Rainbow Six Siege Sledge Guide: Loadout, Gadget, Tips, and more

Ubisoft’s tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege has grown massively over the years. The game had reported over 75 million registered players back in July, and more players are still joining every day.

To make lives a litter easier for new players, we’ve prepared a guide on one of the most played and simplest operators- Sledge. So, when picking this 2-Speed 2-Health SAS Attacker, here are some of the things you should know.

Sledge Operator Guide

Best Weapon Loadout

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Image: Ubisoft (Note:- SMG-11 has been removed after the Y6S3 Patch)
  • Primary Weapon: L85A2 (AR), M590A1 (Shotgun)
  • Secondary Weapon: P226 MK 25 (Pistol)
  • Secondary Gadgets: Frag Grenade / Stun Grenade
  • Unique ability: Tactical Breaching Hammer

As his primary weapon, Sledge has the option of the L85A2 Assault Rifle and the trusty M590A1 Shotgun. For most situations in Siege, the L85A2 AR will be the better choice, as it has a very stable recoil pattern and relatively low rate of fire, making it one of the best guns for beginners. The AR also has minimal horizontal recoil, so the flash hider and the vertical grip are the recommended combination to use.

With Rainbow Six Siege’s Y6S3, Ubisoft has removed Sledge’s SMG-11 to bring his presence down from the top position to more in line with the other operators. While this decision from Ubisoft sparked a lot of criticism from the Siege community, players will now need to accept this reality and move on with the P226 MK 25 pistol. This removal also dramatically reduces the viability of running Sledge’s shotgun, as the SMG-11 is considered as one of the best secondary weapons, if not the best.

Secondary Gadget

Sledge has the option to select Frag or Stun grenades as his secondary gadget. In Siege, Frag grenades are considered as one of the strongest secondary gadgets, and if you have the option to pick it, you should most likely do it every time. Frag grenades are very versatile, as they can be used to destroy defender gadgets such as shields, kill enemies from tough spots, and even clear wall-denying utilities such as Bandit batteries or Electroclaws. However, newer players will need to practice the timing of throwing the grenades in order to get kills and also prevent teamkills.

Unique Ability

Image: Ubisoft

Sledge carries the iconic breaching hammer called ‘The Caber’. This tactical breaching hammer is used to breach soft surfaces such as walls, barricades, and floor panels. The sledgehammer can be used a total of 25 times per round, which is plenty for an attacking round.

Sledge can also use his hammer to destroy defender gadgets such as Maestro’s Evil Eyes, Castle barricades, deployable shields, bulletproof cameras and even barbed wires.

But, one major downside of his gadget is its range, so you’d need to get close to the surface or gadget that you want to destroy. And unlike Buck, Sledge cannot breach vertically from below, but you might be able to get some kills by throwing a perfectly cooked grenade from below so that it explodes when it reaches the surface.

Should you pick Sledge?

Sledge remains as one of the two primary Soft-breachers in the game (the other one being Buck). Because of the ease of use of Sledge’s gun and gadget, we highly recommend newer players to pick him.

However, Sledge’s potential can be fully maximised in the hands of an experienced player. With better map knowledge, you can identify the common anchor spots of the defenders, and use the hammer to create multiple vertical angles and flush them out with the gun or a grenade. Players can even clear utilities like Kaid, Bandit, Mute, and even Mira on certain bombsites where the ceiling is destructible.


(i) Defenders might use a Camera or Pulse’s scanner to C4 you from below, so you shouldn’t stay in one spot while you are using the hammer.
(ii) Peek through your vertical holes after you’ve created multiple lines of sight from above.

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