Greetings escapers! Since the patch 0.12 should be here any day now, I decided to make a video about stash management dedicated for Standard Edition owners. However, some of this information may be still useful for other edition owners. Of course a lot of this may change with the new patch and hideout implementation, but I think most of the information should stay relevant after the new patch goes live. Ok, so the first and the most important rule I found out to be the real space saver is just selling everything I will not be using in near future. You should also consider selling stuff that you can easily rebuy from vendors. Be aware though, while it’s pretty straightforward advice, hoarding can easily get better of you. So the rule of thumb is, when in doubt just sell the item. For example, I try to sell all chest rigs and extra magazines. Those items takes a lot of space when you start collecting them and you can almost always buy “the good enough version of them” from low level vendors. Some people like to use vests as early containers and it have some merrits to it.
Downsides are, you can put only small items in them, and also you will probably have to click a lot to find what you want. If that’s not a problem for you, you will gain some extra space. Battlestate Games hinted there will be changes to chest rigs in the next patch, so you will have to figure out what to use then. What you are looking for is just space of vest in stash compared to space it gives for storage, simple as that. In the current patch we have items that mostly nets you 4 to 8 space and an absolute beast, the Wartech TV-110 plate carrier, giving you 23 slots just for 12 squares. Since we talk about early containers, make sure you stack your backpacks. You can store one backpack in another one and so on. You can also some put items in the last backpack in stack, so you essentialy don’t lose space in the stash by doing so. Just make sure to not put there something you will need often.
I usualy use that space for “streamer items”, as they will be needed for the last quest in the game and they are pain in the ass to gather. BE AWARE THOUGH! Some quests require you to turn in specific vests and backpacks. Sadly, the game doesn’t check if anything is stored in them while you do this, so you may lose something you forgot was there. Becaus of that, always duble check if you are turning the right items. If you can’t trust yourself enought about this, don’t put anything in your vests and backpacks. Alright, we drifted a little from the first rule stating that you should sell everything you will not be using in near future.
That rule should also be applied to high end gear you find early in the game. While it may be very tempting to save it for later or use it right away, the thing is, you may as well just die in the very first raid with said gear. For me, it’s not worth the risk and I just sell it, to get one step closer to the real game changer – first few containers. What exacly I mean when I talk about high end stuff? Essentialy, everything that is meta for the end game or just worth a lot like tier 5, 6 armor, M4s, DVLs, thermal visions etc. I would recommend not selling good ammo though. Sooner or later you will find a use for it. Next tip. Disassemble your guns. Take out the pistol grip and the magazine from your gun and it will take one less row of space! Also don’t forget to fold the guns that have foldable stock.
Sell the grip and the magazine, unless you can’t rebuy them from the vendor and you are planning to use the gun. In that case disassembling the gun still save you some space. Now let’s talk about gun attachments. I always try to mod my guns in stash with the stuff I have found in raids. It can be tricky at the start, but with some practice you will get the hang of it.
You may try using “linked search” on attachment or on a specific weapon part, it should show you the item needed for modding. By doing this you not only save some space, but also you get better performing guns at the same time. There are some nice tips when it comes to attachments and item shrinking and resizing, but the best tip from them all is using weapon hanguard that takes 1 square of space and have mod slot for 2 laser sights or flashlights, for foregrip and for reflex sight. Putting mods on those slots will not change the size of the handguard, so it’s like 4 slots just for 1 square. From there, you can mod fully moded handguard onto the gun. Ok, so the next one is about insurances. Think about them as an extra virtual stash space you have. Pick items from it only when you will go in raid with them, if the expiration timer is close to an end or you know for sure you will not be able to pick items in time, because you will not be playing for next day or two.
One thing you should be aware off and it was not obvious to me when I started playing, is that you can pick items one by one from insurance screen. The only limit is the insurance expiration timer. For example, you have full kit in your insurance, but you are only missing the helmet. You can take only the helmet from the insurance screen, the rest will be saved and ready to be picked up at a later time. A little warining here, the recieve all button in insurance screen is bugged and may not show you all the insured items. Always scroll up in vendor chat to be sure you picked up all insurances! Alright, I think this covers all the major tips about saving space.
