This city fell apart. It's crazy out here. Every man for himself. Survival of the fittest. You gotta take what you need in this world.
- Unknown Rioter
The Rioters are groups of common thugs and delinquents that just want to rob and even kill others to ensure their own survival. Many know they can kill but will use that as a final option, or they will pull the trigger first. They are one of the main enemy factions in Tom Clancy's The Division.
While Rioters do not have a set in stone hierarchy, each gang follows a certain leader. Such examples being Hutch or Five-O (possibly may just be a boss or a squad-like leader, basically tougher versions of peon Rioters) as well as a few more leaders. They usually carry bigger and heavier weapons than their lower ranking members and tend to have armor, with the weapon of choice for most of them seems to be light machine guns and marksman rifles.
Beyond the organized factions roam thugs and outlaws that now rampage through the city, rioting, looting, and assaulting any who come near them. Unafraid to wound or kill, they survive by preying on the weak. They roam in packs, hunting down easy targets and lashing out at authorities when they get the chance. Volatile and dangerous, they are a constant thorn in the side of the JTF and a steady drain on resources.
Known Rioter Gangs
Lord of the 2-1-2's
Wild Child's Gang
Trio Crew - Daily HVT 3*
Break Out Crew - Daily HVT 1*
East Coast Crew - Daily HVT 1*
Grenade Brothers - Weekly HVT 3*
Thunder Riot - Daily HVT 3*
Hurricane Riot - Daily HVT 3*
Lightning Riot - Daily HVT 3*
Blood Sisters - Weekly HVT 3*
Pokerface's Gang - Weekly HVT 3*
Cinderella's Gang - Daily HVT 2*
Castro's Gang - Weekly HVT 3*
Switchback Riot - Daily HVT 3*
Relationship with other factions
Among themselves the rioters are not unified and are divided into gangs.
Rioters in general see the J.T.F. as weak and take advantage of their struggling power by robbing and looting within J.T.F. controlled territory or outright raiding and attack J.T.F. positions.
Although skirmishes do occur they have been known to engage in trading with Rikers, namely weapons.
Rioters outright fear the Last Man Battalion. A rioter report revealed when one of the rioter propose to loot at the UN building the other stated to avoid the area, describing the area as a "killing field" because of the LMB. The second rioter further describes them as "badass special forces type" with superior gear and equipment compared to the J.T. F, and are very ruthless, killing anyone on sight.
Any animosity they have with the other factions would have likely been resolved by the time of Resistance as they joined forces with remnants of the Cleaners, Rikers, and Last Man Battalion to combat the J.T.F. and Division agents as well as to hunt down Aaron Keener.
Rioters Enemy Types
Lurker - Standard enemies armed with PF45 pistols.
Veteran/Elite Variants use SMG-9s, and have armor and more health than their Normal counterpart.
Dare-Devil - Enemies armed with tear gas grenades and 586 Magnums. They have a special ammo pack on the back of their backpack that can be shot, causing an explosion that will cause large amounts of damage, potentially killing them and anyone near, including the player.
Veteran/Elite variants use M1911 pistols.
Elite variants throw Molotov cocktails instead of tear gas grenades.
Challenging Difficulty/HVT variants use Frag/Shock grenades and sawed off double barrel shotguns.
Bruiser - Melee enemies armed with baseball bats. They have 2/3rds the amount of health and (if Veteran/Elite) armor compared to regular Rioters.
Veteran/Elite variants have armor and more health than their Normal counterparts.
Elite variants use a golf club and attack in between shorter intervals than their Veteran/Normal counterparts.
Lookout - Snipers armed with M44 Carbine sniper rifles or Classic M1As (Veteran/Elite) and PF45 pistols for close-range. They have 2/3rds the amount of health and (if Veteran/Elite) armor compared to regular Rioters. Can be easily picked out of the crowd by their large poncho that they wear.
Heavy Weapons - Armed with RPK-74 light machine guns, with 50% more health and armor compared to regular Rioters of the same rank. A red ammo box on their backpack can be shot to spray bullets everywhere, damaging anyone nearby and disrupting the Heavy Weapons user. Only Veteran and higher ranks appear to spawn.
Sprayer - Female Rioter armed with T821's and frag grenades/incendiary grenades, typically seen in Challenging mode or the Dark Zone and sharing characteristics of the Dare Devil's (the explosive pack weak spot.) Distinguishable from their red hooded jackets, and frantic running as they spray their sub machine guns erratically at the player. Spawn exclusively as Elite and Boss rank encounters.