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When Is The Next Tarkov Wipe? EFT Wipe Guide 2021
When is the next Tarkov wipe and what does it mean for your account? Our EFT wipe guide explores the data behind the next potential date, why these are a regular part of the Escape From Tarkov experience during development, historical dates they have taken place, the impact on the player base meta, BattleState Games (BSG) plans for the future of this mechanic and tips for surviving the first few weeks after a reset hits the game servers.
It has been 118 days since the last game reset (30 June 2021), based on the average length historically the next Tarkov wipe is predicted to be in 86 days (20 January 2022). The data analysis behind this prediction is included below for those PMCs that want to dive into the details.
Next Tarkov Wipe Date (Data Analysis)
By analysing the history of Tarkov resets we can form a reasonable prediction of when BattleState Games is likely to restart player progression again.
Tarkov has been utilising game wipes as a mechanic since its 2017 release date and on average these have occurred every 149 days (approximately 5 months). However, over time as Tarkov’s development has advanced the time between these resets has slowly grown to the point that the last 3 wipes have a significantly higher average length of 204 days (nearly 7 months). This longer length is expected to continue in the future as game development approaches final release and thus this longer timeframe is the basis of the wipe countdown at the top of this article.
The estimate should be taken with a grain of salt as it is a simply based on historical information (included below) to provide a possible date for the Tarkov next wipe. They are usually only known a few days in advance with no predetermined schedule and often there is little to no warning beforehand. Monitoring the official community forums, BattleState Games Twitter and reddit are the best sources of regular updated information and rumours for those that want to know the day it is announced.
Tarkov Wipe History
Below is the history data from newest to oldest in order to give you a sense of how often does Tarkov wipe along with the applicable patch. As noted above the data shows a slowly growing trend to longer length time periods.
|Date||Patch Version||Days Since Previous Wipe|
|30 June 2021||12.11||188 Days|
|24 December 2020||12.9||210 Days|
|28 May 2020||12.6||214 Days|
|27 October 2019||12.0||201 Days|
|9 April 2019||11.7||152 Days|
|8 November 2018||10.5||112 Days|
|19 July 2018||9.0||91 Days|
|19 April 2018||8.0||114 Days|
|26 December 2017||5.0||60 Days|
|27 October 2017||4.0||N/A|
What Is A Wipe In Escape From Tarkov?
Wipes are a regular part of the Escape From Tarkov experience and currently applied during the beta version to reset all player progress. Escape From Tarkov has utilised them since the initial Alpha stage in 2017 to reset player progress and a mechanic that other early access and even established games have used for similar reasons. A wipe in Tarkov erases all of your characters progress as if you had only just bought Escape From Tarkov and applies to all players and are preceded by various in game events. These events have historically lasted from a few days to a week and while they vary each time are usually focused on altering item availability by dropping trader prices significantly and adding difficult PvE combat by increasing or changing Raiders and Scav Boss spawns.
They often coincide with the introduction of significant new or redesigned game features and mechanics for the purposes of testing by the community. This fresh slate experience is vital as the advanced economy, levels, skills and stashed equipment of players leaves little room for BSG to gather critical data on the impact of changes on player progression from level 1 to end game.
This means players can expect to lose all of their loot, account levels, traders, keys, skills, hideout upgrades, Tarkov survivor class (player statistics) and task progression. In rare situations BattleState Games has only cleared some element of progression in response to specific game issues, glitches and exploits.
As you can imagine this has a major impact on the Tarkov meta with players returning to budget guns, armour and helmets for several weeks to months. Geekseh does a fantastic job of explaining this further on his YouTube channel:
Is The Tarkov Wipe Thursday?
If you’ve seen people of the Tarkov community comment that the wipe is next Thursday this is actually an EFT meme popularised by Pestily. While they have sometimes occurred on a Thursday this meme was started in response to the large number of users in his Twitch chat asking when it will happen as shown here from his Twitch clips and his own Twitter.
Tarkov Wipes After Full Game Release
After the full release of Escape From Tarkov BattleState Games original intention was to not have any further game wipes and this currently still seems to be the preferred option. In August 2021 an interview with Nikita suggested that Tarkov will launch with your account having a normal character that does not wipe and a season based character (source).
This feature is likely in response to a growing sentiment in the Tarkov reddit community though that has discussed the concepts of seasons in a similar way to Diablo 3 or Path of Exile where players have a season specific character (which matches only with other season characters) that changes to a non season character after the next wipe. Players can then keep their progress and still play with others in a separate non season matching pool or opt to start a new character in the new season pool of players and experience the game from scratch.
Early Wipe Guide: Tips and Strategies
After a Tarkov wipe there is significant opportunity for experienced players to obtain large amounts of in game wealth with the right strategy that many opt to capitalise on in order to setup their account for the following months. If you are comfortable with the basics of Escape From Tarkov then these tips and strategies below can be used to make your survival experience easier. For newer players my recommendation is to avoid the first week (or two) afterwardsed as you’ll be competing against experienced players for the same items and locations that will increase the likelihood of PvP conflict against veteran PMCs.
In addition to the below post wipe tips (which are written under the assumption you have a high level of knowledge already) Pestily offers an invaluable video guide for those wanting both big and small ideas to establish themselves:
- The first decision you’ll make after downloading the applicable wipe patch is selecting between BEAR or USEC that both come with their own separate starting kits that should be reviewed prior so you have a clear decision in mind based on your preferred weapon type.
- Unlocking the flea market required level is a pivotal first step after a wipe as it gives you the avenue to sell your acquired loot on the flea market at ridiculous prices. Having a clear path through the early Tarkov quests or a PvP/PvE farming plan focused on Factory or night time raids is important to staying focused and saving time.
- An understanding of early items for hideout upgrades is vital as these are the items that will have high demand along with important keys. Hideout progression also unlocks highly profitable crafts if you can stay ahead of the competing player base.
- Always prioritise placing hideout required loot in your secure container, if you extract then these should be sold on the flea market for a significant sum of Roubles while if you fail to extract and they don’t have found in raid status you can upgrade your own hideout instead.
- Capitalise on your Scav runs that are available every 20 minutes to keep your PMC equipped for raids. Given the need to level your PMC fast after a Tarkov wipe and the fact that a large amount of the player base is looting everything on the map I recommend fast Factory Scav raids (matchmaking time permitting) rather than Scav loot runs for minimal gain.
- Pick one or two price efficient loadouts that you can purchase from a diverse range of traders. This ensures you can minimise time outside of raid but also level up traders in a balanced way that is key to your account progression. Personally, I run the budget SKS with Paca armour and SSh-68 helmet which are the perfect combination while swapping to higher tier armour when available.
- Large chest rigs are invaluable early on in expanding your Tarkov stash space to store more items and particularly important for standard edition players. With the growing list of large rigs that spawn on Scavs these should always be taken on your PMC or placed in a backpack.
- Don’t forget about key skill bottlenecks in progression such as sniper rifles, metabolism and vitality, these can significantly stop your after wipe progress and so you should understand how these level up and the strategies you can use.