Paintball Tips & Strategies 2022 – How to be Good at Paintball

Last Updated on May 5, 2022 by Jezus Fischer

There are always some spaces to improvise any game no matter its paintball or what. You will find thousands of unique ways to get better at the game. Paintball is a game that involves lots of strategy and tricks to compete with the opponent. Whether you are a naïve player or a veteran one, every new paintball game will reveal some new technique to win the battle.

Players often look for paintball tips and tricks that can help them win the game. Here we have compiled some basic paintball tips along with paintball tactics to improve your game. These tips and tricks are sourced by renowned paintballers and some experts and marshals. So if you are curious to know” how to get better at paintball” stick to this article.

Paintball Tactics – Step by Step Guide

Paintball Tips

Paintball Tactics – Before Game:

Essentials for your game and equipment:

Before jumping into the field, make sure to keep the following necessities with you, which you might need during the game;

  • High-quality batteries like Duracell, if you are using electro-pneumatic gun or hopper.
  • Keep few microfiber cloths with you to clean your marker, mask.
  • Barrel squeegee, to clean barrel instantly. A clean barrel increases your performance.
  • Do keep elbow pads with you. You never know when the game heats up and you need to crawl or creep.
  • Extra pods, to keep paintballs.
  • A paintball vest or harness is a good option as it gives you lots of handy storage space.

Know your marker:

You know, paintball depends entirely on a paintball gun. So you should have complete information about the mechanics of your marker, so that if your marker gets out of order right on the ground you may quickly fix it.

The majority of the paintball markers are gravity-fed, which means paintballs roll into the barrel under the action of gravity. Keep in mind that in such types of markers, if a barrel is above the hopper, the gun won’t work. 

This can even happen if you positioned your marker upside down or even sideways. Therefore, keep the position of the marker intact. Instead of firing in style like Tom Cruise, it’s better to keep the position of the hopper and barrel maintained.

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Ready your marker before the game:

Clean the barrel of your gun as the dirty barrel makes your accuracy poor. Properly and generously lube the o-rings of your gun. Do check the hopper, it should be dry and clean. If any of the pellets are cracked inside the hopper this will cover all the pellets with paint which causes gun blockage.

Pop up your tank:

Firing paintball without air in the tank is impossible. You can’t fire at any cost. Before the start of the game, fill the air tank. During the game, keep an eye on the pressure gauge to see the amount of air in the tank. Pressure gauges are located near the grip of the gun. It’s a circular gauge with numbers ranging from 0-5. Each number is representing certain pressure in psi. Like if the needle is towards 1 it means the pressure is 1000psi which means the tank needs to be filled up. Always fill the tank up to 3000psi.

Pop up your tank

Know your game:

There are many variations of paintball games which include elimination, capture a flag, and many others. Before heading towards the paintball field, understand the main objective of your game. If it’s an elimination-style game where you have to hit the enemy to eliminate them, design your strategy accordingly. 

Therefore, before the start of the game, have a clear and definite understanding of your paintball variation. Without having the proper understanding of the paintball game, chances of success are less.

Communication is the key:

They say communication is the key to success and that’s 110% right. If you want to win a paintball game, try to have a decent correspondence among you and your teammates. If teams are communicated properly, it will be easier to attack and moves around the field. Therefore, before starting a paintball match, try to arrange a short meeting regarding your strategy and your team movement.

Paintball Tactics – During Game:

Move with aim:

Experts say to keep moving so that you can hit the opponent as soon as you get a chance. But we have modified it by saying, keep moving but with AIM. Yes, wandering here and there with no aim simply exposes you to the opponent and you may get eliminated easily. So it’s better to choose a certain move and move on it. However, you must know when to hide behind a tree or bunker and when to expose.

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Always be ready to fire:

Your posture and the way you move look like as you are ready to fire. Don’t bob your head up and down especially on the rough terrain. Instead, keep your head at the same level, don’t look down your body will adjust the balance itself. Keep your marker up and hold the trigger and foregrip firm and tightly. This is how you are in the position to fire. Move just like this.

Observe the playing zone:

Before starting the match carefully observe the playing zone. Make a mental map and design your strategy likewise. During the game when you move to a new position don’t react immediately. Wait for a few seconds, take a deep breath, and observe the playing area. Re-design your next step.

