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A secretive private military organization that operates on an unknown agenda. They are disciplined and highly organized, and their unparalleled and advanced equipment make them the biggest threat The Division has ever faced.

The Black Tusk are a private military contractor with ties to political and industrial leaders. They are comprised of elite soldiers that have a long history of working with the U.S. government. Their primary objective is to neutralize The Division and take control of Washington D.C.

Black Tusk are identifiable by their all black military clothing and high-tech equipment. They are highly trained soldiers with a great deal of combat experience. Division agents should not engage Black Tusk Soldiers alone.
- Black Tusk Description

The Black Tusk also known as the Black Tusk Special Unit or BTSU, is a major enemy faction that appears at the endgame in Tom Clancy's The Division 2. Operating as a large private military contractor with ties to the U.S. government, the BTSU invaded Washington D.C. shortly after the True Sons was pushed out of the Capitol Building.

The Black Tusks took back the former faction Strongholds, mission locations, and various Control Points. Although when Tidal Basin, the Black Tusks' main Stronghold was secured by The Division, they still operate in D.C., securing other landmarks and locations. As an endgame faction, the Black Tusk only appears once the player has completed all the Story missions and Strongholds during their level 1 - 30 experience.

They also share similarities with the Last Man Battalion and Hunters from Tom Clancy's The Division, and Los Extranjeros from the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series, using highly advanced tech and equipment in the field to gain an edge over their enemies.

Events of The Division 2

Shortly after the outbreak hit New York, Black Tusk were hired by an unknown organization to pave the way for a "new dynasty". This included orders to dismantle and eliminate any functioning order of the U.S. government, including the Strategic Homeland Division. A small but elite unit known as the Black Tusk Specialist Unit (BTSU), led by Bardon Schaeffer, was assembled to infiltrate the city and specifically target The Division, and succeeded in killing and capturing a few D.C. agents before sabotaging the SHD network, leading Manny Ortega to recall agents across the United States to Washington, D.C. The BTSU planned to hunt down the surviving agents, but were abruptly called off by their client, who came to believe The Division could become allies to their plan. The Black Tusk were also responsible in the death of (then) President of the United States Thomas Mendez as Bardon convinced two secret service agents to kill him and frame his death as a suicide. This was done to further destabilize the U.S. government.

After The Division destroyed the strongholds of the three major factions in D.C., Black Tusk were sent in to take full advantage of the suituation and forcibly seize control of the city while the factions were weakened. Launching a full-scale invasion of the capital, they gained control of the faction strongholds at the District Union Arena, Roosevelt Island, and the Capitol Building. They also dispatched units across D.C. to certain locations and attempted to hack and sabotage the SHD Network for a second time to cripple The Division.

An ECHO later incriminated President Ellis in handing over the Broad-Spectrum Antiviral to the BTSU in an attempt to extract it through their base at Tidal Basin, betraying both the JTF and the Division. However, The Division launched an all-out assault on their Tidal Basin Stronghold and recovered the Antiviral, while eliminating BTSU operative Milla "Wyvern" Radek as she attempted to launch a missile at the White House.

Soon after their defeat in D.C., Black Tusk then took over the Washington National Airport to coordinate their operations. The Division dispatched their agents to stop them and take it back, after defeating several high ranking operators; Black Tusk were ultimately defeated when The Division destroyed the "DDP-52 Razorback", a dangerous drone platform, and recaptured the airport.

While The Division and JTF were conducting operations in the outskirts of Washington, D.C., Black Tusk were found securing Camp White Oak. Quickly launching an attack at the camp in a Division-JTF joint operation, Black Tusk personnel desperately try to hold them off. It is confirmed that Ellis Galveston, a member of Bardon Schaeffer's BTSU Team is guarding President Ellis at the compound, dubbed "Chickenhawk"; during the attack a helicopter is scrambled to evacuate him. Despite the best efforts from Division agents, President Ellis escapes in the helicopter, but they managed to eliminate Galveston and secure Camp White Oak.

Relationship with other factions

Prior to their invasion, the Black Tusk monitored an kept tabs on all of the warring factions in D.C., especially The Division. It is only after all of the factions were defeated in their stronghold did they make their move to invade, facing little resistance.

One of the Black Tusk's objectives were to sabotage and eliminate The Division and their operations. Several Echo's scattered across D.C. reveal that the BTSU led by Bardon have monitored The Division agents' activities, sabotaged their SHD network, and captured/killed several agents all while remaining undetected by every faction. Despite this, they hold some level of interest in The Division as they likely scaled backed on their sabotage when The Division begin to gain momentum against the other factions and allow them to push the factions back into their stronghold and defeat them. This was likely done so the Black Tusk could invade more easily as the broken factions would not be able to fight back. One ECHO reveals that two BTSU operatives, Elijah Sumner and Jack Bonney, hold some level of respect for The Division agents. They describe fighting them as invigorating and compared it to fighting a team of superheroes.  

