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A Guide to the Best Build for Beginners in "Tom Clancy’s The Division 2"

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I'm swiftly approaching the 100-hours-played mark in Tom Clancy's The Division 2, and only now am I beginning to acquire a sense of the best builds within the game. I've tried all of the different types of builds from aggressive to support roles, and a purely aggressive build is where I am going to stay for quite some time. Fortunately for me, the purely aggressive role is the best way for beginners to play due to its potential for providing support to the entire team through aggressive tactics.

This guide will set out to tell you in a quick and concise way exactly what it is you'll need to create the best beginner's build in Tom Clancy's The Division 2.

The best specialization for beginners is the Firewall.

The best specialization for beginners is the Firewall.

The Best Specialization: Firewall

Without a doubt in anyone's mind, the best specialization for beginners in Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is the Firewall specialization.

The reason that you want to be playing Firewall as a beginner is because the class itself offers the best balance between offense and defense. Whether you want to rush up on the enemy and hammer out some major DPS or you need some extra time to fall back without taking a loss, this build offers the versatility you need without requiring you to be an expert with a fully optimized build. That's the key selling point for this beginner's build—you won't have access to fully optimized armor and weapons until far into the late-game, but this build doesn't need it.

When spending your points on this specialization, make sure that you max out the shotgun and SMG damage skills. Though the rest of the skills are pretty straightforward and can be obtained at any time, it would be against your best interests not to max out your shotgun and SMG damage.

Next up is knowing which armor set to focus on: Hunter's Fury.

The best gear for beginners is the Hunter's Fury set.

The best gear for beginners is the Hunter's Fury set.

The Best Armor Set: Hunter's Fury

The best armor set for beginners to focus on obtaining is the Hunter's Fury set. Once you obtain and equip four or more pieces of this armor set, you'll be set and ready with almost everything you need for the best beginner's build. Tom Clancy's The Division 2 can throw some pretty punishing obstacles in your way, but with this armor set you'll be well on your way to withstanding the onslaught of trauma heading your way.

Here are the bonuses you'll get from obtaining and equipping the set:

  • 2+ pieces: +15% to SMG and Shotgun Damage
  • 3+ pieces: 20% armor and 100% health refilled upon getting a kill
  • 4+ pieces: Apex Predator: Enemies within 15m receive a debuff, increasing your weapon damage against them by +20%. Killing a debuffed enemy with your weapon disorients other enemies within 5m, and amplifies weapon damage by 5% for 10s, stacking up to 5 times.

In addition to these bonuses, you'll get these special perks:

  • Backpack: Overwhelming Force: Increases the radius of disorient on Apex Predator kills from 5m to 10m.
  • Endless Hunger: Increases the duration of Apex Predator stacks from 10s to 30s.

Important: Make sure that your core attributes on your armor get your skill tier to 6. Use the recalibration table, and recalibrate your core attributes on your armor until you reach skill tier 6.

Once you obtain this full armor set, you're going to need to know the best skills to equip to really make this the best build: The Striker Shield and Turret.

The Best Skills: Striker Shield and Turret

For the best build for beginners, I will always tell you to bust out the Striker Shield and the Turret. Though many players favor the Bulwark and Mortar, you just can't get the DPS you need to be effective as a teammate out of that setup. Make sure you use the Striker Shield and Turret if you want the best build for beginners.

As an alternative: Using the Repair Drone in place of the Turret is an excellent choice for an alternative to this specific build. This is because the ability to repair armor will always be a valuable skill to have in the heat of battle, and you can't always rely on getting kills or hiding to repair your armor.

As a final addition to this guide, you're going to need to know which exotics to equip in order to get the most out of the best beginner's build: Scorpio and Acosta's Go-Bag.

The Best Exotics: Scorpio and Acosta's Go-Bag

In order to complete the best beginner's build in Tom Clancy's The Division 2, you're going to need to obtain Scorpio and Acosta's Go-Bag. The relevant talents on these two items are as follows:

Scorpio's Septic Shock

  • Shooting a target applies stacks of venom, which last for 10s. Increasing stacks adds more severe debuffs to target.
  • 1 stack: Poison
  • 3 stacks: Disorient
  • 6 stacks: Shock
  • 7 stacks: Target takes 20% more damage from all sources. Stacks can no longer increase
  • The duration of status effects is based on percentage of pellets hit on applying shot.

Acosta's Go-Bag's One in Hand... Two in the Bag

  • Throwing a grenade refunds it and grants +1 skill tier for 15s. Grants overcharge if already at skill tier 6. 60s cooldown.
  • +1 armor kit capacity
  • +3 grenade capacity
  • +25% ammo capacity
  • +10% repair skills
  • +10% status effects

In order to obtain these two exotics, you're going to need to know where to look. The locations of these exotics are as follows:

  • Scorpio: Anywhere where the targeted loot drop is set for shotguns, and as a seasonal reward.
  • Acosta's Go-Bag: Scavenge Faction Caches, it is a very rare drop.

Important: Always remember to ask your group if they have any exotics to give you. The Division 2 community is very supportive, and more often than not you'll run into high-level community members willing to give you any exotic you are looking for. You can always loot your own copy of the exotic later!

The reason that the best beginner's build requires these two exotics is because they provide you with the ability to support your team offensively and defensively with aggressive tactics. The Scorpio is great for disabling entire platoons with ease, and the Go-Bag offers you that extra oomph in the form of longevity and self-sustainability. Though the Go-Bag is completely optional, the Scorpio is a must-have that cannot be argued.

If you've followed this guide down to its very smallest details, then congratulations, you've completed the best build for beginners!

Strike a pose with the best beginner's build in "Tom Clancy's The Division 2".

Strike a pose with the best beginner's build in "Tom Clancy's The Division 2".

Good Luck Out There!

Without a doubt, this guide to the best build for beginners in Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is going to set you well on your way to conquering the game with ease. I'd even venture as far as saying that this build is one of the best builds in the game overall once you've fully optimized your gear to promote both skill tier and damage output. As I play more and more, surpassing that 100-hours-played mark, I'm taking on legendary difficulty missions with relative ease.

I have one last piece of advice for you, though, this is something you need to keep in mind as you play any of the builds available to you in the game:

Learn to hang back, and take your time so that your entire team doesn't die trying to revive you!

It is all too common in Tom Clancy's The Division 2 co-op where you or one of your teammates gets impatient—overly-confident—and they start rushing up only to die in the middle of six elite class enemies. This mistake of rushing can end an entire playthrough due to getting your team wiped as they try to save you, and on heroic or legendary difficulty that can mean starting over from the very beginning of the mission.

Take it slow out there, agents, and let's take back D.C. one step at a time!

© 2021 Kyler J Falk

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