Ash R6 Siege operator - BW art by r6siegecenter
Ash R6 Siege operator - BW art by r6siegecenter

PROs:

  • Powerful gun – R4C
  • Three-speed
  • Versatile utility
  • Ranged breaching potential

CONS:

  • One armor
  • Lacks ACOG on R4C
  • Limited breaching capacity

Ash

Offensive operator

Ash R6 Siege operator is a great entry fragger that adds value to the team by providing ranged SOFT-breaching ability, as well as clearing defenders’ utility.
 
She is best played decisively and aggressively to put her team in man count advantage.

Organization

FBI

Availability

Release

Armor Rating

Light

Speed Rating

Fast

Biography

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Cohen enrolled at Tel Aviv University after secondary school in the Engineering program. It was during this time she did a semester abroad at Boston University. After college, she enlisted in the Israeli Defense Forces. Her engineering background made her a great candidate for mechanical maintenance and demolitions.

She was later transferred to FBI SWAT due to an international law enforcement exchange program. 

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Cohen brought her knowledge of demolitions with her in producing a weapon-mounted breach charge capable of blowing open a door or wall from a distance.

Operator guide

Detailed information on how to play Ash R6 Siege operator

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Utility

What is the utility?

Ash R6 Siege operator is equipped with ranged Soft breaching utility called Breaching rounds.

In Rainbow Six Siege Ash can shoot two such rounds, which are capable of:
  • opening a vaultable or passable hole in unreinforced walls
  • destroying unreinforced hatches
  • creating a line of sight in a partially destructible ceiling/floor
  • destroying utility placed within the explosion radius
  • damaging operators present within round’s range
From the utility point of view Ash is closest to Zofia. Both operators utility allows breaching from any distance as long as there’s a line of sight. The range is a trade-off for a limited number of uses for unique breaching gadgets (2) & breaching charges (3).

How to use utility?

As a ranged soft breacher in Rainbow Six Siege Ash shines in situations where:
  • She can create a line of sight
    Especially useful in a ceiling or floor. It helps her to destroy defenders’ gadgets preventing attacking progress or defenders themselves.
    Example: Chalet’s Snowmobile garage. Rainbow Six Siege Ash can help from above with either opening Mira window or getting rid of Bandit’s batteries, or Bandit himself.
Rainbow Six Siege Ash operator guide
  • Entering a building to open a line of sight is dangerous
    Such a scenario usually occurs due to potential presence or flank from roamers.

    Example: Consulate’s Garage where Ash can rappel on the building and open LoS in the floor through the window to clear out Bandit batteries or kill anchor behind the white van

  • She is capable of opening an unreinforced wall from a distance to clear out unsuspecting defender

  • Destroying Castle’s barricade is problematic

    In some cases destroying Castle’s barricade can be risky without the possibility of a ranged breach. Additionally, Mute’s jammer +Castle barricade combo.

  • She has LoS on defensive utility.
Efficiency
We do not have a golden rule for you to suit all situations.
Attacking in Rainbow Six Siege and using utility efficiently varies greatly even from round to round. Optimal usage of utility depends on many factors, such as map, objective, team’s tactic, and also the team’s composition.
 
However, there are a couple of rules that apply to the usage of utility and are based on a priority system:
  • Top priority: supporting Hard breachers & disabling Mira’s mirrors
    Supporting mentioned activities is usually the main reason for bringing Thatcher, Twitch as support operators. Although, in some situations, soft breachers like Ash R6 operator can get the job done, relieving pressure from both Hard breachers and support players.
  • Significant usage: creating new lines of sight on opponents/vertical control
    Especially useful for neutralizing heavily fortified anchors from either above or below.
  • Lower priority: clearing defensive utility
    Breaching rounds can be handy for destroying defender’s traps, which are usually stacked at the entrance point to the objective. 
 
The most universal and best tip we can give you in the topic of using utility well is:
Communicate with your team to know what’s their plan and how you can support them.
We cannot stress this enough!
This one tip can be a difference between a decent team and a juggernaut.
Rainbow Six Siege is a team play objective-based shooter. To be successful in winning rounds, and ultimately matches, you need to cooperate with your team.

Interactions

SYNERGIES

Ash R6 operator, just like other entry fraggers, can be aided by the presence of:
All the above operators provide benefits to an offensive team that helps to clear roamers and push remaining defenders on site.

Counters:

Currently, in Rainbow Six Siege Ash is a counter to:
  • Mira and Bandit
    Ash can create a line of sight with her breaching rounds through the ceiling and floor, which allows her to dispatch their unique gadgets.
    Additionally, she is capable of destroying Mirrors placed on unreinforced walls with breaching rounds.
  • Ash utility destroys Castle’s barricades, even when combined with Mute’s jammers.
  • Maestro
    Breaching rounds destroy Maestro’s Evil eye on the explosion.
  • Trap operators
    She can clear traps placed within the explosion radius of breaching rounds.
    Defenders will often stack traps (i.e., Lesion, Frost, Kapkan) and common gadgets (barbed wire, shield) at objective room entrance.

