Escape from Tarkov

6 tips & tricks to give you a head start after Escape from Tarkov’s wipe

Published: 29/May/2020 14:47

by Daniel Cleary


Escape from Tarkov’s long-awaited character wipe is finally live, so here are some tips and tricks that can help you get ahead of your opponents early, whether you’re a new or returning player.

After Battlestate Games announced that they would be wiping all of the progression made by EFT players on May 28, many fans expressed their excitement to return to a level playing field once again.

As the character wipe will likely attract plenty of new and returning fans, Escape from Tarkov players will need any advantage they can get to get ahead of the rest of the pack early.

Battlestate Games
Character progress has been reset in Escape from Tarkov following the May 28 wipe.

The latest wipe has reset all levels, clearing items, and weapons out of everyone’s stash, however, for returning players, any saved weapon presets or examined items in players’ handbooks will still be available, allowing you to get straight into the action without having to remake your preset guns.

While some players will be unsure on what exactly they will need to prioritize to progress at a good rate, one Escape from Tarkov fan u/rufio515 shared some top tips that can get you ahead following the server wipe.

How to level up fast in Escape from Tarkov

    1. Quests – These should be one of your highest priorities while trying to progress after the latest character wipe. Quests are the fastest way to earn experience as a new Tarkov player as well as Trader rep and more money/items that can help you out. You should be aiming to complete as many as possible during a single raid and be on the lookout for future quest items when you can.
    2. Luck Scav Junkbox – Getting one of the boxes can be a massive help in the early game and you should look to buy one whenever you can afford them. The space they can provide for your stash is invaluable and can allow you to save any late-game quest items such as graphics cards and flash drives for when you need them.
    3. Redeem free New Year’s gift – For eligible players, the New Year’s gift can provide you with a great boost when starting from scratch. To redeem this gift you will need to choose your BEAR or USEC character in-game, log in to the official EFT website, select ‘receive additional equipment.’ You should be rewarded with an item case, money case, and more, which can be sold or put to use to improve your early-game experience.
    4. Scav Runs – While Scav runs can seem daunting to many new Tarkov players, they can net you with massive rewards when they’re played out well. It is definitely worth doing the Scav runs whenever they become available, and even some of the less popular looting spots can provide you with fantastic loot during your run.
    5. Night raids – These raids can also be a great way to level up fast and they, supposedly, have a lower density of players usually, making it much easier to get out alive with your loot. Night maps also severely reduce the vision of any Scavs in the area, making them much easier to play around compared to day-time raids.
    6. Upgrade your hideout – Leveling up your hideout should also be quite high on your priority list when it comes to starting fresh on EFT. You can do a lot from the comfort of your hideout, such as earning experience or bonuses. Working towards building a bitcoin farm can also be a massive advantage, particularly if you are unable to play Tarkov on a regular basis, as it will provide you with a solid stream of passive income that you can put towards future runs.

Escape From Tarkov hideout

So there you have it! If you manage to follow along with all of these steps you should be well on your way to getting a head start over other EFT players and will likely make your progress back up in no time.

It is also worth noting that there were also some changes added to Tarkov’s Flea Market along with the recent wipe, where you can now only trade items found in raids and from your hideout, making it much more important to upgrade your hideout compared to previous patches.

As players are frequently coming up with more ways to get ahead in Escape from Tarkov, we’ll make sure to keep you updated on the latest tips and tricks for Battlestate’s popular title.

Call of Duty

Dr Disrespect explains what Warzone could learn from Escape from Tarkov

Published: 12/Jan/2021 16:55

by David Purcell


Dr Disrespect is never one to keep an opinion to himself on the big shooter games and the same goes for Warzone, as he’s pointed the game’s developers could learn a thing or two from Escape from Tarkov. 

EFT has been up and down in terms of popularity in the last 12 months, enjoying purple patches where streamers like xQc, Summit1g, and shroud have jumped in to boost its popularity. One of those big personalities was Doc, who played Tarkov multiple times for his audience to watch along.

His stint on it was never really consistent enough to call it his main game, whereas Warzone has been a staple of the Champions Club streams for some time.

Now though, the Two-Time has singled out one feature where the Call of Duty title just doesn’t compare.

Warzone character skydiving without a parachute
Warzone has had many major updates since Black Ops Cold War released, but audio issues remain present.

Dr Disrespect on Warzone audio issues

During his YouTube stream on January 11, the self-proclaimed best video gamer in the world lashed out at the battle royale’s audio after a defeat. He claimed that it made it sound like opponents were 100 feet away in a warehouse, before creeping up on him.

He said: “A game like Escape from Tarkov, a game that has perfect audio, blows this game’s audio out by 500% – trust me.

“Trust me, any real gamer would say the same thing. It blows this audio out by like a thousand, but the reason why is because it caters to (competitive players). You hear something at a distance, a shot, footstep, you hear it!”

The streamer proceeded to imitate the sound in Warzone, making loud beatbox-style noises with his mic.

Discussion starts at 1:12:48 in the video below. 

This isn’t the first game that Doctor Disrespect’s had a problem with, from an audio standpoint. Almost all battle royale games have come under fire at the hands of the Two-Time, who has previously mocked Fortnite, Apex Legends, and others for the same thing.

It appears that Escape from Tarkov – despite not being as popular a game as Activision’s – is one that he actually admires.

Whether or not future updates will address the issue he’s highlighted remains to be seen, but until that time it looks like he’s going to have some big frustrations on Verdansk and Rebirth Island.