PUBG Mobile 2.3 Update: APK Download Link, Release Date/Time, Patch Notes, More

Football mania has gripped PUBG Mobile with the 2.3 update introducing a raft of football events and mini-games, as well as the GOAT himself, Lionel Messi.

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PUBG Mobile update 2.3 brings a football mania to the battle royale. | © Krafton

Fans of PUBG Mobile are washing their kits and pulling on their boots, warming up for the arrival of the 2.3 update which is bringing football mania to the game - and just in time for the World Cup too.

This update introduces Lionel Messi to the game, with the Paris Saint-Germain attacker adding an appearance in Krafton's battle royale to a similar collaboration in Call of Duty: Mobile. But it's not just a Messi skin on offer here as a new tactical item, called Messi's Golden Shoes, gifts you with movement abilities inspired by the world's great dribbler.

Messi joins PUBG Mobile in the 2.3 update. | © Krafton

There is also a raft of football-inspired mini-games and events to take part in, a football-themed vehicle, and a football throwable that sucks opponents into dangerous areas, setting them up for the kill.

In matters unrelated to football, there are also a series of map updates and weapon balance changes, as well as the introduction of Recall Towers.

If you want to learn more about the PUBG Mobile 2.3 update, including the release date/time, APK download links, and patch notes, you can check it all out below.

PUBG Mobile 2.3 Update - Release Date / Time

The PUBG Mobile 2.3 update is available from 11 am UTC on November 15 at 11 am, with the new Cycle 3 Season 9 (C3S9) starting a couple of days later on November 17.

If you update your PUBG Mobile client before Nov 17, you will be rewarded with 3,000 battle pass XP, 100 Ace Gold (AG), and a Magical Night helmet.

To get these rewards, you will have to update from the Google Play or Apple App stores, as the manual installation method won't go live until 1:45 am UTC on November 17.

If downloading from either of those stores isn't an option for you, we show you how you can download the APK files and install the PUBG Mobile 2.3 update manually below.

How To Download The PUBG Mobile 2.3 Update - APK Download Link

While many mobile games have you scrambling around on third-party sites for the game's APK files, PUBG Mobile know their audience and provides the APK files on their website, meaning you don't run the risk of installing malicious software.

To download and install the update, follow these instructions:

  1. On your chosen device, head to the official download page for PUBG Mobile using the link the following link: PUBG Mobile 2.3 update APK file (currently, this link is for the 2.2 update)
  2. Enable "Install from Unknown Source", which you can find in your device's settings.
  3. Install the APK file

PUBG Mobile 2.3 Update - Patch Notes

There are a whole host of new features and changes in the PUBG Mobile 2.3 update.

The headline changes are as follows:

  • Football Mania: New themed mode in collaboration with Lionel Messi.
  • Unite for One Goal series of events: Rank up with friends and participate in all kinds of football-themed events.
  • Football-themed items: Football vehicle, Football Air Drop, Messi's Golden Shoes, Wonder Football, Giga Football
  • Aftermath 2.0: Upgrades to armor and firearms, new energy and gameplay mechanics, new bunkers, Recall Towers, and more
  • Creation System debut: Use different camera styles to take creative pictures or clips, and share them.
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Drive into the opposition's defense with the Football Vehicle and other football-themed items. | © Krafton

There are also map updates for Erangel, Livik, and Nusa. many of which you can see in the official PUBG Mobile 2.3 update video embedded below.

Weapon And Vehicle Balance Changes

  • Improved the firing performance while aiming down sights and the reloading action of the NS2000.
  • Mountain Bike improvements: The Mountain Bike now balances better than before.

Bolt Action Sniper Rifle Enhancements


  • Base damage increased from 79 to 82.
  • Limb shot damage multiplier increased from 0.475 to 0.55.
  • Bullet speed increased from 760m/s to 850m/s.
  • Bolt-action speed increased and firing interval reduced by 30%.


  • Limb shot damage multiplier increased from 0.475 to 0.55.
  • Bullet speed increased from 760m/s to 850m/s.
  • Bolt-action speed increased and firing interval reduced by 30%.


  • Limb shot damage multiplier increased from 0.475 to 0.55.
  • Bolt-action speed increased and firing interval reduced by 20%.

Sniper Rifle Attachment Improvements

  • Compensator (Snipers):
    • Adjustment: Firearm effective range increased by 10%.
    • Adjustment: Bullet spread reduced by 10%.
  • Flash Hider (Snipers):
    • Adjustment: Bullet spread reduced by 5%.
  • Cheek Pad:
    • Adjustment: Bullet spread reduced by 10%.
    • Adjustment: Bullet spread when scoped reduced by 10%.

For a full breakdown of everything arriving in the PUBG Mobile 2.3 update, check out the official website.