Operation North Star adds a new Operator Thunderbird to Rainbow Six Siege. It is equipped with a fantastic new device called the Kona Station, which, after deployment, will heal everyone who enters its circuit. Of course, this means that attackers can use it just like defenders, and we’ve put together some tips in this guide to help you do that.
It’s a trap
The first thing you should look for when you see Kona as an attacker is its location. Players usually deploy Kona stations near their allies, making it easier for defenders to dive in and out of the radius and pick up healing. So if you see a Kona station sitting in the middle or in the corner of a room with no visible signs of protection, it’s probably a trap. Defenders will place it strategically to try to persuade you from a door or cover and into their field of vision or sophisticated gadget-based end.
The lesson you need to take is always to explore the surrounding rooms before heading to Kona Station. Don’t let the defenders take advantage of your despair.
Kona station priorities
Even if you capture a room and hold it against the Defenders, you must realize that Kona has its own set of priorities. Defenders will always be healed from attackers. In the ranks of these groups, however, the player with the lowest health is cured first. This means that you can camp within the Kona station circuit and know that your teammates will be healed in an order that makes sense. However, it also means that if you have enough health, there is no need to camp, so you do not have to worry if the match depends on you.
Kona station is wearing a cooldown timer. Defenders see it counting down, but attackers don’t. Instead, attackers can see a blue cone radiating from the top of the device. This is an indicator when the Kona station is in cooling time. Once the indicator disappears, you can hit the radius and grab the buff to your health. You should also be aware of this indicator, as you do not have to defend Kona from defenders while the blue cone is visible. None of this will be able to heal anyway.
Watch those defenders
Thunderbird has three deployable Kona stations. As an attacker, you can use any of them to track the position of defenders on the map. When you sneak in and try to find them or use a drone, you’re more likely to see Kona first than you’re Defender. Watch out for the device and you will know roughly where your enemies are. With this information, you can move around and extract it in a way you don’t expect.
Capture or destroy?
This last point is the decision you will have to make in every match where Thunderbird is present. Kona stations are first and foremost a healing focal point for defenders. As an attacker, you can deal a huge blow to your enemies by throwing a grenade at the device and destroying it. Even if the defenders move away, they will be one Kona station down.
However, Kona stations can be useful for your own team. If you capture one, you will be able to heal against everything the defenders have set up, and potentially avoid your own death by reviving in his circle. Be smart and coordinate with your team on how you use these devices. If you’re fast, there probably won’t be time to use them. However, if the match is extended, Kona Station makes life much easier.