Rainbow Six Siege Guide

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How to Unlock Items

Rainbow Six Siege features various aesthetic items to customize your favorite Operator. These items are purely for show and do not alter gameplay! There are four different item sections in Rainbow Six Siege: Headgear, Uniforms, Weapon Skins, and Charms

Headgear Uniforms
This is the Operator skin that covers the entire region above the shoulders. While the majority are available through Renown and R6 Credits, Legacy Operators have at least one piece of headgear that can only be purchased with ~1000 R6 Credits. This item can be mixed and matched with any uniform unless they're part of an Elite set. This is the Operator skin that covers the entire body, but not the head. This can be mixed and matched with any headgear unless they're part of an Elite set.
Charms Weapon Skins
This is the small item that dangles from the side of your larger guns (all primary weapons and select sidearms), and either dangles from the top or sits on the bottom of the bulletproof window on shields. Once unlocked, a Charm can be used on any weapon that holds charms. Weapon Skins are the camouflage and paint jobs of weapons. Some weapon skins are universal, and can be applied to any weapon. Some skins are available only for a particular weapon, like the MP5SD, but not the MP5. There is one weapon skin (Diamond camo) that can only be unlocked with 100,000 Renown. Any DLC weapon skins purchased with actual money outside of the Rainbow Six Siege shop are universal skins unless packaged with a single Operator. For example, the emerald weapon skin is universal, but Ash Watch_Dogs set is only for Ash and her weapons.

Each item has a rarity which determines the cost of unlocking it or the chance of receiving it in an Alpha Pack. The tiers of rarity are common, uncommon, rare, epic, and legendary. A specific item can be purchased/unlocked with the in-game currency Renown, a random item can be unlocked with an Alpha Pack, or an item can be purchased alone or in a bundle with the micro-transaction coins known as R6 Credits. However, there are a handful of items that can only be unlocked with ONLY Renown, R6 Credits, or actual cash from the store.


The primary currency in Rainbow Six Siege is called Renown. It is shown by golden dog tags in the top-right corner of the menu screen. Renown is earned alongside XP after playing Situations, Terrorist Hunt, Multiplayer, or completing Daily and Weekly challenges. Ubisoft estimates that it’ll 1 hour to earn 1000 Renown.

Purchase and activate Boosters to gain a 100% (2x) Renown bonus while giving teammates a 10% (1.1x) Renown boost. The more teammates with boosters, the more Renown will be earned all the way up to a 190% (2.9x) increase. After purchasing a booster from the shop using R6 Credits, activate it at the main Rainbow Six Siege menu. All Renown earned in game will be increased until the booster’s timer runs out. If you’re currently in a match, the Renown boost will remain active until after the results of the match.

Booster Length Original Price Discount Price
1 Day 162 R6 Credits -
3 Days 370 R6 Credits 342 R6 Credits
7 Days 720 R6 Credits -
30 Days 1890 R6 Credits -
90 Days 5670 R6 Credits 3780 R6 Credits

Don’t forget about the daily and weekly challenges to earn some bonus Renown. Weekly Challenges reset every Tuesday at 12pm UTC. Daily challenges can be found at the main menu, and reset at 12am UTC.

R6 Credits

The micro transaction coins used in Rainbow Six Siege are called R6 Credits. They can only be purchased with real money, and the prices in United States Dollars are listed in the table below. The bonus credits will be automatically added to the base credits. If you buy the $99.99 pack, you will receive a total of 16000 R6 Credits. The table is listed this way because the game lists them this way, and the bonus amount might change in the future.

USD R6 Credits Bonus Total
$4.99 600 - 600
$9.99 1200 - 1200
$19.99 2400 +270 2670
$34.99 4200 +720 4920
$49.99 6000 +1560 7560
$99.99 12000 +4000 16000

Alpha Packs

In addition to unlocking items from earning Renown or buying R6 Credits, a random item can be unlocked through a special type of ‘loot crate’ in Rainbow Six Siege known as Alpha Packs. Each Alpha Pack contains a single random aesthetic item that can be purchased from the Shop from three categories: headgear, charms, and weapon skins. Additionally, select legendary items can only be found through Alpha Packs. Rarity of items found in Alpha Packs are ranked as common, uncommon, rare, epic, or legendary.

If you receive a duplicate item that has already been unlocked, you will receive a certain amount of Renown based on the item category and rarity. The table below lists all known Renown duplicate amounts. There are two amounts for rare weapon skins because universal weapon skins will give more Renown than weapon skins for a specific firearm.

Rarity Color Weapon Headgear Charm
Common Black 310 300
Uncommon Grey 550 625 530
Rare Blue 1250
1300 1150
Epic Purple 2525 2750 2500
Legendary Orange 5850 6000 5750

The packs can be either won at the end of a multiplayer match or purchased with Renown. Buying packs is simple enough to understand. Go to the alpha packs option from the main menu, select “get alpha packs,” and use Renown you’ve earned in game. If you want a specific item, it’s best to save up and buy that item yourself instead of hoping to get it in a pack. After that, it’s fine to spend money on Alpha Packs since there are many rare items that can only be unlocked through these packs.

The table below lists the sets of Alpha Packs you can purchase with Renown. The first two sets won’t save you any Renown but the other two sets will, allowing you to buy more packs or spend the extra Renown on something else. For instance, buying 25 Alpha Packs one after the other will cost 125,000 Renown, but buying a set of 25 Alpha Packs only costs 120,000 Renown. This means you save 5,000 Renown, which you can use to buy another pack. Buying 50 Alpha Packs one at a time would cost 250,000 Renown, but buying a set of 50 will cost 200,000 Renown, saving you 50,000 Renown!

Set Price VIP Price Save
1 5,000 Renown 4,500 Renown -
5 25,000 Renown 22,500 Renown -
25 120,000 Renown 100,800 Renown 1 Pack
50 200,000 Renown 180,000 Renown 10 Packs

Obtaining Alpha Packs through Multiplayer is partially luck and partially team skill. Players must win a casual or ranked multiplayer match to roll for a chance to win a single pack. A circle with a thick line will spin on screen during this “roll.” If the arrow on the right side of the circle lands within the thick line, you’ll win an Alpha Pack; but if it doesn’t, your chances to win an alpha pack will increase a small amount.

Multiplayer Result Increase
Newcomer Lose 1.50%
Newcomer Win 2.50%
Casual Lose 1.50%
Casual Win 2.50%
Ranked Lose 2.50%
Ranked Win 3.00%

VIP / Season Pass holders will receive an additional 0.30% increase after each match, regardless of the match results.