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How long do Valorant abilities last? Timing guide for Omen, Sage, more

Published: 8/Jul/2020 22:32

by Alan Bernal


Waiting for Brimstone’s Sky Smokes or Sage’s Barrier Orb to go down can be unnerving for players who aren’t familiar with ability timings in Valorant, making this detailed breakdown a handy tool to have.

Riot Games’ tactical shooter separates itself from other slow-paced FPS titles with the diverse set of abilities every Agent has in lieu of conventional utility seen in other games like CS:GO.

While this can make the gameplay feel fresh or unique depending on the character you pick, you’ll also have to contend with other Agent’s capabilities and learn to play around them.

Luckily, user ‘Jaotis’ created an extensive list that gives players a much better sense of how long different characters can influence the map with their abilities.

Riot Games
Perfectly-timed utility can thwart any plan of attack in Valorant.

Some of the more valuable bits of information are definitely the cooldowns for Sage’s abilities like knowing that a Barrier ice wall lasts for half a minute while slow orbs last for seven seconds.

Meanwhile, Brimstone’s Sky Smokes, of which he can place up to three simultaneously, last 14 seconds and can further stall out pushes with his Incendiary for eight more ticks on the clock.

Jett’s Cloudburst and Cypher’s Cyber Cage both only last for seven seconds, making them some of the shortest visual obstructions in the game. An interesting addition to this list are the durations of Ultimates, which can send a team scrambling once they hear an opponent’s voice line thundering across the map.

Jaotis via Reddit
The different timings for crucial Agent abilities in Valorant.

Phoenix’s Run It Back lasts for 10 seconds, giving players a clear timeframe for people who don’t want to engage the Agent or how long opponents have to find the marker that the Ultimate leaves behind.

Jaotis said they calculated these durations using a standard stopwatch and by going into the Practice Range. While the accuracy might be a little off, players can still get a practical sense of how long they last.

When teams in Valorant start exchanging abilities to push, repel, or anything in between, these ability timings can be crucial to be aware of for split-second executes on a site or to catch an opponent in their most vulnerable state.


How to get free Valorant ‘Pay Respects’ Gun Buddy with Prime Gaming

Published: 20/Oct/2020 11:10

by Jacob Hale


Riot Games and Twitch have come together to offer Prime Gaming (formerly Twitch Prime) users and Valorant players free in-game cosmetics, with a new Gun Buddy able to pick up and attach to your weapons available now.

Valorant and Twitch have worked together in the past, with fans able to get beta keys from watching select Valorant Twitch streams when the game was in its beta phase.

Now, they’re keeping fans interested with yet another Gun Buddy attachment after giving away the Netter Treter previously.

The charm attachment isn’t likely to make you better at the game, but the new Pay Respects Gun Buddy is a funny one and will at least make for something cool to show your friends (and your enemies).

Valorant Act 3 new content
Riot Games
Valorant Act 3 brings a bunch of new content — but Prime Gaming offers even more on top of that.

Valorant ‘Pay Respects’ Gun Buddy

If you weren’t able to get the Netter Treter Gun Buddy when it was available, or wasn’t sure how, fret not, because we’ll be able to help you with the new Pay Respects cosmetic so you can adorn it on your weapons.

Here’s what you’ve got to do to get the new Gun Buddy, as well as any drops made available in the future:

  1. Head to your Twitch connections to make sure your Twitch and Riot Games accounts are linked.
  2. Head to the Valorant page on Prime Gaming.
  3. Make sure you’re logged in to Amazon Prime Gaming, or sign up for it (reminder: this costs $12.99 per month).
  4. Once logged in, click ‘Claim Now’ on the Pay Respects Gun Buddy and the item should be added to your in-game inventory next time you play!
Valorant Twitch Prime Gaming rewards
Prime Gaming
Some rewards have already been and gone, but more are on the way.

On the Valorant Prime Gaming page, it states that members can “Unlock Gun Buddies and a Spray in Valorant,” which suggests the next drop might be a new spray, but you should keep your eyes peeled to see what else pops up.

The ‘Pay Respects’ Gun Buddy pays homage to the age-old “Press F to pay respects” meme, so maybe we’ll see something similar from Riot and Twitch in the future.