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Rainbow Six Siege Thatcher: what he can do and how to use him

Why doesn't it work?!

As one of the more universally effective operators in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, Thatcher can cause nightmares for any defending team that uses electronic gadgets. The SAS attacker operator is however more than just EMP grenades, so here are some tips you should probably know about about what he can do and how to use him.

Thatcher operator guide

Since the game first launched, defender operators have come along with fancy technology to try and make the attacking team's life a misery. Thatcher however has always been a thorn in their side thanks to an ability that severely disrupts electronics with relative ease. If you'd like a more general gameplay overview, head to our Rainbow Six Siege guide hub.

Thatcher's Stats

Armour: 2
Speed: 2

Thatcher's Weapon Loadouts

Sledge has access to three weapons: AR33 assault rifle, the the M590A1 shotgun and the L85A2 assault rifle. This comes down to personal preference, though the AR33 has a higher rate of fire and more stable recoil than the L85A2. The shotgun is however more viable with Thatcher than fellow attacker Sledge. His only sidearm is the P226 MK 25 pistol, which is not a bad pistol to be lumped with.

Thatcher's Gadgets

Packed with two very explosive gadgets, the breaching charge and the claymore, it does largely depend on your team composition. If someone is playing a character that has a highly destructive capability on walls, then the claymore might be a better choice to prevent being stalked by roaming defenders.

Thatcher's Skill

Thatcher uses the EG MKO-EMP grenade. This disrupts most electronic devices, with the ability to even destroy a few of them. Given how many of the defending operators use electrical gadgets, these are almost always useful.

Should I pick Thatcher?

He's almost universally a decent pick. Thatcher's EMP grenades play havoc with many of the defender's skills, while his guns are highly competitive. He's another relatively simple attacker for newer players to use, but simple to understand doesn't mean he's limited in any way.

Since you now know how to cause chaos with Thatcher's EMP grenades, perhaps there's another operator that you're wondering who he's effective against? If so, go to our main Rainbow Six: Siege operators guide to find all the links to each individual operator, as well as an overview on the more universally useful ones and which ones beginners should consider learning.

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When Dave was guides writer for Rock, Paper, Shotgun, it was his privilege to understand how to play certain games well, so that newer players can understand the more complex things about them.

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