With almost a hundred opponents gunning for you and trying to keep you away from that tasty chicken, staying alive in PUBG can be a big ask. It’s easy to run around and grab a gun, collect some loot, and maybe even commandeer a vehicle to race around in, but without a plan it’s very unlikely you’ll stay in the game long enough to reach the final circle. That’s why we’ve put together these essential PUBG tips for survival, to give you the best chance of staying alive and securing victory in the endgame.
Don’t be afraid to hide out in the blue early on
If you want to stay alive then taking damage might not seem like the best idea, but in the early game it can be worth it. If you hide out on the edge of the blue circle you will take small amounts of damage, but no one will expect you to be out there. With some good healing options you can stay there for quite a long time and avoid fights entirely. You may even be able to pick up a few kills on unsuspecting foes. But you always keep an eye on your health and the next circle.
Head west at the start in Erangel
Choosing where to drop out of the plane on the original map is the first dilemma on any PUBG run, and there is really no correct answer, as it mostly depends on what you want to do and where the plane goes. But, as a general rule, the west coastal area of the map, specifically in between Primorsk and Georgopol, is super quiet. There’s no major landmarks, no high loot areas (which attract other players), and the difficult terrain can make vehicles a tricky option, so a lot of people avoid it. But for those smart enough to go there, the large number of buildings mean you can still find enough tools to stand a chance, and avoid trouble long enough to still be alive when things get serious.
Terrain can be just as good cover as any building or wall
Buildings are usually pretty good for staying alive, especially if you can cover the only entrance, but they carry a lot of risks. A well placed grenade will end your run instantly and, if someone knows you are in there, they can just wait by the exit. If you are looking for a good place to hold up for a while, try and find a ridge, dip, or hill so your opponents won’t be able to hit you. This will provide solid cover with better sightlines than a building and, crucially, a lot more escape options.
ALWAYS take a level three helmet
If you want to win you are going to need a good helmet and vest, so when looting untouched equipment always grab the highest level possible. But if after a fight you find a damaged level three on the person you took down it can be difficult to know what to pick up and what to leave. The general rule here is actually pretty simple. Always take a level three helmet, even if it is close to being destroyed. A level three will always save you from a headshot with the M24, and is the only one that will do so. Therefore it is nearly always worth it.
Keep yourself boosted up late game
Even if you are at full health, once it gets down to the last 15 or so people it is a good idea to start popping those energy drinks and painkillers to get you boosted up and regenerating health. There’s a few reasons for this, such as not having to worry about it after a late game fight, as well as the potential that one tick of health recovery could win you a close battle. Either way, if you have them available you should get the boosts going early as there’s no point saving them. Who wants painkillers with a chicken dinner?