How to survive, and thrive, in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds “PUBG.”

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Surviving in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a tough ordeal. While you may make it to the top 50 on the regular, to consistently place in the top 10, and have the best chance of winning, you need to know how to use the game to your advantage.

In the short time PUBG has been available for the Xbox, I’ve studied the game to figure out the do’s, and don’ts, to consistently place in the top 10. Granted, not everybody has the same playing style. A run ‘n gunner like myself, I had to learn patience playing PUBG. PUBG cannot be a played using a run ‘n gun style. You won’t last long. I had to adapt the style I’ve grown accustomed to with the advent of CoD and play PUBG they way it needs to be played, with patience.

I’m going to arrange the tips in order of how the game unfolds. That way, it can be easier to follow and implement.

When in the cargo plane, adjust the camera so that it’s facing the nose to slightly to the right, or left, of the plane. Then, watch the people jumping out of the place. Count them as they jump. They come out fast, so count fast. Doing so will prevent you from parachuting into a zone with 20 other people increasing the chance you’ll get killed quick.

When parachuting down to your landing spot, circle the camera all around you. Look and see if there’s anybody else coming down behind you, all around you, or are landing before you. Know the first instant you land if people will be in your vicinity.

Look for a backpack. That should be one of your first pick-ups. Without it, your chance of survival greatly diminishes. You need to have a satchel to pack in med kits, pain pills, and everything else you need. Without it, you’ll be left stranded if you need something to get your health back up.

As soon as the counter starts, open up the big map. Plant your pin right in the middle of the circle. That way, when you’re done searching for gear, you’ll know the direction you need to head as soon as you leave a building.

Close doors. I can’t state this enough. Always close every door you’ve opened. This way, if someone is around you, you’ll hear them come in and you can wait for them. Also, this gives other players hesitation later in the round when they wonder if someone is in there or not.

Head outside and look for a vehicle as soon as you can. If you are lucky enough to find a vehicle, top 25 is all but secure, unless you’re careless. I flipped a jeep like a moron one time and had a long way to run. When in a car, don’t stop unless you’re in an area that is vast and you can look all around with ease. Otherwise, keep moving. A boat is the absolute best vehicle if the safe area works in concert with having one. Always look for a vehicle, even a motorcycle with a side car.

If you’re a long way away from the safe area, start running the moment you leave a building. The quicker you make it there, the more time you’ll have to search buildings in the safe area.

While running, if you hear a vehicle, go prone immediately. Even if there’s no cover, go prone. Then, crawl to a safe space, or shrub, shrubs are great to hid in while kneeling, until you no longer hear a vehicle around you.

When in a vehicle, if you see an unoccupied vehicle when driving around, shoot out a tire. The more vehicles you disable, the better chance of survival. You can use this in addition to the next tip.

Use vehicles as bait. Everyone wants a vehicle. If you find one early, consider using it as bait when time permits. A vehicle makes the perfect morsel to lure in hungry players. If you shoot out a tire, people will still think they can drive it and that leaves them wide open to be taken out.

If you’re stuck with no vehicle, and you’ve finally made it to the safe area, search out water. Water you can swim in. This is one of the least used tactics. You’re usually too far for someone to shoot you. If someone is in a boat, you can just dive and avoid. Same if someone is shooting you. While you can’t use a weapon in the water, it’s nearly impossible for someone to kill you.

Stay at the edges of the safe areas, unless you’re already close to the hypothetical center, and there’s cover that will allow it. People don’t usually hang out around there, and you can pick off people who are running for their lives.

Pain pills are necessary if you’re stuck running long distances for the safe zone. If you’re outside of the shrinking wall, pop some pills. Have your health kit ready if need be. With two pain pills, you should be able to survive some long runs.

When the safe area is nearing its final location, run, drive, whatever, to the circle and set up shop somewhere. Tread lightly… as other people that were there early on have already set up shop.

Don’t take everything if you’ve set up shop in a building. A building with no goods in it means there’s no reason to go beyond the first few rooms. Leave a trail of breadcrumbs so to speak to lure other players to their demise.

When it’s down to the final 10, it’s all about luck at this point, unless you have set up shop in a prime location. Vehicles are nearly because the safe area us usually too small to use them effectively. Abandon them. Find a place to go prone if you’re in a safe zone without buildings. Watch everything carefully.

If someone is trying to chase you down in a vehicle, get near a tree, rock, box, whatever. Use it to your advantage. Circle around it as you pick them off.

Hopefully the above tips will help you consistently place high in every round of PUBG and give you the best shot at winning one. It’s difficult to pull one out, but follow the above, you’ll have the best possible chance to.

