Guide: Rules of survival
The best places to drop
The game begins with all the players loaded on to the airplane, which flies over the island that the battle royale takes place on. Before trying to actually play competitively, just practice jumping out of the plane and seeing how far your parachute can take you to get an idea of how far you can stray from the plane's path. If you pull your parachute early, you can fly farther away, but this comes with the disadvantage of slowing your overall descent. Players who waited until the last second to pull their parachutes will reach the ground (and any loot) first.
Two distinct strategies
There's two distinct strategies you can take with where you drop, and they're both equally valid. You can either choose to jump out and hope to land in the center of the map, and get in fire fights early or you can look for a place as far away as possible and work your way back towards the action. The former can be good, as killing and looting players is a great way to quickly gear up, but I tend to prefer the more methodical approach of taking my time and moving slowly.
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Bring up the map
Bring up the map by tapping the mini map, look for a group of buildings you think you can make it to, tap to place a marker, then keep an eye on the HUD at the top of the screen to guide yourself to that point. With any luck, you'll be the only player that decided to drop there and you'll have full houses full of loot for yourself.
Get your parachute out
The most important thing to do when you've got your parachute out is look around to see where other players are dropping, then mentally bookmark those areas as where people could potentially be coming from to kill you. If you see someone heading to the exact same spot you are, you need to decide whether or not you want to divert course and go somewhere else or potentially get involved in a mad loot scramble to kill them first.
Looting priority and what to look for first
Obviously when you first drop you want to scramble for any kind of weapon you can find, since you never know when you're going to run into someone else but the first things you should be looking for is a backpack and a helmet. Backpacks significantly increase your carrying capacity, which determines how much ammo and everything else you can haul around. You're going to be at a serious disadvantage if you need to start passing up med kits and other important items because you don't have a backpack. Helmets protect you from getting killed in one hit with a headshot, so make sure you've always got one.
Circle positioning and catching people running in
Don't fear the green:
The primary mechanic that drives these battle royale games is the system of circles that determine where players need to go next to not take damage. A primary circle will appear on the map inside of a larger circle. You need to make it to that smaller circle by the time the larger circle hits its border, otherwise you take damage.
Disregarding the first circle
By disregarding the first circle you'll be in an area of the map where it's practically guaranteed you won't run into other players and can just wildly loot everything. When you watch PUBG played on the professional level, some players won't come into the circle until the end game. It's risky, but it's a strategy that works super well. Don't be scared to take a little damage as the rewards can be fantastic.
Crates are the perfect bait
Crates are the perfect bait:
Every now and again a plane will fly over and drop a crate filled with some of the best loot in the game. Initially you'd think, "Oh, rad, I need that." Problem is, everyone is thinking that. Some of my highest kill games have been games where I've been able to get a good position in the high ground above where a crate dropped. People get loot fever, and just run directly to the crates that drop. If you managed to find a scope, picking these players off is like shooting fish in a barrel.
Always make sure you have grenades
For whatever reason, it seems like no one in Rules of Survival has figured out how good grenades are yet. They do a ton of damage and are both good for killing people who are in an easily defensible position inside of a house as well as when the final few people are alive and everyone is hiding. Just be careful with where you throw them, as if anyone is playing with sound on you'll be giving them a massive clue to where you probably are.
Collect gear and ammo
Collect gear and ammo, keep your health up, and let all the other dummies fight amongst themselves. They're often easy pickings when they're low on health, and get careless from being over-confident from getting a couple kills. Camping (sitting in one spot and waiting to shoot) wins games, so find a good spot and just relax. Let people come to you.