In a battle royale like Free Fire, getting a feel for things can be frustrating as you only get one life per round. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help give you a leg up!
Optimize Your Controls
The same way you might prefer a semi-automatic sniper rifle over a fully automatic SMG, you might also prefer to have your controls respond in a certain way to increase your chances of scoring a Booyah. Tap on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the main menu to open up your Settings. Here you can play with some different options like how your minimap functions, whether your parachute opens automatically, and what hitmarkers look like. Most importantly, you can tap on Sensitivity to customize how the controls respond to your lightning-fast thumbs. Everyone has their own preference. Maybe you want a low sensitivity for precise aiming, or maybe you want high sensitivity so you can rapidly switch between targets. Our recommendation would be to find something in-between the two extremes that at minimum allows you to snap 180 degrees easily, enabling you to whip around and take out a tango that popped up at your 6 o’clock. Experiment to see what you prefer and what fits best into your natural play style.
Parachute With a Purpose
A match can be over in seconds if you’re not smart about how you begin the game. It’s a good idea when you’re first starting out to seek action early and often so you get familiar with gunplay but eventually you’ll want to be a bit more tactical. One approach is to drop out of the plane right away so you get to the ground first. Theoretically, you could have a full loadout and be exploring in a vehicle before the last player to eject even hits the ground. Or you can pull your chute at a high altitude so you drift as far away from the plane’s flight path as possible, meaning you have less company as you collect weapons and gear. The point is you should have some kind of a plan and a location in mind once you tap on your minimap to check the plane’s trajectory. The last thing you want to do is aimlessly land in the middle of a field with no structures or loot in sight. That story probably ends with you sprinting for a long stretch of time and possibly getting picked off by a player who actually had a game plan.
Cover, Cover, Cover
Cover is crucial in any shooter game. Free Fire is no different. Unless you’re going all out Rambo and charging into fights head on with guns blazing, you should try to limit your exposure to gunfire. The obvious choices for that would be staying inside buildings or keeping a wall to your back at all times. But there are creative ways to cover yourself too! You could crouch in a collection of dumpsters and get coverage from multiple angles while maintaining good eye lines to scope enemies, for example. The natural landscape can come in handy as well. Chilling by a rock on a hillside keeps you hidden from any players that are over the ridge of the hill as well as anyone on lower ground behind the rock. Ducking behind a tree can give you precious seconds to heal up before you return fire. The main idea here is to be conscious not only of what you can see, but of what your enemies can see. Ideally you take advantage of cover options so you don’t have to worry about 180 degrees of the map and you can totally focus on what’s in front of you.
Use the Safe Zone Circle
Speaking of cover, the shrinking Safe Zone can provide a tactical advantage if you use it the right way. While it’s dangerous to spend too much time outside of the Safe Zone, you shouldn’t be so petrified of it that you stay miles ahead. The first couple times it shrinks, you can still outrun it without using Sprint even if you have a rifle in your hands. Towards the end of the match, you can keep up with the shrinking Safe Zone by switching to your fists or a melee weapon and sprinting. You can reasonably count on your back not being at risk by keeping close to the border of the Safe Zone as it closes in. Once it settles, you can also run around the perimeter of it to sweep for enemies while again keeping one side of you covered. This is particularly effective once the zone is down to the smaller sizes around halfway through the match. Alternatively, if you prefer to stay well inside the safe zone, be sure to point your weapon towards the border as it closes in. That way you can keep an eye out for people being driven towards you by the shrinking Safe Zone.
Don’t Spray & Pray
Bruce Lee once said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” It’s kind of the same deal with your ammo in Free Fire. It may be tempting to just let it rip and fire off your entire magazine in one go as your crosshair dances around your target, but it’s really not the best way to land damage in most scenarios. Sure, if you’re inside the same room as your enemy and you have a P90 equipped, by all means paint the walls with lead. However, if you’re at medium to long range, you definitely should be doing single fire or bursts to stay accurate with whatever weapon you’re wielding. A couple well-placed shots to the head of your enemy is far better than a half dozen rounds nicking their shoulders. Get used to using your thumb to tap the fire weapon icon instead of just holding it down. Once that becomes second nature, you might be shocked at how much your kill count climbs.
*THAT SAID, if you’re PLAYING “Spray & Pray” mode, then ignore everything I just said, haaaaa!