The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue: Start date, updates, events and more

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Update June 18, 2024: Added information on the latest events in Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue, including the SHD Exposed GE and the Echo League. 

The Division 2 currently drops three seasons per year, each lasting for just over four months, giving its players ample opportunity to complete the Manhunt, the season pass and all the other events that drop throughout. Not to mention, getting their hands on the latest exotics, gear sets and named items. 

Year 6 is just beginning, and the first season is slated to be the last before we start to see significant changes and new content. The seasonal model is slated to be updated for Season 2, with the long-awaited Brooklyn DLC coming in Season 3. For now, things are essentially following the current pattern, but the story is continuing to grow and Project Resolve is almost at an end. 

Here's what we know, including details on current events happening this season. 


The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1: Echo League

The Echo League runs for two weeks from June 18.  (Image credit: Windows Central)

The first League of the season is now live as of June 18, and is the Echo League named as always after the most recent Manhunt target. This league has the usual six objectives with 10 tiers, rewarding stars towards the 60 you need to claim all the rewards. 

Echo League contains: 

  • Jefferson Trade Center - Hard difficulty
  • Potomac Event Center - Hard difficulty
  • Viewpoint Museum - Hard difficulty
  • Manning National Zoo - Challenging difficulty
  • Hyenas Disrupted
  • SHD Skill Kills on Black Tusk

Of the four missions to complete, Manning National Zoo is easily the hardest, though should still be achievable even solo for most players. The target time for 10 stars is 21 minutes, but it is a long mission. If you're struggling, use matchmaking and find a group. That's what I usually do, and it definitely makes it easier to complete. 

The two faction-based objectives will take some time to complete, but remember, you don't have to get all 60 stars this week. Everything resets on June 25 with a second chance to finish up all the rewards. To apply the Disrupt status you'll want to run either the Jammer pulse, the EMP Sticky Bomb or the EMP grenade. If you pair them with the Eclipse Protocol gear set, status effects will spread on kill, so you'll get greater efficiency. 

The final reward as always is an exclusive backpack trophy, so if you're into collecting everything, you'll need to complete the Echo League rewards track before the event ends, as it'll be gone forever. 

The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1: SHD Exposed Global Event

The SHD Exposed Global Event runs for one week from June 18.  (Image credit: Windows Central)

Year 6 Season 1's first Global Event is SHD Exposed, running for one week from June 18. As ever there will be four sets of daily challenges, with stars awarded for completion and for levelling up in the game. Stars will unlock rewards, including a backpack trophy if you didn't already acquire it. If you did, an extra Exotic Cache will be the final prize. 

Don't forget to cash in your stars at the Seasons Vendor in the Base of Operations before the event ends, either, to get your hands on more gear or materials. 

The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 start date and length

Guess who's back, back again?  (Image credit: Ubisoft)

Year 6 Season 1 began on Tuesday, June 11. Weekly resets in The Division 2 happen every Tuesday morning European time, and in-season events will all go live following this pattern. 

The season is scheduled to run all the way into late September. 

The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue: Manhunt and Season Pass

The story looks set to continue from where Year 5 Season 3 Vanguard ended.  (Image credit: Ubisoft)

Based on the season primer, we're not slowing down in our pursuit of long-time protagonist, Aaron Keener. There aren't many details at this point, having only seen the teaser in the Ubisoft Forward pre-show at the time of writing. Presumably the Manhunt will see us chasing him, after the bombshell in the last Year 5 Season, Vanguard, that saw our ally, Kelso, align with Keener. 

This quote from the blog post tells us that this time, he's coming to us. 

"Keener is coming to Washington, D.C. and he has sent us an invitation to parley, but first we will need to pass his twisted trials and prove our worth. An alliance with Keener and his Rogues could be the key to stopping Natalya Sokolova and the Black Tusk. But what will the cost be? "

This season's Manhunt is a more traditional fairing, targeting individuals rather than locations, as we saw in Vanguard. We still have to complete similar tasks, control points, bounties, and missions, but this season they're all called Keener's "Trials" leading up to the final showdown with the man himself. 

