PUBG mobile maps guide: an overview of every map in the mobile battle royale
PUBG Mobile has established itself as one of the premier battle royale mobile games over the past few years, bringing the full PUBG experience to your phone since its launch in December 2017. It has arguably been more influential over the past few years. years than its big brother, and since 2017 we’ve seen a ton of new content come to the game, which means new players or old players might need some help getting back into it. And yes, we mean that literally.
This guide provides a brief description of each of the four Battle Royale maps in the game, offering the best drop locations and some other tips to further your PUBG Mobile experience.
Erangel is the original PUBG map, the one players have been battling for chicken dinners on since the beginning. It’s an 8×8 map with a few urban areas separated by vast open land. The southern part of the map is an isolated island area with a military base, connected to the mainland by two small bridges. If you don’t land at the military base to begin with and the circle doesn’t require you to, it would be best to stay away from that area for the entire game.
Some good places to land are:
- Career, located on the southwestern part of the mainland just north of Primotsk, is a flat area with a few isolated buildings. There’s enough loot to get you started – especially if you find the occasional rare drop – and unless the safe zone is in the far northeast you won’t have to travel very far to get you to safety in time. Beware of other players landing here though, as the flat terrain makes jumping in the open risky.
- Military base, located on this southern island connected only by two bridges, is where you land when you want to start your match with as much chaos as possible. The massive base is home to some great loot, but other players in the game know that too. The start of the game becomes a race for the best guns when you land at the base, so if you like intense action early on, you’ll have a field day here.
- school, located near the center of the map, is another high volume area when a match first starts, but unlike the military base, this location is near the center of the map. This means you can gear up and take out a few enemies without ever getting too far from the safe zone. If you can fend off the other players who will inevitably fall here with you, you’ll be sitting well late in the game no matter where the circle is.
Miramar is a barren map set in the desert, which means there’s very little greenery around to protect against long-range weapons. There are of course towns, including Los Leones and Pecado, but outside of these towns the area is flat and empty. If you can loot a sniper rifle or similar long-range weapon you’ll have a good time, otherwise stick to buildings and only move when you’re out of the safe zone.
Three places to think about when you first land are:
- Water treatment, located just north of the center of the map. It’s a small place, but it still has a decent amount of loot to get you started. At most, you’ll have two or three opponents landing here with you, not as many as places like Los Leones, so early game skirmishes should be manageable. Plus, being so close to the center of the map, you can gauge how far you’ll need to travel to enter the first safe zone – if you’re not already there – and plan accordingly.
- Directly southeast of El-Azahar, which is located in the northeast part of the map, are a few circular freestanding buildings overlooking the city. There’s enough loot to get you started, and most players who land in this region will head straight for El Azahar so you can get loot and get out before anyone sees you.
- The outer edges of Los Leones have enough loot so you can gear up pretty well before heading into the town proper for a few early firefights. Those who prefer to start slow should avoid this area, but if you’re the type who likes early action, we wouldn’t recommend diving into the city center. Work the fringes instead and see what you can find.
Unlike Miramar, Sanhok is nothing but lush greens and rolling hills for miles. The massive map means there’s plenty of space for even 100 players, and the hilly terrain will provide plenty of places to hide and stake out opportunities for both loot and engaging other players. The river running through the middle of the map – and also cutting through the western half – makes for some tense moments when the safe zone is on one side of the bridge and you’re on the other, so be aware of the location where you need to be and when. We recommend going to the larger island when playing Sanhok, as you’ll be on the correct side of the map most often.
The three best places to land are:
- Bhan, located in the center of the larger island of Sanhok, is a strange wooden structure that contains a decent amount of loot. The way the landmark is laid out will require some jumping, so make sure you don’t get exposed if you can avoid it, but staying low and collecting all the loot Bhan has to offer is an opening strategy solid.
- Pai Nan, located in the lower half of the map along the river, is a coastal town with buildings on either side of the river. We recommend landing on the north side, as that would put you on the main island and hopefully a clearer path to the first safe zone. Also, since Pai Nan is a town cut in two halves, there’s a chance that any opponents that drop here will go to the other side of the river, leaving you with all the loot.
- Career, also located on the eastern half of the map, is a massive rocky area with good loot to be found everywhere. It’s one of the biggest landmarks on the map, but its loot pool isn’t as big as one of the towns, so we don’t expect it to be terribly crowded at a given time. More loot for you, and if someone joined you there, there’s enough space to evade the attack and pick you up.
We’ve had barren desert and lush greens, now it’s time to head into frozen tundra. Vikendi is a snowy map that’s smaller than Erangel, but still has plenty of locations and points of interest hiding some good loot. The western part of the map is a bit more open than the rest if you need space to operate, but otherwise be prepared for some interesting skirmishes early on.
Three of the best places to target when dropping are:
- lumber yard, located on the southeast coast, offers plenty of loot with very little to worry about. Because Vikendi has so many towns on a smaller map, other players tend to head to towns and fight. Hitting the Lumber Yard allows you to stock up a bit first before trying to settle in a nearby town like Cantra or Peshkova or the Cement Plant to the northwest.
- dinosaur park, which is in the southwest part of the map, offers similar benefits to Lumber Yard but with an added incentive: this one is closer to the center of the map. Here you can load up items and then wait for enemies to pass until the safe zone appears and tells you where to go next. If you must be in the safe zone, you can fortify your position and wait to jump on unlucky passers-by.
- Mount Kreznic, located in the center of the map, will definitely be a hotspot at first. Only land here if you’ve been playing the game for a while, as it’s a high altitude area with lots of loot, so it’s a perfect place to start a match. If you think you can handle it and be the last one standing, head to Mount Kreznic and have fun.
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