- "I don't like photos of myself. The lighting is always wrong."
Kötz is a graduate of Hermann-Böse-Gymnasium, an elite academy specializing in science and language studies. Throughout his education Kötz excelled both academically and athletically. Among his many unique qualities, Kötz is multilingual with the ability to grasp the nuance of language quickly. His physically imposing frame and skill with his weapon make him formidable in tight space, room-to-room deployment. It's his tactical experience that secures him as a solid Rainbow elite. These abilities combed with his specialized academic background and good-natured personality make him highly sought after. He easily transitioned from a Schnelle Kräfte soldier in Kosovo to a member of the GSG 9. Kötz has been integral to fostering training practices and good will between India's National Security Guard and GSG 9.
Kötz has seen his share of battlefield horrors but is mentally resilient. He uses humor to disarm and as a device to manage stress during operations. He is the first to rush a barricade and is always willing to place the team's safety over his own. Kötz rejects the concept that his deeds are in some way heroic. When faced with overt praise, he will become self-effacing.
Specialist Elias "Blitz" Kötz has seen his share of intense combat but is physically and mentally resilient. His temperament can best be described as jovial, though his team prefers to describe his sense of humor as "goofy." I know my son would agree. Kötz uses humor to help defuse stressful situations. It's appreciated by his teammates and holds more value than his previous commanders gave him credit for. […] It's not that he doesn't take his job seriously. In fact, quite the opposite: On a number of occasions he was the first to rush a barricade and has often placed the team's safety over his own. The fact that Kötz prefers to not consider his acts as heroic is a quirk of his personality, but certainly no detriment to his performance. […]
I like to think of myself as physically fit. Of course I realize these specialists are in a class of their own but even there, Kötz stands out as exceptional. He jokes about how often our med team files requests to strap him to some new machine so they can keep testing his physical limits. For anyone else the attention might be overwhelming, but Kötz takes it all in his stride. […]
For his easy laugh and quick wit, there's an earnest passion to Kötz. In the midst of telling me how his childhood was fun and free, he suddenly stopped. All joking aside, he said, "We have a responsibility to look after one another. I take that very seriously." I have no doubt. […] I've noticed that Blitz is a close confidante with Specialist Lera "Finka" Melnikova. When I asked him about it, he said they enjoy making fun of each other. She impresses him, he told me. It makes me wonder if he harbors some guilt because he's in perfect health. […]
Kötz mental dexterity can't be overlooked, yet he often neglects to use it during operations. His amicable friendship with Specialist Gilles "Montagne" Toure may be a pathway to expanding Kötz's application of his own abilities, and a way to home their competitive edge.
- - Dr. Harishva "Harry" Pandey, Director of Rainbow
A Medium Armored Operator, Blitz's unique gadget is the G52-Tactical Shield, a Ballistic Shield loaded with forward-facing flash charges that Blitz can manually detonate, blinding anyone within the Shield's range. Unlike other Shield Operators, Blitz can also wield his shield up while sprinting.
- Blitz will absorb 66% of damage dealt from any source of explosive damage. This applies to all operators standing behind the shield.
- Blitz's Flash Shield has 4 charges. When his Shield equipped, Blitz can activate the shield's Flash Charges, blinding anyone in front of him.
- The Flash Charges can be activated even when aiming down sights or sprinting.
- The Flash Charges have a maximum reach of 7 meters, with full temporary blindness being caused at distances up to 4 meters.
- At 7 meters a Flash Charge will cause minimal vision impairment.
- Facing away from Blitz will not reduce the effects of the flash.
- There is a 7 second cooldown between flashes.
- Blitz cannot activate his Flash Shield when he is standing within the effective range of Mute's Signal Disruptors.
- Blitz is able to sprint with his shield up in front of him. This allows him to approach enemies with his head and torso protected. This contrasts other Shield using Operators who lower the shield to the side while sprinting. However, this will leave the lower half of his legs exposed.
- Blitz's sprint speed with his shield equipped is equivalent to a regular Heavy Armored Operator's sprint speed. When unequipped, Blitz moves like a regular Medium Armored Operator instead.
