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PUBG: How to heal yourself

Everything you need to know about healing yourself in PUBG.

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Our PUBG healing guide contains everything you need to know about healing yourself in the game, as well as the differences between healing packs and booster items.

A Battle Royale game like PUBG is all about survival, and with 99 other people out to make sure that you don’t in fact survive, it’s likely that you’ll receive more than just a few scratches.

Health doesn’t automatically regenerate in PUBG, but thankfully there are quite a few ways to bring top up your health bar if things do get a little hairy. Items range all the way from rolls of Bandages and stacks of Energy Drinks that’ll heal you a little, to bulky Med Kits that are very hard to come by but will completely restore all your HP in one use.

Below we’ve put together a guide that’ll take you through how to heal yourself, as well as list all of the healing items in the game along with their effectiveness.

When you're done here, make sure you take a look at our enormous PUBG guide as it contains everything you could possibly need to know about the game!

PUBG: How do I heal myself?

Here’s a breakdown of how you can heal yourself in PUBG.

  • First you’ll need to pick up a healing item, let’s use Bandages for the purpose of this example.
  • Open up your inventory.
  • Find the Bandages and right click to use them. Each healing item has a different cast time and once they’ve elapsed, the healing effect will trigger. Small side to side movements won’t disrupt the cast, but purposeful strides will.
  • Default hotkeys 7, 8, 9 and 0 correspond to Med Kits, First Aid Kits, Bandages and Booster Items respectively.
  • You can also assign different keys to certain healing items in the options menu if you’re on PC.

PUBG: How does the healing system work?

Below we’ve put together an overview of the healing system in PUBG. There’s more to it than meets the eye!

  • At the bottom of your screen you’ll notice a long white bar - this is your health bar. Take damage from any source and this’ll deplete.
  • Directly above your health bar is the booster bar. You fill this up with specific booster items and it’ll apply different healing buffs.
  • There are three basic health items in PUBG: Bandages, First Aid Kits and Med Kits. These all restore your health bar.
  • There are also three booster items in PUBG: Energy Drinks, Painkillers and Adrenaline Shots. These all increase your booster bar.
  • Fill up your booster bar and it’ll slowly replenish your health over time. The more it’s full, the faster the health regeneration. If it’s maxed out, you’ll also gain a small movement speed boost as well.

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PUBG: Healing and Boost Items

Healing Items List

  • Bandages - These can be found in stacks of five and are the lowest tier healing item in the game. They each have a four second cast time and will regenerate 10 health over seven seconds once applied. However, you can only heal up to a maximum of 75% HP with Bandages.
  • First Aid Kit - These take six seconds to cast and will heal you up to 75%.
  • Med Kit - The best healing item in the game, but one that’s very hard to find. It’s got a lengthy cast time of eight seconds but once complete, it’ll restore you to maximum HP.

Booster Items List

  • Energy Drink - The lowest tier booster available and the one you’ll find most commonly out in the wild. They take four seconds to cast and will fill 40% of your booster bar.
  • Painkiller - Painkillers take seven and a half seconds to use and fill 60% of your booster bar. They’re a nice upgrade over the Energy Drink.
  • Adrenaline Shot - These are extremely hard to come by as they’re only found in Supply Crates. Manage to get your hands on one though and it’ll completely max out your booster bar after a ten second cast time.

Healing: Tips and Tricks

Keeping your health topped up is vital to survival and we’ve put together a few points to bear in mind when you’re next fighting it out in Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds.

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  • You shouldn’t be carrying more than ten or twenty bandages, as this’ll be more than enough to heal some minor wounds. Any more and it’ll also take up some serious inventory space which could go towards bigger and better healing items, or weapons and armour.
  • Be wary of hoarding First Aid Kits and Med Kits as they take up some serious space too.
  • Don’t be afraid to stock up on Boosters as you can never really have enough. They’re especially important in the latter stages of a match as you topping up your booster bar will ensure you’re all buffed up and ready for a showdown.
  • We’d recommend binding your healing items to different keys for ease of access. This’ll enable you to heal or boost quickly without the need to bring up the inventory menu. A streamlined healing process can save you precious seconds in an intense firefight.

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