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Watch Dogs: Legion guide: Select your first Operative

We’ll explain how to choose your starter

Watch Dogs: Legion guide: Select your first Operative Image: Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft via Polygon
Jeffrey Parkin (he/him) has been writing video game guides for Polygon for almost seven years. He has learned to love just about every genre of game that exists.

In this Watch Dogs: Legion guide, we’ll help you through selecting your first Operative out of the list of 15 you’re presented with. We’ll help you understand the abilities you’re choosing between, and give you advice on what to skip and what to look for.

Select Your First Operative

After the prologue and a quick introduction to using the Spiderbot, you’ll be faced with your first choice of the game — picking one of 15 randomly generated Operatives. Like we mentioned in our team building guide, try not to focus as much on the people as on their abilities. This early in the game, a lot of these abilities won’t mean much to you.

Each of these Operatives has one ability. Here’s the thing: A person with one ability is not that special in Watch Dogs: Legion, and you’re going to be recruiting much more versatile Operatives (like Skilled Operatives) very soon. That means you really can’t go wrong here since this Operative is basically disposable.

That said, this choice can make your first foray into London a little easier.

Skip over people with vehicles and guns. Vehicles are basically freely available all over the streets of London, so there’s not really a high demand for them, and drawing a gun tends to make your enemies draw their guns and then the shooting starts, so they’re not worth the trouble.

You can also skip people with abilities like Fast Download and Clothing Discounts. Downloading is too specific a use case, and Clothing Discounts are for purely cosmetic items.

Instead, choose either a melee ability or someone with a Fast Hack Cooldown.

  • Melee — and melee weapons — are just generally useful since you’ll be punching people a lot more than you might expect.
  • “Hacking” is a catchall term for the way you interact with the world in Watch Dogs: Legion. Fast Hack Cooldowns means your interactions with the world of Watch Dogs: Legion will be a bit smoother and involve less waiting.

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