This guide to Playerunknown's Battleground provides a complete set of information necessary for understanding this complex and demanding game. In here, you will find practical information and hints concerning all the mechanics in the game - ranging from skydiving, through completing gear and effective combat, to final stages of the game. Also, it includes information on key issues, such as description of zones present in the game (white, blue and red), dressing of wounds, all the available pieces of equipment and upgrades, as well as available weaponry and suggested use for every type of weapon. Apart from that, this guide also provides exhaustive information on combat, navigating the map, using items and boosts, or playing within a squad and information on individual game modes. This has been rounded up with an exhaustive FAQ section, where answers for all the questions have been provided.
This guide to Playerunknown’s Battleground provides a complete set of information necessary for understanding this complex and demanding game. In here, you will find practical information and hints concerning all the mechanics in the game – ranging from skydiving, through completing gear and effective combat, to final stages of the game. Also, it includes information on key issues, such as description of zones present in the game (white, blue and red), dressing of wounds, all the available pieces of equipment and upgrades, as well as available weaponry and suggested use for every type of weapon. Apart from that, this guide also provides exhaustive information on combat, navigating the map, using items and boosts, or playing within a squad and information on individual game modes. This has been rounded up with an exhaustive FAQ section, where answers for all the questions have been provided.
This guide to Playerunknown’s Battleground contains:
- Explanation of all the mechanics present in the game;
- Description of all the elements of equipment available in the game, weapon mods as well as types of weaponry;
- Exhaustive information on combat, navigating the map, completing the gear and using it, as s well as playing as a squad member;
- Discussion of weapon mods;
- FAQ section, where everybody can find answers for all the nagging questions they may have;
- Hints and tips that both novices and veterans of the genre can find useful;
- Information on system requirements and controls, including hotkeys present in the game.
A city located in the west part of the map. One of the largest ones, and thus a popular starting location for many players who wish to get their hands on best weapons (especially sniper rifles) right away. Furthermore, there are some vehicles scattered across fields surrounding the city. Zharki city is located not far from Georgopol – there, you can come across basic equipment. It may actually be a good idea to wait till the early massacre in Georgopol is over and visit that city thanks to many vehicles located in that area.
A city where the school building is the main destination – there you will find many interesting weapons (especially sniper rifles), and the majority of players as well. It’s a good starting location, due to scattered vehicles, and a very popular one as well.
Yasnaya Polyana is right next to Rozhoka – this small town is characterized by large acreage, and due to many available vehicles, it is often considered a good starting location.
Pochinki is a small town located south of Rozhoka and Yasnaya Polyana. Although, it’s often avoided by players, it offers many powerful weapons. It’s a great starting location, especially when you can find some vehicles near the buildings.
This isolated location is far away from all other settlements – it’s in the north-west part of the area and can be a very good destination for everyone who wants to survive the first stage of fights. Unfortunately, due to lack of vehicles, it may take some time before you leave the wilds. The town offers only basic equipment, such as pistols.
This place is located in a secluded area by the coast, and it’s definitely worth your time – here, you will come across many items and weapons. Furthermore, it’s a location where vehicles respawn. The main drawback is the fact that this town is far away from all the other cities. However, using one of the vehicles to get to one of them faster is much easier. One should keep in mind that many pieces of upgraded equipment can be found around this location.
In contrast to Primorsk, Lipovka is located on the other side of the map but both towns have similar features – they are rather small, not that popular among players, and full of valuable weapons and equipment. It’s a fine place to use and raid other, larger cities that are overcrowded at the early stage of the game.
Mylta, Mylta Power
Mylta does not have much to offer. However, you can find vehicles around this town, and thus investigating the nearby power plant may be a good idea. Players who prefer high quality equipment will love this place – you can come across best sniper rifles, machine guns, helmets and pieces of equipment. Unfortunately, the fact that there are barely any building makes this place a good sniper town (best to hide in the power plant and wait for your prey). It’s extremely difficult to get to this place.
