Mastering the Essentials Part 2 — More Strategies and Priorities
- Not all scopes work with all guns – you can’t put the 8x Scope on the M16 for instance, which was made an exception for balance purposes. Likewise you can’t put an 8x on SMGs.
- Learn which helmets can take which amount of damage – a Kar98, the most commonly found and used sniper, can kill you instantly with a headshot if you have a Level 2 helmet or below, but a level 3 helmet can take a hit. Note what helmet opponents have before you start trading sniper fire, as there’s no point if you’re at a disadvantage.
- After the beginning the game, pistols are almost completely pointless – only keep one if you either have the automatic pistol (P18C), which works like an SMG, or if you don’t have good weapons or much ammo for them – otherwise, pistol ammo is wasting precious inventory space.
- Damaged high-level armour is actually often worse than undamaged low-level armour. Look at the number next to it in your inventory for a comparison.
- Avoid bridges like the plague if you need to cross one to get into the safe zone – there are almost always bridge trolls (people waiting on them to kill you) when a bridge is a necessary route. Get there early, swim, or find a boat instead!
- Always move, even when looting or camping, just a little bit – it stops someone picking you off with an easy headshot, which happens surprisingly often. Just wiggle side to side or keep crouching and standing up.
Important Controls and PC hotkeys
- Hold ‘Alt’ to look around without moving – great if you’re camping, and also while falling from the plane.
- You can dive underwater by holding ‘C’ while swimming, and rise to the surface by holding ‘Space’.
- Toggle seats in a vehicle with ‘Ctrl+1/2/3/4/5/6’, with ‘Ctrl+1’ taking you to the driving seat.
In the next article, we’ll look at more useful controls and hotkeys.
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