|Call of Pripyat|
|“|| 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.|
- Uncle 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.
Clear Sky Edit
|“|| Is it just me, or have peoples' hands been growing out of their asses lately? ... No, it's not me.|
- Yar after talking with him
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, so Uncle Yar is your man for turning those AN-94s and LR 300s into precision rifles as he can place the final upgrade for superior accuracy for all weapons, he however cannot 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.
Yar and the Freedom trader Ashot occasionally tease and taunt each other via the base's intercom system, prompting Freedom officers to step in and shut them up.
For his full offer, see this article.
Call of Pripyat Edit
He returns in Call of Pripyat, and has one side mission available, where the player assists him in Kopachi Village by sniping a team of Mercenaries that wander into the zombie-infested ruins. Yar escorts the player to the vantage point, somehow blending in with the zombified stalkers in the area.
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.
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, though he can only repair - he does it for free - and cannot perform upgrades, essentially filling the roles of Kirillov and Rogovets. You can also ask Yar to accompany you to the Pripyat underground but will refuse, saying he's feeling too old for those kinds of things.
Even though the "Upgrade" button is lacking until the player enters free-play, Yar can still repair your equipment if the player presses the upgrade/trade window button ("X" by default) in Yanov.
Conversation with AshotEdit
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!
- Bug: Yar was bugged from the unpatched version to patch 1.5.03. His bug was that if you 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.
- In Call of Pripyat, Yar is always neutral to the zombies - even if he fires on them. If the player attacks a zombie during the sidequest, he will shoot at the zombies, who will continue to ignore him in favor of attacking the player.
- 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.
- Uncle Yar and Leshiy are the only Freedom members appearing in more than one game. Unlike Leshiy, however, in both S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, Yar belongs to Freedom.
- 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.