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General data
LocationNight Factory, Customs, Woods, Shoreline, Ground Zero (Level 21+)
Additional data
Spawn chanceNight Factory: 2%
Customs: 20%
Woods: 20%
Shoreline: 15%
Ground Zero (Level 21+): 2%

Cultists are a faction and a type of Bosses in Escape from Tarkov.


  • Cultist's footsteps make absolutely no noise.
  • Cultists are cold blooded and can hardly be spotted with thermal vision devices.
  • Killing Cultists as a Scav does not carry any penalties towards your Scav karma.
  • The cultist priest and his 2-4 followers have different health values than PMCs and Scavs.

Cultist Priest's Health Stats
Health Cultist Priest Head: 50

Thorax: 200

Stomach: 200

Arms: 100 each

Legs: 100 each

Total: 850

Cultist Warrior's Health Stats
Health Cultist Warrior Head: 50

Thorax: 220

Stomach: 180

Arms: 100 each

Legs: 100 each

Total: 850

  • Instead of the typical 4 single slot pockets, the Cultist priest has 5 double slot pockets, bringing their total space to 10 slots.



Cultists appear between 22:00 and 7:00. They can be found on the following locations:

Night Factory

Cultist priest with 2 warriors: Due to the small size of the location they have to be expected everywhere.


Cultist priest with 4 warriors: At the Scav base (ZB-013 extraction) building with the numerous mounted weapons.

  • Woods

    Cultist priest with 4 warriors: Near their ritual places, which are located western of the sawmill as well as at the dilapidated village in the north.

  • Shoreline

    Cultist priest with 3-4 warriors:

    • At the health resort.
    • North-east of the swamp village.
  • Ground Zero (Level 21+)

    • Cultist priest with 3-4 warriors: Has to be expected everywhere


    Cultists lurk in the shadows in groups of 3-5, waiting for a player to approach. They silently approach their enemies and stab them using either normal knives or, in case of the priests, the poisoned Cultist knife. If fired upon, the Cultists will return fire using firearms and grenades. After they attack a player with their knife, they may choose to run off into the woods again and attempt to attack the player(s) from the shadows once again. Some Cultists have been seen to prone in the grass or hide in bushes while their companions engage the player(s) with weapons, then attack with their knives when it's least expected.

    Cultist warriors will ignore scavs, scav guards, bosses, and scav players, but may shoot scav players on sight if aggravated. Cultist priests will attempt to run to cover whenever a scav player comes too close to their current location, and may shoot on sight if also aggravated.

    As the Cultists prefer to ambush players and are extremely well hidden, they almost always have the initiative. Thus, it is important for players to quickly determine exactly where the Cultists are and attempt to regain the initiative. Cultists appear to always have suppressors and stick to cover, so players must be able to quickly spot them in the trees, especially at night. On Woods, players should be especially careful when traveling through either of the Marked Circles on the map. Additionally, Cultists have been seen to stalk players and open fire on them unprovoked, even if they must travel away from the Marked Circles. Players should be extremely cautious as the Cultists use ammo with high-penetrative power and rarely spawn with grenades. Cultists may spawn with a variety of armor, ranging from no protection to class 6 armor, however, they rarely, if at all, use headgear, so headshots are certainly a viable option.

    If stabbed by the Cultist knife, players will be inflicted with the Unknown toxin debuff, which deals gradual damage over time and causes pain. The toxin can be cured by the xTG-12 or Perfotoran injectors. Otherwise, the player must extract from the raid or they will run out of medication and die.

    When it's time for them to disappear, they stand up from their ambush spots and despawn. Dead Cultists remain in their locations.

    Priest Equipment

    Note that the primary weapons can have numerous mod variations and those shown below are examples.

