Tips for new players: How to survive in The Division 2?


Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 has been greatly in demand for some time now. Thousands of fans all over the world enjoy it and the number of players keeps growing with each passing day. Next month Ubisoft Massive is releasing a long-awaited update, which will definitely please the already playing folks and also attract a lot of newcomers.

The Division 2 is full of different mechanics. For those who haven’t played the first part, it might seem hard to figure out all the specificities, and that’s why we’ve decided to make a short guide and share some tips to help new players get acquainted with the game. Following a couple of simple rules will make your in-game journey a lot faster and more exciting, so if you’re new to The Division 2, keep reading – by the end of this article, you’ll be prepped like nobody’s business.


What kind of game The Division 2 is?

Unlike the original Division, which was set in snowy post-apocalyptic New York, the sequel’s story unfolds in sunny but dangerous Washington D.C. Marauders and terrorists want to take over the former US capital, and you side by side with other SHD agents are trying to stop them.

First of all, this time the map is much bigger. The game offers you more locations as the devs’ intention was to recreate D.C. as accurately as possible. It takes roughly 40 hours of non-stop playing to finish the main storyline, and after that, you will reach the endgame and unlock a whole bunch of additional high-tier activities but today we’re not going to dive into such depths. Our focus will remain on your initial steps, so let us see what The Division 2 holds for you.

Once you’ve completed a short intro mission, you find yourself in the hostile city of Washington. It is divided into several sectors, some of which are pretty dangerous for newbies. By progressing through the story and unlocking new locations, you get access to new side missions from NPCs.

Even despite the remarkably portrayed post-apocalyptic surroundings, exploring the city can become quite boring after a while, ‘cause you will have to travel on foot mostly. That’s why it’s necessary to unlock as many safehouses and settlements as you can: you’ll be able to move between them instantly, without wasting time on walking. To jump from one safe place to another choose the location you want to go to on the map and then use the Fast Travel button (it’s “X” key).

We can talk about The Division’s features for a very long time, but for now, that’s pretty much all you need to know, so it’s time for us to proceed to the advising part.


Starter tips

1) Finish the very first mission

Yeah, it’s not a joke. In massive online games, it’s rather common for players to go into the open world and come back after 50 or so hours (it’s not a joke either, exploring open worlds is pretty gripping). So our advice is to deal with that first story mission as it grants you progress necessary for a successful start and, most importantly, unlocks second weapon slot. After receiving your starter pack, you can look around the location a bit, but don’t get carried away. Don’t rush into side missions and operations right away. There will be plenty of side quests available from NPCs and all other side projects and ops will be shown on the map from the very beginning. You should take time and hold off on them for now. Why? After a while, it’ll get harder for you to reach new levels as the required XP will exponentially grow. Side missions are the best source of XP especially for high-level characters, so that’s why it’s wiser to save these activities for later.

2) Take cover

Rather obvious, nevertheless crucial advice. Out in the open, you will be an easy target, so when the gunfight starts, immediately hide behind a box, a car, a roadblock or any other object suitable for cover. However, keep in mind that some enemies will intentionally approach you to lure you out of your hiding place. Such kinds of bastards need to be the first to be taken down.

Moreover, don’t forget to change your hiding spots, especially when the enemy flanks you. The attackers, by the way, have become smarter since the first Division, and now they won’t just sit back waiting for you to shot them down. They will try to outflank you or even come from behind. Many of them tend to throw grenades and Molotov cocktails, so only one hiding place is really not a good idea.

3) Spend your ammo wisely

At higher levels, enemies can be pretty tanky and have tremendous stamina, so a precise fire can really make a hard fight a lot easier. Remember that your foes wear armor and are often protected as well as you are. Multiple body shots are just a waste of ammo. Try to find a weak spot: head, for instance, if they don’t wear helmets, or go for backpacks and bags with ammunition and explosives.

4) Pay regular visits to your base

After hitting a new level you can spend the earned points on buying or upgrading different skills. To do that you need to pay a visit to the Quartermaster. He resides at White House, and as we’ve mentioned earlier, there is no need in running miles to get there, you can simply use Fast Travel option (“X” key, in case you forgot). At your bases and safehouses, it’s possible to buy ammo, examine your Stash and talk to some NPCs to get additional missions. Plus, if you happen to die, the base is the exact place you will emerge at.

5) Keep an eye on your weapon and gear level

Weapons and gear pieces have several levels. The more difficult the mission is, the higher chances you have to get hold of some badass items. Levels are very important but you should not just blindly chase higher numbers. Sometimes 13 lvl pieces show worse performance compared to, let’s say, the ones of 11 lvl, so you must choose according to your preferences and also to the features of a given item and not just the level.

6) Do not stick to one weapon

As it was mentioned above, you shouldn’t replace your gun just because you’ve found something higher-leveled. However, running to the opposite extreme is a bad idea as well, and using one type of weapon during the whole game can do you no good either. Do not be afraid of experimenting and trying out different kinds of weapons but pay more attention to your own impressions and the gun’s performance rather than on level numbers.

7) Keep an eye on your armor

Terrorists and marauders are not the only ones wearing armor. You have it too, and you should keep track of its condition, ‘cause if you don’t do that and your armor wears out, you’ll be completely “naked” and become easy prey to AI enemies. So, monitor your armor’s state and don’t forget to fix it from time to time.

8) Cooperate with other players

Cooperation in combat is essential. Don’t run around the map drawing enemies to yourself, especially on high difficulty levels, but rather help your allies out and eliminate the targets together. Moreover, if you are a part of a team, choose your skills wisely and according to the role you play, ‘cause while in battle it can make all the difference.

9) Revive your allies

When your allies’ health is depleted, they will be knocked down. When it happens you’ll have only 60 seconds to provide medical help and revive them. Always watch over your teammates’ health bar and come to the rescue if necessary.

10) Use your grenades wisely

Don’t just throw them left and right but try not to keep them stashed for a long time. Grenades deal lots of damage to the enemy and give you time to regroup, which might as well turn an uphill battle into a victory.

11) Deal with the most dangerous foes first

The main danger comes from snipers. They deal massive damage but are easily taken down by the concentrated fire. Covers will help you take care of other foes, and the ones who are heavily armed you can try to hit from behind.

12) Improve skills according to your role

The Division 2 has plenty of skills but improving all of them without giving a single thought is not right. First of all, you need to decide what your role is. If you are a solo player, turret and drone will be of great use. If you are a team player and do not play offense, consider taking Chem Launcher or Hive skills as they can restore your allies’ armor, but before that, you, of course, need to unlock armor repair skills. Hive Restorer is a perfect replacement for Armor Kits. You just throw a special device, which sends mini-drones to all your teammates within a certain radius, and for co-op playing it’s indeed the best support solution.

13) Don’t sell everything you pick up

Don’t be too quick to sell to the vendors all low-tier items you find. Every useless piece can be dismantled for details and resources. Of course, in-game currency is vital but earning money in The Division 2 is relatively simpler than farming crafting resources.

14) Mark the items you don’t need as Junk

While exploring the territory you will come across a lot of different items. As we’ve said before, some of them can be dismantled in order to get materials. Such kinds of items you should mark as Junk. You can do it the moment you locate the item or later when it’s already added to your Inventory. All Junk items can be deconstructed at once – just press “Tab” and you’ll get rid of all the useless items and receive tons of resources.

15) Take Control Points and participate in Events

Control Points are like outposts. By taking them over you reduce the enemy numbers in a certain controlled zone. For every Control Point, you are awarded lots of XP, weapons, and gear, but some loot needs to be found so don’t forget to explore the outposts when you clear them out. Some Control Points are easy to handle, while some are quite the opposite, depending on the enemy’s level. If the opposing party is too powerful to fight on your own, press “F” to (pay respect) call your allies for help. The time of their arrival depends on the distance between the outpost and the green zone or the closest Control Point. However, there is one tricky thing: if you have a backup, the enemy will have one as well, which will result in a longer and more intense fight.

16) Reduce skills cooldown

Once you activate a skill, you can use it again only after a couple of minutes. Sounds fast but for a shooter, two minutes are too much. One minute is definitely better. There is a trick that will help you reduce cooldown time to sixty seconds. Here it is: activate the skill and before it runs out automatically, activate it one more time (by pressing “Q” or “E”). Technically, you will finish using it but instead of regular two minutes, it will take only one to use it again.

17) Collect gear sets to get bonuses

The Division 2 is full of various gear, and they are not just a cool addition to your look ‘cause apart from customizing they improve parameters, like armor or damage. If you collect all pieces of one gear set (they have a special brand sign on them), you can count on a hefty bonus effect from equipping this set. Control Points are one of the best loot sources, so as soon as you power-up properly, pay those Hyenas a friendly visit.


What skills to take in The Division 2?

We’ve already touched upon the topic of skills a bit, and now it’s time to go into details. Once you’re done with the intro mission, you’ll find yourself at the White House base, where our buddy Quartermaster is waiting for us. His name is Coop Dennison and he will help you equip skills and perks.

Skills are gradually unlocked during your in-game progression and you can try out different combos that suit you the most. However, certain ones are particularly useful for beginners. They are:

  • Reinforcer Chem Launcher. It creates a cloud of chemicals, which repairs your and your teammates’ armor. Fixer drone has a similar effect but, to our minds, Chem Launcher is more effective.
  • Incinerator Turret works as a flamethrower, inflicting the targets with Burn effect. Some players use Assault Turret, but we believe the Incinerator is better.
  • Reviver Hive sends small drones to the wounded or downed allies and, as it goes from the name, revives them. This type of Hive is a perfect solution for team players.
  • Demolisher Firefly looks for the target’s weak spots and deals massive damage firing right into them. It works best if your partner or one of the team members has a powered-up Hive.

What perks to take in The Division 2?

Working like passive talents, perks give you some advantage on the battlefield. There are plenty of good perks but for starters, pay attention to the following:

  • Accolades perk gives you bonuses for various types of kills, like headshots, multikills, weak spots kills and others.
  • Restock perk lvl 1 and 2 will give your armor kits and grenades refill as soon as you step into the safe zone.
  • Crafting Materials will significantly increase your storage capacity.

What weapons and gear are the best for quick progress?

For the first slot, we’d recommend assault rifles. Rapid-firing and damage-dealing, they work great with Accolades perk.

The list of our favorites includes:

  • Police M4;
  • CTAR-21;
  • FAL SA-58;
  • Tactical Mk16;
  • ACR-E;
  • FAMAS 2010;
  • AKM;
  • SIG 716 CQB.

Your choice should be based entirely on your own preferences and playstyle. Try to run these rifles and pick the one that seems the most effective.

The second weapon slot we would give to sniper rifles, as they are vital for dealing damage at long range. Here we’d recommend the following:

  • classic M44 Carbine;
  • Improved M44;
  • Model 700.

As for gear, until you reach level 30 it’s recommended to take only the items that improve your health and armor. In the future, other more profound pieces will be of extreme use. Here is the list of some useful buffs that you should take into account when choosing high-end gear:

  • damage to elites;
  • accuracy;
  • headshot damage;
  • granting armor on every kill you make.

Well, Agent, that’s pretty much you need to know for a successful start in The Division 2. Of course, this game has a lot more to offer, and we will certainly make more articles overviewing all existing modes and activities but let’s save it for the next time, shall we?

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