The timeline for the First Rogue Manhunt (Image credit: Ubisoft)

Additionally, a new season has come into play, with new gear, blueprints, exotic items and cosmetics. As always, players won't be required to buy the season pass to get their hands on the best new stuff, with the paid track just offering more goodies to those who spring for it. There will also be the usual sprinkling of Global Events and Apparel Events, as well as the speed run focused leagues to participate in throughout. 

The Overlord is the new exotic shotgun added with Season 1 First Rogue. (Image credit: Ubisoft)

There are two new exotic items confirmed for this season. First up are a pair of kneepads, the Acosta's Kneepads. There will also be a new exotic weapon to get your hands on, the Overlord exotic shotgun. 

First up, the Overlord's stats. 

Talent: Capitulate

  • Hitting an enemy will apply a stack of –4% Movement Speed for each pellet hit for 5 seconds. Shooting again will reapply stacks.

Weapon Stats and Mods

  • Optics Slot: +15% Critical Hit Damage 
  • Magazine Slot: +15% Reload Speed 
  • Underbarrel Slot: +20% Weapon Stability

Acosta's Kneepads is the second exotic item available in the new season.  (Image credit: Ubisoft)

Then for Acosta's Kneepads, here's how they stack up. 

Talent: Escape Plan

  • Vaulting, climbing or dropping from top of an object gives +10% Movement Speed for 3 seconds. After not moving for 5 seconds, receive +20% Movement Speed for 5 seconds.
  • When affected by a Status Effect, a +10% Movement Speed is granted for 5 seconds.
    Max Movement Speed bonus is 20%. The bonuses do not stack with Movement Speed bonuses from other sources.
  • -50% Movement Impairment penalty from Status Effects.

In addition, there is a new gear set and a new brand set, as well as three new named gear pieces:

  • Zwiadowka Sp. z o.o brand set
  • Bober named chest piece
  • Eagle's Grasp named gloves
  • Thorn named shotgun
  • Like Glue named shotgun
  • Breaking Point gear set

New Apparel Event inspired by the companion novels to The Division 2

Cosmetics inspired by the Operation Crossroads novels are coming to the game in First Rogue.  (Image credit: Ubisoft)

This season's new Apparel Event is a good one, with cosmetics based on the Operation Crossroads companion novels. 

As always, you earn the caches by just playing the game (or buying them with real money if you so desire). Everyone gets one cache to start with. From there, every four SHD levels you increase you'll get another, and if you have the premium track of the season pass you'll get three more. 

The Division 2 Warlords of New York now available to all players

Everyone can now play to level 40 and join in the endgame seasonal gameplay.  (Image credit: Xbox)

While it snuck out a little before the start of the reveal stream, Ubisoft has now confirmed that all new players of The Division 2 will now have access to Warlords of New York. 

Ubisoft has also revealed now that the endgame for The Division 2 is being unified, and all players will be united at level 40. The gear score and world tiers system from the base game is gone, and instead all players will now play up to level 40. Once there, the endgame content, including the seasonal manhunt and all additional game modes, will be unlocked. Everyone will play together, whether they have the expansion or not. 

If you already play and don't have the expansion, you'll be able to play all the game modes previously locked behind it. But you can still upgrade, get WONY, play the campaign and obtain the SHD watch if you wish, which is worth doing since you have 1,000 levels on there to add extra stats to your character. 

The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue: New commendations

Five new commendations are being added to the game with Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue, all of which focus on the roguelike Descent mode. 

  • Descent Loop 6 Award - Reach loop 6 in Descent 3 times.
  • Descent Basic Award - Beat the Nemesis in Descent without equipping any exotic talents.
  • Descent 50 Award - Complete 50 loops in Descent.
  • Descent High Roller - Reroll talents 15 times in Descent.
  • Perfect Descent - Defeat the Nemesis with a full squad, without any of the 4 teammates going down during the run.

The start of a big new year for The Division 2

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

Year 6 is going to be a huge one for The Division 2. Manhunts and Seasons are getting revamped, there's a DLC expansion planned, and a whole lot of story to tell. Season 1 First Rogue will be the last under this current seasonal model, before things change up significantly in Season 2. 

Time to Rogue hunting. 

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