Rainbow Six Siege secures Lion rework in latest Y4S1.3 update

Ubisoft has detailed plans to deploy a fresh update for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, tweaking its lineup of playable Operators following Operation Burnt Horizon. Formally dubbed the Year 4 Season 1.3 update, anticipate significant changes to eight existing abilities – including the long-awaited full rework of Lion. The Y4S1.3 patch is slated for April 16 on PC, with a delayed rollout on April 17 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

First detailed in February at the Six Invitational in Montreal, Lion's upcoming rework aims to fix one of Rainbow Six Siege's most controversial Operators to date. The offensive Operator's global wall-hack ability has faced intense criticism in a tactical setting, even ousted from its official Rainbow Six Pro League competitions.

With Y4S1.3, Lion is shifting toward an "intel-based" role, replacing the red on-screen outline with a one-dimensional ping. Duration, warning, and cooldown have also been reduced, making for a more reactive and balanced gadget.

Capitão is also set for significant changes, reducing fire damage in exchange for increased area-of-effect. Blitz, Maestro, and Nomad are also set for game-changing nerfs, while Kaid, Ying, and Echo see general tweaks.

Check out the full list of balancing tweaks below, extracted from the Y4S1.3 changelog:


  • Reduced the ability warning to 1.5 seconds (from 3 seconds).
  • Reduced the scanning to 2 seconds (from 4 seconds).
  • Replaced the scan outline by a red ping debuff.
  • Increased the number of charges to 3 (from 2 charges).
  • Reduced the ability cooldown to 15 seconds (from 27 seconds).
  • Vigil's ability ERC–7's cloak makes him immune to Lion's scan.

With more of a focus on intel gathering, now this predator has to play smart to catch his prey. Check out the Designer's Notes to learn more.


  • Dart fire damage per tick reduced to 12 (from 19/tick).
  • Dart fire AOE size increased and now takes 2 seconds to reach max size.
  • Arrows now follow a straight trajectory until 10 meters. Past 10 meters, there is an arrow trajectory falloff due to gravity.

Adjustments to his AOE damage will now emphasize skill and not blind luck.


  • Ballistic shield flash cooldown increased to 7 seconds between flashes (from 2 second CD).

Enjoy the breather!


  • AUG–A3 damage increased to 33 (up from 27).
  • Remove a magazine from TCSG12 Shotgun to reduce total ammunition to 51 (down from 61).

Now the commander has a few choices to make.


  • Maestro's Evil Eyes windows will automatically open halfway when disabled by EMPs or Shock Drones.

Maestro's defenses were a bit too ironclad, so we've opened up the window of opportunity a little.


  • Added idle SFX to Nomad's Airjab once deployed to act as warning feedback for gadget position when active Airjabs are nearby.
  • Replaced Claymore with 3x Stun Grenades in Nomad's loadout.

Listen to the wind, it talks.


  • Changes to the reverse Candela cooking mechanic. The longer it cooks, the less time it takes to explode.

New and improved recipe.


  • IQ can now detect Echo when he is using his PDA.

Following its Y4S1.3 patch, Ubisoft is also gearing up for its next major update, currently dubbed Year 4 Season 2.

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Matt Brown

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