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The Division Loot Drop Quality and Gear Score Scaling

As has been highlighted recently, even though HE loot drops in the DZ it still feels very unrewarding for the GS161+ bracket because the majority of drops in GS163 and therefore often not an upgrade / improvement of existing gear.


It feels like DZ zone (1/2/3/4/etc) should determine the quality of the gear that is dropping for the DZ bracket you are in:

DZ Sub-161 Bracket
  • DZ 01/02 - Named Boss Level30 - Veteran Mobs Level30

Each Named boss drops 2 purples, one GS131 (ilvl30) and one GS147 (ilvl31).
  • DZ 03/04 - Named Boss Level31 - Veteran Mobs Level31

Each Named boss drops 1 purple (GS147/ilvl31) and 1 high end (GS163/ilvl30)
  • DZ 05/06 - Named Boss Level32 - Veteran Mobs Level32

Each Named boss drops 2 high ends, one GS163 and one GS182

DZ 161-202 Bracket
  • DZ 01/02 - Named Boss Level30 - Elite Mobs Level30

Each Named boss drops 2 high ends, one GS163 and one GS182
  • DZ 03/04 - Named Boss Level31 - Elite Mobs Level31

Each Named boss drops 2 high ends, two GS182 with a 10% chance of a GS191 Gear Set item
  • DZ 05/06 - Named Boss Level32 - Elite Mobs Level32

Each Named boss drops 2 high ends, one GS182 and one GS204 with a 20% chance of a GS191 Gear Set item and a 5% chance of a GS214 Gear Set item (this may be a little too much)

DZ 202+ Bracket (New Bracket)
  • DZ 01/02 - Named Boss Level31 - Elite Mobs Level31

Each Named boss drops 2 high ends, one GS182 and one GS204
  • DZ 03/04 - Named Boss Level32 - Elite Mobs Level32

Each Named boss drops 2 high ends, two GS204 with a 10% chance of a GS214 Gear Set item
  • DZ 05/06 - Named Boss Level34 - Elite Mobs Level34

Each Named boss drops 2 high ends, two GS204 with a 20% chance of a GS214 Gear Set item and a 5% chance of a 240 Gear Set Item

This gives a solid progression of gear within the DZ and allows players to choose between DZ PvPvE Content versus only PvE content.

To make sure that PvE stays inline with the Dark Zone changes the following changes would need to be made:

Hard Mode Missions @ level30

Named Bosses drop 2 purples (GS131), 1 purple (GS147) and 1 high end (GS163)

Challenge Mode Missions
Named Bosses drop 2 high end (GS163) and 2 high end (GS182) with a 10% chance of one gear set item (GS191)

Hard Mode Incursion
APC drops 2 high end (GS182), 1 gear set (GS191), and 1 gear set (GS214) - no more weekly rewards

Challenge Mode Incursion
APC drops 2 high end (GS204), 1 gear set (GS214) and 1 gear set (GS240) - no more weekly rewards
This still makes Incursions the best way to get gear set items, especially GS240, but improves the drop rates across the board to combat the current RNG on RNG issues that are being faced, and actually make drops feel more rewarding at all parts of the end game

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