Rainbow Six: Siege Operation Steel Wave is Live! What is new?


Saptarshi Mozumdar


Jun, 17.2020

On June 16, 2020, after almost a month of Rainbow Six Siege Technical Test Server, we finally got the seasonal update for Year 5 Season 2: Operation Steel Wave. Just like any other new season, this season also brings in new operators, new bug fixes, weapon balancing, gadgets, map reworks, etc. Operation Steel Wave is available across all the platforms. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC as well as on Uplay+. For those, who don’t know, Uplay+ is a gaming subscription service for Ubisoft games.

The most noticeable changes are the two new Operation Steel Wave operators, map rework, Elite skin for Echo, and addition of a new secondary gadget for defenders. The two new operators which were added were Ace and Melusi. The new Attacker operator, Ace is a breacher and his gadget, S.E.L.M.A. Aqua Breacher, vertically breaches upto 3 panels. As for the new Defender operator, Melusi, her gadget is called the Banshee Sonic Defense. This device slows down the opponents and creates a sound alarm whenever they get in proximity of the gadget. Just like the other seasonal operators, these will be available to the Season Pass holders for Year 5. As for those who don’t have it, they would have to wait for a whole week before being able to purchase it with renowns.

A major change has been done in respect to the ranking and MMR system. Previously, you were able to open different ranks in multiple regions, as in each region had different calibration games. Now, its all unified, one rank for all regions. Also, to get to Champion rank now, players need to have at least 100 Ranked games played along with the 5000MMR.

Other noticeable changes are the map rework, Echo Elite skin, and the new secondary gadget for Defenders. The map that got reworked is House, which is one of the maps that has been available since the release of Rainbow Six: Siege. The Elite skin that we got is for Echo, the Defender operator for Operation Red Crow, and is called Tenkamusou. As for the new Defender gadget, it is Proximity Mine. This gadget is just as it sounds, makes a sound alarm when an Attacker is in proximity.

Amaru, the Attacker operator for Operation Ember rise also received a buff. The timings and the hook animation have been made smoother and now she is able to hook to hatches without breaking them first.


Several other operators have received changes, here is a list:

Balancing Changes


  • Increased the damage from 41 to 59. Increased ADS Speed.
  • Increase the ACS12 RPM to 300 RPM.


  • Operator released


  • Clash's SMG will switch from having a red dot to using the reflex's green triangle.


  • Removed the camera shake effect from from Yokai's concussion effects.
  • Length of concussion effect is no longer affected by movement. Now has a fixed duration of 10s and the intensity of the vision disruption stays fixed throughout the effect.
  • Replaced the Deployable Shield with Impact Grenades.


  • Increased base hp to 30 (from 5) for teammates revived by Finka's Nanoboost. DBNO Players will stand up with 50 hp (30 from own base hp + 20 from Finka boost).


  • Added LFP586 secondary to loadout.


  • Reduced LV Explosive Lance's fuse time to 1.5s (down from 2.5s).
  • Improved CSRX 300 recoil through reduced weapon climb after each shot.
  • Replaced P22 Mk5 with SPSMG9 in loadout.


  • Operator released


  • Added PRB92 secondary weapon to loadout.


  • Reduced damage taken when dashing through walls to 5 (down from 10).
  • Bulletproof Camera replaced with new Proximity Alarm secondary gadget.
  • Added angled grip option to Oryx's MP5.


  • Now has an ACOG. This is where all the lost ACOGs went.

Ela and Zofia

  • Eliminated the mouse sensibility modifier from concussion effect of the Bosak sisters' gadgets.


  • Removed a Candela to bring it down to 3 (from 4 Candelas).
    • Changed for PC on 04-30-2020.


Other than the Operator balancing changes, we also received several game tweaks and improvements, along with bug fixes. To learn more about Operation Steel Wave patch notes, head over to the official page of Rainbow Six: Siege Operation Steel Wave.