Rainbow Six Y8S2.3 Patch Notes: Operator Balancing and Gameplay Updates

Prepare yourself to improve your gameplay with the new Rainbow Six Siege Y8S2.3 patch, which includes numerous gameplay improvements and operator balancing adjustments that are sure to shake up the competitive scene.

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Rainbow Six Y8S2.3 Patch Notes

Ubisoft has recently released the Y8S2.3 Designer Notes for Rainbow Six Siege, introducing a new patch that brings several changes to the popular FPS game.

One of the significant changes in the Y8S2.3 patch is the buff for Thorn, a trap operator. Ubisoft has decided to give Thorn the 1.5x sight on the UZK50GI to improve her viability in the trapper ecosystem. Moreover, the Y8S2.3 patch also brings updates to Nokk, Vigil, and Oryx.

This update focuses on operator balancing and gameplay improvements to enhance the overall experience for players. In this article, we will explore the details of the Rainbow Six Siege Y8S2.3 patch notes and the reasoning behind these changes.

Rainbow Six Y8S2.3 patch notes - Operator balancing


  • UZK50GI
    • Sights: Added 1.5x.

Thorn is currently one of the least-picked trappers on defender lineups, we've decided to boost her loadout by adding a 1.5x sight to the UZK50GI, this should increase her popularity within the trapper ecosystem.


  • HEL Presence Reduction
    • Remove silent steps while the ability is active.
    • Increase the duration of the ability to 20s (from 12)
    • Update glitching reasons

Deception is always a controversial topic and Nøkk's ability is conceived around it. She can become invisible to observation tools and at the same time mute her footsteps. She is leading some of the main frustration for defenders and we would like to tackle this. In a quiet environment, everyone should be able to hear someone else approaching, and Nøkk's ability to move silently breaks this rule. We've decided to remove the silent facet of the ability in exchange for increased ability duration."

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  • ERC-7
    • On observation tools, Vigil will share the same glitching effect as Nøkk.
    • The ability won't deactivate while performing certain actions, like shooting, and will instead trigger the glitch effect on observation tools.
    • Vigil won't be immune to Lion's EE-ONE-D or Grim's Kawan Hive. Both gadgets will detect him, but he can prevent being pinged down by activating the ERC-7.

Nøkk and Vigil share a similar ability, and in the pursuit of consistency, we've decided to extend Nøkk's cloaking rules to Vigil. With this change, Vigil will glitch on observation tools while performing actions like shooting, deploying a gadget, or sprinting. These new interactions will reward players that proceed more carefully while using the ERC-7 and will punish those who act more carelessly.


  • Hatch Climb
    • Reduced hatch climb interaction time by 30%.

The game data shows that Oryx does not profit much from his ability to climb hatches. We would like to make this interaction smoother by reducing its recovery time, now it should feel less dangerous to perform.

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Well, the Rainbow Six Siege Y8S2.3 patch brings operator balancing and gameplay updates to enhance the overall experience for players.

The buff for Thorn with the addition of the 1.5x sight aims to increase her popularity among trapper operators. Changes to Nokk and Vigil address issues of frustration and inconsistency in their abilities, ensuring a more balanced gameplay environment. The adjustment to Oryx's hatch climb aims to make this interaction smoother and less risky.

With these changes, Ubisoft continues to refine and evolve Rainbow Six Siege, providing players with an improved and engaging tactical FPS experience.

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