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Rainbow Six Siege Operation High Calibre patch notes: Y6S4 Thorn Operator, map rework, more

Here’s everything you need to know about Rainbow Six Siege’s Y6S4 update, Operation High Calibre, which introduces new Operator Thorn.

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We’re now onto the final season of Rainbow Six Siege’s sixth year, titled Operation High Calibre. Here’s everything you can expect to find in the Y6S4 update, including the new Operator Thorn, the Outback map getting reworked, as well as buffs and nerfs.

Rainbow Six Siege is just about to wrap up its sixth year, bringing Y6S4, titled Operation High Calibre. Over the course of these six years, Ubisoft have introduced over 50 Operators, taking the total up to 62.

Operation High Calibre brings in the 62nd Operator, Thorn, and also makes changes to Outback, and introduces significant buffs and nerfs to Operators.

Here’s everything included in the Y6S4 Operation High Calibre update.

Rainbow Six Siege Operation High Calibre release date

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Rainbow Six Y6S is set to officially go live around three weeks after the TTS’ November 9 release, so expect the season to kick off at the end of November 2021.

The update is now live on the Technical Test Server, so anyone with access to the TTS can try out the new content.

New Rainbow Six Siege Y6S4 Operator: Thorn

Of course, a new season of Rainbow Six brings a brand-new Operator and in Operation High Calibre, it’s Thorn.

Thorn is the Rainbow Six Siege’s 31st Defender, and also the 62nd Operator overall. Hailing from Ireland, Thorn brings the brand-new UZK50Gi SMG and the Razorbloom Shell Unique Ability.

The Razorbloom Shell “sticks to a surface after it’s thrown by Thorn” and once it’s triggered, it “automatically propels a set of sharp blades in all direction,” killing anyone nearby. Thorn can also run a Deployable Shield or Barbed Wire Gadgets, the M870 Shotgun, and the 1911 TACOPS or C75 Auto handguns.

Rainbow Six Siege Outback map rework

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Outback, set in Australia, has also undergone renovations with the Y6S4 update. Bomb sites have been moved and both the main building and exterior have been modified “to allow Attackers to create and execute more effective strategies.”

Also, the devs explained that “new exterior soft walls have been added to the building, and some areas have been refurbished and cleaned up to remove junk and provide better lines of sight and balance.”

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Here are the full changes to Outback:

  • 1F Convenience Store, 1F Compressor Room, 1F Gear Store, and 1F Beer Fridge have been combined into 1F Bike Repair and 1F Mechanic Shop.
  • 2F Office Supply is larger and has an exterior soft wall.
  • 1F Restaurant has been split into two rooms: 1F Restaurant and 1F Shark.
  • 2F Covered Terrace is now an interior area that connects 2F Mezzanine and 2F Piano Room. The 2F Piano Room stairs have been removed.

Bomb sites have been moved:

  • The bombsites that were previously in 2F Dorms and 2F Laundry have been moved to 2F Laundry and 2F Piano Room.

Rainbow Six Siege Y6S4 patch notes

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Operator Balancing

Finka Changes

  • She can now use the Adrenal Surge to revive herself, which is more consistent with other devices in-game, like Doc’s Stim Pistol.
  • Her recoil boost has been removed.
  • The Adrenal Surge cooldown has been increased to 20 seconds (was 10 seconds).

Echo & Mozzie

  • Increased drones’ time outside the building to 10 seconds (was 3 seconds).

Bulletproof Camera Rework

  • Defenders can now rotate the Bulletproof Camera and use it to fire EMP bursts that disable opponent devices. EMP bursts cannot be fired by Attackers when the camera is hacked.

Cameras lose signal

  • When placed outdoors, Valkyrie’s Black Eye, Maestro’s Evil Eye, and the Bulletproof Camera will now lose signal after 10 seconds. The player must pick up and redeploy the cameras elsewhere to regain signal.

Weapon Balancing

Angled Grip

  • The increase to ADS speed provided by the Angled Grip is now 20% less than it was before.

