The Division 2
We’re just a few days away from the release of Destiny 2’s Season of the Worthy, which means I will probably be setting The Division 2 down for a good long while after a solid week of playing the Warlords of New York expansion. But I am leaving the door open to return, as the more I play the more I find myself liking it.
I think I can share a few things I’ve learned this past week to help you on your own journey through the expansion. Some of this is based on this expansion alone, other stuff might be older updates that veteran players already know, but this piece really isn’t for them. If you’re jumping back into The Division 2 after a long while away like I did, this is probably for you.
Here are ten things I wish I knew when I started The Division 2: Warlords of New York.
1. Scrap Your Old Gear Almost Immediately
Trust me, no matter what builds you ended up with the last time you played, now with the level cap raised to 40, there is no point in saving your old level 30 gear now as you will never use it again. This is a good chance to clear out your entire vault and inventory, because lord knows you’ll need it. I started replacing by High-End and set gear around level 33-34 with blue and purple gear that was just better, then you move to purple and high-end gear, then high-end and set gear at 40 again. There’s no reason to keep anything old.
2. Start Pulling Talents From 31-39 Gear
This was a mistake that I made. I didn’t use the new talent and stat extraction table until level 40, and just sold all my 31-39 gear, but in reality, I didn’t know you could start pulling talents from them to add them to your collection that will still be useful at level 40. This is not really true for stats, as level 40 gear simply has better stat rolls than almost all lower gear, but the talents’ stats do not change, and you can pull them from any piece of gear, no matter what level (there is a separate bench for 30 gear and below, so don’t bother with that).
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3. The Game Makes It Easy To Spot Upgrades
It’s easy to miss, but when you see drops in the wild, you will see a little arrow that shoots up from the beam of light sometimes. That means that the gear there has some stat or talent that you do not have in your collection and so you definitely want to grab it and either use it or extract it. Pretty cool.
4. Stack Six Perks For Starter Endgame Builds
Before you get into advanced theory crafting with sets and stuff, your best results probably come from stacking all damage, all armor or all skill tier pieces of high-end armor. Not only will those usually come with set bonuses aiding that style of play (based on the brands), but you will find yourself either being really tank or doing serious skill damage very quickly without much fussing. It’s a good place to start and then you can refine things later on. I started with a tier 6 skill build using turrets and drones, but lately have switched to a 1.5 million armor tank build with a shield that I am loving.
5. Sometimes Solo Is Better
I forgot that the game really scales hard when it comes to group play, adding way more enemies and making those enemies way tougher to killing during missions with 1-3 other people. You may want to consider trying to play missions solo because they’ll be easier to manage, even at the same level of difficulty. Because really they’re…not the same level of difficulty. If you’re worried about dying and wiping, make sure the Revive Hive is one of your skills.
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6. Control Points Are A Fun, Rewarding Solo Activity
If you’re like me, sometimes you don’t want to go through an entire lengthy mission or Stronghold solo, so I would recommend using the new world tier difficulty system to farm Control Points. Setting World Difficulty to Hard means all Control Points are level 2 automatically. Challenging puts them to level 3. And again, with solo play giving you a better advantage over enemies at that difficulty, you can farm these for solid loot (I got some great named gear from Rogue Agents that spawned at the end of a level 3 Control Point). This is where I’ve found my farming groove.
7. Don’t Forget About Targeted Loot
This is not a new addition in Warlords, but The Division now has a button you can press on the map that shows what type or gear or what brands or sets are targeted drops in specific areas of the map, making the loot pool much easier to farm than it used to be. I have used this to find pieces for my missing brand sets, and you really do see these drops often, it’s not a small increase.
8. They Fixed Specialization Points
One thing I was confused about when I first started playing again was that I had no idea how to level up my specializations as there did not seem to be any point rewards on the map anymore. That turned out to be a bug that got patched over the weekend. You now get points from certain missions and strongholds (the invaded ones, I believe), bounties, projects and leveling up your SHD watch.
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9. Your SHD Watch
Yeah, a PSA to get to the end of the Warlords campaign as soon as possible, because otherwise you are wasting XP that could otherwise be going into your SHD watch, which is The Division’s new kind of Paragon system for bonus stats (and those specialization points).
10. Don’t Sleep On The Other Old Content
I know Warlords is the new hotness, but if you have not been keeping up with The Division 2 the last few months, there is actually a lot to catch up between other missions at the Pentagon, the Zoo, Coney Island and more. I still haven’t even done it all yet, and I would highly recommend not ignoring the other content you missed, as much of it is DLC worthy, even if it was free when it arrived.