How to rescue MIA Operators in Rainbow Six Extraction

MIA Operators is a unique mechanic in Rainbow Six Extraction that introduces a risk reward element.

During the course of a mission, if an Operator fails and cannot complete a level, they will be considered MIA and cannot be used unless they are rescued.

If you don’t rescue them, they will still come back to you, albeit with some penalties. Your operators are likely to fail during the game, so it’s worth knowing how to rescue MIA operators in Rainbow Six Extraction effectively.

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How does the MIA Operator mechanic work in Rainbow Six Extraction?

If you fail a mission in Rainbow Six Extraction, the operator you used will be left behind and will be considered “MIA” (or Missing in Action).

This makes them unavailable to play in future missions until they are rescued. At the end of a mission, you will receive an update on how many operators are currently available or missing.

To rescue an MIA operator, you must return to the level they fell to. This can be seen on the operator selection screen or in the level selection menu, with a red icon showing MIA operators.

You can see which operators are missing at any time on the list selection screen:

And also within the level selection menus, giving you a visual guide to where they are:

Play that mission again and one of the three active zones within that mission will be the target of the MIA operator (in our experience, this is usually the first or second active zone, but it can also be the third).

If you manage to rescue the Operator as part of that objective (see the next section for details on how it works), then the Operator will be returned without XP penalties. They will see a drop in their health temporarily, but in the meantime they will recover as you use other operators.

If you fail this mission, the Operator will return to you, but at the cost of 30% of his XP and his contribution to your REACT milestone progression, as well as a temporary reduction in health.

Think of the mechanics similar to how many roguelike games work; Dying means you have a chance to return to the area where you fell to regain XP or progress, and if that fails you’ll see it lost forever (or in this case, a loss of some progression).

How to complete the MIA Operator objective

The MIA operator will become one of the three main Hot-Zone targets if he has fallen behind within that map.

Within that Hot Zone there will be an Archaic Tree, where the Operator will be located. You know you are in the right place where you can hear a beep nearby.

Once you’re sure the local area is safe and free of hostiles, look at the tree and notice where three branches emerge; This will be important soon.

When you are ready, approach the Tree and interact.

What follows is a minigame of sorts, in which you must lead the Tree Operator away, while destroying any defenses (in the form of pulses along three branches) that will arrive to counter the rescue.

Start by pulling the Operator and have you or another player look at the branches. If you can, destroy the anchor points at the other end of each branch (they can only be destroyed when they are open and glowing). These will temporarily stop impulses traveling along the branches and slow down the rescue.

Whether you shoot these anchor points or not, just make sure to keep an eye on the branches and shoot the pulses as they travel and before they hit the tree, making rescue difficult.

All of this is represented by an indicator in the center of the screen, although you also have to keep an eye on the real-world branches so you can clearly see where the pulses are.

With the pulses clear, return to the tree and pull the Operator to continue the rescue. Repeat this process: pulling the operator, pausing to fire pulses and, if possible, anchor points to temporarily reduce pulses, until the rescue is complete.

From there, you’ll take the operator and have to head to an extraction point. (This is different from exiting the Hot Zone, which will allow you to progress further in the mission.)

Load them into the capsule at the extraction point to complete the rescue. Whether you leave here or decide to continue to the next Hot-Zone is up to you.

If you fail the rescue, which is possible, especially solo, then they will return to the list but with a 30% XP loss, which is reflected in their advancement and your REACT milestone progression.

What else do you need to know about MIA operators in Rainbow Six Extraction?

In addition to the explanations above, it may be worth knowing some smaller details:

  • The difficulty or the number of players does not matter for the MIA Operator missions. If you want to recover an Operator with the least amount of fuss possible, set the mission to the lowest difficulty (Moderate).
  • It is possible to have more than one MIA Operator at the same level, requiring multiple MIA Operator checkouts.

  • If your operator has progressed to the maximum advancement level (10), you will not incur any penalty loss if you do not rescue him when he is missing. Consider it a useful benefit for your investment of time.
  • If you manage to make all of your operators disappear, the first operator to disappear will be returned to you, ensuring that at least you will always be able to play with one.
  • In addition to failed missions, operators can also become missing if you abandon a mission early.

Good luck rescuing those operators!

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