The Division 2 doesn’t have classes in the traditional sense, but the sequel to Ubisoft’s loot shooter is adding late-game specializations to help you define your character. The publisher chose not to have players select their niche at the start of the game for the series’ debut. The same remains true this time around.
Upon reaching level 30 in The Division 2, you can choose one of three specializations: Survivalist, Demolitionist, or Sharpshooter. Each comes with a signature class of weapon and some new skills. Although, this being a loot shooter and all, you’ll still find variations of all the equipment — as well as mods — as you progress through the game. Nothing is completely set in stone.
If you’ve purchased the Year 1 Pass, you also get three new specializations as they release including The Gunner and two yet to be announced classes. It’s worth noting that those without the season pass can still unlock the specializations through gameplay!
But for now, let’s take a look at what each of those classes has to offer (based on what we know about the game so far)! And be sure to check back later for our full specialization guides once the game is out.
- The Division 2 Weapon Guide – Exotics, Mods, Talents
- The Division 2 Dark Zone Guide: Rogue Ratings, Perks, & More
- The Division 2 Skills Guide: All Skills and Their Upgrades
Gunner: High Damage Output and Heavy Armor
Gunners can output high amounts of damage with their minigun. This usually leaves them exposed, however, as when drawn they can’t cover, vault, or roll. This is why they have a high amount of damage resilience. When activated, The Gunner gets bonus armor based on how much Specialization ammo they are carrying.
The Gunner also has the Banshee Signature SKill which ignores cover and confuses targets. The idea is that you use it to make enemies stumble out from behind their protection and blow them away with the flurry of bullets.
Also comes with the P320 XCompact sidearm.
Signature Weapon Unlock: Minigun
Grenade Unlock: Riot Foam
Release Date: June 2019
Survivalist: Stealthy and Hard to Kill
Survivalists are, as their name heavily implies, great at staying alive through traps and status effects. They unlock a special crossbow to help them silently eliminate enemies, too. If you find your back against the wall, this is also the only class that gets the old fashioned frag grenade. Players just getting into the game might appreciate that degree of simplicity and similarity to other third-person shooters.
Signature Weapon Unlock: Explosive Tipped Crossbow
Grenade Unlock: Incendiary
Demolitionist: Crowd Control at a Distance
If you like explosions and fire, the Demolitionist is the specialization for you. This class gets a grenade launcher and has incendiary grenades, to boot. That should make them perfect for controlling large numbers of enemies. Since the first Division focused heavily on defending yourself against waves of incoming baddies, that’s probably a useful trait to have.
Weapon Unlock: M32A1 Grenade Launcher
Grenade Unlock: Fragmentation
Sharpshooter: For Those That Like to Snipe
Sharpshooters are for the sniper fans out there. That’s right; we know who you are and we don’t judge (much). While The Division 2 has marksman rifles, they’re not quite the same as the TAC-50C AM Rifle that this class gets later in the game.
You will also unlock flashbang grenades to complement the concussion grenades everyone gets at the start of the game. Both explosives should let you disorient nearby enemies and relocate to a better sniping position. Once you do, try picking off enemies at range or focusing your precision shots on bosses.
Weapon Unlock: TAC-50C AM Rifle
Grenade Unlock: Flashbang
There are currently only three different Specializations in The Division 2, but Ubisoft has plans for more. The year one content plan announced an additional three Specializations that will be releasing throughout 2019. All of these additional classes will be available free of charge.
For those that purchase the Year 1 Pass, you’ll get the Specializations as soon as they’re released. Those who don’t will need to unlock them through gameplay. We don’t yet know what that entails, but it’s safe to say it will be a bit of a grind.
The only thing we know about the first DLC specialization is that it packs a minigun, as teased in the Invastion: Battle for D.C. trailer.
Weapon Unlock: Minigun
Grenade Unlock: Unknown