Escape from Tarkov Update Nerfs Item Drops to Combat Boosting and RMT

Published: May 11, 2022 2:50 PM /


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A new Escape from Tarkov update severely restricts the ability to drop items to other players in an attempt to combat boosting and real-money trading (RMT).

Escape from Tarkov charges players with exploring an effectively lawless region of the world, thrusting them into intense PvPvE combat. Recent weeks have seen the addition of Repair Kits, a weeklong removal of traders for an event, and another event featuring Rogues invading other sections of the map. Now, a new update has launched that severely impacts your ability to drop items for other players.

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Anti-Boosting Escape from Tarkov Update Angers Players

The new anti-boosting and anti-RMT features in the latest Escape from Tarkov update greatly reduce your ability to drop items for other players. Some items can only be dropped in limited quantities, and other items cannot be dropped at all. Attempt to do so, and they'll be destroyed.

The following items will be destroyed if you try to drop them during a Raid or if someone tries to pick them up off of your corpse. (Naturally, items stored in a secure container on your person are not affected since they can't be taken by other players.)

  • Money      
  • All barter items (with some permissions below) 
  • Keys and Keycards        
  • Containers        
  • Specific armbands
  • Info items
  • Specific melee weapons (UVSR Taiga-1 survival machete, Red Rebel ice pick, Miller Bros. Blades M-2 Tactical Sword, Kiba Arms Tactical Tomahawk)

Additionally, today's update notes that some items can be discarded in a limited quantity; attempting to go over the limit will result in the items being destroyed.

  • Roubles - 20 000
  • Golden neck chain - 3 pcs   
  • Gunpowder “Kite” - 3 pcs    
  • Toolset - 2 pcs      
  • Roler Submariner gold wrist watch - 1 pc     
  • Paracord - 1 pc       
  • Silicone tube - 1 pc   
  • Injectors - 1 pc each type 

If you're not familiar with the game, this Escape from Tarkov update effectively makes it impossible to pass along some of the most desired and most valuable items in the game. This is being done to prevent real-money trading (people paying real-world money to buy items through a third party) and boosting (people paying others to artificially increase their progress.)

Unfortunately, this also has the side effect of making it very difficult to help out your friends; most people responding to the Escape from Tarkov update forum thread are upset about the severity of these restrictions.

Anti-boosting changes aside, a small technical client update launched earlier today which fixes some bugs and makes a few other tiny changes. If you haven't yet played this challenging first-person shooter, you can get instant access to the closed beta by pre-ordering Escape from Tarkov starting at $44.99 or your regional equivalent.

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