This page contains tips for surviving the final encounters in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and PUBG Mobile.
This is our third installment in the PUBG Mobile Survival Guide series, produced by Tencent and their partners at Armed Mind. Previously, we’d shared some tips on how you can survive the game’s opening minutes and pass PUBG Mobile Driver’s Ed. Today, we load out for the most important part of the game: the final 1v1 - because none of your kills matter if you don’t get that chicken dinner...
Your position in relation to your enemies, the circle, and potential cover is important throughout any match, but at no point is it more important than the final 1v1. First, gather any intel you can, keeping your eye on the number of players remaining in the upper left and the mini-map in the upper right.
In this final phase of the game, stay on the outer edge of the circle and use it as a defacto ‘wall’—and as an advantage. The circle’s damage late in the game is such that no one hiding there can survive very long. Once you’ve got position on the circle’s outer edge, it’s time to look for that last tango.When a match is down to the final two, any movement can potentially expose you to your enemy’s crosshairs. Creep along the outside of the circle and try to move as little as possible. Typically, whoever finds the other player first will have the advantage in the last firefight, so make sure that’s you by listening for movement and even getting in your opponent’s head: you know where they aren’t (they can’t be outside the circle or in your position), so focus on where they could be. Look for their best possible cover positions—then clear them carefully. While spotting for the enemy’s potential hiding spots, make sure you’ve got sufficient cover of your own. Trees and rocks are what it usually comes down to in the final circle phases, but don’t overlook buildings if they are positioned near the circle’s center. And don’t forget: keep your eye on that circle! You might have a great piece of cover, but if the circle moves, you’re going to have to move, too. Ideally, if you do move, do so in short bursts. Move from tree to tree, rock to rock, spotting for the enemy every so often. Avoid over-rotating and long jogs through open fields. They may be great for cardio but they aren’t an ideal way to start a firefight. The final showdown can be a game of cat and mouse. Sometimes, you’ll see the enemy player, but they’ll be too far away or have moved behind cover too quickly to make a shot worthwhile. If you have their position, but don’t have a sure-fire shot: hold your fire. You’ll be better off using the information you’ve gained to set up a more advantageous firefight later. Shooting and missing is just going to give away your position, turning your perfect ambush into a fair fight…and who wants that? It’s the final 1v1. You know this by the “Alive” count, but also the realization that your heart is pounding and your hands are sweaty. But when you’re this pre-occupied on your crosshairs and the enemy’s position, it can be easy to forget about the rest of the items you’ve spent all game acquiring. Don’t forget: those precious items can mean the difference between a chicken dinner and trip back to the lobby. Did you take some damage mid-game? Make sure to use your health and boost items, as it’s not like you can take ‘em with you. Not sure if it’s safe to heal? Drop a smoke or two and hunker down to stitch yourself up. Pinned down by enemy fire? Make it rain on them with all those grenades you’ve been saving. Every final circle is going to have different advantages and disadvantages. As the final circle closes in, take stock of your surroundings. What is the topography like? Is the area flat or dominated by buildings? Rolling hills or tree-lines? If there is a height advantage to take, make sure you’re the one to take it. Enemies coming over hills will be exposed to you before you’re exposed to them, giving you that extra second to pull the trigger. While stalking and hunting the final player is always an effective tactic, sometimes aggression can be the best course of action. If you’ve exchanged fire with an enemy player and they go quiet, they are probably healing up and could be left exposed. If you’re feeling lucky (or, uh, bloodthirsty), try to rush to their position to put the nail in their coffin. But beware the fake! Experienced players might play possum to bait you into their crosshairs. By the time the gas arrives, you’ve hopefully kept your eye on the circle and positioned yourself along its edge appropriately. As the gas closes in, scope up the outside of the circle. You might get lucky and find players haphazardly sprinting back into the safe zone, or players already stuck in the gas desperately trying to get out. Glass them up and take them down for victory.