They also appear to hold some interest in the True Sons as they have also adopted their strategy of weaponizing DC-62.  

Despite all the factions fighting each other for control of positions within D.C., none have bothered to take back their stronghold from the Black Tusk nor attack their beachhead, being too weak and powerless to do so.  

In New York, The Black Tusk is revealing to be supplying the Last Man Battalion with Carl Gustav's and other heavy armaments as shown in the comic Tom Clancy's The Division: Extremis Malis.  

Gameplay

Black Tusk are the last major enemy faction that the player encounters, only appearing once the player has reached Level 30 and defeated the True Sons at their Stronghold in the Capitol Building. Once they are introduced to the game, they gain control of every Stronghold and most of the Story Missions. Each area of the map that contains a Black Tusk stronghold will be marked in red as an "invaded" segment. The player must replay each of the Strongholds and Missions against Black Tusk; once all these have been completed, the invaded sections of the map will be restored to normal.

Sections of D.C. that are under Black Tusk invasion will house Black Tusk activities, such as Public Executions and Territory Control. However, Black Tusk cannot capture Control Points. After Black Tusk appear in the game, randomized patrols of Black Tusk troops in the streets of D.C. become common, even in non-invaded sections of the map.

In combat, Black Tusk troops are heavily reliant on their abilities; they will deploy various types of drones, including aerial seeker drones that explode when near the player. Black Tusk troops also favor firing from cover and behave more cautiously than Hyenas or Outcasts, generally keeping a safe distance from the player. Black Tusk are also distinct from the other factions in that they employ autonomous robots against the player. The Warhound is a quadrupedal, heavily-armored robot with a large-caliber gun that can inflict high damage on the player, but it is slow-moving and its gun has to charge before it fires. The UGV is a tracked weapons platform with a machine gun and grenade launcher that can be disabled by shooting its treads or destroyed by killing its Controller operator. Most Black Tusk troops have a distinct weak point, highlighted in red, usually located on either on their back or thigh, which can be targeted by the player to cause explosive or effect damage to the victim. During some missions, they fast-roping to the ground when leaving one of their MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

Weapons Used

Archetypes

Ex-special forces, Marines, Rangers, SEALs... you name it. These guys come from all sorts of backgrounds, from every hell-hole on the planet. They've seen it all. Done it all. Killed them all. Make sure you're not on their list.

The Assault unit are elite soldiers, hand-picked from militaries, PMCs and academies throughout America. They are well-versed in small unit military tactics and highly experienced in conflict zones. Off the battlefield, the Assault unit spend their time either training or planning their next move.


Strategic Data

  • The Black Tusk Assault archetype prefers to fight from behind cover, and move cover-to-cover to avoid enemy fire.

The defense of American interests, both abroad and at home, should not be limited by a soldier's willingness to do the dirty work. We must look to the future of warfare, and that is robotics and artificial intelligence.
- Andrew Ellis, Speaker of the House

Warhounds are autonomous robots, developed by Black Tusk engineers for urban-based combat operations. They were in development for over a decade before the first prototypes were used in active duty. Since then, Warhounds have proved to be a formidable force on the battlefield.


Strategic Data

  • The Black Tusk Warhound archetype is a heavily armored quadruped that attempts to position itself with clear line of sight to enemies and use a powerful charged gun.
  • The Warhound's cannon can be temporarily disabled by interrupting its charge.
  • Destroying the Warhound triggers a self destruct sequence which sets off an EMP.

Oh, man, you know those cute little bomb disposal robots? Remember how you used to think that some day those guys would come for us? Turns out the real monsters aren't the robots. No, in fact, we're the real monsters.

Controllers are responsible for the Black Tusk's armory of unmanned ground vehicles. They take great pride in their equipment and are enthusiastic about using their newly developed mini tanks on the battlefield. Most of them have previously served in the military as electrical and mechanical engineers.


Strategic Data

  • The Black Tusk Controller archetype controls a mini tank while staying in cover.
  • Distracting the Controller will cause the mini tank to stop functioning temporarily.
  • Eliminating the Controller will disable the mini tank.
  • If the mini tank is damaged, the Controller will attempt to repair it.

A friend of mine back at college was working on some top secret project for the Defense Department. Said it would revolutionize battlefield triage. Make it possible to get to downed soldiers in remote or exposed locations. I guess he was working on what these guys use.
- Coop Dennison

Medics are experienced field surgeons that will do everything in their power to keep their comrades standing. When they're not on the battlefield, they'll either be working in Black Tusk field hospitals or teaching soldiers about basic first aid.


