Rainbow Six Extraction: How to Heal Operators

Completing objectives in Rainbow Six Extraction does little good if your health drops to zero. Here's how to heal Operators.

As you engage with hostile Archæans in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, it is inevitable that your Operator is going to take some damage, and you'll need to know how to heal Operators lest they go MIA. Unlike other shooters, where ducking behind cover and catching your breath somehow mends all your wounds, R6E makes health a precious and limited resource.

Recovering your HP as an Operator requires some specific action on your part. This Rainbow Six Extraction guide tells you everything you need to know about how to heal Operators, what the different colors on your health bar mean, and more. 

How to Heal Operators in Rainbow Six Extraction

Base Health Explained

Health in R6E comes in two varieties. All Operators start with 100 points of their base health, represented as the white portion of the health bar. This number reflects their “real” vitality. If it drops to zero, then your operator will go down and need to be revived, or recovered in a future excursion

This health cannot be recovered during a mission. Damage to your base value persists to future missions, and any Operators below 25% health are taken out of action and are unavailable until their health recovers.

Base health is recovered by completing incursions. Once you extract from a mission — whether as with a team or playing solo — you will be awarded HP based on your performance. This value is then added to each Operator, raising them back up to the maximum of 100 points. The points are not divided; everyone gets the same amount. So if you earn 30 health points, every character will receive up to 30 HP. 

Health Boost Explained

Health boost is a different story. By default, Operators start incursions with 50 points of bonus health, represented by the blue portion of the health bar. Any damage received comes out of bonus health before base health. This is important because bonus health can be recovered during an incursion via pickups and abilities. Boosts slowly diminished over time, and do not persist from one incursion to another.

Scattered around most levels are Medkits. They can be found randomly in each sub-zone, and are commonly located in the airlocks between sections. Picking up a health pack grants an immediate 70 point health boost. This is a great way to heal Operators, and multiple Medkits can stack. Keep in mind that you cannot exceed 200 total (combined based and boost) health points.

Certain Operators have abilities that can apply health boost. Doc has Health Shots, which apply an increase to nearby Operators or himself. Finka has Adrenal Surge. It’s an instant increase to the entire team, but only for a limited duration. 

Finally, there is the Anabolic Accelerant. This is a Tier 4 tech item unlocked once you reach progression Level 18. Equip it into your loadout, and anytime your health drops low, it will slowly regenerate health boost until you are back at a combined 50 health points. The last thing you want is to have your favorite characters go MIA, forcing you to go on a rescue mission.

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Now you know how to heal Operators in Rainbow Six: Extraction. These tips will help you keep you in the fight against the chimera threat. For more on how to be the best squad you can be, check out all of our Rainbow Six Extraction content 


Justin is a married father of two, has too many pets, and is a life-long gamer. When he's not in the virtual world he specializes in live event production, designing events for corporate clients such as Microsoft and Nintendo.

Published Jan. 26th 2022

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