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Army[edit]

They guard all roads in the zone, control perimeters, hunt mutants and shoot looters (Stalkers) down.

  • Attitude: Hostile
  • Affiliations: None
  • Joinable: No

Mobile Science Lab (MSL)[edit]

A mobile lab that resembles a small heavily armored bunker with small tainted glass windows. It has its own life-support and so can work autonomously for several months.

  • Attitude: Neutral
  • Affiliations: Duty. If Duty is your enemy the MSL will also be hostile
  • Joinable: No

Monolith[edit]

This group displays many features of a religious sect. It's members believe in an complex alien crystal, the Monolith, somewhere deep in the middle of the zone.

  • Attitude: Hostile
  • Affiliations: None
  • Joinable: No

Duty[edit]

A paramilitary group known for it's discipline, whose Members live according to a strict code.

  • Attitude: Neutral
  • Affiliations: MSL
  • Joinable: Yes

Bandits[edit]

Members of the Criminal underworld who came to the zone for various reasons, to make money, to sell Artifacts or to hide from the law.

  • Attitude: Hostile
  • Affiliations: None
  • Joinable: No

Military Stalkers[edit]

Soldiers who underwent a special training in the Zone or Stalkers who voluntarily signed a contract with the army.

  • Attitude: Hostile
  • Affiliations: Army
  • Joinable: No


Mercenaries[edit]

The most clandestine and secretive faction in the zone, some don't even believe in its existence.

  • Attitude: Hostile
  • Affiliations: None
  • Joinable: No

Lone Stalkers[edit]

Lone stalkers who expore the zone on their own, they are not part of any faction, neither Duty, nor Freedom. Most Stalkers work this way since being part of a group takes time and more importantly loot.

  • Attitude: Neutral
  • Affiliations: None
  • Joinable: Yes (You are one from the Beginning of the game)

Freedom[edit]

Anarchists and daredevils who declare themselves fighters for free access to the zone and consequently find themself in constant conflict Army, Military stalkers, and the Duty faction.

  • Attitude: Neutral
  • Affiliations: None
  • Joinable: Yes