The Division 2 update 3.0 patch notes revealed

Online open-world shooter RPG game The Division 2 is getting a new update 3.0his week. Ubisoft’s game made a successful start on the market, also got positive feedback from the gamer community. While, the Division agents trying to wipe out the threats from Washington D.C. streets, new features and content are keep adding in to the game.

The Division 2 update 3.0 patch notes

The new update will feature this important changes and fixes:

PTS Changes

In the last State of the Game it was explained what changes are being tested on the PTS:

Normalization Changes

These are the changes they are planning for the Normalization that will be tested out on the PTS.

These changes are ONLY for PVP content and it will apply to Conflict, Normalized Dark Zone and Occupied Dark Zone.

Normalizing mechanics

The Equipment and weapons will be normalized to GS 500 (even if your GS is higher)

That also means, that they are no longer normalizing for a middle ground, but they are respecting the rolls on your gear. That means when you had an item with a very high crit chance roll, it will be like that in normalized content.

Skill Power will also be respected and when the mods are active in PVE, they will also be active in normalized content.

Global PVP Modifiers

The PVP damage modifier will be reduced from 70% to 40% and that will bring the Time to Kill down to what you experience in PVE. This way, you have more time to react.

The Skill Damage modifier will be increased from 20% to 25%, so that should make your skills more effective.

Overall the encounters should last longer overall and the skills should be more useful.

Occupied Dark Zone PVP Modifiers

They have also added a specific ODZ PVP damage modifier

Currently it sits at 40% – same as the normalized DZ – but they have the ability to specifically fine-tune the ODZ depending on how things change.

That should also help to lower the Time To Kill in the ODZ

PVP Modifiers for Weapon Archetypes

They will add specific PVP modifiers for specific weapon types.

For example, they can specifically buff the Assault Rifle in PVP now.

That also enables for specific PVP balancing, because the damage of the weapon is overwritten by the PVP Modifies when you enter PVP content.

Hip fire Changes

In PVP content you will not be able to crit when you hip-fire

In PVE it behaves as it is now.

Dark Zone

Loot Changes

NDZ and ODZ will drop less clean loot and more contaminated loot, they want players to engage in the Loot Extraction – loop.

Named bosses guarantee contaminated loot and higher leveled landmark bosses have the ability to drop multiple items.

Landmark Cooldown

Landmarks got a cooldown once they are cleared before they become activate again (about a minute)

That should also encourage more player movement and not just farming the same Landmark.

Dark Zone NPC Balancing

The NPCs in the Dark Zone will be less lethal, but they will also have more armor.

Rogue Loop Changes

They removed the Rogue Cooldown when you die

The Rogue-Toggle cooldown will stay, so you will not be able to spam that.

Dark Zone Perk was also changed that it will no longer reduce the Rogue Timer cooldown, but you will lose less XP when you die as a rogue agent.

Dark Zone Pouch increased

You will be able to carry more Contaminated items.

Default is 6 items per bag

The Character Perks were also changed – The Tier 1 Perk will increase the bag-size to 8

The Dark Zone Perk will increase the bag-size to 10 in total.

Preventing Empty Dark Zones

They plan multiple changes to “guarantee” that you encounter 12 players in a Dark Zone instance.

They are reducing the amount of Dark Zone Brackets to 2. Everyone below Character Level 30 and everybody in Endgame.

Not all changes will be implemented with Title Update 3 – there is more in the queue down the line.

Occupied Dark Zone changes

The ODZ specific damage modifier was already mentioned

They also lower the XP loss when you die in the ODZ

GS 515 Items will drop in the Dark Zone

In endgame Dark Zone you will be able to get GS 515 items.

I want to start off by saying the raid will drop the highest gear score (TBA), not the Dark Zones. As we’ve been transparent with our thoughts and decisions up until this point, we will continue to do so going forward. While we do want to experiment with Dark Zone rewards, w’re taking everyone’s feedback into account. It’s still super early and we want to see how the content and looting plays on live. That’s not to say things cannot be tweaked.

=> Official Forum

Thieves Den Changes

Players can weapon swap in Thieves Den to earn Special Ammo for the weapon of their choice.

There are also more changes panned to the Thieves Den to make it more attractive – but no further details were given.


