The Goons are the new Rogue Boss's in Escape From Tarkov. They were
added in patch 0.12.12.30 and need to be killed in order to complete the quest "Stray
Dogs". Below you will find some data on each of the Goons in regards to equipment and spawn
Special Traits: Strategic Fighter
and Tabaco Connoisseur
Strategy: The best way to deal with the Goons on Customs is to gain their
attention while you are at the "Crackhouse". This can easily done by just walking
around near the second story windows facing Stronghold.
After gaining the
attention of the Goons your best chance to kill them would be to sit in a room such as the
dining room or bathroom on the first floor and close the door, as this will create a small
time period of them opening the door allowing you to shoot them with no repercussions. Be
aware of any exposed windows as you can get shot through them. Now for Bird Eye.
Keep in mind that he will stay behind and wait till the action is over to show himself. In
order to get Bird Eye to show himself you can either wait for him to push you after you kill
Knight and Big Pipe, or you could throw grenades in his direction in order to pinpoint his
Scav Bunker Strategy: Due to the extremely
long spotting distance of the Goons, it is extremely hard to fight them at this location. It
can be done but this just means that trying to fight them at this location is a very high
If you can somehow safely make it into one of the shipping
containers or even the bunker itself, you can use the tight corridors and walls as cover to
take out Knight and Big Pipe. Once they are dead, hold your position to see if Bird Eye will
push you. If he does not, you will need to toss grenades to pinpoint his location.
Strategy: You first want to get the attention of the Goons. This can be
easily done by playing a game of "Chicken" with them by quickly running up and
down the hill until you hear voice lines or you start getting shot at. You can also toss a
flash grenade to get them moving as well.
Once you gain their attention you want
to run down the hill a little bit and wait for them to push you. Both Knight and Big Pipe
will rush towards you, giving you a chance to shoot them. After Big Pipe and Knight are
dealt with, Birdeye will reposition to find an angle on you, or he will push you as well.
Birdeye is an extremely easy kill if he's out in the open and in close
range. If he decides to reposition your best options are to throw grenades to find him or
try to get him to rush you by continuously re-peeking him until he pushes you.
Spawn Chance: 19% Chalet
Strategy: The best way to handle the Goons is to push into the chalet and
wait in the first floor sauna room for them to push you. Using rooms and doors with a right
hand peak and exposing as little of yourself as possible is the meta here. Use the rocks on
the east side in order to safely approach and enter the building.
Treatment Strategy: Just like the chalet, using rooms and doors with a
right hand peak and exposing as little of yourself as possible is the way to get them. Try
to use the rooms on the lower level of buildings 1 & 2 to give you an angle and let them
rush you. If Bird Eye does not push you, use grenades to flush him out.
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