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Events in Escape from Tarkov are limited time activities that give players new challenges, adjust gameplay & mechanics, and introduce new items that are being tested by the developers for a limited time. Some events are "lore-oriented" which give an insight or backstory to the Tarkov/Norvinsk region, while other events are seasonal holiday events that are done just for fun. This is not a complete list, and there are many events missing.

Arms Race (16 July 2024)

  • A Key to Salvation (24 June 2024)

    Hustle (31 May 2024)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • Quest Hustle has been added.
    • All Scav bosses, the Goons and the Cultists can be found in every raid at the helicopter on Reserve. They can also still occasionally appear in their usual locations.
    • All bosses have GP coins in their pockets.
    • All bosses, excluding the Goons, are friendly to Scavs regardless of Scav karma.
    • Player Scav cooldown has been reduced regardless of Scav karma.

    The Tarkov Mystery (15 May 2024)

  • The rewards for completing this questline include the Mr Kerman's cat hologram item and one of three unique achievements.

    Gameplay Changes

    Free Lab Access Event (12 May 2024)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Permanent Boss & Cultists Presence (26 April 2024)

    Brothers Reunited (17 April 2024)

    Winter Tales (28 March 2024)

    • When 3 bonfires are lit at the same time for 60 seconds, birdsong can be heard and a neutral, invincible Leshiy/Duh Vesny appears, handing out items. He will defend himself if harmed.
  • Unlocked Traders & Discounts (26 December 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • All Traders are unlocked with loyalty level 4 regardless of player progress
    • All items offered by Traders are heavily discounted
    • All item purchase limits are removed

    Christmas Event 2023 (25 December 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Dogtags Fire Sale (24 December 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • Traders are bartering various high end body armor, helmets, weapons and ammo for Dogtags

    Instant Hideout Building (23 December 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Flea Market Promotion (22 December 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • Flea market can be accessed by players at any level
    • Fees drastically reduced
    • Additional market offers

    Laboratory Breach (21 December 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Permanent Boss & Cultists Presence (20 December 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Unknown Toxin Poisoning (15 December 2023)

  • Translation
    Alarm!
    Infected spreads in the city with marks of toxic poisoning.
    All of them were in Customs.
    Do not go there!
    I'm working for a solution.
    Will give an antidote later.
    Don't die before that like poisoned rats.

    Gameplay Changes

    Afterparty (8 December 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Down the Rabbit Hole (2 December 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Ammo Shortage (25 November 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Affected ammo types
    Pistol Rounds PDW Rounds Rifle Rounds Shotgun Rounds

    Halloween 2023 Part 2 (30 October 2023)

    • Cultist ritual on all maps besides Factory and The Lab.
      • Finding and killing the roaming Zryachiy will close all extractions but 1 with an increased extraction timer, turn the time to night and start a ritual that is performed by 6 Ritualnyy (Ritual) Cultist priests. The ritual takes 6 minutes and 30 seconds to complete.
        • The place of the ritual is marked by a ritual circle and a blue light beam going into the sky. There are multiple possible locations.
    • Klling all Ritual Cultist priests will stop the ritual
    • Upon completion of the ritual, Mstyaschiy (Vengeful) Zryachiy appears with massively increased health and starts to hunt down players.
    • "Primal fear" and "Chilling horror" status effects will be applied to players until the end of the raid, causing permanent misfires on weapons and reduced stamina.

    Notes

    Zryachiy Equipment

    Halloween 2023 Part 1 (26 October 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Unlocked Traders & Discounts (8 August 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • All Traders are unlocked with loyalty level 4 regardless of player progress
    • All items offered by Traders are heavily discounted
    • All item purchase limits are removed

    UNTAR Reconnaissance (7 August 2023)

  • Instant Hideout Building Event (6 August 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • The construction time for all Hideout modules and upgrades is instant

    The TerraGroup Trail (28 July 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Free Labs Event (24 July 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • Entry to The Lab is free for all PMC's and Scavs for the duration of the event.

