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When Is The Next Tarkov Wipe? EFT Wipe Guide 2021
Learn when is the next Tarkov wipe and what it means for your account with our EFT wipe guide. These are a regular part of the Escape From Tarkov experience and currently applied during the beta version to reset player progress. They often coincide with the introduction of significant new or redesigned game features and mechanics for the purposes of testing by the community.
In this article we will include details about the next Tarkov wipe, general information about them and document the history of Tarkov wipes over the years.
When Is The Next Tarkov Wipe 2021? When Does EFT Wipe?
BattleState Games has made no 2021 announcement on the next Tarkov wipe. Based on the history of Tarkov wipes the next wipe is expected to be July 2021.
This is calculated based on the average wipe length of 208 days for the 3 most recent account resets which is based on the history data located at the bottom of this article. The average wipe length since the beginning of Tarkov is 144 days.
The prediction above should be taken with a grain of salt as it is a simply based on historical information to provide the best prediction of the Tarkov next wipe. Wipes are usually only known a few days in advance and aren’t currently based on a 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 wipe rumours for those that want to know the day it is announced.
Is The Tarkov Wipe Thursday?
If you’ve seen people of the Tarkov community comment that that the wipe is next Thursday this is actually a 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 the next Tarkov wipe will happen as shown here from his Twitch clips and his own Twitter.
What Is A Wipe In Escape From Tarkov?
Escape From Tarkov has utilised wipes since the initial Alpha stage to reset player progress and a mechanic that other early access style games have used during their development. A wipe in Tarkov erases all of your characters progress as if you only just bought Escape From Tarkov and applies to all players.
This means players can expect to lose all of their loot, account levels, trader levels, keys, skills, hideout upgrades, Tarkov survivor class (player statistics) and task progression. In regards to weapon presents and having items examined these have been reset in the majority of cases. Occasionally BattleState Games has only wiped some element of progression although these are unlikely going forward and players can expect full wipes as described above.
Wipes are used to reset the player base generally after a large patch that introduces new mechanics or significantly redesigns them as they need to be tested from a fresh slate. 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:
Tarkov Wipes After 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 although has not been publicly commented on in some time. There is 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.
Tarkov Wipe History – How Often Does Tarkov Wipe?
Below is the history of wipes to date in order to give you a sense of how often does Tarkov wipe. On average Escape From Tarkov has had a wipe every 144 days. The last 3 have been significantly longer than the average though with a wipe every 208 days which is the basis for our prediction of the Tarkov next wipe above as they have been slowly growing in length as development progresses.
The format of this list is as follows: Date (Patch) / Days Since Previous Wipe
- 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)