Gamepad Recoil Comfort

  • Reduced lateral recoil on:
    • Jager – 416-C
    • Ash – RC4
    • Vigil – K1A
    • Zofia – M762
    • Ace – AK-12
    • Warden, Dokkaebi, Vigil – SMG-12
    • Mozzie, Aruni – P-10 Roni
    • Alibi – Mx-4 Storm

Player Comfort

Drone Counter

  • Defenders now have access to a drone counter in the HUD to help them keep track of the number of regular drones they’ve destroyed. This feature can be turned off in the HUD section of the Options menu.

HUD Rework

  • Visuals for the HUD have been updated to be more in-line with the game’s art direction.
  • Compass now displays pings and other marker locations, as well as feedback for height differences.
  • Loadout (weapons, gadgets and unique abilities) was regrouped together to follow more consistent display rules.
  • Text action reminders (ex: Press [SPACE] to Vault) have been replaced with icons to take up less space.

Player Privacy

  • A new Privacy section in the Options menu allows players to adjust settings related to in-game privacy.

Tweaks and Improvements

Battle Pass

First Win of the Day Bonus

  • Earn extra Battle Pass Points when winning any PVP playlist game within 24 hours of the first matched played.
  • Time starts at the first match played and resets each day.

Battle Point Booster Update

  • Boosters now give a 30% bonus for you, a 10% bonus for your teammates, and a 30% bonus for a team with at least 3 active Boosters.
  • The bonus can be stacked for up to 100% bonus points.

Game Balancing

DSEG – Disabled State for Electronic Gadgets

  • Created more consistent Scoring and Warning messages.
  • Operators’ access to Observation Tools while being affected by DSEG has been normalized. Previously the access was only blocked for Attackers, and now it is blocked for Defenders too.
  • Iana, Finka, Lion, Dokkaebi and Warden’s unique abilities cool down timer is now paused while affected by DSEG.
  • Jackal’s Eyenox automatically deactivates when affected by DSEG
  • Dokkaebi’s Logic Bomb ability can be interrupted by DSEG during its casting.
  • Attackers affected by disabled state won’t receive Finka’s adrenaline boost anymore.

Testing Grounds Playlist (TS)

  • No Squad MMR Restriction.
  • Join in Progress enabled.
  • No leaving penalty.
  • Pro League map pool and New/Reworked map with a higher chance of appearance.
  • No map ban.
  • Operator ban enabled. New and reworked Operators can’t be banned.
  • Mix of Unranked and Quick Match settings (3 rounds role swap and one round Overtime).

Player Comfort

Grenade Indicator

  • Changes made to the UI so it is more reliable.

Operator Autopick

  • While AFK during the Planning Phase, the Operator selected will be based on the player’s personal statistics.
  • This does not affect the behavior of the Random button.

Esports

  • Live notification added when there is an ongoing match.

Alpha Packs

  • New visuals for Alpha Packs.
  • Behavior of Siege Esports Packs has been adjusted so that, instead of duplicates, it will give out Battle Pass Points.

Switch Firing Mode

  • Switch Fire Mode was removed for weapons, but the function (now called Switch Ability Mode) was kept for Operator’s that have unique abilities with different modes (Ex. Zofia, Capitao).

Game Health

Player Privacy

  • New Privacy tab in the Options menu.
  • Prevent Queue Sniping options moved to this new section.
  • Options are: Hidden Matchmaking Delay and Hide Region and Latency.

Map Rotations

  • Added Outback map and removed Border map from the Newcomer playlist.
  • Added Outback map to Ranked/Unranked.
  • Added Playlist Presets when creating a Custom game.

For more games news, you can check out the Naruto skin that’s all but confirmed to be arriving in Fortnite.

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 13 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 13 is well underway, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 13 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 13 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 13 pick rates in Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?

Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many popular streamers such as NICKMERCS and Dr Disrespect continuing to support the game, Apex has grown expeditiously.

There are now a whopping 21 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 13 now underway, Newcastle is the latest to join the roster.

Let’s take a look at how the new Legend has shaken up the roster by looking at the current Legend pick rates in Season 13, which provides an idea of who the most popular Legends are.

Apex Legends Season 13 pick rate ranked list

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This is our complete list of every character pick in Apex Legends, and we’ve ranked them in order to let you know which are favored.

