Tarkov How To Level Endurance To Elite Level

Last Updated on January 24, 2024 by Samuel Franklin

Learn how to level endurance to elite (max) level and benefit from this key Tarkov skill with extra stamina and breath control. Often considered by the community to be the most powerful skill in Escape From Tarkov many players attempt to maximise endurance skill points. In this comprehensive guide I detail several small playstyle adjustments that I recommend from my thousands of EFT hours to ensure you aren’t missing any endurance gains and help you reach elite level sooner. With these tips players can stay in the endurance levelling zone longer each raid by adopting these strategies to avoid becoming overweight and capitalise on every opportunity for endurance skill progression.

Table of Contents:
How To Level Endurance
Endurance Requirements (Hideout)
Benefits Of Endurance Levels

As with all physical skills in Escape From Tarkov players should optimise the levelling process by using the FP-100 Filter Absorber in your air filtering unit and familiarise themselves with the levelling speed limits of Tarkov that are described on the EFT wiki.


How to Level Endurance

Earning skill points in endurance requires:

  • Sprint or walk while not being overweight (which means the weight number in your gear screen must be white and not yellow or red).
  • Working out in the hideout gym and successfully completing quick time events.
  • Completing specific quests (Swift One: +1 level)

In practice this means a huge portion of your endurance skill points will come passively from general Tarkov raid gameplay and diligent usage of the gym mechanic once constructed. With minor optimisations though players can chase elite (max) level and ensure each raid delivers maximum endurance progression:

tarkov-combat-sj6These tips to optimise your endurance skill points gained per raid include:

  • Using a light initial loadout and favouring large maps like Woods or Shoreline for loot runs over small maps like Interchange or Factory to ensure you maximise the potential endurance skills points you can earn each raid. Tips for light loadouts include using smaller compact weapons such as submachine guns, starting with no or a small backpack (and upgrading it from Scavs) and running a lighter armour combination.
  • Using SJ6 combat stimulants to give you a longer initial sprint which means more skill points early before engaging in fights, looting or questing that are likely to push you into overweight territory.
  • Limiting your looting in raid to never be overweight to maximise endurance skill points (although this is at the cost of Roubles gained and strength skill points which are earned for being overweight).

Endurance Requirements (Hideout)

Endurance is needed for hideout upgrades and given the levels players will acquire passively and the low level requirements it is unlikely to be a notable roadblock in hideout progression. Endurance in Tarkov is used for the following:

  • Level 1 endurance is required for players to construct the level 2 heating in the hideout.
  • Level 2 endurance is required for players to construct the level 2 security in the hideout.

High value is still placed on the endurance physical skill in the Tarkov community though due to the stamina related benefits it provides that give you a dramatic advantage over other players while also improving your own gameplay experience dramatically that are described in detail below.

Benefits Of Endurance Levels

Endurance provides the following PMC benefits:

  • Increases your overall stamina pool.
  • Decreases the drain on stamina when jumping.
  • Increases the amount of time players can use hold breath.
  • Reduces breath recovery time.
  • Increased hands endurance for longer ADS time (Elite)
  • Breathing is independent of energy (Elite)

All of these have a direct impact on your raid experience with players able to quickly move around the map to loot locations, kill enemies or run away from threats.

The overall stamina boost means you’ll be running farther and longer than players with lower levels which many experienced players use to rush to high loot areas in particular. For the Tarkov Neutraliser that focuses on PvP it also means you’ll be able to flank beyond your enemy expectations and attack them from unexpected angles.

For the player that prefers fighting from a distance (or holding corners) the other endurance benefits are well suited to that playstyle with longer ADS time and stronger hold breath that again turn you into a more effective PMC killing machine.

If you want to learn more about levelling skills in Tarkov visit our other guides on strength, vitality, search, attention, health, 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) is a seasoned Escape From Tarkov player with over 1,000 raids across multiple Tarkov patches while accumulating thousands of player kills and maintaining a 50% survival rate who favours a calculated playstyle. During these wipes he has earned the coveted Kappa secure container, proving his determination in the unforgiving world of Tarkov. His passion for the punishing game goes beyond personal accomplishment and he is driven by a desire to guide new players on their own Escape From Tarkov journey one raid at a time.

Through countless firefights, strategic flanks and exhilarating boss encounters, he has accumulated a deep understanding of the game’s mechanics and nuances that allows him to offer valuable insights and strategies to those seeking to navigate the complexities of Tarkov.

1 Comment

  1. Fav’d/bmkd the site. not just a well made sight on the subject Samuel, this is still relevant as of 7/6/2021. Keep up the great work.

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