Rainbow Six Siege Beginner’s Guide: 15 Essential Tips to Excel In The Game

Starting out in Rainbow Six Siege can be very difficult for players who aren't used to this style of first-person shooter. This can get them overwhelmed and frustrated very easily. To prevent that here is a beginner guide with 15 essential tips to excel and be successful in the game.

Rainbow Six Siege Beginner's Guide: 15 Essential Tips to Excel In The Game

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is now one of the most popular shooters that has been released in recent years. The game is considerably more appealing to players since it features both slow and fast-paced action, which is wonderfully integrated with realistic shooting strategies and tactics. However, because it is not as similar to other first-person shooters like Call of Duty or Battlefield, the game can be extremely challenging for those who are just starting. The unfamiliarity and complexity of the game might make it easy for beginners to become frustrated and overwhelmed very fast. As a result, here’s a guide to some of the most essential tips for beginners in surviving and succeeding in the Rainbow Six Siege.

Learn the Basic Controls

Rainbow Six Siege PC Controls

Rainbow Six Siege PC Controls

The very first thing that you have to do is to be familiar with using the controls. Inputs in Rainbow Six Siege come in a wide range and can be used for a wide variety of purposes all through the game. It is going to be challenging for you to adapt to the game if you are not already familiar with those things. Since input consistency is of the utmost importance in Rainbow Six Siege, you will need to develop muscle memory to be successful in the game.

Practice the Situations and Training Grounds

Situations for Rainbow Six Siege

Situations for Rainbow Six Siege

Situations and Training Grounds are two useful modes in the game you can play to prepare yourself for multiplayer. What’s beneficial is that they can also be played as single-player modes. Situations help you get acquainted with various circumstances you might find yourself in multiplayer. It helps you to learn some maps and the play style of some of the operators.

Training Grounds from Rainbow Six Siege

Training Grounds from Rainbow Six Siege

The Training Grounds is essentially a PvE game mode. You can either play solo or with friends. But if you are looking to enhance your skills, playing solo would be a much better option here. The difficulty level is divided into Normal, Hard, and Realistic. For beginners, Normal would be the right choice and after you excel you can move forward to Hard and then Realistic. However, Realistic is much more bearable with other players.

Learn About The Operators: Attackers and Defenders

Some of the Operators in Rainbow Six Siege

Some of the Operators in Rainbow Six Siege

The game features two distinct categories of Operators: attackers and defenders. With the assistance of drones, attackers will conduct surveillance on a specific area to plan their assault. For the Defenders to successfully suppress the Attackers, they will fortify the region with barriers and prepare traps. The defenders also have access to the Cameras that are spread throughout the region, which allows them to determine where the attackers are located.

Learn the PvP Game Modes

PvP Game Modes

PvP Game Modes

As a beginner, it is essential to know the game modes because you need to prepare your strategies and choose your desired operators. The game mode in PvP is Team Deathmatch. A 5-minute timer is always present in every game mode. There are three types of game modes in PvP: 

PvP Game Modes

  • Hostage Extraction: Here, your main goal is to extract (Attackers) or protect(Defenders) a hostage in a specific area. Defenders need to protect the hostage from Attackers until the time runs out. Attackers need to extract the hostage within the time limit to a specific location on the map. If the Attackers fail to extract the hostage before the time runs out, the Defenders win. Additionally, if all the players of the enemy team are taken out then the other team wins. If the hostage is caught in a crossfire and dies, then the team that landed the shot loses and the other team wins.
  • Secure Area: Here, Attackers must hold a specific area on the map for 10 seconds and the Defenders must prevent them from holding it. The area can be secured when no other player of the enemy team is present. The Attackers must make sure the Defenders are not near the specific area when it is being secured or are eliminated. The Defenders also need to make sure that the Attackers don’t enter the area or are eliminated. If either of the Defenders and Attackers is in the area, then the timer stops, so both of the teams need to eliminate players of the other team or drive them out. 
  • Bomb:  Here, there are two bombs in different places on the map. To win, the Attackers must either defuse the bomb at either site or kill all of the Defenders. On the other hand, the Defenders must stop the Attackers from defusing the bombs or killing them all to win. In the same way, the other team wins if all of the players on the enemy team are taken out.

Understand Operators and their Gadgets

Azami from Rainbow Six

Azami from Rainbow Six

Each of the operators in Rainbow Six Siege, Attackers, and Defenders are unique in their way. They all have different personalities and different load-outs and gadgets as well. So, you’ll need to be careful in picking which operator you want to use for certain situations and certain maps. For example, choosing Fuze in a Hostage match is risky if you don’t know that the cluster charges he uses can take out the hostage as well as the enemies, thereby failing.

Master Specific Operators

Fuze from Rainbow Six

Fuze from Rainbow Six

It is important to achieve mastery of specific operators in Rainbow Six Siege and is one of the most vital tips. You will have access to a variety of operators at the start of the game, each of them has its distinct playstyle and arsenal of items. The process of developing strategies and ways of infiltration will go much more smoothly if you are familiar with how to use a particular operator. To win the rounds and, ultimately, the match, it is vital to make effective use of the equipment that those operators have at their disposal. Sometimes, you’ll find that your specific operator choice is already taken by others, in that case, pick the second operator you are most familiar with.

Utilize the Drones and Cameras Properly

Drones in Rainbow Six Siege

Drones in Rainbow Six Siege

The Drones and Cameras are your eyes and ears on the ground other than your teammates. If you’re a player who likes to play alone or doesn’t want to communicate with your teammates (that’s understandable) then drones and cameras are your best friends. Drones and Cameras can be used to tagging enemies and making your teammates aware of certain traps and ambushes are vital.

