So you’ve braved the forest of Erangel and the desert of Miramar, but you’ve not experienced true Battle Royale until venturing onto the tiny island of Sanhok – the newest and tiniest map in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. Filled with lush jungles, ancient ruins, and an extensive river system, there’s plenty of places for enemies to hide, especially with the ever changing weather. Not to worry though, help is at hand! This PUBG’s Sanhok map guide will take you through what to look out for and how to survive in this especially tiny map.
While this guide is going to focus on the new map, there’s a bunch of hints and tips that are universal across the entire list of PUBG’s maps. Go have a gander at our PUBG Complete Guide for more on how to improve your skills.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Sanhok Guide
Welcome to Sanhok. This Pacific island inspired territory is crammed full of ruins, military complexes, and agricultural areas. It’s also a deathtrap: at roughly 4km each way, it’s around a quarter of the size of Miramar and the smallest of Plunkbat’s maps by a considerable margin. So in this guide, we’ll be giving you some hints and tips to get started, and not get annihilated as soon as your boots touch the ground.
Where to drop in Sanhok
The short answer is that unlike the other maps in PUBG, there isn’t really a place that’s completely safe. Chances are that wherever you drop, someone else will be there too. Named locations tend to be where the big firefights are, particularly any of the boot camps and the Training Centre, but even the more rural locations can be a hotbed for activity.
Generally speaking, dropping in clusters of unnamed buildings of around three or four in total tends to reap the most benefits while at the same time not a popular tourist destination. It’s a general rule of thumb that this works on most maps, but here it’s also important to be aware of those jumping out of the plane at the beginning of the game may end up where you’re going, even if they jumped much earlier than you.
The best locations for loot
Sanhok has a lot of named locations for such a small map, but they all contain some fairly decent stuff. The ruins on the south-western island that has multiple floors full of items and other players, while Paradise Resort and the Training Center are also relatively popular for good reason. The Docks towards the south-eastern corner is a little less popular, but can reap some great loot, including the brand new QBZ95 assault rifle tat’s exclusive to this map; provided you can also escape with a degree of haste.
As for particularly good places to find loot that are out of the way, the small dock area towards the north-west of Tat Mok tends to have a decent amount of attachments and guns for a small area. It’s far north of the main island, so the only real caveat here is that you’re likely to be outside of the first safe zone and need to move on rather sharpish. Those particularly daring players may consider parachuting into the cave on the southern part of the main island, looting the temple hidden within.
Dealing with Sanhok Weather
Another of Sanhok’s unique traits is its dynamic weather. During the course of every match, the weather has a chance to turn from a sunny paradise, to a damp and dingy day, and even have fog so dense you can’t see more than a couple of feet in front of you.
This can be used to your advantage, or perhaps work against you too. By sticking to the trees where possible, you can move around with a reduced chance of giving away your position to any snipers or anyone else moving around. They can still hear your footsteps over the rain though, so dashing should only be reserved for those times where the blue zone is looming on you.
If you really want to confuse your enemies, consider throwing a smoke grenade while it’s foggy as a diversion. It may fool them into thinking you’re where the smoke is densest, when in actuality you could be sneaking up on them without them knowing.
The importance of not being seen
Weather may mask your whereabouts, but there’s things you can do and objects to equip that also help not to be seen. Among the big guns and healing kits scattered around, it’s also worth to be on the lookout for items like flash hiders and suppressors for your various guns (you can find out more about the different equipment in our PUBG Best Weapons guide). It’ll keep your whereabouts more hidden when engaging far-away players, but also may confuse nearer enemies into thinking you’re further away than you are.
Cover is important in all maps in any given shooter, but in such a small map it’s perhaps more vital to be aware of your surroundings. Trees are littered around in abundance, so can provide vital cover. Despite being generally frowned upon as a tactic, going prone on a slope in some foliage and picking off unsuspecting passersby, is a surprisingly effective way to net a few kills. That is of course before the blue wall of impending doom looms behind you.
Perhaps the most crucial thing you need is to use your ears. If you hear gunshots in the distance and are absolutely sure they’re not being aimed at you, the person firing that gun has given their position away to an extent. If you’re particularly stealthy, you could get the jump on them instead.
Using vehicles in Sanhok
As good as vehicles can be in both Erangel and Miramar, the same can’t really be said for Sanhok. You make far too much noise when driving around that by the time you’re speeding away, half the map know exactly where you are and may have an idea of where you are going. It’s far from ideal, but there are ways of making it work.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous and like an air of subterfuge, drive a vehicle into a complex of a few buildings, making sure that no-one else is there first. Then abandon your vehicle in the middle of it and hide by going prone on a nearby hill.
Chances are, some particularly bloodthirsty player heard you cruising by, maybe with a horn blaring as you do so, and will shortly be arriving to investigate. Provided you have a particularly decent aim and a rifle to take that shot, you should have successfully dispatched at least would-be pursuer. On a map this small, it’s certainly viable.
However, if you still need some half-decent gear, it’s perhaps best to avoid driving around as you’ll only draw unnecessary attention to yourself and likely end up slumped over the steering wheel and without that delicious chicken dinner.
Loot with extreme caution
In the previous two PUBG maps, you could often loot your fallen enemies in relative safety. Sanhok’s small size means you might want to take more time surveying the land, and perhaps lay a trap for a few pesky vultures. If you’re lucky, you might get a bunch of loot rather than end up dead yourself.
Air drops are another big thing to be wary of. Chances are, if you’re nearby and have seen the air drop coming in, so has half the map. Take the opportunity to take a vantage point if need be, then watch as some sap wanders into the open and begins taking stuff. Provided your aim is true and gun powerful enough, they should be defeated before they know what hit them. If your gear isn’t good enough, chances are someone else has them in their sights and will be more than willing to do the job for you.
Of course, if that’s the case, you should be on the lookout for where that fateful shot came from, as it’s valuable information to surviving. Who knows, they might come running in, thinking the location is clear, only to find them meeting the same fate, by your hand.
Sanhok Release Information
Our information for Sanhok was of course based on the Closed Network Test that happened recently. Those that purchased the game while it was in early access on PC can play it until the Network Test ends at noon on Monday the 11th.
As for when it will appear on the live servers, all we know is that this is currently the final test and that the release schedule is currently “near the end of June”. You therefore won’t have long to wait for the final release of the map and we’ll be sure to update this guide with any new stuff we discover once it goes live.
For those playing right now, if you follow these tips, you may stand a good chance of surviving until the final moments of the game. From then on, it’s like playing any other PUBG map, so a lot of the general hints apply. Do be sure to check out our guide on PUBG’s Erangel map as well for tips and tricks on that map too.