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Operation ISAC and gear score detailed in the patch notes for The Division

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I’m going through the motions right now with The Division. General Bliss has been buried in the smoking remains of his chopper, I’m sort of still struggling to find a balance between my stats and the hunt for the perfect gun is still ongoing. After several dozen hours, it does start to wear a bit thin. But I’m doing all this as preparation for new content, such as the upcoming Incursions.

The raid-like missions and player loot-trading system will be in effect soon when the latest patch drops, but I’m also after something a bit more challenging. And that’s where Operation ISAC comes in. According to Ubisoft, this will be a new challenge series of weekly in-game assignments centered around your Intelligent System Analytic Computer every Tuesday. Here’s a teaser for it:

Sounds vaguely familiar, and more fun than grinding for Phoenix Credits in the daily missions. The other big kicker comes in the form of a retuned Dark Zone experience when the new patch hits. Ubisoft has essentially slashed the level barrier in half for Dark Zone vendors, allowing players to get better gear sooner, provided that their existing gear meets a certain score. Again, this all sounds vaguely familiar but I just can’t put my light finger on it…

  • Superior (Purple) items: Rank 15 instead of 30
  • High-End (Gold) level 30 (Gear Score 163): Rank 25 instead of 50
  • High-End (Gold) level 31 (Gear Score 182): Rank 40 instead of 50

Crafting will also be tweaked, with the costs for creating high-end items increasing while deconstructing weapons and gear will yield only one material item. It’s like our finance minister had a hand in the patch, I swear. Here’s the highlight reel from the patch notes list, for you to peruse through at your leisure. Check the link above for far more on bug fixes and even more tweaks:

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Falcon Lost

  • Falcon Lost is a new incursion available in the Stuyvesant area
  • You must be level 30 and have completed the mission “General Assembly” to access this mission
  • The encounter is balanced for 4 players with high level gear

Gear Sets

  • Gear set equipment can be found by completing the most challenging activities in Manhattan
  • Collecting and wearing gear sets grant powerful stat bonuses and talents
  • Gear sets of varying gear scores can be found for many playstyles. Find the set that best suits yours
  • “Tactician’s Authority” – enhances electronics and support capabilities
  • “Striker’s Battlegear” – provide bonuses for assault capabilities
  • “Sentry’s Call” – enhances marksman capabilities
  • “Path of the Nomad” – provides bonuses for lone wanderers

Trading

  • Items dropped by enemies can be shared with other players
  • Trade items by dropping them as loot from your inventory, so players in your group can pick them up
  • You can only share items for during the first 2 hours after you have acquired them
  • Items can only be shared with players who are currently in your group and who were also in your group when the item was originally dropped

Assignments

  • Assignments are automatically obtained when you log in and can be tracked from the map via the menu called “Mission Overview”
  • Assignments are available for a limited time (24h for Daily Assignments and 7 days for Weekly Assignments), after which, they will be replaced by different assignments
  • Assignments come in different categories:
  • Combat
  • Dark Zone
  • Crafting
  • Most assignments can be completed while playing alone but some will require enlisting other agent’s assistance to complete

Dark Zone Supply Drops

  • Dark Zone Supply Drops are a global event where the Strategic Homeland Defense agency airdrops multiple supply caches to assist Division agents
  • Supply drops will occur multiple times over the course the day
  • The supply drops will contain non-contaminated gear of all types that will be ready to use without the need for extraction
  • These supply drops will be heavily sought after by other agents and enemy factions that roam the Dark Zone, so be ready for resistance

Gear Score

  • Every non-vanity gear piece that can be found when your agent is level 30 has a Gear Score value. The higher an item’s Gear Score, the stronger the item
  • The overall Gear Score of your agent can be seen in your main menu next to your player level. Gear Score indicates the advancement of an agent
  • Other agents’ Gear Scores are displayed next to their health bars
  • Improving your gear and increasing your overall Gear Score will grant your agent access to the most dangerous high-end challenges

New High-End Named Weapons

  • Added new High-End named weapons:
  • Warlord: Assault Rifle
  • Valkyria: Submachine gun
  • (Historian: Marksman Rifle) Please note that while the Historian will be implemented in the game with this update, it will not be acquirable in-game until update 1.2

Gameplay

  • Turret skill can no longer suppress enemy NPCs, as this allowed named NPCs to be defeated too easily
  • Recalibrating High-End items will now cost normal Credits instead of Phoenix Credits
  • Phoenix Credits drop have been increased on lvl 31 and 32 named enemies:
  • Level 30: 1-3 Phoenix Credits
  • Level 31: 2-4 Phoenix Credits
  • Level 32: 3-5 Phoenix Credits

The new patch drops on April 12, and hopefully includes a mute button so that I don’t have to hear JTF forces going on about small arms fire yet again.

