|“|| Yeah... Some stalkers reported a strange glow on the dredger at night - it's weird, even for the Zone. Go there and check it out. Just be careful and remember! The place is heavily irradiated, so take antirads with you. Don't be careless.|
On the surface, this is a simple fetch-the-artifact-mission, but there is a surprise waiting for you.
This quest is offered by Beard at Skadovsk which requires the player to travel to the Dredge Station in Zaton in order to recover a strange and rare artifact. As soon as you pick up the artifact and exit the tug, Tuna, a |Loner, will confront you and ask for the artifact. He claims that it has healing properties and that his friend needs it.
- If you give him the artifact, he'll sprint to the Skadovsk and sell it to Beard. You failing the quest immediately after turning over the artifact and you will not be able to complete the Pioneer achievement. If you meet him at Skadovsk and don't threaten him, he'll give you 1500 RU to "cheer you up".
- If you refuse to give him the artifact, he will let you go only to be ambush by his two buddies seconds later, demanding the artifact back. You can either give it up (holster your weapon and wait) - see previous point - or fight your way out, which can be very dangerous, especially at higher difficulty levels. Tuna will melee hit you with his weapon, stunning you for seconds which always resulting in death. The strategy here to turn around and run towards Tuna and firing quickly before he has a chance to react and immediately hide back inside the tug. wait a few a little while and two other loner will move out of cover giving you an opportunity to take them out.
- For some reason, having the weapon in first slot out as they ambush you makes them shoot you as soon as the cut-scene ends. This is yet another reason not to trigger the ambush.
- There seems to be no way to avoid Tuna alltogether; as soon as you jump inside of the station, the only way out is through him, there's even an invisible wall to stop you from jumping over the railing outside.
- The strange artifact is more or less useless since, all it does give off radiation only. It can't even be used as a flashlight, despite the fact it's supposed to emit a lot of light.