Patch 1.2 has introduced 200+ Gear Score bracket in Dark Zone. To my surprise I'm in that bracket, even though my displayed Gear Score is 191.

What exactly determines which bracket are you assigned to?

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If you have any items that exceed 201 gear level you will find yourself in the 201+ bracket, whether the gear is equipped, in your inventory, or in your stash. This is true even if your average gear score is below 201.

For example, when I tested this earlier today my gear score was 196. At that time I had a 214 holster and a 204 sub-machine gun. I entered the Dark Zone numerous times from checkpoints in Dark Zone 1, Dark Zone 3, Dark Zone 5, and Dark Zone 6. Each time I was in the DZ 201+ bracket. Placing my gun and holster in the stash did not change which bracket I was assigned to.

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    I learned that the stash contributes to your Dark Zone bracket by watching this video
    – Lumberjack
    Commented May 25, 2016 at 20:19
  • Though im not completely sure why teh stash affects it, It certainly makes sense to take into account items in your inventory. Prevents you from just equiping low rating gear to get into lower ranking zones, and then hot swapping on the higher gear and going over the limit. Its easier and safer to just never let you in.
    – Ryan
    Commented May 25, 2016 at 20:34
  • @timelord64 182 mk17 and 182 magnum revolver
    – Lumberjack
    Commented May 25, 2016 at 22:32
  • @Timelord64 I picked up a 204 shotgun and a 204 assault rifle tonight in the dark zone.
    – Lumberjack
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 4:26
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    GS for weapons isn't simply averaged anymore. They now only count your highest-GS weapon (across stash and inventory) plus the six armor pieces. The GS is the total of those divided by seven. Commented May 26, 2016 at 12:41

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