Operation Dark Hours pits eight players together for the first time in the history of the franchise to experience the most challenging activity available in The Division 2. Here, teamwork, collaboration, and adaptation will be tested and above all, rewarded.
Despite CERA's best efforts to contain the outbreak at the Washington National Airport, the situation quickly became untenable, resulting in the airport being coated in DC-62 and subsequently abandoned. When the Black Tusk arrived in D.C., they set up shop in the now derelict airport. It's up to you and seven friends to flush them out and you will be challenged on not only your skill but also on your ability to analyze, adapt, and cooperate.
Operation Dark Hours perfectly demonstrates how ambitious and powerful the Black Tusk are. They have access to greater resources than anyone else by far and will stop at nothing in their mission to conquer Washington, D.C. Going through the airport, you will discover how prepared they are: unique bosses, with the most exotic mechanics and technology you've ever faced in The Division 2, are waiting for you.
Operation Dark Hours will become available on May 16 at 6PM CEST / 12 PM EST / 1AM KST / 2 AM ACT. To start the raid, players will need to speak with the helicopter pilot at the Base of Operations. This unlocks a new raid tab on the social menu, allowing everyone to start building their raid groups.
Operation Dark Hours will provide loot exclusive to the various bosses found throughout the raid, like new gear sets, an exotic weapon and vanity items. A new set of commendations will also become available with the raid, each rewarding a unique arm patch. There are also exclusive rewards for the players who are the first in the world to beat Operation Dark Hours, and for the players that beat it during the first week of release. You can read more about the Race to World First and the rewards here.
Two sub-groups, each containing traditional four player parties, embody the entire raid team for a total of eight players. The player who creates the raid group from the social menu is the designated raid leader, and as such, is the only player who can begin the raid.
To participate in Dark Hours, players need to be level 30, have reached World Tier 5 and Gear Score 490. You do not need a full party of eight to begin the raid, but the overall difficulty will not scale according to how many players are present. Dark Hours is always scaled for eight players.
The raid is protected by a weekly timer. As a result, boss loot will only drop once a week. You can still participate in the raid after that, but these bosses will not drop additional loot until the timer resets the week after.
We are very excited to see how you will approach Operation Dark Hours and see who will be the first to overcome its challenges. If you are on the lookout for a Clan or simply fellow agents to tackle the raid with, you can head over to our Official Forums or the Official Discord server. Good luck!
/The Division Team