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Bandits are a group of mostly ex-criminals who came in the Zone either to escape a crime, trade weapons or make money. Bandits are ruthless and generally hostile to anyone not in their gang. Though depicted in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky as a united, highly territorial faction, the Bandit population in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat consists mainly of roving groups. In Call of Pripyat , most of the bandits are under the leadership of Sultan , although in Yanov most are led by Jack and a small group is led by Shishak .

They are one of the most poorly-equipped factions of the Zone, usually relying on low-grade weaponry and light armors. However, in Clear Sky , in Limansk , one can encounter well-armed Bandits equipped with SA Avalanche assault rifles, led by an Exoskeleton -clad expert wielding an RP-74 .