Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six Operation Crimson Heist details: Flores, Border rework, more

Published: 21/Feb/2021 20:25 Updated: 21/Feb/2021 20:27

by Andrew Amos


Rainbow Six’s Operation Neon Dawn is almost over, and that means Y6S1 is on its way. The expansion, named Crimson Heist, is set to kick off on February 21. Here’s what we know so far.

Rainbow Six is celebrating a big anniversary in 2021; it’s Year 6. To kick off the year of festivities, Ubisoft are starting off with a bang in Crimson Heist.

From the explosive new Operator Flores, to the Border rework, and a bunch of smaller changes in between, here’s what you need to know about Operation Crimson Heist in Rainbow Six.

Rainbow Six Y6S1 new Operator: Flores

Flores is joining Team Rainbow in Operation Crimson Heist. The explosive attacker has control of RCE-Ratero drones, which can blow up big holes in walls or enemies if you so choose.

The RCE-Ratero drones don’t work like regular drones. They can only be active for 10 seconds before automatically starting their detonation charge. They can jump and move like normal drones ⁠— except you can’t stop it from moving forward.

Once the detonation starts, defenders have three seconds to evacuate before it explodes. They can’t fight back either ⁠— it becomes bulletproof once it starts ticking. You can, however, shoot it before the detonation starts to stop it in its tracks.

The two-armor, two-speed Operator has access to the AR33 and the SR-25 as his primary weapons, and the GSH-18 as his sidearm. He also has Claymores and Stun Grenades as his secondary gadget options.

Flores in Rainbow Six Siege

Border map rework to kick off Rainbow Six Year 6

Operation Crimson Heist might lend itself to having a Bank rework. However, Ubisoft have focused on Border in this update. The iconic map is losing the renowned P.A. system telling you to not board the helicopter, but it’s gaining some much needed quality of life changes.

There is now a balcony above the Lobby area connecting to Break Room, making those windows by Valley spawn more useful. The map inside has generally been expanded too ⁠— the Bathroom downstairs is now a bombsite, and is much bigger.

A lot of clutter has been removed from the map, and there’s less destructible walls defenders have to worry about reinforcing or covering. The layout hasn’t changed much, but the worst parts of the map have been refreshed into something new.

Rainbow Six Border balcony inside
Border has undergone some renovations in Operation Crimson Heist.

New Gonne-6 secondary weapon

The Gonne-6 is a new secondary weapon ⁠— not gadget ⁠— that select attackers can use. It’s a one-bullet hand cannon that can be used to clear defender utility, like shields or bulletproof cameras. You only have one shot though, so be sure to shoot straight.

The attackers who have access to the Gonne-6 on release are: Zero, Iana, Amaru, Gridlock, Finka, Lion, Dokkaebi, and Glaz.

Match replay enters beta on PC

Finally, after over a year of anticipation, match replays are finally coming to Siege. The beta is set to kick off during Operation Crimson Heist for PC players only.

The system allows players to rewatch their games from any perspective ⁠— just like observing a professional match ⁠— so they can take notes, devise new strategies, or maybe just record a clip that you forgot about.

Match Replays are on their way for Rainbow Six: Siege.

When will Operation Crimson Heist release?

Operation Crimson Heist has been in the works for quite some time. It typically would have launched alongside the Six Invitational 2021. However, with the tournament postponed, plans had to change.

Now, after that series of delays and ambiguities surrounding its launch date, it’s finally set to arrive on March 18, 2021. Players will have access to the update starting February 22, 2021 on the TTS.

So, it won’t be long before we’ll have our hands on the new operator and map rework.


What are Therian Formes in Pokemon Go? Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus forms explained

Published: 23/Feb/2021 22:09

by Brent Koepp


Niantic is bringing Therian Formes to Pokemon Go with The Season of Legends event in March. But what is it exactly? Here’s everything you need to know about the special new forms for Gen V Legendary ‘mon Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus.

Pokemon Go’s upcoming Season of Legends is kicking off with the Forces of Nature trio, which are the Legendary ‘mon introduced in Black and White for the Nintendo DS. The weather-based Legendaries will get their very own Special Research starting in March.

Excitingly, the three characters’ secondary Therian Formes will also finally make their debut in the mobile title. However, Trainers unfamiliar with Gen V may be scratching their heads over what they are exactly. Below, we will explain everything you need to know about the transformations.

Screenshot of Forces of Nature Legendaries in Pokemon Go.
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Pokemon Go will get Therian Formes with Season of Legends in March 2021.

What are Therian Formes in Pokemon?

A neat feature included in Pokemon Black and White was an extensive weather and seasonal system. To take advantage of this, developer Game Freak introduced three Legendaries known as the Forces of Nature – Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus – who actually roamed around the overworld based on the atmospheric conditions.

In 2012’s Black and White 2, it was revealed the trio in the first game were in their “Incarnate Forme” and in the sequel they had new set called “Therian Formes.” The secondary transformation not only changed how the ‘mon looked physically, but also the way their stats functioned in the meta.

The alternative form could be triggered by players using the “Reveal Glass.” The Legendaries’ ability to switch between their two versions, made them a nightmare in VGC competitions – as they became extremely powerful in their versatility. This is also what makes it so exciting that the feature is making its debut in Pokemon Go.

Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus Therian Formes explained

The most important thing to know about Therian is that it changes the Forces of Nature trio’s stats in a few interesting ways. Below we will list each Pokemon’s stat in their Incarnate (regular) form vs their secondary to give you an idea of how they are being changed.

Screenshot of Pokemon Legendary Tornadus Incarnate and Therian Formes.
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Tornadus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Tornadus Incarnate

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 115
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 125
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 111
  • Total: 580

Tornadus Therian

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 100
  • Defense: 80
  • Sp. Attack: 110
  • Sp. Defense: 90
  • Speed: 121
  • Total: 580

With Tornadus, we see the Flying-type lower its Attack and Special Attack by 15 points in Therian, however its Speed is boosted by 10. Its Defense and Special Defense also get a bump. The monster sacrifices attack for quickness.

Screenshot of Pokemon Legendary Thundurus Incarnate & Therian Formes.
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Thundurus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Thundurus Incarnate

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 115
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 125
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 111
  • Total: 580

Thundurus Therian

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 105
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 145
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 101
  • Total: 580

Whereas Tornadus became much quicker, Thundurus’ Special Attack gets a substantial increase of 20 points in Therian. The ‘mon sacrifices its Speed and Attack by 10 points, but becomes a heavy hitter with special moves.

Screenshot of Legendary Pokemon Landorus Incarnate and Therian Formes.
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Landorus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Landorus Incarnate

  • HP: 89
  • Attack: 125
  • Defense: 90
  • Sp. Attack: 115
  • Sp. Defense:  80
  • Speed: 101
  • Total: 600

Landorus Therian

  • HP: 89
  • Attack: 145
  • Defense: 90
  • Sp. Attack: 105
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 91
  • Total: 600

Lastly, Landorus sees a major 20 point boost in Attack with its Therian transformation, though at the cost of its Special Attack and Speed. The Ground/ Flying-type packs the greatest punch out of the Legendary Trio.

Screenshot of Legendary Therian Formes.
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Go players can get their hands on Therian Formes in Go this March.

Pokemon Go players will be able to get their hands on Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus’ Therian Formes starting this March. Their transformations will help kick off the Season of Legends, which will run for a total of three months.

Ever since the Forces of Nature debuted their secondary forms in 2012, they have become top tier picks in competitive battles. So it will be interesting to see how the Black and White 2 feature will shake up the mobile title’s Battle League meta.