Caveira (Rainbow Six Siege)

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Taina "Caveira" Pereira
Tom Clancy's character
Artwork of the article subject, a specialised police unit member wearing light, dark clothing. She holds a suppressed pistol in a way to cover face, which is painted to resemble a skull.
Caveira as she appears in Operation Skull Rain (2016)
First appearanceOperation Skull Rain (2016)
First gameTom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
Created byUbisoft Montreal
Voiced byRenata Eastlick
Information
Full nameTaina Pereira
GenderFemale
Occupation
  • Rainbow operator
  • Police tactical personnel
  • Interrogator
NationalityBrazilian
BirthplaceRinopolis, Brazil

Taina "Caveira" Pereira is a fictional player character who appears in the 2015 video game Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, a tactical online first-person shooter that was developed by Ubisoft Montreal. Caveira was introduced in Operation Skull Rain, the game's third expansion pack, which was released on August 6, 2016. She also appears as a crossover DLC character in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, and in other video games published by French video game publisher Ubisoft, including the upcoming crossover title Tom Clancy's Elite Squad. Caveira is voiced by Renata Eastlick.

In Rainbow Six Siege lore, Caveira is known as an interrogator who is working for Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais (BOPE), the police tactical unit of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State (PMERJ) in Brazil. Originally from a small town near São Paulo, Caveira was arrested as a robbery suspect at age 16. Her criminal profile allowed her to choose between entering a juvenile reformatory or working with BOPE.

Within the game, Caveira has access to a "Luison", a specialised semi-automatic pistol that is equipped with a custom suppressor and fitted with subsonic ammunition that takes down enemies rather than killing them. While enemies are down, Caveira can interrogate them and if successful, the position and identities of all enemy operators are revealed for a limited time. She also has the ability to "Silent Step", allowing her to move discreetly across the game's map.

Development and release[edit]

On August 2, 2016, Ubisoft released Operation Skull Rain, the third free expansion pack for Rainbow Six Siege for Season Pass owners. The expansion pack included two operators from Brazil's special police force BOPE including Caveira—a stealth-focused operator.[1] In late September 2018, Ubisoft announced it was lowering the price for all Year One operators, including Caveira, to 40% of their original costs.[2][3][4]

Post-release[edit]

Rainbow Six Siege's Update 4.3 adjusted Caveira's interrogation mechanics, fixing an exploit that would prevent players from denying an interrogation by leaving the match mid-way through the process. With the update, Caveira automatically completes an interrogation if the other player leaves.[5][6]

The Operation Velvet Shell expansion, released on February 8, 2017, introduced Spanish operator Jackal was released as a counter towards roaming operators, with editors for PCGamesN and PC Gamer noting him as a counter to Caveira.[7][8] Caveira's Luison pistol was buffed to favour medium-range encounters and the damage drop-off was changed from 70 damage at 7 m (23 ft) meters to 35 damage at 18 m (59 ft).[9]

In mid-January 2019, Ubisoft implemented a nerf for Caveira in its technical test server, which decreased the damage, adjusted the damage fall-off, lowered the magazine size, increased recoil and increased hip-fire spread for her Luison pistol.[10][11][12] The nerf was later implemented into the main game in late January 2019 as part of the Y3S4.2 update.[13][14][15] Ubisoft stated the nerf's purpose was to make her "less frustrating to play against and reduce her power level at low to medium levels", as well as attempting to normalise the Luison to be more consistent with the other pistols in the game.[16] The Operation Burnt Horizon expansion, which was released on March 6, 2019, fixed the Luison's fire rate, which was lower than intended.[17][18]

In February 2019, Rainbow Six Siege YouTuber Get_Flanked posted a video showing an exploit with Caveira's "Silent Step" ability, demonstrating that crouching while using the ability would lower her from a third-person perspective lower than her first-person perspective, giving her a potential advantage in firefights.[19][20]

Story and character[edit]

Biography[edit]

Caveira was born seventh in a family of ten boys, leading to her to become resourceful. Her mother received a small pension after Caveira's father died. When she was six years old, her family moved to a poor neighbourhood in São Paulo state.[21]

When she was sixteen, she came to the attention of the authorities after her mother reported her missing. A year later, Caveira was arrested in Rio de Janeiro as a robbery suspect. She remained poised and displayed intellect throughout her prosecution, she impressed the judge in charge of her case, who gave her a choice between entering the Fundação Estadual para o Bem-Estar do Menor (FEBEM) juvenile reformatory or working with BOPE in Rio de Janeiro as a criminal informant. She accepted the latter offer because she sensed protection for her deviant predisposition.[22][23]

Personality[edit]

Caveira excels in extracting information from suspects using controversial methods that undermine BOPE protocol. Despite this, she was chosen to be an interrogator during the 2010 Rio de Janeiro security crisis. Her behaviour has suggested she may suffer antisocial personality disorder, though all tests she undertook were "inconclusive".[24]

Appearances[edit]

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege[edit]

A gameplay screenshot showcasing Caveira interrogating a target.

