Best Attackers and Defenders in Rainbow Six Siege (Tier List)

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Rainbow Six Siege attackers and defenders
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Rainbow Six Siege started with 20 unique Operators with its launch in late 2015 and has since ballooned to 70 playable characters in eight years. Here is our tiered list to categorize some of the best attackers and defenders in the game.

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Best Rainbow Six Attackers Tier List

Operators’ unique abilities that can disable defenses are extremely important for the attacking side, and four of these S-tier Operators have equipment that can fit into any team. Ace’s S.E.L.M.A. Aqua Breacher allows players to destroy reinforced walls with ease, while Thatcher’s EMP Grenades can stop any electronic equipment with virtually no counter.

Meanwhile, Nomad’s Airjab Launcher can shoot non-lethal repulsion grenades that can detonate when enemies are near, which can disorient them and knock down a wall in the process. Zero’s Argus Launcher takes a more sneaky approach by shooting a two-way camera through any wall, allowing him to view any room from the outside.

S-Tier

  • Ace
  • Nomad
  • Thatcher
  • Zero

A-Tier

  • Brava
  • Finka
  • Hibana
  • Iana
  • Jackal
  • Maverick
  • Ram
  • Sledge
  • Thermite
  • Zofia

B-Tier

  • Ash
  • Blackbeard
  • Buck
  • Capitão
  • Dokkaebi
  • Flores
  • IQ
  • Lion
  • Osa
  • Twitch

C-Tier

  • Fuze
  • Gridlock
  • Grim
  • Kali
  • Nøkk
  • Sens
  • Ying

D-Tier

  • Amaru
  • Blitz
  • Glaz
  • Montagne

Best Rainbow Six Defenders Tier List

The defending team’s job is to slow the attackers down, and Smoke’s Remote Gas Grenades makes it easy to fill a room with gas that can kill if the other team stays inside it for too long. Aruni’s Surya Gate creates a laser grid over any opening that can will burn anyone walking through it, and make the opposing team find another way around.

Jäger’s Active Defense System will destroy any projectiles in its range, and can be planted anywhere to keep it from the other team’s sight. Finally, Mira’s Black Mirror is a one-way mirror that can peek through reinforced walls and provide intel on where the other team is or plan a surprise attack.

S-Tier

  • Aruni
  • Jäger
  • Mira
  • Smoke

A-Tier

  • Azami
  • Bandit
  • Fenrir
  • Kaid
  • Kapkan
  • Mozzie
  • Mute
  • Tubarão
  • Wamai
  • Valkyrie

B-Tier

  • Alibi
  • Castle
  • Echo
  • Ela
  • Lesion
  • Maestro
  • Melusi
  • Pulse
  • Solis
  • Thorn
  • Thunderbird
  • Vigil
  • Warden

C-Tier

  • Caveira
  • Doc
  • Frost
  • Goyo
  • Tachanka

D-Tier

  • Clash
  • Oryx
  • Rook

While Zero is one of the best attackers in Rainbow Six Siege, check out our guide on the Zero Operator in order to better understand his kit.

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