It can be said that Escape from Tarkov is a fairly intensive game. It’s the kind of experience that leaves you scratching your head more often than not, at least in the beginning. That’s why these tips are aimed at newer players, as the tips are for more advanced, better, more advanced players.
Always Use Scav – Escape from Tarkov
Scav in Escape from Tarkov has an initial cooldown of about 20 minutes. They don’t level your character. Instead, you’ll act as a random cheeky boi looking to bring in loot for your main PMC. They are actually a free card to get out of prison when you have died so many times that you have nothing left in your inventory. Multiplayers just need to take them to an unpack and use the device on PMC.
If you’re new, we recommend using them to learn the map outside of offline raids, loot is hidden around the map, and extract with a little twist. They will help bring you some cash flow for all the dying your protagonist will do. Don’t get into wars unless you are completely confident that you can win.
Ammunition is very important in Tarkov, and it is rare for a scav to have good ammo. So you should make sure you can kill the other guy before you pull the trigger. Collect and keep everything you find until you know what works and doesn’t matter for “found in raid” status quests.
When you are playing as your PMC, until you get to level ten you only have access to the basics from traders. Your armor and guns are about to break down, so fighting isn’t the best idea as you’ll struggle to replace gear with better versions other than fighting reserve bandits.
Focus on completing missions to rank yourself up to 10 quickly. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to learn the customs map well during offline raids before going up against more experienced players, otherwise, you’ll have a bad time. Unlock jaeger as soon as you can as his quests have 9-10k XP in your hand to level up faster.
Remove Gear Fear
Once you have access to a flea market in Escape from Tarkov, you’ll want to buy yourself some better gear. Simple reloads using the dearly named ‘penis helmet’ and some consistent buy-worthy tier 4 armor.
They’re cheap, offer a good level of competitive protection, and importantly, tend to come back through insurance if and when you die. Purchase and maintain at least 3 kits that are ready to use immediately. This will help you overcome your fear of losing what you are carrying and will make you a better player in the long run.
Try to avoid falling into the trap of a running pistol or rushing into a raid with nothing. If you like that gameplay, by all means, do it, but it will teach you bad habits that are hard to break as you become a more experienced player and want to get into gunfights.
Accept Death – Escape from Tarkov
Tarkov is punishing. From dodgy servers to 5 human teams, the game conspires to get you killed. Battles where you feel confident winning, you can lose a dime, and most of the battle is a 50/50 coin flip. Accept that you’re dead going into a raid and you’ll find yourself pushing harder and winning more skirmishes instead of crouching in the corner waiting for someone to push you. When you accept that you are dead, that’s when you can start living in Tarkov.