The Flare gun is an extremely rare weapon that when fired, calls in a custom air drop that drops a larger amount of highly valuable equipment compared to the ordinary air drop. Once a flare is fired straight up into the air and reaches an altitude of 200 meters, a plane will soon fly over the map and drop off either a crate if the player is inside the safe zone, or a BRDM-2 if outside. Firing a flare at a player causes no damage .
Flares as a usable weapon or supply signal.
~ In-game description
Flare Gun UI Improvement
Changed the Flare Gun crosshair to display as a circle when aiming at the correct position to successfully call in a Special Care Package or Armored UAZ.
Adjusted the Flare Gun status UI displayed after calling in a Special Care Package or Armored UAZ.
The green flashing light is now removed once the drop leaves the plane.
Previously, it would remain until the drop had been on the ground for 30 seconds.
Many players felt the icons and on-screen message related to Flare Guns did not match the style of PUBG as a realistic Battle Royale experience. We agree and have removed them.
Removed the Flare Gun icon from the world map and mini-map.
Removed the on-screen message indicating incoming special care packages.
As a result of adding Flare Guns, there were many more planes flying by regularly which led to much frustration from players due to both the volume and frequency.
Altitude of the plane delivering Flare Gun special care packages is now set to 500m (raised from 350m).
Subsequently, the audible volume of the planes will now be lower.
Adjusted Loot Balance
Reduced Flare Gun Spawn Rate to an average of 3 Flare Guns per game for all maps.
We want the Flare Gun to be a rare item with great benefits, but at a high risk.
Reduced the Care Package contents from 2 sets to 1 set in squad mode, which is the same as solo/duo mode.
Reduced total Flare Gun care packages available to be called in per game.
Now only 2 sets of special care packages and 2 armored UAZ can be called in per game total, down from 3.
Added a new item, Flare Gun.
Flare Guns are now available in public matches and can be found as a rare item spawning in the world.
If you're lucky enough to find a Flare Gun, fire it directly into the air after the initial blue zone has closed to call in a special care package.
When firing the Flare Gun inside the current safe zone, you'll call in a special care package with lots of loot, or an armored UAZ when fired while outside the current safe zone.
Based on your feedback through our public Flare Gun tests, we've made changes to improve the gameplay experience with this item.
Flare Guns used in the early phase of the game often give a great advantage with little risk, therefore, the Flare Gun will only deliver a care package when used after the first blue zone phase.
A message will be shown on the UI when a nearby player successfully calls in a special care package with the Flare Gun and an icon indicating the location of the drop will be displayed on the map.
Calling in an armored UAZ will not display a message on the UI, or be indicated on the map.
The Flare Gun spawn rate is different on each map.
Partners can control the spawn rate of Flare gun in Custom Games.