Escape From Tarkov Patch 12.6 Wipes Character Data, Items, And Progress

Escape From Tarkov went down for a few hours on Thursday, May 28 to deploy patch 12.6 (, a major update to the early access shooter that included a global wipe of character data among several other changes, additions, and bug fixes. The massive reset erased all player progress, including level, trader rep, and any items stored in your stash, keeping only weapon presets and examined items saved in the handbook.

While the routine wipe was one of the major highlights of the latest Tarkov update, it’s not the only thing that patch 12.6 brings with it. A captcha has been added to the flea market as an extra measure against bots, all stashes (no matter which Escape From Tarkov edition you have) have been increased by an additional 20 cells, and players now have the ability to lean while prone. Five new parts for the AR-15/M4 are also available to scavenge, but cannot be purchased from traders. The update also modifies a few quests and brings a number of optimizations, AI improvements, and bug fixes.

Leading up to the most recent wipe, Battlestate Games also temporarily reduced shop prices and unlocked all trader levels, allowing every player to access high-level weapons and gear before the wipe took place, in a kind of “post-wipe event.” Patch 12.6 marks the first Escape From Tarkov wipe since October 2019.

Find the full patch notes for this latest Escape From Tarkov update below, or read them on the game’s official website.

Escape From Tarkov Update 12.6 ( Patch Notes (May 28)

  • This update wiped player levels and stashes. Only weapon presets and examined items in the handbook were kept.


  • “Captcha” was added to the flea market.
  • If there are suspicious actions at the flea market and in the trade, a captcha may appear.
  • If you enter the captcha incorrectly three times, the account will be blocked from accessing the flea market for 5 minutes, after which you will need to enter the captcha again to buy the item.
  • Each subsequent three times incorrect entry will increase the time of the ban.
  • Access to trading will not be banned, but it will require entering a captcha.
  • All stashes, for all editions, increased by 2 rows (+20 cells)
  • Improved the display of objects via thermal imaging devices. Through thermal imagers, now, as in real life, it is impossible to spot through the glass.
  • Ability to lean while prone
  • Added the first iteration of Steam Audio, aimed at improving the positioning of sound in game, it can be turned on with the option “Steam Audio: Binaural audio” in the game settings. This option is disabled by default.
  • Now you can’t sell items that were not found in raid on the flea market . This rule will not apply to weapons.
  • When combining stacks of items found in raid with items not found in raid, all items will receive not found in raid status.
  • Items that are placed in a secured container get the status ” found in raid” only when you exfil the location with the status “Survived” (“Ran through” is not counted).
  • When you exit with the status “run through” or death, all items in your inventory that you brought out lose the “found in the raid” status
  • If you enter a raid with items that have the “found in raid” status, the items lose this status.
  • When buying an offer from the flea market, the item also loses the “found in raid” status
  • The quest reward obtained by completing a quest, crafted in the hideout, the Drops, and items obtained through the scav box will have “found in raid” status
  • All the Fence’s goods will not have “found in raid” status
  • A large number of UI layout edits and UI bug fixes
  • The resource of items (fuel, medicine, etc.) is now displayed in the flea market interface
  • Now the currency icons at the flea market are colored differently
  • 5 new parts for the AR-15/M4, not available from merchants (you will have to search for them on locations and in the inventory of bots)
  • New character tops and bottoms
    • BEAR – top ” Tigr”
    • BEAR – pants from ” Zaslon” equipment kit
    • USEC – Urban Responder
    • USEC – Deep Recon pants
    • Scavs – Motocross Jacket
  • New gear
  • Optimizations

    • Various CPU optimizations
    • Sound optimizations
    • Optimization of casing, muzzleflashes
    • Optimizing the creation of decals