UI Change

The UI will now display the real value of the armor and not a standard value. So when a player has a ton of armor, you will see that displayed accordingly.

Boost Change

The Boosts (damage and armor) that become active over the course of a match will be lowered by 50%. They should have an impact but not that big as it is now.

Synchronizing Team Spawns

The chance that you spawn with a teammate is increased so that you don’t just spawn alone and die

Skill Cooldown Respected

The Skill cooldown will be respected now after you die.

So when the skill was on cooldown, it will stay on cooldown when you respawn.

That should also lower the skill-spam

Exotic / Gear

These are some general explanations about their philosophy around the Exotics, the Gear and the Talent design and balancing.


Exotic should feel special

They don’t have to do the most damage, they should also promote a fun and unique playstyle that does not have to be the most effective one.

They are not always centered around raw DPS

But that being said – they still buff the damage of the exotics across the board.

Pestilence will be buffed specifically and it will also get even more effective in PVP.

”Just buff everything”

We are in the process of aligning the game

But there is only so high you can go and that causes issues when you add new World Tiers for example.

So at the moment they are aligning the items, the activities and the talents so that it is fun to play and then they go from there.

They know that nerfing items is not popular, but it also makes things more diverse.

Talent Changes

These are the changes that are currently tested on the PTS.

The old values are in ()


Damage bonus reduced to 20% (25%) / Handling reduced to 25% (35%)


Missing armor requirement increased to 10% (5%)


PVE reloading weapon from empty grants 20% (25%) weapon damage and 15% (35%) rate of fire for 3 (7) seconds

PVP 15% (25%) Weapon Damage 15% (25%) Rate of fire for 3 (7) Seconds


PVE Killing an enemy repairs 10% (5%) armor over 5 (3) seconds – headshots improve the repair to 20% (10%)

PVP 5% armor over 3 seconds – headshots to 15%

Requires 7 defense attributes


Headshot kills grant 35% (25%) Skill Damage for 20 (10) Seconds

Requires 5 (3) utility attributes


Headshot kills increase skill repair and healing by 15% (25%) for 20 (25) seconds

Requires 9 Utility attributes


Reduce healing bonus to 50% (75%) – reduced duration to 5 (7) seconds

Less than 4 (5) offensive attributes


Increased health gained per critical hit to 20% (15%) reduced armor gained per critical hit to 1% (2%)


Reduce critical hit chance bonus from 8% to 5%


Increased weapon damage to pulsed targets to +20% (10%)

Increased requirements to 5 (3) utility attributes


Shooting an enemy in the legs has a 15% (10%) chance to apply bleed


Headshots from cover repair armor increased to 10% (5%) of your armor.


After being in cover for 5 seconds, armor repairs by 5% every 1 second (requires 9 defensive attributes)


PVE: 70% (25%) of max armor is repaired when your armor is depleted. Armor kits used within the next 7 (5) seconds are not consumed.

PVP it is 25% (15%) of max armor and 7 (5) Seconds.

Requires 11 defensive attributes


PVE: Depleting enemies armor adds a stack of 25% (20%) armor bonus for 10 (20) seconds, max stack is increased to 6 (5)

PVP: 20% armor bonus for 5 seconds, max stack of 5

Requires 11 defensive attributes


PVE: the 10% weapon damage for every 20% (10%) max armor depleted

Requires 11 offensive attributes and AR LMG or SMG equipped


PVE: Swapping weapons within 3 seconds of a kill grants 35% (25%) weapon damage for 5 (10) seconds

PVP: 20% Weapon damage for 5 seconds

Used to require

Requires 9 offensive attributes now


Killing an enemy with your sidearm repairs 50% (25%) of your armor can occur once every 15 (10) seconds.

Require 11 defensive attributes


Reduce critical hit damage bonus from 8% to 5%

NPC Changes

While these are some drastic changes in some cases, they are also changing the health of NPCs – so just because you need some of the talents to be effective in heroic difficulty now – they are not necessarily mandatory in the new big picture and the new balancing.

Other quality of life changes

Players can toggle displaying personal and group loot drops now

Text chat will now lose focus after sending a message

Group tab will be populated with all raid members

Murat Oktay

Video games have been my passion for as long as I can remember. I have been writing and managing in the game industry for more than 30 years. I've been playing Diablo 2 nonstop since it first came out.

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