How to Turn a Borough Defiant in Watch Dogs: Legion
One of your core objectives in Watch Dogs: Legion is to liberate oppressed boroughs throughout London by turning them 'Defiant'. In total there are eight boroughs (districts) and each of them can be turned defiant. The boroughs are Southwark, Nine Elms, Camden, Lambeth, City of Westminster, City of London, Tower Hamlets, Islington and Hackney. Turning a borough defiant takes a lot of effort but the rewards you recieve make it worthwhile, especially early in the game where it will give you access to some of the best and unique recruits in the game.
In order to turn a borough defiant you must complete a series of missions within that area to fill up the borough's meter so it reaches 100%. There are eight different types of borough side missions and most of them are easy to accomplish if you invest in the Spiderdrone to help you sneak past Albion guards and security defenses. The types of borough side missions in no particular order are:• Sabotage• Digital Defense• Disrupt Propaganda• Rescue Freedom Fighter• Collect Evidence• Hack cTOS Hubs• Neutralize VIP• Photo Evidence
Each of the side missions in a borough is different and they will be marked on your map by red icons. Each borough has 3-4 side missions and every time you complete one you will decrease the oppression in that borough. When you manage to complete all the missions in a particular borough you will unlock the Liberation Mission which will finally turn the borough defiant when you complete it. Liberating a borough will not only turn it to your cause and givey you access to some of the best recruits in the game it will also reveal the location of all the Tech Points in that area making it much easier for you to get them and then use them to upgrade your gear.
Note: During the story mission 'Clarion Call' you will liberate (make defiant) the Borough of Camden automatically. It’s one of the first few missions in the game. Once you have done this you will unlock all the other oppression-reducing missions on the map. You will not be able to liberate any other boroughs before then.
Watch Dogs: Legion Mission List
In total thee are 37 in Watch Dogs: Legion and they are spread across 8 chapters and a prologue.• Operation Westminster• Restart DedSec• Light a Spark• Clarion Call• Reporting for Duty• Digging Up the Past• Lost in the Process• Clan Kelley’s New Export• Bloody Mary Kelley• Gap in the Armour• Inside Albion• Recruit an Albion Guard• Stealing Schemes• In the Belly of the Beast• Initiate Sequence• 404 Not Found• Coming Home• Into the Void• The Whistleblower• Espionage 101• Honey Trap• Hunting Zero Day• Smoking Gun• Kill Box• The Malik Dossier• Barbarians at the Gate• Crashing the Auction• Market Closing• Falling From Grace• Restoking the Fire• Nigel’s Close Shave• Defanging the Flock• Justice4Claire• London’s Prospectors• DedSec Party• The Face of the Enemy• Hard Reset
Take a look at our How to get the Best Recruits
guide to find out how you can put together a DedSec team that will make the various campaign missions and side mission easier to complete.