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Novikov (Rus. Новиков; also known by his nickname Gray) is a technician appearing in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.


According to Cold, Novikov is an extremely talented technician who is able to make a rifle out of a tin can, complete with spare ammo.


Clear Sky[]

He serves as the main technician for Clear Sky and is described by his comrades as an expert in his field, with Cold saying that he can make a rifle out of an empty can with ammo to boot. The player can visit Grey in the Clear Sky base for equipment repairs and upgrades. He also hands out a quest to find and bring back USB drives with upgrade data for the Viper 5 submachine gun and the CS-3a body armor.

Despite Grey being stuck in the back ends of the zone, he is quite an accomplished technician as he can fully upgrade virtually every type of assault rifle, he is also notable for being the only technician to fully upgrade the FT 200M and one of the only technicians other than Yar who can upgrade the SVD and SVU. He eventually left Clear Sky after the faction's disintegration when they assaulted the CNPP and were consequently wiped out by a powerful emission.

Call of Pripyat[]

He returns in Call of Pripyat where he works as a technician for the Ecologist Faction. It is possible, but not likely, that Owl saved his life in the past as hinted when the player completes Owl's task regarding artifact detectors, saying that he owed him a favor.

Do you work for Owl?

No. He helped me get something the other day... A favor for a favor.


Unlike in Clear Sky, he is not quite as useful a technician - he can not upgrade weapons as the Ecologist's mobile laboratory lacks the necessary materials and he initially cannot perform any upgrades whatsoever to armor or helmets.

Only by finishing Topol's quests will his inventory open up - capturing the Psi-emitting artifact lets him make up to Tier 3 psionic protection upgrades, and finishing the measurements quest will allow him to make up to Tier 3 anomaly protection upgrades. He is the only technician capable of making them.

Novikov can be interacted with to learn about the bunker and his personal life. He will mention that he used to work with a "certain Ecologist faction" before their demise.

Behind the Scenes[]

  • His name and face are taken from Alexandr Novikov, deputy director for technical security at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Novikov provided immense assistance to the developers of the game, providing them with the means to visit and collect information on the real-life Zone. [1]


  • Along with Nimble, he is one of the confirmed surviving members of the Clear Sky faction.