How to play Escape From Tarkov

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Want to get into the realistic and hardcore shooter by Battlestate Games? Here are the best Escape From Tarkov tips

Escape From Tarkov is one of those games you've probably seen on Twitch but never caught on. Hardcore shooter is one of the most rewarding games out there for those who enjoy hyper-realistic gun games and tactical teamwork, but taking them on can be a struggle, especially if you're a newbie.

Like most of its players who tend to shoot straight away, Escape From Tarkov is quite hostile to newbies. There's no tutorial in the game, which is currently in closed beta, meaning attacks can feel like a baptism of fire when you start running them with low-level gear.

Don't worry, this is where we come in. As a group of players who've been there and done it, cried over lost gear and raged over turbocharged Scavs that just wouldn't drop, we've got the best tips on the market. So without further ado, here is our beginners guide to Escape From Tarkov.


Escape From Tarkov is a hardcore looter shooter with RPG elements. The online game has two real factions, BEAR and USEC, which you'll choose when you first launch the game, before taking on AI and human-controlled players across a variety of maps in the war-torn city of Tarkov. 

As the name suggests, you have to escape from Tarkov, but in reality, all this means that you have to survive a single attack, a ride on one of the city maps.

While you're on a raid, whether as your chosen faction in PMC or as a Scav raider, channel your inner garbage panda and collect as much loot as you can. If you exit, you can choose to store that cashout or sell it for a profit. Fail as a PMC and you'll incur the cost of healing and replacing your gear.


If you want to avoid the constant fear of losing all your gear and money, you're going to want to stay alive. See how you do just that, while improving your EFT skills.


When you raid as a member of your chosen faction, everything you enter goes in line. However, if you choose to enter as a friendly Scav, you essentially have the opportunity to escape with free gear. See, in Escape From Tarkov, Scavs are essentially the AI ​​that terrifies you when you play as PMCs, but in this mode, you get a chance to race the Russians.

When you play as a Scav, you will be pushed into a continuous attack at a random time with random equipment, but you will not be attacked by other Scavs unless you face them. You still need to watch out for the players, but if you can escape, you'll make a comfortable profit while beefing up your arsenal.


When you finally have the courage to use your own gear as a PMC in a raid, make sure you hold onto it. If you die but no one catches him, he will return via Prapor or Therapist the next day or so.

However, who you choose to insure is up to you. Prapor offers lower rates but their return is slower, while Therapist is more expensive but will get your equipment back within 24 hours.


The nature of Escape From Tarkov means you're going to get lost a lot. If you have a second screen or access to a large enough mobile device or tablet, it's probably best to carry a map that you can refer to during a raid. You can find lots of community maps online, complete with extraction locations, on places like Reddit and the EFT wiki.

If you are just starting out, we recommend that you get to know Customs and the Factory first. You can run these maps in offline mode without Scavs to get more familiar with them.


Each map in Escape From Tarkov has a number of different extracts. You will have a different selection depending on how you are doing the hack and some can only be accessed with the help of others or with a key.

Each map will have a set of extracts that are always open. However, there are some, such as the Boat of Smugglers at Customs, that only open at certain times. It usually extracts this resource '???' in raid are time, money or sensitive items, so don't count on them if you need to escape quickly.

There are also some extracts like Factory Gate on Woods where you will need to find a friendly Scav player to extract. It's worth knowing now that hitting these extracts is pretty rare, but Fence will give you some nice rewards if you find someone willing to take your offer.


Escape From Tarkov has quests that will help you unlock new items and merchants in the game. If you really want to progress, these quests are critical to your raiding experience. Each mission requires you to do something different and there are guides online for some specific ones in case you get stuck, but they also vary in difficulty.

Upon completing a quest, you will be rewarded with cash, items, or both, and your reputation with a particular merchant will increase, resulting in better prices everywhere. Over time, as your reputation with merchants improves, you'll unlock better gear to buy for raids.


Each player has access to a secure container during a PMC raid that will allow you to keep found items even if you die. The size of your secure container varies depending on the edition of the game you purchased. The smallest is 2×2, while the largest is 3×3. You can upgrade these as you go, but they are long overdue purchases due to their price levels.

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When you're on a raid and find an expensive looking item or a marked key, place it in your secure container to keep it safe.


Don't learn the hard way. Bring only what you need (and might lose) for a raid. Since Tarkov is hyper-realistic, you'll need to plan your gear set meticulously. When you're starting out, you don't need to carry a second weapon, but you do need to invest in medical supplies and decent armor.

When you launch the game for the first time, you will receive PACA armor. Since it's a tier two vest, it won't do much to keep you alive, but it's better than nothing to start your attacks. 

Once you get the hang of things, be sure to look at the hierarchy of things like armor, helmets, and ammo so that when you're really out and about, you're less likely to die with a single round.

Likewise, you'll want to stock up on medical supplies.


This brings us well to our next point. Depending on your finances, you can purchase a number of different medical supplies to keep you fit and healthy in the field.

While salewas, splints, and pain relievers are an absolute must for newcomers, especially to fix heavy bleeding, we recommend that you grab a CMS or Survival Kit as soon as you can. The last two products will allow you to reattach your limbs if they darken during combat.


When charging on an attack, double tap 'O' to see the attack countdown and its extracts. This will give you an idea of ​​how much time you can spend wandering the streets of Tarkov before you need to leave.

If you've found a lot of loot and want to escape early, that's fine, but make sure that enough time has passed or that you have enough raid experience that it doesn't count as a race.


If you want to familiarize yourself with using Tarkov weapons or learn loot routes, your best bet is to try an offline attack. You can enter completely alone, without any Scavs, just to familiarize yourself with the map, or you can enter with Scavs and practice shooting.

It goes without saying that all items found in offline raids will not be moved to your stash.


Your weapons are automatically numbered in Escape From Tarkov, but your medical supplies are not. As you'll quickly realise, jumping into your inventory mid-fight to stitch up your stomach isn't exactly ideal, but there's a way to mitigate this.

When you enter a rave, drag your medical supplies to your quick bar, memorize the assigned anesthetic, and you're good to go. The next time you get shot, you can find a small hole to heal without worrying about pressing down on the tab.


There's an unwritten rule in Escape From Tarkov and that's the ploy. If you see someone moving (pressing Q and E repeatedly), it's another player saying 'I'm friendly'. Of course, we're not going to tell you not to shoot them - it can be bait after all - but assess the situation quickly and decide what you're going to do.

DIStrust the Bosses

The maps in Escape From Tarkov have bosses that can spawn in set locations. These guys are protected by Scavs and are super aggressive and armed to the teeth, so don't face one unless you're prepared.

If you come across one during a raid and don't want to get involved, run. Run as fast as you can and don't look back.


The hideout might seem like a random addition to Escape From Tarkov, but it's something worth trying out. Each update will give you access to new things like the Workbench, which allows you to modify your weapons, or increase your rest time so you can recover from attacks faster.

There are specific things you need to complete for each update and it can be quite expensive, so make sure you know what you want before committing to it.

One of the best upgrades you can get for your stash is a Bitcoin Farm. This is a mid-to-late game update that will slow you down a bit, but it will be worth it in the end, we promise. 

As the price of Bitcoin is growing and its price is linked to in-game prices, you can earn some easy in-game money with the right investment.

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