Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Free Weekend FAQ + Quickstart and Buyer’s Guide | February 2019

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Hello there new players and welcome to /r/Rainbow6! This post will help guide you in the right direction during the start of your Siege experience by providing you with useful information, answering common questions, and directing you to other helpful resources
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Below the general Free Weekend FAQ, you will be able to find a shortened version of our New Player's Guide and our Buyer's Guide.

Are you looking for other players to play with? Join the
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official Rainbow 6 Discord server!

If you have any question, make sure to ask in the comments below as other will likely have similar questions!

Free Weekend FAQ

At what times will the Free Weekend be accessible?

PC: February 14th, 05:00 PM UTCFebruary 17th, 08:00 PM UTC

PS4: February 14th, 01:00 PM UTCFebruary 18th, 01:00 PM UTC

XB1: February 14th, 08:01 AM UTCFebruary 18th, 07:59 AM UTC

Note: click times to convert to your timezone.

How do I access the Free Weekend?

PC: Go to your Uplay PC Launcher.

PS4: Join the Free Weekend by visiting the Rainbow Six Siege product page on the PlayStation Network. PlayStation Plus membership is required to play online.

XB1: The Free Weekend will be available to Xbox Live Gold users. To join in, visit the Rainbow Six Siege product page on the Xbox Store.

Can I play with friends?

You can play with anyone who already owns the game or other Free Weekend players.

Will there be special offers during the Free Weekend?

Siege will be available at a discount for a limited time.

PC (Ubisoft Store): February 12th – February 25th

PC (Steam): February 12th – February 18th

PS4: February 12th – March 12th

XB1: February 12th – March 4th

Will my progress from the Free Weekend carry over if I buy the full game?

All progress will carry over if you upgrade to the full game.

Note: If you purchase the Starter Edition on PC, progress will not transfer over.

New Player's Guide

This is a shortened version of our full New Player's. If you're looking for more detailed information, check out our subreddit wiki!

Getting Started

Watch all three tutorials

The tutorial videos provide a quick overview of the important details of the game and provide you with 200 renown (the currency that you will need to unlock things in the game) for each that you watch. They are short, well made, and explain the basics of the gameplay.

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Play through the first 5 or so situations

Focus on learning the controls and paying attention to the map layouts as these are the same maps as multiplayer. Do not stress if you cannot complete all three stars in each situation the first try, you can always come back to them. The difficulty for these situations also does not matter, but normal is suggested so you can get familiar to the controls. You may want to do more than five of the situations, but you likely should not do any less.

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Prepare loadouts for your operators

The base game operators are all unlocked for your use. Scroll down to the "Operators Great for New Players" section to get an overview of loadouts that work well for new players.

4. Accept weekly challenges

These are found by first
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clicking the Daily Challenges tab then clicking
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"More Challenges" under the Daily Challenge pop up. After you complete the challenge, open the challenge window back up and click "Complete". You must do this to receive your reward.

5. Play Terrorist Hunt to try out your Operators

Most of the Terrorist Hunt modes only use Attackers. You can change your Terrorist Hunt matchmaking settings by going to
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Settings > Matching making preferences and turning off whatever Terrorist Hunt modes you don't want to play.

6. Go into Casual

You're likely not going to do very well — that's completely okay. Siege has a pretty significant learning curve to it, especially during the first few matches. During your early matches, you should focus on learning maps, getting familiar with the controls, and understanding the flow of the game. Use your drones often, don't forget to destroy defender cameras if you spot any, try to communicate with your teammates to the best of your ability, learn from your deaths, and don't sweat misplays.

Operators Great for New Players

Play through some situations first as they are easy ways to gain renown try out operators' abilities. For new players, set-and-forget abilities or abilities that are less complicated are usually better, as well as guns with lower recoil.


