PUBG Beginner’s Guide

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or more popularly known as PUBG, is a multiplayer online battle royale game developed by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of publisher Bluehole. The game is available on Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Android, and iOS. It was released in the Steam’s early access on March 23, 2017. The game’s full release came on Dec. 12, 2017, to Xbox One and Dec. 20, 2017, on Microsoft Windows. It was later released on mobile platforms on March 19, 2018.

The premise of the game is a player-vs-player action game in a battle royale format, where last player standing is the winner. Up to 100 players can play in a single match together. Players can play solo, in duos or up to a four-man squad. In duos and squads, it is the final team standing that is the winner. There are other custom game modes in PUBG, but the battle royale game mode is the current competitive mode.

Players are flown into the map via a plane where they are required to parachute out onto a map area. Players begin with no gear beyond clothing. Once players land, they must go from building to building to find weapons, armor, and medicine that are randomly placed throughout the map. Every few minutes, the playable area shrinks down to a random location, with any players outside of the area suffering damage.

The playzone is the area where Players must remain throughout the game. If a player is caught outside of the playzone, they will begin to take damage over time. This forces players to progress to a random spot on the map and speed up the game. The time between entering the plane and being able to jump is about 10 seconds, and the time span from entering the plane and seeing the first circle is 2 minutes.

During the match, players must be aware of the bombing zones and supply drops. Bombing Zones will be randomly placed throughout the match and will be highlighted on the map by red. Supply drops will also randomly occur throughout the match and drop at a random location in the current playable area.

The original playable island map is Erangel – an 8x8km abandoned Russian Island where military occupation was controlling the island. After a resistance attack on the island, it became abandoned. The points of interest within Erangel are Sosnovka Military Base, the School, Novorepnoye, Primorsk, Georgopol, Pochinki, Rozhok, Stalber, Mylta, Mylta Power and Lipovka.

The second playable map is Miramar, an 8x8km city-centric map with an open desert plain and rural areas in Central America and Mexico. The points of interest within Miramar are El Pozo, Los Leones, Valle del Mar, San Martin, Monte Nuevo, Pecado, Hacienda del Patron, Graveyard and the Prison.

The third playable is called Sanhok and is based within the Southeast Asia region. The island size is 4×4 km, half the size of Miramar and Erangel. The map became available on June 22, 2018 for PC. The points of interest in Sanhok are Ban Tai, Camp Alpha, Camp Bravo, Camp Charlie, Ha Tinh, Khao, Pai Nan, Tat Mok, Cave, Bhan, Bootcamp, Docks, Lakawi, Mongnai, Na Kham, Resort, Tambang, Temple/Ruins and Quarry.

Game Modes

There are currently three different classic game modes to choose from, Solos, Duos and Squads. Each version can be played in either first-person perspective or third-person perspective. The default perspective is third-person, and you can swap to a first-person perspective during the match. Although, if you play in a match that is first-person perspective (FPP) specific, you aren’t allowed to change to a third-person perspective.

  • Solo – This is the original game mode. The last person to stand is declared the winner. The player is spawned in the world alone and must survive on their own instincts.
  • Duos – The user can play with a teammate or you can join by yourself and will be paired up with a random teammate. There will be 50 teams that consist of two players to make up the 100 players in the game arena.
  • Squads – This game mode is where players can create their own teams. Teams can consist of one, two, three or four people, with a four-man team being the most common. If you are a two-man squad, you could potentially come across a team of four in the battle arena.

Weapons

Listed below are the weapon types that you’ll find in PUBG:

  • Assault Rifles
    • AKM
    • M416
    • M16A4
    • SCAR-L
    • Groza
    • AUG A3
  • Designated Marksman Rifles
    • SKS
    • Mk14 EBR
    • Mini 14
    • Win94 – Only found on Miramar.
  • Submachine Guns
    • Micro UZI
    • Tommy Gun
    • UMP-9
    • Kriss Vector
  • Light Machine Guns
    • M249
    • DP-28
  • Sniper Rifles
    • AWM
    • Karabiner 98 Kurz (KAR98K)
    • M24
    • VSS
  • Shotguns
    • S12K
    • S1897
    • S686
    • Sawed-off – Only found on Miramar.
  • Bows
    • Crossbow
  • Pistols
    • P18C
    • P92
    • P1911
    • R1895
    • R45 – Only found on Miramar.
  • Throwables
    • Frag Grenade
    • Molotov Cocktail
    • Smoke Grenade
    • Stun Grenade
  • Melee
    • Crowbar
    • Machete
    • Pan
    • Sickle

Consumables

Listed below are the consumable types that you’ll find in PUBG:

  • Adrenaline Syringe – Increases a player’s boost by 100 instantly, which can make the player’s health slowly increase above the 75. Takes eight seconds to use and has a capacity size of 20.
  • Bandage – Heals a player’s health by 10 over seven seconds after it takes four seconds to use. Won’t increase health past 75. Capacity size of 2.
  • Energy Drink – Increases a player’s boost by 40 instantly, which can make the player’s health slowly increase above the 75 threshold. Takes four seconds to take and holds a capacity size of 4.
  • First Aid Kit – Heals a player’s health to 75 instantly. Takes six seconds to use and holds a capacity size of 10.
  • Gas Can – Player uses this to refuel vehicles by sitting in the vehicle. Takes three seconds to use and holds a capacity size of 20.
  • Med Kit – Heals a player’s health to 100 instantly after taking eight seconds to use it. Holds a capacity size of 20.
  • Painkiller – Increases a player’s boost by 60 instantly, which can make the players healthy slowly increase above the 75 threshold. Takes six seconds to use and holds a capacity size of 10.

Equipment

Listed below are the equipment types that you’ll find in PUBG:

  • Backpacks
    • Backpack (Level 1) – Adds +150 to your carrying limit.
    • Backpack (Level 2) – Adds +200 to your carrying limit.
    • Backpack (Level 3) – Adds +250 to your carrying limit.
  • Belts
    • Battle Belt – Adds +50 to your carrying limit.
    • Utility Belt – Adds +50 to your carrying limit.
  • Helmets
    • Motorcycle Helmet (Level 1) – 30% damage reduction, 80 durability and 40 weight.
    • Military Helmet (Level 2) – 40% damage reduction, 150 durability and 50 weight.
    • Spetsnaz Helmet (Level 3) – 55% damage reduction, 230 durability and 60 weight.
  • Outerwear
    • Ghillie Suit – 0% damage reduction and 100 weight.
  • Vests
    • Police Vest (Level 1) – 30% Damage Reduction, 200 Durability, 120 Weight and +50 Capacity extension.
    • Police Vest (Level 2) – 40% Damage Reduction, 220 Durability, 150 Weight and +50 Capacity extension.
    • Military Vest (Level 3) – 55% Damage Reduction, 250 Durability, 180 Weight and +50 Capacity extension.
  • Cosmetic Items – Listed below are item categories that don’t change gameplay.
    • Glasses
    • Hats
    • Jackets
    • Masks
    • Pants
    • Shirts
    • Shoes