Use pyrotechnics:

Use pyrotechnics

Certain pyrotechnics such as flashbangs and smoke grenades are very deceptive to competitors. They are like sudden surprises to your enemies. By using pyrotechnics you can indirectly attack enemies. Paint grenades are the most favorite pyrotechnics of paintballers as you can attack multiple opponents in a single time.

Keep an eye on Marshall:

During paintballing keep noticing Marshall especially if he is standing close by. Marshals are responsible to referee the game and take care of safety measurements. They move with the players especially during firefights to make an honest decision. If your Marshal is standing near to you, observe what he is looking? Maybe someone is ready to attack you.

Expose little of your body:

When you are peeping out of the bunkers, make sure to expose as little part of your body as you can. You can just pop out using your half face only.

Shoot with the velocity of 300FPS:

Paintball velocity varies with the type of game and the ground. But frankly speaking, the majority of the variation of paintball offers to play with the velocity of 300FPS. Just ask your referee or marshal about the permissible velocity limit. 300 FPS is the moderate velocity which gives an immense difference in the performance of the gun.

At this velocity, you can hit the target accurately and the paintball hits very forcefully. No matter what happens, adjust your velocity to 300fps with the help of the Allen key. But yes, if you get to know on the field that your paintballs are too brittle, only then it is acceptable to shoot on lower than 300FPS.

Double check the paint stain:

If you are playing elimination-style paintball, where players get eliminated after they get hit by paintball and get a paint stain. Then you must double-check yourself for paint stain before declaring that you are eliminated. Sometimes, paintball just hits and bounces off. Yes, it happens and interestingly, you are not out if the paintball bounces off.

For that reason, it’s a great idea to double-check your clothes to find the paint stain. Do not remove yourself from the game until or unless you find the paint stain. Remember, you cannot re-join the game regardless of whether you have not been shot.

Move in Pair:

Single and alone can be easily hit without any fear of elimination but if two or more players move together it will give a slight fear to enemies. Like if a player is pinned down by the enemies, the other teammates can quickly fire from another angle to hit the enemy.

Paintball Tactics – After Game:

Hydrate Yourself:

As soon as the game is finished, drink plenty of water and make sure to maintain your water intake for the remaining day. Paintballing involves, running, crawling, and creeping which makes you sweat a lot. Therefore, to avoid being lethargic for the entire day, it’s better to consume at least 8-12 glasses of water.

Clean your equipment:

Right after the game is ended, take wet wipes or microfiber cloth and quickly clean your gun, hopper, and other equipment. We are not saying to clean them deeply, just a superficial cleaning would be enough. This way, if you are planning for another round of the game, your equipment will perform well.

Change the plan:

So luckily if you have won the first match, communicate with your teammates and change the plan for the second game. Opponents have noticed and seen your performance they must be well aware of your moves. So the best trick to win the next game is to change the game plan. 

And If in case you have lost the first match, don’t get disappointed. Call your teammates; communicate with the eliminated teammate if they could survive in the other match. Design the other strategy keeping in mind all the flaws that your team made in the last match. 

Tips for Paintballing

Take some practice shot:

With the permission of the marshal, try to have few shots before the start of the game. This will give you a clear picture of the performance of your marker and you can get it to fix right at the spot.

Keep the hopper lid closed:

A lot of newbies face this embarrassing situation; they forgot to tighten the hopper lid. This results in the spilling of paintball. Spill paintballs are a headache to use, as they get dirty and might jam the barrel. Therefore, it’s better to waste it.

Dedicate some hand signals:

Instead of yelling out your strategy to your teammates, it’s better to assign some hand signals for particular moves in the meeting before jumping in the field. This way, your moves, and tricks won’t reveal to your opponent.

Keep an eye on the hopper:

Due to crawling and leaping on the ground, some paintball pellets may crack inside the hopper. During the game, do check the inside of your hopper. If you noticed any crack pellet, quickly take off the hopper from your gun and head towards the neutral zone. Wipe the inside of the hopper with some tissue paper, discard the pellets and fill the hopper with new pellets.

