R6 Siege:
Unlocking Operators - Attackers

A detailed guide to help choose which attacking operators to unlock  in Rainbow Six Siege!

Introduction

The game has been out for 5 years now, and with new seasons come new operators. The choice of operators is bigger than ever!
Therefore, a quite common challenge new Rainbow Six Siege players are facing is choosing which operators to unlock next.

To help you with this decision, we have created Rainbow Six Siege unlocking operators guide for attackers.
We suggest treating this list as a recommendation, a suggestion if you will. It would be best if you unlocked R6 Siege operators that are interesting for you, those that you feel will match your playstyle.

Speaking about playstyles, we have separated unlocking suggestions to two main types of playstyles in Rainbow Six Siege: Aggressive (Entry Fragging) and Support.

AGGRESSIVE PLAYSTYLE

Aggressive players are those who fill in the role of an entry fragger.
Entry fragger is the first one to enter the building, to create map control and challenge roamers or anchors. In military terms, an entry fragger would be called a tip of the spear.
Such a mindset is best utilized by using operators with:
– high killing potential
– toolkit increasing odds of winning encounters
– speed

SUPPORT PLAYSTYLE

Now, the Support player plays a bit different role, as the name suggests. The most common attacking support tasks are Hard Breach, Breach Support, and defuser plant support.
What each support operator does and how they do that differs. Still, the main point is that they increase the odds of winning the round.
It does not necessarily mean that support-oriented operators will have no killing potential. In Rainbow Six Siege, every operator eventually becomes a fragger – kills are welcomed and, in fact, necessary to win rounds.

 

If you would like to learn details about operators, then we recommend visiting our detailed operators’ guides:

R6 GUIDE
UNLOCKING OPERATORS:
ATTACKERS

Aggressive Playstyle

Priority unlocks

The Rainbow Six Siege operators included in this section are recommended by us as a top priority unlocks as an Entry Fragger.

 

Ash R6 operator cutscene art by r6siegecenter_final
BASE game operators:
ASH
  • Top fragging potential; R4, Stun grenades, breaching potential and fast AF
  • Versatile & mechanically easy to use gadget
  • 3-speed
  • Top fragging potential – F2
  • Not the easiest utility, but very versatile and useful
  • 2-speed
  • Good fragging potential; Versatile loadout, frag grenades and utility helping with creating angles
  • Easy mechanically utility; requires map knowledge for optimal use
  • 2-speed
DLC operators:
  • Top fragging potential; Great weapons and utility designed to hunt roamers
  • OP intel-gathering utility, easy to use
  • 2-speed
  • Cheap – 10,000 Renown
  • Top fragging potential; Second coming of Ash – Good weapons, utility supporting fragging and angle opening
  • Versatile utility, easy to use
  • 2-speed
  • Moderate price – 15,000 Renown

Good Unlocks

The R6 Siege operators listed below are good picks for aggressive players. Once you’ve unlocked top picks and you want to expand your fragging roster, then you should focus on buying below OPs!

IQ R6 operator cutscene art by r6siegecenter
IQ
  • Good fragging potential; All primaries are good weapons and fast AF
  • Versatile utility, difficult to use
  • 3-speed
  • Base game price
  • Good fragging potential; Both primary weapons are good ARs, stun grenades
  • Useful utility -mechanically simple but requires map knowledge; movement and flanks limiting utility
  • 2-speed
  • Expensive – 20,000 Renown
  • High fragging potential; Versatile weapons, stun grenades, and fast AF
  • Crucial Hard Breaching utility, the moderate difficulty of usage
  • 3-speed
  • Cheap – 10,000 Renown
  • Top fragging potential, but hard to control recoil; C8 is a beast, stun grenades and soft breach utility
  • Difficult to use – advanced map knowledge and game sense needed
  • 2-speed
  • Cheap price – 10,000 Renown
  • Top fragging potential; Good AR, stun grenades, murder hole creator, and fast AF
  • Crucial utility, difficult to use
  • 3-speed
  • Moderate price – 15,000 Renown
  • Good fragging potential; Good primary weapons, stun grenades, and fast AF
  • Moderate difficulty utility; Fire bolts able to force defenders off their position
  • 3-speed
  • Cheap price – 10,000 Renown
  • Good fragging potential; Faster than other shields & blinds defenders in close range
  • Utility designed around 1on1 fights, moderate difficulty
  • 2-speed
  • Base game price

Support Playstyle

Priority unlocks

Rainbow Six Siege operators that are suggested as a top unlock for support-oriented players.

Thatcher R6 operator cutscene art by r6siegecenter
BASE game operators:
  • Top support potential – Hard Breach best buddy & Defensive utility disposal machine
  • Easy to use utility, requires basic map knowledge
  • 2-speed
  • Crucial Hard Breaching value
  • Easy to use from Hard Breachers’ perspective
  • 2-speed
  • High support potential; The best counter to Mira and potential Breach Support (less reliable than Thatcher)
  • Moderate difficulty
  • 2-speed
DLC operators:
  • Crucial Hard Breaching value
  • Moderate difficulty from Hard Breaching utility perspective
  • 3-speed
  • Cheap price – 10,000 Renown
  • Great defuser plant support value; Provides smoke coverage and burns area for rotation denial
  • Moderate difficulty of usage; requires teamwork for effectiveness
  • 3-speed
  • Cheap price – 10,000 Renown

Good Unlocks

Rainbow Six Siege operators that are suggested as a top unlock for support-oriented players.

Dokkaebi R6 operator face art by r6siegecenter
  • Good support value; Disturbs defenders, hacks surveillance utility and provides audio cues
  • Difficult to play – utility requires teamwork; Dokk brings low fragging potential
  • 2-speed
  • Expensive – 20,000 Renown
Montagne R6 operator art by r6siegecenter
Montagne
  • Great support value; Walking drone/camera
  • Difficult to play – defensive shield style
  • 1-speed
  • Base game price
  • Crucial Hard Breaching / Support utility
  • Difficult to use properly
  • 3-speed
  • Moderate price – 15,000 Renown
  • A good utility for limiting defensive maneuvering options and preventing flanks
  • Easy to use utility
  • 1-speed – slow
  • Expensive – 20,000 Renown
IQ
  • Good support value; Great counter to popular and challenging to deal with utility (Echo & Valkyrie)
  • Difficult to use; requires map knowledge
  • 3-speed
  • Base game price
Lion R6 Siege operator art by r6siegecenter
Lion
  • Good support value; Freezes defenders or provides intel about their location
  • Easy to use (press a button), but requires good teamwork to bring the most benefit to the team
  • 2-speed
  • Moderate price – 15,000 Renown

CONSIDERED FACTORS

Additionally, we took into consideration the following aspects:

  • How good operator is in their role
    Every operator fills in a specific role in the game. We took into account how good they are in their assignment.
    If you would like to learn about our categorizations of roles, then please check our guides for roles on attack & defense.
  • How much operator costs
    Ubisoft set operators’ cost depending on how long time ago they came out in. Thus, the price for DLC operators is 10000, 15000, 20000, and 25000 Renown.
  • Difficulty
    This guide is intended primarily for new players, hence difficulty of using an operator properly will be considered in unlocking recommendations.
  • The universality of an operator
    A situational operator would not be recommended for a start.
    As a beginner, you are probably better off having operators that are good in most scenarios as you do not know the nuances of Rainbow Six Siege yet.

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