Tarkov How To Level Health Skill (2021)

Last Updated on April 8, 2021 by Samuel Franklin

Tarkov How To Level Health Skill (2021)

Health is a physical skill in Tarkov and is needed for hideout progress and several Tarkov quests that leave people wondering how to level the Health skill. It is part of a unique subset of Tarkov skills that level by improving other skills (strength, endurance and vitality in this case) which gives players multiple ways to improve this skill.

It’s also a Tarkov skill with one of the highest quest requirements with level 10 required for those chasing the Kappa Secure Container. Thankfully it’s a generally simple and mostly passive process to reach this required level in Escape From Tarkov though.

As with all physical skills levelling in Tarkov you’ll want to use the FP-100 filter absorber in your air filtering unit if unlocked in the hideout and be aware of the exhaustion mechanic which limits the progress you can make per raid when levelling your health skill.

What is Health Needed For in Tarkov?

Health is needed for a number of quests and also a key hideout upgrade that can sometimes slow player progress slightly if they are a hideout upgrade rusher. For the bulk of players though it will be the quests on their path to Kappa that will mean they need to give the health skill some attention.

These quests are the Therapist’s Health Care Privacy Part 4 (requiring level 4) which leads to one of the best Tarkov quest rewards with the THICC item case from Private Clinic. Secondly, is Athlete which requires a health skill of level 10, thankfully this is a dead end quest though so can be done passively without impacting progression.

Meanwhile the level 2 medstation requires players to reach level 2 health skill.

Benefits of Health in Tarkov

Health provides the following PMC benefits:

  • Decreases chance of fractures
  • Decreases energy consumption and dehydration rates
  • Increases out of raid regeneration
  • Damage absorption (Elite)

It’s a mixed bag of benefits when it comes to the health skill with decreased chance of fractures being a nice passive benefit that means you’ll have less random fractures from the various fights you take. If you manage to reach elite level this amounts to a 60% decrease that can definitely help in a firefight but doesn’t mean you’ll be able to never carry a split into raid again.

tarkov-dehydration-rateOther decreases offered by the health skill include energy and dehydration loss which while far from being an overpowered benefit can help you stay in raid longer without the need to bring in or hunt for provisions. Out of raid regeneration rounds out the non max elite level benefits and is the most useless of the bunch with players most likely to heal via the Therapist trader each raid instead.

In terms of the elite skills the damage absorption is currently not implemented.

How to Level Health in Tarkov

Health is one of the skills in Escape From Tarkov that levels as you earn experience in other skills. For health this is endurance, strength and vitality which all have fairly easy to execute levelling methods alongside your passive levels from raids.

For those looking to focus in on health as an urgent matter for quest requirements your best bet is to combine the methods to level strength and endurance as these are powerful skills in their own right which makes them worth investing in and are generally lower effort of the 3 options.

Given your goal is level 10 players can also take advantage of the Therapist’s, An Apple A Day quest which provides 2 levels of health and should be taken at level 8 as the required skill points in skill levelling increase at higher levels. This quest is easy to complete requiring players to hand over 400,000 Roubles.

If you want to learn more about levelling skills in Tarkov visit our other guides on endurance, strength, vitality, search, attention, 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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