    Hardcore Mode (7 July 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Buffs:
    1s Delay; 1800s Duration:
    Debuffs:
    1s Delay; 1800s Duration:
    • Increases damage taken
      (except the head) (+1000%)

    Bosses & Rogues Wander (3 July 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Boss Timetable
    Timezones Location
    MSK UTC EDT CEST KST BST
    8:00 - 12:00 5:00 - 9:00 1:00 - 5:00 7:00 - 11:00 14:00 - 18:00 6:00 - 10:00 Reserve
    12:00 - 13:00 9:00 - 10:00 5:00 - 6:00 11:00 - 12:00 18:00 - 19:00 10:00 - 11:00 None
    13:00 - 17:00 10:00 - 14:00 6:00 - 10:00 12:00 - 16:00 19:00 - 23:00 11:00 - 15:00 Customs
    17:00 - 21:00 14:00 - 18:00 10:00 - 14:00 16:00 - 20:00 23:00 - 3:00 15:00 - 19:00 Shoreline
    21:00 - 22:00 18:00 - 19:00 14:00 - 15:00 20:00 - 21:00 3:00 - 4:00 19:00 - 20:00 None
    22:00 - 2:00 19:00 - 23:00 15:00 - 19:00 21:00 - 1:00 4:00 - 8:00 20:00 - 0:00 Interchange
    2:00 - 8:00 23:00 - 5:00 19:00 - 1:00 1:00 - 7:00 8:00 - 14:00 0:00 - 6:00 Woods

    Boss locations

    Customs

    • Glukhar: At the Scav base (ZB-013 extraction) building with the numerous mounted weapons
    • Killa+Tagilla: At the old gas station
    • Sanitar: At the new gas station
    • Shturman: At the shipping yard premises
    • Reshala: At the dorms area
  • Woods

    • Glukhar: At the village in the northeast
    • Killa+Tagilla: Near the fenced off cabin southwest of the sawmill area
    • Sanitar: At the antenna in the northwest (Scav Bunker extraction)
    • Shturman: At the sawmill
    • Reshala: At the dilapidated village in the north
  • Shoreline

    • Glukhar: At the port/pier area
    • Killa+Tagilla: In the west wing of the health resort
    • Sanitar: Near the cottages
    • Shturman: Weather station
    • Reshala: In the east wing of the health resort
  • Interchange

    • Glukhar: Around the center stores on the first floor of the mall
    • Killa+Tagilla: Around the center stores on the second floor of the mall
    • Sanitar: In the Goshan store
    • Shturman: In the IDEA store
    • Reshala: In the OLI store
  • Reserve

    • Glukhar: At the storage buildings marked with "K"
    • Killa+Tagilla: At the repair building marked with white knight
    • Sanitar: In the underground storage warehouse marked with "Д"
    • Shturman: At the repair building marked with black knight
    • Reshala: At the barracks marked with black bishop and black pawn
  • Cultist Hunting (26 June 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Weapon Case Airdrops (19 June 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Bloodhounds Reveal (9 June 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Bosses, take a Hint! (2 June 2023)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Scav Takeover Event (20 May 2023)

  • Event Information

    Fence announced in a video that all known roads, paths and passages, as well as the city have been blocked off by his people (Scavs), and that almost the entire territory of the Norvinsk region is under their control. Only particularly violent regions are allowed to be entered freely, but only until the number of victims reaches a critical point. To enter the blocked off regions, they demand pay, but not with money, but goods.


    Gameplay Changes

    Only one location can be entered freely without needing a specific item to enter. Players under level 16 are not affected by this. After a certain amount of combined PMC and Scav kills ("number of victims") is reached, the location that is free switches to another one, and the required items for the blocked regions change. When The Lab became the free location, all other locations were free again too, as well as all Bosses could only be found on their "home locations" (e.g. The Goons on Lighthouse) with a 100% spawn chance, and the Cultists had 100% chance to be in the health resort on Shoreline till the final kill counter on The Lab was reached.

    Free location order →


  • The kill counter and the next free location could be found on the game website.
    ScavTakeoverEventCounter


    Ingame Mail

    When the amount of kills on the The Lab location was reached, Fence sent a in-game mail to all players and the event ended with everything returning back to normal.
    Fence Portrait

    Too much blood has been spilled. We don't want this to keep happening in Tarkov. We are reverting to old rules, and temporarily retreating into the shadows.

