The Division 2 is packed with perks to unlock, boosting your character’s capabilities in all manner of ways. Naturally, some of these will help you out more than others in the beginning stages of the game, so this guide will help you pick the best perks to unlock early in The Division 2.

Upgrading perks requires SHD Tech, a resource that becomes harder to obtain the further through the campaign you progress. You therefore need to pick and choose very carefully from the 19 available perk categories. Here are the perks we’ve found the most useful while playing through the beginning stages of The Division 2. This selection will boost your storage space, ammo and armor, as well as helping you level up faster.

Experience Perks

Leveling up fast will help you unlock more skills and boost your overall capability, so it’s well worth grabbing some experience perks early. These include Headshot Accolade, Multi-kill Accolade, Weakpoints Accolade and Tactical Kill Accolade. Each of these will grant you more experience for earning kills in their respective manner, so if you have a certain playstyle then pick the perks that apply. Unlock enough and you’ll get the chance to grab the Survivor perk, which will give experience simply for staying alive for lengthy periods.

Restock

Crucial perks to unlock early are Restock 1 and 2. The first of these will restock your armor kits any time you’re in a safe space, while the second will resupply your grenades. The armor perk is especially useful early on, as it’ll make it much easier for you to stay alive longer in combat during The Division 2.

Armor Kit

Following the armor theme, grabbing a few Armor Kit perks will help you stay alive much longer. The more you unlock in this category, the more armor kits you’ll have access to. We’d recommend at least grabbing one perk to boost your storage up to four armor kits. Combine this with the restock perk and you’ll last much longer while out and about in the field.

Inventory

Speaking of storage, the Inventory perks are definitely worth picking up early. Inventory 1, 2 and 3 will increase the space in your backpack, letting you spend longer looting and less time organizing your inventory. It’s worth noting that you won’t be able to unlock Inventory 3 until you’ve reached the max level cap, but collecting Inventory 1 and 2 will make your journey there far more enjoyable.

There are many more perks to unlock in The Division 2, and beyond these basic suggestions, it really is up to you to spec your character as you please. We’d also recommend taking some attachment perks such as Optics and Grip 1 to let you tailor your weapons to your style, and if you’re interested in crafting then you should definitely grab Deconstruction 1 to let you generate more crafting materials. Prefer improving your settlements and projects? Resource 1 and 2 will let you carry more food and water to help them grow.

Beyond these early perks, it’s up to you which you choose when visiting the Quartermaster. Either way, make sure you know the best ways to earn SHD Tech to let you purchase plenty of perks in The Division 2!