Sometimes in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, making an explosive entrance isn't as useful as making a smaller explosive hole in your enemies' defences. Hibana's particular method of penetrating fortified walls can be surprisingly effective and one to consider playing, so this guide will take you through the nuances of her ability, and the guns and gadgets she has to offer.
Hibana operator guide
As one of the DLC operators, Hibana fulfils the particularly popular role of breaching enemy fortifications, particularly those reinforced walls and Castle's reinforced barricades. You can check out our Rainbow Six Siege guide hub as well for more general tips that help once you've breached the enemy objective.
Hibana's Weapon Loadouts
Hibana has access to the Type-89 assault rifle and the Supernova pump-action shotgun. The shotgun does relatively decent damage and has good recoil management, making shooting out walls a breeze. The assault rifle has moderate stats, though the use of attachments can mitigate the rather erratic recoil pattern, so could be a preferred choice for many. Out of the P229 handgun and the Bearing 9 machine pistol, the sidearm of choice is generally the machine pistol thanks to its insane fire rate for not that much cost.
She has access to the stun grenade and the breach charge. Given how the breach charge can be set up alongside Hibana's sticky explosive charges, this could be a useful combination to disorientate enemies, particularly if other team members also have explosive devices to breach walls. The stun grenade is also very good as a thing to throw in as soon as the hole is made.
With the X-Kairos 40mm grenade launcher, Hibana can take out small chunks of reinforced walls or Castle's barricades with ease. Of course, you can use them on normal walls and floors as well. Each pellet can be shot out from the front to create a smaller hole, which could be a good tactical strategy, and the back of normal walls. However, if they're shot into reinforced walls or barricades, the defenders can't shoot them from behind the walls to prevent them from detonating. They do little damage compared to Thermite's super-charged breach charge.
Should I pick Hibana?
Since Hibana has only three rounds of six pellets and the destructive capabilities aren't as big as other breaching operators, there would need to be a lot more coordination required to use her. However, those who are synchronised with another operator such as Thermite or Ash can cause ultra-defensive operators a world of problems. Her guns are relatively good as well so she can hold her own in a fight, but she is one of the weaker attackers defensively so should not be leading the charge.
With other operators such as Thermite or Ash fulfilling a similar role, it may be worth seeing if they are more suited to your play style. Have a look at our main Rainbow Six Siege operator guide which has links to each individual operator, as well as an overview on the more universally useful ones and which ones beginners should consider learning.