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Scavs are civilians, gang members, and other miscreants who have taken up arms to carve out a niche for themselves in the war-torn Tarkov. Untrained, and poorly equipped, they are nonetheless numerous, and a significant threat to anyone who stands in their way. In the game they are low level mobs armed with various low-grade mobs and provide free loot for any mercenary with a gun and basic spatial awareness.

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Amidst the chaos and lawlessness, scarcity of vital provisions and territories, the first to lift up their heads are shady characters, unembarrassed by excessive moral or ethical restraints or quick to lose them under influence of conditions. They gather into packs, living by dog-eat-dog rules, cutting each other throats over a better piece. This is how yesterday's civilians become Scavs.