PUBG Mobile Beginners Guide

PUBG Mobile is the premiere battle royale game for mobile devices. It’s you against 100 other players in a battle for survival! Who will be the one to claim the famed chicken dinner? If you’ve never played PUBG Mobile before and are looking to get into it, we’ve got you covered with our PUBG Mobile beginners guide!

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Choose a good dropping point!

If you’re just starting out, you’ll probably want to get familiar with the map first. During the beginning of the match, a plane will fly in carrying all 100 players, and you choose when you want to jump off. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to go right away, as the plane travels very slowly, and you have plenty of time to make a decision.

If you wait a bit, you’ll notice other players jumping out of the plane. You can use this to sort of gauge what places are hotspots on the map, and if you’re a beginner, you’ll probably want to avoid going to high-traffic zones. It’s a bummer if you get killed right at the beginning of the match, so try to avoid other players for now!

Try to head for an area that seems to be devoid of people, so you’re less likely to be sniped from a random direction. With that said, try not to land in the middle of nowhere, as you’re less likely to find any loot around. You don’t want to be caught empty-handed when a firefight breaks out!

Scramble for loot!

Once you’ve landed, quickly search your surroundings. You’ll want to arm yourself as soon as possible, and you’re more likely to find loot in buildings and ruins. You’re also generally safer with some cover around you—you never want to be out in an open field for too long!

You’ll obviously want to secure a primary and a secondary weapon, but there are a couple pieces of gear you should search for as well. First off is a helmet, as this will reduce the damage you take from headshots. Second is body armor, which will reduce damage taken from body shots. Finally, a backpack will increase your carrying capacity, so you can hold more gear.

In addition to your main weapons, you can also pick up throwable items and melee weapons. Smoke and Stun Grenades can help you surprise opponents, and melee weapons like Frying Pans and Crowbars let you brawl with foes up-close.

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Maintain your health and armor!

You’re going to eventually take some damage, so it’s best to be prepared with some healing items on hand. As you’re searching for weapons and gear, you’ll come across various healing items as well. There are a couple different types of healing items, so it can be confusing for a beginner. Here’s a complete list of the healing items and how they work:

  • Bandages are the most common healing item. Using one takes 2.5 seconds and heals 25 health over time. They cannot heal you past 75 health.
  • First Aid Kits are uncommon items. Using one takes 4.5 seconds and immediately heals you to 75 health. They cannot be used if you’re over 75 health.
  • Med Kits are very rare and usually found in air drops. Using one takes a whopping 8.5 seconds and completely heals you.

In addition to the healing items, there are also items that grant you a secondary health meter called Boost, indicated by the orange meter above your normal health meter. When you have Boost, your character moves faster and gradually heals over time, draining the Boost meter in the process. There are a couple of items that grant boost:

  • Energy Drinks are common Boost items, take 2.5 seconds to use, and grant you 40 Boost.
  • Painkillers take 6 seconds to use, and they grant 60 Boost.
  • Adrenaline Syringes are very rare, take 6 seconds to use, and grant you a full Boost meter.

Remember, it’s better to be proactive than reactive in this game. This means that you should always try to have full health and Boost as you’re wandering around. Stopping to use a healing item in the middle of a firefight can put you in a very bad situation, if the long item-using times didn’t already give you a heads-up.

Keep an eye on your armor, too. Your helmet and body armor will lose durability every time you take damage, and they’ll eventually break once they sustain enough. If your gear is severely damaged, it may be wise to exchange them out for new gear, even if they’re lower level.

Always keep an eye on the map!

Now that you’re fitted with gear, it’s time to survive. As the tutorial explained, your main objective is to be the last one standing. The play area will continually shrink over time, so make sure you keep an eye on the map to see where you need to go next. Getting caught in the blue zone will gradually drain your health, which can make you an easy target to pick off if an enemy happens to see you scrambling to get inside the active play zone.

Not only does the map tell you where to go, but it also alerts you to crucial info during combat. If you hear gunshots in the distance, check your mini map—if you’re close enough to the fire, you’ll see an orange indicator showing you which direction it came from. This can help you pinpoint an enemy’s location, so don’t forget about it.

Watch for air drops!

Occasionally, you’ll hear a plane fly by your location. This plane will drop a supply crate full of rare items and gear, so watch for them if you’re looking to gear up. Just keep in mind that other nearby players will also try to head for it, so a fight is probably inevitable.

If you manage to get to a supply crate first, it’s a good idea to drop some Smoke Grenades around you before you start looting. Clever players will hide somewhere nearby, wait for players to stand still next to the supply drop, and then snipe them. Covering yourself in smoke will make it harder for players to take advantage of you.

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Use a vehicle to get around faster!

As you’re travelling around the map, you may come across a vehicle in working order. Vehicles are loud and give your location away very quickly, but they can be used to get around the map a lot faster. Depending on the vehicle, they also protect you to a certain degree, and you can even run over enemies!

Vehicles will eventually run out of gas and can be destroyed, but you can refuel them with gas cans, usually found in air drop supply crates. If you need to make a quick getaway or beeline for the active play zone, vehicles are very helpful.

To recap, choose a safe landing location until you get a feel for the map, gear up as fast as you can, stay alert and watch your mini map, and go hunting for supply crates. These are all the tips you need to succeed as a PUBG Mobile beginner, and we wish you the best of luck! If you have any other tips or tricks to share, let us know in the comments below!

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