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A Contaminated Zone is an area of the map that will contain toxic gas, which will rapidly injure and then kill any players going into the zone unprepared who are exposed to the gas.

Zone Effects[]

Failing to wear the correct safety equipment will rapidly injure and then kill the player. While inside the zone the player is affected by two sources, these being the Contaminated Zone itself and the effects of Gas Poisoning.

The zone effects the player in the following stages:

  1. As soon as the player enters the zone they will start Coughing, this will repeat every 6 - 10 seconds.
  2. Every 13 - 18 seconds the player will get cut causing Bleeding. Around this stage the player can contract the Gas Poisoning illness, which will start to stack its own effects.

Contaminated Zones will also kill all other types of Infected and Wildlife inside the zone.

Required Equipment[]

In order to enter a Contaminated Zone safely a player must wear a full NBC suit and mask outfit made up from the following pieces:

The NBC suit will protect the player from a majority of the Bleeding, whilst the Gas Mask protects the player from the airborne Gas Poisoning illness. Both are required for full protection. It is possible to survive with just a Gas Mask without getting ill, but you will have to bring a lot of bandages.

Static Zones[]

Static zones are locations on the map where you will find permanent Contaminated Zones. There are currently two in Chernarus - at Pavlovo Military Base and the shipwreck at Rify - and two in Livonia - at Radunin and Lukow Airfield. Inside static zones a special NBC Infected variant will spawn, replacing other kinds of Infected.

Static Contaminated Zones have special high tier loot spawns which can spawn some of the following items.

Loot Table Exclusive
M4-A1 True
AKM True
VSS True
Standardized Suppressor True
Normalized Suppressor True
NV-PVS4 Scope True
1PN51 Scope True
45rd KA-74 Mag True
40rd Mag-C Magazine True
10rd VSS Mag False
PO-X Antidote True

Dynamic Zones[]

Dynamic Contaminated Zones are a type of Dynamic Event that will spawn across the map around once every 15 minutes. There can be between 2-4 on the map at any one time spread across 78 possible positions on Chernarus. No special loot spawns in Dynamic Zones.


A dynamic Contaminated Zone can be broken down into 3 stages.


Stage Since Last Stage Effect
1 0 seconds When a location is picked a red flare will be seen in the sky
2 15 seconds A distant sound of artillery can be heard from outside the map

(faint but audible)

3 45 seconds The sound of a incoming shell can be heard which will then explode above the ground and start to spread the gas
4 15 seconds The gas will reach its maximum radius of 120 metres

From the location being picked to the gas reaching full size will take around 75 seconds.


A dynamic Contaminated Zone will last for 25 minutes. During this time all Infected and Wildlife will be killed off by the toxic gas.


Once a dynamic Contaminated Zone has 5 minutes of lifetime remaining the zone will slowly start to shrink towards the center. At this point the zone will despawn.