Rise of the Tomb Raider - Soviet Installation Explorer Satchels

Updated: 4/24/16()

This guide, along with the annotated level maps linked below, should help find any explorer satchels you missed. Finding an Explorer Satchel reveals the location of various Survival Caches, Strongboxes, Crypts, and minor caves on your in-game map. The Survival Caches these satchels reveal are detailed separately. If you are playing through this level for the first time, you may want to follow the main walkthrough instead.

Weapons, Equipment, and Outfits are covered elsewhere. Other collectibles are detailed on separate pages:

Relics · Documents · Murals · Coin Caches · Survival Caches · Strongboxes · Archivist Maps · Codices · Crypt Treasures · Challenges · Missions


The first satchel is in the second flooded tunnel the Gulag, the one between the shacks and the base camp. To retrieve the satchel later, fast travel to the Gulag Base Camp. Go up the hill to the south, and wade through the water-filled tunnel until you come to a ladder. The satchel is here on the right. The level map shows the exact spot. (Click screenshot to enlarge.)

Rise of the Tomb Raider screenshot
Rise of the Tomb Raider screenshot


This satchel is in the Train Yard, but you can't reach it during your first visit. After completing the Gulag and unlocking ROPE ARROWS, follow the walkthrough for The Unlucky Ones Mission, which explains how to approach the Train Yard from the northeast. The satchel is sitting near the outer wall of the main building on the east side. It's also marked on the map. (Click screenshot to enlarge.)


This satchel is sitting on the ground just outside the entrance to the Voice of God Challenge Tomb. If you missed it the first time, fast travel to the Frozen Gorge Base Camp and then retrace the original route to the tomb. See the walkthrough and map if necessary. The satchel reveals the locations of the 3 survival caches nearest the Challenge Tomb, the first of which is nearby. (Click screenshot to enlarge.)

Rise of the Tomb Raider screenshot
Rise of the Tomb Raider screenshot


This satchel is inside one of the caves on the east side of the main Soviet Installation area. It's the cave about halfway along the eastern wall, marked C7 on the map. Coin cache #3 is also buried here. Shoot the impact barrier blocking the entrance with any gun to get inside. This satchel reveals several survival caches in and around he Copper Mill. (Click screenshot to enlarge.)


This satchel is in the Red Mine Challenge Tomb. If you have not completed the tomb yet, follow the walkthrough. To go back for this satchel later, fast travel to the Excavation Shaft Base Camp. Head up the slope and follow the tunnel to the east. The satchel is sitting behind a rusty mine cart on the right side of the tunnel just before the dead-end with document #21. (Click screenshot to enlarge.)

Rise of the Tomb Raider screenshot
Rise of the Tomb Raider screenshot


The last satchel is on the path above the Communications Tower Base Camp on the way to the Research Base. You won't be able to reach it until you unlock CLIMBING ARROWS. It is covered in the Copper Mill Bridge walkthrough, even though it's on the other side of the Soviet Installation. (Click screenshot to enlarge.)

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UPDATE HISTORY: 4/24/16 - Page first posted online.

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