Finding the best PUBG armor will keep you alive and enduring throughout the game, able to shrug off damage and carry through any firefight. But armor is a bit more complicated than just one option, with multiple tiers for vests and helmets to use, so it’s important to understand what you’re getting into before you have to choose from the scraps of clothing you’re getting into. find by exploring PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Here’s the best PUBG armor you should choose, with tier two often being more useful than tier three – read on to find out why.
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Vests and helmets actually reduce damage by the same amount, assuming they’re of the same level, but what changes is durability – your vest can take a lot more damage than your hat. With that in mind, here are the basics of what you should hunt.
Level 1 Police Vest
- Police Vest 200 Durability
- 30% damage reduction
With a level one vest, which should be the absolute minimum you’re wearing at all times, you’ll block about 30% of every shot, which is pretty significant. Sometimes when looting a high value area it can be easy to skip that first tier, thinking you’re bound to find a tier two before long, but that’s a terrible idea, always take it.
The key stats for a level one vest are mostly 5.56 ARs, SMGs, and Shotguns. We don’t have official values for anything in PUBG, but extensive testing in many places suggests that a level one vest means it will take four body shots from a 5.56 AR to kill, instead of three without a vest. For SMGs, it pushes the number of bullets to kill by two for all but the Tommy Gun and the same goes for shotguns, pushing the S1897 and S686 to a massive six bullets to kill.
Level 2 Police Vest
- Police Vest 220 Durability
- 40% damage reduction
With only a 10% increase in damage reduction, the difference between level one and level two isn’t that big, so don’t worry too much if you can’t find any. However, it will protect you from a few key weapons, and of course the extra 10% in general is always good.
A level two will provide better protection against all common sniper rifles. A Kar98k goes from about two hits with a level one to a clear three hits with a level two. While the SKS and Mini 14 will now require four good body shots instead of three, which is much more manageable. It will also cause the 5.56 AR to fire you five times instead of four, but the damage is so close to four shots that the difference isn’t very helpful.
Level 3 Military Vest
- Army Vest 250 Durability
- 55% damage reduction
The Military Vest is of course the dream, with a massive 55% damage reduction that gives you a significant advantage in close combat.
Level three once again adds one shot to kill on most common snipers, with the Kar98k taking four shots and the Mini 14 a whopping six. Although if you let someone take six hits on you with a Mini, something has gone wrong. It also makes the Micro Uzi and S12K pretty useless, as both will take 10 bullets to the chest to knock you down.
While 55% damage reduction is great, it’s worth remembering that durability is a key factor. Chances are you’ll take multiple photos in the area and the vests will be damaged. If you flip a full health level two halfway through the game and then find a quarter of health level three on a body, maybe leave it where it is. Chances are that if you take another bullet or two, that level three will be destroyed and you’ll get 0% damage reduction for the rest of the round. Not an ideal situation.
Helmets are their own thing, a separate piece of armor that in some cases can do a lot, and in others do nothing at all (which we’ll explain momentarily). However, it’s better to be beaten than not to be beaten (escaped?), so rummage through loose loot until you see one of the options listed below.
Here’s something a lot of people don’t realize. The Ballistic Mask is purely cosmetic and will not block any incoming damage. Grab it if you think it looks cool, but remember it won’t help you at all in any type of fight.
Level 1 Motorcycle Helmet
- 80 Durability
- 30% damage reduction
In terms of damage reduction, helmets follow the same structure as vests, but with less durability for each level. However, headshots being the key to quick kills, they are arguably more important, which is why you should never ignore a level one helmet.
Without a helmet, all snipers and ARs except the VSS will take you down with a single headshot. But with a level one hat, all ARs, the SKS, and the Mini will take two bullets. This is a huge difference, as it gives you time to react and hide. It also helps with all other weapons, usually giving you an extra second or two to fight.
Level 2 military helmet
- 150 Durability
- 40% damage reduction
While the level two vest brings big changes in the number of hits it will take to take you down, the level two helmet is more of a small upgrade in that department. Most things will still be able to take you down with just two hits, but the damage reduction means that if a head shot turns into a body shot, you can live a little longer.
Perhaps the key here is the almost double durability. While it may seem like you’ll never be able to get headshots yourself, they’re actually quite common, and as a result a level one can go away after just one fight. Level two has a bit more stuff and will last a lot longer. Not having a helmet is pretty disastrous, so keep the durability factor in mind.
Level 3 Spetsnaz Helmet
- 230 Durability
- 55% damage reduction
The level three helmet is where things get really fun. Only the AWM is capable of taking you down with one shot now, with models like the Kar98k and M24 going down to two. Simply for this fact, you should always take a level three because getting shot is the most frustrating thing in PUBG. Elsewhere, all 5.56 weapons drop to three shots to kill, which is pretty high, and shotguns become pretty useless, dropping to four and five shots to kill. Be warned that the AK is still able to shoot you even with level three.
Again, the durability increase is a big factor, and of course a whole new tier three is what you should be rocking. Where things differ from vests is when you should Stop take a level three. The big difference in durability means that a half-damaged level three will last almost as long as a full level two, and blocking damage is extremely important. Really, you only want to drop or skip a tier three in favor of a tier two when it comes to say 10 or 15% durability. Even then, some people will take durability level three rather than level two if they know there’s a big sniper or two in the game, because that durability will be the difference between getting killed a shot or two.
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