Tips & Tricks

PUBG Tips :Detecting Enemy Locations

PUBG provides both visual and aural cues that aid in informing players about the direction of incoming shots. Unlike in PUBG Mobile, the PC and Xbox versions don’t have a visual indicator of an active shooters’ direction on the mini-map. Instead, players have to rely on their eyes and ears.

Where most players fail is relying on only visual information and completely ignoring audio. This page has both visual and aural tips to help in better detecting the origin of incoming shots.

Keep an Eye Out For Overwatch Positions

When traversing the map, be sure to keep an eye out for positions where a sniper or an enemy with a scoped weapon might be situated. Use freelook(RB + Right Analog on the Xbox and Alt key + Mouse on the PC) to look around when moving. Make a mental note of their bearings so as to cycle through each one of them quickly when taking fire. These same locations can be used for cover from incoming rounds.

Muzzle Flash

This is an easy giveaway for any shooter without a muzzle(flash hider, compensator or suppressor) on their weapon. The visible flashes of light from the muzzle of a weapon being fired is a clear indicator of a shooter’s position, even if they’re obscured by leaves, bushes or any structures. As the flashes are usually in direct contrast to the immediate surroundings, this makes them easy to spot and unmistakable.

Learn How to Snap

Snap your field of view(as opposed to slow fluid movement), literally, from point to point when taking fire or trying to spot enemies. It’s easier executing this technique on the PC and mobile. On the Xbox move both analog sticks in the same or opposite directions, depending on where you want to snap towards. PC players can flick the mouse around depending on sensitivity and DPI settings while mobile players can swipe instead of dragging.

Snap around 360-degrees to check for enemies very fast and also to cycle through snipe-points that have already been noted. Also snap if taking fire from behind, instead of slowly rotating the camera around.

Listen Carefully

Consider playing with proper headphones to get a better listening experience as PUBG is well optimized for sound and audio information. When trying to detect the origin of gunshots, remember that every gun has a distinct sound, even with a suppressor equipped. Try to become familiar with the sound of every gun as knowing the gun being fired gives an idea of the distance from the shooter and their likely positions.

For example, the sound of shots from a sniper rifle can let a player know the shooter is a good distance away, likely at an overwatch position with a clear line of sight. This could be at the window of a nearby building, behind a tree, or on a hill. Cycle through each one checking, before moving towards any position for cover.

When choosing a cover position, verify the shooter is absent at the chosen position and also that it’s not in the line of sight of any other overwatch positions.

When bullets impact objects in PUBG, the way the debris scatters offers a clue as to where the shot originated. Debris usually scatters parallel to the origin of the shot or towards the direction of it.

Shots coming from ahead and behind a player sound the same because PUBG relays directional information from the left and right better than from the front and back. Change the orientation of the character by moving their head to either the right or left. This helps in listening for the shooters’ position. When the sound of the weapon being fired sounds louder in one ear of the headset/headphone more than the other, that’s the direction the shots are coming from.

There are three sounds a player hears when a shot is fired towards their direction. There’s the sound of the gun, the sound of the bullet whizzing past or making an impact and then the crack of the bullet when it breaks the sound barrier. Pay close attention to the sound of the gun and disregard the others. Only the sound of the gun will assist in determining the origin of the shots and the location of the shooter.

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