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What You Should Buy in Escape From Tarkov as a Beginner

Socially Gaming knows that Escape From Tarkov is a challenging game to get used to, but there are a few things that you’ll want to spend your money on early, to maximize your profit.

Getting started in the world of Tarkov can be a daunting prospect, especially when you’re thrown into raids with people who already have years of playtime under their belts. There are a lot of things to keep in mind if you’re new to Escape From Takov, but one of the first things to consider is how you invest your hard-earned cash.

While it may be tempting to drain your in-game bank account buying fancy gear, that money is much better spent on things that are both affordable and useful. Since we already have a guide for budget weapons, we won’t be discussing guns in this guide, and we’ll instead be taking a look at everything else.

Medical Items

When you're just starting off in Tarkov, you're going to die and get injured a lot; it's just a part of learning the game. If you want to keep playing the game without long pauses waiting for your character to heal, you'll want to invest in some healing items. As a beginner, you'll only be able to purchase medicine from the Therapist until you unlock the flea market.

The level 1 Therapist inventory will leave you restricted to the AI-2 med-kits as healing items, each of which can restore up to 100 hp. Along with these, you'll also want to pick up a stock of painkillers and splints. The painkillers will allow you to keep fighting when you sustain injuries, and the splints will heal fractures.

Quest Items

Questing is essential in Escape From Tarkov, as it allows you to level up your traders, giving you some easy ways to make money and making you less reliant on the flea market. Early on in the game, some quests can be completed by simply purchasing the required items on the flea market.

Along with hand-in items, you’ll also be able to purchase some keys which unlock areas that are needed to complete quests. Keep in mind that you’ll need to be at least level 10 to access the flea market, so you’ll have to find all of your quest items before that milestone.


In a game like Tarkov, where you can die to a single bullet, many players question the practicality of armor. When you’re just getting started, most of the armor that you have available won’t be worth the investment, so we’d recommend waiting until you unlock the flea market.

When you have access to the flea market, we’d highly recommend getting your hands on some SSh-68 helmets, which offer class 3 protection and a high ricochet chance. If you’re looking for body protection, the 6B3TM-01M armored rig combines class 4 protection with a relatively spacious rig.

Other Gear

Beyond armor, there is some other gear that we would consider essential and that you should get your hands on as early as possible. One of the most crucial pieces of gear to bring along is a pair of headphones, as they will increase the range at which you hear sounds, making it easier to detect enemies.

When you're just starting off, the GSSh headphones are an excellent choice as they'll only set you back around ten thousand roubles on the flea market. You may also want to invest in a few scav vests, as they're extremely affordable, and they'll always be sure to come back in insurance.

Hideout Upgrades

When you feel comfortable enough to start spending even more money, you can start taking a look at hideout upgrades. These investments can make you back more money, increase your rate of healing when out of raid, and even decrease the commission you pay when selling items on the flea market.

Of course, the most popular upgrade is the bitcoin farm, which provides you with passive income, as long as your generator has enough fuel in it. Another notable upgrade is the workbench, which will allow you to craft items that can then be sold on the flea market for a profit.


Escape From Tarkov is an extremely complex game, and one of the best things about it is that you can play it however you want to. Whether you want to make money by flipping items on the flea market or if you just want to go into raids and take other players' gear, Tarkov can accommodate you.

We hope that this guide has given you an idea of where you should invest your money to make the most out of it. Escape From Tarkov is an unforgiving game that takes time and a lot of disappointment to master, but knowing what to buy can help cut down on some of that frustration.

What are some of the essentials you think beginners should make sure to have on them? Drop your thoughts in the comments below! 👇👇👇

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