- Smoke's Remote Gas Grenades will circumvent Blitz's defenses, like other Shield Operators.
- Ela's Grzmot Mines and Lesion's Gu Mines will prevent affected Operators from sprinting, meaning Blitz will not be able to take advantage of his ability to sprint with his shield up. Gu Mines will also force Blitz to put away his shield if he wishes to take out the needle.
- When activated, Warden's Glance Smart Glasses make him immune to the effects of the Flash Shield. Even after being flashed, by activating his ability, the Smart Glasses quickly clear up the flash effect and allow him to see normally.
- Oryx's Remah Dash can knock Blitz down like everyone else, leaving him vulnerable to damage until he gets back up.
- Mute's Signal Jammer can prevent Blitz from activating his Flash Shield.
- Clash's CCE Shield and Melusi's Banshees can slow Blitz down further.
Flash Shield x 4
- "Triggers the flash attached to his ballistic shield to temporarily blind enemies."
— G52-Tactical Shield Description
Kötz has been a fan of flashbang entry methods since joining the Schnelle Kräfte, preferring to disorient to limit collateral damage, unlike other explosive entry methods. The G52-Tactical Shield allows Kötz to quickly advance after firing a row and remain protected from frontal attacks as he moves to aid teammates or hostages.
Inspired by ballistic shields fashioned with strobe lights, the G52-Tactical Shield takes this technology one step further. By replacing a high-intensity light source with three rows of eight flashbang grenades, the G52 allows for a bold and calculated entrance where the aim is to incapacitate rather than maim potential targets.
Device: G52-Tactical Light Shield
Operator: Specialist Elias "Blitz" Kötz
Evaluation Lead: Specialist Elias "Blitz" Kötz
Flash and bash - Kapow! Is all you need to know.
Serious, when Six and Mira (Doctor Harry Pandey and Direct Elena Alvarez) issued a directive to have all the equipment evaluated, I volunteered to put my G52-Tactical Light Shield through rigorous tests... as long as they treated me to lunch. :)
The Flash shield has had modifications that improve the flash and make the shield's weight lighter. I speak for all operators when I suggest that lighter is always better. Light makes faster!
[Comment_E.Alvarez: Yes, Elias. I've made a note in the file. We'll do what we can. Mira.]
So it's all working very well. One last thing! When I opened this file there was already a note: Blitz's G52 Flash and Bash is aggressive and yet Elias is the total opposite! He's the sweetest, funniest person to hang out with.
I have no idea who wrote this, but they are correct. I am the funniest and sweetest.
- - Blitz
- Blitz means "Lightning" in German.
- The word "Lächeln" (ger. "smile") and a smiley face can be seen painted on his shield in some promotional materials. The face is absent in-game, however, the shield skin "Peak Current" has the message "Schau hier, lächele, warte auf Blitz!" (ger. "Look here, smile, wait for [the] flash") written on it.
- On February 3rd, 2017, during the live panel of the Rainbow Six Invitational, it was revealed that Blitz's original ability involved spawning during the Preparation Phase. This had been abandoned as it was determined to be game-breaking.
- Blitz is the first and currently only Medium Armored Operator since the now obsolete FBI SWAT Recruit who can equip a Ballistic Shield without changing his Armor Rating.
- The name of Blitz's Elite Skin, Panzerstärke, means "Armor Strong", and seems to be referencing the legendary Panzer tank from WWII, albeit with fewer Nazi influence and more of a Cold War vibe to the outfit.
- Blitz's Elite Skin appears to be the only one in the game that actually changes the type of weapon he carries, changing the caliber of his P12 from .45 Auto to 9x19mm, effectively making it a smaller caliber version of the USP Tactical, and even more interestingly, more true to its real life counterpart, as its performance and magazine capacity seem to indicate it is the 9mm version to begin with.
- Blitz's running animation is unique among all animations.
- Blitz's date of birth was originally stated in-game as 1980, however this has since been removed.
- As part of a collaboration, Blitz is also an Operator in the mobile game Arknights.