Best Operators in Rainbow Six Siege in 2021

Here are the mightiest operators in Siege for Y6S4.

December 13, 2021

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As an ongoing game for over six years, Rainbow Six Siege has changed a lot since its launch back in 2015, and well, that’s the nature of competitive multiplayer games. You get a lot of improvements, you get new gameplay mechanics, and you get many balance changes that favor top players and esports, and those are all fine as they remind us the game is still alive, and it strives to become better and better.

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For Rainbow Six Siege, the changes arrive in a slow and scheduled tone, allowing players to adapt themselves to the new features before the next ones arrive.

Aside from big gameplay changes, there are continuous balance changes that directly affect the Operators in Rainbow Six Siege. Although the purpose behind the balance changes is to avoid Operators from being overpowered, sometimes they are just implemented in an awkward way.

That being said, if you have a dynamic list of best Operators based on the latest changes in Rainbow Six Siege, you could be able to invest in the right Operator at the right time.

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Best Operators in Rainbow Six Siege in 2021

First, let’s have a quick look at our picks for 5 best Attackers and 5 best Defenders in Rainbow Six Siege in 2021. Next, we will talk about each operator individually.


OperatorPrimary WeaponSecondary WeaponPrimary GadgetSecondary GadgetSpeedHealth
IanaARX 200/G36CMK1 9mm/Gonne-6Gemini ReplicatorFrag/Smoke Grenade22
MaverickAR15.50/M41911 TacopsBreaching TorchFrag Grenade/Claymore22
HibanaType-89/SupernovaP229/Bearing-9X-KairosStun Grenade/Breach Charge31
NomadARX 200/AK74M.44 Mag Semi-Auto/PRB92Airjab LauncherStun Grenade/Breach Charge22
SledgeM590A1/L85A2P226 MK 25Tactical Breaching HammerStun Grenade/Frag Grenade22


OperatorPrimary WeaponSecondary WeaponPrimary GadgetSecondary GadgetSpeedHealth
MelusiMP5/Super 90RG15Banshee Sonic DefenseBulletproof Camera/Impact Grenade31
SmokeFMG-9/M590A1SMG-11/P226 MK 25Remote Gas GrenadeDeployable Shield/Barbed Wire22
ValkyrieMPX/SPAS-12D-50Black EyeImpact Grenade/Nitro Cell22
AruniP10Roni/MK14 EBRPRB92Surya GateBarbed Wire/Bulletproof Camera22
AlibiMx4 Storm/ACS12Keratos .357/Bailiff 410PrismaDeployable Shield/Impact Grenade31


5. Sledge

Similar to Buck, Sledge is a great Operator when it comes to creating vertical angles, but what makes him stand higher than Buck is his ACOG sight and, of course, two frag grenades.

Before Buck loses his frag grenades, it was really hard to pick between Sledge and Buck – though Sledge’s SMG-11 was a big advantage. But now, Sledge is preferable despite losing his SMG-11.

If you’re going to play on a map with tons of vertical angles and destructible floors, Sledge is a must-pick for your squad.

4. Nomad

Thanks to her Airjab Launcher, Nomad can ensure the safety of her teammates and herself from any upcoming threat by turning roamers into harmless baits. All you need is perfect timing.

Aside from that, having ARX 200 as the primary weapon and a special scoped secondary, makes Nomad a unique and one-of-a-kind operator.

3. Hibana

Hibana has always been a great Hard Breacher and a highly flexible Operator with mighty weapons. Her X-Kairos is still the best remote hard breacher in Rainbow Six Siege.

Besides, being a 3-Speed operator, featuring an effective primary weapon with an easy-to-control recoil, and having Bearing-9 as a secondary weapon make Hibana a mighty warrior.

2. Maverick

A hard-breacher with a powerful weapon and two frag grenades, who doesn’t want such an Operator in Rainbow Six Siege?

Maverick is a well-balanced Attacker and a perfectly armed Operator for different situations in Rainbow Six Siege. He is probably one of the few operators in the game that can open up his way to the Defender’s site all by himself.

1. Iana

Intel is the most valuable thing a team needs in Rainbow Six Siege, and that’s why Iana is currently the best Attacking operator in the game.

