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PUBG: Best attachments for every weapon (PC, Xbox One)

Our essential guide to the most powerful weapon upgrades in PUBG.

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Our guide to the best PUBG attachments covers Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Sniper Rifles, DMRs, Shotguns, Pistols and Light Machine Guns.

Assuming you've managed to loot a solid weapon that you want to hang onto into your current PUBG match, your next task is to find a way of upgrading it using one of the many attachments that exist in the game. If you're a newcomer, the danger is that you end up just throwing any old thing onto it, in the hope that it must be doing something useful.

Don't feel too bad if that's you right now, as we all had this mindset for a while as newcomers. Thankfully, and with a bit more game experience and research under our belts, we've since learned a huge amount about the best attachments for each weapon in the game. It turns out there's quite a significant difference between a Flash Hider and a Compensator...

In this article, we're going to run you through the best attachments for each kind of weapon available in PUBG, and explain what makes each one so powerful. Once you've read up on this information, you should feel a lot more confident about your decision-making progress when it comes to applying an attachment - and why it will make a meaningful difference to your performance.

A quick note before we jump in though. We should mention that each weapon category has its own take on any given attachment. You won't be able to just slap a Sniper's Compensator on an Assault Rifle, for example, and the rifle's attachments won't do much for your long-distance sniping tools either. To check an attachment's weapon compatibility, just take a look at the abbreviation that appears in brackets after its in-game name.

Make sure you visit our core PUBG Guide hub when you're done here. It contains all of the most important tips and tactics you need to win more games.

Navigation:

Reading this entire article will definitely give you the best grounding on this subject, but if you just want to know the best attachment for a very specific category of weapon you can use the following links to get straight to what you want.

1. Assault Rifle - Everything you need to know about equipping the best attachments on an assault rifle.

2. Submachine Guns - The best attachments for the Submachine Gun category of weapons in PUBG

3. Sniper Rifle - Which of the many Sniper Rifle attachment options add the biggest bang for your buck.

4. DMR - The very best attachments you can slap on PUBG's DMR weapons.

5. Shotgun - Make sure you're slotting the best attachment onto your shottie of choice.

6. Pistol - Pack a meaner Pistol by choosing the right attachment for the job at hand.

7. Light Machine Guns - Enhance your Light Machine Gun with the very best attachment

The Best Assault Rifle Attachments in PUBG

The best all-rounders, Assault Rifles are perfect for any situation and can be deadly at any range, so it’s no wonder that equipping the right attachments will often pay dividends throughout an entire match.

Check out our article outlining the best Assault Rifles in PUBG once you're done scoping out these attachments.

  • Compensator - Reduces: Recoil pattern, horizontal recoil, vertical recoil, spread base.
  • Suppressor - Reduces: Firing sounds and bullet echo. Slightly reduces recoil deviation.
  • Extended Quickdraw Magazine - Increases magazine size and significantly reduces reload duration.
  • Vertical Foregrip - Reduces: Vertical recoil and makes switching to ADS faster.
  • Half Grip - Reduces: Vertical and horizontal recoil, and also reduces recoil recovery time.
  • Red Dot, Holographic or 2X Scope - Increased accuracy or 2x magnification.
  • 4X and 8X Scope - 4x and 8x magnification.

An unmodified Assault Rifle can be difficult to use, so you'll absolutely want to prioritise getting a sight or a scope first for easier aiming. After that, look for an Vertical Foregrip if possible as it's perfect for single firing shooting. If you're going to be spraying and praying, the Half Grip will be your best option for reducing horizontal recoil which is far harder to predictably control.

A Compensator's not essential, but it's incredibly effective at reducing all sorts of recoil even more.

Having a close to mid range sight like a 2X or Red Dot, alongside a mid to long range scope like a 4X can increase the usability of your trusty Assault Rifle dramatically. Don't just stick with one, be versatile and swap between sights and scopes to suit the situation!

Suppressors are very rare and if you stumble into one they're well worth equipping for heightened stealth.

The Best Submachine Guns Attachments in PUBG

Capable of shredding targets at short to medium ranges, Submachine Guns aren’t to be underestimated and they make for brilliant secondary weapons when you need to play aggressively and take the fight straight to the enemy.

  • Compensator - Reduces: Recoil pattern, horizontal recoil, vertical recoil, spread base.
  • Vertical Foregrip - Reduces: Vertical recoil.
  • Half Grip - Reduces: Vertical and horizontal recoil, and aalso reduces recoil recovery time.
  • Red Dot, Holographic or 2X Scope - Increased accuracy or 2x magnification.
  • Extended Quickdraw Magazine - Increases magazine size and significantly reduces reload duration.