Sosnovka Military Base, Novorepnoye
Located on an island, and offering various military buildings. Explore this place and you will find out that many valuable guns and items can be found here. Unfortunately, you will not come across any vehicles. If you need some, head towards Novorepnoye, located by the coast – you will need a car to get back to the proper part of the map quickly. Apart from the military equipment, being able to use one of the vehicles is enough to investigate this location (that is, if you begin your gameplay here).
It’s best to avoid both these locations – there is barely anything here, you won’t come across any useful weapons or vehicles. Furthermore, these are large, empty areas, which makes it just too easy to get assassinated by a sharpshooter. Good luck if you decide to start your gameplay here.
The beginning of the gameplay is rather unusual – you will find yourself on an island with all the other players. Treat this stage as a warm up – for several dozen seconds you will be able to move freely and collect scattered weapons and ammo. One should use this time to test collected weapons (especially if you are new to PUBG) -it’s not possible to kill any of the players, and your character is also immortal. Thus, you can practice shooting as much as you want. This is very essential as there is no training mode.
As soon as you run out of time, you and all the other players will end up in a plane heading for the island – use ‘M’ button to check the map. As soon as you pass solid ground, information that you can jump out of the plane will be displayed. Think carefully before you do so, as this decision will greatly determine your chance of winning. Keep in mind that:
1. By jumping early, you can reach the ground faster than other players. The main drawback is that many people will do the same and you will have to face them right away. However, there is a main advantage of such an attempt – its way easier to find a vehicle.
2. By jumping later, you will start a less intensive gameplay. On the other hand, it’s highly possible that you will come across well-equipped players, whom left the plane earlier. Most vehicles in the area will be ‘dismantled’.
3. You can jump out of the plane and nosedive by adjusting the camera as much as you can towards the ground. Your speed will increase and you will reach the ground faster.
4. You can also set the camera ‘up’ to decrease your speed. This way, you can travel for one kilometer before you actually reach the ground. Use this trick to get to places that you wouldn’t be able to reach by plane – you should not come across enemies in such areas too often.
5. Pay attention to the bar at the bottom of the screen. It determines (apart from the speed at which you fall) your height and the place where the parachute will open automatically (white part of the bar). Remember that the height at which the parachute will open depends on the landform – if you are flying over mountains, it will open faster. This can lead to a situation in which you will struggle for several minutes to walk down a steep hill. Thus, it is crucial that you pay attention to the landing area.
Remember: during each gameplay, the plane will fly over the island from a different direction. Thus, you need to be ready to find a new landing area. It’s wise to pick several ‘good’ locations and try to reach one of them. Details concerning interesting areas on the map were included in chapter ‘Map’ of the game guide.
Once you decide, whether you want to jump right away or wait for some time, you need to pick a place that you will head for. When in the parachute mode, take some time to look around (use the ‘ALT’ button) and search for nearby enemies (if possible, memorize their locations and prepare for an assault from their direction) and interesting places. First, you should head towards buildings which consist of several floors – top floors often offer better weapons, and sniper rifles or modified assault rifles can sometimes be found on roofs.
Clear the building as quickly as possible, select the best available weapon and reload it. If there were no enemies around, you can move to another building and search it. Stick to the following rules:
1. If you were unable to spot any players before the landing, you may assume that there won’t be anyone else in the area, and you can focus on plundering nearby buildings. However, if you land in the city center, a military base or near a power plant, you need to watch your back – you will ALWAYS come across other players.
2. If you know that the enemy is nearby, or you are not sure about his presence, try to make as little noise as possible and be careful – use ‘C’ button to move quietly (crouch)and ‘CTRL’ (silent walk). This way the enemy will not notice you that easily.
3. Ignore the previous rule if you want to reach a building located several dozen meters away, or you want to run through an open field and you know that there are enemies nearby. It’s better to sprint than stay for too long in their sight. If someone starts firing at you, run in a zigzag manner.
