Part of the charm of Escape from Tarkov and other multiplayer online games is that there’s a lot of room for experimentation and shaking up the meta. You can count on the developers from Battlestate to cook up something new and alter the way the game is played. The introduction of the Escape from Tarkov hideout feature in patch 0.12 marked such an instance. Since its release, the hideout has had a significant impact on how players approach the game. It has added a new layer or dimension to the game that has made it all the more interesting and engaging.
The Basics: Explaining Escape from Tarkov hideout
For the uninitiated, the hideout in Escape from Tarkov is where your character settles down, organizes supplies, stores loot, and prepares for the next raid. It’s pretty much the only place in all of Tarkov where you can take a breather and find some peace for once. We do mean when we say “peace,” as other players cannot raid or attack your hideout. It’s a totally safe space for you and your stuff.
Initially, the hideout is just a lifeless and abandoned bomb shelter with no means to sustain life. Your character builds various improvements called hideout modules to make the place livable while you plot your escape from the war-torn city. These modules also provide bonuses to your character and your gameplay as you progress. Used correctly, you can even make money out of the improvements you’ve invested in. But, as with anything EFT, it would cost you.
Which Upgrades Should Be Prioritized?
There’s a natural progression to upgrading the hideout. The structure of it isn’t that clear cut, but you can see which modules are required to upgrade a different module altogether. These things do have a connection with each other, which makes it easier to decide what to upgrade.
But, as hideout improvements are a huge money sink, you can’t easily get all the upgrades at once or something like that. What matters is how you prioritize the modules that yield the most benefit to you and your playstyle for the roubles and materials you’re investing.
We find it best to buy first the modules that do help create passive income. You want a steady flow of roubles pouring in so that you can move on to the other upgrades and modules much faster. For this reason, the Medstation tends to be our first module. It’s on the cheaper side and it provides a boost to health regeneration, plus it allows you to craft meds that you can sell. AI-2 kits are easy enough to craft, takes only 22 minutes, and can give you a nice profit.
However, the Medstation does need power. As such, you need to invest in the Generator, which is pretty much your only improvement that costs quite a lot of roubles, at least in your character’s early levels. The Generator uses fuel, for which we recommend using expedition fuel as that can be reused for crafting later on.
After the Medstation, the Workbench is your next best choice. It opens up so many items like wires that you can craft, giving you a decent money maker in the early game. The Lavatory is what you need next, as this allows you to craft air filters, bandages, and more. However, what’s great with the Lavatory early on is that it lets you craft Scav backpacks, which can be quite profitable.
Once you have these four running, you can then tailor your upgrades to suit your playstyle. Health regeneration is particularly useful, which means working on Heating and Rest Space. The Water Collector improves hydration recovery rate, so that’s also good. You can also work on the Intelligence Center to reduce Scav cooldown and boost quest rewards. We aren’t really fond of the Nutrition Unit, but it can be useful if you’re short on food. But at that point, it might just be better to go for modules that improve skill groups, such as the Library or Air Filtering Unit.
From then on, it’s just a matter of upgrading the existing modules as you see fit and if you have the resources for it. Study which upgrades require which modules and the benefits you’ll get and you’ll do just fine. If you’re having a hard time finding materials for upgrades, the Interchange is your best friend. It has most of what you need for the materials, plus it’s a fairly fun map to run. Play that a few times and secure what you need for your hideout.
Should You Bother with the Hideout?
Many players ask if it makes sense to care about or give priority to Escape from Tarkov hideout. Seasoned players had already reached end game when the hideout was released, thus prompting many to say it’s not so important and that you can delay taking care of it much later in the game.
However, in most cases, the hideout and its improvements are definitely worth the time and effort. Sure, it would cost you a hefty amount of roubles (not to mention grinding for some materials) to get it going, but the pros outweigh that specific con. The times have changed and the hideout has become such a practical and useful facet of the game in your overall task progression and economy. In fact, it makes sense to do the hideout especially after a wipe. Think of it as something that you should be doing alongside your tasks if you’re a new or low-level player.
Final Thoughts on Escape from Tarkov Hideout
With the addition of hideout in EFT, you want to be managing your modules as much as possible. It’s a powerful part of the game that can help you get your economy up and running more quickly. Take the expedition fuel, for instance, that your Generator uses. Once that’s empty, you can use it to craft mag cases for some roubles. The hideout opens many different possibilities for these money-making schemes that can help streamline your game. Use the hideout to be crafting as many items as possible, ensuring that there’s something that you’re working on at all times.