Escape from Tarkov nerfs VAL, VSS in 12.6 balance patch - Dexerto
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Escape from Tarkov nerfs AS VAL & VSS in 12.6 ammo balance patch

Published: 4/Jun/2020 6:42 Updated: 4/Jun/2020 6:44

by Isaac McIntyre


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.

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.
Don't expect the Escape from Tarkov gun meta to change to much despite this 0.12.62 balance update.
Battlestate Games
Don’t expect the Escape from Tarkov gun meta to change too much despite this 0.12.62 balance update.

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.

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Escape from Tarkov update ups Bitcoin value & fixes bugs: patch notes

Published: 13/Aug/2020 13:00

by Calum Patterson


Escape from Tarkov developers Battlestate Games have rolled out a significant update on August 13, patch, to fix a host of bugs and issues in the game.

The game was down for around two hours as the patch was rolled out, with the changes resolving a number of complaints players have had – some for a matter of weeks now.


The update also generally better optimized the game, namely regarding memory usage, which should result in smoother gameplay overall regardless of your hardware.

Streets map in Tarkov
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Streets is the next map coming to Escape from Tarkov, in patch 13.0.

Battlestate have now provided a full list of the changes in the update, via official patch notes.


Escape from Tarkov update patch notes


  • Optimizations of memory consumption.
  • A bug with the grenade launcher’s load status.
  • A bug with the glass shader (face shields).
  • Error when purchasing items in exchange for dogtags.
  • A bug when the character did not leave the location, after the reconnect at the “train” exfil.
  • Various fixes for bot behavior.
  • Various bugs and problems on locations.
  • Various minor bugs and problems.

Bitcoin value increase

After the update, players also noticed that the value of bitcoin had shot back up to 150K.

Bitcoin price back up to 150k from EscapefromTarkov

There doesn’t appear to be a fix for the notorious speed glitch which has reared its head again in EFT though, as players noted back at the end of July.


The devs did manage to fix this exploit when players are moving forwards, however it still seems to work if the player is moving backward instead.

Patch 12.8 is expected to come this month, in August, at least according to the most recent information from Battlestate. What exactly it will contain is not known though.

Patch 12.9, expected in September, is set to bring  Chest Rig and Plate Carriers customization, before the new Streets of Tarkov map is added in 13.0, expected in October.