Your character in The Division 2 is highly customisable, and not just because of the plethora of equipment, cosmetics, and abilities you can unlock. Once you hit the level cap, you gain access to powerful “Specializations” which take your prowess in combat to the next level.
The following video from Arekkz Gaming runs you through all of the specifics of Specializations, but we’ll take you through it as well below:
Unlocking the Specializations
Once you’ve finally hit level 30, you might think you’re ready for your end-game Specialization – but there’s still a little bit more left to do.
To get your Specialization, you first have to complete all of the Strongholds on The Division 2’s map.
District Union Arena
The Capitol Building
After you’ve cleared all three of the strongholds a cutscene will trigger, and you’ll be placed in World Tier 1.
Now go back to your Base of Operations and you’ll see a new desk you can interact with next to the Quartermaster.
Which Specialization should you pick?
Before we go through the pros of every Specialization, it’s worth noting that you aren’t locked into a Specialization once you pick it. If you change your mind you can swap out to a different one, as well as transferring your unlock progress too.
This means that there’s not really much to lose from trying one out over another, then swapping if you’re not sure.
Each Specialization is based around a signature weapon:
Demolitionist – Grenade Launcher
Survivalist – Explosive Crossbow
Sharpshooter – .50 Cal Sniper Rifle
Based on these, you could call the Demolitionist the “run-and-gun”-style class which uses a combination of devastating explosions, mobility, and fast-firing weapons to take out enemies.
The Sharpshooter is best for a more considered, long-range approach. Whereas the Survivalist is a little bit different, giving you new ways to heal allies in your group as well as some strong buffs to popular weapon types.
Each Specialization also has their own skill tree of buffs, which synergize with the signature weapon.
Demolitionist New Skills and Modifiers
Incombustible – 20% more burn resistance
Explosive Ordinance – +25% explosive damage
Vital Protection – Reduce incoming Critical chance by 20%
Demolitionist Tactical Link – Group members get 5% damage buff against targets out of cover
Frag Grenade – New grenade that cause bleed damage
Tactician Drone – New Drone Variant (marks enemy locations for group)
Carbon Fiber Frame
X-Stat Armor Kit Supplementary – Armor heals 50% less, but removes status effects.
.50Cal ammo Acquisition – Headshots yield Signature Ammo (except with Tac 50C Rifle)
Group Signature Ammo Supply – Kills with Signature Weapons have a chance to yield Signature Ammo for whole group
Round after Round – Receive 5 rounds every 10 seconds after 20 seconds in cover
Sharpshooter Uniform – Unique outfit
In terms of picking a Specialization, the Survivalist’s armor kit will be very powerful for team-focused players, however more solo-oriented agents might lean towards the Demolitionist because of their buffed SMG, LMG, and Turret damage.
If you enjoy picking off enemies from cover, then the Sharpshooter is definitely for you – but if you prefer automatic weapons, then choose the Survivalist or Demolitionist because of their weapon damage buffs.