If you’ve been finding yourself in the bottom half the rankings of your last batch of H1Z1 Battle Royale matches, you’ve come to the right place as we’ve put together some helpful tips that should take you from 100 to top 10 in no time.

If you’re completely new to the game, it’s a good idea to head out in a regular PvE or PvP map to get your bearings and learn the controls. Once you’ve done that, head back here and put on your learning pants.

Where to Land

Each Battle Royale match starts off in dramatic fashion as you plummet from the sky in a parachute that feels a few sizes too small. You’ve only got a couple seconds to the landing spot that will likely determine how well you do in the entire match, so you better make it a good one.

Open fields and forests are out of the question because of their limited cover and the fact that you’ll need to be close to some kind of civilization if you’re going to find any weapons and supplies. Many players will dive right into the center of town in hopes of scoring it big, but if you want to make it to the final 5, you should try to stay out of any conflict until you’re prepared.

Instead, aim for small outcroppings of buildings or tents. They will always have some sort of weapon and supplies, plus they’ll give you some time to breathe and collect your thoughts before heading towards the action. Just be sure and keep your eye out for other players who had the same quiet spot picked out as you, it might not stay quiet for long.

Search Everywhere, Collect Everything

After a few matches you’ll have a good sense of where weapon drops will be located, but until then just search anywhere it looks like humans have been. You’ll often find weapons on tables, crates, and of course the ground usually surrounded by some ammo (always pick up ammo).

When you first land just try and arm yourself as fast as you can, don’t be picky about the gun. After that you’ll be looking for upgrades in the weapons department, preferably an assault rifle or shotgun (or both!). Also check for bike helmets, tactical helmets, and tactical vests which will all make you much more resilient in a fire fight.

First aid kits should be another high priority. They regenerate your health quiet quickly and also stop and bleeding you may be experiencing. Stockpile as many as you can.

Make some Bandages

You can shred almost any clothing to make bandages. These will come in very handy, especially if you can’t find any medkits so strip down and craft them up.

Keep an eye on the Map and the Gas

Soon after you land, poison gas will start creeping inward to a circle marked on the map (the safe area). Keep an eye on where the gas is at all times and try to keep yourself near the edge of it. Running to the center of the safe zone too early will put you in the cross hairs of all the other players as they come running that way.

Organize Your Inventory

Keeping your inventory sorted will help you move quickly between buildings while searching for loot. Backbacks and waste packs are an extremely helpful find as well, opening up your inventory to even more goodies. Just make sure you're out of sight when you're rummaging through your stuff. Nothing more embarrassing than getting caught alphabetizing your bullet collection.

Use Hiding Spots and Cover at all Times

Try to find nooks and crannies to hide in as you make your way towards the safe zone as often as you can. It can get boring at times, but if you’re truly in it to win it you’ll embrace your inner camper and hide in the first bathroom you can find (in the safe zone of course!)

Pick Your Targets

When the time comes that you do need to take a shot, make sure it’s the right one. Sound travels and as soon as you let that shot ring out, you’ll have given away your position to anyone nearby. If you do have a clean shot though, don’t hesitate to take it. You’ll be getting rid of one more person on your way to number 1.

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Last Updated: Mar 21, 2016

About The Author

A man of many hats, Greg divides his precious gaming time between competitive games like League of Legends and Dota 2 and Action/ Adventure Games like GTA, and Destiny. At Ten Ton Hammer he specializes in making guides for new and veteran players alike.