Getting started in Escape From Tarkov can feel a bit overwhelming due to the complexity of the game. These tips can help you get started and help you familiarize yourself with the game before going up against veterans. The first thing we recommend for new players is starting out in Offline Mode.
How to Play Offline Mode in Escape From Tarkov
To get started in Offline Mode, go to the main menu, click PMC (your main character) and click ‘Next’.
Then, from the map choose CUSTOMS (or whatever map you want) and click ‘Next’. Make sure you check “Enable OFFLINE mode for this raid.” This will enable you to play offline with some AI.
You can check ‘Random weather conditions’ and ‘Random time’ as well. Next, if you want to play against bots, which we recommend, make sure to check Enable PvE from the options, and select the difficulty from Easy, Medium, Hard, Impossible, or Random. You also have the ability to enable bosses and scav war. You can change the amount of AI around the map.
The tagged and cursed option is another checkbox, and this option basically means once you engage with an AI, the other AI will start going after you as well. This mode is not recommended, as it ends up being nearly impossible.
You will load into the game with the gear you have, and you won’t lose any items or anything if you die. You don’t gain anything or lose anything from this mode, it’s simply for learning maps and spawns, and basically just for practice.