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 13 ranked, as of June 24, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Octane – 11.2%
  2. Wraith – 10.2%
  3. Valkyrie – 10.1%
  4. Pathfinder – 9.2%
  5. Bloodhound – 8.6%
  6. Horizon – 6.4%
  7. Lifeline – 5.1%
  8. Bangalore – 4.8%
  9. Ash – 3.9%
  10. Fuse – 3.7%
  11. Loba – 3.4%
  12. Caustic – 3%
  13. Mirage – 2.9%
  14. Seer – 2.8%
  15. Gibraltar – 2.6%
  16. Rampart – 2.5%
  17. Wattson – 2.2%
  18. Newcastle – 2.2%
  19. Revenant – 2.1%
  20. Mad Maggie – 1.7%
  21. Crypto – 1.6%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 13

5. Bloodhound – 8.6%

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Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 13.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 8.6%. They are easily the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends, thanks to their tracking tools and incredible skills, plus, their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.

4. Pathfinder – 9.2%

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Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 9.2%, and counting, for quite some time now.

As a Recon class, Pathfinder simply excels in movements and traversing the game’s various maps. His Grappling Hook and Zipline Gun are simply invaluable assets that will help any team in a pinch – either because of the circle or a third-party situation. He consistently manages to stay in the top 5 as a result.

3. Valkyrie – 10.1%

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Despite getting some nerfs, Valkyrie is in the top 5 Legend pick rates for Season 13 with 10.1%, as she is the movement Queen. Her Jetpack Passive allows players to escape any kind of situation, which is crucial for survivability.

As well as her Passive, her Skyward Dive Ultimate is also great for mobility. This ability is the best rotational tool in all of Apex Legends, as it allows her and the team to relocate from a bad position or situation, into a good one.

Lastly, Valkyrie’s Tactical is also extremely useful for being aggressive and getting enemies out of camping spots, so long as you have enough room above you to launch the Missile Swarm.

2. Wraith – 10.2%

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Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number two spot with a 10.2% pick rate in Season 13.

Wraith’s stand-out features are her ability to get out of trouble very quickly – teammates included. Her abilities allow her to sense danger, become temporarily invulnerable, and create portals to escape predicaments. It’s easy to see why Wraith continues to be an absolute fan favorite in Apex Legends Season 13.

1. Octane – 11.2% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 13

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With a 11.2% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number one spot, continuing his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 13, fluctuating between the top two places.

Aside from his amusing quips, he is the perfect balance of offense and defense. Despite being regarded as an offensive Legend, Octane can greatly increase his sprint speed which is useful for both attack and running away.

But most Octane users thrive on his Launch Pad Ultimate which can send him, and friendly players, high up into the air.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 13. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, altering the game’s meta, and subsequently, Legend pick rates.

We’ll be sure to keep this updated regularly so you can stay on top of the in picks and don’t forget to check out our guide on the best Legends to choose in Season 13.

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Apex Legends Season 13 Gaiden Thematic Event: Leaks, anime-themed cosmetics, more

Apex Legends is getting a brand-new thematic event in Season 13 which according to leaks, will being anime-themed cosmetics.

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A new Apex Legends thematic event is arriving in Season 13, with leaks and rumors suggesting that it will contain an anime theme.

Apex Legends Season 13 is almost at the halfway point, with the most recent update bringing the Awakening Collection Event and the return of Control.

Now, leakers and dataminers have found information regarding the Thematic Event for the season, which is supposedly anime-themed, bringing cosmetics and another Prestige Skin.

Here’s everything we know about the Apex Legends Season 13 Gaiden Thematic Event.

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Apex Legends Season 13 Gaiden Thematic Event potential release date

As of right now, we don’t have an official release date from Respawn, but according to dataminers and leakers, we could be seeing the Apex Legends Gaiden Thematic Event arrive on July 19 and end on August 1.

This is not a confirmed date so be aware that the event could come on a completely different day. Having said that, updates usually roll out at around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST.

Apex Legends Gaiden Thematic Event leaks

Anime Hero skins

Reliable Apex Legends leaker AG420 actually leaked the full Apex Legends Gaiden Thematic Event store, showing off all of the skins and cosmetics that players will be able to get when it’s live.

