Launch Game Guide part 1

18/11/2015 10:00 AM

The content of this Game Guide is as follows:

What is Rainbow Six Siege?

Rainbow Six Siege is a team-based tactical shooter set in an indoor environment. It is a 5v5 asymmetrical confrontation, between Attackers and Defenders, that encompasses a battle between fortification and breaching.

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The Fundamentals

A firm understanding of the basics of Rainbow Six Siege will help you to get the most out of your gameplay. In the following sections, we’ll help you get started on the path to becoming a better player and an asset to your team.

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Game Concepts

The Siege

With the Siege as a gameplay concept in mind, both sides are given time and tools to prepare for the upcoming assault, leading to a tug-of-war between fortification and destruction.

Attackers observe, then assault a fortified position from one of several points of entry, with the goal of completing their objective.

Defenders fortify their objective location, then attempt to prevent the Attackers from completing their mission.

Match Flow

The two teams will get to alternate between attacking and defending. The team with the most points wins (best out of 5 rounds).


During the Planning Phase, Attackers will choose their Attacker Operators and select their loadouts.

In the Preparation Phase, Attackers will be scouting ahead with remote drones to assess the situation and recon valuable intel on the enemy’s position, the objective location, and established fortifications.

During the Action Phase, Attackers will attempt to complete their objective, before the time limit expires, or eliminate the enemy team.


During the Planning Phase, Defenders will choose their Defender Operators and select their loadouts.

In the Preparation Phase, Defenders get time to prepare for the upcoming assault: they can fortify the objective location and its perimeter, molding their environment to their advantage.

During the Action Phase, Defenders will fight to prevent objective completion or eliminate the incoming threat.

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Game Modes

TDM— Secure Area (PvP)

You and your team of Attackers must locate the room housing the biohazard container and hold your position inside for at least 10 consecutive seconds. On the other side, the team of Defenders is working to prevent you from locking down the biohazard room by maintaining a presence within the same room. The timer can be interrupted if any Defenders enter the room, Attackers must work to either eliminate them, or force the Defenders out of the room.

TDM— Bomb (PvP)

Two bombs have been placed within the objective location. As Attackers, you and your team must attempt to defuse one of the bombs by activating the defuser. Once activated, the defuser will take 45 seconds to disarm the bomb. The Attackers win the round if they can disarm one of the two bombs, or the enemy team is eliminated. The Defenders must prevent the Attackers from activating the defuser, or disable the defuser if it has already has been activated. The Defenders can also win the round if they eliminate the enemy team.

TDM— Hostage (PvP)

The hostage is in an unknown location within the area of operation. Your goal as the Defenders is simple, defend the hostage until time expires, or eliminate the enemy team. The Attacker’s need to either neutralize the defending team, or rescue the hostage and bring them to the extraction point without being eliminated by the Defenders. Keep in mind that if the hostage is killed, whichever team landed the fatal blow will immediately lose the round.

Terrorist Hunt Classic (PvE)

Your mission is to eliminate all enemies, the White Masks, to complete your mission. Three difficulty levels are available for you to choose: Normal, Hard and Realistic. In Normal difficulty there is no need to worry about time, but in Hard and Realistic, not only will you have more enemies up against you but you will also race against the clock.

Hostage Extraction (PvE)

Much like the original, but with minor variations. The White Masks know that you are coming, and they are gunning for you. They will move to engage with the players during the preparation phase. Rainbow’s objective is clear though, locate the hostage and eliminate any enemies that pursue you as move the hostage to the extraction point.

Protect Asset (PvE)

You must prevent the White Masks from eliminating the asset at all costs. The enemies will attack in waves, allowing you the opportunity to reinforce your position between attacks. Additionally, there is an ammo supply box available for you to restock your munitions. Keep in mind that it has a limited number of rounds, so use it sparingly!

Disarm Bombs (PvE)

Multiple explosive devices have been detected in the area of operation. Speed is essential as you must disarm all of the explosives that are present before the timer runs out. Once the defuser is activated, the Attackers will have to defend the defuser while it defuses the bomb, as waves of White Mask operatives descend on your location.

Situations (PvE)

Situations are the ideal way to ease into the Rainbow Six Siege universe. Allowing you to experiment with gameplay mechanics, and abilities of various operators in a multitude of environments. These Situations will pit you against an entrenched enemy, and present you with an objective that will cater to the abilities of your Operator. This game mode can be done on any of the three Terrorist Hunt difficulties, and will reward the player with renown and experience upon completion. The progression of Situations can be found below.

# Name Map Game Mode Position
1 CQB Basics Hereford Terrorist Hunt Attacker
2 Suburban Extraction House Extract Hostage Attacker
3 High Value Target Consulate Defuse bomb Attacker
4 Tubular Assault Plane Terrorist Hunt Attacker
5 Cold Zero Kanal Extract Hostage Attacker
6 Asset Protection Hereford Defend Hostage Defender
7 Neutralize Cell Oregon Terrorist Hostage Attacker
8 No Intel Kafe Dostoyevsky Extract Hostage Attacker
9 Improvise Defense Clubhouse Defend Hostage Defender
10 Heavily Fortified Chalet Extract Hostage Attacker


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Keyboard/Mouse Controls:


XBox One Controls:


PlayStation 4 Controls:


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Raise Your Clearance Level. Gain XP by playing the game. The more XP you gain, the higher your Clearance Level. Clearance Levels grant you access to more content.

Accumulate Renown. As you play the game, you will also gain Renown. You can use Renown to unlock Operators, and acquire attachments and weapon skins.

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Tips and Tricks

One life. No Respawns. Make sure that you make your life count. Make sure that your risks are calculated. This is applicable to all modes of Rainbow Six (PvP, PvE, and Situations).

Use your observation tools and destroy your opponent’s!

  • As Attackers, you can bring up the drone’s camera feed (provided that they have not been destroyed). 
  • As Defenders, you can bring up the security camera feed to keep an eye on enemy movements. 
  • When using an observation tool, you can Scan for Enemies. When detected, the enemy position is revealed to your entire team.
  • While in Support Mode (once you’ve been killed), both Attackers and Defenders can see through their teammates’ point of view and available observation tools’ feeds.

Always communicate. Communication saves lives and alerts teammates to the presence and location of enemy combatants, as well as the position of the objective location.

  • At the bottom of your screen, there is a compass as well as map name locations which you can use for more precise communications with your team.
  • Use Ping while controlling an Operator, to point out a location to your team.
  • Use Enemy Scan in observation tools, to let your teammates know about an enemy’s position.

Minimize your target profile. You can lean around objects and corners. Additionally, you can crouch to duck under half-covers throughout the engagement zone. Or use prone to minimize your vertical exposure.


Rappel everywhere. Attackers are able to rappelling to their advantage on most maps. Keep this in mind on Defense, as the Attackers could come from any direction.

Keep your ears open and exercise sound discipline With the audio system implemented in Siege adapting to the procedural destruction, keep an ear out for your enemies. Every movement they make will produce noise, especially on harder surfaces!

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