Ubisoft’s tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege has grown massively over the years. The game recently stepped onto Year 7 Season 3 with the Operation Brutal Swarm update, and with this new patch, Zofia might again become a top-picked operator.
Zofia: the 2-speed, the 2-armor operator, was released during Y2S4 Operation White Noise. Hailing from Poland, Zofia, is a member of the elite counter-terrorism unit, GROM.
The LIFELINE launcher used by Zofia is equipped with a projectile technology that is electronically actuated and can fire both concussion and impact ammunition. The concussion round is designed to produce a shockwave that is 170 decibels loud, damaging hearing and disorienting enemies. If you haven’t already unlocked Zofia, you can do it now for 10,000 renown or 240 R6 Credits.
Zofia Operator Guide
“It isn’t about where you end up, it’s about how you make it home.”
Zofia Bosak is the eldest daughter of Jan Bosak, respected former commander of the Polish Special Operation Forces unit, GROM. She excelled in the grueling extracurricular training given by her father, learning diverse techniques including some considered questionable. Zofia’s exceptional attitude saw her pass the GROM selection tests with the highest possible scores. She developed extensive skills beyond hand-to-hand combat and marksmanship, specifically survival, sabotage, target extraction, and field medicine. Driven to be the highest performing soldier in any given unit, Zofia is of singular focus in all of her operations. This focus enabled her to single-handedly evacuate hundreds of civilians, including children, during a rescue mission in Guatemala. She has since earned a number of awards and gained the respect of her commanding officers and peers. Zofia stands out as a lateral thinker with decisive, aggressive operational experience and an impeccable track record both on and off the field.
“Zofia struggles with her father’s death. She doesn’t believe it was suicide and asked if I can recover his autopsy report. I’m not sure I have those kinds of connections, nor do I think it’s necessarily a good idea. His absence already pervades her every thought and I’m not convinced that having an answer would bring her the closure she needs. I’ve encouraged her ongoing efforts to rebuild the relationship with her sister instead, and to cherish the close bonds she has with her teammates and her family.” – Dr. Harishva “Harry” Pandey, Director of Rainbow.
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Best Weapon Loadout
- Primary Weapon: M762 (Assault Rifle), LMG-E (Light Machine Gun)
- Secondary Weapon: RG15 (Pistol)
- Secondary Gadgets: Breach Charge / Claymore
- Unique ability: KS79 LIFELINE
Zofia has two options for her primary weapon. The M762 Assault Rifle is a great choice with high damage stats, but with the Y6S2.2 patch, the recoil of this gun was significantly nerfed. This M762 nerf led players to shift their attention to the LMG-E, which turned out to be an “overpowered” weapon with 150 bullets in its magazine and almost no recoil. The most recent LMG meta in Rainbow Six Siege continued for some time; however, with the latest Y7S2 update, Ubisoft has significantly reworked the recoil patterns for LMG, so they are not as easy to spam.
At the same time, the M762 has seen a recoil buff with the update, so now we will highly recommend bringing the Assault Rifle instead of the LMG. However, if you still want more bullets in your magazine, then you can bring the LMG-E, but try to spray with it instead of holding the left-mouse button like before.
As her secondary weapon, Zofia’s only option is the RG15 pistol. This secondary pistol has a unique red dot sight, and it can get the job done when you are out of ammo on your primary.
Zofia can choose between bringing Breach Charge or Claymores as her secondary gadget. The option here depends on your game plan and your attacking lineup. If you plan to help your teammates play vertically, then you can pick the Breach Charges to create lines of sight through soft floors and walls. Claymore, on the other hand, is also an excellent choice that will keep you secure against flanking as well as runouts.
Zofia’s primary gadget is called the KS79 LIFELINE. This unique device is a projectile launcher that can shoot out two kinds of grenades: impact and concussion. With a quick press of the firing mode key (Default “B” on PC), you may quickly change the LIFELINE’s ammo from the default setting of impact Grenades to concussion grenades. The impact grenade, as its sound, is a grenade that explodes on impact. Unlike Ash’s breaching rounds, which create an explosion after a short fuse, Zofia’s impact grenades can instantly open a soft surface. Do keep in mind that the impact round has a small arc, so aim a little higher when targeting an object from very far away.
On the other hand, the concussion grenade works similarly to Ela’s Grizmot mines. creating a visual and movement imbalance. Concussion Grenades go off when they are within three meters of an enemy. In any other case, the explosion will not occur immediately. They will bounce off any surface and detonate on their own after a few short seconds.
You can differentiate the two different types of grenades from the HUD element as shown below.
Tips and Tricks
(i) You can check for defenders in an area using the concussion grenades, as they will detonate if any lurking defenders are nearby.
(ii) Be careful as you and your teammates can also get concussed if you are in the range of its detonation.
(iii) During a post-plant situation, you can use Zofia’s concussion round from far away to disrupt defenders from counter-defusing.
(iv) Using Zofia’s launcher, you can quickly clear Jager’s ADS or Aruni’s Laser gates to aid in pushing to the bomb site.
How to counter Zofia?
As mentioned earlier, Zofia’s launcher shoots out projectiles that can be shot out with Jager’s ADS or caught in Wamai’s Mag-nets. Aruni, on the other hand, can indirectly counter Zofia as the Attackers will most probably use this utility to clear it over others such as Frag grenades or drones.
Should you pick Zofia?
While she might not be as powerful as before, Zofia is still a top-tier entry operator with a good loadout. Her Lifeline launcher is pretty easy to use, and with the help of her AR or LMG, you can shred enemies left and right, but practice the recoil patterns a bit before stepping into a match. She might not have the withstand ability now, but Zofia remains a solid soft-breaching and fragging Attacker.