The Playzone

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The Playzone

The Playzone, also known as "The Circle," is the area where players must remain during the game. If outside of the playzone, players take damage. This forces players closer to each other as the game progresses in order to speed up the game.

Circle Damage

This information provided by Fugglet on Reddit (circle size may be off by up to 10 meters).

As of 10/23/17, this info is incorrect. Circle got buffed.

Circle 1

Diameter - 4550m
Damage - 0.4%
Survive for - 4:10
Travel time - 5:00

Circle 2

Diameter - 2970m
Damage - 0.6%
Survive for - 2:46
Travel time - 2:20

Circle 3

Diameter - 1480m
Damage - 0.8%
Survive for - 2:05
Travel time - 1:30

Circle 4

Diameter - 740m
Damage - 1%
Survive for - 1:40
Travel time - 1:00

Circle 5

Diameter - 360m
Damage - 3%
Survive for - 0:34
Travel time - 0:40

Circle 6

Diameter - 175m
Damage - 5%
Survive for - 0:20
Travel time - 0:30

Circle 7

Diameter - 90m
Damage - 7%
Survive for - 0:15
Travel time - 0:30

Circle 8

Diameter - 40m
Damage - 11%
Survive for - 0:10
Travel time - ~
(After 3 minutes it starts a 15 second countdown, then it takes 15 more seconds to go down to nothing)

More Info

Reviving Teammates

Circle 6-8, do not help your downed mates outside the play area. Circle 5, you can survive for 2 ticks after being helped up, so you'd have to be close to to entering the circle. Circle 4, you can survive for 5 seconds - the player helping you will take 10% damage while helping you. Circle 1-4, help your buddies.


Damage ticks are sent to every player at the same time. (The first tick can happen anywhere from 0-1.) Every circle ticks damage each second. There's not a 9th circle, once the 8th circle hits the white circle - it simply pauses and then closes down completely. (Damage and everything is the same.) The 6th circle is the last circle where you can heal and run in. To win in the last circle if you can't see the last enemy, take a hit of damage from the circle, and pre-use your med kit 2 seconds before the last circle hits you.

Fun facts:

  • In the Battle Royale movie, it's a grid that seals off players. But in ARMA, PLAYERUNKNOWN couldn't code a grid, so the 'circle' became the new Meta.[1]