PUBG update 8.3 patch notes adds ferries, jammer packs, and more

Hop aboard the ferry before it departs in PUBG's 8.3 update. We have the full patch notes for you to read during your ride.


One wouldn't imagine that a barge would be the safest place to sit during a PUBG session, but players are about to get that option with the upcoming 8.3 update. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting some substantial additions with its next patch and players are getting a first look with Wednesday's patch notes.

PUBG update 8.3 patch notes

PUBG 8.3 update patch notes

Here are the major patch note bullet points, taken from the PUBG website:

  • Four Ferries have been added to Erangel
  • Ferries allow players to board and travel via two set routes between the Erangel Mainland and Sosnovka Island
    • Each route has two Ferries
  • Each Ferry will depart from the docks with the first phase of the Blue Zone
  • Once arriving at a dock, ferries will stay docked for approximately 20 seconds before taking to the sea en route to their destination
    • Ferries will sound a horn 7 secs prior to arrival and departure. Hop aboard!
  • Ferries are not available in Ranked Mode or Esports Mode in Custom Matches
  • The Jammer Pack uses its energy to temporarily prevent players from taking damage from the Blue Zone
    • A new energy bar for the Jammer Pack will be displayed on screen once equipped
  • Once all energy has been depleted, the Jammer Pack will function only a regular backpack, not giving any protection against the Blue Zone
    • Energy depletes more quickly as the Blue Zone deals more damage
  • Available in Normal and Custom Matches as rare world loot spawn on Karakin and Sanhok
    • Also obtainable from the Sanhok Loot Truck


  • General
    • Decoy Grenades have been added Karakin and Training Mode
    • Miramar haystacks are now destructible (much like their Erangel counterparts)
    • Added Pai Nan and Bootcamp to Team Deathmatch
    • Added additional natural cover in the form of trees and rocks outside Bootcamp, Sanhok on both the North and West sides
    • Since the recent sound improvements to the Kar98k and SKS, we've received feedback that the overall volume of the sounds are too loud. We've heard your feedback and have lowered the volume when firing both the Kar98k and SKS
    • Destructible wooden shacks have been re-added to Erangel
      • These were temporarily replaced with concrete shacks in Update 8.2 due to a technical issue
  • Sanhok Loot Truck
    • Added Jammer Pack to available loot pool
    • Greatly reduced the number of Level 3 Helmets and Ghillie suits drops
    • Limited the number of duplicate item drops from Loot Trucks, to prevent situations where excessive loot of the same type is dropped from one Loot Truck
  • Assist System
    • Up until now, assists were only tracked during the recap of Ranked Mode matches. Now we're expanding upon its visibility and adding it to Normal Matches as well, with new UI elements added to show when your assists happen. Assist UI and messaging has been added to Ranked Mode, Normal Matches in Duos/Squads and team modes in Battle Royale Custom Matches. The current assist system for TDM will remain unchanged.
    • Assists are earned after dealing at least 25 damage to an enemy who is then killed soon after by a teammate
      • You'll be granted an assist for enemies knocked within 60 seconds of you dealing the minimum damage, who are then later killed by one of your teammate, without being revived beforehand
      • Assists also apply when these conditions are met in situations where an enemy dies instantly, due to being the last member alive in their team or squad
  • Teammate Combat Indicators
    • We've added a visual indication for when your squad mates are attacked by enemy players. This will help teams react more quickly to allies under fire, especially those not using voice comms.
    • Additional indicators will now display alongside the existing teammate UI to help you identify when teammates are engaged in combat.
    • You'll see these indicators in the existing locations you get information on your teammate's current status.
      • Team HUD
      • Minimap
      • On-screen 3D teammate icons
      • The notifications won't display while spectating (including replays) or watching the Deathcam
  • Bot AI Improvements
    • We've made a few improvements to bots to make them act a little more naturally

Ranked Mode

  • Players will now have the option to join Training Mode while waiting for their Ranked Match queue. About 30 seconds after your queue begins, you'll be given a popup asking whether you want to stay in the lobby or join Training Mode. This is a good, completely optional way to warm up and pass the time before getting into your Ranked Match.
  • After matchmaking for 30 seconds, you’ll be presented with the option to enter Training Mode while remaining in queue for your Ranked Match
  • You can choose to either stay in the lobby or enter Training Mode while continuing to wait for a match
    • Bear in mind, you won't necessarily be placed into the same Training Mode instance as your teammates
  • You and your teammates will automatically be removed from Training Mode and sent into a Ranked Match once found
  • Leaving Training Mode manually will return you to the main menu, where you'll remain in the Ranked Mode queue
    • You won't have the option to rejoin Training Mode if you've manually left
  • Matchmaking will be cancelled if any teammates exit PUBG, or cancel matchmaking

Performance and Optimization

  • Reduced the chance of hitching or stuttering to occur while the game is spawning items
    • Items will be loaded in advance during the loading splash screen
    • We expect this improvement will also resolve most cases of items not being displayed upon landing and cases where throwing a melee weapon can result in the projectile visually stuttering.
  • Character Spawning Optimization
    • Reduced instances of hitching or stuttering which could occur during the loading of multiple vehicles or players at once.
  • Optimized shadow animations when exiting vehicles
  • Optimized the cost of world particle effects to ease potential overloads which could cause a decrease in performance
  • Optimized the rendering pipeline to improve performance

Custom Matches

  • Loot Truck Icons
    • New icons for loot trucks has been added in the observer mode.
    • Loot truck icons show two state of the truck. Live or Dead.
  • General
    • Player headup UI displayed in the observer mode has been slightly optimized for better experience.
    • Added Jammer Backpack (Sanhok and Karakin)
  • Esports Ruleset Update
    • Esports Mode has been updated with the latest global S.U.P.E.R. ruleset
    • For full details, including specific spawn rate adjustments, please refer to the Global Esports Ruleset available at

