Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is mainly a cover shooter - this means that charging at everyone will do you no good. Instead, you have to learn how to use covers and deal with enemies.
- Using covers
- Shooting specific body parts
- The right tactic for specific enemies
- Choosing the right weapon
- Using abilities
ALWAYS hide behind various covers. If you don't play with a character focused on Ballistic Shield ability, you should always hide behind various covers. Enemies need only a few seconds (or a second on higher difficulty levels) to knock you down. Use covers and move from to another. React to enemies' movements - don't let them flank you. Remember, you can shoot "blindly" from behind a cover, without leaning out from a cover - this is especially useful when you are fighting with an enemy equipped with a heavy machine gun. You can also use this mechanic to shoot at an enemy standing close to your position - lack of accuracy won't be a problem here.
Note - you can move between covers fast. Look at a cover you want to use next and then hold the cover button - your character will sprint to that place and hide.
Shooting specific body parts
It doesn't really matter where you are shooting during the first few hours - except, of course, headshots. However, this will change drastically in the later parts of the game. Many of the enemies will be equipped with armor protecting them from damage. The only way to hurt them is to destroy their armor - when this happens, that body part will become exposed to your bullets. Therefore, you should target a specific body part instead of shooting at an enemy blindly - doing the latter won't help you break an enemy's armor. This method will also cost you a lot of bullets.
The right tactic for specific enemies
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 features many types of enemies They differ in behavior which means that you will have to approach them differently. For example:
- Sniper will try to keep a safe distance. This enemy needs a few seconds to attack. You can lean out of a cover, shoot a few times and hide again when you notice the enemy's scope flashing. Remember to avoid their "grenades" - simply hide behind a cover.
- Rusher will try to attack you at a close range, preferably with a melee weapon. These enemies don't use covers - focus your attention on them and eliminate as fast as you can. Use a Turret to make this fight easier.
- Engineers aren't great when it comes to regular firefights. Instead, they will try to keep a safe distance and damage you with special abilities like Turrets or Sniper Turrets. Defeat an Engineer to make his Turret useless.
- Enemies equipped with grenades. These enemies use grenades to lure the player out of the cover. You can interrupt the throw animation by dealing damage to that enemy - they will drop the grenade and deal damage to yourself. You can also shoot grenades that are already in the air. Keep moving between covers and watch out for grenades.
- Heavily armored enemies with LMG. These slow enemies move around a battlefield and shoot players with their LMGs. Keep moving between covers and focus on breaking armor protecting a specific body part. After that, you will be able to eliminate them.
- Heavily armored enemies with two-handed hammers. These enemies are similar to the ones described above. The only difference is that they fight using melee weapons. Usually, their movement is slow. However, when they get closer to the player, they will charge and attack with a hammer - this attack can knock the player down instantly. The easiest way to defeat them is to be on the move and dodge when they are about to swing their weapon.
Choosing the right weapon
In The Division 2, battlefields change regularly - one moment, you can fight in open space using a sniper rifle, but a few moments later you will reach narrow corridors where a shotgun or a submachine gun is a better choice. Choose weapons that will allow you to fight at every distance. If you can, try to carry an extra weapon in case of fighting in a different type of location.
What distinguishes players from (the majority) of enemies is that they can use special abilities. The key to winning fights is to choose the right abilities that will complement your playstyle and equipment. Try to unlock every ability and test them out in battles. Thanks to that, you will find which ones are perfect for you.
Note - we recommend using a Turret and Drone abilities. The first ability, even without upgrades, is great for crowd control and distraction. The latter, with Fixer upgrade, will allow you to replenish your or ally's armor. This set will also work when you are playing solo.