    Warrior Equipment

    Icon Weapon Ammunition Mods
    CultistSAGAKShort SAG AK-545 Short 5.45x39 carbine 74BTICON
    CultistSTM9 Soyuz-TM STM-9 Gen.2 9x19 carbine QuakerMakerIcon
    Cultist VAL AS VAL 9x39 special assault rifle 7n9icon Axion Kobra EKP-8-02 reflex sight (Dovetail)
    Cultist SVDS SVDS 7.62x54R sniper rifle SNBICON NSPU-M 3.5x dovetail night vision scope
    Rotor 43 7.62x54R muzzle brake-compensator
    SVD modernization kit handguard
    Cultist SR-25 SR-25 M62ICON AR-15 Strike Industries Viper Mod 1 stock
    AR-10 KAC URX 4 14.5 inch handguard
    Armasight Vulcan MG 3.5x Bravo night vision scope
    NcSTAR MPR45 Backup mount with a Leupold DeltaPoint Reflex Sight
    AAC 762-SDN-6 multi-caliber sound suppressor
    AN/PEQ-2 tactical device
    Fortis Shift tactical foregrip
    AR-15 Tactical Dynamics Skeletonized pistol grip
    Cultist SKS TOZ Simonov SKS 7.62x39 carbine 7.62x39BP SKS TAPCO Intrafuse chassis
    AR-15 High Standard M4SS Stock
    SKS Hexagon 7.62x39 sound suppressor
    SKS 7.62x39 ProMag AALVX 35-round magazine
    Cultist AKM Kalashnikov AKM 7.62x39 assault rifle 7.62x39BP Rotor 43 7.62x39 muzzle brake-compensator
    AK 7.62x39 Molot Arms 40-round magazine (6P2.Sb-11)
    Cultist AKMN Kalashnikov AKMN 7.62x39 assault rifle 7.62x39BP AKM PBS-1 7.62x39 sound suppressor
    NSPU-M 3.5x dovetail night vision scope
    Cultist 105 Kalashnikov AK-105 5.45x39 assault rifle 74BPICON 7n39icon AK-74 Hexagon 5.45x39 sound suppressor
    Cultist RPK RPK-16 5.45x39 light machine gun 74TICON 74BPICON 7n39icon AK-74 TGP-A 5.45x39 sound suppressor
    AK-74 5.45x39 6L31 60-round magazine
    Cultist Vityaz PP-19-01 "Vityaz" 9x19 submachine gun 7N31Icon 9x19cgi 9x19ap PP-19-01 "Vityaz" 9x19 sound suppressor
    Cultist MPX SIG MPX 9x19 submachine gun QuakerMakerIcon 9x19ripicon MPX-SD 9x19 integrated sound suppressor
    MPX 9x19 TTI "Base Pad +11" 41-round magazine
    SR2M TAC Icon SR-2M "Veresk" 9x21 submachine gun 9x21sp13 TAC Variant
    Cultist Vector45 TDI KRISS Vector Gen.2 .45 ACP submachine gun 45APIcon BCM GUNFIGHTER MOD 3 vertical foregrip
    KRISS Vector non-folding stock adapter
    SilencerCo Omega 45k .45 ACP sound suppressor
    Cultist MP9 B&T MP9 9x19 submachine gun QuakerMakerIcon MP9 9x19 sound suppressor
    MP9 9x19 sound suppressor mount
    Zenit Klesch-2U tactical flashlight
    LaRue LT101 QD Tactical Picatinny Riser mount with a NcSTAR ADO P4 Sniper 3-9x42 riflescope
    TangoDown Stubby BGV-MK46K foregrip
    AN/PEQ-15 tactical device
    RGD-5 grenade icon RGD-5 hand grenade
    Cultist Knife icon Cultist knife
    6h5bayoneticon 6Kh5 Bayonet
    Damascusknifeicon Bars A-2607 Damascus knife
    UVSR Taiga-1 icon UVSR Taiga-1 survival machete

    Cultist warriors can spawn with any key or keycard in their pockets.


  • Trivia

    • Cultist warrior names are hidden, instead appearing as "Sektant", a loose translation of "Cultist" to Russian.
    • The cultist priest's name is always Zhrets (| zhrɛts |) which, in Russian, denotes a priest that performs sacrifices and doesn't serve the Christian God.

    See also