Tom Clancy's The Division Walkthrough

15. Hard Mode and Challenging Mode

Matchmaking

Hard mode for the story missions offer slightly better rewards on completion but slightly tougher enemies who come with more health, deal more damage, and in heavier numbers. None of the enemies will be lower than level 30 or less than a Veteran. However, with the outstanding training you've received, you're more than ready to take on the tasks!

Whether you have or haven't unlocked the co-op achievement yet, it still will be best to matchmake for the missions as you're character may not be strong enough yet to fly through the missions solo like that of a high-gear score agent. The match-making can be a bit hit and miss for any of the missions as players can join into games at any point if matchmaking has been triggered after the start (if an agent has left the team for example). This means you can end up in a mission right as the boss is going to die at the end! Fortunately, if this happens to you, the mission will still count towards any related achievements.

If you end up being the leader of the group but you cant get a full group. Head into the mission anyway and when ever you get a break, open up the map and then press cn_Y and then cn_A over the mission icon to trigger matchmaking again. This will continue to find players until someone either joins, or is invited and doesn't accept the invite.

If you start a mission with other players but they quit before the mission is complete, this won't count as being completed in co-op.

Heals, Buffs & Revives

The best skills to use towards these achievements are the Support Station with the Revival Mod and the First Aid with the Defibrillator mod. The Station will constantly heal agents and then automatically revive them if they go down. It can occasionally glitch and not actually revive the agent. This causes them to be stuck in DBNO mode where only the person who's Support Station it is can revive the player. If a friendly agent goes down, shoot the First Aid at them to instantly revive them. This sometimes doesn't work either but 9/10 times it will. Your Signature skill also counts towards buffing allies to so don't forget to use this two or three times during missions. As for revives, if your skills are on cool down, be as quick as you can to get the revive before another friendly does. Hold cn_X to start reviving them as soon as your in range.

Also, in terms of your Talents, keep them the same if you end up riding solo but switch out the [shield] talent for Triage when other players come in. This makes skills cooldown 15% quicker and is a massive positive when playing in groups.

The Missions

There's no need for a wall of text to go with each video here as you'll already know the deal for each mission. The tips and strategies I've provided for the missions on normal mode can be applied on Hard to but when playing in co-op, other players will be quiet aggressive and fast-paced so most of the time-taking tactics go out of the window.

For each mission, I will post the co-op playthrough of the mission followed by the single player run through (to be recorded and added soon).

Madison Field Hospital

Co-op

As none of the group went down or died, I unlocked this achievement:

United We Stand in Tom Clancy's The Division
At lvl 30 start and complete a Co-op Mission without anyone being Downed or Dying.
  • Unlocked by 58,222 tracked gamers (45% - TA Ratio = 1.49) 130,041

Solo

Lincoln Tunnel Checkpoint

Co-op

Solo

Subway Morgue

Co-op

Solo

Hudson Refugee Camp

Co-op

Solo

During this mission I unlocked the achievement for healing or/and buffing allies in my group 100 times -

Lean On Me in Tom Clancy's The Division
Lean On Me33 (25)
Heal or Buff allies 100 times while in a group.
  • Unlocked by 73,614 tracked gamers (57% - TA Ratio = 1.32) 130,041

Broadway Emporium

Co-op

Solo

Napalm Production Site

Co-op

Solo

Times Square Power Relay

Co-op

Solo

Amherst's Apartment

Solo

Police Academy

Co-op

Solo

WarranGate Power Plant

Solo

Lexington Event Centre

Co-op

Solo

Rooftop Comm Relay

Co-op

Solo

Queens Tunnel Camp

Co-op

Solo

Grand Central Station

Co-op

Solo

I nailed the 20th revive for this achievement during this mission -

Medic! in Tom Clancy's The Division
Medic!19 (15)
Revive a team mate 20 times in co-op.
  • Unlocked by 84,650 tracked gamers (65% - TA Ratio = 1.23) 130,041

Russian Consulate

Co-op

The player at the end joined the match just in time for it to count as co-op. Easy mission completion for him!

Solo

General Assembly

Co-op

Solo

I actually managed to nail the achievement for using a Signature Skill 100 times in this mission too:

Those Signature Moves in Tom Clancy's The Division
Activate any of the Signature Skills 100 times.
  • Unlocked by 39,661 tracked gamers (30% - TA Ratio = 1.81) 130,041

This is the last mission you'll need to unlock this achievement:

Know No Fear in Tom Clancy's The Division
Know No Fear111 (50)
Finish all of the missions at Level 30 on the Hard difficulty.
  • Unlocked by 26,317 tracked gamers (20% - TA Ratio = 2.22) 130,041

Challenge Mode

The best mission to do for Challenge Mode is Lincoln Tunnel Checkpoint. Missions that have the option to be played on Challenge Mode are often populated with players and their shouldn't be much difficulty in finding other players. Plus, one mission a day will be marked as the Daily Challenge mission where extra rewards will be on offer for completing the mission. Lincoln Tunnel is included in this rotation but if it's not and you can't find other players for it, try one of the others on challenging. Normally, there will be a mix of strong and weaker agents to group up with so if you're not an amazing player, you may still be able to be carried through the mission.

There will be nothing but Level 32 Elites (Level 33 now since the most recent update) in the challenge mode missions so you need to be super tactical and try and equip different skills to what your group has. For this mission specifically, I like to rock the Smart Cover and Support Station to keep healing going at a constant rate, increase my damage output, and not run out of ammo during some of the long firefights. For the last part of the battle, where you must protect Benitez, I switch to Pulse and First Aid. Other useful skills include: Seeker Mines with the Incendiary mod, Sticky Bombs with BFB or Flashbang, and Turrets with either the Flamethrower or Shock mod.

Upon successful completion of the mission, you will unlock this achievement:

Hardened Combatant in Tom Clancy's The Division
Complete a mission in Challenge mode.
  • Unlocked by 53,862 tracked gamers (41% - TA Ratio = 1.55) 130,041

The only achievements you may have left will be the one for activating your Signature Skill 100 times:

Those Signature Moves in Tom Clancy's The Division
Activate any of the Signature Skills 100 times.
  • Unlocked by 39,661 tracked gamers (30% - TA Ratio = 1.81) 130,041
If you do, then all you need to do is just continue using it until you hit the 100th time.

That covers all the achievement info you'll need to obtain the core 1000 Gamerscore for the game. Thank you for using my walkthrough and if you're happy with what you've watched and read, please don't hesitate to hit the thumbs up on the walkthrough, subscribe to the TrueGaming Network YouTube Channel, and also subscribe to my personal channel.

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