PUBG: Mistakes Every New Player Makes (And How To Avoid Them)

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still going strong after its 4-year anniversary, and although the Battle Royale market has been flooded with games ever since its release, there are still plenty of reasons to check out PUBG in 2021. Even if it’s to prepare for the release of PUBG 2, which is in development, by the way.

Whether you’re an ex-player on a nostalgic trip back to Erangel, or a new player experiencing the game for the first time, there are some things you should remember. Everyone makes mistakes. Here’s what to avoid in PUBG if you want even a sniff of that Chicken Dinner.

Adjust Your Settings

Before you launch out of the plane for the first time, you probably want to adjust your settings, whether you’re playing on a PC, console, or mobile. The best settings can give every player a competitive edge, and if you change settings like FOV and sensitivity early on, you’ll get used to them quickly. It’s quite common for new players to ignore the settings, usually to their disadvantage.

Ideal PC settings for PUBG:

  • Camera FOV of around 100, adjust to taste
  • Brightness between 50-70, there are a lot of shadows in PUBG
  • For a competitive edge, you can turn down your overall graphics for an FPS boost
  • Keep your textures on Ultra, if possible, as this adds detail to player models
  • As much view distance as your hardware can handle

Ideal console settings for PUBG:

  • Movement sensitivity changed to taste, although lower is usually better in a game like PUBG
  • Aim Acceleration should be turned on, the sticks are always at a disadvantage compared to a mouse, but this does help
  • Set field of view to as high as you’re comfortable with, better FOV means better line-of-sight
  • Brightness should be set to higher than the base rate, but this is mostly up to you

Ideal mobile settings for PUBG:

  • Disable the aim assist, though this is set to default on for all new players, it actually becomes a bit of a problem rather than assisting a player
  • Turn the Blocked Sight Warning on, nothing more frustrating than emptying a mag into a wall
  • Lean mode, shotgun, and bolt-action all set to Tap
  • Turn off Peek and Open scope, you don’t want to go into your scope each time you peek out from cover

Picking The Wrong Drop Spot

The feeling of panic while choosing a drop spot is ordinary. It’s fine to feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of the map. There are really two options when it comes to picking a drop spot in PUBG: land hot and hope for the best, or choose a spot away from the crowds to loot up and approach the game with a bit more caution.

Honestly, for new players (and this works in any Battle Royale) the best option is just to drop hot. You get to practice your gun skill and decision-making, much better than dying to the first enemy you encounter after looting for 10 minutes.

  • Drop hot and die in the process of practicing your skills
  • Land somewhere safe and loot up, getting prepared for the late game

Beginners Loot For Too Long

PUBG is littered with loot. It’s everywhere. Most of the loot is useless. Stacks of ACP ammo and some random pants aren’t what you need to survive. You should treat each building as your own mini-speedrun. Whether you’re on the new Paramo or heading out into Erangel, loot speed is crucially important.

Practice looting as quickly as you can. Make a beeline for weapons, armor, and helmets, because everyone else in the little village you’ve dropped into is definitely doing that. This comes with practice: you’ll quickly learn which loot is worth it and what loot isn’t.

  • Loot fast, prioritize the loot you need (weapons!)
  • Practice looting as quickly as you can

Looting A Body Straight Away

So you’ve managed to take down another player and you want their loot. Slow down. If there’s another decent player within a few hundred meters distance they’re already rushing towards the sound of shots. Run out into the open and lay down nice and sneaky next to the box and you’re going to get bodied. Even with all the bots on console PUBG, you’re still at risk.

PUBG is a game of patience, and of hiding, most of the time. Best to give it a minute or so after securing your kill to begin looting. Sometimes the box will be somewhere that’s relatively safe so you can go ahead and loot freely. Alternatively, drop a smoke grenade on the box, or perfect your side-to-side looting strafe.

  • Play it safe, don’t loot a body straight away
  • Throw down a smoke grenade to cover you while you loot

Forgetting To Check Weapon Fire Mode

This is something that even experienced players sometimes forget about.

Changing your fire mode is great sometimes if you want to snipe enemies with single fire shots, but if you forget to change it back…you’re probably dead. Always keep an eye on your fire mode, it’s visible on every version of PUBG, so you don’t run into trouble.

  • Don’t forget about your weapon’s fire mode
  • Switch back after changing it, prepare yourself before it’s too late

Ignoring The Safe Zone

From the moment you first drop into a new map, you should be aware of the safe zone and how far away it is. Getting caught on the outside of the ring, especially in the late-game, is a guaranteed death sentence. Players can hold you out for as long as they need to, and you probably won’t be able to out heal it anyway.

One key way to get around this problem is to prioritize a vehicle. A flying vehicle? Yeah, that’ll probably do the job. Whether you’re in a squad or solo, a vehicle is the easiest way to clear the ring and get a better position on the other side.

  • Always keep an eye on the safe zone
  • Prioritize locating a vehicle over almost anything else, especially if you’re far from the ring

Going Prone Immediately When Being Shot At

Many new players will resort to going prone at the first sign of danger. Sure, you might get some cover in those scrubby little bushes, but it’s more likely that you’re going to be shot from hundreds of meters away and sent right back to the lobby.

A better option is to find cover. Any cover will do. Train yourself to understand gun sounds and the direction your enemy is shooting at you from. It’s not always easy, but when you have a better understanding of where your enemy is, the easier it is to reposition.

  • Don’t just lie down and wait for death, going prone isn’t the choice
  • Reposition to cover, train your audio skills to determine where the enemy is shooting at you from

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Harry Alston is a writer based in the UK. He was once number one in the world on Call of Duty: Black Ops and now spends his days chasing that past glory.

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