Bullet King Is The Division’s “Loot Cave”


Update: It looks like that exploit is being fixed tomorrow. From the v 1.02 patch notes that just came out ahead of time: “Named NPCs will no longer respawn after being killed in the Open World. This will prevent situations where players were able to kill a same named NPC over and over again.” So smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em.

High-level players of The Division have discovered a way to make hundreds of Phoenix credits (currency used to buy high-end weapons) and collect dozens of special items in less than an hour by attacking the same NPC over and over again in quick succession. It is the closest thing to Destiny’s erstwhile “loot cave” – a fruitful, if repetitive, means to get lots of goodies late in the game. And sadly, it is only useful to those who have reached level 30.

Bullet King is one of the game’s named enemies who drops the special currency upon being killed. He spawns less than 100 metres from the door of the Autumn’s Hope safehouse in the Times Square district in the northwest of the city. Players at Reddit found out that if you kill him, while leaving the rest of his entourage alone, then allow yourself to be killed, he will respawn and you can run back from the safehouse and do the same thing over and over, collecting huge stacks of credits in very little time. He will also drop two pieces of the purple “specialised” gear every time he is killed, effectively making him a great source of ordinary cash as well. There are also reports he occasionally drops a high-end assault rifle called ‘Caduceus’.


But some players are finding he is not around. If this is the case for you there could be a few reasons. Either you haven’t cleared the side missions in that district, specifically the supply drop mission to the west of him. Or you have already killed him and his whole crew in an earlier battle, meaning he won’t respawn again for days.

There is a workaround however, if you really want to pursue this avenue of grinding (and take this from someone who has done it – it is a very dull way to make money). If you jump into someone else’s game who has not yet defeated Bullet King and his cronies, then get them to disband the group, you will be left in their world. This allows you to travel to Autumn’s Hope and scrounge credits and loot to your heart’s content. Players say that to ensure the respawn, you must always leave at least one of his guards alive, so if you kill one or two by accident, it should still be okay.

Ubisoft are doubtlessly working on a fix to this, so if you want to get in on the exploit, now is the time. We’ll have more guides and tips for The Division very soon.


  1. Tekrunner says:

    “We’ll have more guides and tips for The Division very soon.”

    I, uh, kind of hope that they’ll be a little better than just telling us how to exploit the game in the most mind-numbing way you can imagine. I’m not entirely sure why this “tip” deserved a full post for itself. And I say this as a fairly enthusiastic Division player.

    • Anti-Skub says:

      “the most mind-numbing way you can imagine”

      Is there another way to play the Division after you’ve gotten to 30?

      • LANCERZzZz says:

        Well, the main reason why they put raw materials in the game was so that you could scavenge and make better items that way, not just farm credits to instantly buy high-end gear.

        but that is the problem that ubisoft could not have predicted, the problem with attracting MMO players. MMO players don’t understand the concept of enjoying the minor details of a game such as plot, atmosphere and gameplay. MMO players only care about raw stats and who can have the best numbers, which is also why they ruined Destiny

    • Ethaor says:

      I completely agree.

      “Hey, here’s the best way we found as of yet to not have fun, ruin your game experience and diminish it’s longevity all at the same time!”

  2. Honigsenf says:

    Players should receive the value of exploited weapons / money as debts. When they cant pay, from now and then, an very overpowered npc would start stalking,killing and looting him until all debts are paid. And I say this as noobish Division player.

  3. Philopoemen says:

    This works for any of the named enemies outside the Dark Zone. Just leave one guy standing and rinse and repeat.

  4. dagnamit says:

    These things are pretty much features of any grindy MMO type game and will take any opportunity to wrest my time back from a game. Finding a unique way to get your time back is almost as exciting as getting that .01% drop.

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      Phasma Felis says:

      If you feel like a game is wasting your time, it would make more sense to go play a different game instead of struggling to find way to keep playing it while wasting marginally less time?

  5. Philopoemen says:

    And its not exactly no time at all. 1-3(4?) credits per kill, 2-3 mins per run (if not more). Realistically to get 100 credits, it’s going to take 1-2 hours of solid play, not including the runs to the vendors/crafters to get rid of the excess purple drops.

    In the meantime, you could ghost boss runs in the Dark Zone – you only have to damage an enemy once to get the reward for killing them, so follow a group, take a single shot, and then wait for the others to kill the named enemy, and you get the credits, and are more likely to to get a yellow loot drop.

    What is more fun is what it comes down to.

    • Eadrom says:

      It actually only takes 30 seconds run outside to the street snipe the guy run back to safe house. As soon as you get inside you leave combat and can repeat the run again.

      The reason people are doing this is its the most efficient source of both phoenix credits and crafting materials it can be easilly soloed and takes almost no brain power. It’s always the same in any game involving a grind a good example is the eve online crusade for the perfect isk/hr.

    • phimuskapsi says:

      Actually it takes about 20s to do a run if you are already powerful. My main sniper can kill him in 2-3 shots and you don’t need to collect it every time. Run out, kill him, run back in, 15-30s each time. You can make 120-180 credits an hour doing this.

      @Author – I got the Caduceus twice from him, and twice from Chain; a Stuyvesant boss – could also be farmed, though it took longer (90s).

  6. lucasdigital says:

    Second point from tomorrow’s patch:
    “Named NPCs will no longer respawn after being killed in the Open World. This will prevent situations where players were able to kill a same named NPC over and over again.”

    So, if you’re planning to use the exploit you’ve got about 24 hours. I’m still days away from reaching the 30 cap, not to mention the fact that its a naughty exploit.

  7. yogibbear says:

    You can complete Lexington Challenging Runs in 10-15 minutes and earn 30 phoenix credits each time and actually have some FUN. It’s hardly an exploit. More like a bunch of people wasting their time shooting a guy rather than using other mechanics in the game to achieve the same result. Plus each run is guaranteed to give you a HE gear piece.

  8. Cederic says:

    It’s a fine indictment of a top selling game that people are sharing ways of avoiding playing it.

    Engineered grind is not fun. I’ll stick to games that let you enjoy them :(

    • MJFERN says:

      It doesn’t much matter how fun a game is, someone will always look for then exploit the glitches. I’ve been at the level 30 point for a few days and see no need to try to exploit or cheat.