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Rainbow Six Siege Guide

Multiplayer

Multiplayer is the most difficult, and some say the most fun, game mode in Rainbow Six Siege. It’s definitely the main reason why this game is still alive and buzzing years after its release. Five players face off against five opposing players online in three to seven rounds. The team to reach the score limit will win the match and roll for a chance to win an Alpha Pack. There are currently three different playlists for multiplayer: Newcomer, Casual, and Ranked.

Newcomer

Only players under Clearance Level 50 will be able to access this playlist. The only game mode available in Newcomer is Bomb, and the only maps in rotation are Chalet, Bank, and Consulate.

The Preparation Phase lasts 0:43, while the Action Phase in Newcomer lasts 3:30. All defender locations are randomly selected, and attackers can select one of several spawn points. Teams switch between attacking or defending after every round.

To win a game in Newcomer, a team most win a total of three rounds. If the teams tie 2-2, the game goes into overtime where the winner of the next round wins the match.

Casual Multiplayer

Only players who have completed a few Situations will be able to access this playlist. The game modes available in this playlist include Bomb, Secure Area, and Hostage. All maps except Bartlett U are in rotation.

The Preparation Phase lasts 0:43, while the Action Phase in Casual lasts 3:30. All defender locations are randomly selected, and attackers can select one of several spawn points. Teams switch between attacking or defending after every round.

To win a game in Newcomer, a team most win a total of three rounds. If the teams tie 2-2, the game goes into overtime where the winner of the next round wins the match.

Ranked Multiplayer

Only Operators who have reached Clearance Level 30 can access this playlist. Furthermore, PC players in most regions will be forced to use two-step authentication to access the Ranked playlist – and this might come to other systems in the future. Install the Ubisoft Authenticator app on your smartphone and connect it to your Uplay account to set up two-step verification.

The only game mode available in Ranked is Bomb. The maps in rotation include: Kafe Dostoyevsky, Oregon, Hereford Base, Club House, Consulate, Bank, Chalet, Border, Skyscraper, Coastline, Theme Park, Villa, Fortress, Outback

In Ranked, players cannot join a match in progress. If a player leaves or gets kicked during a game, they will suffer a Renown gain penalty, the match will count as a loss, and they will be banned from Ranked for a set amount of time depending on the number of offenses.

Offense Ban Length
1 First 30 minutes
2 Second 1 hour
3 Third 2 hours
4 Fourth 24 hours
5 Fifth 7 days

At the start of a Ranked match, both teams must pick and ban one attacking and one defending Operator from the rest of the match, meaning a total of two attacking and two defending Operators will be banned. Each ban phase lasts 15 seconds. If there is a tie on who will be banned, the computer will randomly choose between the two Operators.

The Preparation Phase lasts 0:43, while the Action Phase in Ranked lasts 2:30. At the pre-round select screen, the attackers can choose any location to spawn at. The defenders must vote on a location to guard, but their location will become locked after successfully defending that area. Teams switch between attacking or defending after three rounds in ranked multiplayer.

To win a match in Ranked, a team must win four rounds; however, if both teams tie 3-3, the game will go into overtime. Overtime is best two out of three, meaning the team that wins two of the next three rounds will win the match.

The reason players take Ranked so seriously is because the team’s performance determines a player’s Rank, which is shown on their profile. The different ranks in Rainbow Six Siege from lowest to highest are copper > bronze > silver > gold > platinum > diamond. See the table below for all ranks and MMR required to seat in those ranks. MMR is the Ranked point system in Rainbow Six Siege. Win a match to gain MMR, or lose a match to lose MMR. The amount of points you earn or lose will depend on the skill of the player and how long and often they play. These two factors are used to match players together and assign a rank.

multiplayer ranked chart

Platinum 3 Platinum 2 Platinum 1 Diamond
platinum 3 rank platinum 2 rank platinum 1 rank diamond rank
3300-3699 3700-4099 4100-4499 4500+
Gold 4 Gold 3 Gold 2 Gold 1
gold 4 rank gold 3 rank gold 2 rank gold 1 rank
2500-2699 2700-2899 2900-3099 3100-3299
Silver 4 Silver 3 Silver 2 Silver 1
silver 4 rank silver 3 rank silver 2 rank silver 1 rank
2100-2199 2200-2299 2300-2399 2400-2499
Bronze 4 Bronze 3 Bronze 2 Bronze 1
bronze 4 rank bronze 3 rank bronze 2 rank bronze 1 rank
1700-1799 1800-1899 1900-1999 2000-2099
Copper 4 Copper 3 Copper 2 Copper 1
copper 4 rank copper 3 rank copper 2 rank copper 1 rank
0-1300 1400-1499 1500-1599 1600-1699

At the end of the season, players who earned a Rank will receive a special ranked multiplayer seasonal charm. The charm will represent the season by its style, and the color will be of the highest rank you achieved throughout the season. For instance, if you started the season in Gold and ended up in Bronze, you will receive a Gold charm at the end of the season.

Special Events

Every now and then Rainbow Six Siege will have special Multiplayer events. Look for a small box on the lower-right corner of the screen when you log into the game for a new playlist. A map might have a special look or there might be a custom game mode available for the public.

Often times special events feature unique Alpha Packs. These special Alpha Packs contains event-specific Operator Heagear, Uniforms, Weapon Skins, and Charms. Two Alpha Packs are given at the start of each event which will unlock two random event items. All others must be purchased in bulk with R6 Credits / real money. Once the event is gone, the items can no longer be found or purchased.

Finally, don’t forget to check each Tuesday for weekly challenges. There is almost always a new charm or weapon skin during each Holiday or Operator’s birthday. Check the bio of your favorite Operator to discover their DOB.