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A list of the currently known Easter eggs and References in Escape from Tarkov.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Customs[edit | edit source]

  • If you go inside of the three story dormitory and up to the second story of it, there is some graffiti written above the archway into the kitchen which says "Sorry Mario, the princess is in another castle". This reference refers to all fights with the protagonist Bowser before the final world, where the character Toad exclaims, "Thank You Mario, But Our Princess is in Another Castle".

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  • In the bus near the extract/spawn "Trailerpark", there is a poster with the character known as Totoro which is affixed to the back of the drivers' section. This a reference to the film "My Neighbor Totoro".

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  • Located in room 212 of the three story dormitory, there is an idle computer which shows an error message for the Unity Editor, which claims that it has stopped working. This is in reference to the issues faced when working with the engine that Escape From Tarkov is built on.

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  • Within one of the two dormitory buildings, graffiti in the form of the words "Metalika", "Ramstain" and "Limpin Kar" can be seen scribbled on the ceiling. This is a reference to the musical groups "Metallica", "Ramstein" and "Linkin Park".

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  • At the extraction point "Old Road Gate" there is a toilet seat
  • An image of the lead animator of BSG can be seen on a billboard near the UN checkpoint
  • The inscription "не покупай меч" found on a wall near the main bridge translates to "Don't buy sword". This easter egg is linked to the RPG "Candy Box" in which buying a sword starts the quests
  • Some fuel tanks sports the inscription "Wassup" and a linked website. This is the short form for "What's up"
  • The URL of the Battlestate Games website can be found on a blue panel near the factory shacks

Shoreline[edit | edit source]

  • On a bench near the village, There is a small book with the picture of a dinosaur with the title "All my Friends are Still Dead". This a reference to the book "All my Friends are Dead", written by Avery Monsen and Jory John.

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  • Inside one of the compounds there is an upside-down chair on the ceiling. It is believed that this is a reference to the film "The Ring".
  • Near the scav guard tower there is a grave with "Ivan Ivano Ivanovitch" in Russian written on it. Ivan Ivanovitch Ivano (11 August 1862 – 17 December 1939) is a mathematician who worked in the field of number theory. This could be also a reference to a pilot of the Red Army, Ivanov Ivan Ivanovitch (8 October 1901 - 22 June 1941)
  • In the ritual spot, a dead Scav wears severed pig head, this could be considered a reference to the film series "Saw", in which the killer capture his victims by wearing a pig head mask.
  • The abandoned sanatorium "Strelna", which is located near St. Petersburg, was a model for the health resort.
  • Link to the location on Google Maps

    Interchange[edit | edit source]

    • There is a magazine in a tipped over cardboard box with the name "BLAYPOY" written on the cover. This refers to the magazine known as "Playboy".
    • There is a shadow of a dinosaur in graffiti on the boarder wall outside the shopping mall.
    • The "Kiba Store", Kiba Arms VDM CS gas tube, Kiba Arms International SPRM mount for pump-action shotguns and the inscription "Kiba Arms" on the Ammo case are references to the nickname of the lead animator of Battlestate Games, Alexander "Kiba" Kovalchuk.
    • Some stickers are sticked on a radiator. They represent characters like "Steven", "Pearl", "Garnet" and "Amethyst" from the serie "Steven Universe" and a "Pikachu" with a soviet hat from the serie "Pokemon".
    • In the furniture store, a "TP4's" with a game "Call of Call" can be found. The original source is the game console "PlayStation 4", shortened to "PS4", produced by Sony. The game is a reference to the videogame series "Call of Duty".
    • A shoebox with written "FAKE" on the top can be found in one the store in the shopping mall. This is a reference to the shoes trademark "NIKE".
    • The shopping mall is very similar to the MEGA-Dybenko Mall located near St. Petersburg.
  • Link to the location on Google Maps

    • Most of the markets refers to real life markets by their name, design, and products.
    Tarkov name Real name
    Goshan Auchan
    OLI OBI
    Adik Adidas
    Underway Subway
    Papa James Papa Johns
    Eastland Westland
    Avocado Mango
    Burger Spot Burger King
    Jacob and Jacob Jack and Jones
    Urban Clothes Urban Dsitrict
    FCK KFC
    Tarducks Starbucks
    McDaniels McDonalds
    Shiccos Chiccos
    IDEA IKEA
    Sara Zara
    Revi's Levi's

    The Lab[edit | edit source]

    • A description from this site about Hamlet from Shakespeare is written on an intravenous infusion.
    • The busts on the first level represent four people :
      • Maria Salomea Skłodowska (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934), known as Marie Curie, a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who work as a pioneer in radioactivity
      • Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev (8 February 1834 – 2 February 1907), a Russian chemist and inventor and created the first version of the periodic table of element
      • Niels Bohr (7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962), a Danish physicist who worked in atomic structure and quantum theory
      • Nikolay Nikolaevich Zinin (25 August 1812 – 18 February 1880), a Russian organist chemist and gave his name to the Zinin reaction

    Factions[edit | edit source]

    Scavs[edit | edit source]

    • Scavs sometimes says "А ну чики брики и в дамки !" which phonetically translate to " A nu cheeki breeki I ve damke !". Its meaning is "One, Two, You're on top!". The most known reference is the video game serie "S.T.A.L.K.E.R." where the NPC said this. But it is also a catchphrase used in chess and nursery universe in Russia.

