The Division 2 Raid Release Time - Dark Hours Arm Patch, 8 Players, Required Gear Score

Raids are set to arrive in The Division 2 very soon indeed. Let’s take a look at what Operation Dark Hours has in store.

Players are currently busy plugging away at the World Tier 5 update introduced recently. There's a new stronghold to take on, and a new Gear Score limit to reach. This should keep you busy for a while, which is good because there's another large update on the Horizon. The Division 2 Raid is on its way. The Operation Dark Hours Raid will task 8 players with carrying out a complex covert mission, and will be the hardest challenge you'll have faced yet. Not much has been officially revealed about Operation Dark Hours, but thanks to a leak, we do know a few details. In this The Division 2 Raid Guide, we'll be detailing everything we know about the raid so far, from a release date, to some of the leaked info.

The Division 2 Raid Release Time

Ubisoft just revealed that The Division 2 Dark Hours Raid will launch May 16 globally. This means that you have a short time to reach the required level, which we'll go into more detail on later. The Raid will officially launch at 9 a.m. PDT. There will be a 3 hour downtime just before this to prepare the game for the Raid.

The Division 2 Details

There's been very little in the way of official news from Ubisoft regarding Operation Dark Hours, but thanks to some sneaky datamining we do know a few things. According to Reddit user kevindavid40, these are the objectives that players will be taking on.

  • Survive the assault on the bridge
  • Find the stolen GPS coordinates
  • Protect the named agent on your team
  • Confirm the kill of 2nd hand Lieutenant
  • Rendezvous with your team
  • Survive the blackout attack
  • Find the activation code
  • Extract your team to safety
  • Split teams and flank the target
  • Stop the convoy from leaving the runway
  • Takeout bombarders from high ground

The original post has since been deleted, but from what we've seen so far, this info all seems to fit. An image was posted showing the Raid's location, which we've embedded below:

Raid Leak | u/kevindavid40

How to Access the Raid in The Division 2

If you've been playing The Division 2 after April 5, you'll have noticed a new icon on the map. It is the yellow Helicopter Icon, labeled 'Offsite Activities Pilot'. If you approach the pilot, you'll be met with a Raid Coming Soon page, so this is likely where you will access the Raid.

The Division 2 Raid is 8-Player Co-Op

One of the coolest things about Operation Dark Hours is that it is an 8-player co-op mission. On it, according to the leaks at least, you'll split into two teams of four, each with its own objective.

Is The Division 2 Dark Hours Free?

As with all of the main post-launch content in The Division 2, the Operation Dark Hours Raid is absolutely free. You'll likely need to be a certain level to access it though, so get grinding those endgame activities.

The Division 2 Raid Gear Score Requirements

The maximum possible Gear Score in The Division 2 is currently 500. You can increase this slightly with some clever Gear Modding, but for now, it looks as though the Raid will be aimed at those with a Gear Score of at least 500. For a look at how to increase your Gear Score in The Division 2, head over to our The Division 2 Endgame Guide. To confirm, you will need to have reached World Tier 5, and have completed the Tidal Basin Stronghold to participate.

The Division 2 Raid Gameplay

So far, we've only seen a small amount of gameplay for The Division 2. You can catch it in the trailer embedded above, which outlines the roadmap for The Division 2's Post-launch content

The Division 2 Raid Arm Patch

For those wanting to get right into the Dark Hours Raid, there's a reward to keep in mind. All players who beat the Raid before May 23 will receive a commemorative Arm Patch. After this players will get a Clan Banner and a Trophy.

If it's more Division 2 coverage you're after here at USG, then we've got just the guides for you. You can check out our Division 2 Exotics guide for some elite weapons, or the Division 2 character customization guide for more. Alternatively, if it's levelling information you're after, there's our Division 2 Skill Power guide, or our Division 2 XP levelling guide. Elsewhere, there's also our guide on where to get all of the Hunter Masks in The Division 2, as well as our breakdown of The Division 2 Dark Zone. In our The Division 2 Guides Hub you'll find all of our The Division 2 guides content, so be sure to check it out.

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