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 first will win the match and get a chance to earn an Alpha Pack.
Friendly fire is always on! Kill a teammate once accidentally and there’s no problem – other than a score deduction. Kill two teammates and you will be kicked from the match and banned from matchmaking for a set time. If you continue getting kicked, the ban will increase. See the table below for a breakdown.
|1 First||30 minutes|
|2 Second||1 hour|
|3 Third||2 hours|
|4 Fourth||24 hours|
|5 Fifth||7 days|
Casual is the most common multiplayer playlists in Rainbow Six Siege. Any Clearance Level is welcome, but a few Situations must be completed before the playlist becomes available. The game modes in this playlist include Bomb, Secure Area, and Hostage.
The Preparation Phase lasts 0:43, while the Action Phase in Casual lasts 3:30. All defensive locations are randomly selected, but attacker spawn points can be voted on by the team. To win a game in Casual, 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.
Newcomer is a multiplayer playlist released in Year 4 of Rainbow Six Siege. Only Operators under Clearance Level 50 will be able to access this playlist. This playlist will only feature the Bomb game mode on the maps Chalet, Bank, and Consulate.
The Preparation Phase lasts 0:43, while the Action Phase in Casual lasts 3:30. All defensive locations are randomly selected, and the attackers’ spawn point can be any location a player chooses. 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 is the multiplayer playlist where players take the game much more seriously. Only Operators who have reached Clearance Level 30 can access Ranked. 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 game modes in Ranked playlist include Bomb, Secure Area, and Hostage.
The Preparation Phase lasts 0:43, while the Action Phase in Casual lasts 2:30. The defensive location must be voted on by the team, and the attackers’ spawn point can be any location a player chooses. 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 game.
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, and diamond. You will earn special ranked points towards the next rank after your team wins a full game, or you will lose points towards the next rank once your team loses a match. Ranked is still in Beta, so this is subject to change.
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 Multiplayer 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. 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 Skins, Weapon Skins, and Charms. Two Alpha Packs are given at the start of the event which will unlock two random event items. All others must be purchased in bulk with R6 Credits / real money.
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.
Multiplayer Game Modes
Rainbow Six Siege features a total of three game modes in Casual and Ranked playlists which will randomly rotate. One or two of the game modes can be de-selected in the settings menu, but it might take longer to find a game. This page will help you learn the basics of each game mode, and offer a few tips to beginners.
Hostage – Tips and Info
In the hostage multiplayer game mode, attackers must locate and extract a human hostage while defenders attempt to keep the captive alive and secured. If the hostage is injured and downed, the hostage must be revived before they bleeds out and dies. If either team kills the hostage, that team will instantly lose the round.
This particular game mode requires finesse since the primary objective is a human package who can be injured and even killed. Try not to use explosives other than Breach Charges unless you know exactly where the hostage is and the blast radius of your explosive.
Some defenders like to use the hostage as a human shield, and will crouch or even go prone right next to the captive. Watch your aim and pick off the hostile without harming the hostage. Defense often places their unique gadgets and barbed wire around the hostage as traps. Do not run in after the hostage unless you know the area is cleared!
Secure Area – Tips and Info
In the secure area multiplayer game mode, attackers must locate and secure a biohazard container by remaining in the objective room for 10 consecutive seconds without any defenders in the area. If a defender is on the objective, attackers cannot capture the container.
This is the easiest game mode to win because many players don’t like staying on the objective. Defenders must stay very close to, or even within, the objective room or it can be taken by attackers in a short time. Once offense has the room held, defense is often bottle necked into the smaller points of entry (i.e. doors, windows, and any breached walls). All attackers need to do is stand in an empty room and start picking off defenders that come running back to score an easy win . Of course, defenders could also leave the objective room and fill it with booby traps, enticing unsuspecting attackers.
Bomb – Tips and Info
In the bomb multiplayer game mode, attackers must locate and defuse one of two bombs by standing close to the explosives and setting an electronic defuser. Defenders must keep both of the bomb locations secure. If the defuser has been activated, defenders must locate and destroy the device within 60 seconds.
This is the most difficult multiplayer game mode because there are two objectives, but only one needs to be taken down. Both teams will be spread out over a larger portion of the map compared to the other two game modes. It’s even possible for one bomb to be a floor above or below the other bomb. Reinforce the walls the properly funnel enemies towards your traps and teammates. Once a bomb is planted, a good option is to place a claymore near the defuser to kill any defender that rushes in to destroy the device.