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The Division 2 Dark Hours Raid Release Time, Loot Rewards, 8 Players Guide

The latest update to The Division 2 unlocks World Tier 5 for all players, introducing the game’s first raid alongside a flood of new content. The Division 2 Dark Hours raid release time is imminent, and is reportedly set across multiple areas in the city, including the airport. According to recent leaks, the Operation Dark Hours raid will also give players a chance to gain new loot rewards and special items, each attributed with new game-altering effects. Read on to find out everything we know on The Division 2 Dark Hours raid.

The Division 2 Dark Hours Raid Release Time

The Division 2 Dark Hours Raid Release Time

When the previous 1.05 update dropped, the game’s first big raid was not immediately available to enter, and will only be playable for a limited time. Ubisoft has announced that The Division 2 Dark Hours raid release time will be “shortly after Title Update 3,” which is set to drop on May 14. It’s not yet known if there will be a Dark Hours raid end date and time.

As Ubisoft revealed in its Title Update 3.0 post, the Operation Dark Hours raid will no longer launch in April at all. Instead, The Division 2 raid release date has now been delayed to May 2019, with no specific end date spelled out. Previously, Ubisoft had stated: “We want to make sure that we’ve properly tested the large amount of balance changes that are coming to both PvE and PvP and listen to your feedback about the changes before introducing the raid.”.

As part of the free content update, the event will be open to all players, and is not restricted to any of the paid DLC. Players will have a limited time period to complete the Operation Dark Hours missions, or risk missing out on the free content and loot rewards before the end of the event. As such, make sure you’re kitted out and ready for the April 25 release date, to make the most of the special items dropped by enemies during the raid.

The Division 2 Dark Hours Raid | Can I play it on the PTS?

In order to prepare for the raid, Ubisoft has launched a Public Test Server (PTS) for the game on PC. In The Division 2 PTS, players can test updates and balance changes to the game before they go live on the main server. Unfortunately for anyone wanting to try Operation Dark Hours early, Ubisoft has confirmed that the 8-person raid will not be playable on the PTS.

The Division 2 Dark Hours Raid | Loot rewards

The Division 2 Dark Hours Raid Release Time

According to recent leaks, the Operation Dark Hours raid will feature special enemies throughout the mission that have a chance to drop a key. These keys can be used to unlock hidden spots in the map, which each contain a random special item with new effects. However, you only have a short time to find and loot this spot, so make this a priority if one of your squadmates finds a key.

The special items act differently to the gear in The Division 2, in that they grant a short-term status effect to the player upon use. The leaks suggest that this could vary anywhere between restocking ammo, marking Exotic items on the map, or temporary support from certain factions, but none of these details have yet been confirmed by Ubisoft.

The Division 2 Dark Hours Raid | 8-player raid guide

The Division 2 Dark Hours Raid Release Time

The same leaks report that The Division 2 Dark Hours raid will take place in three stages. To begin with, players will supposedly start the raid on one side of the Arlington Bridge, and will have to fight to the other side without access to any of their skills. As your 8-player squad nears the other side of the bridge, one random player will become the Hunted; this player will be able to see the exit route, but will become the target of every enemy, so the rest of the squad will need to defend them. The new True Patriot gear set could prove handy in this scenario, hampering enemies while buffing your own squadmates.

Once you make it past the bridge, the leaks report that your 8-player squad will be divided into two teams as you approach the Bazaar area. These two teams will have different objectives; one team will need to reach the watchtower in the North of this area, while the other team recovers a hidden GPS in the Bazaar. Once found, the GPS team will need to fire a flare to signal the Watchtower team, who will then fire missiles based on the GPS coordinates. From there, elite squads will spawn in to fight both teams, and all players will need to rendezvous at a certain point before moving on to the next area.

Heading towards the airport, the raid reportedly continues with both teams moving through a parking structure, while under fire from an attack helicopter and artillery. Once your squad reaches the runway, the final stage of the raid will begin, fighting against both the “main” boss as well as a “mini-boss” to consider. The leak suggests that the main boss will not be able to directly damage players, but that the mini-boss has access to an ability to completely wipe the 8-player squad. Throughout each stage, enemies will reportedly drop consumables that buff your damage, but you might want to keep a few handy for this final stage.

The Division 2 Dark Hours Raid | Trophies and Achievements

According to the leaks, there are four supposed trophies/achievements being added for the Dark Hours raid. They sound pretty tough, especially the one about making it through the Raid in less than an hour. Here’s the full list:

  • Relentless – Make it through the bridge in one hour or less
  • Extreme Measures – Have your most kills with Signature weapons
  • Reminder of Me – Kill any of the Hunters who killed you before
  • Gone Baby Gone – In less than 2 minutes, flee from Interceptors