Strategic Data

  • The Black Tusk Medic archetype throws EMP jammers and attempts to revive downed allies via a medical drone.
  • Destroying the drone on the Medic's backpack prevents ranged revival, and forces the Medic to run to downed allies to revive them.
  • Destroying the EMP jammer pouch sets off an EMP that disrupts the Medic.

Every time they release those drones, just think about how much it costs them. It's way more involved than a bullet. They're telling you that your death is worth a pretty significant capital outlay.
- Coop Dennison

Rushers are responsible for the Black Tusk's unmanned aircraft systems. They have been recruited from reconnaissance and surveillance teams across America. Most of them have a rudimentary knowledge of demolitions and work alongside Black Tusk weapons engineers to create new aerial-based technology for the battlefield.


Strategic Data

  • The Black Tusk Rusher archetype deploys suicide drones and uses a targeting laser to pick targets.
  • Destroying the Rusher's drone pouch causes an explosion.
  • The Rusher's equipment is vulnerable to EMP.

These guys are the best of the best. They use every trick in the book, and on top of that, their target acquisition is top-notch. If you're reading this, you left yourself exposed too long.

Snipers are cunning and calculating. While they prefer to pick off targets from a long distance, they are versatile soldiers who can hold their own if their enemies get too close. Snipers keep a scoreboard of their kill count and assign points based on the difficulty of each kill.


Strategic Data

  • The Black Tusk Sniper archetype takes cover at long range while attempting to eliminate targets.
  • The Sniper sets up decoy lenses that can be confused for their real position. Destroying their lens pouch prevents the Sniper from deploying the countermeasures.
  • The Sniper deploys a taser drone that seeks out hostiles and stuns them, granting the sniper a clear shot. Destroying the drone on the sniper's back prevents it from being deployed.

I remember when I was growing up, I used to see all these segments on the military channel about air-burst grenade launchers, and thinking about how cool they were. As an adult, I'm significantly less impressed, and more than a little pissed off when they're used against me.

Throwers were recruited for their ability to process complex calculations while under distress. They take a mathematical approach to training and combat, working alongside trajectory analysts and weapons engineers to improve their techniques and deliver maximum damage with their grenade launcher.

Strategic Data

  • The Black Tusk Thrower archetype uses an airburst grenade launcher to hit targets behind cover.
  • Destroying the grenade pouch causes an explosion that kills the Thrower.

The worst. Literally. See them coming, be like 'nope nope nope' and head the other way. If you have no other option, then you gotta just aim for the belt and get that support station they're carrying around. Still though. Not worth it.

Tanks carry a belt-fed minigun and were originally recruited from the Special Forces' gunboat crew. They use suppressive fire to subdue their enemies and support their allies on the battlefield. Tanks must undertake stringent physical examinations on a regular basis to retain their position as Black Tusk soldiers.


Strategic Data

  • The Black Tusk Tank archetype attempts to stay at range, using his minigun to suppress enemy targets.
  • The Tank has a support station mounted on his back which feeds a constant supply of health recovery. Destroying the support station stops his health regeneration.
  • The Tank's minigun ammo belt never requires a reload. Breaking the belt forces reload.

Known BTSU Squads

  • Task Force Ruby
  • Task Force Opal
  • Task Force Obsidian
  • Task Force Quebec
  • Task Force Charlie
  • Task Force Indigo
  • Task Force Sparta
  • Task Force Amethyst
  • Task Force Sierra
  • Task Force Victor
  • Task Force Zulu
  • Task Force Diamond
  • Task Force Griffin
  • Task Force Delta
  • Task Force Whiskey
  • Task Force Kilo
  • Task Force Ruby
  • Task Force Papa
  • Task Force Echo
  • Task Force Titan
  • Task Force Dragon
  • Garnet Squad
  • India Squad
  • Aqua Squad
  • Echo Squad
  • Victor Squad
  • Tango Squad
  • Topaz Squad
  • Beta Squad
  • Ruby Squad
  • Foxtrot Squad
  • Romeo Squad
  • Papa Squad
  • Strike Team Echelon
  • Strike Team Sapphire
  • Strike Team India
  • Strike Team Omega
  • Omega Company
  • Griffin Company
  • Beta Company
  • Oscar Company
  • Team Sapphire

