Keybinds Guide on Movement in Escape from Tarkov

If you are new to Escape from Tarkov, it is very neccessary to get used to Tarkov’s controls at first. To help you get familiar with the controls more quickly, here is an introduction to the movement controls to help you do well in Escape from Tarkov.

Tarkov Keybinds on Movement
Tarkov doesn’t give you a way to directly unbind a control. To do so, just bind something else to the same key. For example, if you want to unbind Jump, bind Forward to Space and then back to W. The following is some tips given by a reddit user about the movement controls.

WASD and spacebar are pretty standard. Change at your own peril. Mousewheel for stance and movespeed is also pretty much set in stone.

Sprint: Shift is good. If it is not the default, I recommend using Continuous for this because a) you’ll never be sprinting for long enough for toggle to be worth it in terms of button presses, and b) it makes it slightly easier to stop quietly, by releasing shift slightly before W. Using Continuous also allows bhopping, plus some interesting movement tech when overweight, but don’t tell anyone.

Prone: I find X awkward to reach with the way my hand is positioned. I bind prone to Z but this is personal preference.

Crouch: I recommend the default bind (C). If you are a CS player CTRL may come more naturally, but doing so will overlap awkwardly with many other binds that use CTRL as a modifier. I suppose you could always make C the modifier for these binds.

Leaning: Some say switching Q and E makes leaning and strafing easier, since you can use opposite fingers to lean and move in the same direction. I personally have not tried this but it could be worth considering.

Smooth Leaning: I do not use it. Until it is brought in line with stance height and movespeed – controlled by the mousewheel – it is far too slow to be a safe or effective option in any firefight. The only use case is when you are in an extremely weird spot and need to peek a very tight angle with precise positioning; but even then it is only useful if you have plenty of time to get it right. I would unbind it, but otherwise bind it to something far away that you won’t accidentally hit.

Sidestep: Sidestep is an indispensable tool because its effect on aim is small and predictable compared to strafing. I use ALT + AD for sidestep. This interferes somewhat with changing magnification while strafing, so if you prefer you can use QE or CTRL – but keep in mind this will then interfere with leaning / changing scopes. Avoid the default bind if you do not change your Hold Breath key, as it interferes with steadying aim while leaning.

Side note: This would be quite intuitive because you would simply strafe while steadying aim; unfortunately, sidestepping interrupts holding your breath in this case. In fact, after doing so, your character will hold breath only when not holding the hold breath hotkey, and pressing it will cause them to breathe normally again. I am nearly certain this is not intended behavior but until it is fixed this combination is not recommended.

Freelook can stay on MMB. If you have a tendency to fatfinger and accidentally scroll while pushing the wheel, consider rebinding it to an extra mouse button (if you have one).

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