'Division 2' Skills Guide - 7 Best Skills All Builds Should Unlock For PvE & Dark Zone

The Division 2 has a wide assortment of Skills for players to unlock, and it may be intimidating for new Agents to figure out which one is best for them. In this guide, we'll outline seven of the best Skills and Skill variants worth spending points on.

The Basics of Skills in The Division 2

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The Reviver Hive stops you and other players from dying. Ubisoft/Podcast Now @ YouTube

If you want your character in The Division 2 to have all the best Skills unlocked, the simplest way to do that is to play through the game and its narrative campaign. Base Skills are unlocked by spending Skill Points, which accrue naturally through story missions. Variants, on the other hand, require SHD Tech. You can get that by leveling up, finding SHD Caches around D.C. or by finishing designated SHD Tech Missions. Each variant generally costs five SHD Tech.

The Best Skills in The Division 2

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The Defender Drone lets you take more hits. Ubisoft/LethalvD @ YouTube

In terms of figuring out how to spend those Skill Points and SHD Tech, we've compiled a list of the seven best skills to suit all playstyles. This list isn't in any particular order, because your choice of Skill may depend on how your individual character is built.

  • Reviver Hive: You're going to die a lot during your time with The Division 2, but the Reviver Hive can make those situations far less harrowing for group and solo players alike. If you or a team member is about to die, just toss this thing down to bring them back to life. There's a huge cooldown timer on it, but the advantages the Reviver Hive offer are irreplaceable.
  • Cluster Seeker Mines: Grenades and projectiles are super effective in the Division 2, but the Cluster Seeker Mine kicks the basic concept up a notch. These little guys track a specific target and explode where they're directed. This is great if you're after an Elite enemy or want to vanquish a cluster of foes quickly.
  • Assault Turret: When it comes to Turrets there are quite a few good options. The Assault version, however, is the only one that does its thing without needing a specific target. All Turrets offer sustained fire, but the Assault does it the fastest. Turrets are best used if you've got enemies storming down a hallway. They're also a really great distraction against bosses too. Other variants like the Sniper or Incinerator Turret are also good, but Assault is probably the best.
  • Chem Launcher Reinforcer: This is another support Skill that's really helpful when paired with something like the Reviver Hive. The Reinforcer heals over time, has a quick cooldown and has three charges. Each pulse offers about half a Shield refill too, which can oftentimes be the difference between life and death.
  • Chem Launcher Oxidizer: If you're feeling confident in your team's support power, the Oxidizer is a nice alternative. It shoots a poison cloud that damages enemy armor, Skills and does damage over time. When you need crowd control, this is probably the best Skill of the bunch.
  • Fixer Drone: This is another Support skill worth the SHD investment. It follows you and your allies around the play area and has a single-target heal effect. It may not be as potent as the Hive, but it comes through in a pinch when needed.
  • Defender Drone: If you'd rather not take damage instead of healing all the time, the Defender Drone is a nice choice. It deflects enemy bullets, which allows you to take more hits. If you want to run into the line of fire a little more frequently, healing alone won't let you do that.

One general tip for all Skill use that can't be said enough is that players shouldn't be afraid to cancel their Skills early once their assistance is no longer needed. If you manually cancel Skills instead of letting them deplete, their cooldown timers are drastically reduced. So, if you become really attached to any of the abilities on this list, you can use them more often if you trigger and disable them smartly.

The Division 2 is available now on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. For more help with The Division 2, check out our guides related to weapons, enemy types, power leveling and more.

Those are our favorite Skills in The Division 2, but what are yours? Tell us in the comments section!

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