Year 4 of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege begins this week and we have the ultimate guide for players looking to select and master the best operators while on the attack phase going into the new season. For that reason, our ranked attack operators list does not include yet-to-be-released operators Gridlock and Mozzie who are releasing with the Australian-themed Operation Burnt Horizon expansion.
Season 9 of Rainbow Six Siege's Pro League wrapped up in February with the latest Six International hosted in Montreal and we've gathered the stats on the top operator selections by the world's best players. The ranked recommendations below are gathered from the current meta of the game before the Y4S1 major update releases.
That means the below picks take into account the current pro league ban on Lion (who's currently being reworked) and the three-month ban on the newest operators from Operation Wind Storm (Nomad and Kaid) who are on their trial evaluation.
10 Buck (JTF2)
39.9% Pick Rate / 0% Ban Rate
Gadget: SK 4-12 (Skeleton Key) - A shotgun attachment designed for opening large holes in soft surfaces, including ceilings, floors, windows, and doors.
Primary Weapons: C8-SFW Assault Rifle, CAMRS Marksman Rifle
- NAME: SEBASTIEN CÔTÉ
- DATE OF BIRTH: AUGUST 20, 1980
- HEIGHT: 1.78M
- WEIGHT: 84KG
- PLACE OF BIRTH: MONTREAL, QC
Born and Raised in Montreal, Sebastien Côté is a highly pragmatic person who enjoys simple mechanical devices over the high tech arsenal employed by other operators. The Skeleton Key, an under-barrel mounted 12 gauge shotgun, allows Côté to swiftly breach and target hostiles, by changing hand positions on his assault rifle.
9 Ying (SDU)
9.4% Pick Rate, 30.7% Ban Rate
Gadget: Candela Device - Releases a cluster of flash charges that can either be anchored on surfaces or thrown out as a grenade, and includes a manual timer.
Primary Weapons: T-95 LSW Light Machine Gun, SIX12 Shotgun
- NAME: SIU MEI LIN
- DATE OF BIRTH: MAY 12TH, 1983
- HEIGHT: 1,60M
- WEIGHT: 52KG
- PLACE OF BIRTH: HONG KONG, CENTRAL
Born in the comfortable Central District of Hong Kong, Siu Mei Lin, codenamed Ying (firefly), was a close protection operative before joining the Special Duties Unit. Having developed explosive short-range power and combat skills, she joined an elite security service school right after high school. When she was tasked with a high-stakes money exchange during a kidnapping situation, however, she realized how limited her means were. Driven to have greater impact, she re-oriented her career to become an all-purpose operative. A year later, she joined a female-exclusive training in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she perfected her hand-to-hand combat skills and driving maneuvers.
8 Dokkaebi (707TH SMB)
29.5% Pick Rate, 12.5% Ban Rate
Gadget: LOGIC BOMB - Hack into the mobile phones of every defender and force their phones to ring until they turn them off or until a timer runs out. Secondary feature allows Dokkaebi to hack into the phone of a downed defender to gain access to their cameras.
Primary Weapons: Mk 14 EBR Marksman Rifle, BOSG.12.2 Shotgun
- NAME: GRACE NAM
- DATE OF BIRTH: FEBRUARY 2ND, 1988
- HEIGHT: 1.69M
- WEIGHT: 62KG
- PLACE OF BIRTH: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Grace Nam gained notice in the ROK Army for her exemplary tech skills and for being highly adaptable to situations. During joint exercises with Detachment K Green Berets, her American instructors encouraged her to try out for the 707th Special Mission Battalion. She passed, but her entry into Rainbow was far more unorthodox. During operations, she can hack enemy phones, causing them to vibrate and give up enemy positions.
7 Jackal (GEO)
35.8% Pick Rate, 9.9% Ban Rate
Gadget: EYENOX MODEL III - A flip-down visor that detects foot prints of defenders and that lets the player choose to highlight where they are on the map.
Primary Weapons: C7E Assault Rifle, PDW9 Submachine Gun, ITA12L Shotgun
- NAME: RYAD RAMIREZ AL-HASSAR
- DATE OF BIRTH: FEBRUARY 29TH, 1968
- HEIGHT: 1.90M
- WEIGHT: 78KG
- PLACE OF BIRTH: CEUTA, SPAIN
Born in Ceuta, Spain, Ryad Ramírez Al-Hassar’s broad resourcefulness on difficult terrains made him an expert tracker. His extensive training outside the Cuerpo Nacional de Policía include several survival courses, tactical desert navigation programs, and specialized combat diving practice. Ramírez is known to be the best asset of the G.E.O. to track down HVTs and intercept narcotics shipments. He is ruthless on the field and determined to unravel the events that led to the loss of his older brother, Faisal.
6 Thatcher (SAS)
38.1% Pick Rate, 8.7% Ban Rate
Gadget: EMP Grenade - Disables or destroys most Defender electronic gadgets via an electromagnetic pulse when thrown, extremely useful for removing traps and electrified or jammed reinforced walls to allow Thermite and Hibana to break through them.
