Rainbow Six Siege’s gameplay focuses on attackers vs defenders. This section features tips and tricks for new players learning how to play offense.
The first part of every game is the preparation phase which lasts 45 seconds. The main goal for offense is to find the objective hidden somewhere in the building using your drone. While looking for the objective, defending Operators can be ID’d and tagged for the entire attacking team for several seconds. Scan the area with your drone to tag, and make sure their face is on screen while scanning to ID.
With the objective marked, your team will know exactly which angles to attack from. Knowing the identify of each Operator is also important to know what to expect in terms of weaponry, gadgets, and special abilities. If the objective was not found, return to your drone and continue searching for the objective during the action phase. All attack Operators come equipped with two drones. If the first drone was destroyed during the preparation phase, a second can be taken from your inventory.
Observation tools are shared between teammates. All Operators on the same team can switch between the cameras on friendly drones and even scan for hostiles, but only the Operator who owns the drone can control and move it. If killed before the end of the round, it’s important to use any available observational tools to support your team.
The next step is to secure the objective or kill all five of the defending Operators. Do not focus on kills alone! Aim for the objective—whether it’s defusing a bomb, extracting a hostage, or securing an area—and while your attempting to do so you will encounter defending Operators. It’s important to think that enemy combatants are secondary objectives to the primary round objective. If the timer reaches zero, the defending team will automatically win the round.
Attackers can rappel up the side of a building to attack from a different angle. While rappelling, Operators can flip upside down and leap inside of open windows. Barricaded windows can be broken down with three hits or two hits with a vault inside.
Entering each room of a building must be done cautiously. It’s possible an enemy Operator will be waiting in a corner for any unsuspecting victim. Drones are useful in this situation to scope out the next room. Don’t forget to listen for any enemy movement as well.
Remain on your toes, as the defending team will have placed many traps around the area. This is also why it’s important to have identified the defending team. Defense Operators can also use the security cameras set up around the building to ID and tag each attack Operator. Destroy any camera the moment you see one unless your team has an Operator that can hack into the security systems.
When you reach the room with the objective, chances are it’ll be boarded or locked up tightly. Boards on open windows and doors can be easily broken with a few melee attacks, a few shots from almost any firearm, or explosives.
A new line of sight or even a door can be created by busting through a breakable surface (also known as a “soft wall”) with a breach charge or shotgun. All other primary firearms will require several shots to punch through a normal surface. Breakable walls are the most common way into a room after doors and windows, but do not neglect coming in from above via hatch.
If the wall is reinforced with steel, it can only be breached by select attack Operator gadgets that specialize in hard breaching. Furthermore, select defense Operators can set up additional measures to prevent most hard breachers from busting through their reinforced steel
Communicate with your team and find the best way into the objective. It’s best to attack all at once so the defending team doesn’t know what hit them. Complete the objective or kill the entire enemy team to win the round. See the Operators page for a list of roles and specializations, or view each individual Operator’s page for an in-depth guide.