  • Sledge
    • What makes him good: His sledgehammer ability is probably the easiest to learn and use among the attackers. It helps you memorizing the maps which is very important as map knowledge is crucial in Siege. He has access to a medium damage assault rifle with low recoil and frag grenades. Sledge has long been a top pick for new players with good reason, he is perfect for less experienced players.
    • Loadout:
      • Primary weapon: L85A2 with an optic of your choice, Flash Hider or Compensator, and Vertical Grip
      • Secondary weapon: SMG-11 with an optic of your choice, Flash Hider, and Vertical Grip
      • Gadget: Frag Grenade
    • Quick Tips: His ability makes a very distinct sound so be wary of defenders being alerted to your point of entry. Take time to drone out a room before blindly rushing into it. A lot of new players get into the habit of overusing his ability which makes him easier to counter and eliminate.
  • Thatcher
    • What makes him good: His ability is very easy to understand while also nearly always being needed. Using it against reinforced walls that Bandit has electrified or Mute has jammed is pretty much all you need to do. Both his assault rifles are good, though you will likely find the L85A2 easier to control.
    • Loadout:
      • Primary weapon: L85A2 with an optic of your choice, Flash Hider or Compensator, and Vertical Grip
      • Secondary weapon: P226 MK 25 with Muzzle Break
      • Gadget: Up to you but Breaching Charges are generally recommended for newer players as Claymores require map knowledge to use effectively
    • Quick Tips: Be very careful to not die before using the EMP grenades to destroy Mute's Signal Disruptors, Bandit's Shock Wires or any other gadgets and stick with either Hibana or Thermite so you can be sure to use your gadget in the right spot. Learning the trajectory and when it is safe to throw the EMP is key to mastering Thatcher.
  • Ash
    • What makes her good: Her ability is very easy to use (just aim it at a destructible surface), both of her guns are strong, and she is a max speed operator making her well rounded and good for new players.
    • Loadout:
      • Primary weapon: G36C with an optic of your choice, Flash Hider or Compensator, and Vertical Grip
      • Secondary weapon: 5.7 USG with Muzzle Break
      • Gadget: Stun Grenade
    • Quick Tips: Do not use her ability on outside facing barricades, as just shooting the barricades with her assault rifle will destroy them and preserve her ability. Ash does not have a "noob-tube". While her ability does some damage to operators, it is not anywhere close to an AOE instant death machine like they are in other games. Avoid trying to kill operators with it until you're more familiar with its damage output.


  • Rook
    • What makes him good: His ability is the easiest to use among the Defenders as well as almost always being useful, just put down your armor plates and you're done. His MP5 is low recoil and easy to use and he has max armor. Long considered the best Defender for new players because you still provide value to your team even if you die early.
    • Loadout:
      • Primary weapon: MP5 with an optic of your choice, Flash Hider, and Vertical Grip
      • Secondary weapon: P9 with Muzzle Break
      • Gadget: Up to you, pay attention to your team's composition when choosing
    • Quick Tips: Start every round by placing the armor immediately, preferably not next to a wall or object. Take a step back after placing his armor before putting it on, as it allows more defenders to access it at once. As a 3 armor operator, it is generally recommended to stay near the objective due to the slow movement speed.
  • Mute
    • What makes him good: His ability takes a little more finesse than other top picks for new players but overall he still is very easy to use while being a key defender. His SMG has low recoil.
    • Loadout:
      • Primary weapon: MP5K with an optic of your choice and Flash Hider or Compensator
      • Secondary weapon: P226 MK 25 with Muzzle Break
      • Gadget: Nitro Cell
    • Quick Tips: Learn which walls must be reinforced for the objective. Walls close to the objective and walls which face the outside of the building near the objective are usually the most important to jam. Jamming walls should take priority over stopping drones. Placing a single jammer in the middle of two walls will jam both walls.
  • Doc
    • What makes him good: Similar to Rook, but his ability is often a little less useful for newer players. He features a play style similar to Rook with similar guns.
    • Loadout:
      • Primary weapon: MP5 with an optic of your choice, Flash Hider, and Vertical Grip
      • Secondary weapon: P9 with Muzzle Break
      • Gadget: Barbed Wire
    • Quick Tips: Keep an eye on friendlies health at all times, and heal friendlies which are knocked down or have taken damage. His ability can overheal people to above 100 health as well, which can be useful. Keep in mind that his ability can be self-applied at any time to heal himself and also when he is downed to revive himself. As a 3 armor operator, it is generally recommended to stay near the objective due to the slow movement speed.

New players should avoid defenders such as Tachanka, Pulse, and Castle; their abilities require outstanding map knowledge to use effectively.

