG can be played with teams of up to 4 people, which offers a great strength in numbers bonus to those who squad up. To do this, simply invite players from your Steam friends list with the button in the bottom left corner of the PUBG homepage, and make sure you all click on the ‘Play’ button at roughly the same time, to be taken into the same game as a single team. If any members of a team are the last players remaining, they win. There is no requirement to kill your teammates.

For our full introductory guide on how to play Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, continue ahead to our PUBG beginner's guide.

PUBG Tips - Battlegrounds Pre-game Lobby

At the very start of a game of PUBG, you’ll begin in a lobby area, along with the other 99 players in the game. Head to the wooden tables to the left of the crashed plane in this area, and you’ll find a ton of weapons you can pick up and practice with. You can’t kill anyone in this lobby area, but you can get to grips with the weapons in Battlegrounds, and find out which ones you prefer.

PUBG Plane Jump - When Should You Jump Out of the Plane?

After the lobby countdown is over, everyone is teleported into the huge PUBG cargo plane, which you can jump out of at any time by pressing F. Choosing when to jump out of the plane takes strategy combined with a bit of luck, as the aim is to land away from everyone else, but close enough to a building which you can loot for weapons and ammunition.

The image below shows the Battlegrounds map. The cargo plane can enter from any angle, but always flies over the map in a straight line. You can jump out of the plane at any time whatsoever, but be warned that if you wait until the very end of the plane’s route over the map, every player still left inside the plane will be forcibly ejected at once, which means they will all likely land in the same area of the map. As we said before, your chances of survival decrease the nearer you land to someone.

You want to aim towards at least one building down below on the map, but you also want to aim away from any other players jumping out of the plane with you. Aim down and push W to descend faster, but keep an eye out around you all the way down for nearby players. Remember, guns are key to staying alive in Battlegrounds, and they can only be found inside buildings.

PUBG Tips - Blue, Red and White Zones in Battlegrounds

Below in our Battlegrounds guide, we'll explain what each individual 'zone' means in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, as there are quite a few to get to grips with.

  • PUBG Red Zone - STAY AWAY! The red zone denotes an area of the map that will be bombed repeatedly, for a limited amount of time. The bombs last for roughly 30 seconds, and anyone caught in the Red Zone faces instant death, unless you're inside a building, in which case you're safe.
  • PUBG Blue Zone - The Blue Zone in Battlegrounds shows the limit of the current map area. Stray outside of the blue circle, and you'll take damage. Battlegrounds uses this mechanic to herd players together, as anyone caught outside the blue circle has their health drained.
  • PUBG White Zone - Finally, the White Zone is the safe area, and is the area on the map that everyone is generally aiming to head for, as they are safe from the blue circle here (but only for a limited time).

Bearing these three zones in mind, your game plan for tackling Battlegrounds needs to nearly always revolve around each zone. Some players like to actually wait well outside the white zone until as late as possible, running away from the blue zone as it closes in on them, with the aim of having no one around them as everyone else will already be in the white zone and likely fighting each other.

Alternatively, another tactic is to constantly stay well within the white zone, never staying in one place for too long. This can be a useful tactic for staying away from the fighting that usually occurs on the outskirts of the white safe zone, as everyone attempts to make it to safety before the timer expires.

PUBG Tips - Battlegrounds Map Overview

Currently there is only a single map available to play in PUBG. This map is not randomly generated each time , meaning you can learn its layout. Everything else to do with the map is randomised each time you play, so weapons aren't always in the same places, vehicles can be anywhere, and the zones vary from game to game.

Bluehole Studio are planning future map releases for PUBG, with creator Brendan Greene revealing that there would be a desert map sometime in the future, although the creator did say that the map was still in the early development stages. While we don't know when any new maps for the game will eventually release, we will be updating this page with all the new information we have about any new additions to PUBG.

Speaking of new additions to Battlegrounds, creator Brendan Greene did reveal some future plans to us recently, about his wish to remake the Erangel map.

Since we’ve established the Battlegrounds rules, we’ll now run down some handy PUBG tips and tricks, so you can inch ever closer to that Chicken Dinner.

