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The Division Guide to Best Builds for Solo and Groups

Know your role.

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Below you'll find a handful of class builds we've crafted with each traditional MMO role in mind. Each narrow down all the essential Skills, Signature Skills, Talents, and Perks you need to best utilize the strengths of each respective role. But be wary--in order to use these builds, it's required to unlock all of your character's Skill slots.

Are there any class builds you think are the best? Do you see any Skills or Talents that you'd swap out of our builds? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tank Class

There are two different routes you can follow when you're a tank: mobile or stationary. A mobile tank is reliant on using their Ballistic Shield and sidearm to be a moving fortress wall, while a Stationary tank reinforces cover to create a defensive wall that can also buff your squad's abilities.

Mobile Tank

With a Ballistic Shield and a sidearm, you can be a mobile fortress wall.
With a Ballistic Shield and a sidearm, you can be a mobile fortress wall.

Skills

  • Ballistic Shield with Assault Shield Mod: Increases all sidearm damage, knock back, accuracy, and reload speed.
  • First Aid with Overdose Mod: Increases heal efficiency and sometimes extends health beyond its maximum hit points.

Signature Skill

  • Survivor Link: Increases damage resistance and speed for user and nearby allies.

Stationary Tank

Skills

  • Smart Cover with Recharger Mod: Smart Cover provides passive health recovery and reduces all Skill cooldowns.
  • Support Station with Life Support Mod: Drops a revival station that automatically heals and revives you and downed players within an affected area.

Signature Skill

  • Survivor Link: Increases damage resistance and speed for user and nearby allies.
Be your team's savior. Equip Skills and Talents that enhance the effects of your healing abilities.
Be your team's savior. Equip Skills and Talents that enhance the effects of your healing abilities.

Healer Class

If you're going to be your group's healer, it's necessary to equip Skills and Talents that allow you to quickly address their needs. An intense firefight can easily throw your allies into disarray if there's nobody around to heal them, so it's essential to stock up on abilities that improve your efficiency in healing, reviving, and increasing the hit points of your teammates.

Skills

  • First Aid with Defibrillator Mod: Revives downed allies and grants them a portion of their health.
  • Support Station with Life Support Mod: Drops a revival station automatically heals and revives you and downed players within an affected area.

Talents

  • Combat Medic: Using a medkit near your allies heals them and proxies within 20m by 40%.

Signature Skill

  • Recovery Link: Heals and cures all nearby allies. It can also revive allies within an affected area and extend health beyond maximum hit points.

Engineer Class

Engineers need to support their squad with useful buffs from their gadgets.
Engineers need to support their squad with useful buffs from their gadgets.

An Engineer Class needs to focus their attention on acquiring gadget-focused Skills and Talents that extend Skill duration. Their primary role is to provide allies with supporting offensive and defensive capabilities, such as increasing their damage resistance and and providing them with extra ammo.

Skills

  • Turret with Dragonbreath Mod: Turret shoots a column of fire that can throw enemies into a panic.

  • Support Station with Ammo Cache Mod: Station supplies ammo to your allies and reduces Skill cooldowns.

    • Alternate--Mobile Cover Skill with Countermeasures Mod: Fixed cover increases in size to accommodate up to two players.

Talents

  • Tech Support: Killing an enemy while a Skill is deployed extends the duration of any active Skills by 10%.

Signature Skill

  • Survivor Link: Increases damage resistance and speed for user and nearby allies.

DPS Class

The Airburst Mod is a good way to extend the explosive damage of the Seeker Mine.
The Airburst Mod is a good way to extend the explosive damage of the Seeker Mine.

If you're looking to deal out the most damage possible, you need to equip Skills that enhance the existing damage of powerful explosive weapons. This is where the Seeker Mine and Sticky Bomb Mods (below) help, as they ensure that damage is consistently dealt to the enemy. When you combine these with Talents that extend damage even beyond that, you easily become your team's offensive powerhouse.

Skills

  • Seeker Mine with Airburst Mod: Upon impact, the Seeker Mine launches into the air and releases a cluster of small incendiary explosives.

  • Sticky Bomb with BFB Mod: Increases Sticky Bomb's damage and blast radius and causes targets to bleed.

    • Alternate--Smart Cover with Trapper Mod: Debuffs enemy cover and gives you and other players a damage buff.

Talents

  • Chain Reaction: Damage multiple enemies with an explosion to apply 40% additional damage from the blast.

  • Wildfire: Applying burn to any target triggers a 30% chance of applying the effect to all targets within 10 meters.

Signature Skill

  • Tactical Link: Increases you and your allies' damage and critical hit chance.

Solo Class

If you're going solo, make sure your Skills, Perks, and Talents cover your needs in combat. (I.e. Pulse, Support Station, etc.)
If you're going solo, make sure your Skills, Perks, and Talents cover your needs in combat. (I.e. Pulse, Support Station, etc.)

Playing solo requires you to pick a well-rounded set of Skills and Perks that address your various needs in battle. Enhancing your pulse and healing capabilities is a must. It also doesn't hurt to increase your damage and XP gain. It helps to be prepared seeing as nobody is going to be around to save you.

Skills

  • Pulse with Recon Pack Mod: Increases Pulse range and locates nearby loot containers and enemy units on the map.

    • Alternate--Pulse with Tactical Scanner Mod: While on missions, switch to this Mod. It increases damage against scanned enemies.

  • Support Station with Life Support Mod: Support Station automatically heals and revives you when you're downed.

Perks

  • Situation Room: Increases XP gained from all activities by 10%.

Signature Skill

  • Tactical Link: Increases you and your allies' damage and critical hit chance.

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