If you’re curious about which Legends are set to receive an anime-themed skin, and what show the skins are inspired by, check out the list below:

  • Octane – One Piece skin
  • Wattson – Naruto skin
  • Mirage – My Hero Academia skin
  • Revenant – Evangelion
  • Crypto – Dragon Ball Z
  • Bloodhound – Tokyo Ghoul
  • Bangalore – Sailor Moon
  • Seer – Heart Stopper

The skins are all anime-themed, which fits in with the Collection Event being Kaiju-themed. As well as various anime skins for Legends and weapons, the Gaiden Thematic Event will also bring yet another Prestige Skin.

Bangalore Prestige skin

Apex Legends leaks on this Gaiden Thematic Event suggest that Bangalore is next in line to join Bloodhound with a Prestige Skin.

In order to unlock this skin, players will need to complete the Gaiden Thematic Event collection by obtaining all of the cosmetics from the event. This is similar to the way players get an Heirloom from the Collection Events, and it definitely won’t be cheap.

Having said that, this Bangalore skin is very detailed and will have three forms that players can evolve through a challenge. As more information is released we will let you know the full details about Bangalore’s Prestige Skin.


As there is currently no official information regarding the event, take these leaks with a grain of salt. As more information is released, we will be sure to update this piece so stay tuned.

For now, check out the leaks that claim a level cap increase will be coming to Apex Legends soon.

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Apex Legends Heirlooms: All Heirlooms & what they do

Apex Legends Heirlooms are some of the most sought-after items in the whole game, but what are they and what do they do?

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The Heirlooms in Apex Legends are very popular rare items that all dedicated players wish to obtain. To understand the demand, let’s get into the details of what they are.

Apex Legends has some pretty cool cosmetics for players to obtain, including the recent addition of Prestige skins. There are plenty of neat cosmetic items that you can use to stylize your weapons and characters.

Heirlooms are the rarest and most prestigious in-game items, and not every Legend has one of them. Let’s go into detail about what they are and what they actually do for you in Apex Legends.

What is an Apex Legend Heirloom?

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An Heirloom is a Legend-specific melee item that Apex Legends players can purchase with Heirloom Shards, which are obtained in Apex Packs.

The reason Heirlooms are so rare is because there is a 1 in 500 chance of receiving Heirloom Shards in an Apex Pack, and only on your 500th pack are you guaranteed the shards.

Further, Heirlooms usually come out during a Collection Event, where players need to collect every item in the event to receive the new Heirloom. However, these can be very pricey.

To calculate how many Apex Packs you have opened, check out our article on how to track your Heirloom progress.

What do Heirlooms do in Apex Legends?

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Heirlooms are strictly cosmetic items that are specific to Legends that currently have them available. They give you new melee animations and sounds, as well as something cool to hold while your weapons are holstered.

These items also have detailed animations when your weapon is holstered, as well as satisfying animations for moving between running, walking, sliding, and crouching.

All Heirlooms in Apex Legends

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There are currently 14 Legends who have Heirlooms in the game, and each of these items is suited to their own distinct sets of abilities.

Here are all the Apex Legends Heirlooms currently in the game:

  1. Rampart – Problem Solver
  2. Wraith – Kunai
  3. Bloodhound – Raven’s Bite
  4. Lifeline – Shock Sticks
  5. Pathfinder – Boxing Gloves
  6. Octane – Butterfly Knife
  7. Mirage – Too Much Witt
  8. Caustic – Death Hammer
  9. Gibraltar – War Club
  10. Revenant – Dead Man’s Curve
  11. Bangalore – Cold Steel
  12. Wattson – Energy Reader
  13. Crypto – Biwon Blade
  14. Valkyrie – Suzaku
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At the time of writing, Valkyrie is the latest character to receive an Heirloom in Apex Legends Season 13. The Suzaku has arrived as part of the Awakening Collection Event.

Although we don’t have official information regarding the next Legend to receive an Heirloom, we have had leaks in the past regarding Loba’s Heirloom, so it could be coming next.


For more Apex Legends, check out everything we know about Season 14.

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