Yeah, I know there are a bazillion tips and advice resources out there but I didn't seem to see one on Giant Bomb so why not one more? Plus, in light of the murder Island streams and a lot of people giving their own advice why not compile some of that information here for new players or the murder boys themselves.
I am not an expert on this game by any means. I have about 80 hours and a few chicken dinners to my name and I have watched a fair number of professional streams and have picked up a lot of useful stuff along the way.
We are going to go through things in order starting from before a match even begins and going until it's chicken dinner time. I will be putting a few things behind spoiler drop downs. Not because they are spoilers but only to help with the format of this post and hopefully make things more readable and more digestible.
This is not a tell all guide. If you want to know what weapons do or where the good loot is I am not going to go into that in this thread. These are in depth tips and things to keep in mind. The lines of what I get into and what I don't may seem arbitrary and maybe they are but I will go into what I think is important and the rest you can find on your own.
If there is anything you think I missed or need to add let me know and I will update the OP.
The first thing you want to do is configure your settings. We'll start with Graphics first and then move onto controls.
The most crucial settings in your graphics options here are View distance, shadows, and foliage. I recommend setting View distance to ultra or as high as you can depending on your hardware. Shadows and foliage you want as low as possible. the reason for this simple: view distance obviously makes you see farther. The farther you can see the more time you have to plan and react. The reason for the shadows and foliage is similar in that you want to see as much as you can. Even though lowering foliage doesn't remove anything from the environment that doesn't mean it cant still help to see in and through it. Same for shadows, by default PUBG is a dark game. I have died many times in the early game by players I couldn't see because they were in a particularly dark corner or in the shade of a tree.The rest of the settings feel free to set them to your liking. Keeping in mind your hardware capabilities and the power of a good framerate.
Customize your controls so the important things are easily accessible. If you have extra buttons on your mouse I recommend utilizing your thumb buttons for your free look, a grenade shortcut and Mouse 3 to change your fire rate mode on your guns.
You will often enter a car in the wrong seat and the default controls weren't thought up with easy fast switching in mind with the default controls making you hold CTRL before pressing one of your number keys. Cut out the middle man and just set each seat to F1 through 5.
This next one is optional but I recommend it and I'll go into more of why later. Set your healing items to 1-5 and your weapons to 6 and up (except for weapon_5 those are your grenades which I recommend on your mouse). People will argue that you want your weapon keys closer for fast switching but with a grenade shortcut on your mouse and *effective use of the mouse wheel* (I'll go into this later) you don't really need independent keys for weapons. Plus, having quick access to healing will save you in a pinch and knowing exactly where those keys are will serve you more in the long run.
Dress yourself up (or down)
Notice I am not wearing any shoes. My character may look like a hippy but she's a hippy with a purpose. See, mostly everyone wears shoes in this game. Why wouldn't you, right? punk boots look cool and those fly ass sky blue high-tops are sure to turn some heads. But they are also loud. Taking your shoes off not only dampens your sound a little but they also help distinguish your footsteps to any other possible shoe wearing assailant. So when you are on the move if you hear a heavy step instead of a light pitter patter you may have a shoe wearer in your midst.
Another piece of advice here is to dress dark and try to pick things that don't make you stick out like a sour thumb. Big coats and colorful shirts look good but also draws attention to yourself. If you want to be more of a chameleon and get the jump on other players. Consider what you look like going in.
In the Lobby
Use this time wisely!
You will spend a little over a minute (at the most) waiting for the game to fill up before it starts. Take advantage of this time to familiarize yourself with the smattering of guns laid out on the picnic tables. Shoot at anything and everything. Shoot while moving, standing still, crouched, prone and jumping. Shoot moving targets, stationary targets, close targets and far targets. Shoot in full auto and single fire... you get the point. You should never not be shooting here. Every bit of help you can get in shooting guns at actual players is worth it.
Choosing your jump location
I'll take this time to explain spiciness. Getting spicy is important to getting good at this game. You can hide in bathrooms and shacks all you want and it doesn't matter how good you are at doing it. You may get lucky and last until the end of a round in a bathtub. Eventually, you are going to have to kill somebody and if you don't know what you are doing they will have the upper hand every time.
So get in where the getting is good. Get out there and try to kill. If you die, no biggy just get into a new game and try again. I recommend getting spicy at least 2-3 games each play session. If you want to go weeny status after that well, you earned it. Get good at killing and you won't be so jumpy every time your in a gunfight.
Proper Parachute Technique
The main thing here is being the first one on the ground. You see those numbers to the left on my screenshot there? That's your speed of descent and it's important so don't ignore it. Basically, what you want to do is pick your location so it isn't too far from the flight path (if you can help it). Get into position early so you can dive straight down and pick up as much speed as possible. 230 KM/h is the max speed and what you want to shoot for. At this speed when your chute is popped you will actually fall farther before your parachute yanks you up. Giving you less distance to the ground than everybody else. Verry handy for those spicy landings.
Look Around While You're In The Air
The advantages you have to see the world around you are as good as they are going to get here so use it wisely. Plan for your path out, plan for entrances and escapes, look for vehicles, anything at all that will give you an idea of what to do when you hit the ground.