Social Features

  • Improved the friends list popout, replacing it with the new full screen Social Page.
  • The Social Page can be accessed by clicking the social widget in the lower right corner of the lobby on the main menu.
  • Team invite settings can be changed on new Social Page


  • The outgame background color has been changed to improve readability and quality
  • Improved some design components for consistency
  • Indicators and a message will now be displayed In situations where connectivity issues to Steam are preventing certain outgame features from working correctly
  • Ranked Mode insignias have been aligned on the lobby screen


  • Chuseok Lunar Sets
    • Battle Bunny Set
    • Floptop Set
  • Individual Chuseok Lunar Items
    • Battle Bunny Outfit
    • Battle Bunny Mask
    • Bunnycomb – M24
    • Floptop Tank
    • Floptop Hoodie
    • Floptop Pants
    • Floptop Mask
    • Floptop Shoes
    • Moondust – AUG
  • Cult Classics Sets
    • Cult Classics Weapon Pack
  • Individual Cult Classic Items
    • Shackled Monarch – SKS
    • Blue Whale Cult – AKM
    • Seahorse Cult – Beryl M762
  • Individual Striped Graffiti Items
    • Striped Graffiti Pink – Helmet (Level 3)
    • Striped Graffiti Yellow – Helmet (Level 3)
  • 2020 Halloween Sets
    • CARRIONETTE COSTUME SET (2018 Halloween option available)
    • MALEVOLENT MIME COSTUME SET (2018 Halloween option available)
    • GRIM GOALIE COSTUME SET (2018 Halloween option available)
    • EXECUTIONER COSTUME SET (2018 Halloween option available)
  • Individual 2020 Halloween Sets
    • Carrionette Backpack (Level 1)
    • Carrionette Costume
    • Carrionette Leggings
    • Carrionette Wig
    • Carrionette Mask
    • Malevolent Mime Costume
    • Malevolent Mime Leggings
    • Malevolent Mime Beret
    • Malevolent Mime Helmet – (Level 2)
    • Malevolent Mime Backpack (Level 3)
    • Faceless Freak Mask
    • Grim Goalie Mask
    • Grim Goalie Costume
    • Scrapyard Slasher
    • Spiker Helmet – (Level 1)
    • Caution Tape Backpack (Level 2)
    • Executioner Costume
    • Executioner Pants
    • Twisted Cleaver
  • 2018 Halloween Sets
    • Killer Clown Set
    • Ancient Mummy Set
    • Bloody nurse Set

Bug Fixes

  • Gameplay
    • Fixed the excessive reverb when firing the AWM
    • Fixed the Kar98k reverb sound not playing when shooting outdoors
    • Fixed an issue where players could use melee weapons inside the starting plane in War Mode
    • Fixed a visual issue with the Skorpion where the bolt moved too far forward in single fire mode
    • Fixed a visual issue where the bullet ejector on the Skorpion ejector didn't open after switching to full-auto firing mode
    • Fixed an issue where Panzerfaust warheads would float in-place when firing as the player is DBNO'd
    • Fixed the issue where throwing a grenade at the exact moment of death created a duplicate grenade in the inventory
    • Fixed the issue where vaulting whilst switching weapons may interrupt the action and unholster the weapon
    • Fixed the issue where a character's face would display abnormally when performing a throwing action after holding a melee weapon
    • Fixed the issue where M24's front iron sight would display abnormally in ADS
  • World
    • Fixed the issue where boats could spawn on top of wooden docks on Erangel
    • Fixed an issue where characters could take damage while jumping contentiously at the front-side of trains on Vikendi
  • UI/UX
    • Fixed misaligned text on the Match History screen
    • Fixed an issue which omitted helmet level information of some helmet items on the customize screen
    • Fixed the issue where new makeup skins are misaligned in the customize screen
    • Fixed the issue where some killfeed images overlap with other UI during the Deathcam
    • Greatly mitigated an issue where squadmates were not displayed in the team list UI
  • Sound
    • Fixed the issue where menu navigation arrows did not have any sound effects
  • Skins & Items
    • Fixed the strange texture displayed when equipping Plaid Skirt (Flannel Gray)
    • Fixed an issue where characters would load into the game only wearing some items, when equipping a bow tie costume and another item
    • Fixed an issue where part of the character’s body is partially transparent when equipping Heavy Fur Coat and Summer Bikini items together
    • Fixed the issue where female character’s legs displayed abnormally when equipping Lucha Royale Wrestler Boots
    • Fixed the clipping issue when wearing Duncan’s Pants
    • Fixed the mirrored text on a Retro Synthwave skin
    • Fixed the issue where earrings disappear when equipping facial skins (Mustache, masks etc.) along with Sassy Shades (Red)
    • Fixed the clipping issue when equipping hoodies along with the PCS1 Mask
  • Replay
    • Fixed the issue where the TOP 4 UI displayed even when jumping back on the timeline
    • Fixed the issue where the TOP 4 UI was empty when skipping forward on the timeline

The big news involves the addition of the Erangel Ferries, which will operate on a set schedule. You can use them as an alternate mode of transport, as well as a potential new vantage point. The Jammer Pack will help players prevent Blue Zone damage and give players more space to work with for a brief period. In exchange, players will lose a portion of their level 3 bag space. Consider heavily whether you want to make this exchange.

PUBG's 8.3 is set to hit PC next Wednesday, September 16. If you're dying to try out these changes sooner, you can jump into the PC Test Server right now. Look for the 8.3 patch to deploy on Thursday, September 24 on consoles. And if you don't own it on consoles, remember that PUBG is free right now for PlayStation Plus members.

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