Countered by:

  • Jäger
    ADS devices will intercept Ash gadget within their range and LoS.
  • Bandit
    Shock wires connected to Barbed wires destroy Ash utility, as well as a combination of a deployable shield with Bandit’s battery.
Rainbow Six Siege Ash operator guide

How to play -
Ash R6 Siege

Playstyle

ENTRY FRAGGER
 
Entry fraggers are a “tip of the spear,” thus being a force to penetrate through the initial line of defense and give attackers an edge.
Such a role assignment means Rainbow Six Siege Ash will be the leading operator in hunting down roamers.
Hunting roamers minimizes risks of late-round flanks impacting your final objective push negatively.
Check our guide dedicated to roam clear to learn more.
As a fragger, you are expected to be decisive and not afraid to challenge defenders!
Furthermore, entry fraggers play a vital role in advancing attackers progress during the round in Siege. Progress is achieved by securing strategically essential locations, i.e., taking control of the room above the objective site, if the ceiling is covered with the destructible surface. Or being the first attacker to control areas frequently traversed by defenders to rotate to/from the objective.
 
Last but not least, entry fragger is more often than not the first attacker to push anchors hunkered down on the objective. I recommend that during the preparation phase in Rainbow Six Siege, you decide on your entry point depending on: personal preferences defensive setup your teams plan of attack. Leaving your drone at your entry point will provide you with the right amount of initial intel. It is not uncommon for defenders to try to catch attackers off guard by setting up traps on entry points. You can neutralize the element of surprise for such a plan and prefire defenders (or avoid them) by knowing what they intend to do and where they are.
 
 
Who should play Ash?
Just like any other operator in Rainbow Six Siege Ash can be used by all types of players.
That said, thanks to her:
– deadly weapons
– excellent quickness as a 3-speed operator
– loadout complimenting aggressive playstyle
Ash will unleash her full potential in the hands of players who have:
– fast reflexes
– the precise aim
– fluid movement
– good game sense
– map knowledge
 

Difficulty

EASY
 
Easy difficulty does not mean that fragging consistently with Ash is an easy task. Being an excellent entry fragger requires skill, and playing Ash does not change that.
She is, however, easy to pick up and play effectively due to:
  • simple mechanically utility
  • able to be effective when played by a new player
  • non-vital utility
  • Three-speed 

Loadout guide -
Ash R6 Siege

Available options

Primary weapons

Secondary weapons

Universal gadgets

Rainbow Six Siege breaching charge

Breaching charge

The charge allows opening a hole in unreinforced walls, hatches, and barricades.

Rainbow Six Siege stun grenade

Stun grenade

Temporarily blinds enemies facing grenade in radius during detonation.

Loadout suggestion

Loadout choices are an individual aspect, and rarely there is a “go-to” loadout in Rainbow Six Siege.
Sight choices are purely personal and depend on the player’s playstyle, map, even objective & specific role.
Please treat the below suggestion as what it is – our preferences.
We encourage you to experiment to find your setup.

Remember, just because something works for someone else, does not mean it has to and will work for you!

Suggested loadout:

Primary weaponBarrelGripScope
R4-CCompensatorVertical gripReflex
Secondary weaponBarrelGripScope
5.7 USGMuzzle brakeN/AN/A
Gadget
Stun grenade

Why such loadout?

We suggest using R4-C as it is a superior weapon in almost every aspect.
Equipping this weapon with a compensator helps with horizontal spread more than flash hider, especially with sprays and on longer distances.
We find vertical recoil to be manageable for R4-C, hence suggestion on the attachment which will help with horizontal control of that weapon.
Unfortunately, for Rainbow Six Siege Ash mains, she has lost access to ACOG on R4-C. Therefore you will have to pick 1x sight of your choice – for me its Reflex.
 
Why would you choose G36-C over R4-C?
Some players may find recoil of G36-C more manageable.
Remember that higher RoF and damage per bullet won’t help, if you tend to miss your shots with specific weapons or setup.
Additionally, G36-C gives the ability to attach:
  • Angled grip
    In an ideal world, you should always be aware of the enemy’s presence before you enter a room or turn a corner and be in ADS when necessary. However, you will get caught by surprise at times by defenders when you are expecting it the least, not aiming down sight.
    If you are a rushing player, you might consider angled grip as a vertical grip won’t benefit you much on short distance encounters.
  • ACOG
    If you feel much more comfortable with ACOG and want to play Ash, then G36-C is your only option.
Now, let’s move to secondary weapon selection.
When it comes to pistols, I prefer to have a larger magazine size than higher damage per bullet. The reason is that when I ran out of bullets with a primary weapon, the last thing I want is to run of rounds on my secondary.
Therefore, a selection of 5.7 USG – which by the way is a very good pistol with unusual 20 bullets mag and good 42 damage per bullet.
I recommend using a muzzle brake to lower recoil. A pistol will be your last resort weapon, which should not need stealth.
 
Stun grenades are a fantastic tool at pushing defenders and increasing odds of winning a gunfight. 
Stun grenade blinds impacted operators, making them significantly easier target.
 
I would recommend bringing breaching charges only if you want to double down on breaching capability. However, in such a scenario, you may consider bringing Buck or Sledge instead of Ash.
 

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