Quick Tips

  • Avoided getting frustrated. Angry players make bad decisions that only lead to more tilting. If you're mad, take a break from multiplayer and do some Terrorist Hunt mission or just have a breather.
  • Stick with your team while learning the maps, especially if you're an Attacker.
  • Use your microphone to communicate. You can find the name of the room you're in next to the compass at the bottom of the screen, most players will be familiar with those.
  • Take time to learn all Operators' names and their abilities. It's something you can do outside the game to get better. Here is a list of all Operators, their abilities, and important notes about them.
  • Using a headset or headphones is recommended. Operators are loud and easy to hear when they are moving, knowing where they're coming from is essential. If you're confused as to where sound is coming from, check out

    by the game's audio director.
  • The hostage is not invulnerable. If you shoot too many times or if explosives go off too close, it will die and you will cost your team the round. Be very careful with Fuze, grenades, and nitro cells especially.
  • Do not reinforce between the two bombs on Defense when playing the Bomb game mode, it actually makes it easier for Attackers to play the defuser and win the round.
  • Don't be afraid to ask people questions if you're confused. Casual is there to learn the game and most people will help.
  • Play with friends or a playgroup whenever possible. It helps with the frustration of dying and learning the game more quickly.

Buyer's Guide

How do seasons and Operations work?

Each year is divided into four seasons with each season being roughly 3 months long. Each season introduces a new Operation which includes two new Operators, a new or reworked map, and new cosmetic items. At the start of each season, ranks reset and placements must be completed again. Year Pass owners get the new Operators the when the Operation starts while everyone else will have to wait a week to purchase them for 25,000 Renown or 600 R6 Credits.

The current Operation is Wind Bastion which is the fourth season of Year 3 (Y3S4). Year 4 will be coming up in the next few weeks.

What is included in the Year 4 Pass?

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– All 8 Year 4 Operators at no additional cost as they are launched

– One-week early access to the new Operators as they are launched

– 600 R6 Credits

– Volcano Signature Weapon Skin (available until March 4th, 2019)

– Lava Six Weapon Charm

– 8 new uniforms and headgears for the new Operators (as they are added)

– 5% Renown bonus (expires January 31st, 2020)

– 10% Store discount on purchases with Renown or R6 Credits (expires January 31st, 2020)

– 2 extra slots to hold daily challenges (expires Jan 31st, 2020)

– +0.3% Alpha Pack boost (expires Jan 31st, 2020)

The Year 4 roadmap will be revealed this upcoming Sunday.

Is the Year 4 Pass mandatory for a full Siege experience?

No, all content is still accessible without it. The main reason to buy the Year 4 Pass is the free access to new Operators instead of saving up to buy them with Renown.

Does the Year 3 Pass also include Year 1, Year 2 or Year 3 Operators?

No. They can either be bought with Renown or R6 Credits.

How do I buy new maps?

Maps are completely free and everyone will have access to them at the same time.

How can I get all the Operators from Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3?

Older DLC Operators can be bought in separate bundles for 2400 R6 Credits each ($20 USD, discounts when buying larger amounts). Each bundle includes the respective eight Operators from that Year.

Alternatively, you can buy Year 1 Operators for 15,000 Renown (approximately 22 hours of game time) or 360 R6 Credits ($3 USD, discounts when buying larger amounts) as they are
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on a temporary sale until March 4th, 2019. Year 2 & 3 DLC Operators can be bought for 25,000 Renown (approximately 30 hours of game time) or 600 R6 Credits ($5 USD, discounts when buying larger amounts).

Does it matter where I buy the game from (Steam/Ubisoft Store)? PC only

No. For PC, all purchasers through Steam/Ubisoft Store will still all play against each other. You must install and run Uplay no matter where you buy the game from on PC.

Can I buy the Year 3 pass (or other DLC) from Steam if I own the game through UPlay? PC only

No, if you own the game through Uplay, you cannot buy any DLC from Steam as it will not provide you with a key for the DLC.

Information about the Game Editions

Note: Year 3 Editions will be replaced with Year 4 equivalents within the next few weeks.

Comparison chart for the different editions

Standard Edition

  • The normal base game. This is the edition that all free weekend players are using.

Deluxe Edition

  • The Standard Edition + all 8 Year 1 DLC Operators

Gold Edition (Year 4)

  • The Advanced Edition + Year 4 Pass (Year 4 pass regularly priced at $30 USD, more information above)

Ultimate Edition

  • The Gold Edition (Year 4) + all 8 Year 2 DLC Operators + all 8 Year 3 DLC Operators

Team Finding

Looking for people to group up and play with or maybe just talk about Siege and ask questions? Come join the official Rainbow Six: Siege Discord!

There are dedicated channels for helping new players (#training-ground), serious Siege talk (#serious-game-discussion), looking-for-group-channels for each region and platform, as well as channels to stay up to date on Siege news.

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