    AI improvements

    • Improved behavior of ordinary scavs, now they can cooperate
    • Fixed a bug that when a player falls into the bot’s legs, the bot can’t hit him
    • Fixed a bug where the Gluhar and his guards did not react to the enemy
    • Fixed a bug where the Gluhar did not react to shots and the death of his guards
    • Fixed a bug where the Shturman’s guards did not take their positions
    • The Sturman’s guards will no longer rush between points while in peaceful behavior
    • Bots no longer attack a player scav who has killed another player scav (the aggressor)
    • Increased variety of bot patrol routes on locations


    • A bug where the border of the interface elements were twitching
    • The mastering counter is now updated during the raid
    • One of the bugs where player did not hear the fall of the grenade
    • Ripples in the FLIR thermal imager
    • Bug that would cause inability to open the inspector of items on quest items
    • One of the bugs of incorrect calculation of the amount of money when purchasing an item
    • Bug when a grenade would not fly through the window if you throw it too close to the window
    • A bug where the character could pass through obstacles if player would switch to melee weapons while checking the weapon’s fire mode
    • Bug when the image in the inactive optics was frozen if several sights were installed
    • Bug of inability to complete the quest if the player lost the connection to the server at the time of selecting the quest item
    • Bug when the sight image was frozen after reconnect
    • Visor audibility sounds, prone movement, third-person character shortness of breath
    • Bug when a character could move to a prone position while jumping
    • Blocking the examining of items if the player has started examining an item in the handbook
    • Movement bug, when a character could increase their speed as a result of running and jumping
    • A bug where the reconnect while indoors led to the fact that all sounds were not switched as indoor sounds
    • Bug when there was no animation for a melee attack while prone
    • Bug when a broken visor was visible against the background of the preset or modification screens in the Hideout
    • Spamming AI error on the server, related to searching the bot’s path
    • Spamming error on the client “Graphics.CopyTexture called with null destination texture” when opening inventory
    • Lack of sound when switching magnification on some scopes
    • Error when the storage time of items in the email displayed a negative value when opening the window or receiving the mail
    • Bug that didn’t display the list of friends for invite to the group dialog
    • Bug that caused deleted messages to appear in the dialog after sending new messages
    • Fixed incorrect position of the “Old school” bottom clothing icon
    • Various other bug fixes
    • A large number of fixes on locations (culling fixes, physical colliders, visual bugs, etc.)
    • Various localization edits
    • Various fixes in the animation system
    • Various network fixes
    • A large number of various technical fixes aimed at increasing the stability of the game

    Fixed at the flea market

    • Layering of the offer description in fleamarket UI
    • Bug of deducting twice the number of items from the merchant, when buying two items
    • Bug of overlapping the drop-down list of filters with elements of the offer list interface
    • Improved display of the purchase limit
    • Displaying the maximum number of items when purchasing a single offer with multiple items
    • Bug of inability to buy several items for barter

    Fixed in presets

    • Bug for selecting blocked offers, if you put a checkbox when purchasing items for a preset “Select all”
    • Flea market interface block, when purchasing preset items, as a result of an error
    • Various other fixes


    • Removed the audio notification about the completion of crafting during the raid
    • Now you can’t throw grenades while sprinting
    • Changed the conditions for the status “Survived”. Now you need to stay in the raid for at least 10 minutes or gain at least 600 XP before leaving the location.
    • Increased the amount of experience required for the first 20 character levels
    • Simplified Jaeger’s quests
    • Changed various old quests, new rewards have been added
    • A large number of rarity edits and chances of items spawn
    • Increased the variety of items spawned in loot containers
    • Improved the quality of loot issued for a successful extraction with a friendly Scav
    • Various changes in the characteristics of items
    • Various changes in the equipment of bots and the player scavs
    • Various changes in loot spawn points locations

    Escape From Tarkov News And Guides

    • Escape From Tarkov Patch 12.6 Wipes Character Data
    • Escape From Tarkov Pre-Order Guide: Version Differences & How To Get Early Access
    • Escape From Tarkov: Controls And Hotkeys Guide
    • Why Escape From Tarkov Won't Include Playable Women

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