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Escape From Tarkov: Loot and Inventory Management Guide

Abhimannu Das
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Looting and inventory management are two of the most important skills new players need to master if they want to make the most cash possible in Escape From Tarkov.
If you do not want to spend time managing your inventory you can use the Automatic order option which is located in the inventory menu and denoted by an icon with two arrows.
Getting as many items as possible can help you maximize your cash output per successful run.

Looting is one of the most important mechanics in Escape From Tarkov and knowing exactly what items you are looking for is very important. Unlike a lot of other games, you have to manually identify items before you can add them to your inventory. You have to press Searching on the top menu and wait for your character to identify items when looting bodies. 

Understanding how loot works in Escape From Tarkov

The one thing that makes Escape From Tarkov a much more consistent experience is that the spawn points for loot are always the same. Objects like bags, clothes and med cases always spawn in the same locations. This allows you to get exactly the items you need if you know where to look.

Items that spawn on the floor, shelves or tables may or may not spawn. But you should spend time learning the spawns anyway because you will develop better looting habits and know where to look for specific items even if they have a random chance of spawning. 

Looting efficiently is very important as you will lose all your items if you die, so you need to give yourself the best chances of survival. If you survive, you can sell your loot and get in-game cash which can be used to progress your account. 

Optimizing inventory management in Escape From Tarkov

It is important to manage your inventory space as well as possible. Picking up objects is simple but you need to utilize the limited space that you get to fit in as many items as possible. Sometimes you have to choose between different items based on how much in-game cash you can sell them for.

If you do not want to spend time managing your inventory you can use the Automatic order option which is located in the inventory menu and denoted by an icon with two arrows. While it is not optimal and manual inventory management is recommended, it can help out when you are starting off as a new player.

Once you get the hang of things and know which items to keep and which items to discard, you should learn how to optimize the inventory space that you have by rotating items and making the most space possible.

If you have any accessories that are taking up valuable inventory space, simply slot them into a compatible weapon and you will save tons of inventory space. Some weapons can also be folded which allows you to reduce the inventory size that they consume. Finally, if you upgrade your hideout you will be able to get more cases which adds more inventory space for your account.


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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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