Battlegrounds Tips

  • When you’re ejecting from the plane, aim downwards and push W to increase your speed, making sure you hit the ground and are looting before anyone else.
  • Don’t worry about using your parachute, it’ll be automatically activated once you reach a certain distance from the ground.
  • You should look all around your while you're diving down towards the ground, spotting any enemy players that are nearby, and moving away from them accordingly.
  • Press Z to go prone: this can actually provide excellent camouflage if you’re in the shade.
  • Remember, Battlegrounds is a quiet game, so any noise you make, whether with a weapon or a vehicle, will nearly always have consequences.
  • You don’t always have to reach the white circle by the time the timer expires, as the blue circle will only move in slowly once the countdown ends, giving you plenty of time to make it to safety.
  • Although, the further the game goes on, the quicker the blue circle will move in, and the more damage it will deal.
  • Flee from the red circle! When active, the red area is bombarded with bombs, meaning anyone caught outside a house in this area faces almost certain death.
  • If you're in a building and also in the red zone, then make sure to keep an eye on every entrance, as other players are likely to try and seek shelter in buildings.
  • PUBG’s weapons can have severe recoil when on automatic fire mode, so if you don’t have a scope for your weapon, it could be better to use single or burst mode.
  • Take care when you’re in a vehicle, or jumping off a building, as both can inflict fall damage if taken to the extreme.
  • If you hear a shot, move to cover immediately, as there’s no way of knowing where the shooter is, or the range of their weapon.
  • Areas with a lot of buildings, or even bridges, are nearly always ‘choke points’ in the map. These choke points are always full of players, and should probably be avoided unless you’re looking for a fight.
  • Other areas to generally avoid, unless you’re feeling brave, are the military base in the very south of the island, or the around the center of the island. These areas are nearly always full of players, although they do nearly always offer some good weapons.
  • If you didn't find anything of particular use in the first building, then head to another building straight away, as it's always important to have solid weapons in Battlegrounds, and the further the game goes on, the more buildings will have already been looted.
  • It's sometimes a good idea to dispose of all equipment in your inventory that you aren't using, in order to free up space for more useful items that you'll hopefully acquire in the future.
  • Speaking of equipment, if you come across a new weapon on the ground, then don't be afraid to trade away one of your current weapons. The weapons you find straight away in a game of PUBG might not necessarily be the best ones.
  • If you're hiding out in a building and you kill an enemy player, then wait a good few seconds before going to loot their body. You never know if they were part of a squad, and their teammates could be following close behind.
  • If you've lost a significant amount of health, you can only heal yourself back to a maximum of 75% health using energy drinks and bandages.
  • To fully heal yourself back to 100% health, you'll need to use a first aid kit to get you over the 75% mark that the energy drinks and bandages take you to.

We also have a PUBG building clearing guide, giving you all the tips and tricks you need to clear a building quickly and effectively, securing all the loot within and taking out any players that are hiding out inside.

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PUBG First Person Mode Tips

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds recently added a first person only mode, and while you might think the full switch to first person only mode might not affect PUBG that much, there are some tips and tricks we'll give out below in order to help you get adjusted to the new mode.

  • You're actually still in third person mode while you descend out of the plane to the ground, so use this opportunity to keep looking either side of you, to check that no other players are too close by.
  • As soon as you hit the ground, you'll go into first person mode, which you're stuck in for the entirety of the game now.
  • Your vision is severely reduced in first person mode, as you can't use third person mode to peek around corners within buildings, to check for people hiding around corners.
  • This is the same for your enemies bear in mind, so they'll also have a slightly harder time spotting you while you're sneaking around buildings.
  • Firing your weapon from the hip is arguably easier now, even if the reticle for firing is exactly the same.

Aside from all of this, the first person mode in Battlegrounds is largely the same as the base mode of the game, but just with a restricted view. Keep checking to either side of you while you're traversing the map, and you should be fine using the same tactics found elsewhere in this guide.

PUBG Airdrops Explained

If you ever hear a plane flying overhead in Battlegrounds, after you've touched down on the ground, then this means that an Airdrop is about to be released from the plane, landing somewhere on the map for anyone to claim. The Airdrop contains completely randomised weapons and equipment, and although any player on the map can race to the Airdrop and claim the loot inside, it's nearly always an absolute bloodbath around the area.

Whenever you hear the plane flying overhead, look up to the skies and follow the flight path, and at a randomised point, you'll see a cargo box descend from the plane via a parachute. The point that the Airdrop lands on the map is never displayed on the in-game map, so you'll have to set out and look for it without any help. But, just to guide you in the right direction, the Air Drop does let off red smoke once it hits the ground.

The following items have been found inside PUBG Airdrops, but additional weapons and equipment can occasionally be found inside.

  • AWM
  • M24
  • Mk14 EBR
  • M249
  • Kar98K
  • OTs-14 Groza
  • Tommy Gun
  • 4x ACOC Scope
  • 8x Scope
  • 15x PM II Scope
  • Assault Rifle Suppressor
  • Sniper Suppressor
  • Ghillie Suit
  • Spetsnaz Helmet (Level 3)
  • Military Vest (Level 3)
  • Backpack (Level 3)
  • Adrenaline Syringe
  • Medical Kit

As you might expect, the best PUBG weapons and equipment can be found in the Air Drop, and will be fought over by nearby players. We've only ever found the Ghillie Suit in an Air Drop, and more powerful weapons like the AWM are more likely be be found in the Air Drop, than out in the map.

PUBG Vehicle Locations Guide

Vehicles in Battlegrounds offer a fantastic method of quick transportation around the entire map, although they will draw significant attention to anyone who uses them due to the massive amounts of noise they create. For a complete rundown on every PUBG vehicle, as well as the spawn locations of every vehicle in the game, head over to our complete PUBG vehicles guide.

