Usually, bigger is better. That’s not always the case in Battle Royale games, where maps that are too big run the risk of not as much action for too long at the start of matches. PUBG Mobile addresses that danger with Sanhok, the new map that was just added in the game’s recent 0.8 update.
Based on the rainforest found in areas like Thailand and the Philippines, Sanhok is quite a bit different looking than Ernagel or Miramar. Let’s find out why before you drop into PUBG Mobile for the first time post-update.
PUBG Mobile Sanhok Map: What You Need to Know
The most important thing you’ll notice about Sanhok is that it’s literally half the size of the maps you’re used to playing on. Erangel, for instance is 8x8km, while Sanhok is 4×4. That means you’re going to run into other players twice as fast on average. This is the kind of math we don’t mind doing.
If you play PUBG on other platforms, it will be familiar to you because Sanhok has been out on the PC version of the game since the summer, and on console for about a week or so before it hit PUBG Mobile. That might give players who have been there an early advantage, so you’ll have to be a fast learner.
We can help you by quickly going over the new weapons and vehicles unique to Sanhok:
Flare Gun: This new, rare item gives you an interesting decision. Use it within the Playzone and you’ll get a super air drop. If you use it outside the PlayZone, you’ll end up with the vehicle that is next on our list.
Bulletproof UAZ: Also knows as an Armored UAZ, this, as the name suggests, is a heavily fortified version of a normal UAZ that seats four and takes some time to destroy.
Muscle Car: Also seats four, and comes in both hard-top and convertible varieties. It’s super fast if you keep it on the roads.
QBZ: A new automatic rifle, it uses 5.56mm ammo and can be used either single shot or for full-auto fire.
Duckbill: This shotgun attachment makes each blast have a wider horizontal area of effect while reducing the vertical spread.
Note that you need to be level 5 to unlock Sanhok (and Miramar, for that matter), so if you’re brand new to PUBG Mobile, you won’t be able to play on the new map, but it doesn’t take too many matched to get to level 5.
You’ll also need to download the map before playing on it, which you can do by tapping on the game select tab right below the start button, then tapping on Sanhok to start the (relatively small) download.
Bonus tip: Does it feel like the blue circle is moving faster? Sanhok features a dynamic circle that moves at different rates depending on how many players are still alive and the area remaining. Don’t let it catch you off-guard.
What Else is New in Update 0.8
Here’s the rest of the good stuff from the update:
Sorry, cheaters: The devs have upped their game when it comes to recognizing cheating plug-ins, while also adding report buttons to several additional screens.
New achievements: You’ll find these under the ‘Missions’ tab.
New Clan perks, titles and rankings: Somewhat self-explanatory.
Improvements to Royale Pass: New mission types are available to keep things interesting.
We don’t mean to brag or anything, but we got that chicken dinner on our first drop into Sanhok, so we’re digging it so far. If you’re digging this article, be sure to scope out our other PUBG Mobile content, like our ultimate weapons list and guide to War mode. See you in the rainforest!