When Is The Next Tarkov Wipe? EFT Wipe Guide 2024

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Samuel Franklin

Are you eagerly anticipating the next Escape From Tarkov wipe? Wondering when you can get back to that exhilarating early-game challenge? This page will answer your questions about wipes, including the predicted date for the next one and historical information of the past wipes that have occurred. I’ll also provide additional information about the wipe process, the future of game wipes and what you can do to prepare. It has been 142 days since the last game reset (28 December 2023), based on the average length historically the next Tarkov wipe is predicted to be in 39 days (27 June 2023).

The information on this page is based on my personal experience with Escape From Tarkov across thousands of raid hours, years of following the community and playing more than 6 separate wipes from start to finish that includes earning the Kappa Container. It also includes information from the Tarkov community and officially released by BSG where applicable.

Table of Contents:
Next Tarkov Wipe Date (Data Analysis)
Tarkov Wipe History
What Is A Wipe
Thursday Meme
Wipes After Release
Wipe Guide: Tips and Strategies To Prepare

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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 they have occurred every 161 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 higher average length of 182 days (approximately 6 months).

Tarkov wipes are usually only known a few days in advance without a predetermined schedule and players will generally become aware through in game events that significantly alter the game experience. Known as pre-wipe events these have included increased high value loot spawns, bosses appearing on all maps, reduced costs for trader equipment and excessive airdrops in raid. 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 number.

Date Patch Version Days Since Previous Wipe
28 December 2023 14 140 days
10 August 2023 13.5 225 days
28 December 2022 13.0 183 days
28 June 2022 12.12.30 198 Days
12 December 2021 12.12 165 Days
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

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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 account progression and a mechanic that other early access titles have used. A wipe in Tarkov erases all of your characters progress (including levels, stash, traders, skills and hideout) as if you had only just bought Escape From Tarkov and applies to all players. As noted above these wipe dates are preceded by various in game events that 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.

The game resets often coincide with the introduction of significant new or redesigned game features and mechanics for the purposes of testing the newly established progression curve 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. These have a major impact on the Tarkov meta with players returning to budget guns and other basic loadouts for several weeks to months as they rebuild their stash.

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.
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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. However, 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 that has discussed the concepts of seasons in a similar way to Diablo 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.

Wipe Guide: Tips and Strategies To Prepare

After a Tarkov wipe there is significant opportunity for experienced players to obtain large amounts of in game stash 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 based on my personal experiences below can be used to make your progression easier. For newer players my recommendation is to avoid the first week (or two) afterwards 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.

  • 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 often inflated 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 successfully 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 the found in raid status you can upgrade your own hideout instead.
  • Capitalise on your Scav runs when they are available to help keep your PMC equipped for raids with a focus on quick matches and extracting with your Scav loadout. This is important as you still need to focus on levelling your PMC fast after a Tarkov wipe and a large amount of the player base is looting everything on the map so there is likely minimal loot available to acquire with your Scav. The best option I recommend for this is Factory Scav raids (provided the matchmaking time is low) given the small map size allows for quick entry and exit.
  • 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 from traders or found during raid.
  • 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 and filled with other items.
  • Don’t forget about key skill bottlenecks in progression such as sniper rifles, metabolism and vitality, these can significantly stop your progress and so you should understand how these level up and the strategies you can use while playing your raids.

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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.

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