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  1. D-V-ANT 18 December, 2017 at 13:59

    I do pretty much all of those save for trying to find a vehicle. With a car your position is nearly always known. But it is true once you are in the last third of the game, a car is a great asset.

  2. Plainview 18 December, 2017 at 14:15

    Not really a tip but something I heard on youtube is that a good headset is a big help.  Sound is super important in situational awareness.

    It is. I'm only using two stereo speakers, and a center channel, and I'm at a disadvantage.

  3. pravus 18 December, 2017 at 16:55

    Speaking of headsets, does anyone want a Dolby Atmos code?

    I just picked a new headset a few minutes ago and it was a free pack-in, and I already paid for the app so it's a bit useless and I'm a bit too lazy to sell it on ebay or whatever..

    First come, first serve of course, just toss a PM.

  4. dbled34 18 December, 2017 at 21:54

    I keep my head down and stay as quiet as possible. Only moving when I have to.

    If you're carrying smoke, stun, molotovs, and frag grenades use them.

    You can shoot vehicles causing them to explode.

  5. Mcmasters 19 December, 2017 at 02:06

    Found this:

    This patch will be live at 1AM PST / 10AM CET / 6PM KST. Please restart your Xbox after the patch goes live to get the update.

    Here are the first of many Xbox-focused patch notes to come:

    Gameplay

    Gas can now be used while on bike or bike with sidecar

    UI/UX

    Equipment icons on HUD will now be visible

    Player icon is now more clearly visible on the world map

    UI prompts now appear when reload and enter a vehicle options are present

    Character

    Tweaked hair color options

    Animation

    Cleaned up sidecar passenger animations in first person view

    Fixed player camera issues while a passenger on the backseat of a Buggy

    Addressed arm animations specific to holding some weapons

    Character now correctly faces the proper direction when stopping while swimming

    Others

    First pass visual and performance improvements

    Slightly improved anti-aliasing on Xbox One and Xbox One S

    Localization updates for Vietnamese, Spanish,(Spain/Mexico)

    Controls on motorcycle no longer inverted

    Keyboard functionality is disabled

    Bug Fixes

    Fixed instances of player nametags not properly displaying in the lobby during Squad and Duo play

    Fixed minor animation while crouching and prone

    Fixed issues where curtains on windows block line of sight of players in the TPP mode

    Fixed an issue where when Squad leader left the party, voice chat ceased to function as intended

    Fixed issue where players could lean out of vehicles even when obstructed

    Fixed collision of cardboard boxes in Yasnaya city

    Fixed typo in the controller guide

    Other minor fixes

    Thank you again from all of us at the team.

    See you in-game,

    The PUBG Development and Community Team

  6. menace-uk- 19 December, 2017 at 05:24

    I don't agree with the get a vehicle asap. Thery are just bullet magnets and can be heard from miles away…I would class them as situational things myself. If you have junk weapons, get a vehicle.  Lots of open terrain to cross, get a vehicle, etc.

    The best solo runs I have had have been when staying off the radar, vehicles do the complete opposite.

  7. Kerosene31 20 December, 2017 at 08:52

    Any tips for the late game?  That's where I struggle.  Early on it is pretty simple – keep aware and get gear.  Move when you have to, camp when you don't.  Stick to trees, rocks or anything else as cover against cars and ambush.

    The end game simply changes though.  In solo the ending is going to be a multi-sided firefight.  Things just get nuts and someone ends up blind siding me from somewhere while I'm shooting at someone else. 

    I'm still trying to find cars and never seem to.  Only way I get them is to kill someone driving them.

  8. Plainview 20 December, 2017 at 08:53

    Any tips for the late game?  That's where I struggle.  Early on it is pretty simple – keep aware and get gear.  Move when you have to, camp when you don't.  Stick to trees, rocks or anything else as cover against cars and ambush.

    The end game simply changes though.  In solo the ending is going to be a multi-sided firefight.  Things just get nuts and someone ends up blind siding me from somewhere while I'm shooting at someone else.

    I'm still trying to find cars and never seem to.  Only way I get them is to kill someone driving them.

    Find a bush, kneel, and wait if you're not in a building.

  9. D-V-ANT 20 December, 2017 at 08:57

    Any tips for the late game?  That's where I struggle.  Early on it is pretty simple – keep aware and get gear.  Move when you have to, camp when you don't.  Stick to trees, rocks or anything else as cover against cars and ambush.

    The end game simply changes though.  In solo the ending is going to be a multi-sided firefight.  Things just get nuts and someone ends up blind siding me from somewhere while I'm shooting at someone else.

