How to Unlock the Castle Settlement in The Division 2

Having trouble unlocking the Castle settlement in The Division 2? This guide covers everything you need to know.

Having trouble unlocking the Castle settlement in The Division 2? This guide covers everything you need to know.
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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:

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John Schutt

John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.