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How to play as Viper: Valorant’s toxic Controller Agent

Published: 8/Jun/2020 13:20 Updated: 8/Jun/2020 13:35

by Andy Williams


Valorant’s American chemist, Viper, has an array of poisonous abilities to support her Controller playstyle, but what is it about the Agent that makes her stand out from the rest?

Viper is a Controller Agent, which means that she can control the battlefield with her array of chemical devices, which allow her to distribute her toxins all over the map in a variety of ways.

With a highly poisonous set of abilities to utilize, Viper can come up clutch when the odds are heavily stacked against her. Given her potential to change the landscape of a round, let’s take a look at what makes Viper so deadly.

Viper’s abilities

Valorant's Viper.

Two of Viper’s abilities rely heavily on her toxin reserves (we’ll touch on this later), so you’ll need to keep track of exactly how much fuel you have when using them. All of her abilities are detailed below:

  • Ability 1 — Snake Bite (100 Creds): EQUIP a chemical launcher. FIRE to launch a canister that shatters upon hitting the floor, creating a lingering chemical zone that damages and slows enemies.
  • Ability 2 — Poison Cloud (200 Creds): EQUIP a gas emitter. FIRE to throw the emitter that perpetually remains throughout the round. Reuse the ability to create a toxic gas cloud at the cost of fuel. This ability can be reused more than once and can be picked up to be redeployed.
  • Signature Ability — Toxic Screen (1 free): EQUIP a gas emitter launcher. FIRE to deploy a long line of gas emitters. Reuse the ability to create a tall wall of toxic gas at the cost of fuel. This ability can be reused more than once.
  • Ultimate Ability — Viper’s Pit (7 Points): EQUIP a chemical sprayer. FIRE to spray a chemical cloud in all directions around Viper, creating a large cloud that reduces the vision range and maximum health of players inside of it.

Viper’s Poison Cloud can be used to cover one specific chokepoint (such as an entrance to a Reactor Site), but will cost Viper fuel from her reserve. When activated, the cloud will deal damage over time to an opponent that chooses to walk through it — which, on paper, should be enough to ward them off pushing through.

Perhaps Viper’s most valuable asset, though, is her Toxic Screen. The line of gas emitters can be used to divide a portion of the map in two. Mastering lineups with this can be extremely useful when trying to take control of certain portions of a map, as it will reduce the amount of areas you need to look.

Viper's Toxic Screen Ability in Valorant.
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Viper can obscure the vision of enemies on one side of the Toxic Screen, while she handles the danger on the other side.

Snake Bite will provide a quick and effective way to clear out a corner or patch where you think an enemy has set up shop. You’ll be able to buy two of these in a round, and at 100 Creds a pop, they’re a worthwhile piece of kit to have in your utility.

Viper gameplay

Former Counter-Strike pro, Mathieu ‘Maniac’ Quiquerez, showcased exactly why Viper can be considered a solid choice for any team.

Right off the bat, it’s clear to see that Viper’s Ultimate Ability is he biggest trump card. Maniac manages to deploy Viper’s Pit at the 1:12 mark (in the embedded video above) when attempting to retake a Reactor Site.

As soon as the opponent enters the toxic cloud, their health is immediately reduced (although enemies cannot die at the hands of the poison). With that in mind, the Ultimate will still require you to be a sharpshooter, or else you can still get caught off-guard, just as Maniac did in the clip.

Viper's Pit Ultimate Ability in Valorant.
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Viper’s Pit also distinctly highlights enemies that come inside the toxic cloud, making it easier to look onto them and win your gunfight.

At 4:14, we see this more effectively to take control of a Reactor Site. As Maniac deploys Viper’s Ultimate to push A-Long on Haven, the cloud highlights the precise location of the Defender on-site. One slight caveat to the Ultimate is that it requires Viper to stay inside, otherwise it begins to fade away.

Dexerto’s take: Hard to master, but could be worth it

Maniac touched on his difficulty mastering Viper, describing her as “one of the most complex Agents” in Valorant’s roster of characters, despite having an “overpowered” Ultimate.

Quiquerez even compared the learning process of getting to grips with Viper to learning to fly a spacecraft, which is highlighted by the “cognitive burden” imposed by having to activate/deactivate an ability to ensure you don’t completely deplete your toxin fuel reserves.

Viper's Poison Cloud Ability in Valorant.
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Poison Cloud requires you to activate/deactivate via the fuel mechanic in the bottom-center.

