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How to fix Escape from Tarkov helmet visors cracks without repairs

Published: 3/Apr/2020 3:26

by Isaac McIntyre


There’s plenty of annoying things in Battlestate’s hardcore shooter Escape from Tarkov, but many fans agree one of the worst is unfixable cracks in a helmet visor ⁠— here’s how to remove them without paying for repairs.

Escape from Tarkov prides itself on its realism. From having to load each individual bullet for your clips before you put it in a rifle, to one-shot deaths, and of course broken helmet visors, there’s plenty of hyper-real mechanics.

That doesn’t mean every EFT player loves having to replace your protective helmet screen every time you’re in a brutal firefight, especially with how much some vendors charge for a quick-fix. It can get pretty steep to keep repairing them.

Fully-kitted out armor and helmets are vital in Escape from Tarkov's punishing player-vs-player raids.
Battlestate Games
Fully-kitted out armor and helmets are vital in Escape from Tarkov’s punishing player-vs-player raids.

There are three vendors that will fix your helmets ⁠— cheap salesman Prapor (₽1,000-2,000), as well as Skier (₽2,000-4,000) and Mechanic (₽4,000-6,000). While they may charge you more to fix your helmet, there’s no guarantee it will remove cracks.

A full step-by-step guide can be found below, but remember ⁠— you’re trading spending cash for time, so don’t expect it to be an instant fix. There are a few steps, and you’re going to spend a bit of time in loading screens too.

How to fix a broken visor for free

  1. Repair the broken helmet as per usual at Prapor, Skier, or Mechanic. This cost will vary based on damage, and rarity of gear.
  2. Buy insurance for the helmet at one of the vendors. We recommend using Prapor for this; the Russian dealer offers the cheapest prices.
  3. Load into an offline raid with the now-repaired helmet equipped.
  4. Put the visor up, and then down again. The default keybind for this action is usually ‘N,’ though you may have changed it.
  5. Un-equip the helmet, and leave it on the ground. If you were doing this in a live raid for whatever reason, make sure it’s well-hidden.
  6. Leave the raid via one of the extraction points.
  7. Once the helmet has been returned through insurance ⁠— this can sometimes take up to 24 hours ⁠— it should be all fixed!

So there you have it. If you’re looking to save a few Tarkov rubles by repairing your gear over buying it fresh every time, this will hopefully help.

Keep your helmet visor pristine and usable with this easy and free Escape from Tarkov workaround
Battlestate Games
Keep your Tarkov helmet visors pristine and usable with this easy and free workaround

Unfortunately, there’s one thing we can’t solve for you: how you got the shattered helmet visor in the first place. Escape from Tarkov is an unforgiving world, and there’s no telling when your next fight may break your helmet guard again.

There are a few ways to guard against those dangers, however. Twitch streamer and Tarkov guru Pestily has revealed the fastest ways to rank up and get better gear, while Dexerto also has a guide on increasing your strength skill.

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How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 21:04

by Lauren Bergin


Battlestate Games have always been about building a fun community, but now they’re letting players influence the game design itself by launching the Escape from Tarkov Early Test Server. 

Escape from Tarkov’s developers, Battlestate Games, has always had a reputation for communicating with the game’s fanbase. By doing this, they’ve formed a dedicated community of players and fans who truly live and breathe the game.

These fans know that the updates for Tarkov are few and far between, normally coming in big chunks instead of occasional drip-fed updates. The announcement of new guns in early November certainly caused a stir, especially with Streets of Tarkov still looming somewhere on the horizon.

To add to the excitement, Tarkov’s devs have come up with an interesting way of including their fans in the development process: the Early Test Server.

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Streets of Tarkov is hopefully coming soon, but fans may be included in its development

What is the Early Test Server?

The Tarkov early test program works similarly to the PBE in LoL or Experimental Mode in Overwatch. As Battlestate’s tweet says, the ETS allows players to “test and run new features, content, and updates before they appear in the game, and allow players to contribute to the world of Escape from Tarkov.”

Additionally, it will help the devs identify any bugs or fixes in a tighter timeframe. Therefore, it will help ensure that any new updates are as polished as possible.

How to access the Early Test Server

In order to participate in the Early Test Server, you must have an active copy of Escape from Tarkov.

To become a part of the Early Test server, simply follow these steps:

  • Activate the launcher.
  • Fill in the ETS form.
  • Await notification that you’ve been selected.

It’s great to see the game’s devs reaching out to their fans to ensure that the Tarkov experience is the best it can be. So, if you fancy shaping the face of Tarkov, apply for the ETS: The possibilities are limitless!