Use paintball pods:

Transferring paintballs into a hopper is a bit tricky task. You will need someone to hold the gun in an upright direction so that you can pour the pellets from the pouch into the hopper. This is time taking especially when the battle is heated. So the best way is to use paintball pods, before the start of the match, keep multiple paintball pods filled with you. Pouring pellets from pods into the hopper is a really simple and single-handed task. It can be done alone without wasting any time.

Discard the fallen paintball pellets:

Dropped paintball pellets look tempting to use. They are free pellets but they sometimes cost you so high. Since the pellets have an outer gelatin coating that instantly absorbs moisture as soon as it comes in contact with any moist surface. This may lead to soft pellets that just bounce off. Some pellets start swelling and become big in size. Such type of pellet won’t fall into the barrel from the hopper and may cause jamming of your gun.

Even if you have dropped some pellets during hopper loading, never use them. They are fine to be discarded.

Change your position while hiding behind the bunker:

Peep out from the right side of the bunker and when you see opponents have noticed you. Now wait for a few seconds and pop out from the left and take a shot. This is a misleading trick. Opponents must be thinking that you will again pop out from the right. Therefore just by simply changing the position, you can give a hard time to your foes.

Follow leapfrogging strategy:

It’s an advanced trick to win or succeed in the game. It is often used by military people. It is consists of two players let’s consider them player 1 and player 2. Players move forward in the field while covering the other member of the team. Let’s say player 1 wants to move forward so player 2 who is behind player 1 shoots towards opponents so that player 1 can safely reach its base camp. 

Leapfrogging is very effective. Remember, Leapfrogging requires strong communication among team members. A single flaw in communication can fail the strategy.

Follow DMW strategy:

DMW or Dead Man Walk is an old but effective strategy where an active and live player pretends to move to the dead zone with his gun down as if he is out of the game. Therefore players considered him dead or eliminated but in actual he is not. But once the dead player reaches near the enemy, he suddenly takes into cover and opens the fire.

Some people considered it as a cheating tactic but it is a fair trick if you:

  • Haven’t raised your gun or hand or made any gesture of being eliminated.
  • Haven’t declared that you are hit.
  • Remain within the boundary of the field.

Don’t panic when you are short of pellets:

Remember your gun still make noise and nobody will notice that you are not firing any pellets. So if in the middle of the game you are out of pellets, Stay calm and don’t let anyone notice it. You can still manage to grab the enemies’ flag. Just communicate it to your closest team member so that he may cover you.

Wear camouflaged clothes:

This is the most useful tip while playing woodsball. Try to wear clothes that camouflage with the atmosphere of the field. This way you can advance in the field without been noticed by the opponents. You remain invisible as long as you are not moving. So move cautiously towards the base of enemies.

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Carefully aim:

Shooting recklessly without any aim is just a waste of paintball ammos. Though it’s fun but it won’t succeed you in the game. You will get out of pellets very soon. Paintball is a strategy-based game. So carefully aim your target and shoot carefully. Initially, you will miss your target but a time will come when you will become a pro and can hit the target accurately. This way you will have high chances of winning the battle.

Shoot at a distance of more than 3 meters:

Don’t think yourself lucky if your enemy comes closer to you like less than 3 meters. Remember, they are your enemy in the game only. It might hurt the player and eventually putting him in a revengeful situation. So if the opponents are too close immediately notify to your Marshall so that he would be out of the game for disobeying the rules. You don’t need to shoot them with such a close distance.

Use middle finger for firing:

The middle finger is comparatively stronger than the index finger. So if you are using an electro-pneumatic gun that fires rapidly try using a middle finger for a fatigue-free and faster firing rate

Use smoke grenade:

Different pyrotechnics are used in paintball. But the smoke grenade is the most effective of all. So if you are stuck in a tight place with enemies around then use smoke grenades. But first, check the direction of the wind then ignite it and throw the grenade in the direction where you want a smoke. After few seconds, dense smoke will start forming which will hinder the vision of the opponent and you can easily escape. Smoke grenades and other pyrotechnics are allowed to be used by players aged 18 plus.


Paintball is a true example of a thrilling game. It’s a game for which you have paid to play. So besides following above mentioned paintball tips and tactics do not forget to have fun on the field. Stay positive, help others especially the ones who have invited you, and have lots and lots of fun. If you don’t win the game, don’t worry it’s just a game. Instead of being sad try to enjoy the moment to the fullest. Don’t forget to follow the safety rules.