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General data
LocationWoods, Customs, Shoreline
Additional data
Spawn chanceCustoms: 20%
Shoreline: 30%
Woods: 30%

Cultists are a faction in Escape from Tarkov.


The priest and his 3-6 followers have different health values than PMCs and Scavs.

Cultist Priest Stats Cultist Warrior Stats
Health Cultist Priest.png Head: 50

Thorax: 200

Stomach: 200

Arms: 100 each

Legs: 100 each

Total: 850

Health Cultist Warrior.png Head: 50

Thorax: 220

Stomach: 180

Arms: 100 each

Legs: 100 each

Total: 850

  • On Shoreline, they spawn near the cottage
  • A group of cultists is formed by a Priest and Warriors.
  • Cultists are cold blooded and can't be spotted with thermal vision devices.
  • Killing cultists as a scav does not carry any penalties towards your karma.
  • Instead of the typical 4x single slot pockets, the cultist priest has 5 double slot pockets, bringing their total space to 10 slots.


Cultists can be found on Shoreline on both sides of the river, between the power station and gas station as well as north of swamp village, Woods around their specifically marked ritual places, and Customs around ZB-013.
They spawn between 22:00 and 6:00, even if the raid has already started.
Bug: They may also spawn during daytime on Woods and possibly on the other aforementioned maps, too.

  • Behavior[]

    Cultists lurk in the shadows in groups of 3-6, 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's 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, yet 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's knife, players will be inflicted by the Unknown toxin debuff, which deals gradual damage over time and causes pain. The toxin can be cured by the xTG-12 antidote injector or Augmentin antibiotic pills otherwise, the player must extract from the raid or they will run out of medication and die.

    Priest Loot[]

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

    Warrior Loot[]

    Icon Weapon Ammunition Mods
    Cultist VAL.png AS VAL 7n9icon.png Cobra EKP-8-02 reflex sight
    Cultist SVDS.gif SVDS 7.62x54 Sniper rifle SNBICON.png NSPU-M night Scope
    Rotor 43 7.62x54 muzzle brake
    Izhmash modern handguard for SVD
    Cultist SR-25.png SR-25 M62ICON.png Strike Industries Viper Mod 1 stock
    URX-4 handguard for AR-10 and compatible
    Vulcan MG night scope 3.5x
    NcStar MPR45 Backup mount with a Leupold DeltaPoint Reflex Sight
    AAC 762 SDN-6 7.62x51 Sound Suppressor
    AN/PEQ-2 tactical device
    Fortis Shift tactical grip
    Skeletonized AR-15 pistol grip
    Cultist SKS.png Simonov Semi-Automatic Carbine SKS 7.62x39 7.62x39BP.png Tapco INTRAFUSE Stock for SKS
    High Standard M4SS Stock
    Hexagon SKS 7.62x39 sound suppressor
    ProMag AALVX 35 7.62x39 35-round SKS magazine.
    Cultist AKM.png AKM 7.62x39 assault rifle 7.62x39BP.png Rotor 43 7.62x39 muzzle brake
    Molot 6P2.Sb-11 7.62x39 magazine for AK and compatibles, 40-round capacity
    Cultist AKMN.png AKMN 7.62x39 assault rifle 7.62x39BP.png PBS-1 7.62x39 silencer
    NSPU-M night Scope
    Cultist 105.png AK-105 5.45x39 assault rifle 74BPICON.png 7n39icon.png Hexagon AK-74 5.45x39 sound suppressor
    Cultist RPK.png RPK-16 5.45x39 light machine gun 74TICON.png 74BPICON.png 7n39icon.png TGP-A 5.45x39 muzzle device/suppressor
    60-round 6L31 5.45x39 magazine for AK-74 and compatibles
    Cultist Vityaz.png Submachinegun PP-19-01 Vityaz-SN 9x19 7N31Icon.png 9x19cgi.png 9x19ap.png Vityaz 9x19 sound suppressing device
    Cultist MPX.gif SIG MPX 9x19 Submachine gun QuakerMakerIcon.png 9x19ripicon.png MPX-SD 9x19 Integrated silencer
    MPX with TTI Base pad +11 41-round 9x19 magazine
    Cultist MP9.png B&T MP9 9x19 submachinegun QuakerMakerIcon.png B&T MP9 9x19mm sound suppressor
    B&T adapter for MP9 regular suppressor.
    Zenit 2U Klesch tactical flashlight
    La Rue Tactical picatinny riser QD LT-101 mount with a NcSTAR ADO P4 Sniper 3-9x42 riflescope
    Tango Down Stubby BGV-MK46K tactical grip
    AN/PEQ-15 tactical device
    RGD-5 grenade icon.png RGD-5 hand grenade
    Cultist Knife icon.png Cultist's knife
    6h5bayoneticon.png 6h5 Bayonet
    Damascusknifeicon.png Bars A-2607- Damascus


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

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