    USEC[edit | edit source]

    • The voice actor behind the voice called "USEC 3" is the content creator "FortyOne".

    Bosses[edit | edit source]

    Killa[edit | edit source]

    The inspiration for this boss came from an image of cosplayer wearing an Adidas tracksuit and a Maska-1SCh with three white stripes on it. The cosplay is about the character "Tachanka" from the Ubisoft videogame "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege".

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    Weapons[edit | edit source]

    Weapons variants[edit | edit source]

    • The "Space Trooper" variant of the M4A1 refers to the "Stormtroopers", the soldiers of the "Empire" in the "Star Wars" lore.

    Melee weapons[edit | edit source]

    • The Freeman crowbar refers to the crowbar wielded by "Gordon Freeman", the main protagonist in the videogame series "Half-Life", by Valve.

    Weapon mods[edit | edit source]

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    Gear[edit | edit source]

    Face cover[edit | edit source]

    • The Slender mask is a reference to the faceless monster "Slenderman" of the creepypasta "The Slenderman".
    • The Misha Mayorov's mask refers to "Michael Myers" the anti hero in the film "Halloween".
    • The Jason mask is the same as the mask wear by "Jason Voorhees" in the film "Friday the 13th".

    Headwear[edit | edit source]

    • The Santa's hat and Fake white beard refer to the Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas. This a is legendary figure, originating in Western Christian culture, who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved children on Christmas Eve.
    • Ded Moroz hat refers to a fictional character by the same name who brings presents to well-mannered children.

    Items[edit | edit source]

    Barter Items[edit | edit source]

    • The Xenomorph sealing foam is a reference to the "Xemomorph" which is the monster in the horror film series "Alien".
    • The Slickers Bar has humorous writing throughout the ingredients list written on the side

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    Parody Items[edit | edit source]

    Items in Tarkov and their real life counter part
    Tarkov mark Real Life Trademark
    Apollon Soyuz Cigarettes Apollo-Soyuz Cigarettes
    Broken GPhone/Golden 1GPhone IPhone smartphone
    Condensed Milk Moloko condensed milk
    Crickent lighter Cricket lighter
    CvetoCopi printer paper SvetoCopy printer paper
    Hot Rod Red Bull
    Letmein PC CPU LogMein PC CPU
    Malboro Cigarettes Marlboro Cigarettes
    Megasonic Toughbook reinforced laptop Panasonic ToughBook reinforced laptop
    Roler submariner gold wrist watch Rolex sumariner watch
    Samson Ultraviolet lamp Samsung Ultraviolet lamp
    Slickers bar Snickers bar
    Strike Cigarettes Lucky Strike Cigarettes
    TarCola Coca Cola
    Water bottle with a filter Aquamari Water bottle with a filter Aquamira
    Wilston Cigarettes Winston Cigarettes
    Zibbo lighter/Gilded Zibbo lighter Zippo lighter

    Quest Items[edit | edit source]

    Items Symbols Reference
    Secure case for documents 0031 Logo of the "Dharma Initiative" Fictitious research project in the TV series "Lost"
    Secure case for documents 0048 Greek letter Omega (Ω) -
    Secure case for documents 0052 Logo of "Aperture Science" Fictional organization in the video game series "Portal" by Valve

    Content Creator Items[edit | edit source]

    Itemname Relates to Note
    42nd Signature Blend English Tea Sacriel The number 42nd is a reference to Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
    Antique axe Wycc220
    Battered antique Book DobbyKillStreak It is a reference to the Movie "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" where Harry Potter uses a book to set the house elf "Dobby" free. Dobby is DobbyKillStreak Avatar.
    Can of sprats alconafter
    Deadlyslob's beard oil Deadlyslob
    Fake mustache Sequisha It refers to the mustache of the Live Streamer "Sequisha".
    FireKlean gun lube Klean It refers to the former BSG Employee and Live Streamer "Klean" and a parody of the firearm lubricant "FireClean".
    Golden 1GPhone Summit1g
    Golden rooster Chicken Prism
    Jar of DevilDog mayo TheDevildogGamer On his Live Streams he welcomes new subscribers with "Give him the white and sticky", which refers to Mayonnaise.
    Kotton beanie Kotton It is the same as the Content Creator "Kotton" is wearing.
    Mr. Holodilnick thermobag Mr Holodilnick
    Old firesteel dayzru
    Silver Badge SheriffEli