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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 and mission locations. 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 and 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

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
  • Task Force Bravo
  • Garnet Squad
  • India Squad
  • Aqua Squad
  • Echo Squad
  • Victor Squad
  • Tango Squad
  • Topaz Squad
  • Beta Squad
  • Ruby Squad
  • Foxtrot Squad
  • Romeo Squad
  • Papa Squad
  • Sierra 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 - Controller
  • 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 - Sniper
  • Adam "Wingy" Hawthorne
  • Floyd "Splash" Tyler
  • Chad "Weepy" Hardy
  • Finian "Spuds" Wynter
  • Corbin "Nebula" Randolf
  • Samson "Fridge" Baker
  • Alexandra "Tidy" Popov
  • Margot "Maggot" Marchese
  • Cole "Careless" Dominic
  • Natalia "Catty" Andrews - Sniper
  • Finlay "Tickles" Elmo

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

-"That agent's healing!"-Using med kit or drone.

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