Latest PUBG update adds bears to Vikendi: Full update 22.1 patch notes

Danyal Arabi
|Published February 12, 2023

This week, PUBG was updated to version 22.1, and a bunch of changes are in store. Earlier, Vikendi was revised to include Blizzards and now it seems that bears have taken over the map. Additionally, the developers have a brand new thermal scope to the game alongside balance changes to guns and attachments. Here’s everything new in the update that will roll out for PC and console soon.

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PUBG update 22.1 patch notes listed

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The lumbering pack of malice has awoken from hibernation and is ready to blow up bloody winds on the Battlegrounds. Introducing a new creature available only in Vikendi: the BEAR. These Bears may look soft to the touch, but they’ll never be your friendly neighborhood pets so make sure to flee or fight back if you wish to keep all your body parts intact!

PUBG update 22.1
  • Bears can be killed.
  • Bears will begin to attack if you are within a certain range.
  • Bear warning signs have been added throughout the map.
  • Bear kill/damage stats will not reflect on your Profile Overview, Stats, Match History, Mastery, and End of Match screen.
  • Available modes
    • Bears reside in Vikendi only.
    • Normal Matches, Custom Matches


As the sun sets on the frost-laced lands, a beautiful aurora blooms within the serene darkness. The weather everyone’s been waiting for – MOONLIGHT mode – has returned this update.

PUBG update 22.1
  • Moonlight weather will appear randomly in matches.
  • Available modes
    • Only available in Vikendi.
    • Normal Matches, Custom Matches


Would you perhaps remember LABS: Thermal Scope Mode, where you had to fight in darkness using only infrared rays? Well, we’ve collected your opinions based on our previous experimental mode and decided to add the popular feature to the snowy grounds: detect snooping players with the new THERMAL 4X SCOPE! (Shouldn’t it be your best friend in Moonlight weather?)

PUBG update 22.1
  • The Thermal Scope utilizes heat signatures to help you detect obscured enemies more easily.
    • This includes enemies hiding in smoke, darkness, brush, etc.
  • The Thermal Scope is a world spawn item.
  • Available modes
    • Only available in Vikendi.
    • Training Mode, Normal Matches, Custom Matches
      • (PC) Available on every map through Sandbox Mode.


  • Supply Drops have been added to Vikendi caves.
  • To make the recently added natural disasters a bit more realistic, smoke and flame from throwables such as Smoke Grenades, Molotov, etc. will no longer work properly within the Blizzard Zone.
    • Players who are caught on fire will also not receive damage within the Blizzard Zone.
      • However, you will still receive initial damage when your body is hit with the Molotov.
  • We’ve noticed the friendly Folded Shields seemed a bit too hidden in the snow. We’re digging them out by increasing their spawn rate by approximately 172%.
  • Item spawn spots have been increased in Train Station, Villa, Castle, and Winery to further richen looting experience in various parts of Vikendi.


  • Adjusted footstep and weapon sounds of the surface/underground so they sound more distinct from each other.


  • Weapon Balance
    • We’ll be balancing the Mk12 a bit this update. Our graphs on weapon loot rate, kill rate, etc. were showing us Mk12’s overperformance over its other DMR fellows. Therefore, we’ve decided to go ahead with some healthy balance changes and made sure to adjust the Mk12 so that it’ll still remain a helpful, hard-hitting weapon but not outshining other options too much.
      • Damage: 51 -> 50
      • Initial Bullet Speed: 930m/s -> 900m/s
      • Recoil recovery: Reduced by approximately 6%.
      • Recoil speed: Increased by approximately 2%.
  • Weapon spawn balance
    • We have adjusted the general spawn rates of 5.56mm and 7.62mm weapons (AR, DMR, LMG only) to have them share similar spawn rates, and to provide more primary weapon options to our players.
      • This spawn balance applies to every map and mode.
  • Vehicle adjustments
    • Zima has been slightly sized up.
    • Vehicle models with open roofs such as the UAZ, Mirado, and Pickup Truck have been removed as they made drivers/passengers a bit too vulnerable.
    • Dacia and UAZ will now spawn in Taego.
    • Trunks have been added to Pickup Trucks and UAZ.
      • Capacity: 250
  • An option to hide your in-game vest and belt has been added to settings.
    • Inventory shortcut (Show/hide Vest/Belt) UI only available on PC.

< Dev Comment >

We’d like to add a few extra words about the removal of UAZ, Mirado, and Pickup Truck’s roof-less models. As we have released and balanced many of our existing vehicles, we’ve noticed specific vehicle models and types needed some tidying up. So we’ve decided to stick to a single model only for the UAZ, Mirado, and Pickup Truck and keep their roofs on for better cover.


  • (Console) We are looking into the issue where the sounds of vehicles and certain weapons do not play on the Xbox platform. Sound optimizations are ongoing and will be reflected in Update 22.1 and 22.2.


A new challenging Season of Ranked – Season 22 has arrived this update.

  • The leaderboard will reset after the Live Server maintenance.
  • Check out your final Tier from the previous season through your Career page.


Below are the rewards you’ll be receiving based on your final Tier from the previous Ranked season.

BronzeBronze PUBG ID Emblem
SilverSilver PUBG ID Emblem
GoldGold PUBG ID EmblemRanked Parachute Skin
PlatinumAnimated Platinum PUBG ID Emblem, Ranked Parachute Skin, Platinum Medal
DiamondAnimated Diamond PUBG ID Emblem, Ranked Parachute Skin, Platinum, Diamond Medal
MasterAnimated Master PUBG ID Emblem, Animated Master Nameplate, Ranked Parachute Skin, Platinum, Diamond, Master Medal
Top 500Bonus rewards for Top 500 players: Animated Top 500 PUBG ID Emblem, Animated Top 500 Nameplate
  • The Parachute skin and Medals are permanent rewards.
  • The rest of the obtainable rewards are available for use during a single Ranked season.
  • Rewards can be found in your Inventory once Season 22 starts.
  • Once Season 22 is over and the server undergoes maintenance, every reward but the Parachute and Medal will be withdrawn from your Edit Profile page.


  • Intense Battle Royale mode has been added to Custom Matches. Enjoy that quick Chicken Dinner even more with friends!
    • Min: 2 players, max: 16 players
    • FPP/TPP are both available.
    • Maps are selectable among Erangel/Miramar/Taego/Deston, but the specific play areas within each map will be selected randomly.
  • The new Moonlight weather/Bear/Thermal 4x Scope have been added to Vikendi’s Custom Match settings.
  • Haven has been added to Custom Match.


  • The preview for equipping item slots in Customize Lobby have been added.


  • Optimized several in-game UI such as the health bar, blood effects when hit, Inventory, etc. to improve frame rates.
  • Fixed several hitches (in-game footsteps, PUBG ID loadings, equipping weapon skins, etc.) to improve frame rates.
  • The logic for interaction canceling in vehicles has been improved for certain in-game situations.
    • This especially applies to low-end devices.

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Danyal Arabi

Danyal Arabi

Danyal Arabi is an Esports writer and Editor at The SportsRush. With a vested interest in computers since an early age he has managed to sink more than 4000 hours into CS: GO over the years. As a Deus Ex enjoyer and fan of the earlier Assassin's Creeds, narrative-driven games have taken much of his time. Being a 2D fighter enthusiast across franchises like Injustice, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter, a fair few controllers have been sacrificed in his pursuit to win. Apart from all things gaming, Danyal enjoys motorsport, bowling, and spending weekends with his pals over good food and banter.

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