Tarkov How To Level Attention Skill (2021)

Last Updated on April 8, 2021 by Samuel Franklin

Tarkov How To Level Attention Skill (2021)

Start levelling the powerful mental attention skill in Tarkov with these how to level attention skill tips. Helping players to loot more efficiently within their Tarkov raids a healthy attention skill can help players quickly uncover high tier loot and get out of the danger zone faster after a successful takedown of PMCs or one of the many Scav bosses.

While this is one of the Tarkov skills that is likely to level passively throughout your raids some early requirements for the attention skill require early wipe focus on looting to ensure your steady PMC progress continues. Regular Tarkov players that blitz through hideout upgrades after a fresh start post wipe can often get caught out particularly if they don’t take the time to loot at every opportunity which is a habit often brought across from an end game survivor class playstyle.

Unlike physical and practical skills in Tarkov mental skills have no method to boost experience gained which means there are no applicable experience boosts for the attention skill.


What is Attention Needed For in Tarkov?

Attention in Tarkov is required for hideout upgrades that both require a level 3 attention skill:

  • Intelligence centre level 2
  • Water collector level 2

While these are available in the later portions of your hideout upgrade path players that rush hideout upgrades and leverage their significant Tarkov experience to get there and do little looting of containers in the world along the way might find this a potential progress stopper. For the majority of the player base though it is highly likely that you’ll have the necessary attention skill when required for the hideout.

Regardless some early focus on the attention skill while painful can help players throughout their future raids due to the skill benefits and PMC general experience points provided.

Benefits of Attention in Tarkov

Attention provides the following PMC benefits:

  • Increases in looting speed
  • Increases the chance to discover more valuable loot first in a container
  • Chance of instantly finding an item in a container (Elite)
  • Doubles your looting experience (Elite)

Loot speed is a significant advantage in Escape From Tarkov with players able to quickly check their PMC and Scav kills for items and helps your loot runs by being able to quickly run between high loot containers (such as hidden stashes).

While the discovery chance is also a nice quality of life enhancement by revealing higher tier loot before other items when searching in practice this has little impact. This is because of the logic the game uses to assign value with some high value items on the flea market not being considered high value for the purpose of the attention skill. Given this is also only a chance to activate and the fact that a container can spawn many rare items you’ll be unlikely to stop looting a container before discovering all items anyway. That being said it’s still nice to quickly grab that Bitcoin or Labs keycard and place it in your secure container first while you continue looting when it does trigger.

For elite level which is rarely reached outside of the Tarkov elite streamers who put significant hours into the game players earn a chance of instant find that reduces the overall time to loot a container and doubles your looting experience which at the point you reach maximum attention level is simply not useful.

How to Level Attention in Tarkov

Players can only earn skill points in attention with a single method:

  • Uncovering loot in loot containers

The important thing to note about obtaining skill points in attention is that earning points requires searching of loot containers in the world. This means backpacks on the ground, containers in the world such as hidden stashes, filing cabinets, crates and so on are the primary sources of attention experience. That isn’t to say you’ll get no attention experience for searching backpacks and rigs from other players or Scavs but you will earn significantly less.

tarkov-backpackThis means players that regularly complete hidden stash runs on maps like Shoreline will have higher attention experience gain compared to those with a PvP focus. Accordingly, the best ways to level attention in Tarkov is to focus on container loot runs using hidden stashes or areas of high concentration of searchable containers like filing cabinets on Reserve.

If you want to learn more about levelling skills in Tarkov visit our other guides on endurance, strength, vitality, searchhealth, metabolism, stress resistance and sniper rifles.


Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms.

Sam (Seelyon) has over 1,000 hours, 1,000 raids, 2,000 kills and 50% survival rate in Escape From Tarkov (EFT) over multiple wipes and has achieved the elusive Kappa secure container in the process. He loves the Tarkov experience and seeks to share his insights and expertise with new players to the game.


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