Battlestate Games has nerfed the popular AS VAL assault carbine and the VSS sniper rifle in the latest Escape from Tarkov patch 0.12.62 hotfix, via recoil and damage tweaks for 9×39, 9×19, and 9×18 ammunition in a June 2 update.
On May 28, Battlestate’s popular hardcore FPS title Escape from Tarkov underwent another long-awaited server wipe. Everyone was shunted back to basics, and players began building their impressive arsenals all over again.
Battlestate moved soon after to tweak gunsmith quests, and made easy-to-buy early game weapons and items “more available” in patch 0.12.61. Days later, the Russian devs have put some of the top-tier guns in their sights too.
Escape from Tarkov patch 0.12.62 targets bullet stats
The devs confirmed on June 2 that “several types of 9×19 and 9×18 ammunition” had been buffed in a 0.12.61 bullet balance hotfix. 9×39 ammo was also “slightly debuffed,” Battlestate confirmed. This came in the form of a recoil increase.
These buffs and nerfs were targeted at specific weapons: the dominant AS VAL, and the VSS sniper rifle. In particular, the VAL’s top-tier SP-6 ammo pick had its recoil bumped up from 7 to 10. The 9×39 BP and SPP suffered similar fates.
Several types of 9×19 and 9×18 ammunition were buffed, as well as 9×39 ammo were slightly debuffed (added more recoil)#EscapefromTarkov
— Battlestate Games (@bstategames) June 3, 2020
There were a few other guns buffed in patch 0.12.62 as well. Popular Tarkov sidearm picks like the PP-91 Kedr and the PP-9 Klin should now reliably penetrate Class-3 armor. 9×19 Pst Gzh bullets will now also penetrate Class-2 armor.
Despite the changes to their BP and SPP ammos, the AS VAL and VSS should remain at the top of the post-wipe Tarkov meta. The VAL offers fantastic all-round strength for all fledgling raiders, while the VSS is a premier sniper pick.
Here are all the bullet changes in Tarkov’s latest update:
Escape from Tarkov patch 0.12.62 bullet changes
- 9×19 PST gzh: Penetration 18 ⇒ 20.
- 9×18 PBM: Penetration 22 ⇒ 31.
- 9×18 PMM: Penetration 25 ⇒ 28.
- 9×39 SP6: Recoil 7 ⇒ 10.
- 9×19 PSO gzh: Damage 56 ⇒ 59.
- 9×21 SP12: Damage 75 ⇒ 78.
- 9×39 SPP: Damage 67 ⇒ 64; Recoil 5 ⇒ 20.
- 9×39 BP: Penetration 50 ⇒ 48; Accuracy 15 ⇒ 10; Recoil 5 ⇒ 22.
- 9×19 AP63: Penetration 25 ⇒ 29.
The 0.12.62 changes may have tweaked recoil on some bullets, but Tarkov fans are worried the changes won’t do much — there’s been a bug loose in the title since 12.5 that has meant recoil “doesn’t work on full-auto guns,” including the AS VAL, according to ‘NoFoodAfterMidnight’.
Battlestate did not address this rumored bug, so it’s likely they have not yet built a fix for the issue. Be wary of the bug until it is addressed by the Tarkov devs. Dexerto will update you if any change is implemented for the exploit.