Once I'm done with it, it'll shoot like a Spetsnaz SVD and if you get your hands on a real sniper rifle, whoa boy people are gonna take long detours to avoid you that's a promise.Yar
A genius technician specializing in precision weapons such as sniper rifles, Yar is an elderly man working with Freedom. Although he jokes about his age, he is an expert stalker and marksman who continues to actively work for his faction in the Zone.
He was well known by stalkers outside Freedom for being a technical genius. As such, stalkers joking that he can make an anti-aircraft gun from a rusty AK might not be that far from the truth.
He claims that when he was younger, he "used to walk to Siberia and back", and now tries to "keep [his] trips short these days".
Is it just me, or have peoples' hands been growing out of their asses lately? ... No, it's not me.Yar
He is the technician and mechanic of the Freedom faction and resides in the hangar in the northwest section of the main Freedom base in the Dark Valley. Yar can repair and upgrade weapons and armor and offers the standard mechanic quests to find USB drives with upgrade schematics (in Yar's case, for the SVUmk-2).
Yar also gives a quest which can only be undertaken after 11:00 PM and which involves getting a PDA from a friend of his who was killed by Bloodsuckers outside the base. Yar being a sniper expert can upgrade all types of sniper rifles and specializes in turning assault rifles into high powered sniper analogues, meaning Yar can turn AC96/2s and TRs 301s into precision rifles as he can place the final upgrade for superior accuracy for all weapons, he cannot however install the final upgrade for increased firing rate for all assault rifles. Yar is also one of the few technicians who can upgrade an Exoskeleton.
For his full offer, see this article.
Call of Pripyat
Good day to you, stalker. I'm Uncle Yar... I guess you're tired from the road, eh... Have a bite to eat, since you're here. You chose a good time to show up, too - I need some help. At my age there are things I can't do on my own. Back in the day, though...Yar introducing himself
He returns in Call of Pripyat, and is found in the Yanov station. He has one mission available where the player must help him by sniping a team of Mercenaries that wander into the zombie-infested ruins of Kopachy. Yar escorts the player to the vantage point, somehow blending in with the zombified stalkers in the area. Yar can be found in the Freedom wing of the Yanov station out of the mission. He will give the player a Tourist's Delight the first time they talk to him.
According to him, he overheard a mercenary team while he was concealed, about a laboratory in Pripyat and then he was shortly compromised when he stepped on a branch, barely escaping with his life. He says that he knows the mercenary dispatched a hit squad to kill him and didn't ask other Freedomers as so not to bring them into conflict with the mercenaries.
The player can ask him to go to Pripyat, but he will refuse, saying he's "getting old".
After this, he remains inside Yanov, but if the player chooses to do a free-play game after the ending, he appears in Pripyat as a technician and medic when the player returns to the Laundromat after completing the final mission.Though he can only repair, he does it for free, but cannot perform upgrades, essentially filling the roles of Kirillov and Rogovets.
Even though the "Upgrade" button is lacking until the player enters free-play, Yar can still repair the player's equipment if the player presses the upgrade/trade window button ("X" by default) in Yanov. He will do so for free once Pripyat has been reached. This can be exploited to sell all weapons at full durability.
Conversation with Ashot
An example of teasing with Ashot
- Yar: Yo, Ashot, are you gonna bring that here or what?
- Ashot: That will be 20 dollars!
- Yar: You cheapskate! ...All right, get them from the commandant.
- Ashot: Come again?
- Yar: So how 'bout it, Ashot?
- Ashot: If you want it, you get it, m'kay? Move your ass!
- Yar: You're a real jerk, you know that? You're just sitting there, doing nothing all day!
- Ashot: Hey, you go suck my--
- Freedom officer: Cut the bullshit, you bozos! You're making the whole base sound like a used car dealership!
- Yar was bugged from the unpatched version to patch 1.5.03. His bug was that if the player completed the job that requires his friend's PDA, he would simply say "Hi" and the player can only say "Bye" and automatically close his dialogue box. When this happened, the player cannot trade USB flash drives for cash anymore. This bug was confirmed to be fixed at patch 1.5.05. Bug is still prevalent as of 1.5.10 but rarely occurs.
- He has extreme health during the Kopachy mission, even more than a Pseudogiant: it will take close to 5-10 Gauss rifle shots to kill him when shot anywhere but in the head.
- Yar does not mention if anything happened to Ashot in Call of Pripyat, but does remark on the "good old days" in his few dialogue lines - it's possible that Ashot's black-market competition finally caught up with him.
- Noteworthy, Yar appears to be grumpy in Clear Sky while in Call of Pripyat, he's more cheery.
- In the ending credits of Call of Pripyat, in the "special thanks" section, a person called Yaroslav "Uncle Yar" Alexandrov is mentioned.
- In the English version of Clear Sky, Yar is voiced by Steven Blum, famous for voicing Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop and Grunt from Mass Effect. He also provides the voice for Freedom leader Chekhov and Clear Sky trader V. I. Suslov. As of 2019, Steven Blum also voices Sam from Metro Exodus, made by 4A Games, which has mutual developers with the first three S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.
- Strangely after Lingov's death, Ashot and Yar never argue again. The two may have been doing it specifically to annoy Lingov, however, as he interrupts each argument by telling them both to shut up.
- Humorously, Uncle Yar bears a slight resemblance to Bruce Willis.
- He can sometimes go outside Yanov and encounter Duty Squads, he usually ends up running back to Yanov.