PUGB Weapons Guide

The weapons in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds are many and varied, and each excel in different areas of the game. For example, a pistol might be better suited to close quarters combat, while assault rifles will be better suited for ranged encounters with distant players. For a complete statistical breakdown of every PUBG weapon, head over to our PUBG weapons guide.

Alternatively, if you're looking for hotspots on the Battlegrounds map where the very best weapons and equipment items are likely to be located, then make sure to check out our complete PUBG weapons and loot location guide, featuring the locations of assault rifles, snipers, Ghillie Suits, and even more elusive pieces of equipment.

PUBG Mouse/Keyboard Controls:

Battlegrounds Movement Controls:

  • Forward - W
  • Back - S
  • Left - A
  • Right - D
  • Crouch - C
  • Prone - Z
  • Jump - Space
  • Sprint - Shift
  • Walk - CTRL
  • Auto Run - =
  • Lean - Q/E

Battlegrounds Vehicle Controls:

  • Forward - W
  • Back - S
  • Left - A
  • Right - D
  • Handbrake - Space
  • Boost - Shift
  • Switch Seat - CTRL + 1/2/3/4
  • Motorcycle Air Control - Left Control + Space
Just one of the many weapons in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds.

Battlegrounds View Controls:

  • 1st/3rd Person Toggle - V
  • Switch to Left Shoulder/Right Shoulder - Q/E
  • Aim - Hold Right Click
  • Scope/ADS View Toggle - Right Click Once
  • Hold Breath (1st Person Only) - Shift
  • Watch Bullet Drop (While Aiming) - Hold Left Click

Battlegrounds Weapon Controls:

  • Reload - R
  • Fire-Mode Toggle - B
  • Switch Weapon - 1-5 Number Keys
  • Cycle Weapons - Scroll Wheel
  • Next Weapon - G
  • Change Zeroing - Page Up/Down
  • Holster Weapon - X
  • Shoot Weapon - Left Click

Battlegrounds Misc. Controls:

  • Open/Close/Get In/Get Out/Pick Up - F
  • Medical/Boost Items - 7/8/9/0
  • Split Items - CTRL + Drag Item Offscreen
  • Push to Talk - T
  • Toggle Voice Chat - CTRL + T
  • Toggle UI - CTRL + U
  • Inventory - Tab/I
  • Map - M
  • Map Zoom In/Out - Scroll Wheel
  • Place Marker - Right Click
  • Remove Marker - Delete/Right Click
  • Free Look - ALT + Mouse Move
  • Quick Looting - Right Click
  • Underhand Grenade Throw - Hold Left Click + Right Click Once

PUBG Highlights Reel

If you want to see what some of the very best (and very worst) players of Battlegrounds do with the tools that are given to them, then be sure to check out our PUBG Best Plays article, highlighting some insane killstreaks, epic stunts, and just plain stupid moments that we've gathered together from around the web.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is still actually in early access on Steam, with Bluehole Studio making constant changes to the game based on player feedback, before the full game eventually launches at a later time this year. When the game does fully launch near the end of this year however, it has been revealed to be a console exclusive launch for the Xbox One and the Xbox One X.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Essential Information:

  • Release Date: TBC 2017
  • Price: TBC, possibly $29.99
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox One X (TCB PS4)
  • Developer: Bluehole Studio
  • Publisher: Bluehole Studio
  • Genre: Action, Shooter

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Release Date and Price - Xbox One X, PS4

Having been available since March 23, 2017 on PC through Steam, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds will be a console launch exclusive for the Xbox One X when it launches in late 2017, as Microsoft announced in their Gamescom 2017 presentation. It's effectively a timed exclusive for the Xbox, suggesting it's highly likely that a PlayStation 4 version of the game will arrive in the near future.

Although the PC version of Battlegrounds is priced at $29.99, there’s no word yet on the price of the Xbox One X version. The price of the console version of the game could potentially be around the same amount, although it could also be slightly higher, given that the game is taking advantage of the 4K output that the Xbox One X offers.

As Battlegrounds is still in early access, new content is rumored for the game almost constantly. Playerunknown himself, Brendan Greene, recently spoke to Eurogamer about such upcoming content, stating that they were currently working on a new desert map, but not confirming rumors of bicycles coming to Battlegrounds in the future.

In addition to this, Greene denied that datamined Duster Jackets and other items would be coming to Battlegrounds in the future, saying that they were only concept art. Bluehole Studio also has full, 100 person games running on the Xbox One X behind closed doors, though this reportedly caps the frame rate at right around 30FPS.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds will be be console launch exclusive to the Xbox One and Xbox One X when it launches late in 2017, and although creator Brendan Greene appeared at the Microsoft E3 presentation to announce that the game would take advantage of the power of the Xbox One X, it hasn’t yet been revealed what these upgrades will be.

This is all we know about the version of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds that will launch towards the end of 2017 for the Xbox One X and Xbox One. As the full game won't be out for a number of months yet, we'll be updating this guide based on everything we have to work with in the early access version of the game that's out now.

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