How to play Raze in Valorant: Abilities, tips & tricks
Are you hoping to master playing as Raze in Valorant? Here’s everything you need to know about this Duelist in the game, including her abilities and tips and tricks.
Raze is a duelist in Valorant that can pack a serious punch. Her primary purpose in matches is to gain control over the map and pick off the enemy team. She’s got a strong kit for map traversal which means if you can master the way she plays you can easily take down enemies swiftly.
There’s quite a lot of depth to Raze’s kit, so we’ve got a rundown of everything you need to know about this fighter’s abilities in the game. Here’s a full breakdown of this duelist so you can start to master her deadly skills and increase your win rate.
Raze’s kit is designed with an aggressive playstyle in mind. Each ability (including her Ultimate), are all intended to clear out areas without even needing a direct line of sight on the opposition.
- Ability 1 – Boom Bot (300 Creds) — EQUIP a Boom Bot. FIRE will deploy the bot, causing it to travel in a straight line on the ground, bouncing off walls. The Boom Bot will lock on to any enemies in its frontal cone and chase them, exploding for heavy damage if it reaches them.
- Ability 2 – Blast Pack (200 Creds) — INSTANTLY throw a Blast Pack that will stick to surfaces. RE-USE the ability after deployment to detonate, damaging and moving anything hit.
- Signature Ability – Paint Shells (Free) — EQUIP a cluster grenade. FIRE to throw the grenade which does damage and creates sub-munitions, each doing damage to anyone in their range.
- Ultimate Ability – Showstopper (8 points) — EQUIP a rocket launcher. FIRE shoots a rocket that does massive area damage on contact with anything.
Her ‘Showstopper’ Ultimate is aptly named, as it can shut down entire enemy attacks with a single click. The explosive is near impossible to avoid once it’s coming your way. Regardless of how much armor you may have, it won’t mean a thing if this six-point Ultimate connects anywhere close to your character.
The most overlooked aspect of her kit, however, is the ability to uniquely maneuver through any given map with her Blast Packs. While they can be used for small amounts of damage to the opposition, they’re best used to launch yourself into crafty spots or boost your momentum around certain angles.
No different from every other Duelist, Raze won’t be all too effective if you’re playing overly passive. Without any vision-obscuring abilities or blinding utility, Raze shouldn’t be the most aggressive flanker on a team. It can be difficult to win 1v1s without this kind of kit. Conversely, she also shouldn’t be sitting in the backlines and letting her team push ahead. There’s a perfect middle ground to strive for.
Abilities should largely be used to push the pace, taking new space for your team as you advance. For instance, deploying a Boom Bot around a corner or into unknown territory can certainly be helpful. But you can get far more value from the ability if Raze or another Agent pushes up along with this explosive drone — enemies will be overwhelmed having to shoot down both the deadly robot and another player at once!
It’s that type of momentum that can leave opposing teams struggling. The same logic applies when using her Blast Packs. Rather than throwing them out for a low amount of damage, Raze can drop them at her feet – or even on nearby walls – and use the detonation to reach new areas. Just be wary of how short the distance of her throw is, as you’re not able to chuck these explosives very far.
Enemy Agents might be holding down a particular angle. Instead of jiggle-peeking it, Raze can explode well beyond their expected fire and catch them by surprise. Before they’re able to readjust their aim, Raze can be in prime position to shoot them down.
So that’s how to play as Raze in Valorant and master her explosive abilities! Looking for more Valorant guides? Here’s how to play all of Future Earth’s heroes: