The Division 2 Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | The Division 2 Guides RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network How to Unlock the Castle Settlement in The Division 2 Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:57:22 -0400 John Schutt

The Castle settlement in The Division 2 plays a key role in the story, even having a mission named after it. Like the other two settlements, you won't be able to progress the campaign unless you complete Castle's associated mission, watch its cutscenes, and see where your journey goes next.

There are a few wrinkles, though. Getting to Castle takes a little time, and finding how to complete the mission isn't obvious. That's where this guide comes in.

We'll discuss where you can find the Castle settlement, how to unlock its cutscenes, and explain what you can do with the area once it's unlocked.

How to Find and Unlock the Castle Settlement

If you're having trouble finding the Castle Settlement, it's located in the East Mall in the lower left-hand corner of the map. See below for an image. Castle is surrounded by green light in the center of my screen.

Castle Location

There's a control point just to the settlement's south if you have to leave and come back before you unlock easier fast travel.

Unlocking Castle

Note: Be sure you've reached Level 15 or so and cleared the American History Museum and Air & Space Museum missions before attempting the Castle Settlement mission. There was a bug that halted progression and, while it was addressed with a patch, better to be safe than sorry.

Once you've made it to the settlement, a cutscene plays, and you'll be tasked with finding Agent Kelso, the Agent you've partnered with on previous missions. Unfortunately, no mission marker pops up to guide you to her, forcing a little exploration on your part. 

Begin by heading to the front of the church and looking to its left.

If you walk near the bushes behind the tree, you'll notice a path leading to a hatch. It looks something like this.

That hatch is your destination. Once you're close enough, you should receive a button prompt for you to press "X", "Square", or whatever your "Use" binding is on PC. Hold the button down until the circle fills, and you'll trigger the second Castle settlement cutscene, unlocking it for fast travel and bringing Kelso into your team for a while. 

You Cannot Upgrade Castle

Due to the unfortunate events that befell the Castle settlement, it has no NPCs to speak of and no way to upgrade any part of it. It is a story location only and a fast travel point only. 

And thanks to an official Ubisoft support article, we know this will not be changing.


That's about everything you need to know about The Division 2 Castle settlement. Enjoy your quest to save DC! Check out our other Division 2 guides for more on the looter shooter:

The Division 2 Bravo-09 Error Fix Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:48:44 -0400 Ty Arthur

The Division 2  error message Bravo-09 is a particularly annoying issue that can happen when you join a call for backup and leave the lobby. It may also pop up randomly when trying to join a game.

Ubisoft doesn't currently list this error message in their troubleshooting support database and has offered no official response to what causes the problem. Thankfully, plenty of players who are plagued by Bravo-09 and other messages have already found a number of workarounds.

First, we'll look at fixing the issue on Xbox, since the error is mostly affecting Xbox users. Afterward, further down in the guide, we will look at all platforms, including PC and PS4. 

Troubleshooting The Division 2 Bravo-09 Error

Due to lower staffing and higher than average player load as people remain inside during the coronavirus pandemic, always make sure the servers aren't just plain down.

Before doing any other troubleshooting for The Division 2 error messages, take a look at these accounts for recent outage messages:

If the servers are up, then it's time to start looking for the cause of the error message. In most cases, the Bravo-09 error seems to be a connectivity problem, either between your network hardware or between Xbox Live and The Division 2 servers.

Xbox Live Connectivity

The Bravo-09 Error in The Division 2 mostly affects Xbox players.

Some players have reported receiving the Bravo-09 error when experiencing an issue with how the Xbox Live and Xbox Live Gold services interact with the console's dashboard. The problem seems to be tied to how the dashboard lets you pause games and then switch over to other apps.

To check if this is causing the problem, tap the Xbox Guide button and then open any other app that requires an online connection  Spotify, Prime Video, Hulu, etc.  and wait for that app to load up.

After that app is fully operational, tap the Guide button again and switch back to The Division 2. If this was causing the problem, you should get a "patch update" notice and then The Division 2 will automatically re-launch itself and start working.

Xbox Wireless Connection Problems

Right now, the Bravo-09 error seems to impact Xbox users the most, and there's another potential issue to look at involving your Internet connection.

If you have a wireless connection, fully deleting the connection from your Xbox's profile and then setting it up again has worked for some players. To get started, tap the Xbox Guide button and navigate through:

  • System
  • Settings
  • General
  • Network settings
  • Set up a wireless network

From there, delete your primary network and then create a new one (you'll need to remember your network password first, of course).

Network Problems

On any platform, this particular error message sometimes pops up due to a logjam in your network. For some reason, your IP address just isn't playing nice with The Division 2 anymore, which means it's time to pull the plug and start a whole new connection.

Because there are several potential culprits along the path from your console or PC to Ubisoft's servers, it's best to tackle everything all at once.

First, fully power off your Xbox One, PS4, or PC. For your Xbox or PS4, you may have the console power settings changed to go into sleep mode instead of powering off. Make sure the console is entirely shut down or this won't work. You can select the full power off option in the Settings menu, or instead just unplug your console entirely.

From there, fully unplug both your router and then your modem. Wait at least 15 seconds, then plug back in your modem. When the lights start blinking again, plug your router back in. Finally, turn your console or PC back on. In most cases, this flushes the problem and gets you a stable new connection.

As a last-ditch effort, you can always submit a ticket to Ubisoft here and hope to hear back from tech support if you keep getting the error message repeatedly.

Have you found any other Bravo-09 error workarounds or did any of these troubleshooting steps not work for you? Sound off in the comments below and we'll look for more tips to get you back in the action.

When you manage to get online, check out the rest of our The Division 2 tricks and bug fixes, including: 

The Division 2: Warlords of New York — Making the Perfect Build Mon, 09 Mar 2020 11:25:45 -0400 John Schutt

The Division 2 is seeing something of a renaissance of builds with its latest expansion, Warlords of New York. As we discussed in our big changes and how they work article, Talent and Attribute choices have been trimmed. However, with new additions to those rosters and four new Skills to boot, build variety might be at its highest yet.

We could talk for hours about potential gear combinations, the value of one concept over another, the minutia of where to put that one last point. But and rather than tell you what's best, I think it better to arm you with the knowledge of how to create your perfect setup using the tools the looter-shooter now offers.

Choose Your Focus and Subfocus

Where the vanilla Division 2 build meta was almost entirely focused around damage, with the new changes, you have a whole host of options to choose from. Tank, support, area denial, add clear, single target DPS — you name it, you can probably build it.

To make the most of your time, though, you'll want to pick a primary and secondary focus for your build. Focus, in this case, means what your build is best at above all things. Your sub-focus ideally supports your primary focus in some way, either by augmenting its effectiveness, increasing your survivability, or adding value to your squad if playing co-op. 

To my mind, there are three primary foci and three secondary. 

Primary Foci
  • DPS: When you want to deal excessive amounts of damage.
  • Skill: When you want your tools to do your work for you.
  • Defense: When you to be all but invincible.
Secondary Foci
  • Recovery/Healing: When you want to keep your armor/skills at max no matter what.
  • Arena Control: When you want to say who goes where and when.
  • Single/Multiple Target: When you want to know how much to focus on.

While these aren't the only foci you can build around, they are the most common topics of discussion. Your choices here should also take into account whether you want to concentrate on PvE content or Dark Zone PvP. The Division 2 is, of course, centered more on PvE, but there are plenty of great ways to dominate in the DZ if that's your thing.

Once you've got an idea for your build, now comes the tough part: grinding the gear and perks to perfect it. 

Building the Build

Let's say you want to make a bread and butter build: single-target DPS with a heavy focus on light machine guns and sniper rifles. Where do you start the gear grind? Armor, weapons, Skill mods, or Recalibration fuel?

There are a ton of choices, but approach it like you would a test in school: get the easy stuff out of the way first, so you've got plenty of time to really work on the time-consuming tasks. 

Here's a quick step-by-step of how you can build your build:

1. Find Your Perfect Weapon

In our example, we want the best Sniper/Marksman Rifle and LMG combo we can get our hands on. We also want to maximize damage to a single target, so our perks of choice need to play around that theme.

Critical hit chance and straight damage bonuses are ideal here, though how we go about building that damage should vary. For the sniper, we want ultimate single-shot potential, so headshot damage is critical. Our LMG, on the other hand, should probably be a slower burn: a Talent based around damage stacks could be our best option there. 

2. Fill Out the Talentless Gear Slots

As of Warlords of New York, only backpack and chest gear comes with Talents, so our next step is finding the perfect set of Talentless gear we can.

Remember that even gear without Talents has Attributes. Not everything you find is ideal for what we need. We're focusing on single-target DPS, so we want Weapon Damage as our Core Attribute and some form of red, Secondary Attributes. Again, which kind we want will depend on the weapon, but you can never really go wrong with Critical Hit Damage/Chance and/or Headshot Damage.

We might also add one or two points into Skill Power or Defense for a little added survivability, but only that many, else we risk going too far away from the central concept of the build.

3. Grind for the Best Gear Talents

Here comes the tough part. There are a lot of gear Talents to pick from, and we only have a couple we want. Vigilance or Unstoppable Force are good options for the backpack. Obliterate and Glass Cannon could offer good values as well, though the latter only if we're confident in our ability to recover. 

4. Pick and Optimize Skills

Our choice of skills will depend on how we want to maximize our DPS, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Shock Trap is an excellent option to keep our enemies still for sniper shots, and Sticky Bomb could be a good option for damage over time or short burst damage.

Your choice would be personal preference, but we'll be going with Shock Trap and Flame Sticky Bombs here. That choice made, now we need the best possible mods that increase both duration and damage as appropriate.

5. Maximize Survivability

Damage might be our primary focus, but we can't do any if we're dead. That's why I suggested putting a couple of points into Defense Attributes, probably best placed in Talentless gear.

We should get armor up and invest in Health boosts where we can find them. If we're feeling particularly safety conscious, swapping out a damage Skill for a healing one is also an option, but only for solo play.

The actual grind for your gear isn't as difficult as it once was. Focus on the Targeted Loot sections on your D.C. map, and hit those missions, Control Points, and other world activities as you like. Don't forget about recalibration either, as you can extract god-roll stats from otherwise garbage gear.

You don't necessarily need the perfect roll right away. Getting close to the gear you want and switching things up where you're grinding will take the monotony out of the grind. 

Perfect Your Playstyle

With your build in place, now's the time to perfect its use, and the only way to do that is to use it. Spend time going through content of varying difficulties to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie. As you discover what your build does best, make modifications as necessary. 

I don't recommend going straight into Heroic difficulty, even if your build can handle it. Without the initial refinement and adjustment period, you're bound for failure regardless of how powerful you might be. 

Don't be afraid to make wholesale changes at this point. Swapping out one Skill for another or even deciding on a whole new set of Talents isn't out of the question, either. So long as you stay true to your build's core concept and you feel comfortable with the playstyle, you'll do just fine.


Again, there are too many build combinations in The Division 2 to cover all the best ones, and what you want out of a build will not be the same as someone else, even if your playstyles are similar.

Hopefully, this guide's given you a good idea about how to go about creating a character and playstyle that works for you, but if there's something I've left out, let me know in the comments.

And while you're here, check out other Division 2 and Warlords of New York articles over on our guides hub. Here are a few to get you started:

The Division 2: Warlords of New York — The Big Changes and How They Work Fri, 06 Mar 2020 14:44:58 -0500 John Schutt

The Division 2 is bigger and better than ever with its latest expansion, Warlords of New York. A huge new play space, overhauled systems, new gear, a higher level cap, and new abilities are just some of the major changes hitting the game with this DLC.

But is this the revolution that takes a great game to the next level, or does it smooth some of the rough edges and leaves a semi-precious gem wanting?

Yes and no.

This is still The Division 2 at its core, so if you weren't captured the first time, the new DLC and its updates won't bring you back. However, if you need a reason to return to post-apocalyptic New York and Washington D.C., you'll find plenty to sink your teeth into.

Let's take a look at some of the most important systems that saw changes and updates with this latest release, including gear, progression, and abilities. 

Gear 2.0

One of the biggest selling points of Warlords of New York, beyond the return to its eponymous city, is the total rework of gear and loot progression. Ubisoft is calling the new system Gear 2.0, and at its core, it's a massive simplification effort streaming gear across the board.

First, Gear Score is gone. What remains in its place is equipment level from 1-40. Perks and other stats are still randomly rolled, and higher difficulty activities will yield better rolls overall. However, you won't be searching for the perfect 500-score gear piece with the ideal rolls and abilities. 

Second, the complicated skill armor/skill power/weapon damage hierarchy has evolved into a set of Core Attributes and Standard Attributes that affect all equipment types. Red is for Weapon Damage and associated bonuses; Blue is for Defensive abilities like health and armor; and Utility is for skills and everything about them.

Third, the volume of available weapon and gear attributes has been significantly pruned. You won't be looking for a needle in a haystack anymore, either.

Last, Gear Talents now only appear on chest and backpack gear and weapons. There are still plenty of Talents to choose from, and while you won't be combining them across six pieces of equipment, you still have up to five different Talents to synergize alongside your Skills.

Additionally, Exotic weapons and gear, mods, gear sets, and Skills saw a rework and rebalance. Mainly, everything about your equipment saw a suite of changes. So how to make the best of it?

Mastering Gear 2.0

If you want to take your build to its ultimate form, there are two things you need to do: recalibrate and focus on a specific build trajectory.

Recalibration also received a significant update, and now you can dismantle specific gear to extract specific abilities, stats, and attributes. Once extracted, you can apply the improved stats to a weapon of the appropriate type. For instance, extract high Headshot Damage from a sniper you'll never use and put it on the one you love.

You can extract both Core and standard Attributes, too. It's best to take the time to improve each stat to its maximum, or at least to about 75% of the maximum. Only the highest-difficulty content is likely to need more than that. The sniper rifle above, for instance, isn't perfect, but 98% increased headshot damage will be more than enough for standard play.

As you wander New York and D.C. (available again once you complete the New York campaign), take stock of all the High-End gear you find. A lot of it will be worthless save for maybe one stat. Unlike vanilla Division 2, you're not likely to be mass-dismantling or avoiding every trash loot drop you find. That one on the ground might have what you need to perfect your build.

Speaking of which: don't try to create a jack of all trades build, at least at the start. Focus on a single specialty. There are a lot of them. Pick a skill or pair of skills that focus on a single concept: healing, area denial, distraction, or straight damage, among others. Build around your idea almost at the exception of all other considerations, and you will be unstoppable if you play to your strengths. 


Warlords of New York brings with it four new Agent Skills: Shock Trap, Decoy, Explosive, and Burn Sticky Bombs. While they're powerful on their own, they're best used as part of a specific build. 

However, you don't have to use the skills for their most apparent purpose. A Shock Trap might seem like a great area denial skill, but pair it with a high single-target DPS build and careful placement near a boss? Free damage on a short cooldown.

An explosive sticky bomb might seem like a great way to clear mobs but take it into the Dark Zone, and a few well-placed shots will make any Agent think twice about crossing into your line of fire. 

I'll leave you to deduce the many other possible combinations with the new options at your disposal because all the vanilla Skills are still entirely usable.

Progressing in the Infinite

Finish the DLC campaign (about 10 hours rushed), and you'll be greeted by a whole new mechanic: the SHD Level system, a near-infinite progression system that will likely take dozens or hundreds of hours to fully unlock. 

Divided into four sections — Offense, Defense, Utility, and Handling — each subdivided into four additional groups based on that core theme, your SHD Level progression allows you to incrementally increase your stats every time you would otherwise level up.

Offense, for example, offers increased critical damage or armor penetration. Defense offers health and armor, Utility grants small buffs to skils, and Handling augments your weapon stats. 

Stat upgrades have a maximum of 50 increments, though I'm not sure if it expands farther than that. I don't even think there's been enough time since the DLC's release for someone to reach that level, but I would only be mildly surprised if I'm wrong.

Regardless, the SHD Level system allows you to spec even further into your favored playstyle or shore up some parts of your character you feel lacking. There are no real wrong answers here, as the upgrades are small and far enough apart that you'll only see their full effect after many, many hours of play.

We're less than a week out from launch as of writing, so players are only beginning to take real advantage of all these new systems and all the updates to established conventions. And that's not even talking about the seasonal content coming down the pipeline.

We're talking whole new mission lines with unique reward structures, unique loot, and maybe even some additional mechanics along with them. Then there's the second raid to consider, likely postponed to ensure Warlords released on time. 

There's a lot to like in this DLC, and hopefully, we'll see even more depth as the next year of The Division 2 unfolds. 

The Division 2: Where to Get the Judge Key and How to Use It Thu, 05 Mar 2020 12:44:41 -0500 Sergey_3847

The new Warlords of New York expansion for The Division 2 has a few secrets, with one of the hardest secret items to find being the Judge Key.

The Judge Key becomes available during the Theo Parnell mission, which is a part of the main questline. It's hard to miss the key itself as long as you're looking for it, but finding where to use the Judge Key is another story. We'll go into both where to find and where to use it below.

Judge Key Location

The Judge Key can be found during The Tomb mission in the courthouse when pursuing Theo Parnell.

The key becomes available after you defeat the boss named The Judge. After beating the boss enter the Judge's room in the end of the hall past the elevators, and search for a key on the table.

How to Use the Judge Key

After you got the key, you can return to the elevators and go down to the main hall. There are going to be a lot of enemies waiting, so prepare for combat. You have to clear the room before attempting to use the key. Otherwise, it won't work.

When all enemies are dead, approach the computer at the table and interact with it. This is possible only if you have the Judge Key on you.

As soon as you do it, the locked area to your left will open up and you can enter the secret room behind.

You will see the Record Storage facility behind it, and inside the storage you will find a chest with your reward.


That's it on how to locate and use the Judge Key in the Warlords of New York expansion, and for more The Division 2 guides, please see the list below:


How to Find Printer Filament in The Division 2 Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:12:16 -0400 shywatermelon

There's a lot to crafting in The Division 2, especially when trying to retrieve exotic weapons and mods.

One crafting item that is essential for completing this task is printer filament an element used for upgrading the crafting bench and also used in crafting mods. It's not found by looting war-torn Washington D.C.

Well, ok: that's not entirely true. Let's clear that up. 

If you've been playing The Division 2 for any amount of time, you'll know that looting is a huge part of the endgame: leveling, upgrading, etc. Although you can't find printer filament out in the wild, there are certain objects out there that will deconstruct into the much-needed component.

That certain object is a mod. Both gear mods and skill mods will do the trick.

Just like any piece of equipment, mods can be deconstructed and turned to printer filament

Instead of selling your mods to shop owners and getting semi-decent cash out of them, why not just turn into something more useful?

This is especially true for later on in The Division 2, when the game turns to World Tiers rather than specific levels. It's at that point that you'll want to find as much exotic equipment and as many mods as possible. 

How to Deconstruct Mods in Printer Filament

To deconstruct your mods, follow these steps: 

  1. Go into your inventory
  2. Go to the bottom right of the screen
  3. Choose the option for mods

There, you'll find a list of your inventory, including mods you won't need or want. Of course, don't deconstruct mods you want to use; make sure you're judging which are the best for your character build before destroying them for good.

As you hover over a mod, you'll see the option to deconstruct

However, there's something to keep in mind: crafting mods doesn't guarantee you a mod that you'll want.

Deconstructing mods a pretty random process, so farming as much printer filament as possible is the game here. This is also true for upgrading the crafting bench, which will eventually produce exotic materials, but you gotta' work for it. 

Another thing to think about is that when deconstructing mods, always keep an eye on the score found in the top right corner of the item description. The gear score total will have great value, especially once you enter into World Tier territory, which happens after taking out the enemy Strongholds and finishing the main missions. 

Best Ways to Find Mods in The Division 2

Now the question is: where do you get mods?

Well, there's a few places to start: 

  1. Shop-owners 

  2. Defeating higher enemy types

  3. Mission Rewards 

  4. Crafting

  5. Looting

Now, of all of these options, shops are going to be the easiest to acquire, but this isn't the most productive way to farm them as you'll be spending your hard-earned cash just for the sake of printer filament.

The next most common method is crafting, which requires a certain number of components to do, but those come up quite often in the wild through general looting. 

This is the main reason that printer filament is one of the most crucial pieces of crafting pieces: because the higher the crafting bench, the better the mods

The Right Perk

Lastly, the best perk to have for farming is the Detection 1 perk, which allows for better loot detection after donating enough resources to a control point.

Now, this perk only lasts a short period of time, but it's still worth using for the sake of farming materials that lead to crafting mods. 


For more on The Division 2, be sure to check head over to our guides hub. And be sure to check out our review of the game, where we said that The Division 2 is the "best looter shooter in years." 

The Division 2 Survivalist Specialization Guide: Best Skills and Talents Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:45:23 -0400 Sergey_3847

Many players of The Division 2 consider Survivalist to be the least interesting specialization in the game. But don't underestimate its huge potential and possible damage output.

There is a way to create a Survivalist build that will generate as much DPS as any other specilization in the game. At the same time, you will have all the perks of the survival gameplan.

To see what this specialization is capable of, follow our guide for the best Survivalist skills and talents in The Division 2.

Best Survivalist Skills

The Survivalist skill tree is extremely versatile. But if you want to focus on damage as much as staying alive, these are some of the most essential skills to unlock.

Incendiary Grenade

Burn damage is one of the most devastating types of damage in The Division 2, as it is very hard to protect against it.

This skill will allow you to carry up to two incendiary grenades, and if you have the FireCrest Gear Set, then you can carry up to six grenades.


As a Survivalist that focuses on maximum damage, you should opt for an assault rifle weapon as your main damage dealer.

E.M.I. increases the damage dealt by your assault rifle by 15%.

Try to invest as many of your specialization points as you can in order to unlock the highest possible tier.

Survivalist Tactical Link

This is a passive skill that adds a 10% damage bonus to all group members against enemies with status effects.

This skill synergizes with Incendiary Grenade, which gives enemies the burn status effect.

As a result, your allies will have a much higher chance of defeating enemy players in a shootout.

These three skills focus mainly on damage, but you also need a few skills that increase your survivability during the battles.

Scraping By

It's always a good idea to have a perk that allows you to generate free ammo. Well, this skill does exactly that when you perform a-cover-to-cover during combat.

If you're running an assault rifle, then you will get 5 rounds per second with Scraping By.

Crunch Time

With the help of this skill, you can potentially reduce the cooldown of your other skills by 10% while in cover.

Elite Defense

Lastly, Elite Defense is a skill that works only in PvE mode, but one you should definitely have, because it gives you 15% increased protection from Elite enemies.

Best Survivalist Talents

High DPS and high rate of fire are the two most important attributes of this Survivalist build. This means that your weapon talents should correspond to those needs.


If you're running an assault rifle, you simply must have the Allegro talent, which increases your rate of fire by 10%.

This equals higher damage per second and shorter fire bursts that also preserve your weapon's accuracy.


Burn and bleeding are the two status effects that your weapons will mainly deal.

While Incendiary Grenade provides the burn part, the Sadist talent will increase the damage to bleeding enemies by 20%.


This weapon perk is especially interesting, as it works on all other weapons while your main one is holstered.

If that's the case, then all shots produced by other weapons will have a 5% chance to deal +20% damage as explosive damage.

This talent should be applied mainly to your secondary weapon since it's the one that will stay in the holster most of the time.

Double Duty

This is another talent that provides perks for your other weapons when the one equipped with Double Duty is holstered.

Every time you reload with an empty magazine, this talent will return 20% of your ammo back for free.

This talent synergizes well with Scraping By passive skill.


For other The Division 2 guides, check out the list below:

The Division 2: Hidden (Hydden) Hotel Locations Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:42:07 -0400 John Schutt

Everybody loves a good mystery, and The Division 2 is taking a page out of Destiny's book with plenty of secret goodies, riddles, and whatnot for players to discover out in the world.

One such mystery you might have run across are the various well-appointed campsites around the map. These are the Hydden Hotels, and they live up to their name: they're pretty well hidden

Not anymore.

This guide will show you where to find each hidden hotel across The Division 2's Washington D.C. and what you need to do once you've discovered them all. 

Once you enter each of them, be sure to press the Check In button. You'll need it for the final part of the guide.

I'll be moving west to east in this guide, so let's get into it.

Mista Treehouse Hydden Hotel

To find this hidden hotel, head to the Lincoln Memorial, then make your way northwest. After a few minutes' walking, you'll run across a large thicket of bushes. On the eastern side of them, you should find an opening leading to a clearing. This hotel is nestled in the back in some trees.

Approximate Location

Zi BBQ Joint Hydden Hotel

The BBQ Joint is well hidden behind a large brick building to the south of the White House, on the south side of the main street separating its area of the map from West Potomac Park. You'll be almost directly northwest of the Washington Monument.

To reach this hidden hotel, head to the north side of the building and look for a conspicuous stack of boxes as shown in the image. Climb up them and then over the wall to discover your hotel.

Approximate Location

Vosberg Hydden Hotel

The second of three hidden hotels near the White House, Vosberg can be found just to the southwest of The Ellipse, which contains the large military camp south of the Base of Operations. 

You'll find the entrance among a large stack of shipping containers near a stone memorial. A flag waves in the air above this hotel, as shown in the picture above. Jump into the open crate and then down into the hotel. Alternately, there's a back way in by the small shack with the green roof. Just follow the concrete barricades into the open, shaded cargo container.

Approximate Location

The McMilicamp Hydden Hotel

This hotel's location is a little tricky. It's tucked in a dark corner and its entrance is shrouded by creepers. 

To find it, head to the military camp in The Ellipse — the big circle south of the White House. In the southeastern portion of the camp are a number of large tents.

Find the one labeled "Prep Kitchen" and take its southern entrance (a lot of going south, I know). You won't have to walk very far before you find a small set of tables and chairs. If you face the tables, the entrance is to your right. Check the picture for a better view.

Approximate Location

The Rockin' Pete Hydden Hotel

The Rockin' Pete's location isn't hard to find, but to get there you'll need to go underground. Take any of the entrances scattered around the 

The hotel itself is tucked in the back of a train car on the eastern edge of the Metro Ruins control point. If you haven't already taken the Metro Ruins, go ahead and do so, then head down to the lowest level. Head east until you find a pair of stopped subway cars, and enter the right one, the one more recessed into the tunnel. The hotel is at the back.

You'll know you've gone the right way if you see bright red light at the end of the car.

Approximate Location

The Washington Monument Hydden Hotel

The sixth and final hotel is located deep inside the Washington Monument, so if you haven't cleared that control point, do so now. You'll want to head down into the building where the Supply Room is and look for a ladder you can climb.

If you've done everything right, there will be six lights lit up at the top of the ladder and a button you can press nearby. Press said button to open a secret compartment where the final hotel awaits.

You'll find the secret door in the image at the top of the post.


And that's it. You've found all the hidden Hydden Hotels in The Division 2, gotten some bonus loot, learned a little lore, and had a fun romp around post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. Congratulations.

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The Division 2 Demolitionist Specialization Guide: Best Skills and Talents Thu, 11 Apr 2019 14:57:42 -0400 Sergey_3847

Demolitionist is currently the most aggressive specialization in The Division 2. Players who choose this specialization will be able to carry a massive grenade launcher and set up an artillery turret, which is capable of dealing with an entire group of enemies on its own.

The two most reliable types of weapons for this class are LMGs and SMGs. So it's wise to try to pick up perks that will increase the damage and accuracy of these weapons.

Our guide below will outline the best possible skills and talents for your Demolitionist build.

Best Demolitionist Skills

There are 20 skills in Demolitionist's skill tree. Most of them are active skills, which focus on increasing the damage of your weapons. The rest are passive skills that should be unlocked according to your chosen playstyle.

40mm Grenade Acquisition

This is the essential Demolitionist skill, which generates ammo for your signature grenade launcher.

With the help of this skill, your explosive kills will drop 40mm ammo unless you killed an enemy using the grenade launcher itself. In that case, no ammo will be generated.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to explode enemies using other types of weapons, such as drones and hand grenades.

Explosive Ordnance

This is the second skill you should invest your specialization points in, as it increases all of your explosive damage by 25%, regardless of the type of weapon you'll be using. This is an excellent skill that will make your grenade launcher much more powerful.

However, if you want to focus on your signature weapon and only increase the damage of your grenade launcher, then you could choose the Signature Weapon Damage skill instead.

Spray and Pray

After your grenade launcher has been taken care of, your other weapon needs to be buffed as well. Spray and Pray increases your SMG damage by 15%.

If you're not using the SMG for some reason and instead choose to go with the LMG, then opt for Onslaught skill, which has the same effect but for your LMG.

Although these are the three most important active Demolitionist skills, you also need to take a few passive skills into consideration. Here, you can either fix up your turret or go all the way into the Conflict mode.


If you decided to go all in with your turret, then this skill is indispensable, as it allows your turret to launch ordinance at nearby locations, which is rather effective.

Then, be sure to unlock the other two related skills: Cyclone Magazine and SHD CPU V2.0. The first one increases your turret's magazine, while the other one increases its damage.

Vital Protection

In case you are more interested in playing in Conflict PvP, then you must unlock Vital Protection, as it reduces the chance of you being critically hit by 20%.

Just remember that this skill works only in Conflict mode.

Demolitionist Tactical Link

Every specialization in The Division 2 has its own special Tactical Link skill that in one way or another supports co-op players.

Demolitionist Tactical Link increases the damage of your group members by 5% for all enemies that are not hiding behind the cover.

This is an excellent skill to have in co-op mode to support your allies.

Best Demolitionist Talents

When choosing talents for your SMG/LMG Demolitionist build, it is important to focus on gaining as much critical hit chance as possible. Here are four best weapon and gear talents that you can choose to increase the damage of your weapons to their maximum.


This is the essential talent regarding a critical damage build for your Demolitionist. It increases critical hit damage by 10% for every 5% of your depleted armor.

This means that critical hit chance will get stacked the more damage your armor receives. Simple math tells you that this means an incredible increase of damage for your weapons.


Similar to Strained, this talent increases the damage of your weapons by 10% for every 10% in depleted armor.

The difference is that this doesn't influence critical hit chance, which is far more important. This talent also requires a larger percentage of damaged armor.

But other than that, Berserk is another must-have talent for your Demolitionist build.


This talent synergizes extremely well with Strained, as for each critical hit, it restores 15% health and repairs 2% armor.

Together, these perks will let you stay alive a lot longer and deal so much damage that no enemy will ever be able to withstand your onslaught.


This talent is a safeguard talent that stuns your opponents whenever your armor reaches 0%.

At the same time, your critical hit chance will hit its maximum. Since your enemies will be virtually frozen, you can finish them off without any remorse.


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How to Get All Apparel Items in The Division 2's Apparel Event #1: Invasion Wed, 10 Apr 2019 10:25:55 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Tom Clancy's The Division 2's first major content update, Tidal Basin, went live last week. Part of the celebration for the new content includes yet another brand-new event, dubbed Apparel Event #1: Invasion. It started April 5 and is running until May 2.

Starting the event requires a small update.

There was a bug that blocked off some of the event activities. It has since been fixed, but after the fix some received a message stating the event had ended. If that should show up when you try and start the event, simply log off, restart, and log back in.

Despite being part of the recently released Tidal Basin update, it appears the Invasion Apparel Event is available for everyone, not just for World Tier 5 players. However, some projects are only available or repeatable by higher World Tier characters.

What is the Invasion Apparel Event?

The Apparel Event gives players a chance to earn and find unique cosmetic items. There are 30 items to collect in total, including outfits, a mask, nine weapon skins, and four emotes.

These apparel items are new to the game, but won't be exclusive to Apparel Event 1.

Should you miss out on them during the event, you'll still get a chance to find them in Apparel Caches afterward or you can purchase them directly using Premium Credits via the Apparel Store.

Completing all three outfits earns you a new mask.

And if you do manage to gather all 30 items during the event, you unlock the special Black Tusk outfit, which is only available during the Invasion event.

The outfits are based on D.C.'s 3 factions, and the different components are listed below.

Outcast Apparel
  • Outcast Cap
  • Outcast Shirt
  • Outcast Glasses
  • Outcast Scarf
  • Outcast Pants
  • Outcast Boots
True Sons Apparel
  • True Sons Scarf
  • True Sons Pants
  • True Sons Cap
  • True Sons Glasses
  • True Sons Boots
  • True Sons Vest
Hyena Apparel
  • Hyena Boots
  • Hyena Helmet
  • Hyena Tank Top
  • Hyena Pants

Weapon Skins

The weapon skin names are as follows:

  • Artisan
  • Glacier
  • Partisan
  • Hornet
  • Vandal
  • Daredevil
  • Creek
  • Panther
  • Mapcap

Thanks to Reddit user toilet_drake for compiling the names of each piece.

How to Obtain Apparel Items

The Apparel items come in special Apparel Caches, sometimes called Crates.

These are the Event Caches mentioned in Ubisoft's Year 1 Content Update. When that update was outlined, Ubisoft assured players that Event Caches would never contain duplicate items, which means you won't end up with, say, 25 True Sons scarves.

Instead, there's a finite number of Apparel Caches you'll find; when you've gathered all the Invasion Apparel items, you stop finding Invasion Apparel Caches.

You can see what could possibly be inside before choosing to open it, plus what items you've yet to collect from the Apparel section in the game.

The Event Apparel Caches are under the Apparel Cache section of the game menu, next to the Premium Credits option.

To open an Apparel Cache, though, you need an Apparel Key. There are multiple ways to earn keys.

  1. The first is by completing Apparel Projects each week; completing one gives you 3 Apparel Cache Keys.
  2. Another involves leveling up. After level 30, there is a chance an Apparel Key will appear upon reaching Field Proficiency each time you level up.
  3. There's also a chance an Apparel Key will drop when you reach Dark Zone Proficiency.
  4. And of course, you can buy them. One Invasion Apparel Cache Key costs 100 Premium Credits. Premium Credits are sold in batches
  • 500 Premium Credits - $4.99
  • 1050 Premium Credits - $9.99
  • 2250 Premium Credits - $19.99
  • 4100 Premium Credits - $34.99
  • 6500 Premium Credits - $49.99

So, 30 Invasion Apparel Cache Keys would run you approximately $30, unless you go over the 3,000 Premium Credits needed for 30 keys.

Those who log in during the event's first week, ending April 12, will receive one free Invasion Apparel Cache Key. Players who are Year One Pass holders will also receive 3 free bonus keys that can be claimed any time during the event.

The first three methods for obtaining keys run from April 5 through April 25. It should also be noted that the chance of an Invasion Apparel Cache Key dropping after leveling up, as mentioned in the second and third methods, is completely random.

The event closing period lasts from April 25 through May 2nd, and according to Ubisoft, you can still use unspent keys during that period and purchase additional ones to unlock the remaining Invasion Apparel Caches.

From May 2 forward, all items are moved to standard Apparel Caches, save for the Black Tusk outfit.


If you need some further assistance while you're scouting DC for apparel, be sure to check out our other The Division 2 guides, including this The Division 2 leveling and endgame preparation guide for help reaching those higher levels and getting more chances to gain Invasion Apparel Cache Keys.

How to Fix The Division 2 Uniform-01 Error Wed, 27 Mar 2019 15:58:14 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 hasn't been spared from bugs and glitches in the short time since it's been released and even before. During The Division 2's beta run, players encountered a persistent and confusing error message at seemingly random times: the Uniform 01 Error. Ubisoft implemented a patch meant to fix the issue before launch, which seemed to resolve the problem.

However, if you're reading this now, chances are, you're one of the few players who's still running into this error. Fortunately, it's simple to work around.

How to Solve Uniform 01 Error

The Uniform 01 Error code seems to be unique to the Xbox One version of the game only.

It designates a connection error and won't allow players to log in. For most players, it happens when you start the game and attempt to log in, but some players have had the issue crop up in the middle of a session.

The way to fix it is simple and just requires a small update. Close the game completely, relaunch it, and you should be prompted to download the update.

It doesn't always show up as a prompt, though. If that happens, follow these steps:

  1. Go under "My Games"
  2. Choose "Manage Content"
  3. Select the update manually

The Uniform 01 Error kept popping up after The Division 2 was updated, so it's possible you'll run into it after future updates as well.

How to Solve the Delta 03 Error

During the beta, many players reported encountering the Delta 03 Error frequently, especially after installing the update required to fix the Uniform 01 Error.

Unfortunately, there was never a permanent workaround for this one, though Ubisoft did patch it out in most cases before launch. Should it appear again after you fix the Uniform error, the recommendation is just to restart your game client and, in the worst case scenario, wait for an hour or two so the servers flush out the issue.

Should that still fail to solve the issue, Ubisoft recommends following their troubleshooting advice.


Once you take care of the errors keeping you out of the game, check out our The Division 2 guide portal for some helpful tips, including where to find Hyena keys and chests.

Here's some of what you'll find: 

The Division 2 Hyena Key and Chest Locations Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:33:12 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 includes a wide range of postgame content, much of which revolves around taking on high-difficulty challenges. To successfully tackle these obstacles, you'll need some stronger gear and weapons.

To obtain those, you first need to find special faction chests, also called faction caches. These come in three types: Hyena chests, True Sons chests, and Outcast chests.

But there's a catch. Finding the chests doesn't let you open them automatically. Instead, you must also find a special key corresponding to the chest type. These keys are typically not found near the same areas their corresponding chests are, so you have to look elsewhere.

The Division 2 Hyena Key Locations

Unfortunately, the exact whereabouts of Hyena Keys and the other Faction Keys is a bit of a random thing. There are specific key cabinets you can check, but there's no guarantee looting said areas will give you what you're looking for.

The type of key in the cabinet depends on what faction is currently controlling the area you're in.

If it's the Hyena Faction, you stand a better chance of finding a Hyena Key in the cabinet. If you aren't in a faction-controlled area, then there's no influence on the type of key.

The most likely places for success are the various underground tunnels dotted around D.C., including the sewers.

As such, the game gives you plenty of areas you can potentially use for Hyena Key farming, and Faction Key farming in general.

For example, right behind where you start your first mission in D.C., at the south end of the White House lawn, you'll find an entrance to the underground.

As you can see from the image, the map displays a down-arrow in spots where you can descend underground.

Another place where you can enter the sewers and find Faction Keys includes Roosevelt Island.

There's another underground entrance west of the Safe House in West Potomac Park.

Just north of that location is another sewer, where you can find two key cabinets, then another one near the ladder at the end.

The Dark Recon Mission marker is near several sewer entrances as well.

The sewer to the west houses two keys, one to the right of the entrance and the other near a large door you encounter as you travel through.

North of the Dark Recon marker is yet another sewer with keys. Enter the sewer and go left, and then enter the room on the right. Near the Nitrogen Cannister is a key cabinet. The other is in the room with the red light. Follow the path around the computer room, and the cabinet is on the wall.

The Division 2 Hyena Chest Locations

The next logical step after amassing your horde of Hyena Keys is to find the corresponding chests, which have some of the game's best loot and weapons. 

Hyena Chests are fairly easy to find, though their contents are random. Nevertheless, they respawn following three criteria: after you leave the area or complete another mission — or after 24 hours, whichever comes first. If you don't get what you want the first time, you aren't completely out of luck.

Our guide for finding and assembling the Chatterbox SMG contains several Hyena chest locations, but there are some additional Hyena chests out there, ones that could contain exotic items unrelated to the Chatterbox.

Judiciary Square Hyena Chest

The area's second Hyena chest — not the one at the bottom of the elevator shaft — is at the area's eastern edge. Go in the alley next to the red brick building from the east until you reach a ladder.

Climb the ladder, enter a room and climb another ladder, and you'll emerge on the rooftop near the Hyena chest.

Federal Triangle Hyena Chests

Our Chatterbox guide mentions the Jefferson Trade Center Hyena chest location, but there are two more in the Federal Triangle area.

The first one is in a building to the northeast of the safe house. Head into the building's atrium, turn right to find a ladder, climb up the scaffolding, and shuffle along facing the left wall to find the Hyena chest

The second Federal Triangle Hyena chest is in the area's northeastern sector. If you stroll down the main street, you'll notice a multistory building whose bottom portion is yellow. Go down the alley there, climb up the ladder, and you'll find the Hyena chest on the roof.

District Union Arena Hyena Chest

There's one Hyena chest in the District Union Arena, and you can find it during a mission. Before going into the garage during the Eliminate the Hyena Council objective, head into the mall's ground floor. Across the hall from the stairs is  a room, and the chest is in there, near some ATM machines

Downtown East Hyena Chests

The Downtown East area has two chests very close to each other, near the Meret store. Go to the corner of H St NW and 9th St NW, and look for an entryway with green paint above it. Follow the corridor to emerge in front of the Meret store, and the first chest is inside, in the left corner.

Back outside, you'll see a rope that takes you back up to the street. Climb the rope, enter the cafe on the roof, and the Hyena chest is behind the bar.


All of this is sure to keep you busy for a while, but if you're looking for some other tips and tricks to improve your time in D.C., check out our The Division 2 guides portal.

How to Get the Chatterbox SMG in The Division 2 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:06:25 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 goes a long way in fixing the endgame errors of its predecessor by adding a wealth of postgame content players can enjoy. One particularly useful component of this content is finding powerful exotic weapons for raids and World Tier challenges — once the World Tier gets fixed, that is.

The Chatterbox SMG is, without a doubt, one of the best weapons in The Division 2 and among the most powerful exotic weapons, thanks to its three specific effects:

  • Incessant Chatter — each landed shot grants a 1% rate of fire increase, up to a total increase of 60%, which resets upon reloading
  • Box Mag — Each kill with the Chatterbox SMG refills your magazine by 20% and grants a 10-second buff. Each landed shot expands the magazine's capacity by 1, and the buff is capped at 60. All kills that take place during the buff will refill the expanded magazine as well.
  • Blabbermouth — If the Chatterbox SMG is holstered, reloading a gun within 5 seconds of a kill grants a 20% rate of fire increase for 10 seconds.

However, the question isn't how great it is, it's "How do you get the Chatterbox SMG?" 

Chatterbox SMG Parts

Like all exotic weapons in The Division 2, the Chatterbox SMG must be assembled from specific parts found in Hyena faction caches.

  • SMG: Loaded Canister
  • SMG: Creative Magazine
  • SMG: Modified Mods
  • The Lost Chatterbox Blueprint

You need Hyena keys to unlock faction caches, and if you don't know how to obtain those, check out our Hyena Key guide. But not just any cache will grant you these pieces for the Chatterbox SMG.

However, it's important to note there's no guarantee you'll land what you're looking for the first time you raid one of these caches. It might involve coming back a few times or playing in Freeplay mode.

There are a lot of Hyena chests around D.C., but we've narrowed down the Hyena chest locations that have a chance of dropping the Chatterbox SMG parts.

Because your chances of obtaining rare or exotic items from these caches increases with your crafting level, you might want to increase your Crafting Table to World Tier 4 level to cut down on the time it takes to get the necessary components.

Where to Find SMG: Loaded Cannister

The Loaded Cannister is found in Hyena caches in the Grand Washington Hotel mission.

One cache is in the toilet area under the sink in the business center, and another is on the roof to the right of the door. 

Where to Find SMG: Creative Magazine

You'll find the Creative Magazine in the Jefferson Trade Center mission.

One Hyena cache is in the underground parking lot, specifically, the loading bay area at the back.

This is an area you can access in Freeplay mode as well. Hyena caches reset after you leave the area and should respawn upon your return. 

Where to Find SMG: Modified Mods

You'll find Hyena caches with a chance to give you the Modified Mods in Judiciary Square.

One is in behind the mounted turret in the parking lot.

To get there, head to the police station, through the courtyard, and to the point where there are two doorways on your right. Take the elevator shaft to the bottom, and you'll be at the parking lot.

There are other caches in the same area, so if that one doesn't give you what you want, the others may. And like with the Jefferson Trade Center area, you can access Judiciary Square in Freeplay without starting a regular mission. 

Where to Find the Lost Chatterbox Blueprint

The last component you need to assemble the Chatterbox SMG is the Lost Chatterbox Blueprint, and you'll find it in the Bank Headquarters Campus Settlement mission.

You'll be looking for the room with the large windows and multiple computer desks. On the left in that room is a small, hidden safe near the partition. Because it's hidden, you can't see it until the prompt to investigate appears.

Go to the wall and just shuffle along until the prompt pops up.

You'll find the RFID card that's used later in the same mission, but carry on until you reach the Vault, and go left after you enter it. Open the golden gate using the key card, and the Hyena cache will be there. 


While you might not get the most out of your new toy until Ubisoft fixes the World Tier glitch completely, you'll certainly be set for any challenge that comes your way, including the game's upcoming raids.

Be sure to check out our The Division 2 guides portal for more tips and tricks to help you reach the top of your game.

How to Get WW2 Uniform in The Division 2 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:34:00 -0400 Sergey_3847

There are a couple of secret missions in The Division 2, one of which lets you unlock a very rare WW2 uniform for your character. Unfortunately, this uniform doesn't give you any special protection perks. But for those with a fashion sense, it does look unique.

To get the uniform, you need to complete the hidden Navy Hill side quest that can be accessed at the part of the map shown below.

Here's what you need to do. 

Step 1: Talk to Jane Applegate

Before starting your secret mission, you need to talk to Jane Applegate, who will provide you with all of the necessary instructions.

To find Jane, travel to Foggy Bottom, which can be found in the south-western part of Washington (see the map above for exact location).

After you've arrived at the location, here's what you need to do:

  1. Follow the road to the west from the safe house.
  2. Find the point of interest indicated by an icon on your map.
  3. Go up the road and find the entrance to the room.
  4. Find the ladder that leads down into the sewers.
  5. Meet Jane in one of the underground rooms.

Talk to her, and she will send you to the old naval observatory on Navy Hill, where you will have to find the source of the strange signal.

Step 2: Complete the Navy Hill Mission

After you've finshed talking to Jane Applegate, a new marker will appear on your map. Follow it to the observatory building and search it.

Here is what you need to do once you're inside the building:

  1. Go up the stairs and remove the portrait from the wall.
  2. Press the button behind the portrait, which will open the secret door.
  3. Go up the hallway and enter the secret room.
  4. Enter the bunker at the end of the room.
  5. Collect the map behind the desk.
  6. Leave the room through the backdoor.

As soon as you leave the building your mission will be complete. As a reward for completing the mission, you will get a WW2 uniform.

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How to Share Items, Gear, Loot in The Division 2 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:12:12 -0400 John Schutt

When progressing through The Division 2, co-op is your best friend, whether you're matchmaking with random people from across the internet or with a group of friends.

But then someone gets a great drop, and it's exactly what you're looking for to create that insane build. Even better, they don't want it and you do. But how do they share items and loot with you?

Unlike games like Destiny 2 or Anthem, in The Division 2, Agents can share gear. This guide explains how. It's the simplest thing.

How to Share Items

Step 1: Open your inventory and select the menu of the gear type you want to drop.

Step 2: Go down to the item you want to drop and ensure it has a double arrow symbol next to it. See below image for what I'm talking about.

Step 3: Share the item. It will fall the ground and your teammates, or any agent in your instance if you're in the Dark Zone, will be able to grab it off the ground.

Note 1: Items are bound to a player's level until you've beaten the campaign, so if you give a teammate an item below their current level, they will be unable to use it until they've reached the proper level.

Note 2: Only new items can be shared. Items you've had in your inventory for more than an hour are locked to your character and can only be equipped, dismantled, and sold.


And there you go. Easy sharing of items you have but don't need. If you're looking for more tips and strategies for The Division 2, make sure to head over to our Division 2 guides portal for tips on leveling and end-game progression, our tips for sharpshooters, how to upgrade at the crafting bench, and more. 

See you in the field, Agent.

The Division 2 Sharpshooter Specialization Guide: Best Skills and Talents Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:47:28 -0400 Sergey_3847

There are three main specializations in The Division 2: Survivalist, Demolitionist, and Sharpshooter. Each specialization has its own separate skill tree, which can be modified to every player's liking.

If you like to shoot in close range and get right into the thick of the battle, then the Survivalist would be the best choice for you. But if you wish to take care of your enemies from afar, and weild a heavy but precise sniper rifle, then Sharpshooter specialization is made for you.

This guide will cover all the best skills and talents for a perfect Sharpshooter build. So if you're looking to become the best sniper in the game, then keep on reading.

Best Sharpshooter Skills

There are 19 skills in Sharpshooter specialization skill tree. You don't need to open every single one of them to become an excellent sniper. So here are the best of them that will make your way through the hordes of enemies so much easier.

One in the Head

This skill adds 25% damage to your headshots for more precise kills. It works not only on your sniper rifle, but also on all other weapons in your arsenal, which is something you don't want to miss.

Obviously, as a sniper you want to target heads first and foremost, and that is why this one should be your most valuable skill of all.

Deft Hands

Sniper rifles usually have very small magazines, so you will have to reload your main weapon constantly. That is why you need this skill to increase your reload speed by 30%.

This is My Rifle

When you have your accuracy and reload speed managed, you need to take care of your rifle's damage.

Here is the skill that increases the damage of your rifle by 15%. It doesn't seem much, but often your headshots will lack just a tad for one-shot kills, and that is why this skill is so useful.

These three skills are essential for any Sharpshooter in The Division 2. Now let's take a look at another three skills that are passive, which can significantly boost your gameplay.

Sharpshooter Tactical Link

This is a passive skill that doesn't require you to do anything, but if your allies get closer to the enemies than yourself, they will get 10% boost to their headshots.

Basically it allows you to stay in the back and not only cover up for your teammates, but also give them a small damage boost.

My Home is My Castle

Here's a skill that gives you additional points of armor when sitting behind the cover.

As a sniper you will find yourself sitting behind a cover many, many times during your gaming sessions. So why not use this time with efficiency.

Round After Round

Lastly, an excellent companion skill to the previous one, which generates free ammo whenever you sit in the cover for 20s or more.

Best Sharpshooter Talents

In addition to your skillset you can utilize various weapon talents, which will allow you to polish your build to perfection. So here are some of the best Sharpshooter talents you can use in The Division 2.


Headshot is without a doubt the fastest and most effective way to kill enemies. That is why making your headshots as powerful as possible is your number one aim.

The Rifleman talent allows you to not only increase your headshot damage by 10%, but you can also stack up to five of these for a total of 50% increased headshot damage. That is a lot!

Fast Hands

The overall reload speed increase that this talent gives is only 3%. But it's the stack that counts, which currently stands at 20x. This means that you can ideally increase your reload speed by 60%, which is unbelievable.

This talent synergizes extremely well with Deft Hands skill.


This talent is more like a simple perk that increases your magazine capacity by 20%.

It's another must-have perk for any Sharpshooter using sniper rifles with 5-10 bullets max.


Simple perks are the best and this one does only one thing - it increases your accuracy by 15%.

It's always a good idea to have this perk, especially when your whole build revolves around headshots and precision kills.


You can now use this build to create an ultimate Sharpshooter specialist, and for more The Division 2 guides at GameSkinny, check out the list below:

The Division 2 Guide: Leveling and End Game Preparation Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:09:57 -0400 Synzer

The Division 2 has a lot of content to level through and do at end game. So much that it might be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. After leveling one character, I noticed some things I wish I knew before getting to max level.

This guide will go over what will make the leveling process smoother and better prepare you for when you do reach max level. This will be split into two main categories: Activities and Inventory/Item Management.

Activities to do while Leveling in The Division 2

Main Missions

This is absolutely the most important thing to do first while leveling. Main missions give the most experience, advance the story, and unlock multiple things.

You want to do these no later than the level listed on the mission. So if it lists level 12 for example, do it before you reach level 13.

The division 2 main missions

You will unlock more areas, upgrades to the base of operations, and features by doing the main missions. It is also required that you complete all of the main story missions and strongholds before you can start doing end game activities, even if you are already level 30.

Side Missions 

This is the next most important thing to do after completing main missions.

Side missions will give you blueprints to craft items, most of them being mods. Since you can't get mods from drops in The Division 2, crafting is your primary source. There are also ones that give SHD tech in addition to blueprints.

Side missions scale to your level, which is why it is important to always do main missions first if you are at the correct level.

Don't fall into the same trap that I did when leveling. Do as many side missions as you can when you aren't doing the main missions. Since they scale, I figured I would put them off until later and I ended up with a bunch of side missions to take care of at endgame.

Save yourself the endgame headache and take care of as many side missions as you can while you're leveling to get them out of the way and to net XP towards your level 30 goal.

Control Points

Control points are as important or even more important than side missions.

Control points are quick, give decent experience, grant a bunch of loot the first time you complete it, and allows you to fast travel to that location when you control it.

That last part is the most important thing to know about control points. It is very helpful, especially at end game, when you can fast travel to many locations.

Safe Houses and SHD Tech Caches

Safe Houses are buildings in each area that you can unlock and will show notable spots in that area. One of these is the ability to see SHD Tech caches on the map.

SHD Tech is used to unlock perks at the base of operations or acquire new variants for skills you already have. The perks are very important for leveling and end game so you want to make sure you get plenty of SHD Tech.

Inventory and Item Management in The Division 2

As you level you will get plenty of gear. Eventually you will run out of room, then it's time for some old-fashioned inventory management.

Deconstructing vs. Selling

You can and should deconstruct anything below Superior (Purple) quality, you can, and should, deconstruct it. This will give you crafting materials, which are extremely valuable at end game.

You might reach a point where you won't get many crafting materials from deconstructing. If this happens, you can either put it in the stash for later, or simply sell it.

Saving for Later 

When you start getting that purple quality gear and higher, you will need to look at each piece before deciding what to do with it. These items, particularly the guns, will have talents on them.

the division 2 weapon talents

If you have or find an item or gun with a talent you really like on it, keep it in your stash to pull the talent from later.

Eventually you will unlock the Recalibration Station. This allows you to take a talent from one item and put it on another of your choosing. The item you take the talent from will be destroyed in the process.

Level does not matter, so you can save low level items until you reach the highest tier if you want.

There are also projects you will get as you progress through the game. These projects often require you to donate specific armor pieces, so its a good idea to save some of each type.


That's all for the guide on leveling and end game preparation for The Division 2. Check out our other guides for The Division 2, and be sure to leave a comment below if you have any questions or tips of your own.

11 Best Weapons in The Division 2 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:32:25 -0400 Sergey_3847


Weapon: Classic M44 Carbine


The last good weapon in The Division 2 is another sniper rifle with an insane damage output. However, with each consecutive shot the fire rate, which isn't high to begin with, decreases even further.


This means that you have to be very precise with your shots and try to kill enemies with single headshots. This, of course, requires a lot of practice and patience.


As usual, you can attach optics and improved muzzle to M44 and make it a truly serious weapon.




Which of these weapons excite you the most? Share your opinion in the comments section below, and be sure to come back soon for more guides for The Division 2 on GameSkinny.


Weapon: M870 Express


Here is the classic police and military shogun M870. It's not as powerful as DBS, but it has a bigger magazine tube.


The real reason why you would want to look out for M870 instead of DBS is that you can actually modify M870 with attachments that will eventually make it a more exciting weapon than it is, while DBS can't be modified at all.


If you like to give your weapons a bit of boost in terms of accuracy and fire rate, then M870 with a couple of attachments would be the best choice for your shotgun slot.


Weapon: Double Barrel Shotgun


Usually shotguns are not necessarily the most sought out weapons in the game, but picking up the DBS isn't such a bad idea if you're looking for a sheer power.


Just look at that damage stat and imagine what it does to enemy players in close range. You guessed it - it absolutely devastates them.


Of course, you can't use it effectively against a group of enemies but if you're having a hard time dealing with one or two opponents in a closed environment, then a shotgun will serve you the best.


Weapon: Classic M1A


Sniper rifles are just as important here as any other weapon. The M1A rifle is considered by most to be the best sniper rifle in the game.


Of course, you will need to find a scope for it and maybe even a bigger magazine to make it so much more effective. But this high-end sniper rifle has a huge damage output and a really high fire rate for a rifle of this type.


But the best part is the hit range that reaches up to 60-70m and beyond, which is incredible. If you like to take out your enemies from afar, then this would be the best choice for you.


Weapon: M249 B


This light machine gun is very similar in stats to M60, but it loses in terms of stability a little bit. This means that your first few shots may miss the desired target. But as soon as you're firing on all cylinders, M249 B will get better and better.


This is a typical trait of heavy weapons that tend to stabilize the longer you shoot. But besides that it is a great alternative to M60 in case you can't find a better option in The Division 2.


Weapon: Black Market T821


The Italian UZI, as it is known among veteran players, is the epitome of fun. If you're not too interested in getting FAMAS, but you still want a weapon with a high fire rate, then this is an excellent alternative.


Although T821 has a lower fire rate than FAMAS, this seeming disadvantage actually adds up to its accuracy. It also has a much faster reload time of only 1.9s, which is essential for a close range combat.


The only actual drawback here is that you will need to supply it with a lot of ammo, since those rounds sink really fast.


Weapon: FAMAS 2010


The legendary FAMAS or Bullfrog is a cult weapon at this point, and an obvious choice for many The Division 2 players. This assault rifle has the highest fire rate amongst all weapons in the game, which equals extremely high damage output.


However, FAMAS is not the best choice for long range shooting. In case your gameplan includes sniping enemies from afar, there are better weapons for that kind of purpose.


But if you do enjoy shooting opponents in the face at close range, there is no better option for that in the game right now.


Weapon: Military Mk17


Although Mk17 is categorized as a standard rifle in The Division 2, many players simply call it the "Cannon". It has a rather low firerate, but the damage output is so high that you don't need to shoot too fast, really.


Another cool feature of Mk17 is almost a complete lack of recoil, which makes it very accurate by definition. On top of that, this weapon doesn't care about the range. It takes care of targets at close, mid, and long ranges equally effectively.


So, if you're looking for a precise weapon with high DPS, then military variant of Mk17 would be an excellent choice.


Weapon: Classic M60


LMGs are without a doubt the most versatile and effective weapons in The Division 2. The classic variant of M60 is probably the best LMG you can currently get.


Many players may skip on an LMG as their main weapon due to a very long reload time, which at times can take 5-6s. That is a lot, especially when you're in the middle of a shootout.


But M60 has an advantage over the rest of the LMGs in the game due to its huge magazine capacity and sheer damage power. This means that you will kill a lot more enemies with it and reload a lot less.


Weapon: AUG A3 Para XS


What sets the A3 SMG apart from other, similar weapons is its prolonged barrel. This feature makes the weapon very accurate, which is exactly what many machine guns lack.


The A3 also has the highest rate of damage among all SMGs in the game. However, keep in mind its magazine slot needs to be upgraded as it's rather limited in the vanilla version.


Taking all of this into consideration, the AUG A3 is one of the best options for both PvP and PvE in The Division 2. Everything from DPS to RPM is very well balanced here, and the gun works in various scenarios very well.


Weapon: AK-M


The Kalashnikov is a staple AR in many shooters, including The Division 2. It has rather hefty recoil, which can be annoying at times, but the amount of damage it deals totally compensates for this little nuisance.


To get the most out of this gun, shoot the AK-M in short bursts so that it doesn't stray away from its target too much. As one of the best guns in the game, it can kill your opponent in short order. 


The black market version of AK-M can be modified with a long, underbarrell rail and a 7.62 muzzle, but if you get the classic variant, it's going to do the job just as well.


Tom Clancy's: The Division 2 is finally out and, aside from a plethora of other loot, there are a lot of guns to collect. 


Of course, you can pick weapons up in The Dark Zone, too, fighting other players for various weapons and gear. In general, the gameplay component and the mechanics of The Division 2 are not much different from those in the first game.


Right now, there are over 70 variants of weapons in the game, but if you never played the first Division, it might be hard to tell which ones are the best.


So we're here to help with our selection of the best weapons you can currently get in The Divsion 2.

The Division 2 Guide: How to Upgrade the Crafting Bench Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:03:16 -0400 Synzer

Tom Clancy's: The Division 2 lets you craft plenty of weapons, armor, and mods to help get specific pieces. At first, the quality of gear is pretty low and not worth your time. As you level up and advance into higher world tiers, you can also upgrade the crafting bench so you can craft high level gear.

In this guide, I'm going to explain how you can upgrade the crafting bench and the requirements to unlock those upgrades.

How to Upgrade the Crafting Station to Superior and High-End in The Division 2

These are the easiest unlocks.

  • When you first unlock the crafting station, you can make the Specialized (Blue) quality gear
  • Once you reach level 24, you unlock Superior (Purple)
  • At level 29, you unlock High-End (Yellow)

Unlocking these upgrades is not enough, you will need to actually craft the crafting bench upgrade before you can get higher quality gear.

You can see the required materials needed to craft it by going to the crafting station and looking to the left before trying to craft anything.

the division 2 how to upgrade the crafting bench

If you have the required materials, simply hold the upgrade button until it finishes and you'll reach the next tier.

As long as you have been deconstructing most things and looting as you level, you will have plenty of materials for both upgrades. You will need to upgrade the crafting bench to Superior, before you can upgrade it to High-End.

How to Upgrade the Crafting Station to Higher World Tiers

Once you reach level 30 and finish the Capitol Building Stronghold, you'll advance to World Tier 1.

Each World Tier drops higher level gear. That also means you can upgrade the crafting bench yet again, for each World Tier.

When you reach a new World Tier, you will get a project that gives you the blueprint to upgrade your crafting bench. This only requires you to complete an Invaded Stronghold.

The cost, however, for each upgrade is pretty steep.

Titanium and Electronics

The biggest concern will be getting enough Titanium and Electronics. The best way to go about getting these is to explore to world, particularly the underground areas, and kill enemies.

I noticed Black Tusk enemies dropped quite a bit while doing an invaded mission or stronghold.


That's all you need to know to upgrade the Crafting Bench in The Division 2. Leave a comment if you have any questions or need further explanation.

The Division 2 Guide: All Changes for Weapons and Gear Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:00:49 -0400 Sergey_3847

This time the events of The Division 2 unfold in Washington seven months after the story that took place in Manhattan. The cause of the new local apocalypse is the ecological cataclysm. Washington turned into a swamp due to drought and poor infrastructure.

As a result, the organized crime groups flocked, and decided to seize power inside the capital city. Players become a part of a special squad that is mobilized to deal with this seemingly hopeless situation. Ubisoft promises that this sequel opens much more prospects than it was in the first The Division.

Currently, we know that the character build mechanics have been overhauled quite significantly, and if you want to know all the confirmed changes for the weapons and gear in The Division 2, then follow our early guide below.

All Gear Changes in The Division 2

Before going into what's been added to The Division 2 gear mechanics, let's first mention that there have been no confirmed gear sets added to the game yet. Actually, there is a great probability that there will be no gear sets in the game at all, unlike in the first The Division.

However, there is something similar, which is called Brand Set. You can wear different parts of gear from various brands, but if you manage to complete the full brand set, then it will give you extra stats. So this basically does work like gear sets with a different name.

Some brand sets focus on offensive stats while others provide with greater defenses. So it's up to you which brands you want to wear that will ultimately define your playstyle in The Division 2. Each piece of gear, whether branded or unbranded, will have different rarity types, which also means that there will be a lot of different build variations and possibilities for you to explore.

Below you will find the complete list of all confirmed brand sets in The Division 2:

  • Overlord Armaments
    • +7.5% Armor Percent Bonus
    • +5.0% Weapon Damage
    • +10.0% DTE
  • China Light Industries Corporation
    • +8.0% Shotgun Damage
    • +10.0% All Resistance
    • +10.0% Skill Haste
  • Richter &Kaiser GmbH
    • +20.0% Pistol Damage
    • +15.0% Shield Skill Power
    • +10.0% All Resistance
  • Airaldi Holdings
    • +5.0% MMR Damage
    • +10.0% Headshot Damage
    • +10.0% Accuracy
  • Wyvern Wear
    • +7.0% Critical Hit Damage
    • +5.0% Headshot
    • +10.0% Critical Hit Chance
  • Sokolov Concern
    • +10.0% SMG Damage
    • +8.0% CHD
    • +10.0% CHC
  • Petrov Defense Group
    • +8.0% LMG Damage
    • +10.0% Turret Skill Power
    • +10% Skill Haste
  • Providence Defense
    • +4.0% Weapon Damage
    • +10% Skill Power
    • Providence Talent: Well Rounded: CHC Bonus for 6 seconds when completing a cover to cover move.

Besides that some of the former gear stats from the first game have been completely removed, such as Stamina, Firearms, and Electronics. Instead the sequel will offer gear talents that will come with or without certain requirements to your build.

Here's the complete list of all confirmed gear talents so far:

  • Devastating: +5% Weapon Damage
  • Insulated: +25% Hazard Protection
  • Rapid: 10% skill cooldown reduction
  • Surgical: +8% Critical Hit Chance
  • Vital: +20% HealthHardened: +10% Armor
  • Critical: +8% CHD
  • Empowered: +10% Skill Power
  • Striking: +15% DTE
  • Steady Nerves: Destroying Armor or Weak Points grants 50% Weapon Stability for 4 seconds. (Requires: No full auto weapons equipped)
  • Precise: +15% Headshot Damage
  • Hit & Run: Melee kills grant a speed boost for 2 seconds. (Requires: Under 70000 Armor)

All Weapon Changes in The Division 2

The biggest weapon change that comes in The Division 2 is the complete overhaul of the weapons modding system. This means that you will no longer need to grind for some specific weapon mod in a given loot pool or buy from specialized vendors.

In The Division 2 all you have to do is complete the main missions and as a reward you will be given weapon mods that will stay in your inventory forever, and at the same time they won't take up any slots just like skins.

On one hand, this simplifies a lot of things, so that you don't have to think much about getting this or that mod, but on the other hand, it takes away a huge chunk of gameplay that was actually quite exciting.

Nevertheless, this time new mods will not only boost the stats of your weapons, but also decrease them. For example, you could have a bonus added to the critical hit chance, but at the same time your accuracy will suffer. So in this regard, weapon mods become much more challenging than before.

Lastly, the pool of weapon talents has been reduced to only one talent per weapon, unlike in the first game, where weapons could have several talents at once.

Below you will find the complete list of all confirmed weapon talents in The Division 2 so far:

  • Pyromaniac: Damage done to targets on fire is increased by 15% (Requires: Over +10% Weapon Damage)
  • Lock and Load: Reloading from empty increases weapon damage by 20% for 5 seconds.
  • Close and Personal: Kills while close double next shot damage.
  • Hemorrhage: Killing a bleeding target increases critical hit chance by 25% for all group members for 10 seconds.
  • Unrelenting: Hitting enemies increase hit chance by 5%. This bonus stacks up to 10 times. Missing a target remove all stacks.
  • Kill Confirmed: Headshot kills grant +10% damage, stacks up to 10 times. All non headshots reset the bonus. (Requires: Over +140% HSD)
  • Sadist: Damage done to Bleeding targets is increased by 15%. (Requires: 15% CHC)
  • Cauterize: Damage done to targets on Fire for 5% of damage done.


That is all we know about The Division 2 for now, but be sure to come back soon for more updates on the game here at GameSkinny!