Crest (Greben / Гребень) is a character who appears only in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.


Crest is an artifact hunter hired by Beard and one of the few stalkers who have the "Svarog" Detector. He and his fellow hunter Sledgehammer only appear when the player takes one of Beard's artifact orders.


Call of PripyatEdit

Crest plays by the rules, unlike Tuna who may assault the player at the Dredge Station. Crest and Sledgehammer will rarely interfere with the player, but they seem to expect the same lack of interference should they get the artifact. Once he has acquired the artifact, there are only a few ways to handle the situation to work out in your favor:

  • Let him go.
  • Buy the artifact off of him in the trade window - this greatly reduces the profit of the quest, but you still get some money back.
  • Give him a 'high-quality shooter' in return - usually a mid-tier or high-tier assault rifle with some kind of upgrades will work.
  • Kill him.
  • In rare cases after getting the artifact he will be killed by zombies, in which case just loot the corpse.

If the player opts to kill Sledgehammer and Crest, Beard will no longer give any artifact orders, stating that the last team he hired disappeared, and the stigma has resulted in him unable to hire any more. Crest isn't that tough a fight however, if the player is feeling evil.

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