Caveira is a lightly armoured operator who has a skill called "Silent Step" that allows her to move quietly for a short time before needing to recharge, allowing her to sneak up on enemies to immobilise them and take them down.[25] While an enemy is down, Caveira can interrogate them and, if done successfully, the position and identity of every enemy operator will be compromised for a short time.[26][27]

Caveira's firearms consist of either a Beretta M12 submachine gun or a Franchi SPAS-15 semi-automatic shotgun as primary weapons and a custom Taurus PT92 pistol nicknamed "Luison" as a secondary weapon. Her original gadgets were a Nitrocellulose (nitro cell) C-4 explosive and barbed wire.[28][29] The nitro cell was later replaced with impact grenades[30] and the barbed wire with a bulletproof camera.[31]

From July 2 to 16, 2019, Caveira and other operators, were made playable for the in-game event Showdown.[32] The event's featured operators were given Western-style clothing; their gadgets and abilities were removed and their weapons were restricted to the BOSG 12.2 shotgun and the Magnum LFP586 revolver.[33][34]

Other games[edit]

On July 24, 2018, Ubisoft released Operation Archangel, the second Special Operation DLC for the 2017 tactical shooter Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands.[35] The DLC featured Caveira, alongside fellow Rainbow Six operators Valkyrie and Twitch.[36] In the DLC, Valkyrie enlists the player to ascertain the missing Caveira's last-known location.[37] Caveira's brother has been captured by the Cartel; the player helps her rescue and remove him to a safe location.[38]

At the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Ubisoft announced the release of Tom Clancy's Elite Squad, a free-to-play mobile RPG.[39] The game features Caveira and other Tom Clancy's characters, including Sam Fisher from the Splinter Cell franchise, Nomad from Ghost Recon, Megan from The Division, and fellow Rainbow Six Siege operator Montagne.[40][41]

Reception[edit]

Morgan Park of PC Gamer listed Caveira in the "viable, but not essential" category alongside other defensive operators including Warden, Maestro, Kapkan and Frost, calling her useless against multiple enemies at once but effective if an enemy is alone.[42] Writing for VG247, Mitch Lineham placed her as the 5th best defender, below Rook, Doc, Mute, and Jäger, calling her "one of the scariest Operators to go against", but noted that she isn't "too hard to win against in a gunfight."[43] While reviewing her gameplay changes in the Operation Burnt Horizon expansion, Rock, Paper, Shotgun's Dave Irwin said Caveira is more than a "mere nuisance to the enemy team" because she is the "go-to assassin" of the Rainbow Six Siege roster, stating that she is "so deadly in the right hands".[29] Jonathan Leack of GameRevolution considered her a "C-tier" operator, writing that although she is "very hard" in terms of difficulty, she is an "interesting choice" to play because the timing and coordination required makes her "a risky choice"; Leack also called her "very fun to play but largely ineffective when compared to other options".[44]

In 2019, Ubisoft introduced a pick-and-ban system to the Rainbow Six Pro League, allowing players to choose several operators and ban them from play for the match. The company later introduced this system to the public in the competitive, ranked, game mode. Alongside Blitz, Jackal, and Echo, Caveira is one of the operators most commonly banned by the system.[45][46] While answering questions in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, The Rainbow Six Siege balancing team responded to a user who asked about the current state of Caveira, responding that they consider her to be well-balanced.[47]

Controversy[edit]

On November 2, 2018, Ubisoft announced it was changing Rainbow Six Siege to have a "single, global version" that would make development more efficient. References to gambling, sex, and violence would be removed and changes to the user interface elements such as the icons for melee, death, and friendly fire would be made to comply with regulations of Asian countries. Other elements that were planned to be removed include graphical elements such as slot machines, skull graffiti, blood spray, and a neon sign of a dancing woman.[48]

Caveira was often used in arguments against the changes; she wears skull-themed face paint and her name translates from Portuguese as "skull".[49] Some of the planned changes included references to skulls and graphical representations of skulls, leading players to argue the changes were inconsistent.[49] Ubisoft later announced it was reversing the changes following a community backlash.[50]

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