- "A person is never more honest than when they think they're alone."
César Ruiz Hernández was eleven years old when a bomb destroyed his home, killing his father and sister and severely injuring his mother. With the help of Specialist Azucena Rocío "Amaru" Quispe, César's mother Sofia taught him to observe his surroundings, and to avoid the other boys his age who had been drawn into gang-related affairs. She encouraged him to enroll at the Heroic Naval Military School, where he graduated as a teniente de corbeta (lieutenant). He joined the Naval Infantry, then the Amphibious Commando Battalion, participating extensively in anti-smuggling operations and several high-profile arrests. Becoming a member of the Fuerzas Especiales introduced him to the reality that drugs were no longer the primary source of income for the cartels. He began working with UNESCO and INTERPOL to combat antiquities trafficking, where he gained the attention of Rainbow as a mind with a keen tactical sense and exceptional forward-thinking.
Hernández and Amaru were later recruited into Rainbow in 2019. In early 2021, he and Miles "Castle" Campbell were sent to Los Angeles by Eliza "Ash" Cohen to recruit Santiago "Flores" Lucero into Rainbow. After discussing a bit of Flores' trade, they asked if Flores had heard of Rainbow and The Program. Flores then realized who had sent them and accepted their offer to join Rainbow. As a test, Hernández, Ash, and Castle observed Lucero perform one last heist on the home of a crime boss in Los Angeles.
Specialist César "Goyo" Ruiz Hernández is a rare find. His jacket reads like any normal military trajectory, until you notice the devil behind the details. To confirm my theory, during our first meeting I challenged him to a game of chess. I won't mention how few moves it took him to beat me. César himself seemed to think nothing of it.
This humble attitude is at the heart of his character. His mother, Sofia - who protected him from the brunt of the bomb's blast - has cultivated an overtly optimistic worldview. Growing up where he did, when he did, she also instilled in him a cat-and-mouse mindset, to keep him clear of the negative influences that would have been especially tempting to a young fatherless boy with too much time on his hands. She was helped in this by Specialist Azucena Rocío "Amaru" Quispe, whose intermittent presence and strong familial values shored up a gap that Sofia alone couldn't fill. [...] It's clear to me that Quispe, with her inherent attachment to her country and her family history, provided a stabilizing influence during Hernández's undoubtedly troubled adolescence.
Hernández is the kind to think carefully before speaking, a trait which can lead people to underestimate him. He is neither churlish nor aloof, but constantly considering the many angles of the problem set before him. [...] His ability to track and guide his quarry, from determining their route to understanding how they will react to threats, is uncanny. In a prosaic example, he brought Specialist Tina Lin "Frost" Tsang a bottle of apple-flavored soda on the first day of Fall, despite them only having met once before. She was unperturbed, but I could see that Hernández had braced himself for a far less positive outcome.
Specialist Hernández has otherwise become a staple of our briefings, his incisive questions highlighting new tactical considerations or encouraging out-of-the-box thinking from the other members of the team. I must admit, it's refreshing to see what changes a new perspective and an impeccable poker face can bring to an otherwise very self-assured group of individuals.
- - Dr. Harishva "Harry" Pandey, Director of Rainbow
A Medium Armored Operator, Goyo's unique gadget is the Volcán Shield. While appearing like a Deployable Shield from the front, it has a large explosive canister concealed on the back. The explosive detonates when fired upon, leaving a carpet of flames as an area of denial for Attackers who try to cross it.
- Goyo has two Volcán Shields. He can deploy them at a slightly faster rate than a normal Deployable Shield.
- The Volcán Shield will detonate if its explosive canister is hit by gunfire, explosives, a melee attack, and even Sledge's Breaching Hammer. In all cases, Goyo loses that Shield for the duration of the round.
- The Shield cannot be destroyed if an Operator somehow manages to stand on top of it.
- Twitch's Shock Drones cannot trigger the explosives.
