If you are new to Escape from Tarkov, then the offline mode is the best mode to start playing the game. This is because it enables you to familiarize yourself with the maps, loots, extraction points, and weapons and ammo within the game.
It is important to note that the escape from Tarkov’s offline mode is not the main part of the game. Instead, it is a training ground where you can train and prepare yourself to face veterans.
Apart from serving as a place to upskill, this mode also enables players to learn the important details of the game. Luckily, you don’t need to worry about your inventory here as every item you own in the main part of the game remains intact. That is, your inventory and progress in the main game remain unaffected by what happens in offline mode, regardless of what it is.
In essence, if you want to practice and learn how to play escape from Tarkov, then the offline mode is where to go.
How to Play Escape from Tarkov in Offline Mode
To begin the game in this mode, follow the steps below:
- Navigate to the main menu and click on a PMC character (your main character).
- Click on “Next.”
- From the map, select “Customs” or any map of your choice and click “Next” again. We recommend you select a small and uncomplicated map to start with. They are much easier to complete than the large, intense ones.
- Finally, check the “Enable OFFLINE mode for this raid” option to enter into offline mode.
Note: The offline mode is for individual practice. So, you won’t come across any other player. However, there will be plenty of AI robots to keep you company while you practice.
How to Configure Other Gaming Conditions
When you have enabled offline mode in the main menu, proceed to configure its gaming conditions. Below is a step by step guide on how to do this:
Weather Conditions and Time
Proceed to the “Weather conditions” or “time” option to determine how these two appear within the game. If you will rather leave it to chance, you can also do that. Simply click on “Random weather conditions” and “Random time” and every time you play the game, these two conditions will be chosen for you by the system.
Scav War and Bosses
If you don’t want to face bosses or fight in scav wars, you can leave this option unchecked in the main menu. If you would rather practice against them, on the other hand, go ahead and check it.
Playing with AI Robots
You can also enable or disable the option that allows you to play with robots. To enable this, select “Enable PvE” from the options in the main menu. Then, choose your preferred difficulty. These include: Easy, Medium, Hard, Impossible, or Random.
We recommend you play against AI robots as they will help enhance your training routine. If you feel like practicing with more AI robots is helpful, you have the option to increase their number. If you feel otherwise, you can decrease how many of them are around the map.
Tagged and Cursed
Check this box if you want to be able to attack an AI robot. However, doing this will leave you open to attacks from them too. And it bears mentioning that it can be quite difficult to best these creatures in the game.
Fortunately, if you don’t trouble any character, they also will not trouble you, too. As such, we recommend you leave this option disabled.
Finally, when you are in offline mode, you will have access to all the equipment you acquired within the real game. And even if you get killed within this mode, you can rest assured you won’t lose anything. However, you will not be able to transport any item you acquire in offline mode to the main game, regardless of what that item is.
In all, the offline mode is simply a platform you can use to learn the map, practice your weapons and ammo, discover loots, and familiarize yourself with extraction points. And when you feel proficient in these skills, you can quit and go play the real thing.