Arguably the most important attachment for Submachine Guns is an Extended or Extended Quickdraw Magazine as it'll give you more leeway to land your shots - these weapons chew through bullets in no time at all.

The Half Grip also makes for a great pickup as you're more often than not, going to be spraying enemies down at close range with a Submachine Gun. It'll reduce unpredictable horizontal swaying, as well as a little vertical recoil too - nice.

Most Submachine Guns have finicky ironsights that make them almost impossible to line up a shot accurately in the heat of the moment. That's why grabbing a Red Dot, Holographic or 2X scope can make a world of difference, so much so, that it'll actually make your weapon usable!

The Best Sniper Rifle Attachments in PUBG

The ultimate tool when it comes to asserting your dominance at long range, Sniper Rifles are capable of picking off targets at absurd distances. Although they’re rather unforgiving and practically useless at close quarters, having one completely kitted out is a great way of increasing your odds of snatching that Chicken Dinner.

  • Suppressor - Reduces: Firing sounds and bullet echo. Slightly reduces recoil deviation.
  • Cheek Pad - Reduces: Animation kick, weapon sway, vertical recoil.
  • Extended Quickdraw Magazine - Increases magazine size and significantly reduces reload duration.
  • 6X Scope - 6x magnification.
  • 8X Scope - 8x magnification.
  • 15X Scope - 15x magnification.

Out of all these attachments, the 6X or 8X Scope are absolute musts if you can find them. They'll actually turn your unmodified Kar98k or AWM into a devastating long range weapon.

If you're lucky enough to crack open a crate and find a 15X Scope inside then you'll be laughing. This Scope will give you so much zoom that you'll be able to spot enemies and scout compounds from outrageous distances. We've placed it below the 8X in priority as it's much harder to come across and the zoom can be overpowering in the vast majority of situations you'll face.

A Suppressor's also incredibly powerful on a Sniper, as enemies will find it very difficult to pinpoint your position. By the time they do, it'll likely be too late!

The Best DMR Attachments in PUBG

DMRs (Designated Marksman Rifles) are weapons that bridge the gap between Assault Rifles and Sniper Rifles. They’re fantastic for picking off targets from a distance or landing those precision headshots at medium range. This makes them a worthy addition to your arsenal.

  • Compensator - Reduces: Recoil pattern, horizontal recoil, vertical recoil, spread base.
  • Vertical Foregrip - Reduces vertical recoil.
  • Extended Quickdraw Magazine - Increases magazine size and significantly reduces reload duration.
  • Suppressor - Reduces: Firing sounds and bullet echo. Slightly reduces recoil deviation.
  • 4X Scope and 8X Scope - 4x and 8x magnification.

In a similar vein to Sniper and Assault Rifles, attaching a 4X or 8X Scope to a DMR will transform these weapons into a mid to long range killing machine.

Don't underestimate the power of a Vertical Foregrip on a DMR. You won't be spraying a rifles like the SKS, so reduced vertical recoil can really help aim when tapping away at enemies.

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The Best Shotgun Attachments in PUBG

The only weapon of choice for blasting enemies at close range, Shotguns deliver a devastating punch but have horrid reload times and terrible long distance damage. Stick to clearing houses or charging enemies though and they’ll do you proud.

  • Choke - Increases: Shot speed. Reduces: Shot spread.
  • Bullet Loops - Reduces reload duration.

We're fans of the Choke as the reduction in bullet spread increases effective range, and increases the chances of insta-kills as well.

Shotguns suffer from horrendous reload times and Bullet Loops remedy this!

The Best Pistol Attachments in PUBG

An true staple when it comes to the early game, it’s highly likely you’ll be defending yourself with a Pistol a few seconds after landing.

  • Extended Quickdraw Magazine - Increases magazine size and significantly reduces reload duration.
  • Suppressor - Reduces firing sounds and bullet echo. Slightly reduces recoil deviation.

Extended, Quickdraw or a the ultimate mixture of both is a brilliant addition to any Pistol. Who doesn't want to spray more bullets?

The Best Light Machine Guns Attachments in PUBG

Currently there are only two in the game and you can’t really attach anything but a sight to them. Still, the M249 in particular is a force to be reckoned with.

  • Red Dot Sight - Makes aiming down sights easier.
  • Holographic Sight - Makes aiming down sights easier.
  • 4X Scope - 4x magnification.

Iron sights aren't easy to see through, let alone shoot enemies with. Sights are great for spraying targets at close range, while Scopes should be reserved for long range tap-shots. Hold down the trigger with a Scope and you'll struggle to control the kick!

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