Iana’s Gemini Replicator allows her to get intel from the opposite team anytime she wants, with unlimited tries, and that’s what makes her incredibly beneficial for the squad.

Besides, Iana’s loadout is as impressive as her primary gadget. Equipped by ARX 200 and two frag grenades, Iana could become highly dangerous for Defenders in the shootouts and clutches, though the latest decrease in the capacity of ARX 200 magazine made her a bit slower.


5. Alibi

After getting a significant nerf for her Mx4 Storm, Alibi might not have a place in your squad anymore, but she’s still powerful, and unfortunately, an underrated Operator in Rainbow Six Siege.

Aside from Prisma, which is a tricky gadget for distracting Attackers and locating them, Alibi’s powerful loadout is what makes her special.

You want an SMG with a high rate of fire? She has it. You want a 2.0x sight on a single-fire deadly gun? She has it. You want Deployable Shield? She has it. You want flexibility? She has it.

Although Mx4 Storm’s recoil might be uncontrollable, if you tweak the gun with a Muzzle Brake and a Vertical Grip while using a Holographic sight, it would become much better.

4. Aruni

Aruni’s Surya Gate is truly a miracle for defenders. Not only it prevents Attackers from rushing into the site but also forces them to sacrifice 30 HP or a valuable piece of equipment like a drone, a frag grenade, a smoke grenade, or a stun grenade at least.

Although the recoil nerf on P10 Roni might seem a little bit disappointing for Aruni fans, but she is still among the top choices for players as Surya Gate is an irreplaceable tech for Defenders.

3. Valkyrie

Standing at the second spot of Ban Rate in every recent season shows how powerful Valkyrie is. Everything ignored, the combination of Black Eye and Nitro Cell could almost guarantee you a kill in every given round.

Although the upcoming nerf limits Valkyrie’s ability on throwing Black Eye outside of the buildings, still, she is a team-oriented operator that every team likes to have her in the squad. The only downside for Valkyrie is her weak primary weapons.

2. Smoke

As an original Operator, Smoke has always been on top as a flexible Defender. He has balanced weapons, a perfect primary gadget, and a Deployable Shield to ensure his safety.

Having Smoke on the site will ensure that your base won’t be hit by a surprise rush, and you will be able to keep enemies away for a considerable amount of time.

Not to mention that the combination of a mighty shotgun and SMG-11 is what Smoke is mostly known for.

1. Melusi

While Melusi joined the party during Year 5, she is one of the top-notch Operators on the Defense side, even after all nerfs that she received for her weapons and Banshees.

Melusi’s Banshee is almost an irreplaceable piece of tech, much similar to Aruni’s Surya Gate. It’s a combination of Proximity Alarm and Barbed Wire that not only alarms you of upcoming threats but also allows you to hunt your prey easier.

More importantly, Melusi is a 3-Speed operator, and it means she has great flexibility that allows her to cover Banshees just when needed.

Best Rainbow Six Siege Operators: Notable Mentions

There are a lot of great Operators in Rainbow Six Siege that could clutch the whole game in favor of your sight if only you know how to play with them. Here are some notable mentions that could be among the Top 5.

  • Mira (Defender): The only reason she’s excluded from the list above is the fact that she gets banned in Ranked and Unranked modes most of the time, but otherwise, Mira is a highly powerful Defender with a perfectly matched loadout.
  • IQ (Attacker): After her most recent rework, IQ is now a much better and team-oriented Operator for the Attackers. Besides, she has a powerful loadout with three different primary weapons.
  • Maestro (Defender): Evil Eye is still a brilliant tech for gathering intel, damaging enemies, and distracting them. You can hardly find anything close to Evil Eye in the entire game at the moment.
  • Flores (Attacker): Flores has proved himself as a solid Attacker that can use his RCE-Ratero in various ways to destroy Defender equipment or make the move from where they strictly cover.

Rainbow Six Siege is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC.

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Mehrdad (He/Him) is a Senior Staff Writer at DualShockers. He started writing about video games when he was a high-school student. He's probably one of those rare Rainbow Six Siege fans that have the game installed and updated on every available platform.

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