Last Updated: April 6, 2016

92 Comments

  1. “It’s the cleaners!”

    No you idiot, it’s the Rioters.

    Reply

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      April 6, 2016 at 09:39

      HAHAHAH!!!! There are so many cases of mistaken identity in this game…

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        April 6, 2016 at 10:47

        Shoot them anyway

        Reply

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          April 6, 2016 at 11:50

          Made that mistake once… A very well thought out plan is required to do so, that and an escape route, neither of which I had at the time…

          Reply

  2. Tarisma

    April 6, 2016 at 09:15

    Well everyone craft everything you can into gold mats before the patch because shits about to get real hard

    Reply

  3. Tarisma

    April 6, 2016 at 09:17

    For anyone still confused by this change:

    PREVIOUSLY: 1 HE item = 8 HE mats = 40 Blue mats = 200 Green

    Mats NOW: 1 HE item = 10 HE mats = 150 Blue mats = 1500 Green mats.

    Taken from Reddit

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 6, 2016 at 09:34

      Well, drat

      Reply

    • Strawman Jim

      April 6, 2016 at 12:46

      DAAAAAAAAMMMMNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!

      Reply

  4. Hammersteyn

    April 6, 2016 at 09:20

    The only things this game is missing are Sparrows and Xur…

    Reply

    • Darren Peach

      April 6, 2016 at 09:27

      I still have my copy of Destiny. Can’t trade it in cause ….reasons.

      Reply

    • Darren Peach

      April 6, 2016 at 09:34

      I actually miss Xur. But I can’t download that huge friggen patch just to see him. 20 gigs….

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        April 6, 2016 at 10:42

        say what?!??!?!?

        Reply

        • Darren Peach

          April 6, 2016 at 10:47

          In code, It meant that I had a brief moment of nostalgia…… I bought a special edition that requires me to download 20 gigs just to play. Probably bigger now.

          Reply

    • Strawman Jim

      April 6, 2016 at 12:47

      Or the Iron Banner event…

      #grumble #grumble #DestinySux #Grumble #Grumble #MISSYOUXUR

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        April 6, 2016 at 12:58

        yeah, Iron banner wasn’t that bad if you played it with decent ping. Plus getting rewards wasn’t too hard.

        Reply

  5. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 6, 2016 at 09:23

    Finally got my first (and second!) purple guns last night! PWNAGE

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      April 6, 2016 at 09:26

      Nice!

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 6, 2016 at 09:28

        I’m becoming more and more purple

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 6, 2016 at 09:28

          …except for the loving part, that can get in the sea

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          April 6, 2016 at 09:28

          I’m purple and blue, like you’re average Boksburg wife

          Reply

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 10:30

            ROFL

        • VampyreSquirrel

          April 6, 2016 at 09:30

          Nice! I’m mostly “gold” (it looks more like mustard)

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 6, 2016 at 09:31

            Yeah I’m level 29 now, so almost at 30, and almost done with the campaign too

          • VampyreSquirrel

            April 6, 2016 at 09:34

            I’m lvl 30, done with the campaign and every mission and collectible on the map.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 6, 2016 at 09:34

            Nice, getting there soon!

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 6, 2016 at 09:36

            Are you on PC or…? Also what’s your DZ level?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            April 6, 2016 at 09:45

            On PC, DZ level is 30 or so… I haven’t been on for a few days, so can’t remember 😛

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 6, 2016 at 09:50

            Hehe, I haven’t been on either, but if you want, I could join, sitting at lvl 35 now, will see when I get a chance to go on again…

          • VampyreSquirrel

            April 6, 2016 at 10:15

            Sounds like a plan. I’ve been playing with @ottokie and some others on that side. They’re MUCH better geared than I am.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 6, 2016 at 10:25

            Hahaha!! You know, that’s exactly the problem I faced, the guys that I played with a while ago are some Germans, but they were about 10 DZ levels above me, which made me croak every time we went into the upper tiers of the DZ, while they were running around as if swatting flies… It’d be awesome if I could join you!

