If you’ve played competitive FPS in the past (like CS: GO), then you’re probably familiar with the main weapon mechanics in Valorant. Still, Valorant has many of his own unique mechanics, and a lot of it boils down to Agent skills.
Meet your agent[[[[Edit]
In Valorant, you control characters called Agents. Each has special abilities that make them unique and give them advantages in certain combat situations.
There are four types of agents:
- Sentinel: Defensive experts who specialize in protecting team flanks and supporting team fights.
- Initiator: Specialize in challenging shooting angles and giving your team the edge by pushing positions on the battlefield
- Controller: Control the battlefield by blocking sight lines and blocking areas for the team.
- Duelist: Primary damage dealers on equipment. They should focus on using skills to fragment enemies into groups and get early eliminations
There is a lot of utility in the 10 agents currently available, so knowing their skills and what roles they specialize in It will put you in the best position to succeed.
Here is the full list of Agents and some tips for using them in combat.Bold = Initial Agent):
- Brimstone – Controller
- Use your Sky Smoke to release multiple fumes in the path of common sight lines. This is great to use when it comes to dominating corners; Enemies cannot hit what they cannot see.
- The stimulation beacon should be used primarily when attacking and defending the spike. This will give anyone in the area of effect a higher firing speed, making them excellent defenders.
- Cypher – Sentinel
- Use Cypher’s spy cameras in key corridors and flanks to detect enemies trying to jump on you or your teammates.
- Cypher is one of the few agents who can see a point on his own. You shouldn’t face a large group alone, but with their cameras and firing cables, it will be difficult for any enemy to sneak past, allowing you to spot enemy positions for teammates.
- Raze – Duelist
- The Ultimate Raze Showtopper should be your option to clear sniper spots and nests when available. His big AdE blast will kill most of those caught in his blast, especially those when he explodes in a small room.
- Boom Bot is ideal for forcing enemies to show their position. It may not kill you once, but the boom bot running toward them is a distraction they must deal with, opening you up for easier death. Use it in corners and long hallways.
- Jett – Duelist
- Jett can traverse the battlefield like no other agent. Use this to your advantage and always stay on the move. His upward shooting ability can allow him to jump to strategic points that other agents cannot reach.
- Use Cloudburst to cover line of sight and tailwind’s ability to zoom in while blinded. The Jett kit pairs amazingly well with shotguns as it can quickly close the distance between her and her enemies.
- Omen – Controller
- Like Brimstone’s Sky Smoke or Jett’s Cloudburst, Omen also has an ability that creates a sphere of smoke to obscure vision. Yours, however, can be used through walls. It will fall slowly if it falls from above and it will always hit the ground. Use this to your advantage! Throw it in front of snipers and move with the cover, shoot through a wall and make an enemy think you are coming from one direction when you really are coming from another.
- Since Omen can teleport with both his ultimate ability and one of his purchase abilities, this allows him to cover a lot of terrain on the map quickly.
- As a Defender, don’t be afraid to try to monitor remote areas of your team. If the action breaks out in another area, you can always use your teleport to return to your team.
- Default – Initiator
- Rape is all about stunning the enemy and keeping him out of balance so that you or your team can get some easy shots. The best time to use most infringement skills is while defending a planted spike or disabling one.
- All of his abilities can be shot through the walls or completely ignored, making him the ideal agent to lead the way when he infiltrates a spike point or tries to disable it.
- Each of Breach’s abilities takes time to charge before you can fire them, so it’s actually always a good idea to try to keep one or two walls between you and the target of your ability.
- Viper – Controller
- Viper begins each round with 50 ready-to-use toxins. Once the gates drop, their toxin will recharge the rest of the game when not in use. Proper toxin management is key to Viper success. Unlike other agents with wall skills, Viper can really control when your wall is up or down, giving you control of the area you are in. Use this to your advantage: drop the screen when enemies are not ready and punish them.
