Garena Free Fire: A basic beginner’s guide
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Garena Free Fire: A basic beginner’s guide

Shrey Pacheco   May 10, 2020

Calling Garena Free Fire a popular game would not do it enough justice. Judging by the numbers on the Google Play Store, the game has been downloaded over 500,000,000 times. By comparison, both PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty: Mobile have been downloaded over 100,000,000 times. So it was high time we gave the game a shot. We tried playing it and have come up with a few tips that can help you be the last person standing.

The right character choice

As your progress through the game, you unlock various characters that you can choose to play as. Each of these characters come with a special ability that can give you the edge in battle. All you need to do is know the type of gameplay you prefer and choose a character accordingly. 

Use the minimap to your advantage

The minimap shows any nearby players that are shooting. This should be at you, or at another player. However, the map will not only show you the location of the enemy players, but also the direction in which they are shooting. This means that you can actually sneak up behind an opponent attacking another player and take them out. 

Your reticle is your friend 

One unique aspect of Garena Free Fire is that your reticle changes colour the moment an enemy is in the crosshair. This means that you can use it to ‘scan’ areas where you think an enemy may be. If it changes colour, an enemy is in your sight. You can then fire and get a few hits on the enemy.

Burst fire to success

While the game has recoil, it’s not exactly reflected when firing weapons. So when you fire your gun, your reticle does not bounce around as it does in a game like PUBG Mobile, even when you’re looking down the sights. This means that you should be able to track your enemies without much difficulty. As such, all you need to do is fire in bursts to ensure good hits.

Use objects for cover

It’s pretty common for people playing PUBG Mobile to immediately go prone the moment someone is firing at them. That’s not gonna work in Garena Free Fire as there is hardly any grass fo you to hide in. So you’re better off dashing from cover-to-cover. This could be between buildings and trees on the way to the circle and possible victory.

Know when to fire 

As with any other battle royale game, it’s very important to realise that it’s not about getting the most number of kills. It’s about survival. So it’s perfectly fine to sit in a corner and wait till the end. If you have to fire, make sure that it’s either in self-defence, or you’re guaranteed a kill. As we said before, the minimap will not only give away your position but also your orientation. Remember, you could kill 48 people on the map and still lose as the other guy just needs one kill.

If you think you're ready for slightly more advanced tips, you should check out our advanced guide here.

If you're looking for free games to play on your mobile, check out our list of some of the best free multiplayer games available on mobile here

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Shrey Pacheco

Writer, gamer, and hater of public transport.

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