Escape from Tarkov – Learn the Reserve Map in 2021

Escape from Tarkov Reserve Map 2020

Learn all the different Escape from Tarkov extracts on the Reserve map. This guide explains the requirements for special extractions if you’re not sure why one isn’t working. Also, I showcase which areas are the most dangerous alongside great areas to loot too.

Reserve can be a difficult map to play for PMC characters since every extract has special conditions. While on the opposite side, SCAV characters have four extracts without any conditions to escape. As we do for every map guide, there are videos next to each one with special conditions if you’re in a rush.

Updated on 7/9/2021

ReserveCustomsFactory – Shoreline – More Later

Every Reserve Extract/Exit in Escape from Tarkov

Escape from Tarkov Reserve Map 2020
Click the map expand. (Credit to Photonready and Roflwoffl)

Scav only exits are marked with an asterisk.

No Special Conditions

*CP Fence *Depot Hermetic Door *Hole in the Fence by the Mountains * The Heating Pipe

Has Special Conditions

Scavs Lands Requires a Scav and PMC player to extract. The Fence will provide a reward for using this exit. (Video)
Sewer Manhole You can’t have a backpack equipped while extracting. (Video)
Cliff Descent Requires a Paracord, Red Rebel Ice Pick, and no armor vest equipped. Armor rigs may be allowed (feel free to confirm in the comments). And the Paracord isn’t consumed. (Video)
Bunker Hermetic Door You need to pull a lever to unlock this extraction. It’s only open for four minutes before needing to pull it again. The lever location on the map has a blue beacon and asterisk, near the top left. (Video)
Armored Train You need to wait for the train to arrive somewhere between 25 to 35 minutes into the raid. Honks twice as it arrives, once before leaving, and another two times when closing the doors. (Video)

Reserve Hidden Stash/Secret

Reserve Map 2020 Secret
Credit to LoKMaNZ via Reddit.

People often mention finding hidden stashes/caches on Reserve. However, these aren’t lootable in comparison to other maps like Customs or Shoreline. It’s possible the developer will add them at a later time. In the meantime, there is a little hiding spot beneath a shack that people like to farm. The picture above shows the spot and unfortunately, it’s dangerous since you need to crawl into it.

Be wary of players camping inside this crawl space waiting for someone to come loot it. And if you decide to be the camper instead, keep in mind, people like to toss grenades in here. This works an easy kill if someone’s waiting inside since they can’t escape.

Dangerous Areas

Reserve is an extremely difficult map for PMC players since the extracts are set up for Scavs. Every PMC extract has special conditions that make it tougher to escape with the valuable loot you’ll find on Reserve. Personally, this is why I like to run this map as a Scav and avoid the massive amount of AI Scavs flooding certain areas.

White Pawn – Black Pawn – Black Bishop – White Knight

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I usually run into a large amount of AI Scavs near the tall buildings on the left side of the map. The center of these buildings has a helicopter and several marked buildings. The white pawn, black pawn, and black bishop surrounding this square. Every chess piece is painted on the side of each building, usually near the top at a corner.

Also, you’ll likely run into groups near the black knight marker and train tracks north of the Bunker Hermetic Door extract.

Where is the Scav Boss?

The Scav boss Gluhar, on Reserve, spawns near the black pawn, black bishop, black knight, or train tracks north of the Bunker Hermetic Door extract. Similar to the areas I warned can be dangerous in the section above this one. Gluhar has up to six guards with him that have various different weapons.

Reserve Loot Runs For Money

If you’re looking to do loot/money runs on Reserve, Pestily has a good video showing areas to focus on. However, his guide below takes advantage of several expensive keys that newer players may not have. Despite this, it’s still important to know the areas as you might find loot people leave behind. Or potential opportunities to catch players off guard running without guns.

I hope this guide on the Reserve map in Escape from Tarkov helps you get a better understanding of the game. If you need help with anything else, feel free to comment below!


For more Escape from Tarkov tips and tricks, take a look at my 10 Best EFT Beginner Tips and guide for learning the Customs map. Every guide is available at the Escape from Tarkov Guide Hub.

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