PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) remains among the foremost battle royale games for Windows, console, and mobile gaming platforms. It’s still attracting plenty of new players to its battle royale wonderlands of Erangel, Sanhok, Miramar, and Karakin. However, PUBG’s new players are the ones who will typically screw up matches with common beginner mistakes. All new PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players might learn from their mistakes, but it’s better to avoid them in the first place. These are some of the more common PUBG beginner mistakes to avoid in matches.
1. Forgetting to reload guns
Unfortunately, PUBG doesn’t ever alert or remind players to reload guns. Therefore, some beginners forget that they need to reload guns’ rounds after firing off bullets. The consequence of forgetting to reload guns can, in the worst scenario, be fatal. When you start shooting at a hostile with a gun that needs reload, it will suddenly stop firing. During that brief period you have to reload your gun, an enemy will likely return fire and maybe even knock you down before you can start shooing again.
2. Getting caught a long way outside the Safe Zone
The Safe Zone is that big white circle that gradually shrinks during matches. It’s not uncommon for new players to pay little attention to the state of the Play Zone whilst they’re busy stocking up on loot. Failing to check the Safe Zone on the map on a reasonably regular basis can leave you caught some way outside it. Getting caught a long way outside the safe zone on bigger maps can leave beginners in a desperate race against the shrinking Blue Zone. When that happens, players will fall into the Blue Zone, lose a lot of health, and maybe get killed.
To avoid that PUBG beginner mistake, don’t forget to check the map. Try to stay in, or reasonably close to, the white circle for the duration of matches. Don’t stray outside the white circle in pursuit of hostiles. If you land a long way from the Safe Zone at the start of a match, don’t spend too much time looting or pursuing enemies when you don’t have to.
3. Riding vehicles when they’re not needed
Vehicles are primarily needed on bigger maps to keep you in the Safe Zone. When you land a long way from the Safe Zone, you might need to find a vehicle to ensure you can reach the white circle before the dreaded Blue Zone. Having a vehicle handy will always give you more time to stock up on loot in bigger locations before you have to start moving toward the Safe Zone.
However, some beginners tend to utilize vehicles when they’re not required. Those players will jump in vehicles even when they’re comfortably inside or very close to the Safe Zone. Sure, you might be able to move quicker with vehicles; but riding them always gives away your position on the map. Their roaring engines both alert and light up the map for nearby hostiles. Giving away your position with a vehicle when you don’t need to can be a fatal mistake. Avoid that PUBG beginner mistake by moving on foot when a vehicle isn’t necessary.
4. Getting killed around loot boxes and supply crate drops
Supply crate drops and loot boxes left from eliminated players can provide invaluable loot. So, it’s little wonder some beginners can be in a very big hurry to have a look through them. However, some new players (and maybe even more experienced ones) forget to look before they leap and get shot down whilst rummaging through loot boxes left behind from enemies. That’s especially the case in squad matches when an eliminated hostile might have nearby teammates waiting to pounce.
In the case of supply crate drops, some beginners can get a bit obsessed with them and run after every one that falls from the sky. It’s often a mistake to go for a crate that lands some way away from you because it’s likely another player will reach and open it before you. Furthermore, it’s not uncommon to get attacked by other players going for the same supply crate, which can often get beginners killed. Some snipers also utilize supply drop crates as bait for unsuspecting players. By all means, go for supply drops, but only when there’s a good chance you can reach them first.
5. Falling from very high drops
Falling from high buildings and cliffsides can be fatal in PUBG. Alas, not all new players fully appreciate the kind of heights that are safe to fall from. When beginner players don’t take enough care moving from higher areas, they get killed falling from high spots. Miramar and Enrangel are two especially dangerous maps for falling on. Make sure you take care moving along the higher geographical terrain on those maps, and don’t jump from the higher floors of large buildings.
6. Getting killed in Red and Black Zones
Not all new players will be entirely familiar with what Red Zones are when they start playing PUBG. So, it’s probably not entirely uncommon for beginners to stroll into Red Zones without realizing a shower load of bombs is about to rain down on them. When the bombs start falling, it might be a little too late for beginners to save themselves. To avoid such a pitfall, always try to avoid moving into and through Red Zones. If you get caught in one, try to find some suitable shelter from the Red Zone’s storm – and stay there until the bombardment is over.
Black Zones are an exclusive feature of the Karakin map. Those are purple zones in which missiles rain down and blow up buildings. Thus, not even buildings can save players in those zones, which can catch some beginners out. Therefore, make sure you steer clear of Black Zones and NEVER stick around in them.
7. Landing in overly risky starting locations
The worst landing spots in PUBG matches are those where you’ll more likely get killed soon after landing. Those worst landing spots tend to be larger named locations (where there’s plenty of gear available) that are close to or along the flight path. Sure, there might be plenty of loot at such locations; but a few enemies will often land at them as well. Beginners land in such areas with some regularity, and in the worst cases get killed within a minute of landing.
To give yourself the best chance of avoiding an early bath, which ruins scores, try to land further away from the flight path. It’s not always so bad landing at named locations that are a long way from the flight path. However, you’ll often get caught up in early dogfights by landing at named locations that are right along the path.
So, beware of those PUBG beginner mistakes when battling for survival in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Avoiding those common noob pitfalls will increase your average survival time in ranked PUBG matches.