The Division 2 Specializations Tier List
Once you reach level 30, you'll be able to unlock the Specializations (which are basically classes) at the Quartermaster in the Base of Operations. Agents can access a total of three unique Division 2 Specializations: Sharpshooter, Survivalist and Demolitionist. Picking the right Specialization will be an important part of your Agent's build because each Specialization features a big and powerful skill tree, signature weapons, grenade types and abilities. In The Division 2 Specializations Tier List we will be going through all of the different agent specializations, what they do, which skill tree nodes they have and overall which of them are more powerful than the other.
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How To Unlock Agent Specializations
Once you hit level 30 you will have to unlock Specialists first before you can use them. In order to do so, you'll first have to complete all of the Strongholds that are available and you'll want to do them in order as well. The Strongholds you must complete are: District Union Arena, Roosevelt Island and Capitol Building. Once you've finished all of the Strongholds you will have a short cutscene that will tell you that you're now in World Tier 1. Once that's done, head over to the Base of Operations and just behind the Quartermaster you will notice a new interactive option and this is where you'll get your character specializations. Once you've become a specialist, you will unlock Specialization points once you are doing missions and activities in D.C. which you can then use to upgrade your specialization Skill tree and input perk passive points. If you do decide to reset your specialization, all of the Specialization Points you've put in to your first specialization will be given back to you so you can upgrade the perks on your next Specialist.
The first Division 2 Specialist we'll be going through in this Specializations Tier List is the Survivalist. There are a total of 20 different skills on the Survivalist skill tree. The Survivalist specialization will grant your Agent buffs such as: increased protection from elites, armor kit apply to allies in an AoE, % increased outgoing healing, signature weapon increases to damage and ammo gain, chance for your whole group to gain signature ammo, increased Shotgun and Assault Rifle damage.
Incendiary Grenade - burns targets within a set radius of the explosion.
Crossbow - a very powerful weapon that shoots explosive bolts.
Survivalist D50 - a hard hitting and precise pistol that uses .44 magnum rounds.
The Demolition Specialist has a skill tree focused around explosives and sentry devices. The Demolitionist specialization will grant your Agent buffs such as: burn resistance, explosives damage, signature weapon damage increases (for the grenade launcher), multi-kills grant a chance to give all allies signature ammo and increases to SMG and Light Machine Gun damage.
Fragmentation Grenade - deals damage and causes enemies to bleed.
M32A1 Multi-shot Grenade Launcher - shoots explosive grenades that deal a lot of AoE damage.
Diceros Special - a hard hitting 357 Magnum Revolver which deals a fair amount of damage.
Lastly, the Sharpshooter Specialist skill tree is focused around plain old killing, the tactician device and is arguably the strongest PvP Spec if built correctly. The Sharpshooter specialization will grant your Agent Buffs such as: signature weapon ammo recovery upon headshots, increased headshot damage, increased reload speed, weapon stability, removal of status effects with armor kits and increased sniper rifle damage.
Flashbang Grenade - applies blind to all the enemies that are within a large area of effect once the Flashbang explodes.
Tac-50 C Rifle - a sniper rifle that deals high amounts of single target damage over long range distances.
Sharpshooters 93R - a three round burst fire weapon ideal for close range encounters when you need rapid fire and mobility.
Specializations Tier List Conclusion
All things considered, the Demolitionist is definitely on the first spot, closely followed by the Survivalist and then last on the list being the Sharpshooter specialization. Demolitionist is really strong simply because you can fit him in most builds and LMG's are currently really overpowered. The Demolitionist also has a lot of AoE clear and utilities which can be used in both PvE and PvP, making the Demolitionist a great choice for most builds and playstyles. Survivalist has a solid amount of utility for both himself and his teammates, along with the AoE armor kit repair which is really strong in PvE settings. The Survivalist is mostly a PvE based character spec, simply because some of the skill tree passives really have no uses in PvP (for example the "increased protection from elites"). Last on the specialization tier list is the Sharpshooter because of a two main factors: very hard to play and have most use of all the passives and it's mostly a PvP based specialization. Don't get me wrong, the Sharpshooter has the potential to be the strongest specialization but it often won't be the case, especially if you're a casual player because Sharpshooter scales with headshots and he also uses Tac-50 C which is a sniper rifle. You have to be really good with your aim and game making decisions in order to make the most use of Sharpshooter.
Note that you can always reset the Specializations as many times as you want for free. Use this to your advantage in order to further test which playstyle and specialization suits both your build and you because not all players are the same.