    I'm still trying to find cars and never seem to.  Only way I get them is to kill someone driving them.

    Late game is very situational.  It all depends where the Play Zone contracts to.  Cars are good but it makes you an open target.  On foot gives good cover but is dangerous as you have to keep moving.  I would say that if you are on foot and inside the Play Zone, you need to be watching the blue line behind you because in the late game, thats where most players will be coming from.

  10. Kerosene31 20 December, 2017 at 09:02

    Late game is very situational.  It all depends where the Play Zone contracts to.  Cars are good but it makes you an open target.  On foot gives good cover but is dangerous as you have to keep moving.  I would say that if you are on foot and inside the Play Zone, you need to be watching the blue line behind you because in the late game, thats where most players will be coming from.

    My problem is I'm usually that guy running into the zone.  Lately I just get no luck on the zone.  Feels like I'm constantly chasing it.  I know a friend of mine won by just finding a good bush to hide in but he was able to because he was already in the end zone.

  11. D-V-ANT 20 December, 2017 at 09:04

    My problem is I'm usually that guy running into the zone.  Lately I just get no luck on the zone.  Feels like I'm constantly chasing it.  I know a friend of mine won by just finding a good bush to hide in but he was able to because he was already in the end zone.

    Yep, there is a large element of luck with this game.  More often than not I'm chasing the Play Zone as well.

  12. menace-uk- 20 December, 2017 at 09:18

    Yep, there is a large element of luck with this game.  More often than not I'm chasing the Play Zone as well.

    I think most end up chasing the last two playzones. It is usually a case of stay low and always be moving to the centre of the second to last zone and that usually leaves you in the last zone or pretty close to it. That often gives an advantage over a good number of survivers who are rushing in late or rushing in to set up tinking they are first in.

    If you shoot move. Don't shoot unless the odds of a kill are good, a quick one hiit kill prefferably.

    Patience, don't be afraid to let a runner go and maintain your unknown position status.

    Just a few things I have come to observe and experience in late game.

  13. D-V-ANT 20 December, 2017 at 09:29

    I think most end up chasing the last two playzones. It is usually a case of stay low and always be moving to the centre of the second to last zone and that usually leaves you in the last zone or pretty close to it. That often gives an advantage over a good number of survivers who are rushing in late or rushing in to set up tinking they are first in.

    If you shoot move. Don't shoot unless the odds of a kill are good, a quick one hiit kill prefferably.

    Patience, don't be afraid to let a runner go and maintain your unknown position status.

    Just a few things I have come to observe and experience in late game.

    QFT.

  14. Plainview 20 December, 2017 at 09:31

    I think most end up chasing the last two playzones. It is usually a case of stay low and always be moving to the centre of the second to last zone and that usually leaves you in the last zone or pretty close to it. That often gives an advantage over a good number of survivers who are rushing in late or rushing in to set up tinking they are first in.

    If you shoot move. Don't shoot unless the odds of a kill are good, a quick one hiit kill prefferably.

    Patience, don't be afraid to let a runner go and maintain your unknown position status.

    Just a few things I have come to observe and experience in late game.

    Yes, sometimes you shouldn't engage someone.

  15. Plainview 20 December, 2017 at 09:38

    Its pretty much a golden rule.  Only engage from a hidden position if you are as sure as can be that you will get the kill.  Ambushes FTW!!

    Last night I was in top 10 and I ended up swimming to get to someone I knew didn't see me only to be moped out by someone who was watching me once I popped up from diving and waited until I set foot on land.

  16. D-V-ANT 20 December, 2017 at 09:49

    Last night I was in top 10 and I ended up swimming to get to someone I knew didn't see me only to be moped out by someone who was watching me once I popped up from diving and waited until I set foot on land.

    I was playing Duo with a buddy last week and we had to swim to one of the final play zones.  There was another pair on the beach and they spotted us swimming in.  Of course they started shooting at us.  So we swam behind a boat and what do we find, another two players also swimming behind the boat.  You can't fight in water so the four of us are behind the boat with two other guys shooting at the boat.  Up on the beach, the two shooting at the boat attract a lot of attention and another few players engage them.  The two guys hiding with us behind the boat use this time to make a break for the beach and immediately get killed by the two on the beach.  Meanwhile one guy on the beach gets killed when they turned to fire on the guys getting out of the water.  The surviving guy didn't realize there was actually four hiding behind the boat and when he turned back to face the others shooting at him, we swam out onto the beach and killed him.  The guys shooting down onto the beach didn't see us and thought they killed the guy and disengaged, leaving us with about four dead players to loot.  We went to come 2nd place with the gear we got.  Good times!

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