Rainbow Six Siege, a tactical first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft, has experienced tremendous growth throughout the years that it has existed. The FPS game is halfway into its seventh year, having amassed an audience of over 85 million in 2022.
Melusi: the 3-speed, 1-health operator, was introduced in Y5S2 Operation Steel Wave. This defender is a fast-moving, fragging operator who can help the team get early kills and instill fear in the Attacking side. So, when picking this defender, here are some of the things you should know.
Melusi Operator Guide
“Understanding is the only tool that vanquishes ignorance.”
Born in the small town of Louwsburg near the Ithala Game Reserve, Ndlovu spent many years exploring with her friend, Elna Gardiner. As they grew, so did their appreciation of and sense of responsibility for the animals on the reserve. The threat from poachers fueled their determination, and though haunted they focused on the lives they could save, rather than past casualties.
Ndlovu signed up with the South African National Defence Force to broaden her skillset and fund her field ranger training. Her persistence and dedication brought her to the attention of the 1 Parachute Battalion, until an ambush in the Central African Republic left her badly wounded.
When Gardiner, who had become an accomplished veterinarian, asked for help defending Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, Ndlovu resigned from the military and began training local women in tracking, interception, and surveillance. Together, they are the heart of the Inkaba Task Force Anti-Poaching Unit.
Best Weapon Loadout
- Primary Weapon: MP5 (SMG), SUPER 90 (Shotgun)
- Secondary Weapon: RG15 (Handgun)
- Secondary Gadgets: Impact Grenade / Nitro Cell
- Unique ability: BANSHEE SONIC DEFENSE
Melusi can pick either the MP5 SMG or the Super 90 Shotgun as her primary weapon. The MP5 has a moderate fire rate and damage but almost no recoil. So controlling this gun, even at longer-range fights, should be a walk in the park. The fire rate and the low recoil can help you land some crucial headshots. This SMG has no magnifying scope, so you must choose a 1x of your preference. For attachments, the flash hider and vertical grip is our recommended choice.
On the other hand, the Super 90 shotgun can pack a serious punch. This shotgun will only be viable for close-range gunfights, so if your game plan roams around playing in tight corners, you can try out the shotgun. In a game like Siege, where there is a one-shot headshot mechanic, a weapon with a good rate of fire paired with a low recoil can massively help you get some easy frags. Therefore, we highly recommend picking the MP5 SMG for most players.
Melusi’s only option for the secondary weapon is the RG15 pistol. This secondary pistol can act as a good backup if you are out of ammo on your primary, and as a bonus, it has a special red dot reticle on it.
Melusi can pick impact grenades or a nitro cell as her secondary gadget. The impact grenade effectively creates rotations quickly, while the nitro cell can be used to get some crucial kills. So here, the choice is up to you and your team composition. If your teammates have a shotgun or impact, then picking the nitro cell can be the better option, but impacts can aid in your roaming adventures.
Melusi’s primary gadget is called “Banshee Sonic Defense,” commonly known as ‘Banshee.’ Like Maestro’s Evil Eyes, the Banshee Sonic Defence can be deployed on flat surfaces, although, unlike the latter, it does not require manual interaction to function. As soon as an enemy approaches, it will emit a loud sound and slow them down at the same time. The gadget has an effective circular radius of 4 meters and only activates if there is a line of sight to the Attacker. Similar to Clash’s shield, it can slow multiple enemies simultaneously.
Melusi has 3 Banshees that she can deploy around the map; all are available at the start of the preparation phase. The Banshee itself is bulletproof, but when activated, it opens its core and can be destroyed with a single bullet. Melusi’s device has no time limits and does not need to be recharged; it will continue to function as long as attackers are within its line of sight and radius.
Tips and Tricks:
(i) Place Melusi’s Banshee in tough-to-melee spots, to the side of an entrance, on top of stairs, etc.
(ii) Pair Melusi with Jager and Wamai to prevent projectiles from destroying them.
(iii) Both barbed wires and Banshee can be used together to put extra pressure on Attackers.
(iv) Learn the maps more to better understand where to put the gadget so they are not as easily destroyed and come in use during the round.
How to counter Melusi?
As stated above, Melusi’s banshee can be countered by firing a single bullet at its core. Additionally, all explosives and meleeing will destroy it; Thatcher’s EMP and Twitch’s Shock Drone can disable the gadget, but a subsequent melee is needed to get rid of it.
Should you pick Melusi?
Melusi is a versatile operator with a good loadout and an easy-to-use primary gadget. The Banshee is an effective gadget to slow down Attackers and reveal their positions when pushing the bomb site. When placing down the Banshees, you should consider where the Attackers will most likely come from. It is a good idea to save one Banshee and place it away from the objective to help you hold other parts of the map and roam around safely.
Melusi is also a great defender to roam around and hunt for frags, as her gadget does not need to be manually controlled. Her speed also allows her to move around the map freely and prevent attackers from getting comfortable inside the map.