Escape from Tarkov throws players into brutally hardcore firefights across complex battlegrounds. Of its available maps, one stands out as the most popular gladiatorial arena for PvP combat: Factory. This compact CQB map fosters frequent, frenzied skirmishes between daredevil players looking to test their aim and reflexes against lethal human adversaries.
In this extensive guide to the Factory map, I'll cover everything a new Tarkov player needs to know to get in, loot up, and extract out alive from this chaotic hot zone. Follow along in offline mode to learn map secrets that could mean the difference between your survival or an unceremonious death by head-eyes.
The Factory currently caps matches to 5 PMCs per raid in order to concentrate the carnage. There is a day and night variant of the map, but the core layout remains unchanged. Despite its modest size, there are still key items that offer a lifeline when things go loud.
Only 3 keys truly matter on Factory:
The main incentives for entering the Factory meat grinder include:
Learning the Factory's spawn locations is key to surviving the opening salvos. When entering a Factory raid, you will spawn in one of several set locations, so knowing the vulnerabilities of each one means getting the drop on enemies...or avoiding becoming an easy target yourself.
No matter where players spawn in, the Factory's confined quarters funnel combat towards the center. Expect action quickly and position accordingly to either take advantage of chaotic skirmishes or avoid getting eliminated early on.
Extracting safely is the name of the game, and Factory offers assorted methods for exfiltrating once the violence has simmered down. The locations vary between set Scav extracts that flip each raid to ones requiring keys. And no key is more valuable than the almighty Factory Exit Key.
This rare loot key provides salvation by enabling two additional extracts separate from the randomized Scav extraction points. Having this key provides critical flexibility in choosing an evacuation point less likely to be camped by exfil campers with an ambush planned.
Keys should be prioritized in the following order:
As a PMC, you will spawn in with one of two default Scav extracts available in any given Factory raid. However, since these are common knowledge, they often have players posted up ready to pick off anyone trying to evacuate from them.
The Factory Exit Key once again provides options to divert to alternates and reduce the likelihood of extract ploys. Without it, exfiltrating successfully becomes an even more daunting proposition.
While PvP and questing take priority over looting on Factory, some choice items make braving high-traffic areas worth the risk. Focus on buildings that deliver an added edge to winning firefights first before considering hitting stashes and rare loot spawns.
There are 3 coveted 3M body armor spawns scattered around the Factory that offer heavier protection for players with low trader levels or economic loadouts:
Claiming one of these armors early on provides an extra advantage for pivotal firefights ahead.
This 2-story Office building contains the central staircases and overlooks much of the Factory floor. It also harbors rare loot spawns like Bitcoin, SVDS sniper rifles, and other premium equipment not found elsewhere. But with reward comes great risk...
Breaching the Office entry doors signals interest which often draws opponents eager to contest such a vital position. Expect resistance when entering and clearing the Office area. Listen for additional breaching noises signalling third party threats encroaching from unfamiliar angles.
Those inside the Office can also take advantage of its balcony vantage point for mounting scoped rifles or lobbing grenades onto advancing targets trying to storm up the staircases.
A particular early therapist quest requires collecting a quest item from a jacket inside the locked breachable room opposite the main Forklift spawn. Listen for this telltale breach explosion, then expect resistance when attempting to accomplish the same.
While Factory fuels its notoriety on frenzied PvP showdowns, even the most bloodthirsty operators need an exfil strategy. Ensure your tactics balance aggression with a planned path to extraction once you've had your fill or completed your objectives.
The Factory trial tests composure and skill at CQB under pressure. Master positioning, map awareness, and target isolation to gain the upper hand. Once you get proficient getting in and out on this map, you will find confidence to win even Tarkov's most unforgiving firefights.