30 tips and tricks that could help you survive in ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’

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It took me a few days to realize that the controls for “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” could be a little foreign to some new players out there (I’m just going to call it “PUBG” from here on out).

For the uninitiated, “PUBG” is a battle-royale-style game where 100 players fight against each other with a variety of weapons until only one is left standing. To make things interesting, the map shrinks over time to force players to converge.

Indeed, there are no training missions in “PUBG” to help you get used to the controls, or how to manage your inventory, or how to survive in the first place! It’s all mostly left up to you to figure out. Thankfully for me, I got a bit of a head start, as the controls are pretty similar to another game I’ve spent hours on called “DayZ.”

It’s entirely possible that you might already know the majority of these tips, as many of them are fairly basic. Hopefully there are a few new ones to add your “PUBG” survival handbook.

Check it out:

Use a marker on the map to show you where to go on your compass.

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Press the right mouse button anywhere on the map (M on the keyboard) to set a marker of where you want to go. The yellow marker will be shown on your compass on the top so you don’t have to keep checking the map to make sure you’re heading in the right direction.

Look around with your mouse without changing your running direction.

Press and hold the left “Alt” key on your keyboard so you can look around while your character keeps running forward.

Walk instead of running to make less noise.

Press and hold the left “Control” key on your keyboard to make your character walk instead of jog. It helps make you quieter.

Crouch to make less noise.

Crouching (C) reduces the amount of noise you make while moving around.

Fly longer distances away from the plane when you jump out.

Make your character as flat as possible instead of plummeting straight down when you jump out of the plane to travel further away from the plane. This way, you can parachute into a spot that’s farther away than most other players.

Punch with more power.

Jump and click the left mouse button while you’re in mid air for a more powerful punch.

Change your firing mode from “Single” to “Auto” or “Burst.”

Press “B” to change the firing mode of your weapon for fully automatic or burst firing (depending on the weapon).

Aim with more accuracy while staying in third-person view.

Press and hold the right mouse button to get a better aim while staying in third-person view.

Aim through your weapon’s sights from third-person view.

Tap the right mouse button to aim through your weapon’s sight or scope.

Quickly cycle through the different types of grenades you have.

Press “5” to cycle through the different types of grenades you have picked up. It’s faster than going through your inventory, and your screen won’t be taken up by the inventory menu.

Use your medical or boost items without going into your inventory.

The 7, 8, 9, and 0 number keys are keyboard shortcuts to your medical or boost items, like first aid kits or energy drinks. It’s a lot faster than going into your inventory to use them, and your screen won’t be used up by the inventory screen.

Don’t run out to loot a player’s gear right after killing them, as your gunfire could have lured other nearby players.

Up above, a player who had recently killed another player is looting his opponent’s gear, which makes him vulnerable to others nearby. The looting player ended up dead as a result.

Go prone (Z) when looting outside.

If you have to loot a killed player because you need better gear, you’re better off going prone near the loot crate they leave behind. It simply reduces your visibility to others who are nearby.

Pick up multiple items more quickly and accurately.

It can be hard to tell what’s what when you find a large pile of gear on the ground. The best way to see what’s in the pile is to open your inventory (Tab) near the loot and right-click the gear you want to take.

Press and hold “Control” and press the numbers 1 through 5 to change seats in a vehicle instead of getting out to get into the right seat.

Bushes can be great camouflage.

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But they’re not great for cover if you’re spotted.

Frying pans act as armor on your butt.

Frying pans can actually be lethal weapons, but no one brings a frying pan to a gun fight. Frying pans are best used as extra armor. Just note that they only provide armor in the area the pans hang off a character’s back (over a character’s left rear).

Use the third-person view to look around corners without putting yourself in danger.

You can look around corners in the third-person view to spot players hiding in another room. Some may argue it’s a form of cheating, but everyone has this ability in the game.

Flash hiders could save your life.

A gun’s flash can give away your position, or give away the position of a player attacking you. Flash hiders might seem trivial, but they’re especially useful in “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” where stealth is one of the key skills you need to get your chicken dinner (the textual prize you receive when you are the winner). I’ve spotted several players who started shooting at me, and I never would have spotted them had it not been for their muzzle flash.

Move quickly out of the way when you open a door in case someone is waiting for you inside.

Open a door and move to the side in case a player is waiting for you with their weapon pointed at the door.

Shut doors behind you.

Shutting every door behind you while you loot a building will give the illusion to other players who come into the same building after you that no one has been in the building yet, thus creating a false sense of safety. Meanwhile, you’re waiting for the player to cross your weapon’s sights as they roam around the building as if no one else was inside.

You don’t necessarily need to close doors when you’re leaving a building.

Heal to 100% with energy drinks and painkillers.

Med kits and bandages will only heal your character up to 75 percent health. Energy drinks and painkillers will heal you the extra 25 percent of your health.

One energy drink or painkiller should be enough to fill up the remaining 25 percent of your health over time.

Pick up every first aid kit, med kit, bandage, energy drink, and painkiller you can.

Ideally, you want to be at 100 percent health at all times so you can heal yourself after a gun battle. It means you’re more likely to survive the next bout. Just make sure you have enough room for ammunition.

Sticking by the shore could reduce the threat from other players.

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Danger lurks all around you in “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.” Sticking by the shore can reduce the threat from an entire side of the map. Some players may try to snipe you from across the river, but they’d have to be a crack shot to get you. Just be aware that there isn’t much cover around the shore line, so be vigilant.

You can lean to the left and right around cover to give other players less of a target.

Press “Q” or “E” to peek out to the left or right from cover so that you’re less visible and the other player has a smaller target to hit compared to your entire body.

Make vehicles go faster.

Press the left “Shift” key in vehicles, as you would to sprint, to give vehicles an extra boost. Just watch your fuel gauge on the bottom left, as the boost uses up more gas.

Quickly add weapon modification to your weapons.

Right-click on weapon modifications in your inventory to quickly add them to your weapon. If you have a modification that’s compatible with multiple weapons, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way by clicking and dragging the modification to the empty slot on your weapon.

Zoom in a little more and hold your breath while aiming down a weapon’s sights or scope for steadier aim.

Press the left “Shift” button while aiming to get a slightly enhanced zoom and hold your breath for a steadier aim. Watch for your lung meter on the bottom screen, as your aim will start to sway again one you can’t hold your breath any longer.

Set your extra mouse buttons for useful controls, like pulling up the map or changing to first-person view.

If you have a mouse with extra buttons on the side, it’s incredibly useful to use them as a shortcut for often-used functions. For example, I use one of my mouse’s side buttons to bring up the map, and the other to switch between first and third-person view.

Split items in your inventory like ammo and bandages to share with your teammates in the Duo or Squad game modes.

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Press and hold “Control” while clicking-and-dragging an item to and from your inventory to adjust how much of that item you want to share or receive.

You can also check out the tips we heard from PlayerUnknown himself.

We spoke with Brendan Greene, the game’s creator who’s also known as PlayerUnknown, as we played “PUBG” during a livestream. He gave us some great tips that set a solid foundation on how to play the game.