Now let’s talk about other aspects of stash managment. So the very first thing I always do in my stash is leaving 7 to 10 rows of empty space on the top of my stash. To mark that line, I usualy put some bigger containers at the edge of it. I use that empty space mostly for gear dumping after the scav runs, but it may be handy for stash sorting, insurance claims and so on. The next thing, I always put one stack of rubles, dollars and euros in my stash, so when I left click cash from my character, it goes into the stack and I don’t have to drag it manualy. Another overall concept is that I usually don’t put containers into another containers. The reason is that I prefer clarity of my stash and I go for the most simple approach, but it’s your call in the end. There are some valid reasons why would you want to put container into another one, those are for example: running out of space in stash and wanting to have some extra containers or just for organaizing reasons like putting ammo boxes with attachements etc.
Next one is buying containers only when you need them. For example, you hoard too many attachements – buy item case or weapon case. Too many weapons – weapon case, too many meds – medical case etc. No matter what though, I would advise to get documents case as fast as possible. You can upgrade to keybar later on. Having your keys in secure container will highly increase your profit opportunities. After that I would probably get Lucky Scav Junkbox. That thing is lifesaver when it comes to storing barter items and some quest items. At this point it all depends. Item Case is good next candidate as it can store multiple item categories, so it’s the most versatile one. Otherwise just pick containers for items that you always pick up and stockpile in your stash. Also, make sure to use tag option on your containers, you can select a color and a name for them. At some point you should be looking for secure container upgrade.
As of now, the next one in size is the Beta Secure Container, you can get it from Peacekeeper at Loyalty Level 4. After that there is the Epsilon Secure Container, you can get it for finishing “The Punisher” quest line for Prapor. The last one is the Kappa Secure Container, you get it for finishing all the quests in the game and then turning in all the streamer items to Fence. You have two roads here, rush for Beta Container or skip it and go straight for Epsilon, and if you ask me, go for Epsilon, because the timeframe of getting Beta and Epsilon is very close to each other. Maybe BSG will move Beta container to Peacekeeper Loyalty Level 2 or 3, so the progression will be smoother.
No matter what, getting any of those containers will require a lot of money. One tip I can give you here, if you decide to go for Beta or just want to level up Peacekeeper, don’t sell items to him, he gives the lowest prices for items compared to other vendors. Just trade your rubles for dollars and it will count as money spent on him. Now let’s talk about some items you should consider to keep in your stash, no matter what. First category would be the barter items. The rule of thumb for me is to skip barters that require a lot of items. For example, I consider barter of 10 A-2607 knives for MP5 SMG a terrible barter, on the another hand, 2 Rechargeable Batteries for ADAR is amazing one.
You should also consider the barter value if you decide what barter items are worth keeping. You don’t have to be very strickt on those items when you have Lucky Scav Junkbox, just go for what you like then. Good tip about barter items is using “required search” option on them. It will give you the list of available barter items in the flee market, that includes vendors and other players. It’s a good way to check if item is worth keeping and you don’t have to remember all the barter combinations out there. Second category of items to keep are quest items. You should only focus on the rare quest items, more common items should be easy to gather when needed. Again, this all is prone to change. In my opinion the most rare ones, that require you to find them in raid are: Willson Cigarettes, Antique Vase and Antique Teapot, Fuel Conditioner and some streamer items. Alright, now is the real question. How to get all the money to buy all those good containers. Well, it’s just a matter of time to be honest and I would advise not to go hard on it.
Just let it roll out organically as you play the game. Forcing yourself to grind may burn you out of the game. If you want to grind on the other hand, you should check some dedicated guides about money farming. My approach is just playing the game and doing scav run every time it’s up. I know some people don’t want to do scav runs, I was there when I started, I wanted to progress only as my PMC too, but the truth is, game is a lot easier when you sneak in scav run here and there. Also don’t worry about dying if you are a new player, scaving in will help you learn the maps, and knowing map ins and outs is very crucial for success in Escape from Tarkov. With map knowledge comes better survival rate and with that some nice money gains. For fast profit you can go with your scav into the factory, you will also hone your pvp skills there. I sometimes prefer going into Interchange, as there are many loot places there, and that includes some spots for quest items. Some people prefer resort on Shoreline, some roam Customs.
You should also try to learn item values to maximize your gains. The last concept is about what to put into your Alpha Secure Container when you go into the raid. The first big thing will be Documents Case or Keybar. Then I always have meds in there, something to stop bleeding, painkillers and splint. While it may seem like a good idea to put meds into your pockets or rig to have hotkey on them, I much more prefer saving some cash in case I die, so I don’t have to rebuy meds every few raids. If you have bigger container you can put extra ammo there, loaded mags or a nade or two. Alright, this is all I have for you guys. If you know any good tricks I missed and you want to share with others, feel free to post them in the comments.
See you in raids!.