Tarkov Kill Sanitar or Not (Colleagues vs Sadist) Quest

Last Updated on December 3, 2023 by Samuel Franklin

Tarkov Kill Sanitar or Not – Colleagues Part 3 vs Huntsman Path Sadist

Offering players in Tarkov the choice to kill Sanitar or not the Colleagues Part 3 or Huntsman Path Sadist quest lines have very different requirements and rewards. Which path should you take to be most optimal and why? We break down the quest requirements, rewards and ultimately support our conclusion of why you want to complete Huntsman Path Sadist (kill Sanitar) and in the process settle the to eliminate Sanitar or not debate.

Colleagues Part 3 or Huntsman Path Sadist was the first multi-choice quest introduced in Escape From Tarkov which requires vastly different tasks to be completed by the player. In comparison the other multi-choice quests in Tarkov (Chemical Part 4/Out of Curiosity/Big Customer and Kind of Sabotage/Supply Plans) which have the same task objectives but differed in who you could provide the quest item. Important to note that both of these quests unlock an additional quest which is required for the Kappa Secure Container although this is always subject to change.

tarkov-colleagues-part-3Colleagues Part 3 (Therapist) Option

The Tarkov wiki provides the full extensive list of quest requirements and rewards for your efforts with this path generally being the good option from a lore perspective as players do not kill Sanitar and instead let him live to help provide medicine to Therapist. That being said there is still an element of grey morality at play here as Sanitar is not a complete saint in the Tarkov universe either.

In terms of comparing the two quest path requirements the most significant and difficult items to acquire are the respective Lab keycards (note that this quest previously required a Lab. Blue keycard and a Lab. Green keycard which could easily set you back as much as an entire Tarkov wipe worth of income at generally a cost in the tens of millions of Roubles). While this has since been changed to 10 lab access keycards the find in raid requirements of these is still not an easy task although players with high Scav karma will have an easier time.

This is one of theTarkov quests that offer great rewards though and make it worth the initial investment in items to earn rewards which are predominately medical items, a med case and a Lab. Black Keycard. The small amount of Therapist reputation is also offset by the loss of Jaeger reputation which is generally harder to acquire due to his difficult PvP orientated challenges that may be a consideration for you particularly if you don’t intend to make use of the Black Keycard or don’t mind obtaining one through a different mechanism.

tarkov-huntsman-path-sadistHuntsman Path Sadist (Jaeger) Option

Again I recommend checking the updated Tarkov wiki for the detailed requirements and rewards of the Jaeger option although they are significantly simplified compared to the Therapist path. With Jaeger believing that Sanitar is beyond redemption and he should be dealt with by removing him from Shoreline once and for all your task is to kill Sanitar.

As Sanitar can offer a challenge to players it is recommended to use top tier Tarkov ammo that deals at least 70 flesh damage which will ensure a one hit headshot when fighting Sanitar as he never wears a helmet. Affordable ammo such as M80 and SNB or better meet this damage requirement and also have good penetration power to deal with his heavily armoured guard helmets or body armour. As his boss AI is focused on constantly changing position and healing combined with his total 1,270 health pool he is extremely durable along with his two guards. Players can also practice against Sanitar using offline mode and activating the enable bosses configuration.

For players that can eliminate Sanitar though you’ll be rewarded with a thermal sight (FLIR) that sells for several thousand Roubles and a healthy amount of the deadly AP-20 shotgun ammo that can also be sold or used for the shotgun quests in Tarkov. The reputation boost to Jaeger is also a nice bonus and the loss of Therapist reputation is not significant as she is generally the easiest to acquire reputation with. In addition you’ll unlock a second quest (TerraGroup employee) from Peacekeeper provided you have completed his Samples quest that offers further rewards that include Peacekeeper reputation, Dollars and unlocks two Peacekeeper trader level 4 purchases for the Tan Team Wendy EXFIL Ballistic Helmet (Tan) and Mesa Tactical Crosshair Hydraulic buffer tube although this is also unlocked through the Therapist path now (was not on original quest release).

Why Choose To Kill Sanitar For Jaeger?

From the above you have probably already made the conclusion that choosing to eliminate Sanitar in the Colleagues Part 3 vs Sadist debate due to the significantly lower Rouble investment and boost to Jaegar reputation that is more useful than Therapist reputation.

If you are a labs regular though and want the Black Keycard which is also useful to obtain some necessary stims for later Tarkov quests then this may be the better option for you.

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.

  1. This misses that killing Sanitar leads to https://escapefromtarkov.fandom.com/wiki/TerraGroup_employee which you can’t reach from Therapist’s quest line.

    • Thanks for the heads up Julian! This has now been added to the article in response to this recent quest change this Tarkov wipe.

  2. the comment from JULIAN about killing sanitar leading to the TERRA GROUP Mission has also been revised – you can not kill SANITAR and still get to the TERRA GROUP Mission for KAPPA

    • Thanks Michael

      We did update this article following the changes last week from BSG to account for this and it is a good call out in the comments as well!

      Games Finder Team

      • So, this one doesn’t provide carma retrieval like in another quest with skier, doc and prapor? Ohsht


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