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Tarkov How To Level Sniper Rifles Skill (2021)
Learn how to level the sniper rifles skill in Tarkov efficiently and reach the high levels required for several key quests. The sniper rifles skill in Escape From Tarkov is one of the most demanding on players requiring level 9 for your PMC if wish to earn the ultimate Kappa Secure Container.
Given sniper rifles are rarely used in the current Tarkov meta outside of a few specific quest lines this proves to often be a stopping point for players in their quest and Kappa progression. Despite the high bar required though there are a number of techniques you can employ to earn the necessary levels efficiently and in a rewarding way while still playing the core Tarkov experience and not overly relying on cheesing mechanics or boring methods.
Unlike physical and practical skills in Tarkov combat skills tied to specific weapons have no method to boost experience gained which means there are no applicable experience boosts for the sniper rifles skill.
What is Sniper Rifles Skill Needed For in Tarkov?
As noted above sniper rifles is a key skill in Escape From Tarkov and is required for the following quests:
- Level 3 is required for the Tarkov Shooter Part 4
- Level 7 is required for Wet Job Part 6
- Level 9 is required for the quest Psycho Sniper
Note that all of these quests listed are required to earn the Kappa Secure Container which leaves many in the Tarkov community hunting how to level sniper rifles quickly. Tarkov Shooter Part 4 can be particularly painful as there are a number of other quests after this that players need to unlock and complete. In comparison Wet Job and Psycho Sniper are near the end of Tarkov progression and their respective questlines.
With these potential progress blockers in mind players may wish to use some of the sniper rifles levelling tips at the end of this article early on and scatter them amongst your normal raids to remove the need to power level it later which can often mean dozens of sniper rifles focused raids back to back. As with other Tarkov skills it is important to be aware of the skill exhaustion mechanic which limits the amount of skill points you can gain per raid.
Benefits of Sniper Rifles Skill in Tarkov
The sniper rifles skill provides similar benefits to other weapon combat skills with the following PMC benefits:
- Reduces weapon recoil when shooting sniper rifles
- Increases reload speed of sniper rifle class weapons
- Increases weapon switching speed
- Doubles weapon mastering gain (Elite)
In Escape From Tarkov sniper rifles are classed as any of the bolt action rifle weapons available. This list includes popular weapons like the DVL-10, M700, Mosin variants and SV-98 amongst others. Note that there is currently no unique Tarkov sniper rifle ammo with the ammunition for these guns also used by other weapon classes like designated marksman rifles (DMR) so it comes down to the weapon for the skill benefits and not the ammo.
This means that most of the benefits actually provided by this skill are quite useless with the sole purpose of levelling the sniper rifles skill relegated to quest progression only.
The first benefit for example of reducing weapon recoil is completely useless when it comes to bolt action rifles as the time between shots means there is no effective recoil. Similarly reload speed with these weapons is rarely a contributing factor to your survival in Escape From Tarkov raids. Weapon switching speed is slightly more useful allowing you to pull out your sniper rifle quickly for a long range shot if you are using a secondary weapon although is hardly game breaking.
How to Level Sniper Rifles Skill in Tarkov
Earning skill points in sniper rifles comes down to using bolt action rifles and performing the following:
- Hitting enemies
With this in mind there are a number of sniper rifles skill levelling guides in the community that suggest taking a Mosin and finding a quiet corner of Shoreline or Woods to reload the weapon constantly with the cheapest available ammunition (usually T-46M). This works because every time you reload the Mosin it releases a bullet from the chamber allowing you to reload indefinitely with as much ammo as you can carry.
While this can work it can be a painful and boring process for players to use and at the end of the day is a skill cheese that is not an intended part of the core Tarkov experience and does nothing for account progression otherwise.
Personally I find the best way to level sniper skills in Tarkov is to bring my preferred bolt action rifle into a night time loot raid. While I still focus on Woods and Shoreline to get a quiet Tarkov server I’ll also hit the Scav hot spots and shoot them in the arms or legs several times to secure the kill as each hit is giving a healthy amount of skill points rather than going for a headshot. This works particularly well at night time as Scav vision is significantly impaired which makes it possible to hit them multiple times with little risk. Doing raids like this early on can also net a significant amount of PMC experience and important loot for Roubles. Those looking to further optimise these raids can also layer it with other skill levelling activities like metabolism.
Players can also consider working in some bolt action gameplay into their lower gear raids for other quests such as the VPO-215 that can be obtained often from Scavs or your own Scav raids. This is particularly effective for the early quests that require players to kill large amount of Scavs on particular maps.
Players can also earn skill points in sniper rifles by completing the following quests:
- A Shooter Born In Heaven (SBIH) (+1 level)
- Mentor (+3 levels)
Given each subsequent level of sniper rifles skills requires more experience points than the last to level these quests should only be handed in after players reach at least level 5 sniper rifles through the methods above or passive raid gameplay. This ensures the last 4 levels of the skill which require the most experience points can be gained in the most efficient manner and significantly cuts down on the effort required in your sniper rifles skill levelling.