Escape From Tarkov: What is the Black Division? All theories & references

Published: Mar. 12, 2021
Updated: Mar. 12, 2021

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Who or what is the Black Division in the survival shooter Escape From Tarkov? We are getting to the bottom of this question together with the community.

What's the matter? For a few months, if not years, Tarkov fans have been puzzling over what is hiding behind the Black Division. We have made the effort to collect all of the information and assumptions made so far.

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Black Division in Tarkov: who is it?

In the Lore: The Black Division is a faction in Escape From Tarkov. So far, however, countless questions and theories have grown up around them. But it is not really new, because it can already be found in the quasi-predecessor Contract Wars.

She appears for the first time in Battlestate Games free-to-play shooter and occupies a very special position. The Black Division is a rank for excellent players. With the Escape From Tarkov and Contract Wars sharing the same universe, it's not far-fetched for this faction to spill over now.


The faction last appeared in the fifth episode of the Tarkov web series "Raid". Here they extracted a kappa container after a well-planned attack. It is noticeable that the leader "Black Fox" speaks English, which rarely or not at all occurs in Raid.

Thanks to the statement: "We have your package", we know that it is probably a PMC hired by the Terra Group. Brief review, the Terra Group is the Big-Bad in Tarkov and was located, for example, in the labs on the menu of the same name. But what role will the Black Division play in Escape From Tarkov?

Theory 1: Black Division are elite players

Like then: Let's go into the theory that the Black Division in Tarkov is a player-driven faction. Then only the best of the best would get a place here.

The system could well have potential. Similar to the rank in Counter Strike or League of Legends, this could be an impetus for particularly good players to stay on the ball. But if the players in the Black Division have tangible advantages such as better armor, weapons or ammunition, the balancing act becomes problematic.

Theory 2: Streamers & Developers Group

Please don't: Hopefully not, think many players in the official Tarkov forum and on Youtube. A few years ago, a group for streamers, selected by the developers, was in discussion. But nothing has come of it to this day - until today.

The envy that this would understandably arouse in the community might be too much for Battlestate Games developers.

Theory 3: The Black Division are NPCs

As always, the most likely of all theories is that the Black Division in Escape From Tarkov will simply become just another NPC faction. An encounter with these enemies equipped with the most modern weapons technology should not be "easy".

They could also play a role similar to the cultists whose existence is denied to this day by Nikita - whoever believes it. So they would only appear in certain conditions or in special places.


It's your turn: what do you think, which theory is correct? Or do you believe in a whole different determination for the Black Division in Escape From Tarkov? Let us know in the comments!

The interest in digging deep into the gaming industry stems from the DayZ Mod for Arma 2 in 2012. Kevin started working in the gaming industry in 2016. First as a trainee at Survivethis, the biggest German Survival-Games-Site at that time. Only half a year later, he got accepted at Gamestar and later MeinMMO. Now, on he implements all his Knowledge to deliver comprehensive news, guides, interviews and more unique topics.
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