Even at the 2:45 mark, one of Maniac’s enemies pushes through their poisonous cloud of smoke, which is perhaps due to the fact that “people just don’t fear it, because the damage is over time.”

Given Viper’s steep learning curve, it is clear to see why plenty of players might struggle getting to grips with her comparatively complex ability set. With there being minimal trade-off for the cognitive investment required to utilize some of Viper’s abilities, it’s clear to see why she might not be for everyone.

Viper essentially bridges the gap between Controller and Initiator Agents, as she can both disrupt and shape the battlefield simultaneously.

So on the whole, if you’re willing to put in the time to master Viper’s poisonous arsenal and get the timing of when and where to activate her toxins down to a tee, this Controller Agent might be the one for you.


Radianite-infused Valorant Agent concept could dominate Episode 2

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:55

by Brad Norton


New Agents are always the most exciting thing in Valorant, and this remarkably detailed concept would be a perfect fit for the game’s second Episode coming up soon.

Since the release of Riot’s tactical FPS, we’ve seen one new character added into the mix with each new Act. Sticking to their intended schedule of releases, this means we can expect to see another fresh Agent at the beginning of Episode 2.

While we’re still a ways off, there’s no better time to theorize what the next addition could look like. What abilities would help push the game in a new direction? What kind of style should they have to stand out from the rest of the lineup? Well this incredible Agent concept answers those questions and then some.

Previous designs have captured the imaginations of the community and some have actually been quite close to what the developers were working on. The latest idea brings us ‘Mamuro.’ A Radianite-infused Agent with a shocking samurai aesthetic.

Mamuro: Valorant Initiator Agent concept

Valorant gameplay
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One of Mamuro’s abilities makes your weapons deadlier than ever.

“Mamuro summons lightning bolts on the battlefield and smashes enemies without hesitation,” the Agent description reads. Not only do we have a visual of the character, but Reddit user ‘VisiblePerson’ has also provided a complete breakdown of the kit as well.

All of the abilities are unlike anything else in Valorant today. Some assist with movement, others stun, while the Ultimate is all about slaying. One factor is common across the board, however, lightning and thunder are Mamuro’s tools for the job.

Two of the abilities bring out Mamuro’s sword. Thunder Cutter is the first, allowing you to slash and dash through any given map. Similar to Genji from Overwatch, dashing deals 75 damage though it surprisingly lets you phase through walls as well. Rather than taking down foes, however, it might be best used to destroy enemy projectiles. You can take anything out “with one swing” and even negate the first shot fired from an opposing player.

Valorant concept
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The full concept from VisiblePerson on Reddit.

Rising Thunder is a 7-cost Ultimate that actually harms you before it can change the course of a round. Upon activating the ability, 50% of your health will be wiped out. In this process, you’re transformed into “an electric demon armed with a blade.” This blade lets you move faster than usual, gives you a whopping 250HP, and lets you slash away at foes with 50 damage per strike.

  • Ability 1 (Q) – Overload: EQUIP a discharge of electricity and upgrade different types of weapons. LMB – Upgrade ally. RMB – Upgrade yourself. (Pistols mark enemies, SMG & AR Damage increased by 10%, Rifles reload faster)
  • Ability 2 (E) – Thunder Cutter: EQUIP a blade of thunder and defeat enemies or destroy a projectile flying at you. LMB – Dash with the blade and deal 75 damage. Makes a loud sound and allows you to move through walls. RMB – Destroy an enemy projectile with one swing of the blade or protect yourself from the first shot of an enemy.
  • Signature Ability (C) – Heaven Roar: EQUIP a paper version of the map you’re playing on. Select where you want to send lightning and press RMB. After a 1.5 second cast time, the lightning strikes, dealing 40 damage and blinding enemies. Blind lasts 1.5 seconds.
  • Ultimate Ability (X) – Rising Thunder: EQUIP a blade of thunder and sacrifice 50% of your health to transform into an electric demon. You’ll be armed with a blade that deals 50 damage per hit and allows you to move 1.5x faster than usual. This also gives you 250 health and increases your damage with each kill. This Ultimate ends after 20 seconds without a kill.
Overwatch gameplay
Similar to Genji from Overwatch, Mamuro can dash in Valorant, though with a serious downside that reveals your position.

With such unique movement and devastating effects, there’s no denying Mamuro would shake up the game. Could this Agent be a little overpowered? There’s no real way of telling without seeing it in the mix. Though as with every new character, the community will find new ways to work around the innovative kit.

Episode 2 is still a little while away, so don’t expect to see another new Agent until then. In the meantime, here’s everything we know about the next major update.