4. Don’t fire if you don’t have to. Shooting in the air or at an enemy who is running into a building, makes no sense and can only give away your position. Defend yourself only if they attack you, and strike when you know that you will hit your target – when he/she is looking through a balcony window or running out of a building.
5. If you manage to kill an opponent, think carefully if you really want to collect his gear. If the body is covered (behind rocks, inside a building or on a hill) you can safely collect the items. Otherwise, you may decide to leave the equipment alone – it’s possible that other players are also watching the fallen body.
6. From time to time, a plane will appear on the map. A crate full of supplies will be dropped – inside you can find the best available items in the game (best weapons, camouflage, armor, and level 3 backpacks). Unfortunately, the plane will often lure other players, and thus sometimes it’s better to let it go. If the crate was dropped near your location (or you have a vehicle that can take you there quickly), try to reach it. However, if the crate is located far away, just forget about it. If you are playing as a team, send one of you to collect the items and make the rest cover him/her.
7. Don’t waste your time on searching dozens of buildings. Grab the most important items, such as weapons, armor, medicine, and a car if possible. Once you do that, head for the white zone. The more time you spend in a given place, the more possible it is that you won’t get to the zone on time. Besides, other players are likely to get there before you.
Devote these first several dozen seconds and get an assault rifle (and if possible, another long weapon, e.g. a sniper rifle), armor, a helmet, a backpack (the best that you can get), and some medicine and grenades (at first, collect all that you come across). Once you get these items, head for the white circle visible on the map.
The map in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is very large – getting from one side of the map to another, especially without a vehicle, would take a lot of time. Technically this would mean that you shouldn’t come across too many enemies. However, the game uses the white and blue zone system, which limits the battlefield to a small part of the map.
Several minutes after the match begins (when your character is taken to the plane), a timer will appear on the map (located in the right lower corner of the screen). Furthermore, a white zone will appear on your map, and your task will be to reach it. When the time runs out, a blue zone will also appear on the map. It will shrink until it touches borders of the white zone. Another timer will appear, and the white zone will become smaller. When the time runs out, the blue zone will shrink again. Once it touches the white zone, a new timer will appear. The whole process will repeat until the zone disappears for good.
All players outside the white zone are safe. However, if someone steps out of the blue zone, he or she will receive damage. At first, that damage will be barely visible but each time the zone gets smaller, the damage will increase. After several minutes, moving out of the blue zone will pose a real danger.
Keep in mind some details about the zones:
Try to get to the edge of the white zone, not its middle. It will be much safer as most players will be looking for their targets near the center. An exception would be a situation, in which the middle of the zone is easily accessible – when you are already near the middle, you are covered, or you own a vehicle that can safely get you there.
If you find way to the zone dangerous, wait for the last 20-30 seconds and only then move towards the edge of the zone. It’s enough to reach that spot and you will draw less attention to yourself.
On your way to the zone, take cover whenever it is possible. If the shortest way will lead through an open field, take the longer route through trees, buildings, rocks or other objects that you can use to hide.
At first, the blue zone will shrink at a very high pace – the boundaries will move much faster than a character is able to walk. On the other hand, the damage will be relatively small.
As the game proceeds and the battlefield becomes smaller, the blue zone will shrink at a reduced pace. However, staying outside of it, will leave severe damage.
Keep in mind that the pace at which the blue zone moves, depends on its distance from the white one. For instance, if a new boundary of the white zone appears near the left side (and not in the middle) of the previous white zone, the blue zone will move much faster from the right side (the distance is longer), and slower from the left one (the distance is shorter).
During the first couple “phases” of the blue zone, you will be able to survive if you decide to remain outside the boundaries. Just use your basic medical supplies (e.g. bandages) and stimulants. The latter will let your character restore health points and diminish the damage.
If you play with your team and one of your teammates (or even you) has fallen outside the blue zone, it’s wise for him to move as close as possible to the edge of the zone. Why you may ask? Once you revive the player, the character will not have too many health points, and after a few seconds in the blue zone, he will fall to his knees again.
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