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How to unlock Valorant Agents fast

Published: 2/Jun/2020 21:36 Updated: 2/Jun/2020 21:39

by Alan Bernal

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Unlocking Agents in Valorant can be a bit of a grind, but there are a few ways to fast-track the process to access every character much quicker!

Understanding everything from how experience is awarded to how the Contract system works will help you quickly grind the mound of XP needed for getting access to Valorant’s entire cast of Agents.

But getting access to all of the characters on Future Earth doesn’t have to be such a daunting task. Given that there’s only a handful of ways to actually get experience points in the game, following these simple steps will set you up for a happier climb as a you grind.

Activating Agent Contracts

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To funnel XP into a given Contract, you’ll need to active it first.

Activating an Agent Contract is as simple as going to the ‘Collection,’ hitting the ‘Agents’ tab and scrolling through the locked characters that weren’t acquired with the free ‘Unlock Agent’ tokens at the start of the game.

In every Contract, players will have to get to Tier 5 to unlock the Agent it corresponds with. It doesn’t matter how much XP you earn, if you’re not putting it to use by activating an Agent Contract on the character you want to unlock!

Unlock Agent reward tokens

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The two Free Agent rewards can be acquired early in the game.

The game will give players a helping hand once they complete the mini-contract to start their climb of unlocking the various Agents. There are ‘Unlock Agent’ rewards that people can acquire in order to instantly recruit a character to your roster.

Valorant will give players two chances to unlock a free Agent at Level 5 and Level 10, but that will still leave you with a few characters left to collect.

It’s worth noting that going into The Range lets you try out any of the characters in the game. For players confused if they’d like a given Agent or not, this is a great way to test out the various choices given to them, before committing to unlocking them.

How to earn XP

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In Valorant, missions and rounds give players XP toward Contracts.

There are two ways to earn XP while playing Valorant: Completing challenges and by adding the values for individual rounds played out.

People will get 100 XP from simply playing a round. An additional 200 XP is given for every round won, making the combined experience points a player can earn in one round 300 XP. An overtime victory will give a total of 5100 XP — the highest possible amount a player can earn in one match.

Weekly and Daily challenges range from simply playing a game, to dealing a certain amount of damage throughout multiple matches. The important thing to note is that any XP awarded will simultaneously contribute to both the Story Contract and Agent Contracts.

How much XP does it take to unlock an Agent?

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Players will have a long climb to Tier 5 to unlock Agents through Contracts.

Valorant players will quickly find that unlocking all of the characters will be an unforgiving grind.

Any character that you didn’t use your free tokens for will require you to reach Level 5 on their Contract to add them to your collection.

Here’s where the points breakdown for the tiers comes into play. Tier 1 takes 25,000 XP to complete, and every tier after takes an additional 25,000 XP on top of the one before.

To complete Tier 2, it will take an accumulated 75,000 XP (25,000 XP for Tier 1 + 50,000 for Tier 2). This means, down the line, a total of 375,000 XP will be needed to reach Tier 5 and unlock the Agent in that Contract.

Maximize XP through Missions

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Completing missions in Valorant pays off with thousands of XP at a time.

At launch, players will have two simultaneous missions to earn progress toward while playing Valorant. While most players will complete these missions without noticing, it’s important to keep track of them, since they give out a huge amount of XP.

Upon completing certain missions, players can earn up to 5,000 XP per mission. Of course this number changes with each individual mission, but that’s around the expected amount of XP to expect from these challenges.

This is especially crucial to factor in, considering that’s about as much as an overtime match win gives to players!

Unlock Agents by purchasing

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Players can purchase levels 1-5 of a Contract for 1,000 Creds.

For players with a bit of spending cash who don’t want to go through a climb just to unlock the extra Agents, it should be said that there’s a way to outright buy into the characters.

Instead of climbing to Tier 5 in a Contract, players can purchase 1,000 Creds to instantly boost through the levels and get that specific Agent.

With a rough estimate of $10 (USD), that can soon rack up if you plan on doing that for all your character unlocks… Plus, where’s the fun in that?

Optimize gameplay to earn XP

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Working together as a team in Valorant will net you better chances of bagging XP.

The most important detail to understand is that earning XP isn’t tied to any in-game achievement like getting a certain amount of headshots or planting Spikes (unless a daily/weekly mission dictates to do so).

People looking to maximize their XP intake per game should look to play like a team to extend games into later rounds as much as possible.

That means finding ways to etch out as round wins as possible and dropping the ‘fragger’ mentality, since individual accolades that come with a hard in-game carry don’t contribute to XP.

It’s going to be a climb to unlock all of the Agents in Valorant, but players that make use of every tool the game gives them will make the grind that much less painful.

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Riot devs explain why Valorant’s next maps will be like Icebox

Published: 23/Nov/2020 17:01

by Lauren Bergin

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Icebox has become one of the most hotly debated maps in Valorant, but Riot Games map developer Joe Ziegler has stated that future map designs are likely to follow in its footsteps. 

Everyone and their Valorant grandmother knows about Icebox, Riot Games’ latest addition to the game. Icebox was released into Future Earth on patch 1.11, however since then it has generated a lot of controversy.

Fans are truly divided on this map, some refer to it as “garbage” while others truly seem to love it. The icy location certainly has left some fans out in the cold due to the vast array of angles on offer to pick off enemies from and the countless routes that the map offers.

However, whether or not Icebox has wowed fans or otherwise, Riot map developer Joe Zeigler has told players to expect more Icebox-style locations.

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Icebox has quite quickly solidified itself as one of Valorant’s most hated maps.

Riot Ziegler confirms that future maps will be more like Icebox

In a recent instalment of Dev Diaries, Ziegler takes the bull by the horns when it comes to the Icebox discussion.

The segment entitled ‘Icebox and the future of maps’ clarifies that Riot’s vision with every new map is to “bring meaningful new changes that ask you to think about how you approach the space. Our four original maps were designed to introduce you to the complexities of Valorant, especially with so much unique agent utility to play against.”

Ziegler goes on to clarify that “moving forward I hope you can see how we’ll continue challenging the basic concepts of map design in order to promote more diverse, strategic play”. Citing Icebox as an example because it’s more complex design forces players to work on their aim as well as skirmishing ability.

Icebox’s layout allows players to “plan more strategically and perform tactically with guns and character abilities,” something that Riot seek to promote moving forward.

So like it or not, Valorant’s map designers will be using Icebox’s complex design as their blueprint moving forward. Hopefully this decision continues to add an element of difficulty to the game that we perviously haven’t seen before. We’ll keep our eyes out for any further Valorant map news.