The Division 2 is likely the most complete looter shooter today and that is in large part thanks to a vast amount of endgame content. But to get there, you first need to reach level 30, so here are some tips to help you out on the journey.
Massive Entertainment have provided an amazing amount of endgame content for The Division 2 at launch but the levelling journey is not a slouch itself. Therefore, the first tip from me would be to not rush through the levelling experience the first time around - take the time to enjoy it. If it doesn't happen to appeal to you, well, here is the fastest way to level.
Experience in The Division 2 comes from four main sources - Main Missions, Side Missions, Projects and Activities. In order to reach the maximum level as fast as possible, I would suggest avoiding Side Missions until level 16. Just do Main Missions as soon as you match the recommended level and spam Projects and Activities in the meantime.
The reason for this is that everything gives a fixed amount of experience but Side Missions give 33 per cent of the current level. Higher level means more experience required for the next level, meaning you get more experience per Side Mission. Level 16 is the sweet spot as Main Missions combined with Side Missions and Stronghold takeovers will provide enough experience to get you from 16 to 30 and you should be able to completely avoid Activities from this point on.
The latter are spammable, so each area you unlock will have many Activities for you to farm experience on. The ones that are not exactly repeatable are the Control Points. Make sure to capture these as soon as possible to open up additional fast travel markers and always donate resources to the control point officer.
Giving them enough to reach just over 50 is enough to trigger the Detection perk which will allow your Spider-sense to tingle each time there is a lootable object in the vicinity. In case the officer has over 50 of each resource, you can simply donate one of whichever and activate Detection regardless. It lasts for 10 minutes.
Speaking of perks, get all the experience-granting ones from the Quartermaster at the Base of Operations as soon as possible, in addition to Detection. The good Quartermaster will also allow you to gradually unlock all the available skills, but HIVE with the Reviver modification is particularly sweet for a solo player.
It will deploy automatically if you get downed, provided it's not on a cooldown. After it revives you, it will also give three seconds of immunity to damage which is enough to either find cover or use an armour plate.
Getting the aforementioned perks will make sure you get to that level 16 as soon as possible, after which you can start with the Side Missions.
There aren't any weapons that are the best for levelling but I always find myself keen on LMGs, Rifles and Assault Rifles. LMGs and Assault Rifles excel at taking down heavily armoured opponents, who can otherwise be a major pain in the glorious behind.
Either one of them is good enough and should exclude the other at any given time. My favourite pairing with them are Rifles, modded with ACOG sight. That way they will provide a great tool for medium to long range engagements, also capable of killing any rushers who try to flush you out of the cover.
When it comes to properly equipping yourself for the 1-30 journey, make sure you use Control Points as fast travel markers as often as possible, as you will be spawned in the supply room, which you can proceed to loot for free gear that is scaled up to your level.
In case you need a little bit more bang, make sure you get rank 10 in Dark Zone and equip the perk that allows you to get a free item from the DZ safe house each day. You will need to recruit Senait Ezera from the Theater settlement in order to enter the Dark Zone, but it will come along the way so you don't need to specifically look for her until the game sends you her way.
During Control Point captures as well as a few other situations, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the enemies. The cheesiest way to work around this is to use cover the way it wasn't intended to be used. In essence, you will be able to shoot enemies and they will not be able to shoot back. This is an issue persisting from the original The Division and can be used to gain an advantage in both PvE and PvP.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this video has 60 frames per second so you do the math. Or just watch MarcoStyle demonstrate how to effectively use the cover trick.
That is all - if you want to get to level 30 as soon as possible to get that sweet taste of endgame, this guide should get you there in 15 to 20 hours, depending on how efficient you are in getting through the missions and how much spirit of wanderlust is within you.