How to access the Dark Zone in The Division 2

Outlining the steps needed to unlock and complete the Dark Zone in Tom Clancy's The Division 2.

While playing through Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, many players have found themselves wondering how to access the Dark Zone. Unlike the campaign, the Dark Zone isn’t immediately available in The Division 2. Instead, you’ll need to play through the campaign until you reach the Dark Zone agent, at which point you’ll be able to complete missions for her. Confused? We’ve got you covered!

Below, we’ve put together a quick guide explaining how to access the Dark Zone in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.

How to Access the Dark Zone in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

To access the Dark Zone, you'll need to accept and complete the
To access the Dark Zone, you'll need to accept and complete the "Dark Zone East Recon" mission assigned by Ezera in Tom Clancy's The Division 2.
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As noted above, players won’t have immediate access to the Dark Zone in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. In order to unlock the Dark Zone, players first need to work their way through the story campaign. Eventually, you’ll encounter a mission in the campaign that tasks you with escorting a Dark Zone agent by the name of Senait Ezera to the White House.

Finish this task, and you’ll be able to recruit Ezera, and interact with her in The Theatre area of the White House. As you interact with Ezera, you’ll receive special missions from her including a mission called “Dark Zone East Recon.” Note that you’ll need to complete this particular mission in order to unlock full access to the Dark Zone in The Division 2.

On your map, the East Dark Zone is located on the right edge of your map and will be marked by an icon after you accept the mission from Ezera. Head towards this icon, then begin the tasks assigned to you including scanning the area, taking out all enemies in that area, and then tagging the supplies as instructed.

Continue through the mission by repeating this process as indicated on your HUD. Once you’ve completed the “Dark Zone East Recon” mission, you’ll unlock full access to the Dark Zone in The Division 2. Even though you need to complete a few tasks to unlock the Dark Zone, having the ability to explore the area is undoubtedly worthwhile as it includes a wealth of valuable gear and supplies.

Now that you know how to access the Dark zone in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, be sure to check out some of our previous guides including how to save your progress in The Division 2, and a breakdown of the Firefly skill in The Division 2.

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