Named Members

Leaders

World Bosses

  • Sean "Kickback" Hemper
  • Stan "Chunky" Dawson
  • Juan “Boneman” Garcia
  • Reggie "Stonecutter" Whitman
  • Zach “Fluffy“ Foster
  • Jeb “The Yank” Clifton
  • Everret "Wrinkle" Goran
  • Lana “Razorback” Rascomb
  • Jake "Boomerang" Reilley
  • Eugene "Slow" Shaw
  • Guy “Guillotine” Colomb
  • Jennifer "Karma" Estrella
  • Cameron "Sparkplug" Powell
  • Finnegan “Loose-Lips” McGuinness
  • Felix "Bouncy" Baumgartener
  • Luka "Horn" Milic
  • Andrew "Butterfingers" Nguyen
  • Rob "Driver" Jacobi
  • Tanner "Keggar" Brown
  • Marcie "Scratch" McCollough
  • Matthew "Jocky" Henderson
  • Eric "Splits" Lane
  • Aurora "Klutz" Kay
  • August "Lumpy" Lee
  • David "Prime' Maxwell
  • Samson "Fringe" Baker
  • Kathy "Poppy" Huang
  • Andrew "Negative" Ramos
  • Dorian "Weary" Zakai
  • Carson "Riot" Frost
  • Molly "Southpaw" Nielson
  • Sean "Kickback" Hemper
  • Elliot "Undertaker" Chan
  • Joseph "Meatball" Baker
  • Rebecca "Viper" Osborn
  • Elias "Husky" Mckay
  • Daisy
  • Bianca "Slingshot" Solano
  • Gabriel "Nightcap" Simmons
  • Kristina "Killer" Kiwi
  • Edwards "Odessy" Jones
  • Erin "Shorty" Linwood
  • Brian "Sunshine" Wilmer
  • Ethan "Piggy" Wood
  • Steven "Stitch" Steinman
  • Antonio "Candy-Ass" Cortez
  • Earl "Schmitty" Gareth
  • Angela "Argo" Anderson
  • Phedra "Puck" Lao
  • Alex "Marx" Chavez
  • Vlad "Oldman" Orlov
  • Dan "Eagles" Takahara
  • Carver "Edward" Butler
  • Duke "Taffy" Elmore
  • Abdel "Speedy" Eban
  • Terrence "Picky" Davis
  • Heath "Roadblock" O'Malley
  • James "Carver" Wajinski
  • Gerald "Thunderbolt" Hawk
  • Ike "Volkoinein" Zimri
  • James "Flycatcher" Garington
  • Luka "Horn" Milic
  • Rob "Driver" Jacobi
  • Tanner "Kegger" Brown"
  • Marcie "Scrath" McCollough
  • Tadeu "Doctor" Almeida
  • Abdel "Speedy" Eban
  • Clifford "Flats" Bert
  • Elliot "Taxes" Fraser
  • Gordon "Broke-ass" Bryon
  • Skyler "Skimmer" Bryson
  • Barry "Wizzer" Garner
  • Andrew "Rummy" Titus
  • Olena "Chips" Hugh
  • Grayson "Gabby" Yuval
  • Greg "Spectacles" Banner
  • Ferris "Whitey" Wagner
  • Marcy "Squirrelly" Marshall
  • Deborah "Dummie" Ducan
  • Brett "Skinny" Reese
  • Nicoletta "Patchy" DeCesare
  • Neil "Spooky" Stevens
  • Cooper "Stanky" Farrel
  • Bertha "Baddie" Bartholomew
  • Chris "Swamp-ass" Harley
  • Ophelia "Optic" Oppenheimer
  • Adam "Wingy" Hawthorne
  • Floyd "Splash" Tyler
  • Chad "Weepy" Hardy
  • Finian "Spuds" Wynter
  • Corbin "Nebula" Randolf
  • Samson "Fridge" Baker
  • August "Lumpy" Lee
  • Alexandra "Tidy" Popov
  • Margot "Maggot" Marchese
  • Cole "Careless" Dominic

Raid Bosses

Others

Quotes

Drones in the air!
- A female BTSU member warning her fellow Black Tusk members of such UAV usage.

Shoot! Dammit!
- A male BTSU member getting frustrated that other Black Tusk soldiers aren't pouring it on the Division agent--this may be a reference from a Rioter getting aggravated by their allies' lack of aggression in Tom Clancy's The Division.

Pour it on!
- A male BTSU member encouraging other Black Tusk members to unload on the Division agent.

Agent's back on their feet!
- A male BTSU member catching a Division agent red-handed using an armor kit or a healing skill.

You'll pay for killing one of ours!
- A male BTSU member sees a Black Tusk member downed by a Division agent.

You're not heroes, you're traitors to your country!
- A Black Tusk soldier taunting Division agents, referring to their label as a rogue agency in the Invaded American History Museum Mission

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