Ever since PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds broke records and took names, the world was primed for a new era of copycat Battle Royale-style games. And man, did we get ’em!
Rules of Survival by NetEase Games is a super-detailed and very pretty dare-I-say knockoff of PUBG gameplay built for Android and iOS. It’s far from the only one. The same developer also released Survivor Royale with the same premise and game design. Fortnite Battle Royale is also starting to climb the popularity ranks on console.
The tips in this guide are quite specific to the map in Rules of Survival, however the tips offered in this guide can be applicable to all of the above games. Check it out! If you’re having trouble with game performance, check out this article.
On dropping in and arming up
You begin each match by parachuting out of a plane – but you do have a fair amount of control when you jump, where you intend to land, and how fast you dive down to your destination.
In all instances, wherever you choose to drop, parachute down as fast as you can.
It goes without saying that where you drop down depends a great deal on your play philosophy: whether you intend to drop right into the action, or you start as far away from them as possible and wait for them to slaughter each other off first.
The following are not hard and fast rules, but are good places to pick up weapons as quickly as possible because very quickly; your bare hands just aren’t going to cut it.
The reason why you’d want to drop into Bitter Lake are the most obvious:
- It is the absolute largest area on the map.
- It’s smack dab in the center which puts you at an advantageous spot to start maneuvering once safe zones start taking effect.
- It’s loaded with plenty of buildings for you to comb through for equipment.
It is also one of the busiest sections of the map and for good reason. All those buildings house some pretty fantastic weapons (I’ve pretty consistently found high drops of assault rifles, pistols, and SMGs in these buildings plus ammo) but if you’re going to dive for them, dive fast because others are gunning for the same goods you are.
The above is actually pretty good advice for all three of these places. Rust Bay is a little further away from the center of action, but loaded with weapon and equipment caches so you won’t be the only player interested in touching down in this area. Be ready for combat fairly quickly.
High risk, high rewards. This area is small and quite close to Bitter Lake where a lot of the action happens, so lots of it spills over into Training Base quite quickly. This is one of the easiest places to find a vehicle and the weapon drop isn’t bad so consider getting in and getting out as quickly as you can.
Other good spots to drop in
Since the way the plane comes in at the beginning of each game changes a little every time. It’s usually in your best interests to get on the ground as quickly as possible.. and sometimes that means you’re hopping off far away from the areas outlined above. These are two areas more which are also okay to land in if your plane passes over them right away.
- Research Edifice: This likely won’t nab you the greatest amount of loot, but you’re likely to find some basics, and you’ll be in a good position to cross over into other high-occupancy areas of the map in terms of both distance and preparedness if you’re quick enough at rummaging.
- Safe Store: There’s quite a few options for loot here, even high-damage weapons like assault rifles. Its close proximity to Wheat Town means spillover from players dropping down in there is likely to happen quicker than you’d like for a medium-drop area where you’re going to need to scavenge a little while longer.
I’ve seen some other suggestions for landing areas including at Thermal Power since these are areas that don’t get a lot of traffic. That’s a separate strategy and if you come across a sniper rifle and scope, this can be a devastating camp spot – at least for a little while, until safe zones start closing down on you.
Wherever you choose to go, make sure that you aren’t unarmed for long. Your opponents certainly won’t be. If you found this guide useful, check out our other Rules of Survival guides!