Be smart about whether you leave doors open or not. Doors start out as closed so any open ones mean a player opened it. You can leave doors open to tell another player to move on (or lead them straight to you). You could also close doors to make them think there is no one in there and surprise them with a shotgun blast when they open the door.
At the start only pick up what you need
A lot of new players pick up whatever they see and figure it out later. That's a good way to run out of space and a great way to get caught with your pants down when you need something fast.
Go for guns first, ammo second, kill if you need to and then focus on the other things you need (backpacks, healing etc.).
When you have time to loot not only pick up what you need at the moment but what you will need or want in the future. If you want or plan to get a certain gun. Pick up attachments and ammo even if the gun isn't right there in front of you.
- Always pick up healing items.
- Don't pick up too many bandages. (around 20 should be more than enough)
- Never pick up gas unless you are sure you need it
How fast you get your hands on certain things could mean the difference between life death. Use the inventory screen (tab) to see whats in the ground, Right click to equip/ move it into your inventory quickly.
Don't spend too much time looting
Having good equipment is good but spending too much time worrying about your equipment can often leave you in a poor position later. Be aware of your place on the map and get into a good position early to make the best use of your time.
Have both long and short range options
Carrying two shotguns or two rifles may seem like a fun idea but you are limiting your effectiveness in a fight by doing this. You want to have a good all 'round weapons so you are ready for every situation. You can find which weapons you like on your own time but I will recommend against shotguns in the mid to late game. Heres why: shotguns are good for indoor situations and pretty much only indoor situations. You are more likely to have an enemy at mid to long range than right up in your grill. this is why I say get a good Assault Rifle (M16, AKM, M4 Etc.) for your primary weapon and sub machine gun (Vector, UMP, Uzi) as your secondary.
*Effective mouse wheel usage*
Remember this from earlier when you didn't know what the heck I was talking about? Well, this is it.
These two slots to the right of your inventory are your gun slots. What we are doing here is reserving slots for the weapon we want. Primary goes in the first slot secondary goes in the second slot. Simple right? Now, this is important so you know which way to spin your mouse wheel. Now, your mouse should only be used to switch between these two weapons. Grenades are on your mouse already and if you're desperate enough to pull out a melee weapon scrolling there should be fine. Now we know that scrolling up will give us our rifle and scrolling down will get us our submachine gun or shotgun. Easy peasy.
Only go after these if you are in a good position to do so. A lot of players want whats in those juicy drops but it's only sometimes worth it. It's almost always better to move on then engage with the dozen other people that came to see whats in the box. If you are close get it fast and run for cover or stake it out and kill everyone going for it and pick up whats left when everyone is dead.
Awareness is everything
- Use free look to constantly look around you.
- Use the sounds of gun fire and footsteps to get an idea of where your target is.
- Place yourself in a position to know where they are before they know where you are.
- Approach buildings from low visibility areas (out of sight of windows Etc.)
- Move with the cover not away from it
How gunshot sound works
This is one of the more tricky parts of the game and it isn't always clear who is shooting and where they are shooting from. It is also one of the most important. Gunshots work like this: Someone shoots at you from long range, of course, you will hear a gunshot but you will also hear one of two other sounds. You will hear either the bullet hitting you or the bullet whizzing to either side of your virtual person. If I were to ask you which one you would hear first the common misconception is to say the gunshot but it is actually one of the other two. This "bullet whizz" is what confuses a lot of new players and leaves them on the wrong side of a rock or tree. We react to the first thing we hear, it's only natural but you want to break this habit fast. Listen for the direction of the gunshot not the direction of the bullet whizz.
Footsteps are loud
Foot steps are loud and can be heard from a surprising distance away. Listen closely and stop making noise so you know where a possible sneak attack could be coming from.
Your footsteps are also loud so If you don't want someone to know you are therehold down CTRL while moving to slow walk. This quiets your footsteps but isn't totally silent so keep that in mind when you're sneaking about. (crouch and prone moving are not completely silent either)
Vehicles are fun but not always useful
- Only use vehicles if you have a long way to travel or want to get somewhere fast.
- Bring gas for long trips
- Beware of motorcycles (they are easy to flip)
- Buggy's backside is completely bulletproof (no other vehicle is bulletproof at all)
- Vehicles explode
- Shooting out tires is fun
- Vehicles are loud
Know your armor
- No helmet: 1 shot kill
- level 1: 2 shots kill
- level 2: 2 shots kill
- level 3: 3 shots kill
3 shots+ with every weapon at any armor level with the exception of shotguns and sniper rifles which are 2 shots only (Shotguns kill with one shot if you aren't wearing armor.)
Always go where the cover is
Rocks, trees, logs, buildings anything that stops a bullet. Be there before engaging if possible.
Whether it's for distraction, flushing out or getting someone behind cover don't forget to use grenades. Each type is useful for different situations.
Know when to switch fire modes
Single fire for mid to long range, full auto for mid to short range. Single fire is always good if your good at aiming and fast at pulling the trigger. I would even go as far as to say leave your primary AR on dingle fire all the time and use your sub machine gun for your rapid fire opportunity's but I leave that to your own comfort ability with the aiming.
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I have been working on this for too long and i need to sleep. I will pad the rest of this out later and fix any format issues i am too lazy to do now. Until then...