- His snakebite is excellent at denying enemies from entering an area, especially when defending himself. If a group of enemies starts to push you, launch a snake bite in their direction. They will likely avoid going through it, giving you and your team a chance to position themselves. best.
- Don’t be afraid to fold sometimes, it could be the difference between winning or losing.
- Phoenix – Duelist
- Warm hands should be used similarly to the Vipers snakebite, the only difference is that warm hands do not last as long and do MUCH more damage. With those differences, you’ll want to use your hot hands more aggressively, preparing to kill rather than using to fold.
- His latest ability, Run it Back, is the ultimate clutch ability. Use it when you are shot or unmanned and you may have a chance. Since it allows you to teleport to the location where it was activated after death, this allows you to see the battlefield with little consequence, giving your team the best chance of winning. Use it to spot enemies for your teammates and then rush together to kill once they know their positions.
- PICK SAGE. She is a great startup agent. Not only can you heal yourself and your teammates, but their ultimate ability is to revive. This can help your team so a lot when the games are close. A good sage could be the deciding factor in a victory or loss.
- Keep an eye on the health levels of your teammates, chances are you only get one or two heals per round, so use them wisely. If a teammate has barely lost health, perhaps save the healing to dig deeper into the round when it might be most effective.
- Use Sage’s Ice Wall ability to not only cut the flanks of enemy attacks, but also lift teammates and give them a point advantage over enemies. If you have a teammate shooting and you choose Sage, ask him if he would like you to pick him up at some point. This can set up easy headshots for your teammates and make you very popular. Promise. Unless you do the opposite and raise an unsuspecting teammate, be careful!
- Sova – Initiator
- Sova plays a lot like Hanzo from Overwatch; Its characteristic ability is a ray of recognition that can mark enemies. However, there is a catch. The recognition beam will only mark enemies within line of sight. The best time to use your reconnaissance bolt is when a Brimstone, Jett, or Omen spews smoke to block a corner. If you tag an enemy with your scouting pin, you or a teammate will be able to see it through the smoke, setting up a shot they never saw coming.
- Sova’s maximum ability, Hunter’s Fury, can be fired through any surface. It will detect and harm any enemy caught in its path. If you look at the mini map, you will actually see the blue line of how wide and far your Hunter’s Fury will go. Use this to plan your shots, try hitting the choke points on the map and be sure to extend your shots. If you use it fast enough, each use of Hunter’s Fury will allow you to shoot 3 arrows that can spread across the map.
Know your arsenal[[[[Edit]
Like CS: GO, each round will start with a purchase period where you can buy weapons. Knowing what each weapon does and where they can be useful will help you inform yourself between rounds as you stock up.
For example, the Phantom is an excellent medium to long range assault rifle. Its alternate shooting (default right mouse button) will allow you ADS for greater precision, at the cost of some shooting speed.
The purchase screen will provide you with very detailed details on damage, firing speed, and range of the weapon the mouse is hovering over. Which brings us to the next point…
Test range of practice[[[[Edit]
There are several ways to practice the ins and outs of Valorant outside of the initial tutorial. The shooting test will allow you to play with your weapon’s sensitivity on the go, but open range is access to all the tutorials Valorant has to offer in a pleasant downtown area.
It is highly recommended that you take a look at Open Range before diving into a game from Valorant! The open range gives you unlimited funds to test the Agent’s weapons and abilities.
This will allow you to discover what weapons you have and don’t like for your style of play. You can also try any agent here, even the ones you haven’t unlocked. Go crazy!
Save your agent unlocks[[[[Edit]
Valorant will start with 5 agents: Brimstone, Jett, Phoenix, Sova, and Sage. There are two duelists to choose from (Jett and Phoenix) while the rest fall into the other 3 Agent categories (Brimstone – Controller, Sova – Initiator, and Sage – Sentinel). While playing the Beta, you will get 2 free agent unlocks: one with 10,000 XP earned and one with 25,000 XP earned. Save them!
