Today’s PUBG guide was prompted by a reader question: “Can you change your name or appearance in PUBG?” Towards the end of 2018, the answer to that question changed.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the biggest games in the world right now. With more than 1 million daily active players, the game is undeniably huge.
When you sign up for a new PUBG account, you have a single chance to choose a name gamertag. Once you have chosen it, you will be stuck with it for a good while. The name you choose is an important decision. It is the one other players see when you kill them, and it is the name they will see on the leader boards. Make it a good one.
Can you change your name in PUBG?
If you couldn’t think of a cool name or used one you thought was cool in the very beginning and want to change it, you’re in luck! There are a few different ways you can change your name in PUBG. None of them are instant, though, so it’ll take some patience to get it done.
The easiest way to change your name is to buy a Rename Card. Here’s how to do so:
- Go to the PUBG mobile shop and select the “Others” tab.
- Purchase the Rename Card. It will set you back 180 BP.
If you have not yet updated to PUBG version 0.4, doing so will automatically give you a Rename Card. Here’s how to get the card:
- Update to version 0.4.
- Go to “Events” to collect your update reward.
- Go to inventory and open the “Box” item to receive your Rename Card.
If you don’t want to purchase a Rename Card, and you’ve already upgraded and used your free Rename Card, you only have one option left: Grinding up to Level 10. This one’s simple:
- Complete all levels in PUBG up to Level 10.
- Collect the mission rewards for Level 10, which will include a free Rename Card.
Regardless of how you acquired a Rename Card, here’s how to use it:
- Go to your inventory, tap the crate icon, and select “Use.”
- A prompt will pop up that will let you type in a new tag.
Note: You cannot use a name that is already in use. If you’re stuck, try adding numbers or symbols after the tag to get it approved. Also note that no matter what, you can change a max of once per day – so don’t go crazy with it!
Can you change your appearance in PUBG?
Aside from your name, your appearance also plays a part in how you are perceived in PUBG. If you were impatient to begin playing and didn’t spend as long as you should have creating your avatar, you can go back and change it – for a fee, of course.
Appearance changes do not include clothing. That is dealt with separately. Appearance here means your gender, hairstyle and color, face shape and features, and skin color.
It currently costs 3,000 BP to change your appearance in PUBG. Depending on how good of a player you are, that’s quite a few games of farming just to change your appearance. If you have the BP to spend, here is how to do it:
- Navigate to the main menu in PUBG.
- Select “Customization,” then “Appearance.”
- Set your gender, hair color, style, face and skin color as you need.
You don’t have to pay to change your clothing in PUBG. The limitation here is that you have to have unlocked a clothing item in order to use it. Changing clothes can be done from the Customization menu. You can buy clothing items from Steam or unlock them in-game.
Coming up with a good name for PUBG
As the number of times you can change your name in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is limited, it’s a good idea to give the one you are planning to use a decent amount of consideration. I tend to have a few go-to names I use across games that I keep around so I don’t have to waste time figuring one out in a new game. If you’re drawing a blank, here are a few quick tips for figuring out a good gaming name.
Keep it short and sweet
You do not want to type a long name or a name with lots of letters and/or numbers in it every time you log in. Keep your gaming name short and succinct. Not only does it make typing easier, but will make it much more understandable over TeamSpeak or Discord if you use voice chat.
Tune it to the genre
Different types of games lend themselves to different names. There is no point calling yourself DungeonMaster or Spellflinger in PUBG, as the name just does not make sense in that context. Tune it to the game, and it will be much better received. For example, something gun- or survival-related like “HiKaliber” or “Surfiverr” would be appropriate for PUBG.
Don’t be an idiot
Even if you’re nine years old, don’t name yourself something a nine-year-old would – or something overtly misogynistic, racist or just plain dumb. There are all sorts of childish or stupid names in PUBG, and they immediately give the impression that the player is not someone you would want to team up with. They may be the best player on the server, but you’re not going to want to team up with someone called “Filthypantyraider”!
Make your name choices wisely. You could be stuck with it for a while!