          • VampyreSquirrel

            April 6, 2016 at 10:27

            Add me on uPlay… same name as here 🙂

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 6, 2016 at 10:30

            Cool, mine’s the one without the [CNFRMD] bit in it…

          • VampyreSquirrel

            April 6, 2016 at 12:52

            Sent you a request

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 6, 2016 at 13:02

            Awesome! Thanks man!

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 10:46

            lol uplay….. sorry

          • Ir0nseraph

            April 6, 2016 at 10:52

            You have a uplay invite waiting 🙂

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 11:04

            BAH!
            …….goes to check

          • Ir0nseraph

            April 6, 2016 at 11:05

            Please do no jokes 🙂

          • VampyreSquirrel

            April 6, 2016 at 12:14

            lol urface… not sorry

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 12:44

            XD

      • Darren Peach

        April 6, 2016 at 10:27

        Top Tip. Kill the Elites at the Library in the DZ. I have had two gold drops from em.

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      • Darren Peach

        April 6, 2016 at 10:32

        Another Top tip. Drink your magic water when fighting elites. It helps. Also, Exploding bullets and Fire bullets work wonders. Especially if you combine them with the enhanced damage master skill.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          April 6, 2016 at 10:42

          I only learned how to use it recently, was already level 28 by then. I thought water and protein bars were just for civilians

          Reply

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 10:45

            Dang. I only just figured out the gestures. But the consumables are cool. The AI is pretty stupid, I use the turret, Very effective suppression tool on enemies. When you play solo, It works very well. But heavies usually just come kick it unless you deploy it onto a car or ledge.

    • Tarisma

      April 6, 2016 at 09:49

      you playing on PC

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 6, 2016 at 09:53

        Yes I am, all hail master race! (am I doing it right?)

        Reply

        • Tarisma

          April 6, 2016 at 10:38

          Cool mate add me tarisma11, we play most nights if you wanna join us. Makes the DZ a lot easier

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 6, 2016 at 10:56

            Invite sent

        • Hammersteyn

          April 6, 2016 at 10:46

          If you have to ask then you’re not really master race

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 6, 2016 at 10:57

            Indeed, it is no race for winners like me

    • Darren Peach

      April 6, 2016 at 10:25

      I have three gold guns and a couple of gold gear items. Nah nah.

      Reply

  6. Darren Peach

    April 6, 2016 at 09:25

    Not sure how this works, But I see when you buy certain clothing, It says the clothing gives you stats….But when I put em on, Nothing happens ? Any help ?

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      April 6, 2016 at 09:27

      Not sure, I ran through the game to get to level 30. Now comes the character building part

      Reply

      • Darren Peach

        April 6, 2016 at 09:28

        Enjoy. I can only play next week again. Fokkin prawns.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          April 6, 2016 at 09:29

          prawns?

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 6, 2016 at 09:30

            Daai goeters wat so nomnoms is saam knoffel en botter

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 09:30

            Maar waarom is dit ‘n probleem?

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 6, 2016 at 09:31

            WANT DIT RAAK KLAAR!

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 6, 2016 at 09:38

            Huhuuh, Dit proe net na nog

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 09:31

            LOL…Seriously….LOL.

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 09:30

            Just a random thing I say when I am frustrated but not pissed. Plus I enjoyed District 9 and it’s random.

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 09:31

            hahaha

    • VampyreSquirrel

      April 6, 2016 at 09:31

      Only the gear (Green, Blue, Purple and “Gold”) gives you stats… the Light Blue items are just for looks.

      Reply

      • Darren Peach

        April 6, 2016 at 09:31

        Thanks,

        Reply

  7. Darren Peach

    April 6, 2016 at 09:38

    One thing that this game has unexpectedly brought into the realm of gaming ( For me anyways ) is that uneasy moment when you call in a chopper in the DZ and you have awkward moments with a group of random players who are probably just as weary of you as you are of them. It’s funny as hell. A bizarre Mexican standoff that could happen…

    Reply

    • Tarisma

      April 6, 2016 at 09:49

      When you have HE items in you inventory and other players come to the extraction. That feeling…

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        April 6, 2016 at 09:50

        You mean the panic that befalls you?

