Underground Title
"New Underground Missions. Endless Replayability. Randomly generated Urban Dungeons."
— Underground trailer

The Underground is the first paid content expansion added to The Division, introduced in patch 1.3. With a Player vs. Environment (PvE) focus, agents are recruited to explore the sprawling network of tunnels underneath Manhattan in what amounts to randomized, procedurally-generated dungeons. Players can set multiple different modifiers on an Underground operation to make the run more difficult but net them greater rewards as a result.

Setting up an OperationEdit

Ops Panel

All Underground-related content is accessed in the Tactical Operations Center, hidden underneath the Terminal and away from the public. The Underground Operation can be set at the Operations Panel. Here the player can configure the Operation for them to take. First, the player can select the difficulty level the Operation will be from either Normal, Hard, Challenging, or Heroic. 

Next the player will select how many Phases of the Underground Operations will have. The Phases are basically a mission put together into one Operation. Having more than one phase will increase the player rewards. Normal difficulty can not have multi-phase operations, while Heroic Operations can not have single-phase operations.

Finally, the player will select the Directives to apply in the Operation. The Directives affect the gameplay aspects, but will increase the player rewards. Up to 5 directives can be applied in an Operation. Directives require Directive Intel, which can be obtained from Underground Daily Missions and Named Enemy drops.


Directives are gameplay modifiers that provide a buff to the players, but also have a drawback to provide balance.

Electro Tech Edit

"New electro-tech gives the player vastly reduced cool-down on skills, however a side effect of this experimental technology causes disruption to other electrical systems while a skill is active."

Pro: Vastly reduces skills cooldown.

Con: Dirsupts electrical HUD systems (that is, the players HUD is nearly completely disabled).

Requirements: Edit

Directive Intel: 2

Underground Rank: 5

Difficulty Rewards Added
Normal 74 Exp; 6 Phoenix Credits
Hard 111 Exp; 13 Phoenix Credits
Challenging 148 Exp; 16 Phoenix Credits

Adrenal Healing Edit

"Agents are granted a constant boost, restoring their health, however the extra intake means less frequent use is available for all active healing abilities."

Pro: Agents are constantly healed.

Con: Increases cooldowns on all healing abilities.

Requirements: Edit

Directive Intel: 2

Underground Rank: 10

Difficulty Rewards Added
Normal 74 Exp; 6 Phoenix Credits
Hard 111 Exp; 13 Phoenix Credits
Challenging 148 Exp, 16 Phoenix Credits

Kinetic Armor Edit

"Experimental new gear that increases Agents armor as they increase their movement speed. Armor protection is significantly reduced when static."

Pro: Armor increased when moving.

Con: Armor decreased when static.

Requirements: Edit

Directive Intel: 3

Underground Rank: 15

Difficulty Rewards Added

Compensator Edit

"Experimental tech that gives all weapons extra stability when firing down the sights; however due to weight of this tech Agents have decreased ammo capacity"

Pro: Extra stability when firing while ADS.

Con: Decreased ammo capacity. (Capacity reduced to ~ 1/3)

Requirements: Edit

Directive Intel: 3

Underground Rank: 25

Difficulty Rewards Added

Shock Ammo Edit

"Specially designed magazines allow for permanent shock bullets, but with constant fire this can cause it to be unusable for a short time and potentially shock the Agent."

Pro: Permanent shock bullets.

Con: Overuse can shock the Agent. 

Requirements: Edit

Directive Intel: 5

Underground Rank: 30

Difficulty Rewards Added




Each time an Operation is selected, the layout and objective of the Underground changes, resulting in a new mission each time. In each mission the final wave of enemies will feature a Named Enemy Boss.

Surgical StrikeEdit

Locate and eliminate a High-Value Target and 2 of their lieutenants.

Critical InfrastructureEdit

Clear and protect 3 power generators from hostile forces. With each generator, enemy waves will increase. At the final generator, players must hold the area until JTF forces arrive and clear the area.

Missing PatrolEdit

Locate and assist JTF patrols from hostiles. The third patrol the player finds requires the player to protect the officer in charge.

Recovering the ReportEdit

Find and Recover a JTF officer carrying an Intel Report. Players must eliminate 2 groups of hostiles and locate GPS Data to find the Officer. Upon entering the third area and clearing it, a key will drop and the player can free the JTF officer. Afterwards, a final 3 waves of enemies will assault the player's position. The JTF officer can be killed in this section without Operation Failure, and the report can be picked up from his body after the fight. 

Supply DepotEdit

Find and destroy 3 supply crates control by hostiles. Upon reaching the room with the supply crate, players will have 4 minutes, 3 minutes, and 2 minutes to destroy the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd crates, respectively. 

Target of Opportunity Edit

Find and eliminate a High-Value Target. Players will have 20 minutes to reach the final area and engage the boss. The operation will fail if the player ran out of time.

Possible Hunter Encounters Edit

At any time during any Underground Op, Hunters have a chance of appearing. These encounters are similar to the encounters in other game modes. Reward for killing them is 4 items. NOTE: ALL Hunters must be killed for reward to be dropped.

Intel Edit

During the players mission, the player may encounter one of two kinds of intel; Audio Journals or Urbex photos. The Urbex (Urban Explorer) pictures display areas an urban explorer visited in his adventure in the Underground. The Audio Journals feature a civilian, a Riker, a Rioter, a Cleaner, a LMB soldier, and the Rogue First Wave Agent responsible for the events prior to discovering the happenings of the underground.


Upon completing a phase of the Underground, players will receive a loot crate. Loot crates can also be found throughout the mission, and also guaranteed to be dropped from Named Enemies.

Activities in the Underground will gain Underground XP, which will level up the players Underground Rank. Ranking up will gain access to Muli-Phase Operations and Directives. Each Rank up will reward a Underground Cache, containing 2 High-end or Gear Set items.

Reaching Rank 40 will reward you with the Banshee's Shadow Vanity Set, and unlock Underground Proficiency.

XP earned after Rank 40 goes towards earning said Proficiency.