Since they give you a variety of Agents to start with, sit back and use them for a while before starting to unlock a new one. This will give you some time to figure out which type of agent fits how you play best.
Remember: When you decide you’re ready to unlock a new agent, why not go into open range and test your skills before committing? Once you unlock the Agent there is no going back!
Master the corners[[[[Edit]
Valorant is about getting the correct angles in the shootings. The best way to drop your enemies is to hug the corners! Maximum corners will allow you to find the best line of sight to drop an ability or control an enemy.
Agents like Brimstone specialize in mastering enemy lines of sight, using smoke bombs (pictured above) to block anyone trying to reach corners. If you find a place with a perfect line of sight, enemies are likely to know it’s there too. Always approach corners and new areas with caution, you never know what’s on the other side!
Communicate, communicate, communicate![[[[Edit]
At the end of the day, Valorant is a team game. It doesn’t matter how well you do it on your own. You will need everyone to work together to be successful.
Obviously, the best way will always be with an earpiece and using calls so that your teammates know the enemy positions, but the reality is that it is not always an option. Fortunately, Valorant has an excellent ping system. The default Z-locked key (easily changed in settings) will automatically ping the area highlighted by your crosshair. Like Apex, it will call whatever it is you’re looking at, so if it hits an enemy or the Spike, everyone on your team will be informed of its location.
Use this to ping things like enemy locations, possible incoming flanks, or a downed spike (if you play Defense). This will help your team position itself and take the proper angles.
Buy / order weapons from your teammates[[[[Edit]
Another interesting feature of the team in Valorant is the ability to request weapons during the purchase phase and to be able to purchase the requested weapons for teammates.
During the purchase phase, on the right side of the screen, when you have the store open, you will see the list of teammates and their current kits. If you have requested a weapon, you will see it here. If you’ve gone through a few rounds without dying or racking up murders, chances are you have some extra cash. Use that cash to buy weapons for your teammates if they need them: an equipped team is a winning team!
On the other hand, if you’ve spent a few rounds without killing and need a weapon because you spent the little money you had on armor and abilities, By right-clicking a weapon on the purchase screen, your team will know that you need help to finish your kit.
You should purchase a weapon for your teammates if requested whenever you can. You will never know when you might be unlucky and karma works mysteriously.
Try to edit your crosshair[[[[Edit]
One of the best customization options that Valorant offers you is the ability to customize your point of view.
This is INCREDIBLY in depth, including the ability to change color, opacity, width, length, and more! Take a second to change around the cross or remove it entirely. Whatever you want, it’s your game!
Much is at stake in Valorant; You are no longer playing Call of Duty. One wrong move can lead to his untimely death, leaving his team with one less weapon on the battlefield. Running at normal speed is loud, revealing your position to enemies in the area, especially those with a good earpiece. Unless it is planned in advance, there is no reason to rush into a fight in Valorant!
Obviously, there are exceptions to each rule, but more often than not taking things slow and always checking your curves will benefit you in the long run. Sometimes taking the loss in a round, but staying alive so you can keep your team can be the best option for future success.
This is also where communication comes in. If you know the general positioning of the enemy, this will give you awareness of the situation to know when running is (and is not) an option. Don’t be afraid to ping and call your teammates, they will thank you in the long run.
There are two types of armor available to purchase between rounds at Valorant:
- Light armor ($ 400): Gives you 25 extra protection points
- Heavy armor ($ 1000): Gives you 50 extra protection points
Armor should always be one of the first things you buy between rounds, as Character armor and abilities are the only things your teammates can’t buy for you.. However, which armor to buy depends on the situation.
Light armor is usually your best option at first, it will save you money and offer you some protection. Focus on the heavy armor in the later rounds, when everyone starts to equip themselves more fully.