    Bandages Event (7 April 2023)

  • Event Information

    • This quest was released together with the Chronicles of Ryzhy [S2] Chpt. 1 short film, in which the character "Ryzhy" gets wounded. He is the "important patient" that is referred to in the dialogue.
    • This is the first community goal quest that was added to the game.
    • The initial goal was 1,000,000 bandages before it got changed to 10,000,000 shortly after the quest appearance
    • The goal was reached after 8 days on April 15, 2023 and lead to the release of the Chronicles of Ryzhy [S2] Chpt. 2 short film
    ImportantPatientGoal

    Gameplay Changes

    Free Labs Event (26 December 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Grenade Launcher Scavs Event (25 December 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Christmas Event 2022 (25 December 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Green Flare Event (25 December 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Centralized Loot Event (24 December 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • Loot has been centralized to one location per map as follows:
    1. Customs - Skeleton
    2. Factory - Underground
    3. Interchange - Kiba Escalator
    4. Reserve - Near Helicopter
    5. Shoreline - Administration Building
    6. Lighthouse - Water Treatment Plant (Helicopter Area)
    7. Woods - USEC/Medical Camp
    8. The Lab - Conference Room (Cats)

    Fleamarket Event (23 December 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • The fee to list an item on the Flea Market was significantly reduced.

    Ingame Mail

    Ragman Portrait

    It's time for real trade, brother. There's a carload of goods and a passenger carload of entrepreneurs. The scavs be scavving, the cash be comin. Limited offer for members of our humble underground flea market! Only today! No transcation fees. Get into cash before the market goes to hell!

    Shotgun Shells Event (22 December 2022)

  • Item Changes

    Stim Event (21 December 2022)

  • Item Changes

    Ingame Mail

    Therapist Portrait

    Young man, greetings! I'm not sure if you know this, but your colleagues helped me establish contact with a specialist who used to live in the "Lazurny Bereg" health resort. Well, our joint work has borne fruit, which I would like to share with you. Pay attention to the renewed assortment of medicines. You will not regret it.

    Melee Event (20 December 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Item Changes

    • Melee weapon damage has been buffed (50%-80%).

    Dogtag Sales Event (19 December 2022)

  • Item Changes

    • Dogtag sales price has been increased to ₽2,646 per level.

    Beer Upgrades Event (18 December 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Boosted Skill Leveling Event (17 December 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Scav On Labs Event (4 December 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Double Damage Event (26-30 November 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • A Debuff of +100% damage taken except head is given. (-1% for each Immunity level with Max Immunity removing the debuff entirely)
    • A Buff to Strength, Endurance, Perception and Max Stamina is given. (+20 Levels)
    • A Buff to Stamina Recovery and Health Regeneration is given. (+2 Levels)
    • A Buff to Weight limit is given. (+40% Extra)

    Sanitar Event (11 November 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Halloween 2022 (27 October 2022)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • Tagilla can be encountered on all locations, has an increased health pool of 1900 and is armed with a Scythe, wears a Spooky skull mask and has an increased spawn chance.
    • Cultists can be encountered on all locations besides The Lab and have an increased spawn chance.
    • A random negative Status effect is given to your PMC at the start of the raid.
    • Traders pictures have been "spookified". 👻
    • Unknown toxin is removed upon death for free.
    • Weapons will jam more frequently.
    • The Escape from Tarkov website halloween "Dooomed" counter will trigger some events when it his 666,666 and lasts for 30 minutes before resetting.

    Item Changes

    June 2022 Pre-Wipe Event (20-27 June 2022)

    Airdrop Traffic (Day 1)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • Significantly increased the chance and count of airdrops that spawn on outdoor maps.

    Obdolbos Roulette (Day 2)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Meeting of the Bosses (Day 3)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Barter Only (Day 4)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • Removed all cash-offers from the Traders (except for Fence) - you can only barter with them now.
    • New Barters for Dogtags were added to the traders.

    Free Labs (Day 5)

  • Gameplay Changes

    Unlocked Traders & Discounts (Day 6)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • Unlocked all Traders and heavily discounted their items.

    Deadly Toxin (Day 7)

  • Gameplay Changes

    • Players are given infinite Stamina.
    • All extracts except one are locked.
    • The Unknown toxin debuff is given to your PMC at the start of the raid, which gives you 8 minutes to live unless you find an antidote on Bosses or airdrops.
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