        Reply

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 6, 2016 at 09:53

      Those moments are uber tense.

      What I don’t like is the trolls camping at the spawning points, they can GITMFS

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        April 6, 2016 at 10:00

        Wait until you reach lvl 30 in the DZ… Then the lvl 45-60s sit there, it’s like hitting a brick wall with your plums….

        Reply

        • Darren Peach

          April 6, 2016 at 10:03

          At first, I was uber upset at the whole concept. When these predators kept killing me, I thought they were like a bunch of pedophiles preying on the weak…. SERIOUSLY……Got over it. Luckily my two gold drops were not pillaged. Can’t wait to get back to it.

          Reply

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 6, 2016 at 10:04

            Yeah, no that irritates me to the point where I just quit the game…

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 10:05

            LOL. While I didn’t quit, I fumed over it for days.

  8. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 6, 2016 at 10:01

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      April 6, 2016 at 10:02

      Ooh, Ooh, My PC can finally run Crysis…

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        April 6, 2016 at 10:45

        hahahaha

        Reply

  9. Darren Peach

    April 6, 2016 at 10:09

    Oh yeah, Whats up with the virtually impossible daily missions ? Especially those level 32 shot gunners !

    Reply

    • VampyreSquirrel

      April 6, 2016 at 10:19

      HAHAHA, The Challenging ones? That’s when you need a super OP’d SMG and you just empty a clip into their heads… and you need 3 other people with OP’d SMG’s too… I talk from experience.

      Edit: Mostly gold gear is super useful when doing challenging dailies. Purple gear will just get you killed over, and over, and over, and over, and over again.

      Reply

      • Darren Peach

        April 6, 2016 at 10:20

        Yeah, Been on a few of em. The hardest one is the bridge mission.

        Reply

        • VampyreSquirrel

          April 6, 2016 at 10:27

          Those snipers… damn!

          Reply

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 10:29

            Yeah, you know you are outmatched when you empty all your ammo into a Elite and he survives.

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        April 6, 2016 at 10:30

        Nope, no, huh uh, just I tried doing a challenge mode a while back by my lonesome, with two golden weapons tricked out to the point where the one does 127000 DPS, the other does 116000, you run in, shoot maybe one of the flamer dudes and then you die, nothing more, nothing less…

        Reply

        • Darren Peach

          April 6, 2016 at 10:36

          Are you mad ? By yourself. On the bright side, There is normally one daily mission that you can complete on your lonesome.

          Reply

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 6, 2016 at 11:55

            The “hard” missions at this stage are fairly easy to do el sombre lona, but the moment you bump it up, it’s like you opened the gates to hell holding, a marshmallow on a stick, with a motorbike visor covering your face to prevent permanent blindness, in your underwear…

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 12:06

            I pictured that, Marshmallow on a Stick. 🙂 It’s like that dream where you punch someone but it does not hurt em, Like you are trying to swim through Jam !

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 6, 2016 at 12:31

            Exactly!!

      • Darren Peach

        April 6, 2016 at 10:35

        Yeah, I have some killer weapons now, All gold. Just have to accumulate enough DPS/Health/Electonics to unlock their special abilities.

        Reply

    • Trevor James

      April 6, 2016 at 10:20

      I know they are ridiculous. We just run away the whole time and try to pick them off one by one. Usually works if 2 of you are still alive by that point. Hardest daily was that challenge mission in Stuyvesant. Took 2 hours.!

      Reply

      • Darren Peach

        April 6, 2016 at 10:22

        Yeah, I have been in a few situations where all my teammates leave and I am left to try with nooo hope of completing the mission.

        Reply

  10. Darren Peach

    April 6, 2016 at 10:19

  11. Darren Peach

    April 6, 2016 at 10:52

    Anyone else pick up tell tale audio for phones that sound like the ones form Watchdogs. Also, The Fog is killer.

    Reply

  12. Strawman Jim

    April 6, 2016 at 12:51

    So… when is this game getting a Xur?

    Reply

  13. Axon1988

    April 7, 2016 at 11:00

    “Oh no they got Alex!” I have killed so many people named Alex in this game…

    Reply

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