Know when to buy or save[[[[Edit]
Money is not infinite at Valorant. Between rounds, you will earn cash based on your performance in the previous round. Sometimes it may be a good idea to buy the bare minimum to have a more complete kit in the next round. Headshots are devastating regardless of weapon, so if you know you can land them, it may not always be necessary to spend all your money on each round.
However, after round 12, there will be a side swap and the game will restart (apart from the score). This means that you will lose all your money, skill fees, and ultimately, if you’re ready.
USE EVERYTHING BEFORE THE END OF ROUND 12. Everything that is not used will be lost forever, so don’t waste it!
Like any Free to Play game, Valorant will have many cosmetic options. Right now in beta, Some skins can be purchased through the store for real money, but there are also some skins that can be earned through the game.
Remember the free agent unlocks mentioned in the tips above? Long after both have been unlocked, the remaining 3 agents you have not unlocked can be obtained through your Agent Contracts.
You will only have access to activate agent contracts once you unlock both free agent unlocks. Then you can start processing agent contracts.
As Valorant evolves, so will your customization options. Be sure to win the skins you are looking for. There is no guarantee that they will be there for full launch in the summer of 2020.
- The purchase of the first round (either at the beginning or after changing sides) does not need to be elaborated. The classic is actually a pretty decent starting weapon if you aim for the head and can get clean headshots. Your main focus in the first round should be to buy skills that give your team the edge when everyone will have a gun of some variety.
- Have fun! Valorant is a difficult game, don’t hit yourself if you’re not playing very well. The learning curve in this game is PAST, so focus on learning the flow of each round when you start. You don’t need to worry about your K / D ratio until you decide you’re ready for competition. Also, all progress is reset once the closed beta ends.
- Do not adhere to an agent / agent type. When you play a hero-based shooting game, the best type of teammate is the one who can help fill in the gaps. This will not only force you to learn other Agents, but will also make you popular with your teammates. Fulfilling the necessary roles seems like a simple thing, but most people refuse to step out of their comfort zones in this type of game, so being one who does it will give you a lot of use.
- meIf you come to Valorant from a game like Call of Duty, this next tip could hurt you. Sit down for this … ready? Please … whatever you do in this game DOES NOT RUN AND SHOOT AT THE SAME TIME. Look, I know it will be difficult to break that habit, but it doesn’t make sense in Valorant. You’ll miss 90% of the time, and the other 10% that hits probably won’t kill them anyway. Shoot slowly, pop the weapon for the highest accuracy, and always aim for the chest / head. Run and Gun is not a viable game style in Valorant … please don’t try it.
- Get ready for a long game. Valorant games are competitive and LONG, even the shortest game will last AT LEAST 13 rounds. Be prepared to adjust your game plan on the go with your teammates as the game evolves. It is very rare that a strategy that works in a game ALWAYS works. Adapting on the fly to enemy playstyles will be essential, and the best of 25 means there’s plenty of time for enemy teams to figure out their strategies if you don’t change them.
- ADS (point down) is not necessary, so don’t force it. Weapons are very accurate when used directly in Valorant, so while some weapons have ADSs as secondary fire, they don’t always need to be used. ADS generally comes with a major disadvantage, such as limited vision, slower firing speed, and slower target. Know when ADS could be the difference between a headshot and death.
- Learn every inch of the maps. Since there are currently only two maps in Valorant, this is the best time to do it. If you master the lines of sight, you master the game. Learning the maps and discovering the best angles and flanks will give you an advantage when navigating shootouts during matches. If you know where the enemy may come from, then you know what lines of sight to watch for.
- It’s tempting to save the ultimate skills for big plays of various kills, but the reality is that Valorant is not about big plays, but small wins. Sometimes your max ability can’t kill anyone, and that’s fine! Using a definitive ability to drive enemies out of a point, buying time for a spike deactivation, or killing the Superior Agent are successful uses in their own way. Ultimate are made to be used, so use them!
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