Everything you need to know to survive NYC and become the most feared Agent in the Dark Zone.
The Division guide: how to make money, level fast, survive the Dark Zone
Ubisoft Massive’s The Division is a huge hybrid of shooter and role-playing game. It’s easy to get into – you just grab a machine gun, get in cover and start taking potshots at the enemies. And just like that, you’re sprinting through New York, grabbing loot and teaming up with buddies to survive the bullet-riddled city.
But you don’t want to just survive. Beyond the basics of the game there’s a lot to understand; leveling up, currency systems, crafting, how the Dark Zone works, gear, perks and more. We’re here to break it all down for you, including guides to all Incursions, new weapons, Gear Sets and DLC.
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The Division: how to level fast and make money
Before you wander into the Dark Zone for multiplayer PvP you’re going to need to get your level up and grab the best gear and weapons to give you an advantage. When you’re ready, step into the Dark Zone armed with knowledge and an all-powerful shotgun.
- 12 things we wished we’d known before we started playing
- How to level up fast
- How to make money
- Everything you need to know about the Dark Zone
- How to earn Dark Zone credits
- The 11 best Perks to unlock first
The Division: best gear, high-end weapons, perks and skills
You’re going to need to fill out your character build beyond the basic weapons and clothing, so you’ll need to understand the multitude of perks, skills and talents, and what effect they have in the game. Once you get a good grip on things like re-rolling stats, unlocking perks for skills and applying gear mods you’re on your way to becoming one of the toughest agents in the field.
- Best builds and weapons for groups and solos
- Tips for the best solo character build
- How to get high end drops more often
- How to craft for better gear and weapons
- How to re-roll your gear stats
- Where to find the best vendors
- What are Dark Zone keys and how to get them
- All Perks explained
- All agent abilities: what’s the difference between skills, perks and talents
- All Talents explained
The Division: endgame, high-end gear, farming routes, free content and raids
What are you working towards? Below you’ll find the best high-end weapons, how to earn credits for them quickly, farming routes through the Dark Zone, and reviews of some of the best weapons and character builds. Aside from the satisfaction of hitting the level 30 cap, there’s a lot more to The Division’s endgame. You’re just getting started…
- How to get end game gear
- Is the Vector 45 ACP the best SMG?
- An in-depth look at the high-end marksman rifle Tenebrae
- The best Marksman builds
- The best aggressive tank build
- The best route to easily farm Division Tech
- This is what a max level 30 character build looks like
- What are Phoenix Credits, and how do you get them?
- How to rank up in the Dark Zone quickly and farm Phoenix Credits
- Everything that’s changed since the beta
- All weapons and missions, end game story and more outed by datamine
- This is what happens when you hit the level cap
- Free raids and paid DLC: first details
Last Stand and update 1.6: new PvP, leaderboards, Gear Set and more
The final paid DLC for The Division isn’t a timed exclusive – it’s available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One for everyone at the same time. It introduces three new Dark Zone locations as well as 8 versus 8 PvP gameplay for those thirsty for blood. And patch 1.6, free to all players, is another game changer.
- Here’s the exact time patch 1.6 and Last Stand DLC go live in your region
- Patch 1.6: new Dark Zone areas, leaderboards, Gear Set, Legendary difficulty and more
- Tenebrae exotic marksman rifle review
- Last Stand expansion detailed in latest 1.6 patch notes
- 5 things you need to know about The Division Last Stand DLC
Patch 1.5 and Survival DLC: Gear and weapon changes, new loot and World Tier 5
Survival introduced new rules where you need to do a lot more to stay alive. It also bumped up the Gear Score and dropped a whole new batch of Named weapons – and goddamn they’re worth tracking down.
- Watch The Division Survival trailer
- Everything you need to know about Survival DLC
- All the changes in update 1.5: higher Gear Score, Heroic Incursions, better rewards
- How to get all Named Gear pieces
- The top 5 DPS weapons for PvE
Patch 1.4: The patch where everything you had equipped changed over night
This is the free patch that turned a lot of equipment and character builds on their heads. It was a shock to begin with, but ended up balancing the game out more broadly and it felt like it evened the playing a field for all.
- How every Gear Set, Weapon, Talent and Skill has changed
- Do the new Threat/Aggro changes in patch 1.4 actually work?
- An in depth look at the Banshee gear Set
- How update 1.4 aims to “bring back the shooter feeling”
- New and updated map to boss fights and loot farming
Underground update 1.3: weapons changes, new gear sets, random dungeons
The Underground update for The Division pits players against The Cleaners under the streets of New York City. More importantly is rebalances a lot of your weapons and introduces another bunch of Gear Sets for you to collect depending on your play style.
- How to reach max Gear Score fast in Underground 1.3 update
- How to beat the Dragon’s Nest Incursion
- The G36 Assault Rifle is the best weapon in Underground – but it’s getting nerfed
- How to get the Showstopper shotgun
- Alpha Bridge Gear Set review
- All the big weapons changes: nerfs, buffs, new guns, rerolling talents and more
- The Division: Underground takes you through the sewers and tunnels of NYC
- Gameplay from the upcoming Underground expansion
- Blind, Firecrest and Frontline Gear Sets
- The Reclaimer Gear Set
- Expect Sentry and Striker nerfs, weapon Talent recalibration
- New weapon talents explained: Focused, Decisive, Distracted
Conflict update 1.2 – new gear sets, Clear Sky guide, High Value targets
Conflict is the second free update for The Division and includes another incursion, named clear Sky as well as loot hijacking in the Dark Zone. It also adds solo and co-op High Value Targets, which offer big rewards: high-end gear and weapons, as well as Gear Set items.
- How to beat the Clear Sky Incursion on Hard Mode
- How High Value Targets work and why you should care
- Hungry Hog high end LMG review
- Lone Star gear set review
- Historian High-End Marksman rifle review
- Predator’s Mark Gear Set review
- Update 1.2 Conflict first details: High Value Targets, Extraction Hijacks, more
- New Conflict Gear Sets detailed
- How Search & Destroy and High Value Target missions work
- Update 1.2 loot changes detailed for Dark Zone, High Value Targets, Incursions and more
- Update 1.2: watch the first Conflict gameplay
Incursions update 1.1: all the changes, gear sets, new weapons and Falcon Lost guide
Incursions is the first free update for The Division, which drops April 12. It brings big changes to the game, from crafting to credits, high-end weapons to gear sets. And there’s a new mission called Falcon Lost. Here’s the full briefing:
- Falcon Lost Challenge mode guide
- How to get high-end SMG Valkyria
- How to get all the new Incursions gear sets
- Everything you need to know about Incursions update 1.1
- Level 31 and level 32 blueprints
- 1.1 patch notes: Incursions, crafting changes, Assignments teaser, more
- How tough is new mission Falcon Lost?
- New gear sets and what they mean
The Division is an ongoing game that’s constantly evolving and changing, as is made pretty bloody obvious by all the updates listed above and all the changes we’ve had to make to this page as a result. That’s a good thing though! That’s also the point of this page: It’ll change and update (through our blood, sweat and tears) as the game does.
Be sure to bookmark if you want the latest strategies and updates for the newest content – when new content drops chances are we’ll have a nice timely update just above this message for you. You’ve been warned!