Primary Weapons: AR33 Assault Rifle, L85A2 Assault Rifle, M590A1 Shotgun
- NAME: MIKE BAKER
- DATE OF BIRTH: JUNE 22ND, 1961
- HEIGHT: 1.80M
- WEIGHT: 86KG
- PLACE OF BIRTH: BIDEFORD
Born into a family of stevedores, Baker enlisted for active military duty on his eighteenth birthday. A veteran of three wars, Baker was the oldest SAS operative on active duty until he was recruited by Rainbow.
Highly observant, calculating and decisive, Baker’s demeanor may denote traces of impatient cynicism, but he possesses a profound sense of ethical responsibility. He does best when assigned with junior operators of strong moral conviction, whom he can mentor.
5 Zofia (G.R.O.M.)
45.9% Pick Rate, 1.4% Ban Rate
Gadget: KS79 LIFELINE - A projectile weapon that can quickly fire both concussion and impact ammunition, up to two of each.
Primary Weapons: LMG-E Light Machine Gun, M762 Assault Rifle
- NAME: ZOFIA BOSAK
- DATE OF BIRTH: JANUARY 28TH, 1981
- HEIGHT: 1.79M
- WEIGHT: 72KG
- PLACE OF BIRTH: WROCLAW, POLAND
The well-known, decorated officer Zofia Bosak is the second Specialist from Poland’s counter-terrorism unit GROM to integrate into Rainbow, the first being her younger sister, Elzbieta Bosak. She has always been the favorite of the two sisters, which caused a significant divide between them. Following a maternity leave, Zofia returned to the GROM soon after hearing Ela would pass the selection. When Ela accepted the prestigious offer to join Team Rainbow, Zofia saw no reason to stay behind. Everything about the GROM now seems to remind her of her father and his tragic death.
4 Glaz (SPETSNAZ)
10.2% Pick Rate, 45.6% Ban Rate
Gadget: HDS Flipsight - a flip-up optic that highlights enemies in yellow, even through smoke, for Glaz's only primary which can shoot through soft walls, bullet proof windows, and Castle barricades.
Primary Weapons: OTs-03 Marksman Rifle
- NAME: Stan Demidoff
- DATE OF BIRTH: July 2, 1987
- HEIGHT: 1.78M
- WEIGHT: 79KG
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Vladivostok, Russia
Born and raised in Vladivostok, where his father worked in the shipping industry. Glazkov studied art in secondary school, until the Beslan school hostage crisis inspired him to transfer to the Cadet Corps and pursue a career in the armed forces.
3 Thermite (FBI SWAT)
61.6% Pick Rate, 2.3% Ban Rate
Gadget: BRIMSTONE BC-3 - Exothermic Charges, similar to standard breaching charges, but are designed to destroy reinforced walls and hatches.
Primary Weapons: M1014 Shotgun, 556xi Assault Rifle
- NAME: JORDAN TRACE
- DATE OF BIRTH: MARCH 14, 1982
- HEIGHT: 1.78M
- WEIGHT: 80KG
- PLACE OF BIRTH: PLANO, TEXAS
Trace joined the Marines after high school, serving two tours in Iraq. After his discharge he used his GI Bill money to put himself through college at Texas A&M and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He then joined the FBI. After four years as a field agent he transferred to FBI SWAT.
2 Hibana (S.A.T.)
42.2% Pick Rate, 22.4 Ban Rate
Gadget: X-KAIROS - A 40 mm caliber launcher that fires explosive pellets that can be manually detonated simultaneously from a distance through reinforced walls. Useful for opening multiple kill holes and hatches at the same time.
Primary Weapons: Type-89 Assault Rifle, SuperNova Shotgun
- NAME: YUMIKO IMAGAWA
- DATE OF BIRTH: JULY 12, 1983
- HEIGHT: 1.73M
- WEIGHT: 57KG
- PLACE OF BIRTH: NAGOYA, JAPAN
Born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, Imagawa is an expert at gaining entry in high risk areas. A skilled martial artist, she joined the National Police Academy when she was 18 years old. Nicknamed Hibana due to her explosive leadership on the field, she acquired a rare tactical versatility while training with the FBI SWAT and GIGN. A team player and expert at onrush tactics, she was recruited by the Aichi Prefectural Police Department Special Unit.
1 Ash (FBI SWAT)
64.1% Pick Rate, 4.6% Ban Rate
Gadget: M120 CREM - Fires an explosive Breach Round that burrows into a surface and automatically detonates.
Primary Weapons: G36C Assault Rifle, R4-C Assault Rifle
- NAME: ELIZA COHEN
- DATE OF BIRTH: DECEMBER 24, 1983
- HEIGHT: 1.70M
- WEIGHT: 63KG
- PLACE OF BIRTH: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Cohen was born and raised in Jerusalem. After secondary school, she enrolled at Tel Aviv University, in the Engineering program, where she did a semester abroad at Boston University. After college she performed her civic duty enlisting in the Israeli Defense Forces. Her background in engineering made her a prime candidate for mechanical maintenance and demolitions.
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