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The Division – Enemy and factions guide

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In The Division, you’d kill a man for a cardigan. The desire for loot is strong here, and turning on your fellow player isn’t unheard of in the Dark Zones. Thing is, it’s not just your friends that you have to worry about in this game. New York is home to plenty of criminals, psychopaths and extreme heat fanatics who are more than happy to fill you with enough lead to stop Superman from spying on you when you’re in the shower.

Here’s a rundown on the people who you’re going to have to shoot in the face several times in The Division:

The Cleaners


A roaming faction, the Cleaners can appear in many districts; all agents should proceed with extra caution, especially in Cleaner-occupied territories. The faction consists of workers that were stranded from their homes once the virus hit.

Trapped in the quarantine zones, they decided to take matters into their own misguided hands. Armed with flamethrowers, they travel from one area to another hoping to cleanse the city of the virus. They will burn anything they deem to be contaminated. Their terror spreads quickly like the fire they wield.

Leader: Joe Ferro

  • Identifiers: Hazmat suit, reflector vest, flamethrower, full mask
  • Location: Garment District
  • Goal: Cleanse the city with fire
  • Role: High level threat

Enemy force composition:

  • Sweeper
  • Fumigator
  • Shield
  • Mechanic
  • Incinerator



While Rioters do not have a set in stone hierarchy, each gang follows a certain leader. Such examples being Clutch or Five-O (possibly may just be a boss or a squad-like leader, basically tougher versions of peon Rioters) as well as a few more leaders.

They usually carry bigger and heavier weapons than their lower ranking members and tend to have armor, with the weapon of choice for most of them seems to be light machine guns.

  • Identifiers: No unique identifiers; members wear mixed tactical gear and clothing
  • Location: Hudson Yards, Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea
  • Goal: Survival by any means
  • Role: Low level enemy

Enemy force composition:

  • Rioter
  • Daredevil
  • Lurker
  • Lookout
  • Bruiser
  • Heavy Weapons

Riker’s Gang


A destructive criminal faction that has surfaced as a result of an organized prison break from Riker’s Island. The Rikers faction fill the power vacuum left by retreating Joint Task Force (JTF) and now rule like kings in a lawless land. Their first objective: enact revenge on authorities—kill everyone with a uniform, especially the JTF.

With many members from local New York gangs, their ranks quickly grew as they drew in more local followers. Their rapid growth has led to occasional in-fighting and rivalry. This, however, is kept at bay by LaRae Bennett. Known as much for her ruthlessness as her ability to plan, organize, and lead. Bennett’s powerful leadership over her members show that the Rikers Gang is not to be triffled with.

Leader: LaRae Barrett

  • Identifiers: Prison wear, tattoos
  • Location: Clinton, Flatiron District, Stuyvesant, Kips Bay
  • Goal: Power & Greed
  • Role: Destructive chaotic threat

Enemy force composition:

  • Enforcer
  • Slinger
  • Guard
  • Hitman
  • Runner
  • Boss

Last Man Battalion


Worn and battle-weary, the LMB were none too pleased being recalled from overseas and diverted to Manhattan. With their requests for transfer gone unheeded and extraction not an option, this unit has become trapped far from home in the worst area of the pandemic. Tired of indecisive local authorities, their commander, Charles Bliss, took matters into his own hands, disobeying direct orders and executing a Joint Task Force (JTF) official—effectively turning his entire company and himself into mutineers.

Convinced not just the city, but the nation, will collapse under the hopeless burden of the virus they created, this unit has no allegiance to anyone but themselves. The LMB will use any and all means necessary to make sure they make it through the storm, and use their newly formed nation of only the strong to usher in a new world order where only the strong survive.

Leader: Charles Bliss

  • Identifiers: Distorted US flag, sytlized fascist symbols
  • Location: Undetermined
  • Goal: Fascist rule
  • Role: Occupying force

Enemy force composition:

  • Sniper
  • Rifleman
  • Scout
  • Gunner
  • Grenadier
  • Engineer

Last Updated: March 11, 2016

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