- The explosion deals 40 damage to a Light Armored Operator at close range. The explosion deals 34 damage to a Medium Armored Operator at close range. The explosion deals 30 damage to a Heavy Armored Operator at close range.
- The fire deals 12 points of damage per tick and inflicts three ticks of damage per second (36 DPS). It lasts 12 seconds before dissipating. Neither the explosion nor the fire damage any gadgets, friendly or not.
- Kapkan's Entry Denial Devices can be used to automatically provide an explosion that triggers the shield.
- If an Evil Eye is set behind a Volcán Shield, Maestro can use them to detonate the Shield from a safe distance, without needing to expose himself.
- Melusi's Banshees can slow down Attackers caught in the flames.
- A poorly placed Volcán Shield can easily be used against the Defenders.
- Ash's Breaching Rounds, Sledge's Hammer and Zofia's Impact Grenades will trigger the explosion with their gadgets.
- Zero's Argus Camera lasers can trigger explosions if the canister is hit directly.
- Ace's SELMAs can latch onto the shield and destroy it.
- Buck's Skeleton Key will be able to expose the Volcan Shield and destroy it from above or below.
- Maverick's blowtorch can trigger the explosion by hitting the shield once.
- The gadget is vulnerable to attacks through the floor from above or below.
- "Incendiary bomb that explodes when destroyed, attached to a deployable shield."
— In-game description
Goyo gives a new, dangerous meaning to deception. With him in the field, every deployable shield is a question. Is this a simple obstacle, or could it blow up in your face?
Like the ordinary Deployable Shield, the Volcán Shield provides cover and allows Defenders to block pathways, but Goyo turns up the heat with an attached incendiary bomb. From the front, however, there’s little indication of which it might be. Until someone shoots the bomb to make it explode, the shield continues to be an obstacle for the Attackers.
Hopefully, Goyo’s teammates will remember to save that explosion for when an Attacker is standing in front of the shield, or climbing over it.
Mira, I got to admit I was surprised when you asked me to look over Specialist César "Goyo" Ruiz Hernández's prototype. For someone with a limited knowledge of chemical interactions, he's sure knocked together a bunch of things that will make a loud bang, while causing minimal damage. I'd compare it to a flash-and-dazzle firework, but with more personality.
He's used the time-honored mix of kerosene and potassium chlorate as his base, so I had no real improvements to suggest on that front. What I did do was give him the formula for my home brew - a cocktail to trigger a gas explosion using a specific blend of cyanogen, hydrogen, and some other fun stuff. The magnesium casing generates enough heat on impact to ignite the acetylene derivative swirling around the inside and blow the whole thing sky-high. Like I said, impressive without bringing the hypothetical building down around your ears.
Hernández had already added a light flame retardant to the mix, but balked at the idea of carrying an actual fire extinguisher. He did mutter something about an "anti-fire grenade" as we walked way, though.
Sorry in advance.
- - Specialist Jordan "Thermite" Trace
- Volcán is Spanish for volcano.
- Goyo's codename is based on a nickname for the Mexican Popocatépetl volcano, "Don Goyo".
- Goyo, along with Amaru, were teased during Operation Phantom Sight in Nøkk's Concept Art 5 on the Rainbow Six Siege official site. The background of the concept art shows a blackboard with sketches of a jerry can and a grapple gun, corresponding to Goyo and Amaru's gadgets.
- Hostages that are damaged by the explosion of the shield or resulting flames are considered to be damaged as well as possibly killed by Goyo even if the shield was detonated by an attacker. Therefore it is possible for an attacker to escort the hostage next to a shield shoot the explosive resulting in a loss for the defenders due to Goyo being credited for the kill. Since update 4.3.2 this is no longer true, as if the hostage is moved the damage is now attributed to whoever detonates the shield rather than Goyo himself.
- Goyo and Castle were both sent by Ash to recruit Flores, as shown in the Crimson Heist Story Trailer.