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R6 Siege Thorn guide: Release date, unique gadget, weapons, loadout, and role

Rainbow Six Siege Y6S4, the last seasonal update of this eyear, is bringing a brand new defender to the game, Thorn. Here's everything that we know about operator Thorn, including her primary and secondary weapons, unique ability, gadget, and more.
R6 Siege Thorn guide: Release date, unique gadget, weapons, loadout, and role

As year's end is slowly approaching, fans of Ubisoft's tactical shooter, Rainbow Six Siege, are preparing to jump into the last quarterly update in 2021.

As with all previous seasons in this new structure (switching from a single annual pass to four quarterly battle passes), the Y6S4 update comes with a slew of new content and exciting changes, including a rework of the Outback map, several gameplay redesigns, massive balance changes, a new weapon, and of course - Thorn - the latest Operator added to the game's roster.

Operator Thorn side and role

Thorn is a defender with a focus on zone control, area denial, and tactical support.

Operator Thorn gadget Razorbloom Shell

Operator Thorn gadget Razorbloom Shell
The sticky Razorbloom Shell ejects sharp and deadly fragments which deal massive damage to whomever they hit. (Picture: Ubisoft)

The Razorbloom Shell gadget is described as a "sticky device that is going to stick on pretty much any surfaces."

This throwable gadget poses a deadly trap to Thorn's enemies. It works as a trigger device - once the enemy walks into its activation radius, it will initiate a timed detonation.

R6 Siege Y6S4 Thorn: Release date, gadget, weapons, loadout, unique ability, and role
Once an enemy enters the trigger area, they initiate a timed detonation.

At that moment, the attacker will need to quickly decide if they will pull back, continue advancing, or try to locate the Razorbloom Shell and destroy it before it goes off. The developers describe it as a "panic mode" initiator, which will cause confusion for anyone who finds themselves near it. 

The reason for inducing fear into your foes is simple - the Razorbloom Shell explosion is deadly and can instantly eliminate enemies in most cases.

Thorn's loadout

R6 Siege Y6S4 Thorn: Release date, gadget, weapons, loadout, unique ability, and role
Thorn's powerful loadout comes equipped with a brand new SMG. (Picture: Ubisoft)

Thorn arrives at Rainbow Six Siege with a brand new weapon as well, the UZK50Gi SMG. If the name sounds strange to you, that's because it's an entirely made up submachine gun, designed from scratch by R6 Siege developers to suit Thorn's playstyle.

Here's a Thorn's loadout:

Primary weapon


M870 Shotgun

Secondary weapon




Barbed Wire

Deployable Shield 

Unique Gadget Razorbloom Shell


Price and release date

Operator Thorn will be a part of the Y6S4 High Calibre update, which is expected to be released in early December 2021. We will update the article with the exact release date once Ubisoft reveals the date.

When it comes to the cost of unlocking Thorn, the operator can be unlocked for either 25,000 Renown or 600 R6 Credits.


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