Cameras in R6

Cameras in R6

Generally, Attackers have access to drones and Defenders have access to Cameras. Although some operators can access both of them with their gadgets. Plus, they still work when you’re dead and as such, you can even help your teammates then too. Being a beginner this is an important tip in understanding strategies and tactics in Rainbow Six Siege.

Pay Attention to the Sound

Rainbow Six Siege- Audio Settings

Rainbow Six Siege- Audio Settings

Paying attention to the sound is a crucial tip for Rainbow Six Siege. It plays an important factor in every single match. It even has the potential to be the deciding factor in the game itself. The sound of the explosions, gunfights, and movements can help you in taking your next steps. To fully understand the locations of the gunfights, movements, and explosions taking place, it is vital to have a sound system that is properly set up. Tweak the Audio settings in the game to your liking to make sure you get the best overall sound. It is highly recommended that you get a headset because it will significantly improve the quality of the sound that you hear.

Always Try to Aim-Down Sights 

Aiming Down Sights in Rainbow Six Siege

Aiming Down Sights in Rainbow Six Siege

Aiming down sights is an essential tip if you want to get a clean and proper kill in Rainbow Six Siege. The game is very technical and precise when it comes down to a kill. It is necessary for peeking in corners as well as for headshots. Spraying bullets can get you a kill but that is very unlikely unless the enemies are very close to you. That’s why using sights helps you to get precise shots the majority of the time. There are different kinds of sights in the game like the Red-dot, ACOG, Holographic and more. Choose a sight that is specifically suited to you and use that always.

Spend Your Renown Wisely

Renown in Rainbow Six Siege

Renown in Rainbow Six Siege

Renown is the currency in Rainbow Six Siege. You need them to buy operators, as well as skins for them, their guns, and Alpha packs. Generally, it’s not necessary to buy Alpha packs as you’ll receive the most of the time with the roll after winning a match. Two Alpha Pack costs the same as the lowered price DLC operators like Frost and Caveira. Saving this Renown for the DLC operators is crucial. The DLC operators are much more lucrative and are useful in different ways too. The DLC operators are priced at 10,000, then 15,000, and so on. You can also try to acquire Renown boosters via the rewards section in your Ubisoft Club account.

Be Better In Casual and Unranked before Going To Ranked

Rainbow Six Siege- Attackers and Defenders

Rainbow Six Siege- Attackers and Defenders

Ranked is the toughest of all the Matchmaking preferences in Rainbow Six Siege. The best of the best play in this game mode and if you are not experienced and skilled enough, you will get obliterated in every way in the game. You can access Ranked when you are at least Level 50, but even then, it is recommended to play it constantly when you are at least Level 70. Until then, as a beginner, you should master the art of playing in Casual and Unranked. The moment you consider yourself a virtuoso in the other game modes, then go on to play Ranked matches. This is a crucial tip for a beginner in Rainbow Six Siege to succeed.

Learn The Maps

Some of the Maps in R6

Some of the Maps in R6

Learning the different maps is, of course, one of the most important beginner tips for getting good at Rainbow Six Siege. It is virtually impossible to achieve any level of success in Rainbow Six Siege if you do not have adequate map knowledge. You need to be familiar with the access points, the alternative paths, the locations of the barricades, traps, and other defensive mechanisms, as well as the optimal positions in which to put oneself. It is highly crucial to know every nook and cranny of the map, but this is especially true in Ranked, where the matches might run for a very long time.

Pick Your Entry and Peeking Routes

Skyscraper Map blueprint showing various objects and line of sights

Skyscraper Map blueprint showing various objects and lines of sights

Picking your entry and peeking routes are important beginner tips in observing and surprising the enemy team in Rainbow Six Siege. If you’re an Attacker, you should see what is the easiest route to the objective. Chances are the enemy team has already prepared an ambush there. That’s why you should always have a second entry route as well. If your teammates are going through the easiest route, you can try the second route which can help you surround the Defenders.

As a Defender, setting up peeking routes near the entrances is very beneficial. There are a lot of entry points in the game, so you need to consult with your team members to know where to position yourself. Creating holes in the destructible walls is an excellent method for peeking and scoping out enemies. The Attackers might miss the holes as they are very small and you can use this to your advantage.

Be Patient In Your Approach

Mute, Thatcher and Smoke from Rainbow Six

Mute, Thatcher, and Smoke from Rainbow Six

Rushing is a strategy that is rarely effective unless you have a few seconds left on the timer. As a beginner, an important tip in Rainbow Six Siege is that you need to have some patience and think things over before you start firing. If you see an enemy, don’t run away, because they can hear your footsteps. Keep your cool and wait for the perfect shot. For instance, if you believe an enemy will enter a particular room, you can either wait for them there or set up traps for them. If you think that taking out a certain enemy will risk your position and team, then avoid taking them out. Be smart and calculative in your approach. In Ranked, being smart, calm, collective as well as skillful is necessary to win a grueling match.

Work together with your Teammates

Team Rainbow working together

Team Rainbow working together

Lastly, Rainbow Six Siege is a team game, so a very important tip for a beginner is to always work with their teammates. Having proper communication with them can save the match in the dying seconds. It can also help your team live to fight another round. Try to talk to your teammates about their positions, set up traps and barricades, and help them by calling out where the enemies are. You’ll have a lot more fun and excitement playing Rainbow Six Siege with friends and other players. Some teammates won’t help you or might even kill you, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the game.

These tips will surely help you out in some way in mastering Rainbow Six Siege. With these tips, you can go from a beginner to a Siege virtuoso in a short time.

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